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Hawaiian soldiers of the 86th Infantry Division - 1943, probably while the division was stationed at Camp Howze, Texas. Note two of them are not wearing collar discs.

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Private First Class Jack C. Lewis home on a 30-day furlough from the Army General Hospital in Springfield, Missouri in April 1945. He arrived back in this U.S. in March 1945 after serving overseas 18 months with the 2nd Infantry Division where he was wounded in action December 14, 1944.

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Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Davis served as an assistant judge advocate for the Fifteenth Army headquarters. He is seen here home on leave on April 8, 1946.-04-08

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Eighth AIr Forces aces John T. Godfrey (center) and Don S. Gentile (right) on a public relations tour of the U.S. in 1946. Any idea what the badge is on Major Godfrey's pocket?

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Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger (center), commander of the VIII Corps and Mag. Gen. William S. Key, commander of the 45th Infantry Division, during a ceremony in Abilene, Texas. March 1, 1941. 

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36th Infantry Division. Miss Anabel Collins, one of the hostesses at Camp Bowie, Texas playing checkers with Private Charles Walden as Captain Goldman Drury, 142nd Infantry chaplain, looks on.  January 11, 1941.

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles McKemp (2nd from right), wearing a 4th Infantry Division SSI on his wool overcoat at Camp Barkeley, Texas. January 30, 1941. I can't make out his branch insignia or number, but it may be for the 8th Infantry.

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Any ideas? Here is the photo caption:

 

"Master Sergeant Carl Rubin is the fifth member of the armed forces to receive the presidential citation as an individual award. Secretary of War Stimson made the presentation in Washington D. C. before Master Sergeant Rubin arrived in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to his enlistment, Rubin was a page boy for the Columbia Broadcasting System. He speaks French, his native language; Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. He is the second youngest Master Sergeant in the Army and also holds the Purple Heart. Rubin is leaning against a pillar, dressed in his military uniform. Date Created: 1944-02-26"

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7th Service Command with 2nd Marine Division SSI on lower sleeve. 

 

"Corporal Guy B. Simeone, twenty-eight, is a member of the Fort Worth Military Police force. He holds a Purple Heart and a Naval Presidential unit citation. The Boston, Massachusetts native entered in the service in 1941. He was a member of the Americal Division, an Army outfit which fought with the Marines. In June 1944 he joined the Military Police in Fort Worth, Texas. He is leaning against a desk, dressed in his military uniform. There is a picture hanging on the wall behind him. Date Created: 1944-12-06."

 

The large ribbon above his left breast appears to be a Navy Unit Commendation. 

 

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Officer of the 2nd Armored Division. He is wearing a HELL ON WHEELS tab, 67th Armored Regiment DUI's and numbered branch insignia. He wears ribbons for the Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters and Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters.

 

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"Major James F. Hollingsworth of Sanger, Texas, is pictured here. He is shown inside a train, dressed in uniform, holding a cigarette in his right hand and posing for the camera through the open window. Major Hollingsworth, Fighting Texas is the former Texas A&M football ace. He wears 14 decorations, seven major campaign stars and is in line for promotion and discharge with 196 points -- the highest amount in the 9th Army. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram morning edition, June 29, 1945."

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6 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Any ideas? Here is the photo caption:

 

"Master Sergeant Carl Rubin is the fifth member of the armed forces to receive the presidential citation as an individual award. Secretary of War Stimson made the presentation in Washington D. C. before Master Sergeant Rubin arrived in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to his enlistment, Rubin was a page boy for the Columbia Broadcasting System. He speaks French, his native language; Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. He is the second youngest Master Sergeant in the Army and also holds the Purple Heart. Rubin is leaning against a pillar, dressed in his military uniform. Date Created: 1944-02-26"

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This was talked about before Sean, nothing conclusive.

 

See here.

 

 

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6 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Officer of the 2nd Armored Division. He is wearing a HELL ON WHEELS tab, 67th Armored Regiment DUI's and numbered branch insignia. He wears ribbons for the Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters and Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters.

 

Photo caption: 

 

"Major James F. Hollingsworth of Sanger, Texas, is pictured here. He is shown inside a train, dressed in uniform, holding a cigarette in his right hand and posing for the camera through the open window. Major Hollingsworth, Fighting Texas is the former Texas A&M football ace. He wears 14 decorations, seven major campaign stars and is in line for promotion and discharge with 196 points -- the highest amount in the 9th Army. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram morning edition, June 29, 1945."

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https://today.tamu.edu/2010/03/05/legendary-army-gen-hollingsworth-texas-am-grad-dies-at-age-91/

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9 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Eighth AIr Forces aces John T. Godfrey (center) and Don S. Gentile (right) on a public relations tour of the U.S. in 1946. Any idea what the badge is on Major Godfrey's pocket?

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Winged Boot badge, worn by Piolts shot down but evaded capture and regained friendly lines or territory.

 

 

 

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Jim Mabe shown with his collection of shoulder patches and insignia he first began collecting while entertaining at Army camps in Texas and Oklahoma. 1945-04-17

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4 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Jim Mabe shown with his collection of shoulder patches and insignia he first began collecting while entertaining at Army camps in Texas and Oklahoma. 1945-04-17

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Great photo.

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