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103d Infantry Division Historical Note:

The 103d Infantry Division was activated in November 1942 and spent nearly two years training in Texas and Louisiana. The division was comprised of three infantry regiments (409th, 410th, and 411th) along with several supporting units (e.g., artillery, medical, etc.). The 103d landed at Marseilles, France, in October 1944 and soon attacked west through southern France and through the Vosges Mountains. In December, it crossed into Germany and assaulted the outer defenses of the Siegfried Line. In January 1945, General Anthony "Nuts" McAuliffe was reassigned after the Battle of the Bulge to command the division through the war’s end. By March, the 103d had penetrated the defenses of the Siegfried Line and reached the Rhine Valley. In April, it continued its offensive and also liberated the Kaufering concentration camp (a sub camp of Dachau). The division next crossed the Danube River into Austria and linked up at the Brenner Pass over the Italian/Austrian border with the 88th Infantry Division which had been advancing north from Italy. After Victory in Europe Day, the 103d performed occupational duties and returned to the U.S to be inactivated in September 1945.


Name of Collection: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (Research Collection)     

Accession Number:  AM14-20                                           

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII                                

Date of Receipt: October 3,  2014       

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent:  2 Cu. ft. boxes of mixed materials                                     

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1940s                    

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

A. Photos (in binder)

BOX 26

  • “T/Sgt. William V. Paine crouches, ready for action, in front of his sturdy log dugout in the woods near Grosbliedarstroff. 410th Inf. Regt, 103d Div. 31 December 1944” Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps. 8 in. x 10 in.
  • “Hot brass falls from the breach of this 105mm Howitzer as a high explosive shell smashes into German lines. Btry C, 383 FA Bn, 103d, 7th U.S. Army, Ettendore, France” 20 Feb. Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps. 8 in. x 10 in.
  • “Alert for Nazi counterattack a machine gun crew of 410th Regiment, 103rd Division, U,S, Seventh Army, sets up their 30 Cal. Machine gun in newly captured Gumbrechtshoffen, Germany 3/16/45.” Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps. 8 in. x 10 in.
  • “103rd Inf Div at Brenner Pass . . . Letter reading and writing, keeps these doughboys in good humor until bed time. . .7 June” Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps. 8 in. x 10 in.
  • “In Alsace—Two geese wandered through the skirmishers of a unit pf the 411th Infantry Regiment, Seventh Army, in a position along a hedgerow above a railroad track. The Seventh attacked near Saarbrucker today, and found resistance light . . . March 14 1945”—AP. Wirephoto” 8 in. x 10 in.
  • Brenner Pass, May 1945—9 photos (including duplicates)
  • “You Are Now Entering Italy” —1 photo
  • “Memorial Day services for men of the 103rd Infantry Division, 7th U.S. Army killed in battle . . . Innsbruck, Austria”—2 photos  

B. Other Memorabilia (in binder)

BOX 27

  • Original World War II 103rd Infantry Division patches (4)
  • Unidentified Russian Army patch
  • Military map (folded) Central Europe Sheet V2 First Edition WISSEMBOURG. (Includes Reference, Heights in Metres, Glossary and Compilation Diagram.) Revised, drawn and photolithographed at O. S. 1944. 
  • WWII Monument Dedication Program, 103d Infantry Division of WWII Monument. Gainesville, TX: 11 November 2006.
  • Map of the “Cactus Route 500 Fighting Miles.” Approx. 11.5 in. x 16 in. Paper brittle, previously been repaired with clear adhesive tape.
  • Morning Reports, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 411th Infantry, 103d Division, 1944-1945. Microfilm to paper copy. (in folder)
  • Poster (approx.16½ in. x 11½ in.) of memorial plaque by Maurice Lipka of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges; installed at the Landsberg (Germany) Holocaust Memorial, built on the site of former Nazi concentration camp “Kaufering VII” liberated by the 103d Division. Poster given by Maurice Lipka to Robert French.

C. 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Colored) and 761st “Black Panther” Tank Battalion Note: Both units were attached to the 103d Division. 3rd Platoon, Company C, of the 614th was the first, and only, African American unit to receive a Distinguished Unit Citation during World War II. (in binder)

BOX 27

  • Stars and Stripes. “‘Crazy’ Yank TD Platoon Helps Take Kraut Town by Taking Hell,” February 1, 1945, Nancy edition, 1, 4. 
  • Yank. “Negroes in Combat,” February 23, 1945, 6-7.
  • News from the Cactus Patch, “Superb Support by African-American Armor Units,” February 2011, 6-7.
  • Letter from J. Leo Cefkin [veteran of Co E. 409th Infantry, 103d Division] to Nina Rosenblum and William Miles, August 20, 2000.

Accession Number:  AM14-27                                           

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (representatives)                         

Date of Receipt: November 6, 2014

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 26 Cu. ft. boxes, 5 flat boxes, 1 statue in box; 1 flag on pole                             

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1940s – 2000s                  

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

  • Files of Records and Photos (preliminary inventory)

 

BOX 1:

  • General Orders by Name – Index (in binder); 103d Infantry Division
  • General Orders by Unit – Index (in binder); 103d Infantry Division
  • General Orders 1942-1944 (copies in binder); 103d Infantry Division
  • General Orders January – April 1945 (copies in binder); 103d Infantry Division
  • General Orders May – September 1945 (copies in binder); 103d Infantry Division

 

BOX 2:

