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Combat Marine in WW2, Korea & Vietnam

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The Marine's whose uniforms sport those impressive medals and ribbon racks spent over 30 years active duty. He was at Okinawa, Inchon (WIA), Central Vietnam (where he was decorated with the Navy Achievement Medal with "V" for combat valor). He also served as a DI, Recruiter, MP, Embassy Guard Duty in Latin America and lots of time at ranges.

 

When I started sorting through the documents I found this first one that must have given his mother chills when it arrived.

 

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Wow, incredible grouping Bob! A 3 war Marine, Just amazing!


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Collector of WWII M-1helmets and WWII Airborne items

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Wow, incredible grouping Bob! A 3 war Marine, Just amazing!

 

This is the first set I've found from someone who was in the combat zone for all three.



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That knife is a KA-BAR , but not what you think: it's his old Official Boy Scout knife made by UNION CUT CO. of OLEAN. It has a steel - not aluminum - pommel which I understand was done circa 1941-43. The blade is 3 1/2 inches and has a lot of scratches on it, but the edge is even and very sharp.

 

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The uniforms include 3 sets of utilities including the Vietnam era ERDL's, VN era green tropical combat uniform, and an vintage HBT shirt, which I assume dates back to his Korea service. There are also three utility covers, plus frames and covers for the Alpha and Dress Blues uniforms.

 

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Very nice group. This man seen a lot of combat and history. I salute him and thanks him for his service. Thanks for sharing.

 

 

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Salty dog!

 

Bet he was a joy as a DI!


 

 

 

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USN '92-'96 USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73

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Awesome Group Bob - a lot of his items and those ribbon and medals are excellent


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Cool group Bob, some beautiful pieces there. Outstanding.

 

I can however not imagine holding that knife with the pommel turned upside down.

 

Thanks for posting this beautiful group.

 

Best

Martin


- Vietnam CISO/SOG Knife Collector -

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Excellent! Just Excellent!

Thanks for posting it.

BKW

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That’s an amazing grouping! It all makes for an incredible display!

 

Frank


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A really nice and complete combat Marine group...thanks for sharing the images and his story!

 

Mike

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There is a stack of original documents spanning his long career, including medals citations, promotions, Honorable Discharge papers, and more.

 

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Here's the discharges and DD 214's for his three combat tours in WWII, Korea and Vietnam:

 

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Outstanding!

 

Robin-


I Collect USMC WWII uniforms, gear, patches, insignia. medals and ribbons. I also sell and trade Militaria of primarily the U.S. Military.

 

R.Delaney

 

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MEDALS CERTIFICATES - note that his Purple Heart certificate has him being wounded on August 27, 1950 but I believe it should be Sept 27, since he was wounded at during the Inchon Soul campaign which began in September. There is a document from a Navy Hospital and the date error on that became a fixed part of his records. Also, his PH certificate was not issued until 1965.

 

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Some more in chronological order (hopefully)

 

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His photo album covers occupation duty in Japan and post-war reserve service with the 12th Infantry Bn. in San Francisco (he went back on active duty for Korea).

 

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