My great-grandfather worked stateside, making artillery shells during WWII. He enlisted in 1942, I have a digital copy of his draft card (he was also in WWI). I know he worked in Dallas, but don't know the plant name or where it was located. He made this shell: That's a 57mm projectile fired by the M1 Anti-Tank gun. Has his name and the date stamped into the copper bands. Trying to figure out why, I don't know of any soldiers who put their own name on their shells. The bottom half is also filled with 14 pounds of solid lead, so it can never be used as a live shell again. It was originally a six-pounder. From what I've found out, A.J. likely made the shell himself. Could it have been the first shell he produced? The last? Just wanted to keep one for novelty purposes? An award of some kind? Any ideas?