  • St. Die to Selestat, 11 Nov. – 3 Dec. 1944 (report in binder); Co. I/410th Bn. /103d Div.
  • 7th Army: The Maneuver for Strasbourg, Oct. – Dec. 1944 (report in binder)
  • Dachau Concentration Camp (report in binder and 2 separate photo sleeves)
  • 411th Infantry Regiment – Personal Stories (in binder #3)
  • Battle Route of the 103d Division – by Regiment (report in binder)
  • 103d Infantry Division Killed in Action/KIAs (summaries in binder)
  • 103d Infantry Division [History], 22 Nov. 1945 – 9 Sep. 1945 (text and items in binder)
  • 103d Infantry Division After Action “Narrative” Reports, Nov. 1944 – June 1945 (copies in binder)

 

BOX 3:

  • World War II and My Father’s Piece in it – Charles Martin Born (son of John W. Born) (binder); Co. F/411th Inf. Regt. /103d Inf. Div.
  • Frederick D. Fisher’s Records (in binder); Co. A/410th Inf. Regt. /103d Div.
  • Robert L. Leslie’s Records (in binder); Co. G/409th Inf. Regt./103d Div.
  • 103d Infantry Division of World War II -- Historical Information (in binder)
  • Boys of Company I/410th Inf. Regt., 1944-1945: A Photographic Roster (in binder)
  • Personal Diaries of 6 men: Tapio, King, Swope, Jackson, Brown, and Dyck, Jr. (in binder)
  • Reflections of WWII: Fifty Years Later (binder and separate booklet); Battery C/382 Field Artillery Bn./103d Div. in WWII
  • World War II Journal of Richard (Dick) P. Mussett (in binder); Co. K/409th Inf. Regt.
  • Oral History with Jerry Passmor (booklet); Co. I/411th Inf. Regt./103d Div.
  • The College Man at War: WWII-What was it really like – PFC Lucan Martin (CD audio)
  • 40 Days of Combat and 1 Day of Hell – Lt. William D. Sprosser (booklet); Co. L/411th Inf. Regt./103d Div.
  • Papa’s War: For My Grandson Brenton Colen Kelber (booklet)
  • Hande Hoch: Diary of a Prisoner of War in Germany in WWII – Charles G. Rahn (booklet)
  • Memories of WWII – John F. Donlan (booklet)
  • 103d “Cactus” Division/409th Inf. Regt./D Co./Heavy Weapons (2 booklets)
  • The Girls We Left Behind and a Soldier’s Story Continued (booklet about 8 women)
  • Remembering…A Funny Thing Happened – 103rd Inf. Div. (booklet about 11 men’s stories)
  • The Three Sisters: Selestat, Sessenheim, Schillersdorf – 103d Div. (booklet about 14 men’s stories)
  • Military “Career” of John E. Walters – POW on 30 Nov. 1944 (binder); Co. B/410th Regt.

 

BOX 4:

  • 103d Infantry Division of WWII Association Reunion (binder); 2007 in St. Louis, MO
  • 103d Infantry Division of WWII Association Reunion (binder); 2010 in San Antonio, TX
  • 103d Infantry Division of WWII Association Reunion (2 binders); 2007 in New Orleans, LA [marked “2012” but really 2011]

 

BOX 5:

  • 103d Infantry Division of WWII Association Reunion (2 binders and one CD); 2006 in Dallas, TX and also the Monument Dedication in Gainesville, TX
  • 1992 Anniversary of Liberation of St. Die and Strasbourg, France (3 printed items and one label pin)
  • Association Tea Shirts (White; one is “Cactus” and one is 1989 Anniversary)
  • Association Golf Shirts (One “Cactus” on White; one “Cactus” on Yellow)
  • Association Caps (One “Cactus” each for 1991, 1993, and 1994 Anniversaries)
  • Association “Cactus” Banner w/American Legion logo (2 banners)

 

BOX 6:

  • Larry Genebach Pilot Booklets #1 & #2 (2 booklets plus loose); 383d Field Artillery Bn.
  • 103d “Air Section” by 1st Lt. Larry Genebach (booklet); 383d Field Artillery Bn.
  • Lynn Twins Photos (binder); 3rd Bn HQ Vo. & Co. A/409th Inf. Regt.
  • Salute to D-Co (2 binders); 103d Div./409th Inf. Regt./1st Bn./Heavy Weapons Co. D
  • Tribute to D-Co (binder); 103d Div./409th Inf. Regt./1st Bn./Heavy Weapons Co. D
  • Photo Album by Wayne Peer (binder); I & R Platoon/410th Inf. Regt.

 

BOX 7:

  • World War II Battle Deaths of the 103d Infantry Div.: Tablet #1 (binder; A-Deg)
  • World War II Battle Deaths of the 103d Infantry Div.: Tablet #2 (binder; Deh-Hou)
  • World War II Battle Deaths of the 103d Infantry Div.: Tablet #3 (binder; How-Morg)

 

BOX 8:

  • World War II Battle Deaths of the 103d Infantry Div.: Tablet #4 (binder; Morr-Sho)
  • World War II Battle Deaths of the 103d Infantry Div.: Tablet #5 (binder; Shu-Z)
  • World War II Battle Deaths of the 103d Infantry Div.: Alphabetical List (bound w/insert)
  • Hochfelden Cemetery: 1,095 Souls (binder); 103d Infantry Div. interments

 

BOX 9:

  • Unit Journals for 409th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of records in 7 monthly binders); Nov. 1944 – May 1945

 

BOX 10:

  • Unit Journals for 410th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of records in 7 monthly binders); Nov. 1944 – May 1945
  • Officers, Routes, Maps, and Pics for 410th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies in binder)

 

BOX 11:

  • Unit Journals for 411th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of records in 4 monthly binders); Nov. 1944 – Feb. 1945

 

BOX 12:

  • Unit Journals for 411th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of records in 4 binders); Mar. 1945 – July 1945

 

BOX 13:

