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With Fire and Zeal

270th History

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DVD
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Courage Under Fire" Thanks to Joe Dutra’s granddaughter, Amy and her husband, Jim Dantzler, association members, along with their friends and families, have a special DVD available to them. Titled "Courage Under Fire", this documentary, produced and directed by Jim Dantzler, captures the moving personal WW II experiences of nearly all of the twenty-one 70th Infantry Division veterans who were on the tour. With photos provided by the participants along with WW II shots Jim weaves a moving, emotional story starting with state-side training, the baptism of combat and the difficult struggle as the Blazers liberated Forbach.

Bill Trotter’s modest description of his survival of waking up in a Philippsbourg house, surrounded by Germans, is a classic that should not be missed. And this is only one of Bill’s remarkable experiences. Stan Lambert shares his New Year’s Eve ’45 encounter with the enemy as point man for I/275 as their battalion headed north out of Philippsbourg. Tom Craig reports on the dramatic capture of the Mill in Grossblittersdorf. These and many others will hold your interest during the 90 minute DVD.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this exceptionally fine video documentary, you can order the DVD from Amazon by cllcking here!


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The Trailblazers
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The Trailblazers" by Edmund C. Arnold. In this history of the 70th Infantry Division the author shows himself to be the expert journalist that he is. With his witty, laid back style, Ed free wheels it through our WW II experience, getting us started a hundred years earlier on the Oregon Trail to make sure of a timely arrival at our prize winningly-constructed training camp. Of course we know from him its name, Adair, after an Oregonian, a fallen hero in the undeclared 1916 war with Mexico. Trained at Adair and Wood and shipped from Boston to Marseilles, we then entrained to go 500 miles to Alsace where we became tactical, moved to Lorraine and were tactical again ...until we took Saarbrucken. In his final words, Ed introduces the 70th Division Association, conceived by Eugene Petersen in 1962, born of Service Co/ 275 in 1964. So we still have a life, and according to our constitution, our memory must be eternal - let it be so. Yep, it sure needs Ed and Chester and their Window Works-whatta book!

This book is no longer available. Sold out.



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Memorial Directory
The 70th Infantry Division Memorial Directory is now for sale. A must for anyone planning to visit the 70th's combat areas in Alsace-Lorraine France. This attractive book is a lasting tribute to all Trailblazers who didn't make it home and also serves to perpetuate the deeds of the Trailblazers. It is a monument and memorial directory, with pictures and directions on how to find them, both in the U.S. and Europe. Of special interest to family members doing research is a complete listing of Trailblazer casualties buried at U.S. Cemeteries in Europe (St. Avold, Epinal and Maargarten). Directories are $16.00 each (includes postage) and there is no limit on quantities. Directories can be ordered from:

70th Infantry Division Association
Diane Kessler, Secretary
Box 301
Atkinson, NH 03811

Write check to 70th Infantry Division Association.



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Snow Ridges and Pillboxes
Edited by Wallace R. Cheves
Extra: Download Name Index - DOC || PDF

Thanks to Diane Kessler, the long-awaited new edition, and now revised, of Snow, Ridges, and Pillboxes is ready. Much thanks to everyone who helped in this project. You are about to see the results of your efforts. A special thanks goes to Hampstead Print and Copy in Hampstead, New Hampshire. They have donated their editing time and efforts and are only charging for the cost of printing the books.

If interested, please send a check or money order for $30.00 (made out to Diane Kessler) and mail it to: 73 Providence Hill Road, Atkinson, NH 03811.

The $30 covers the printer's charge + book rate postage. If you want the book via priority mail for a birthday or something, please let me know ahead of time and include an extra $5.00 to cover the additional postage. If you are ordering more than one book, please contact me for the cost. There is some savings in postage for multiple copies due to USPS rates.

Ordering instructions are at the bottom of this description.

