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  1. That Ring is part of the 147th Field Artillery South Dakota National Guard. The emblem on the side has a gold arrow in a white artillery shell inside a red sparkle area above the white Y. In the bottom left blue field is a gold palm tree. The bottom right side is blue with what looks like a gold giant cactus. At the bottom is a gold banner and PRET ET VOLONTIERS.
    I have my father’s collar pin. In November 1940 Captain Walter J Dean was the Commanding Officer of the 147th Headquarters Battery at Sioux Falls, South Dakota when they were called into Federal Service for one year at Fort Ord, California.
    Upon arrival in December 1941 in Austrailia he was Promoted to Major and Regimental Adjutant. He had the honor of Receiving the Colors for the Ceremony of the raising the first American flag in Australia by United States Military Forces on 18 January 1942. They were there in Darwin during the 19 February Japanese bombing of Darwin.

  2. Besides the 147th collar pin, I had an original photo of my father receiving the 1st American Flag raising and other items that I donated to the South Dakota Military Museum. I have my own photo copy.
    Walt Dean Jr

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