  • Morning Reports for 409th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (transcriptions of records printed in bound booklets arranged by each company, A through M plus others); 1944-1945

 

BOX 14:

  • Morning Reports for 410th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (transcriptions of records printed in bound booklets arranged by each company, A through M plus others); 1944-1945

 

BOX 15:

  • Morning Reports for 411th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (transcriptions of records printed in bound booklets arranged by each company, A through M plus others); 1944-1945
  • Morning Reports for Co. B/411th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of original records in folder); 1944-1945

 

BOX 16:

  • Morning Reports for Supporting Units/103d Inf. Div. (transcriptions of records printed in bound booklets arranged by each supporting unit: 328th Combat Engineer, 382d, 383d, 384th and 928th Field Artillery, 328th Medical, 803d Ordnance, and Div. Band, CIC, HQ, MP, Quartermaster, Recon, Signal, and Special Troops); 1944-1945

 

BOX 17:

  • Morning Reports for A, B, and C Cos./409th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copes of original records in binders arranged by company); 1942-1945

 

BOX 18:

  • Morning Reports for D Co., HQ Co./1st Bn., and 409th Medical Detachment/409th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copes of original records in binders arranged by company); 1942-1945

 

BOX 19:

  • Unit Historical Items for 411th Inf. Regt./103rd Inf. Div. (various records and photos in binder; also includes copies on 2 CD disks); 1940s
  • Unit Journals for 328th Medical, Military Police, Quartermaster, 803d Ordnance, and Signal Cos./409th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copes of records in binders arranged by company); Nov. 1944 – May 1945
  • Unit Historical Items for 382d Field Artillery Bn./103rd Inf. Div. (copies of various records and photos in binder); 1940s
  • Unit Historical Items for 928th Field Artillery Bn./103rd Inf. Div. (copies of various records and photos in binder); 1940s
  • Unit Historical Items for Signal Co./103rd Inf. Div. (various records and photos in binder); 1940s

 

BOX 20:

  • Morning Reports for 103d Inf. Div. (Vesicular microfilm reel copes #1 - #31A of original records in binders arranged by date); Oct. 1942 – Feb. 1945

 

BOX 21:

  • Morning Reports for 103d Inf. Div. (Vesicular microfilm reel copes #32 - #113 of original records in binders arranged by date); Mar. 1945 – July 1945

 

BOX 22:

  • Payroll Roster for 409th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of records in binder); Dec. 1943
  • Payroll Roster for 410th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (copies of records in binder); Dec. 1943

 

BOX 23:

  • “My Life in the Service” (small blue record book for individual soldiers to record data; belonged to Robert Edgar Karber, Edward, Salina, KS; no entries made); 1941
  • “Men of 18 and 19: Choose Your Combat Branch/Enlist in the U. S. Army” (recruiting pamphlet); 1940s
  • “The Army and You” (booklet for newly enlisted or drafted soldiers); 1941
  • “Donovan Research Library: World War II” (copies from U.S. Army Infantry Homepage in binder using descriptions of operations of 103d Inf. Div. for training purposes), 2007
  • Camp Howze, Gainesville, TX (binder of copies of records and photographs of 103d Inf. Div. training before deployment to Europe; 1943-44)
  • Camp Claiborne, Louisiana (binder of copies of records and photographs of 103d Inf. Div. training before deployment to Camp Howze, TX; 1942-43)
  • Life Magazine, 9 March 1942 (includes training photographs featuring machine guns)
  • “Heavy Machine Guns U.S. Army Training Film” (copy on VCR tape)
  • “Rare WW2 U.S. War Technical Manuals,” 1 and 2 (copies on 2 CD disks)
  • The Camp Claiborne News, Camp Claiborne, Louisiana (original copy of newspaper at 103d Inf. Div. training camp before deployment to Camp Howze, TX; Nov. 1943)
  • Camp Howze, Gainesville, TX (copy of the camp’s general welcome booklet, including 2 blank passes and 2 post cards; 103d Inf. Div. training location before deployment to Europe; 1943-44)
  • Christmas 1943 Program, Camp Howze, Gainesville, TX (2 original copies)

 

BOX 24:

  • The Stars and Stripes, WW II Newspaper: European Edition (copies and originals in binder); Nov. 1944 – May 1945
  • Cactus News: Homeward Bound, Souvenir Edition, Vol. IV, 9 Sept. 1945 (original copy)
  • The Cactus Patch Newsletter, 103d Infantry Division Association (copies in binder); 2002 – 2014
  • The Beachhead News (loose copy of one issue dated April 8, 1945)
  • 103d ID in WWII: 1944-1945: Actual Video Footage (copy on DVD)
  • WWII Re-enactment by Theodore Jenkins of 103d Inf. Div. (copy on DVD)
  • 103d Inf. Div. Photos (copied on DVD)
  • KIA & G.I. Portraits: 103d inf. Div. (A through Z copied on 2 DVDs)
  • When I Went to War: PFC Stanley Allen Bennett, U.S. Army (Presented by Reader’s Digest with Introduction by Walter Cronkite; on DVD)
  • The Soldiers’ Memoirs: 500 fighting miles…The men of the 103rd Infantry Division, documentary by Shawn Sagady (2005 DVD copy)
  • 5th and 7th U.S. Army Meet on Brenner Pass, May 4, 1945 (commemorative envelope)

 

BOX 25:

