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Old 08-06-2017, 03:14 PM   #1
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Here's something you don't often see...a USMC discharge from the Mexican War.

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Old 08-06-2017, 03:45 PM   #2
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Wow. I've seen these from the Civil War, but never one so early.
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:09 PM   #3
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Great piece! "From the Halls of Montezuma.........." Semper Fi. Bob
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:28 PM   #4
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Yes that's super cool! For sure, inspired the first line of the marine corps hymn! Just read a biography of US Grant, he made his name first in this war- I read about the battle of Veracruz; this whole war was no small deal- it was just insane, and these guys died from horrible tropical diseases and all kinds of stuff... I have to think that some of the men that came out of there and served in the civil war were greatly affected more by that conflict, bringing all that with them to the battlefields in the USA.
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A most interesting early document. What is the explanation for the title " Special Discharge " ?
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A most interesting early document. What is the explanation for the title " Special Discharge " ?
Well it looks like from the document he enlisted nov 22 1847; I think the war was nearing it end at that point. General Scott had already taken Mexico City by then.. Treaty of Guadalupe hidalgo was signed February 1848 it was over. I don't think he saw much of the war...
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:56 PM   #7
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My guess is that the man enlisted for the duration of hostilities. Once the war was over, he was discharged. I've never seen a USMC Discharge this early and can't find specific information on such documents.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:02 PM   #8
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Wikipedia entry on the ship mentioned, Sloop (of War) Decatur states:
"Rejoining the African Squadron, Decatur cruised on the northwest coast of Africa on the lookout for slave ships and protecting U.S. interests from 2 February 1848 to 15 November 1849. " Might have missed the Mexican War hostilities, but looked like he had some interesting times.
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Wikipedia entry on the ship mentioned, Sloop (of War) Decatur states:
"Rejoining the African Squadron, Decatur cruised on the northwest coast of Africa on the lookout for slave ships and protecting U.S. interests from 2 February 1848 to 15 November 1849. " Might have missed the Mexican War hostilities, but looked like he had some interesting times.
Oh I think he definitely did! His occupation is listed as a "moulder" and man was that essential- maker of moulds (molds) for casting lead, I'd presume he was a munitions man! Plus, he was a 19th century Marine, he saw more than an eyeful of interesting things I'm certain!!
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:38 PM   #10
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Signed by Archibald Henderson, longest serving Commandant in USMC history.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:28 PM   #11
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Now THAT is a double whammy. Early, early discharge papers and signed by the "Grand Old Man of the Marine Corps," himself? Nice find!!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:14 PM   #12
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Killer piece, I have a portfolio of pre-dreadnought discharges and documents that a few Marine collectors have salivated over. I'd like to see what they'd do over this piece. Great find.
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