Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted

Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted

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Not sure if this is permitted here, but this is my Dad's book on Iwo Jima. He was in the Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Marines.
Hi, everyone. I'm in search of some clarification regarding my father's landing on Iwo Jima. (He was David L Johnson USMC 981673, 3rd Marine Division, First Platoon, First Battalion, B Company, 21st Marines.) He passed away a few weeks ago at age 95, just a few days shy of his 96th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary. Over the past few years, he and I had been working on his WWII memoirs -- a combination of his handwritten notes and verbal conversations. Most of what he has related is clear to me (he was mentally sharp to the end), but the landing is a bit confused. I thought maybe someone here might know the answer.

Here's my question. Upon arrival at Iwo, he says he clambered down a cargo net into a Higgins Boat: "I was one of the first ones down. My boat was going up and down about three or four feet, so it was a little hard to get in without falling down. We had to hold onto the cargo net so the others could get down more easily." But then later he says: "On the first day, they loaded us onto an LSM (Landing Ship, Medium), which carried a couple of tanks or about 100 men. We spent the second day on the LSM. On the third day, we landed south away from where the fighting was. We spent a day there. On the fourth day, they moved us into line in preparation for moving up. We were behind the Fifth Division. They were getting hit pretty hard. On the fifth day, they moved us up into battle." So...was it a Higgins Boat or an LSM? Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Question for my friends here. My Dad (95 yo!) was telling me about some sort of explosive they used on Iwo Jima. It was used in satchel charges, he thinks, and it was plastic. He and the others used bits and pieces of it to heat up their coffee by lighting it. Does anyone know the name of this material? Thanks in advance!
Anyone have a WWII era helmet cover available for sale or trade? I have a orig mint unworn size 38 P41 jacket I’d trade.
Would you join the WAVES or join the WACs?

Be sure to join The Vintage Express at the Strawbery Banke Museum on July 1st, to learn all about the important roles women played in the U.S. Navy and Army during WWII. Our group members will have a "recruiting station" set up as part of the museum's American Lives event.

We'd like to give a shout out to our good friends over at A Timeless Collection, Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted, and Emily's Vintage Visions who will be helping with this display and other. Thanks everyone!
Pfc. Daniel J.Duggan, B Co.,1st Bn.,21st Marine Regiment. Killed In Action/Missing In Action on 26 July 1944 on the island of Guam. Participated in the Bougainville Campaign and suffered gas burns from an explosion. He is a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Getting ready for a very special photo shoot with A Timeless Collection tomorrow!! I'm super excited to have @sanguine.sunflower and Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted joining us!! Hoping to post some fun behind the scenes shots of all of us so be sure to follow along tomorrow here on Facebook and on Instagram!! You can find me on IG as @EmilysVintageVisions
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Will you be doing only 21st Marine impressions ?
Semper Fi.

We are a World War II Reenacting Group, portraying the life of U.S. Marines serving in the Pacific Theater. We participate in public display events, drill weekends, and immersive events, as well as limited mock-battles.

Baker Company, First Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment is a World War II Reenacting group out of New England, dedicated to accurately portraying the life of Marines serving in the Pacific Theater from 1942-1945. We take part in Public Display events, educating the public on life during World War II, with special focus on the islands of Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima, as well as the Pacific Theater

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 05/25/2022

More photos.
Taken by J. Cronin. Thank you for the photos and the use of your operational field phones.

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 05/23/2022

May 21&22 Baker Company set up a display at the @American Heritage Museum’s Tank Demonstratipn weekend.
We had a great time! The public turnout was fantastic, with so many people of all ages ready and willing to learn. The members of Baker Company, along with our medical personnel from 3rd Navy Medical Battalion, did a great job educating the visitors about life in the Pacific Theater during World War 2.

Timeline photos 05/22/2022

We had a great time riding on the Sherman tank today at the American Heritage Museum!!
We can’t thank them enough for this opportunity!!

Team up and come out to the Tank Demonstration Weekend at the AHM today! Tank Parade at 1pm today! https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tank-demo-day-at-ahm-may-2022/

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 05/19/2022

May- 1945,
3rd Marine Division has been resting and refitting at their camp on Guam since returning from the fierce combat on Iwo Jima two months earlier.
Victory has been declared in Europe, but it is not met with as much joy by those fighting in the Pacific. They know that in just a few months they will have to begin the invasion of the Japanese home islands. Reports coming out of the fighting on Okinawa tell them that this could be the hardest fighting they've yet faced...

