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Here's the full picture of the first one I sent, and the one of them with their machine gun b75e83e52f8cd78d4d0470a49db4c30d.jpg

 

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HOLY CRUD, that is one fine photo of a grandpa! You know, we photo collectors clamor for this kind of portrait shot. It is a great one. Hold onto it for family and dear life (I'll give you a benjamin for it...JUST KIDDING!! KEEP IT, Protect it!!)

 

Do you know in what unit he served? MAW's memory is pointing toward a 5th Division MG unit.

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I hope Brennan doesn't mind me posting this image from his collection. These guys, posed in the same improvised studio (same MG?), I believe, were in the 88th Division

 

 

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MAW AND JAGJETTA: such a similar grouping of men in a photo is amazing , and a pleasant surprise also. Must've been a common picture for an MG crew to take, almost like a sports team haha. As for the picture, I know my grandparents have the originals in a safe place, as they have other historical memorabilia, and wherever they end up in the event of their passing, I will make sure they continue to be taken care of. It's amazing to have such a rich family history, my Poppy Nate (in the photos was quite a man. Only recently did my grandfather find the extent of his service in WWI. We have his trifold flag and discharge papers also.

 

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I hope this image doesn't stretch too far past the parameters of this thread topic. One of the two Marines in this photo is Harold E. Shipmaker who joined the Corps during the "Occupation Era" on June 10, 1920. In August 1920, he was assigned to the 43rd Company, 5th Regiment, but he wasn't in it long. By April 1921, he was in the 3rd Company (Signal), 1st Regiment. Later he was a prison guard at a Naval Station.

 

My eyes may be playing tricks on me, but the fellow on the left appears to be wearing a swivel holster marked "USMC" on the flap.

 

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Eric,

Nothing special? Hat is a great image! Just tally the "collector value: P17 tunic, forest green cal, EGA collar discs, 2nd Division patch, Marksman's badge.... pretty darn special! Thanks for showing that neat images like this exist.

 

John

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Eric,

What ribbons is he wearing?

Semper Fidelis, to all Marines past, present and future..

*Remembering CWO3 James Warren Maddox, USMC 1957-2018*

LOOKING FOR EARLY USMC CHEVRONS & RANK INSIGNIA, COMPETITIVE MARKSMANSHIP AWARDS, RECRUITING MATERIALS AND POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, PENNANTS, SIGNATURES, EARLY NUMBERED CAMPAIGN MEDALS, PRE-1900 USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, USMC ENGRAVED NAVY MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL, ANY MATERIALS RELATED TO 1ST BATTALION 9TH MARINES OR ANY OF THE THREE SHIPS BEARING THE NAME "USS MADDOX".


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The ribbons are WW I Victory Medal, Inter-Allied Victory Medal & VFW Medal. Of the three ribbons, only the the Victory Medal was authorized. The inter-Allied Medal was sold overseas and the VFW medals were also either awarded or purchased overseas after becoming a member of that organization.

 

The two latter ribbon bars are commonly seen pinned onto service coats and in period photos. Most Marines & Doughboys acquired them in order to "dress up" their service coats for the parades back home.

 

At some point in 1919, orders were issued, banning the unauthorized ribbons and inspections were held on the homeward bound troopships in which all unauthorized insignia & ribbons were stripped. However, as soon as the men were released from service the frowned upon ribbons & insignia reappeared.

 

Those three ribbons, along with the American Legion Medal ribbon were probably the most common group of ribbons worn by returning Marines & Doughboys.

 

PS, the multi-striped ribbon,showing the colors of the Allied nations is the Inter-Allied Victory ribbon & the blue, red, white & yellow ribbon is the VFW ribbon.

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Ahh that's what I thought.. looked like the first one was Victory medal but the other two I had no idea on! Thanks!

Semper Fidelis, to all Marines past, present and future..

*Remembering CWO3 James Warren Maddox, USMC 1957-2018*

LOOKING FOR EARLY USMC CHEVRONS & RANK INSIGNIA, COMPETITIVE MARKSMANSHIP AWARDS, RECRUITING MATERIALS AND POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, PENNANTS, SIGNATURES, EARLY NUMBERED CAMPAIGN MEDALS, PRE-1900 USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, USMC ENGRAVED NAVY MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL, ANY MATERIALS RELATED TO 1ST BATTALION 9TH MARINES OR ANY OF THE THREE SHIPS BEARING THE NAME "USS MADDOX".


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A Great War Sailor, with an ID.

