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3104th Signal Service Battalion

Wartime Photographs


February 1, 1944 to August 17, 1945
Revised September 16, 2003
 

 

Here is a collection of pictures taken in France and Belgium during the period that the 3104th was in Europe. I am most grateful to all those who have entrusted me with their pictures and allowed me to scan and publish them here.

If you have any pictures I would really like to add them to the collection with appropriate credit. Please send them to me and I will scan them and return them immediately. If you'd rather not, then take them to a local photo shop, have them scanned, and send me the disk. Or, if you wish, send them as a file (bmp files preferred, but any standard format will do).

Some of the pictures are a little flat. Developer and hypo were in extremely short supply in France, and the French photo shops had to use their chemicals far beyond their useful life. That didn't do much for the quality, so I've had to do some restoration.

I've made the files as small as possible in order to minimize loading time, so most of them will load in about 10 seconds. However, the group pictures are in large files in order to preserve detail. They may take over a minute to download unless you have a broadband connection.

   
The Ships We Were On


MV RANGITATA

Scroll about 1/4 the way through this linked page to
NEURALIA
(about 19 "Page Down"s)
Use your browser's "back" button to return.
  
USAT HENRY GIBBINS

   
Group Photos


All Officers

Company A

Company B

Company C

Company B Team on Leave

   
Grubbs Photographs

The pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence beginning with Valognes and finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-NORMANDY-
Bombed-out Church in Valognes
Street in Valognes
Street in Valognes
Street in Valognes
Street in Valognes
Grubbs in Apple Orchard
Ed Krause gives Grubbs a haircut
German Tank Defenses in Normandy
Bill Higley by Staff Car
A Normandy Pissoir
-FRANCE/BELGIUM-
Lt Grubbs
Lt Grubbs
Sergeant Edward Krause
Lt Grubbs in Belgium
-PARIS-
Ermitage Hotel, Paris
Lt Simpson on Eiffel Tower
Lt Grubbs on Eiffel Tower
Lt Simpson on Top of Eiffel Tower
Lt Grubbs on Top of Eiffel Tower
Bob Castrignano Mans a German 88
Lt Henry and ??
Lt Simpson in front of Hotel D'Iena
Battalion Staff Goes to Lunch
Company B Staff in front of Hotel D'Iena
Bn ExO's Office in Paris
Hotel D'Iena
Hotel D'Iena
Hotel D'Iena
Capt Lewis S Johnson
-VE DAY-
VE Day at Arc de Triomphe
VE Day at Arc de Triomphe
VE Day Battalion Staff
VE Day LTC Barr
VE Day Maj Kirkpatrick
VE Day Maj Kirkpatrick
VE Day Lt Grubbs
Lt George Batavia
WACS On Parade
-HEADING FOR HOME-
A "Forty and Eight" Boxcar
Our Train for Home
Troops on the Tain
LTC Kirkpatrick on the Train
Lt Eaves on the Train
Lt Grubbs on the Train
Troops on the Train
Maj Venables on the Train
Cpl George Williams & S/Sgt Ed Krause
Lt Parrish on the Train
German Prisoners Going Home
-ARLES STAGING AREA-
Tent Area, Arles Staging Area
Company B Headquarters
Company B Supply Room
Lt Grubbs in Front of Tent
S/Sgt Krause in Front of Tent
Packing Up
Packing Up
Packing Up
At the Lake
At the Beach
Grubbs on the Beach
Embarrassing Moment
Lt Overholt
Lt Eaves and Troops
Capt Stone, Lt Higley, Lt Crews
-LONDON-
Grubbs and Williams
Venables and Grubbs
Williams and Grubbs
Venables and Williams
-MARSEILLES-
Officers' Club
Officers' Club
-ABOARD SHIP-
Lt Boege Looking Out to Sea
Lt Dennen Catching Up on His Reading
Lt Eaves
Unknown...Can You Help?
Lt Grubbs
Lt Grubbs Looking Cool With His Pipe
Lt Grubbs Takes It Easy
Ltc Kirkpatrick, Capt Johnson, Maj Venables
Everybody Loafing
Lt Simpson, Lt Zimmerman
Lt Yeasley
Don't Know Who...Can you Help?
Lt Dennen and Maj Venables
Lt Williams
-BOSTON-
A Blimp Welcome
Welcome Home!
Welcome Home!
Welcome Home!
The Pilot Comes Aboard
American Soil!
-THE END-
Troop Train Home!
My Final "Pullman"
   
