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  1. Chris - This patch is for the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center (AIC) at Issoudun, France...not 3rd Air Park. Any aero Cockade patch with superimposed numbers are for the various AICs run by the American Air Service. Attached is a period article explaining the patch & when it was authorized. - Chuck
  2. Chris - No doubt it's a center piece to my EM aviator collection -Chuck
  3. I should also add the portrait was taken overseas... The ribbons (I'm guessing) are California NG related. There's also an SSI on the left shoulder, but it's too difficult to tell from the angle. I suppose a good possibility is the ASM patch.
  4. Hey Chris. I own this photo. It's ID'd on back to a Charles Souza Here's what I got on Sgt. Souza: Born: Charles Richard Souza DOB: 10.4.96 (California) DOD: 7.5.61 (buried in Bloomington, California) He original enlisted in the California National Guard on February 1, 1916 and then transferred to the Air Service to serve with the 15th Company, 3rd Air Service Mechanics Rgt. until discharge on July 17, 1919. He never received a commission, but opted to remain a flying NCO during his aviation service. -Chuck
  5. Yeah...that's one of those eureka moments that we all know and cherish in the hobby. I was very fortunate to stumble upon a similar studio image of Kindley, but wearing a visor cap. Thank you for that opportunity, Brennan! -Chuck
  6. Not this guy. Sorry David... I certainly would like to see one though! -Chuck
  7. Another aviation portrait for this excellent thread...and further illustration of what I was talking about above. Here's cadet Robert J. Barron. He died in 1917 while trying to rescue two other cadets that went into the water. Barron Field was named in his honor... Note the collar insignia. Same configuration as my last example: both EM collar disc & that early pattern officer's aviation collar pin. Unfortunately, the cap is turned just enough that we can't see the insignia, if any at all. I supposed I need to research further when the Air Service came out with that white cap band for cadets, as we now have two examples of known cadets not wearing them.
  8. Yes, I believe it's the typical officer pin-back insignia. This seems standard for the pre-war/early war period. I have at least one other image that I date to the same time period as the one above...and both EMs have that same cut out insignia on the cap & collar. Sometime during the war & thereafter, they went to the EM screw post insignia that we're all familiar with. Could this be an indication this guy was a would-be officer? I know they usually wore a thick white cap band at the crown to show they were an aviation cadet.
  9. Damn, John, you're wowing me with some insanely rare photos... Like Eric, I've never seen any USSLS portrait before. The 82nd Chaplain is a given as that's my alma mater Here's another unusual one. This combination of collar insignia is not often seen, if ever. Note the use of both EM & officer aviation insignia. That pattern collar device with the superimposed wings is an early Aviation design which was short lived (ca.1917/18). He also wears an officer variant cap insignia. -Chuck Al - Your Italian Front medic was equally impressive...thanks!
  10. Man, you guys are killing it! Great photos!!! Here's one I've posted years ago in a different thread: An American aviator posing in a Foggia, Italy studio. Note he wears Italian aviation wings instead... He's also wearing the early collar insignia configuration (USR/Signal Corps). Aviators would soon replace the USR/SC collar devices with a standard "US" + a winged prop in place of the crossed signal flags.
  11. WWI Nerd - Here's another example of the Tissot gas mask being worn by a Poilu that I found on the internet: -Chuck
  12. Can you share a scan or two for reference? I'm trying to get a visual of the different materials used... Thanks! -Chuck
  13. Thanks Kevin! That is just the information I was looking for to help set me straight on the issue. I'd like to think we're all missing a simple piece to the puzzle...that the military hierarchy in all of its anal retentiveness...could fail to document serial numbers on valor awards, especially the Silver Star.
  14. In my humble opinion, what makes this patch extremely rare is it's one of the little known squadron insignia of a unit who flew active combat missions. Also, I've collected WWI aviation photos for many years and have never seen a marked fuselage bearing this black cat. Very cool! “A black cat wearing a broad grin and decorated with a large bow neck-tie made of an American flag. The 248th Aero Squadron was a Corps Observation squadron. It was assigned to the 7th Corps Observation Group, 1st Army, on September 10, 1918, and reached the Front at Luxeuil on September 19th. It was engaged in operations in the Vosges Sector.” The above was from an entry in the March 1920 issue of the “Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine". It is the very reference that appears in any books covering WWI Aero Squadron insignia.
  15. Would I be correct in saying this is a 1932 BBB Co. contracted silver star? Does that help with a time frame? Early recipient?
  16. A good evening to all. Here's something I just purchased which is totally out of my area of expertise (WWI Aviation). This Silver Star looks legit...and I was wondering if there are any medal experts on the USMF who could help me research that serial number, #27486. I have done some preliminary research & do fully appreciate the gravity of my situation. I'm hoping of course that we will have better luck with identifying the recipient. PLEASE help me ID this Silver Star. Thank you! Sincerely, Chuck For what it's worth, the ribbon & brooch are long gone. Instead, it's been fastened to a leather necklace (by the looks of it, for a while now)
  17. here is a photo from a website when he was a Pilot during The Great War. Awesome portrait of Schauffler! Are my eyes deceiving me or is his collar insignia embroidered?
  18. Julie - Thanks for posting this link. I have an annotated copy done by a guy who served in the 3rd Photo Section (also part of the 2nd Army Air Service). I need to browse through it again since he probably made some notes on the 278th AS, one of the squadrons he served with in the AEF. - Chuck
  19. In my humble opinion, they are two different people. They both seem to have pronounced chins (maybe both have cleft chins), but all of the other facial features (eyes, ears, mouth...) appear to be different. None of these features change even with weight loss/gain. -Chuck
  20. Sadly no. The interwar period is a big gray area when it comes to determining values on discs. They only get a fraction of the $ when compared to WWI insignia. At least that's been my experience in dealing with WWI aviation discs.
  21. Jennings - any chance you can post a close up of the front & back to that aviation/US disc seen just above the Son in Service one? That looks a customized variation I haven't seen before. - Chuck
  22. That mfg mark looks legit to me...and no, it's quite uncommon to come across such discs. I only have two mfg marked ones in my collection (Robbins isn't one of them). As was pointed out by another member, your disc dates from the interwar period (probably early 20's).
  23. Brennan - That's a wonderful portrait at a bargain price....can't beat it! JAG - The Stinson studio portrait is superb. Such clarity...and the content is right up my alley Here's a recent pick-up: He's either an enlisted aviator (EM wings on his coat), an aviation mechanic (they flew often to troubleshoot aircraft), or a dispatch rider. I'm leaning towards aviation... -Chuck
  24. Terry - My condolences. As you've said, she's now pain free... God Bless, Chuck
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