Jump to content

Japanese captured by Navy vet


Recommended Posts

I purchased this bayonet directly from the son of the vet who brought it home. He had three bayonets along with two rifles and a Japanese naval sea bag but I only had enough spending money for a bayonet (my friend who was with me bought both rifles and the other two bayonets). I had no idea on value for the sea bag so I left it alone but got the gentleman's contact info to get a translation done on what was written on the bag in Japanese for his future interest. Anyway the gentleman's father, Ernest William Beck Jr, served on the USS Frank Knox and was a part of Bull Halsey's group. He also ended up being one of the first heads of the fire control room when the Frank Knox was first built. Of the three bayonets the gentleman had two were from the exact same maker (National Denki or National Electric) of which mine is one of those two. I fell in love with it not only because of the condition of it but because the bayonet is still slathered in 70+ year old protective grease (I don't think it's cosmolene because the grease doesn't have that distinct smell of cosmolene. However it does still smell). Even the loop on the sheathe where the frog would go through is clogged with grease. I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

post-159863-0-48125100-1535164142_thumb.jpeg

post-159863-0-67995700-1535164151.jpeg

Collector and preserver of "old war stuff"; son and grandson of veterans
Father: 1st Marine Division, Echo 2/7 1966-1968
Grandfather: USCG 1941-1946, USAF 1950-1966

 

Always on the hunt for marine corps items from E/2/7 from WW2, Korea, and Vietnam

Also looking for items related to the 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division from D-Day through to the end of 1944 and items related the Battle of Brest

Link to post
Share on other sites

Rifles were in decent shape but my friend got those. As to the sea bag I had no idea what to offer the gentleman for it as none of us (including the gentleman) knew the value of it. I have no doubt the sea bag was legit since all of these were his father's bring backs.

Collector and preserver of "old war stuff"; son and grandson of veterans
Father: 1st Marine Division, Echo 2/7 1966-1968
Grandfather: USCG 1941-1946, USAF 1950-1966

 

Always on the hunt for marine corps items from E/2/7 from WW2, Korea, and Vietnam

Also looking for items related to the 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division from D-Day through to the end of 1944 and items related the Battle of Brest

Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful bayonet, Dan Griffin at griffinmilitaria.com has a sea bag listed for $150.00. I’ve purchased a lot of Japanese items from him and I find his prices are reasonable and a really good indicator of fair market value. I hope that helps.

Vic

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.