World War II Signal OCS - Class 43-25
 
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Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

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25-1943

July 12, 1943  
World War Two - Army Signal Corps OCS


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Last Name First Name/MI St  DOD Status   Unit
AARON BERTRAM D VA F 4025 SSG
ABEL LEON ARNOLD KS 91 09 D
ABERNATHY ROBERT B GA 83 08 D
ADAMS KENNETH E OH 84 01 D
ALLEN JAMES S VT 97 08 D
ALTENBERND DAVID W TX F
ANDERSON CHARLES F MA 98 02 D
ANDERSON JOHN G VA F 13 AF
ANDREOZZI MONSE CA 77 06 D
ARMSTRONG LYLE E NE 98 03 D
ARNOLD CLAUDE B NY 03 02 D 3170 SSB
BAER JOHN W. NY 05 05 D ENGR
BAKER GEORGE A WV 99 07 D
BARLAMENT CLIFFORD A WA F
BATCHELDER HENRY D DC 50 07 D
BAUMBERGER VERNE J SD 07 07 D
BAYLY WILLIAM I. MD 93 02 D
BEATY WILLIAM E CA 03 02 D
BEAUCHAMP WILLIAM E JR VA 88 05 D
BEBEAU JOHN R CT 83 10 D
BECK ALVIN C OH 90 03 D 848 STB
BEENKEN HAROLD G MN 02 12 D
BELL BRUCE J MI 53 06 D
BENDOCK CHARLES G NJ 02 08 D
BENESCH HENRY MD F
BENNINGER MERLIN C WI 89 04 D
BERENBERG ALBERT N NY F
BERNS KENNETH L OH 95 07 D
BIANCO ALBERT J IA 09 02 D 848 STB
BLACKBURN TILMAN O KY 08 06 D
BLALOCK CLIFTON E JR NC 09 12 D
BLANCHARD CHARLES V AR 02 04 D
BLODGETT DAVID A MA 98 07 D
BLOOM SAM SC 75 01 D 848 STB
BLUMENTHAL ALFRED R IL 99 07 D
BOEKELOO KENNETH J MI 98 07 D 3186 SSB
BOENNING CHARLES B MD 11 02 D
BONNETTE LAMAR L OH 98 05 D
BOTTS NELSON FANT KY 09 08 D
BRADLEY RICHARD J CA 81 05 D
BRATTON B F LA 93 06 D
BRICE CLIFFORD C KS 01 09 D
BRILL DAVID NY 01 10 D
BROOKS HOWARD W MI 87 01 D
BROWN BEVELLE T DC 86 11 D
BRYAN HAROLD H OH 99 10 D
BURDICK ARTHUR  H JR IL 86 01 D
BURTON JOSEPH L AL 86 07 D 4025 SSG
BURTON ROY E JR WV 67 11 D
BURTON WILLIAM A NY 81 01 D
BUSWELL ROBERT E OH 03 09 D
CALANDRA JOSEPH F NY 87 00 D
CAMPBELL WASON GARDNER TN 07 02 D ASA
CANNITY GUY G VT 75 12 D
CARR FOSTER A CA 93 12 D
CHAMBERS ALVIN L JR KY 09 08 D
CHENEY PHILIP R PA 70 05 D
CLAUSEN OLIVER B ND 90 09 D
COHEN BERNARD NY 98 09 D 3111 SSB
COHEN PHILIP PA 96 05 D
COLLINS ROGER L VT 00 11 D
COLWELL KIRBY P TX 74 12 D
CONSOLAZIO GEORGE A MA 12 07 D 4025 SSG
COOKE WOODROW P SC 96 11 D
CORBITT HUBERT W GA 92 08 D
CORNBOROUGH RAYMOND F MI F
CORNELL RICHARD F NY 90 11 D
CROSBY JAMES MS 89 01 D
CULP LEWIS M PA 00 03 D TSFET
CUMMINGS SHERMAN R MA 78 07 D
CURCHIN ALEXANDER B JR NJ 91 04 D
CURRY LAWRENCE B IA 00 05 D
DANFORD ROBERT W OH 98 01 D
DANHEUSER EDWIN J NJ 95 05 D
DENGLER KEITH A SD 99 08 D 805 SSC
DENNIS JULIAN H GA 06 11 D 848 STB
DEVALL SHERRAL C AR 81 09 D
DIETRICH JOSEPH E MD 89 08 D
DIMICK DONALD E WI 04 12 D
DIXON DON S OK 84 08 D
DIXON THOMAS E JR RI 93 06 D
DOHERTY FRANCIS C NY 11 02 D
DOLAN LESLIE C CA 88 09 D
DOLCE MATTHEW L IL 02 04 D
DONOVAN JOSEPH W PA 09 05 D 50 SB
DOOLEY MICHAEL J IL 96 06 D Engrs
DORNSIFE JOHN A JR PA 06 01 D
DOUCE LOWELL R OH 04 07 D
DUBECK FRANK J NJ 68 10 D
DUKE WALTER L AL 70 09 D
DUNHAM HARRY M CT 90 01 D
DUNSMORE JAMES D OH 97 05 D
DUNSON PHILIP M OH 04 03 D
DURKIN THOMAS F PA 90 12 D
DYTTMER LEONARD C DC 84 06 D
ELDRED EVERETT F VA F
ERICKSON MATHEW E MI 90 03 D
EVANS ROBERT W CA
