Re: Newbie question about old Marble and Camillus Navy knives
The estimates of value offered for the Camillus and sheath are reasonable, for the condition. This is the Mark 1 pattern. They are not uncommon (see Coles III; page 76, example No.3).
Keep the leather supple; a leather sheath from this period is often harder to find than the knife. Also to add value, as well as to maintain the history, ask your uncle for a brief record of his service and the knife as well. Type it out and have him sign it with his unit information and dates of service.
Leyte Gulf was a fierce and important engagement. WWII Vets are disappearing too rapidly. Remember, these guys really did ‘save the world’. Your uncle is an American hero, as were all who participated!