Sunday, August 01, 2010

Do you know Elvin Nichols?

Elvin Nichols tinian world war iiEarlier this week Lawerence Duponcheel was working in his vegetable garden in his backyard on Tinian. While he was digging around in his plants he found this dogtag of an American soldier.

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, Law was able to figure out that Elvin Nichols was inducted into the Army on March 13, 1943 in Kansas City in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Lawrence thinks he might have been involved in the liberation of Tinian, but my guess is that he was on island preparing for the invasion of Japan. My reasoning is that the Army did not invade Tinian, the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions did the invading (Just an aside, my American grandmother's brother, James Walsh, was one of the Marines who invaded). My guess is that he worked on one of the hundreds of B-29s that were based on Tinian and used to bomb the Japanese mainland. Who knows? Maybe he even worked on the Enola Gay.

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