EVERETT FRED E TN 00 09 D
FAGAN JOHN S FL 82 02 D
FEENEY ALFRED H PA 91 10 D
FINANGER KAARE NJ 96 05 D
FISHER HARRY B NY 00 12 D
FLEMING LEE N TX 86 11 D
FLINT WILLARD MA 93 02 D
FOSSE CLIFFORD O WA 93 05 D
FOSTER CHARLES HARDING SD 08 04 D
FRANKEL JUSTIN H MA 15 03 D
FRANKEL MURRAY M NY 94 09 D
FRASCO WILLIAM V NJ 11 03 D
FREELAND PAUL A IL 06 09 D 236 SSB
FREIBERG ROBERT A WI 92 03 D
FRIEND EPHRAIM NY 87 08 D
FRIES GERALD R OH 52 10 D
FRYSINGER ELI S NY 97 10 D 3187 SB
FUCHS WILLIAM N IL 83 04 D
GHENT GEORGE W IL 10 01 D
GILDER JACKSON H MA 73 12 D
GIVEN NORMAN D MA 96 02 D
GLAZIER PAUL P MA 08 12 D
GODFREY JAMES J NJ 91 10 D
GOLDFARB IRVIN J PA 99 05 D
GOODSON THOMAS MO 84 03 D
GORE ARTHUR T NY 11 09 D
GOREY WALTER C CA 93 11 D
GORMAN THOMAS B NY 71 10 D
GRAY JACK E OH 03 04 D TSFET
GRIFFEE ALBERT B AR 93 01 D
GRIFFITHS AUSTIN F NY 91 12 D
GRINA IVER A MN F
GROTH PAUL U GA 01 01 D
GRUNWERG JULIUS J NJ 01 03 D 848 STB
GUBERMAN JOSHUA A MA 76 01 D
GUTTERY JAMES M JR AL 93 07 D
HAAS RICHARD NY 84 04 D
HALL ALBERT L NY 94 11 D
HALL CHARLES L DE 08 08 D
HALLETT WILBUR C CA 03 06 D
HALLOCK DONALD A JR CT 01 05 D
HANLEY  KIA WILLIAM J JR OH KIA44 D Engrs
HANNA RICHARD C GA 87 11 D 50 SB
HANSON FRITHJOF JOHAN NOR 05 03 D
HANSON HENRY L IA 06 03 D
HANSON HOWARD L SD 08 01 D 12AG
HARDGROVE EVERETT A JR OH 06 05 D
HART WILLIAM M NC 91 10 D
HARTMANN THOMAS R NJ 80 10 D 848 STB
HAWLEY ADDISON JR NC 10 06 D
HAWLEY WILLIAM J OH 98 09 D
HAYES CHARLES E JR CA 83 09 D
HEATON EDWARD C PA 92 04 D
HEDSTROM ARTHUR C MN F
HERMAN ALBERT E PA 93 01 D
HILER JAMES W CA 05 11 D
HILL GRANGER F MA 01 04 D
HIOTT STEVEN W JR SC 83 01 D
HOATH JAMES R KS 11 06 D
HOBBS HARVEY B KY 92 04 D
HOLDIMAN CHARLES L OR 04 04 D
HOLLINGWORTH HORACE L RI 09 03 D
HOOD THURMAN AR 00 11 D
HOPE THOMAS W MN F
HOUSTON HARRY A MA 90 02 D
HOWARD RICHARD O DE 83 08 D Engrs
HOWELL RUSSELL C NY 54 06 D
HUFFMAN DONALD D OH 10 10 D 3111 SSB
HURLBURT CLYDE C MN 75 10 D
INGRAM JACK R IN 73 05 D
IRONS ROBERT H NJ 91 11 D 6 Army Gp
JAMISON FREDERICK A IL 02 01 D 3104 SSB
JENSEN ROBERT F WI 59 11 D Engrs
JONES ANSEL R NC 87 12 D
JONES MYRON D CA 98 11 D 4025 SSG
JONES ROBERT W OH 83 05 D
KEANE DANIEL J JR NY 69 08 D
KEEGAN EUGENE C NY 09 07 D
KENNEY FRANK D IL 10 09 D 236 SSB
KEOUGH ROBERT F RI 93 07 D
KESSLER ALFRED NY 76 07 D 435 SCB
KILKENNY ERNEST I OH 03 12 D
KING WILEY E JR IL 92 02 D
KINGSTON WILLIAM P NJ 83 04 D
KIPPS THOMAS C CA 14 03 D 3187 SB
KIRK KARL D KY F 805 SSC
KLEIN SAMUEL NY 98 03 D 4025 SSG
KLORFEIN GEORGE WALTER NY
KNIGHT ROBERT L MN F 3163 SSC
KOELLER REUBEN J WI F
KOVNICK RICHARD PA 09 06 D
KRAMER JEROME F OH 02 06 D
KRAUSE ERNEST W MI 99 03 D
KUDELLA EDWARD OR 92 12 D
KUEHL ARTHUR HAROLD IL 73 05 D 848 STB
KUMLER ROBERT L OH 79 01 D
LACIN MAHMUT N CA 69 03 D
LAIER OTTO J SC 00 09 D
LANDRY WILLIAM B NY 03 08 D
LANFORD LUKE D SC 08 01 D 3364 SSB
LECHMAN OTTO DC 81 06 D
LEDDON JOHN W JR VA 04 08 D 3104 SSB
LEDENE WILLIAM J IL 90 05 D
LEDERMAN MORRIS Y IL 95 01 D
LEEDS MILTON IL 09 05 D
LEEN HENRY M MA 72 12 D
LEVEILLE PAUL EDWARD ME
LEVINE ROBERT J NY 04 04 D
LOCKHART WILSON L IN 70 09 D
LOCKWOOD FREDERICK W ME 72 08 D
LONG RICHARD E VA F 848 STB
           

