USMC Flight Army M41 field jacket
Latest find, a relatively mint M41 field jacket, with a custom USMC aviator wings scheme with EGA. Interesting to say the least. Unfortunately had to let it go due to bills, but a cool jacket!
As many of you know, the USMC procured several large stockpiles of Army “Jacket, Field, Mens” for issue to their troops needing extra protection. This is common in photographs on Iwo Jima.
Check out the guy on the left! Large USMC stencil on his back of the M41.
Out of the gaping mouths of Coast Guard and Navy Landing Craft, rose the great flow of invasion supplies to the blackened sands of Iwo Jima, a few hours after the Marines had wrested their foothold on the vital island. 1945. PhoM2c. Paul Queenan. (Coast Guard)
Exact Date Shot Unknown
NARA FILE #: 026-G-4098
WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 856
DEFENSE DEPT PHOTO (MARINE CORPS) 111889
The most famous photo of them all. Army M41 jackets.
U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)