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    The bayonet collecting community lost one of its best. Bill Porter (forum ID: porterkids) passed away yesterday. Such a good person, so knowledgeable and always willing to help other collectors. Many of you know him from his participation here and from his writings published on the usmilitaryknives.com website. I learned so much from him. It is a shock to know that he is gone. He will be sorely missed.
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    Very sad, I only knew him through his postings here, but he was a very knowledgeable individual who always took the time to help educate others.

    Condolences to his family.
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    God bless his transfiguration amen
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    My condolences to Bill’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.
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    I just learned of Bill's passing a short while ago. Tragic pretty much sums it up. For over 15 years I always enjoyed our conversations...either in person when we used to talk at the SOS, or on the phone. Bill was always free with information regarding our shared interest in the MPBS M9 and bayonets in general. His intention was to eventually write the definitive collector book on the MPBS M9. Hopefully, Bill's efforts will not be in vain and another will pick up the torch and see it thru...his legacy to the collecting fraternity.

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    His knowledge and presence here added a lot and he will be sorely missed.

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    We'll keep him and his Family in our prayers. He will indeed be missed.

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    I did not know him but read his posts here. Blessings to him and his family.

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    I had multiple dealings with Bill over the years. My best memory of this fine gentleman is this...
    Some years ago I coordinated a sale of a small publication of a bayonet book for members of a small group (the BCN, I'm sure some alumni are here). Bill contacted me about shipping options and somewhere along the conversation I mentioned a local 10-year old girl with a passion for stamp collecting (I truly don't remember how that came up).
    Bill sent me a large envelope STUFFED with American stamps from the 20s through the 70s- perhaps 200 stamps- and asked me to give them to her, which I did.
    She sent him a thank you card and I hope (sure) he appreciated it.
    RIP Bill...

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    RIP
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    He was excellent collector, great man. RIP.

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    Always happy to share his knowledge and discuss ideas. Though we never met, we had some interesting discussions over the years. It is very sad to hear of this gentlemans passing.

    Thank you Bill.

    May you rest in peace.
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    Deeply sorry to read this news. Like many here, I never met him but often read and learnt from his posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marysdad View Post
    The bayonet collecting community lost one of its best. Bill Porter (forum ID: porterkids) passed away yesterday. Such a good person, so knowledgeable and always willing to help other collectors. Many of you know him from his participation here and from his writings published on the usmilitaryknives.com website. I learned so much from him. It is a shock to know that he is gone. He will be sorely missed.
    A friend of mine just sent me this URL for more on Bill Porter:

    https://themonroesun.com/william-por...ed-by-example/

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    A good life well lived. RIP.

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    RIP Bill

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    Man, I just got into collecting and and this is the first thing I see, wish I could've talked to him. May he rest.

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