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WW2WaltUSMC
10-03-2009, 02:34 PM
Ahoy! This is sort of a roll call for the Marines here, both actual and reenactors. I'm an Active Duty Marine, and I also do living history with the USMC Historical Company. So where my devil dogs at!?

DELTA0321
10-03-2009, 03:59 PM
USMC retired

Marcus
10-06-2009, 04:12 PM
1996-2004.

Former member of the USMCHC, West Coast platoon shutdown unfortunately.

fortworthgal
10-07-2009, 08:22 AM
I reenact USMCWR, and my husband reenacts USMC. His grandfather was in the 2nd Marines on Tarawa & Saipan during WWII, and his father served in Vietnam and retired as a Lt Col in the Reserves. My husband tried to enlist, but unfortunately a medical condition kept him out.

I've heard that USMCHC has a district here in Texas, we'd love to hear more about that as there are not many USMC reenactors or groups in this area.

dhermann1
10-07-2009, 09:05 AM
USMC 8/31/66 thru 7/9/69.

EwaMarine
10-28-2009, 12:24 PM
http://www.facebook.com/brad.hayes2?v=photos&sb=16#/album.php?aid=2024074&id=1272958415 I was a 2531 with the Marines from 92 till 01...spent most of my time with the force reconaissance community...
Miss the gang!!
I run a small air museum aboard former NAS Barbers Point and MCAS Ewa.
big into living history only bummer is its not big here....

Trying to get US Marine reenactors to come to Hawaii for the 100th Centennial of Naval Aviation in 2011. If anyone is interested, let me know...It might involve getting on a C-17 or a CVN or LHD from NAS North Island..
The plan would be to come over with the naval warbirds and set up shop next to them while here like at the Reading airshow....

SF
Bradster

Davep
10-28-2009, 12:30 PM
Here are some, it represent the combine efforts of the 101st and the 34thID out in california. Coming together to reenact as Marines. Unfortunately most reenactors out here only do ETO. But when the HBO mini-series comes out next year, our PTO battle should see an increase

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k233/sgtsaunders1954/PTOgrouppic.jpg

cco23i
10-28-2009, 05:59 PM
Well boss, if we get a hold of a PBY we are talking about doing Marine ground crew.

Scott

JoshK
11-12-2009, 02:04 PM
I'm USMC reenactor portraying the USMC from 1942-1945, 1951-1952, and 1967-1972. I am also currently working on my 1937-1942 China Marine Impression. I'm out of South-Eastern Virginia.

Me doing C/1/5 September, 1942. Near Henderson Field, Guadalcanal:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Fighter%20Factory%202009/IMG00009_2.jpg

Our Section with our "War Booty" before trading it to some Army/Navy Flyboys:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Fighter%20Factory%202009/guadalcanal_gyrenes.jpg

-Josh

Marcus
11-15-2009, 10:35 AM
Finally had a chance to sport my WW2 USMC Alphas.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_CEXOziEVWtg/SwA1XtmwpQI/AAAAAAAAAyw/n01neDr9FXw/s576/DSC01272.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_CEXOziEVWtg/SwA1YDNY2FI/AAAAAAAAAy0/Fq7aHW7bR9k/s800/DSC01274.JPG

fortworthgal
11-17-2009, 12:21 PM
Certainly not the most flattering shot of me, but sadly the only one I have! This was from an event two weekends ago - myself in USMCWR summer seersuckers, my husband is the enlisted Marine in the center, and one of our other friends.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2611/4095477306_e2d7be0d50.jpg

DutchIndo
11-18-2009, 10:38 AM
I'm USMC reenactor portraying the USMC from 1942-1945, 1951-1952, and 1967-1972. I am also currently working on my 1937-1942 China Marine Impression. I'm out of South-Eastern Virginia.

Me doing C/1/5 September, 1942. Near Henderson Field, Guadalcanal:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Fighter%20Factory%202009/IMG00009_2.jpg

Our Section with our "War Booty" before trading it to some Army/Navy Flyboys:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Fighter%20Factory%202009/guadalcanal_gyrenes.jpg

-Josh
Wow is that a Hawley Helmet liner ? What size loan did you get from the bank to buy it ?

