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Posted 4 years ago


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I was not familiar with the Pennsylvania "Keystone" shaped collar brass until I saw this WW1 era image available.

The image is in a WW1 era three fold mounting and has original writing that states: "Received word of his death Oct 10th 1918, died of his wounds in France during the war with Germany". Unfortunately, there is not a name on the image or mount.

Photographed by Cope out of Hamburg, PA.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking petey and moonstone.

  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 4 years ago
    So frustrating with no name. I wonder where in France. He looks like he's 17
  3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting amber. It is ashame that there is not a consolidated WW1 soldier database. Canada has a great online database that includes copies of the original enlistment documents. In the US the best information is found through a search of units. I will give it a try-- may be enough information to track him down.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking p....

  5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking tlmbaran and official.

    Now I need to get the actual brass-- it would create a great display.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking fritz.

  7. Signaholic Signaholic, 4 years ago
    Too cool Scott! He looks like he might've been all of 17 years old back then. A great WW1 picture!
  8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks sign-- he certainly looks young.

    It is all about perspective:

    When I was an 18 year old trooper in the 101st-- I THOUGHT that I was a tough looking seasoned, soldier as were all of my buddies.

    Twenty years later as a 38 year old in the 101st-- I was amazed at how young all of the more senior folks appeared AND how all of the younger soldiers looked like children!

  9. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 4 years ago
    When the battalion commander looks too young to be in command, and the new soldiers have dates of birth after your date of enlistment, you know it's getting near time to turn in your retirement papers. Been there.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    I remember that as well chris. I served in the same unit as an 18 and 38 year old. A soldier was telling me he wasn't even alive when I first served in the unit. I didn't think 38 was old until I was told that!

    It is a young man's game in the Infantry.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking manikin.

  12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking antigue and leahann.

  13. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks tom.

  14. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 4 years ago
    Just read in the paper today (9/4/2013), that this marks the anniversary of the first U.S. fatalities of WW1.
  15. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking majestic.

  16. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 years ago
    Thanks for sharing this scott - I have often wished these old photo's could talk and tell the story behind them. On another note, in our day we were taught to respect our elders, getting hard to find any elders anymore.
  17. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting fhrjr2.

  18. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks much for looking petey.


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