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WWI NAMED 101st INFANTRY REGIMENT PAINTED HELMET & GAS MASK GROUPING

$695.00

NAMED WWI 101st INFANTRY REGIMENT, 26th DIVISION WOUNDED PFC’S PAINTED HELMET & GAS MASK GROUPING – MEDALS, ID TAG, PHOTOS, POST CARDS, RESEARCH & MORE – SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS¬†

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World War One Grouping Related to the Service of Combat Wounded PFC Romeo Octave Gagner, Company “I,” 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division. Grouping includes PFC Gagner’s Complete Insignia Painted M1917 Helmet that bears his painted service number and unit information to interior, Gas Mask with named & insignia painted satchel, “dog tag” on original cord, riker mount with Victory Medal, collar discs, national guard medal, local war service medals, Croix de Guerre with Palm and miniature M1903 Springfield rifle souvenir from a 1930 reunion in it’s original box. Grouping also includes six original post cards with notations, an original letter written to PFC Gagner by a war buddy in 1961 and photocopies of photographs, a framed copy of PFC Gagner with his Brother in Law (he is on right), copy of a poem he wrote during the war and extensive research that includes copies of original documents. Helmet remains in overall Good to Very Good Condition but does show visible signs of age, wear and use throughout. Helmet has aged to rather unique dark “olive-brown” patina and bears a course finish. Bears a large, hand painted 101st Infantry Regiment insignia to front that remains clear, bold and easy to see. Helmet maintains it’s liner firmly in place and complete, unbroken chinstrap that remains solid and flexible with no rot or damage. Interior of the helmet bears PFC Gagner’s complete service number flanked by the initials “RG” as well as his unit information, all hand painted in white. Gas Mask Satchel remains in Fair Condition showing visible signs of age, wear and use. Satchel bears PFC Gagner’s faded name appearing as “R. Gagner” as well as a faded 26th Division “YD” insignia and his also faded service number. Bag has a two small holes to the flap closure as well as scattered soiling and staining. Strap, snaps and all metal hardware remain in place and undamaged. Gas Mask bears a soft, flexible, unbroken hose but the mask appears to be “attic fried” as is often the case with WWI masks. WWI Victory Medal shows age with wear to the top of the ribbon but remains in Good Condition with no other readily apparent blemishes, Croix de Guerre with Palm remains in Very Good Condition showing only minor wear to the ribbon, Company “I” and “101” Collar Discs also remain in Very Good Condition. Named Norton, Massachusetts Service Medal remains in Good Condition showing moderate age and wear. Massachusetts National Guard Medal remains in similar condition. World War Service Medal to left in riker photo remains in poor condition with damage to the drape and is missing the broach. Single Identification or “Dog Tag” remains on portion of original cord and in good condition. Small 1930 reunion souvenir replica of an M1903 Rifle remains in mint condition, still in the box. Other items include six original wartime RPPCs some with notations on the back, original letter written by a war buddy in 1961, approximately 15 pages of research, photocopies of photographs and a copy of a wartime photograph of PFC Gagner (on right in photo) with is Brother in Law who also served in the 26th Division.¬† This is truly a very impressive, well documented and very well identified grouping that makes for a great display. You will be very pleased with this one when you see it!¬†

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Weight 8.25 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 10 × 8 in