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Brigadier General Harlan Nelson Hartness 1945 dated O.D. Dark Officer's Coat



 
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Model 1944, "Coat, Wool, Elastique, O.D. Dark Officer's M-1944, Spec. P.Q.D. Number 149C Dated April 4th 1944. With Original chocolate tie. With original Brigadier General's Flag, dated August 21st, 1942. Needs belt and buckle, and one "Yankee" patch to be re-sewn. 5th Army patch needs re-sewing. Approximately 29 pages of biographical/historical information. Has his 2 ribbon bar (needs a 3rd ribbon). Has sterling silver stars.

Uniform also comes with a large lot of photos and newspaper clippings from the early 1950's period when he was with the 4th Infantry Division.

*Includes some tank photos!*

Biographical information on Brigadier General (later Major General) Harlan Nelson Hartness

  • Born 1898
  • Died 1986
  • Graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1919
  • Made Brigadier General in 1942
  • Assistant Commanding General of the 26th "Yankee" Infantry Division between 1943 and 1945
  • Commanding General of the 26th "Yankee" Infantry Division between June and July of 1945
  • Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff of the 15th Army Group
  • Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division between 1946 and 1948 in Korea
  • Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College between 1948 and 1950
  • Acting Commandant of the Command and General Staff College in 1950
  • Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division between 1950 and 1953
  • EUCOM (European Command) Major General in 1951
  • Retired in 1954


  • Medals and Awards

  • Silver Star
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Czechoslovakian Military Order of the White Lion
  • French Legion of Honor
  • French Croix de Guerre with Star
  • French Croix de guerre with Palms
  • European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with ? Bronze Stars (had at least 3)
  • Unknown
  • Unknown


  • Comments from Curator

    World War II period combat General's groupings are extremely rare to find today. This uniform is one of four in the AAF Tank Museum collection that were acquired from General Hartness's estate. This uniform includes a 70th Infantry Division, Commanding General's Flag which was presented to him attesting to it's provenance. Additional provenance is provided by the additional items that are included with this uniform grouping from his estate. Here is a rare chance to obtain a documented World War II period US Army combat General's uniform grouping.

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