Posted 2 years ago
This is an aluminum trench art bracelet that is a souvenir of "Bouganville". It was made for (possibly by) an aviation radioman in the US Navy. His initials "H.A.Z" along with the date of "1-12-44" are engraved on the bracelet.
The US fight for Bouganville began in late 1943, with US forces never taking complete control of the island. US forces constructed airfields near the beachhead to provide air support. In late 1944, the ground fight was passed on to the Australians.
This bracelet is made out of aircraft aluminum. I have seen bracelets identified as being made of Japanese aircraft-- this one has no ID.
I have many other trench art pieces posted, to include several other aluminum bracelets.