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Roderick and William Loop, 191st Tank Bn, Anzio

Discussion in 'Italy, Sicily & Greece' started by kerrd5, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. kerrd5

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    I have a list of Signal Corps photographs of the 45th Infantry Division, 157th IR, 179th IR, and 180th IR, transcribed by me from the Index Cards in Still Photos on the Fifth Floor of the NARA.

    On one of the cards for the 45th I had found "Father and son,
    Anzio, Italy, 1944" (Image 4641, 20 June 2008). I had assumed
    that these were photographs of an Italian man and his son.

    I scanned both photos, III-SC 187905 and 189706, on Friday.
    When I processed the reverse of the photos today (the captions
    have faded badly), I discovered that the images are of Roderick
    and William Loop, father and son, from Binghamton, NY.

    Both men belonged to the 191st Tank Battalion and had enlisted
    the same day, 29 May 1942.

    NARA - AAD - Display Full Records - Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)

    NARA - AAD - Display Full Records - Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)

    Mr. Loop Sr. had also served in the First World War with the
    31st Division.

    In these two photos, taken 6 March 1944, dad is bidding farewell to his son. He is leaving Italy for a tour of duty in the U.S.


    Dave
     

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