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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 -
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. So what we're learning is that the black helmet liner worn by the firsties (seniors) at New Cadet Barracks (Beast Barracks) while training the new cadets varied in certain details over time, including potentially stripes or no stripes, the size of the crest on the front of the helmet, and the decal or no decal on the side. If we get enough dated images, we could probably chart out the evolution of this. Anybody have a collection of USMA class annuals (The Howitzer) from 1960 - 1980? I looked at class of 72 and class of 75 and they seem to match the helmet originally posted ie: larger crest, no
  11. Interesting observations. I tired to find an image that would resolve the differences, but not 100% successful. Here is an image from 1975. The liner in this image of a firstie at Beast Barracks has the larger crest. So they changed from the 1968 image you provided. Also doesn't have the side stripe - just plain black. The decal on the side is not clear enough to verify the design, but it looks an awful lot like the one on the liner image I attached in the original post but that's open for debate given the lack of clarity.
  12. Picked this up recently. It is a liner worn by the Firsties at West Point during Beast Barracks when the new cadets receive their basic training/introduction to the Academy. These were worn in the 1970's. They feature a shiny black enamel paint, West Point decals on the side, and a West Point brass crest on the front. This example had a 1978 headband. When I got this it was missing the crest but the hole for the threaded post for the crest was there, as well as scratches where the two pins/posts behind the wings are located (on cloth these pins/posts prevent rotation of the crest and are simil
  13. The medal you are referencing on the NYS Military Museum website is the state long and faithful service decoration, not the one pictured in this thread. The medal in this thread was made in upstate NY, an opinion only based on the design elements - a maker in upstate NY used exactly this top bar (different wording) for a gold marksmanship medal so I am assuming it is by the same maker. My interpretation is that this medal is for 1 year perfect attendance to somebody in the 25th Separate Company, a unit based in Tonanwanda NY. The earlier 25th Sep Co located in Canadaigua was in existence for o
  14. Those two bars are appropriate as the full compliment of the 304th Tank Battalion, so there are several ways (to included wounded as already mentioned) to get to that pair of bars.
  15. Thanks aznation. I've seen your replies in many threads and you clearly are somebody who loves to do research and share what you've found out. As a fellow research junkie, I appreciate the time you put into that work. This is the kind of contribution that makes this forum such a great place.
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