Wanna know more? Come see us at the American Heritage Museum's Tank Demo Weekend this weekend. Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. We will be set up with plenty to see and learn about! Come talk to our knowledgeable living historians and find out what life was like for the Marines who fought in the Pacific throughout World War II as well as what they were expecting before the war came to an end.
We hope to see you there!!!

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 05/17/2022

WE ARE RECRUITING!!!
Baker Company is looking for enthusiastic new members who want to accurately portray Marines serving in World War 2.
Baker Company, 1stBtn, 21Marines (Reenacted) is a New England based unit that participates in public display events, unit drill weekends, and the occasional tactical. We have members from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.
If you’re in the New England area and have the drive and dedication to represent this period in time, reach out to us!!! We’d love to have you join up!

Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA 05/16/2022

Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA

Wanna know where we'll be this year?
Right here watching these amazing machines rumble by and ready to talk to you about life in the Pacific Theater during World War II!
This is our first public event for the year and we are really excited to be a part of this!

Come on down and see us Saturday or Sunday!

Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tank-demo-day-at-ahm-may-2022/

Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA 05/10/2022

Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA

Our first public event of the 2022 season will be at the American Heritage Museum! Come see all the amazing tanks and vehicles on display, visit the museum and of course- come see our display!

Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tank-demo-day-at-ahm-may-2022/

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 05/10/2022

This past weekend (May 7&8, 2022), members of Baker Company participated in a training event to prepare us for the 2022 reenactment season.
The unit took classes in the nomenclature and operations of the Browning Auntomatic Rifle, and M1919 .30 caliber machine gun.
We also got the opportunity to live fire some of the weapons used in WW2.
In an effort to improve our authenticity, we dyed our own t-shirts as we have documentation of the Marines doing in the Pacific.
Baker Company finished the weekend with patrol drills, and practiced movement to fire and advancing on an enemy position.
It was a great success and we are excited for our upcoming event season!!!

Photos from Massachusetts Military History Exposition's post 05/09/2022

We love the Massachusetts Military History Exposition!!! Unfortunately we have a conflicting event the same weekend, but we strongly encourage you to check out the expo in Philipston, Ma on May 21&22!!
It’s a great event, family friendly and educational!!

We will be back in September!!!

05/04/2022

Happy Star Wars day to everyone!
May the 4th Be With You!

#ww2fun

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 05/01/2022

We here at Baker Company are excited for this year’s reenactment season! It starts in just a week! Members of Baker Company will be gathering for a unit training weekend and drill to prepare us for the public events this year!
We also have a new trailer to make coming and going from events that much easier! Here’s Gunny working on some shelves.
What events are you looking forward to the most this year?

02/19/2022

77 years ago today- Marines landed on Iwo Jima, starting one of the most infamous battles of World War 2.

19 Feb 1945 - Landing on Iwo Jima

in 1945, U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima following a terrific naval bombardment. The first wave of Marines had more trouble with the terrain than enemy fire, but the Japanese responded quickly from their dug-in positions and swept the beaches with concentrated fire. Iwo Jima would be a very tough fight.

Image: Marines landing on Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. (USMC Photo)

01/31/2022

Some great events lined up at the American Heritage Museum! Come see us at their Tank Demonstration Weekend on May 21-22! We're really excited to be there. It will be the unit's first event at this site!
Stay tuned for more great events as our schedule begins to take shape!

Good morning everyone! We have our 2022 dates set for some fantastic events and demonstrations at the American Heritage Museum. Mark your calendars! For more details see our events calendar on www.AmericanHeritageMuseum.org

May 21st and 22 - Tank Demonstration Weekend
June 18th and 19th - Father's Day Tanks, Wings and Wheels
July 23rd and 24th - Battle for Bunker Hill Revolutionary War Reenactment.
August 13th and 14th - Tank Demonstration Weekend
September 10th and 11th - WWI Aviation Weekend
October 8th and 9th - Battle for the Airfield WWII Reenactment

We are all looking forward to seeing you in the Spring and Summer! We encourage you to forward this to your friends and family!

