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Hello,
I am looking for specific information related to the group's inception.  I know they were organized late September 1899 in Columbus, OH and that there was a Post in Philadelphia... the Gen. Henry W. Lawton Post 1.  There were also Posts in Pittsburgh & Altoona, but which was the very first and from where?  Was there a Post in Columbus or were they all from PA?  The National VFW archives are in error and I already have documents proving that, but I am still trying to find their beginning.

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Sorry, but I don't have any special info about the American Veterans of Foreign Service. You said you looked at the VFW's archives. Have you tried the American Legion? Also, there is the American Foreign Service Officers Association. Have you tried them? There's contact info on the website, http://www.afsa.org  

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.

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