JoshK
11-18-2009, 09:31 PM
Actually it is reproduction Hawley made by Rob Lihani. It is fantastic and I love it for using for my Guadalcanal and Tarawa USMC Impression and my North Africa and Sicily US Army Impressions. I got mine with fixbale helmet for about $200. Since demand has gon up allot they have gone up to $150-$195 without the helmet but in my opinion it is worth as it really completes those early war impressions.

P.S. It is a full Hawley Reproduction which means I can take it out of the helmet and just wear it by itself as was often done without anyone being the wiser to it being not a real Hawley.

-Josh

DutchIndo
11-19-2009, 01:12 AM
Joshk I've seen ratty beat to crap ones for 200.00. Every time I watch Guadalcanal Diary I drool over them. From what I understand they weren't too sturdy. I am fortunate to own a couple of WWII ABN liners. These were when nobody knew what they were. I wonder what I could for them if I decided to sell them.

JoshK
11-19-2009, 10:22 PM
Yeah they weren't all that sturdy since they were basicly glorified paper mache. My original(which I keep at home on display) feels pretty flimsy even though it is in good condition.

Luckily I got a good deal on my original, about $250 with orginal Fixed Bale helmet and ID to a Marine Aviator(probably why it is in the condition it is in):
Front:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/DSC_0002.jpg

Left:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/DSC_0003.jpg

Rear:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/DSC_0004.jpg

Right:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/DSC_0005.jpg

Interior:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/DSC_0006.jpg

Just Liner:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/DSC_0007.jpg





Here is the repop liner for comparison:
In helmet:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Misc%20Pics/DSC_0011-1.jpg

Just Liner:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Misc%20Pics/DSC_0015-1.jpg

Ineterior:
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn24/redjoshman/Misc%20Pics/DSC_0020.jpg

-Josh

DutchIndo
11-20-2009, 12:57 AM
Thanks for the pics very interesting.

EwaMarine
12-16-2009, 09:06 PM
Does anyone know where I can find shooting badges and ribbons for the WW2 Alphas???
MSGT Rank?
Brad

JoshK
12-17-2009, 11:19 AM
For shooting badges I would look around on Ebay as they come up fairly frequently.

For the 1/2 inch ribbons I would check out this guy:
Tom Koenig
tekrelics@aol.com
513-481-1478.

and this guy:
Der Teufelhund
13b Marina Blvd.
Beaufort, SC 29902
843-521-9017
8am till 5 pm Wednesday-Friday

-Josh

thecardigankid
12-17-2009, 06:18 PM
For shooting badges I would look around on Ebay as they come up fairly frequently.

For the 1/2 inch ribbons I would check out this guy:
Tom Koenig
tekrelics@aol.com
513-481-1478.

and this guy:
Der Teufelhund
13b Marina Blvd.
Beaufort, SC 29902
843-521-9017
8am till 5 pm Wednesday-Friday

-Josh


I have a set of ribbons from Sgt. Major Robles (he owns Der Teufelhund) and they are astounding, and he can get you original shooting badges as well. I paid 12 dollars for all my ribbons. Great to deal with too.

DannyBoy
12-18-2009, 01:46 AM
Josh - Do you know if Rob's still making Hawleys? I know he stopped production on his C-Rations until next year, but do you know if he's taking a break from everything or still working on the liners? I think it might be time to pick up one, if my wallet survives the holidays.

As for USMC impressions, I've been itching to do an Army interpreter attached to a USMC unit on Okinawa. I've got at least one picture of a fellow, in one of my books, wearing a camouflage cover on his helmet, and possibly also wearing USMC utilities. I'll have to take a look at that again once I get home...

JoshK
12-18-2009, 01:08 PM
I would e-mail him about it but I'm not entirely sure. I got mine more than a year ago now, one of his very early production ones.

