Our agency’s Christmas card 2012

Merru bloody Christmas!

Just wanted to share this photo with you guys. It’s the output of a photo session, we held in November 2012. We used the photo for our advertising agency’s Christmas card, that was sent out to all our clients during December.

The story of the photo is that 2 new recruits (2 new employees that joined our team in December) have arrived to the front line to assist our small, creative team. For several months we had been far too busy work-wise, and backup was urgently needed. That is what we were trying to show and tell in a slightly alternative way.

The location was an old barn far out in country in Southern Jutland, Denmark. It was freezing cold, but we kept warm on hot coffee, plenty of cigarettes and Jack D. The cold got you to think about the poor men, that basically were dressed like us back in Normandy. They must have had a hell of a time.

The uniforms are mostly repros, but the weapons and different pieces of equipment are the real thing from my collection.

Hope you like it?


USMC Corporal Service Uniform

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).

US Paratrooper M-42 Jump Uniform (551st PIB)

A rare, complete US Airborne Paratrooper jump uniform in absolutely mint condition. The uniform was acquired as a set, and the pants are named to John D. Morgan, who was a Paratrooper in The 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion (PIB) and served in Europe during WW2. The jacket is not marked or named, but the recent owner acquired it as a set as well.

The M-42 Jump Jacket (complete with belt and early type Conmar zippers in perfect condition) is unmarked and has a 101st Airborne Division Screaming Eagles badge sewn on the left shoulder. So far I don’t know if the patch is genuine and sewn on during WW2. To my knowledge The 551 PIB did not use 101st patches, but I will do some more research here.

The nice pair of M-42 Jump Pants has Mr. Morgan’s military service number stamped in the linning and his name stamped inside one of the pockets.

The other items shown on the display did not belong Mr. Morgan, but are all part of my collection.

Biography of John D. Morgan
John Daniel “Dan” Morgan was born in 1921, the son of William Lloyd and Mary Ellen O’Brien Morgan. He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada although both his parents were originally from Spokane. He graduated from Victoria High School and then moved to California where he worked for Douglas Aircraft and attended both the Cumnock School and City College of Los Angeles.

In 1942 Dan Morgan volunteered for service in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was sent to Fort Benning for training with the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion. The early photo below identifies him as an Army Paratrooper and the rank of T5. The unit was sent to the Caribbean Theater where they prepared for the assault on Martinique. After returning to the U.S., he was injured in a training accident and placed in the HQ, 36th Reinforcement Depot for redeployment. In May 1945, he was transferred to the HQ Co. 6th Tank Destroyer Group, which would be stationed at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. On July 21, 1945 he and another soldier named T. Boutsikaris were put on Detached Service (DS) for an eight week period at the Army University Center No. 1, in Shrivenham, England.

John D. Morgan’s name is referenced in the book Messengers of the Lost Battalion by Gregory Orfalea. Within Gregory’s book, Dan Morgan relates some of his experiences while at Dachau. It states that he arrived one week after VE Day (May 8th, 1945). Due to the location of the 6th TD Group during the month of May, he most likely spent some time at Dachau prior to his transfer to the unit. He speaks of the many piled-up bodies that he saw, the many more that would die over the next week and the townspeople who were forced to bury the bodies. He says “the stench was worse than a thousand dead horses”. He also mentions that German POW’s were eventually brought to Dachau, where he and the other soldiers provided security.

When Dan Morgan left the army in 1946, he first attended Gonzaga University. He then transferred to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., from which he graduated in 1950.  While there, he participated in the ROTC program and was commissioned into the Air Force Reserve in 1949 at Lowery AFB, CO.  Dan held various Air Force and National Intelligence assignments throughout the country, including the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. and the Far East. He also worked for the Army Missile Intelligence Command at Huntsville, AL and numerous Air Force assignments throughout the U.S.

Photos of John D. Morgan dated 1943 (New York) and 1972 (McChord AFB)

In 1970, Mr. Morgan joined the U.S. Customs Service and worked as an inspector at various posts in the Port of Seattleincluding temporary assignments at Nighthawk, near Loomis. He retired in 1977 and moved to Wauconda, where he built a home on Mt. Toroda and was a resident for 24 years. While there, he established the Morning Song Forest Restoration Project to demonstrate ecologically sound practices to reclaim over-logged land and establish a sustainable forest operation.

The photo above on the right is from 1972 while he commanded the USAF Reserve Intel unit at McChord Air Force Base. At that time his rank was Lieutenant Colonel.

Dan Morgan also wrote 11 books, including his definitive history of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion (The Left Corner of My Heart), his personal memoirs, poetry, a series of videos of music and scenes for meditation. Mr. Morgan was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and had been a Secular Franciscan for more than 40 years. He was also a past officer of the 551st Parachute Infantry Association, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Washington Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

John D. Morgan past away in January 2002 and is survived by his wife of 52 years, La Honda Jo Walton Morgan, four sons, Daniel, Tom, Ric and Bill as well as four daughters, Suzy, Tree, Lee and Maria. At the time of his death, Dan had 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Source of biography and photos: http://www.tankdestroyer.net

US Corcoran Jump Boots

A nice and original pair of the iconic Airborne Paratrooper Corcoran Jump Boots. Great shape and not messed with. The boots have the original russet leather finish on them. They have not been polished and show very light wear with no rot, no damage, good tight stitching and only a few light scuffs. The boots are in a very good condition for their age. Well marked inside and out. Replaced, but original laces. Size 8.5 D.
Bought in USA, October 2011

US Paratroopers in England wearing the characteristic Jump Boots.

US M-36 Musette Bag

M-36 Musette Bag complete with original shoulder strap.
A scarce khaki M-36 Musette Bag in very good condition with some light use wear evident at front, a moderately stained area at the lower back, and the button missing from the side pocket. Otherwise, the pack is in fine shape, with no rips or tears. It is “US” stamped at front, marked “Protection Products” on the inside and dated 1942.
The bag is complete with the original M-36 khaki shoulder strap in excellent condition and also dated 1942, making this a rare 1942 dated matched set.
Bought in USA, September 2011

General information about the M-36 Musette Bag
The M-36 Musette Bag was issued by The US Army during WW2 for use as a handy shoulder bag or a small pack. It was prized for its light weight, compact size and surprising carrying capacity. It was especially popular with paratroopers, who always jumped, fought and moved in light marching order.

A group of US Paratroopers wearing the M-36 Musette Bag