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WWII USMC Purple Heart group of Leslie O. Holbrook


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* Any additional service info would be greatly appreciated! I just acquired this group from the family. These items belonged to Leslie O. Holbrook. Holbrook was born in Worthington, Minnesota, and passed away in Vancouver. WA. He found his way to Oregon with the CCC. Holbrook became a marine in August, 1936. He did embassy duty and served in Shanghai and the Forbidden City in China. He was discharged in, I believe, 1940. Needless to say, a short time later Holbrook was back in the Marine Corps and fought at Guadalcanal, the Solomons, etc. According to the family, Holbrook suffered 3 wounds, on two occasions, during the war (back, buttocks, and loss of a finger). The family said Holbrook became a paratrooper for the extra pay. The group includes: 1) a fabulous 1940 USMC Tienstin China yearbook. This book has individual photos of all the Tientsin marines and their names/hometowns as well as group shots, atheletic teams, etc. Gobs of photos. Every marine is wearing the fur cap and enameled diamond insignia. This is a Fascinating photographic record of the fur cap variations, insignia, and uniforms in general! 2) His China era pfc blue blouse, named inside, with droop wing eagles and Fourragere 3) His WWII green trousers (named) and sergeant's blouse, named inside, with his named Purple Heart pinned to it, twill 1st Division patch, and Fourragere  4) His dog tag dated 5 August 36, and showing him to be with Co. C, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Rgt. 5) Unnamed Bronze Star 6) A 1937 Golden Dragon 180th Meridian crossing certificate 7) A 1937 dated Dragon-Backs of China-Side Subpoena and Summons Extraordinary charging Holbrook with "breaking in on the chow line" 7) A large cap insignia 8) Named iverseas cap with large cap insignia. 9) Unmarked K-Bar type knife in a vintage decorated leather scabbard. 10) A few misc photos in uniform and after the war. 11) His named China era white belt and buckle. A pretty neat USMC group.

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Kurt Barickman

That is a great group! Love the Heart and the China connection.  I have been through Worthington MN many times; along 1-90 west of Sioux Falls. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Kurt Barickman

Looks like he was with the Paras on the Canal and was wounded once on D-Day 8-7-42 and if I remember correctly they were on either Gauvutua or Tulagi that day. Really great group. Also with the 28th Marines later.

 

Kurt

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