A photo of Eddie Jordan on left with Clarence Curtis on right. Probably taken just before the men left for Europe. Provided courtesy of Melissa DiLillo.
Three unknown soldiers of the 811th, pose for a photo. Provided courtesy of Melissa DiLillo.
Clarence E. Curtis is shown on left with three unknown soldiers, in front of one of the unit's M20 Armored Personnel Cars. Provided courtesy of Melissa DiLillo.
A photo of a Pvt. Hozak on left and Clarence Curtis on right. Provided courtesy of Melissa DiLillo.
Clarence E. Curtis stands in front of an M20 Armored Car. Provided courtesy of Melissa DiLillo.
On September 4, 1944, the 811th set sail for Europe in two groups. The first group included Headquarters Platoon, Headquarters Company and Reconnaissance Company, which boarded the U.S.S. General J. R. Brooke, shown above. The rest of the unit sailed aboard the U.S.S. General William H. Gordon. The battalion debarked in Cherbourg Harbor on September 15, 1944, and moved to a staging area near Valognes, France. The photo identifies that it was taken in the Navy Yard at Mare Island, California, on January 29, 1944. Photo courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
Here we can see Art Cameron and Richard C. Chapman in their M8, light armored car. The M8 was a 6x6 built by Ford, which was used for a number of purposes, including reconnaissance, personnel transportation and limited offensive actions. It was lightly armored and featured an M6, 37mm main gun and a .30 or .50 Browning machine gun. This particular unit was is marked as #20 of Recon. Company. Photo courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
Pictured is Roy F. Berry, George M. Jordan and Joseph V. Ash. Berry and Jordan were from Indiana and Ash was from Pennsylvania. All three had served initally served in Recon., but by the end of the war, both Berry and Jordan had been moved to B Company. Photo courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A nice shot of a happy Buford W. Tooney, who was from Kentucky and served in recon. company. The shot was probably taken after the war had ended since he is wearing his Good Conduct ribbon as well as what looks like his EAME Campaign ribbon. Photo courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of reconnaissance company member Clyde R. Canfield, who entered the service from Ohio, and attained the rank of Sergeant. He passed away on August 31, 2000, and was buried in the Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, Ohio. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
Taken at what is identified as Camp Laguna in 1943, Elbert Stepp (left) had just received a hair cut from his friend George Jordan. This was the first time Jordan had ever cut anyone's hair. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of Technical Sergeant Elbert Stepp, who was from Kentucky but had been born in West Virginia. He passed away on February 1, 1986. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of reconnaissance company buddies George M. Jordan, Buford W. Tooney and Leslie H. Westling. Tooney entered the service from Kentucky and Westling entered from Minnesota. The unit history lists Jordan as serving in B Company later in the war so this may have been a mini reunion of the men. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of George M. Jordan on left with Arthur T. Mahn. It looks like Mahn is holding some type of souvenir pistol. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
Another member of the reconnaissance company, Johnny Lee Boyd Jr., who entered the service from Missouri. The photo was taken in March of 1945, while they were stationed in Germany. Photo courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of Technician 3rd Grade, Leslie H. Westling, holding what looks like a Walther P38. The P38 was the service pistol of the Wehrmacht during WWII. Items like this were treasured keepsakes, brought home by many U.S. soldiers. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of Merrill V. Marsh is standing near a river with a bridge in the background. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of L to R, Kenneth Parmeter, George M. Jordan, Elbert Stepp and Elrich which we believe to be Herman J. Eilrich. It was taken in 1943, and the surroundings look like it was while the unit was stationed at the Desert Training Center. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of Technician 3rd Grade, Ralph Joseph Brendel, who was born in Evansville, Indiana, and entered the service on December 23, 1942. He passed away on January 26, 2011, and was buried in the Zionsville Cemetery in Zionsville, Indiana.
Another reconnaissance member from Indiana, Pvt. Robert Dean Morgan, "Bob" is shown holding the standard rifle of the tank destroyer soldiers, the M1 Carbine. The M1 Carbine was shorter than the M1 Garand used by many infantry soldiers and worked better for the TD soldier due to its more compact design and lighter weight, 3 lbs less than the Garand. He left the service at the rank of Technician 5th Grade, returning to Indiana and working for a Dodge dealership for 31 years. Bob passed away in 2011, and was buried in the Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Photo courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A photo of William G. Bertsch, Jr. who is relaxing at what looks like an outdoor cafe. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.
A posed photo of William Willsea at what is believed to be Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. The photo is dated as being taken on December 31, 1943. Courtesy of Jerry Jordan.