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This Cigarette Case is named to Michael Tschetter and is marked April 15, 1936, Peking, North China. The Cigarette case is Cloisonné enamel it 3 3/8” X 4 1/8.” Michael Tschetter Jr. was born in Greencastle, Indiana on October 9, 1900. He enlisted in the United Stated Marine Corps at Spokane, Washington on June 22, 1922. After training at the Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Mare Island, California he was assigned to Guard Company Number One, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington. In January of 1924 he was assigned to the Marine Detachment of the U.S.S Pennsylvania. Tschetter served on the Pennsylvania until April of 1925 when he served at 25th Company, 4th Regiment, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, California. He embarked aboard the USS Chaumont at San Diego, California on September 6, 1929 to serve with the 39th Company, Marine Detachment, American Legation, Peiping, China. He served in Peiping until June 1932 when he sailed as part of the Marine Casual Detail on board the USS Chaumont to Shanghai, China. Tschetter served with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Marine Corps Expeditionary Force, Shanghai, China. The battalion supported the American sector of Shanghai after fighting nearby had broken out between Chinese and Japanese forces. The battalion's presence deterred a Japanese takeover of the settlement after they had driven Chinese forces from the surrounding area. Tschetter served in Shanghai until May of 1933 when he was re-assigned to Company A, Marine Detachment, American Legation, Peiping, China. In May of 1935 Tschetter was assigned to Battery ''D'' (75mm Pack Howitzer), Second Battalion, Tenth Marines, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego, California. In June of 1939 Tschetter was again sent to China where served with Company "F", Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, in Shanghai, China where the 4th Marines were expected to oppose Japanese ambitions He served in Shanghai until September of 1941 when he was transferred to with Battery H, Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Camp Elliott, San Diego, California. During World War Two Tschetter served with Battery B, Twelfth Marines, Third Marine Division, and with the Second Battalion, Fifteenth Marines, Sixth Marine Division. Tschetter took part in Bougainville, Guam and also took part in the landing force in the Battle for Iwo Jima. The Second Marine Division fought on Iwo Jima until the end of organized resistance on 16 March 1945. First Sergeant Michael Tschetter Jr. retired from the United Stated Marine Corps on August 1, 1952. Michael Tschetter Jr. died in Greencastle, Indiana on June 4, 1956.

 

 

 

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Nice case. Dick. That Marine sure looks like a very senior PFC! Semper Fi........Bob

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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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