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#1 JasonT

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 01:57 PM

I thought I would finally get around to posting and sharing some of my 100th Division collection that I have picked up over the past few years since I started collecting - nothing fancy just the minor things here and there. When I decided to start collecting militaria (strangely enough I actually don't recall what exactly made me decide to get into in), I knew I was always more interested in the US Army in the ETO during WW2, going back to the days as a kid watching old movies with my dad. Seeing as my grandfather served in the 100th Division, I figured that was as good a place as any to start!

 

Please feel free to post your own 100th Division items as well in this thread, as I always enjoy seeing other collectors items as well. Don't worry about 'hijacking' it...

 

Over the next few weeks I'll gradually post my items, but will start out with the few things my grandfather had saved from his service.



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 02:07 PM

My grandfather served as a private in K Company, 397th Regiment. He was drafted during the summer of 1944 and joined the 100th as a replacement on or around February 24, 1945 as a BAR rifleman. He served with K company through to the end of the war as they made their way through Germany. 

 

He was awarded the bronze star for heroic achievement in action in Heilbronn, Germany on April 10, 1945. According to the award citation, while his squad was attacking a hostile machine gun emplacement, a second machine gun squad opened fire from a concealed position and threatened to inflict grievous casualties upon the unit. Alertly observing the position of the second weapon, he skillfully maneuvered toward the enemy until he reached a vantage point from which he could engage the opposing troops. He killed the gunner and wounded a second member of the hostile crew enabling his comrades to advance and overrun the original enemy emplacement.

 

(sorry for the small scale photo - it's the only electronic copy I have since the original isn't in my possession).

 

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 02:31 PM

Here is the Bronze Star that was awarded to him, along with the original citation that I received from his records (thanks to Matt aka member 2ndInf.Div. !). Unfortunately, the medal is not engraved though.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 02:31 PM

Bronze star award citation:

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 02:52 PM

Thanks for posting. A Grandfather you can certainly be proud of.



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for posting. A Grandfather you can certainly be proud of.

Thanks sundance! Unfortunately, I was never really close to him growing up - mainly because he moved to Florida when I was young. He never spoke much about the war to my dad and he definitely had his demons that followed him throughout his life, but I do have an appreciation of what he did and the sacrifices he made. When he did talk about it, my dad really only remembers him saying how the cold weather forever bothered him (hence the reason he moved to Florida) and how at that point in the war it was a lot of old men and essentially young boys he was fighting against. I feel like that really had an impact on him years after the war.



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:49 PM

My grandfather's engraved Good Conduct Medal.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 02:58 AM

Here is my grandfather's copy of the 397th Regiment history book, printed in Stuttgart, Germany shortly after the war. The 100th really did a great job of recording everything. I have the other 2 regimental histories along with the Division one that I'll post later.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:00 AM

I also have the original box that it was shipped to my grandmother in.20190407_085815-1008x756.jpg

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:46 PM

Here are the remaining items from my grandfather;

-Combat Infantry Badge
-Presidential Unit Citation pin
-Good Conduct Award lapel pin
-a few US Collar Discs and Ribbon Bars
-a .30 caliber live round

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 03:46 PM

Personal Bible carried by Pfc Donald H. Gilbert of Connecticut, who served in the 399th Regiment.20190331_182128-756x1008.jpg
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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:51 AM

Nice display. Your .30 cartridge appears to be a tracer (red tip?). It seems lots of WW2 vets brought home a round of .30, .50, 20mm casing, etc., evindenced by groupings I've seen.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:32 AM

Thanks Iron Bender! Yes, the bullet is a red tip tracer round. I always thought it was strange that he kept it when he got rid of or lost many of his other campaign medals, DUI's and ike jacket.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 08:25 AM

Here are two 100th Division "Sons of Bitche" cards from my collection. These were given to members of the Society of the Sons of Bitche during the postwar occupation to commemorate the vets who served with the 100th during the campaign for the city of Bitche in France, during which the fortress fell for the first time in 200 years. Membership was extended to anyone who had served with the 100th during WW2.

Here is a great link on the history behind these cards:

http://www.100thww2....anecd/sons.html

The first card belonged to PFC Edwin J. Steel who served in B Company 399th Regiment. It was signed by Pvt. Roland Giduz of C Company 399th.

