U.S. WWII USMC 5th Amphibious Corps Named Grouping - WW2 & Korean War Veteran
Original Items: One-of-a-kind grouping. Billy P. Buckelew served as a member of the Marine 5th Amphibious Corps during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. He was a highly decorated marksman and earned a purple heart (named).
The V Amphibious Corps (VAC) was a formation of the United States Marine Corps which was composed of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions in World War II. The three divisions were the amphibious landing force for the United States Fifth Fleet and were notably involved in the battles for Tarawa, Saipan, and Iwo Jima, during the war. The V Amphibious Corps was commanded by General Holland 'Howlin Mad' Smith followed by General Harry Schmidt.
Engagements during World War II
* Battle of Tarawa
* Battle of Makin
* Battle of Kwajalein
* Battle of Eniwetok
* Battle of Saipan
* Battle of Tinian
* Battle of Iwo Jima
Included in this spectacular grouping are the following items:
Original Photo of Billy Buckelew with his mother Pearl.
WWII V Amphibious Corps shoulder patch (this patch alone is worth $200)
Purple Heart named to BP Buckelew and dated 5-24-1945
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 6 awards! Named to Billy P Buckelew 1941
WW2 Japanese Enlisted Man's Collar Tabs
WWII Expert Rifleman with EGA (RARE)
WWII Marine Corps Marksman Clasp
American Campaign Medal
Asia Pacific Campaign Medal (with one star)
American Defense Service Medal with BASE Bar (with one star)
WWII Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
China Service Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal (Asia)
Navy & Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal (Korea)
Also included is a wonderful Japanese Good Luck flag taken from a Japanese soldier KIA. It measures 33 x 29. All of this is contained in a 1940s Flor de Melba Cigar Supreme 9 Cents Vintage Cigar Box, 8.5 x 6 x 2.5 inches, nice shape, no major damage just some storage and use wear, has a nice stamp on it, and the bottom is marked State of Alabama.
If only these things could talk! A wonderful grouping of a known Marine who was part of the V Amphibious Corps and served the duration of WWII meaning he saw service on some of the most famous battles of WW2 then went on to serve in the Korean war. That’s true service of a hero.
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