A crowd of military personnel and civilians gather at a U.S.O. club to celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31, 1942.
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These GIs, attached to the 9th Service Command somewhere in England, take time out on Christmas Eve to decorate a tree at their base, December 24, 1943. They are, left to right: Pvt. George Rutter of Greenburg, Pa., Cpl. Conrad Myers of Fort Thomas, Ky., Cpl. Merrill Dunn of Laurel, Delaware, and Pfc. Edward Arnzen of Newport, […]
“The Christmas spirit is universal, the traditions unchanging even in the midst of war. Where ever our American troops are to be found throughout the world Christmas Carols will be heard in joyful hymns on the eve of the Nativity of Christ.” Shown here in Iceland, soldiers are singing the Christmas carol “O, Come Ye, […]
Soldiers of the 37th Infantry Division celebrating Christmas, probably at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, in December, 1943. The 37th served in the Pacific Theater during World War II under the command of Major General Robert Beightler. They were an Ohio National Guard division, nicknamed the “Buckeye Division.”
Left to right: Cpl. Michael J. Sabagh [381st HQ] of Lawrence, Mass., Pvt. Larry H. James [2021st Fire Platoon] of Campbellsville, Ky., Cpl. Goldmer S. Elkins [2003rd Fire Platoon] of Cyclone, W.Va., and Cpl. Thomas Hallingam [330th SS] of Pittsburgh, Pa., trim a Christmas tree for a party given for homeless children somewhere in England […]
During the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, Christmas was still celebrated. This ration warehouse in Antwerp, Belgium, served as a chapel on Christmas Day. A pile of ration crates became the altar. The port chaplain, Martin Durkin, conducted the services. The men left their work only long enough to attend Mass.
The wrecked destroyers USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372) in Drydock One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, soon after the end of the Japanese air attack on December 7, 1941. Cassin has capsized against Downes. USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) is astern, occupying the rest of the drydock. The torpedo-damaged cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) is in […]
The sign at the left, “My running days are over. My duty now is to lick the Japs,” explains what is happening to these onetime automobiles in Detroit, Michigan on January 23, 1942. Wrecking crews are burning out the bodies of junked cars to destroy parts unfit for conversion into steel and thus simplify the […]
Soldier enjoying his Thanksgiving meal under a camouflaged lean to shelter. The photo is from a collection of William Caddell who served with the 5th Army Headquarters in North Africa through Italy. His scrapbook of Signal Corps photographs documents the Fifth Army from the Fall of Rome through the end of the war. This picture was taken […]