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Original U.S. Vietnam War Era Major General Robert Edmondston Coffin Named Green Army General’s Visor Cap

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Original Item. One-of-a-Kind. For offer is the General’s Visor Cap of Major General Robert Edmondston Coffin. The cap is named via a calling card on the interior, and has a great maker’s label for Berkshire De Luxe. We have conducted some research on Coffin.

The cap is a size as tagged under the leather sweatband, which is in overall great shape. The bullion leaves on the front are in good shape, with one of the leaves starting to lose its wire. The chinstrap is fully intact, connected to the gilt Army buttons on each side.

Robert Edmonston Coffin graduated from Stanford University in 1939, and was commissioned in the field artillery from the Reserve Officer Training Corps serving as a Lieutenant, entering active duty with 7th Army, 3rd Infantry Div. serving in North Africa, participating in the first wave of assault landings at Casablanca Morocco. He was transferred to Patton’s I Armor Corps as counterbattery and Naval Gunfire Officer. He landed in Sicily with the assault forces and participated in the campaign to seize Palermo and Messina. In the European Theatre he would land at Normandy on D-Day, directing the Naval gunfire in support of the assault.

Post-war he was chief of the Soviet Branch, War Department General Staff Intelligence Division from 1945-1948, then commanded an artillery battalion in Korea in 1953. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. He would serve successively as chief of the research division, Nuclear Division; and Missiles and Space Division, Army Research and Development from 1957-1959 and was involved with the launch of Jupiter-C rocket; commanded a missile task force, Italy circa 1963.

Coffin would become the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, testing large-scale use of helicopters in air assault scenarios also in ‘63; became chief of Nuclear Activities Branch, SHAPE in 1965; Deputy Chief of Army Research and Development 1967; commanding general, SETAF, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Nuclear Force, Italy in 1970, and was Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1971 until his military retirement on April 30, 1974. General Coffin passed away in 2010 at the age of 92.

This is a great General’s cap ready for further research and display.

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