A third buckle is from a Marine who served in China immediately post-war. He probably took part in the effort to accept the surrender of Japanese forces that still retained their full fighting strength. The neat thing about this buckle is I know who it originally belonged to: Thomas L. Holder. When I bought it off the internet about 13 years ago, it was sold as an unidentified piece. When I got it, I looked on the back of the buckle and found this inscribed on back:
PL. SGT THOMAS L. HOLDER
Lesson learned: ALWAYS look on the back, on the rim, inside, in every pocket, the lining .
Edited by kfields, 26 August 2015 - 09:29 AM.