Finding “named” service flags, those that belonged to the original family with a name attached, is a rare occurrence especially when the flag is over 100 years old. This service flag hung in the window of the Jacobsen family home in Long Grove, Iowa during WWI.
Private First-Class Carl Jacobsen served in Battery D, 126th F.A. part of the First Iowa Field Artillery. Beginning in August of 1917, his unit trained at Camp Cody in Deming, N.M. for almost a year before mobilizing to Fort Sill, OK for ten more weeks of intense training.
Fully trained, Carl’s unit boarded the H.M.S. Kashmir, a British cargo liner requisitioned for service as a troopship by the United States, at the Port of Embarkation in Hoboken, N.J. on September 25th, 1918 and set sail for France.