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  1. This capture paper I won in an online auction came in today. It is from a Seabee vet who served on Iwo Jima during the battle. APO 86, as shown on the paper, corresponds to Iwo Jima, along with some other details on this unit I was able to find. Notice the wide variety of items this Seabee sent home. He was with the 62nd Naval Construction Battalion, which landed on Iwo Jima on the 24th and 25th, according to what I've found. I was able to find a document/book talking about the history of the unit and found the vet in a group photo. Unfortunately none of the items on this paper were included,
  2. I was able to pick this up from a local vet who approached me at the last show I was set up displaying at back in January. He served with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which was on their way to Beirut when they were diverted to Grenada. He told me the paperwork wasn't done until the unit returned in Spring 1984. The few Grenada papers I have seen are dated May 1984, though this one is not dated. Correct style to others I have seen, and even the same officer signing off on this one as a few others I've saved.| I'll be meeting back up with the vet to audio record his experiences while in
  3. I picked this small group from a dealer I routinely set up next to at a local show. Unfortunately this is all that is left of a once complete grouping. The dealer said most of this stuff the vet brought home was being sold out of the back of a van years ago, and he managed to buy a few things in order to keep the trench knife. He sold me the set of papers and the photo of the vet with many of his war trophies. I do not know when this photo was taken or if it was overseas or not. Evidently there was a bunch of other stuff not even in the photo. Based on the APO number and date, this papers li
  4. I have an SKS with a set of Vietnam bringback documents but haven't come across a fairly priced example of a Type 53, so when I saw this one on Gunbroker for a reasonable price I placed a bid and won. Rifle is mismatched, but looks to be all Chinese made parts. The stock looks lightly sanded and refinished. I actually like the look of the color to the stock, so I'm not too bothered by that. The paperwork is complete, including the export license on the "onion skin" type of paper. Just a nice example of a Vietnam bring back Type 53. I also own an example with a presentation plaque on the butt
  5. Picked this set up today and I'm very pleased. This was a lead from a gun show I set up at, and I was finally able to meet the seller and make a deal. The rifle is nothing special. It's an early 20th series Kokura Type 99 Arisaka. The neat part is it came with papers form the Sailor who brought it home. He live about 2 hours away from me and unfortunately just passed away back in May at the age of 93. He served on the USS Yosemite, a Destroyer tender. The set also came with a bayonet. There is no serial number and some interesting writing on the top of the handle in white paint.
  6. Thanks for the comments guys. Glad to see this pop back up, because it's one of my favorite crate sets I own. I've looked for other things but don't across as much. I've wanted a Type 30 bayonet in a box for awhile, but never see them come up.
  7. I've always wanted an example of a Vietnam bringback SKS with the correct paperwork, so I was happy to pick this example up. Looks like a 1967 dated Type 56, all matching and in really good condition overall. Didn't get a photo of the bolt, but that also matched. I'd imagine one this nice came out of a cache or something, and was presented to the Colonel? Came with several sets of paperwork. There are 4 copies of the Temporary Export license and 3 different ones of the DD-603 form. Not sure if that's normal or not, but they all look very old and correct as far as I can tell. I didn't includ
  8. Thanks gentleman. I do stand guilty as charged for trying to figure a value with no photos. I suppose my main question was really can a set of papers related to a KIA Marine be worth that much money, as it seems a lot without anything else. I kind of wanted to form a base before I get the gentleman to photograph these items for me, to see if it is even partially worth the time. Most valuable sets I read about here have the Marine's medals or uniforms to go with the paper items. I do know this set had a large 3 ring binder full of items. Blacksmith, thank you for the comment too about what t
  9. Hello gents, I usually post over in the Spoils of War section, but I had a questions about something that was offered to me. A gentleman I purchase Arisaka's from offered me a neat grouping he picked up at a garage sale years ago. It's a large number of papers related to a Marine who was killed during the fighting on Iwo Jima. It included the Western Union telegram to his family after he was killed, dozens of letters and V-Mails (many "returned to sender" after his passing), photos, and other such items. It did not include any medals, uniforms, or the such. It was mostly ephemera. I didn'
  10. Very cool! I like crated ship home items, but all I have so far are rifles. 9 of them actually, haha! What's the APO listed on this box? And is there a date noted anywhere?
  11. I was watching this set, and thought long and hard about buying it, but I had some other items taking up the funds. Really neat. I like capture papers with the rifle numbered on them. It's fairly standard practice during the war, but post war you rarely see numbered papers for a rifle. Where abouts in NYS are you located? I'm in the Southern Tier.
  12. Located this for you. I don't have access to this site, though I probably should the amount I've used it of late, so I can only read the auto translation. I see you're in Ohio, so I'm guessing this is your guy. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/392380651/ Family Sends Two Brothers George Thalman Albert Thalman Oct 13th, 1945 Pvt. Leslie O. Thalman, 26, was having his usual Army breakfast "chow" in a mess hall somewhere in Germany when in walked his brother, George, technician third class. Private Thalman had been overseas for 11 months. His brother had finally managed to loca
  13. Wow, great article and thank you for sharing to both you and the OP! Korean War bring backs are very interesting because, as you state in the article, they are just so uncommon relative to WWII and Vietnam. Finding rifles with legit capture papers to Korea is quite difficult. Great stuff in this thread!
  14. I really like rifles with numbered capture papers, but they are tricky to come by. So when I saw this example I knew I wanted to add it to the collection. Looks to be a 22nd series Kokura Type 99, all matching to the dust cover and an intact mum. The rifle has a few additions by the Marine who sent it home, Sidney Burger, including a message on the butt stock saying "To Pops" and some tally marks on the left side of the stock under the serial number/manufacturer mark. The neat aspect is the numbered, war time dated capture papers, dated a few weeks after the end of fighting on Iwo Jima, which
  15. I won this from an auction several weeks ago and it finally arrived this afternoon. This crate set is now one of my favorites I own with some unique features. First, the rifle is a 26th series Type 38 in likely unissued condition. It's still covered in grease from either the arsenal or when the GI coated it to ship home. Oddly enough the floor plate seems to be a few numbers off, so I'm wondering if it was mis stamped. Just a ground mum on this one, with the bluing still really nice and many straw colored parts. Came with a nice bayonet and some other militaria I'm not familiar with. The
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