WORLD WAR I
Armband

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Description Mourning Armband: black wool strip with pleated middle section; gilt brass five-pointed gold star pinned to the center. This armband indicates the mourning of a son or brother killed in service.

Possibly used by Otto Suess or another family member in honor of his brother Louis Suess who was killed in action.

Otto Suess was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin October 10, 1890. He worked as a shipping clerk prior to enlisting in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He transferred with the rest of the company to the US Army and was assigned to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion. He was later assigned to the Headquarters Detachment. He was promoted to Private First Class and Corporal. He survived the war and returned April 28, 1919.

Louis Suess was Born: Oshkosh, WI November 17, 1888. He Enlisted: Oshkosh, WI June 21, 1916 in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. Company F was called to service on the Mexican Border, June 22, 1916. During World War I they were transferred to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 83rd Infantry Brigade, 42nd Division on July 15, 1917. They sailed for France from Hoboken, NJ, October 1917. Company C was engaged at Luneville Sector, Baccarat Sector, Esperance Sector, Champagne-Marne Defensive, Chateau-Thierry Offensive. He, along with several of his comrades, was killed in the Battle of Chateau-Thierry on July 30, 1918 by shrapnel wounds throughout his entire body. He was interred in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.
Dimensions W-3 L-19 inches
Year Range from 1918
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Material Wool/Brass/Gilt
Object ID 1651-1-T2
Object Name Armband
People Suess, Otto
Suess, Louis
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