Japanese soldiers' identification tags

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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by hysteric » 20 Jun 2019 05:30

Hi SignalCorpsLeonard,

You should be aware there is no surviving record of who carried tne tag, that information was destroyed in the field with his company's other documents.

Best to keep it, it's as much your family's heritage as anything else now. BTW, he was in the 6th Company (tag middle column), 16th Engineer Regiment.

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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by SignalCorpsLeonard » 23 Jun 2019 03:51

Thanks.

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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by hysteric » 15 Jan 2020 21:38

I have a question about the significance of using katakana characters (ヘ, ホ, カ) on the following 5th Independent Mixed Regiment / 独立混成第5聯隊 tags.

Do they distinguish between each Company, instead of 1st Company, 2nd Company, etc.?
Occupations within the regiment?
5th Ind Mixed Regt 3 tags.jpg
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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

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Japanese soldiers identification tags

Post by Jeromewaf » 17 Mar 2020 12:40

It could also be a marking used by a Japanese laundry during the US occupation. I have had US. Army uniforms in which this was done.

Maybe someone will translate the characters and shed more light.
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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by stulev » 17 Mar 2020 13:30

Code number 7746(top 4 characters on the right) is the from the 2nd Infantry Regiment witch was part of the 14th Division - this unit was on Palau
I must assume that the number 17 under the code number is the company number(?) - the left side is solder number 150

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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by Jansob » 13 Oct 2020 11:21

Hi there, my brother-in-law discovered some items his father apparently brought back from his time in the Pacific. He was not in touch with his dad for most of his life and knows very little about his service, other than that he was in the US Army and served in the Pacific. He doesn't even know if he was there during the fighting or the Occupation.
There are a couple of omamori, a neat folding omamori from a temple and a couple of private rank tabs. I am particularly interested in the ID tags, because they should tell the units the tags are from. From what I understand the numbers on the right side are coded references to units, and the center and left, subunit and soldier number. I also notice there is no kanji code...not sure what this means. The other tag, with the numbers running horizontally I have no clue about. Any info you can give would be highly appreciated.
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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by Akira Takizawa » 13 Oct 2020 15:05

Left top - 5640 (28th Cavalery Regiment - Miyako Jima, Iriomote Jima, Ishigaki Jima in Ryukyu Islands)
Bottom right - 5623 (36th Infantry Regiment - Mimamidaito Jima and Okinawa)
Bottom left - 10608 (105th Division Engineer Unit - Luzon)

He seems to have served in Luzon and Okinawa.

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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by Jansob » 13 Oct 2020 23:25

Wow, thanks so very much! We really don't know if he got these from someone else as souvenirs, or found them himself. The condition of the omamori gives me some hope that at least one of these guys made it back.

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Re: Japanese soldiers' identification tags

Post by LineDoggie » 14 Oct 2020 03:34

Jansob wrote:
13 Oct 2020 23:25
Wow, thanks so very much! We really don't know if he got these from someone else as souvenirs, or found them himself. The condition of the omamori gives me some hope that at least one of these guys made it back.
The father may have served in the US 7th or 77th or 96th divisions as they fought in the Philippines and Okinawa campaigns
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