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stingerwooten
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Greetings everyone!

I thought I would add to the illustrious history of the 2nd Infantry Regiment.  My wife's grandfather served in the 2nd Inf. Rgmt., 5th Infantry Div. during World War II.  I have his Historical & Pictorial Review annual from 1941!  I have scanned many of these images and wanted to share them with everyone here on the forum.

The first image is of 'Mike' Company at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin training at a livefire range.

The second image is of a beautiful colored picture of the heraldry of the 2nd Infantry Regiment.

The third image is of a Map of the Route through Europe that the 5th ID (and particularly the 2nd Inf. Rgmt.) followed during their combat tour in the ETO during World War II. 

The rest of the images are taken from my Grandfather-in-law's Historical & Pictorial Review annual, circa 1941 at Fort Custer, Michigan.

I hope everyone here, enjoys looking at these historical images, as much as I enjoyed them! 




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John Kerins
Reply with quote  #2 
Thanks for sharing these great pictures.
 
There are three young men who served in WWII who attended the regimental reunion in Pigeon Forge. I hope someone forwards these to them. Those fellows are all sharp as a tact, putting a lot of us Viet ol'farts to shame. I'm sure they really enjoy seeing those tin hats again!
Larry G
Reply with quote  #3 

Thanks for posting the pictures on the site.  I am the historian and I have both of the books that the map and other pictures came from.  What company did your grandfather-in-law serve with?  Also is his photo in the 1941 book?  Did he not have the 1946 2ND Infantry Regiment WW II history book?  It has a history of the regiment from the time it left the US until it returned and also a roster of everyone that served with the regiment during the war.  A WW II friend of mine was serving with M Company when the photograph was taken, he was with M Company from 1940 thought to the end of the war.

 

I know for a fact that at least one of the WW II vets that attend the Pigeon Forge Reunion has the 1941 book and I think the other one with the map.

 

Larry Grzywinski

 

stingerwooten
Reply with quote  #4 
Hello Larry!

My grandfather-in-law served with M Company.  His photo is definitely in the book.  His name is Ralph Sanford.  On the next-to-the-last picture (20.jpg) where it is entitled '.30 Caliber Machine Gun', he is sitting in the back of the first truck that has the mounted .30 Cal. on it.  In the last picture, you can clearly see his face.  He is the last soldier on the right.  He was with M Company through the end of the war having fought in all five campaigns; Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe

Unfortunately, he does not have the 1946 2nd Inf. Rgmt. book.

Also, I thought this would pique your interest.  Here is an article about his daring-do during the Battle of the Bulge, that occurred on 24 Dec. 1944.  I'm also including a copy of his Bronze Star certificate that he earned for his actions on that day as well as his picture.

Enjoy!

Zach Wooten
US Army, Medically Retired
OIF II Veteran



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The Saint
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Stingerwooten, come on down to next year reunion in TN, I am pretty sure that you will make those 3 soldier that were in WW ll their day.
send me an e-mail and I will give you some info.
Juan.
Vietnam
1965 to 1970
B co 2/2 1964 to 1967.
Larry G
Reply with quote  #6 
Zack,

Thank for the information on your grandfather-in-law and for sharing it with us.  It looks like he did a good showing for himself and it is great that he still has the book and paper work, so make WW II vets have lost things like this over the years.  I do like the way the Bronze Star Certificate looks, it is a bit different later ones.

I got out my book and took a look at the pictures, you sure can see him quite clearly in the one photo. I also looked up his photo in the company photo section of the book.  My friend Joe Rahie is on the top right of page 121, the page preceding the one with your grandfather-in-law, Joe was an 81 mm mortar SGT.  He was wounded on the final push to take Metz and returned just in time for the Battle of the Bulge.  Joe was the national historian for the 5th Infantry Division Society for quite a period of time.