Fulkerson Photographs

These pictures were taken by Ernie Fulkerson and are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-ENGLAND-
Ernie in England
Front View Toddington Manor
Rear View Toddington Manor
Hauling Gasoline
-RENNES-
Team Members in Rennes
Ernie & French Friend
Pissoir in Rennes
Banks & Ford in Rennes
Six Men in Rennes
Ernie on the Street
Three Guys and a Jeep
German Blockhouse and Guys
-DIJON-
Quarters in Dijon
Road Signs in Dijon
Ernie in the Snow
-GERMANY-
Kiosk in Germany
Rhine River
Team Members in Heidelberg
Bombed Bridge in Heidelberg
German Car used in Mannheim
-ARLES-
Ernie Takes it Easy
Bivouac near Arles
Bivouac near Arles
   
Jachens Photographs

These pictures were taken by Richard Jachens and are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-ENGLAND-
Soldiers in England
Dirty Den of the Terrible Ten
-NORMANDY-
Lunch in the Apple Orchard
Normandy Mess
Sgt Henry gets a Haircut
Frank Marino Teaching
Bing Crosby in Normandy
-PARIS-
Arrival in Paris
The Ermitage Hotel
The Blockhouse
BlockhouseGenerators
A Street in Paris
An Enclosed Street
-REIMS-
Jachens & McLaughlin
Cathedral at Reims
-ARLES STAGING AREA-
At Arles
Jachens Gets Haircut
At Arles
   
Tedford Photographs

These pictures were taken by Robert Tedford and are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

The Manor at Toddington, England
Lt Robert Thing
New Issue of Underwear
Bernie Ford
Schierman and Vorlick
Donald, Christy, & Banks
Fulkerson, Arquette, Ford, Hustin
Bob Tedford
Ernie Fulkerson
Joe Bruno
Henry Donald
Thompson
Clauss
Banks & Tedford
Paris ComZ Signal Center
   
Cronenberg Photographs

These pictures were taken by Charles "Chic" Cronenberg. Sadly, Chic passed away in 1997, and these pictures were kindly furnished by Mrs. Connie Cronenberg. Unfortunately, the identity of the people in the group pictures (other than Mr. Cronenberg) is unknown. If you know who these people are, please be kind enough to respond using the form provided with the picture. Like the others, these pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

Charles Cronenberg
Group1
Group2
   
Castrignano Photographs

These pictures were taken by Robert Castrignano and are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click hereand you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-ENGLAND-
Eight Guys
Bob Castrignano at Toddington Manor
On Leave in Cheltenham
-NORMANDY-
French Children with Bob Castrignano
Swimming Hole near Valognes
-PARIS, VERSAILLES, TRAPPES-
Hotel D'Iena
Francis Schwender & Bob Castrignano
Francis Schwender & Bob Castrignano
Francis Schwender & Frank Grubbs
Francis Schwender & Bob Castrignano
Francis Schwender & Frank Grubbs
Bob Castrignano & Nazi Radar
Bob Castrignano & Nazi Radar
St Cyr Military Academy
St Cyr Military Academy
Team Headquarters in Trappes
Jeep Accident Near Trappes
Bob Castrignano on Road
-NAMUR, BELGIUM-
Bob Castrignano in Namur
Bob Castrignano in Namur
Bob Castrignano & Fred Malhsted
Street Scene with Bob Castrignano and Fred Malhsted
-BONN, GERMANY-
Castrignano Clowns Around
Castrignano & Strecher Clown Around
-FULDA, GERMANY-
Bob Castrignano
Quarters in Fulda
-ARLES STAGING AREA-
Leon Carl and Bob Castrignano
Bob Castrignano Reading Mail
Morning Toilette
Morning Toilette
More Morning Toilette
Bob Takes a Walk
On Leave
On Leave
On Leave
-ABOARD SHIP-
Bob Castrignano and Al Reich
Bob Castrignano
Boxing Match
Jim Dennen & Spencer Parrish
Francis Schwender
   
