A reference gallery of USMC Alpha Service Coats and Navy Corpsman Jumpers and field gear from WWI, WWII, the Korea War and the Viet Nam War.
Monday, August 27, 2012
WWII USMC Staff Sergeant FMF-Pac Artillery
Another Iwo Jima service coat located! This one belongs to a Marine who was a cook in C Company, 2nd 155mm Howitzer Battalion which landed on Iwo Jima on the first day of battle. What is the historical significance of their particular landing? They were the only company of their battalion to land successfully and get in position in support of the 28th Marines on the first few days of the battle. Also the ship they landed with LST 779 was the ship that provided the second flag for the historic Iwo Jima flag raising. This will be the first FMF-Pac patched uniform I have ever purchased for my collection as somebody stripped the patches off the uniform and will need to be restored. Looking forward to learning more about this Marine.