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I present you rare photo of the 34th infantry of the 8th division.
"When the 8th Division was organized in 1940 it was formed as a "square division" with four infantry regiments. One of them was the 34th. The organization of infantry divisions was later changed in 1941 to a "triangular division" with only three infantry regiments. The 34th was selected to be detached from the 8th Infantry Division in November 1941, and was designated to be sent to the Philippines. The unit was in San Francisco waiting to embark when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Due tot he strong Japanese forces in the Philippine waters the 34th was instead sent to Hawaii for defense duties. On 12 June 1943 the 34th was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division under which it served in the Pacific War." http://www.fatherswar.com



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Yesterday, I went on a sector which was the theater of a bloody battle between the US troops (3/28th Infantry of Major Ward, K company of captain Clarence Hollingsworth and the L company of lieutenant John O. Gawne - 8th Division) and the German troops (elements of infantry of the 353rd division (Gen Rauch), white Russians, sailors (Marine Flak), as well as of the staff LW).
















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I think that this week will be very rich in 8th Division items !

1) Letters written by the Cpl Carlton R. Preston, ASN 14043180 of the 8th Infantry Division Headquarters, codename "GRANDMOTHER".

The letters date from May 15th, 1944 , August 16th, 1944, August 19th, 1944, September 3rd, 1944 and the last of November 29th,1944.



I have found one photo of his grave and of his wife. I research more information about him.
















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Very intersting in this grouping : On the letter from November 29th, 1944, Carlton R. Preston joined the 8th Medical Battalion - Co D.





... and it's the same men, the Capt B M Randman who controlled all letters !






8th Medical Battalion








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Picture taken at Fort Jackson probably in 1941.

We can see members of the 37th Infantry Division and at the left, a first lieutnant of the 8th medical battalion of the 8th Infantry Divison !





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Cartridge of shell engraved in the colors of the 8th division by Corporal William HARDMAN, ASN 6951264, joined the army from September 11th, 1945 in Dallas in Texas, just after the surrender of Japan.

NARA indicates that he arose from reserves "Reserve Corps Records" of the army.

Of Japanese origin, he was born on October 25th, 1918 and died on April 9th, 1984.
He rests to the Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum today.



Beautiful find, realized in Germany after the war at the moment or the 8th Infantry Division spanked party of the strengths of occupation (IIIth American Army, on 1945 - 1947).

















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Shirt beige cotton of the first model adopted in November, 1941 for the holding of was service. This shirt goes with a tie for the service in garrison, and collar opened in combat dress.

The bit extra is that these two units fought for the liberation of the Brittany, in my home.



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I present you this last acquisition :

It's a embroidered on Wool variant conceived between the wars.
Variant which I didn't have and will go to join my board of... variant.








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More information on the cartridge, she is German. It's 3,7 cm dated 44. She is beautiful !!! The soldier also engraved "World War II" on sides.



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Then, very beautiful class A gone(taken) up by origin to the colors of the 28th Infantry with a girl surprised in the collar(pass). I found nothing in the roster of the 28th, the case to be followed … The presence of the ribbon " american legion medal " (war veteran's association) takes me to wonder why there is not a ruptured duck?



I also present you this holster engraved(burnt) by a boy of the 8th, the presence of a laundry but little luck(chance) to find his(her) landlord. The holster was accompanied with a belt M36 and with a PC for 45 (already sold), the whole went out of a secondhand trade in the Maryland 6 years ago





The presence of a veterans ribbon and no Ruptured duck may indicate the soldier returned home and was discharged prior to the end of the war/before the issuance of the ruptured duck. My grandfather was in the 6th ID and returned home in Dec 1944. I have his original jacket and it never had a ruptured duck on it but did have a VFW ribbon on it; meaning he rarely wore it after his return because he went back to work right away to support his family as a civilian.


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Romeo J. Parisi was born in 1922 of his father Romeo and its mother Ann Parissi to Jefferson in Ohio. October 22nd, 1942, then 20-year-old, Romeo made a commitment in the American army under roll 35587537. He served as a platoon sergeant in Company K, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division.


This is a very scarce, interesting, and emotional original WWII American frontline letter, written in Normandy in early July 1944.


This letter was written just days after the 8th Infantry Division landed in Normandy. The division went into action almost immediately after landing:


"I couldn't write any sooner because this is the first chance I had to write a letter. Well Kay, I'm somewhere in France now, so you see why I haven't wrote lately. I can't say much about anything around here now, but I'll try to tell you more the next time. We got here safe and sound, and so far everything is alright. Tell Daddy not to worry, 'cause I'm getting along alright.


... Well, I guess this is what you call a short letter, but it's the best I can do now. I had to look all over for these few sheets of paper, so I guess it will have to do. Maybe the next time I write I'll be able to tell you some war news."


Staff Sergeant Romeo J. Parissi was killed in action on the 9th of September 1944. On that day Parissi's company participated in an attack by two battalion's of his regiment against German positions outside the town of Lambezellac, north of Brest.


He rests now in the Mount Calgary Couter being situated to Jefferson County in Ohio.





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Nice letter. They are very sad as the one in my collection is also to his little sister makes it very emotional.

Rest in Peace


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Postcard of the 28th Infantry dated 1956 but taking the path of unity during the Second World War. "Fort Carson Colorado to Heilbronn Germany".








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