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    I am actively searching for WWI items to central Illinois soldiers and especially items to the men from Montgomery County, IL.

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  1. Fold3.com is what I use to search serial numbers and names. You will need a subscription or post the info here and maybe someone will kindly look it up for you. Mike Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  2. I have seen these but my memory of specifics is a little blurry. I'm wanting to say a east coast state Reserve Militia or something along those lines. There was a uniform with something very similar sold on Ebay around 3 years ago or so that had something like this denoting possible rank. Mike Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  3. This is one of my early photos and it may pre-date what it is marked. The only information on the back is "Emil F. Arbeen 1917, LaSalle, ILL." There is a lot of interesting things shown in this photo and I will try to name them all. If I miss something, please jump in and correct me or add what was missed. First off he is wearing a campaign hat and early uniform coat with the standing/falling collar and bellowed pockets. I believe he has Mills M1903 suspenders and M1907 ammo belt with the early leather scabbard for the M1905 bayonet. Finishing off this photo is a M1903 rifle and what appear to
  4. Here are three individual shots of an officer. Only one was named and all it had was Will McKee, Chilicothe. I did a bit of research and found out this. There is a couple of gaps in his service that I am attempting to find, but it is still neat what you can find with as little info as this. Major Will Meek McKee from Chilicothe, Ohio Born March 3, 1877 Comissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Corps of Engineers on May 24, 1917 Promoted to 1st Lt. on Nov. 12, 1917. Captain on March 2, 1918. Finally made Major on September 17, 1918. He was overseas with the AEF from July 9, 1917 to September 17,
  5. Thank you WWI Nerd. I have quite a few images left to share and will try to get some more posted up soon. -Mike Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  6. Here is an unnamed photo taken somewhere over there during WWI. This one is of a soldier in the Motor Transportation Corps and features a fur collar coat, goggles, and MTC collar disk. Mike
  7. And one for you gear junkies out there. It is unnamed with the exception of Brother Peter signed on the back.
  8. Here is another 33rd Division soldier in my collection. Here are two great shots of Sgt. Arthur F. Frick, HQ Company 130th Infantry Regiment. Sgt. Frick was Wounded in Action on November 7, 1918. -Mike
  9. Here is one of my favorite photos of an unnamed 33rd Division soldier with a double patched uniform. Thanks Mike
  10. USMakesHistory Thanks for sharing this story, it is very interesting. Any chance you have a photo of him? If so, I can look my image over and see if I can locate him, if he's even present. Thanks Mike Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
  11. US Quartermaster Corps Product Testing? Only thing I could come up with and take a SWAG at. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
  12. I have to agree with Brian on this. I'm sure there are far worse things out there to worry about, not that asbestos and mesothelioma are anything to scoff at. I have a couple of WWI gas masks in my collection and I am not the least bit worried. Look at all the members that have those WWII glow in the dark helmet things. As long as the item is treated with care and not used as it was originally intended, you'll be just fine. -Mike Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
  13. Packing tonight and leaving in the am tomorrow. I'm not doing the leave at 2am and go straight into the show on Friday morning ever again. It was a lot of fun but made for a rough day. Looking forward to hanging out with Timberwolf and meeting some people. Everyone be safe getting there. Mike Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
  14. Alan Thanks for bringing this back up. I have worked on it off and on since the last post and should update my info above. Thanks for the M1910 shelter half name as I haven't seen any or even attempted to start on it yet. Maybe after SoS I can get things lined out better and post updated info. Thanks again, Mike Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
  15. I'll be making my second trip this year. I've had the room booked since March and a phone call today confirmed that. Last year (first time) got me hooked and I'm ready to make the 5-6 hour drive from IL. Mike Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
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