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Camp Croft, South Carolina
US Army Infantry Replacement Training Center


Most of the Camp Croft photos below were taken by the official post photographer, Edward A. Beeks, and show platoon or company sized groups of trainees and cadre close to the end of a training cycle. 

One excellent photo that does not fit that category is the one to the right.  It was taken aboard the USS Wakefield while enroute to the European Theater after December 1944. The men in this image had just received their basic training at Croft and all were from Philadelphia, PA. All of the men made it through the war.

Croft troops on the USS Wakefield

                        Photo courtesy of Frank Doody


Left to Right; 1st Row, Pvt. Thomas Convey, Pvt. Louis De Luca, Pvt. Francis X Hefferman; 2nd Row, Pvt. William, Kelly, Pvt. Francis X Doody, Pvt. Sam R. Hall, Pvt. Albert Biasini; 3rd Row, Cpl Howard J Dicks, SSgt Rod Dorman.



 

Co A 26th ITB
Photo courtesy of Wayne Mocas, click for larger image

 

Co A, 26th Battalion
About June 1943

Wayne Mocas is in the back/top row, third from the left near the flag. He was eighteen and had almost never been
out of his back yard, literally, having grown up the son of a Greek immigrant and an Indiana farm girl with
numerous siblings and not a lot of money.
 

 

Co B 26th ITB
From Webmaster's collection

 

Co B, 26th Battalion
Date Unknown

A photo mailed home from Private Sol Sofsky of Vineland, NJ

 

 

 

Co B 26th ITB
Photo courtesy of Cindy (Stewart) Krosky, click for larger image

 

Co B, 26th Battalion
About June 1943

W. E. Stewart, third from the right on the bottom row, was wounded in France on August 9, 1944.

Click here for a PDF file showing the names of all soldiers in this image, courtesy of Barbara French.

The eighth soldier in the back row (listed as "Pvt Me" in the PDF) is Barbara's great-uncle, Arthur "Mike" Austin.

 

 

Co B 26th ITB
Photo courtesy of Chip Carothers, click for larger image

 

Co B, 26th Battalion
After October 1944

Chip's grandfather, Captain Randolph E. Carothers (see inset), is on the second row, fourth from right.

 

 

 

Co B 26th ITB
Photo courtesy of Chip Carothers, click for larger image

 

Co B, 26th Battalion
After October 1944

In this image, Captain Carothers (see inset) is in the second row, third from the right

 

 

 

 

Co C 26th ITB
From website visitor, Henry Behrens

 

Co C, 26th Battalion
April 15, 1942

 

 

Co B 27th ITB
Photo courtesy of son Benjamin Armusik, click for larger image

 

Co B, 27th Battalion
1943

"The man with the pennant has his left hand on my dad's left shoulder (Ben Armusik).  I don't have a lot of information,

but I know that he was stationed in the Philippines (Luzon) and ran a motor pool.  Later he was sent to Japan to the town of Utsonomiya,

where he was part of the occupational forces."

 

 

Co A 28th ITB
From Webmaster's collection

 

Co A, 28th Battalion
Date unknown

 

 

 

Co C 28th ITB 1945
From Webmaster's collection

 

Co C, 28th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
Sept 26, 1945

 Top – Kruza, Frederickson, Garrison, Gougan, Lane, Higham, Hallas, Eisel, Finn, Kemph, Lambotot, Hoyt, Kross, Jones, Johnson, Keefe, Keith.

2nd – Fitaler, Ferrairi, Jalbert, Lansberry, Kruk, Johns, Jones, Jenkins, Fitzpatrick, Holman, Kidd, Fisher, Geoffrey, Johnson, Greenier, Kersey.

