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Capt. Robert Kirkpatrick of the 79th Infantry Division tells Maj. Gen. J. Lawton Collins, Commander of VII Corps, the part his unit played in the capture of the fort overlooking the city and harbor of Cherbourg, France. It looks like the captain's jacket may have the ghost of removed SSI under his 79th patch.

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Maj Gen Paul J. Mueller, commanding general of the 81st Infantry Division, shakes hand with Sgt. Harold Sabath, Headquarters Company, 1138th Combat Engineer Group, who has just received the Soldiers Medal at Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif. April 3, 1944

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Major General Keller E. Rockey, commander of the III Marine Amphibious Corps, signing documents signifying the surrender of Japanese forces in China. October 1945. 

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55 minutes ago, seanmc1114 said:

Maj Gen Paul J. Mueller, commanding general of the 81st Infantry Division, shakes hand with Sgt. Harold Sabath, Headquarters Company, 1138th Combat Engineer Group, who has just received the Soldiers Medal at Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif. April 3, 1944

 

 Harold F. Sabath apparently rose to Technician 3rd Grade by war's end

 

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One more 81st Inf Div photo, at Camp San Luis Obispo with the division mascot Tuffy. Tuffy was one of two Georgia Wildcats presented to the division by the then governor of Georgia Eugene Talmadge with Tuffy served with the division the whole war, don't know what happened to the other cat.

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Officer of the 36th Infantry Division at Camp Bowie, Texas January 6, 1941. From left, Colonel Nat S. Perrine of 142nd Infantry; Colonel E.A. Eversberg, commander of 71st Brigade, and Lieutenant Colonel Miller Ainsworth, commander of 141st Infantry.

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Colonel Dallas J. Matthews, Chief Of Staff and commanding officer of the advance detachment of the 36th Infantry Division during the Louisiana Maneuvers. 08-03-1940.

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Coast Guard coxswain wearing the 1st Marine Division patch in 1943. The photo caption reads:

 

"Coxswain Robert James Canavan of the Coast Guard is standing in front of a large interior column in a service men's club building. He is wearing his Coast Guard uniform and hat with military ribbons and insignia. Behind and beside the column are a table, lamp, newspapers, and in the background are ornate windows. Clipping: "Sailor Plays Dead and Fools Japanese Killers Coxswain Robert James Canavan of the Coast Guard, only survivor of the crew of an antisubmarine patrol boat sunk by a Japanese cruiser in the Marine assault on Guadalcanal and who owes his life to his expertness in playing dead, was in Fort Worth Monday en route to visit his mother in Chicago. He recently was released from a hospital in San Diego. While here he visited the SMC [Service Men's Club]. The former drug store delivery boy, who entered service two years ago when he was 17, was attached to the first Marine division to land on Guadalcanal. The morning of Aug. 19, 1942, his patrol boat was spotted by a Japanese cruiser, which opened fire. The patrol boat was sunk and its crew leaped overboard. The cruiser headed in among the men struggling in the water, CAnavan related, and machinegunned them. 'I played dead,' the young coxswain recounted, and gave myself an eagle spread and floated perfectly still as the ship approached. I could see the crew hanging over the side looking at me and could hear a bugle blowing and the rattling of mess kits. I started getting hungry.' After 19 hours in the water he reached Florida Island and began walking inland. He discovered a friendly tribe of natives who fed him and gave him a place to sleep. He was picked up by a Marine craft after several days and was taken to Guadalcanal. Canavan wears stars designating participation in five major engagements."

Date Created: 1943-10-25"

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56th Cavalry Brigade during the Louisiana Maneuvers. August 5, 1940. Major John W. Naylor of the 1st Squadron 124th Cavalry his adjutant, Lieutenant R. W. Darrow, left, on plans for their part in the Third Army maneuvers.

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36th Infantry Division. "Shown are Army Sergeant Paul M. Clemens, 20, left, and his father, Master Sergeant Paul J. Clemens, 44. Both father and son are attached to the service company of the One Hundred and Forty-fourth infantry where Master Sergeant Clemons is transportation chief. The latter served in the World War in the ordinance department and participated in three major battles, has been in the National Guard for 27 years. Sergeant Clemens, his youngest son is a metal worker in civil life. They are standing behind an army truck. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram evening edition, December 10, 1940."

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56th Cavalry Brigade. "Officers in Troops A and B 124th Cavalry, Texas National Guard, whose promotions were announced. Shown here are left to right, Second Lieutenant William Wood, Troop B. and Second Lieutenant Jerrol Lowe. Both men are wearing their officer uniforms. Published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Evening Edition November 01, 1940."

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31st Infantry Division. Army Day Celebration April 4, 1942. Left to right, Major General John C. Persons, commander of the 31st Division, Colonel T. B. Birdsong, commander of the 155th Infantry; Lieutenant Colonel George W. McCrory, commander of the 106th Quartermaster Battalion, and Major W. K. Miller, aid to General Persons.

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Interesting assortment of uniforms and insignia worn by these Air Forces officers. The photo caption reads: "The Fort Worth Army Air Field is hosting Army Day ceremonies. In attendance, left to right, are Lieutenant E. L Brady, Captain K. C Hawk, Captain R. M. Robertson, and Lieutenant T. L. Brown. They are the staff officers who accompanied honored guest Lieutenant General George E. Stratemeyer. All four men are standing in the "at ease" position, dressed in their military uniforms.1946-04-05"

 

Note that the officer on the left is wearing a reversed forward facing Fourteenth Air Force SSI as a combat patch. It appears to be theater made.

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