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Last Name First Name/MI St DOD Status Unit Duty
KIERNAN JOHN HOPKINS OH 86 06 D 3111 SSB 43 25T
JAMES JOYCE BAILEY AR 04 05 D 426 SB 43 25T
PAINTON IRA WAYNE OK 07 04 D   43 25T
             
             
             
Last Name First Name/MI St DOD Status   Unit
LOTHES ROBERT N OH F
LOWRANCE JOHN G MO 02 12 D
LYMAN REGINALD P JR VT 08 11 D 3187 SB
LYNCH JAMES J NJ 89 06 D
MacDONALD ELMER KY 85 05 D
MacNABB EUGENE NJ 91 03 D
MAGEE DREW F WI 73 11 D
MARSHALL MAXWELL NY 97 03 D
MARTIN GEORGE D IN 81 05 D
MASTERSON JAMES D MO 01 11 D 3111 SSB
MATSON ROBERT A WI 84 07 D
McCORMICK JOHN NJ 98 10 D 848 STB
McDANIEL RAYMOND W NC 93 12 D 2 SSB
McDAVITT DONALD J MA 04 04 D
McGOWIAN JAMES L MD 96 02 D 3111 SSB
McLAUGHLIN EARL W NJ 79 09 D
McMAHON JOHN J OH 04 08 D
MEALS WILLIAM S CO 65 01 D Engrs
MELANSON JOSEPH R NY 84 04 D
MERRILL WILLARD L CA 04 03 D
MEYER CHARLES F NY
MIHALOVICH JOHN P IA 95 07 D
MILLER CHRISTIAN F NY 03 07 D
MILLER WILLIAM E AL 85 12 D
MILLS EDWARD L IL 98 05 D
MINGES JOHN R CA 02 08 D
MINSKY TED PA 87 02 D
MITCHELL ELLIOTT C JR FL 92 03 D
MODER EDWARD C JR MO 93 11 D
MOHR ARTHUR R IA 96 04 D
MONASTER NATHAN P IL 90 05 D
MOORE ALFRED S AL 98 05 D
MORAN JOHN H JR MA 90 07 D
MORAN WILLIAM M VA 01 11 D 2 SSB
MORGAN DONALD R NY 97 02 D
MORGAN PEYTON L JR VA F
MUGFORD WILLIAM J NY 87 09 D
MULLIN WILLIAM A OH 79 12 D
MULLOY EDWARD B FL 86 09 D
MULVANEY CHARLES T CA 84 02 D
MURDOCK PAUL J KY 84 07 D
MURILLO LEONARD S CA 97 03 D 3187 SB
MUSE ERNEST D AZ 82 09 D
MUSKA WILLIAM A MN 98 07 D
NELSON ALBERT W ID 95 01 D
NEWMAN FRED F JR TN 74 08 D
NIELSON CARL L 84 00 D
NORTON CHARLES F AL 77 09 D
O'BRIEN WILLIAM F NY
OCCHIPINTI ROBERT NJ 07 10 D
O'DONNELL JOHN W JR CT 88 09 D
O'HALLORAN JOHN F MA 92 01 D 3187 SB
OLSEN THOMAS NY 86 03 D
O'REILLY PAUL J IL 96 06 D 3111 SSB
OYLER PHILLIP D IL 71 07 D
PACKER JACK L MI 05 03 D
PARTLOW JAMES E SC 94 01 D
PAYER JOSEPH R OH 02 02 D
PEARCE JOHN J JR PA
PECK HOWARD K NJ 60 11 D
PECK MARK H JR OH 89 12 D
PEERY GILBERT M VA 99 08 D
PERZ FRANK M IL 04 11 D 3187 SB
PEYTON CLIFFORD E TX 72 08 D 9 SC
