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WW1 US Marine Aviator 1st Kill In USMC History Uniform Archive With Navy Cross
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World War I pilot Everitt R. Brewer. Brewer was one of only 134 active fliers in the United States Marine Corps in France and the very first Marine to score an aerial kill in combat. He was awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart medal for his actions as a Lieutenant with the First Marine Aviation Force, Northern Bomb Group, flying with the Royal Air Force Squadron 218 over Belgium in which he went up against 15 enemy fighter planes, was wounded in the hip, and survived to land his plane. He holds a place of honor in Marine Corps Aviation history. This grouping has only been in the hands of two private collectors since leaving the family. Included are his World War I Marine Corps Officer's class "A" service uniform with two overseas chevrons, wings that are English hallmarked and in Sterling, and Navy Cross ribbon attached. Also included are his medals, citations, photographs which belonged to him, identification cards, and more. Lengthy, detailed description of items to follow. This is a large, historically significant grouping to a Marine who set the stage for USMC pilots to follow and earned Marine Corps Aviation a place in history.
MEDALS -- Split Brooch style Navy Cross medal made by Bailey Banks and Biddle with original signed blue velvet lined case and Ribbon Bar; Navy / Marine Corps gold split brooch style Purple Heart Medal (this was awarded to him at a reunion in 1949 as documents included in the grouping indicate). World War I Victory Medal with Navy / Marine Corps style "AVIAION" clasp. Assorted insignia of rank for 2nd and 1st Lieutenant, Captain, and Culver Military Institute. 14K Gold pinback Naval Aviator wings (these are flat style WWI issued to Navy & Marine Corps aviators) hallmarked to F. Kirchenbauer. Beautiful set of pinback French made Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblems. 4 World War I officer emblems. A badly mangled bullet, one which wounded Brewer in his hip. An Identification Card for the Air Service Institute dated 1918 and made out to brewer. Original photo of Brewer's squadron. ID bracelet with Brewer's information on it reading "Lieutenant First Aviation Squadron" and lapel pins for Marine Corps Aviation and the Marines' Memorial Association.
Additionally there is a small jewelry box with loose insignia including two tie bars with aviator wings on them, one of which is engraved "ERB COMMANDER 1947. There are two cover (hat) sized dress and service Eagle Globe and Anchor emblems in this box, as well as dress blue uniform buttons. Three framed black & white photos of Brewer in dress white uniform, each of which has a brief bio and write up about his combat service on the back -- this is definitely period done, and was likely put together by a family member. Two binders full of documents, letters, commendations, citations, and correspondence spanning World War I to the 1950s including a hand signed letter from "Hap" Arnold commending Brewer for his civilian work for the Army Air Forces during World War II, the original letter to Brewer's father informing him that his son was wounded in combat, hand signed by assistant commandant, fellow Navy Cross Recipient, and USMC Brevet Medal recipient Charles G. Long, dated November of 1918 and a newspaper clipping from November of 1949 describing Brewers (late) award of the Purple Heart Medal included in this group. A second binder includes Brewer's entire service record as well as close up photos of the items in the grouping and some original correspondence relating to a painting of Brewer's action which hangs at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia. Still more are his framed, matted WWI Wound Accolade Certificate, his 1st Marine Aviation Force Veterans Association certificate (his member number is "9") and his World War I Service Certificate which lists his service in France as a member of the Marine Corps Aviation Force.
Nearly every single item in this amazing group is significant in itself. This archive is one of the best preserved, best documented Marine Corps aviation groupings in existence, and the only one to a Navy Cross Recipient with the very first aerial kill in Marine Corps history. Near Mint