WWII USMC Officer's Visor Cap, "Joe Foss" Embossed on the Sweatband

Presented is an original USMC officer's visor cap dating to the 1940s-50s. This cap has the names Joe Foss embossed on its sweatband. There is a United States Marine Corps emblem positioned on the front of the hat.

The Marine Corps emblem features an eagle, globe, and anchor. Drawing on the tradition of serving on land and sea (“Per Mare, Per Terram”), the emblem is rich in symbolism. The eagle and the globe represent the global reach and projection of the power represented by the Marine Corps.  The fouled anchor displays the naval tradition and legacy of the Marine Corps.

The cap includes the decorative quatrefoil on the top- an interwoven braid in the shape of a cross of figure eights. The quatrefoil was introduced as a part of the uniform in 1859 and was a fashionable military style of the era. Traditionally, it is believed that the quatrefoil was worn on the caps of Marines fighting on the decks of ships so that they could be easily recognized by sharpshooters located above in the ship's rigging.

Joseph Jacob Foss (1915 – 2003) was a United States Marine Corps major and a leading Marine fighter ace in World War II. He received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his role in air combat during the Guadalcanal Campaign. In postwar years, he was an Air National Guard brigadier general, served as the 20th Governor of South Dakota (1955–1959), and was the first commissioner of the American Football League. 

Very good condition. USMC Officer's Visor Cap with quatrefoil on the crown and basket weave body. Made by Berkshire, Sterling H-H cap badge. The name "Joe Foss" has been embossed on the sweatband.

Dimensions: 5"H x 10 1/2"W x 11 1/2"D

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