$289.50

SKU: US16921 Categories: , Product ID: 9841

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TUNIC – WWI “RECRUITING SERVICE”: THIS IS NOT A COMMON SET AND IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OWNED WITH ALL CORRECT INSIGNIA. IT IS AN M1917 WOOL TUNIC WITH “US & RS” DISKS (THE RS PLAIN DISK ARE SCARCE AS MOST HAD NUMBERS ALSO – THIS DISK HAS SPACE FOR A NUMBER BELOW THE RS), “RECRUITING SERVICE” WHITE AND BLUE ARMBAND, PAIR OF CORPORAL CHEVRONS, 2 OVERSEAS STRIPE, ARMY OF OCCUPATION RIBBON BAR AND PHILADELPHIA MAKER LABEL. HE PROBABLY WENT OVERSEAS AND THEN CAME BACK TO BE ASSIGNED TO THIS DUTY. ONLY NCO’S (SERGEANTS AND CORPORALS) WERE ASSIGNED TO RECRUITING  DUTY BY THEIR REGIMENTS. THEY WORE THE RECRUITING DISK (BY 1910 REGS) AND AN “RS IN WREATH” ON THEIR CAPS INSTEAD OF THE REGIMENTAL BADGES (WITH AND WITHOUT THE DISTRICT/COMPANY NUMBER). THERE WERE 25 RECRUITING DISTRICTS SET UP IN 1906. OFFICERS WERE NOT ASSIGNED TO THIS DUTY. SOME INTERESTING PAPERWORK AND PHOTOS CAME WITH UNIFORM. ONE PHOTO IS DATED JUNE 16, 1911 IS FULL DRESS UNIFORM MILITARY SCHOOL UNIFORM (HOLDING SHAKO). SECOND ONE IS IN US WOOL UNIFORM WITH NAME “BURTON J. CARR SR.” THE EARLY PHOTO SEEMS TO BE HIM AT A YOUNGER AGE. THE OFFICIAL WAR DEPARTMENT DOCUMENT (SEPT 1918) ASSIGNS CARR TO A “LEADER”  POSITION TO TAKE NEW DRAFTEES FROM SEATTLE TO CAMP LEWIS. I THINK HE ENDED UP AS A CORPORAL BY END OF WAR. UNFORTUNATELY THE TUNIC GOT MOTHED IN THE POCKETS AND SOME OTHER AREAS – I WOULD SIMPLY MOVE THE INSIGNIA (WHICH IS WHERE THE VALUE IS) TO A BETTER TUNIC.