  • Artifacts:
    • Lt. Larry Genebach’s Air Medal (in presentation box)
    • Lt. Larry Genebach’s Pilot Log Books (2 books; one with 4 photos and officers club card inside)
    • Camp Howze Pin (in plastic box)
    • Camp Howze Patch (in plastic box)
    • Camp Howze Playing Cards (deck in box)
    • 411th Inf. Regt. “crossed rifles” pin (large 1 x 2 inches)
    • Crossed rifles pin (small pin with “USA” diamond-shaped pendant; likely for women/wives)
    • 928th Field Artillery Bn. Matchbook (in plastic envelope)
    • Commemorative 103d Inf. Division “Cactus” patches made of metal (one pendant and one in plastic envelope; likely for reunions)
    • Pocket calculator labeled “35th Reunion” and “103rd Division WWII”
  • Individual Files:
  • Morning Reports Research File (various copies of original records and notes)
  • Photographs – Zach Sigler and others
  • “A Strange Enclo8inter,” article by Tony Hillerman
  • Obituary of Charles A. Wiedman (copy)
  • German Arm “Standschutzen B./Innsbruck” patch and “Safe pass Leaflet” (for surrendering German troops)
  • File – Warren J. Martin (copies of documents)
  • File – Henry Thompson (copies of documents)
  • File – Zach F. Hawe, Jr. (copies of documents)
  • File – Michael Toohig (copies of documents)
  • Name list related to “From Brruyers to Brenner” (copy of document)
  • Photograph – C Co./411th Inf. Regt./103d Inf. Div. (Feb. 1945)
  • Photograph – John Menchhofer and others
  • Photographs – Dennis O’Rourke
  • Photographs – 409th Inf. Regt. (from Robert French)
  • Photographs --- Pat Nash
  • Photograph – James A. Robinson

 

[NOTE: BOXES 26 AND 27 ARE USED FOR OTHER ACCESSION NUMBERS]

 

  • Other Memorabilia (preliminary inventory)

 

BOX 28 (flat):

  • Various Textiles (most are folded” but in good shape), boxed in this order:
  • Pennant – B Co./409th Bn. (Blue w/white lettering; triangular; newer)
  • Nazi flag captured by 103d Division (swastika on red field) – signed by members  of Robert Leslie’s platoon/Company G, 409th Infantry)
  • Nazi flag captured by 103d Division (swastika on red field)
  • Pennant – Camp Howze, TX (Red w/gold lettering; triangular)
  • Pennant – Camp Claiborne, LA (Blue w/white lettering; triangular)
  • Pennant – Camp Claiborne, LA (White w/red lettering; triangular)
  • Silk Cloth “Wife” – Camp Howze, TX (Pink w/gold lettering; rectangular)
  • Silk Cloth “Mother” – Camp Howze, TX (White w/blue lettering; square)
  • Silk Cloth – Camp Claiborne, LA (Red w/gold lettering; square)
  • Silk Cloth – Camp Claiborne, LA (Blue w/gold lettering; square)
  • Silk Cloth “Wife” – Camp Howze, TX (White w/various lettering; square)
  • Silk Cloth – Camp Howze, TX (Blue w/gold lettering; square)
  • Silk Cloth “Wife” – Camp Howze, TX (Purple w/gold lettering; square)
  • Silk Cloth – Camp Howze, TX (White w/gold lettering; square)
  • Pennant – Camp Howze, TX (Blue w/white lettering; triangular)
  • Pennant – Camp Howze, TX (Red w/yellow lettering; triangular)

 

BOX 29 (flat):

  • Various European Maps (most are "folded" but in good shape), boxed in this order:
    • “The Cactus Route” (n.d.; represents 103d Division in Europe, 1944-45)
    • 103d Division positions in November 1944 (n.d.)
    • France (U.S. Army Map Service, 1944)
    • Strasbourg region (1940)
    • Bulgaria region - Situation Map (U.S. Army CGS College, 1951 training map)
    • Bochum-Uberhausen region - Map D (U.S. Army CGSC, 1950s training map)
    • Bochum-Uberhausen region - Map C (U.S. Army CGSC, 1950s training map)
    • Essen-Bochum region - Map B (U.S. Army CGSC, 1950s training map)
    • Nurnberg - Amberg region - Map C (U.S. Army CGSC, 1952 training map)
    • Mergentheim (U.S. Army Map Service, 1943)
    • France/Moncontour-Dinan region (1940s)
    • Central Europe/Frankfort-Nurnberg region - Map B (U.S. Army CGSC, 1957 training map)
    • France/Mortain-Flers region (U.S. Army CGSC, 1950 training map)
    • Germany/Wurzburg region (U.S. Army CGSC, 1950 training map)
    • France/Brest-Cherbourg region (1943)
    • NW Europe/Amiens-Mons region (1944)
    • Northern Europe/Alborg-Randers region (U.S. Army Map Service, 1960)
    • France/Dinan region - Situation Map (U.S. Army CGSC, 1951 training map from 1944 map)
    • Germany/Mergentheim region (U.S. Army, 1945)
    • France/Etampes-Corbei Situation Map(U.S. Army CGSC, 1947 training map)
    • Germany/Essen-Manheim region (U. S. Army Map Service, 1944 from 1938)
    • Germany/Ellwangen region (U. S. Army Map Service, 1953 from 1942)
    • U.S. Army in WWII Atlas: European Theatre (1996)
    • Digital Maps: Gerardner, Rambevillers, St. Die, Selestadt, and Bruyeres (National Archives and Records Service copies on CD)
 
  • Holocaust Memorial Certificate to 103d Division

(Framed under galls; signed by Elie Wiesel, 1981)

 

BOX 30 (flat):

