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WWII 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division Uniform and Medals


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These are a recent acquisition that holds a special place in my collection because of what the vet went on to do after WWII.

 

Born in Columbus, Georgia in 1921 Joseph D. Farish, Jr. soon came to Palm Beach, Florida with his attorney father who had just joined the Florida Bar. Joseph would later attend the University of Florida as a member of their ROTC program, finding himself part of the First Battalion of the UF Second Field Artillery Regiment. Graduating in 1942, Joseph was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 5th Field Artillery Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, remaining with them from North Africa to the end of the war, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain.

 

After the war Joseph went back to school and graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in the Fall of 1946, and joined his father’s practice in West Palm Beach. Joseph would go on to become one of the best trial attorneys in Florida, handling divorces for names like Pulitzer, Firestone, and Dodge, and garnering the respect of the legal community. He also championed the cause of veterans, especially after making a return trip to Normandy in 2004, even donating the land that would become the veteran’s cemetery in Palm Beach County. Joseph D. Farish died in 2010 at the age of 89, having left behind a legacy of service and philanthropy.

 

This is a special group to me, also an alumni of the University of Florida College of Law, and though I did not know Joseph Farish he helped better my profession in Florida after serving his country.

 

His group includes his uniform, photos taken overseas mostly in Belgium, his medals (including his Bronze Star and UDC Cross), insignia, his commission as a 1st Lieutenant, a history of the 1st Divison, and miscellaneous paper items.

 

A ROTC yearbook photo from 1942 (Farthest Right on the middle row):

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His uniform:

 

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Some papers and a 1st ID patch:

 

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Boxed campaign medals and photos:

 

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Artillery Position:

 

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What a beautiful uniform and great story, he must have been quite the man and saw a hell of a lot in the war. Love seeing legal professionals in action.

GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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Commission and more photos:

 

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Medals, insignia, and a wartime photo:

 

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1st Division History:

 

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Him in law school, 1946:

 

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