3rd – 1st Sgt Dubetsky, Laylor, Gaudreau, Fenton, Fletcher, Foley, George, Cpl Kunkel, Sgt Bartolomel, Platoon Sgt May, Knuckley, Cpl. Arnott, Horuath, Howarth, Grassbard

Front – Gould, Hewel, Fabrizzio, Hostetter, George, Gardina, Fencik, Jozefcayk, Engler, Kichline

 



Co D 28th ITB 4th Platoon
From Webmaster's collection

Co D, 28th Battalion, 4th Platoon
  March 16, 1942

 


Co D 28th ITB 3rd Platoon
From Webmaster's collection

Co D, 28th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
  March 1, 1943

 


Co C 29th ITB 2nd Platoon
Photo courtesy of C. Del Giudice

Co C, 29th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
  February 1942

As C. Del Giudice relates, he is in "... the second row, 1st on right, next to me is Cherberko (The Mad Russian)
from Pennsylvania. Captain Burke (later Colonel) is in the center. Second row and 3rd from left is Sgt. Sloane,
Kentucky followed by Jim McKenzie from New Jersey. Bob Killian of Conn. is 1st row 3rd from left. Guys with white
hats are cadre. The best group that we had. Many were from Eastern Conn. and signed the rear of the picture."


Co C 29th ITB 2nd Platoon
From Webmaster's collection


Co A, 29th Battalion, 4th Platoon
  April 17, 1942

 


Courtesy Fletcher Family Archives

Co A, 29th Battalion
  1942

"Tex" Fletcher is seen in this platoon photo of either his training cycle

or one in which he was a cadreman some time in 1942.

 

 

Co C 29th ITB 2nd Platoon
Photo courtesy of C. Del Guidice

Co C, 29th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
  1943

 

 

Co B 29th ITB, June 1945
Photo courtesy of Henry Bamberger

Co B, 29th Battalion
  June 1945

 

 

Co A 30th ITB
Photo courtesy of James Crocker

Co A, 30th Battalion
 mid 1941

Believed to be from around May 1941 and owned by a soldier only know as "Charlie".

This item was obtained along with a worship service bulletin and letter to his wife Nathalie AKA "My Baby Norb".


Co A 30th ITB
Photo courtesy of Steve O'Dell

Co A, 30th Battalion
  October 1944
Private Ralph O'Dell, from Kingston, Missouri is in the back row, holding the guideon up. 

He went on from Camp Croft to serve in the 185th Infantry, 40th Infantry Division, departing the U.S. on 19 October 1944,

returning from Korean occupation duty 5 March 1946, receiving campaign credit for New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon.


Co A 30th ITB
Photo courtesy of Don Condrill

Co A, 30th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
  July 1942
"I have been doing some digging through old photos and found one of me and the 2nd Platoon, A Company, 30th Battalion
taken in July 1942 which I thought you might like to have.  I'm in the front row, fifth from the left.  Our platoon sergeant is
behind my right shoulder.  I do wish I could remember his name, he was a great non-com.  My best buddy during this
machine gun training was John Anderson Dow.  He's in the third row, all the way to the end on the right facing the photo"


Co B, 30th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
Photo courtesy of "Mutt" McCord

Co B, 30th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
From Howard "Mutt" McCord (Cadre Cpl, center seated)



Co B, 30th ITB 1944
Photo courtesy of Warren Watson

 

Co. B, 30th Battalion
June 1944
Ralph E. Watson, Third Row, 5th from left

 



Photo courtesy of son William Hazlett (with additional credit to Vernard Green)

 

2nd Platoon, Co D, 30th Battalion
May 8, 1943

Interesting story. Vernard Green (3rd row, 4th from right) was the first Croft veteran to send us this image back in 2002.

He served as a Machine Gun Sergeant with the 45th Infantry Division in WWII. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Heroism.

During the Korean Conflict, he served with the 808th Military Police at Fort Drum. He retired July 1, 1988 from Carthage (NY) Police Department after 36 years of dedicated service.

 

Then the son of Ed Hazlett (2nd row 4th from the right) send a higher quality image in 2012 that included a reverse view with names of the soldiers.

Ed was discharged in June of 43 and later became the first permanent Fire Chief in the Town of Winthrop, Massachusetts.

 



Photo courtesy of son Michael Atamaniuk

 

1st Platoon, Co D, 30th Battalion
December 1945

My father, Michael N. Atamaniuk is in the front row, second one in from the left.  Dad was from Brattleboro, VT before joining the army on August 14, 1945.

I remember him telling me basic training totaled about 13-14 weeks so if the photo was taken at the end of basic training it would have been sometime in December '45.

