While on Peleliu in 2002 I obtained two WWII Marine Corps Canteen cups. In 2006 I obtained a third canteen cup. One of them I found, and the other two were given to me by Mr. Sachio Kageyama, the son of a Japanese Officer killed during the battle. Mr. Kageyama is also the president of the "2nd Infantry Regiment's Comrade Assoc." He and other volunteers visit Peleliu regulalry to search for and collect the bones of their war dead for proper Buddhist burial. I was able to facilitate the return of all three canteen cups.
This is the story of the most recently returned canteen cup :
Dan is happy to announce that a third US WWII canteen
cup has been returned to the original owner from the
island of Peleliu. The named canteen cup was found,
cleaned up and taken back to Japan by Mr. Sachio
Kageyama of Mito-city, Japan.
Dan visited Mr. Kageyama in Nov.'06 on a trip to Japan
to interview WWII Japanese war veterans for an
upcoming book called "Eyewitness WWII: Japan" to be
published by Firstperson Accounts. Mr. Kageyama
showed Dan the canteen cup asking if the owner's
next-of-kin could be located. Mr. Kageyama said that
if no one could be found within 6 months he would
donate it to a local museum in Japan, but if Dan was
successful he would mail the cup to Dan in California
to be returned to the rightful owner.
The bullet and shrapnel ridden canteen cup had the
name "Lee R. Lumpkin" on it. It took 4 months to
finally locate Mr. Lumpkin who was alive and well in
Virginia. Mr. Lumpkin turned out to be Ssgt Lumpkin,
a squad leader in "C" Company, 323rd Combat Infantry
Regiment, 1st Battalion, 81st Army Division. Ssgt
Lumpkin was wearing the canteen cup when he was
grenaded in the arm & hip up on Bloody Nose Ridge.
He was hit through the cup and into his hip causing his
evacuation to Guadalcanal for surgery. Ssgt Lumpkin
returned to his unit for the occupation of Japan and
still carries the shrapnel in his hip.
Special thanks to the following for assisting in the
hunt for Mr. Lumpkin: Quay Terry, John Edward, Doug
Meny, Diane Kuebler, Jim Pilkington
Note: Please check "WWII Battlesites" for more details on trips
to Peleliu and the Japanese search for their war dead.
If you have anyone who would like to return a WWII
Japanese war trophy taken from Peleliu- such as a flag
or named item- please contact me.