Here is another WWII period copy of the E.W. Stone knife. This one has a double-edge, unmarked blade that may have originated from a file. What is somewhat interesting about this knife - at least to me - is where it came from. It came from the estate of Aurtha Leonard LeVan, who joined the Marines two months prior to his 18th birthday. The parent consent letter is shown below. He was immediately shipped to Guadalcanal for combat training, which lasted from August 1944 until April 1945. He then shipped from Guadalcanal to Okinawa and participated in action against the enemy from April 1, 1945 until June 21, 1945. He was a light machine gun crewman, with the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle. Okinawa appears to be the only combat he participated in and afterwards he was stationed in Tsingtao, China, helping overseeing the surrender of Japanese forces. He returned to the States in April 1946 and was discharged on May 5th.
Collectors of the period copy Stone knives have always wondered where and who made some of these knives. The path of this soldier may narrow down one possible origin. According to his deployment and service records, he only boarded four ships during his two year span in the USMC. Two of these ships, the USS General C.G. Morton (AP-138) and the USS H.W. Butner (AP-113) were troop transports to and from his home port of San Diego. The other two ships were the USS George Clymer (APA-27) and the USS Jerome County (LST-848). The USS George Clymer was an attack transport ship and the USS Jerome County was a tank landing ship. There is the possibility that one of these two ships may have had a foundry aboard and someone was making copies of the Stone knife.
Lot of great information about LeVan, but from what I know about US Navy ships, APs. APAs and LSTs did not have a foundry/forge capability. No space would have been allocated for a foundry. All such work was performed either ashore or on support/repair ships, e.g., ADs (Destroyer Tenders), Repair Ships (ARs) or Battle Damage Repair Ships (ARBs).
The last category would be a more likely possibility - ARBs were converted LSTs that traveled in company with the Landing Forces to make repairs to ships and boats of the Landing Forces. These ships MIGHT have had a foundry capability. I still lean toward the ADs or ARs,