Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1950's USMC HBT Corpsman Coat PhM1C

Here is a nice one that appeared recently: An HBT coat belonging to a three war vet, WWII Korea and Viet Nam. This coat belongs to his 50's era. This is a very nice example of a 50's Corpsman HBT coat complete with a hand stenciled navy rate on the sleeve and round pocket. Some nice research material here for the collector who purchased it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ikesgrunt's Iwo Jima Display Alpha Coat 3rd, 4th & 5th Marine Divisions

My friend Pat over at Ikesgrunt is also a Battle of Iwo Jima collector. Pat has also put together a 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions display representing the three divisions that landed at Iwo Jima. Like my display, each jacket is IDed to a Marine who participated in the Battle. Not only did he do a great job putting together a tribute for these three particular Marines, it is an visually impressive display that captures the pride of the USMC. Well Done!

Friday, October 10, 2014

WWII Navy Warrant Officer Pay Clerk USS Kaweah (AO-15) Officer Dress Whites

From the Archives: I picked up this officer dress White uniform at the Great Western Gunshow back in the 1990's for my The Sandpebbles impression I did at the time. I had this uniform in storage for a few years and didn't even know if was named or not. I managed to locate it this week and incredibly it had a name stamped and written in the coat. Although it was a common name the letter combination wasn't and I was able to ID the coat to a Warrant Officer who lived locally here at San Pedro, CA. He was a long time sailor enlisting in 1921 through 1946, and was finally made a Warrant Officer in his last year of service. Most all of his WWII career was aboard the USS Kawesh (A0-15) an Oiler that served ships on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Sadly he died in 1956, only 10 years after being released from service, although his wife lived to 102 years old and passed away in 2007! It was great to finally locate and ID this coat it being the only Warrant Officer coat in my collection and an awesome tribute to a long serving sailor!