 

 

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Second boy, William Edward Sheehan, served his country in World War I as a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force at the U.S Naval base Cardiff, Wales. Great Britain. The base was established in September, 1918, and was tasked with duties to supervise the shipment of coal to France. The coal was used by American troop transports at the Le Havre, Brest and other ports on the Bay of Biscay. He was there with over 1,758 American officers and 4,101 American seamen. William was part of the effort that allowed the delivery of over 96,000 tons of coal utilizing 53 colliers operated by the United States Naval Overseas Transport Service.

 

 

 

 

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Donald L Stoneking worked for the Postal Service at APO 911. He was a member of the 319th Field Signal Battalion.

 

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1st Lt. (Chaplain) Harry Dubois Southard, photographed when attached to HQ Detachment, 323rd MG Battalion (83rd Division)

 

In 1919, he transferred to American Embarkation Center, LeMans, France and when he left France later that year, he is listed as “Chaplain, 1st US Engineers (reinforced by a 1920 listing in the Directory of US Chaplains that shows him as Chaplain (Lt), 1st US Engineers, Camp Dix, NJ..

 

In 1924, he traveled to Panama aboard the St. Mihiel and is listed as the "Transport Chaplain"

1924-Feb 21. On First Class passenger list of St Mihiel from New York to Panama. Listed as “Transport Chaplain.” A year later, when sailing from New York to San Francisco, he is listed with the rank of Captain.

 

In 1928, he and his wife, Rilla, sailed to Chinwangstan, China, though it appears not on military business, as Southard's status is listed as "LEAVE.".

 

By 1943, Southard held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the chief chaplain of the Third Service Command.

 

He died in 1973 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with his wife, Rillla.

 

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Fascinating images, Eric! I really love the Army of Occupation Marine photos. What an interesting chapter of the "Marines in Europe" story.

 

And an ARMY doctor assigned to the 5th Marines? WOW. Glad there is a photo to support it, cuz I probably would have never believed--that's why I love old photos so much--hard to fake the history in a period image!

 

Thanks for taking the time to post these. I really enjoyed looking at these.

 

HEY, Patches! Some fine additions. I thought you did a nice job putting the history on the sailor. USN images is an "under collected" area of WWI photography, and I am not sure why. There are lots of research possibilities (sailors lists and ship / station histories) that should make it a satisfying area to collect. Your bio of William Sheehan is a good example of that.

 

JAG

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John Ellsworth Double of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, went to France as a member of Co. C, 56th Pioneer Infantry. When he left France in June 1919, he was part of the HQ Company of the 56th, probably around the time this photo was taken in Germany showing him wearing a Army of Occupation patch and MP brassard.

 

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A rather rough condition French studio photo of two soldiers, one of whom is Lot Hudkins of Spencer, West Virginia.

 

Lot was a member of Company M, 5th Marine Regiment, 2nd Division.

 

 

 

If you look close, he has a British pattern gas mask bag and a canteen cover with eagle snaps.

 

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Man, you guys are killing it! Great photos!!!

 

Here's one I've posted years ago in a different thread:

 

An American aviator posing in a Foggia, Italy studio. Note he wears Italian aviation wings instead...

 

He's also wearing the early collar insignia configuration (USR/Signal Corps). Aviators would soon replace the USR/SC collar devices with a standard "US" + a winged prop in place of the crossed signal flags.

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WWI Aero Squadron items such as insignia, uniforms & my favorite- PHOTOS! Will purchase or work out a possible trade

HIGHLY SOUGHT- Anything related to the AEF Photo Sections or 85th,258th & 278th Aero Squadrons.

To be alone, to have your life in your own hands, to use your own skill, single-handed, against the enemy. It was like the lists of the Middle Ages, the only sphere in modern warfare where a man saw his adversary and faced him in mortal combat, the only sphere where there was still chivalry and honour. If you won, it was your own bravery and skill; if you lost, it was because you had met a better man
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Man, you guys are killing it! Great photos!!!

 

Here's one I've posted years ago in a different thread:

 

An American aviator posing in a Foggia, Italy studio. Note he wears Italian aviation wings instead...

 

He's also wearing the early collar insignia configuration (USR/Signal Corps). Aviators would soon replace the USR/SC collar devices with a standard "US" + a winged prop in place of the crossed signal flags.

To everyone who has posted, I agree with Chuck, these are excellent images!

 

 

Chuck, you know I love those Foggia photos! Very unusual that he is still wearing his campaign hat.

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Between the incredible portrait photos posted by John, Chuck, Eric and Brennan, I'm surprised there are any cool shots left out there for the rest of us to find---I don't recall if I have shared this here before---a medic from the Italian campaign....

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