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Jeffrey Magut

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  1. Thanks to all for your kind words. Thanks also to JB Floyd for posting the list of casualties, which helped me find the details about this grouping. I hope other Mexican Service Purple Hearts will be posted here.
  2. I am resurrecting this topic to add a Mexican Service Purple Heart group. The Purple Heart is named and numbered, and the Mexican Service Medal is also numbered. The Philippine Insurrection Service Medal is numbered and engraved with the year 1910, which corresponds with this soldier's service time in Jolo, P.I. (The campaign medal numbers are outside the traceable range). The Purple Heart was awarded for a gunshot wound to the knee suffered on November 1-2, 1915, during the Second Battle of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The 7th Infantry Regiment was detailed to Douglas, Arizona to prevent Pancho Villa's troops from flanking the Mexican Government troops and entering U.S. territory. On the night of Nov 1, 1915, Pvt Burger and his company were digging a trench near the international border. Mexican Government troops used a huge searchlight to scan the battlefield. The light silhouetted the Americans digging their trench, and Villa's troops shot Burger and several other Americans. An unusual medal, earned in 1915, for a wound received in Arizona from a bullet fired in Mexico.
  3. Name: Robert J Howe Jr Departure Date: 12 Nov 1936 Departure Place: Fort Slocum New York Arrival Place: Quarry Heights Canal Zone Ship: Chateau Thierry Military Unit: 2 Inf Rank: Private Service Number: 6902131 From ancestry's Army Transport Lists.
  4. An excerpt from Bailey's foreword in his book: "The writer is aware that many of the incidents related may not seem plausible, and will tend to create incredulity, especially among those who do not wish to believe. In recognition of this tendency, the names and residences of other living witnesses are given. The writer is in possession of additional evidences not available for the press, — bullet-scarred body, bullet-torn coat, stiffened with his blood, maps, compass, cartridges, and numerous other relics of his experience, — which are subject to the inspection of the incredulous or curious." The maps were kept as a prized souvenir and proof of his claims at least as late as 1880 in St Louis.
  5. I was researching Union Officer POWs and my research brought me to 1st Lt. George W Bailey, aide de camp to Gen M.L. Commander of 2nd Division. George W Bailey was taken prisoner in Georgia in 1864. He wrote a book about his capture and escape called "A Private Chapter of the War". I found a webpage with the following entry for July 26, 1864: July 26. [bailey decides to] “escape by way of burial…Trusty comrade officers assist. Tin cup, muscles, will, calculating ingenuity, friendly suggestions, briars cut to be stacked in the earth concealing the writer and present uninviting appearance to pedestrians, …Boughs and grass were gathered; the adventurer fitted in; satisfaction. ‘All right, cover up.” First came grass and boughs, then—‘Oh, here Lieutenant, here are some things you’ll need.’ Col. Scott presented some maps (linen) of the country, rolled up in which was a small pocket-compass…A canteen was also presented, and served as a substitute for a pillow.” Bailey was carefully concealed under earth, grass, and artfully arranged briars, with a packet of rations buried near his head. The column moved out the next morning, and a short time thereafter a hog helped itself to the buried rations. Bailey waited and listened until at least mid-day, when it began to rain and his “grave” became untenable as a hiding place. So he pushed himself up and out, and almost immediately discovered another Union soldier, a six foot tall seventeen-year-old named Lybyer. According to Bailey, when asked how the young man had escaped, his answer was “I was asleep in a brush-pile. I didn’t wake up until after they’d gone; then I thought I’d go the other way.” So congratulations to manayunkman on finding a historically important escape map, well documented in the escapee's memoir! Jeffrey
  6. A fine looking helmet. If I'm reading the writing properly, it says A.S. Sec. 604. Herbert E. Whipple, Cook, U.S. Army Ambulance Service Section 604, is on the troop transport list of 6/13/1918. He was from Laceyville PA. A likely match.
  7. The building is Texas A & M. I see that E J Altgelt (listed in the Arrangement Committee) graduated from A & M in 1892, so that matches up well.
  8. Found on Ancestry a Major named Tuan: Name: Le Anh Tuan Date Recommended Award Received : 18 Jul 1972 Date Award Forwarded : 16 Aug 1972 Service/Country: RVN Army Command/Staff: III Corps Recommended Award: Silver Star Approved Award: Silver Star Location Award Presented: Award Presented in Republic of Vietnam [south Vietnam] (RVN) Posthumous: Award presented while Living
  9. The photo on the left shows part of the Pantheon de la Guerre, an enormous mural painted to include famous people involved in the war. 402 feet long by 45 feet high, it was the largest painting in the world.