1.) The new edition of SRP is much easier to read. The book is 8.5 x 11 inches. This means that the type on every page has been enlarged.
2.) The rosters (KIA, WIA, Awards, and Combat) all have been retyped. Additions and corrections have been done to the extent possible. For example, approximately 250 names were listed on the original KIA roster. Now the number is 272. The rosters are printed in larger type, making them easier to read than the earlier editions. The KIA and Awards Rosters are presented in both alphabetical and by unit format. This should be helpful to everyone using the book.
4.) The new edition includes a new POW roster not included in the original edition. (NEW!)
5.) Additions to the Awards list has been made. (NEW!)
6.) A Name Index was added at the end of the book. Now you can look up a name, determine if it is in the SRP text, and immediately find the page number.
7.) The photos are somewhat enhanced but some resolution was lost during the enlargement process. The quality is similar to the original book and much better than the subsequent reprint.
8.) SRP is now approximately 540 pages rather than original 420 pages. This is due to the addition of information and the enlargement of all the rosters.
9.) And lastly, the original book jacket was used for this new edition's front and back covers.

To order, please email Diane L. Kessler, Associate Member, at FGRZEJKA@AOL.COM and send a check or money order to: Diane Kessler, 73 Providence Hill Road, Atkinson, NH 03811. Make checks payable to Diane Kessler! In your email, please indicate SRP Order in your message title so that I will immediately know that another book order has been received. Also, then I won't be concerned that the unknown email is spam. If you have any questions please write to the above address or email me.

Again, thanks everyone for help on this project. I am especially proud of the new POW roster. The list definitely would not have been completed without the help and encouragement of Bob Cole (B/274) and Dale Bowlin (883 FA)

On a personal note, my efforts on this project are in memory of my father, Ernest J. Kessler, Pvt, E Company, 274th Infantry Regiment who died 17 September 2000 of complications from wounds sustained in the SS counter-attack at the Wingen-Sur-Moder train station, Saturday, 6 January 1945. Thanks, everyone. Diane Kessler


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Ordeal in the Vosges
"Ordeal in the Vosges" by Donald C. Pence and Eugene J. Petersen. Action starts at the Brumath rail head on Christmas Day 1944 and covers the German Operation NORDWIND Dec 31 through Jan 13 when the 275th Infantry Regiment was withdrawn for transfer to the Sarre area. Covered are actions of both sides in re the German hoped for surprise attack into the U. S. Seventh Army active front.; German attack, Barenthal; Jan 2: U. S. countermoves at Phillipsbourg, German attack aborted; Jan 3: German attack at Phillipsbourg; Jan 4: German opn Zinswiller, U. S. 1st Bn/274 counterattack at Phillipsbourg; Jan 5: U.S. counterattack at Phillipsbourg, German Operation Zinswiller blocks B-Z road; Jan 10: German attack down Zinzel Valley; Jan 11: German attack Hill 364; Jan 12: 1st Bn//275 attack Hill 364, German counterattack retakes 364; Jan 13: U. S. 36th Engr Regiment relief of 1st, 2nd Bns/275.

This book is no longer available.



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Into the Fire
"Into The Fire: The 275th Infantry Regiment in World War II" by Tim Desiderio, details the history and record of the Regiment, its challenges, obstacles and performance, from its formation in September 1943, until it was deactivated in September 1945.

Forwarded by First Battalion's General Bernard W. Rogers (former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Army Chief of Staff), and illustrated by Company C's Roy T. Veary: 388 pages, twenty-nine maps, sixty-one photographs, and seven original illustrations, organized into six chapters and three appendices, in a full-color (laminated) cover: a practical 10 inches tall by 8 inches wide, with larger, easy reading, 14-point text.

Into The Fire follows the Regiment from Camp Adair, Oregon to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where it was withdrawn from training early and shipped to Southern France in December 1944. Deployed to inactive sectors to relieve exhausted units to rest and refit, and to continue training-first, along the Rhine River, and then in the Vosges Mountains within two weeks, 275th Infantry fought a brutal engagement against two German divisions. Shifted to the Saar Basin, the Regiment defended another sector, and then fought its way in to Germany, capturing Saarbrucken in the spring of 1945; transitioned to occupation duty until departure from the Theater in September.

