I wanted to show you guys my collection about the 26th Infantry Division. Some of you know have seen the other topics, but they are not really up to date.
So I decided to post a new one.
Some of you may already know why I collect items from the 26th Infantry Division and some may not.
Here is a little bit of background information why I started to collect items from the 26th Division.
When I was about 16, I was really interested in the Battle of the Bulge. At the time I was trying to represent a GI which fought during the Battle of the Bulge wearing a overcoat.
After some searching on the internet I came across a photograph showing GI's from the 101st Combat Engineer Battalion. Afterwards I started to read their Unit history and found out that it was pretty interesting. Especially because not many people were collecting items from them.
It all started with this particular photograph:
"A snapshot of 101st Combat Engineer Battalion, Company B, 1st Platoon, after being relieved from their position in the woods before Wiltz, Luxembourg. From left to right; Pfc. Leo Ludwikowski of Brooklyn, S. Sgt. Joe Kiser of Valliant, Oklahoma and Pfc. Rubin Maran of Waterburry, Connecticut."
From here on I started to collect everything related to the Yankee Division. Since last year I even started to do a lot of more research behind these men.
Which resulted in a website with lists containing every name of those who were Killed in Action while serving with the 26th Division. I even went to all American Cemeteries and Memorials in Europe to visit their graves and photograph it. Which again resulted in background information for relatives on my website.
As I am still working on it, it will be a project for several years. As I can not photograph graves in the United States, I have to rely on people in the US.
My website which contains the information and photographs, my collection can be shown there as well.
I will start with one of the items I really like of my collection.
"Papergrouping which belonged to Corporal Clyde E. Gilbert from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was with the 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment, Company A during the war and got wounded in France, 1944. He recieved a Purple Heart and Bronze Star during his service."
"Papergrouping with hand drawings of other GI's of Forward Observer Robert G. Blackhart, 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment."
"Medal grouping from Theodore J. Dombkowski, 26th Infantry Division, 328th Infantry Regiment, Company C. Theodore first served with the Coastal Artillery before joining the 26th Infantry Division. Theodore was twice awarded the Purple Heart for wounds recieved in Europe. His daughter has his Purple Heart and everything pictured came directly from her."
This is all for now. Will keep posting more in the future!
Thanks for looking and giving feedback.
Edited by SilvanoUS16, 01 August 2013 - 01:10 PM.