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    Hi everyone. This is my first post here so I thought I'd start off with a bang! My grandfather was a Technical Sergeant in the Army during WWII, ultimately serving on Okinawa. I have a large stack of his photos and would like to use this thread to share them with you. I have never served - my connection to the US military is through my grandfather's service and my father's service in the Ohio National Guard. You can click on any of the photos and you'll then be able to pick bigger sizes to look at.

    EDIT - I think I'd also like to add that my grandfather was in every way an immigrant child of the US. In 1922, with his mother, brothers, and sisters, he escaped the routine pogroms and massacres of Jews in Ukraine. With a fake passport, the family made it through Poland to Frankfurt, where they boarded a boat to Ellis Island. He never talked about the "old country," as there probably wasn't much worth remembering. Almost 20 years later he found himself to be the oldest volunteer in his Army unit (32 years old). Maybe the Army made him an "American" in his own eyes? Too bad I can't ask him - but I'll always wonder.

    So, without further adieu I will kick it off with a mystery:


    WWII by m.gross196, on Flickr - This photo may have been taken on Oahu or Ft. Knox...two places I know my grandfather served. Can anyone identify the weapons and (for you eagle-eyes) maybe even the plane?!

    OK, while you guys are thinkin' about that, here are some others:


    Selvin Hoffman on the Beach - Oahu, HI - 1944 by m.gross196, on Flickr - (Oahu, HI) My grandfather (top row, second from left) and his buds joshin' on the beach. Norbert "Nibs" Hildebrand (top row far right) and Bill Wennerberg (front center) are also there.


    13th Armored Replacement Battalion, Co. A - Fort Knox, KY - 1942 by m.gross196, on Flickr - (Mammoth Cave, KY) My grandfather Selvin Hoffman (above the arrow) with the 13th Armored Replacement Battalion, Company A, out of Fort Knox, KY. Photo taken in August 1942.


    How The Hell Do You Open A Coconut? (1944) by m.gross196, on Flickr - (Oahu, HI) Norbert "Nibs" Hildebrand, my grandfather Selvin Hoffman, and Bill Wennerberg attempt to crack open a coconut. I am pretty sure this is Christmas Day, but positive it is 1944.
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    Here are some more photos and information. Lots of Cleveland, OH-area names in the news clipping. Remember, clicking on the photo will take you to a larger photo and give you the option of blowing it up even more (look for the magnifying glass with a "+" sign in it).


    Scanned Image 0109 by m.gross196, on Flickr


    My Grandfather Arriving (or Leaving?) by m.gross196, on Flickr


    Cleveland Press News Clipping - Veterans Return Stateside (1945) by m.gross196, on Flickr

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    Good post! I love seeing old vids and pictures from WW2 and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GG Allin View Post
    This photo may have been taken on Oahu or Ft. Knox...two places I know my grandfather served. Can anyone identify the weapons and (for you eagle-eyes) maybe even the plane?!
    The weapons are self-propelled howitzers - I'm guessing the numerical designation is unimportant to you. The 'plane' is impossible to identify even at the highest resolution on Flickr - and may well in fact be an ant or bug or other artifact on the negative.
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    Thanks very much, GM. And actually, I'd like to know the designation. Any idea if this looks like a staging area or drill? I doubt it's on Okinawa.

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    The vehicles are either M40 155mm or M43 8" self propelled howitzers, built by the Pressed Steel Car Company (Most likely M40, as fewer than 50 M43s were made before the contract was cancelled at the end of WWII).

    United States' M40 Gun Motor Carriage, M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage - World War II Vehicles, Tanks, and Airplanes

    The presence of civilians on this site (note the man in civilian suit and Fedora in the lower right of the picture) argues that this is a static display and not an operational staging area.
    68W4P, 31B4P, 0341, 0844
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    Thank you very much, GM.

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    "Arrived Safely Expect To See You Soon" - WWII (1945) by m.gross196, on Flickr

    My grandfather wrote this to my grandmother after arriving Stateside after his deployment to Okinawa.
    I thought a bit about whether I should post this, but it is a window into the past that I think everyone can appreciate.

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    A Man And His Cart - WWII (1944?) by m.gross196, on Flickr


    Unknown Farmers - WWII (1944?) by m.gross196, on Flickr

    Although my grandfather spent time on Oahu before shipping out to Okinawa, Japan, he has no pictures from Japan so it is very likely this is somewhere in Hawaii. If you see any clues, please let us know!

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    Fort Knox, KY, Classification Office - WWII (1942) by m.gross196, on Flickr

    (Fort Knox, KY - 11/1/1942) My grandfather standing in front of the Fort Knox classification office. All the names of the officers working there are clearly visible on the plaque.

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