Title: Shrapnel Charm
Informant info: Michael Rodriguez. Informant attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH as a United States Army Veteran. Informant enlisted in the Army in 2003 and was a member of the 1st Battalion 8th Marines Bravo Company, which is an infantry military unit. He was stationed out of camp Lejeune North Carolina. Informant served in Iraq from June 2004 to December 2004. He was awarded a Purple Heart. He was from a military family, as well. Informant is 31 years old.
Type of lore: Material Lore, Charm
Country of Origin: USA
Social / Cultural Context: Informant was asked if there were any charms that they had related to the military or that he had while in the military. He said that one of his charms was the shrapnel that the doctor took out of his leg and he keeps it in a little vial.
Associated file: Shrapnel Charm
Transcript: “They took a piece of shrapnel sort of that was very close to my man parts um and i was like i want to keep that, man. They’re not supposed to.. there supposed to test it for like heavy metal toxins, but um i was like no just give it to me. So, I have it… I have it in a little vial. It’s a little smaller than my pinky finger nail.
Informant’s comments: Informant kept the shrapnel that was in his leg. He claims that it is a charm. He said they put it in a little vial and that the doctors were not supposed to have let him keep the shrapnel.
Collector’s comments: The shrapnel came from the incident that earned him his Purple Heart.
Tags/Keywords: Charm, Material Lore, Purple Heart, Shrapnel