 



Co C, 31st ITB
Photo courtesy of Milt Delair

 
Co. C, 31st Battalion, 6th Regiment
April to July 1944


Company D, 31st ITB
Photo courtesy of Thomas Gaffigan


Co. D, 31st Battalion, 2nd Platoon
(Date unknown)

Company C, 32nd ITB, 3rd Platoon
Photo courtesy of Norman Jorgenson, click for larger image

Co. C, 32nd Battalion, 3rd Platoon
May 1942
Private Norman Jorgensen, from Elizabeth, NJ is in the third row, first person on the left (also inset).
He left Camp Croft to serve with Company M of the 111th Infantry Regiment in the
Pacific Theater of Operations, seeing action on the Gilbert, Marshall, and Palau Islands.
Click here for a complete list of names


The Trainees - 1st Platoon, Co. C, 32nd Battalion, 6th Regiment
Photo courtesy of Ron Croft

1st Platoon, Co. C, 32nd Battalion, 6th Regiment
January to May 1945
See also Ron Croft (includes names of some soldiers in this image)




Photo courtesy of Harold Holt

 

  Co. C, 32nd Battalion, 6th Regiment
September 1944 to January 1945
Harold Holt is standing 2nd row from back, 4th man from the left




Photo courtesy of Ed Christmas

 

  Co A, 33rd Battalion
(Date unknown)


 

Copany A, 33rd ITB, 4th Platoon
From Webmaster's collection

 

  Co A, 33rd Battalion, 4th platoon
(Date unknown)

About half these men are from Western North Carolina

 

 

Company B, 33rd ITB
Courtesy of Jerry Price (nephew of Theron Price)

 

  Co B, 33rd Battalion
(1944)

"Theron Durald Price" is located at the second row from the top and fifth from the right.

 




Photo courtesy of Val DePace

 

33rd Battalion, 3rd Platoon
August 1943
See also Valentine "Val" DePace
 

 


Photo courtesy of Walter Gostkowski

 

Co. A, 34th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
1944


Co B, 34th ITB
Photo courtesy of son Mike Torosian

 

Co B, 34th Battalion, 4th Platoon
  June 1942

My father, Leo (Lee) D. Torosian, is in the first row, fifth person from the
right corner.  My father passed away February 16, 1996.  Around 1983, we spent a golfing
week in Myrtle Beach.  During the 6 hour or so drive to Myrtle Beach, my
father started talking about his Army days from the moment my cars tires hit
the pavement [in Fredericksburg, VA] until we arrived at our hotel.

 

 

 

Co B, 34th ITB
Photo courtesy of daughter Gail Heath Pepper

 

Co B, 34th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
  Nov 1944 - Mar 1945

My dad, Walter “Gordon” Heath (he went by Walt while in the service) is in the third row….third from the right.

A good buddy of his, Hummel, is in the second row….fifth one from the left ( next to the Lt.) My dad does not know what

Hummel’s first name was  but would like to make contact with him or his family.  Please contact the webmaster with information.

 

 

Co C, 34th ITB - Feb 1944
Photo courtesy of daughter Donna Genova

 

Co C, 34th Battalion
February 1944

Mario J Genova is circled in the second row. For more on Mario, including an image of the

back of this photo where some of the men autographed it, click here.

 

 

Co D, 34th ITB
Photo courtesy of daughter Lisa Benson

 

Co D, 34th Battalion
Fall 1944

My dad is the first gentleman on the left, holding the flag staff.  He was at Camp Croft in the fall of 1944. 

After his basic training he was stationed in Germany, and then returned to his hometown of Hinton, WV where he still resides today.

 

 


Co B, 35th ITB, 1943
Photo courtesy of Ken Grosjean
 

Co B, 35th Battalion
  Ca. 1943
Ken's father was Cyril Grosjean, 2nd row from the top, second person from the right.
The man to the left of him (3rd from right) is Joe Joniak.
The man 6th from the right is John Aingworth. They were Ken's uncles.


Co B, 35th ITB
Photo courtesy of Rocky Gedaro
 

Co B, 35th Battalion
November 10, 1943 to March 18, 1944
Click here for a list of names

 

 

Co B, 35th ITB
Photo courtesy of Ray Persing

 

Co B, 35th Battalion
  Nov 1944

Raymond A. Persing is in the picture the 2nd row from the back 7th man from the right side (wearing glasses).

