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Baltimore Pick Up: an Early Neptunus Rex Cert


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Picked up a 1901 dated Neptunus Rex Cert to a Boxer Marine along with his diary and discharge papers. Diary covers only a few weeks in China and then details his trip home via the Indian Ocean, Suez Canal, the Med, and the North and Baltics seas before turning for home via the USS Albany. An interesting diary entry has him at the Russian Naval Base of Kronstadt when the Tsar and his wife came aboard with the King of Greece. He noted the Tsar looked like a cousin of his but with a beard, while the Tsariana looked rather sickly. He further noted the Tsar and his wife were surrounded by rather brutish looking aides. 16 years later the Russian Empire would be swept away by the Revolution.

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Very nice vintage document, Dirk. AND with a rare diary! Great early USMC stuff --as usual! 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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Thanks Bob! Had not seen one that old before, a part from the 1895 one Brig posted several years ago.

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I forgot about the 1895 one...at first I thought this might be the oldest. Second oldest...still not too shabby

-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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