World War II: The Early Years
 
Compiled by CPT John F. Curley
Photos from the Signal Corps Collection in Record Group #111
Still Picture Branch
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
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Soldier
    New Georgia.  Pvt. Lloyd Culuck, Co. A, 1st Bn., 172nd Inf, gets chow from a can of Ration B on New Georgia Island, SW Pacific.  He uses the can lid in lieu of fork or spoon.  On the island since the first beachhead was established, he hasn't changed clothes in 12 days.  (Jul 43)  Signal Corps Photo: 161-43-2537  (DiPaola)
 
 
Vella Lavella.  Infantrymen of Co. "I" await the word to advance in pursuit of retreating Japanese forces.  Stepping Stone Island on the Vella Lavella Island Front, Southwest Pacific.  (13 Sep 43)  Signal Corps Photo: 161-43-4081 (Schuman) Waiting to Advance
 
 
Wounded on Lighter New Georgia.  Casualties lying on stretchers aboard a lighter.  Munda Point, New Georgia, SW Pacific.  (12 Jul 43)  Signal Corps Photo: 161-43-2100  (Wendlinger)
  
New Guinea.  Radio Operator, Cpl. John Robbins of Louisville, Nebraska, 41st Signal, 41st Inf. Div., operating his SCR 188 in a sandbagged hut at Station NYU.  Dobodura, New Guinea.  (9 May 43) Signal Corps Photo: GHQ SWPA SC 43 5901  (T/4 Harold Newman) Radio Operator
  
AA Gun Crew New Guinea.  No. 2 Gun Crew, Btry D, 208th CA AA, man their 3 inch AA gun at New Fighter Strip, Dobodura, New Guinea.  (17 May 43) Signal Corps Photo: GHQ SWPA SC 43 6003  (Pfc. John A. Moore)
  
New Guinea.  Pvt. Arthur Ristinen of Menagha, Minn., and Pfc. John Weinzinger of Phillips, Wisconsin, 186th Inf. Reg., 41st Inf. Div., relax in front of Warisota Plantation sawmill run by men of the 186th.  Sawmill was used to obtain lumber for bridge construction on the new Oro Bay Dobodura road, New Guinea.  (5 May 43) Signal Corps Photo: GHQ SWPA SC 43 5816  (T/4 Harold Newman) Sawmill
  
Machine Shop  New Guinea.  Mobile Machine Shop truck of the 741st Ord. Co., 41st Inf. Div., at Horanda, New Guinea.  Pfc. George Chapman, Helena, Montana and Sgt. John Eppard, Pasadena, Cal., machinists, working on automotive parts.  (9 May 43) Signal Corps Photo: GHQ SWPA SC 43 6856
  
New Guinea.  Pvt. Mearl Hatfield, Jellico, Tenn., and Pvt. Clen C. Campell, LaGrande, Oregon operate the QM's portable laundry diesel engine somewhere on New Guinea.  (19 Apr 43) Signal Corps Photo: GHQ SWPA SC 43 5924  (Pfc. Harry Young) Laundry
  
OCS Graduate
    Australia.  Capt. E. H. Lowe, the first black graduate from OCS in the SWPA, pins insignia on 2nd Lt. James B. Morris, Des Moines, Iowa at OCS graduation exercise held at Camp Columbia, Brisbane, Australia.  (29 Jun 43) Signal Corps Photo: GHQ SWPA SC 43 7037  (T/4 Harold Hoffman) 
 
    North Africa.  Crew of M-3 Tank #309490, D Co., 2nd Bn., 12th Ar. Reg., 1st Arm. Div. at Souk el Arba, Tunisia.  (23 Nov 42) Signal Corps Photo: NA-COO-42-207  (Cooper)
Tank Crew 1
 
Tank Crew 2
    North Africa.  Crew of M-3 Tank #309503, 2nd Bn., 12th Ar. Reg., 1st Arm. Div., at Souk el Arba, Tunisia.  (23 Nov 42) Signal Corps Photo: NA-COO-42-211  (Cooper)
 
