Identified WWI 5th Marine Brigade Uniform Tunic, Overseas Cap, and Documents
The uniform tunic and overseas cap were worn by Private Charles Boyer of Pennsylvania. The tunic is very clean, showing some relatively minor wear to the wool nap and a few barely perceptible bites, primarily to the flap of the upper left pocket. The upper left sleeve carries a 5th Marine Brigade shoulder patch while the lower left sleeve has a single overseas service stripe. The collar displays matching screw back eagle, globe and anchor collar disks. Above the upper left pocket is the ribbon of the World War I Victory Medal with a campaign star, pinned above a Sharpshooter medal. The suspension ring of the medal broke at some point and the medal was secured to the suspension bar with thread. The tunic is extremely clean and shows only minimal wear. The wool overseas cap has a single Victory Medal ribbon and a screw back eagle, globe and anchor insignia. The interior of the cap shows some soiling and wear. The tunic and cap are accompanied by Private Boyer’s award document for the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and a copy of a letter sent by Boyer to the Veterans Administration in 1954 seeking a correction of his birth date in his military records. Overall the items are in excellent condition.