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1941 Life Magazine Color Photos of US Military uniforms

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Outstanding! Great reference from the time period. I am pinning this to the Uniform section.

Gil Burket
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of the Vietnam War



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Wonderful photos! Thanks so much for taking the time to post these. I know it was a lot of hard work.


I could be wrong but I wonder if some of these are models and not actual vets. I notice that one who is wearing a USMC officer's uniform looks exactly like the same guy in an enlisted uniform.


Thanks again. Great pictures!






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Very informational! It looks like the infantryman is with the 16th infantry regiment



Collecting WWI 26th Division Machine Gun and Infantry related Helmets, Equipment, Groupings, Photos and Dog Tags!


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USMC Dress Blues with White Cap. I am pretty sure this is General Holland Smith.

I think you are right. Notice no red trouser stripe for general officers back then.


USMC Staff NCO Dress Blues. I think his ribbons are not in the correct order of precedence, it happens. The Marine Expeditionary Medal, 2nd Nicaragua Campaign and Yangtze Service, I think this Staff Sergeant qualifies as a member of the "Old Breed". I like the Photo.

Yes indeed. The rank is platoon sergeant, staff sergeant would have one tie instead of the rocker.


USMC Band Leader. That's lot of gold bullion. He looks like he is wearing a Good Conduct medal, is he an Officer or and Enlisted man?

I believe it's William F. Santelmann, whose father was also USMC Band Leader. He's an officer, the braid on the cuffs is for the rank of captain and you can just barely see the captain bars on the shoulder knots. Back then the Leader was the only commissioned officer in the USMC Band, and they were selected from the enlisted members. The Second Leader was a warrant officer.


It's great to have those all together. Thanks for taking the time,


Justin B.





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What's up with the khaki Marine's tie? Is it square cut on then end or are my eyes foolin' me? Never seen one like that. Or does he have it tucked in?

David Turman

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"Not as Lean, not as Mean, but still a Marine!"

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Great photos of some great uniforms. Things back then were quality. And great to see Coast Artillery uniforms in this series. Thanks for posting on here.



Looking for: Washington and Oregon Coast Artillery items

Any items related to the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia River and the Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound, 1860s-WWII. This includes items from Fort Stevens, OR; Ft Canby, WA; Ft Columbia, WA; Ft Worden, WA; Ft Casey, WA; Ft Flagler, WA; Ft Ward, WA; Ft Whitman, WA; Camp Hayden, WA; and the following units that served at these forts:
Columbia River: 33rd, 34th, 93rd, and 160th Companies, CAC; and 18th and 249th Coast Artillery regiments
Puget Sound: 26th, 30th, 62nd, 63rd, 71st, 85th, 92nd, 94th, 106th, 108th, 126th, 149th, and 150th Companies, CAC; and 14th and 248th Coast Artillery regiments

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Army Enlisted Dress uniform

Is it me or is the Army Sgt. in Post 11 wearing a USMC marksmanship badge? Or did the Army put the q bars on top at one time?


Beautiful photos. Thank you for posting!



MSGT William Gould, 8th Weather Squadron, USAAF WWII
MAJ Abner J. Barnett, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division, USA Medical Corps WWI, WWII
T 5 A. Curtis Dufield, 147th Armored Signal Company, 7th Armored Division WWII

CAPT Thomas F. Hooper, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, WWII
"And then we all got invited to World War II and everybody's life changed." (Jean Kelly Barnett Gould 1922-2009 (My mom))
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Phil. 4:11b)
"That outfit was so bad that the CHAPLAIN went over the hill with a couple of guys." William Bryson Gould 1920-2012 )(My dad))


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Lovely pictures, thanks for posting



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