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Full-length photographs of single soldiers almost always reveal an interesting array of detail regarding the uniform, equipment, insignia and weapons utilized by America's military men at any given time. Because of this, I thought it might be interesting to start a thread showing such photos depicting soldiers from the early part of the 20th century, i.e. from the Spanish American War through to the end of World War I.

 

Keep in mind that "full-length" means that the entire soldier from the bottom of his shoes (or boots) to the top of his head (or hat) should be included within the confines of the image.

 

Soldiers from all branches of America's armed forces (Navy, Marine Corps, Army, etc.) are welcome.

 

If you are able, please post the soldier's name (if known), the organization to which he (or she) belonged (if known) and the location or context of the photo (if known).

 

Thanks for participating & looking … World War I Nerd

 

I'll start things off, in no particular order, with a few images of my own ...

 

Up first is an image of Al Stajack of the Coast Artillery Corps (CAC).

 

What's interesting about this photo is the double insignia visible on the left sleeve. the insignia are comprised of a Mechanic's Chevron and a 2nd Class Gunner's Chevron - both of which were used by the CAC between 1904 and 1917. He's also wearing two non-regulation lapel pins above his left breast pocket, one shaped like an eagle and the other round. The resolution is such that neither pin can be identified. The only visible collar disc is the U.S. disc on the collar.

 

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This image of an unnamed corporal was labeled "El Paso, Texas, 1915 on its reverse side.

 

He's wearing 1911 Olive Drab Cotton Service Dress with an expert rifleman's badge and a pair of 1904 style russet shoes. I'm pretty sure that the ornamented chain dangling from the left breast pocket is a pocket watch fob.

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Very nice Eric. those are spectacular!

 

"Gabriel" (the only name present on the back of the image) is probably another WW I recruit at yet another unknown training camp circa 1917-1918. If it wasn't for the lift-the-dot canteen on his belt, I would swear that this photo was taken somewhere along the Mexican border in 1916.

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This image of "George Marrer", depicts an enlisted man circa 1907 to 1914 or so. He looks to be wearing a 1902 Dress Blue Uniform underneath his olive drab overcoat. The cuffs present on the overcoat identify it as either the 1907, 1909 or 1912 pattern overcoat.

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A nice image of a member of the 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Division. Written in the address section on the back of this real photo postcard is "H. H. Moulder". I'm not sure if this is the soldier's name, or perhaps, the person to whom this postcard was to be sent (the postcard was never used).

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Jack Howell was displaying as much panace as possible when he posed for this French made studio portrait. in it he's donned the so called "Pershing Tie", placed collar discs on the points of his shirt collar and opted to carry his cigarette in a swanky cigarette holder.

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The name, location, context, and date are also unknown for this one. Despite its lack of some vital information, the image does inform us as to what a typical enlisted man would have worn for garrison duty during a formal occasion that did not necitate wearing the full dress uniform circa 1912 to 1916.

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Scrawled on the reverse of this photo of an unamed AEF officer in France was :

 

"At Ease! Our unsoldierly soldiers. Le Geu' Lian France"

 

(Please note, that cursive script was used for the above, and the spelling of the French location was extremely difficult to accurately transcribe)

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