Original U.S. WWI 1st Infantry Division Named Grouping - France and Mexican Border War

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind-set. Sergeant John Saglett ASN 48422 was born June 14th, 1889 in Sopron-Me, Kaupvar, Hungary to John Sr. and Rose Szaglett. The youngest of three children, his mother died of tuberculosis shorty after he was born, and was raised by his eldest sister who was only 8 years old at the time. In 1905 they made their way to America, where John worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines until the family moved to South Bend, Indiana. There he worked digging ditches for gas lines and whatever work he could find until he enlisted in the Army.

He enlisted on March 18, 1912 at Columbus Barracks, Ohio and was discharged on March 17, 1915 at Galveston, Texas. During this period of time he served with Company A of the 10th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Division in the Mexican Border War. He re-enlisted on the 20th of the same year. He was 26 years old at the time. He served overseas from June 14th, 1917 to January 5. 1919. During this period of time, he was assigned to Company M 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division and fought in the engagements at Montdidier-Noyon; Aisne-Marne; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Lorraine 1917; Lorraine 1918; Picardy 1918 . He was severely wounded twice and gassed once. He was discharged at Camp Custer, Michigan on March 8th, 1919.

He married in 1930, and was the father of two children, grandfather of four, great grandfather of five, and great-great grandfather of one. He passed away on December 15th, 1985 and is buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Included in this incredible 100 year-old grouping are the following items:

- 1917 Wool uniform tunic with fantastic rare 1st Infantry Division insignia patch to the left shoulder, Infantry collar device, Seargent chevron and overseas service bars. Engraved named Purple Heart medal, WWI Campaign Medal and WWI DAV (Disabled American Veteran) Legion Medal. Offered in very good condition.
- M1917 helmet. Offered in very good condition, missing chinstrap.
- Pants. Offered in excellent condition.
- Pair of Putties.
- Original WWI Service Award in Frame
- Original Photo of Sgt. Saglett in patriotic bubble frame
- Original WWI Campaign and Mexican Service Medals.
- Original 1911 Infantry Drill Regulations book.
- Loads of original wartime and post war documents including:
- Original Honorable Discharge dated March 8th, 1919.
- Original Enlistment Record recorded March 20th, 1919. This document lists all his battles, training, etc. Incredible!
- Copies of photos, some in uniform.
- Original post war documents.
- Newspaper articles an more!

All items offered in very good condition, all originally sourced directly from the veterans family. A wonderful grouping from an identified soldier that fought in the Mexican Border Wars and then the Great War with the 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) in some of the most gruesome battles that closed out the war for the Germans, complete with full original documentation and original photos, it doesn't get much better than this!

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