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  1. This style eagle was worn on the staff officer's chapeau from the 1820s through the 1840s.
  2. This officer is also wearing the Special Evening Dress uniform under his cape. If it was the mess jacket, you would be able to see the scarlet silk on the lapels. Here is a link to a photo of Major Henri Luebberman, Cavalry, wearing his mess uniform at the National Horse Show ball in 1941 (I cannot get the photo itself to load): https://outlet.historicimages.com/products/neb05297
  3. This is actually the 1937 version of the Special Evening Dress uniform (tailcoat), rather than the Mess Dress uniform. The mess uniform for an artillery officer had scarlet silk on the lapels, and was worn with sky blue trousers with a 1.5" wide scarlet stripe. The evening dress uniform was the civilian cut tailcoat, with plain lapels, but with the same cuff braid and shoulder knots as worn on the mess jacket. It was worn with trousers made of the same color material as the coat, and with the gold-red-gold stripe on the trousers (center stripe being the color of the officer's branch o
  4. There is also a picture of then-Major Gorgas serving in Havana, wearing the M1898 blue undress uniform coat, and white trousers (likely not riding breeches).
  5. Could be part of an officer's uniform. Here is a photo of then-Captain Archibald Butts as the military aide to President Taft, attending the 1910 World Series while wearing the high-collared white dress coat, white riding breeches, white hat, white gloves, black riding boots, silver spurs, and the M1902 saber. He was military aide to both President Teddy Roosevelt and President Taft -- and died when the Lusitania sank. Must say, though, that this is the ONLY photo I've ever seen of an officer wearing white riding breeches with the white dress jacket.
  6. Amazing what's available on the Internet. If you have access to ancestry.com, you likely can look him up in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 census records and see where he was stationed. You may also find copies of stationing rosters on ancestry's miltiary records link. Might also consider Fold.com, which is the 'military' equivalent to Ancestry. None of those, however, are free.
  7. This site is by his grandson, and includes a picture taken by Jeter (senior) when he served in the 15th Infantry in China in 1932: https://towncarolina.com/article/return-date/ "My father was born in Tientsin, China, where grandfather and his beautiful bride Sally were stationed with the storied 15th Infantry Regiment. Sometime in between the wars, Grandfather played polo with Patton. He later went on to Europe, where he fought for four years: Battle of the Bulge, at the bridge at Remagen. After the war, he served as a judge in the small Nazi trials in Nuremberg. Later, in Korea, he brief
  8. In looking at the U.S. Army Register published on 1 January 1930 (these are all available online), I found the following individual: Jeter, John R. (O-16342), Born South Carolina, 8 Jan 1904 B.S. - The Citadel, 1925 2Lt of Infantry, 30 June 1925 (accepted 5 Sep 1925) Army Staff College graduate Infantry School, Company Officer Course, 1929 Subsequent editions of the U.S. Army Register show he was promoted to 1LT on 1 Aug 1931. For whatever reason, he is not shown in the U.S. Army Register published on 1 January 1935, but shows up again in 1936, which indicates he was promoted t
  9. Here is a photo of a group of officers, wearing a mixture of the 1895 undress uniform coat and the 1902 dress uniform coat, with a mixture of the 1895 and 1902 visor caps.
  10. Here is a photo of an officer in the 1902 'dress' coat, with the higher collar fastened at top and bottom.
  11. The 1895 "undress" coat looked nearly identical to the 1902 version (when it was known as the "dress" coat), but had a slight difference. The collar on the 1895 coat was slightly shorter (1 1/4" wide) with one hook & eye fastener, and photos often show it being slightly spread at the top. The 1902 coat had a higher collar (1 1/2") with two hook & eye fasteners, one at the top and another at the bottom of the collar. The 1895 and 1902 uniform items appear mixed together on photos of groups of officers (e.g., the 1895 coat with the 1902 bell-crown visor cap, or the 1902 coat with the
  12. The 9th Infantry Regiment ("Manchus") served in China during the Boxer Rebellion and the China Relief Expedition. The regimental commander, COL Liscum, was killed by a sniper as he grabbed the regimental colors from the color bearer, who had been shot. Three soldiers of the 9th were awarded Medals of Honor. The 15th Infantry Regiment ("The Old China Hands") served in China during the Boxer Rebellion (arriving on 16 Aug 1900), returned to Tientsin, China in 1912, and stayed until 2 Mar 1938. They were then assigned to Ft Lewis, Washington as part of the 3rd Infantry Division. Then-colon
  13. In 1902, the Army adopted a completely new set of uniforms. There were two versions of the bell-crown cap with a small, sharply sloped (45 degree) visor (officer & enlisted) -- one for wear with the dress uniform and the other for the full-dress uniform, blue mess uniform, and special evening dress uniform. For EM & NCO, the full-dress cap had a 1 3/4" detachable band around the cap with a stripe of cloth the color of the corps, department or arm of service top & bottom, with a 3/4" strip between the color of the cap. For the dress version, the detachable band was removed. For o
