Received a call this morning from a local fellow who said he had some original landing charts from Iwo Jima. He wanted me to look at them and give him some idea as to value or how he could sell them. I was skeptical at first but when I saw what he had there was no doubt as to the grouping being original. He has the provenance in letters and documents from a Navy officer who served aboard the U.S.S. Mellette (APA156) an Attack transport ship that provided the transportation to members of the 4th Marine Division to the beach.
I am not certain how many of the original, near mint condition, groupings there are out there but this one appears complete. I will be returning to take some photos in a couple days. He has had these documents stored for several years and did not think too much about them. His interest was peaked when he saw pawn stars and discovered that Rick sold one of the documents for $10,000. I guess that would energize most anyone! Regardless, he is interested selling the documents so if there is anyone interested I would be happy to send photos or post them on the forum when I complete them. Again, not knowing how common a complete, original Iwo Jima grouping like this may be, I am assuming he has a treasure there.