I saw this grouping I think minutes after it was first listed, just happened to be surfing ebay "USMC" at the time, and thought "wow, excellent grouping, its gonna go for big bucks, wish I could afford it" and promptly placed it in my saved file on ebay to watch the fireworks.
For those who are interested here's a great link
Honestly, if I had $13,000 I email Major Manifor right now and Pay Pal him right now to keep it all together and never look back. Too bad I can't. To those of you that think it crazy there was a grouping on another auction a few months ago to a marine officer that sold for over 20K and wasn't even in the ballpark as historically significant as this grouping. Not saying these prices are "fair" or not but there are clearly those out there who can and will pay large sums of money for these high end collectibles. IF any collector needs to recoup losses on a grouping he may have paid a bit more than he wanted or has financial hardship if you just shop around a bit I guarantee you can get excellent money for a grouping without having to part it up.
My humble two cents. Hope someone on here gets this.