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Posted 3 years ago


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While rummaging in my stuff packed I found this old USMC Semper Fi bag . It has age to it . Not sure I should call it a duffle bag but a hand bag sure isn't correct :-) It is made of a stiff canvas .Handles are vinyl and worn
.Semper Fidelis, Latin for "Always Faithful" or "Always Loyal", has a long history as a motto for families and organisations, including the United States Marine Corps, where it is often shortened to Semper Fi.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I'd call it a travel bag.

    This type of bag was sold in military exchanges with targeted sales to single military members who lived in the barracks (similar bags were sold to other services and they were available in civilian styles as well). It is big enough to carry a weekends worth of clothes if you were lucky enough to get a pass!

    I would think it dates from the 1960s.

  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Scott ! I rather thought it looked like a over night bag . That makes sense what you said . I appreciate it !
  3. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Mani the term used my people that had them issued to them, AWOL Bag, and you pronouns it as a word , not spelled out. Ho-Raugh, Thanks for sharing, I still have mine.
  4. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 3 years ago
    OOHRAH!!!!!!!! TG
  5. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    To Scott, these were issued in boot camp, just before graduation . In the late 1960.s early 70's
  6. Harborguy Harborguy, 3 years ago
    I still have mine, too! It's from 1967. Now use it to carry emergency gear in my car. Ironic come to think of it.
  7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    kerry-- I am suprised to hear that they actually issued this to you!

  8. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Scott, about two weeks before the end of boot camp, the platoon all received one, I know, we didn't have PX priveleges yet and we hade no money, so must have been an issue item. If memory severs me correct, we got our Dress Green Overcoat Blouse the same time.
  9. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I guess I went through in a "softer" era.

    We could could go to the shoppette and PX about a month into Basic Training (usually SUN afternoon). We did have restrictions on what we could buy-- but BEER was OK. We were limited to a 6 pack though. And if we screwed up that was the first privilege to go (the BEER).

  10. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks guys ! I have to say I know what A.W.O.L means and I can say growing we shopped a lot in Tijuana and as a young girl I saw a lot of white walking the streets there, so I know where you all went :-) and why <g>
    Thanks for all the insight on the bag . I think it is a keeper . I may carry it as a hand bag if that is ok .
    PS Thank you all for you Military Service !
  11. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    That sound a lot different from my time. We had one cigarette (Smoker Call) the week before getting orders and nevr had any beer. The non smoker got a chocolate bar. About a week or so the gave us a "Chit" sheet to spend at the exchange, but prior to that nadda.
  12. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    oops should read, the week before we graduated.
  13. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    We had smoke breaks too often-- probably every hour, except when in the field. As a non smoker, it was annoying.

  14. petey petey, 3 years ago
    Love the stories behind this, as well as the item itself, I did not know a bag could be so interesting ! Great, thanks.
  15. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    We had "Payday Activities" once a month.

    The finance folks would come out and we could sign for part of our pay-- up to $100.

    The next Sunday, the FT Benning souvenir folks would be there selling jackets, t- shirts etc...

    The civilians were experts at knowing the best times to get $$ from soldiers.

  16. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks manikin-- for stimulating the trip down memory lane!

  17. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Scott glad it took you all down memory lane and thank you for all your comments ! :-)
  18. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank mrmaj and Bellin :-)
  19. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thanks trgrubaugh.phil,walksoft.petey,harborguy,Thrifty ,walksoft, MiKKo, Scott and Kevin!
    OOHRAH !!
  20. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Official :-)
  21. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you collector4evr :-)
  22. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you CollectiblesUnlimited ! Nice to see you on one of my posts :-)
  23. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
    Semper Fi ..........foever ...smiling

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