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3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Signal Company
Photo Crew

T/3 John D. Cole
T/5 Howard B. Nickelson
T/4 William Heller
Pfc. Robert S. Seesock 
T/5 William J. Toomey


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Bill in familiar pose, with his ever present stogie.
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Jack Benny, accepting a cigar from Bill before one of Benny's USO shows.



Bill Toomey, Bill Heller, Bobby Seesock
1945 Kodachrome


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At Villamfroy, the division photographers camp at a church with their lab truck and their trailer named "Fuzzy's Folly".
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey

Bill going on assignment.
One of those lucky days where Bill doesn't have to slog through the mud, and gets to ride in a jeep. 


Assigned to Bad Wildungen, Germany in July, 1945, photographers Bill Toomey, Bill Heller and Bobby Seesock pose for a peacetime photo.
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey

The Army built a baseball diamond in Salzburg, Austria and photographers Bill Heller and Bill Toomey of the 15th Regiment dropped by.
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey


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Photographer's John Cole and Bill Heller pose with the tools of their trade on a warm September day in Faucogney, France.
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey

Two Bills-No Waiting!
Bill Heller & Bill Toomey


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Members of the 3rd Signal Company... in action!
October 30, 1944

"The poker game was staged. One of the men found a suitcase full of francs...
so they put the table, bottles, set the whole scene-then took pix...
" says Howard Nickelson

Jack Cole, Bill Heller, Bill Toomey, Bob Seesock.

Photo was taken near Zweibrucken, Germany
after the 15th Infantry pushed through the Seigfried line.

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Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey
Christmas in Ribeauville, France 1944
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Third Division photographers Bill "Pop" Heller, Bobby Seesock, Bill Toomey, John Cole and Howard Nickelson (l-r) spend Christmas in decent surroundings in Ribeauville.

Crowning their Ribeauville tree, Third Division photographers pass Christmas 1944 facing the German army still entrenched in the Colmar Pocket. 

Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey


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Bill Toomey  in the photo office at Bad Wildungen, Germany
(Disregard classic vintage photo-art on the walls!)

d o g f a c e s o l d i e r s
A photographic journey of the Third Signal Co. of the 15th Regiment
of the U.S. Third Infantry Division in WWII
by Denis Toomey


Table of Contents
Bill Heller
Prologue Troop Roster-1
Troop Roster-2 Prelude to D-Day-1 Prelude to D-Day-2
Amphibious Landing Bob Hope
Jack Benny Marlene Dietrich Personalities
War is Hell Watch on the Rhine
Generals-1 Generals-2 GI Views-1
GI Views-2 GI Views-3 GI Views-4
Hey Medic Inhumanity Links Page
Weapons-WWII/2004 Weapons-2 Weapons-3
Tanks for the Memories Audie L. Murphy The Wild Blue Yonder
Berchtesgaden Going Home Bibliography


3rd Division  Operation Iraqi Freedom -1 3ID  Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 Archives OIF3 - 3ID in Iraq
3ID  Iraq - 2007-8
3rd Inf. Division Photos -WWI to 1941 3ID Photos - WWII-
Page 1
 3ID Photos -WWII-
Page 2
3ID Photos - Korea
3rd Division History and Symbols Commanding Generals of the 3ID & Units 3ID MEDAL OF HONOR
Frequently Asked Questions
WWII Memorial and
Arlington Natl Cemetery
OP Harry  Survivors Association 15th Infantry Regt Association 7th Inf.
Regt. Association
65th Inf.
 Regt. Assn.
3ID Photos-Re-Enactors FAQ 3ID MEDAL OF HONOR

Thanks to Tricia Joyce, Bill Toomey's daughter, for some of these great photos.
Click on smaller outlined photos to see larger images.

Last Update February 15, 2019

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from the book:
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  ©1945 Henry Holt & Co.
© 1944 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

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