Our good friend Karen Holt interviewed Ray in May 2011 and scanned these photos for us.



Co C, 35th ITB
Photo courtesy of Phil Sutphin
 

Co C, 35th Battalion
Ca. 1941 -1944
1st Sergeant Johnnie Sutphin on the left kneeling by the officer in the chair

 

 

Photo courtesy of Joe Garland (see also www.unknownsoldiersmemoir.com)
 

Co C, 35th Battalion (2nd Platoon)
June 22, 1943
Top row, fourth from left, Garland. Seventh from left, Dunleavy.

Fourth row, in front of Garland, Goldfarb, then Furber.

Below Dunleavy in the third row, Dave Goss.

Standing, Corporals Mazurowski (left) and Magnuson (right).

 


Co C, 35th ITB
Photo courtesy of Jim Hennessey
 

Co C, 35th Battalion
July 22, 1944
James Hennessey is standing 8th from left in the 2nd row from back.

36A, Feb 42 to June 42

 

Co A, 36th Battalion
February 1942 to June 1942

 

 

Company B, 36th ITB, 4th Platoon
  From Webmaster's collection

Co B, 36th Battalion, 4th Platoon
Date unknown

 


 

Company B, 36th ITB
  Courtesy of Richmond's son Rick Frederick

Co B, 36th Battalion
September 1944

Richmond S Frederick, second row from the bottom, fifth soldier from right (taller than others).

 

 

Company B, 36th ITB, 4th Platoon
  From Webmaster's collection

Co B, 36th Battalion, 4th Platoon
Date unknown

 

 

Company C, 37th ITB, 3rd Platoon
  From Webmaster's collection

Co C, 36th Battalion
Date Unknown

 

Company C, 37th ITB, 3rd Platoon
Courtesy of Robin Whitehurst

Co C, 36th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
Date Unknown

 

 

Company A, 37th ITB
  From John Foley and daughter Janet Moody

Co A, 37th Battalion, 2nd Platoon
1944
Prominent in this image is John D Foley, born in Canada but living in NY state and a student when inducted into service in May 1944. 

After training at Croft, he went on to earn a CIB for action in the European Theater.

 


Company C, 37th ITB, 3rd Platoon
  From Webmaster's collection

Co C, 37th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
May 1942
Wilburt Wilson Calkins of New York state is seen 4th from right in the 3rd row

 

Company D, 37th ITB
  Photo courtesy of grandson, Sean McPhail

Co D, 37th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
October 1944 - February 1945
"
My grandfather, Bobby Aultman, is on the third row (first row standing) sixth from left.

He was drafted on October 20, 1944 and according to his military file, he was attached

 to Co. D 37th Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Croft from October 25, 1944 through February 17, 1945.

After graduating basic training and going home on leave, he was sent to Europe as a replacement and assigned

to Co. K 343rd Infantry Regiment 86th Division and fought in the Battle of the Ruhr Pocket and in Bavaria and Austria

before the war ended. His division was one of the first two sent home from Europe after the Germans surrendered

to prepare for the invasion of Japan. They were at sea when the Japanese surrendered and were diverted to the Philippines

where they helped round up Japanese stragglers. He was returned home and discharged in May, 1946."

 

 


Company D, 37th ITB, 3rd Platoon
  Photo courtesy of Wilfred Owens

Co D, 37th Battalion, 3rd Platoon
September 1944
Wilfred Owens scan be seen in the center of the first row, directly behind the guideon.

 



  Courtesy of Christopher Davis


Co A, 38th or 39th Battalion, 4th Platoon
Date Unknown

Company "A", of the 4th Platoon (38th or 39th ID...not sure which...) My uncle Raffaele DeRogatis was in this company.

He is the man in glasses, 3rd row from the front, first on the far right. This picture is very cracked and creased and torn. 

My Uncle Raffaele created a scrapbook of his wartime experiences many years ago. He died in the early 1960's and

the book was passed to his brother, my grandfather. When my grandfather passed, I was given the scrapbook.

 

 

 


Courtesy of Ellsworth's son Peter Myers

Co B, 38rd Battalion, 3rd Platoon
December 1944

Ellsworth Meyers is in the third row from the front and third from the right. Upon arrival at Camp Croft, he was assigned to Co. B., 41st Inf.

