Original U.S. WWII 1st Infantry Division Ike Jacket with Bag- 1st Medical Battalion

Item Description

Original item: One-of-a-kind. This Ike Jacket belonged to a unknown soldier assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Medical Battalion during World War Two. According to the campaign stars on his medal ribbon bar he took part in 5 campaigns and received two Purple Hearts for being Wounded In Action.

Included in this group are the following items:

- Original WWII issue Ike Jacket in size 38R in excellent condition with 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One"  patch on the left shoulder, enamel 1st Medical Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia pins, Medical Corps lapel pins and Medal ribbons that include: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf, Good Conduct, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Campaign Stars, and Ruptured Duck. French Croix De Guerre Fourragère shoulder cord, fBelgian Fourragère shoulder cord. The inside of the jacket is not named and does not have a laundry number. Original maker label for N. Scheer & Sons.

- Original WWII Zip top ditty bag with hand drawn 1st Infantry Division insignia on both ends.

The Medical Battalion was a Divisional medical unit developed to furnish medical support for the Infantry Division. Its primary mission was to organize and conduct the necessary evacuation and medical care for casualties of the Division. Because of the high mobility of the Division, the installations of the Medical Battalion had to be of a more temporary nature and possess increased readiness and ability to maintain contact with the different units of the Division. The Medical Battalion was thus charged with the evacuation of ALL casualties from the Infantry Battalion and Regimental Aid Stations. If for any reason, casualties could not be gathered at the Aid Stations, the Collecting Companies would remove casualties directly from the field.

The Medical Battalion was organized as a kind of ‘miniature’ medical organization in order to maintain the best operative coordination of all the existing facilities and to give flexibility to a possible expansion of the medical service when necessary. It always accompanied the Division in the field!
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