PEYTON GEORGE M VA 97 11 D
PHANEUF ALBERT G MA 99 12 D
PILIBOSIAN KASPER MA F
PINAGLIA FRANK A JR CA 06 08 D
PORTER KNOX D NC 75 11 D
POWELL JOHN F MD 77 11 D 3104 SSB
POWERS JOSEPH W NY 96 01 D
PRESSER ELLIOTT NJ 05 11 D
PRESTON FRANK H JR MA 86 11 D 3186 SSB
PUGHSLEY JACOB P GA 76 06 D
QUIMBY EDWARD A NY 92 10 D
QUINN FRIEL NC 03 05 D
QUINN RALPH E JR MI 03 07 D
RAPOPORT HARRY TN 09 03 D
RASMUSSEN ALMER R ND 01 12 D
REED SHERRITT C ID 70 02 D
REEVE BILL D IA F
REGAS TOMMY P OH 01 01 D
REGNI FERRER PA 77 01 D
REIGNER WILLIAM G PA 91 11 D
RENZ CHARLES F IL 89 10 D
RICHARDS RICHARD K IA F
RICHTER DONALD L IA 04 07 D
RIENSCHE ROBERT C IN F 143 SC
RIFFEL JOSEPH D NY 72 07 D
RIGSBY VECHEL H NY 75 11 D
ROBERTS ROBERT J AR
ROBERTSON BEVERLEY W KY 01 06 D
ROBERTSON ROBERT B CA 74 03 D
ROBINSON WIP III OK 90 07 D
RODERICK EUGENE V IN 91 08 D
RODRIGUEZ JUAN E NY 81 09 D
ROEPER ALBERT P NY F
ROGERS MARSHALL P MO 80 02 D
ROLAND FLOYD R OH 76 02 D
ROPER JAMES H WA 92 10 D
ROSENBERGER BRUCE N MN 76 02 D
ROSS WILLIAM H CA 67 06 D
ROSSNAGEL FREDERICK E AL 97 06 D 594 JASCO
ROSSON JULIAN C JR TN 71 07 D
ROWLAND RUSSELL P KY 07 02 D 75 JASCO
RUDISILL JACOB A JR NC 90 12 D
RUNKLE ALBERT D AZ 94 09 D SINP
RUSSELL PERCY W IL 72 01 D
RYAN JACK R WA 99 06 D
RYAN THOMAS J NJ 90 03 D
SALSBERG EDGAR H NY 08 05 D 6813 SSD
SAMUELSON ARNOLD E WA 02 08 D 167 PC
SANDS WILLIAM R NY 74 06  D
SARGEANT CHARLES M CA 74 06 D
SAUNDERS CECIL E VA 99 02 D 847 SB
SAWYER TED I Was Soskey, Theodore E OH 93 06 D
SCHAGEL STERLING M MT 89 02 D
SCHATZ FREDERICK W IA 00 11 D
SCHAUBLE FRANCIS L OR 00 11 D
SCHEEL JEAN W KS 08 02 D
SCHMIDT WILLIAM T MA 89 07  D 3181 SSB
SCHOENBERG SYLVAN NY 01 06 D
SCHREINER WILLIAM A CA 84 07 D
SCOTT WALTER P II MD 12 03 D
SEARLES HOWARD J NY 61  - - D
SEBENS CARL R ND 91 05 D
SEGNA FRANCIS ROBERT OH 05 03 D 3184 SSB
SELLERS DOUGLAS L NY 74 09 D
SERLES ROBERT T NY 83 12 D 3184 SSB
SESSA GEORGE J NY 57 05 D
SHANNER CHARLES C PA 74 12 D
SHARPE EDGAR B MI 98 09 D
SHEDD RICHARD D NH 00 04 D
SHERER KENNETH E OH 87 11 D
SHOAF EDWIN H NC 12 01 D USAF
SHOOP KENDALL PA 82 10 D
SHUHAM WALTER K WA 05 07 D
SHULTZ OSCAR L JR KY 12 01 D
