Taken in August 1942, Roland Anctil stands in front of their tent while stationed at the Desert Training Center. Roland was from Waterbury, Connecticut and was a close friend of Clifford O'Conner after the war as well. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
A posed photo of Roland Anctil who was a close friend of Clifford O'Connor. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Roland Anctil and Al Brousseau climb into a Hollywood prop for a photo. The men were on a 2-day furlough and traveled to Los Angeles, CA. They took a number of photos at the Hollywood Hotel, Mission Inn and the Chinese Theater as well as a number of celebrity homes, including Claudette Colbert, Dorothy Lamour, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
An individual shot of Roland Anctil, at the Desert Training Center. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
The 703rd shipped to Europe on the S.S. Shawnee. Like many other vessels used to transport soldiers, this ship was originally a cruise ship that was refitted to accommodate soldiers. Courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
The scenery around Camp Rice was quite beautiful although it was the California desert, hot and inhospitable to humans. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Taken in May 1943, while the unit was stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania. Shown is Koley on left, Scottie, right and Clifford O'Connor center. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Labeled as the "Four Musketeers" relaxing at the Red Cross Club at the Riviera in France. L to R is Johnie, Davy, Olie and Clifford O'Connor. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
A slight close-up of three members of the "Musketeers", while on leave at the Riviera. The building to the rear is one of the casinos in Nice, France. Identified L to R as Davy, Olie and Clifford O'Connor. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
A shot of the men with one of the local girls they met, while on leave in Southern France. Paul Keller, from Springfiled, MA, is sranding on far left with Clifford O'Connor is on far right. The others are unknown. Photo courtesy of Karne O. Bray.
Identified L to R as Big Soldier, Anctil and Allen at Camp Rice, in August of 1942. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Another image from the Riviera in Southern France. Shown is Clifford O'Connor, Johnie and Davy. Date is August 2, 1945. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Here Clifford stands on far left with Davy next to him and Johnie on far right with some of the local French girls. Photo courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Labeled as "Buddies", this photo is of Clifford O'Connor's Tank Destroyer crew, although there would have only been five members in the TD. Shown kneeling L to R is Bud Fyock (Asst. Leader, Gunner Replacement), Cliff O'Connor (TD Commander), and Petrovich (Platoon Sgt.). Standing L to R is Ed Goosherst (Asst. Driver and Radioman), Francis Farney (Driver) and Dick Langerveld (Gunner). The photo was taken just east of Breinig, Germany in October of 1944. Courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Clifford O'Connor on right with Tony Cimino in front of Cliff's TD. Taken in Germany, October, 1944. Courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
Another shot of members of Cliff O'Connor's TD Crew. Shown L to right is Ed Goosherst (Asst. Driver and Radioman), Petrovich (Platoon Sgt.), Francis Farney (Driver), Dick Langerveld (Gunner), Cliff O'Connor (TD Commander) and an unknown soldier on far right. I wasn't able to identify the soldier on the gun barrel either. Taken just east of Breinig, Germany in October of 1944. Courtesy of Karen O. Bray.
A photo of the 703rd tank destroyer battalion on maneuvers, possibly taken while the unit was at the Desert Training Center in California. You can see Charles Esposito standing on the far left. Photo courtesy of Ray Esposito.
Shown is the crew of John Czajkowski's TD, including L to R at rear, the Platoon Commander Lt Claude Ball, Johnson, Pfc. William H. French and Bill Croccetirre, who was the TD Commander. In front row is Ace Maciak and John. French was killed on January 15, 1945, by an artillery shell. He is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Hombourg, Belgium. Photo courtesy of Charles Czajkowski.
Shown in the back row is Bill Crochetierre and then John Czajkowski standing second and third from left. In front row is Ace Maciak on far right. The others are unknown. Taken after the war was over, in June 1945, and the unit was stationed at Damstadt, Germany. Courtesy of Charles Czajkowski.