Identified WWI 82nd Division Uniform, Painted Helmet, Photographs and Ephemera Group


The group is comprised of the uniform and related items of Private Lester Sawyer of the 307th Headquarters Train and Military Police Battalion of the 82nd Division. The group includes the following items:

-Wool uniform, with the tunic bearing “U.S.” and infantry branch collar disks; a multi piece wool 82nd Division patch on the left shoulder; a red discharge stripe and two bullion overseas stripes on the left sleeve; and a Mechanic Private First Class chevron on the right sleeve. Above the left pocket is the ribbon of the World War I Victory Medal with three campaign stars, reflecting Sawyer’s participation in all three of the campaigns for which the division was credited: St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; and Lorraine in 1918 .The tunic has a few scattered holes and shows some stains and soiling. The wool uniform breeches show a noticeable hole on the upper right leg as well as some small scattered holes, spots and soiling.

-M1917 combat helmet bearing the large panted insignia of the 82nd Division on the front. The liner is complete with liner and chin strap.

-Wool overseas cap and wool puttees.

-Ephemera is comprised of a 1917 New Testament in khaki cloth covers, with Sawyer’s name and unit written inside; a brass trench art matchbox cover, engraved “Pauillac France”; and two photo postcards of Sawyer in uniform, each 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, in one of which Sawyer is apparently wearing the uniform that is a part of this group. There are also copies of materials relating the details of Sawyer’s service.


Item Number: 49301 Category: