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Camillus mk2 knife with USMC provenence

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Camillus mk2 knife with USMC provenence

#1 Post by burban89 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:04 pm

Hey everyone. This knife, though fairly common, is very special to me as it's the single piece that got me started collecting militaria. This knife originally belonged to my dad who was issued this very knife brand new in 1967 when he was stationed in Vietnam with the 7th Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. He went through many combat and search and destroy missions with this knife so naturally when his time came up in Vietnam in January 1968 he hid this knife at the very bottom of his sea bag and boarded a plane to go back to the US to be restationed at MCAS in Beaufort, South Carolina. I have most of my dad's issue gear including this knife that he smuggled home but as this was my very first piece of militaria and a present from my dad it's very important to me. I always walk around with it at gun shows or out in the woods with it at my side since that's what my dad wanted me to do with it in the first place (he told me it would be better to have it on me and use it instead of letting it rot in a safe where it had been since the mid 70s). Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.
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#2 Post by ffuries » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:19 am

Nice, the family story behind it is what makes it even more valuable and rightly so. Thanks for sharing.
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#3 Post by m47dragon » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:23 pm

That's awesome! I had the honor of serving in 1/7 in the 1990's: The Magnificent 7th has one of the proudest legacies of any Regiment in the entire Corps. Semper Fi!

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#4 Post by retread12345678 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:35 pm

Protect it as it protected him 2bn,/4th regt

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#5 Post by wybuffler » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:19 am

I understand how you feel. My cousin sent me my uncle's knife that went through the pacific war with my uncle's USMC cousin; who gave the knife to my SeaBee uncle in 1944. Both came home after the war, and I spoke with them both often when I was young. I will pass the knife on with the provenance to my daughter.

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#6 Post by checkmate19 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:13 pm

Great story , thanks for sharing. My Dads friend was in the Marines and passed his Camillus on to him. Knives are so much more when carried as so.

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#7 Post by Candyman » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:46 pm

A nice piece of history and one that can be passed down for many years.
I carried one for years and even during the war, Desert Storm. I'll pass it down to one of my kids one day.
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Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:23 pm
That's awesome! I had the honor of serving in 1/7 in the 1990's: The Magnificent 7th has one of the proudest legacies of any Regiment in the entire Corps. Semper Fi!
Another one here that served with The Magnificent 7th, 1/7 and 2/7. Semper Fi.

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#8 Post by burban89 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:53 pm

Candyman wrote:
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:46 pm
Another one here that served with The Magnificent 7th, 1/7 and 2/7. Semper Fi.
My dad served with 2/7 over in Vietnam and he brought home a bunch of stuff. His issue gear was the most prominent but he also brought home some souvenir wall hangings and paintings from Thailand during his leave there in late 67, a VC flag he captured during a major offensive, and several different kinds of surrender leaflets he would find on occasion during patrols. However some of his best bring backs are the tons of photos he took over there that were converted to slides later on. Now we as a family are converting them back to normal pictures to be better preserved for future family members.

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