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US Army 1912 Pattern Jacket

Article about: Hello all, I just got this as and another jacket as an early birthday gift and am really excited to finally get a US Army WW1 uniform (well part of one). Overall I'd say its in good conditio

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    Hello all, I just got this as and another jacket as an early birthday gift and am really excited to finally get a US Army WW1 uniform (well part of one). Overall I'd say its in good condition as every example I've come across is usually full of moth holes and falling apart, though there's a small tear on the collar and a tiny moth hole on the front bottom right pocket. The top button did fall off but I'm in possession of it and am planning to get it put back on by a tailor. The patches are in really nice shape too none of them are falling off or are moth eaten. I'd love to find pants that go with the jacket for a display but I'd imagine they're hard to find and expensive. From what I can tell the soldier was a mess sergeant that served in the 7th engineer regiment which was a part of the 5th division and was over seas for a year and a half. One thing I find weird is that the engineer collar disk is labeled 7B which is different from all the other engineer disks I've seen since they only have a number and no letter. I was wondering what does the "B" in 7B mean? If anyone has anymore info on it as I'm sure I've gotten something wrong with the insignia please let me know. Thank you for reading!
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    Last edited by Politefaun; 09-17-2019 at 09:39 PM.

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    Think 7B refers to B Company of the 7th, others will confirm or otherwise. Nice jacket.

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    Quote by BlackCat1982 View Post
    Think 7B refers to B Company of the 7th, others will confirm or otherwise. Nice jacket.
    That's my guess as well since the only thing other thing I imagine it could stand for would be "battalion" but that just doesn't seem right.

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    Just wanted to post an update as I found some more info on the jacket and wanted to add a picture of the jacket with all the buttons sewed on. After doing some digging on the 7th engineers I found a really dated looking website which covers them in WW1 and it had a copy of the regiment roster for the 7th including company B. This allowed me to find the name and address of the Mess Sergeant that the jacket belonged to which is Christian A. Flaig from Philadelphia, Pa (if the website is correct). Furthermore the little "A" patch inside the 5th division diamond meant that he was put under the third army and served in the army of occupation in Belgium and Luxembourg.

    Here's a link to the site for those interested: WW1

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    Awesome

    I missed this first time around. Nice jacket and great research
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    Glad you've been delving some more into the history of this jacket. Well done!

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