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Very nice mummed, matching Type 44 rework w/ vet history

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Very nice mummed, matching Type 44 rework w/ vet history

#1 Post by lthilsdorf » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:30 pm

I picked up this arsenal reworked Type 44 a few days ago off of Craiglist of all places, listed in an estate sale. I contacted the owner and found out it was the vet's son in law, and he had just passed away back in September. I spoke with him on the phone and was able to get some of the history of his service, which I've never been able to do. I asked if he would write up a notarized letter and he said that was no problem. Here is a small snippet of it:

"Roy Newton LaPrade was born at home on July 28, 1925 in Wirtz, Virginia. Roy was one of 7 children welcomed into the world by his proud parents, Nannie and Ira LaPrade. He was raised on a dairy farm and attended Boones Mill School, a single building schoolhouse incorporating 1 st thru 12 th grade. He graduated Boones Mill School June 1943 and received his draft notice on August 17, 1943. After passing the physical Roy was quickly drafted into the Army that month and entered into military service on September 31, 1943. Roy performed his basic training at Fort Bragg, NC and was issued his orders April 1944 to serve in the 146 th Field Artillery Regiment, Battery C, Philippine theatre of operation. From Fort Bragg he was transported by rail to San Francisco, CA where he boarded a ship on April 27, 1944 bound for New Guinea.

Upon arrival in New Guinea Roy fought on the front lines for 4 months, performing the duties of a private first class infantryman until he suffered 2nd degree burns from steam and was reassigned to a different squad as a survey and instrument specialist for his remaining 16 months in the Philippines. All toll, he served in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands from May 1944 until September 2, 1945, at which time his division was reassigned to Japan for the period of Occupation after the surrender to the Allied Forces.

Arriving in Japan late September 1945, Roy was soon assigned to a post in Kure, Japan as a mail clerk and finally as chief mail clerk with a final rank of TEC5. Besides the daily responsibilities of handling the mail for his regiment, he handled all non-heavy equipment related shipping and receiving duties which included the shipping of Japanese rifles that American soldiers were allowed to take as a souvenir from the local Japanese arsenals. This is how he became the proud owner of this fine WWII specimen. In early January 1946, Roy received his discharge papers, returning back to the states where on February 2, 1946 he executed those separation orders from Fort Bragg, North Carolina."

The rifle itself is an arsenal reworked example, with the last 3 digits of the serial number stamped on the floor plate, bayonet housing, bolt, and safety. All other parts are scrubbed or not numbered. From what I understand this is typical for reworks. Still has a beautifully intact mum. Stock is a newly made Kokura example, with very nice stock cartouches. It's missing one bayonet housing screws, but I ordered a reproduction from Don to hold it all together in the mean time.

The relatives also included many photo copies of documents and period photos of the GI. He was posted in Kure, so there are many photos of him visiting the remains of Hiroshima. There'a also an interesting photo of Roy helping another soldier with a package that looks to be a rifle about to be shipped home! Who knows for sure, but that's what it looks like! Roy is the GI circled in the photo.

Overall I'm very pleased with the documented rifle. I'm glad I can keep the history of who brought it back alive. Not often you get to buy right from the vet's family these days.

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Re: Very nice mummed, matching Type 44 rework w/ vet history

#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:12 am

Gosh that is a beauty...Does it have the CLeaning rods also???

Nice job of getting the background information..

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Re: Very nice mummed, matching Type 44 rework w/ vet history

#3 Post by sowbelle » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:49 pm

Thnks for sharing
Great Looking rifle

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#4 Post by vandle » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:40 pm

Wow

Nice pickup with history to go

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Very nice mummed, matching Type 44 rework w/ vet history

#5 Post by retread12345678 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:12 pm

There are collectors who would be turned off by the lack of "PAPERS" I had a really fine one years ago, but this one makes it look sick. Wonderful piece

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