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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.

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Ochsenfurt, Germany

April 1, 1945

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A Good Friend to Know

John (right) with Floy Arnold, who was also the Company's expert barber.

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Into the Alps

After severe and deadly street fighting in Munich, John's company fought their way south into the Bavarian Alps.

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Kochelsee, Germany

Lake Kochel in the Alps south of Munich.

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Kochel Power Plant

Lake Kochel 

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Germany

1945

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Respite

A break in the action provides a rest with friends and the time to take some photographs.

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Germany

1945

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A Family Relieved

The civilian families in Germany were fearful of the oncoming American soldiers, having been fed stories that they would be tortured and killed. John said they were overjoyed to receive kindness  instead.

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Germany

1945

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Ruined Building - Germany

1945

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Tired, but Sensing Victory

John (left) and a tired crew. The war in Germany was coming to a close.

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Germany

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Germany

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Friends

John (right) in Bavaria

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Germany

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Germany

John (right) and fellow Company C soldiers, 1945

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Germany

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Leaving the Field of Battle

All packed up and ready to board the troop trains to take them back to France and a temporary haitus at Camp Lucky Strike in La Havre before sailing back to America.

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On the Troop Train

Rough travel accomodations, but a welcome relief to be going away from fighting and back to peace and relative safety. John had picked up a guitar somewhere along the way, but the train lurched and a fellow soldier fell onto it, breaking the instrument.

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This site was originally published for John's 75th birthday in September, 2000.
It was revised and updated in 2011 and again in this responsive form in 2020.
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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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