The book is available from Trafford Publishing, Amazon, Borders, and Barnes & Noble.



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With Fire and Zeal
"With Fire and Zeal: The 276th Infantry Regiment in World War II" 2nd Edition, by Keith E. Bonn. 176 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, 7 maps. "With Fire and Zeal" is the history of a US Army Infantry Regiment whose experience in the Second World War was shared by only eight of the Army's 288 infantry regiments. The author traces the unusual origins and training of the Regiment at Camp Adair and Fort Leonard Wood and the nearly unique circumstances of its deployment overseas.

Once in France, the Regiment was almost immediately hurled into the crucible that was Operation NORDWIND, the last German offensive on the Western front. After its harrowing baptism of fire in the frozen hell of the Vosges Mountains, the Regiment participated in the campaign in the Saar, including the Oeting raids and the assault and seizure of Forbach.

Much more than its oft-interrupted stateside training, it was this combat experience that hardened the men who coalesced into the regiment that ultimately adopted the motto that reflected the way they fought--With Fire and Zeal. Special features: Close-ups of the four German divisions faced by the Regiment The Battle for Spicheren Heights; Full set of organizational charts of every unit in the regiment, down to squad level, as well as the 884th Field Battalion and Company C, 270th Engineers; Rosters of soldiers of the Regiment decorated with the DSC, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Soldier's Medal, and Purple Heart; Glossary with photos of selected German and American weapons; Compelling, evocative sketches by Peter "Tex" Bennet, I&R/276th; Seven original situation maps.

This book is no longer available. For information contact: Aegis Consulting Group, P. O. Box 629, Bedford, PA 15522. Phone: 814-623-8308, Fax: 814-623-8668, e-mail: Aegis



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The 270th Engineer Combat Battalion
"The 270th Engineer Combat Battalion: From Camp Adair to Germany" by Steven K. Dixon, Associate Member. This book chronicles the 270th through training to its role in France and Germany during WW2. Illustrated with pictures, maps and charts and contains official documents.

The book is available through Merriam Press.



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Shorty and the Radio Men
"Shorty and the Radio Men" by Myron Sutton. Mr. Sutton served with the 570th Signal Company. This book is a fascinating view of Army training at the time. Mr. Sutton was then sent to the 70th and assigned to the 570th Signal Co. He went overseas with them in January 1945.

This book is no longer available.



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Distant Thunder
"Distant Thunder" by Todd Anton: The 70th Divarty went all out to support our operations from the minute they arrived in theater until the firing of the last artillery round signifying the war was over! Now we can show our gratitude for those great fire missions they did  in support of all our units. Distant Thunder, the descriptive title of the history of the 70th Divarty is off the press and ready for ordering.  Todd Anton, a noted historian in his own right, son of Wallace P. Anton (Hq Btry/882) has recently completed this book and tape set. It has more that 50 pages of accounts told by the Divarty vets, and 50 pages of color copied pictures. The book is unique among unit histories in that it  is accompanied by over four hours of audio tapes of artillery veterans telling their stories. The cost of each set (book and tape) is $40.00.  To put a book and tape set in your collection of 70th Division memories, send your check or money order to: Todd Anton, 12714 12714 Silver Spur Way, Victorville, CA 92392. Todd will autograph each copy he mails out.


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A War Remembered
"A War Remembered", 3rd Edition, by Jack Barton. Describes some of the war experiences of Pfc. John B. (Jack) Barton, 19204240, while he was a member of the I & R platoon of the 274th Infantry, 70th Division - The "Trailblazers". Pfc. Barton was a scout and observer with the I & R and served with the 274th through its entire campaign. The book is also located in the following Libraries: Military Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Ohio State University, West Point, Fort Benning, Fort Leavenworth, and the Library of Congress. For further information, write to: Ronnie Barton, 16 E. Magna Vista Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006


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Company A, 276th Infantry in WWII
"Company A, 276th Infantry in World War II" (1991, revised 1995) by Frank H. Lowry. The book describes in great detail the eye witness accounts of wartime activities of a rifle company in the 70th Infantry Division and the experiences of its men from the time of its activation until the end of World War II. S/Sgt. Lowry, a retired CPA, served as a scout and as a squad leader in Company A, 276th Infantry in the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, and Central Europe Campaigns. The book can be downloaded here.


