A nice and complete USMC Service Uniform. The tunic with ribbon bars and medals and the pants are named to a Iwo Jima veteran, who served at both Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima during World War 2. The tunic has a rare 1st Division Guadalcanal patch.
The garrison cap with the wellknown bronze USCM insignia (Eagle, Globe and Anchor), the khaki shirt with Corporal patches and matching tie and the black leather service shoes are all original USMC, but the items are not from the same veteran.
Information about the veteran
More info to come.
General information about the USMC Service Uniform
The service uniform consists of green and khaki colors. It is the prescribed uniform when serving on a court-martial, making official visits and calls on American and foreign dignitaries, officials, and military officers, visiting the White House (except when in a tourist capacity, or on an occasion where another uniform is specified) or reporting for duty onshore. Like the Blue Dress uniform, the service uniform is authorized for wear while off-duty (i.e., while on leave or liberty).
A nice example of the iconic WW2 front seam fixed bale M1 USMC helmet with a great reversible brown/green 2nd pattern camo cover. The helmet still has the original canvas chinstraps, but the Hawley liner is a repro used in the HBO miniseries “The Pacific”. The camo cover is without any post war markings and in excellent condition with signs of battle use.
Marines in the Pacific theatre of war wearing the M1 helmet with camo covers
Dress Blue Uniform of The United States Marine Corps (USMC).
Named to Iwo Jima veteran Corporal Charles Cary Frieze, Alabama (photo), who passed away in 1971 at the age of 48.
This uniform is totally lined and has 2 inside pockets.
Bought in USA, September 2011
Original Japanese “meat ball” silk flag.
This is a so called Good Luck Flag also known as hinomaru yosegaki.
With beautiful Japanese hand writing (good luck greetings for the fallen soldier).
The flag was brought home from Iwo Jima, where it was found on a dead Japanese soldier. From the estate of a USMC Lieutenant Colonel, who served in the Pacific.
Size: 95cm x 71cm. Scarce and salty condition. Solid for the most part. Still has the attached connecting cords. Small edge tear.
Has some soiling and stains (some of them possibly blood stains).
Bought in USA, July 2011
The story of the Japanese Good Luck Flag (hinomaru yosegaki)
When new recruits or reservists were called to active duty almost invariably, either their family members or company, purchased a Japanese flag and had the recruits relatives or friends and co-workers sign their names and a good luck or patriotic message to the flag. Throughout the war the soldier carried these flags, on thier body, close to their hearts. It was thought that this would bring them luck in battle, so they could return to their families.
US Marines proudly displaying a captured Good Luck Flag