Peterson identifies 3 types of wound badges. The first type is shown HERE, the second
type is shown on this page, and the third type (no picture in Peterson's book) may have
been a local war wound association badge. These local badges varied widely in design.
The Type II badges came in one class with two versions: senshou (wounded in battle) and
koushou (wounded in the public service, but most often given when a soldier contracted a
disease like malaria). The version is shown by the center kanji on the reverse. In addition,
the senshou badge is gold gilt while the koushou is silver. However, I have seen some
senshou badges in silver.
NEW INFO: See HERE for a recent detailed explanation of the varieties of this badge.
Although Peterson claims that this badge was established in 1938, I have seen a
Japanese source that claims it was established in 1931. I'll have to check more to be sure.
Original paulonia wood box with silver (white?) kanji.
|War Wound Badges
Original pressed cardboard boxes. Note that the lettering is
both in gold and white. Different manufacturers?
Fitted velvet lining.
Silk padded lid inscribed 'Made at the Japan Mint.'
1. The person named to the right, according article 24.2, 3rd
Medical Clause, under the Showa 13  Ordinance #553,
the War Wound Badge is awarded.
2. Showa 14  August
3. Army Minister Itagaki Seiichiro
1. Record of awarding the War Wound Badge.
2. 1st Class, #10155
3. Ex-Army Infantry Private 2nd Class, Holder of the 8th Class Medal, Maei
4. Born Meiji 13 , August 27
5. [heading reads] Incident, as well as
6. [heading reads] Medical condition
[Under 5 & 6 is this description]: During the Meiji 37-8 Years War Service, near
Houou Mountain in China, the right lung and rib joint were penetrated.
Official War Wound Badge with the accompanying registration card. The information on the latter shows that
Army Private 1st Class Fukuda Haruo was born on September 28, 1918. He received the badge on June 24,
1943. The reverse shows that he contracted a disease during the China Incident, in the area of Jiujiang. The
disease was most often malaria, but no specifics are given here.
Type II War Wound Badge with document.
The latter shows that this badge was given to Army
Superior Private Inehara Shotarou for wounds
suffered in the China Incident.
Dated Showa 20  January 20.
Badge number 23801
Flat (shallow?) enamel work.