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Dated:  Nov 23, 2010

Part 1
Sgt Cole and Buddies

General Photos of GI's

   These photos are general photos of Sgt. Cole and some of his buddies who served with him in 328th Field Artillery, 85th Division.   My dad mentioned the names of many of his friends but I don't know which ones are in all of these photos.  These photos are of some interest even if you don't know the men.  It will give you some idea of their equipment and living conditions at the front in Italy.
   Most of the photos on this page include my Dad and others who served with him and are not dated.   Other pages include donated photos that are grouped by the period of the war and subject matter.
   The Quotes are from Dad's scrapbook.

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Sgt N F Cole
Sgt. Cole taking a seat at a gas station
before moving into the Alps.  Probably May 1945.
Sgt N F Cole
Sgt Cole wrote caption to this photo;

"I don't feel a bit well- just got to the Rest Center from
the train ride from Naples.  No dinner or breakfast.
July 17, 1945"
PFC Alfred Winschel
PFC Alfred Winschel of 377th Regiment
during desert training in Yuma.   Summer 1943.
See DTC page

Kitchen Crew
"The kitchen crew - Fields, Cottey(or Cotley),
McLain, Biangone & 2 K.P's."

Sgt Cole & PFC Pratley
"Me & Pratley from Phila. PA at Rest Camp, Dec 1944."
(See other page for more photos taken at this time and place.)

Ready for Patrol - Jan 1945
Ready for Patrol
"Me, Flynn & Borders near Lucca, Italy, Jan. 1945"

Sergeants enjoying R&R
"Me, Davis, Aridas & Fink. Dec. 1944." (listed right to left)
A group from Battery B:  N.F. Cole,
Condon Davis, James Aridas, & Ray Fink.

GI's on a donkey
"Flynn on mule.  Also Forrest.  Near Naples, May 3, 1944."
Lucca Italy
"Corio, Roy & me near Lucca, Italy."
Near Florence
"Me, Jack Fields & Nelson at Rest Center near Florence"

Sgt Cole in Rome
Sgt. Cole in Rome.

Caption says July 1945, which was after the war ended.
Cruise back to home.Returning Home
"Davis (TN), Hannis (TX), & Flynn(NY).

Onboard the S.S. West Point."

Refer to Battery B Group Photo for a roster of the 328th Field Artillery Battalion and the names listed on this page.

  Explanation of photo quality.  Even though these photos were taken with a captured German camera using 120mm film, the photos were developed only in 2.5 inch size; i.e., the prints were same size as the negative.  These scanned images were scanned from those 50-year old prints as the negatives were lost or damaged.
  Update!  -  Some old negatives were recently discovered stored away in good condition.  New images were scanned from them to obtain some of the crisp photos seen above.


Forward Observer - 34th Division
An Artillery Forward Observer of the 34th Division scanning the Liri Valley
just south of Cassino.  Note his Red Bull shoulder patch.

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