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Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Commendations and maps

Series II: Uniform and equipment items

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Floyd S. Edmiston World War I clothing and equipment collection, 1914-1918 MS 101



Title: Floyd S. Edmiston World War I clothing and equipment collection
Dates: 1914-1918
Identification: MS 101
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet2 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Floyd Swansey Edmiston was born in Choudrant, LA, on April 10, 1894. He enlisted in the United States Army June 5, 1917, listing his occupation as “farmer.” At the war’s end he married, became a soil conservationist, an agricultural agent in Mansfield, LA, completed college and, at the start of the Second World War, was employed by Louisiana State University in the Agricultural Extension Department. He died April 10, 1948.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials relating to the uniform and personal equipment of a soldier of the U.S. Army in World War I. In addition there are maps of the areas of operations and an artillery barrage chart for the Reymonville area, 1 November 1918.

Red piping on the garrison cap indicates Artillery. Shoulder patch is First Army. Collar devices indicate Regular Army, 18th Infantry Regiment, Company D. Chevrons on sleeve indicate 1 year Overseas Service (1 chevron for each six months). Shoulder cord is French Fourragere, given to a person or unit as a commendation, number of commendations are shown by various combinations of cords on the fourragere, in this case probably two unit commendations.

Ribbons: blue/white/red (unidentified). Next, probably Certificate of Merit, US Army, Final: Purple Heart. Grade is likely that of Private, since there are no rank indications on sleeves.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

World War (1914-1918)
military uniforms
maps (documents)
Edmiston, Floyd S.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Floyd S. Edmiston World War I clothing and equipment collection, 1914-1918, MS 101, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Steven K. Howell, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Commendations and maps

Box Folder
1 1 Commendations of First Division, American Expeditionary Forces 1917-1919
2 Map I, Gondrecourt Area, Conde-en-Barrios Area, Vaucouleurs Area
3 Map II, Sommerviller Sector
4 Map III, Ansauville Sector
5 Map IV, Cantigny Operation
6 Map V, Chaumont-en-Vexin Area, The Marne Salient
7 Map VI, Soissons Operation
8 Map VII, Saizerais Sector
9 Map VIII, St. Mihiel Operation
10 Map IX, Meuse-Argonne Offensive
11 Map X, Sedan Operation
12 Map XI, Barrage Chart
13 Map XII, Coblentz Bridgehead

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Series II: Uniform and equipment items

Box
2 1 Garrison cap, Artillery piping
1 Dress hat, with U.S Army cap device (gold)
1 Metal helmet, with inner protective webbing and chin strap
1 blouse, khaki, with organization and award decorations
1 belt, khaki, with black metal buckle
1 pair of lace-up canvas leggings
1 Gas mask in carrying bag
1 GI Shaving kit in cloth case
1 Straight razor in carrying case
1 GI Sewing kit

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