Item # 146
Title: BANANA WARS ERA PRE-WW2 USMC OFFICERS UNIFORM AND 1926 DATED TROUSERS, PAYMASTER
Description: 1920's to WW2 era USMC pants and coat lot. Coat appears to be a mid 1930's to WW2 era officers tan tropical coat that has evidence of removed paymaster's insignia. Some initials are to the inside that I cant make out, but appear to match the symbols in the pants. Pants have "US MARINE QUARTERSMASTER STAMP 1926/27" to the inside waist band. Coat and pants are still heavily starched. The pants have an old tag that says "Chief Pay Clerk John Dell Erwin". However the initials inside both coat and trousers don't quite appear to match this name. I'm not sure what initials they are, as some appear to be sideways? I have no reason to doubt the tag as it came from a very prominent collection of a collector who picked up a number of named lots and items that unfortunately were split up. A quick scan of the records shows that John Dell Erwin started his career as an enlisted pay clerk in 1917 and rose to become an officer in WW2 and retired around 1947 as a Captain or Major with 30 years service, so this combination of coat and trousers makes sense. Pants show some staining.
Item # 119
Title: 1919-1920 BAILEY BANKS AND BIDDLE USMC HAITIAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL #917
Description: A nice all original 1919-1920 Haiti Campaign Medal for the Marines' second foray into Haiti from 1 April 1919 to 15 June 1920. Has three digit rim edge number of "917". Has deep chocolate brown patina. Ribbon shows fray.
Year: Issued 1921
Item # 120
Title: 1920's 1930's BANANA WARS RIBBON BAR, WW1 VICTORY, EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL, HAITI CAMPAIGN AND 2ND NICARAGUA
Description: A sew in place ribbon bar showing service from WW1 to the 1930's. No pin, never had it, meant to be a sew in bar. Ribbons show fray and honest wear.
Size: 5-1/2 x 1/2"
Year: 1920's - 1930's
Item # 131
Title: USMC SECOND NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL NO. 1133
Description: A second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal edge numbered "M No 1133". In original condition, as it should be. Has a split wrap suspension bar and brooch shows some fraying. A beautifully designed medal. I believe these were a US Mint contract. Awarded to Marines having served in Nicaraguan operations from 1926-1933. A great piece of Banana Wars history. Many of the tactics and lessons learned in Nicaragua helped the Marine Corps pave a path towards their WW2 successes and shape modern warfare (Close Air Support, counter Guerilla Warfare, etc). Unfortunately, there is no listing of awardees and medal numbers. Some medals and their numbers can be found issued to Marines in their individual file folders within NARA, however you need a name to start with.
Item # 121
Title: JUNE 1928 MARINE CORPS GAZETTE QUARTERLY, VOL XIII NO. 2
Description: A very hard to find and early issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, the professional magazine of the Marine Corps and still in publishing to this day. Pagination is 89 to 156. Retains a strong cover, spine and rear cover. Article include Thomas S. Butler (Smedley Butler's father), Thirty Years Ago, A Russian Background, An Old Time Fighting Marine (John H Gamble), A Shooting Trip in Uruguay, Status of Personnel Legislation, Events in Nicaragua Since Feb 28, 1928, Professional Notes.
Size: 10" x 7"