Bill Walters asked me to post this amazing grouping he recently acquired. I have never even seen one of those knives in person!
Western USMC Parachutist George Patsko Grouping 1-25-19
Grouping from a World War II USMC Parachutist. The Paramarines were an Airborne unit of the US Marine Corps which were formed in 1940 and disbanded in 1944. This grouping is named to PFC. George Patsko and includes his US Marine Corps Parachute School certificate, dated 4 May, 1943. Next is a photo of his parachute school class, a group of Marines wearing their jump wings, a jump platform is visible in the background. The photo was taken at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The lot also includes his dog tag with a tetanus date of September 1942, listing his serial number #433037. In 1944, when the Paramarine units were disbanded, many of the parachutist qualified Marines were transferred to fighting units within the 5th and 6th Marine Divisions. Newly promoted Corporal Patsko was sent to the 5th Marine Division and went to Iwo Jima with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement on February 26, 1945. He was wounded in action on March 16, 1945. Included in this grouping are his full-color temporary citation signed by Maj. Gen. Thomas E. Bourke Commanding general, his Purple Heart order signed by General Holland M. Smith and his original discharge papers dated October 25, 1945. The discharge lists his qualifications as a "Rifle Sharpshooter" and "Parachutist” and also confirms his service on Iwo Jima from 19 February to 17 March 1945 as well as his wounding on Iwo Jima on 16 March, 1945. In addition to the paperwork, his medals are present. There is a slot brooch Bronze Star medal with ribbon bar and "ruptured duck" discharge pin, as well as a Navy / Marine Corps style (squared case full wrap brooch) Purple Heart medal with wide-style ribbon bar and lapel pin. Last but by no means least is Patsko's original Western No. 31 Parachutist's Knife. These were issued to paramarines and marked near the ricasso "USMC". This one retains its original sheath. The Western No. 31 Parachutist knife is one of the rarest fighting knives of World War II. Near Mint.
Edited by mikedon, 03 March 2019 - 05:52 AM.