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Posted: 12/11/2013 9:53:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/11/2013 10:44:05 AM EST by Floorsander]
I won a storage unit this time last year. It was huge. It was also a huge pain in the ass to clean out, BUT, I found some interesting stuff. Finally decided to share, as I know there are many here that appreciate WWII stuff. Enjoy, and ask questions although not sure how much I can actually answer as I really dont know that much about what I have. There are a ton of photos that I assume were taken off the dead. I could take more pics of those, but there are lots. And, no I won't smoke one of those olds cigs. Also, the bullet shown I pic 8 has a clear primer strike, who knows, maybe a Gi was saved because of that.

All pics taken on iPotato























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Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:54:05 AM EST
Cool.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:54:49 AM EST
Nice score!
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:55:27 AM EST
very cool.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:55:33 AM EST
Nice find.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:56:40 AM EST
LOL at all the "Jap" labels. Imagine seeing those labels in a museum display case.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:57:07 AM EST
Who was the soldier that brought the stuff back? Are there clues to his identity to provide some kind of provenance for the items?
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:57:20 AM EST
very cool
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:58:15 AM EST
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:58:28 AM EST
Nice!

Imagine how much of stuff like that has been thrown away over the years as the WWII vets die off and clueless family tosses it.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:58:49 AM EST
Fixed last two...




Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:59:04 AM EST
Very cool.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:59:17 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:59:21 AM EST
pretty cool


Japs had P Mags to???
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:00:31 AM EST
Here is some footage of the Makin Island invasion that the note says the slippers are from.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:00:40 AM EST
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The 27th Infantry Division took Makin; that's as much as I know.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:01:12 AM EST
Good score.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:02:45 AM EST
Very cool
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:02:58 AM EST
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Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:03:00 AM EST
holy shit jackpot!
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:03:45 AM EST
I have the same pair of sandals my grandfather gave me.

He served in Burma.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:04:28 AM EST
Pretty neat.

Bent .50 looks to be a tracer.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:05:02 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.
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Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:05:15 AM EST
Awesome, thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:08:34 AM EST
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Originally Posted By GI-45:

The 27th Infantry Division took Makin; that's as much as I know.

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Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
Who was the soldier that brought the stuff back? Are there clues to his identity to provide some kind of provenance for the items?

The 27th Infantry Division took Makin; that's as much as I know.


If you could say it was Sergeant John Doe that took these items and wrote the labels, it adds historic value to the collection.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:09:12 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.
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Why...
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:10:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By BKC1869:
Very cool.
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Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:10:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.


Why...


Sorry, meant just the photos. the other stuff if war booty
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:14:07 AM EST
Cool OP. Thanks for the pics.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:14:54 AM EST
Nice AR for that time period.

Danny
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:15:47 AM EST
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Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

Imagine how much of stuff like that has been thrown away over the years as the WWII vets die off and clueless family tosses it.
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Tons.

I have two authenticated Meiji-period yukatas I bought at a yard sale. The lady said her grandpa "brought those robes back from Japan". Dollar each.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:17:38 AM EST
that is so cool...thank you for sharing.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:18:24 AM EST
I'll bet you can find a place in Japan that takes WWII photos and posts them up to find their owners.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:20:22 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.
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+1


Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:22:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/11/2013 11:37:20 AM EST by Dr_Octagon]
If you don't collect that type of thing, I bet the WWII museum in New Orleans would display all of that.
Cool find. Preserve it well!
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:26:07 AM EST
Tactical flipflops go way back. Who knew?
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:26:34 AM EST
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I think this may be him. I have tried and tried to turn this right side up. Sorry.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:27:14 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.


Why...


What would you think if a modern day Japanese or German citizen found you and gave your family pictures of relatives during WWII? I can't imagine receiving a gift like that…priceless.

No doubt it would be difficult, but I bet it's easier than one might think...
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:28:02 AM EST

Very cool.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:28:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By GI-45:
LOL at all the "Jap" labels. Imagine seeing those labels in a museum display case.

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If you said "Jap" in school today it would probably result in a 3 day suspension.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:28:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.


+1





Screw that noise.


Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:30:44 AM EST
Cool.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:31:04 AM EST
Is this going to turn into a "If the Army had P-mags in 1943" thread?


Very cool thread.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:31:34 AM EST
Cool. Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:32:29 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.
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I would do that, but how would it be possible? They are all Japanese relatives of fallen soldiers. I wouldn't know where to start.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:32:39 AM EST
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I would do that, but how would it be possible? They are all Japanese relatives of fallen soldiers. I wouldn't know where to start.
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Originally Posted By Floorsander:
Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
cool stuff. if it was my stuff, i would see if there is anyway to find the people or relatives of them that are in the photos, and give them back.


I would do that, but how would it be possible? They are all Japanese relatives of fallen soldiers. I wouldn't know where to start.


PBS History Detectives did just that on a show, they used their resources. Contact them?
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:33:45 AM EST
cool. share/donate to a reputable museum..lots of history there, it could be a connection a family member could be looking for.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:34:34 AM EST
Is there a WW2 museum that this stuff could go to?
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