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William Bradley Umstead, 1895-1954
Visor Cap.
From the William B. Umstead World War I Collection
North Carolina Collection Gallery, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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Visor Cap.
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North Carolina Collection Gallery, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
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OFFICER'S VISOR CAP, United States Army, ca. 1918, olive-drab wool with wide khaki-colored band at base, detachable United States eagle insignia on front, light-brown leather visor and decorative leather strap with eagle side buttons; interior leather sweatband inscribed in ink "Lt. William B. Umstead / 317 M.G. Bn" [Machine-Gun Battalion]; diameter at top 10.5" (26.7 cm), 4.25" (10.8 cm) high; hat in good condition, only two small spots (rear and front) of apparent moth damage to wool top, some damage to underside and edge around base of hat, underside also stained by perspiration, leather sweatband in good condition, top of hat taut and well-formed.


North Carolinians comprised a high percentage of the 81st Division's troop strength. Included among the photographs in the William B. Umstead Collection is a framed panoramic image of the officers in the 317th Machine-Gun Battalion while in training at Camp Jackson, South Carolina. In one photograph (CK.621.177), dating from early 1918, each of the battalion's thirty-one officers is identified by name and by his state of origin. Of that number, nine (29%) were identified from North Carolina, including Lieutenant Umstead.

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the electronic publication of this title.