White Glove Wednesday – WWI Ditty Bag

World War I ditty bag – Sewn on the front is a small U.S. flag with 13 stars. When donated by Dr. & Mrs. William Norris in 1969, the bag contained two pairs of woolen leggings; two Army caps, pair of woolen gloves, a razor, blade, and mirror in a kit, handkerchiefs, a knitted piece […]

White Glove Wednesday – Bronze Busts

These bronze busts from the Carter L. Burgess Collection are of Walter Bedell “Beetle” Smith and Dwight D. Eisenhower. They are based on the original sculptures by Nison Tregor. A bust of George C. Marshall by Tregor, on loan from V.M.I., is in the lobby of the Marshall Museum. Tregor (1904-1972) enlisted in the U.S. […]

White Glove Wednesday – Insignia

In 1919 General Pershing pinned these on his aide-de-camp Lieutenant George C. Marshall, who later pinned them on Major Edward C. Applegate at Vancouver Barracks in 1937. Major Applegate later said that Marshall was the one who told him: “No one ever had an original thought after 3:00 P.M.” According to Applegate, GCM’s staff was […]

White Glove Wednesday – Short Snorter

A short snorter is a banknote which was signed by various persons traveling together or meeting up at different events and records who was met. The tradition was started by bush pilots in Alaska in the 1920’s and subsequently spread through the growth of military and commercial aviation. If you signed a short snorter and […]

White Glove Wednesday – Tea Set

This Victorian-style tea service is a reproduction of the original set made by the Brazilian government for Simone Bolivar as a sign of Brazil’s gratitude to the “Liberator.” This service was reproduced by the Brazilian government as a gift for George C. Marshall and was presented to him in 1939 during his visit there. Each […]

White Glove Wednesday – Rolls Razor

George C. Marshall’s Rolls Razor, judging from when the Greek key pattern first appeared on the case, was manufactured post 1930s in Britain and made of steel from the city of Sheffield. Rolls Razor’s slogan was “The razor that is stropped and honed in its case” because the dual lid case contained a leather strop […]

Samurai Sword

What do 800-year-old Japanese swords, a Chinese general, and George C. Marshall have in common? More than you know, probably. The Chinese Nationalist was General Yen Hsi-shan, a warlord who, with American assistance fought the Japanese in Northern China during World War II. In 1946, George C. Marshall was visiting China, and General Yen gave […]

100th Division Patch Blanket

The 100th Division are known as the “Soldiers of the Century.” On March 16th 1945, the soldiers breached the Citadel of Bitche, France, breaking through the fortified Maginot Line France had built along its border with Germany after World War I. The 100th Division liberated the town (one of over 400 they liberated in all), […]