A collection of original photographs from boot camp, from the front lines, and beyond.
John carried a very small camera with him and took grainy, black and white photos when he could. These were mostly of his comrades and of the countryside he was experiencing. When battle actions began, there was no time for or thought of taking photographs.
These original photographs have not been published except on this site.
John geared up at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas.
Postcard showing the Camp entrance.
John in uniform at Paris, Texas,
John spends some time with his new wife, Joelmae, before debarkation.
Paris, Texas – August, 1944
John at Paris, Texas
John and Jo pose with John's mother, Marie, at Camp Barkley, Abilene, Texas,
September 4, 1944
John and Jo at Camp Barkley, Abiliene, Texas,
September 4, 1944
John sailed to England on this distinguished ship which was put into service as a troop carrier during the war.
John with his friend, Gerald Daniels in London, England,
They both survived and remained friends for life.
John and Gerald took an opportunity to see London before they were shipped across the English Channel into the war in France.
John and Gerald in London.
John stands at the gate near Marble Arch– Hyde Park, London
John's photo of Parliament and the River Thames.
After this brief respite, John crossed into France and was sent on to the front lines, already advanced far into the country.
Fellow soldiers in Cite de Charbonnage, France.
L: Henry Figurski
R: Jimmy Myers
John is second from left in this photo along with his fellow soldiers:
Top: Troy Berry (the driver)
Bottom (L to R): Dexter R. Hunneman, John Crews, Carrol Moyer, Nick Hardony (1st Sgt.), Francis Tacey, and George Dear.
Dexter R. Hunneman
"Mailman Wit Bag!"
In Cite de Charbonnage, France.
John was a radio operator, based in a half-track (wheeled truck up front and tracked wheels on back.) He dedicated his to his new wife.
Tank tracks covering the French countryside. John's outfit was heading into the Alsace region with the initial aim of reaching and crossing the Rhine River.
They fought their way through the "Colmar Pocket" at tough battles like Herrlisheim. This was happening at about the same time as the Battle of the Bulge, further north.
John crossed the Rhine River at Worms, Germany. The bridge was out and snipers held the tower so they swam across at night. John did not swim, so another soldier helped him make it across the dangerous waters.
On April 1, 1945, Company C made it to Ochsenfurt, Germany, near Wurtzburg. They crossed the Main River there and fought their way south towards Munich.
Crossing the Main River at Ochsenfurt, Germany,
April 1, 1945
April 1, 1945
Photo credits: Unless otherwise indicated, all photos on this site
are from the private collection of John C. Crews.
Certain photos are reproduced courtesy of the Franklin Roosevelt Library.
Official Army photos by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. are reproduced
from the original booklets and materials.
The photo of the "Marine Devil" ship is courtesy of Bruce T. Doll, www.imagesofvision.com.
All graphics, photographs, and text on this site are ©2020, David P. Crews, unless otherwise noted.
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