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Lets more of these 20s-30s, and I guess PRE Dec 7 DIs. It will be a tuffy, but fun, just like the Post The Patch Type Crest Being Worn topic, never thought that would go to those many pages, 10 Pages now to date :D .

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Ah yes, Col Harry S. Truman when he was CO of the 379th Field Artillery Regiment 102nd Division, too bad we can't see if Harry is wearing an Ozark Division patch, Truman was in the NG pre and during WWI, but switches for whatever reason to the Reserves post WWI.

 

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2nd Lieutenant Maximiano Saqui Janairo 14th Engineer (PS), Philippine Division circa 1931, Maximiano Saqui Janairo was West Point 1930.

 

Highlights of his career.

  • Chief engineer with the Philippine Army in 1941
  • Captured by the Japanese in April 1942
  • Survived the Bataan Death March
  • Prisoner of War in Camp O’Donnell
  • Escaped while being transferred to a hospital for malaria and dysentery
  • Joined the guerrilla units fighting the Japanese occupation
  • Served in Korea during the Korean War
  • Served with NATO in Paris
  • Retired as a colonel, stationed at the engineer school at Fort Belvoir
  • Awarded Leigon of Merit “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from 8 December 1941 to 9 April 1942”
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Col. Earle L. Lewis served as the commander of the 109th Engineer Regiment from its founding in 1923 until his death on 17 September 1941. Col. Lewis suffered a fatal stroke during the famed Louisiana Maneuvers, the series of war games that tested the organizational structure and fighting capabilities of National Guard and regular Army units prior to their World War II deployment, mostly to the European theater. COL Lewis joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1903 and saw duty along the Mexican border and in Europe during World War I. The 109th was first established as a battalion of engineers in 1921, with then Maj. Lewis in command. By 1923 the Army authorized expansion of the 109th to a full regiment.

 

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A gem of a Find, the Great Marty Maher of West Point in the late 1920s wearing the United States Military Academy DI's in the original spot behind the collar discs. by the light color of the shield it may be Yellow, though the photo development as in those days might be playing havoc with us again as we've seen in the past, and the color may be Blue or Black.

 

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This a still from a 1927 film called Rookies, we see a DI behind the discs as was worn in the very beginning, even on the old choaker collar coats before the new M1926's came out. Believe this is a 3rd Division patch seen on these guys, but very hard to make out, as is the DI which we clearly see, perhaps a 38th Infantry??? or perhaps one entirely not associated with the 3rd Division???. In any event a great period view of the way these were worn in the beginning in the mid 1920s.

 

 

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5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division late 1920s, note the flat sold gilt cap device and collar discs, and there we go again with the marksmanship badge not centered on the pocket flap, seems to have the common spot in so many cases right, as was the pinning above the flap where the ribbons would be (Foto posted by another member before, Forgot who :()

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