Photo Corner

Vivion Davis Contributed by Raydonna “Donna” Adams
This is my cousin twice-removed, Vivion Davis in his bomber jacket. He served in World War II.

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Elmer N. Magnuson WWIContributed by Carol Benson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This is a picture of my father Elmer N. Magnuson serving in the army in WWI about 1917. He was born in 1894 and died in 1975.

5 thoughts on “Photo Corner

  1. Thank you to Carol Benson for this photo. It has helped me partially identify a photo that I have. The uniforms are similar, so I now know that my photo is of someone who served in WW I. Unfortunately, there is no one left in my family who would be able to identify my unknown soldier.

  2. Concerning Mr. Davis. That is not a “bomber Jacket” but the standard issue M-1941 field jacket that was standard issue to all members of the U.S. Army during the early phase of World War II. Bomber jackets, a slang term for the sheep skin leather coats, were issued to flying personnel of the Army Air Forces, or to certain ground crewmen. These were used to keep personnel as warm as possble while performing their duties in the colder atmosphere. When electrically heater suits were available, the sheep skin variety of clothing was discontinued. The M-1941 Field Jacket, however, was seen in use throughout the entire Second World War; although the M-1943 Field Jacket had become standard issue to new troops in mid-1944.

  3. Any suggestions as to what adjustments (if any) I can make in order to view the family photos? The pictures don’t appear (jut blank squares), but the identifying comments do show. This is not a new prolem; it has been happening all along.

  4. My grandfather was Richard Magnuson whose parents came to Pa from Sweden. I would like to compare notes with Ms Bensen. My email rgibson@qn.net

  5. An ancestor of mine, Carl Wagner, was a Wagoner in the 26th Infantry, 1st Division, in World War 1. I haven’t been able to find any photos of him. I wonder whether he would have worn a similar uniform as Elmer N. Magnuson did? Thank you for posting this photo!

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