Award Documents
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An amazing collection of 11 official Army documents given to the same soldier. It is very rare to find so much documentation on a single soldier, and this collection has many of his rank promotion certificates!
There are some documents missing, but still this is a stunning group. Included here are the following:

1. Pay notification certificate to Army Artilleryman Corporal Taninaka Jitaro. Dated Taisho 10 [1921] June 1.

2. Pay notification certificate to Army Artilleryman Corporal Taninaka Jitaro. Dated Taisho 11 [1922] April 1.

3. Pay notification certificate to Army Artilleryman Sergeant Taninaka Jitaro. Dated Taisho 11 [1922] October 1.

4. Rank promotion notification certificate. Senior Private Taninaka Jitaro promoted to Corporal. Dated Taisho 9 [1920] December 1.

5. Rank promotion notification certificate. Corporal Taninaka Jitaro promoted to Sergeant. Dated Taisho 10 [1921] October 1.

6. Rank promotion notification certificate. Sergeant Taninaka Jitaro promoted to Sergeant Major. Dated Taisho 12 [1923] October 1.

7. Rank promotion notification certificate. Sergeant Major Taninaka Jitaro promoted to Special Sergeant Major. Dated Showa 3 [1928] May 12.

8. Rank promotion notification certificate. Warrant Officer Taninaka Jitaro promoted to Second Lieutenant. Dated Showa 14 [1939] January 26.

9. Dated Showa 15 [1940] April 29, and it is from the Decorations Bureau. It shows that Second Lieutenant Taninaka Jitaro received the 5th Class Order of the Rising Sun, as well as a monetary award of 700
yen for bravery in the China Incident.

10. It shows that Second Lieutenant Taninaka Jitaro received the China Incident War Dispatch Medal. Dated Showa 15 [1940] April 29.

11. It shows that Special Sergeant Major Taninaka Jitaro received the Showa Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal. Dated Showa 3 [1928] Nov. 16.
A superb collection of 6 official documents given to the same Military Police (Kempeitai) soldier. It is so difficult to find any documents related to the military police, and included here is a
1943 Kempeitai Academy graduation diploma! There are some documents missing, but still this is a great group. The solider's name, obviously the same on all five documents, is
Fukushima [??].

Included above are the following:

1. Award document. Swordsmanship Skill Award for Both Hands, 1st Class. Dated Showa 15 [1940] March 11. Army Military Police Sergeant Fukushima [??]. Signed by Army Toyama
Academy Commander.

2. Rank promotion document. Army Military Police Sergeant Fukushima [??] is promoted to Sergeant Major. Dated Showa 15 [1940] December 1.

3. Award document. 1934 Regiment Special Shooting Award, Championship Marks. Dated Showa 9 [1934] April 26. Awarded to Army Infantry 2nd Class Private Fukushima [??],
belonging to the 13th Infantry Regiment, 11th Company. Signed by the 13th Infantry Regiment Commander.

4. Award document for the 2600th National Foundation Anniversary celebration medal. Awarded to Army Military Police Sergeant Major Fukushima [??]. Dated Showa 15 [1940]
December 31.

5. Award document. Divison Bayonet Skills Tournament, Championship Marks. Dated Showa 9 [1934] July 7. Awarded to Army Infantry 2nd Class Private Fukushima [??], belonging to
the 13th Infantry Regiment, 11th Company. Signed by the 13th Infantry Regiment Commander.

6. Graduation document from the Army Military Police Academy. This states that Army Military Police Sergeant Major Fukushima [??] has successfully completed all courses in the
academy. Dated Showa 18 [1943] May 11.
Fantastic Meiji era document collection in a beautiful, cased scroll. All awarded to Shin  
Soroku except #9. Mr. Shin was born in 1844 and died in 1928. He was a samurai from the
Choshu Domain and went to the famous Meirinkan. Later, he became head of Yubikan. He
returned to the Meirin Military Academy and taught there. He participated in the
Boshin
War. After the Meiji Restoration, he became a judge. As of 1915, he achieved the very high
Senior 4th Imperial Rank.

Included are the following documents:

1. Award of one lacquered wood sake cup from the Imperial Household for a cash
donation. Dated Meiji 18 [1885].

2. Order of the Rising Sun 6th Class. Dated Meiji 20 [1887]. Rank as Fukuoka court judge
recorded. Award number 12403.

3.
Imperial Constitution Promulgation Commemorative Medal. Dated Meiji 22 [1889]. Rank
as local court judge recorded. Award number 395.

4. Order of the Sacred Treasure 5th Class. Dated Meiji 24 [1891]. Rank as government
court judge recorded. Award number 2194.

5.
Meiji Emperor 25th Wedding Anniversary Commemorative Medal. Dated Meiji 27 [1894].  
Rank as government court judge recorded. Award number 727.

6. Order of the Sacred Treasure 4th Class. Dated Meiji 29 [1896]. Rank as government
court judge recorded. Award number 64818.

7. Order of the Sacred Treasure 3rd Class. Dated Meiji 33 [1900].
Hand-signed by the Meiji
Emperor
. Rank as government court judge recorded. Award number 73191.

8. Taisho Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal. Dated Taisho 4 [1915].
Meritorious rank recorded. Award number 1298.