  • European Maps (rolled up but in good condition):
  • Eastern France (black & white copy made from several 1944 U.S. War office maps “stitched” together and copied showing the 103d operational area from the Bouxwiller region and east to the Seltz region)
  • St. Die region in France (black & white copy of a 1928 French map that was signed by a number of 103d Div. veterans at a post-war reunion and then copied)
  • Selestat region in France (color French map printed in 1940)
  • Selestat village in France (black & white copy of French map printed in in 1939)
  • Camp Howze Howitzer weekly newspaper for the 103d Div. stateside training center (full size photocopies bound together; 11/1943 – 8/1944)
  • Dedication of Texas Statue (2006); Poster with 4 Cactus unit patches in poster frame
  • U.S. Army in World War II, European-North African-Mediterranean Theaters, 1942-1946 (large color poster showing Army, Corps and Division level shoulder patches and a general map; published in 1999 by the Association for the U.S. Army and the Institute of Land Warfare)
  • Panoramic Photograph, rolled print made from 1944 original with names added for F Co./2nd Bn./411th Regt./103rd Div. (likely taken at Camp Howze before deployment to Europe)
  • Panoramic Photograph, rolled original Feb. 1943 print of the Quartermaster Co./103rd Div. (taken at Camp Claiborne. LA before unit moved on to Camp Howze, TX)
  • Cemetery photographs, copies, and poster (Hochfelden Cemetery and Lorraine Cemetery in France; all post-war era)
  • Memorial to 103d Inf. Div. in Alsace, France (2 modern French photographs and 50th Anniversary booklet), 1994

 

BOX 31:

  • Camp Howze Howitzer weekly newspaper index for the 103d Div. stateside training center (Name Search results printed in booklet; 11/1943 – 9/1944)
  • Camp Howze Howitzer weekly newspaper for the 103d Div. stateside training center (reduced size photocopies in binder; 11/1943 – 9/1944; binder is mislabeled through “July 1944”)
  • Camp Howze Howitzer weekly newspaper for the 103d Div. stateside training center (original loose copies; July & Sept. 1943 and March 1945)

 

BOXES 32 & 33 (flat):

  • Yank: The Army Weekly (original copies; not every week); 2 Feb. 1944 – 28 Dec. 1945

 

ARTIFACT IN LARGE BOX:

Maquette of the 9-foot sculpture (“A Call to Duty”) of an infantryman, sculpted by Ed Hayes, that is part of the Memorial of the 103d Infantry Division at the Texas Department of Transportation Travel Information Center north of Gainesville, TX on Interstate 35.

FLAG: Reproduction of 103d Division Flag with 2-part flag pole

 


Accession Number:  AM14-28                                           

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII                                

Date of Receipt: November 13,  2014                           

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 1 Cu. ft. box of mixed materials                                     

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1940s                    

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

  • Files of Records and Photos

BOX 26

  • Files on individual veterans (see enclosed list; combined less than four inches thick) that include information beyond what is posted on the Association website;
  • File on Landsberg, including veterans’ personal accounts about liberating the camp;
  • About half of the issues of News From The Cactus Patch (NFTCP);
  • A set of color photos of the memorial at Sigolsheim, Alsace, France honoring the American soldiers who fought to liberate Alsace during World War II. The photos highlight the inclusion of the 103d Division among the American divisions that took part in liberating Alsace.
  • Leslie, Robert. “An Oral History with Robert Leslie, Company G, 409th Infantry, 103d Division.”103d Infantry Division Association.
  • Collection of research articles on the effects of war service on American World War II veterans ( Materials on the postwar effects of service on World War II veterans that donor collected while writing “Remembering Rougiville,” about my search into his father’s WWII military service. The literature, along with many 103d veterans’ accounts, presents a much more complex story than the dominant narrative that World War II veterans simply came home and left the war behind—suggesting that the sacrifice of WWII veterans has been lifelong. Though the following materials are not specific to the 103d, they may be of interest for the Center for Study of War and Society; see also books listed in Attachment “A”).

 

  • Other Memorabilia
  • A Nazi SS eagle cloth patch about 3½ inches wide worn on a uniform (brought home by a 103d veteran);
  • A WWII era U.S. Army Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

 


Accession Number:  AM14-31                                           

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via David Gilbert)            

Date of Receipt: November 19, 2014                           

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent:  .2 Cu. ft. box of 4 small artifacts (brought home by a 103d veteran Neal Ross and donated to the Association and USM)                          

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1940s                    

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

BOX 27

Memorabilia

  • A German Army compass  
  • A German Infantryman’s pin
  • A “We sail against England” glow in dark pin
  • A German railroad signal lantern

Accession Number:  AM15-01                                           

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Tom and Ken Swope)            

Date of Receipt: January 6, 2015                                 

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent:  .2 Cu. ft. box of 36 printed items                           

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1940s                    

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Box #26

MEMOIRS

  • Richard Mussett (K Company, 409th Regiment, 103rd Division). Dick Mussett World War II Journal
  • Hershel Woolman (A Company 411th Infantry, 103rd Division). Memories Of World War II
  • By Peter Kerrigan (K Company, 410th Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division). Wartime Memoirs: March 1944 – August 1945
  • James K. Feeney (E Company, 409th Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division). World War II

