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#1 4thraiders

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 05:49 AM

This bayonet was once used belonged to PFC Walter Owen Pankey of Blytheville, Arkansas. Walter would enlist in the Marine Corps on June 1st of 1942.
The catch with Walter is he lied about his age. When he enlisted he was ONLY 16! To think of what most 16 year olds are up to in present day and compare it to Walter, his demeanor is mind boggling.
Walter would join F/2/6 in July of 1942 as a BAR GUNNER. By the time Walter reached action on Guadalcanal his MOS would change to a “rifle squad leader” Walter would turn 17 years old while actively fighting in combat against the Japanese. On January 4th, 1943 Walter would participate in the battle of Guadalcanal until he and his unit were pulled off the frontlines on February 19th, 1943. Walter would then participate in the battle of Tarawa Atoll. He and his battalion would participate in action against the enemy on Buariki Island from November 20th to November 29th, 1943.
By May 1st of 1944 PFC Pankey would join B/1/29 in preparation for the amphibious assault of Saipan. Walter would hit the beaches of Saipan in the Black sector on D-day June 15th, 1944. Pankey would lead his rifle squad throughout the Mariana islands campaign until he was wounded in action on June 23, 1944 with a compound fracture of his right foot and shell fragment wounds throughout his legs. Walter’s medical reports spans 3 pages. After multiple surgeries and treatments before war’s end, Walter would never fully recover from his wounds sustained on Saipan. Walter would receive a BRONZE STAR medal in 1945 for his gallantry in action, courage, and coolness under fire. With the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan under his belt he would go on to start a family and die at the age of 60 in 1986.
This bayonet was a featured article written by Steven Norton in Garand Collector’s Club Association magazine.
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#2 Backtheattack

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 05:55 AM

Great!



#3 Nick

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 06:08 AM

Very Nice find.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 06:10 AM

Incredible find and incredible story! I really like the look of it.

Congrats!

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#5 4thraiders

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 06:17 AM

Great!


I agree!


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#6 4thraiders

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 06:17 AM

Incredible find and incredible story! I really like the look of it.

Congrats!

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Thank you nick!


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Posted 28 July 2019 - 06:18 AM

Incredible find and incredible story! I really like the look of it.

Congrats!

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I do as well! Can’t beat that been there look it has to it. And no doubt was!

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 07:08 AM

I do as well! Cant beat that been there look it has to it. And no doubt was!


If it could only speak...

#9 matthewsq

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 06:34 AM

The saltiness gives it so much character. Awesome to know the story behind the item, too. Not a 16 year old I would mess with!



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Posted 29 July 2019 - 07:11 AM

The saltiness gives it so much character. Awesome to know the story behind the item, too. Not a 16 year old I would mess with!

Not one I would mess with either! The fact he became a rifle squad leader at that young of an age speaks volumes about his character and leadership! Clearly someone took notice to it

#11 thunderbolts45

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 04:05 PM

That is a fantastic bayonet with an incredable story. Rest in peace PFC Walter, Semper Fi



#12 4thraiders

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 06:20 PM

That is a fantastic bayonet with an incredable story. Rest in peace PFC Walter, Semper Fi


I’m absolutely lucky to have it!


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#13 CL53 Fan

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 08:11 AM

Great Story! Thanks for sharing!

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#14 katieony

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 08:50 AM

A bayonet with an amazing history.  Thank you for sharing his story!

 

Mike




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