The particulars on these items, using Cole as a resource, is that this is a Second Type model Kabar with the early, threaded, thick butt. It has USMC stamped on one side of the blade and Kabar Olean N.Y on the other side. The knife itself is in gorgeous condition except it was left in the sheath for 60 years and the blued finish was removed by the tannic acid in the leather. The blade iitself s still so sharp I could probably shave with it. The sheath is USMC BOYT 43 marked and is in perfect condition except for the name Tony Rossi marked in the sheath using dots made by the tip of a nail. But this is where the sad part of the story starts.
John met Tony Rossi in boot camp and they became best friends almost immediately. They were inseparable during basic training and shipped out to different units and different islands in the pacific. While either on Iwo or Roi-Namur, John received a letter from Tony asking if he might be able to get a combat knife for him as he desperately needed one and they were in short supply. John was able to “acquire” this knife and as a surprise, marked Tony’s name in the sheath and mailed it to him. A few weeks passed and the package was returned, as undeliverable due to recipient being KIA. John put the knife in his sea bag and it didn’t see the light of day until he gave it to me. John still deeply mourns the loss of Tony to this day.