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Unmarked M3 fighting knife Marked Iwo Jima on leather sheath

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Here is a unmarked M3 fighting knife named to a Bill Liscum service #39090406. It says Iwo Jima 3-45. He was in the Marine Corps. Does anyone have any way to verify he was on Iwo and what division?

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His obituary from 1999 states he was on Iwo Jima. Now, what unit? Here is a image of him.

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Isn't the serial number on the scabbard Army?


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Looks like he was Army, not Marine Corps.

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His obituary mentions that he was involved in the taking of Iwo Jima. But he was an Army warrant officer. 


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Have a M3 just like it that came from a local vet who was in the Army Air Corps.


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Thanks folks. This knife is unmarked. Was it an Army or USAAF specific issued piece?

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Most of the unmarked M3s you see during that time frame, were  PX purchases, especially with that type of sheath. The M3s were very popular, and there was an obvious demand for them during the war.  There were army support personnel  on IWO Jima  during that campaign, makes sense as a Warrant Officer.  SKIP

 

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17 minutes ago, SKIPH said:

Most of the unmarked M3s you see during that time frame, were  PX purchases, especially with that type of sheath. The M3s were very popular, and there was an obvious demand for them during the war.  There were army support personnel  on IWO Jima  during that campaign, makes sense as a Warrant Officer.  SKIP

 

Thanks Skip. I assume the Army personnel were performing a logistics role regarding the air field and getting prepped for USAAF use. I will read up to confirm.

 

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That is one COOL knife and would love to have it in my collection!

Definitely an ARMY serial number on the sheath. Also the U.S. Army's 147th Infantry Regiment fought at Iwo Jima so he may have been with that unit.


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kfields- Thanks, for the info on the 147th Infantry, looked up the unit, they did a lot in the PTO, and they got overshadowed by the Marines, even though they fought in most of the same campaigns. SKIP

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