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  1. Hi, The second photo shows a New Jersey state seal button. I am not sure of the date of manufacture. -hist3891
  2. I have a US disk that is similar in construction, but it has a pinback instead of the screw post. I agree that the thin brass collar disks are French made.
  3. See attached. These are from FamilySearch.
  4. Hi Robinb, Thank you for posting those great pictures! I actually had this stretcher on wheels in mind when I first read the article. I have seen a Signal Corps photo of one in use (33rd Division troops, I think), but these are the first pictures of a surviving example that I have seen. I was just wondering if the regimental medical detachment might not have also had something similar to the little horse drawn carts that the machine gun units used. I don't know that I would describe myself as "driving" a wheeled stretcher. -hist3891
  5. Hi, I was recently researching a World War I soldier who served in Company I of the 307th Infantry. In the printed excerpts of a letter dated 28 August 1918, he writes "My work now is with a doctor. I drive a two-wheeled cart and take care of his saddle horse. I now wear red cross on my arm." Another soldier calls the same vehicle "a two-wheeled cart of the Red Cross, but not an ambulance." Does anyone know if this was a specialized vehicle attached to the company medical personnel? If some one has pictures, I would very much like to see them. -hist3891
  6. Hi, What is the collar brass? It looks like he was in the 60th Infantry. -hist3891
  7. The two volume history of the 37th Division in World War I is available at: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015062807352.
  8. Hi, National Guard units lost their state designations when they were drafted into federal service. Some were kept together in new units (for example, the 4th Ohio Infantry was used as the base regiment to organize the 145th Infantry) while others were broken up with their personnel being scattered among a number of different commands. The 10th Ohio Infantry fell into the latter category, with its personnel being distributed as follows: Cos. I, K, L, & M: 136th Machine Gun Battalion Cos. A, B, part of G, & Machine Gun Company: 135th Machine Gun Battalion
  9. Hi, Too bad NPRC already confirmed that they do not have his service record. There is probably a roster somewhere that breaks down the individual platoons, but I do not know where it would be. I checked the regimental muster rolls for the 16th Infantry (available online) and they do not identify platoon or specialty. Please let me know if you are ever able to find an answer. He sailed with Company D, 3rd Army Composite Regiment aboard the Leviathan on 9/1/1919. In organizing the Composite Regiment, I think they tried to group soldiers together by original unit as
  10. Hi, Glad I could help with this topic. The 37mm gun in the photo posted by Patches is indeed the weapon that the one-pounder platoon was equipped with. It was a bulky piece of equipment that was often difficult to get in to position. I have read that troops did not like being around them because they rapidly drew enemy artillery fire. Still, they were quite effective against machine gun nests when the gun crew could get a clear shot. What does the discharge say under "Marksmanship, gunner qualification or rating"? I was hoping that he may have mentioned his special
  11. Chapter on the 30th Infantry in the History of the Third Division: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015063733151?urlappend=%3Bseq=159.
  12. Hi, The Headquarters Company of an American infantry regiment in World War I was composed of different specialists. The breakdown as shown in the History of the 353rd Infantry (89th Division) is as follows: MAXIMUM STRENGTH HEADQUARTERS COMPANY From Tables of Organization of May, 1918. OFFICERS MEN Headquarters Staff............2.........42 Orderly Section.........................29 Band..........................1.........49 Signal Platoon................1.........76 Bombers and Sappers Platoon...2.........48 Pounder Pl
  13. An example of the disk.
  14. Hi, I would say it is probably a script Pennsylvania disk. See the attached photo of a member Company M, 1st Pennsylvania Infantry.
  15. Here are the battle credits for the 23rd Infantry. This is from Battle Participation of Organizations of the American Expeditionary Forces (https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc2.ark:/13960/t6639rw5x). The exact bar combination Gehrig would have been entitled to depends on when he was assigned to the regiment and if he was evacuated after being wounded. The Minnesota bonus file will provide all of that information.
  16. Hi, His Minnesota World War I bonus file will provide the information you seek. The good news is that the records have been digitized and are available on FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2421524). The bad news is that you have to access the website at an official Family History Center to get access to the collection. Unfortunately, those are presently closed for obvious reasons. -hist3891
  17. Transport record showing Sgt. McKenzie aboard the Leviathan on 29 September 1918.
  18. VA card with correct serial number.
  19. Here's a story I thought some of you might enjoy. Many years ago, I used to relic hunt at the site of Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, SC. Among the items I recovered was this old pre-war brass mess spoon. After rinsing off the dirt, I found a serial number stamped into the handle: 1,230,745. I tried to link a name with the number several times, but without success. The best I could do was place it within the general range issued to the 1st Vermont Infantry (reorganized into the 57th Pioneer Infantry). Just today, I found that Vermont WWI service records are available at archive.org and
  20. Hi, I believe the stamping on the tag is "Harry Covington Pvt MD USNA." PVT = Private MD = Medical Department USNA = United States National Army
  21. Hi, It is entirely possible that it was worn between 1916 and 1917. I used to metal detect around Camp Wadsworth (training site of the 27th Division) and dug a number of New York buttons over the years. The examples I found included both the early domed type and the later style with the horizontal lines. Remember that clothing and equipment were in short supply when the U.S. entered the war and the National Guard carried pretty everything that was serviceable to the training camps. The attached photos show Lt. Col. William A. Taylor of the 108th Infantry. He is clearly wearing a
  22. Hi Kloss, I was able to access the transport records on Fold3. William Gamelin sailed for France with Company A, 13th Machine Gun Battalion, on 16 April 1918. He returned to the US on 13 July 1919 with the same unit. This is the same William Gamelin we already discussed. No other soliders of that name served overseas with the AEF. -hist3891
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