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Named USAAC Officer Uniform Grouping

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    Hi All,
    I thought I would share with you this recently acquired uniform grouping belonging to Lt. Joseph Lynn Aylsworth Jr. The summer jacket is of course my favorite part of the grouping, especially the bullion insignia and 1/2" ribbons on an Army uniform!

    Lt. Aylsworth was in the Army Air Corps, however was assigned to the 15th AAF. He was attached to the 459th BG, 759th SQ. The 459th was stationed in Italy and flew missions throughout the ETO.

    I've sent away to NPRC for his records and am hoping they can provide more info on his service history (Fingers crossed that they weren't destroyed in the fire in the fire of 73).

    In any case, I hope you enjoy!


    ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 13176047
    NAME - AYLSWORTH#JOSEPH#L#JR###
    RESIDENCE: STATE - PENNSYLVANIA
    RESIDENCE: COUNTY PHILADELPHIA
    PLACE OF ENLISTMENT - PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA
    DATE OF ENLISTMENT 7 December 1942
    GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION Private
    BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION Air Corps
    YEAR OF BIRTH 30 June 1916
    RACE AND CITIZENSHIP - White, citizen
    EDUCATION - 4 years of high school
    CIVILIAN OCCUPATION - Salesmen and sales agents, except to consumers
    MARITAL STATUS - Married
    COMPONENT OF THE ARMY - Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)

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    First up is his Summer Service Jacket (Khaki Shade 1)

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    Air Medal - According to the 459th website, Lt. Aylsworth earned the Air Medal on 24 August 1944
    WWII Victory
    EAME - Silver Campaign/Service Star denoting 5 campaigns
    American Campaign

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    Remnants of US Collar Brass and AAC Lapel Pins

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    Wonderful Gold and Silver Bullion 15th AAF Insignia
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    Name written in slacks

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    Next up is his Winter Service Jacket (OD 51 - Greens)

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    Bullion overseas bar denoting 6 months overseas service

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    Service Shirt (Khaki Shade 1)

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    Service Shirt and Slacks (OD 51)

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    Service Shirt and Slacks (OD 54 - Pinks)

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    Finally, as an added bonus, some surprise finds in a few of the pockets...

    First is his calling card of which there were 10 total...

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    Up next is a card from what I assume was an Officer's Club?

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    And finally, a small clipping about Patriotism with song lyrics on the reverse...Not sure what this is from. I tried a search and no luck.

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    That's all folks!

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    Eric

    Very nice grouping, enjoyed the pictures very much. He's from your home state, you must really be happy to have this wonderful donditioned collection. The winter service jacket is my fave, it looks sharp! Thank you for showing.

    Green

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    Thanks for the kind words, Green! As you can imagine, I'm very happy to be this groups new custodian. This is a group that needs to be displayed; now I just have to find the room to display it!

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    Eric

    Absolutely it needs to be displayed! Do you have any mannequins to put these on? It will make for a nice display but will take room, as you said. Please show the finished project when you are done. It takes lots of work, I know, but well worth it. BTW, I drove through that lovely state of yours...beautiful rolling hills!!

    Green

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