White Glove Wednesday – Iwo Jima Fragments

Iwo Jima Day was on February 19th. On that day in 1945, Marines invaded the barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery. These Japanese shrapnel fragments were picked up off the deck of the U.S.S. El Dorado at Iwo Jima, Feb. 1945. They are part of the Donald Wilson Collection, which also contains stones from […]

White Glove Wednesday – WWI Doll

A china doll with a cloth body found in a German bunker in 1918. Her native dress consists of a head scarf, a dark green fichu (kerchief worn around the shoulders), and a red skirt with a band of gold braid. The doll is currently on display alongside other bunker items brought home to Lexington […]

White Glove Wednesday – Boy Scouts of America

Chicago businessman and publisher William D. Boyce was trying to find his way through the London fog when a boy appeared and offered to take him to his destination. When they arrived, Boyce tried to tip the boy, but the boy refused and courteously explained that he was a Scout and could not accept payment […]

White Glove Wednesday: WWI Battle Campaign Ribbons

Battle campaign ribbons and handwritten note from the Walton Harris Walker Collection. The note reads: Pinned on flags of 13 Machine Gun Bn – 1919 – by Gen. Pershing in France Walton H. Walker Lt. Col. Walker was part of the 13th Machine Gun Company, Fifth Machine Gun Battalion, Fifth Division and earned two silver […]

White Glove Wednesday – WWI Ditty Bag

World War I ditty bag – Sewn on the front is a small U.S. flag with 13 stars. When donated by Dr. & Mrs. William Norris in 1969, the bag contained two pairs of woolen leggings; two Army caps, pair of woolen gloves, a razor, blade, and mirror in a kit, handkerchiefs, a knitted piece […]

White Glove Wednesday – Bronze Busts

These bronze busts from the Carter L. Burgess Collection are of Walter Bedell “Beetle” Smith and Dwight D. Eisenhower. They are based on the original sculptures by Nison Tregor. A bust of George C. Marshall by Tregor, on loan from V.M.I., is in the lobby of the Marshall Museum. Tregor (1904-1972) enlisted in the U.S. […]

White Glove Wednesday – Insignia

In 1919 General Pershing pinned these on his aide-de-camp Lieutenant George C. Marshall, who later pinned them on Major Edward C. Applegate at Vancouver Barracks in 1937. Major Applegate later said that Marshall was the one who told him: “No one ever had an original thought after 3:00 P.M.” According to Applegate, GCM’s staff was […]

White Glove Wednesday – Short Snorter

A short snorter is a banknote which was signed by various persons traveling together or meeting up at different events and records who was met. The tradition was started by bush pilots in Alaska in the 1920’s and subsequently spread through the growth of military and commercial aviation. If you signed a short snorter and […]