PERSONAL STORIES

  • Harry Nixon (409th Regiment, B Company)
  • CHIGGERS AND PIGS by Robert W. Houston (103d Division, Hq.)
  • St. Christopher’s Medal by Arthur H. Ryan (410th Regiment, Service Company)
  • James Patrick White (410th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, HQ Company), (410th Regiment, Medical)
  • This is an experience of Fernando M. ‘Fred’ Palacios, 409th Regiment, Co. G
  • Howard Herring (410th Regiment, C Company)
  • Various Stories by Fred Kent.  ‘Fred’ is the nickname Alfred H. Kent (411th Regiment, G Company).
  • Greetings from Horejs written by Karl Kountz (410th Regiment, Company D)
  • Raymond J. Menuey (409th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, HQ Company)
  • THE BATTLE NEAR HOHWARTH, ALSACE, FRANCE, 29 NOV. 1944 by Harold G. Brock (410th Regiment, I Company)
  • Joe Edwards (928th Field Artillery)
  • Luke Martin (409th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, HQ Company)
  • John F. McBurney (411th Regiment, Company E)
  • Donald B. Hayes (328th Medical Battalion, Co. A)
  • Casimer L. Vokal (411th Regiment, Company I)
  • Howard R. Pick (409th Regiment, Company L and Company B)
  • Hy Schatz (409th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, HQ Company)
  • A True Story – World War 2 by James (Jim) Cerretani (409th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, HQ Company)
  • COMBAT by John P. Neeley (410th Regiment, Company I)
  • James B. West (328th Engineers, H & S Co.)
  • Robert R. Enterline (411th Regiment, C Company)
  • John Critz Calhoun (410th Regiment, L Company) by Camille B. Calhoun (his wife)
  • James V. Wilson (384th F.A. Battery, HQ Company)
  • Various stories by Robert D. Bailey (411th Regiment, L Company)
  • Peter Muto (382nd F.A., Battery B)
  • World War II – Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton (411th Regiment, L Company)
  • Simon Dargols (411th Regiment, Company A)
  • Michael F. Toohig (411th Regiment, Company B)
  • Amos Ewing (411th Regiment, Company I)
  • Vincent Laura 411th Regiment, Company L)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • ‘C’ Battery Reunions 20 plus Years of Memories

Accession Number:  AM15-02                               

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Lucas Martin)             

Date of Receipt: January 9, 2015                                 

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent:  .2 Cu. ft. box of 3 unpublished printed items                               

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1980 - 2000                      

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

BOX #26

PERSONAL STORIES

Three copied “Album of Remembrance” items (unpublished), including:

  • Dad’s Story – WWII by Herbert Rothschild, Jr.
  • Trials and Tribulations of a Footslogger in WWII by John E. Delsantro
  • Rendezvous: An Autobiography by Carl G. Nichols, Jr.

Accession Number: AM15-37                                             

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Larry Wayne)                   

Date of Receipt: April 19, 2015                               

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 4 DVDs                                

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1940s (digitized in 2014)                  

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

DVD Presentations

  • 103d Division Photos - Claiborne to Austria
  • Flynn Twins – 3rd Bn HqCo & Co A
  • KIA and G.I. Portraits (including 1-page article on last man KIA)
  • 410th , I&R Platoon Photos

Disposition:

 

Placed in 103d Temporary Box 25


Accession Number: AM15-101                               

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Robert French)                 

Date of Receipt: August 24, 2015                            

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 58 Photographs and 1 Card with photo on it                              

Inclusive Dates: 1944-1945

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Photographs

Folder 1:  U.S. Seventh Army Photos (27; most with some identification on reverse sides)

Folder 2:  U.S. Army Ground Forces Europe Photos (31; most with some identification on
reverse sides) and 1 “R.I.P.” card in German w/photo on it - for Theodor Schmidt)

Disposition:   

Both folders placed in 103d Temporary Box 25, except one large 11 x 14 inch photograph from folder 2 is in flat box 30 – “Yanks Break Camp in Germany”/197563-S) 


Accession Number: AM15-123                                

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII          

Date of Receipt: October 9, 2015

Extent: 8 archival boxes of mixed items, 4 flags, 1 portrait, 1 large scrapbook, 5 panoramic photographs, 1 reunion poster, 1 reunion banner; some items placed in existing boxes  

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Inclusive Dates: 1943-1945

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

 

Major General Charles Haffner:

 

Box 25 (Folder placed in existing 103d Temporary Box #25)

General Haffner’s Senior Officers Photographs (7) (folder)

 

BOX 34 (1944-45)

Tests &Trainig Results (binder)

Attack in the Vosges (binder)

Gen C. C. Haffner’s Citation Commendations Correspondence (binder)

Maneuver Memoranda (binder)

Training Memorandum No. 1 Infantry Division (reproduction in binder)

Training Memorandum No. 1 Infantry Division (original)

Regimental Combat Team Series (binder)

 

BOX 35 (1944-45)

Airborne Operations (binder)

Post-Maneuver Training (binder)

Administrative Standing Operating ProcedureMisc through Ch. 5 (binder)

Administrative Standing Operating Procedure Ch. 6 though Ch. 11 (binder)

Standing Operating Procedure T. M. No. 3 (binder)

 

BOX 36 (1944-45)

Training Memorandum No. 65 (binder)

Training Circulars (binder)

Proceedings regarding death of Corporal Eugene Dailey and injury to T/Sergeant William Con See (binder)

General Haffner’s Training Photos (binder)

Nameplate

Miscellaneous Index (binder)

Maneuver memoranda (original)

Airborne Operations (original)

Administrative Standing Operating Procedure Commanding General’s Section (original)

R.C.T. #1 (original)

Training Memorandum No. 65 Complete (original)

R.C.T. Series (original)

 

BOX 39

27 folders of various documents

 

Flags

2 each—2 star general flags

48 star American flag (original flown at headquarters)

103d Infantry Division flag (original flown at headquarters)

3 metal flag holders

 

1 portrait

General Haffner

 

Oversized

General’s scrapbook of photographs from training at Camp Howze (includes drawings of camp layout)

 

Additional 103d infantry Division Items:

 

BOX 28 (flat) (Items placed in existing 103d Temporary Box #28)

Our Sons are in the Army (flag)

Small flag with two (2) blue stars and red border (no text) (flag)

Cactus table decoration (foam board)

 

BOX 37 (1942-45)

Album of Remembrance Vols. 1-4 (binders)

 

BOX 38 (1942-45)

Album of Remembrance Vols. 5-7 (binders)

