Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Updated information on 102nd Artillery Guidon

With some help from military collecting experts, the consensus is that the flag I posted earlier this week is actually dates to between 1958 - 1963. The experts told me based on the type of lettering on the flag, most notably the 1 to the left of the crossed cannon in the center it that is the earliest it could be. The materials it is constructed from also narrows down it age to the early to mid 1960's.

Monday, April 18, 2011

102nd Field Artillery Flag

The type of flag pictured above is a military flag called a guidon. It was the battery "colors" for 1st battalion 102nd regiment field artillery battery c.

The flag is double sided meaning the writing had been appliqu├ęd to both sides so it can be read from either side. Due to its styling and construction it either dates to world war II or the 1950's time periods.

Being from battery C means it was the flag for the battery stationed at either the Lawrence or Lynn armories. I am not quite sure which, because there were company C's in both the 1st and 2nd battalion 102nd Field Artillery. Not knowing exact the age of the flag and changing designations of the regiments lead to the confusion.

There are also no tags in the sleeve pocket, as there should be which probably means it was an unofficial flag made for retirement of a commander.