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Named 3rd Infantry Division Service Jacket

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    Hi guys,

    This was another pickup yesterday. It's a WWII-era service jacket for a Sergeant 'Felix' from the 3rd Infantry Division. This thing is decked out, and the owner was clearly a very seasoned soldier. The 'Rock of the Marne' saw a lot of combat in almost every sector of the ETO. Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII, was from this unit.

    My best friend's grandfather was, in fact, a sergeant in the 3rd I.D. during WWII. So I gave it to him as a early Christmas present. He's lucky, I was very close to keeping the thing. It's a beautiful jacket.

    If any of you are wondering, the cord is a French 'Fourragère aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre', an award that the division received for its service in France during WWI.
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    That is a very nice 4 pocket. You are a good man.

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    Getting harder to find 3rd Infantry stuff these days. Good pick up.
    Nice that you gifted it to your friends Grandfather - I'm sure
    he will love it.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks guys! I'm happy to have had it in my collection for a full 24 hours. haha

    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Nice that you gifted it to your friends Grandfather
    I should have been clearer actually, but Andy's grandfather has been gone for a long time now unfortunately. I gave it to Andy for Christmas.

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    I have always has a question are the US lanyards and German lanyards for the same thing. (infantry,tank)
    Morris

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    Quote by KMMorris View Post
    I have always has a question are the US lanyards and German lanyards for the same thing. (infantry,tank)
    Morris
    No, not in this case. The lanyard on this piece is actually a French fourragère, awarded to all members of the 3rd Infantry Division for their service during WWI by the French government.

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    Ah - in memory of his Grandfather. Very nice gesture.
    I'm sure he still loves it.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Darn andy! My grandpa was in the aaf hint hint... jk nice piece wasnt the 3rd nicknamed the blue devils as well as the 88th infantry division during wwii?
    I havent been to his store in a while, maybe I can stop and convince my parents to get me a present

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    Im sure Andy loves it he is determined to get a 3rd id m1 shell off of and old reenacting buddy anything 3rd id gets him going.

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    Quote by AmericanKraut View Post
    Im sure Andy loves it he is determined to get a 3rd id m1 shell off of and old reenacting buddy anything 3rd id gets him going.
    That's why I got it for him.

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