The Army interpreter sounds interesting. Do you know if the USMC had the same thing? The only one I know about is Guy Gabaldon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Gabaldon

-Josh

EwaMarine
12-18-2009, 07:15 PM
Oorah gents, Thanks!!
Brad

EwaMarine
12-18-2009, 07:21 PM
What about the belt for the WW2 Alphas????
Where do you find one of those???
Shoulder Rank for Msgt??
Forgive the ignorance but still learning yet want perfection...in the accuracy...Its a Marine thing. Do it right or just kill it.

JoshK
12-18-2009, 08:19 PM
There are 2 options. 1st is of course to get an original which do sometimes come up on Ebay. Problems are of course that certain sizes may be hard to get and the condition may vary. The second option is to get the garrison belt from WPG and dye it the proper cordovan color:
http://onlinemilitaria.net/shopexd.asp?id=97&bc=no

It will be missing certain features(like the button behind the buckle) but will be the best you can do till someone reproduces the belt. Remember to oversize it enough so it will still fit over your overcoat.

For Stripes I would go with originals or check this guy out for reproduction:
http://stores.ebay.com/National-Capital-Historical-Sales_WWII-Chevrons_W0QQ_fsubZ4497955QQ_sidZ4407197QQ_trksidZ p4634Q2ec0Q2em322

For those who don't know here is a very informative website on the USMC during World War II:
http://www.ww2gyrene.org/

Just Going to add here some books that all USMC reenactors should have:

Grunt Gear(As recommended by the USMC museum at Quantico):
http://www.amazon.com/Grunt-Gear-Combat-Infantry-Equipment/dp/0912138920

USMC Uniforms and Equipment 1941-1945(Has some inaccuracies but is good for the beginner):
http://www.amazon.com/Uniforms-Equipment-1941-1945-Bruno-Alberti/dp/2915239991/ref=pd_sim_b_1

Dungarees to Frog Skins(mostly about uniforms but has some good original pictures and reconstructions):
http://www.amazon.com/United-States-Uniforms-Insignia-Personal/dp/0764322648/ref=pd_sim_b_18

Pacific Warriors(Great place to begin when researching the "look" of a pacific marine I highly recommend any of his books as they all feature a ton of original photographs so you can portray each campaign authentically):
http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Warriors-Marines-Pictorial-Tribute/dp/0760320977/ref=pd_sim_b_4

USMC Uniforms 1900-1940(This is only for those trying to navigate the minefield that is reenacting pre-war USMC):
http://www.amazon.com/U-S-Marine-Uniforms-1912-1940-Moran/dp/B0006S18AC

782 Gear(not out yet but sure to be a must buy when it does):
http://www.amazon.com/782-Gear-United-States-Equipment/dp/0764333550/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261193529&sr=1-4

-Josh

DannyBoy
12-18-2009, 10:35 PM
I would e-mail him about it but I'm not entirely sure. I got mine more than a year ago now, one of his very early production ones.

The Army interpreter sounds interesting. Do you know if the USMC had the same thing? The only one I know about is Guy Gabaldon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Gabaldon

-Josh Cool deal, I'll shoot him an email after the New Year.

I know the Navy had it's own Japanese/Oriental Language School based out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and sent many of its graduates to Allied Translator and Interpreter Service in Brisbane, Australia. I would assume that some would also have been assigned to USMC units as they were island hopping towards Japan.
Many Japanese-American linguists (who were only allowed to enlist in the Army) though, were assigned to Marine units which likely suggests that the Navy's school at Boulder was smaller or not as as developed as the the Army's Military Intelligence Service Language School at Ft. Snelling, MN that cranked out thousands of interpreters by the end of the war, and hence had to use Army interpreters to fill the gaps.

JoshK
12-19-2009, 10:59 AM
Very interesting. Do you have any books that you would recommend on the subject that sounds very interesting?

-Josh

DannyBoy
12-20-2009, 04:30 PM
Very interesting. Do you have any books that you would recommend on the subject that sounds very interesting?