Cactus Caravan (booklet—2copies)

Scrapbook of Robert H. Wilmoth, Jr. 928thArtillery

KIA & G.I. Portraits A thru K (cd)

KIA & G.I. Portraits L thru Z (cd)

103d ID Photos (cd)

 

BOX 40 (flat)

Saint-Die-Des-Vosges Burned to the Ground November 1944 (framed photograph)

Saint-Die-Des-Vosges Burned to the Ground November 1944 (print)

Village of Schaumburg Proclamation 1993 (plaque)

ADL plaque presented to 103d Infantry Division 1995 (plaque)

 

BOX 41 (flat)

Unidentified Roman Catholic Cardinal (?) (photograph)

“Good-bye, Old Man” An incident on the raod to a battery position, in Southern Flanders (art print)

Landscape to the General from the artist (framed, inscribed on back)

 

Photographs

BOX 25 (Folders placed in existing 103d Temporary Box #25)

Co. C/411th Reg. Photo (folder)

Glen Cravin Photos (2) (folder)

German Camp—Map and Photos (29) and Listings (folder)

Col. Wickes, 103d photograph (1) (folder)

 

Newsletters

BOX 25 (Folders placed in existing 103d Temporary Box #25)

Co. K/409th Reg. Newsletters 2003-2006 (folder)

News from the Cactus Patch Issue 35 (Sept. 2014) (folder)

103d Reunion News Clippings (Sept. 1991) (folder)

 

Individual Soldiers

BOX 26 (Folder placed in existing 103d Temporary Box #26)

Armando Ferris (folder)

Leo Malossi (folder)

Wallace Morgan (folder)

Edward V. Paige (folder)

Carl Jackson Greene (folder)

Harvey T. Ellsworth (folder)

 

Framed Patches, Badges, Medals

BOX 41 (flat)

Shoulder patches U.S. Armies in Europe

Sample of medals and badges awarded in WWII

103d Division patches and pins

 

Oversized

A Company, 409th Inf. Regt. Camp Claiborne, LA 1943 (panoramic photograph)

I Company, 410th Inf. Regt. (panoramic photograph)

411th HQ Company 3d Bn. (panoramic photograph)

1st Lt. Williams, 2nd Lt. Page Co. A 411th Inf. 103d Div. Camp Claiborne, LA July 15, 1943 (panoramic photograph)

Summer Company photo of Co. D 409th Inf. 103d Div. Camp Claiborne, LA (panoramic photograph)

Reunion poster

Reunion banner (cloth)

 

Disposition:   

Temporary Box # Inventory (for items in this accession):

25
26

28

34 (General Haffner)

35 (General Haffner)

36 (General Haffner)

37

38

39 (General Haffner)

40 (flat)

41 (flat)


Accession Number: AM15-126                                

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Perry Weathers)

Date of Receipt: October 9, 2015

Extent: 1 folder (includes 1 manuscript and 19 photographs)   

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Inclusive Dates: 1945

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

            Co.I/410th Reg. Passenger List for the voyage back to the U.S. from Europe

            Six (6) photographs taken in Germany (including German P.O.W.s)

            Thirteen (13) photo postcards taken in Germany (some with soldiers’ notations)

Disposition:   

All material placed in a single folder in 103d Temporary Box #25.


Accession Number: AM15-130                                

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via A.R. Walters and David Gilbert)

Date of Receipt: 9 October 2015

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 3 photographs with 3 separate descriptions     

Inclusive Dates: 1945

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Co. I/410th - Three (3) photographs taken in France and Austria

Disposition:   

All material placed in a single folder in 103d Temporary Box #25.


Accession Number: AM16-001                               

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (Tom Stagg donation via Tom Swope and Ken Swope)

Date of Receipt: January 2016                                 

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: Folder of documents, 2 photographs, flag, and plaque (Regarding Tom Stagg, 411th Regiment/Co. E & Co. G, 103d Infantry Division)

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1943-45; ca. 1994-2014

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Box 26:

Documents

Diary of PFC Edward F. Steck (33704797)

Photo copy of From Bruyeres to Brenner “The Combat Story of The Fighting 411th

Memoir of Willie W.J. Barrios (411th Regiment and HQ, 103d Division)

Memoir of James Hull (411th Regiment/Co. F)

Laminated sign for the 411th/Co E hospitality suite used at a division reunion

Tom Stagg’s 2004 reunion badge

Personal story from Charles W. Clark (411th Regiment/Co. G) – 10/19/94 draft

Personal story from Charles W. Clark (411th Regiment/Co. G) – 10/29/94 draft

Various documents from the dedication of the 103d monument on November 11, 2006

            Two programs (one with photos enclosed and the other signed by Mel Wright)

            News clipping about the dedication from The Dallas News on 11/11/06

            Two copies of benediction written and read by Tom Stagg on 11/11/06

            Monument construction progress photos (9 on two pages)

Various documents for Gainesville ceremonies and reunions

            2007 wreath laying announcement in Gainesville

            Comments written by Mel Wright to be read by George Grounds at 2014 wreath laying in             Gainesville

            Benedictions written and read by Tom Stagg at 2002 and 2003 103d reunions 

 

Box 28:

Co. E /411th Regiment Combat Infantryman’s plaque

Co. E /411th Regiment flag

 

Box 30:

Framed photo of 103d statue in Gainesville, Texas (signed by four veterans)

Panoramic photo of Co. E/411th (probably taken at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana)

 

Disposition:   

All material placed in a single folder in 103d Temporary Boxes #26. 28, and 30.


