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Camp Croft, South Carolina
US Army Infantry Replacement Training Center
Plotkin in front of
the 32nd ITB Recreation Hall at Camp Croft
born Philip Plotkin came to America in 1930, settling in New York City
(Brooklyn) and worked as a commercial artist and illustrator. He was
drafted into service on 9 July 1941 and inducted at Camp Upton, NY
before being sent to Camp Croft
for basic training where he remained as part of the 32nd ITB
headquarters detachment until late 1943. While at Croft, Philip
was an "entertainment specialist" which included editing two of the
camp newspapers, "The 26th Div.
Daily," and "The 32nd Informer," as well as running the 32nd's
recreation hall. He also painted murals for the rec hall and
officer's quarters. After Croft, he was sent overseas with the
116th Infantry Division where, according to his discharge
papers, he fought in Normandy, North France, and the Rhineland.
[Webmaster's note: The 116th, part of the 29th Division (the
"Blue and Gray") was a D-Day spearhead force when Operation Overlord
commenced with the invasion of Europe.] He was
discharged at Fort Dix, NJ on 28 September 1945. After
service Philip resumed his career in graphic arts and passed away in
Thanks to his son, Elliot Plotkin, for submitting this
at "Rec" Hall, Camp Croft, 1942.
Mural at "Rec" Hall
(described in article below)
at Camp from unidentified source.
that appeared in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Dec. 21, 1941.
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Illustration entitled "Keep 'em Frying"
from the 32nd Battalion newsletter
which also appeared in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal,
Feb. 11, 1942.