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The Red Scarves
"The Red Scarves" by William J. Greenwalt. Privately published through Aberjona Press. A detailed history of C/276 by its former Company Commander.

This book is no longer available.



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Men and a Time Remembered
"Men And A Time Remembered" a history of the 276th Infantry Regiment with considerable emphasis on the 2nd Battalion and E Company written by H. Lynn McGuire, Andrew J. McMahon and Philip C. Lester, all of E Company. This book is now available. Please send checks for $32.00 which includes shipping and handling to:  Andrew J. McMahon, 112 Tam-O-Shanter Drive, Blythewood, SC  29016. It is in the following libraries: U S. Army Military History Institute, Temple University, Ohio State University, US Army Command & General Staff College Ft Leavenworth, KS, Infantry School Donovan Technical Library, Ft Benning, GA, Library of Congress, U. S. Military Academy, Pentagon Library, U. S. Army Center of Military History, Benton County Museum, Philomath, OR, Eastern Washington University, Florida State University, Charles F. Brush High School, South Euclid, Ohio.


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Company L, 276th Infantry Regiment
"Company L, 276th Infantry Regiment" Its WW2 history and recollections of surviving members 50 years later by Gene Burtner, Platoon Sgt. and Roger Conarty, Company Commander. This 168 page book is highly attractive with many photographs and tales contributed by company members. While concentrating on Love Company, this book will be of interest not only to 70th veterans but to any WW2 buff. Privately published.


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Route Step
"Route Step", a book of WW II memories, by Roy T. Veary. Mr. Veary served in the 70th Infantry Division in WW II. He was captured by the Germans a short time after his first combat action, so the book is mainly about his POW experiences. He never gave up trying to escape, and did get out of the Stalag at Hammelburg on three occasions. His time of freedom varied from hours to several days, but was recaptured in all cases. He describes from first-hand, the attempt by General Patton's Third Army to free Patton's son-in-law from Hammelburg and how that raid raised, then dashed, the POWs' hopes for freedom. Veary and his American, British, Australian and Russian fellow prisoners were finally freed by the 3d Infantry Division. This book is now available through Author House (1-800-839-8640). Mr. Veary will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Mr. Veary's address is: Roy T. Veary, 594 S. La Luna Ave. Ojai, CA 93023.


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World War II is Not Over
"World War II Is Not Over", written by Frank Yarosh, Co. C 274th Inf. Reg’t, in a non-sophisticated language style. He shares intimate happenings, thoughts and details of harsh experience in brutal intense combat lasting over 2 weeks in Phillipsbourg, France, as the lead scout in the attack on January 4, 1945. On January 21, Frank and a Co. C buddy, Glenn, along with 2 Co. G infantrymen, Banker and Demuth, were captured in a Maginot Line Pillbox.

After an intensive interrogation by German Intelligence they were moved across the Rhine to Stalag 12A (Limbourg) and then by a 5 day boxcar journey to Stalag 11B (Fallingbostel) in northern Germany. Frank describes in vivid details the horrible living conditions of the life of a noncommissioned American soldier as a prisoner-of-war. It was a “holocaust” of sorts involving little food (lost 65 pounds in 3 months), no heat or hot water, no showers, or laundry, tough work details, lice, diarrhea and despondency.

After liberation on April 16, 1945, by the British Desert Rats, Frank spent 6 weeks in Winston Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England, prior to being shipped to the USA. Homecoming was great for him and his immediate family, but please remember that a liberated POW in WW2 was not considered to be a hero by the general public. “Take no prisoners” was the nature of the mentality of the time without consideration of how one was captured.

The reader will find this unusual story to be a page-turner and a worthwhile book. This book is recommended for every library and WW2 history buff.

