THEUnited States Army Ordnance Corps is a Sustainment branch of the United States Army, headquartered at Fort Lee, Virginia. SINCE THE ACIVIL WAR, The broad mission of the Ordnance Corps is to supply Army combat units with weapons and ammunition, including at times their procurement and maintenance. Along with the Quartermaster and Transportation Corps, it forms a critical component of the U.S. Army logistics system. The U.S. Army Ordnance Corps mission is to support the development, production, acquisition, and sustainment of weapon systems, ammunition, missiles, electronics, TIMERS AND OTHER LIKE EQIPMENT, and ground mobility material during peace and war to provide combat power to the U.S. Arm
At the start of World War I, the Ordnance Department was "charged with supplying the Army with arms, equipment, and ammunition establishing and maintaining arsenals and depots for the manufacture, repair, and safe-keeping of ordnance, and provide horse equipments and field outfits for Soldiers, such as canteens, tin cups, knives, forks, and spoons". The Ordnance Department mobilized the United States industrial base, jointly developed weapons with European allies, and established overseas supply depots [ONE IN DIJON FRANCE] and Ordnance training facilities. In 1919, testing was moved from Sandy Hook Proving Ground to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
First Army organized, August 10, 1918, implementing General Order 12, Headquarters AEF, July 24, 1918. 1st division was the most experienced of 9 divisions. The 1st would participate in the Battle of Cantigny- 28-31 May 1918- The first American battle and offensive of 1ST DIVISION included spotters for artillery. On the date, Sgt James Hartwood of Chicago had in his possession a MARLBOROW SPLIT SECOND CHRONOGRAPH TIMER. This timer was marked front and rear as belonging to the united states and the ordinence dept.It is/was the most advanced and costly timer with rotation counter and two rotating hands. It had a button stop side case and another in the crown. At approximately 4pm on that first day, Sgt Hartwood had stood to take a time count and then placed the timer in his left top pocket, as he turned to jump into a trench a shell hit and nocked him 10 feet from where he was before. Dazed on the ground when a medic appeared and severalo men lifted Hartwood to get him to the hospital tent.
6 days after the near death experience he awoke to dicover he had sustained minor injuries. That the physical shock to his brain was what worried the doctors. And, the doctor pulled somthing from a box. It was small and looked like a opicket watch. the front was tore up. The back buolging from pressure of what was left of the movement. It was the timer. He had received a piece of steel fragment goig so fast it deastroted the frome bezsel, dial, had been stopped by the movement. Had this not occurred he would be dead. His heart would have cesed to be.
14 days in the tent infirmary he was back with the 1st. He was supplied with a new timer and he forgot about it. Then, several weeks later, the doctorhad told the story and it was every where.. normally one cannot keep an item belonging to Uncle Sam. But one evening his Captain called him over and presented him with the timer. it had a dial hands and a case abnd case back. the movement was gne, the case back restored and a glass was placed ove the dial. The timer was so damaged he convinced the upper officers .
This timer is that timer. I could place a movement in it but decised to keep as it was sent to me.