Cicotello Photographs

These pictures were taken by Louis Cicotello. Sadly, Louis has passed away, and these pictures were kindly furnished by his son, David Cicotello, who has also furnished some extremely valuable historical documents relating to the 3104th. Like the others, these pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click hereand you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-CHERBOURG-
Quarters in Cherbourg
-PARIS-
Louis Cicotello
Hotel D'Iena
Louis in the Place D'Iena
Louis in the Place D'Iena
On the Balcony
On the Balcony
Louis and "Father Paul"
Louis Cicotello in Paris
The Eiffel Tower
Allied Troop Theater
   
Cronin Photographs

These pictures were taken by Gregory Cronin. He has also furnished some other pictures and documents that have proved extremely valuable to this project, especially the photograph of Company B. Like the others, these pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click hereand you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-LEMANS-
Bob Conway
At a Cafe on the River Sarthe
Gregg Cronin and Jim Madigan
Canoeing on a Lake
Gregg on Roof of Hotel D'Iena
Cathedral at Lemans
An Old Mill
Retreat at Paxon Barracks
Paxon Barracks in Winter
Radio Team EB-3
   
Bowlds Photographs

These pictures were taken by Joe Bowlds. Like the others, these pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

Dick Broy & Joe Bowlds
Joe Bowlds
Joe Bowlds
Joe Bowlds
Leo Ratterman
"Scotty" Who?
   
Woods Photographs

These pictures were taken by Dean Woods. Sadly, Dean is no longer with us, but these photographs were found by his son, David, who has generously shared them with us. Like the others, these pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click hereand you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

-ENGLAND-
Joseph Schreiber
Phil Repich & Joseph Schreiber
Phil Repich
Woods, Jackson, Salak
Morano, Cronin, Dunseath
-FRANCE-
Dean Woods on Omaha Beach
Dean Woods with Land Mines
Dean Woods
Dean Woods
Street Car In Liege
Capt Pickering
Dean Woods On Pole
Bill Titlow
Unidentified
Pup Tents
Dean Woods Cutting Hair
Dean Woods Cutting Hair
Dean Woods & Eugene Salak Cutting Hair
Louie & Norman on Eiffel Tower
"Pop" Flaherty, France
Salak, Conway, and Schreiber
Dean Woods
Dean Woods On Hood of Weapons Carrier
   
Landes Photographs

These pictures were found among the memorabilia of George Landes by his son, Mark. Although George is no longer with us, Mark has generously shared them with us. In addition, there are some other items (German items, battalion orders, etc., etc.) which Mark has provided. These may be found in another area of this website.Like the others, these pictures are set up so that you can view them in two different ways:

1. In a kind of "circle". Click here and you will be taken to the first picture. From there, you can view them in sequence, finally returning to this page. Use the slide-out menu to navigate. You can return to this page at any time. Due to uncertain identification, we have only been able to guess at the proper sequence.

2. Look at the pictures in any sequence you like by clicking on the index below.

George with Navy car.
In a Motorboat
In a field
A Group of Fourteen Men
Fun on a wall
Soldiers & Girls Out For a Ride
Three Guys
Five Guys On The Coast
Bombed-out House
Street Scene
Storefront in Cherbourg
   
Tately Photographs

The following two pictures were furnished by Harold Tately who served as a cryptographer in Company "A". The first picture is of the crypto team with which he served and which is discussed in the unit history. The second picture was taken by and published in The Boston Globe upon the arrival in Boston of the Henry Gibbins. An article which appeared in The Boston Globe can be seen under "Diaries, Documents, and Data".

Crypto Team in Rheims
Arrival in Boston
               rev Jun 30, 2004