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Description Model 1917 officer's Tunic: olive drab gabardine wool coat with four exterior patch pockets and pointed flaps with small eagle button closure; five blackened bronze eagle buttons down front; green cotton lining; stand-up collar with darkened bronze insignia pinned to each side "U.S./N.G." and "127" over crossed rifles; shoulder straps attached with small eagle buttons and lieutenant's bars; officers' mohair tape on each cuff; two gold bullion overseas stripes on left cuff (one year service overseas); initials "R.A.H." on label.

Robert A. Hellard was the son of Robert and Mary Hellard and was born in Oshkosh circa 1879. He worked as an office boy for the Oshkosh Times newspaper in 1895 and then worked in his father's newsroom and book binding shop. He took over the business after his father's death. He enlisted in the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard and rose to the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant by 1916. He served in the Supply Company on the Mexican Border in 1916. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant July 28, 1917 and saw service during Wold War I with the 127th Supply Company, 32nd Division. He was 1st Lieutenant at the end of the war in 1918. His main interest was in music and he composed and published over 70 known pieces from 1905 - 1947. He worked in Oshkosh as a piano tuner until his death circa 1960.
Dimensions W-16 L-27 inches
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1918
Made Globe Tailoring Company
Material Wool/Cotton/Bronze
Makers mark Globe Tailoring Co./Milwaukee
Object ID 738
Object Name Coat
Place of Origin Milwaukee, WI
People Hellard, Robert A.
Used Hellard, Robert A.
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