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Posted 2 years ago

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scottvez
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This is an interesting trench art aluminum box-- most likely made to hold cigarettes. It measures 4 3/4" X 3" and is a little less than 1/2" thick.

The top is period engraved with service locations from 1944 to 1945.

The box is also engraved to a US Army soldier: "William A. Rutherford" along with his service number.

I have not been unable to determine the soldiers unit and would like to find it. Rutherford was African American, which I thought would make the search a little easier, but I still haven't had success.

Any thoughts or help is appreciated.

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scott

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Chris--any thoughts on this soldier's unit?

    scott
  2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    Hmmmm...I'll see if I have anything when I get home.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks manikin and bones.

    scott
  4. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Your welcome Scott . Interesting letter to Martin Luther King by a William A Rutherford from abroad ? Could it be same person ? Maybe as he is trying to get involved in Martin Luther Kings Dream in Europe . Just a possibility anyway :-)
    http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/letter-william-rutherford-mlk#
  5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking bellin.

    scott
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks manikin-- I don't know.

    I don't have any information that suggests that he was in Europe beyond WW2 era. Could be, but it not that unusual of a name.

    scott
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks petey and walksoftly.

    scott
  8. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 2 years ago
    It almost looks like he was tranfering a image from a tatto0 off of a fellow soldier, or himself onto the box. At least the banner part .of it. Its killer though, no matter what the source.
  9. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting mikie.

    scott
  10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks tom.

    scott

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