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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, and have likely long ago been lost to history. The paper itself is dated June 4th, 1945, after the battle had ended and likely when this Seabee was able to get some down time. I even found an old newspaper clipping from the vet's home town after he enlisted.
  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 the Marines. The rifle itself is in nice shape, with a mismatched stock. Still has grease in the action and the vet said he had never shot it. He also gave me a pouch with magazines, though I have no idea what the country of origin is on the pouch itself. Really glad I was given the chance to purchase this!
  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 likely would have been filled out in the Philippines.
  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 stock.
  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. Here is the gentleman's obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressconnects/obituary.aspx?n=chester-b-kolota&pid=192974236&fhid=7264
  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 include all 4 copies of the export form. From what I've found on the vet, he served 30 years in the Army, from World War II through Vietnam, and passed away in 2009. I found, through searching online, that an audio exit interview exists for Colonel Sullivan, describing his time in Vietnam. I has sent an email to request s copy of this. VNIT-502: Long Binh Post (Prov) Exit interview conducted 18 November 1969 with COL Lloyd S. Sullivan, Commander, Long Binh Post. Discusses base defense, staff organization, civic action and security at Long Binh. Interview by 16th MHD. (Digital Audio File, ReeltR, cassette, interview with COL Lloyd S. Sullivan transcribed 23 pages) Please share your thoughts on this set. Thank you!
  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 the rest of the items were. I didn't even think about citations for awards.
  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't take photos, as I didn't want to be disrespectful of the gentleman offering them and I didn't realize at the time he was ready to sell them. I can find out more information from him. How does one determine the value of such a set? He was looking for $700. Obviously without more information it's hard for you folks to determine a value, but I figured I'd start to get an idea and try to get some photos of the grouping. This would fit in well with my focus on the PTO. Again, thank you all for your time.
  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 locate him and arrange a visit. George, whose wife, Martha, and daughter,Julienne, live at Central City, Ky., was wounded in Germany in April while serving with a medical battalion. Private Thalman's wife, Mary Etta, resides at 2841 White Oak drive. Stationed On Guam Another brother, Sgt. Rufus F. Thalman, 29, is on Guam with occupational forces. He has been overseas for two years. His wife, Caroline, is living at 430 Schantz avenue. The fourth brother, Corp. Albert (cuts off) Leslie Thalman, Rufus Thalman, F. Thalman, has been overseas for almost two years and is believed to be on his way home. He has been stationed at an air service command depot in the European theater. His wife, Emma, lives at 34 South Garland avenue. They are the sons of Joseph A. Thalman and the late Mrs. Anna Mae Thalman of R. R. 3, Dayton.
  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 the unit listed on the paper took part in. This Marine's obituary originally stated he did indeed fight on Iwo Jima, so I decided to have Geoff at Golden Arrow Research pull his file to find out any other information. This confirmed the information from the obituary. I've included a small portion of the information he found for me. Big thanks to his services. Highly recommended! Now the big question is, did this Marine find the rifle on Iwo Jima or somewhere else. Well, looks like it's impossible to say 100%. By the time these papers were filled out, Mr. Burger had been back on Guam since April 2nd. It's possible he brought the rifle with him from Iwo Jima and didn't get around to filling out the paper work for it until some time later before he shipped it home. The other possibility is he picked it up on Guam while the unit was regrouping. Either way I'm happy to have this level of provenance with the rifle. I can't say I run into many capture papers dated during the war, let alone one with the rifle's serial number on it and listed to a Marine who saw combat on Iwo Jima. https://i.postimg.cc/4d2gLfmt/Untitled2.jpg[/img]
  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 crate itself was shipped home by a member of the 98th Division, which is interesting in that I own another example of a crate shipped back by someone from this division. This division was lucky in that at the end of the war they were training for the invasion of Japan, which obviously never happened. Instead they saw occupation duty and were stationed in Osaka in October 1945. That leads into the next neat thing about this set, as the original packing material still seems to be in there. Much of it is composed of new papers dated from October 1945. Really neat to see that still in the crate, and clearly this was untouched after the war. Overall I'm glad I was able to grab this one, though it cost a bit more than I usually pay for these sets. Enjoy the photos!
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