Camp Old Gold
|The Camp Then|
The photos below are reprinted courtesy PFC Brownie Shoultz, 86th Infantry Division, 342nd Battalion, Company H, 1st Gunner, Heavy Machine Gun, who landed at Le Havre, was staged at Old Gold, saw combat in the ETO, returned to the States, and then went on to Luzon and Corregidor Island where his unit guarded Japanese prisoners at a POW camp.
Two rows of tents in a field define a "company street" at Old Gold. It's not
difficult to imagine the sea of mud that was created when the rains came.
Children from nearby Ourville visit the camp.
|On the Way to Old Gold, 1945|
The photos below are reprinted courtesy Robert Winters, son of Garl B. Winters, a member of the 86th Infantry Division, 342nd Regiment, 1st Battalion, Headquarters Company. They depict Garl's unit moving from Mannheim, Germany to Camp Old Gold between May 31 and June 1, 1945.
Mannheim, Germany, May 1945. Back row, left to right: Richard Willier, Don W. Hittington, Frayce Lewis,
and Raymond Woodall. Front row, left to right: Fred Strait, John Hamilton, and Fred Werner.
These men are itching to go back home!
A bombed-out section of Mannheim, May 1945. Much of Germany looked this way in 1945.
An impromptu musical performance on a street in Mannheim, May 1945.
Another view of the band in full swing.
Men on the chow line in Mannheim before leaving for Old Gold. Note the mix of plates and mess tins.
The chow line was pretty long! A timeless image of a soldier's life. (Hope it wasn't powdered eggs!)
Mileage post near the Rhine River at Mannheim, Germany, May 1945. Garl's
unit crossed the river on a pontoon bridge constructed by U.S. engineers.
A regimental POW (prisoner-of-war) stockade at Ludenscheid, Germany, in the Ruhr Pocket, April 1945.
This was the Germany the 86th was leaving behind.
Part of the Old Gold convoy on June 1, 1945 as they "take 10." Pictured aboard a Dodge weapons
carrier are Fred Werner, Zalaudek (asleep), and Gordon Potter (at edge of photo).
Another photo taken during the rest stop. Pictured are Fred Werner, Gordon Potter, Zerbian, and Robert Hayes.
Zalaudek's still asleep, but he's been joined by Dick Willier, Nation, and Zerbian.
A vehicle park at the unit's first stop on the way home, Camp St. Louis, one of the "City Camps" near Nancy, France.
These were just a few of the hundreds of vehicles used to ferry thousands of GIs from Germany
to France on their way back to the States in a sort of "reverse Red Ball Express."
Raymond Woodall in the doorway of the "deluxe accommodations" at Camp Old Gold, June 1945.
Men at a mess tent, possibly at Old Gold.
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