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ID’d to KIA Two-Tone Cartridge Belt


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was A bit bored this afternoon and decided to go through some of my field gear. I picked up this minty two-tone OD3 cartridge belt at the SOS almost 2 years ago, but never thought to research the name inside. As such, I was quite shocked when I learned that this belt belonged to Clarence Pinkard of Florida. While that may not seem too horribly special, a quick Google search shows that Clarence was an African American that served in the transportation corps, and was killed in the Pacific on April 1, 1945, which leads me to believe he was killed at Okinawa. Ill be doing some research on this at the National Archives, but thought Id share the belt (and T/4 Pinkards story) with you all. May he Rest In Peace.

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Always interested in items related to the 37th Infantry Division or 145th Infantry Regiment in WWII

"Let them not be forgotten for they have shown the world that freedom is not free"

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Name inside a flap of the belt, and enlistment record.

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Always interested in items related to the 37th Infantry Division or 145th Infantry Regiment in WWII

"Let them not be forgotten for they have shown the world that freedom is not free"

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Heres a transcribed news article on Ancestry, as well as his grave marker in Florida.

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Always interested in items related to the 37th Infantry Division or 145th Infantry Regiment in WWII

"Let them not be forgotten for they have shown the world that freedom is not free"

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Wow- quite a treasure you got there!

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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