WORLD WAR I
Kit, Mess

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Description Model 1910 Meat Can and Utensils: stamped aluminum oval shaped pan with folding tinned steel handle; oval cover with rivetted steel ring for bread plate; stamped steel fork, knife with aluminum handle, and spoon. Stamped on HQ CO 121 FA/I62 and W.B./B/1917 on back.

William Wakeman Hackett was born in Oshkosh January 25, 1894. His parents were Carrie Wakeman and Richard H. Hackett, Sr. He attended the Training School and Oshkosh Normal School before studying at Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. In World War I he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant from the Officer's Training Camp at Little Rock, Arkansas and sailed for France with the 121st Field Artillery, 32nd Division in January 1918. His battery saw action in two battles. He returned to the US in October 1918 where he was commissioned Captain of the newly formed 54th Field Artillery at Camp Travis, Texas. He was discharged February 27, 1919. He remained in the Army Reserve until his death and rose to the rank of Major in the 377th Artillery. He was a travelling salesman following the war, but was active with the Yacht Club and the American Legion. In 1933 he became ill while on maneuvers and returned to Oshkosh where he died six weeks later.
Dimensions H-2 W-6.875 L-7.625 inches
Year Range from 1911
Event World War I
Year range to 1917
Object ID 2276
Object Name Kit, Mess
People Hackett, William Wakeman
Used Hackett, William Wakeman
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