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.