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Manuscript Group 387
RAYMOND HOFFMAN COLLECTION
of RECORDS of the
SOCIETY OF THE 28TH DIVISION, AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES,
1918, 1944-1970.
1.5 cubic feet


Colonel Raymond Hoffman served as Secretary of the Society of the 28th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, which was organized to promote ties of patriotism and comradeship among the men who served in the Keystone Division during World War I. The 28th Division was initially organized as the 7th Division in 1916, serving in the Mexican Border Incidents. In July 1917, the 7th was called for active duty in World War I, and in October 1917, was reorganized into the 28th Division. The 28th Division served in France in World War I, earning the nickname "The Iron Division," and then again served in World War II and Korea. In the early 1930s, land in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania was given to the State in order to create a shrine commemorating the service of the 28th Division in World War I. The shrine was officially dedicated in the 1940s, and following the Second World War, and tablets denoting individual service were placed there by the Society of the 28th Division. In the 1960s, the Pennsylvania Military Museum, an agency of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, was built on the site of the 28th Division Shrine. Exhibits at the Museum honor Pennsylvania's "citizen soldiers" from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts overseas.

The collection consists of the following:
Related records may be found in RG-13, The Pennsylvania Military Museum Collection (MG-272), and the Governor Martin Papers (MG-156).



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