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1st Infantry Divison personal photo

 

Marked to the back "passed for personal use only - 20 oct 1944- not for publication - theator censor ETO USA 1"

 

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Pfc J.THOMPSON - 1st Infantry DIvision - 16 th Inf Reg - A.T. Co.

 

March 3, 1944 - Letter to family at Bronx NY.

 

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US WWII Heart-shield Bible

 

Engraved Gold-Plated steel front cover for bible

 

1943

 

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Harold Baumgarten Book " D Day Survivor"- 29th Infantry Division - 116th regiment.

 

Harold Baumgarten was a 19 year old private on D-Day. Jewish and originally from NYC, Baumgarten was in Company B of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th infantry division. He landed in the 2nd wave on Omaha Beach in one of the most heavily defended parts of Omaha, the Dog Green sector below the village of Vierville-sur-Mer (as depicted in the movie Saving Private Ryan). Harold was wounded 3 times on D-Day and twice more on June 7th. He had 23 surgeries after June 6, 1944, to repair wounds suffered on the Normandy coast of France. Harold has written several books about his D-Day experience. The first couple of waves at the Dog Green sector of Omaha Beach (often referred to as the D-1 or Dog-One draw) below the bluffs which led inland to the actual village of Vierville-sur-Mer, suffered a casualty rate of almost 80 percent in the opening hours of D-Day. “A” Company of the 116th was first in at 6:30AM and the majority of those 29th soldiers were dead or wounded by the time Baumgarten’s second wave landed just minutes later.

 

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Pvt Frederick W.GEE - 1st Infantry Division - 26th Infantry Regiment - HQ Co. 2nd Bn - ASN 32396593

 

1944, May 5 - almost one month before Dday

 

 

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Tech. Sgt Henry J. BURKE - 1st Infantry Division - 18th Infantry Regiment - HQ Co

 

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1st Lieutenant John W.IRVINE - 4th Infantry Division - 12th Infantry Regiment - H Co.

 

KIA in Hurtgen forest 1944, November 14... 5 days after he wrote the letter

 

He landed in Normandy during Dday and was awarded from the silver star posthumously. He is buried at Henri Chapelle American cemetery in Belguim

 

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1st Lieutenant John W.IRVINE - 4th Infantry Division - 12th Infantry Regiment - H Co.

 

2nd letter of my collection from Lieutenant IRVINE

 

KIA in Hurtgen forest 1944, November 14.

He landed in Normandy during Dday and was awarded from the silver star posthumously. He is buried at Henri Chapelle American cemetery in Belguim.

 

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Pvt Clarence E Bawden - 4th engineers Bn - 4th Infantry division

 

ASN 32027911 - Date of Enlistment in july 29th 1941 - New York

 

Cover with "amphibious training center" - Sep 25th 1943

 

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Capt James Edgar - O411795 - 29th Infantry Division

 

11 march 1943 - Sarasota FLA

 

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Officer's field mess kit

We still had these officers' mess sets or something very similar in a Marine Corps Infantry Battalion in 1994.

 

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We still had these officers' mess sets or something very similar in a Marine Corps Infantry Battalion in 1994.

 

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Thank you, if you have a picture from this mess kit, it could be funny to see that

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Capt James Edgar - O411795 - 29th Infantry Division

 

11 march 1943 - Sarasota FLA

 

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Jewish Holy Scriptures - 1942 - Sgt Joseph Siegel - Brooklyn NY - 16th Infantry Regiment

 

 

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