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#1 comtech0057

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 06:36 AM

I am new to the forum but wanted to share the first uniform that I have acquired. I am new to collecting and mostly collected German Helmets until about a year ago when I was bitten by the US bug! 
 
Recently I purchased a uniform that belonged to Sergeant John Soltis, who was a Cavalry man that served in the 113th Cavalry 125th Cavalry Squadron. I was able to find his daughter who only lives an hour away from where my daughter lives in Georgia. We were going to meet over the Holidays but due to health issues I am unable to make the trip. 
 
The Ike jacket is missing all of the awards and/or medals that her father was awarded. Since we will not be able to meet up I have asked her if she could send photos of the Shadow Box her father made for his grandson so I can hopefully restore the Jacket to the way it was when John was discharged. 
 

 

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#2 Wake1941

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 06:48 AM

Beautiful Ike jacket, welcome aboard. Collecting US stuff can be very addictive.

#3 comtech0057

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 06:50 AM

Here are the pants that came with the jacket and his Garrison Cap.
 

 

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#4 Red Devil

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 06:53 AM

Very nice first uniform.  Even better with the history too.  Keep up posted with your research on this one.



#5 kwc271

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 07:03 AM

Really cool uniform! I’ve been collecting for 20 yrs and have never seen that patch on a uniform before, very interesting! Keep us posted.



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 07:31 AM

Sgt John J Soltis

 

These are two pictures that his daughter sent to me so I could see the man who wore the uniform.

 

This will be my last post for the day since I've used up what I am allotted as a new member.

 

 

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#7 Reforger

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 07:40 AM

Nice ike jacket! Good condition too!

#8 dhcoleterracina

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 08:14 AM

Very cool first jacket. I see the DUI's match the patch. The patch almost looks like a "Bevo" or German made patch. There sometimes is a tag in the pocket that helps date it. Welcome to the forum. 



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 09:18 AM

Congratulations! That's a great uniform in terrific condition.



#10 comtech0057

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 02:23 PM



Very cool first jacket. I see the DUI's match the patch. The patch almost looks like a "Bevo" or German made patch. There sometimes is a tag in the pocket that helps date it. Welcome to the forum. 

It is my understanding that all of the patches from the 113th Cavalry Regiment were made post war by the Germans. In all the wartime photos and video that I have seen of the 113th there were never any patches.

 

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Also here is a picture of the tag inside the pocket

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 04:42 PM

Nice Ike!  And a heckuva start to your US collection.



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 08:42 PM

I agree with all the comments on here.  First of all, from a former TR only collector, welcome to the winning side.  I will say that your start with uniforms is off to a bang.  That 113th patch is indeed a German made post war bevo weave, and its a beauty!  Keep us posted on what you can find out about his service and your restoration process as this is a great way to dive into the US uniforms.  Outstanding stuff and even better coming from the vets daughter.



#13 Garandomatic

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 08:45 PM

Very cool

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 09:18 PM

As I recall the unit history states the patches were sourced/made in Belgium. Gmorgen could verify this.

 

Several years ago spoke to a local 113th vet.He had several photos of men in ike jackets.All were in a bivouac setting with large tents etc.They appeared to have just gotten the ike jackets.They were wearing them with shoulder patche but no collar discs or ribbons etc.Wish I would have asked him more about it.He has passed but I recall he has a son in the area.

 

The 113th RCN Sqdn(1st Sqdn 113th Cav) August of 45 location was Budlingen Germany .

 

The 125th Cav RCN Sqdn (2nd sqdn 113th Cav) August 45 location was Friedburg Germany



#15 comtech0057

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 06:57 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome and all the nice comments. 

 

I only have two photos of 113th cavalryman that were taken post war.

 

This guy has his ribbons and looks like he has his collar discs.

 

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I can't make out the shoulder patch on this one.

 

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 05:00 PM

Nice uniform



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:47 AM

"Welcome to the winning side", I couldn't have said it better! 

Nice uniform! The ribbons that were most common for US soldiers in Europe would have been Good Conduct, EAME (Europe, Africa, Middle East) Campaign, WW2 Victory. These ribbons along with the corresponding American and Pacific Campaign ribbons along with basic decorations such as the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart should be ribbons you learn to recognize as they are very commonly found on uniforms. Here's a good reference chart, the top 5 rows include all the WW2-era ribbons (plus some later additions), while the bottom 6 rows are all post-WW2 except for the Philippine Defense and Liberation ribbons sometimes found on Pacific veteran's uniforms. 

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#18 comtech0057

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:57 PM

"Welcome to the winning side", I couldn't have said it better! 

Nice uniform! The ribbons that were most common for US soldiers in Europe would have been Good Conduct, EAME (Europe, Africa, Middle East) Campaign, WW2 Victory. These ribbons along with the corresponding American and Pacific Campaign ribbons along with basic decorations such as the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart should be ribbons you learn to recognize as they are very commonly found on uniforms. Here's a good reference chart, the top 5 rows include all the WW2-era ribbons (plus some later additions), while the bottom 6 rows are all post-WW2 except for the Philippine Defense and Liberation ribbons sometimes found on Pacific veteran's uniforms. 

 

Thanks for the information and the chart is a great reference for me. Now all I have to do is find the ribbons and one more 113th Cavalry Regiment Screwback to add to the jacket.




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