2008-06-06 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Does Anyone Recognize The Man Or The Uniform He Is Wearing?
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev,Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

A nother mystery, on a real photo sepia-tone souvenir postcard

(unmailed) has surfaced. The card is not signed, there is no photo studio identified on the back, and the card can be dated back to the days during World War One.

The uniform is not that of a World War One doughboy with campaign hat.

A soft hat or overseas cap is worn by this military looking gentleman, as well as trousers that appear to be riding pants - I am not sure!

On his left front collar is a round insignia emblem, and there is one on the left front side of his cap.

The focus of the camera lens is on the eyes of the man, and the marking on the two emblems appear to be crossed riffles (infantry) or crossed cannons (artillery).

Each time I looked with a more powerful magnifying glass, the markings look more like crossed cannons, so this fellow could be an artilleryman from Fort Tilden, sending a photo home… or a member of Rockaway's own 24th company of the United States Coastal Artillery, whose armory was located in Far Rockaway.

The 24th served in France during World War One, and provided artillery support to our GI's in many of the famous battles fought.

Maybe someone out there in Waveland will recognize this soldier and let us know who he is for the record.

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