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This came to me about 5-6 years ago with a bag full of old unifomr items. I almost threw this away but just couldn't bear to throw a 1919 uniform out. Instead, I tossed it into a large Rubbermaid bin with some other ratty uniform items that I was going to decide whether to keep or toss it.

 

I was looking through the bin again yesterday and looked this one over again. It's badly moth eaten in several places and is missing three of the four main buttons. Someone has also cut the overseas chevrons off. the only thing left is a pair of tarnished sterling Captain's bars. As I said, the only reason I hesitated tossing it was because it had a French tailor's label in it. The breeches are in even worse shape.

 

In the small watch pocket of the breeches I found a faded and crumpled laundry receipt to William J. Cullen. The blouse has WJC very faintly written on the lip of the inside pocket. Only two shots would fit. I'll follow up with another post with the last two. View it and weep! crybaby.gif

 

Anyway, here's the blouse (what's left of it).

 

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That would be too cool! w00t.gif

Looking for for 37th Division

VietNam and earlier Special Forces &

USS Hemminger DE 746 items

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Why not contact an archivist who is a specialist in textiles? They could have some tips on how to stabilize the garment, as well as provide contacts for restorers.

 

There is a recent post on one of the forums, maybe this one, that provides the name of a company that reweaves.

 

If you are inclined to preserve the garment, you might just want to take steps to prevent further damage. On the other hand, restoring the garment might be an interesting project.

 

While the attitude of most collectors of militaria and antiques in general is to leave items as they are....and that is generally the "right" attitude most of the time...there are times when restoration makes sense. This might be one of those times.

 

I have seen ground dug artifacts that are so badly folded and damaged the finders contemplated trashing them...only to see them later restored by a competent craftsman. There are a number of these specialized restorers and their work is nothing short of amazing.

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I agree with Horsa. If this is the same Cullen, it's an important piece of military history and deserves to be restored both with regards to the fabric as well as the insignia. I bet you are sure glad you didn't pitch it now. :huh:

Looking for for 37th Division

VietNam and earlier Special Forces &

USS Hemminger DE 746 items

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

See my FB sales page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1928884587130681/pending/

 

 

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I am in total agreement with Horsa and 37thguy. If this is indeed the same Cullen, it needs to be preserved....and as quick as possible before further detoriation occurs. Very impressive piece!

Arch

Always looking for US and foreign militaria from the Central American wars circa 1970-1990

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I am in total agreement with Horsa and 37thguy. If this is indeed the same Cullen, it needs to be preserved....and as quick as possible before further detoriation occurs. Very impressive piece!

Arch

 

I have already provided it with safer and more respectful storage than the wadded up bag of old clotinng items it was in and will begin to look at what it will take for a restoration project.

 

By the way, I got the bag of uniform items this blouse was in from an older lady named Michaela (sp) Cullen. At the time, I knew very little about the details fo the Lost Battalion fight and I didn't know the names of any of the notable participants, so the name "Cullen" really didn't trigger any "red flags" with me. Live and learn, I guess.

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I have already provided it with safer and more respectful storage than the wadded up bag of old clotinng items it was in and will begin to look at what it will take for a restoration project.

 

By the way, I got the bag of uniform items this blouse was in from an older lady named Michaela (sp) Cullen. At the time, I knew very little about the details fo the Lost Battalion fight and I didn't know the names of any of the notable participants, so the name "Cullen" really didn't trigger any "red flags" with me. Live and learn, I guess.

 

We do know that his highest rank was Captain in WWI:

 

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But at the 1958 reunion it was reported:

 

"CULLEN, WILLIAM J.-H Co., 308th-2266 Palmer Avenue, New Rochelle, N. Y.-William J. Cullen, who commanded Company H, 308th Infantry, on the left flank in the Lost Battalion position, is now residing in New Rochelle, N. Y., with his wife Alice and 'two charming daughters. Captain Cullen continued with the 308th lnf. in the Reserve, and then was called back in the service in World War II and served in the Second Service Command with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry, and is now retired w1th that rank. The Captain gets a big kick out of having everybody at the Reunion dinners "sound off" for the Lost Battalion."


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Why not contact an archivist who is a specialist in textiles? They could have some tips on how to stabilize the garment, as well as provide contacts for restorers.

 

There is a recent post on one of the forums, maybe this one, that provides the name of a company that reweaves.

 

If you are inclined to preserve the garment, you might just want to take steps to prevent further damage. On the other hand, restoring the garment might be an interesting project.

 

While the attitude of most collectors of militaria and antiques in general is to leave items as they are....and that is generally the "right" attitude most of the time...there are times when restoration makes sense. This might be one of those times.

 

I have seen ground dug artifacts that are so badly folded and damaged the finders contemplated trashing them...only to see them later restored by a competent craftsman. There are a number of these specialized restorers and their work is nothing short of amazing.

 

 

I wonder if you could have some matching iron-on patches made up with a glue that would release when ironed again....that way it might look better but if you wanted it original at a later date you could remove the patches

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you have me so envious right now pinch.gif im so happy a fellow forum buddy is going to preserve this great piece of history though. Take care of this Beauty nerv0003.giftwothumbup.gif

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Michael Sweeney--Researcher and Collector of WW2 77TH Division

If you have any named items to a 77th Division Soldier please contact me!!!

 

In memoroy of my Grandfather

Eugene Henry Sweeney

1st Lieutenant of the 306th

Infantry Regiment Company L -

Veteran of Guam and Leyte

 

 

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Hey USMCRECON,

 

I am VERY interested in this item! Contact me, will you? See my user name and you'll know why. Also visit www.lulu.com/lostbattalion and find out more. I have the largest Lost Battalion collection in the world.

 

You can get hold of me at laplander@earthlink.net

 

Rob

“To all officers:

Our mission is to hold this position at all costs.

No falling back.

Have this understood by every man in your command...”

Major Charles W. Whittlesey

October 3rd, 1918.

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Hey USMCRECON,

 

I am VERY interested in this item! Contact me, will you? See my user name and you'll know why. Also visit www.lulu.com/lostbattalion and find out more. I have the largest Lost Battalion collection in the world.

 

You can get hold of me at laplander@earthlink.net

 

Rob

 

PM sent.

Semper fi; Bill











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Not to hijack the thread, but to Rob aka "Lost Battalion Man". Post some of your goodies on here. I am dying to see some of them! Please start a thread.

95th ID, especially 379th in WWII. 561st SAW BN (signal air warning). Any WWII dispatch rider items. Always looking to buy these items.

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