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2 USNA Swords


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The Spring Semester (2009-2010 school year) markes the time when my Son can start to wear a sword to special occasions at Virginia Tech. As he is in NROTC, he is allowed to carry a USN sword. What better sword to carry than my Dad's?

 

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Dad never had it engraved so I did.

 

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The two lines read:

 

RICHARD W. BATES USNA 1948B

PATRICK W. BATES VTCC 2011

 

:D

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Now, Pops was Ma's second husband. Her first (LT Thomas A. Banta, USNA) died when his catapult failed. However, she kept his sword. Note the difference in size between the 1940's sword (bottom) and the 1950's sword (top).

 

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The Banta sword will be given to a NROTC Cadet that can't afford his/her own.

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Always a welcomed site - a passing of family tradition thru the generations. s/f Darrell

 

Now, if I can get Girl Child to go Marines, I can pass on my Father Inlaw's sword! :pinch:

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