a.k.a. The Lost Leatherneck Skull
From the Eekum Bookum website:
"When John originally designed the mug, the goal was to reimagine the classic skull mug in a way that he had not seen done before. He also wanted to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces that have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country. As many of you know, John is a combat veteran and MIA/POW issues are something that’s near and dear to many of our hearts. There are still 71,000 Americans unaccounted for from World War II alone.
Leatherneck is a military slang term for a member of the United States Marine Corps.
We named this mug the Lost Leatherneck of the South Pacific for the Marines that were lost during World War II in the South Pacific. We wanted to release the mug on Memorial Day but time got away from us…. so instead we’re going to release it on the Fourth of July. While you’re out there enjoying yourself with a delicious Tiki drink in your hand, remember that freedom isn’t free and hoist a toast to the men women who gave it all.
The mug is a skull laying on its back half buried in the sand. The dog tags read Leroy J Salisbury-US Marine Corps, a tribute to Janet’s Dad who served in the South Pacific during World War II as a marine infantry man. Her Dad rarely talked about the details of the war until about a year before he died. He shared some of the horrors he had lived though and shared the night terrors that continued to plague his sleep for over 70 years. He died 2 years ago, just short of his 95th birthday.
This stoneware mug sculpted by Mulder142 is 6.5 inches long, 4.5 inches wide, stands 5 inches tall to the top of the teeth and hold 14 ounces of your favorite grog. There are two dog tags attached to each mug…"