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WWII 442nd RCT DI w/ Veteran Provenance

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Here's my latest pickup from eBay, a US made 442nd RCT DI. When I got this DI I asked the seller who was from Honolulu Hawaii if she knew any history behind it. She said she found it while cleaning out her fathers house. She went on to say that her uncle, Takao Matsuoka, was in the 100th Battalion of the 442nd (enlisted 24 March 1943) and he passed away back in 1995. She was also kind enough to send me a online article that her niece wrote that provided some pictures of her uncle. Its sad the family didn't want to keep it but at least I was able to keep a name attached to this piece.

 

I hope you enjoy, John.

 

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Here is my only picture of Takao Matsuoka (right) with his father.

 

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Here is his name engraved on the Go For Broke Monument in Los Angeles. 

 

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And here is his resting place in Honolulu. 

 

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In Memory of Pvt. Donald A Sullivan (504th PIR) KIA Anzio 2/9/44 (20 Years Old)

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Looks U.S. Made right!

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4 minutes ago, patches said:

Looks U.S. Made right!

 

I believe so, it doesn't have any markings on the reverse. When I was researching it I could only find the Italian maker marked DI's. The boat (which I don't know its significance to the 442nd) looks different to the Italian made examples.


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In Memory of Pvt. Donald A Sullivan (504th PIR) KIA Anzio 2/9/44 (20 Years Old)

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3 hours ago, John4022 said:

 

I believe so, it doesn't have any markings on the reverse. When I was researching it I could only find the Italian maker marked DI's. The boat (which I don't know its significance to the 442nd) looks different to the Italian made examples.

That Thar is a Mississippi River Boat, used because of the units activated post Camp Shelby Mississippi 😀

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7 minutes ago, patches said:

That Thar is a Mississippi River Boat, used because of the units activated post Camp Shelby Mississippi 😀

Now that makes sense! Thank you 👍


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In Memory of Pvt. Donald A Sullivan (504th PIR) KIA Anzio 2/9/44 (20 Years Old)

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Nice one! Love 442nd RCT stuff!

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