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Identified WWI US Model 1918 Uniform 82nd Infantry Division
Item #: WR737
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This is a US Model 1918 style winter uniform worn by the US Army during World War I. This 1918 tunic was made under contract by Zeeman & Grossman through the New York Depot Quartermaster Corps. It features the four pocket design with epaulets. The five button coat has the subdued US eagle buttons, with six smaller buttons of the same type for the pockets and epaulets. The coat size buttons are not back marked. The smaller buttons are all back marked "HE AUSTON CO PROVIDENCE RI". The coat is fully lined and has an inner pocket on the left side. Printed in ink on the inside of the jacket is LEWIS STANFORD BATTERY E.320 F.A. Inside the right sleeve there are three ink stamps. They read STANFO 5577, E L STANFORD and STANFORD. The left sleeve has a theater made 82nd Division patch sewn on. A red discharge stripe is sewn on below the 82nd patch. Above the left sleeve trim are two gold chevrons of bullion, indicating one year of overseas service. The right sleeve has no rank insignia sewn on it, as there was none for a Private. The left collar disc is the crossed cannons of the Artillery, with the letter E below the tubes. The right disc is the monogramed insignia of the United States National Guard Pinned. There are no medals, ribbons or qualification badges pinned above the left breast pocket. There are several small holes on the back of the tunic, around the right shoulder area. There is a quartermasters tag sewn on the back side of the right front pocket, but it is no longer legible. The trousers are in excellent condition, no stains, rips tears or repairs, just one small moth hole! Written in ink on the waist band is LEWIS STANFORD, along with the same three ink stamps found inside the right sleeve. Edward Lewis Stanford was born on 17 June, 1898 in Lodi, Mississippi. He joined the National Guard at Greenwood, Mississippi on 23 April, 1917 and was assigned to Battery C, 140th Field Artillery. Private Stanford served with the 140th Field Artillery until 18 July, 1918 when he was reassigned to Battery E, 320th Field Artillery, 82nd Division. The 320th Field Artillery played a key role in the All Americans battles at Lorraine, St. Mihiel and the Meuse Argonne region. Private Stanford was with Battery E during each of these engagements. His war time diary found in his tunic pocket details his movements with the unit, setting up the guns, establishing firing positions and names other personnel in the unit. There are actually two small documents, one pertains to the unit boarding ships and sailing to England, then on to France. He describes moving to the front in French rail cars. The other, larger one gives unit information during the battels he participated in. Both are missing a few pages it seems, and the larger one has insect or rodent damage along the bottom edge. Both are written in cursive in pencil, and are still very legible. This is a very nice example of a Model 1918 winter uniform worn by a member of Battery E, 320th Field Artillery Regiment of the 82nd Infantry Division, the All Americans! It will look great on a mannequin and really enhance your WWI collection!
Your Price $475.00 USD

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