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Claude Sirois U. S. Marine Corps insignia and tobacco pipes collection

 Collection
Identifier: MCC-00499

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a pocketsize calendar/diary and some loose papers with notes and names of places, US Marine Corps insignias and identification tags or dog tags belonging to Claude Sirois, a “Fourragère” (Pogey rope), USMC Corporal Chevrons, We The People Constitution hat or lapel pin 7/8", 8 personal tobacco pipes, one zippo lighter with USMC insignia, a ceramic hookah, and an intricately detailed wooden opium pipe.

On the inside cover of the 1953 calendar is the name CPL Claude Sirois, 2nd Bn 6th mar (2d Battalion, 6th Marines). The 1953 pocketsize calendar and loose papers contain notes and entries from October, November, and December 1952 through December 1953.

Dates

  • 1951-1953
  • Other: 2017-06-00

Biographical

Jean-Claude Sirois (1930-2011) was born on September 17, 1930, the son of Charles Sirois and Agnes Daigle of Frenchville, Maine. Claude was married to Agnes Daigle in Baker-Brook, New Brunswick, on June 20, 1961. Mr. Sirois was the owner of Sirois Dairy with his brother, Hermel. He worked at Fraser Paper for 15 years and served in the United States Marine Corps. From his 1952-53 journal, it appears Mr. Sirois travelled all over Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America while he was in the Marine Corps in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.

Mr. Sirois was a member of the American Legion, the Knight of Columbus Third Degree, and a member of St. Thomas Cell St. Agnes group.

Mr. Sirois passed away at a health care facility in Frenchville, Maine on October 17, 2011.

Historical

The history of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) begins with the founding of the Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 to conduct ship-to-ship fighting, provide shipboard security and discipline enforcement, and assist in landing forces. Its mission evolved with changing military doctrine and foreign policy of the United States. Owing to the availability of Marine forces at sea, the United States Marine Corps has served in nearly every conflict in United States history. It attained prominence when its theories and practice of amphibious warfare proved prescient, and ultimately formed a cornerstone of U.S. strategy in the Pacific Theater of World War II. By the early 20th century, the Marine Corps would become one of the dominant theorists and practitioners of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises has made and continues to make it an important tool for U.S. foreign policy.

In World War II, the Marines played a central role, under Admiral Nimitz, in the Pacific War, participating in nearly every significant battle. The Corps also saw its peak growth as it expanded from two brigades to two corps with six divisions, and five air wings with 132 squadrons. During the Battle of Iwo Jima, photographer Joe Rosenthal took the famous photo Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima of five Marines and one naval corpsman raising a U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi. The Korean War (1950–1953) saw the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade holding the line at the Battle of Pusan Perimeter, where Marine helicopters (VMO-6 flying the HO3S1 helicopter) made their combat debut.

The eagle, globe, and anchor together or EGA is the official emblem and insignia of the United States Marine Corps

Historical

2nd Battalion, 6th Marines (2/6) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Also known as "The Ready Battalion" or "2/6 Spartans", it consists of approximately 800 Marines and Sailors and falls under the command of the 6th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division. The regiment falls under the command of the 2nd Marine Division of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. The 6th Marines combat history dates back to World War I when they were part of the American Expeditionary Force. They fought in the Pacific Theater in World War II most notably at the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa. More recently, the regiment has seen combat during the Gulf War and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Extent

.53 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Anonymous
Author
Anne Chamberland
Date
2020-10-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Acadian Archives Repository

Contact:
University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University Drive
Fort Kent ME 04743 United States