A great example of an enlisted cap from the interwar era, identified to a soldier who enlisted in 1941.
According to on line records, Fred J. Voorhees, enlisted in 1941, born in 1917, and from Fairfield County, Connecticut. That data is wrong as to the place of residence. The name and address label slipped into the pocket provided on the crown lining, states his address as Lebanon, New Jersey. This is correct as I found a Silver Star award citation for him, while he was serving with the 3rd Tank Bn, 10th Armored Division.
That citation reads in part:
“…for gallantry in action while serving in Co. A. 3rd Tank Bn, 10th AD, in action against the enemy at Margaret, Belgium, on 19 December, 1944. When his crew was forced to abandon their tank recovery unit near enemy lines, Tech. Sergeant Voorhees, recovery unit commander, courageously established a line of defense, directed the evacuation of the wounded and supervised an orderly withdrawal. His gallant actions and dedication devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service…….”
The hat has the last four numbers of his ASN. (31010798). The condition suggests he did not wear his service hat a great deal. Condition overall is excellent, both wool and leather are about the best one could hope for.
Size 6 7/8.
Great hat, better history!