Original U.S. WWII Battle of Okinawa 6th Marine Division Identified Grouping

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind Set. Raymond E. Greesom in revived a purple heart for being wounded in the Battle of Okinawa in May 1945. He is listed in the book History of the 6th Marine Division on page 254.

For its actions at Okinawa, the 6th Marine Division earned a Presidential Unit Citation. The citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault and capture of Okinawa, April 1 to June 21, 1945. Seizing Yontan Airfield in its initial operation, the SIXTH Marine Division, Reinforced, smashed through organized resistance to capture Ishikawa Isthmus, the town of Nago and heavily fortified Motobu Peninsula in 13 days. Later committed to the southern front, units of the Division withstood overwhelming artillery and mortar barrages, repulsed furious counterattacks and staunchly pushed over the rocky terrain to reduce almost impregnable defenses and capture Sugar Loaf Hill. Turning southeast, they took the capital city of Naha and executed surprise shore-to-shore landings on Oroku Peninsula, securing the area with its prized Naha Airfield and Harbor after nine days of fierce fighting. Reentering the lines in the south, SIXTH Division Marines sought out enemy forces entrenched in a series of rocky ridges extending to the southern tip of the island, advancing relentlessly and rendering decisive support until the last remnants of enemy opposition were exterminated and the island secured. By their valor and tenacity, the officers and men of the SIXTH Marine Division, Reinforced contributed materially to the conquest of Okinawa, and their gallantry in overcoming a fanatic enemy in the face of extraordinary danger and difficulty adds new luster to Marine Corps history, and to the traditions of the United States Naval Service.
— Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal for the President

Included in this extraordinary named grouping are the following items:
- USMC service "A" uniform, also known as the "pickle suit” with correct EGA collar pins and USMC buttons. The ribbon bars include the following awards: Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal Ribbon with one service star, American Defense Medal Ribbon and an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal Ribbon with one Bronze Star. Expert Rifleman Badge, Ruptured Duck, 6th Marine Division patch on left shoulder and sergeant chevrons (only on one shoulder per the 1943 issue regulations, like the Navy).
- USMC side cap with correct EGA badge.
- Detached embroidered WWII 6th Marine Division patch in clear case.
- Detached Australian made embroidered WWII USMC Third Amphibious Corps patch with cheese cloth backing in clear case.
- WWII USN/USMC Purple Heart with Split Full Wrap Brooch
- Original printed volume of History of the 6th Marine Division

Overall a wonderful identified comprehensive grouping from the famous 6th Marine Division and the Battle of Okinawa.
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