SIEVERS GEORGE D CO 09 11 D 182 SC
SILVERMAN IRVING VA 73 02 D
SIMMONS JAMES W NM 08 08 D
SKALNY JOSEPH S NY 08 12 D
SLEDGE ROLAND E TX 70 07 D
SMITH EDWARD D
SMITH GAIL T HI 87 11 D
SMITH MARION C MI 84 11 D
SOSKEY THEODORE E COL OH 93 06 D
STALEY RICHARD W MI 80 08 D
STECHMEYER CARL W OH 84 12  D
STEPHENSON VICTOR S JR NC 85 10 D
STEVENS JOHN C 12 04 D
STEVENSON WILBERT N IL F
STOCK WILLIAM A CA 13 01 D
STONE CHARLES C TX 81 11 D
STRAMA FRANK L PA 98 03 D
STUMP EARL G PA 89 06 D 848 STB
SVILICH VINCENT J OH 99 07 D
SWINEHART ORR A OH 80 07 D
SZYMCZAK BERNARD PA 70 06 D 3170 SSB
TERRELL WILLIAM L GA 65 10 D
TEST ROBERT J DC 62 01 D
THOMPSON JACK NJ 88 06 D
THOMPSON JEROME S KY 97 11 D 3141 SSC
THOMSON JOHN D NJ 73 08 D 848 STB
TIERNEY JOHN A JR MA 95 09 D 236 SSB
TOBIN JOHN T NJ 97 06 D 3187 SB
TRACY BENJAMIN F NY 89 09 D
TREMBLY WILBERT B OH 00 05 D 746 SAW
TROUTMAN FRANK R KY 13 02 D
TRUESDALE GORDON H OH 64 10 D
TUCKER FORREST M CA 86 10 D
VANDEN BERG LESTER MI 68 11 D
VAUDRIN PHILIP MN 56 09 D
VAUGHAN EDWIN M DC 90 12 D
VAUGHAN ENOS PAUL OH 00 01 D 3169 SSB
VEITH FRANZ PA 98 02 D 4025 SSG  
VERMILLION WAYNE D MO 99 03 D 3187 SB
VOELKER WILHELM K IN 94 04 D
WADDELL EDWARD B NY 96 07 D 848 STB
WAIDELICH CHARLES E KS 05 10 D
WALDORF FRANCIS E MA 10 02 D 3104 SSB
WALL WALLACE L TX F 236 SSB
WALSH JOHN H PA 65 04 D 3118 SSB
WALTERMIRE JAMES G OH 10 08 D
WARNER WILLIAM J WV 69 11 D
WARTHEN WILLARD A JR MD 84 12 D 3104 SSB
WATSON COMER D MI 95 01 D
WATSON THOMAS L JR NC 02 02 D
WEATHERFORD HAROLD S WV 71 11 D
WEAVER DONALD W JR VA 89 03 D
WEIGEL WILMER F KS F
WELLS McDONALD H CT 79 02 D
WERTZ THOMAS A JR PA 91 03 D 848 STB
WEST EDWIN K NY 92 01 D
WHITE MILTON NY 71 02 D
WHITLOCK ROBERT H OH 03 12 D
WILLIAMS ALEXANDER E 69 05 D
WILLIAMS THOMAS W FL 93 08 D
WILLIAMSON WALTER B MI 95 12 D
WILSON DONALD A MN 91 11  D
WISHON MAURICE ZINN IA 09 12 D 325 ENG BN
WORLEY CHARLES DONALD PA 91 06 D
WRIGHT JOHN NJ 88 01 D
WURST FRANK KROUSE PA 09 03 D
WYSOR JOHN C VA 12 04 D
YEASLEY ROBERT J ND 72 12 D 3104 SSB
YOUNG KENNETH L KA 02 11 D
YOUNG RAYMOND B JR PA
ZACKSMAN MILTON J IL 81 07 D
ZWINK WAYNE E WA 12 01 D


