Marine Ka-Bar "With the Old Breed" Tribute
Marine Ka-Bar "With the Old Breed" Tribute
Marine RV Burgin
RV Burgin in The Pacific
"With the Old Breed" Autographed Ka-Bar
"With the Old Breed" Ka-Bar history
Side two of the Ka-Bar history

"With the Old Breed" Autographed Ka-Bar

  • Our "With the Old Breed" limited-edition knife was first released in 2011 and quickly sold out. We recently discovered a small number of these ultra-rare collectibles, in mint-condition, as we prepare our office for relocation to Florida.

    This commemorative was manufactured by Ka-Bar, the original WWII supplier, and features engraving on both sides of the blade that celebrates Eugene B. Sledge, his book With the Old Breed, and his rifle company, K/3/5.

    Adding to the history are the original signatures on the scabbard of two K/3/5 Marines: Sgt. R.V. Burgin, mortar squad leader of Sledge, veteran of New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa, author of Islands of the Damned. Pfc. Jesse Googe, then 17-year-old veteran of Guadalcanal, New Britain & Peleliu, and Capt. "Ack Ack" Haldane's personal runner. 

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    As a Marine in World War II, R.V. Burgin fought with K-Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, on Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

    Burgin was the platoon sergeant featured in Eugene Sledge’s classic book “With the Old Breed” and was recently portrayed by actor Martin McCann in the Emmy award winning HBO mini-series The Pacific. Burgin is the author of “Islands of Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific.”

    Jesse Googe enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 16 and by his 17th birthday was fighting on Guadalcanal as the youngest member of K-Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. When K-Company's CO, Andrew "Ack Ack" Haldane learned Jesse's age, he made him his personal runner there and later on New Britain. During the invasion of Peleliu, Googe served as a rifleman until he was shot through the right forearm and evacuated.

  • Enjoy this trailer to The Pacific which depicts the experiences of R.V. Burgin and the Marines of King Company (K/3/5)! 

  • We recommend that all autographed items be displayed or stored using archival quality, acid free materials away from any moisture or strong light exposure, regardless of whether it is from sunlight or light bulbs. When framing, we recommend locating a framer who is familiar with archival framing, has a storefront so you can see examples of their work, is not within a big box store, and has full insurance in the event an accident occurs while framing your item.

    Tru Vue Museum Glass (UV blocking), spacers, and acid free framing materials must be used to protect the image and signatures. Fading can occur even if an item is not displayed in direct sunlight (even a light bulb omits UV rays) so Tru Vue Museum Glass (UV blocking) is necessary. Acid free spacers or mat board must also be utilized to prevent the signatures from direct contact with the top layer of glass/acrylic. If a signature is pressed against the clear material it will lift off the photo/poster/print and deteriorate.

    In order to retain full value of your item, your art or collectible should be able to be removed from its frame or storage container and still be in the same original condition as it was when purchased from Valor Studios.

    If you decide to store one of our art prints/collectibles without getting it framed, then we recommend flat storage in either an acid free art sleeve or between pieces of acid free foam core. The item should be stored in a dark and dry location, several inches off the floor. We do not recommend storing prints/posters/photos in tubes for any extended length of time.

$295 USD

Our autographed products are hand-signed by the heroes who were there!
We financially compensate our veteran signers for their autographs.
Nearly all of our prints are limited-editions bearing an exclusively assigned number.
Once a signed item sells out, it often appreciates in value due to its rarity.