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    US Army Hand Axe (hatchet)

    Picked up a 1910 US Army hand axe at a flea market today that is marked US Plumb 1942. Came in a head cover marked Creators Industries 1945.

    Would I be correct to assume that these were issued to US Army medics while the corpsman's knives were issued to Marine Corps medics and that they served the same purpose of cutting wood for splints and things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    purpose of cutting wood for splints and things?
    I wasn't around in 1910 but in the 1970's we used them like a regular camp tool and mostly to make and drive tent stakes, we did cut wood for fire but not often, well maybe to burn $heot pots. It was just a utility tool.
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    If I remember at one time they were standard for US combat engineer platoons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjruple View Post
    If I remember at one time they were standard for US combat engineer platoons.
    Hmm.. That would make sense, I was in the 820th US Army Corps of Engineers and US Navy Seabees and we had them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    we used them like a regular camp tool
    We had issue axes too in the army. I don't think they were special, just needed.
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    I'm not saying they weren't used by other individuals but still asking the question, was this standard issue to Army medics. A couple of discussions I saw mentioned this and provided photos of medics with them. Just got me thinking about the corpsman's knives the Marines had in WWII. The earlier Plumb type Bolo knives were also Army issue I thought and could have been used by Army medics also. Just wondering.


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