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USMC display at Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Cincinnati, OH


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Very impressive. If I may ask, what division was your dad with in the Pacific?

Hi Sundance,

my father served with Battery C, 163rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (90mm) in the New Guinea campaign and the liberation of the Philippines. He entered the Army in 1942, and returned to the continental United States in the last troopship to arrive in San Francisco harbor before New Year's Day, 1946. His 90mm gun battery served in their primary role as AAA defense during the New Guinea campaign. However, with the lack of enemy aircraft in the Philippines campaign, their guns were used as standard artillery against Japanese positions, much like the dual role of the famed German 88's. My dad's battery was actually firing against the Japanese HQ group of General Tomoyuki Yamashita in the hills of northern Luzon island when Yamashita called it quits and surrendered. According to my dad, Yamashita and his aides were escorted past my dad's gun position after surrendering to front line troops. Thanks for the kind comments about the USMC display.

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Fantastic display, especially like the frog skins and Chaplain's Alphas.

 

Very lucky gents to have a combat chaplain's blouse, that which has still alluded me, lol...

***Items from unit called 8th Field Depot***

[Most frequently-sought unit because of family connection]

 

Intact ["out of the woodwork"] Marine Corps combat groups from WWII.

 

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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Nice to see this great collection/display again. 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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