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A photograph of my grandfather, Stephen Peter Barbustiak (sp of last name changed during immigration process). DOB 20 August 1895 in Odorin, present day Slovakia. Married September 3, 1917. I know he served in Eastern Europe during World War One.Seated man wearing high collared uniform with epaulettes

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  • Please include everything you know about your grandfather: D.O.B., full name, ranks achieved, any medals, where born, when immigrated, where lived, etc. These clues are of great help in tracking these pictures down. Also include guesses/estimates - but mark them as such distinct from known facts. – Pieter Geerkens Jan 29 at 21:14
  • Stephen Peter Barbustiak (sp of last name changed during immigration process) . DOB 20 August 1895 in Odorin, present day Slovakia. Married September 3, 1917. – David Orochena Jan 29 at 21:21
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    Comments are ephemeral, subject to arbitrary deletion at any time. Please edit all additional details in tot the question body itself. – Pieter Geerkens Jan 29 at 21:30
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    Thanks, looks like someone edited the question to add the information. I am a first time user. – David Orochena Jan 29 at 22:09
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    If it's an Austro-Hungarian uniform, the six-pointed star near the tip of the color suggests a Gefreiter. The lollipop-like emblem a few cm away from that would be some kind of branch or speciality emblem (in this case, balloon corps?). – kimchi lover Jan 29 at 23:53
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I believe @kimchi lover is correct. The single six-pointed star is that of a Gefreiter, an enlisted man who has been promoted once, roughly equivalent to a NATO OR-2 or US Private 1st Class.

The "lollipop-like emblem" on the collar is a balloon, but does not necessarily mean he was in the balloon corps. It indicates he was in the Air Service which began as a balloon corps. In 1917 the Air Service operated both airplanes and balloons.

A Field Pilot's Badge over his right breast would be definitive proof that he was a pilot, its lack does not rule it out.

Unfortunately I cannot make out the medals over his left breast pocket.

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  • Given the floral decorations on the bride, the apparent 'plasticity' of the decorations over his left breast may be partially plant matter as well? (what is that? Ferns? – Anyway: Making any 'medals' even harder to gauge)/ His shirt cuffs seem to be of special quality? His single button tunic cuff and foot wear seem also a bit noteworthy to me. – LаngLаngС Jan 31 at 14:01

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