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Korean war US Navy Water Can Box -
pilots and sailors were in constant danger of floating adrift in the ocean. Whether the aircraft was shut down or the ship was sunk the US Navy wanted their personnel to have the necessary survival equipment to make it as long as possible while waiting for rescue.

One of the main factors in surviving in the oceas is drinking water. The US Navy developed a process where water was canned and distributed in survival kits. The cans were painted gray. They were shipped in cardboard boxes where the front of the box was marked as follows:

Property U.S. Government
Emergency Drinking water
(In sealed cans)
contents: 25 - 10 oz cans
Contract No. N-383-155s- 77754
International packing Corp
Specification No. MIL-W-15117A
Stock No. G 23-W-65

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The front of the can has black stenciled letters that read:

Property U.S. Government
contract No. N383-155s-77754
Specification no. MIL-W-151174
international packing corp

This Korean War US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Value $75.00 $80.00 $85.00 $90.00 $100.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B

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