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Sgt Al Brown Memoir ::

Third Signal Company Photography WWII  ::  ANZIO to AUSTRIA  ::  U.S. Third Infantry Division

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Cpl. Howard B. Nickelson — Third Signal Company

Howard Nickelson, one of the five photographers whose story is told on this Web site kindly allowed this memoir to appear here. Nickelson, from Livingston, Montana, was drafted in 1941 and served with the Third Division at Camp Lewis and Fort Ord before landing at Fedala in November 1942 as a member of the Tenth Engineers. Nickelson was assigned to the Third Signal Company on the Anzio Beachhead and was mustered out on points in Salzburg, Austria, two days before the German Surrender.

Sgt. Bill Heller — Third Signal Company
Web site presented by Rich Heller, son of 3rd Division photographer William "Pop" Heller whoise story is told on this Web site. This site provides many links to 3rd Division information past and present. It also links to the Society of the Third Division.s

Staff Sgt. Albert S. Brown — 30th Regiment

Albert S. Brown of Florida joined the 3rd Division in November 1943 on the lines at Cassino. Brown was a staff sergeant with Company H of the 30th Regiment. His eye-witness accounts on Anzio afford a gritty glimpse of the day to day life on the bloody beachhead. His skillfully-written memoir also adds a poignant perspective to the action against the Siegfried Line in Rimschweiler and Zwiebrucken. It was with great honor that featured Sgt Brown's memoir on this site for several years. Sgt Brown's memoir is now available in book form at this link.

Staff Sgt. Robert Maxwell O'Kane — 7th Regiment

Staff Sgt. Robert Maxwell O'Kane's collected stories from soldiers of B Company, 7th Regiment for a 1997 reunion program. O'Kane came from Dover, New Hampshire receiving two Silver Stars and 2 Purple Hearts during the war. O'Kane later served as a professor at Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina and the University of New Hampshire. These stories are posted with permission of Brooks O'Kane. Included are stories by Robert S. Appell, Jack "Doc" Glover, Daniel Parisi, Tom Carr, Steve "Kov" Kovatch and Harold A. Demaree.

Staff Sgt. Charles O. Beardslee — 30th Regiment

Charles Owen Beardslee of Bothell, Washington joined the Third Division in time for the November 1942 African invasion. Beardslee fought through Sicily, Italy, Anzio, France and participated in the 3rd Division's March 1945 assault on the Siegfried Line where he was wounded. Beardslee received two Bronze Stars for his role with an HQ anti-tank platoon in the 30th Regiment's First Battalion. He was wounded in March 1945 during the 3rd Division assault on the Siegfried Line. This memoir thankfully appears with permission of Greg Beardslee.

Captain Russ Cloer — 7th Regiment

An exceptional memoir by Capt. Russ Cloer, I & R Platoon leader, 7th Regiment, 3rd Division. Cloer, from Rosselle Park, New Jersey, entered the Army in June 1943 at age 22 after four years of ROTC at Rutgers University. He joined the 3rd Division at Anzio in February 1944. This is a printable document at 69 pages.

Sgt. Norman Mohar — 30th Regiment

An exceptionally detailed memoir by Sgt. Norman Mohar of the Second Battalion, 30th Regiment Ammunition and Pioneer Platoon. Mohar, from Cle Elum, Washington, was drafted at age 18 in Feb. 1943 and joined the 3rd Division fight as a replacement on the front lines at Cassino. He was seriously wounded at Sigolsheim but rejoined his unit to finish the battle in the Colmar Pocket

Pfc. James Tolby Anderson — 30th Regiment

Memoir by Pfc. James Tolby Anderson, 30th Regiment, Ammunition and Pioneer Platoon, 2nd Battalion. Anderson entered the fight at Anzio and fought through Austria. He was drafted at age 18 in June 1943 from Abington, Virginia.

Pfc. Joseph F. Englert — 7th Regiment

Memoir by Pfc. Joseph F. Englert, Company E - Second Battalion, 7th Regiment, who joined the 3rd Division as a replacement prior to the battle at St. Die. Englert, drafted at age 18 in July 1943 from New Orleans, was wounded entering Germany and was later liberated by his own division at Heppenheim.

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