USMC Dress Blues "Seagoing Marine"

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USMC Dress Blues "Seagoing Marine"

Post by SkipperJohn » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:57 pm

This set of "blues" is credited to James A. Bennett, Service Number 4607941, USMC. Pvt Bennett enlisted in the Marine Corps on 12 August 1916 and upon completing basic was assigned to sea duty aboard the USS Arizona, BB-39, a Pennsylvania class battleship. Pvt Bennett served aboard the USS Arizona until March 1918 at which time he was transferred to 153rd Company Anti-Aircraft Battalion. He served there until July 1918 and was then transferred to 6th Machine Gun Battalion. Pvt Bennett was wounded in action in the Argonne Sector in November 1918, just before the end of hostilities. Pvt Bennett was separated from the USMC in May 1920. During his career he had numerous UCMJ offenses and never advanced above the rank of Private.

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Marine Corps dress blues had both a white and a blue cover during this period. The blue cover was discontinued shortly after WWII.

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Dress Blues were considered a "uniform of the day" on sea duty, especially when on watch or during port visits.

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The USS Arizona in 1916:

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Judging by this postcard from 1916, the concept of "Squared Away Marine" has changed considerably over the years.

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Re: USMC Dress Blues "Seagoing Marine"

Post by kaiser » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:31 am

Nice uniform for being that old
seems stil in great condition

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Post by Westfront » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:05 pm

Indeed a nice uniform :thumb up:

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Post by SkipperJohn » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:44 am

The original post has been updated using picorator.com.

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Post by Peter_Suciu » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:00 pm

Very nice! It must be remembered the Corp wasn't that big back then so there weren't many of these uniforms!

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Post by SkipperJohn » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:58 pm

Peter_Suciu wrote:Very nice! It must be remembered the Corp wasn't that big back then so there weren't many of these uniforms!
Very true. Here's a quote from The United States Marine Corps in the World War, by Major Edwin N. McClellan, USMC, 1920:
The act of Congress of August 29, 1916, increased the authorized strength of the Marine Corps from 344 officers and 9,921 enlisted men to 597 officers and 14,981 enlisted men, and the President was authorized in an emergency to further increase the corps to 693 officers and 17,400 enlisted men, which he did by Executive order on March 26, 1917.
The Corps remained fairly small until it expanded greatly in the Second World War. In 1916 Dress Blues were still an "issued" uniform and were often the "uniform of the day" for sea duty personnel. In WW II Blues were no longer issued unless required for the performance of duty. Officers always had to purchase their own dress blues, but during WW II enlisted did so as well.

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Post by Tony without Kaiser » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:15 pm

I don't even have a button in this house that is American.

But this ensemble, from the Arizona, is superb. I could become a US collector. :usa2:
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Post by b.loree » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:44 pm

Tony......you are "The Uber Collector" so to see you state that, does not surprise me at all!! :D
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Re: USMC Dress Blues "Seagoing Marine"

Post by SkipperJohn » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:09 pm

The USS Arizona on 7 December 1941:

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The USS Arizona, 17 October 2016 (100 years after commissioning):

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