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US Soldiers In World War I

 
 
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Posted 11/11/2018   3:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I posted another thread elsewhere on a different WWI topic (http://goscf.com/t/64509), but I thought I'd start a thread on Americans in the war. I've often wondered about the doughboy in this RPPC; there's nothing on the back to identify him.





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The last post card is postmarked from Camp Greene near Charlotte, opened 7/20/27 and closed 6/30/19. Those dates may not coincide with the special cancels used there.
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I thought it was interesting that the year slug was inserted upside-down. I don't know whether that adds any premium as an error.
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Many future officers were trained in Plattsburg NY. Here's a postcard from the "CAMP OF INSTRUCTION" in Plattsburg. The "Plattsburg idea" was the forerunner of the modern day ROTC.

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GregAlex, upside down elements in machine cancel dials are common enough, therefore no premium. Similarly for "6"s used as "9"s, etc.
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Posted 11/13/2018   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MeadowviewCollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

I found one among my family's pictures--luckily the man's name was written on the back. I later learned he was a neighbor to my great-grandparents.

Unfortunately, I didn't scan it at the time I found it several months back and now I'm not sure where I placed it at.

-MV
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Posted 04/28/2019   3:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I picked this up last weekend. These appear to be U.S. officers, but I can't sleuth out any more details. It's a RPPC with nothing on the back.

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Posted 04/28/2019   11:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice historical cards!
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Card above: Probably not officers or at least, not all are. For one, the soldier second from left has corporal stripes on his shoulders. His hat also looks to have a taller crown than the rest.
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My grandfather in-law was Private Bernard Burch of Wadena, Minnesota. He is seen at age 30 in this postcard image from 1919, fourth from the left of the first standing row.

These are the Headquarters Company band of the 53rd Infantry Regiment, Sixth Infantry Division, U.S. Army American Expeditionary Force. Each man was awarded a battle ribbon for the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Bernie was a snare drummer, but like the other bandsmen, he became a stretcher bearer during battles. According to the reverse of the card, the image was taken in Cauterets, France, in the Pyrenees, close to France's border with Spain.

Bernie and the boys toured France while awaiting their turn for passage home on the SS Leviathan. Bernie passed away in 1985.
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