Then, as one of his letters states, his company was moved to the 38th Infantry Training Building. From then on until he left Camp Croft, he was in Company B of the 38th Infantry.

A letter from Fort Meade in late December says "Co. C 1st Bu 1st Reg. To confuse matters more, his letters from France have a return address of Inf. Co. A 3rd Pl.

While the only letter I have from Germany states "Co. I, 376th Inf. All Dad's paperwork after that lists him as Company I of the 376th.

 

 


Courtesy of Robert E. Lee Gray

Co B, 38rd Battalion
March-April 1945

Robert Gray is in the first row, 3rd from the left

 

 


  From Webmaster's collection

Co D, 38th Battalion, 1st Platoon
December 1944

 

 

 

 


Both images courtesy of Mr. Ed McFarland

Co D, 38th Battalion
About 1944

 

These photos were submitted by a kind benefactor from West Virginia, although none are the soldiers are identified. 

Most interesting is that an accompanying photo shows the cadre of D-38 ITB as well.

 

 

Irving Kolodny
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Huysmans

Co A, 39th Infantry Training Battalion, 4th Platoon
1942
The back of this photo only says "Camp Croft, 1942". A soldier know as "Ralph" is identified and is probably the previous owner of the photo. 

The son of Carl Olie Snyder (32287984) later contacted us and also identified his father in the second row from the front leaning.

 

 


Company B, 39th ITB
Photo courtesy of Madeline Marziotta
 

Co B, 39th Battalion
June 26, 1943


See also Joe Geczi


Company C, 39th ITB
Photo courtesy of Martha Dearybury
 

Co C, 39th Battalion, 1st Platoon
June 26, 1943


Paul R Crocker, 4th from left on top row, was inducted at Fort Jackson (SC) and sent to the camp for basic training. 
He remained at Croft on cadre duty for 6 months and then sent to Okinawa.

 

 

Company C, 39th ITB
Photo courtesy of Dennis Diehl
 

Co C, 39th Battalion
Circa October 1944


Carl E. Diehl is in the third row from the bottom, 9th person from the left.

Carl was afterwards assigned to the 409th Regt., 103rd Infantry Division, K Company, 1st Platoon.

 

 


Photo courtesy of Nicolas Huysmans

Co C, 39th Battalion

date unknown
No other information available, but based on the photographer's numbering and the surroundings, this is likely

a photo taken in October 1944 (see Carl Diehl's photo above). This may be another platoon of the same company.




Photo courtesy of Boyd Gillispie

Co C. 40th Battalion
(Date unknown)

 


 

Co A, 41st Battalion
Photo courtesy of
John J Festa, click on photo for a larger image

 

Co A, 41st Battalion
February to May 1945
Bottom Left: Private Cusak, Norwalk, CT;  Bottom Left first from the left: Private Vincent Deiscala, Westport, CT;

 Bottom left 4th from the left: Private Bako, Bridgeport, CT

John J. Festa is middle row third from the right.  He lives in Norwalk, CT.


 

Co B, 41st Battalion
Photo courtesy of Barbara Geisler

 

Co B, 41st Battalion
September 5 to December 15, 1944
Frederick Goemple, back row, 1st from left; Leonard Kohrnak, back row, 2nd from right;
Allan (Pete) Elliott, 3rd row from front, 2nd from right.

 

 

Co B, 41st Battalion
Photo from http://donmooreswartales.com

 

Co B, 41st Battalion
Late 1945
Lowell McCarty was in this training company that graduated after hostilities ended.

 

 

 



Unit unknown

1944

 

William Miller Group Photo
Photo courtesy of William J Miller

Unit Unknown
December 1945
William Miller Back Row, 5th from right (as marked "me") 

 

 

Irving Kolodny
Photo courtesy of grandson Jason Sobel

Unit Unknown
June 1943
My grandfather, Isador "Irving" Kolodny, is in the 2nd row (from the top), third from the left.

Unfortunately, I don't know too much about my grandfather's service, other than the fact that he fought in the Philippines.

Click on the image for a larger version and click here for the reverse which includes the names of the other soldiers.