Original U.S. WWII US Marine Corps and Navy Uniform Lot Featuring III Amphibious Corps Uniforms and Navy Cruise Banners, USS Pillsbury Sunk in 1942 With No Survivors

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Lot Available. This is a fantastic assortment of Pre-War and WWII era items! These items are a mixture of Marine Corps uniforms, uniform items, books and US Navy Cruise Banners. The items are all in wonderful display condition and look very attractive hanging alongside each other.

The Items In This Lot:
- Named Marine Corps III Amphibious Corps / 5th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion Service Alphas: This uniform set belonged to a young Marine by the name of Corporal Theodore C. Lambert. From what we could find about Corporal Lambert, he served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He was born in West Virginia in 1922 and enlisted when he was 20 years old. He lived a long life and unfortunately passed away on March 18, 2005 in Ohio. The uniform consists of a Service Alphas green service coat, green trousers and “barracks’ cover (Peaked Visor). The jacket features a beautiful III Amphibious Corps shoulder sleeve insignia on the left shoulder, a set of corporal chevrons on each sleeve, Ruptured Duck honorable discharge patch on the right breast and the correct EGA lapel devices. The uniform set is all in wonderful condition.

- Dress Blues With Trousers: This is a lovely unmarked set of Dress Blues belonging to a Private First Class. The uniform is in wonderful condition but does have a button missing on the coat as well as slight tearing to the polished black cotton lining. The brass EGA collar devices are missing.

- “The Marines Handbook” dated 1940: The book itself belonged to Lambert and also contains his stencil inside.

- (6) Corporal Chevrons and (1) Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The chevrons are complete sets for a set of Dress Blues, Service Alphas and Khaki Charlie and Bravo dress shirts. The shoulder insignia is for the III Amphibious Group. All wonderful condition with minor moth nips present.

- U.S.S. Pillsbury Cruise Banner (40” x 42”): This banner serves as a memento for Fred F. Mansor. The banner is labeled at the top with “IN MEMORY OF MY ASIATIC CRUISE” and is from 1937 to 1940. The banner lists all locations in which he visited with the ship as well as the Ship’s Captain and Executive officer. The embroidery is patriotic in nature and retained very well. There is minor stitching loss on the twisted rope border, but nothing to subtract from the beauty.

USS Pillsbury: USS Pillsbury (DD-227) was a Clemson-class destroyer of the United States Navy that served during World War II and the first of two ships named after John E. Pillsbury, a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. She was sunk by Japanese cruisers, approximately 200 miles east of Christmas Island on or around 2 March 1942 with all hands, one of two major American surface warships lost in World War II with no survivors.

- Pre-War US Navy Cruise Banner (22” x 35”): The banner is of identical construction as the previous banner and is Pre-US Involvement in WWII. The banner does not have a ship’s name or designator present, but all locations are Japanese or Japanese territories, making this most definitely pre war. The condition is really nice with minor stitching loss present but no extensive damage.

A lovely assortment of items that come more than ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
Dress Blues:
Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: 27”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16”
Chest width: 20”
Waist width: 18.5"
Hip width: 21”
Front length: 34"

Waist: 17.5"
Inseam: 30.5"

Service Alphas:
Collar to shoulder: 9"
Shoulder to sleeve: 25”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16.5”
Chest width: 20”
Waist width: 19.5"
Hip width: 21.5”
Front length: 34"

Waist: 14.5
Inseam: 31"

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