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Hello all,

 

There are contract/QM years stamped on Usmc service blouses. My question is simple, what does that date mean? Is it the year contract was executed, uniform manufactured or uniform issued?

 

The reason for asking is that there is a 1942/43 stamped uniform that supposedly belonged to a marine who was KIA in September 1942.

 

Thank you to all.

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The QM stamp was for both years listed, 1942 and 43. The handwritten name looks familiar. Was this blouse a reissue after the original marine died?


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Jeremiah,

 

According to the guy selling it, the family has kept it after the marine was KIA.

 

I'm a little confused, I'm trying to find out if 1942/43 was the year this was issued, manufactured or something else? I have also seen contract dates on uinforms by college hall fashions.

 

Thanks.


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From my knowledge, it's very unlikely that his greens would have been sent to the family as these were almost entirely recycled when individuals became casualties. Even when they were not casualties, if they resurveyed them, or whatever it's very common to have two names in a tunic. The only uniforms that were often not recycled were officer uniforms since officers had to buy their uniforms. I know enough to know that there are exceptions to anything so I could very well be wrong in this case.

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Kevin


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Agree with Kevin. Though with the 1942-43 date and your man being a relatively early casualty in 1942, it 'might' have been sent to the family. Looks like a 1stMarDiv patch is sewn on it so we assume he was a Guadalcanal casualty. 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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Kevin and Bob are correct on those measures.

 

Kurt


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Agree with Kevin. Though with the 1942-43 date and your man being a relatively early casualty in 1942, it 'might' have been sent to the family. Looks like a 1stMarDiv patch is sewn on it so we assume he was a Guadalcanal casualty. Bobgee

That's what makes me think it's a reissue. There wouldn't have been a 1st MarDiv patch on that blouse if he was KIA in '42.


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It was the fiscal year of the contract 42-43, it would have been issued in 1942.


I collect items from The Battle of Iwo Jima (1945).

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1) IDed 5th MarDiv Corpsman Jumper or Forest Green Coat.

2) IDed Coast Guard Navy Jumper

3) IDed CB's Sea Bee's Navy Jumper

4) IDed 147th Infantry Regiment Army Service Coat

5) IDed 32nd ID Army Service Coat (Occupation Kyushu with 5th MarDiv).

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That's what makes me think it's a reissue. There wouldn't have been a 1st MarDiv patch on that blouse if he was KIA in '42.

That's for sure, they did not start putting patches on until they reached Australia from Guadalcanal and most had Aussie coats down under and were not reissued uniforms until they got back stateside if memory serves correctly.


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Gentlemen,

 

Thank you very much for Your comments.


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