Kit, Mess

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Description Model 1910 Meat Can, Utensils and Cup: A: bottom of aluminum meat can has oval shape with folding handle to form a skillet; B: top of meat can is oval and has riveted ring and forms a bread plate; etched on bottom "HERBERT V."

Used by C. J. Combs in the 164th Artillery Brigade. Clarendon James Combs was born in Macin 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 panceatitis on July 19, 1939.
Dimensions H-2 W-6.75 L-9 inches
Year Range from 1910
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Makers mark 337/H 131
Object ID 2423-T6
Object Name Kit, Mess
People Combs, Clarendon James
Used Combs, Clarendon James
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