• Mexican Expeditionary Force ribbon bar of Robert Brownlow Wilson

    This ribbon bar is for the Mexican Expeditionary Force Service Medal. In 1916, the Tennessee National Guard took part in that expedition. Robert Brownlow Wilson was a farmer from Cades Cove who also s…

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  • Discharge paper of John C. Bowling

    Discharge paper of Pvt. Bowling who served as a teamster in the 53rd Pioneer Brig. working on military engineering works in France. The document cites his service in St. Mihiel and Argonne Forest from…

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  • Printed card with color image accompanying WWI "We Shall Not Sleep" verse

    This WWI image of crosses with poppies and soldiers spirits accomany the text of the famous "In Flanders Field, the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row." Poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae…

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  • Copy print of locomotive

    Old Hickory, Tennessee, (11 miles east of Nashville) was home to the world's largest smokeless powder plant during WWI. Owned by the US Army, but operated under contract by DuPont, the gunpowder facil…

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  • Embroidered postcard from Marvin Ragsdale to Edline Fly

    World War I era postcard embroidered in silk with a partially unfurled American flag. Below in gold is "Long May It Wave." On the backside is a handwritten message from Marvin Ragsdale to his grandmot…

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  • Distinguished Service Medal certificate

    Distinguished Service Medal certificate issued to Gen. George H. Harries for his work as a member of Inter-Allied Commission for Repatriation of Allied Prisoners of War. Signed by Robert C. Davis, Adj…

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  • Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

    This Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States was presented to Lt. and Dr. John Walter Morris of the Medical Reserve Corps. Although in the American Army, he was detached and served wit…

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  • Photograph of 114th Field Artillery Band

    In this black and white image, the 114th Field Artillery Band is posing with their instruments on metal bleachers. The men are in their overcoats. The image is framed and there is a notation on the ba…

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  • Letter from Pvt. Joseph W. Knox to his mother

    Pvt. Joseph William Knox of Dyer, Tennessee, served in Co. E, 11th Inf. Regt. He arrived in France Sept. 1918 and fought the last week of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He served guard duty after the ar…

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  • The Fighting 45th Infantry book

    This book provides a history of the 45th Infantry Regiment during World War I. Images include portraits of commanding officers and training facilities and activities. The 45th Infantry Regiment was a…

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  • Blue denim barracks bag

    This blue barracks bag has the original name label which has become detached. The barracks bag has the soldier number, "1237", stenciled in white paint and also in black ink on the oppostie side. The…

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  • Souvenir handkerchief

    This souvenir handkerchief from St. Nazaire, France belonged to William H. Smith of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Smith served as a motor mechanic in the signal corps. He was deployed to France from J…

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  • Photograph of an unidentified woman at the grave of Pvt. Frank M. Ring, Co. A, 114th MG Batn., 30th Div.

    The Ring family of Franklin, Tennessee provided three of their four sons to World War I. The third oldest, Pvt. Frank M. Ring, Co. A, 114th MG Battn., 30th Div., was killed on October 9, 1918 and buri…

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  • Citation for Distinguished Service Cross

    This citation accompanied the Distinguished Service Cross medal awarded to Pvt. John M. Sullivan, Co. H, 28th Inf. Regt., 1st Div. "for extraordinary heroism at the Meuse River, France." Sullivan serv…

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  • Letter written by David Gourley of Cades Cove

    This is the last letter written by David Gourley of Cades Cove, Tennesee. Gourley died on the transport ship in route to Europe, a victim of the "Spanish" flu pandemic. He was in the 20th Company, 5th…

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  • Medal and neck ribbon for Gold Star Pilgrimage

    A circular bronze medal with the obverse design featuring a passenger ship flanked by the Statue of Liberty on the left and the Eiffel Tower on the right, a large five pointed star overhead and "1933…

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  • Letter from Pvt. Joseph W. Knox to his mother

    Pvt. Joseph William Knox of Dyer, Tennessee, served in Co. E, 11th Inf. Regt. He arrived in France Sept. 1918 and fought the last week of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. After the war, he remained on gua…

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  • Postcard announcing the safe arrival of Sgt. Wilson A. Dowdy

    Sent to Miss Jessie Stammer in Farmington, Tennessee and provided by the American Red Cross, it notified her that Sgt. Wilson A. Dowdy, Btry. F, 318th FA, 81st Div, had arrived safely overseas. They m…

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  • Leather wallet

    This late 19th century embossed tan leather wallet was re-purposed by Sgt. Carl Cecil Braden, HQ Troop, 82nd Div., World War 1914-1918, to carry letters and newspaper clippings during his service in t…

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  • Medal for Pilgrimage of Mothers and Widows

    This bronze colored medal features a central five pointed star surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves and laurel and surmounted flags and the Great Seal. The suspension is blue, white and red vertical s…

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