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photo of the Company A was taken during training at Camp
Mississippi. Camp Shelby is located south of Hattisburg, MS and
the camp where the 85th Infantry Division
was formed and trained. Soldiers began to arrive and start their
training in April 1942, even though the 85th
wasn't officially activated until May 15, 1942. This photo was taken of
A during that first summer. I have a similiar photo of th Anti-Tank
Company that was taken in August of 1942. Details of the
and bleachers match in both photos.
Each Infantry Regiment consisted of 12 companies, identified as "A", "B", etc. A company was comprised of about 250 men. This photo was taken early in the training. Another group photo was taken at Fort Dix, NJ, just before the division embarked for Italy.
was divided into 3 composites. Each section can be viewed closer
to see faces.
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soldiers. George Hamilton
Walker is located on Top Row, 2nd from left.
2 - No info. 71 soldiers.
3 - 32 soldiers. Bottom print in white: - American Photo Co. Camp Shelby. This is the same company that printed the other photos taken at Camp Shelby of the Anti-Tank Company and the 310th Engineer Company, also located on my webpage.
Sorry-- I have not identified anyone in this photo, yet. I will search for a roster of members of this company.
Uniform Details - All the soldiers are wearing the summer khaki uniform. There does not appear to be any officers in this photo. Most of the group photos that I've seen, the officers are usually dressed in a manner that would distinguish them from the rest of the group. All the men in the front row appear to be NCO's; i.e. sergeants, staff sergeants or higher rank.Special thanks to Mike Walker for providing this photo.
The shoulder patches are round and could be the patch for the 85th Infantry Division. Most appear to be very dark. However, the soldier on the front row, far left, appears to be wearing a tri-color patch of the training command.
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