This book’s 2nd Edition is available at Xlibris Publishers, 436 Walnut Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia PA, 19106. Telephone 1 888 795 4274. ($14.44+S&H). Or go here. Books may also be ordered through any bookstore using ISBN #1-4010-2930-2. A request that it be back-ordered will expedite delivery!



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Survival
"Survival", The inside story of the infamous Stalag IXB. Based on Sam Higgins (B/275) vivid recollections while reviewing the daily entries he made on the margins of his New Testament. Built around actual entries, Survival will reveal such horrors as the segregation of the American - Jewish soldiers, the filth and stress of cramped living conditions and the meager food rations. Conversations characterize the raw, realistic, but oft-times humorous moments as these soldiers sought to adapt to a marginal existence behind barbed wire. William Schmied, former CO of B/275, writes the forward. Since it is about, and a result of, the capture of the remaining members of B/275, 70th Infantry Division, this book should be of interest to members of the 70th Infantry Division Association and World War Two buffs everywhere. Amazon Link



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The Battle of Wingen-sur-Moder
The Battle of Wingen-sur-Moder, by Lt. Col. Wallace Cheves. New edition! Available through Merriam Press. This is a much improved version of the original copy made in the late 70s and early 80s. New edition edited by Steve Dixon.



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I Never Had it So Good
I Never Had it So Good, by Jack Rokahr. A privately published autobiography of Jack Rokahr who served with D/274 as a 2LT mortar platoon section leader.

This book is no longer available.



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Seventh Army Report of Operations
"The Seventh United States Army Report of Operations", 2 Volumes. Reprinted by the Battery Press, Nashville, Tn. These reports and maps are a direct reprint of the original 3 volume work. It was written by the Historical Detachment of the Seventh Army. It covers the history of the Seventh Army from its invasion in Southern France to the end of the War.



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Seven Days in January
"Seven Days in January" by Wolf Zoepf. Available from the Aberjona Press. A fair and balanced account of the Battle of Wingen from the German perspective.



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When the Odds Were Even
"When the Odds Were Even", by Keith Bonn. A thorough account of the Vosges Mountains Campaign from October 1944 - January 1945. The book can be obtained through Aberjona Press.



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The Other Battle of the Bulge
"The Other Battle of the Bulge", by Charles Whiting. A look at Operation Northwind (Nordwind). Excerpts from Blazers are featured in this book. Book is available from Scarborough House, Publishers.



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America's Forgotten Army
"America's Forgotten Army", by Charles Whiting. A concise history of the US Seventh Army from Sicily to the surrender of Germany. Available from Sarpedon Press, Rockville Center, NY.



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Black Edelweiss
"Black Edelweiss", by Johann Voss, Available from the Abejona Press. "...Apart from the piercing insights into the question of why the German soldier fought as he did, the author's anguished, yet resolute examination of the dialectic between the honorable comportment of his unit and the fundamentally reprehensible conduct of other non-combat groups behind the front lines who wore the same uniform makes this book unique." Trailblazers fought against the 6th SS and this book will provide insights concerning their former enemies.



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Winter Storm
"Winter Storm - War in Northern Alsace November 1944 - March 1945" by Lise M. Pommois. Turner Publishers, 1991. Commissioned by the Rainbow Division Association - it is a thorough account of the action in Northern Alsace. Many maps and pictures. This book is no longer in print. Used copies may be available from book dealers.



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Riviera to the Rhine
Aegis Consulting Group, Inc. has announced its authorized reproduction of the official history of the Seventh Army in Europe during World War II in a new, particularly affordable format.

"Riviera to the Rhine", by Jeff Clarke and Robert Ross Smith, was originally introduced by the US Army Center of Military History in 1993, as part of its official history of the Second World War. Until now, it has only been available either through the US Government Printing Office or in very limited quantities through a magazine company which has already declared its limited run out of print.

Some Seventh Army veterans have nevertheless acquired copies of this excellent book, and all of them have strongly recommended that Aegis try to make it available to all veterans of the Association and their families.