Accession Number: AM16-002                                

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (Perry Weathers donation via David Gilbert)

Date of Receipt: January 2016                                  

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 6 envelopes of photos and documents (i.e., numbered by donor as “items” below)       

Inclusive Dates: 1945

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Item 9

Four photographs of the house and grounds around the house where Perry Weathers and the other members of 1st Platoon billeted during their stay in Mannheim.  Company I was stationed in the town of Altrip, a small town on the west bank of the Rhine River, from March 28, 1945 until April 1, 1945.   Mannheim was located across the river from Altrip.

Item 13

Original 103rd Infantry Division Memorial Day 1945 Service program.

Item 14

Weathers Training Certificate from the Army Replacement Training Center at Camp Wheeler, GA.

Item 15

Map of Obersalzberg which Weathers picked up at the Platterhof Hotel. Diagram identifies the main buildings of the Nazi retreat.

Item 16

Perry Weathers letter detailing WWII service.

Item 17

Five pictures of Oberramergau, Germany taken from house 1st Platoon stayed in May 1, 1945.

 

Disposition:   

All material placed in a single folder in 103d Temporary Box #25.


Accession Number: AM16-003                               

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (Robert French donation)

Date of Receipt: February 2016                               

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 2 printed items

Inclusive Dates: 2014 and 2016

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Box 26:

Copy of A WWII Story: Richard W. Thompson, ed. by Kathleen Thompson (2014). This book is intended for Richard's family. It is the story of his service in the U.S. Army during WWII (Company M/410th Infantry Regiment/103d Infantry Division), told through his letters to family and loved ones, his combat diary, the history of the 103rd Infantry Division during the war put together by the U.S. Army, and other information sought to put perspective on his thoughts.

Copy of Prime - local Illinois magazine (January 2016) featuring Bob (Robert) Hahn, Intelligence & Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 410th Infantry Regiment, 103d Division. The article goes into some detail.

 

Disposition:   

All material placed in a single folder in 103d Temporary Box #26.


Accession Number: AM16-024

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (Allie Lisitza donation; granddaughter of Thaddeus “Ted” Partynski)

Date of Receipt: April 2016                         

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 4 photographs           

Inclusive Dates: 1945, 1996, 2014

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

·         Black & White photograph (ca. 1945) copied; also with photo copy of reverse side listing names of the “radio section” (T. Partynski is on the far right)

·         Color photo of the modern 103d statue in Texas (taken by Ted Partynski’ s son, Phillip, ca. 1996)

·         Color photo of group in France for 103d reunion of American group and French hosts at the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of St. Die Des Vosges, France in November 2014.

 

Disposition::

All material placed in a single folder in 103d Temporary Box #25.


Accession Number: AM16-29                                 

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Robert French)                 

Date of Receipt: 16 June 2016

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Date of Receipt: 16 June 2016

Extent: 3 items

Inclusive Dates: 2014-2016

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Copy of Notre Saint-Die des Vosges: Liberation: 70e anniversaire (November 2014) in French.

Copy of theday - local southeastern Connecticut paper (January 2016) featuring article about Edgar Davis, 103d veteran.

Information supplemental to 103d veteran Calvin A. Landau, Jr. oral history (February 2016).

 

Disposition:   

Folder placed in 103d Temporary Box 25


Accession Number: AM16-036                          

Given By: 103d Infantry Division Association of WWII (via Zack Sigler)                     

Date of Receipt: 14 July 2016                              

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent: 2.5 cu. ft.     

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1942-2007

 

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

 

BINDERS (in 103d Temporary Box #42):

 

·        “Cactus Caravan” (white binder w/photos)

·        France (grey binder w/various media)

·        Unit spreadsheets (black binder of copies w/photos)

·        409th Infantry Regiment (white binder of printed history)

·        “Rhineland” (blue binder of printed history w/photos)

·        103rd Association Treasurer’s Report (white binder, 2007)

·        “Reflections: 50 Years Later” (2 butterfly-clipped copies of history of C Battery/382nd Field Artillery Bn./103d Infantry Div.)

 

FILES (in 103d Temporary Box #43):

 

·        General Orders (11 folders of paper copies made from originals, 1944-1945)

·        Morning Reports (26 folders of paper copies made from originals, 1943-1945):

o   803d Ordnance

o   928th Bn.

o   Quartermaster/103d Inf. Div.

o   Recon/103d Inf. Div.

o   Signal/103d Inf. Div.

 

·        Narratives (8 folders of paper copies made from originals, 1944-1945)

 

OTHER PAPER, PHOTOS, AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA (Folders in 103d Temporary Box #44):

 

·        103D Infantry Division Association Resolution (2007)

·        James E. White Photographs

·        Battery C/382d Field Artillery Bn./103d Division Photographs and Diary (copy)

·        Howard Herring Papers

·        Camp Claiborne, LA photographs and Station Hospital booklets (1942)

·        Robert Huskins photographs and letter

·        Carl Welty V-mail copies (1944-1945)

·        Various photographs:

o   HQ Co./3d Bn./411th Infantry Rgt./103d Div. (negative and a scan on CD)

o   Copies of photographs of various locations/battles

o   Jeep (restored)

o   Prints of photographs of various locations/battles/soldiers

o   Wedding photograph (unknown couple

 

·        DVDs:

o   103d Infantry Division ETO 1989 (3 DVDs – Vols. 1, 2, and 3)

o   “My Trip Home” by Jim White (1 DVD)

o   103d Infantry Division in World War II 1944-45 Actual Video Footage (1 DVD)

 

·        Map copies: European locations (folded once)

·        Paper copy of D Co./409th Infantry Rgt./103d Div. (rolled print)

·        Paper copy of “Hochfelden Temporary U.S. Military Cemetery” (rolled documents)

 

Disposition:

103d Temporary Boxes 42, 43, and 44


 


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