World War One Vermonter photos are far and few between, so I always jump on the opportunity to add one to my growing collection. Today’s portrait photo recently arrived in the mail from a fellow collector who discovered it at an estate sale on the West Coast. This crisp and clear 8×10 portrait was sadly damaged during shipping but still retains it’s incredible details depicting the bullion wings and cap insignia.
Walter Monger WWI Portrait
Walter V. Monger was born on December 18th, 1892 and passed away on October 18th, 1975. I’ve tracked down a number of documents on Ancestry.com that can be viewed below:
WWI Draft Registration Card
WWII Draft Registration
1919 School Photo
As my followers will know, I’m a huge WWI Vermont collector who loves to uncover identified photos of First World War Vermont veterans. In this case I was able to trade a series of photos to a fellow collector/friend who knew I search for identified Vermonters. The photo itself has good composition and details with a visible pistol and holster as well as OS chevron and signet rings. Mr. John D. Hamilton lived in Addison, VT and enlisted and inducted at Middlebury on April 29th, 1918. He was set up with the 301st Engineers and was listed as a wagoneer. He served overseas from July 10th, 1918 to June 13th, 1919. Given that he is wearing a six month chevron on his left arm, this photo had to have been taken sometime between December 10th, 1918 and June 10th, 1919. He has no visible insignia that give his rank, but he is wearing a brass whistle which indicates that he is likely an NCO. All in all a great shot!