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The only WWII U.S. Living History Group Officially Sponsored by Bill Mauldin

I am sad to announce that on January 22, 2003 Bill Mauldin passed away at age 81.

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Official Friends of Willie & Joe Facebook Page


"Friends of Willie & Joe" is a living history group that mostly depicts the regular "dog face" infantryman of WWII, usually as members of Bill Mauldin's 45th Division but also as various other units including the 101st and 82nd Airborne. We participate in parades, air shows and military vechicle meets in the Washington and Oregon area and such veteran related events as the reunions of local Battle of the Bulge survivors. To date one of our most notable engagements was to serve as the honor guard during the dedication of the Washington State WWII Memorial at the state capitol. Our group has also created impressions of US infantrymen depicting every conlfict from the Spanish American War all the way to Desert Storm for official functions at local military bases. The group leader and founder is Stephen Gay of Shelton Washington, who met Mr. Mauldin through his father, a WWII vet and noted newspaper editor.



Photos from the Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade, May 19th 2001, Bremerton, Washington



Several members of our unit have been featured in a recent painting by noted Seattle militaria artist, James Dietz. Below is the work by Dietz depicting the Glider Riders of 325/82nd Airborne entitled "Enter Fighting". This painting is not yet available to the public.


45th Division Web Site
Bill Mauldin's original unit.


45TH Division Reenactors and Venturing Crew

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" Tell Me A War Story Dad "

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Vietnam Living History Display Group


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