Imperial Japanese Army: Type II War Wound Badge Documents

When a soldier was wounded and received the Type II War Wound badge, he also received an award document suitable for framing and a smaller document meant to be inserted in his ID booklet. He would also get a hospital ID booklet that served as a kind of insurance card, I think.

Here is the award document:

japanese army soldier war wound badge document

A drawing of the badge is at the top center. The information on this document includes the name and the rank of the recipient (here, 1st Class Private Ishii), the kind of award (乙 [otsu] 2nd Class public wound badge), the occasion (here stated as in the China Incident, in the area of Jinan, ‘public disease’ noted, often indicating malaria), and the date (April 20, 1943), among other details. This kind of document is highly prized because of the details provided.

The document meant for the ID booklet had the same kind of information. Here is an example:

japanese army soldier war wound badge document

This side shows the badge at the top and the kind of badge (乙 [otsu] 2nd Class public wound badge). Also the name and rank: IJA Medic Corporal Tanabe. And the date: March 3, 1943. The reverse of this document has the place and event noted, in this case the China Incident in the area of Pingjiang:

japanese soldier war wound badge

A collector would ideally have these two documents along with the badge. However, these kinds of documents were often discarded, unlike documents awarded for more prestigious medals. Certainly we can understand the reluctance of someone preserving a document that showed he had contracted a ‘public disease.’

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