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I ordered this off ebay and got it for a suprisingly low amount ($80.00) considering how much there is and its historical value. The grouping I ordered was for a marine in WWII... I don't know what he did for sure, but I'll post a reply when I find out. It includes his military benefits card, some picture of him in uniform one of which is in the suitcase. It's a wool coat w/ no patches except his sgt. chevrons. On the armpit it is stamped "Quartermaster's Department, US Marine Corps 1941" and then "6M". The only thing missing on the jacket is the EGA's on the collar. Also included is his campaign hat w/ EGA which he customized into a "bush hat". Last but certainly not least is his Ka-Bar. It is in good condition (except a small piece missing at the top and the guard needs to be tightened). It's very sharp (I think the precious owner sharpened it) but unfortunately it has no case pinch.gif;) . It is labeled "US Camillus NY". Overall it is a very nice grouping and so far the first ever (grouping) of my collection.

 

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"Nuts!" - General McAuliffe of the 101st Airborne

"Pain is weakness leaving the body" - US Marine Corps

"A good soldier always eats and always sleeps, so he is never hungry and never tired" - US Army+SSgt. Williams, US Infantry WWII Ret.

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I can tell you a little bit about the man who these items belong to. He is my Grandfather Ralph Roy Swift. He is Still very much alive . I never thought i would see that old hat again . It used to hang on a set of deer antlers over the couch the he would sit . You say you got all that off of ebay ? Well it was all stolen from his home in Dowling Mi after my Grandmother passed away .That old knife i was told by my Gandma had part in removing one of my grandpa's fingers that was giving him trouble after he injured it . He told them it wasn't right that he could not bend it sometime after they fixed it . They told him that was all they could do for him ,,,,, so , off came finger. He used to fool me and my brother and act like he had his whole finger up his nose . Took us a long time to figure out he did not have that finger . We would just look at him with amazement that Grandpa could stick his whole finger up his nose. My grandfather is in a retirement home now and is doing well , very old but well. My mom goes to see him for me from time to time and tells me how he is doing . I live in Texas so I don't get to see him . Call me I would love to talk to ya My name is Chad ,832-729-0806

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Do you still have his contact info?

 

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I am sorry about this turn of events, it is a little surreal to be honest...I believe this is the best outlet for finding the current caretaker of your Grandfathers items and I wish you all the best in this very noble cause.

 

I think the term Like a dog with a bone is a good mantra for this undertaking !!

 

Cheers and Gods Speed mate,

 

Sean

OIF 04-05 AUSSIE VET

 

20 years experience in BUYING and SELLING Militaria

 

Collecting and Researching ALL THINGS 1st and 2nd MARDIV '39 -'45

 

1st MARDIV activity in Australia post Guadalcanal and Australian Manufacturers contracted to supply clothing and equipment for the refit.

 

2nd MARDIV involvement on Guadalcanal and 'Bloody' Tarawa

 

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Last but certainly not least is his Ka-Bar,,,It is labeled "US Camillus NY". Overall it is a very nice grouping and so far the first ever (grouping) of my collection.

 

 

For the record that is not a WWII knife: with those markings, it was made between 1962 and 1974.


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I called my Dad and let him know of the things I have posted on this site and the helpful comments you have all given . He is going to try to get me a police report. This might take some time , as we are in TX and the crime took place in MI. I would be more than happy to pay the person back for any thing he would be out and for shipping to us ..I would not expect him to just give them back .

Thank you ALL for you support , Chad

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