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  1. For more than 50 years the ROTC and JROTC units had sponsors. This practice died out by the beginning of the 1970's. Sponsors were usually an attractive female student. They were responsible for the social activities of the unit. Many of these ladies were photographed in the uniforms or specially modified uniforms of the JROTC/ROTC unit they were associated with. I'm betting that's what these photographs portray.
  2. Here's a WWI AEF Baseball Trophy awarded to C Company 320th Infantry (80th Division) 320th Infantry Baseball League. It's about 18 inches tall, nicely engraved with details/roster. It's silver plate and made by the Meriden Company per mark on bottom. Weighs a ton, good condition with a few dents. I picked this up when I lived in Pittsburgh many years ago.
  3. This looks like the upper half of a baldric device to me.
  4. Teufelhunde - Thanks for the note. I have not tried to get the full interview file (not sure how to do that) but I have read Hewitt's Women Marines in World War I where the body of interviews was frequently referenced/utilized. She did feature in a local newspaper article years later which discussed her wartime service. Glad to see a few people are noticing the image. I thought it was spectacular.
  5. Color photography did exist in the WWI period but it was prohibitively expensive. However at least one woman Marine had her picture taken in color, so you can see a better representation of the shade of uniform they were wearing, which I have read somewhere wasn't forest green due to a shortage of that material/color combination. The service member pictured is Frieda A. Frantz who served in Washington DC and earned a good conduct medal for her 4 years service (active and inactive reserves).
  6. 1970, first week of basic training at Ft. Dix. The first week was primarily in-processing...uniforms, medical, testing etc, and a lot of KP. A half-dozen of us new recruits were assigned to peel spuds. I doubt if any of us had ever peeled potatoes before, and were grinding through the exercise with steady but unremarkable progress. We had two 55 gallon drums to fill. We had about 1/3 of each barrel filled when a mess sergeant came in tore us up for being lazy and slow. He said he'd be back in 10 minutes and those barrels had better be filled. When he left we looked at each other, dumped the ba
  7. So the classic reference bibliography on US Army unit histories is "United States Army Unit Histories: A reference and Bibliography" by James T. Controvich. There is a an original volume published in the early 1980's, a Supplement volume in 1987, a Supplement B volume, and a Supplement C volume that I know of. The supplement volumes may have been combined later - not sure. There might even be later supplements - I've kind of lost the bubble. These books list every known unit history ordered by branch/unit. It doesn't tell you if the item has a roster, but at least you get a list that you can s
  8. Per the unit history of the 302nd FA, they moved to the front and fired their first shot at midnight 6th November and were active from then until the armistice as a part of corps artillery assigned to the 2nd Army in the St. Mihiel sector. They were not in the St. Mihiel offensive, so their campaign clasp entitlement was Defensive Sector.
  9. Here's another picture of Verdun from "E Battery Goes to War" by Cone (the individual standing next to Verdun in the photo). The history does not include any details on Verdun that I could see beyond the photo.
  10. Sure - I am always looking to increase my knowledge of research sites so I can do a better job with my own research. It was a type of record I haven't seen before so just wanted to add the source to my list of places to search at.
  11. Can you tell me where the image/record you posted in the original post comes from? Is that an online accessible set of records? Thanks -
  12. I'm with cutiger83 on this ID. I believe it's some kind of work uniform associated with an industrial setting. Look on google images for pictures of WWI women munitions workers or war workers. Lots of different style dress - some jobs apparently required pants. None of the uniformed women's service or auxilliary/charity agencies that I have ever looked at had work clothes anything like this. Not the women's land army, either, so I say industrial workers.
  13. This is from the 1930's when the unit was still the 10th Infantry, NYNG. These sell for around $20 - with the box maybe another $5 so $25 total. This unit/version is not one of the rarer ones.
  14. Through a friend I got a shot of a firstie wearing a helmet liner from the Class of 1973 year book. It clearly shows that the helmet liner has the cadre decal, and not a cadet decal. In one shot you can see the cadet patch on the field jacket while the same individual has the cadre decal on the liner. So the original post showing the liner is an accurate example of this utilization/configuration which was in use in the early 1970's.
  15. A couple minor updates/corrections to the original posted list... (see items in bold) WW2 Good Conduct Contract List 12-4-42 Medallic Art Co T1 (Medal Number 56 and 208) – Wire loop/Ring Suspension 12-4-42 Medallic Art Co T2 (Medal numbers 2226 and 75714) – Knob Suspension 4-24-43 Silverman Brothers (These may be numbered in the 100,000 range) 5-11-44 Medallic Art Co 5-11-44 Robbins Co 5-11-44 Silverman Brothers 5-11-44 Uncas Mfg Co 6-11-44 Bastian Brothers 5-11-44 Bastian Brothers 5-11-44 Coro Inc 11-11-44 Robbins Co 11
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