9. Taisho Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal. Dated Taisho 4 [1915]. Awarded
to a different person, Shin Michi. Award number 156029.

10. and 11. Two awards of silver sake cups. Hand-written on the scroll (not affixed
documents).
A collection of documents to a single sailor. They were all awarded to Petty Officer 1st Class Takayanagi Tsuneo. (His rank was different
on the earlier documents. See descriptions below.)
Included are the following
1. 1928 Showa Emperor Enthronement Commemorative Medal. His rank was Sailor 1st Class.
2. 1931-4 Manchurian Incident War Dispatch Medal. His rank was Petty Officer 2nd Class.
3. 1939 China Incident War Dispatch Medal. His rank was Petty Officer 1st Class.
4. Award notification from the Decorations Bureau. This shows he received the Order of the Sacred Treasure 7th Class and a cash award
of 350 yen for bravery in the China Incident. Dated  Showa 15 [1940] April 29.
5. Award notification from the Decorations Bureau. This shows he received the Order of the Sacred Treasure 7th Class on Showa 16
[1941] July 8.

NOTE: I am unsure why there are 2 notices of the same award. Both are from the same bureau. The answer may be this: The kanji
indicate that he was approved for the award in 1940 but received it in 1941.

6. Award document for excellence in firing artillery. Dated Showa 15 [1940] October 31. This document was given by Tanimoto Umataro,
and it shows that Petty Officer Takayanagi was aboard the Japanese gunboat
Katada.
7. Award document for excellence in firing artillery. Dated Showa 16 [1941] September 14. This document was given by Komatsu
Yasuhisa, and it shows that Petty Officer Takayanagi was aboard the Japanese gunboat Katada.
8. Award document for excellence in firing artillery. Dated Showa 17 [1942] October 30. This document was given by Makida
Tsunesaburo, and it shows that Petty Officer Takayanagi was aboard the Japanese gunboat Katada.

The gunboat Kasada, according to Wikipedia, "was a river gunboat of the Imperial Japanese Navy, part of the 11th Gunboat Sentai, that
operated on the Yangtze River in China during the 1930s, and during the Second Sino-Japanese War. 13 August 1937 bombarded Chinese
positions at Shanghai. 12 December 1944 US Army aircraft bomb and damage, possibly sunk and salvaged, near Kiokiang, China. Towed
to Shanghai. Stripped of armament early 1945. Bombed and damaged by US Army P-51s 2 April 1945. Given to the Republic of China as
War reparations in 1946. Scrapped sometime later."
Official document from the Decorations Bureau.

'For bravery in suppressing the insurgents in Korea in Meiji 40-41 [1907-8], the 4th Class Order of the Rising Sun medal  and a
cash award of 270 yen is awarded.'

Dated Meiji 41 [1908] December 1. Awarded to Imperial Army Infantry Captain Koutani Jiro, who also had the 5th Class Order of
the Golden Kite.
Rare Taiwan Infantry document. It translates as 'For bravery in the defense of
Taiwan, the 8th Class Order of the Sacred Treasure as well as a cash award of
50 yen is awarded. Meiji 32 [1899] July 4.'

Awarded to Imperial Army Infantryman Senior Private Nagata [Kyuzou?].

Issued by the Decorations Bureau.
War award document. It translates as 'For bravery in the Meiji 27-8 Years War, a
cash award of 35 yen is awarded. Meiji 29 [1896] March 27.'

Awarded to Imperial Army Infantryman  Private Ogata [Kyuzou?].

Issued by the Decorations Bureau.
Promotion document for an NCO. Given to Imperial Army Senior Private
Chonoyama Kikuji. Dated Meiji 33 [1900] November 30.
Good Conduct Award. Given to Imperial Army Senior Private Chonoyama
Kikuji. Also recorded is his unit: 9th Division Infantry 36th Regiment.
Dated Meiji 33 [1900] November 30.
Bayonet Skills Award. Given to Imperial Army Senior Private Chonoyama
Kikuji. Also recorded is his unit: Infantry 36th Regiment 2nd Company.
Dated Meiji 33 [1900] November 30.
Promotion document for an NCO. Given to Imperial Army Senior Private
Masuzawa Yoshimatsu. Dated Meiji 39 [1906] January 22.
Award document for years of service as a Health Worker. Given to Shimizu
Kitaro. Dated Showa 10 [1935] February 11.
Awarded by Shiga Prefecture Police Department.
Good Conduct Award. Given to Imperial Army Senior Private Ueda Yoshikazu. Also
recorded is his unit: Infantry 9th Regiment.
Dated Showa 3 [1928] July 9.
3rd Class Army Proficiency Sharpshooting Badge Award.
Given to Imperial Army Soldier 2nd Class Ueda Yoshikazu.
Dated Showa 2 [1927] November 28.
Special Sharpshooting Skills Award.
Given to Imperial Army Senior Private Ueda Yoshikazu by the Imperial Military
Reservist Association.
Dated Showa 13 [1938] July 17.
2nd Class Army Proficiency Sharpshooting Badge Award.
Given to Imperial Army Senior Private Ueda Yoshikazu.
Dated Showa 3 [1928] July 7.