WW2 USMS Merchant Marine Anchor Cap Insignia Mkd NrMT
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Sold Date: 07/07/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Militaria & Weapons
you have another anchor cap badge for the United States Merchant Marines. Vanguard made the insignia and it is in near mint conditon. Vanguard is a noted contractor for US Navy and Marine Corps Insignia. The anchor has a rope and features the emblem of the US Merchant Marines. T is a screw back post and washer on the reverse along with a prong to stabilize the insignia. The Merchant Marines suffered the highest percentage casualties of any branch of service, and most likely were second to our submarine service in percentage of lives lost. The German Submarines had a field day sinking merchant vessels within sight of our entire East Coast and Canada early in the war. As a college kid I met a merchant marine veteran who grimly laughed and told me he had two merchant ships torpedoed under him. The Merchant Marines only decades after the war were accorded veteran's status (even though most officers most likely held reserve US Navy Commissions and the seaman wore uniforms similar to our US Navy). They were paid much more than USN sailors, and this irony was not lost on the Naval Armed Guards who were the gun crews on the Merchant Vessels, and suffered greatly in the early submarine victories by Germany and Italy. The Merchant Marine Anchor emblem measures 1.75 by 1.25 inches and is in near mint condition. A padded bag and First Class Postage with tracking slip will be fine in lieu of the typical Priority Mail shipping option. This gold WWII Merchant Marine Cap Badge marked Vanguard in near mint condition would make a wonderful addition, upgrade and/or completion to a WWII Merchant Marine Collection. It is a fantastic piece for re-enactors, and it would look terrific in your display, museums, and for educational and theatrical presentations. It also would make a poignant gift to a veteran (or addition to a veteran's shadow box display) or family. I am listing a number of caps, uniform items, field gear, insignia, ribbons, home front pieces, etc. this week. Please do a seller-search using my username: martinolij to check it out. Thank you.
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