First Lieutenant Donald W. Philbrick Uniform Group from

167th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, C Company

Above Left: Donald Ward Philbrick was born in Skowhegan, Somerset County 16 March 1896 and later became a resident of Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine. He volunteered into the Alabama National Guard's 4th Infantry Regiment which later converted to the 167th Infantry.  This regiment served under Douglas MacArthur's 84th Brigade, 42nd Division in WW1.  During the occupation of Germany he served in the General Headquarters (G.H.Q).  After the war, he gained his law degree from Harvard and was elected to the Maine State House of Representatives from 1935-1940 and was the Speaker of the House in 1939-1940.  Donald Philbrick was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Maine 1944 and in 1952 he was an alternate. In WW2, served as a Maine National Guard Colonel.  He was a member of the Congregationalist Church, the Delta Kappa Epsilon, and the Phi Beta Kappa fraternities.  He is buried in Skowhegan, Maine

Above Right and Below: 1LT Donald W. Philbrick's uniform from WW1

Above: Tunic outfitted with a sam brown belt worn by 1LT Donald W. Philbrick in WW1. His US Great War Victory Medal has five campaign stars, he wears three overseas chevrons on the lower left side along with a red discharge chevron. The insignia on his collar includes Infantry cross rifles with 167th Infantry Regiment numbers. On this tunic he wears the General Headquarters (G.H.Q.) patch from his service after the Armistice. Considering that divisional patches did not see regular use until very late war, he may never have worn the Rainbow Division patch

Above and Below:  Close view of the US and 167th Infantry cross rifles insignia, 1st Lieutenant silver bar, G.H.Q. patch and a US WW1 Victory Medal with five campaign stars

Below: Detail of the 167th Infantry insignia

Below: Detail of the three gold overseas chevrons and officer cuff band

Below:  Pants from the 1LT Donald W. Philbrick uniform group

Below:  A comparison photograph of the uniform worn by 1LT Neubegin (left) and the uniform from 1LT Philbrick, both from 167th Infantry, Alabama National Guard.  Notice too that 1LT Philbrick was quite a tall fellow

Below:  Canteen and Mills belt from 1LT Philbrick.  The canteen cover is well marked C. 167 INF US

Below: Detail of 1LT Philbrick’s canteen marked CO C 167 INF No


Above and Below: Detail of the canteen cup marked C CO. 167 INF

Below:  Donald Philbrick’s American Legion armband from Portland, Maine’s Harld T. Andrews Post, No 7.  Donald Philbrick was a member of many clubs and fraternities

Below:  The transport record for 167th Infantry onboard the S.S. Lapland to France, November 19th, 1917.  Notice 2nd Lt Donald W. Philbrick’s name 12th from the bottom

Below:  The July 5, 1919 transport record for Brest Casual Company No. 8.  1LT Donald W. Philbrick is listed as G2 (Intelligence Section)  HHQ (Headquarters, Headquarters Company) Corps.  Notice that Philbrick’s name is marked with Detached at Brest.  I think this means he was off loaded at Breast France and the ship continued on to Hoboken, NJ. USA with the remaining passengers

Below:  Finial transport record for 1LT Philbrick to the USA.  He is listed as Intelligence Company, G-2 eighth from the bottom

Below:  A fantastic article on Donald W. Philbrick written by Ania Johnson and carried online by the BHS Library, Brunswick School Department












Below:  World War Two Era records showing Colonel Donald W. Philbrick serving as the Aide De Camp to the Maine National Guard Commander in Chief


Maine Biographies

Donald Ward Philbrick----Among the younger members of the legal profession in Portland is Donald Ward Philbrick, who is a partner in the well-known legal firm of Verrill, Hale, Booth, & Ives, with offices located at 57 Exchange Street, Portland.  Mr. Philbrick is a Bowden man, and received his professional training in Harvard.  He is also a veteran of the Would War, and was in active service overseas.
Donald Ward Philbrick was born in Skowhegan, Maine March 16, 1896, son of Samuel W. Philbrick, a native of Skowhegan, born August 5, 1862, and of Mabel (Ward) Philbrick, also a native of Skowhegan, born August 16, 1868, died April 30, 1924.  He received his earliest education in the public schools of his birth place, graduating from Skowhegan High School in the class of 1913, and the following fall matriculated in Bowdoin College, at Brunswick, Maine, from which he graduated in 1917, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.  After two years in military service in France, he began professional study in the Law School of Harvard University, where he completed his course with graduation in 1922, receiving at that time the degree of Bachelor of Laws.  In September of the same year he was admitted to the bar of Maine, and began practice with the law firm of Verrill, Hale, Booth & Ives, at No. 57 Exchange Street, Portland.  Able, energetic and thoroughly prepared for his work he soon demonstrated the fact that he was the caliber which commands success, and on January 1, 1925, he was admitted to partnership in the firm.  He is engaged in general practice and although he has been so occupied for only about five years, he has already made himself an assured place among his professional associates, and there is every prospect that an increasingly successful future lies before him.
               Upon the entrance of the United States into the World War, Mr. Philbrick who was just completing his course in Bowdoin College, enlisted, April, 1917, and sent to the Officer’s Training School.  He was commissioned a lieutenant in the One Hundred Sixty Seventh Infantry, Forty-second Division, known as the “Rainbow Division” of the American Expeditionary Forces, and was in active service overseas from 1917, to 1919.  After the Armistice he served in the Intelligence Section at the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces.  Upon his return to civilian life he entered Harvard Law School, and since the completion of his course there has been successfully engaged in general practice.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa College fraternities:  of Bowdoin Club; of Portland Country Club; of the Reserve Officers’ Association; and of the military Order of the World War.  He is also a member of the Somerset Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Somerset Chapter, and De Molay Commandery, of Skowhegan, Maine; and of the Exchange Club, of which he is president.  He is a member of the Andrews Post of the American Legion, serving on its executive committee, and is professionally associated with the Cumberland County Bar Association.  He is also a director of the Associated Charities in Portland.  Politically, he gives his support to the Republican party, and his religious affiliation is with the State Street Congregational Church of Portland.  
               Donald Ward Philbrick was married at Chipley, Florida, April 17, 1922, to Ruth Lockey, born in Chipley, daughter of William C. and Xuripha (Hutchison) Lockey, both natives of Florida.  Mr and Mrs. Philbrick are the parents of a son, Donald Lackey, born in Portland, Maine May 3, 1923; and a daughter, Jean, born in Portland, June 3, 1927.  (Maine Biographies, by Harrie B. Coe, Volume 1, page 64-65.)    

Below:  Donald Ward Philbrick’s grave, marked March 16. 1896 September 1. 1984 in Skowhegan, Maine


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