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I picked this up last year in a grouping of other uniforms. I held onto it because I'd never seen a set of Navy Grays with a USMC SSI. The name in the tag is E.K. Brummer. Can anyone verify this name being part of the medical 1st MarDiv?

 

The ribbons are directly sewn to the uniform.

 

 

Thanks

 

 

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Fascinating uniform, thanks for sharing! Look forward to what others may find out about him!

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Got nothing on the Bronze Star but have a USN Commander Endre K. Brunner who was wounded in action Feb. 15, 1945 while attached to Sixth Amphibious Group Pacific.

 

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Very nice! As an ETO & Pacific doc, his records ought to be really interesting to read through.

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Thanks for the assist Kurt and the nice comments from everyone.

 

I took a photo of the tailor label and it clearly says Lt Com E.K. Brummer. That's two "M"s vs. the 'BruNNer" that you mention Kurt. I wonder if it's the same guy?

 

 

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I looked through my copies of the 1943 and 1944 officer's register and did not find an E K Brummer. The 1944 register does show Brunner as a Lt. Cmdr. I think this is your best lead.

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Yes I am pretty sure Brunner is your man. I have seen far worse spelling errors. Did you google his name and read up about him yet? I think you will find some pretty interesting information about him.

 

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Wow, quite the combo - grays with a Marine SSI! That is a rare bird!

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Gentlemen, I can help you. The uniform clearly belonged to my grandfather, Dr. Endre K. Brunner - a Naval Medical Officer assigned to the Marines. He was an amazing man with an incredible life story. He was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1900, the son of an opthamologist. He fought in the Austro-Hungarian Army in WWI (Italian Front), escaped from Hungary (Romanian occupation) and came to the U.S. with the aid of an uncle in New York, and finished his medical training at New York University (although, when he discovered that the US had imposed Prohibition, he said he had his doubts...). When WWII broke out, he volunteered to serve his new country, shut down his Park Avenue medical practice, and spent the next six or so years in the military. He saw some of the most horrific battles. During one, he kept losing young Marines on his operating table on the ship so (according to family lore, against orders) he got into a landing craft and set up his surgery on the beach. He was hit by shrapnel, and after operating on himself, resumed operating on others. (Again, according to family lore) the Admiral (pos Royal) sent an MP team ashore to drag him back to the ship. In addition to the Purple Heart, he was awarded a Bronze Star. He wrote a really interesting paper on amphibious warfare medicine - available online. Returning to the U.S., he ran several VA Hospitals - and Rutland Heights State Hospital in Mass later on. Around 1960, he joined the newly-established US Agency for International Development and served in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Libya helping those developing countries set up public health systems. He contined as a hospital administrator well into his 70s, and continued teaching well into his 90s. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you for posting the picture of the uniform - it was very interesting to see. Elizabeth

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Aloha Elizabeth,

 

Thank you so much for posting this information about your Grandfathers service on our forum. It's the kind of first hand information that collectors yearn for when researching the items we acquire. It is truly a unique uniform as was his participation in some major campaigns during the war. The patch, campaign ribbons and date of his wound tell quite a story to our knowledgeable members.

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Amazing story, Ma'am! God bless him and thank you for posting!

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Unique items signed by many Marines from one unit, or inscribed with combat history.

 

Marine Corps valor recipient items.

 

Souvenirs taken by Marines with exceptional background and/or unique stories/documentation.

 

Marine Ship Detachment items from major naval engagements and those that warrant stars to ETO ribbon.

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Wow AWESOME story - what a great American.

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Seeking 984th Engineer Co (Land Clearance), 36th Engineer Regt/Bde, and Sanitary Corps items from all eras.

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Elizabeth, thanks for posting and validating my research . Curious as to your comments about his other books he published?

 

Thanks again,

 

Kurt

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Hello Elizabeth,

 

Thanks for providing a human connection to the uniform.... It looks a bit different on the hanger now, knowing more about the previous owner. I have sent you a Persona Message (PM) via the forum.

 

Thank you again for the information.

 

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Random about Rutland Heights State Hospital, my ex who lives in rutlands grand parents house's chimmey is made from bricks that were salvaged when it was torn down. Nice uniform!

NHARNG OEF 13-14 25U/92G

 

 

R.I.P PFC Brian M. Moquin Jr OEF

 

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Hi, Kurt. You asked about Endre Brunner's books. Most of them were medical, but he did write an article on amphibious medicine (some of the trial and error they went through). Regards, Elizabeth

442 SURVEY GRAPHIC Amphibious Medicine Here is the dramatic story of naval medical victories as we invaded enemy strongholds, whether on the beaches of Europe or the islands of the Pacific. COMMANDER ENDRE K. BRUNNER, M.C., U.S, R. 

Here's the link: http://www.archive.org/stream/surveygraphic34survrich/surveygraphic34survrich_djvu.txt

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