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Description Model 1902 Enlisted Service Coat: olive drab wool construction; five brown domed eagle buttons down the front; four expandable patch pockets on front with pointed flaps and small darkened bronze eagle buttons; tan cotton lining; fold down collar; shoulder loops with small darkened bronze eagle buttons. The Wisconsin National Guard adopted this uniform in 1904. It was replaced by newer models in 1912 and 1917. Some were still being used as late as the Mexican Border War of 1916, but were replaced by World War I.

Walter Thorne was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. He was the son of Robert and Emma M. Thorne. They moved to Oshkosh prior to 1916. He worked as a laborer. Walter enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard; saw service on the Mexican Border; promoted to Corporal; company transferred and became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division during World War I. He was killed in action from massive shrapnel wounds to both legs on July 30, 1918 during the Ourcq River Battles near Servinges and Maronil, France, Chateau Thierry Campaign. His parents owned a house at 146 Spruce Street. Robert worked at Paine Lumber, but was unemployed for almost a year from 1917-1918. They lost there home in 1918 and retuned to Chicago.
Dimensions W-16 L-27 inches
Year Range from 1908
Event Mexican Border 1916
Year range to 1911
Made Badger Manufacturing Company
Makers mark July 24, 1908 Contract/Badger Mfg. Co/Racine, WIS
Object ID 1680-8
Object Name Coat
Place of Origin Racine, WI
People Thorne, Walter
Used Thorne, Walter
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