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Read the story of D-Day's great unsung heroes.

16TH INFANTRY, U.S. FIRST DIVISION, "THE BIG RED ONE"

 

E COMPANY

Until the Victory is Won: The Story of One Group of Heroes from D-Day to the End

Soldiers' Tales

Eusebio Galvan: letter from Germany 16 February 1945 / Silver Star citation

Joseph Toth homecoming / Silver Star citation

Phil Streczyk homecoming / picture file / Streczyk's platoon picture

John Spalding homecoming / picture file / John Spalding medical report Undated report from the Wakeman Convalescent Hospital after Spalding's evacuation from the ETO. / John Spalding interview A narrative by Forrest C. Pogue. Annotated with corrections and additional material. / Spalding's map of France signed by members of E Company, picture file

Ed Wozenski interview / sound & picture file

Clarence Colson interview / sound & picture file: part one (very large file) and part two / Colson's mortar squad picture file

Walter Bieder interview / sound & picture file

Stan Dzierga interview / picture file

Bruce Buck interview

Vinny DiGaetano interview / sound & picture file

Elmer Fred Reese: belated Silver Star

RECORDS AND REPORTS BY ARMY PERSONNEL

Roster of E Company, October 1941

History of Company "E", 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division from June 1942 Until the Present

History 16th CT Invasion of France S-3 Combat Report  Excerpts from the most informative source for 16th Infantry actions on D-DayŚcontradictions and all.

HISTORIAN'S TALE

16-E on D-Day An unsigned, and undated, report based on interviews. S.L.A. Marshall might be the author, it was written based on his techniques / Movements of Spalding Group An oddly titled critique of the 16TH CT  INVASION OF FRANCE S-3 COMBAT REPORT above. / John Spalding interview A narrative by Forrest C. Pogue. Annotated with corrections and additional material.

"Omaha Beachhead" excerpt / "Cross-Channel Attack" excerpt / Map of Spalding advance / Omaha beach assault What was planned, and what happened, by company, on D-Day.

The 16th in the Breakthrough in Normandy: July 29-August 18 1944

A COMPANY

Roster of A Company, October 1941

F COMPANY

Roster of F Company October 1941

John Finke interview, F Co, commander on D-Day

REGIMENTAL HISTORY: THE 16TH INFANTRY: 1798-1946 [pdfs]

Chapter I

Chapter XVI

Chapter XVII

16TH REGIMENTAL RECORDS

NORTH AFRICA TO THE END

2nd Battalion Report: Lessons Learned from Tunisian Campaign / S-4 Report: Lessons Learned from Tunisian Campaign

Monthly Historical Record Reports Covers garrison, transit, and training during periods of 1943 and 1944.

Summary of the Regimental Situation on D-Day / Prisoner of war summary: 6 to 30 June 1944 / Casualty figures from 6 to 8 June 1944 (large file, may take a minute to download)

16th Infantry Journal: 7 May 1945 The end of the war as told in the 16th Infantry journal. Includes one of the few mentions in unit records of the concentration camp at Falkenau, liberated by the 3rd Battalion.

16TH INFANTRY MEDICAL DETACHMENT

History of the Medical Detachment 16th Infantry A first-rate World War II unit history, from the call-up to the end. / Comments and Criticism on Operation Neptune"  The medical mission that failed on D-Day.

GENERAL: 16TH REGIMENT IN WORLD WAR II

Men of the 16th / Trail of the 16th: WWII, picture file / 16th Infantry picture file

Also see Robert Capa picture file He rode with the 16th Infantry on D-Day and captured some of the most famous images of war.

GENERAL: FIRST DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II

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