-Josh "Yankee Samurai" by Joseph Harrington is probably the most widely available book on the topic. It's all over the place, and you can probably find a copy online for no more than a couple dollars.
"Rising Sons" by Bill Yenne is a more recently published book that also covers some of the work of Japanese-American's in the Pacific, as well as in Europe with the 442nd (in fact the cover photo is of two Nisei interpreters with Frank Merrill of Merrill's Marauders).
Other than that it's somewhat difficult to find decent published materials on the work of translating and interpreting units. After graduating from language school, graduates were sent in teams to different units all over the Pacific, making the documentation of what many of them did difficult. In fact it's believed that the Navy and Marine Corps recorded little to nothing of the Army interps attached to Navy and USMC units.
As for those who went through the Navy's language school, I don't know of any books on them, although to be honest I mostly focus my research on the Army, so there could very well be something out there that I don't know about.

marineabilly
12-20-2009, 08:06 PM
Master Sergeant/USMC 1995-Present (current contract ends in 2011).

Yuuuuttttt!!!!! :rage:

TomS
01-16-2010, 09:54 AM
Semper Fi, mac. 3/3 vet here.

thecardigankid
01-16-2010, 04:23 PM
Was originally W/3/4, then went to 3/25 as permanent personel, and currently finishing my final year in the corps on Parris Island, SC

YAI-YAS

fortworthgal
03-10-2010, 09:00 AM
What about the belt for the WW2 Alphas????
Where do you find one of those???

My husband made his own, and dyed it the proper color.

Here are a few new shots. These were taken at Fort Richardson WWII living history weekend in Jacksboro, Texas, February 20.

USMCWR Corporal typing recruitment forms, with Marine Lt.

http://i49.tinypic.com/2mww7pg.jpg

And here is my husband in his USMC impression based on his grandfather, although unfortunately we didn't get any photos taken together! (He also just finished putting together his WWII USMC dress blues!)

http://i49.tinypic.com/11ka2yq.jpg

The neatest part at the event was a lady and her brother who came up to me and recognized my uniform - their mother had been a Platoon Sgt in the USMCWR during WWII! They said she lied about her age to enlist and then left the service when she turned 18 as the Corps found out and gave her the option of being discharged. She was going to get married anyway as her husband was USN coming home from the war, so she left. Her children said she wore no makeup except the bright red lipstick until the day she died.

fortworthgal
03-15-2010, 10:48 AM
Couple more, taken last weekend. My husband and our friend Brandon in their USMC dress blues. Brandon's officer blues are originals, my husband is wearing the WWII Impressions blues, with original cap and all original awards, chevrons, etc. I am dressed as US Navy WAVES in these photos.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2m77xxl.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/2rmljb4.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/8x4zyp.jpg

vitanola
03-15-2010, 09:40 PM
http://www.facebook.com/brad.hayes2?v=photos&sb=16#/album.php?aid=2024074&id=1272958415 I was a 2531 with the Marines from 92 till 01...spent most of my time with the force reconaissance community...
Miss the gang!!
I run a small air museum aboard former NAS Barbers Point and MCAS Ewa.
big into living history only bummer is its not big here....

Trying to get US Marine reenactors to come to Hawaii for the 100th Centennial of Naval Aviation in 2011. If anyone is interested, let me know...It might involve getting on a C-17 or a CVN or LHD from NAS North Island..
The plan would be to come over with the naval warbirds and set up shop next to them while here like at the Reading airshow....

SF
Bradster

In my youth I was acquainted with Al Engle, a pioneer aviator who, after learning to fly at Hammondsport in '09. He purchased a Type E "Triad" in early '10, and subsequently worked on and off for Curtiss as a demonstrator and instructor. Mr. Engle was the instructor sent with the first A-1 purchased by the Navy, and was recognised as the first Naval Aviator at the celebration of the half-century of Naval Aviation in 1961.

