)Hookay, here’s the Pepsi Challenge. Identify an animal by it’s tooth.
Backstory. My WW2 and Korean War Combat vet father passed away on 22 Decand we just held his Celebration of Life memorial on Valentine’s Day. I was given several of his things including the bayonet he kept in is boot throughout Korea and his (I believe Army issued) black jack. I have searched but haven’t been able to identify the tooth or bullet or blackjack.
He served in Manila and parts of the Philippines in 1946 and as part of the army of occupation in Okinawa in 1947. I believe the photo above was most likely taken in the Philippines. AFAIK, the only kind of wild animal in Okinawa would be a type of boar. But maybe it was Okinawa. I’m thinking that a bunch of teenage MP’s from bumfuck nowhere did a little hunting while on tour. The photo’s of dozens if not hundreds of fellow soldiers look exactly that, including posing around a Schlitz case of beer…little different from my adventures in Asia except they were in uniform.
I’m also guessing that the bullet (what is the proper term) is from an M1 carbine. I am pulling that out of my ass as it was a commonly used military rifle, and my father’s discharge papers listed him as “Rifle M1 Expert 182”.
So, if anyone can ID this necklace, it’s someone on the Dope. Bonus points for the bullet, bonus bonus points if the blackjack was army issued or just something that was common in the 1940’s, and triple bonus points for the “Rifle M1 Expert 182” designation.