"With the Old Breed" Autographed Ka-Bar
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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 as we prepare our office for relocation to Florida. Each Ka-Bar is in mint-condition and includes a beautiful wooden display box.
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. The wooden display box also features unique engraving.
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. GySgt. T.I. Miller, "Old Breed" Marine, veteran of Guadalcanal & New Britain, author of Earned In Blood.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
This highly desirable low-numbered Ka-Bar is in mint-condition and includes a scabbard signed by Burgin & Miller. The wooden display box is also in mint condition.
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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.”
Thurman "T.I." Miller enlisted in the Marines prior to World War II, earning him the honor of being called part of the "Old Breed." Assigned to K-Company (K-3-5), he fought on Guadalcanal alongside men like Capt. Andrew Haldane and Gunny Elmo Haney in the battles where the rock of K-3-5 was formed.
He then fought in the Cape Gloucester campaign where he served as a Staff Sergeant, helping to command K-Company's third platoon. Upon reaching Pavuvu, he was officially promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and rotated home to serve as an instructor at the USMC's Officer Candidate Applicant Battalion.
Enjoy this trailer to The Pacific which depicts the experiences of R.V. Burgin and the Marines of King Company (K/3/5)!
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