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Model 1917 Tunic: olive drab wool coat with four patch pockets with four pointed flaps an small darkened bronze eagle buttons; five darkened bronze eagle button front closure (one missing); cotton lining; stand up collar with two hook and eye closures; "US" and "MG/A" with crossed rifles disks on collar [Machine Gun Company A]; one World War I Victory Medal on left breast with four clasps: Aisne-Marne; Oise-Aisne; Meuse Argonne; and Defensive Sector; red discharge stripe on left sleeve; two gold overseas stripes (one year); embroidered red arrow 32nd division patch on left shoulder; and sergeant chevron on right sleeve. Used by Harold R. Nichols, Company A, 119th Machinegun Battalion, 32nd Division during World War I. The 119th Machine Gun Battalion was formed from the 6th Wisconsin Regiment, Wisconsin National Guard and was commanded by Major Percy C. Atkinson. Harold R. Nichols enlisted on June 9, 1917 and was assigned to Company A, 119th Machinegun Battalion, 32nd Division. He served in France from February 19, 1918 until May 21, 1919. He was discharged on June 1, 1919. He is first listed in the Oshkosh City Directory with his wife Maeta T. Nichols in 1940. He died in Oshkosh circa 1975.
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