A Doughboy of the 88th Division

This amazing portrait was realized just after the Armistice. This soldier, who won the French Croix de Guerre and has an overseas chevron on his jacket, holds a P17 rifle with a M1917 bayonet. His collar disks indicate he was a member of the B Company, 349th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 88th Division. The symbol of this division can be seen on the shoulder of the jacket and on the overcoat: a blue quatrefoil, formed by two Arabic numeral “8s”. This division was activated on 5 August 1917 at Camp Dodge (Iowa) and was sent officially overseas on 7 September 1918. It didn’t participate to the last fights of WW1 as as a division, even if the number of casualties was 78 (KIA-12; WIA-66).



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