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DeWitt Peck 4th Marines China commanding officer


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Incredible

***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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Hi Bob,

 

 

You're going to have a lot of us on the edge of our seat. :)

 

RC

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Oh my!

Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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The small stand-mounted plaque was presented to Dewitt Peck when he was commanding officer of the 4th Marines in China, pre-WWII. He was wounded in WWI, served in Nicaragua, was on Halsey's staff planning attacks early in WWII, served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps at the end of WWII and came under attack from the Communists when he was back in China in 1946 as Commanding General 1st Marine Division.

 

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The large EGA on the campaign cover has the Hamburger Hilborn logo on it: but it's just an outline of the H&H eagle. The globe seems to be very thin, not quite like any other H&H piece i can recall.

 

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"Meanwhile, Brigadier General DeWitt Peck, the ComSoPac War Plans Officer, with the aid and assistance of Halsey's capable staff, devised a scheme--dubbed TOENAILS--for the invasion of the Central Solomons. Early in January Halsey sent Peck to Washington to present his TOENAILS concept to the Joint Chiefs. Peck pleaded in vain for the additional forces necessary to assault vulnerable Japanese positions in the New Georgia group.

At a meeting at Pearl Harbor in March, South Pacific staff officers suggested execution of the TOENAILS plan, and recommended its commencement about 1 April. MacArthur's representatives at the conference agreed that New Georgia should be struck. But they demurred on the suggested date, 1 April, because this was too close at hand and the Southwest Pacific forces did not have enough time to prepare for concomitant operations. The question, therefore, was referred to the Joint Chiefs for solution. And the Joint Chiefs directive of 28 March solved the problem: Mac Arthur would determine the date.

When apprised of this decision, Admiral Halsey directed General Peck and Admiral Turner to continue with their planning and collection of intelligence. A few days later he flew to Brisbane to consult MacArthur, who--in practice--had become Halsey's immediate superior and as such had to approve any stratagem devised by the ComSoPac staff.

Admiral Halsey arrived at General MacArthur's headquarters early in April. Here the two commanders conferred informally, and worked out details for coordination of operations in the Central Solomons and in the Trobriands (the next Southwest Pacific target). As a result of this meeting MacArthur approved the admiral's plan to invade New Georgia at an early date and promised to support the operation by launching neutralizing air strikes against Rabaul before and during the initial stages of the TOENAILS attack. L-Day (the day of the landing) was set for 15 May to coincide with planned advances in New Guinea and the Trobriands."


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There were no documents with this - he died about 44 years ago so who knows what happened to other artifacts of his 31 years active duty.

 

But there's a lot about Gen Peck to be found online. This is from ancestry.com:

 

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His first name is written with a space in it - De Witt. If you do a google search you will get different results on him with "De Witt Peck" than for "DeWitt Peck." So search both of those to find info online.

 

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Another awesome grouping from a great Marine. I'm envious of this collection. Please send more pictures.

 

This has never been in a collection: it came out of an estate this week, Wish I had more to photograph, but that's it. But, for a Marine General with a career like his, it is a small but impressive grouping.


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That is an impressive group. Thanks for sharing your find.

RIP Molly...Oct. 2000 - July 2013 For 13 years you have been my best friend and companion, giving love and asking only for love in return. May you rest now, free from your pain. I will miss you girl, and will keep you in my heart forever....the sweetest dog and best friend ever! I'll see you again one day.


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your groupings never cease to amaze me. This is group is INCREDIBLE!!

 

Congrats

Thank you to all that have served our country and to your families that have sacrificed without your presence at home. Thank you to all that have given their lives for my freedom and to their families that suffer. May God bless you!

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