Brigadier General John James Bohn, 3rd Armored Div, lead Combat Com.”B” at D-Day!
Major Bohn purchased this full dress uniform coat in 1936, and it was used by him until his retirement in Feb. 1945. He had been in the U.S. Cavalry his entire career, allowing his short stint in the Armor during WWII. Thus the coat is in fine to excellent condition, and complete with shoulder straps (for full colonel), “US” & Cavalry insignia on the labels, This ribbon bars are simple, obviously the ones he was most proud of; The Silver Star, WWI Victory Medal with 1 campaign star, WWI Army of Occupation, and European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 campaign star. The uniform was made by the “Associated Military Stores, Chicago.” All buttons are present. Slight wear on the bullion and yellow trim on the cuffs only.
The field grade cavalry officer’s hat matches the condition of the uniform coat and was purchase from the same firm with the uniform. The oak leaves one the visor are lightly toned and are embroidered directly to a black wool backing on the visor. The yellow silk banding does show a few small areas of insect damage, but very minimal and does not detract. Major Bohn printed his name in pen on the sweatband. The lining and sweatband are fine with normal wear; the sizing label is partially present and is a 7 3/8.
There was some copies of career assignments, promotions, etc., that came with the group. General Bohn had served in the Philippines, Mexican Border Service, France (WWI) and WWII. A brief list of some of his postings are; commanding officer, Troop “H,” 6th Cavalry, Sierra Blanca Patrol District; commanding officer 1st and 2nd Squadrons 6th Cav., AEF; Instructor of cavalry Alabama National Guard; commanding officer 1st Squadron, and executive officer 7th Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Texas; commanding officer, 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, Fort Meade, SD; Executive officer Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kansas; Executive officer, 3rd Cavalry, Fort Myer, VA.; Commanding General Combat Command “B” 3rd Armored Division. He lead CC”B” into action at Normandy (D-Day)
Promotions in relation to the uniform coat. At the time General Bohn purchased his uniform as major, he had attained the rank in Dec. of 1927 until Apr 1938 whereupon he made Lt. Col. He was promoted to full colonel (Army of the US) in October of 1941 a few months away from the declaration of war against the Axis. Brigadier General (AUS) August, 1942, and reverted back to full colonel (AUS) August, 1944. Retired 28 February, 1945 Brigadier General, USA.
The rank of full colonel as represented on the coat suggests that Gen. Bohn upgraded the uniform in just prior to the war, as the full dress was hardly ever worn during the war, and where he retired before the war was over, it is likely he never wore it from that time on (the case with nearly all officer’s full dress in this wartime period). Obviously, this coat was not upgrade for that of a general officer, so we are assuming he purchased a new one.
A great grouping with a very good history.
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