JAG's Relics in 30 Seconds: Army Forces in Germany Megaphone, 1920

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Megaphone used after WWI to lecture to occupation troops taking a Rhine River cruise.

Megaphone used after WWI to lecture to occupation troops taking a Rhine River cruise.

Megaphone is tin construction and has a period, ink-written description attached to it. Tag is stamped, "J. Breuninger, APO [illeg.] Coblenz, Germany."  

Joshua Cleveland Breuninger had enlisted in the the Infantry in July 1916 and served on the Mexican border until 1917 when he volunteered for service in the World War. He was in Reserve Officer Training from January 1919 to June 1919 before entering the U.S. Marine Corps. When he was discharged in 1919, he became a YMCA lecturer on the Rhine Steamer Excursions in 1920. os

Front of tag with handwritten inscription.

Front of tag

Back of tag with stamped addressed in red ink. Dated April 1920.

Back of tag with stamped addressed in red ink. Dated April 1920, the tag shows an AEF / AFG APO address for Breuninger .

This is the man who spoke to thousands: J.C. Breuninger, photographed with souvenirs at F.A. Ritter's studio in Andernach am Rhine.  Courtesy of Alexander F. Barnes

This is the man who spoke to thousands: J.C. Breuninger, photographed with souvenirs at F.A. Ritter's studio in Andernach am Rhine.  Courtesy of Alexander F. Barnes

Poem written by Breuninger celebrating the Rhine River. Courtesy of Alexander F. Barnes

Poem written by Breuninger celebrating the Rhine River. Courtesy of Alexander F. Barnes

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