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Dated:  May 7,  2009
Company A
338TH Infantry Regiment
Company A, 338th Regiment
Camp Shelby, Mississippi
Summer 1942

    This group photo of the Company A was taken during training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.  Camp Shelby is located south of Hattisburg, MS and was the camp where the 85th Infantry Division was formed and trained.  Soldiers began to arrive and start their training in April 1942, even though the 85th Division wasn't officially activated until May 15, 1942. This photo was taken of Company A during that first summer.  I have a similiar photo of th Anti-Tank Company that was taken in August of 1942.  Details of the background and bleachers match in both photos.
    Each Infantry Regiment consisted of 12 companies, identified as "A", "B", etc.  A company was comprised of about 250 men.  This photo was taken early in the training.  Another group photo was taken at Fort Dix, NJ, just before the division embarked for Italy.

    The photo was divided into 3 composites.  Each section can be viewed closer to see faces.
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Composite 1 - CLICK for Larger Image.
 Composite 2 - CLICK for Larger Image. 
      Composite 3 - CLICK for Larger Image.
      Info on Section of the Photo

   1 51 soldiers.   George Hamilton Walker is located on Top Row, 2nd from left.
   2 No info.  71 soldiers.
   3   32 soldiers. Bottom print in white: - American Photo Co. Camp Shelby. This is the same company that printed the other photos taken at Camp Shelby of the Anti-Tank Company and the 310th Engineer Company, also located on my webpage.

   Sorry--  I have not identified anyone in this photo, yet.  I will search for a roster of members of this company.

Uniform Details - All the soldiers are wearing the summer khaki uniform.  There does not appear to be any officers in this photo.  Most of the group photos that I've seen, the officers are usually dressed in a manner that would distinguish them from the rest of the group.  All the men in the front row appear to be NCO's; i.e. sergeants, staff sergeants or higher rank.
The shoulder patches are round and could be the patch for the 85th Infantry Division. Most appear to be very dark.  However, the soldier on the front row, far left, appears to be wearing a tri-color patch of the training command.
Special thanks to Mike Walker for providing this photo.

More Group Photos of the following units:
      328th Field Artillery, Bty B  w/Roster    Ft. Dix, NJ,       Dec 1943
      328th Field Artillery, Battery HQ           Ft. Dix, NJ,       Dec 1943
      337th Regiment, Co D                       Northern Italy,     May '45  (Small photo)
      338th Regiment, Anti-Tank Co.         Camp Shelby, Miss,,  August 1942
      310th Engineers, Co C.                     Camp Shelby, Miss,,  Feb 1943

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