WWI Portrait Photo – Italian Born US Soldier 1st Mobile Veterinary Hospital Farrier


John Belli in WWI

John Belli in WWI

John Belli was born in Italy in 1895 and traveled to the United States during a big wave of Italian immigration in the early 1900s.  I was lucky enough to purchase a superlative WWI German-shot studio portrait of a helmeted US soldier wearing his gas mask with patches attached to his jacket.  To sweeten the deal, the photo came identified to a John Belli.  A few John Belli’s appeared on ancestry.com, but only one was associated with a veterinarian unit as evidenced by the veterinarian corps collar disc visible in the photo.  A great shot with an interesting back story!

John Belli Service Card

John Belli Service Card

John Belli Draft Card

John Belli Draft Card

One thought on “WWI Portrait Photo – Italian Born US Soldier 1st Mobile Veterinary Hospital Farrier

  1. Extremely nice shot of a specialist (farrier), rarely seen on photos. Also, great provenance of the use of the farrier collar disk.

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