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Thanks to my friend Ron Nichols, son of WWII veteran, for finding these 110 year old Japanese war memorabilia and donating it to the dead soldier's daughter. And special thanks to Nobuhiro Nakamura for his Herculean volunteer efforts to find the family.

Reiko and her sister Teruko examine the soldier's book dated 1902 that once belonged to Reiko's later father SgtMajor Kenji Nagahama who served in the Japanese Army in the Russo-Japan war of 1905. The grouping of relics were discovered on line by a friend, Ron Nichols, who lives in Japan. He asked me for my help in trying to locate the family. With the incredible sleuthing skills of Mr. Nobuhiro Nakamura the family was located even though they had moved in 1939 from the original address listed in the soldier booklet! The family was naturally suspicious and cautious, "Why would someone want to return our family relics to us at no cost? There must be a catch," they wondered, and first baulked at even meeting Mr. Nakamura who contacted Reiko Nagahama with an incredible tale of a 110 year old booklet.

Reiko Nagahama examines her father's 1902 dated Army soldier's booklet. Her grandfather Kenji Nagahama was a SgtMajor in the Japanese Army and fought under General Nogi in the ferocious battle of Hill 203 in Korea (against the Russians) in which more Japanese were killed than at Iwo Jima. It records that he was in the famous Pyrrhic victory of Hill 203 in which the Japanese defeated the Russians in the Siege of Port Arthur but lost 16,000 dead and 44,000 wounded which exceeded the number of casualties at Iwo Jima 40 years later in which modern weapons and aircraft were used.

Ron Nichols discovered the artifacts for sale on an auction site and something struck him. He bought the items with the intention of someday finding the relatives and returning the box to them. My friend Nobuhiro Nakamura and I were invited to tour the Atsugi Naval Base (where Ron runs the pro golf shop) which is when Ron showed us the items and asked for our help. Mr. Nakamura put in an amazing effort and was able to find the ladies through a temple name DAIUNJI in Hyogo Prefecture, and an old address written inside the soldier booklet. He did some good old fashioned gumshoe detective work and found the family had relocated to Kyoto in 1939. They are appreciative and look forward to Ron's upcoming visit to Kyoto where they live.

Russo-Japan victory medal that belonged to Sgt.Major Kenji Nagahama has now been returned to his daughter Reiko Nagahama.

Japanese Army/Navy honorable discharge pin worn by Sgt.Major Kenji Nagahama after his departure from the Army.

Ladies patriotic service pin worn by SgtMaj Kenji Nagahama's wife Tatsuko who is alive and well in a nursing home. We believe she is 92.

Japanese Red Cross medal worn by nearly all servicemen in return for a donation to the Society.

The box states it is a presentation award from the Imperial Household. It shows SgtMaj Kenji Nagahama's name and that he is awarded the Rising Sun 7th Class.

A grouping of the items that Ron Nichols rescued from an on-line auction site and generously returned without asking for even a thank-you in return.

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