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Old 11-21-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
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Hi all, Just picked up this dog tag and wanted to share that fact that I found this on Ebay recently and two years ago while cave hunting on Okinawa dug up a dog tag from the same unit. Both Tags have The Unit code (Yama 3480) which was the 2nd Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, who were under the 24 Infantry Division, 32nd Army. The 24 Division was under the command of Lt Gen Tasumi Anamiya. This unit was initially stationed in manchuria then was transfered to Okinawa in August 1944. Upon Arrival, They were stationed up near kadena but in Nov/Dec of 1944 they were pulled back and repositioned on Yeaju Dake where they were able to support the Shuri area. if anyone can translate the back of the tag, i would truly appreciate it. Thanks David.
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The one I dug up two years ago.
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Hello David,

That's a fine looking tag. Congratulations on adding it to your collection.

I'm in the process of starting a tag collection myself and am hoping you can assist me in reading a bit of your tag. Would the Yama 3480 part be the vertical line of five kanji on the right side reading down from top to bottom? Also, can you tell me what the kanji on the lower left is? I have it on several of mine but it's on the top left above a series of numbers. I think it means something along the line of man number.

Thank you.

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Would the Yama 3480 part be the vertical line of five kanji on the right side reading down from top to bottom? I have it on several of mine

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Also, can you tell me what the kanji on the lower left is? but it's on the top left above a series of numbers.

-It stands for a counter or "number".
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:57 PM   #5
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Hello kaigunair,

Thank you for clearing that up for me.

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Would the Yama 3480 part be the vertical line of five kanji on the right side reading down from top to bottom? I have it on several of mine

-Yes

Also, can you tell me what the kanji on the lower left is? but it's on the top left above a series of numbers.

-It stands for a counter or "number".
Sorry about that, busy at work, thanks Kaigunair for the information to Stu. David.
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Interesting dog tag. Do you know from your research what type of field guns that unit had?

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if anyone can translate the back of the tag, i would truly appreciate it. Thanks David.
The backside reads: "Iwata Mitake", which is his name.
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The backside reads: "Iwata Mitake", which is his name.
Maverick87, thank you very much for the translation. I truly appreciate it. David.
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Interesting dog tag. Do you know from your research what type of field guns that unit had?

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Eric,

I need to check back thru my books and see what field guns they were using again, its been a while since I looked them up.

David
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