Original Quartermaster art for proposed insignia from early WWII for two Black- American units.
WWII Original Coat of Arms/ Campaign Ribbons art work for proposed distinctive unit insignia and early war campaign ribbons, 6 shown no approved. The two insignia; for the 317th Medical Bn. and the 376th Engineer Bn. art work done by Government artist Marsden Lore, for the Institute of Heraldry.
These items are framed measuring 12 x 15 inches, and within the frame are the insignia adhered to a tan colored board with period War Department signage for this proposed insignia.
Eight campaign ribbon bars were proposed; two each for (left to right) North America, Europe-eastern, North Africa, and Asia. Notation that lower plan accepted, however the middle lower two were, as we know, were combined to form the EAME ribbon (European-African-Middle Eastern) theater. The far left lower was renamed American Campaign, and the far right became the Asiatic-Pacific campaign ribbons.
The 317th Medical Battalion was an all Black-American unit of the 92nd Infantry Division. The 376th Engineer Battalion was another Black unit formed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, thus the Pelican.
Scarce original art for proposed Black unit insignia for early WWII.
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