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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Ice Skating: 1944

Ice Skating: 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. The servicemen and servicewomen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ, "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Erica Schweizerhof Hotel: 1944

Erica Schweizerhof Hotel: 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at Lake Lugano, Italy. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. And on the same trip, on same Lake, a ski outing, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Servicemen Ski Outing: 1944

Servicemen Ski Outing: 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time in the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Park Hotel Alpenhof: 1944

Park Hotel Alpenhof: 1944

R&R in Italy and Switzerland, ADSEC Servicemen, April 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. And on the same trip, on same Lake, a ski outing, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof, in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Lake Lugano: 1944

Lake Lugano: 1944

R&R in Italy, ADSEC Servicemen, April 1944. Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, R&R time at Lake Lugano, Italy. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film).

Memorial Plaque: 1953

Memorial Plaque: 1953

“The name of Paul Hohnstreiter probably doesn’t mean much to most Pantagraph readers. Some will recall reading about someone with a name like that figuring in an auto accident. Some may know that he was pictured in the paper recently in a police uniform. Those who follow such things know that he died of injuries received in that automobile crash.”

“But Paul Hohnstreiter, 39-year-old police chief of Minier, made a great contribution to the youth of his community in his short life. He devoted his full time to crime prevention by becoming a friend and leader of the children of the Minier community. Mr. Hohnstreiter organized swimming groups and for several years took busloads of Minier children to Bloomington, Delavan and Pekin for water sports. He organized the school patrol. He sponsored an annual police ball and used the proceeds to take patrol boys to sports events ‘and to entertain them and their parents. He was a mainstay in the whole community recreation program. He was active in Boy Scout work, serving as a troop committeeman. He sponsored safety meetings for youth and adults.”

Christmas Recovery: 1955

Christmas Recovery: 1955

The gift-unwrapping frenzy past, and despite his being nearly crowded out of the frame, my father seems to be finding serenity by returning to normal daily routine, i.e. reading in his leather chair. Usually it would be the daily papers, but note the reserve stock of various publications overflowing the magazine rack. The tree and its environs can be seen pre-frenzy here in a post I made ten years ago. This shot was taken by my sister on 2-1/4-square transparency film. (Guess which of the discernible presents is obviously mine?) View full size.

Pacolet Mills

Pacolet Mills

Inside Pacolet Mills in Spartanburg County, SC.

 
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