44th DIVISION, 114th REGIMENT, COMPANY "D", 2nd PLATOON
TAKEN DURING THE BATTLE OF MANNHEIM... THE DRIVER IS LEO BRUNKER...THE RIDER IS S/SGT LEON GANIEL...IN THE BACKGROUND IS DANIEL SHULER ALL FROM THE 71st REGIMENT , COMPANY "L"
SGT. JOHN CONNELLY
FROM THE JACK HILBRICH COLLECTION
In Austria..HQ CO ,71st regiment, left to right...Sherm Davidson, Schook, Hilbrich, Eller
Pvt.Jack Hilbrich and a knocked out German halftrack near Moronville farm
THE 71st REGIMENT "WIRE TEAM" IN THE MANNHEIM WOODS
captured German V2 rockets in Austria
1st Battalion, HQ Co, 71st regiment in Gros-Rederching, France
MICKEY ROONEY visits the 71st. regiment(he's the little fellow just right of center in the cap)
In Wenns, Austria..left to right..Bob from Michigan, Jack Hilbrich from Indiana, Jim from Ohio, and a small Austrian child.
FROM THE ORA DOWDY COLLECTION
KNOCKED OUT GERMAN PILLBOX
WRECKED BRIDGE ON THE DANUBE
THE BLICK VON GAICT PASS....
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS FROM THE JOHN CONNELLY COLLECTION.
THE 44TH DIVISION COMES HOME ON THE QUEEN ELIZABETH!!!
PHOTOS FROM THE JACK HILBRICH COLLECTION
THE FIRST PHOTO IS THE MEN ABOUT TO BOARD THE QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE SECOND IS THEM ON BOARD...GOING HOME!!
A 40 X 8(40 G.I.s OR 8 HORSES) TROOP TRAIN FOR THE FIRST LEG OF THE TRIP TO THE FRONT.
PHOTOS FROM THE ORA DOWDY FAMILY COLLECTION
ORA DAWSON DOWDY of the 114th
GERMAN POWS CAPTURED BY THE 114th
THE "FAMOUS 44th"..SONG OR POEM
You have heard about our Division
All the deeds we've done
But we'er the only Division
That never fired a gun.
We slop up beer like sailors
We sing loud songs of lore
Now,gamling we do with fervor
And shoot our buts behind the door.
Of all the fighting units
The 44th is tops
For we do all our fighting
With brooms, pails, and mops.
We clean all the kitchen ranges
Way up on the Jersey shore
And when we went to Claiborne
We cleaned them ten times more.
Now, if we got to battle
There's one thing we know well
If we fight with kitchen ranges
We'll win as sure as hell!
When we came to Lewis
The guardhouse was our place
There's nothing you can tell us
About the whole damn place.
We travel around the country
Where we can do the best
When trouble's brewing in the east
They ship us away out west.
They moved us out of Jersey
When subs appeared off shore
They saw a plane over Claiborne
So they moved us out once more.
From the rock bound coast of Jersey
To Louisiana's muddy floor
We skipped across the country
To the wild Pacific shore.
Once again, we're getting ready
And there's just one thing it seems
We'll move to Salt Lake City
To guard against submarines.
Someday, when the war is over
And deeps of valor known
The honor roll will tell us
That we were never known.
We're a rough and ready outfit
That would rather eat than fight
We're always standing ready
For details day or night.
We'll swing right into action
On a kitchen pot or pan
But we're glad to be of service
To defend our native land.
SPECIAL EVERYTHING ELSE
HERE ARE SOME ITEMS FROM THE PERSONAL COLLECTIONS OF
44TH VETERANS FAMILIES.
"SOUND OFF" THE ALL ARMY SHOW HELD AT FORT LEWIS, WASHINGTON IN EARLY 1944. ALL THE ACTS WERE MEMBERS OF THE 44TH (even the female parts). IT WAS HELD TO RAISE MONEY FOR ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT FOR THE MEN AT THE BASE. ENJOY!!!
Pfc. Larry Brown rehearses with the "SOUND OFF" octette. Cpl. Charles Safford is on the piano. Standing left to right..Pvt. Al Coda, Pvt. Louis Marsilli, Pvt. Werner Klemperer, Pfc. Cleo Amundson, Pfc. Gene Straub, Pfc. Herbert McCellan, Pfc. John Conroy, Pfc. Arthur Strasser, Pfc. Larry Brown.
THE TONES...soldiers from the Quartermaster Corps.Standing left to right..Corp. Willie Blackshear, Corp. J.C. Hall, Pvt. Chester Crowell, Corp. Johnnie Johnson, Corp. Henry Graham and Pvt. Joe Lee in front on the trumpet.
The "chorus cuties"..left to right..Pfc. george Meininger, Pvt. Louis Marsilli, Pvt Larry Brown, Sgt. Ben Small, Pvt. Alfred Coda, Pvt. Warren Klemperer, Pvt. Kenneth Dalton, S/Sgt. Ellsworth Warden, Pvt. Peter pupchock, Pfc. John Conroy, Pvt Lew Harter.
the writers and producers of "SOUND OFF" standing left to right...Pfc. Donald Blanchard, Pfc. Vitus Kern, Pvt. Alan Brock, Pfc. Wally Chulock. Seated left to right...Sgt. Jack London, Pfc. John O'dea, and Pvt. Edward Ruman.