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Original Identified WWI US Army Ambulance Service Uniform & Field Gear Grouping

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Original Item: Only One Available: Just as integral to victory as front-line troops, ambulance companies & sections were the bloodlife of the American Expeditionary Force. Without the constant flow of wounded men back towards field & base hospitals provided by ambulance drivers, wound survival rates would’ve dropped far lower.

This extensive uniform & field gear grouping is named to William G. Willen, Section 522, United States Army Ambulance Service. The grouping includes his uniform jacket, patched with a white Gallic rooster in front of a red circle, and one overseas chevron, denoting 6-11 months overseas. The jacket and breeches are both in great condition with little mothing. Also included is a French-made bread bag initialed to him on the strap “W.G.W. Sec. 522 USAAS”, his US gas mask in the bag, a pair of leg gaiters, a pair of puttees, a French-made medic’s armband with a French stamp, and three overseas caps. One cap has a US collar disc, another has a medical insignia with an AEF pin, and one without insignia/ This is an absolutely phenomenal uniform grouping identified to an ambulance driver in one of the very rare USAAS sections.

The United States Army Ambulance Service (USAAS) was a unit of the United States Army during World War I. It was established by General Order No. 75 of the War Department in May 1917 and was headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It primarily provided medical services to the French, British, and Italian Armies during World War I. Each section was composed of approximately "45 men, 20 Ford ambulances, 1 Ford touring car, 1 truck, and a kitchen trailer." The number of officers peaked at 209 officers in November 1918 and in the course of demobilization was reduced to 3 in July 1920. It was organized into 160 sections, each called Sanitary Squad Units. The Sanitary Squad Unit typically supported a division, or about 10,000 soldiers.

When the first US troops began to arrive in France, several USAAS sections arrived with them and were immediately detached to the French who were in dire need of more ambulance drivers and medics.

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