Yesterday a packet of 25 picture postcards depicting troops that sailed from France to American on the U.S.S. Iowan (not the U.S.S. Iowa) arrived via the U.S. Postal Service. The postcards were once the property of Sergeant 1st Class Harold P. Stellwagon, who reputedly served in the 23rd Engineer Regiment, AEF.
The photographs sort of chronicle the entire voyage from boarding the Iowan, which sailed on July 19, 1919, in St. Nazaire, France, through to its arrival in New York.
While examining the images, the photos that showed troops boarding the homeward bound ship, I notices a diverse cross section of AEF shoulder patches, two unidentified brassards, a pair of US Marines, as well as an unidentified souvenir painted helmet. All of the insignia related images I thought were worthy of sharing here on the forum.
01: This photo with the inked on caption, "No time to lose", shows men hurrying up the gangplank on to the U.S.S. Iowan. In it, there are no less than six AEF shoulder patches and two AEF brassards visible.