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98th Infantry Division Enamel Badge Japanese Made Police/Honor Guard?


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I picked this up this morning at the flea market, it appears to be japanese made. Also has the cardboard sleeve it came in, with the soldiers name on it. Anyone ever seen one like this before?

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From what I was told the marking is by the Japanese mint, also the 98th was not in Korea

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These badges were issued by the 98th Infantry Division for soldiers and Japanese employees of the occupation zone government. They were made by the Japanese National mint in Osaka. Hundreds were produced and they were quite heavy to wear. High quality piece. Heres a couple I own:

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The 98th Infantry Division never saw combat in World War 2 and arrived in Wakayama Japan on September 27 1945. The unit left Japan and was deactivated on February 16 1946. So barely 5 months in Japan! These badges were made in 1945 at the national mint in Osaka, which is still there today.

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Thanks from what I was able to find they didnt serve occupation for long like you said which I thought made these neat. Any idea how they were worn? Sleeve or chest maybe ?

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They were initially worn on the right pocket but due to their excessive weight they were simply presented by hand. That would explain why the pins on these badges are never bent. Only wear encountered has been on the Iroquois head.

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Thank you viper! Any chance these were worn on leather on the pocket buttons? I wouldve thought that would be the best way to wear these

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I agree that would make sense but I’ve never come across a leather pocket hanger. Over the years I have seen dozens of these badges and should have seen one by now. Leather pocket hangers really didn’t debut until the 1950’s.

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