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Various Commando letters arrived today.

Most interesting is the Commando shipped to the Rhode Island State Property Officer which Iikely went to the Rhode Island State Guard (more research to follow). If so, this is my fourth state guard Commando (joining Alabama, Massachusetts, and Vermont Commandos).

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707314
707315



Rhode Island State Property Officer

707316



707317



US Treasury Office of Price Administration

707318


707319


US Maritime Commission

707320


707321


Fort Worth Police Department

707322


707323
 

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hoya74,

Thanks for posting these. I really like seeing where some of these Commandos wound up. I need to order letters on some of my Commandos as well.

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Various Commando letters arrived today.

Most interesting is the Commando shipped to the Rhode Island State Property Officer which Iikely went to the Rhode Island State Guard (more research to follow). If so, this is my fourth state guard Commando (joining Alabama, Massachusetts, and Vermont Commandos).

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Rhode Island State Property Officer

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US Treasury Office of Price Administration

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US Maritime Commission

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Fort Worth Police Department

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I was born in 1945 in Fort Worth, TX. If you ever want to 're-home' this Colt Commando, please contact me @ [email protected]
 

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Interesting. So the last one sat at the factory for 10 months before shipping out. That fits a pattern I’ve also observed with late-war S&W Victorys shipped to PD’s. The military didn’t have any urgent need any more.

As for your OSS Commando, I have one which missed that shipment by one day. It shipped to Northrop Aircraft on Dec. 8, 1943. Since I have an interest in the wartime aviation industry, I feel I got lucky ;)

707356
 

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Interesting. So the last one sat at the factory for 10 months before shipping out. That fits a pattern I’ve also observed with late-war S&W Victorys shipped to PD’s. The military didn’t have any urgent need any more.

As for your OSS Commando, I have one which missed that shipment by one day. It shipped to Northrop Aircraft on Dec. 8, 1943. Since I have an interest in the wartime aviation industry, I feel I got lucky ;)
Absalom, here are a couple of aviation industry letters and a few others that also arrived yesterday:

Douglas Aircraft Company


707365



Rohr Aircraft Company

707367


A few other companies:

H. A. Wilson Company

707381


Cuyahoga Spring Company

707380


Illinois Cabinet Company

707382
 

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Thanks for posting these!

Never heard of Rohr. I like “Foot of H Street” as an address ;)

From a company employee site:

“Fred Rohr and four of his associates found Rohr Aircraft Corporation on August 6, 1940 in his San Diego garage. Rohr served as President and General Manager. He believed that there "was a clear role in this surging aircraft industry for a manufacturing subcontractor that could provide the prime aircraft builders with major structural assemblies" (Rohr, 1990).”

From his garage to needing 20 Commandos presumably for his security department - pretty impressive.
 

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Some excellent commands, thanks for sharing. I think there should be a thread just for commando.They are one of the underrated WWII revolvers. Because of war time rules the letters show the final ship location ( not just a hardware store or distributor) and they are still reasonably priced if you are patient and search them out.
 
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