1950s U.S. ARMY CANVAS TOOL BAG - TOOL ROLL
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Bill “Sparky” Retlinger raised his eyes to the small mountain that rose before him. Command had designated the pile of rock “Hill 43” and he had been up and down it four times in as many days. It was April, 1951 and the young Corporal Retlinger was a radio man with the U.S. Army Signal Corps which meant he had spent the last week hauling his radio gear up and down Hill 43 depending upon which army controlled it.
“Sparky!” The burley sergeant yelled out.
“Yeah Sarg, I know,” Bill said as he slung the long canvas roll containing a radio antenna and various spare parts over his shoulder. “…it’s back up to the top.”
“You’re learning kid,” The sergeant mustered in between chuckles. Artillery ordinance whistled over their heads then exploded at the top of Hill 43.
“Looks like it’s ours again,” The sarg said as he waved for his squad to head back up to the top of the hill.
Here's an interesting find--a Korean War era U.S. Army Signal Corps canvas tool roll/bag. This large bag is made out of heavy, olive drab canvas and was designed to carry radio equipment--antennas, spare parts and the like. Unrolled it measures 39" X 27" and it rolls up to approx. 39" X 10". The bag features lots of snap flap pouches, open pockets, tool loops as well as rain flap. The roll is secured with three (3) cinch straps and there is an adjustable 2" wide shoulder strap for carrying. It has a still visible U.S. military stencil on the side. It would make a fine addition to a militaria collection but still has life left in it and could be used for stowing/carrying camping gear, tools, etc.
This item is in good used, vintage condition. It has some faded and wear marks and we found some stains here and there but no major issues. The stitching integrity is good and it free of mildew, mold or foul odors. The metal hardware is free of rust.
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