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ID'd D-Day Normandy US Navy Officer's 1911 Colt Pistol & Belt Rig

Started by warpath , Nov 28 2016 07:05 AM

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#1 warpath

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 07:05 AM

Identified D-Day Normandy US Navy Officer's 1911 Colt Pistol & Belt Rig from Lt. H. L. Oakes, Jr. USNR

 

The photo shows his son wearing his pistol and belt set when Lt. Oakes was home on leave following the Normandy invasion.

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 07:10 AM

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 07:15 AM

A copy of his authorization to retain the Colt pistol.

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 07:18 AM

Wow, that is awesome!

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 07:20 AM

Lt. Oakes' M1 Helmet worn at Normandy and shown in the photo with his son wearing it.

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:19 AM

As sweet as it gets!



#7 USmilitaryMuseum

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:32 AM

An Id'd D-day helmet is on my collecting bucket list! Amazing set!

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:52 AM

Great group, the Colt is awesome!!!!

That authorization letter is neat. If I am reading it correctly, it appears to state that he was also authorized an M1 Carbine?? Wonder why most of the serial numbers are XXX'd out??

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#9 warpath

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:55 AM

The family retained the carbine.



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Posted 28 November 2016 - 10:10 AM

Hi

I have to admit that is a seriously cool grouping...

Regards


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#11 TheMariner

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 12:14 PM

Wow, this is what us Militaria/ Gun Collectors Dream of! Excellent set, thanks for sharing! 



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Posted 28 November 2016 - 01:50 PM

arpath--- a very nice grouping. i love it. for sale???



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Posted 28 November 2016 - 02:57 PM

Nice grouping Ed!  SKIP



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Posted 28 November 2016 - 03:01 PM

Could you please show us more shots of the pistol please?



#15 warpath

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 04:48 AM

When I put it up for sale or trade I will post additional photos. Ed



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Posted 30 November 2016 - 05:14 AM

I have heard many gun collectors state the government never let troops bring home "their" firearms from the war, any war...this letter seems to put a stop to such talk...common or not...it was still practiced and accepted....

 

great 1911 group....



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Posted 30 November 2016 - 03:16 PM

When my dad was returning from the PTO, last stationed on "Okie", US Navy, his chief asked him if he was going to take his M1911 .45 home. My dad was not into firearms at all, hated shooting the M1903 rifle in boot camp, said it kicked like a mule, so the .45 never came home.  Also mentioned he probably could have brought an M1 Carbine home, my favorite firearm of all time.  He said many times over the years that if he had ever known he would have two boys that liked firearms he would have brought at least the .45 back. 

 

Funny thing is he did bring home an Japanese Type 99 Arisaka rifle with bayonet?  Told me there was a pile of the rifles and bayonets and any of the enlisted sailors could grab one of each if interested.  Nice thing with this rifle is it still has the Mum fully intact.  I have both items along with his Navy Kabar knife.  He has been gone now since 2005 and I am happy to have these items. Never to be sold.  



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Posted 30 November 2016 - 04:33 PM

I'll be following if/when it gets listed

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 08:49 PM

Nice group and history!



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:18 AM

Is this for sale yet? I would like a shot at it,,no pun intended



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:52 AM

I'm always open to serious inquires. Ed

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

Lt. Oakes

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:55 PM

Lt. Oakes issued Colt 1911 pistol carried through WWII from North Africa to Normandy to the South Pacific and it looks like it swam much of the way. A great US Navy officer's pistol with battle provenance.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:07 PM

Could any of you knowledgable helmet folks tell me what the markings on the helmet mean, including the painted band?

I assume the two stripes indicate rank?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:52 PM

The stripes and star represent a Lt. Although the star is backwards on this helmet. The stripe represented some type of shore party....I think.
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