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I recently acquired this old photograph of a US Marine and his wife. It appears to be pre-WW 2 based on the US Army shooting badges worn on his uniform. I believe he was an office based on the EGA on his collar. I have no information on these individuals other than the names Earl and Wanda Ray. Anyone with additional information would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy

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Based on the "Army Style" shooting badges, the style of the EGA and the hair style of the woman, I would say 1924/1925.  He is an enlisted man, not an officer.  Note the chinstrap is black leather.  Would be gold with thin red stripe if officer.  

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Agree an enlisted man, late 1920's early 30's based upon the finish of the photo. What ever processes the developers used in the 1920's, those pictures tend to fade to a light sepia color over time.

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Earl E. Ray enlisted 27 September 1927.

 

He spent the bulk of his time with the USS California's Marine Detachment. Also spent time at the Guard Company Puget Sound Naval Yard and finished at Marine Barracks Iona Island.

 

He was discharged in 1931 as a Private First Class

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Great Photo! Very nice follow up information. Glad the name was written on the back. When ever I see a photo like this, I always hope they had a great and long life together.

BKW

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Thank you all for the information. It’s  interesting and funny he spent most of his career on the USS California. That’s where I found his picture.

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Enlistedman wearing private purchase NS Meyers Metal emblems...these were popular alternatives to the droop-winged P26 emblems that were unpopular. As the P26 was approved in 1926 but didn't really start seeing production until around 1930, I would venture this photo is around 1930. Might be able to narrow it down more if we got a close up of the cover emblem

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