Photo "C" Company 181st infantry regiment
#1

This photo of 26th ID 181st infantry C Company was taken at Camp Edwards

Falmouth Ma in May 1941.

 

Most of these guys were draftees from New England area.

The were on maneuvers in the south during the fall of '41.

The division returned to Camp Edwards on saturday Dec 6th 1941 and

prepared to muster out. With the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor

the next day, their hopes to be out of uniform & home for Christmas ended.

 

The 181st and 182nd were then detached from the division and I believe they were

one of the 1st regiments to see service in the war, landing at Guadalcanal.

 

My Dad created a key for the photo with all the names he could remember.

I believe he did this after the war. He typed most of it and then it looks like

he assed to it as he remembered more names.

 

Does anyone think it'd be worthwhile if I listed the names with the picture?

Someone might be looking for their father or grandfather.

 

My dad is the tall guy in the last row - the very center of the picture.

He was detached from 26ID and attached to VI Corps 206th MP Co sometime

after Pearl Harbor.

 

mary ann

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#2

MPs!!!! I Can't believe it! I've looked at this photo a million times,

but this is the first time I've noticed the crossed pistols on the Compancy C flag!

They ARE crossed pistols, aren't they????

If these guys are all MPs, then I wonder if they wer ALL attched to VI corps

MP units when 26ID split up!

 

 

I'm SUCH a JACKASS! :wacko:

Now I'm even answering my own posts!

Help! Marion! I think I might need an intervention!

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#3

I think the flag shows crossed rifles, similar to flags shown here for the 26th division in 1931.

 

http://tmg110.tripod.com/usarmyh3.htm

 

If the picture was taken in May of `41, the 181st was still part of the 26th ID which at that time was a "square" division, meaning it consisted of 4 infantry regiments, 101st: 104th: 181st: & 182nd. When the army reorganized to the "triangular" 3 regiment division, the 181 & 182 i believe were assigned to the Americal Division and the 328th was added to the 26th ID.

During this reorganization, some men were transfered out of existing units to fill out new units being formed, MP companies among them. I doubt that a whole infantry company was redesignated as an MP unit in 1941. MP`s were selected on various criteria, being tall was one.

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#4

Thanks Larry! yeah I think the 181st & 182nd were with the American Division - I believe

were among the 1st to see action in the Pacific.

 

My Dad WAS tall, but his best MP buddy Corporal Bob Cunningham who was with him throughout Italy & France was notl. I've got a picture taken of them together

after Salerno invasion. I'll have to locate it and post it.

 

Mary Ann

 

 

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#5

Here's to the tall one! :drinkin::armata_PDT_01:

 

Does anyone think it'd be worthwhile if I listed the names with the picture?

Someone might be looking for their father or grandfather.

 

Oh absolutely! You won't believe how many letters I've received saying something to the affect, "Hey I was perusing your site and couldn't believe when I saw my uncles photo..." Please do so.

 

It's wonderful how much you've found out just posting that photo and text. :pdt34:

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#6

Criteria for becoming an MP:

 

http://www.us-army-info.com/pages/mos/police/31b.html

 

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/age...army/usamps.htm

 

History

 

http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Branches...ry%20Police.htm

 

Did you know that the military police first came into being in September of 1941?

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#7

Insignia

 

First - Branch Insignia

Second - Branch Plaque

Third - Regimental Insignia

Fourth - Regimental Coat of Arms

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Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#8

Here's some info for all on the 26th Infantry Division:

 

http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/documents/eto-ob/26ID-ETO.htm

 

http://pages.cthome.net/yd104/

 

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=...duleId=10006143

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#9

Thanks for all the info Marion! :drinkin:

 

I have one of these WWII MP booklets. It's pretty cool, but

focuses more on the later part of the war post DDAY and there's

not much on MPs in Mediterranean theater. VI Corps never got the

same recognition & publicity in my opinion.

 

http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_bookl...lice/index.html

 

gonna post the names of the fellows in C company.

 

wouldn't it be GRAND if someone recognizes a relative or buddy! :armata_PDT_01:

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#10

Names of C Company 181st 1941 Camp Edwards Ma

 

(my father made these lists with as many names as he could remember

& guys listed by their nicknames. There's lots of blanks, but hopefully

this list might be helpful to somebody)

 

Left to right

 

1st row: Zulivitch

Sandberg

Waddo Johnson

Eddie Sullivan

Slick Carrillia

Jim kennedy

Red Sutton

Joe Eagan

Woodland Sulham

Lt Kret

Lt Doyle

Captain Mahaney

Lt ?

Lt Garabedian

Lt McCarthy

Chet Gagnon ( I believe Chet was with my father later in VI corps)

Walter Byland

Unknown

Felliciti

McArdle

Christie

Wally Arnot

Paul Woods

 

2nd Row: Harry Grubert

Bresnahan

Cohen

McCoy

Shapiro

unknown

unknown

Pat Walker

Hyjek

Fish

unknown

Chestnut

Potter

Riordan

Scott

Barringer

Paul Johnson

Russ Erskine

Siliskey

Jake (?) Gordon

Hebert

King

Dickerson

Marselli

Russell

Unknown

Unknown

Arshambeau

unknown

Gentile

 

3rd row: Lavin

Curran

Walter (?) Malenski

Majinski (??)

unknown

unknown

Ashley

Ash

Hayword

Maluski (?)

Borrelli

Mike Pigano

Charles Dodge

unknown

unknown

Jerry Aubin

Dailey

Griffin

Diamantis

unknown

Foster

Jones

Bill gallagher

Pat Felliminio

Unknown

unknown

Army

unknown

 

4th row: Shuchek

Coggswell

Joe Bossy

Ray Johnson

Paul Sullivan

Robert Mcdonald

Charles Leach

Unknown

Walter

Carey

Buttrick

Tarrar

Geginheminer

Sullivan

Annis

Greco

Steve Annis

Unknown

Chet Carleton

unknown

Walter Army

Kelly

 

5th row: Fred Marlow

Bassett

unknown

Bergman

Haywood

Harry ?

Cronin

unknown

McGeever

Sullivan

unknown

Perron

Scholl

Haas

Woodbury

Cassidy

Ferguson

Kerris

Lindstrom

unknown

Buckley

Daly

Unknown

Leone

Grenier

Taylor

Jamros

unknown

Bell

 

6th row: Hathaway

Wood

Mike Basiglio (Sp?)

Paul Clark

McDonald

Stanley Odenski (sp?)

Al Johnson

Milowski

Stracken

Dorres

Majeski

Sweika

Houvann

Pierce

Francis Howard (my Dad)

Mctiegue

Morton

Cody

Lucy

Caldwell

Bus Adams

Connant

Lewis

Unknown

Walter Rajah

Dill

Cutler

Smith

O'Connell

Bailey

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