Post by rickthelibrarian on Dec 27, 2007 10:00:25 GMT -5
I also stumbled on to your forum from another one on the Philippine Scouts. My interest in the Philippines in 1941-42 goes back to my early days in the late 1950s. I remember the movie "Bataan" sparked my interest! I also met or knew several Death March survivors, including Samuel Grashio, who came from my home town. He was one of nine escapees from Davao Penal Colony in early 1943 and later evacuated from the Philippines by submarine.
I wrote several articles on the air war (such as it was) in the Philippines in 1941-42 for several aviation magazines. I'm also interested in weapons and gear of the period. One of the pictures below is the cover of the magazines that printed one of my articles. (Nov. 1987 issue of "Airpower")
The other is the stock of a M1903 Springfield rifle which has "PODD", indicating the stock was on a rifle that was rebuilt or inspected at the Philippine Ordnance Depot. One of my fondest wishes is to locate a M1917, M1903 or M1 that was used on Bataan or Corregidor. I also have both M1917 and M1917A1 helmets.
Glad to find this forum. I look forward to taking part.
Post by rickthelibrarian on Dec 29, 2007 18:48:48 GMT -5
Thanks for the ideas. I wish it was that simple. M1903s and other US military firearms weren't shipped anywhere by serial number. The serial numbers were totally mixed. I did find out that Rock Island Arsenal (who also made Springfield M1903s until 1919) was responsible for sending most M1903s to the west coast and Pacific territories.
I was contacted by a gentleman living in the Philippines who wanted some information on a M1903 he had (I'm very active on several online military firearms forums). I asked if he would consider selling it and he agreed. Unfortunately, US import regulations make importing a former US military firearm by an individual almost impossible.
Here's my collection of U.S. pre-WWI M1903 Springfields.
If anyone ever hears of a M1917, M1 or M1903 with certification, let me know!!!
Post by rickthelibrarian on Dec 31, 2007 10:01:28 GMT -5
If you're re-enacting someone from the 57th, 45th Infantry Regiments or the 26th Cavalry, keep in mind they were issued M1 Garand rifles before the war started in 1941. I don't know if that will make your search easier, not not.
Post by legionnaire on Dec 31, 2007 17:04:23 GMT -5
I should be using an M1 garand but they are soooo ridiculously expensive just for reenactment purposes unless I am filty rich but compared to the price of the beautiful Springfield I got. And the Springfield is easier to handle the bolt system for me.
Post by rickthelibrarian on Jan 1, 2008 13:39:28 GMT -5
Records of specific rifles are very hard to find. There is an organization called Springfield Research Service that has engaged in such research for years. It is estimated that they have found about 5-10% of U.S. military firearm serial numbers. Having someone recall their rifle's serial number after 65+ years would be hard. It would be the proverbial needle in a haystack to find it. As I recall correctly, one WWII vet did find his M1 Garand - it rated a major news story!
Posting pictures: Most forums require you to have a online web hosting service. I use Fototime but there are many others - some free, some not. You upload your pictures to the photo hosting site and then get a web address for the picture. You click on the little symbol of the picture and copy and paste the web address. It sounds harder than it really is -if **I** can do it, anyone can!!
Regarding the selling of my low numbered M1903s: "...only from my cold, dead hands..."
Well just a thought about you selling those extra ones to the Chapter Cheap>haha
My 03's number is 992982 and barrel 9-18, excellent condition and I shoot the heck out of it when I can. I have an original canvas case for it which drew attention from the shooting masters when I first showed up with it.
Philip sent me info on how to do posting so maybe I can master it soon. Happy New Years.
Post by texian13cav on Jan 11, 2008 18:04:12 GMT -5
RE: Springfield vs. Garand for Bataan ... Tio Bado - Cpl. Baldomero Martinez 45 TH Inf P.S. U.S Army ( Former 2 ND Lt P.A.) Once told me that upon resigning his commision to join the Scouts, he was issued a 03 Springfield, which he quickly traded to a Cano for a Garand ( the Cano didn't trust the "new fangled" M1 ) He said they used to play a trick on the japs - they would each fire together 5 rounds, timed slowly, to seem to be armed with the 03. The japs would charge ( thinking they would be reloading ) and then they would let them have it.
Post by rickthelibrarian on Jan 14, 2008 19:50:07 GMT -5
Although my favorite US military rifle by a long shot is the M1903 Springfield, I use an M1 Garand, #335652, when I go to the range. The receiver was made in August, 1941 and the barrel, four months before I was born, in 1949.