Original U.S. WWII 4th Marines and China Marine Named Battle of Soochow Medal Document Collection - George R. David

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a very rare document set that belonged to a Chine Marine that also served through WWII. In includes the following items:

- 1932 Battle of Soochow Creek medal document named to GEORGE B. DAVIS dated May 6th, 1932. The Soochow Creek Medal actually covers several varieties, but all relate to the US presence in Shanghai when the conflict between China and Japan was brewing. Soochow Creek was a main waterway through Shanghai. The medal was the creation of a member of the 4th Marines in Shanghai in 1932. They were locally-made, bronze or gilt, on yellow ribbons with a brown stripe in the center, and with or without top bars.

The pendant depicts a coolie pushing a honey wagon and reverse is inscribed For Bravery and Valor / Battle of Soochow Creek / Shanghai 1932.

The medals were very unofficial, but came with a certificate. They could be bought for $2.00 through the 4th Marines regimental newspaper offices. Scarce in the market, especially complete. The documents are even rarer. Their popularity springs from the "China Marine" connection.

- THE PRIVATES CLUB of the 4TH MARINES SHANGHAI Certificate of Membership named to George R. Davis No. 685 and numbered 37331.

- WWII issue V-Mail addressed to Mrs. George Davis in San Diego California.

- 1950 dated Marine IMPERIAL DOMAIN OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON ID card also named to George R. Davis when he was aboard the U.S.S. Simon B. Buckner. The Domain of the Golden Dragon is an unofficial United States Navy award. It is given to crew members of ships which cross the International Date Line. You enter the dragon's empire when you cross the International Date Line by sailing west, where Asian nations celebrate the power of the dragon. With the extensive Navy operations in the Far East since (and before) World War II, this passage has become so common that few initiation ceremonies are actually held. But the certificate, decorated with Chinese-style dragon, is still given out.

The term China Marines, originally referred to the United States Marines, of the 4th Marine Regiment, who were stationed in Shanghai, China from 1927 to 1941 to protect American citizens and property in the Shanghai International Settlement, during the Chinese Revolution and the Second Sino-Japanese War. Those Marines stationed at the embassy in Peking and the consulate in Tientsin referred to themselves as North China Marines.
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