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More Autographs From Friends Al Met Along the Way

May 18, 2012

This is a continuation of the last post, sharing names and addresses of friends and fellow soldiers Al met along the way.

Based on Al’s journal, he was transferred to Battery “C”- 437 AAA-AW-Battalion on May 7, 1943.  To review, he had finished training and shipped out on February 28th of the same year. After landing in Oran, he had arrived at the Port of Naples, Italy.  His transfer to the “C” battery marks the beginnings of Al’s “real” war experience and also this autograph book.  With that perspective,  I share some more names,  addresses and photographs of Al’s fellow travelers.

Brussels, Belgium

Edward L. Sharpe
2022 Butler Ave.
Superior, Wisconsin

Mr. Joe Ladina
Box 223
Allison, Pennsylvania

Calvin E. Blair
3006 Tracy Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri

Adolph C. Thomas
422 Market St.
Wheeling, West Virginia

William Longcor
620 North Praire St.
Lake City, Minnesota

Wesley J. Touchatt
320 Hazel St.
San Bruno, California

Near Buchorst

Joseph Witowski
2991 E. 65th St.
Cleveland, Ohio

Buchorst, Germany

William N. Brothers
Route 1
Kosse, Texas

Ralph W. Huckleberry
PO Box 433
Otterbein, Indiana

StartMolschleben, Germany

  1. Great Post. We have an autograph book from one of the soldiers Dad served with. One of the families I have found that Dad served with. It is from 1945, and it was awesome to see my father’s signature along with a lot of the soldiers in the pictures I have from overseas. This is a special part of history! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Nancy! I love when I can find a photograph and autograph in addition to a mention by Al in his journal. I’m hoping some family will be thrilled to see Dad or Granddad in his prime and see his handwriting and war buddies. Wouldn’t you think that’d be touching? Thanks for touching back.

  3. That is really neat. I had no idea soldiers did this. They really did touch each other in many ways. I’ve heard so many stories of brief meetings leading to lifelong memories. It’s very touching.

    • I think so, too. Imagine carrying an autograph book to war, and the situations in which people signed it. Amazing. Thanks for looking.

  4. This is wonderful! I knew autograph books were popular but collecting signatures of fellow soldiers is so much better than collecting the autograph of “movie stars” or other famous people. This is a wonderful piece of history. Thank you for sharing!

    • Katharine,
      How interesting I found your reply! Did you notice that Al lived in Roanoke his whole life? I saw your post on Lakeside and the old Mill Mountain entertainment venues with great interest. Thanks for coming by Al’s War.

      • That’s amazing! I didn’t see that but it makes Al’s experiences even more special! I can’t wait to read more!

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