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Okinawa brigbacks

Steve S.

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These items were brought back from the battle for Okinawa by Howard Eugene Tucker, USMC. Gene was my neighbor from the time I was born until we moved when I was 11 and was someone I considered family. We went fishing together & he pretty much got me thru the 6th grade when I had a below average teacher who didnt teach, just wrote things on the board & expected you to figure it out. Gene had me write down everything each day, bring it over & we would figure it out together. He also loved to tell his war stories. Since I was younger, the particulars of his service & which battles he was involved in didnt stick with me but wish now that I had the history of his service. Shortly before he passed in the mid 80s, we were in for a visit & he gave these to me. Said it was taken from the last Japanese he killed on Okinawa. Said they were on patrol in high grass & the enemy was jumping up & charging here & there at them. Kind like rabbit hunting as he put it.


Silk good luck belt sewn onto a pair of wool socks with blood stain from bayonet wound





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Flag taken from the same soldier




These items had been stored in a panty hose box since the war



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Nice item, with a great story. He must have been a very good man. I had a similar mentor, but he would never talk about his service in the army, just hunting and wood carving.

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agate hunter

Great items



Looking for: Washington and Oregon Coast Artillery items

Any items related to the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia River and the Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound, 1860s-WWII. This includes items from Fort Stevens, OR; Ft Canby, WA; Ft Columbia, WA; Ft Worden, WA; Ft Casey, WA; Ft Flagler, WA; Ft Ward, WA; Ft Whitman, WA; Camp Hayden, WA; and the following units that served at these forts:
Columbia River: 33rd, 34th, 93rd, and 160th Companies, CAC; and 18th and 249th Coast Artillery regiments
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M24 Chaffee

Great story and special bringbacks for you! Very cool!





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Kurt Barickman

Those are great souvenirs with lineage to boot. Thanks for sharing.



My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

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I enjoyed reading about these. Sounds like a very special man.


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Fantastic items! and thanks for keeping the memory of your friend alive.

Collector of Vietnam and Korean War Sniper Weapons

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Great items! It's cool that it's from a close family friend!

Thanks for sharing!

I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.


Looking for items related to:

-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)


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From Ancestry website:


Howard E Tucker Muster Date: Jul 1945 Rank: Private First Class Station: Consolidated Hq and Servco And Wpns Co, 7Thmar, 1Stmardiv, Fmf.
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Eric Queen

Here is the flag in its correct orientation.


祝出征田村庄八君 = iwai shussei tamura shouhachi kun


(given to) Mr. Shouhachi Tamura in celebration of departure to the front



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