Thursday, May 28, 2015
Just an incredible Zippo lighter advertisement of Joe Rosenthal's lighter that he carried at Iwo Jima. Features the classic black crinkle paint style of WWII Zippo lighters, personalized with his initials engraved on the side.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Although Iwo Jima Navy vet uniforms appear somewhat regularly, it is D-Day Navy vet uniforms that are near impossible to locate. When I see them I usually purchase them but those opportunities rarely appear. Owning only three in my collection, and missing out on a forth, that comes out to happening across a D-Day uniform once a year since I started focusing on named uniforms. I was lucky a few years ago when a local antique store had a D-Day vet grouping from a Sailor who was on LST-380. Having the "MO" on his patch on a couple of his jumpers he was a most likely part of a Higgins boat crew during Overlord. This brave sailor stayed in the service until the 1960s so unfortunately I cannot get his complete records. While even Army D-Day uniforms are difficult to locate, I find locating Navy D-Day uniforms even more difficult. A wonderful jumper from a Navy D-Day hero. EDIT 6/9: I had a misconception of the MoMM rate and wanted to correct any misconceptions of the rate. I bought four jumpers from this sailor, only one white jumper had the MO rate. The purpose of the MO rate is a work on smaller engines on craft, such as Higgins boats and PT boats etc. Since he was on an LST more likely than not he was part of a Higgins boat crew. Most Higgins boats are piloted by Coxswain or Boatswain mates.
Monday, May 4, 2015
About a year ago I picked up this forest green coat belonging to Navy Corpsman who started in the 1st Field Depot Supply Service IMAC 1st Amphibious Corps and later transferred to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines 1st Marine Division in time for the Battle of Okinawa. It is a real interesting coat as the outline of his IMAC and 1st MarDiv patches can still be seen. The outline of his pharmacist rate patch can also be seen. The coat was later cycled out to another 1st MarDiv Marine which is the setup it has in this photo. Unfortunately it has been very difficult to pull his records as he has a very common name and his entries on the USMC rosters doesn't list his service number. Another detail that has been difficult for me to locate his a PhM2c Forest Green patch which I finally located last week. Although it is a Right Sleeve/rear facing crow, I am still going to use it until I can locate a correct facing crow. After many years of looking this is my first Corpsman Forest green coat. Looking forward to finally restore this coat back to its original Corpsman state.