This is a picture of an uncle and his friend taken about 1925 or 1930. I don't know if he was in the US military or not, but this seems to be a US Infantry uniform. Can anyone identify the uniform?

I note the rifles seem to be authentic Springfield 1903, the cartridge belt is authentic, and the leggings look authentic. But no unit identifying badges, and I can't see what the hat badge might be. Perhaps this was a situation where people could dress up like a soldier to get a souvenir picture?

Two men in uniform holding rifles

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    With a little more info, like birth date and location you might be able to confirm military service through a genealogy search. – justCal Aug 6 '16 at 2:39
  • I have birth date of 26 May 1905 and death date of 14 March 1976, but I don't know birth place - US for sure, but might be Wisconsin or Minnesota or North Dakota. Can't find anything on Family Search or general googling. – James Mather Aug 7 '16 at 20:05
  • Now that I look harder, does seem to be a USMC cover device. Thanks for that! – James Mather Aug 7 '16 at 20:08
  • I didn't find military records, but this record at Family Search has him born in North Dakota. – justCal Aug 7 '16 at 22:10
  • That would be right. And Ancestry has a military record that seems to fit. I'll need to pursue that entry to find out service branch and dates. Thanks so much for your help. – James Mather Aug 9 '16 at 13:32

To answer your question, the answer is no, this is not a US Army uniform as the cover (what you call hat) device is the United States Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.

Now to see if this is an authentic USMC uniform...


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