01/03/2022

everyone!!! We are VERY excited for our 2022 reenactment season!!
Here are our top 9 posts from 2021! We can’t wait to share this year’s adventures with you!!! Stay healthy and come see us this year!!
A Timeless Collection Gavin Vogel Troy Montville

12/07/2021

As we all pause to remember the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I’d like to also celebrate another important anniversary- HAPPY FIFTH YEAR TO @atimelesscollection !!!!
Born as a small little photography project, over the past five years of “Time Traveling” Joani has turned it into something absolutely amazing!!! We are so proud of the journey she and Timeless have taken and are so grateful to be even a small part of it!!
If you haven’t worked with Timeless- you’re missing out on an incredible opportunity to get the best images of your kit, and to be part of a wonderful project that’s hitting its fifth year!
We at Baker Company know that the unit would not be what it is without all of Timeless’ hard work!!!
In celebration of Timeless’ fifth birthday, We challenge everyone to visit her ko-fi.com page (ko-fi.com/atimelesscollection) and donate just five dollars to help keep this talented artist, and wonderful small business going strong for another five years!

$5.00-5 years!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIMELESS!!!

12/07/2021

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. “…December 7th 1941, a date which will live in infamy…”
Servicemen and women of every branch were affected by the attack:
The Navy, perhaps most obviously- the lives lost both on land and those among the ships that were damaged or sunk.
The Marines Corps, many Marines were acting as security forces at both the naval base at Pearl Harbor, and on board ship.
The Army, soldiers at Scholfield Barracks prepared for a Sunday breakfast with friends when the enemy scarfed the chow hall. My grandfather was in the shower when this happened.
The Army Air Corps, a few brave pilots managed to get off the ground and take the fight to the enemy in the air. Meanwhile planes and runways were being bombed and scrafed.
The Navy Nurse Corps, had the daunting task of caring for and performing combat triage to the wounded, burned and grieving servicemen.

By the end of the attack there was no mistake that the United States was at War. But as President Roosevelt said the next day while addressing a joint session of Congress- “…the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory..” and that we did.
Today we remember those who served, and bore witness, and those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor- 80 years ago, this morning.

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 11/14/2021

We love this notebook that @atimelesscollection designed for us with some of the images from our Guam photoshoot! It’s such great quality, plenty of pages to fill up with amazing ideas for the future of the company!
What do you think? Would you get a custom notebook with your favorite Timeless images on it? We think you should!!!

11/10/2021

Happy Birthday Marine!!! Semper Fi, sir!!!!

Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps—246 years strong! And what better person for us to feature today than Marine Corps icon, Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Hershel Williams just celebrated his 98th birthday, and our team member Jeff Rease took this portrait photo of him to mark the occasion.

Hershel Williams received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Serving with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marines his actions in combat in the face of a fanatical enemy were unyielding and truly extraordinary—although we are sure he would say that they were the actions expected of any United States Marine. Hershel Williams is the only living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

600,000 served in the United States Marine Corps. Almost all saw combat.

Today, following in the footsteps of men like Hershel Williams, the United States Marine Corps serves as one of America’s greatest force deterrents in peace and and sure defense in times of conflict.

To all of America’s Marine Corps Veterans and to all those serving in the USMC today, thank you for maintaining a 246-year heritage of excellence that is uniquely yours. You inspire us all! Semper Fi!

Photo, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams by Jeff Rease . Design according to USMC brand standards by Gary Daniels .

Photos from Baker Company, 1BN, 21st Marine Regiment - Reenacted's post 11/10/2021

On November 10th, 1775 the Continental Congress resolved that two battalions of Marines be raised to aid the cause of Liberty. Thus the U.S. Marine Corps was born! Over the past 246 years, the Marines have earned a reputation as the world’s deadliest fighting force, and America’s “Amphibious Force in Readiness.” From the snow covered fields of Tenton amd Princeton, to the sun scorched sands of Tripoli, from the muddy trenches of The Great War, to the tropical islands of the Pacific theater; Marines have fought their enemies with stubbornness and determination.
Today we celebrate 246 years of our Corps! We wish all Marines, everywhere a very Happy Birthday!
Happy 246th Birthday to our members who proudly earned the Eagle, Globe and Anchor!
Semper Fidelis!
First and third photo done by A Timeless Collection

Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post 11/04/2021

Happy Birthday Gunny Basilone!!!

Woody Williams | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans 10/02/2021

Woody Williams | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

We would like to wish a VERY Happy Birthday to Hershel “Woody” Williams. CWO4 Williams is a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions on Iwo Jima while serving with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment!

Semper Fidelis, Sir. Happy Birthday and wishing you many more!!!

Woody Williams | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans Woody Williams, a veteran of several campaigns with the 3rd Marine Division, landed on Iwo Jima in the days after D-Day. On February 23, 1945, Woody acted with "conspicuous gallantry" in eliminating Japanese pillboxes on Iwo Jima with his flame thrower. For his actions that day, Woody was awarded th...

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