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Shannon Birmingham

Help needed please!

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This is a photo of my possible great grandfather! We know nothing about this man, the only thing we have is this photo! Does anyone know of where he may be from or anything about him by his uniform? Thank you! 

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Shannon, I know this is not much help, but it does not appear to be a US uniform.  But the picture makes me think that it might be early or mid 20th century.  Can you give me about a rough date, and the general place this picture was taken at?  I am in the middle of putting together my family tree also.  So I know how hard finding pieces can be.  Try the Family Search site by the Latter Day Saints.  They have a great database and its free.

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Joe Rich gave you some good information. Go to the Family History site . It is free to join and there is a lot of data available. Start with yourself and work backward through the generations. Many times marriage and death certificates ,as well as birth certificates, will give you data as to who parents were.Census records can help to find where your ancestors might be from and who was living in a certain household on the date of the census. The last census released was the 1940 census and it is a gold mind of information. Keep working at it and you will find something.

Looking at the uniform, I would say it is a WWI American uniform. Go to google images and see if does not look the same to you.

Good Luck

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You are right. It is a British military uniform top. At least that is my best guess. Sorry, I missed the collar.

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It might be, but it appears to have more in common with the known WWI British Uniform top. Also, look at the style of the gentleman's hair and the posing of the individual.

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Not US cadets, not a USMA, VMI, Citadel, Norwich, nor even Texas A&M.  Quite a few others college OTC (that's right, OTC, ROTC came later) in the US of that period I could name.  Most either wore a USMA style grey uniform, such as VMI, Citadel, Norwich, or PMC, or the dark blue officers service dress blouse (such as VPI or the Aggies) from the 1908 regulations circa the time of the blouse in the photo.  I believe it is a British or Commonwealth blouse.  US Army uniforms were high collar until about 1924 when they switched to an open collar,flat lapel type blouse over a shirt and tie.

Today, Aggies still wear that open neck type, the famous "pinks & greens;" VMI, Norwich, & Citadel wear cadet grey like USMA but with slight variations on trim and different buttons; PMC, and I believe, NMMI went out of business a long time ago; VPI wears the USMA style service blouse only in blue, not grey.  Everybody else, ROTC, that is, wears standard contemporary US Army attire as they always have.

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