Knife, Trench, USM3, Camillus on Blade, with USM6, B3c Donald Williams, USS Blue Ridge, PTO
Superb genuine WWII USM3 trench knife, manufactured by Camillus, hallmarked on blade. A Philippine coin has been attached onto the pommel (50 centavos). Delivered in its original USM6 leather scabbard, manufactured by Viner Bros in 1943. The upper leather strap intended for securing the hilt has been removed. Name Williams D.R. and mention USS Blue Ridge have been stamped on the leather sheath and a USN dog tag affixed onto the reinforcing metal plate -- Donald Bruce Williams, service number 613-14-31, vaccinated against tetanus in December 1943, blood type B, United States Naval Reserve.
Born on August 10, 1926, Donald Bruce Williams joined the US Navy at 16 years of age on November 4, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to serve aboard USS Blue Ridge from September 27, 1943 onwards. Launched in 1943, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2) was an Appalachian-class amphibious force flagship. Deployed in the Pacific, she participated in the landing operations in the Philippines in October 1944 (Leyte) and January 1945 (Luzon). The muster roll shows that Donald B. Williams was still serving aboard the ship in May 1945, with the rank of Boilermaker 3rd Class. He passed away on June 28, 2004.
Homogeneous set, in good used condition.
Illustration documents shown above are only available in digital format.
USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943.
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