52 Photos Week 21: Military

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

My dad served in the First Army Medical Corp during WWII and was stationed mostly in Belgium and surrounding areas of Northern Europe. On D-Day, his platoon was stationed at Omaha beach and swept in after fighting had ceased to rescue the wounded.

This is my grandfather, William C. Smith. He was a soldier in World War II. He was from Long Island, New York and went to Georgia for basic training before being deployed. While he was in basic training, my grandmother hopped on a train from New York, by herself, to go down to Georgia so she could marry him before he left. Very romantic. They were married 44 years before he passed.

My father served during WWII in the Army Air Corps and later in the USAF for a total of 21 years. This photo was taken in Puerto  Rico in 1945.

My grandfather was a bugler in the Army during WWI. He served at Douglas, AZ do defend against Pancho Villa.

I am new to this forum, so I cannot tell if you are the one who posted the picture of your father in Puerto Rico during WW II or if you commented.  If you are the one who posted, I would love to ask you a question because my father was in the Army and in Puerto Rico in 1945 also.  Thank you.
I am not sure how much help I can be as he never talked about that time.  But ask your question.

My grandfather James Isaac Enox 

Co “L” 142 Infantry 36th Division AEF Captain C.H. Fowler commanding 

Camp Merritt New Jersey

June 3 1919 

My father never talked much about Puerto Rico either, and thus I am curious as to what the mission(s) were going on there at that time.  When he was stationed in Atlanta before going to Puerto Rico in 1945, he worked for the War Department as an attorney, investigating dependent claims and prosecuting/defending various soldier crimes, such as AWOL.  But, I don't know if that's what he did in Puerto Rico.  He did not say.  I contacted the head person of JAG at one time, and he did not have information.  Letters from my father to mother at that time were censored for content, so they do not provide much information.  I saw your post, and thought that I would ask.  I believe there is a story there of some sort, but I don't know what.  I do remember my father saying he got to fly in the Colonel's airplane--and he found that much superior to typical military airplanes.  Thank you.

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This is my Uncle, Telegraphist Raymond Barry Walden, born 14 Aug 1917, died 14 Jul 1940, on board HM Submarine Salmon. Sunk by enemy action off the coast of Norway.

by Rosemary Thorburn G2G3 (3.4k points)
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My husband's grandfather, 2nd Engineer Officer, Herbert Rowe Stephenson. Born 28 Nov 1882, Hinderwell, Yorkshire. Died serving on SS Treverbyn, Mercantile Marine, 3 Sep 1917, at sea, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The ship was bringing a cargo of iron ore from Russian to England.

by Rosemary Thorburn G2G3 (3.4k points)
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I wanted to share this family photo of George von Pfeilitzer gen Franck with the community describing how he won Pour Le Merite 

by Lloyd de Vere Hunt G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)
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My father Earl Bailey and his brother Burton Bailey served in the U.S. Navy and their brother Roland Bailey served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII.  In the photo l-r are Burton, Roland and Earl. 

by Faylene Bailey G2G Crew (690 points)
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by Nathan Ariotti G2G1 (1.5k points)
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by Nathan Ariotti G2G1 (1.5k points)

This is William F. Haufschild born June 14 1859 in Trebenow, Germany. He volunteered for 4 years on Oct. 1st 1878 to The 1st Guardsmen Regiment. He was stationed near the city of Potsdam and was a guardsman. After completing his service he left Germany in 1896 and came to what was once the village of Rye, Ontario, Canada were he served as a Postmaster for 50 years.

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My grandfather, John (Jack) Aaron Palmer Williamson, was a member of the Singapore Volunteers Engineers (European) in Singapore before he joined the Australian Imperial Force. Not much is known about the Singapore Volunteers Corps. Many records have been destroyed particularly those from the time the Chinese had control of Singapore. Jack would have been part of the Fourth Corps.

Jack is the soldier crouched in front, fourth from the right.  None of the other volunteers have yet been identified

You can read more about the Singapore Volunteers Engineers (European) on My Blog.

by Sandra Williamson G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)
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This is my uncle Leroy Hanks, USMC. He served in the Pacific in WW2, then re-enlisted to serve in Korea.

by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (70.5k points)
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My great-great-grandmother's first cousin was General Sir Frank Walter Messervy, who fought in both World Wars, served in the British Indian Army, and was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistani Army.

General Sir Frank Messervy | First Commander in Chief of the… | Flickr

by J-M Mustchin G2G6 (8.3k points)
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My Uncle Bernard Pothier was stationed in the Philippines during WW II. He became a Japanese prisoner or war taking part in the infamous Bataan Death March.

Bernard Pothier in the Philippines

by Joe Mantia G2G Crew (860 points)
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My Dad, Cpl. Robert Nichols, died young. He was only 46. But I only saw him cry twice in my life. Once when his mother died and once when I asked him about Korea.

Daddy was a paratrooper who jumped into enemy territory. I don't know much else - he couldn't talk about it. I know he was honorably discharged two 1/2 years in because the only water they had to drink was from rice paddies. He and a few others from his platoon got extreme dysentery.

Robert died 3 June 1980 in Houston. He made it home, but his father never did. (See Joseph Nichols in this thread).

by Linda Nichols G2G Crew (730 points)
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Joseph W. Nichols joined the US Army on 27 May 1942 as part of the 118th Infantry, 30th Division. As he traveled, he wrote home. In hindsight his journey can be traced to Iceland, England and onto the Beaches of Normandy.

After D-Day, Joseph's company moved into Belgium. He was Killed in Action in the Battle of the Bulge, 1945.

A copy of his Headstone Application can be seen on his profile.

by Linda Nichols G2G Crew (730 points)
edited by Linda Nichols
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This is Brig. Gen. George Miller Sternberg.  He was the 18th US Army Surgeon General, and a prominent bacteriologist.

General George Miller Sternberg.jpg

by Jaki Erdoes G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)

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