To enhance the book's affordability and to allow veterans and their family members to purchase only those parts of the originally 600+ page book which are of interest to them, Aegis has produced the book as a series of lower-priced separate volumes. For ease of reading, the text, all of the many photos, and excellent maps are also 21% larger than in the original government printing.

Volume I, The Invasion and Campaign in Southern France covers the planning for and execution of Operation DRAGOON and the destruction and pursuit of German forces up the Rhone Valley to the Vosges foothills. It addresses the period from August through September 1944. This 229-page volume sets the stage for the Seventh Army's offensive against German defenses in the High Vosges Mountains and the drive to the Rhine. Volume II, The Campaign in the High Vosges addresses the fighting of the VI and XV Corps as they ground their way into some of the most eminently defensible terrain in all of Western Europe, and, for the first time in history, ultimately pierced the extensive German defenses there. This 220-page volume covers the stunning defeat of the German's Army Group G in November 1944.

Volume III, Operations in Alsace and Eastern Lorraine, and the Drive to Stuttgart covers the advance to the German frontier, the suspension of offensive operations in the wake of the German Ardennes Offensive, the repulse of Operation NORDWIND, as well as operations in the Colmar Pocket, and the attack in the Saar which followed. Using material from the US Army's The Last Offensive, the volume also covers the final drive across the Rhine and the Seventh Army's drive into southern Germany. The roles played by elements of the 70th Infantry Division in these operations are explained thoroughly in this 263-page volume.

Each perfect-bound, soft-cover volume may be purchased for $14.95 individually; and all three can be ordered for $39.95. Shipping for one book is $4.00, and each additional book is $1.00. Pennsylvania residents must add 6% sales tax.

Order from Aegis Consulting Group, PO Box 629, Bedford, PA 15522; toll-free phone: 866-265-9063; email: Aegis. Personal checks, money orders, and VISA/MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are all welcome.



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Camp Adair
"Camp Adair" by John Baker. From the forward: "At the beginning of World War II, our nation needed to train hundreds of thousands of young soldiers for combat in Europe and the Pacific. A site of several dozen square miles north of Corvallis was selected for one of the U.S. Army's new training bases. Hundreds of farm families were forced to depart. Soon trainloads of troops began arriving, and about 1,800 buildings were constructed.

Between 1942 and 1944, Camp Adair served its purpose. An estimated 100,000 troops were trained there, including most of four army divisions.

Many of those men returned to Oregon after the war, to build families, farms, and businesses here. Sleepy valley communities were transformed. Those former soldiers had a major impact upon Oregon's postwar population and economic growth.

My wife remembers, as a child, waving to passing troop convoys from a family farm along Highway 99W. But as one who didn't move to Oregon until the 1950s, I've been only vaguely aware of the Camp Adair story. However, I've talked to many Oregonians these past five decades who trace their local roots to Camp Adair training. So I knew it had been a big deal, but few of the details.

John Baker grew up in the shadow of Camp Adair, and has researched those details, and tells an important story in this book. It's one that probably means most to those who spent part of their youth training there. But it's also an important story for anyone who wants to understand how our country prepared to fight and win World War II, and for anyone who cares about 20th Century development of Oregon."

Of note: the late Gus Comuntzis gives his recollections of Camp Adair in the book.

To order this book send 16.95 plus 3.95 shipping and handling to Oregon Coast History Center, 545 SW 9th St., Newport, Oregon 97365. You can send a check or charge it to your Visa, Mastercard, or Discovery. Orders can be faxed in at 541-265-3992. If you have any questions you can call 541-265-7509. All profits from the sale of the book will go to the Polk, Benton, and Lincoln County History Societies.



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A Worm's Eye View
"Camp Adair" by PFC Calvin T. McKibbin and Marsha Wright, Editor. Set during one of the most tumultuous times in the history of America, A Worm's Eye View is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Cal's memories as a Private in 1944, during the invasion of Germany, reveal the everyday life and drudgery of war, and personalize the struggle of millions on both sides of the conflict.

Cal served with the A&P Platoon of Headquarters Company of the 3rd Battalion of the 274th Infantry.

This book may be ordered through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



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