Mr. Engel told a funny story about the celebration. The Navy had built a replica Type E ( the Civillian designation of the A-1) with the intention of using it in a fly-by at the ceremony. When the unit was tested, the pilot (needless to say an experienced test pilot) felt that the machine was nearly uncontrollable, and was unsafe to fly so near the grandstand full of dignitaries. Mr. Engle allowed as hoe he had probably flown more hours in the A-1 than any man living, and that he thought that he could handle it (this at the age of 81!) Of course the Naval officers present were horrified, and a different pilot was found to take the wheel at the celebration.

Ken"Hollywood"
09-24-2010, 11:36 PM
For all you who know me I am a U.S. Marine. So to the ones that dont, I do rate to wear the uniform. Now that the formalities are out of the way, here are the pics. I am wearing WWII Dress Blues and Charlies, I dont have ribbons on the charlies because I just wanted to take a quick pic and its late night. Also I might point out My NCO Sword and the Original WW2 Eye glasses. I am still married to the same beautiful woman that watched me march across the parade deck all those years ago.

This is me fresh out of BOOT MCRD San Diego Ca. back in the 80's.
Semper Fi!

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/USMCmyblues001-Copy2.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/11-28-2009083921AM.jpghttp://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/11-28-2009084425AM.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/11-30-2009124934PM.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/P9250009.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/P9250010.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/P9250012.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/P9250017.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/P9250023.jpg
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/crazychevelleman/2286-31-7a.jpg

obxgyrene
05-20-2011, 02:39 AM
New forum member reporting aboard. Served in the Marine Corps from 1978 to 2001.

I'm currently putting together a WW-II Marine Corps khaki uniform and have some very specific questions regarding the actual uniform regulations from 1943 through 1945. An e-mail or PM from anyone willing to assist me would be greatly appreciated.

Burton
05-21-2011, 09:40 PM
I guess this thead is made up of older posts that have been now revived. Very interesting photos of historical USMC uniforms. I notice some are being worn by folks that I assume never served. Never understood that.

cco23i
05-23-2011, 02:15 PM
I guess this thead is made up of older posts that have been now revived. Very interesting photos of historical USMC uniforms. I notice some are being worn by folks that I assume never served. Never understood that.

I have no problem with it and I just retired after 27 years. ANYONE who has a love of military history and DOES IT RIGHT I feel should honor the men and women who served during WW2. Our unit portrays USAAF ground crews and almost ALL of us have or STILL are serving and we all welcome the ones who didn't with open arms.


Tsgt. Scott Dunkirk (RET)

obxgyrene
05-23-2011, 02:27 PM
(IYAMYAS)

What does the "M" stand for? I've seen "O" before used for Ordnance-Air. Just wondering.

cco23i
05-23-2011, 02:34 PM
"If You Aint Maintenance You Aint Sh*t" That's what it stands for.

Scott

obxgyrene
05-23-2011, 02:40 PM
I have no problem with it and I just retired after 27 years. ANYONE who has a love of military history and DOES IT RIGHT I feel should honor the men and women who served during WW2...

My thoughts exactly. I did 23-years in the Marine Corps and have no problems with it--unless an individual uses the uniform to misrepresent their background for personal gain (as in "poser").

cco23i
05-23-2011, 02:48 PM
Roger that boss! You and I agree! Smper Fi brother! I grew up with a "boatload" of Marines and paratroopers from WW2 and Korea so I understand where your coming from.

Scott

Frisco the Beagle
07-21-2012, 07:45 PM
Semper Fi Gyrenes! New member and first post. I am a former Marine (1979-83, 0341/0321/8654, 1st MarDiv and 3rdMarDiv) and have always been interested in WW2 USMC history. However just recently began putting together a set of dress greens (alphas), most of it off eBay. So are there any groups such as reenactors doing USMC WW2 in the southwest US - New Mexico, Arizona, west Texas? Also, what kind of activities are there out there that vintage enthusiasts go to? Just looking for some like minded souls.
Semper Fi!
FTB

samtemporary
07-23-2012, 08:10 PM
USMCR 1991 to 1998; 2005 to 2008.