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Salvage Sailor

Aloha Everyone,

 

This is from my Schofield Barracks collection. In 1920 the US Army adopted the Private/Specialist rank structure that endured until 1942.

 

The Third US Engineers were posted to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Territory, in 1921 to improve the roads, cantonments, structures and any thing else that was required to house the new Hawaiian Division.

 

This is the roster of the Headquarter's and Service Company from their first Thanksgiving menu in 1921.

 

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A very nice piece from the early period after the army grade consolidation. It's interesting that the company has six M/Sgts and only one T/Sgt, showing how the technical branches generally fared better than the combat arms in the higher grades. It would be interesting to know the specialties of the private/specs, I'm guessing mostly mechanics and electricians.

 

Thanks for posting a nice historical example! Best regards,

 

Justin B.

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I noticed there are no second lieutenants listed on there. I thought they would have been commanding the platoons

 

In the line companies, probably, but this was the HQ company.

 

--Justin B.

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Salvage Sailor

Headquarters & Service Company 3rd Engineers yardlong

Hawaiian Division, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 1920

 

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Detail - Felt Taro Leaf SSI in use in 1920. 3rd Engineers DUI on stand up collars with disks

 

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Hawaiian Division Taro Leaf patch 001.jpg

 

Hawaiian Division Taro Leaf patch 002.jpg

 

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Detail - Musicians Cap Badges with 3rd Engineers SSI worn in center

Others around them with double disk or disk and DUI's on stand up collars

 

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Cap Detail - Musician Cap Badges with 3rd Engineer DUI

HQ & Service Company, 3rd Engineers Hawaiian Division

Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii 1920

 

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There's always one guy with a rakish hat.....

Single and Double collar disks

 

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Warrant Officer and First Shirt (also wearing MP/Road Guard leggings typical to Schofield Barracks)

 

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Detail - Footgear - Commissioned Officer - Warrant Officer - Master Sergeant - Master Sergeant

 

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Detail - Felt Taro Patches, Engineer Collar Disks, 3rd Engineers DUI

 

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Musician's Uniform 1920 with felt Taro SSI

Engineer collar disks, Musician's Badge with 3rd Eng DUI

 

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Detail Footgear - Three Sergeants, two wearing the white marked leather leggings typical to Schofield Barracks

This is the earliest example of these being worn in my photo archives.

 

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The Men Who Built Schofield Barracks (and Fort Shafter, Fort Ruger, Fort Kamehameha, Fort Derussy, etc)

 

3rd Engineers Honolulu

 

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Initially organized as the 3rd Battalion of Engineers, 25 March 1901, at Fort Totten, N.Y. The battalion was expanded August 1916 and reorganized as the 3rd Engineer Regiment with portions of it in the Philippines, Hawaii and Panama.

 

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In April 1921, the regiment assembled in Hawaii and became the engineer component of the Hawaiian Department/Division and the 3rd Engineers did most of the military construction on the Island of Oahu.

 

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3rd Engineers Company I Honolulu - Twin Brothers with a mascot

 

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BUTCH - U.S. 3rd Engineers Mascot, Schofield Barracks, T.H.

 

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His cap and jacket colors are probably alternating bright red and white

 

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Now them unit specific modified Band Cap Badges is a new one for me.  The 27th Inf Regt out shined the other regiments within the Division but this is a strong second place.

 

 

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Yep, but you had to be nice to the Engineers if you wanted to move out of your leaky tent into those nice new barracks quads

 

3rd Engineer Regiment insignia, Hawaiian Division, Schofield Barracks, T.H. 

 

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kiaiokalewa

Your addition on the Distinctive Insignia highlights the "Bordered Indented" featured on the Prism Sticks in both posts #20 & #21.  At first glance it almost appears as if local tribal tattoo motifs adorn the 3rd's surveying equipment.   Either way this addition is unique to the regiment.  

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