Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WWII USMC Correct Ribbon Placement 1946 Marine Corps Gazette

Problems with how your Marine Corps ribbons and devices should be attached to a WWII USMC uniform? This is a great article from a 1946 Marine Corps Gazette article. What is great about it is the plain talk from the writer of the article of how ribbon and shooting badges should be attached. There is always something to learn and this article even made me reevaluate how I attached these items to my uniform restorations.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WWII USMC PFC 28th Marines 5th Marine Division Uniform Jacket

It's been while! Here is a USMC Coat IDed to a Marine in the Weapons Company 28th Marines and a vet of Iwo Jima. The Jacket was stripped when purchased but the outline of his rank and 5th MarDiv SSI is still visible. This coat was later recycled out to a Marine who served from 1946-1949. Only the second 28th Marines coat I have managed to locate.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wileys Uniform Accessory Shop Custom WWII 1/2 Sized Marine/Navy Ribbons

Jason Foust, owner of Wileys Uniform Accessory Shop has recreated and reproduced the correctly sized USMC and Navy 1/2 sized uniform ribbons for uniform restorations. If you're not aware, during WWII the US Navy and Marines ribbons were sized differently than the 3/8 sized army Ribbons. If you restore uniforms like myself you soon realize it is difficult and cost prohibitive at times to recreate ribbons bars, as some 1/2 ribbons are difficult or near impossible to locate. Jason has taken the time to tool up and acquire original NOS WWII ribbon to recreate ribbons for a restored ribbon rack. Its amazing work he's producing. Jason was also one of the main purchasers of the Wosk hoard of WWII uniform items. Overall Jason is a great source to restore your uniform with not only newly reproduced 1/2 ribbons but NOS shoot badges, SSI Patches, Rank, Rates etc. You can visit his Fabcebook page here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

WWII Navy Clothing and Small Stores List 1942

Here is a nice find this weekend, a WWII Navy Clothing and Small Stores List from 1942. This is basically a list of items sailors were issued. A great checklist of items for WWII Navy collectors and Reenactors.