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I saw this awesome photograph on eBay a little while ago.
Unfortunately I did not win it. It sold for over $40 IIRC
I had to save my money to keep a Vietnam adviser lot together.

All five sons in the picture are in the Army. 3 AGF and 2 AAF.

Judging by the OS stripes and the Occupation medal worn by the last son I would say this pic was taken in 1945 or 46.

The Infantryman without the SSI seems to have served in the pacific due to his Philippines liberation ribbon.
The 3rd AD infantryman has a PH. Note also his Combat Leaders stripe. I am sure Erwin will love his Ike.
The 28th ID brother of course also served in Europe. I can quite make out the branch os service on his collar.

This family sure were in the thick of the action.

Unfortunately I have no information to who actually they are.

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9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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Judging by the OS stripes and the Occupation medal worn by the last son I would say this pic was taken in 1945 or 46....The Infantryman without the SSI seems to have served in the pacific due to his Philippines liberation ribbon....

I don't disagree with your dating, however, it looks like this soldier is wearing a 6th ID SSI. 6th ID's next assignment when it left the Philippines after VJ Day was occupation duty in Korea. It is a phenomenal picture; thanks for putting it up.

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Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:


"To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,


For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Great Photo - it's too bad we don't know the family name.

"Get to those men in Bastogne" - (then) LTC. Creighton Abrams, battalion commander of the 4th Armored Division spearhead that broke the seige on Dec. 26, 1944.


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Great photo Mr-X! Glad you were able to save the image.

 

Here is an article on a family that I know. It may be a little hard to read, but 5 out of 7 sons went into the military during the war. The other two had families and war related work. The mother was a widow when her sons left.

 

Two of the sons ended up as paratroopers.

 

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This is an excerpt from an article I found online:

The brothers

 

"El Paso's Alberto Flores often wondered about his brothers, Jose and

Ramon Flores. They served in the Philippines in different units stationed

within 90 miles of each other, although they never came into contact.

 

Two other brothers, Espiridion and Jesus Flores, fought in Europe during

the war.

 

Arturo and Tomas Flores were in the National Guard during the

war years."

 

The story is about my Grandfather (Ramon a scout in the 33rd Infantry Division) and four of his brothers that were in service during WW2. I was fortunate to meet all but Espiridion, an Armored Infantry Soldier with the 11th AD. He died just days before I went to visit my Grandfather after graduating the WOBC. In 2000, the surviving brothers were given the key to the city in a grand 4th of July ceremony in El Paso.

 

Arturo and Tomas were actually in the service after WW2 and during the Korean War. An eight brother served in the USAF during the Vietnam War. By that time my grandfathers son (my dad) was serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Thanks,

Tom

 

I collect US Army militaria (WWI thru Vietnam). I also collect the history that I have been a part of...Saudi Arabia/Iraq (ODS/ODS), Haiti (OUD), Bosnia (OJE), Iraq (OIF), Afghanistan (OEF 8 and 10), Horn of Africa (OEF), Qatar/Oman (OEF), Germany, Puerto Rico, Italy/Yugoslavia (OPP), Vietnam (4 yrs POW/MIA investigation team).

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What a GREAT photo!

 

The son wearing the 3rd Armored Division patch is also wearing 36th Armored Infantry Regiment DUIs, which was the infantry regiment assigned to the 3rd Armored. He is also wearing the "Spearhead" tab on his 3AD patch, which was not generally seen until late summer/early fall of 1945. Definitely a post-war photo IMHO.

 

I sure would like to know more about this family!

Collecting 3rd Armored Division items of all kinds from all eras, specializing in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment.

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I agree, I think no earlier than 1946 maybe 1947 with the occupation medal..... Great photo!!

 

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

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...Judging by the OS stripes and the Occupation medal worn by the last son I would say this pic was taken in 1945 or 46....The Infantryman without the SSI seems to have served in the pacific due to his Philippines liberation ribbon...
...I don't disagree with your dating, however, it looks like this soldier is wearing a 6th ID SSI. 6th ID's next assignment when it left the Philippines after VJ Day was occupation duty in Korea. It is a phenomenal picture; thanks for putting it up...

Seeing this again with the help of a better monitor confirms that the soldier on the right end of the line is wearing the 6th Infantry Division SSI and 1st Infantry DIs on his lower lapels. 1st Infantry was occupation duty in Korea from October 1945 until it was inactivated there in January 1949. I am sticking with a 1946 dating for this pix.

 

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Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:


"To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,


For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Hello,

 

I am not trying to hijack the thread here, but instead of starting a whole new topic, I thought I might offer another example of a patriotic WWII family. The pictures and newspaper article are about my father's family from Oak Park, Illinois. Seven out of the ten boys were in service during WWII, as evidenced by the seven star flag as shown in the accompanying photo. The photo shouws four of the brothers, representing all four brances of service. The father's (my grandfather) was superinposed over the original as the father had died at the time the photo was taken. Hope you enjoy the photos and article.

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