• 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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  • Honorable discharge of Sgt. Paro M. Thomas, 119th Field Artillery, 32nd Division

    Honorable discharge document issued to Sgt. Paro M. Thomas, HQ Co., 119th FA, 32nd Div. Thomas was born in Mayfield, Kentucky and enlisted at age 26. His occupation was office manager before enlistmen…

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  • Book selections

    Martha Maragaret Mariah Beene Walker was from the Sequatchie Valley in the area around Spencer in Van Buren County, Tennessee. She self published a book in 1927 entitled Reminiscences and Meandering T…

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  • Letter to John V. Wright from Frances O. Smith regarding the draft

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    Letter dated July 29, 1917 to John V. Wright from his presumed neighbor and landlord, Frances O. Smith. In the letter, Smith describes her anxiety over the military draft and wonders which boys from B…

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  • Letter from Sarah Frances Ring to her son, Maj. Joseph J. Ring, 308th Eng.

    The Ring family of Williamson County, Tennessee sent three sons to WWI. Maj. Joseph J. Ring was the oldest and served in the 308th Engineer Battn. In this letter his mother mentions going to Franklin…

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  • Cloth postcard

    This cloth postcard has the flags of the allied powers-France, Great Britian, United States, and Italy. The pouch contained the smaller card entitled "Sincere Friendship." It was mailed to Miss Jessie…

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