Larry Grzywinski


Luther Patton
Reply with quote  #7 
Fantastic Gentlemen, a very rich History of the Second of The Second and to those brave men who helped forge a fighting cohesive Regiment, that we all are very proud to have served in, many years after their victory over Nazis Germany.
I'm so very proud to have served in The Big Red One of The Second Infantry Regiment, Black Scarf Battalion.
God Bless Us One and All!
Luther Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company, November Platoon. RTO
Recon. 29er Platoon RTO, Point Man 
 
stingerwooten
Reply with quote  #8 
Wow, thank you everyone for the nice comments!
I myself, am a US Army veteran.  I served for 15 years (1991-2006) until I was medically retired after being wounded during OIF II (2004-2005).  Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet my wife's grandfather in person.  He passed in 1989, a year before I met her.  I would have loved to been able to swap stories with my grandfather-in-law about the differences and similarities between our experiences serving in combat!  Ah, but alas, I'll have to wait until that day I finally go to see my Maker.  Something I look forward to down the road (Hopefully, way down the road!).

Until then, I'll do my best to honor him, and those who went before me!  It's the least I can do, for the 'Greatest Generation' of veterans!

Sincerely,

Zach Wooten (aka 'stingerwooten')
US Army, Medically Retired
16S-Man Portable Air Defense Crewmember (MANPAD-Stinger)
Air Defense Artillery
3rd ID, 4-3 ADA
4th ID, 1-3 ADA
2nd ID, 3rd BDE, 5-5 ADA
HHC, 81st Infantry Bde, Stinger Platoon
Larry G
Reply with quote  #9 
Zack,

If you and your wife is interested, the fellow that I am in contact knew her grandfather during WW II.  He would like to share his knowledge with you both.  I sent you an email directly but have not heard back.  If you are interested just click on my name on the left of the posting and let me know.

Larry Grzywinski
Historian
2d INF REGT ASSN
Keith
Reply with quote  #10 
Very nice pics!  My grandfather (Louis Kuzala), was also with the 5th Inf 2nd inf company B.  I have all his letters from the war that he wrote to my grandmother.  I have his uniform and all his things he brought back.  In reading those letters to my grandmother, I can tell those men had it hard.  God Bless them all.
Keith.
kasey denson
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hi my name is kasey denson my grandfather was with the 2nd infantry division 9th infantry regment i company in ww2 his name was private richard l. peterson he was in the u.s army his personal officer was 2d lt, gordon s. boughton he whent in to the military in 1943 please would anyone know some one who was with the 2nd infantry division 9th infantry regment i company in ww2 ???
kasey denson
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hi my name is kasey denson my grandfather was with the 2nd infantry division 9th infantry regment i company in ww2 his name was private richard l. peterson he was in the u.s army his personal officer was 2d lt, gordon s. boughton he whent in to the military in 1943 please would anyone know some one who was with the 2nd infantry division 9th infantry regment i company in ww2 ???
BCC
Reply with quote  #13 
Kasey,

This is the Second Infantry Regiment Association.  You should be inquiring to the Ninth Infantry regiment Association.

Here is a link to their site.  Good Luck.

http://www.manchu.org/regiment/association.htm
Jim Ritthaler
Reply with quote  #14 
My dad, Dale Ritthaler, was in the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division during WW2. He was a medic and was wounded and received a bronze star and purple heart on Nov 14, 1944 at Sanry Sur Nied, France. The 6th armored division captured a bridge over the Nied River at Sanry and the 2nd Regiment held it through 5 German counterattack's.
Broz
Reply with quote  #15 
Zack,
   Thanks for the pictures and information on your Granddad-in-law
Trey Harris
Reply with quote  #16 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry G

Thanks for posting the pictures on the site.  I am the historian and I have both of the books that the map and other pictures came from.  What company did your grandfather-in-law serve with?  Also is his photo in the 1941 book?  Did he not have the 1946 2ND Infantry Regiment WW II history book?  It has a history of the regiment from the time it left the US until it returned and also a roster of everyone that served with the regiment during the war.  A WW II friend of mine was serving with M Company when the photograph was taken, he was with M Company from 1940 thought to the end of the war.

 

I know for a fact that at least one of the WW II vets that attend the Pigeon Forge Reunion has the 1941 book and I think the other one with the map.

 

Larry Grzywinski

 

Larry G
Reply with quote  #17 
Jim,

Company E and the 1st Section, 3rd Platoon of Company H received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for their defense of Sanry Sur Nied and the bridge from the German Army. A DUC was actually a Presidential Unit Citation (PUC).

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