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7 hours ago, doyler said:

US Soldier with a Japanese bayonet on New Guinea, note he has a M1928A1 SMG - 1943

LIFE Magazine Archives - George Strock Photographer

 

 

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And a Hawley liner!

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When asked why he had joined the Rangers, volunteer commando-type outfit, Pvt. Thomas R. Nabors, Jr., of Nashville, Tennessee, replied:

"After ten months in the Army I still hadn't seen action, so I thought I'd like the Rangers - and I do. " This was a typical reason given by the members of the Rangers who always spearhead the invasion forces.

 

 

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On 11/18/2023 at 12:02 AM, doyler said:

US Soldier with a Japanese bayonet on New Guinea, note he has a M1928A1 SMG - 1943

LIFE Magazine Archives - George Strock Photographer

 

 

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Appears this GI in the tropic climate is wearing the issue wools (at least his shirt) and his sub gun totes a rifle sling. Interesting stuff here. 

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5 hours ago, iron bender said:

Appears this GI in the tropic climate is wearing the issue wools (at least his shirt) and his sub gun totes a rifle sling. Interesting stuff here. 

The metal button at the collar suggest a HBT jacket rather than a wool shirt.

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LTC James E. Rudder leads his 109th Infantry Regiment in a 28th Divisional parade in Colmar in mid February 45, his Helmet along with some others bears the Red Keystone of the division with rank, hard to see if it a metal one or painted. 

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3 minutes ago, patches said:

LTC James E. Rudder leads his 109th Infantry Regiment in a 28th Divisional parade in Colmar in mid February 45, his Helmet along with some others bears the Red Keystone of the division with rank, hard to see if it a metal one or painted. 

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I would say he has wool pants

On 11/23/2023 at 12:14 AM, iron bender said:

Appears this GI in the tropic climate is wearing the issue wools (at least his shirt) and his sub gun totes a rifle sling. Interesting stuff here. 

 

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Personnel with the US Army 132nd Infantry Regiment tasked with occupying the "Grassy Knoll" (Mount Austen) on Guadalcanal get resupplied with ammunition on the rear slope of Hill 31 - December 1942

 

 

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IWO JIMA.

ORIGINAL HISTORIC WARTIME CAPTION.

Battle for Iwo Jima, February-March 1945. U.S. Marines of the Fourth Division, wearing camouflaged helmets, approach the beach on the Coast Guard landing craft shortly after H-hour on D-Day. Their first objective – Motoyama Airfield No.1 – can be seen on the plateau in the center background. Japanese planes, destroyed by preliminary bombardment, little the slope of the plateau. U.S. Marine Photograph. (National Museum of U.S. Navy)

 

 

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Operation Torch, November 1942. Photography during the campaign. Shown: Photographer’s Mate 2/C William Wade, USN, trains his movie camera on a group of scout bombers. (National Museum of U.S. Navy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Code talker on Tarawa, November 1943.

An unidentified Code Talker on Tarawa in November 1943. (Official USMC archive photograph)

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21 hours ago, doyler said:

Personnel with the US Army 132nd Infantry Regiment tasked with occupying the "Grassy Knoll" (Mount Austen) on Guadalcanal get resupplied with ammunition on the rear slope of Hill 31 - December 1942

 

 

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1st pattern HBTs and Type 2 service shoes.

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2nd Lieutenant Oid L Wineland a Platoon Leader in F Co 121st Infantry 8th Infantry Division stands for an informal portrait behind the lines, with Steel Pot Weapon and Web Gear, I think in Brittany after the Battle of Brest, War Booty we see in the form of a Luger he's got.

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USMC WAR DOG.

A U.S. Marine Corps War Dog, rests in the shade of a camouflaged shelter-half gun over a barbed wire entanglement, after a hard tour of front-line duty, released August 3, 1944.. (National Museum of U.S. Navy)

 

 

 

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US Soldier with what looks like a field kitchen container on the "Grassy Knoll" (Mount Austen) on Guadalcanal - December 1942

LIFE Magazine Archives - Ralph Morse Photographer

 

 

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Soldiers of the 2nd Bn., 325th Glider Regt., 82nd Airborne Division move up a road through heavy fog, somewhere in Belgium - December, 20, 1944

US Army Signal Corps

 

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Members of the US 2nd Infantry Division pose for a picture in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge - Late December 1944

LIFE Magazine Archives - George Silk Photographer

 

Interesting to see the fully patched M41 field jacket on the T/Sgt. Has the @nd Division Ranger Qualification Skull and overseas bars.

 

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I'm fairly certain that the man in the color photos is Turner Brashears Turnbull III (1921-1944). Member of the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. Father native American, mother Scottish. Platoon leader in 2/505 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. Lt. Turner Turnbull was wounded in Sicily and KIA in Normandy on 7th June 1944.

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On 12/2/2023 at 1:03 AM, patches said:

 

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Interesting to see the G.I., looks to be a Lt. from the helmet insignia, to Rudder's immediate left wearing a British Battle Dress tunic. 

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1 hour ago, Government Issue said:

 

Interesting to see the G.I., looks to be a Lt. from the helmet insignia, to Rudder's immediate left wearing a British Battle Dress tunic. 

That BD would be a US designed, British made woolen US Army ETO 2nd pattern jacket.  It was a Ike favorite but the 1943 system won out so the ETO jacket became the late war/post war Ike dress jacket.

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US PFC John Wauthier with his BAR near Bütgenbach Belgium - January 1945

 

LIFE Magazine Archives - George Silk Photographer

 

 

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 Guam, circa 1944.

From the Holland M. Smith Collection (COLL/2949) at the Marine Corps History Division (Official USMC archive photograph)

 

 

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LA ROCHE-en-ARDENNE, Belgium. 15th January 1945. At right: T/5 Carmen A. Corrado (1914-1978) enlisted in Illinois and did his shooting with a camera, in the 167th Signal Photographic Company. He made the group photo at left, showing a link-up of the U.S. First and Third Armies during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

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The two guys standing furthest to the left were from Seattle: Capt. Brooks O. Norman (1917-2003) of 24th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and Sgt. Lawrence F. Becker (1918-2002) of 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The story of this meeting was quickly picked up by newspapers in their home state.

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Patrols from the 17th Airborne Division also linked with the 51st Highland Division near La Roche and that might be the source for the British camouflage jacket worn by Sgt. Becker.

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Signal Corps photographer T/5 Carmen A. Corrado sitting on the hood of a jeep, next to Hollywood star Mickey Rooney.

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LA ROCHE-en-ARDENNE, Belgium. 15th January 1945. Pvt. Jose A. Viramontes (1922-2018) enlisted in New Mexico and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. His family name is not spelled correctly in the original caption for Signal Corps photograph 111-SC-253917. Viramontes also appeared in 111-SC-335400 and motion picture 111-ADC-9670.

 

Viramontes appears to have put a piece of fishing net under the standard mesh cover on his helmet.

 

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