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Yes, that's a WWII "Sea Going Marines" patch on a WWII uniform. That's a nice pick.

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After having a double bypass this past year, it's time to downsize and pass along much of my 'stuff'. I've had my fun, now it is someone elses turn.

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SHIP's detachment! That's the proper name I was looking for. But the function was the same :)

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After having a double bypass this past year, it's time to downsize and pass along much of my 'stuff'. I've had my fun, now it is someone elses turn.

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I havent got all the details on the markings yet.I just bought it but wanted to make sure of the patches first.Heres a pic of the front.

What was the job for ships detatchment?

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Looking for WW-2,

88th Inf Div,

99th/394th inf,

1st Cav Groupings/Items

Also Looking For Headgear ALL Countrys.

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In the olden days, only CAPITAL ships (battleships and cruisers, later aircraft carriers) normally had shipboard detachments of Marines.

 

The manpower of a Det could be as few as six or eight men, or as many as 30. The small dets often had

a sgt as NCOIC, while the larger ones had a LT or even a Capt. They acted as: 1. the ship's police and security force; 2. participated in, if not supervised, gunnery training and ops. Jobs were to guard the bridge, armory and command center and ship's captain; operating the brig and taking charge of prisoners (including any POWs); guarding access to the ship when in port and overseeing the Shore Patrol.

 

During WWII the shipboard detachments were expanded, the total manpower justifying their own SSI. With more and more ships in service, more and more dets were active. And there were fewer small dets and more large ones. In addition, Dets were embarked on an as-needed basis -- wherever a Flag Officer was afloat, for example.

 

The USMC presence in EUROPE was mostly Shipboard Dets (though the Londonderry Barracks peaked at hundreds-strong and the London base command had a Security Battalion of Marines). IIRC a Det actually participated in the Southern France invasion (from a Cruiser?).

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A good friend of mine was wounded at Iwo Jima and sent home. After he recovered he was attached to a ships detachment and went to Europe to watch over the rowdy G.I.'s returning from the ETO. He has a M41 jacket with a hand inked ship's detachment patch logo on the back of his jacket. Sea going Jarheads!!

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