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  1. Went through the list of all the brigadier generals in the U.S. Army shown in the 1935 Army Register without discovering anyone who as commander of the 21st Infantry Brigade in the Hawaiian Division. Did, however, discover that BG Thomas E. Merrill was the commander of the 11th Field Artillery Brigade in the Hawaiian Division from 1934-1937 (per the Field Artillery Journal and his biography), the same years that BG Nuttman was commanding the 22nd Infantry Brigade in Hawaii. The officer second from the right on the reviewing stand might be BG Merrill.
  2. Interesting to observe that, although all four of these generals were combat veterans of the First World War, none of them are wearing the overseas chevrons on their lower left sleeves. Also interesting to note that the CO, 22nd Inf Bde is "under arms" (e.g., wearing his saber), but the CO of the division is not wearing his. Just goes to show that "uniformity" was not very much enforced during the interwar years.
  3. Correction to my previous transmission. Unlikely that the CG of the Hawaiian Separate Coast Artillery Brigade would be wearing the SSI of the Hawaiian Division (and the SSI for that Separate CA Bde was not authorized until 1936 - shown below). The two general officers to the right of the reviewing stand may be the commanders of the 21st and 22nd Infantry Brigades within the Hawaiian Division. BG Louis M. Nuttman commanded the 22nd Inf Bde from 1934-37 (photo below shows him wearing the 4th Division SSI when he was CO of the 18th Inf Bde from 1937-38). I've not found the
  4. Do you have any additional photos of this event which might show the SSI worn by the officer second from the right?
  5. The Infantry wore both white and light blue as their branch color, depending on (1) when and (2) what article of clothing. From the Revolution until 1851, the color worn by the Infantry was white. From 1851-1857, the color worn by the Infantry was Saxony blue. From 1857-1886, it was sky blue. Once again, in 1886, the Infantry reverted to wearing white as their branch color. This continued until 1902, when light blue was prescribed once again. HOWEVER, white continued to be used on trouser stripes, the linings of officer's capes, and enlisted chevrons as late as 1917.
  6. There was a mess jacket for NCOs in the pre-WWII Army. This is a photo of a cavalry sergeant's jacket, dated 1938. Note the small service stripes and that the miniature medals are worn on the jacket, not on the lapel (as they are today). Notice also that the stripe on the trousers (and the color of the sergeant's stripes and the service stripes are tied to the sergeant's branch (yellow for cavalry). Artillery NCOs would have had a scarlet stripe on the trousers / scarlet chevrons / scarlet service stripes. Infantry would have been infantry blue. Signal Corps would have been orange. QM woul
  7. Gil - Great early (pre-1928) white mess uniform. Perhaps he was stationed in Coblenz during the Occupation after WWI, and had the uniform tailored while he was there. I managed to acquire the white mess uniform (complete with trousers, vest, and hat) worn by then-Major Otto H. Schrader, CAC. During WWI (1916-18), he was stationed at Ft Kamehameha, guarding the approaches to Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii, becoming the C.O. from Jun-Nov 1918. In the same purchase, I got his M-1937 dress blue uniform (with the 'pinks' riding breeches & russet boots), as well as his special even
  8. Wear of the full-dress uniform was discontinued as the US entered WWI in 1917, and was not reauthorized (as an optional uniform) until 1929. It was worn again from 1929 to 1936, when the high-collar, double-breasted full dress coat and the high-collar undress sack coat was discontinued. At that time, the dress & full-dress uniforms were slight variations on the roll-collar, single-breasted coat very similar to what is still worn today by Army officers. The reason that this officer never upgraded his full-dress coat is that a company-grade officer (2LT, 1LT, CPT) wore two rows
  9. 2nd Inf Div soldiers could earn the right to wear the division patch as a combat unit shoulder sleeve insignia from 1968 to 1973 if they served north of the Imjin River (e.g., adjacent to or within the DMZ). In 1973, hostile fire pay was discontinued for Korea. Soldiers qualified for HFP if they were assigned north of the Imjin River during a given month. After six months of HFP, they earned an overseas bar for wear on their Class A uniform, and the right to wear the 2nd ID patch on their right sleeve when they departed Korea.
  10. In the 1970s, Tae Kwan Do was a mandatory part of physical training throughout the 2nd Infantry Division (along with the standard push-ups, sit-ups, and run). At least in the direct support Field Artillery battalion I was in, we had one or more Black Belt KATUSA soldiers in each battery. Soldiers could take additional Tae Kwan Do lessons on their own time after duty hours. Many units had Tae Kwan Do teams, and there was competition across the division. Guessing these two are winners of one of those tournaments. Muhammed Ali made a 3-day trip to Korea in late June 1976, including a visit t
  11. In 1978, I had a female sergeant assigned to the Service Battery I commanded in Germany (1st Infantry Division Forward). She was from the Division Support Command element -- and attached to my supply section. She went with my unit to the field just like everyone else in the battery.
  12. Colonel John W. Paddock, Commanding Officer, 155th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 17th Airborne Division (photo likely taken in the fall of 1944 in England, prior to the division deploying to fight in the Battle of the Bulge).
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