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  1. For some reason Speidel's surname is miss-spelled on the medal (Spiedel) but correctly spelled in the citation.
  2. It's actually the collar brass for uniforms worn by students at Mount Sacred Heart, a Catholic boys school (1940-87, now it's co-ed) in San Antonio, Texas. The school has a web site with more information if you're interested. The standard collar brass consisted of the "M.S.H." and Infantry branch. I was a student there from 1952 to 1960 and still have one set of my collar brass and a SSI. According to the school's web site, students still wear uniforms but, judging from the images on the school's website and the web site of their uniform supplier, there is no longer any collar insignia or rank.
  3. I should amend that by adding, Army campaign medals.
  4. The small-lettered PR Occupation medals are the rarest of the numbered/attributable campaign medals.
  5. The piece appears to be an 8" self-propelled gun carriage which makes some sense since artillery units were based in Ulm. What's surprising about this krug (it's not a "stein") is that it's named to an enlisted man, they're almost always named to an officer. Is there a lithopane in the bottom?
  6. No. 2946 was issued to Joseph R. Jefferis, veteran 13th Cav, on 18 Mar 1916. Any other prefixed or unprefixed number is unattributable.
  7. The 151st FA Bde (301st, 302nd, 303rd FA Regts, 301st TM Battery) was detached from the 76th Division on arrival in France, and then trained and operated separately for the remainder of the war. From 2 to 11 Nov 1918 the 151st FA (less the 301st FA Regiment and 301st TM Btry) was attached to the French II Colonial and then the French XVII Corps' in the St. Mihiel sector in Lorraine, thus earning entitlement to the DS clasp. The only other 76th Div units to earn combat clasps were the 301st Engr Regt which participated in the actual St. Mihiel offensive, 12-16 Sep, as corps troops (St. Mihiel and DS clasps) and the 301st FS Bn which occupied the Marbache sector in Lorraine 25 Sep to 11 Nov 1918 (DS clasp).
  8. IW No. 134 LTC (ret.) Ezra R. Fuller IW No. 835 SGT Thomas Farrel, Trp G, 4th Cav, issued on 22 Dec 1908
  9. The black cardboard tube which is holding the flag's staff has a label on it which indicates it's a gift from the city of New York to the Pilgrim. You can barely see the label in the image, only half of it is visible. I have no idea about its true value. They are sometimes seen on eBay in various states of preservation (frequently poor) with extravagant claims by sellers about rarity. This one appears to be in much better shape than average. I bought one eight years ago for $5 because it was poorly described and I was the only bidder. I've also seen them offered for starting prices all over place well in excess of $5. It would be worth more as part of an attributable group to an identifiable mother/widow.
  10. Squadron A, 1st NY Cavalry was entitled to the MBSM having served on the border at McAllen, TX, 14 Aug to 15 Dec 16. An interesting unit, it was based on Manhattan, became the 105th MG Bn during WW I.
  11. Yes, about three years ago. They're contained in a large glass display case, each medal is loose. The NDU library has a number of other GOs' medals and ephemera but Taylor's is by far the largest and most impressive.
  12. Taylor's medals (to include the foreign awards) are on display at the National Defense University Library, Special Collections Branch, Fort McNair, Washington, DC. McNair's medals used to be on display in the Fort McNair Officers Club, now closed except for special events.
  13. The firm is Lauterstein's, a uniform/military accouterments company in San Antonio, TX. The city used to have one large Army installation and five Air Force bases, a large clientele base. There were many of these firms in SA at one time: Sol Frank, Sugarman's, etc. The bulk of their business was tailor-made officers uniforms but they also sold caps, insignia, custom-made ribbon pads, miniature medals -- virtually everything you would need. I believe most of them are now long gone.
  14. The uniform fabric is most likely "elastique," a form of wool.
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