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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This sterling silver (embossed on the inside of the ring) was found in the belongings of my Great-Aunt after she passed away in 1998.

    The face is engraved with:
    Line 1: CoL
    Line 2: 122
    Line 3: INF
    Line 4: USA

    The crossed rifles of the infantry are on one side and the initials "E. D. S." are on the other (assuming that was the owner). It is loose on my size 12 men's ring finger.

    I am doing some family research and would love to know the era of this ring - it cannot be the only one out there.


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    1. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      Hi jca. I have this same ring..different size/writing/initials that I have been trying to date for years. Was excited to see this post.
      I would suggest re-arranging your photos so that out military members don't pass it by...those cannons just pull you in.
    2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      I would think your ring wis WW1 era: 1917- 1918.

      Part of the 31st Division "Dixie Division" during WW1. It arrived overseas in SEP 1918 and its' soldiers were used as a replacements rather than fighting as organic units.

      The 122nd was not a part of the Division during WW2.

    3. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      Scott, that is what I thought too! Thank you!
    4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Amber-- I would think that this was a generic "Infantry Ring". The blank front would then be engraved with the purchaser's desired unit information.

      What unit is represented in your ring?

    5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Later organizations of the unit doesn't negate the WW1 existence of the unit.

      L/122nd Infantry would have been organic to the 31st Division of WW1.

    6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Search for: "122nd infantry 31st division".

      Numerous sources will indicate the 122nd was part of the 31st Division.

      All National Guard Divisions activated for WW1 service had the same task organization.

      Infantry Regiments had 12 companies.

    7. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      Mine says:

      HQ Co
      Side initials EAM
    8. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      That's what I figure but how does the timeline work with jca's? I'm horrible at dating the divisions etc? This is fun trying to triangulate it in. Hope you are doing well and staying warm! I froze today!
    9. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      WWI would make some sense as the 327th was out of Indianna and I found it in Chicago...hmmmm
    10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Part of the 84th "Railsplitters" Division.

      The Division (with the 327th) saw action in both WW1 and WW2.

      Does your ring have crossed cannons on the side?

    11. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Correction-- the Division deployed but wasn't involved in fighting during WW1.

    12. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Amber-- post your ring when you have a chance, I'd like to see it as well!

    13. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      Okay, I will. Crossed cannons are on mine. The rings are almost identical.
    14. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      I'd go with WW1 era on this and yours (if the same) based on style and unit history of the 122nd.

    15. jca239, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your comments. I think you are spot on.

    16. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      If this is a family ring, I'd research the initials (to lead to a name) to pinpoint the dates of service.

      The 31st Division was made up of National Guard soldiers from the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia who were called into Federal service. It was headquartered at Camp Wheeler, GA.


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