Offered for auction is a fantastic huge WW2 Grouping, something that is almost impossible to find nowadays! The grouping belonged to Staff Sgt Walton D Simmons, who fought on Okinawa, among others. This huge estate includes:
- Two Sets of Dog tags of Simmons (''old'' pattern from 1942 and newer pattern from 1943/1944)
- ID Bracelet named to Simmons
- Soldiers handbook named to Simmons
- Various photo's dated 1944 of Simmons and his friends
- A newspaper clipping with Simmons that he is in Okinawa
- Driver permit of Simmons
- Pay book of Simmons
- Various badges, medal bars, including the cap and ruptured duck insignia
- And most unique, his wooden service box (custom made), which he used to mail home all of his stuff and souvenirs! The box is marked with all the places he was stationed and fought at, and shows Simmons was with 346th Bomb Group, 462 Squadron, when he sent this box to his wife back in the USA.
Please see attached photo's for more details. Very touching set, with a great research potential. I havent researched him due to lack of time, but this must be fantastic thing to do!
Fantastic 100% original grouping for your US WW2 collection! Unique opportunity to obtain such grouping and great to additionally research!
See also my many other WW2 items that I offer for auction on catawiki!
Background info on Okinawa where Simmons was
''The Battle of Okinawa (Japanese: 沖縄戦, Hepburn: Okinawa-sen), codenamed Operation Iceberg, was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa by United States Marine and Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army. The initial invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The Kerama Islands surrounding Okinawa were preemtively captured on March 26th, (L-6) by the 77th Infantry Division. The 98-day battle lasted from March 26th until July 2nd, 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were planning to use Kadena Air Base on the large island of Okinawa as a base for Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands, 340 mi (550 km) away.
The United States created the Tenth Army, a cross-branch force consisting of the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th infantry divisions of the US Army with the 1st, 2nd, and 6th divisions of the Marine Corps, to fight on the island. The Tenth was unique in that it had its own Tactical Air Force (joint Army-Marine command), and was also supported by combined naval and amphibious forces.
The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or tetsu no bōfū ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of Japanese kamikaze attacks, and the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific, with approximately 160,000 casualties on both sides: at least 75,000 Allied and 84,166–117,000 Japanese, including drafted Okinawans wearing Japanese uniforms. 149,425 Okinawans were killed, died by suicide or went missing, a significant proportion of the estimated pre-war 300,000 local population.''
- Insignia - Manual - Fotos - Permiso de conducir - Caja de recuerdos de madera - ¡OKINAWA!
- País de origen
- Estados Unidos de América
- Unidad del ejército
- ¡¡¡ÚNICO!!! ENORME WW2 NOMBRADO Grupo de sargento del personal - Etiquetas para perros - Pulsera de identificación
- Año de fabricación
- Original / réplica
- En buen estado
- Viene con certificado de autenticidad