WORLD WAR I
Boot

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Description Officer's Boots: brown knee high leather; low rubber heels; rubber soles with three rows of nails; and cotton pulls at tops. Either post World War I or repaired with newer materials.

Used by C. J. Combs, possibly while serving in the 164th Artillery Brigade. 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.
Dimensions H-17.25 W-3.75 L-11.5 inches
Year Range from 1920
Event World War I
Year range to 1929
Object ID 2423-T9
Object Name Boot
People Combs, Clarendon James
Used Combs, Clarendon James
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