Identified WWII 207th Coast Artillery Uniform, Book, and Photograph Group
The group reflects the World War II service of Sergeant Charles M. Melick in Battery “G” of the 207th Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti Aircraft). The four pocket uniform tunic has a bullion Army Air Force shoulder patch; screw back collar discs for the “U.S.” 207th Regiment and for Coast Artillery Battery “G”. The lapels carry screw back distinctive insignia (maker marked by M.S. Bowman) for the 7th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard (which was formed into the 207th Coast Artillery Regiment in 1940). The pocket Quartermaster tag is washed out. The group includes Melick’s campaign hat with red artillery cord and screw back distinctive insignia. Melick’s name is written on the interior leather sweatband. The group also includes a portrait photograph of Melick in uniform, the image being 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches in a folder that is 7 1/4 by 10 3/4 inches in size. The group also includes the 1941 hardcover historical and pictorial review of the 207th Coast Artillery Regiment from the Anti Aircraft Training Center at Camp Stewart, Georgia. The book is 9 by 12 inches in size. Melick is pictured in the book as a member of Battery “G”. He recorded his name in the front of the book and, significantly, he wrote that he was a member of the unit as of “December 6, 1941”. He was undoubtedly completely unaware of the fact that he and his country would be at war the very next day. The group also includes a booklet on the defeat of Germany in World War I which is named to Melick, and Melick’s post-war Master’s Degree from Stanford University. Charles Melick was born on September 17, 1917, and he died on January 5, 1990. He is buried at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage, Alaska. The tunic has a few small holes, none of which are distracting or even particularly noticeable, being on the back or side, with some moth damage to the blue wool Army Air Force shoulder patch. The campaign hat displays a 1″ cut on the front crown.