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100th Division Collection - WWII

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My latest small finds -

 

2 patches - one greenback I found on Ebay and another regular one that I picked up at a show last weekend. I can't help myself when I see them for $2 or less, even though I already have a couple dozen.

 

A post war era (50's or early 60's?) clutch back 398th regiment DUI, made by Wiedmann.

 

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My latest find is a 373rd Field Artillery trench art ash tray that I picked up at the Bay State Militaria show this morning. A rarity that I am able to find anything linked to the 100th Division at a local show, so I'm pretty excited to add this to my collection.

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A plain Ike jacket I've had for a while named to Daniel Lucero, who served in G Company, 397th Infantry Regiment.

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The inside of the Lucero jacket;

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Here is another 100th Division Ike jacket I've had for a few years now.

 

This one is unfortunately not named and I've kept it exactly as I got it. It has theater made DUI's, a bullion 7th Army patch and a rare German-made 3 piece enamel ribbon bar. The CIB is not WW2, but is 1970's era.

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A few 100th Division khaki shirts I've had for a while. One is an regulation officers shirt

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Here is an unnamed 398th regiment Ike jacket that I recently acquired from a fellow forum member.attachicon.gif20190514_184257-604x805.jpg

 

I was able to ID this jacket, as it came with both a khaki shirt and pants that both had the same laundry numbers. Through the laundry number I was able to match the regiment roster to a Donald Peters who serviced with the 398th. The shirt and pants were purchased with the jacket.

 

From Mr. Peters service record, I was able to confirm he served with the 398th from the time they arrived in France until February 1945 when he arrived back in the US after being hospitalized for injuries suffered from trench foot. While in the US he served with 5th Service Command in Ohio where he was from until he was honorably discharged at the end of the war. His records also showed he received the CIB and even included the documentation of receiving the bronze star conversion in the 1980's, so that explains the newer looking ribbon bar. So everything matched up to the best of my knowledge, even though the Ike jacket has a different laundry number in it.

 

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Here are the shirt and pants that go with the Ike jacket in the previous post;

 

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A few of the 1994 Century Division Yearbook/Pictorial Review books that I have. Two are in poor condition, but each is named to one of the Division vets and has dozens of signatures in the back that I think make them a unique and personal part of the collection.

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Here's a theater made (I think) felt 100th Division patch - it's on an enlisted man's overcoat.

 

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Looking for older Virginia Military Institute items: insignia, uniforms, cadet sabers, documents, and groupings belonging to VMI alumni.

Also interested in Virginia Reserve Militia (VRM) uniforms and insignia, or other items of general Virginia interest.

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3 hours ago, VMI88 said:

Here's a theater made (I think) felt 100th Division patch - it's on an enlisted man's overcoat.

Nice patch! Looks like bullion as well, definitely theater made. I don't think I've seen many theater made patches on overcoats, usually just Ike jackets. Thanks for sharing!

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My most recent pick up - an Acme press photo of the famous shot of 100th Division hanging the US flag over a street in Bitche, France on 3/17/45.

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Back of photo with description;

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Here is a small unnamed grouping I received today as a gift from a generous fellow forum member. The kit was found with 2 patches in it, along with a 100 Marks Allied currency bill.

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My latest addition to my collection is of a scrapbook grouping to Pfc. James DiLorenzo, who served in Company I in the 397th Infantry Regiment. 

 

Included in the grouping are;

  • 2 letters he wrote home in August 1945 while the division was in Stuttgart, Germany on occupation duty. The letters discuss the recent end of the war with the Japan, his recent involvement in the regiment band, his new role in the battalion instructing photography, and a list of items he wants his family to send him - including a bottle of Southern Comfort to replace the German schnapps he disliked.
  • A bunch of news articles from the period - some mentioning him or the division, others the war in general
  • 2 photos of women - maybe German or French - actresses maybe?
  • A few post cards from Marseille, France where the 100th landed in the ETO
  • Several photos of scenery and German soldiers, a couple of German units posing for group shots - most have German writing on the back and are dated from 1941
  • A few photos of himself
  • An old rose that was pressed into the book
  • A late 1945 newspaper special edition "History of World War II" that was printed throughout the country by various papers.
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Additional photos;

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Additional photos;

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Last group of photos;

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Here’s a couple of my 100th ID uniforms. Both are ID’d, the one with the felt backed CIB was from a vet that fought with the 63rd ID and was only transferred to the 399th infantry for demobilization.

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14 hours ago, ww2guymandude said:

Here’s a couple of my 100th ID uniforms. Both are ID’d, the one with the felt backed CIB was from a vet that fought with the 63rd ID and was only transferred to the 399th infantry for demobilization.
 

 

Thanks for sharing! Who is the 2nd Ike ID'd to? The collar disk appears to be for engineers, but the DUI aren't for the 325th Engineer Battalion that was part of the 100th.

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Thanks for sharing! Who is the 2nd Ike ID'd to? The collar disk appears to be for engineers, but the DUI aren't for the 325th Engineer Battalion that was part of the 100th.

It’s ID’d to T/5 Armando T. Chiuchiolo, 100th QM. Not sure on the brass either but everything else adds up.

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Maybe he transferred right before heading home but kept the DI of his combat unit (they appear to possibly be German made?). Guess the only way to know for sure would be to try to get a copy of his records. It's a nice jacket, and from a local MA guy too.

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