These are the items of Lt Colonel Joe Bachus and his Son Lt. Col Littleton Bachus. Joe has an amazing story! He was a sailor at the turn of the century aboard the USS Hartford, he was diagnosed with tonsillitis and discharged after about a year and a half. He then joined the USMC and served aboard the USS Michigan/Wolverine on the Great Lakes, out of Erie PA. He also saw service in Cuba as well as many other places in his 5 years as a Marine. He then became a Police Officer at the Panama Canal Zone during the construction. Upon returning to Michigan he became a travelling salesman. He served in the Ohio Guard as a Private and was later elected Captain, then he resigned and joined the Michigan Guard as a Corporal. He was in the 126th Infantry out of Ann Arbor and later was made a Lieutenant. at the Mexican Border he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. When the 32nd Div left for WWI he was a platoon leader and while giving General Pershing a tour of his sector the General made him a Captain. Before the 32nd entered the Meuse-Argonne he was transferred to Camp Kearny as the Chief bayonet training officer. Later he served in the border war between Chile and Peru and in Mexico again. During WWII he was in charge of a recruiting district and personally enlisted Jimmy Doolittles Son. He retired as a full Colonel in 1947 after and amazing career.
His Son, Littleton was a Regular Army career Engineer Officer with multiple tours in Vietnam. He was a Company Commander and later an adviser as a Major. I haven't had time to go through all of Littletons paperwork yet and there isn't much. Joe on the other hand has volumes! Approx 40 WWI maps, as well as orders, photos, documents, etc.... Hundreds of items.
shown here is a huge trunk with most of the items. Unfortunately, no uniform for Joe, just field gear and swords. Scott