This uniform was worn by the donor John D. Hartigan during World War I. After service as an aviator in the First World War, Hartigan became a member of several international committees, including the Saar Plebiscite Commission of the League of Nations. He was a personal representative for President Herbert Hoover, and assisted with the preparation of the American Military Government for Upper Austria after VE Day.
In 1943, Colonel John Hartigan went to Dickinson College, Pennsylvania as the commanding officer of the 32nd College Training Detachment (Air Crew), stationed there for training from March 1, 1943 to May 31, 1944.
During his time in Post-World War I Europe, Hartigan observed a need for well-trained diplomats, and explored the possibility of Dickinson College establishing a foreign career school. In 1948, he finalized his "Dickinson Plan" for the establishment of such a school; though he pursued this idea with the College and with contacts he had made in Europe, this plan never came to fruition.
After retiring from the Air Force, he went to live at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. John Hartigan died of a heart attack at the Washington Hospital Center on November 21, 1958.
Donated by John D. Hartigan
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) Type M1912/1917 officer's uniform coat; single breasted drab wool with five brass buttons down front; two upper pleat pockets and two lower patch pockets with brass buttoned flap; stiff or "choker" collar; single drab officer's lace on each cuff; epaulets; brass "U.S." insignia on collar; two gold wire overseas service chevrons on right cuff;