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Description Model 1912 Officer's Tunic: olive drab wool body; five darkened bronze domed eagle buttons in front; four patch pockets with flaps and small darkened bronze domed eagle buttons; tan cotton lining; stand-up collar with darkened bronze officer's insignia of crossed rifle and "127" above (127th Infantry, 32nd Division). Rank insignia removed. Makers label inside coat with "Capt. Marden" inscribed for owner. The uniform shows very heavy use with numerous old repairs and patches and was probably worn by Major Marden on many campaigns.

Walter A. Marden was the son of Nathan Marden and was born in Chicester, NH circa 1870. He is first listed in the Oshkosh City Directories in 1890 as a concrete contractor in business with his brother Peter L. Marden. He joined the Wisconsin National Guard was Captain of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in Spanish American War. He was promoted to Major June 5, 1912, commanding the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He commanded the battalion in 1916 during the Mexican Border War. In 1917 he commanded a battalion of the 127th Infantry, 32nd Division during World War I. His health broke down in France and he was hospitalized in August and September 1918. He was then transferred to the Service of Supply until December 1918 when he was sent back to Fort Dix in the United States to help muster out troops.
Dimensions W-18 L-34 inches
Year Range from 1912
Event World War I
Year range to 1917
Made Armstrong Uniforms
Makers mark The Armstrong Uniforms/Chicago
Object ID I01.1.3.11
Object Name Coat
Place of Origin Chicago, IL
People Marden, Walter A.
Used Marden, Walter A.
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