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100th Division Collection - WWII

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Here's the Christmas menu from the 925th Field Artillery from either 1942 or 1943 when they were at Fort Jackson.

 

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Here is a small grouping from Thomas Williams, who served in the 398th Regiment. Included is a letter he wrote his brother Herbert, who was also serving in the army at the time. This letter was written prior to Thomas going overseas.

 

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Also included in that same grouping are some scrapbook newspaper clippings, including a photo of the two brothers.

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What makes the story interesting is that the two Williams brothers married two sisters, whose photos are also included.

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Here are some original copies of division General Orders and Memorandums.

 

First is GO#8, issued on 12/31/42 to deal with provisisions for sanitation while the division was stationed at Fort Jackson.

 

 

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Next is a memo from Division HQ to all officers regarding Policies, issued 10/9/42post-154340-0-28977500-1555276475_thumb.jpg

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Two more memos from HQ, both dated 10/8/42. One addresses Officers Registers and the other addresses the grouping of units within the Division;

 

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Two more memos - one dated 10/9/42 addressing Medical Attendance for the Division and the other dated 10/7/43 announcing an Air-Ground Training Demonstration;

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Here is a document dated from the occupation period of 8/14/45 which announced various unit promotions

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This is an awesome forum posting. I had a relative (great uncle) who served in Co G, 398th Infantry, 100th Div. I have some patches, German items, local newspaper article, and some other stuff from CPL Clarence Pete Becherer. When I get enough postings on this forum, I will post some photos. My uncle Pete was one of 53 surviving members of his company when the Germans surrounded the Division during Operation Nordwind. .

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I also have a great uncle that served in the 399th. Larry Coker is his name.

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This is an awesome forum posting. I had a relative (great uncle) who served in Co G, 398th Infantry, 100th Div. I have some patches, German items, local newspaper article, and some other stuff from CPL Clarence Pete Becherer. When I get enough postings on this forum, I will post some photos. My uncle Pete was one of 53 surviving members of his company when the Germans surrounded the Division during Operation Nordwind. .

 

Thanks Skysoldier80, I appreciate it! I look forward to seeing your great uncle's items. Operation Nordwind was largely overshadowed by the Battle of the Bulge further north, but probably just as important.

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My collection thus far of 100th Div and regiment DUI's, including one for the division artillery:

 

Most are post war German made painted pot metal, which must have been popular since most of the ones I find are of that variety and the US made sterling seem to be more rare. The paint on a few has come off over time. The 100th ones are a mix of WW2 and postwar US made ones. The 399th officer brass is an early war Meyer screw back example that I picked up rather recently.

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Here is a cut down, tailored 4 pocket jacket that I picked up a couple years ago that was ID'd to Pfc Howard A. Seifer, who served in L Company of the 398th Infantry Regiment. Pfc. Seifer was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action on December 18, 1944 while his company was attacking fortified positions in Reyersvillers, France. He suffered a compound fractured hand due to artillery shrapnel. Mr. Seifer was also awarded the Legion Of Honor award from France in 2011. I believe that the Free French Forces Training patch that is on the right shoulder of the jacket was added post war by Mr. Seifer as either a personal affection or to signify that he fought in France, as some other forum members have suggested.

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Here are copies of Pfc Seifer's L Company morning report the day he was wounded. Unfortunately, the only records that exist are these, his hospitalization form and his final pay voucher. On my to do list is to fully restore his uniform with his applicable ribbon bars and any unit citations he may have received.

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Great collection of items here! Unfortunate about that football game though...


GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR ACW Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID WWI WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co. WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID WWII WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70 WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div Vietnam

 

Contact me with IDd WWII 36th Division, SSI Navy, Aviation, or Kentucky veteran uniforms.

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Great collection of items here! Unfortunate about that football game though...

Thank you Alex, appreciate it! Games were definately different back then, not the shootouts they've become now. Football seemed to be pretty popular with various occupation units playing each other. I've seen several different souvenir programs over the last few years but oddly enough never a baseball one.

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Here are some letters written by Cpl George W. Franklin to his wife while serving with D Company of the 397th Infantry Regiment. All three letters were written while Cpl Franklin was with the 397th in France and Germany. The letters describe his job as a switchboard operator and how he cannot wait to get home to his wife. One of the letters is written on VE Day, but the content does not reference the war being over.

 

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Unit histories printed post war for the 100th Infantry Division, along with each of the infantry regiments - 397th, 398th, 399th. (The 397th is the same that I posted previously that was owned by my grandfather). The division did a wonderful job of recording everything. The division history has the entire division roster included, along with lists of each medal awarded, from the bronze star and up. Each regimental history also includes lists of awards and those who were POW/MIA, WIA or KIA,

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Here is the complete set of the (5) 100th Division G-3 Maps that were printed during the summer of 1945 in Germany and made available to vets as a souvenir. These can be found every now and then online but I was fortunate enough to not only find the entire set at once, but also one ID'd since it came with the original mailing envelope, along with the original letter from the division that they sent with the maps.

 

These were issued to Pfc. Bronsilaw S. Chrzan who served as part of HQ in the 398th Infantry Regiment. Pfc. Bronsilaw also has a somewhat local connection as he was a fellow resident of Massachusetts.

 

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The letter that was issued with the maps;

 

(General Burress's signature is a copy, not actually signed by him)

 

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Maps of the Vosges Mountains campaign and the Battle of Bitche while the 100th ID was in France

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Maps of the Battle of Heilbronn and another map titled 'Finale' showing operations at the end of the war when the 100th ID was making it's was through Germany

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The final map shows the overall movement and operations that the 100th ID was involved in within the ETO.

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Guys:

 

I ran across this thread and it caused me to remember a few items of the 100th Division that I had picked up over the years.

 

Everything in the pic below, except the cigarette case, came to me when I bought a collection of weapons and related items probably 25 years ago. The two patches, the 399th DI, and the dog tags all came to me together. I don't collect insignia or dog tags so I tossed them into a box and pretty much forgot about them.

 

I dragged this stuff out of the closet after reading this thread. The tags belonged to a Kenneth F. Mosner. In poking around the net today I learned the Mosner had been a PFC in the 399th Infantry Regiment. He was from Maryland. He survived the war, died in 1997 and is buried in Reistertown, MD, which is the town listed on the dog tag naming his mother, Erma May Mosner. The two patches are not identical. The slightly grungy one on the left is a little bit larger. The DI seems to be in good shape but I can't detect any markings on the back side. The pic is a little over exposed making the DI colors seem washed out, but pale blue enamel is all there.

 

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The cigarette case is something I picked up somewhere probably 30 years ago. It is inscribed "Charles" on the top left side. Since that is my first name I must have concluded that I needed to buy it! I have never smoked so it, too, has languished in a dark corner of my closet. It looks vaguely European to me so I suspect it was a post-war purchase made by Charles of the Century Division.

 

Coincidentally, a couple of weeks ago at the Tulsa gun show I picked up a copy of the 398th Infantry's unit history. A copy is shown in an earlier post above. The one I bought was a Battery Press reprint of some years ago. It is on the stack of books to be read someday.

 

That's all I got!

 

Regards,

Charlie


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