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  1. Dimensions are approx 12" x 13" x 10". Inscribed U.S.A.A.F., HEAD QUARTERS AIR TECHNICAL SERVICE COMMAND, MAINTENANCE DATA SECTION, WRIGHT FIELD, DAYTON, OH, USA For what was this used?
  2. I think his gassing may be the key to this. The 353rd stayed in Germany around Waxweiler, Prum, Niederprum, etc. until May of 1919. At that time, they came home on the USS Leviathan. So, your soldier definitely wasn't still physically with the 89th when he left France. Interestingly enough, the 37th came home in March of 1919. The HQ units of the 37th show an exact date of arrival..... 3/23/1919. This matches your James Spott's arrival to the day! I bet if we researched it, we would find some of the 37th coming home on the Aquitania. The documentation that I can find on the 37th's units shows them going to Camp Sherman in Ohio to be discharged. So it appears your Wag. Spotts was not slated to stay with them by the Camp Funston note on his billet. Here is my guess. It is very possible that once Wag. Spotts condition improved enough to leave the hospital (in France), he may have been temporarily assigned to the 145th for his transport to the US. Once stateside, he was sent to the cantonment nearest to his home, hence Camp Funston being on his card. My Grandfather and his cousin were in the 353rd. His cousin came home early too due to gassing (April I think)....and he too was sent to Camp Funston to be discharged. Hope this gives you some leads. Shannon
  3. Buckle and color look to be WWI or 1920's vintage. The strap itself is very much like a shotgun pouch strap, but the buckle is attached and the attachments themselves are reinforced with studs. Perhaps a variant or a strap for something else. 1" wide and approx. 3' 10" long when fully extended.
  4. Collectors have long questioned where "Patch King" came up with the large sunflower patch that was listed as being from the 89th Division. Look at the picture below. You will see a sunflower patch on the cap of one of the 89th's 353rd infantry members. He is to the viewers right and holding the hand of the girl. This photo was taken in 1919 outside a dance hall in Germany. I have seen this type of hand-made felt patch in 353rd groups, but never attached to anything....I therefore didn't know where they wore them. Now, I believe we know of at least one spot.
  5. I saw this post quite some time ago but had nothing to add. I am a collector of 353rd items and rec'd this photo not too long ago. It was taken in 1919 outside of a dance hall in Germany. As I looked closely at it, I remembered this post and I think it answers the question. If you look at the hat of the soldier holding the lady's hand, you will see that he is wearing the sunflower patch on his hat...and it appears to be just like the one from Curly's Grandfather Harold S. Sutton.
  6. I am a WWI collector and rec'd a pair of these in the mail from a friend. I don't have the references on hand...or the back strength to sit in front of the computer long enough to ID them. I'm sure someone will know the ID at first glance.
  7. I just found a post listed below with this Photo. Members believe it to be WWI era. Back looks just the same too. 3rd Army bullion patchStarted by ghost, Mar 19 2011 04:47 AM
  8. I have seen patches on WWI era unifroms made like this...tight, handwoven borders with bullion A's that don't extend all they way to the border. However, I have also seen Post WW2 Patches that look very similar. Opinions?
  9. Can anyone confirm that the "G" in the middle of the WWI 19th Division stands for "GLOAMING".....the old English word for Dusk or Twilight. As the division was called the Twilight Division, it seems possible. Thanks Shannon
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