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Collection Edward J. Beauchamp
WVM ID Number V2006.10.4a,b
Object Name Miniature
Title Cap, Novelty, United States Marine Corps
Year Range to 1945
Event World War II
Description Miniature cap and envelope. A.-miniature garrison cap, tan. Image, right side, stamped, dark blue, Marine insignia, globe, anchor, eagle. B.-envelope, tan, lines for "to" and "from". In lower left corner, text, red, stamped, "HOLD MY HAT/ 'TILL I GET/ BACK".
History This cap was a novelty souvenir belonging to the father of Edward J. Beauchamp.

Ed Beauchamp of Milwaukee served in Vietnam from March 1970-February 1971. He served with Company E, 4-31 Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal). Initially assigned to the mortar section, manpower shortages soon found Beauchamp with battalion recon. Working from LZ's "West" and "Siberia" in the double and triple canopy jungle of Quang Tin Province, the recon team operated as a blocking force, set ambushes, and conducted sweeps to locate the enemy. They also provided security for the villages of Hiep Duc and Son Ha in the area known as Death Valley. In September, Beauchamp returned to mortars for the remainder of his tour.

Beauchamp is a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 1, in Milwaukee.
Place of Origin United States
Material cotton/ paper
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