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I Believe These are WW1 1st Infantry Division Tags ?

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#1 kfields

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 04:22 PM

I picked these up at the monthly flea market held at a rural fairgrounds close to me here in Ohio. They didn't cost much so the decision was easy. This is the first set I have owned that had one of the square tags. I asked the seller if he had any history on the guy or where the guy was from but unfortunately he did not.

A couple of things lead me to the conclusion this might possibly have belonged to a First Division soldier:  1.)  First the obvious. A square tag that most likely was issued to a soldier who came over to France early and we now the First Division came over early; 2.) A low serial number.  I think the First Division infantry guys were issued very low serial numbers under 100,000; 3.) The tag has the infantry designation with the number "pinged" out.  I can make out Company "A" but I can't quite make out the regiment. I think it is a two digit regiment based on the limited space between the "A" and Infantry. I can almost make out the ghost of the numbers "28" but can't say for sure.

 

Does anyone have any thoughts about these tags?

 

Thanks!
 

Kim

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Edited by kfields, 06 September 2016 - 04:26 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 02:59 AM

I picked these up at the monthly flea market held at a rural fairgrounds close to me here in Ohio. They didn't cost much so the decision was easy. This is the first set I have owned that had one of the square tags. I asked the seller if he had any history on the guy or where the guy was from but unfortunately he did not.
A couple of things lead me to the conclusion this might possibly have belonged to a First Division soldier:  1.)  First the obvious. A square tag that most likely was issued to a soldier who came over to France early and we now the First Division came over early; 2.) A low serial number.  I think the First Division infantry guys were issued very low serial numbers under 100,000; 3.) The tag has the infantry designation with the number "pinged" out.  I can make out Company "A" but I can't quite make out the regiment. I think it is a two digit regiment based on the limited space between the "A" and Infantry. I can almost make out the ghost of the numbers "28" but can't say for sure.
 
Does anyone have any thoughts about these tags?
 
Thanks!
 
Kim

I did a quick search on fold 3 and didn't come up with much . There is a fellow from Kentucky who might fit the bill but I am not sure about that I will check ancestry when I get of work later. And a very nice set of tags if you ever want to trade I got a set you might be interested in.

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 03:01 AM

Thanks muddyboots! I look forward to any discoveries you make.
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Posted 07 September 2016 - 05:52 AM

I found a Chester Arthur Combs that was born in Kentucky in 1890 and died in Springfield Ohio in 1977. I have not seen him in Ohio soldiers of WW1. I will keep looking when I get more time latter.

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:29 AM

That is a really nice set. I have been on the lookout for a square tag set for a while now with no luck :(

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 07:00 AM

The number indicates 28th Infantry, 1st Division.

 

Nice tags !

 

 

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 02:41 PM

Wharf,

Thank you for the information! 

Kim



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Posted 12 September 2016 - 12:15 PM

Company A, 28th Infantry, 1st Division (that serial number falls into their allotment). 



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:36 AM

It has been one year since I found the set of tags above and now I found a set today for another 1st Infantry Division soldier at a gunshow for $50!

These belonged to medic: Henry T. Buttermore, SN:  2295,  I believe the meaning of A.C. 2 is:  2nd Ambulance Company.

I don't believe the dealer had any knowledge (or interest) in knowing that this fellow was part of the 1st Division.

Here are some pictures:

Kim

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:56 PM

Cool tags!

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:10 PM

Great sets! I've been wanting a set with the "emergency" tag for a while.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:40 AM

You are so lucky finding these!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 05:09 PM

Finding shots of guys wearing both is nearly impossible. I have literally thousands of WWI studio photos and only ONE shot of this set up. Dog tag shots are super hard to find in general...

 

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:02 AM

Great photograph!  Thanks for sharing!  Kim




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