|Pvt. William Ferreira|
In September of 1945, the 5th Marine Regiment was deployed to Peiping (Bejing), North China for occupation duty. They remained in China until May 1947. While there, Ferreira acquired the jacket below as a souvenir of his service overseas. The jacket is embroidered with a dragon surrounded by “North China” and “1946." The “U.S.M.C.” was probably added on later as it does not appear to be part of the original embroidered work.
After his tour, William Ferreira returned to Aquidneck Island and settled in Portsmouth. He passed away on February 1, 2003 and is buried at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown.
Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis.
Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Ferreira 2011.09
Images courtesy of the Naval War College Museum with thanks to the Ferreira Family
Mrs. King's husband is a USMC officer currently attending the Naval War College.