The Vintage Flying Museum is pleased to announce a donation of WW 1 military items. Clyde and William French, son and grandson of Sgt. William French, have donated the collection. Sgt. French was drafted in 1917 into the 88th Division in Iowa, where he went through training. He later deployed to the Argonne area of France where he served until returning to the US in 1919. Along the way, he collected a trove items, U.S. as well as German and French.
The collection includes uniform pieces, grenades, bayonets, personal gear, issues and clippings from ‘Stars and Stripes’ and ‘Trench and Camp’, manuals, photographs, post cards of French towns taken before and during the war, cartoon collections, maps and much more. There are items from his return trip to the US and clippings related to veterans from the ‘20’s. The collection has been cataloged and is available to researchers with some of the larger pieces on permanent display.