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Re: Cap 369th division of the 24th infantry
In Response To: Cap 369th division of the 24th infantry ()
I've done some checking on the web and came up with a photo of the Hayes character at the link below.
If this is the cap you are seeking, you will be disapointed to know that it is not of any type issued to the US Army in the first half of the 20th century (close, but no cigar). It more closely resembles a police or bus drivers' cap.
I strongly suspect that the cap in question was nothing more than what Central Casting had in the prop wagon, that both fit his head and happened to look similar to something of the period . The "369th of the 24th" story probably just sounded good to some screenwriter who can't distinguish history from a hysterectomy. Were it reality, my guess is that they were implying that Hayes was a WW1 veteran of the 369th Infantry.
If that is the case, your best bet is to contact schipperfabrik.com and order a US overseas cap and a USNG collar disc. That was the most common soft cap worn by the 369th in the Great War. If he wants the same cap as in the movie, my best suggestion is to watch eBay for bus drivers and/or police caps until you find one he likes.
Best of luck,