BABY BLUE MARINES
Most Unique Marine Uniform!
"The most unique of Marine uniforms was reserved for men
discharged for undesirability. Regulations required that
personnel so discharged be provided with a uniform to return home
(enlisted men were not allowed to possess civilian clothes).
services provided standard uniforms without insignia, all except
the Marines. Called 'Baby Blue Marines', these individuals were
provided a light blue version of the winter service uniform and
The coat pockets lacked pleats and other
refinements, and had plain buttons."
Re The book, US Marine Corps 1941-45, by Gordon Rottman, Osprey 1995