If it's WWII military, and it doesn't look like a common domestic species it could very well be a tropical hardwood. During the war the military went into the jungles of Mexico, Central and South America looking for wood that could replace the teak that was at the time difficult to obtain. They needed teak for their aircraft carrier decks and they wanted a wood supply for it closer to home for strategic and logistical reasons. Lots of timber was tested at the time, and even if it didn't pass as a carrier deck wood, some was apparently used for other wooden objects the military made at the time. Your tent pole could very well be a part of that. Gee... if only it could talk, what a story it might have to tell, no?
Originally Posted by Curt Fuller
Build it Break it Fix it ...repeat