That is a shame!!!
I had a great friend (who has since past of cancer)who told me about his WW2 navy vet neighbor who wanted him to have his collection of WW2 souvenirs. This vet was in a seven destroyer fleet that entered the bay out side of kokura Japan. They went ashore and took control of the arsenal there. The Admiral in charge of this task force gave every man in that fleet a (long sword)Katana, (short sword)wakazashi and a rifle(The vet got a type 44) all from the arsenal(CHERRY condition)!!!!!. I told the gent what they could be worth and he said his kids didn't want any of that stuff. So he sold my friend his collection. I had told the gent that the wakazashi was older and could be worth a lot . He didn't care. So after my buddy buys this from him, My Buddy let me check out the wakazashi and it was signed by Umetada myoju.!!! He is the creator of the shinto sword era. I let him know and he tells the Vet that this sword is worth A LOT of Cash. The vet doesn't care , But when the vets kids found out, they wanted it back. NOW it was something of interest to them$$$$$$$$.
Sometimes this stuff pisses me off!!!! OH ITS WORTH SOMETHING!!!! Yea we better keep it(SELL IT)
I hope the Major's items do make there way to somebody who really can appreciate it.