• In this chapter, you'll find anonymous 17th Airborne troopers who need an identification. All help will be greatly appreciated !

     

     

     

    Who know this 17th Airborne trooper ? 

    This picture comes from an unidentified 17th Airborne photo album (may be 194th GIR). It was realized in Germany, at the end of the war in Europe. May be somebody will can give me info on this man ?

     

     

     

    Who know this 17th Airborne trooper ? 

    This picture comes from an unidentified 17th Airborne photo album but I am sure the man was member of the 513th PIR. It was realized in a boat, most probably during the return to States, after the end of the war in Europe. All info on this man will be greatly appreciate !

     

     

      

    Who know this trooper ? 

    I have recently acquired two pictures from this soldier who seemingly was member of the 507th PIR. The only info writing on the pic is "Eddie WELCH". After having made some researches, I have found a Edmund E WELCH in the 17th Airborne Roster (507th PIR) but I am not able to confirm it is the same man. All info on this man will be greatly appreciate ! 

     

      

     

    Who know "Bob" ? 

    I have a little grouping belonging to this guy. On each pic available, the surname "Bob" is writing  On another one, a man called Lawrence BEERMAN strikes a pose. BEERMAN was member of the HQ II Company / 507th PIR so I guess he was a friend from the same company. Anybody know him ? Once again, all info on this man will be greatly appreciate !

     

     

     

     

    After the VE Day in May 08, 1945, numerous 17th AB troopers were transferred in other combat units, especially 82nd, 101st and 13th Airborne Divisions. Few ones were also transferred to the 11th Airborne Division and than send in Japan for occupation duty.

    This pic shows 11th AB troopers. The paratrooper in the center of the top row wears proudly the 17th Airborne Division shoulder sleeve insignia on his right shoulder. That is mean he was previously member of this division and fought with it as he also wears the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). Of interest is that the wings are pinned below the CIB ! This gentleman is unfortunately anonymous. Who can help me ?

    (unpublished TFH collection)

     

     

    Who know this trooper ? 

    This pic has been probably realized in the early time of the unit as the GI's wears a trooper visor hat rather than an overseas cap and has only one qualification (expert) badge as only decoration on his jacket. Of interest is the shoulder sleeve insignia not sewn according the army regulation !

     

     

    Who know Joe ? 

    This unknown 17th AB soldier was probably member of an artillery battalion as the pipe, the Airborne badge on his overseas cap and the oval under his wings are dark and seem to be red. The chino shirt indicates the pic has been realized in UAS, circa 1943 or 1944. As he wears an Airborne badge on his overseas cap and Wings on his chest I guess so this gentleman was member of the 460th or 466th PFAB.

    Of interest, note the "opposite claw" shoulder sleeve insignia.


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