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Hotchkiss M1909 Benét–Mercié machine gun - 1st US Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1916

It was adopted by the United States in 1909 as the "Benét–Mercié Machine Rifle, Caliber .30 U. S. Model of 1909" firing the .30-06 cartridge.

 

Loader and Ammunition clips in crate

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Hotchkiss M1909 Benét–Mercié machine gun - 1st US Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1916

It was adopted by the United States in 1909 as the "Benét–Mercié Machine Rifle, Caliber .30 U. S. Model of 1909" firing the .30-06 cartridge.

 

Gunner and spotter

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Hotchkiss M1909 Benét–Mercié machine gun - 1st US Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1916

It was adopted by the United States in 1909 as the "Benét–Mercié Machine Rifle, Caliber .30 U. S. Model of 1909" firing the .30-06 cartridge.

 

Gun crew on the range

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1st US Infantry muster and field inspection, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1914 when they were still living in tents while their barracks was being built.

 

Two Joe's having a smoke at the mill entrance as a wagon drawn by mules approaches, tent camp laid out behind them

 

2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment camp at Ewa Mill, Oahu 1914

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The School of Fire - Schofield Barracks, H.T. Office of the Commandant

 

Here are some interesting 4th US Cavalry documents for several reasons. First off, the School of Fire "OFFICIAL" is rarely seen. Even more obscure is the unit of the Commandant, the 32nd US Infantry Regiment.

 

The 32nd Regiment was first organized on 7 August 1916, on Oahu, Hawaii from elements of the 1st and 2nd Infantry Regiments. At its activation, it was known as "The Queen's Own" Regiment, a title bestowed by the last queen of Hawaii, Liliuokalani.

During World War I, units of the 32nd Regiment were used to escort German prisoners of war being transferred to the United States from Hawaii (Mostly from the SMS GEIER, or "Vulture", which was interned in Honolulu and placed under guard by the 1st & 2nd Infantry Regiments as noted in earlier posts). On 20 July 1918, the 32nd was transferred to Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, where it became a part of the 32nd Infantry Brigade, 16th Infantry Division. A short time later, many of the Regiment's men were transferred to the 82nd Infantry Regiment and remained with this organization until it was demobilized in 1919.

 

Another item of note, the second document is signed by the Acting Commandant, a Captain from the African American 25th US Infantry Regiment then posted in Hawaii.

 

The Trooper is Sergeant James Custer of Troop M, the weapons troop, who completed the Machine Gun and Gas courses at the School of Fire.

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4th US Cavalry Color Guard, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1916

 

I'm guessing the standing collars are officers? It looks like the two have M1902 sabers on their saddles.


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