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Article about: I was hoping to receive some input on this USMC jacket. What are your thoughts on the potential for its originality? In searching through Ancestry I was able to find a Donald A Nelson who en

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    I was hoping to receive some input on this USMC jacket. What are your thoughts on the potential for its originality?

    In searching through Ancestry I was able to find a Donald A Nelson who enlisted in April 1942 and in October 1942 shows up on a muster roll aboard the USS New Orleans as a Marine Detachment with the rank of Private. Throughout 1943 he shows up on the Muster Rolls aboard the same ship but as Pfc - as is this uniform. In 1944 he shows up on the same ship but progresses as a Corporal and then a Sergeant - a rank he retains until he returns stateside in July 1945.

    Would it have made sense for him to be discharged and still retain his jacket patched as a Pfc. with his ribbon bar and applied a ruptured duck? I would think a jacket patched as a Sgt. would be the one he would wear home. This is assuming I've found the correct D.A. Nelson - I did not find another D.A. Nelson variant on the muster rolls during WW2.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Looks ok. Rich A. in Pa.
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    can we get a photo of the shoulder straps

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    Thank you for your input Rich.

    RH1941 - I can engage the seller to try and get some pictures of the shoulder straps. Is there something in particular I should be looking for? Sorry for my ignorance but I'm new to USMC items.

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    On WWII jackets just before the strap you will see an X stitched on the shoulder. You can kind of see it on this one
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    Gotcha! Thanks for the insight.

    What are your thoughts on the originality of attached items to the tunic?

    He has a 6th marine uniform that I'm suspicious of, more so than this one, so I'm probably looking at this one with an over-critical eye.

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    My concern with the other uniform is not that the items are not period but rather that is was put together. i.e. it's a named 6th Marine Division Pfc. with a 3 place ribbon bar with only American Campaign, American Defense & WW2 Victory.

    Maybe I'm wrong but that seems like a strange combination for a 6th Marine Division uniform for a Pfc.

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    You never know . Sometimes the family finds a ribbon bar and just throws it on . I can't count how many times I've seen a jacket with all mismatched ribbons and collar brass that the seller swears up and down that It's just the way the vet had it .

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    Good point. I didn't mean to impugn the seller. He indicated he received both as is and I have no reason to not believe him. I was just questioning the "correctness" and trying to learn a bit myself. The more you learn the more you also learn this hobby can be a minefield at times.

    I suppose it's also entirely possible the uniform above could have traded hands again during the war. The last individual named on the jacket may not have been the last owner.
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    Just to complete the thread I wanted to update and say that I did purchase the above jacket and pants this evening. It's a Christmas present that my wife will be giving to me this year.

    Thank you for your help! Much appreciated.

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