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US Army service hat and hat box owned by a Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2006.11.32 a-b

Service hat issued to J. George Mitnick by the United States Army during World War II. Service hats were issued to both officers and enlisted men. The color of the cord around the brim indicated the enlisted man’s branch of service. Service hats with the gold and black cords were issued to officers. Mitnick, a 27 year-old Jewish American, served as a captain in the 65th Infantry Division, European Theater and in the Chemical Warfare Service, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 45th Infantry Division. His unit took control of the Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945; nearly all the inhabitants were dead, killed by the departing German troops. This was the first concentration camp liberated by US troops and descriptions of the conditions horrified the world. Mitnick’s unit continued on into Austria and was involved with the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp. Captain Mitnick was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service.

issue:  after 1941 December 07
manufacture: Gadsden (Ala.)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Hats (lcsh)
Military uniforms.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:24:09
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