Pair (plus) to Lt Colonel Charles E. McBrayer, Medical Corps
Group to Lt Colonel Charles E. McBrayer, Medical Corps: Mexican Border Service Medal, numbered “965″; World War I Victory Medal, clasp “France”; a Sigma Nu fraternity fob, with “McB” scratched on the reverse. With four dog tags to McBrayer as a lieutenant colonel, Medical Corps; a leather luggage tag and brass claim chit from the Panama Canal.
McBrayer served as an Army medical doctor from August 1910 through June 1930. In France, he was in command of Base Hospital No. 24, at Limoges, France, which handled over 3500 medical cases. Colonel McBrayer later served in Panama. Mexican Border Service Medal “965” was issued to Hospital Sergeant Franklin S. Gilbert, at Camp Dodge, Iowa, but it was reported lost in the mail. McBrayer also served at Camp Dodge in 1919, but he is not listed on the federal roll for the Mexican Border Service Medal (or the Mexican Service Medal). His records show that he was assigned as a medical officer at the US Disciplinary Barracks, Alcatraz, from 1915 through early 1917, when he was reassigned to Tulane University for the establishment of Base Hospital No. 24. It is possible that that he served on the Mexican Border on temporary duty, but that is not reflected in his records.