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American Doughboys from an unknown unit enjoy a concert on the deck of an unidentified homeward bound troop ship in 1919.

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Banjo strumming seems to be the preferred form of musical entertainment below decks on this homeward bound troop ship circa 1919.

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Cool topic! My Uncle's Step-GGrandfather was the Band Master for the 147th NYNG for over 20 years! No picture, but they still have his gold 20 year service badge. :)

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This is a WW1 era yardlong for the HQ Company 324th FA taken at Camp Sherman Ohio. The yardlong is in rather poor condition. It looked like all the musicians are all on the left so I keyed in on that area:

 

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Another yardlong for the 83rd Division Troop.

 

Neither are in frames and I think I need to get them flattened out and framed or move them to someone else who will.

Nonetheless, they are neat photos!

 

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21st Infantry Regiment soldier with guitar, Schofield Barracks mid 1930's. He's also weaing a Sembler Gemsco 21st Inf. athletic patch on his sweater.

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21st infantry bandsman in barracks with Banjo

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Bugle Corps - 1st US Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, T.H. around 1911. They were posted to Hawaii after the Philippine Insurrection.

 

 

US 1st Infantry marching band, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1914

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The regimental band of the 322nd Infantry, 81st Division, with some French fans of the "Wildcat" Division in the background.

 

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Early WW 1 or pre-1917 bugler wearing either the 1909 mounted or cavalry cartridge belt.

 

Really nice Cavalry bugler photo, love the belt and sling detail.

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Regular Army or National Guard infantry circa 1911-ish. One of whom is an accordionist? - an accordion player? - uh, what about musician?

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I placed a substantial bid on this eBay offering of a pair of IV Corps buglers, but alas it wasn't high enough. However, I downloaded the seller's scan as my prize for participating.

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Regular Army or National Guard infantry circa 1911-ish. One of whom is an accordionist? - an accordion player? - uh, what about musician?

 

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Somehow I missed this image when I was going through my photos looking for military musicians.

 

It looks like a squad photo, one of whom is a bugler (lower left corner). The date is likely 1917, despite the pre-1910 rifle cartridge belts and either 1910 or 1914 pattern canvas leggings.

 

Their clothing is comprised of an eclectic collection made up of flannel shirts, woolen service coats, and one each of an overcoat, 1911 service sweater, and a non-regulation cardigan sweater.

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Close up of the squad bugler, his short field bugle, and its regulation russet leather sling.

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