Hi Robin, this is the brother of my Great-Grandmother. The entire family migrated from Sweden to the United States in the early 1890's.
Great-Great Uncle Anton Edward Helgren joined the Army in Minnesota and got to "see the world" from the family stories I've heard. I found him in the 1900 census in Manila, Philippines on an Army base. This was during the time of the Philippine-American war.
I found war service records for him in the Philippines and see that his rank was sergeant. Here he is in his blue service uniform when he was a corporal:
I found his grave in California and see that he was promoted as high as Sergeant Major before he retired from the Army.
My mother has photos of my great-grandmother and all of her siblings, including Uncle Ed in a beautiful turn-of-the-century wooden frame:
I opened the back and took the photos out and sure enough, Uncle Ed's dress white uniform photo was taken in the Philippines - perhaps he mailed this photo home as a Christmas gift to his parents.