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    A sergeant. The division patch is that of the 36th Division, a Texas-Oklahoma National Guard unit formed in late July - early August 1917 at Camp Bowie near Fort Worth. The insignia is an arrowhead pointed down with the letter T superimposed. The arrowhead represents Oklahoma and the T is for Texas. His collar brass (the round device with US on it) also shows the number 3. This is the 3rd Texas Infantry Regiment which was later renumbered as the 143rd US Infantry. This helps us identify the time frame of the photo since that change occurred in October 1917 when the 3rd and 5th Texas Infantry Regiments were combined to form the 143rd US. The distinctive unit insignia behind the collar brass is, probably, since I don’t have one handy, the insignia of the 3rd Texas Infantry although it could be an early insignia for the 143rd. It is certainly not the current insignia 143rd Infantry which was approved in 1926. The wreathed shield, barred, with a star surmounting is typical of Texas units of the time and even survives in the modern insignia of the 144th US Infantry which was formed in the 36th Division at the same time as the 143rd. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/143rd_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) for the current 143rd insignia and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/144th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) to compare with the insignia of the 144th. The qualification badges are, on the left “Expert” and on the right appears to be “Marksman” although the glare in the photo could be covering the detail that would make it a “Sharpshooter” badge; the difference being the marksman badge has a plain center to the cross, but the sharpshooter badge has a superimposed circular target. My bet, just because of the glare, is that it a Marksman qualification badge. The rectangles below the badges would identify the weapon for which he earned the qualification badges, but the photo does not have enough detail for further identification. So, photo was probably taken sometime between the end of July and mid-October 1917.
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    My name is Phil elsner and I enlisted in the United States navy in July 1964.in August I was sent to the great lakes naval training center and after three months I was sent to my first duty station.this was in Washington d,c.and it was in anacostia naval air station. I was there for one year and after leaving I was sent to the uss Yorktown CVS 10 in long beach California. In 1965 we left for Vietnam and the Tonkin gulf.we did two tours of cutoff the coast and going north to Yankee station.we were out in the area for six months and then we were relieved by another carrier and we returned back to the states.after three years I was honorably discharged. Thank you Phil elsner photo mate third class ret.
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    my pleasure sir.and thank you.
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    good morning ,my name is phil elsner and i am a retired photo mate third class and i served two years aboard the uss yorktown cvs 10,my mos was working in ops division and i worked in the ships photo lab,during the vietnam war i did two tours of duty in the gulf of tonkin.thank you .phil elsner.
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    Never stop reading and never get your history from the TV, movies, or UTube.
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    Failure to take Britain out of the war had incredible strategic implications for the Germans. A country with an empire, a massive navy and plenty of space to build bomber bases remained in the position to threaten their gains in the west. With England (Britain) out of the war you can assume that the USA would not get involved, and if they would where would their staging area be? New York Harbor is a long way from Europe and Bombers couldn't fly that far. Not having a bomber threat meant that Germans could use the men (and woman) working the FLAK guns for something else. It also meant that the Germans now had to start building the Atlantic Wall to defend their vulnerable coastline. The time, money and materials invested in it could then have been used elsewhere. Invading Russia without taking out Britain was the turning point for me.


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