 

Company Y, 803rd Signal Training Regiment, Class 43-25                  Royal Hawaiian Dancing Pavilian, 1942

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 Company Y, 803rd Signal Training Regiment, Ft. Monmouth, Signal OCS Class 43-25

Photo taken July 8, 1943. The location appears to be a restaurant just off the base at Ft. Monmouth, called Joseph's, in Eatontown, NJ.

As MAJ (R) Richard Green, the Association's archivist said, "There were hundreds of places outside the gates of Ft Monmouth that served the candidates that went thru there... there had to be as there were "thousands" of them in the program.... I haven't added it up, but there had to be more than 12,000 graduates in 1942 alone, which means [because of the 50% attrition rate] that there were 24,000 men (approximately) attending during the year. [Aside: the WWII Signal OCS program started the 50% attrition rate standard, which carried on for Signal OCS during the Korean War and Vietnam War programs - while other OCS programs graduated 75% of their "starters".]

The two pictures above were submitted by Peter McCormick, grandson of John McCormick. His grandfather is in the back row of the Class Picture, number 6 counting from the left [circled above].

Peter told us that like many WWII veterans, his grandfather didn't talk too much about the war to most of the family, but did on occasion tell Peter about a few of his experiences. From what Peter can remember of those talks, "John enlisted in the Army in February of 1941, by 1942 he had made the rank of Sergeant and was in Hawaii. In 1943 he came back home, got married and graduated from OCS.  He made the rank of 1st Lieutenant at some point. In 1944 I believe he spent some time in Germany, and was home part of the time. I believe he also spent time in France. Then I think he went back to England, and then Germany and was there during or soon after the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. (I remember him telling me about that.) I am pretty sure he was home after VE day and I'm not sure if he spent any time in the Pacific after that. After the war, he worked as an electrician for the Lyons VA hospital in NJ until he retired." Peter also sent along a photo of the dancing pavilion at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. We've included it above too, as so many thousands of Army personnel passed through Hawaii during WWII that it's bound to bring back fond memories for all who see it. [Ok, ok, we admit... a few Navy and Marines probably passed through Hawaii back then too... but surely, everyone will agree, Honolulu was an Army town, wasn't it?]

It's worth looking closely at the two pictures above. In them you will see the root and stem of what makes America great, even until today. The boys in these photos epitomize an America that could and did conquer the world... not with imperialist aggression like so many other countries of that time, but by defeating tyranny in a war that spanned the globe.

They are tall, strapping youth; handsome beyond measure, healthy, confident, and behaved. Look at the photo of the soldiers dancing at the Royal Hawaiian... they are gentlemen, not a group of unkempt, leering reprobates from "old" Europe, intent on pawing their way through the girls in attendance. If one compares the American men in these photos to those of the boorish Russians, entering Berlin on horseback as conquerors at the end of the war, or pictures of the deceitful and shifty men who roamed the pre-war streets of many of the cities of Europe, one can see why America stood as a shining beacon to those who wanted a better life—and still does. It's all here in these two photos: a definition of America that speaks to us today, nearly 70 years later, and tells us what it is that we must continue to fight to preserve.

[Editor's remarks: Note hand written comments in upper right corner of the class photo. Note too that  unlike what you may think after reading the last paragraph above, we are not anti-Europe. Today Europe is full of wonderful people who clearly make the world better because of their very existence, values and views... albeit, thanks in part to 70 years of American occupation, and the resulting influence our young men have had over this period on European society. For further reference on these statements, see, for example, "Japan". Finally, please note that opinions expressed in comments such as these are meant as tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic, humor intended to entertain and stimulate the reader as much as anything else. In all cases they are those of the Managing Editor of this website. They do not represent the views of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Association or any officer, director, or individual associated with it. Your comments are welcomed in return. Please address any comments you may have to the attention of WebMaster@ArmySignalOCS.com. Thank you.]

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Benesch, Henry - OCS Class 43-25

 

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