The second card belonged to PFC Frank E. Armes, who was WIA as a member of A Company, 399th Regiment. It was signed by 1st Sgt Larry Masi of 325th Engineer Combat Battalion.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 04:37 PM

Here is a small grouping I purchased from another forum member to either a Pfc Charlie McClain from the 399th regiment or Pfc Turner McClain from the 397th regiment. Neither is listed on the WW2 enlistment website, so I havent been able to verify their enlistment numbers.
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Posted 11 April 2019 - 04:43 PM

Two 100th division pillow covers:

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:56 AM

I was surprised to see the name Allard!  This is my family name, and not very common.  If I remember correctly, we have a part of the family in Massachusetts.  My dad is from Vermont and his grandparents were French-Canadian.  We may be distantly related.



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:58 AM

Hello Jason,

I enjoyed seeing the items you've collected so far!  There's so much more 100th Infantry Division items out their to collect so keep your eyes open!

The one item I have with 100th Division provenance is this theater made knife that I purchased at a flea market in about 2006  in Springfield, Ohio.  What really caught my eye was that I noticed that the blade was named : Harry Adriance. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed it was dated too - Jan. 15, 1945.

Research shows that Harry Adriance was a member of Company C, 398th Infantry. Mr Adriance was from Pennsylvania (where the flea market vendor was from) and passed away in 1997. As with so much history, I suspect this knife ended up at a flea market when his estate was disposed of. 

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:59 AM

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 12:46 PM

I was surprised to see the name Allard!  This is my family name, and not very common.  If I remember correctly, we have a part of the family in Massachusetts.  My dad is from Vermont and his grandparents were French-Canadian.  We may be distantly related.

 

There's actually quite a few Allard's here in Massachusetts and RI. Many more than I thought as well. From what I'm told I believe my great-grandparents or perhaps their parents came over from France at some point. I know it's definitely a French name and a lot of French immigrants and French-Canadians settled in New England. My grandfather had at least 4 brothers I think, so it's a possibility we could be related as distant 2nd or 3rd cousins. A lot of large families back in the day. My grandmother on my mom's side was from Quebec, but was English. I remember her telling me that the French-Canadians when she was growing up always had a ton of kids.



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 12:57 PM

Hello Jason,

I enjoyed seeing the items you've collected so far!  There's so much more 100th Infantry Division items out their to collect so keep your eyes open!

The one item I have with 100th Division provenance is this theater made knife that I purchased at a flea market in about 2006  in Springfield, Ohio.  What really caught my eye was that I noticed that the blade was named : Harry Adriance. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed it was dated too - Jan. 15, 1945.

Research shows that Harry Adriance was a member of Company C, 398th Infantry. Mr Adriance was from Pennsylvania (where the flea market vendor was from) and passed away in 1997. As with so much history, I suspect this knife ended up at a flea market when his estate was disposed of. 

Kim

 

 

Kim, that is a great looking knife, thanks for sharing it! Having his named etched in it definitely makes it special. Have you looked into the significance of the Jan 15, 1945 date? I wonder if it's when he joined the unit possibly as a replacement or has some other sort of meaning to it. One may never know. 

 

I have some more stuff to post, nothing many would call rare, a few Ike's, documents, patches, DUI's, ephemera, books, etc... I get most of it on Ebay. Oddly enough I go to about half dozen small shows a year and hit up a few local antique stores on a somewhat regular basis but rarely ever find anything related to the 100th besides the normal patch. Probably because it's what I'm looking for. If I didn't collect it, I'd see it everywhere... :D



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:24 PM

Here is a photo of all my 100th patches - various types - greenback, ribbed, worn/uniform removed, some post war and bullion patch that is a recent addition.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 04:00 PM

A few misc items -

- Mike Colalillo autographed index card - Medal of Honor recipient (one of three from 100th Division). Pfc. Colalillo served in C Company, 398th Regiment.

- used matchbook from the 397th regiment during their training at Fort Jackson.

- small post war Crest Craft pin

- post war oversized jacket patch

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 02:30 PM

Football game program between 100th Division and the 36th Division on 10/20/45. 100th won the game 7-6.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 02:31 PM

Photos of the 100th team players;
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