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WWII POW Mess Kit & Canteen Prisoner Artwork - AMAZING

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This mess kit and canteen set belonged to Chief Machinist's Mate P*A*U*L G*O*L*L*Y during his time as a prisoner of war in the Osaka POW Camp (later re-designated as Nagoya Camp #2-B.) in Japan. Paul was captured during the Battle of Corregidor in early May of 1942. He was imprisoned for over 1,226 days until his release in September of 1945. At some point during his capture, I believe that Paul picked up this kit from a soldier named R*A*M*O*N P M*E*N*D*O*Z*A. Records show that Ramon was also captured during the Battle of Corregidor. His name is stamped into the cup. I believe that the artwork was made during Paul's imprisonment due to the fact that he wrote Osaka POW Camp. The name of the camp changed to Nagoya #2-B in I believe 1945. Also, he wrote on the cup, "Memoirs of Prison 1942 to 19__" He did not know when he was going to be rescued so he left the later date blank. I have included photographs of all the artwork present on the kit. I have also included a photograph of Paul, some supporting documents and a passage from a post-rescue interview with a lawyer building a case against the prison guards that mentions Paul being punished by a Japanese guard. This will be an ongoing research project but I wanted to share what I have to date. Enjoy and please leave a comment!

 

 

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That is one nice looking mess kit. The artwork and amount of it is amazing. Congratulations on being the owner of such a historical piece.


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Great historical items. Those men had a really tough war. Glad he survived to age 71. Congrats. Bob


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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That is by far the nicest trench art I have ever seen and the history on it is beyond incredible!!!


"There is no such thing as an expert, only students with different levels of education."
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Better than most things I've seen in museums! Outstanding!


A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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