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February 21st, 1927 dated, US Army, 4 Pocket, Service Coat, belonging to a Infantry, Brigadier General named: "J.H. Schouten", of the 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow"
February 21st, 1927 dated, US Army, 4 Pocket, Service Coat, belonging to a Infantry, Brigadier General named:  "J.H. Schouten", of the 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow"


 
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This uniform is dated February 21st, 1927. It is a US Army, 1926 Pattern, 4 Pocket, Wool Serge, 18 Oz., OD, Service Coat. The inside pocket has the inked-in name of: "Brig. Gen. J.H. Schouten". The tag has the date inked in. The inside pocket tag has the tailor's name of: "McEnany & Scott, West 56th Street, New York" written in, and this tailor's name is also found on a sewn in bevo-like tailor's tag found in the inside neck area. The interior light brown color lining appears to be almost perfect however the inside sleeve linings are starting to become partially detaches from age. The exterior rates a low-good. There is a small hardly noticable period repair on the lower left sleeve above the mohair Officer's ring. There are several tiny moth nips and snags throughout, but none are very serious or detracting. There is a large 2"X 3" stain found on the rear right shoulder blade area that is noticable from the rear only (see our photo). Over all the uniform is very presentable.

Each shoulder epaulette has a proper pin back silver General's star insignia which are not hallmarked and which appear to not be sterling silver (they may be sterling - we can not tell either way). Each upper collar lapel has a "US" pin. These pins are both matching and hallmarked, and are both of very desirable pre-war screw back types. The lower collar lapels each have matching and hallmarked crossed Infantry rifles insignia. They have the complicated metal and plastic spring type clutches as often found on expensive pre-war private purchased Officer's quality insignia. The buttons all appear to be matching, are of the 1-piece eagle types, and are back marked. Their attaching threads are also correct. The 2 small size lower pocket buttons are held on with internal safety pins.

There is a beautiful, pre-war, 32nd Infantry Division cloth current service patch found sewn on the upper left shoulder. This famous Combat Infantry Division was called the "Red Arrow", the "Iron Jaw", and the "Les Terribles" because it's great combat performance in WWI. This uniform includes it's removable waist belt, buckle, and slider. There are 2 sewn in brass belt hooks in the jacket's rear sides. Now for the neat part - sewn on the breast ae 3 award ribbons of proper vintage, material, and size. The 1st ribbon is the 1st of it's type we have ever seen on a uniform of any rank! It is for the Army Spanish War Service Medal of 1898 to 1899. This ribbon is very rare to find today (more to folloe on this award below). The next rare and very desirable award ribbon is for the Army Mexican Border Service Medal of 1916 to 1917 (also called the "Punitive Expedition" to catch the bandit Pancho Villa). The last ribbon is for the WWI Victory Medal. Yes - this may be a small ribbon bar, but how sweet it is! The lower sleeves each have the mohair cloth rings of Officer's status. Sewn on the lower left sleeve is a single "V" shape, high quality gold bullion (but now aged toned dark) 6 Months War Service patch.

This uniform came to us with it's breeches. They are slightly mismatched in color which is a very common occurence. They are taged inside: "Champion Pants Mfg. Co., Inc." They are: "Dated Oct. 11, 1937, Spec. No. 8-30C Dated 1/12/37". They are in excellent condition. To help complete this uniform the museum has added a khaki color Officer's style short sleeve shirt, which is in a low good condition, and which in this case is named to a "Harry Moore". The shirt has a "Regulation Officer's Shirt" tag sewn inside the neck area. Also added is a very rare (and expensive we might add) pre-war, black color Officer's tie. This tie is pattented 1935! (and it cost us a small fortune to get it). It is the only guaranted pre-war Officer's tie we ever found on the loose, and we hate to see it go (please say that you don't want it!).

And lastly, and best of all is included 1 page partial biographical career sheet on General Schouten. Now get ready for this - it lists him as enlisting in the Michigan National Guard in 1889, and yes these are some of the same troops that went to Cuba (aka: San Juan/Kettle Hill) with Ole' Teddy Roosevelt! And the sheet just gets better and better as it goes. He is CONFIRMED as serving in the Spanish American War as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry! This confirms the above earlier mentioned medal. Ok - do you still want more? Well here it is, the sheet also lists him as serving between 1916 and 1917 as the Captain of "K" Company, in the 32nd Michigan Infantry, Mexican Border Service! If this does not make your day, nothing will. But not to give all of his data away here - the sheet briefly lists his service time, units, and locations in WWI. And there you have it!

Comments from the Curator:

I do not think anymore can be said than the fantastic information found above. If only he had some Cavalry in his blood, and he would definitely be a "keeper", but alas we only collect Cavalryand Armor antiquities. Research on General Schouten should prove both tremendously enlightening and fascinating as well. The great early SAW and Mexican history on this Officer does not make this attributed uniform hard to beat - it makes it IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT! This is a truly magnificent piece of history, which now can be yours.

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