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311th Engineers Co. C Unit Photo WW2

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#1 P-40Warhawk

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:08 PM

I found this many years ago at a flea market while I was on vacation. It's hard to get the camera to focus on the shoulder patches, but the 311th was assigned to the 86th Infantry Division in WWII. I had mentioned this in another thread, and after some interest in seeing it thought I should post it here so I don't clutter up the other thread. I don't have a good way to get a photo of the whole thing, but I will try again later. For now here are some close ups I thought were interesting. I turned the pictures black and white and adjusted the contrast a little to make it easier to see; the real photo is sepia/orange looking I guess.









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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:10 PM

I noticed this soldier's qualification badges, and thought it was interesting he had two side by side.



There is no date on this photo, but the only ribbons I see are some Good Conduct ones a few guys have, so I would guess this was before they went overseas? This one soldier has some overseas bars, wonder where he had served before this?




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#3 huntssurplus

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:20 PM

Interesting photo! As for the guy with overseas bars would it be possible that before the war he was stationed overseas? He is a sergeant with at least 3 years in the service so that might be a possibility. Or he could have switched to the unit from another that had already been overseas before switching to this one. I don't believe the 86th infantry division shipped out the ETO until 1945 so maybe he saw some action somewhere else.


Just some thoughts,


#4 Edelweisse

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 09:14 PM

Thank you for posting the yardlong.  My Father was in the 86th ID....served in 341st in ETO/PTO.  The NCO appears to have been OCONUS for 1 1/2 yrs in his 1st enlistment...but where??  This new unit needed experienced NCO and leaders.   Again...Thanks for posting.

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