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Old 1 June 2020, 09:10
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WWI Memorabilia Barn Find

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WWI Mess Kit etc.jpgLast week my sister was doing a major clean-up of a barn that used to belong to my Grandfather when she uncovered a trunk full of things he'd saved, to include some WWI items from his service with the 37th Infantry Division in France and Belgium. It has probably been about 50 years since I saw this stuff as a kid and I most remember the helmet.
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Old 1 June 2020, 09:17
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There was a box of mixed items that included old coins, buttons, bullets, a large shell fragment and things I can't identify. One item is a small piece of balsa wood. I remember my Grandfather telling me that it came from a crashed bomber. A few years ago I inherited his war diaries, and a paper that contained navigation notes from the bomber crew that he picked up the morning after they crashed. He was the clerk for the division MP company and used his typewriter to add details of the crash on the back side.
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Old 1 June 2020, 09:19
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Here are the navigation notes with his description of events.
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To put it simply, that is very cool and you are lucky to have them. True history in your hands.
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Old 1 June 2020, 09:25
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Also found was a box of newspapers with significant headlines. Here are a couple from WWII.
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Old 1 June 2020, 09:56
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A couple of more WWI items.
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Old 1 June 2020, 10:03
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One last newspaper headline. These war over headlines would have had extra importance as his son was a scout in the 24th Infantry Division then fighting in the Philippines. The division would have been part of the Japan invasion.
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Incredible. Even cooler with the personal history behind them.
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Those are really neat to see. The newspapers should go into a protective box, as they can break down pretty easily. The objects are very interesting and definitely worth making notes on so that the next generation knows exactly what they are/whose they were. Portable sewing kit and portable razor kit -- is it a Gillette set? Those were issued to the entire AEF and introduced a generation of young men to the new style of razor (not the straight razors).

What's next to the Keystone Eleven lock -- something with Uncle Sam and a doughboy. The long rectangle next to the cotter pin looks familiar too.
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Very cool.
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Great find..... protect them...
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Super cool! I want to know what the old key goes to :)
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Those are incredible. What are the items below the sewing kit picture?
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Old 1 June 2020, 21:45
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Shaving kit. Disassembled safety razor.
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What's next to the Keystone Eleven lock -- something with Uncle Sam and a doughboy. The long rectangle next to the cotter pin looks familiar too.
Here's a closer view. It appears to be a matchbook. Note the Navy button in the photo. He was transported back to the US on the battleship USS Montana. I'll assume he acquired the button as a souvenir. My Grandfather had a number of cartoon cutouts in his papers and I've added a few.

A couple of years ago I donated all of his diaries, photos and documents to the National World War I Museum in Missouri. He was only a Corporal in an MP company, but he kept a lot of interesting unit documents, and rosters of people to include a typed list of all the key commanders in the 37th ID. In the near future I'm probably going to donate the Luger that is described in the Weapons thread.
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Those are incredible. What are the items below the sewing kit picture?
My sister was setting things on an old blue chair for the photo's. My Grandmother was a beautician and I think that was the color she used inside her shop. On the floor is a bit of ancient linoleum. My Grandfather was a linoleum salesman when he met her in the early 1930's so I find some humor in that. Maybe he was trying to sell her flooring for her shop in East Cleveland at the time. It was a wealthy area back then, but you wouldn't want to hang around there now. In the depths of the depression she was making a far better living than he was. No matter how bad things are, women still get their hair done.
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Here are a couple of last photos before I make this boring. The first shows some motorcycles that the MP company had received. They looked pretty happy to get them. My Grandfather was one of the few who knew how to ride a bike and it was thought that he'd manage the motorcycle okay. But he hated the thing. Based on his journal, it looks like they didn't go with the division to France. My Grandfather is on the right. The photo was taken at Camp Sheridan, Alabama. I wonder what the locals thought of the name.
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Here are a couple of last photos before I make this boring.
I'm not going to speak for everyone, but I don't consider this boring at all. I'm happy to see any of this stuff you want to post.

EDIT: It's easy to forget what badasses these WWI soldiers were. They might not have had NODs, Cryes, or ballistic nylon, but they had a large supply of balls and guts.
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... I wonder what the locals thought of the name.
"As in the case with Camp Sheridan, the economic windfall to the community of Anniston outweighed the unpopular name for the camp. Locals wanted to see it named Camp Fred L. Blackmon fin honor of the Alabama congressman who secured the anniston camp in 1917. Blackmon played the same role for Anniston as Congressman Dent had played for Montgomery. These representatives convinced the War Department to choose Alabama for two of the thirty-two division-sized camps built in 1917. Likely, too, these congressmen kept Birmingham and Mobile from being chosen as sites for such camps."

-Wesley P. Newton, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Grounds: Alabama's Military Bases in World War I," in Martin T. Olliff, ed., The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World WarI (University of Alabama Press, 2008): 50.
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My wife has WW1 eating utensils
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