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    Jarhead at Belleau Wood?...

    This ol' girl was shipped 8 January 1918 to the Marine Corps in Philadelphia, PA in a shipment of 400 pistols (216987-217386). This was the first 1918 shipment to the Corps. Just 5 days prior, on 3 January, Colt shipped 5000 pistols to Ordnance Depot No. 6, A.E.F. in France.

    "The achievements of the 4th Marine Brigade on the battlefields of Europe, as one of the two infantry brigades of the Second Division, US Army, comprised the major effort of the Marine Corps in Europe during World War I. The 5th Regiment of Marines had landed in France with the first expedition of American troops in June 1917, and by February 1918, with the arrival of the 6th Marine Regiment and 6th Marine Machine Gun Battalion, the 4th Marine Brigade was brought up to full strength."
    https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/...rld-war-i.html

    I suspect this pistol may have been with the 4th Marine Brigade during WWI. On the page linked, you can read a brief, detailed account of the Corps' WWI history. Has this pistol been there, done that? Maybe. But regardless, it's a pretty good example of a survivor. Not many Marine Corps pistols that show signs of use remain all original and correct today.






    My dad (1925-2011) in 1943...

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    God Bless the United States Marine Corp.
    God Bless America

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    Thank you Scott for sharing. God bless the USA and God bless all that served

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    OORAH !!


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    My grandfather 1919 and my dad 1944.

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    My Dad in 1943.
    My Dads older brother used to kid him because he was not a ground pounder. He served as a guard aboard ships. My Dad said he would have gladly changed places when two ships he was on were hit by Kamakazies. He also served in a land base Marine Air Group,I think it was 663 bomb group. He
    got shipped stateside before wars end when he fell off a utility pole stringing wire and broke his back. His back always bothered him but he was still
    able to be a lineman for New England Telephone,climbing poles,splicing wire,and install. My Uncles were all career Marines. Pete




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    Ok, you guys with dads (or other relatives) that served in the Marines in WWII, what units were they in and where did they serve?
    My dad was Navy but two uncles were Marines. Jay with I Co. 10th Marines (artillery) Saipan and Okinawa. Chuck with F Co. 2nd Bn. 8th Marines, Tarawa and Saipan. Henry P. (Jim) Crowe was his Bn. C.O. These guys were the reason I enlisted in '68. Semper-Fi. I keep looking for a decent .45 from that era. Kinda pricey!


 
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