A Few New Photos: Can Anyone Identify?

Posted: January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the past few days, we have had the fun of seeing photos sent to us from some of the children of the men. Linda Campbell sent this one, the only photo she could find, of her father, Roland Unangst, and five others:

Courtyard, Albro Castle, May 1944: Back row, Roland Unangst, Lt. Errington, Sgt. Dickerson. Front row, Gene Karl, Constantino Navarra, Ed Ostertag

Courtyard, Albro Castle, May 1944: Back row, Roland Unangst, Lt. Errington, Sgt. Dickerson. Front row, Gene Karl, Constantino Navarra, Ed Ostertag

Then Charlie Ottea sent a bunch, of which several were duplicates of ones in my father’s collection (and already posted in the photos page of this website), which goes to prove that the unit had several photographers and many prints were made and shared. Here are the ones we haven’t seen before, and–other than those with Matthew Ottea in them–we need help identifying the faces; click on the photos to enlarge them:

Possibly Normandy, Hill 192; men unknown

Possibly Normandy, Hill 192; men unknown

Ottea far left; where is this and who are they?

On railing: Matt Ottea, Lavergne Stanhaus, Joe Sedlacek, Seated, Leo DeLaGarza, unknown, taken in Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1943, probably while the men were based at Camp A.P. Hill, VA

The prize: Ottea is third from left; others?

The prize: Ottea is third from left; others?

The above photo brings to mind a story my father told, and I now wonder if this is the very Nazi flag in his story. He said once the 111th was in Germany, after the war was over, they had found a large Nazi flag. He folded it up and shipped home to his parents in San Antonio. When it arrived weeks later, his mother opened up the package to find a very moldy, stinky flag. Of course, she did what any sensible woman would have done, and that was to hang it out on her clothesline to air out. The reaction of her neighbors was predictable. Later, Dad said, he gave it to the Witte Museum in San Antonio. Wonder if they still have it?

“111th Road Test”; Johnson, top left, joking around; McGowan bottom right

Camp Shiloh, Canada; Ottea is third from left

Camp Shiloh, Canada; Raisler, DeLaGarza, Ottea, Sedlacek

Ottea on right; could this be the Cerisy Forest, Normandy?

Matt Ottea on right; Joe Sedlacek, center. Camp A.P. Hill, VA, 1943

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Comments
  1. Kay McAnally says:

    Fabulous photos! I’ll bet when you visit Albro Castle next there will be a few of these pics hanging on the wall!

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