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ID'd D-Day Normandy US Navy Officer's 1911 Colt Pistol & Belt Rig


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Identified D-Day Normandy US Navy Officer's 1911 Colt Pistol & Belt Rig from Lt. H. L. Oakes, Jr. USNR

 

The photo shows his son wearing his pistol and belt set when Lt. Oakes was home on leave following the Normandy invasion.

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Great group, the Colt is awesome!!!!

 

That authorization letter is neat. If I am reading it correctly, it appears to state that he was also authorized an M1 Carbine?? Wonder why most of the serial numbers are XXX'd out??

 

Chris

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I have heard many gun collectors state the government never let troops bring home "their" firearms from the war, any war...this letter seems to put a stop to such talk...common or not...it was still practiced and accepted....

 

great 1911 group....

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When my dad was returning from the PTO, last stationed on "Okie", US Navy, his chief asked him if he was going to take his M1911 .45 home. My dad was not into firearms at all, hated shooting the M1903 rifle in boot camp, said it kicked like a mule, so the .45 never came home. Also mentioned he probably could have brought an M1 Carbine home, my favorite firearm of all time. He said many times over the years that if he had ever known he would have two boys that liked firearms he would have brought at least the .45 back.

 

Funny thing is he did bring home an Japanese Type 99 Arisaka rifle with bayonet? Told me there was a pile of the rifles and bayonets and any of the enlisted sailors could grab one of each if interested. Nice thing with this rifle is it still has the Mum fully intact. I have both items along with his Navy Kabar knife. He has been gone now since 2005 and I am happy to have these items. Never to be sold.

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Lt. Oakes issued Colt 1911 pistol carried through WWII from North Africa to Normandy to the South Pacific and it looks like it swam much of the way. A great US Navy officer's pistol with battle provenance.

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Could any of you knowledgable helmet folks tell me what the markings on the helmet mean, including the painted band?

I assume the two stripes indicate rank?

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