WORLD WAR I
Mask, Gas

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Description Model 1917 Gas Mask in khaki canvas carrier; rectangular canvas carrier with flap and two 'lift-the-dot' fasteners; two compartments inside, one for mask and one for filter container. There is a 4' long cotton string attached to a ring on the side of the bag. Bag has 2" wide shoulder strap with brass buckles. At center of strap is brass latch to quickly shorten the strap. Rubberized canvas face mask with elastic headband and amber plastic lenses held in aluminum frame; cotton-covered rubber tube from mask to filter canister (respirator). Rubber mouth piece inside and steel guard for rubber valve; long oval shaped canister is painted yellow. Inscribed "C.J.C."

Used by Major Clarendon James Combs. Clarendon James Combs was born in Macon County, MO on November 10, 1874, the son of James R. and Nellie A. Phillips Combs. He worked in a sawmill and taught in rural schools to raise money for his college education. He graduated from medical school at the University of Michigan in 1898. He was practicing medicine in Oshkosh by 1900. He married Jessie Gertrude Clark in Oshkosh on October 24, 1904. He was in the United States Army Reserves and was activated in August 1917. He entered World War I as a 1st Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Major and Surgeon. He served in the 89th "Middle West" Division in the 164th Artillery Brigade, and was surgeon for the 340th Field Artillery Regiment. He remained in the Army Reserve as commanding officer of the 370th Medical Detachment until November 30, 1938. He died following surgery for gall bladder and pancreatitis on July 19, 1939.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Object ID 2423-T21
Object Name Mask, Gas
People Combs, Clarendon James
Used Combs, Clarendon James
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