Thomas Gordon Massecar, from Rochester, New York, entered the Army in Dec. of 1942, and took photographs for over three years in the ETO. A great, honest uniform.
1st Army War Correspondent / Photographer’s ’41 Service Dress Uniform, identified to Thomas G. Massecar, ASN 32673927. The coat and trousers have his identification with Army Service Number. The shirt is not named but shares the same number on old laundry tags.
The coat is a 40R, and the trousers are both waist and length 33.”
I have not found much on Massecar, other than having a basic sheet for Army Enlistment records; He enlisted 31 Dec. 1942, and entered with his civilian occupation as a photographer. The obvious from looking at the uniform which is 100% correct, is that his last combat assignment was with the 5th Infantry Division, and most likely rotated out of service attached to 1st Army. I found the image below, which he took at the end of the war, and some advertising he and 3 buddies did after the war. Born July 1915, died November 2001. From Rochester, New York. After the war, one place of employment was the Gannett Newspaper.
I’m sure those of you interested in this coat are more fluid in your research capabilities, and can find a good deal more on Massecar, as he was taking photos for more than 3 years overseas.
An all original uniform, with history.
|Two British sailors celebrate VE Day with their girlfriends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square. London, England. Tuesday the 8th of May 1945. (Source – © IWM EA 65799. United States Army Signal Corps photographer T G Massecar. Colorized by Doug)|