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    From what I read, this guy got out of the Marine...

    From what I read, this guy got out of the Marine Corps Reserve a number of years ago. That explains his overweight appearance. The CAR is indeed incorrect as the blue side is not to his right. He...
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    The actual name of that video was "USMC: Take Up...

    The actual name of that video was "USMC: Take Up the Challenge." I just recalled watching it a few years ago on YouTube while doing some research on Parris Island. I just checked YouTube and...
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    I remember it well. Was produced in 1977. It was...

    I remember it well. Was produced in 1977. It was filmed at Parris Island, not San Diego. The featured SDI was GySgt Washington. There was a brief shot of my SDI in it during the pugil stick fight. ...
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    This is not surprising. Based on information...

    This is not surprising. Based on information provided by a friend of mine that was on the preliminary expedition, I published the story of these forgotten men in 2008 on this very website:
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    Perhaps it was awarded by Leatherneck magazine. ...

    Perhaps it was awarded by Leatherneck magazine. Have you tried contacting them?0
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    "To the Colors" is its correct name.

    "To the Colors" is its correct name.
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    I don't recall what the (CP) means, but the 641...

    I don't recall what the (CP) means, but the 641 was his Service Specialty Number (now called MOS--Military Occupational Specialty). The (SS) stands for Selective Service, simply meaning that he...
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    Personally, I would recommend Service Dress A. ...

    Personally, I would recommend Service Dress A. You friend's commissioning is his day. I think Blue Dress A or B would draw attention from him. My belief if never to dress to outshine the host of...
  9. Thread: EAD Recruiter

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    While serving on active duty as an EAD recruiter...

    While serving on active duty as an EAD recruiter you will rate full pay and allowances as those in the regular component. This includes medical and dental services.

    As far as getting released...
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    Those stripes were added sometime after 1945 as...

    Those stripes were added sometime after 1945 as stripes were not authorized for dungarees during WW-II.
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    During my time, I remember Marines wearing Army...

    During my time, I remember Marines wearing Army Commendation and Achievement ribbons as well as ribbons for prior service Good Conduct in the Army and Navy. However, times change and I'm not sure if...
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    Gunstream: Here's an article I wrote for a...

    Gunstream: Here's an article I wrote for a friend who makes authentic WW-II era USMC dog tag reproductions. It details the history and the meanings of each of the lines: ...
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    "P" does, in fact stand for "Protestant." During...

    "P" does, in fact stand for "Protestant." During WW-II the regulations provided for three religious preference possibilities:

    C = Catholic
    H = Hebrew
    P = Protestant

    If a Marine had no...
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    Glad to see that you located a source for these. ...

    Glad to see that you located a source for these. I was pretty certain that the Marine Shop still carried them. I'm sure the quality will be top-notch.

    I spent many years on special duty...
  15. Thread: Vmb 621 ww ii

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    Actually, the Marine Bombing Squadrons received a...

    Actually, the Marine Bombing Squadrons received a lot of good press during WW-II, and assignment to any of those squadrons was rather prestigious. Over 14,000 officers and men served with one of the...
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    VMB-621 was formed at MCAS Cherry Point on 11...

    VMB-621 was formed at MCAS Cherry Point on 11 April 1944 under the command of Major Robert Kiltgaard. On 31 January 1945 the squadron was redesignated as a torpedo-bombing squadron (VMTB-621) and...
  17. Ray: Thanks for posting this. I heard of the...

    Ray:

    Thanks for posting this. I heard of the North Platte Canteen before, but none of the guys I know ever mentioned being there. Some recalled the Stage Door Canteen in NY, or the Hollywood...
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    Thanks for that info on Emirau. I did not know...

    Thanks for that info on Emirau. I did not know the Japs did not defend it. I have a number of buddies who are still around that flew PBJs from that island to bomb Rabaul and Kaveing.
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    I think you are looking for the white "mess...

    I think you are looking for the white "mess dress" jacket. I'm not sure if this is authorized any longer--since the officers did away with their white uniform in 2000. If anyone has them, I would...
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    Some vendors use white thread as "basting" to...

    Some vendors use white thread as "basting" to hold down the edges that are folded under the reverse side of the stripe. This basting is a very loose stitch and needs to be removed by the tailor...
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    Raymond: To answer your question, unless there...

    Raymond:

    To answer your question, unless there was a recent change, applicants may enlist in the reserves for 3, 4, 5, or 6 years--with the remainder of their 8-year military obligation spent in...
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    If your father entered active duty on or before...

    If your father entered active duty on or before 31 Dec 1946 he rates the WW-II Victory Medal and, as you said, if fully entitled to have that inscription on his marker. Don't let any one tell you...
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    Kelsey: I recommend you ask your...

    Kelsey:

    I recommend you ask your great-grandmother if she has any of his records or photographs. I'm sure she will let you see them if you are interested. If she does, you may be able to get...
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    I think the "Swedish looking" one suspended...

    I think the "Swedish looking" one suspended around his neck is the "Royal Order of the Douche."
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    If the MEPS physician found you physically...

    If the MEPS physician found you physically qualified--that's it. Packages to augment from the reserve to the regular component contain only basic medical information such as color perception,...
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