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Carbines Recovered From the Korean War Battlefield

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    Posted: Mar 27 2023 at 1:08pm
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M1 Carbines Recovered From the Korean War Battlefield


Shown below is a page from a list of weapons recovered in Korea after the 27 July 1953 Korean War armistice. Thanks to Bob Seijas of the Garand Collectors Association for sharing this information with the Club. Bob said, “Cleaning out some old files, found this from an unknown source. For your files in case you don't have this one. Many collectors search for any history on their guns."



The Korean War armistice had been signed on 27 July 1953, seven months earlier than the Jan - Feb 1954 dates shown in this weapons list. The 101st Korean Service Corps was a division of civilian Korean laborers assigned to the US forces on 14 Jul 1951 under the direction of General James Van Fleet.

https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/ksc//

The KSC laborers would’ve been a good choice to scrounge battle areas afterwards to recover weapons and any other usable equipment left behind. It is believed that these weapons were never “criminally” stolen. They were recovered in battlefield scrounging - lost by unknown combat units - and/or perhaps in the hands of civilians and other persons unauthorized to have them. January and February are tough months to be outdoors trudging around in the hills.

It turns out that the U.S. 40th Infantry Division was also in Korea at the same time and is known for its engagement with the North Koreans in the battles of Sandbag Castle and Heartbreak Ridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40th_Infantry_Division_(United_States)#Korean_War

They along with the 8th Army Headquarters and related units also recovered a number of carbines in early 1954.

So how cool would it be if someone has one of those serial numbers?

Let us know if you have one of these recovered carbines.

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Edited by New2brass - Mar 28 2023 at 10:34am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dirty30Carbine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 27 2023 at 4:45pm
None of mine match, but I’ve got one that’s only about 3k off from one on the list
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GotSnlB28 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 27 2023 at 8:36pm
I see 2 late Inlands, presumably M2's,listed as M1.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote New2brass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 28 2023 at 10:42am
Download of the numbers in PDF format link added at the top of the post

Interesting is 62217748 as it has one too many digits. Probably one of the double numbers is in error

6217748 would be a late Rock-ola. The highest reported is 6219111 in CCNL 357 -17
6221748 Would be an Inland

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HARLEY08 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 25 2023 at 5:23pm
GotSnlB28 - 
sees 2  (very late Inlands) 
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I agree these have to be M2 Inlands
Thanks for the info

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Why Carbines? Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 26 2023 at 7:54am
I doubt they cared that much in a battlefield cleanup situation whether it was an M1 or M2, more than anything it was a carbine to them I'd bet.
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