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A.E.F First Army Shoulder Sleeve Insignia 1918 to 1919


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Here is a great photo I just picked up. Can't make out the patch on the right sleeve. Thoughts. I figure he was a member of the 51st, 52nd, or 5rd Artillery CAC based on service chevrons.... Other observations

 

3 star ribbon as well. Could be a larger star in middle of ribbon???

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world war I nerd

Nice pick up Brock. Glad you got it and equally glad that you posted it. Presumably, he's wearing a CAC collar disc?

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The Coast Defence Study Group has information on-line about which Coast Artillery companies formed the various Coast Artillery regiments.

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Edelweisse

Hi:  Here is a picture of my Grandfather who served with 60th Coastal Artillery Corps (CAC) Battery "D" in St. Mihiel and Argonne offensives.  He's wearing the 1st Army Artillery shoulder patch upon his return to CONUS....his picture was found in a yard long provided by another collector of this forum. 

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Hello all,

 

Recently I was looking through some of my 1st Army variations.  Here is the uniform of Stephen Fagerli of the 68th Artillery CAC Battery A.  Yes, the patch is in terrible shape but it's silk and only the 2nd one I have seen like this.  What was interesting about my recently inspection is the outline of a patch that was sewn on to the uniform.   I tried to draw the outline and of course thought it might be a rating patching but the spike is what I don't recognize.   Thoughts???

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Wow! Didn't even notice that before.  I wonder if he had SGT stripes on both sleeves at one point? Or perhaps one of the pre-war CAC rating patches? 

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trenchfighter

Great discussion topic and very informative!  Enjoyed reading and viewing all of the various patches.

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Hello all,

 

Well I bought this tunic on ebay.  Great condition, albeit many of the buttons were removed.  What is interesting is the ID vs. insignia.  the name looks like "Prt. Chas Sorenson Co L 36 inf."

 

But the insignia tells an entirely different story.  Could be Coast Artillery/Field Artillery but not sure at this point.  The coat came out of a Central Nova Scotia estate. No reason to think that patches are wrong or added later.  The 1st Army patch does differ from the cross stitch on the other patches but looks period, as fading can be seen under patch in small section that is loose(my fault).  Also, you would think that the buttons would have been sewn on as well if someone wanted to dress it up.  Thoughts.  Nice small cross section under service chevron. 

 

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Neat coat Brock! The ribbon is for the VFW medal, commonly found on WWI coats.  Is the 1st A patch cross stitched on like the other patches?  

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repbrock

No cross stitch on 1st army patch. But I can see through a small portion of the patch where fading is apparent, so looks like patch is period. 

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I've posted a few variant First Army patches for your great article.  Did you happen to see me post on an odd North Russian grouping?

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Marchville1918

adding to the confusion, the 36th Inf regiment was part of the 12th Infantry Division.....and never left the US.  I have seen cases where coats were reissued and units or names were to a previous owner. I have a coat marked to the 327th FA that had air service insignia for a construction company. I bought it at an estate sale so I'm certain it is original condition.

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