This coat was worn by the donor the Hon. Harold H. Tittmann Jr. (1893–1981). Tittmann served with the 94th Aero Squadron during World War I and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for an encounter with seven German aircraft on July 1, 1918. While on patrol, Tittmann immediately attacked the German formation despite their numerical superiority and the advantage of position. After firing a few rounds his guns jammed. While evading enemy machine-gun fire he repaired his jammed guns and resumed his attack. Although he was severely wounded, he continued until the enemy was forced to retire behind their own lines.
After the war he joined the US Foreign Service, in which he served thirty-eight years, ultimately rising to the rank of Career Ambassador.
Donated by the Hon. Harold H. Tittmann
Country of Origin: United States of America
Clothing: 80.6 x 77.5 x 5.1cm (31 3/4 x 30 1/2 x 2 in.)
Other (Sleeve): 57.2cm (22 1/2 in.)
Other (Shoulder): 40.6cm (16 in.)
Buttons and Insignia: Blackened Bronze
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 patch 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.