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USMC display at Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Cincinnati, OH

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My brother Jon and I are long-time collectors with a growing USMC collection. Yesterday (Nov 7, 2015) we put on a USMC display for the CIncinnati/tri-state Marine Corps League's annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. The ball was held in a large banquet room at a local restaurant. We were given enough space at one end of the banquet room to set up a decent USMC display that spanned the Spanish-American war through Vietnam. Here are some of the pics I took of the display. First, some pics giving an overview of the entire display. (My brother Jon can be seen in two of the photos - in the black suit coat and trousers. I am a graphic artist and designed the large display banner.)

 

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Here are some pics of the early stuff - Spanish-American War, Boxer Rebellion, Banana Wars uniforms, gear and miscellaneous USMC associated items.

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Wow, fantastic display!


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Always looking for items from these men (family members):
Even if not to buy, to know where they are would be great.
Cornelius Doherty - 108th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania NG, WWI Joseph A. Doherty - 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ID. KIA March 3, 1944.
Harry Riley - 62nd Armored Field Artillery Bn, Died August 13, 1944. Robert Lester Mahler - I/3/24, 4th Marine Div. WIA March 8, 1945.
Thomas R. Riley - USAAF Joshua L. Doherty - With a Seabee Unit, I believe.
Ens. Alex A. Gorski, USNR - Died as a POW, January 28, 1945. Capt. Henry Gorski, USN (ret.)
Remembering their service and sacrifice.

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World War 1 related items. The USMC uniform with the Marine service cap is of a corporal who served with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in France. This uniform represents the one worn by my great-uncle Arthur Morgan of Seymour, IN. He was wounded twice in France, returned to duty both times, came home with the regiment in the spring of 1919, and was discharged home in September or October of that year.

 

The Marine display with two mannequins shows an army jacket and Marine insignia from a Marine who served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in France. The mannequin on the right displays a uniform group from a Marine who served with the 4th Battalion, 5th Marines.

 

The large, long photo at the bottom of the two mannequins shows the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines on the steps of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C, shortly after they returned from France in the spring of 1919. My great-uncle is somewhere in that photo.

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WW2 items. Most of the WW2 uniforms are all ID'd. The camo uniform was worn by a Navy Corpsman who served with the 2nd Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, and Tinian. I also have his camo trousers along with what you see there on display. The 1st Marine Div battle blouse is a 1942 dated Aussie Battle dress jacket issued to a sergeant from the 1st Marine Division when that division was finally pulled off Guadalcanal and sent to Australia. THe battle jacket has the first, twill style 1st Marine Div patch - made in Australia for the veterans of the 'canal. The dress blues belonged to a 3rd Marine Corps veteran who served on Bougainville and Guam. The Green alphas were worn by a Navy Corpsman with the 4th Marine Division. He went ashore on Iwo Jima the very first day, and was later wounded during the battle to take the island. In the far right are the green alphas of a Navy Chaplain who served as a chaplain with the 1st Marine Division. He was aboard a heavy cruiser (USS Pensacola) at the Battle of Midway and the naval battles around Guadalcanal, where the Pennsacola was torpedoed by a Japanese destroyer and heavily damaged. After the ship reached Pearl Harbor for repairs he was transferred to the 1st Marine Division and served with them during the Okinawa campaign. have names and histories on all of them.

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Korean War era items. The first is a winter field uniform display showing the long, reversible lined cotton winter coat and fur-lined field cap. The second photo shows another winter field uniform with the M43 jacket and hood. The uniform in the middle is a Vandegrift jacket from a Marine veteran who served in Korea and was a Purple Heart recipient.

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My only woman Marine uniform to date - this is the jacket and cap of a woman Marine who served during the Korean War - early 1950s era. Still has the old WW2 style EGAs.

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Are either of you Marines? Thank you for putting up such a nice display for our young Marines to enjoy. Sometimes their only exposure to museum type items is from their brief stint at boot camp at either MCRD.


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Advanced Collector and USMC Officer --- Paying top dollar for quality Marine Corps antiques. Kepis, shakos, helmets, hats, good conduct medals, old photos, fighting knives, hat and collar emblems, swords, guns, documents. Keep your USMC item in a Marine Corps family! Send me a PM and let me know what you have....

 

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Vietnam War era. The dress blues belonged to my wife's uncle, who served on Okinawa in the late 1960s. The mannequin with the combat gear shows a 1968-70 era tropical jungle shirt and typical USMC field gear from Vietnam (different from the army's gear). The last mannequin shows a USMC marked camo jungle jacket that began to be seen around 1968. Also a display of field rations (the Vietnam vets at the ball loved seeing those and talking about them, an M55 flak jacket and 100 round linked belt of M60 ammo, withVietnam dated cartridges. A display of medals, money, a POW/MIA bracelet and card and pin.

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Finally, a Vietnam USMC field pack, fully loaded - and North Vietnamese and VIet Cong captured flags, Ho CHi Minh sandals, and a camo enamelled rice bowl and tin spoon from an NVA soldier. The Vietnam vets also liked seing the capture enemy stuff.

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Hi Leatherneck 72, no. Neither of us were Marines, but we come from a family of veterans, several of which were Marines (WW1 and Korea). Our father served in the Pacific during WW2 in the Army. Thanks for your kind remarks. We enjoy preserving this history and sharing it with the veterans, families, and all who are interested.

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Amazing display! Congratulations! Thank you for showing here...

Cheers, Graham

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Really nice display.

 

A lot of really interesting pieces.

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Fantastic display and tastefully done. Love the WW1 items.

 

Thanks for sharing.


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Awesome display. And a thunderous "Oorah" to you for the upcoming Marine Corps Birthday (tomorrow).


Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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Great display! Wish I could have seen it in person!


Semper Fidelis, to all Marines past, present and future..

*Remembering CWO3 James Warren Maddox, USMC 1957-2018*

LOOKING FOR EARLY USMC CHEVRONS & RANK INSIGNIA, COMPETITIVE MARKSMANSHIP AWARDS, RECRUITING MATERIALS AND POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, PENNANTS, SIGNATURES, EARLY NUMBERED CAMPAIGN MEDALS, PRE-1900 USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, USMC ENGRAVED NAVY MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL, ANY MATERIALS RELATED TO 1ST BATTALION 9TH MARINES OR ANY OF THE THREE SHIPS BEARING THE NAME "USS MADDOX".


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Geoff, Outstanding display! You can certainly be proud of your fine collection. While I limit myself to WWII USMC (as a sub-section) I can appreciate the WWI as well, and how difficult it is to find. Belated Happy Birthday. Jack


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Very Nice! Thanks for doing this.

 

Semper Fi and Happy Birthday,

John


Wanted: USMC Helicopter related items


Collector of Marine Corps Helicopter / Rotary aviation items from the late 1940s to present



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That is a SUPER display.


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Served in the US Army from 1960-80

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Great collection & display. Hope the attendees appreciated it. Semper Fi......Bobgee


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Nice setup! Sure wish I could do a setup at a ball one year, but Id drink too much and forget about it! Maybe one year:)


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