    North Africa.  Crew of M-3 Tank #309576, 2nd Bn., 12th Ar. Reg., 1st Arm. Div., at Souk el Arba, Tunisia.  (24 Nov 42) Signal Corps Photo: NA-COO-42-217  (Cooper)
Tank Crew 3
 
Red Cross North Africa.  Herbert M. Sifford, Greensberg, Pa., assistant field director of the American Red Cross, grinding coffee at an ARC camp near Tebessa, Tunisia before heading out to visit the soldiers.  (19 Feb 43) Signal Corps Photo: NA ZEI-43-987  (Zeigler)
 
    North Africa.  "Eyes of Censorship", peering through paper counter-stamped by Base Censors and then U.S. Censors Offices, Algiers, Africa.  (12 Oct 43) Signal Corps Photo: MM-MCQ-43-4119  (McQuarrie)
Eyes of Censorship
 
Liberty Crew
    North Atlantic.   Members of a "Checker Board" crew that brought the Liberty Ship S.S. Booker T. Washington from the U.S. to Cardiff, Wales, play with their mascot "Booker".  (L-R)  R. C. Woods,  Galveston, Texas, A. M. Mulzac, Trinidad, W. B. Shepard, Los Angeles, Calif., and S. O'Neil, also fro Los Angeles. (6 Feb 43) Signal Corps Photo: ETO-HQ-43-1176  (Baum)
 
      Iceland.  At sea near northern Iceland, a soldier-passenger from the 121st R. I. Co. relaxes with a new book.  (20 May 43) Signal Corps Photo: EDA 43 269  (Cpl. Frank Kaye)
Reading
 
Artillery Crew
     Iceland.  Sanskeid Range.  Gun crew prepares to fire a 37mm sub-caliber mounted on a 75mm field howitzer during range practice by the 19th and 21st FA.  (20 Jun 43) Signal Corps Photo: IBC 43 1037  (Sgt. Altman)
 
      Sicily Invasion.  The Robert Rowan (Ship K-40) explodes after being hit by a German bomber off of Gela, Sicily.  (11 Jul 43)  Signal Corps Photo: MM-43-L-1-23 (Lt. Longini)
Exploding Ship
 
First Casualty
    Sicily Invasion.  Grave of the first American casualty on the beach.  Gela, Sicily.  (12 Jul 43) Signal Corps Photo: MM-43-P3-31  (Paris)
 
      Sicily Invasion.  
      Crew from the tank "Eternity" check their vehicle after landing at Red Beach 2, Sicily.  
      (10 Jul 43) Signal Corps Photo: MM-43-01-32  (Osborne)
Tank Landing
 
Dead German Pilot
    Sicily Invasion.  American soldiers looking at a dead German pilot and his wrecked plane near Gela, Sicily. (12 Jul 43)  Signal Corps Photo: MM-43-S1-20  (Stoen)
 
      Sicily Invasion.  Pvt. George Katere, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Pfc. Wm. Mosa, Wheeling, W. Va., and Jessie A. Hampton of Louisville, Ky., making friends with a group of civilians.  
      (11 Jul 43)  Signal Corps Photo: MM-43-06-21  (Cpl. Osborne)
Yanks and Civilians
 
Jeep Cartoon Sicily.  Cartoon on the Jeep of Cpl. Paul F. Janesk, Antrim, Penn., with the face of Mussolini crossed out.  (3 Sep 43) Signal Corps Photo: MM-Har-9-3-43-Pl-2 (Harman)
 
      Farewell!  Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery is bid a jolly farewell by Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., at the Palermo, Sicily airport after a visit by Gen. Montgomery. (28 Jul 43)  Signal Corps Photo: MM-Bri-7-28-43-R2-6 (Lt. Brin)
Good Friends!
 
 
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