  10. Eleanor Standard is listed among the nurses of the 17th General Hospital Harper Unit leaving Detroit for Overseas, according to photos in the Reuther Library at Wayne State University. 17th General Hospital served in North Africa and Naples, Italy in WWII.
  11. The decorated blanket appears to have the name Verdun written beneath the Indianhead. I checked the name Verdun the Mule and discovered that "Miss Verdun" was the mascot of Battery E 15th Field Artillery. The website Texas Highways has an article about her. Verdun was born in 1918 and nursed by Stable Sgt Norman Kendall after her mother died at Belleau Wood. As mascot, she stayed with the regiment through the Occupation and, despite the quarantine restrictions, sailed back to the US with the 15th. The article says Sgt Kendall was punished, but Verdun was allowed to live out her days at Ft Sam Houston, dying on Memorial Day, 1934 More at http://www.texashighways.com/eat/item/4329-verdun-the-mule
  12. Moose is a Korean War slang term for a local prostitute, it was even the title and subject of an episode of M.A.S.H.
  13. John Lafaucherie Edwards of Washington DC, born March 14, 1830, died at Wash DC Jan 1 1896. He was a lifelong D.C. resident and the son of Col. James L Edwards. Census records show John as a clerk in the War Department in 1870. The draft notice appears to say he is a clerk in the Pay Master General's office. John's father was a decorated veteran of the War of 1812 and was the first Commissioner of Pensions, who approved or disapproved the pension applications of Revolutionary War veterans. I find no record of military service for John, who could easily afford a substitute (his personal estate "net worth" was valued at $55,000 in 1870) $970,000 today.
  14. Yes, Lewis M DeYoung, or Louis DeYoung, served in Co K or L 2nd NY Cavalry in the war. He served as Lewis Young, of Rochester. Mustered in Sept 10, 1864, out July 1, 1865. Definitely him, as I find a later reference to him with the same 84 George St. Rochester address as on the book inscription. He came from a large Jewish family in Monroe County and was a horse trader and hack driver in postwar life. All info from Ancestry. The 2nd Cav unit roster has Lewis being captured at Cedar Creek 11/12/64, paroled at N.E. Ferry 3/3/65. Hope this helps.
  15. If the flag, regardless of its origins, bears the authentic signatures of the first American soldiers to jump as paratroopers, the question becomes what's the value as an autographed piece?
  16. The names on the flag appear to be members of the first Parachute Test Platoon, the first men to "stand in the door" in 1940. Swilley, Wade, Borom, William "Red" King {Paratrooper #1} are among those I can decipher from your picture.
  17. The coat of arms looks like the Commonwealth on Pennsylvania. That may lead you to an answer.
  18. Thanks for that great lead. I see the similarity in construction to other South Korean unit patches.
  19. I am looking to ID the patch with the black Asian characters on it. It came with the unusual 2nd Logistical Command patch. Is it for an Allied army connected with the 2nd L.C.? Any help is appreciated Jeffrey
  20. Sylvester David Ziegler (11/29/96) service number 10623, served in the Ambulance Service 6/26/17-4/22/19. According to his PA Veterans Compensation Application he served in the Verdun Sector from Jan to July 24, 1918. His Victory Medal Application lists Mechanic as his rank, and awards him Defensive Sector clasp for 1st Army service. Hopes this helps pin down the patch's origin.
  21. The Medical Detachment of an Infantry Regiment would have had their dogtags marked this way prior to the order to scratch off identifying information on tags in the warzone. The deleted information on your tag is 132, as James Charles Kloboucnik of Chicago was a Pvt 1st Class in the medical detachment of the 132nd Infantry Regt, sailing on the Mt Vernon on 5/16/18.
  22. Charles Edward Bornkamp of Minneapolis held the rank of Army Field Clerk (AFC) in the Adjutant General Corps. Info from the passenger list of the Niew Amsterdam sailing from Brest France in 1919.
  23. Evacuation Ambulance Company 8 was a well documented unit in WWI. A book has been written about it: Evacuation Ambulance Company 8 in World War One by A. Gustaf Bryngelson. Another book, United States Lawn Tennis Association and the World War, devotes chapter IX to the Evac Amb Co 8. (The book is available as a Google book online).
  24. Quartermaster Corps Subsistence Research & Development Laboratory Guinea Pig Club. Food tasters of Army chow who developed and tested new ideas in rations. From G.I.: American Soldier in World War II by Lee K Bennett at p 98...every time the Chicago laboratory development a new ration element it was submitted to the "Guinea Pig Club" a panel of lab workers who gave the concoctions various ratings, including it stinks.
  25. Could it be related to the San Francisco radio station KYA 1260, founded in 1926?
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