You bet, Phil.
The grouping had been a vets attic, really!, for many, many years, only to be recovered after his death. So what ever history was there went with him. The grouping has been looked at in the past by the Quantico guys. They had the lava lava and cap, but no sash. They coveted one of the sashes, but wanted it donated. There is a name on the lava lava, but I have not delved into that research yet. And I have not decided what I will do with it in the future.
My dad, still kicking at 91, passed through the Samoa area on the way to the Gilbert and Marshall Islands and had the opportunity to see the battalion soldiers. In fact, as my dad tells it, they stopped in Samoa to off load/load supplies and a Samoan dock worker fell at least 4 stories into the cargo hold. Dad thought he was dead, but shortly thereafter, he shimmied back up the rope and continued his loading, LOL. Pretty tough people!