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US 1930's Identified 26th Division Commander, Major General's Uniform Set

This item is listed for historical interest only. It was listed on our site previously but has been sold and is no longer available for purchase.
Sold for: $1995.00
Item #26301

Original era manufacture. This uniform set once was worn by Major General Erland R.Fish, Divison Commander, 26th (Yankee Division) 1930-1934.

He enlisted as a cannoneer in the Massachusets NG in 1909. Served on the Mexican Border as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1916. Was promoted to Captain of Battery F, 2nd Mass. FA in 1917. Promoted to Major in 1918 with the 101st FA during WWI and saw service in the following campaigns; Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St.Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Defense Sector, Chemin des Dames and others. In 1930 he was promoted to Major General 26th Infantry Division and retired in 1934. In 1941 he was appointed Commanding General of the Massachusetts State Guard and killed in an automobile accident in 1942.

The grouping consists of his Boston tailor marked officers visor hat, named Major General's tunic with direct embroidered silver bullion stars (two on each epaulette)and direct embroidered 26th Division SSI. In addition the ribbons for the Mexican Border Service, WWI Victory and Massachusets NG Long Service awards are sewn above the tunics left top pocket. Massachusetts NG gilded brass collar insignia on each collar point. Pair of matching material service trousers, matching material breeches, black leather Sam Browne belt with sword hanger and a well used pair of brown leather riding boots with spurs.

A considerable amount of archival research material is included with the lot, including a group photo image of General Fish shown right center front. In addition a copy of the December 2000 issue of Footlocker, the newsletter of AAMUC, detailing this uniform grouping and service details of General Fish is included.

The overall condition of the set is very good, no real moth issues to report, just light wear and use. The boots, belt, shirt and tie are not listed in the AAMUC article and may have been added by another collector. However the belt appears to be one very similar to the photograph of General Fish and the pictures in the AAMUC publication.

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