Original U.S. WWI Grouping Edwin Corporal Cleeland of the 316th Infantry in Trunk

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This original owner of this set Edwin G. Cleeland is best described in a General Order prepared by Colonel, P.T Hayne Chief of Staff at Headquarters 79th Division on the 6th of May 1919. The original order included in this set reads as follows:


For gallantry in action and meritorious services, the following citations are published for the information of the command.

Corporal Edwin G. Cleeland #3111274, Company I, 316th Infantry. As a Battalion Runner, throughout all the actions in which his battalion was engaged, he was untiring in his devotion to duty and in delivering messages. He encountered all risks with an utter disregard for his own safety."

This grouping belonged to a true hero of the Great War!

Enclosed in his original WWI suitcase are the following:

• WWI army wool tunic with corporal chevron with 79th Infantry Division shoulder insignia- Size 38 in excellent condition.
• WWI army wool trousers.
• WWI overseas side cap with 79th Infantry Division shoulder insignia.
• 2 x Pairs putties.
• Army Issue "Housewife" (Sewing Kit).
• Pair of WW1 officer's leather leggings both right and left.
• Straight razor in case marked K of C (Knights of Columbus).
• A dozen or so religious hard cover books and masses of religious pamphlets.
• His enlistment details together with his certificates of merit and his final discharge certificate and paperwork.
• Half a dozen napkin-sized national flags of U.S. Allies perhaps for use at Military Funerals.
• Almost 100 snap shots and full size photographs of he and his men in WW1 and personal life.
• Two portrait style photographs of him, one framed and glazed, in full uniform.
• A very interesting wide-angle shot of his entire unit with a hand written list of the participants adhered to the reverse plus another similar photo.
• Finally a most interesting a wall map complete with book index entitled "LIBERTY MAP OF THE WESTERN FRONT OF THE GREAT WAR" by Funk & Wagnalls Company of N.Y. & London.

The Visor Hat shows some deterioration from nearly 100 years storage but all in all a great WW1 U.S. Chaplain's Archive.

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