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That's me with "My Dad is in the Army at Camp Croft" tee shirt  October 1943.

Bill enjoying (?) the sea voyage to Europe-1943.

Camp Kilmer Meal Ticket

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One month before the outbreak of war, the War Department assigned the 3rd Infantry Division the primary mission of training in landing operations. In the pitch-black hours preceding the dawn of a memorable African morning, a mighty armada of ships lay offshore at the resort town of Fedala, French Morocco. It was November 8, 1942. This was the first invasion in the European Theater against Nazi Germany.


Bill's basic Training was at Camp Croft in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and then he was sent to Casablanca, French Morocco in late 1943. During the eight months before they were again committed to combat, the 3rd Division turned to the east where the slow, terrible drama of Tunisia was being enacted; and finally toward Sicily, where the Division itself was to participate in one of the great amphibious assaults of World War II.     


Bob Seesock at Billeting Office  Germany-1945

Dad, Airing out his boots or cigar

Some scenes of Army Life
Hurry Up and Wait

 Magnets or Buttons

Hats and Caps

Bill Mauldin Drawings 
from the book:
'Up Front'
  ©1945 Henry Holt & Co.
© 1944 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

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