  14. Wonder of the SMA realizes that enlisted men and NCOs never wore the dark green jacket / pink trousers. Those were worn exclusively by commissioned and warrant officers. Enlisted men & NCOs wore an OD jacket and OD trousers. In the 1950s, there was a brief effort to have everyone wear the 'pinks & greens,' but it never gained any traction. The Army Green uniform was adopted, in part, to have everyone in the Army (officer, NCO, enlisted) wear the same uniform. Same for the change to the Army Blue uniform in the 1950s -- same style uniform for officers, NCOs and enlisted, vice the s
  15. You might want to contact the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Ft Lee, VA (http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/main.html?n=1). They have the best collection of Army uniforms of any museum -- since the QMC were the ones responsible for all the regulation patterns for all the uniforms of all the branches of the Army. Not that I'm a uniform nerd (I am), but my wife & I stopped there while on our honeymoon back in the mid-1970s (when I was still a young pup). (She is very understanding, and we're still married.) Another place to check to see "what you are looking for" would be the U
  16. Murphy served in the 35th Infantry Division (Texas National Guard) from 1950 until 1966, when he retired at the rank of major. In Dec 1950, shortly after being re-commissioned as a captain, he served as the aide to the Division Commander. He went into inactive status (to make some films), but returned to active status in July 1955, and was promoted to major in February 1956. He returned to inactive status in 1957, and remained in that status until his transfer to the Reserves in 1966, and his transfer to the Retired Reserves in 1969. The Army blue uniform was redesignated as the winter
  17. The M1902 belt was used until after WWII. Pre-1938, the officer wore a pair of sword hangers (gold stripes on each side, with a thin stripe of the branch color in the middle) that were attached to a single piece of leather, which ended in a brass clip that fit onto a fastener on the left side of the belt. After 1938, officers wore a silver interlocking chain instead of the sword hangers. Prior to 1902, the same belt was worn, but with a single short sword hanger on the left hip, and a single longer sword hanger at the center (back) of the belt.
  18. There is a uniform being advertised on eBay for an enlisted QM soldier -- which does not fit the approved 1938 pattern. That approved pattern had a thin branch-colored braid around the upper part of the rolled collar, around the outer edge of the epaulette, and around the cuff. The upper patch pockets have no pleat in the center (that was not adopted until 1951). A black leather belt was worn. The uniform for sale has no trim around the roll collar, solid buff-colored epaulettes, and a wide buff-colored band around the cuff. The upper patch pockets have a pleat in the center. A buff-c
  19. The special evening dress uniform was authorized for wear (with various changes over the years) from 1902-1979. The 1902 version is distinguished by trefoils (the indication of rank) that were 1/8" in width, over a 1/2" wide band of solid gold, two-vellum lace passing around the jacket's cuff and placed 2 1/2" from the bottom of the cuff. This uniform was worn until 1917, when it (along with the dress, full dress, and mess dress uniforms) was discontinued for the duration of the war (though officers serving as military aides to the President continued to wear it for formal functions at the W
  20. Here is a photo of then LTC James A. Ulio when he was serving as military aide to President Roosevelt. This photo was taken during the visit of the Canadian Prime Minister to the White House in 1933. He is wearing the high-collar, double-breasted full dress uniform (post-WWI version) with sword belt and 1902 saber. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RICHARD_B._BENNETT_AT_THE_WHITE_HOUSE.jpg Here is another photo from May 1933 of LTC Ulio in the high-collar dress uniform. https://outlet.historicimages.com/products/cvb15111
  21. Kirkpatrick's book (Archie in the A.E.F.: The Creation of the Antiaircraft Service of the United States Army, 1917-1918) indicates there were two numbered Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalions in the AEF Nov 1918 (1st AAA Bn with First Army, 2nd AAA Bn with Second Army), each with four lettered firing batteries (A, B, C, and D) that were permanently assigned to the battalion. In addition, the HQ of the Anti-aircraft Artillery Service of the A.E.F. had three numbered (battalion-size) "A.A. Sectors" (each with four or more numbered A.A. firing batteries) -- the 8th A.A. Sector, 9th A.A. Sector, an
  22. In 1938, when he purchased this mess jacket, then Captain John H. Hinds was the commanding officer of B Battery, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, at Ft Sam Houston, TX. See his letter on p. 155 of the March-April 1938 issued of the Field Artillery Journal (http://sill-www.army.mil/firesbulletin/archives/1938/MAR_APR_1938/MAR_APR_1938_FULL_EDITION.pdf) He had been promoted to Captain on 1 November 1934 (Army Register of 1940), to Major on 1 July 1940 (Army Register of 1941), to Lieutenant Colonel in the Army of the United States on 15 September 1941 (to Lieutenant Colonel in the Regular
  23. CCA (in the case of these insignia) refer to "Company of Coast Artillery." This is the hat insignia worn by enlisted men assigned to various Coast Artillery companies between 1904 (when the thin crossed cannon were introduced) until about 1910 (when the 'modern' cap insignia with an eagle on a flat disc was introduced). As is typically the case, the insignia tended to be worn longer than formally authorized. The screw post is the indicator that this was a cap insignia. The brass version was worn on the dress cap, and the bronze insignia on the khaki or OD cap. This insignia wa
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