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The Rest of the Story

Post by dlr110 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:25 pm

A while back my pastor showed me a WWII USMC HOSPITAL CORPSMAN BOLO KNIFE that his father had passed down to him. Pastor Robin, as we call him, didn’t know anything about the knife except that his father had it for as long as he could remember. Pastor Robin knew I was a collector and has been over several times to see some of the knives in my collection and talk about them.

One day he brought the Bolo Knife to me and asked if I would do some background research on the knife and those types of knives in general. I agreed and soon had him a short 4 page report on the history of Bolo knives and specific details about his knife and its possible value in today’s market. I took it to him one Sunday evening and he was so excited to get the report and the info I provided him. When I gave it to him, I offered him $250 for the knife and he turned me down without any hesitation. I left it at that, because I knew it had value to him that no one could buy.

On Wednesday December 4th, 2019 I was still really hurting in back, but I made it to evening Bible study. Before we began Pastor Robin came up to where I was sitting and asked, “Is your car locked?” I told him it was and knowing I was hurting he asked to see my keys. He sometimes has eggs, vegetables and such that he brings in for folks and I thought he was putting some of those in my car so I wouldn’t have to get up.

When the evening study was over, and I went to my car to my great surprise was the Bolo Knife in the driver’s seat. Pastor Robin really has no interest in knives other than the small pocket knife he carries. He said the knife was important to his father and he wanted it to go to someone who had a passion for history and collecting knives like I did. I now know that the knife did in fact belong to his father, Aaron Dye, USMC WWII. Over the years Mr. Dye had kept and preserved the knife because it had inspired him to make knives himself that were used in peace, not in war. I assured Pastor Robin that this knife would not end up at a flea market or in a garage sale, but one day in a military museum “Donated from the collection of Aaron Dye.”

As the great radio announcer Paul Harvey would say “And now you know the rest of the story.”
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Re: The Rest of the Story

Post by Steve Warden » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:13 am

Thanks for sharing that, Dave.
Great story ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
Take care and God bless,

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Post by Colonel26 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:11 am

Now that’s cool as all get out!
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Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:17 am

Thanks for the story, and for showing the knife. It’s special in more ways than one! ::tu::

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Post by 1967redrider » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:07 am

Great knife and awesome story! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Doc B » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:22 am

Very neat story, David! What would a medical corpsman use such a large knife for?
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Post by philco » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:39 am

I like that story a lot, all but the part about you being down in your back. Get well soon. ::tu::
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Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:49 am

Absolutely OUTSTANDING!!
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Post by dlr110 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:52 am

Doc B wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:22 am
Very neat story, David! What would a medical corpsman use such a large knife for?
All the different articles I read stated they would use them for cutting tree limbs or bamboo to make litter carriers and shelters for the wounded. Their were a few other uses I would just as soon not talk about.
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Post by Doc B » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:27 pm

dlr110 wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:52 am
Doc B wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:22 am
Very neat story, David! What would a medical corpsman use such a large knife for?
All the different articles I read stated they would use them for cutting tree limbs or bamboo to make litter carriers and shelters for the wounded. Their were a few other uses I would just as soon not talk about.
Interesting...and neat knife.
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Re: The Rest of the Story

Post by carrmillus » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:14 pm

....how did I miss this one????.......great story!!!.......... ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ....................

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