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One of the coolest panoramics in my collection..... DSC + MOH recipients.... and an italian artist found my blog post and painted a forty foot mural of it.......

 

 

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I didn't even realize the guy at center was a MOH recipient until his grandson emailed me with the details.

 

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The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Patrick J. Regan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 8 October 1918, while serving with 115th Infantry, 29th Division, in action at Bois-de-Consenvoye, France. While leading his platoon against a strong enemy machinegun nest which had held up the advance of two companies, Second Lieutenant Regan divided his men into three groups, sending one group to either flank, and he himself attacking with an automatic rifle team from the front. Two of the team were killed outright, while Second Lieutenant Regan and the third man were seriously wounded, the latter unable to advance. Although severely wounded, Second Lieutenant Regan dashed with empty pistol into the machine gun nest, capturing 30 Austrian gunners and four machine guns. This gallant deed permitted the companies to advance, avoiding a terrific enemy fire. Despite his wounds, he continued to lead his platoon forward until ordered to the rear by his commanding officer.

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post-32632-0-09898100-1467743686.jpgpost-32632-0-70936600-1467743725.jpgpost-32632-0-23097900-1467743773.jpg Found a couple, so far, of men in my 361st Inf yardlong. Sgt. Bartruff is from my hometown, Bellingham Wa. which helps.

"They'd rather be alive than free; poor dumb bastards."

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post-32632-0-45881100-1467746620.jpgpost-32632-0-53854800-1467746634.jpg Here's Sgt's Bartruff and Simonson and my Great-uncle standing in the middle behind them. I've still to find photos of the other 3 Sgt's and identify them.

"They'd rather be alive than free; poor dumb bastards."

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109th Am. Trn. Camp Cody New Mexico Mar. 6,1918post-2137-0-33926600-1481742779.jpg

Here's a good example of the state of pistol ammo pockets on what I think are M-1909 cartridge belts on Mar. 6th 1918. I wonder how many of these belts were used on the border area just south of here just 2 years prior?

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WW1 American items donations always appreciated!

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Last photo was too large for above. They show 4 pockets, 2 pockets, and finally no pockets! Does anyone know the date of when the Army ordered them removed?post-2137-0-62357000-1481743543.jpg

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My guess is when these 2 heard that they were in the SandStorm Div.(34th), they better be prepared! Also note collar insignia--Iowa Nat. Guard?post-2137-0-50204600-1481744191.jpg

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Love these old photos! Particularly the one of Company D, 354th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division.

 

Attached is a photo of my cousin's Chauchat squad (Company L, 354th Infantry Regiment) taken a day or two after the Armistice. His name was Charles Denver Barger, a WWI Medal of Honor recipient. He is in the back row, third from right. In the back row, fourth from right, is Jesse Funk, his assistant gunner, who was also awarded the Medal of Honor during WWI. This is a family photo that Charlie's first wife had and gave to her grandson, James. It's hard to believe how gaunt Charlie looked!

 

Enjoy!

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MSgt (Ret.) Joe Bowman

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  • The Decorations, Awards and Honors of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur: The U.S. Military’s Most Decorated Serviceman
  • Quietly Exploding: The Life of Medal of Honor Hero Charles Denver (Staffelbach) Barger

 

https://msgtjosephpbowman.com/

 

 

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Since Im new here I should post something interesting. Hereare original signed photographs of ww2 USMC ace Kenneth Walsh and Bruce porter, the book ACE! is also signed by Bruce Clarke. My grandpa was a chiropractor back in the day so a lot of his patients were ww2 veterans, including these two aces. He obtained some of his collection from veterans who were clients of his.

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Found a WWI 6ft long panoramic rolled in among my grandfather Hottle's WWII memorabilia. The rest of the family was throwing everything out so I just claimed everything and am slowly working to archive, protect, and digitize what I can.

 

The image has a significant fold in the center but it didn't crack completely when I sandbag weighted the photo out for a month or so. Managed to archival frame it and get it behind glass to slow down the break. The image is labeled "Recruit Battalion 5th Engineers Camp A.A. Humphreys VA August 1st, 1918. (Tr. Regiment)".

 

I've struggled to make any connection with my direct family, but did find an image of a group of young men with "Shenandoah County Boys leaving Woodstock for Camp Humphries" writing on it. It was dated 5 days before this dated panorama. My grandfather's family was from Woodstock/Tom's Brook Virginia so there may be a cousin etc. included.

 

I can't find any personnel/military unit records to really track names but find the MASS of people and the tents/building really interesting to see. Also the array of different uniforms/outfits. Camp Humphreys was basically consumed/dissolved into what is now Fort Belvoir from what I can find.

 

Full digitized scan of the image from the WWI WWII commission that came through town:

https://www.harrisonburg2017.virginiawwiandwwii.org/fullscreen-page/comp-isinw8e9/566cc394-9c0b-40a5-b8ef-3aedb5ac834b/10/%3Fi%3D10%26p%3Dchli%26s%3Dstyle-j9cncjgk?fbclid=IwAR05R58QTpijjCA2L9nIW50MwQpBniCocSYNn8MjvgOhw1xyzGVzemQuIow

 

 

Scan of the "Shenandoah County Boys" going from Woodstock to "Humphries", (same scanning project different city) donated by a "Jean Hottle" that is likely an indirect cousin to my Grandfather Hottle:

https://www.woodstockapril2017.virginiawwiandwwii.org/fullscreen-page/comp-isinw8e9/a3a9b350-2f51-44ba-94b2-68ec6ee4456e/8/%3Fi%3D8%26p%3Dchli%26s%3Dstyle-j9cncjgk%26rl%3D1

 

 

 

 

 

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