Taps Sounded : Thomas F. Carocci

We are very saddened to write that veteran Mr Thomas F. Carossi has passed on December 2nd, 2017. Tom was in the 50th Signal Battalion – VII COrps, unit that was General Collins’communication unit. He landed on Utah on June 6th 1944, and took part to the campaigns of Normandy and Northern France. In September 1944, General Collins’s HQ was installed in the Chateau de Taravisé, near Fosse-la-Ville, and stayed there for few days. Tom […]

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John G. Kaiser

Kaiser joined Item Company – 60th Infantry Regiment on 10 February 1945, and took over the 2nd rifle platoon. The regiment is then around the German town of Dreiborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. After leading his platoon in Germany, the division arrived in Remagen where the Old Reliables fought for the famous Bridge at Remagen, and establish a bridgehead. On 6 March, Kaiser’s platoon is tasked to hold positions on roadblocks in Röttgen, between Bonn and Remagen. On 12 March, Item Company commenced […]

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9th Infantry Division motor pool : Vehicles Markings

Studying vehicles markings could seem odd, especially because officially, there’s one standard procedure to mark the vehicles in the U.S. Army. But in reality, in different units on the ETO, the so-called procedure was not followed by all. And when you can see an incoherence on a picture, or more, that’s because the whole unit implemented its own way of vehicle markings. The 9th Infantry Division had its own way, indeed. Explore it thru this […]

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The Fifth Platoon: Negro volunteers within E Company, 60th Infantry

The condition of the Afro-American soldiers within the U.S. Army has always been subject to studies, and their effort to join the fight is now well-known. There are some famous units such as 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (which was never deployed) or the “Red Tails” (332nd Fighter Group) in the USAAF, and on a larger scale, the 92nd Infantry Division in Italy. However, these frontline units were kind of exceptional, since the U.S. Army wasn’t […]

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