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Identified 1st Division Machine Gun Unit Medal Group
A group comprised of the medals and insignia of Ray L. Bertholf, who served during World War 1 with the 1st Infantry Division as a Saddler in Company B of the 2nd Machine Gun Battalion. The group consists of the following items:
- World War I Victory Medal with five bars for "Montdidier-Noyon"; "Aisne-Marne"; "St. Mihiel"; "Meuse-Argone"; and "Defensive Sector". The ribbon shows some fraying typical of the WWI Victory Medals.
- 1911 Pennsylvania Guard Expert Marksman Medal;
- 1929 American Legion Convention Medal;
- Bertholf's WWI dog tags, with his service number and his identification as a member of Company B of the 2nd Machine Gun Battalion;
- Bertholf's WWI Era campaign hat cord, light blue with red acorns, for a member of a machine gun company. There is some fraying of the cords from wear;
- A small notebook that has the name inside the cover of another member of company B. The notebook records the movements and locations of the unit in 1917 and 1918, including notations of "Arrived at trenches...";
- The khaki sleeve insignia of an Army farrier;
-A wool VFW member overseas cap with multiple individual ribbons pinned to the cap, including the ribbons for the Silver Star, the WWI Victory Medal, The Army of Occupation Medal, the Mexican Service Medal, and a VFW medal.
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