Presented is an original USMC officer's visor cap dating to the 1950s. The cap has the name of the previous owner, "Maj. G Boyington," embossed on its sweatbands. There is an 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.
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was an American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
A Marine aviator with the Pacific fleet in 1941, Boyington joined the "Flying Tigers" (1st American Volunteer Group) of the Republic of China Air Force and saw combat in Burma in late 1941 and 1942 during the military conflict between China and Japan.
In September 1942, Boyington rejoined the Marine Corps. In early 1943, he deployed to the South Pacific and began flying combat missions in the F4U Corsair fighter. In September 1943, he took command of Marine fighter squadron VMF-214 ("Black Sheep"). In January 1944, Boyington, outnumbered by Japanese "Zero" planes, was shot down into the Pacific Ocean after downing one of the enemy planes. He was captured by a Japanese submarine crew and was held as a prisoner of war for more than a year and a half. He was released shortly after the surrender of Japan, and a few days before the official surrender documents were signed.
Boyington wrote his autobiography, Baa Baa Black Sheep, published in 1958. Later, the television series Baa Baa Black Sheep was inspired by Boyington and his men in the "Black Sheep" squadron, and ran for two seasons in the late 1970s.
Very good condition. USMC Officer's Visor Cap with quatrefoil on the crown and basket weave body, made by "Lancaster Brand", 1962 Pattern cap badge. The name "Maj G Boyington" has been embossed on the sweatband.
Dimensions: 4"H x 11"W x 11 1/2"D
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