This is a photo I received from my uncle. It was among the possessions of my grandmother, Margaret Laverne (Mackin) Bickerest.
The photo depicts a young man wearing what appears to be a soldier uniform. My mother believes it may be of my great-grandfather John Joseph Bichrest (a.k.a. Janos Bichrest), who immigrated to the United States from Parno, Austria/Hungary (modern day Parchovany, Slovakia) in 1907.
The photo has a few interesting features. First, the man is wearing a medal on his jacket. The top has appears to have a white outline with black stripe, and bars going across the top. The medal itself appears to have a humanoid form on it holding a spear. I believe it may be the World War I Victory Medal. I’ve blown it up and sharpened it:
Second, the man has a rank on his sleeve. It appears to have four chevrons. I have blown up and sharpened that as well:
Last, the man has interesting looking boots and helmet, as seen below.
I wonder if from these features can his country of origin be identified? Is he American? Any help would be appreciated.