Friday, July 24, 2015
Here's a list of items that Marines would have issued and in their possession, taken from one of my WWII USMC vet service record.
Monday, July 20, 2015
A few weeks ago some amazing uniforms appeared on Ebay, too many to be honest. One of the uniforms I missed out on was this amazing Khaki Marine Officer's coat. While I am not much of a khaki coat or Marine Aviator collector or a big fan of the Corsair (My favorite WWII fighter is the Wildcat), this original owner of this coat was quite a Marine....! Earning a flying Cross for actions in the Korea War flying corsairs, really changed things up for me. There are very few things I regret missing out on but this Marine Pilot hero really tells an incredible story. Congratulations to the winner!
Every once in awhile a marine uniform appears that captures the imagination. This extremely difficult to find Raider coat appeared on our favorite auction site this week. Incredible!
Monday, July 6, 2015
Here is a nice coat that appeared recently. It is named to a pilot who was attached to VF-47 (Fighting Cocks) flying Hellcats from the USS Bataan (CVL-29). This pilot participated in the sinking of the Yamato on April 6th 1945, where he was awarded the Flying Cross. Although not an ace, he shot down 3.5 aircraft during the Battle of Okinawa. Although not the focus of my collection, I've been looking for an excellent representation of a WWII Navy pilot attributed coat, this one being a great example.