Up for auction is a fabulous son-in-service pillow with fantastic artwork! It has the US Army Insignia depicted, the CAMP CHAFFEE text and a touching poem. This was given to the soldier or sent by the soldier to their relatives (overseas or inland). It has a fantastic patina.
Fort Chaffee was originally named Camp Chaffee. The camp was named after Major General Adna R. Chaffee Jr., an artillery officer who, in Europe during World War I, determined that the cavalry was outmoded and, unlike other cavalry officers, advocated for the use of tanks.
The groundbreaking of Camp Chaffee was held on September 20, 1941, as part of the Department of War's preparations to double the size of the U.S. Army in the face of World War II. That month, the U.S. government paid $1.35 million to acquire 15,163 acres from 712 property owners, including families, farms, businesses, churches, schools, and other government agencies. It took only sixteen months to build the entire base. The first soldiers arrived on December 7, 1941, the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The installation was activated on March 27, 1942 and from 1942 the 6th, 14th and 16th Armored Divisions trained there.
Great and rare 100% original item for your US WW2 collection!
- Armored division training camp
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Army Unit
- Rare WW2 - Home-front ''Son in Service'' silk Pillow Cover ''Camp Chaffee''
- Year of Manufacture
- Original/ Replica
- Good condition
- Comes with certificate of authenticity