The American Expeditionary Forces or AEF was a formation of the United States Army established on the Western Front at the beginning of America’s involvement in World War I. Yellow Garage dealer Jason Phillips Antiques is featuring a plate commemorating the service of Walter W. Kleinschmidt with those forces. According to the plaque, Kleinschmidt served from February 5, 1917 to December 1, 1918 in both France and Germany. These dates encompass both the US declaration of war on Germany on April 6, 1917 and the Armistice ending the fighting on November 11, 1918. Apparently, Mr Kleinschmidt witnessed all of the American hostilities along the Western Front. The commemorative plate also has an eagle perched on a colored stars and stripes shield, the insignia for the 1st Infantry Division, the crossed cannons signifying artillery and the capital A within a circle identifying the Third Army. The entire plate is surrounded by a wreath of raised leaves. It has a pierced back rim with a twisted wire hanger. This commemorative service plate has a 10.75” diameter and is .75” tall. This individual World War I commemorative service plate is a rare and unique find.
World War I A.E.F. Commemorative Service Plate