RARE GENUINE VINTAGE ORIGINAL WW2 US Marine All-Weather Fighter Squadron 114 (VMF(AW)-114) was a fighter attack squadron of the United States Marine Corps during World War II. Known as the “Death Dealers”, they made their biggest mark providing close air support during the Battle of Peleliu. Marine All-Weather Fighter Squadron 114 was activated on July 11, 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. They remained on the West Coast of the United States until August 1943 when they transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Hawaii. In Hawaii, they continued their training until moving to Midway Island on December 18, 1943. They returned to Ewa in February 1944 and in March they moved first to Espiritu Santo and the Green Island. While there, they flew strike missions against Japanese garrisons that had been bypassed in the Bismarck Islands. The first major combat that VMF-114 took part in was the Battle of Peleliu. The squadron arrived on Peleliu on September 17, 1944 and provided most of the close air support (CAS) for Marine Corps forces during the course of the battle. They also provided the preparatory bombing and CAS for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines when they assaulted Ngesebus during the battle. The terrain on the island, earlier judged unsuitable for anything but the costliest and most difficult advances, was made passable with the aid of preparatory fire-scouring by napalm bombs from 114. MajGen William H. Rupertus, the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division on Peleliu would say following the battle that the air support provided during the campaign was, “executed in a manner leaving little to be desired. Following the battle, they remained based on the island again assuming the role of attacking bypassed Japanese garrisons in the vicinity of the western Caroline Islands. The squadron remained in the area until they ceased combat operations on June 1, 1945. WE PURCHASED THIS PATCH FROM THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR OF THE VET’S FAMILY ALONG WITH HIS UNIFORMS AND JAPANESE ITEMS THE MARINE PILOT BROUGHT BACK FROM THE PACIFIC. VERY RARE TO FIND ORIGINAL MARINE CORP. FIGHTER PATCHES FROM WWII AND VERY RARE TO FIND ONE THAT IS REAL! APPROX.4 3/4 WIDE X 5 1/4 LONG EMBROIDERED ON TWILL WITH CHEESECLOTH BACKING. HAS A CUT RIGHT ABOVE THE SKULL. GREAT CONDITION WITH SOME WEAR BUT PLEASE SEE SCANS FOR YOUR GRADING. Please check out our other items! Be sure to add me to your favorites list! We request all items be paid for within 48 hours FREE SHIPPING!!! All items are shipped UPS or USPS and will be insured. Items will be shipped within 24 hours of purchase, except on weekend and holidays. Free shipping applies ONLY to the 48 Continential statesDoes not apply to Hawaii, Alaska, P.O. Boxes, FPO, and APO addresses. RETURNS: We do not accept returns on certified coins or sealed packages. All other items have a 7 day return policy. It is your responsibility to return items to us at your expense and in the same condition we sent them to you. Damaged or lost items will only be refunded through shipping insurance. *7% sales tax on all items (excludes U.S. coins and bullion over $500) for Florida residents or a current Florida Sales Tax certificate must be on file prior to shipping for all dealers.WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 31 YEARS eBAY MEMBER SINCE 1999 WITH 100% FEEDBACK! PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER ITEMS FOR SALE or check out our website under section for additional information about us at San Juan Precious Metals Corp
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