To read about the history of the 5th Division, visit Wilipedia.
Per Wikipedia: (condensed):
The 5th Marine Division was activated on November 11, 1943 during WWII and saw their first combat action during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. It was deactivated on February 5, 1946.
It was reactivated on March 1, 1966 during the Vietnam War and was formally deactivated on November 26, 1969. It was the first major combat unit to come home from the Vietnam War.
This pin comes from a large collection of pins that I purchased at an estate sale. The previous owner was an avid military memorabilia collector. His main focus was on items from WWII and Vietnam, but would also pick up items from other time frames if they were rare or unusual. Unfortunately, I don't know which time frame (WWII or Vietnam) this particular pin is from.
The pin is attached to a small thin cardboard square. Any writing on the cardboard was put there by him and that's great because I can't imagine how long it would take me to look up and obtain information on over 700 pins. I'm using his information. He was the expert, so the information should be correct.
The pin measures 1 inch by 3/4 inch. It has a single clutch holder on back.
Although small, when wrapped it will exceed the postal limit of one quarter of an inch for normal envelope mailing. Delivery will be via USPS First Class Mail Package. Buyer to pay delivery charges of $4.15.
SHIPPING COST INFO:
I do combine shipping on multiple items purchased as long as all items can safely fit into a single box. However, my web host is not set up to calculate multiple item shipping costs. At checkout, you will be charged full shipping price on each item purchased and I will refund the appropriate amount of overpayment. If you are uncomfortable with that, you can send me an email with your zip code and stating which items you'll be purchasing and I'll calculate the correct combined shipping charges and send you a custom invoice.
Also, every January the postal service increases shipping charges. According to the notices received regarding the upcoming price increase, it will be quite steep with some package categories adding over a dollar on to an already high shipping charge. I try to absorb some of the new charges but that's getting harder with each increase.
International shipping charges will also take a tremendous leap. International shipping will now depend on the country. Buyer must contact seller for international shipping charges before making a purchase. Seller reserves the right to void any international transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.
All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.