Major Jonathan W. Anderson Interwar 2nd Infantry Division Jacket (Commanding General of 3rd Infantry Division in WW2)
Rare and Notable Interwar 2nd Infantry Division Jacket to then Major Jonathan Waverly Anderson – WW1 Veteran and Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division during WW2 (1942 to 1943).
Includes: named interwar officer’s jacket and garrison cap.
Interwar (circa 1930s) officer’s jacket presents in high condition – showing light wear from age and storage. Jacket features a stunning and unique embroidered felt-back 2nd Infantry Division patch; beautiful sewn bullion major’s rank insignia on shoulders; early screw-back “U.S.” and “Infantry” insignia devices; and a custom sewn, modified clutch-back ribbon rack. Ribbon rack includes Silver Star ribbon; Mexican Border Service ribbon; WW1 Victory ribbon (with 3 campaign stars); and American Defense Service ribbon. Tailor’s tag is present. Name “J.W. Anderson” is handwritten inside jacket pocket.
WW1 era garrison cap presents in high condition – showing light wear from age and storage. Garrison cap features WW1 faux bullion 1st Lieutenant insignia bar pin and gold chevron pin.
According to our research, Jonathan Waverly Anderson (Born June 7, 1890), a native of Tennessee, began his military career as a 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Shortly after graduation, Anderson requested a transfer to the United States Army and was granted a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Cavalry. He would be assigned to the United States Army’s 8th Brigade at Fort Bliss (under the command of General John J. Pershing) and would take part in the Mexican Expedition from 1916 to 1917. During World War 1, (then Major) Anderson was assigned to the command of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Division. During his command of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, Anderson would receive the Silver Star (with a personal commendation from General Pershing himself) for his gallantry and leadership of the battalion in their legendary support of the 38th Infantry Regiment during the Second Battle of the Marne (which earned the 10th Field Artillery the moniker “The Rock’s Support”). In the interwar period, Anderson would be posted to various assignments in both the 3rd Infantry Division and 2nd Infantry Division. At the outbreak of direct American involvement in World War 2, Anderson (by then promoted to the rank of Major General) would be assigned command of the 3rd Infantry Division in 1942. As a direct subordinate of General George S. Patton during Operation Torch (the Allied invasion of North Africa), Anderson would lead the 3rd Infantry Division during the amphibious landings at Fedala and through the subsequent campaign to capture French Morrocco. In January 1943, Major General Anderson was given the order of providing security for the Casablanca Conference and the responsibility for the direct protection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his attendance at the conference. In March of 1943, Anderson would be transferred from command of the 3rd Infantry Division and would serve out the rest WW2 in various high-level command positions in the United States Army (including command of both X Corps and XXXVI Corps). Officially retiring from the United States Army in 1950 (after more than 40 years of service), Major General Jonathan Waverly Anderson would pass away in 1967 and would be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
A historical piece with an even more historical significance behind it. A once-in-a lifetime uniform to an absolute hero of a man.
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