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Reporting For Duty
a group of recruits arrives at Camp Blanding
All Together Now
jump... straddle .. jump...

Rest Period
Pvts Harry S. Higgins, Bruce E. Baker and William B. Goudy relax during training.
   Higgins was KIA on 1 July 1944.
(courtesy of Lois Andrews)

Oh, My Aching Feet!
was an oft heard phrase as the recruits finished the day.  "All we did was run ... we ran everywhere we went!", recalls any veteran asked about this period.
(drawing used with permission of artist Kate Salley Palmer)

Co C Pyramid of Power as Physical Training Begins To Show
Andrew Loewi (2nd row, right} joins 5 buddies in some playful posing.
   All others are currently unidentified

(courtesy Yoni Bleyfüsz)
Co F Adds A Row
[top] Fred Ryan
[row 2, l-r] Frank McKee, Miles Filer
[row 3, l-r] ?, ?, Bill Chestnut
[bottom, l-r] George Menter, Paul Strawn, Herb Lokan, ?
(courtesy of Toni Barrella who saw it in an antique shop, bought it and found us just to donate it!)

Cpl Gordon Wahto (r) and an unidentified Pfc pose in front of a stone tower, possibly while on pass in the Jacksonville, FL area

Maj Louis Mendez
poses in front of what is labeled as the "1st Bn. Supply" (see painted notice on canvas siding)
(courtesy Robert C. Moss family)

Lt. Royal Taylor [r]
seen at Blanding's officer quarters, was one of the cadre members sent to Blanding to ramp up the 508th.  Man at left is unidentified.

(courtesy Carl Smith collection)
Pvt Joseph L. Laky, Jr. with a smile on his face and a 45 lb. 82mm base plate on his back takes to the field while in basic training at Camp Blanding. 
   Joe parachuted into Normandy and Holland where he was KIA on Oct. 1, 1944 during a heavy artillery barrage on Voxhill (Fox Hill).
 (courtesy Irv Shanley)


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