Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The second Corpsman coat I managed to locate last month was this incredible 4th Raider Battalion Corpsman coat I found at a local antiques fair. This is one of those dream finds that comes around once in a lifetime. The coat was stripped but the PhM rate and IMAC outline were clearly on the coat and the name in the coat only matched one Corpsman who was in the Raiders. This Sailor left the service in 1944 for reasons unknown at the moment as I haven't received his records. Like the 1st MarDiv corpsman coat it's difficult to locate a Forest Green Corpsman rate and loose Raider patches can be pricey but I had a friend pull through for me for the rates and found a great deal online for the SSI. I will be taking it to the seamstress shortly and hopefully have it by the end of the weekend.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Last year I picked up this Forest Green Marine Coat IDed to a Corpsman in the 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. I was finally able to locate a proper left facing crow Forest Green Corpsman Rate to start the restoration. Very happy to finally see this one come together after a year of looking. I'm still having difficulty locating his records but I plan to start working on it again. Still a long way to go!