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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 16 May 19 06:20 BST (UK) »
The photo is of two US Navy sailors not marines.  The "sergeant" is a petty officer (the upper badges), the lower badges are service stripes.  How one of the sailors can be the army boxing champion is beyond me!

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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 16 May 19 06:45 BST (UK) »
The photo is of two US Navy sailors not marines.  The "sergeant" is a petty officer (the upper badges), the lower badges are service stripes.  How one of the sailors can be the army boxing champion is beyond me!

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If you look at the rear of the photo it doesn't look like the last word is 'army'. It looks more like 'Qmary' or the nane of a ship. I tried making out the word but couldn't.  I'm pretty confident it's not 'army', though.

Also, it looks like what I thought was 'navy now' says 'many now'. The first word has been written over at a later date with another word that's the same length but in different pen.

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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 16 May 19 06:47 BST (UK) »
The photo is of two US Navy sailors not marines.  The "sergeant" is a petty officer (the upper badges), the lower badges are service stripes.  How one of the sailors can be the army boxing champion is beyond me!

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Also would these mistakes in the writing mean that the writing was done by someone who wasn't American as they'd not call them marines  (as well as Yanks)?

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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #21 on: Thursday 16 May 19 07:05 BST (UK) »
Your reply @ #17 is great Ben - I think that their story would make a great TV series, including your finds of photographs of many unknown women.  :)

Added: I wonder if the writing on the back of the photo is intended to be a joke?

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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #22 on: Thursday 16 May 19 16:10 BST (UK) »
Your reply @ #17 is great Ben - I think that their story would make a great TV series, including your finds of photographs of many unknown women.  :)

Added: I wonder if the writing on the back of the photo is intended to be a joke?
Oh that's only the start of it. There's a great story about his escapades with his shiny Christmas pudding!

My girlfriend thought it could have been a joke, but even so, how did it end up in a collection of photos with my family who had no connection to any Americans during WWII?

Could you make a guess at what the last word on the back says?

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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #23 on: Thursday 16 May 19 16:50 BST (UK) »
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How one of the sailors can be the army boxing champion is beyond me!

What if he was British, a British Army boxing champion in the 1920's or 1930's who subsequently emigrated to the US and joined the US Marines?


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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #24 on: Thursday 16 May 19 17:15 BST (UK) »
What if he was British, a British Army boxing champion in the 1920's or 1930's who subsequently emigrated to the US and joined the US Marines?

Marines who dressed up as sailors for a photograph?  Time for me to de-notify this topic.

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Re: Identifying uniform and/or lady
« Reply #25 on: Thursday 16 May 19 22:49 BST (UK) »
I originally thought the last word might be "Army" but there is an extra squiggle in the word, so I am not sure that is right (or makes sense).