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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Technician 5th Grade H. F. Jensen

Technician 5th Grade H. F. Jensen

My father, taken about four and a half months before his division, the 84th Infantry, embarked for Europe. The 84th entered combat in November 1944 and fought in three campaigns until V-E Day. T5 Jensen ended the war as a Master Sergeant and earned the Bronze Star. View full size.

Cute smile and tipped cap

I'll bet your father turned quite a few girls' heads with that cute grin! I'm glad he survived those three campaigns.

This picture reminds me that I recently asked my dad why they used to wear their caps tipped to the right. He said he didn't really know why, but that when he enlisted, in 1945, he was taught to wear his cover tipped to the right, but after he had gone to college and gone back in as an officer, he was taught to wear his cover straight on. I guess that was back when people were more willing to do something because someone in a position of authority said to, rather than insisting on knowing why!

 
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