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#1 Fritz

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 01:13 PM

Well, about a week ago or so I purchased a beautiful PAL USMC knife named to a H.J. Moran, I was told there was more that was with it but sold to another individual, well I was able to find him and was able to get it. The Navy officer was Lt (JG) Harold James Moran, in the group is his commission document, his naval training officer class book, ID bracelet, buttons, ribbon bar, rank insignia and two pictures, the first picture is of Admiral Nimitz and has a very nice personal note to Moran and is signed by Nimitz and dated November 1944, second picture is of the entire staff of Admiral Nimitz and is again autographed by him and Admiral Charles "Soc" McMorris, there are two other high rank signatures but I have not found who they are yet. Kinda made my day

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 01:14 PM

Some more

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 01:15 PM

Last one

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 05:10 PM

Does anyone know who is to the left of McMorris and the right of Nimitz?

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 10:13 PM

That's a fantastic group. By sheer coincidence, I'm in the middle of reading a Nimitz biography. Long shot, but I'll let you know if I can figure out who they are.
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Posted 05 August 2018 - 04:44 AM

Thanks Mikie! I’ve been trying to find them but no luck so far

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 01:03 PM

Any thoughts of the two officers? I have not been able to find any info yet.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:41 PM

Sorry, the book I'm reading wasn't of any help.
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Posted 06 August 2018 - 04:39 AM

Thanks Mikie, hmm. Wonder who these guys are

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:37 PM

Any thoughts out there?

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:18 AM

I think I have identified the officer to the right of Nimitz as John R. Redman, he was on Nimitz staff from 42-45. Now to ID the other officer

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 06:22 PM

Ok you Navy guys, anythoughts on the officer to the left of McMorris? I have yet to find him

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:06 PM

Wow, can't believe I haven't gotten more input on trying to find out who the last officer is or about the group, I'll have to get the research done on the veteran to see what else he did during the war. This is the first Nimitz Staff group I've ever seen and didn't even think of something like this, I don't even think I've seen or heard of something like this from Mcarther or Eicks staff. The crazy thing is this and the knife ( listed in another post in the edge weapons forum) are literally right out of the woods via two guys that bought the items separately at an estate auction in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 06:25 PM

I thought this photo of Nimitz looked familiar.  I was at this auction in May this year and bid on the photos but the price went for more than what I was willing to pay for.  Were you at this auction?  I believe this is the knife that sold.  I think it went for $230.

 

 

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 06:31 PM

That's the knife, no I was not there but two friends were, I bought the pieces from both guys to get it all back together, the knife is absolutely stunning in hand and a rare bird in this condition, I posted better pics in the knife forum here

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 10:51 AM

Ahh, with the help of the people at the Admiral Nimitz museum I was able to identify the last officers signature, he is Lt. Cmdr R. B. McCoy.

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 07:20 AM

Anyone know where I can find any info on Lt Cmdr McCoy?

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