The mission of the 65th Infantry Division Association is to preserve the legacy and heritage of the experiences of the men who served in this might Division. Here you'll find a collection of stories, images and memorabilia shared by veterans and their families.
Since our Legacy Membership formation, families have come forward to share the scrapbooks, stories and memorabilia representing the story of 65th Infantry Veterans.
We've gathered these "Family Stories" into a digital library collection that you'll find alphabetized below.
Video interviews of American veterans submitted to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.
We've collected links to each of the interviews that have been submitted.
HELP WANTED! We would like volunteers to listen to the interviews and give us a typed synopsis of topics, details, etc. Email the web team for more information.
This page highlights the videos posted on various websites of interviews with 65th Infantry Division Veterans.
Includes link to Veterans History Project and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Photos and stories on this site have been shared by veterans and their families. If you wish to utilize ANY of them, you must request permission from the owner. Contact our SOCIAL MEDIA team to facilitate that request.
Share stories of your 65th Infantry Veteran and your photo albums and scrapbooks.
No worries, send us those updates!
And...have the rest of the family add theirs.
We're volunteers and sometimes things get busy after you share your disc of photos or we scan your album at reunions.
Here's our process so that you know why it isn't always a quick process...
First, we either scan or receive digital collections. Items must be organized and often renamed in a way that is best for our website and web platform. Then, they must be downloaded into the website, labeled and captioned. Every single picture must have a tag word and captions. Finally, we update the index of veterans named with any names/units listed so that others can review and all are cross-referenced.
All of that said...WE LOVE WHAT WE DO! The Social Media Team is passionate about our jobs with the Association and are thrilled that we've had such good reception for the website and sharing of digital materials, stories and photos.
See adjustments that need to be made on the collections?
Faces you recognize?
Reach out to the web team!
Single Image Veteran Gallery
John F Amm, 260C
Louis S Amonson, 259th Cannon
Cedric S Baldwin, 259E
Emil F Beck, 259HQ3
William I Blanchfield
Herman Bowers, 261L3bn
Luther B Breeden, 261st
William Burke, 261Med
Raymond G Cammaroto, 259K
Raymond E Culp, 261E
Beningno N Diaz, 261E
John A Dorso, 259L
Charlie M Dunnam, 261st
Irvin Dvorak, 261Med
Herbert P Giorgio, 261HQ2 A&P Platoon
John P Gronski, 868B
Maynard Hanson, 565th Signal
James M Harrigan, 261A
Ronald W Hinkle, 261D
John H Hohenstein, 260K
Stanley W Hojnacki, 260C
Fred Kohl, 259K
Elmer Krou Jr
John B Law, 259E
Edmund F Lewis, 259L
Ronald E Locke, 265A
Tom Mahovlich, 867A
Charles Manausa, 259H
Norvin D McClure, 265HQ
Lionel L McNeill, 261st
Fred "Bill" P Miller, 259K
Chester C Monti Jr, 261 Med
E Richard Neuhart, 260HQ1
Arthur M Newell, 260B
A Felder Phillips Jr, 261HQ
Seymour A Pratt, 261HQ I&R
Gerald Clifford Ratcliff, 260HQ
Hugo J Renzetti, 259L
William J Roberts Jr, 261HQ
Edward Schroeder, 259F
William B Sharp, 259F
Charles K Shively, Unit Unknown
Morton Snow, 259L
Daniel C Stamer, MP Platoon
Jesse G Taylor, 259C
Edward J Vitale, 259th
Edwin D Waite, 260L
Carl F Walker, 259A
Milton L Wind, 261F
Hobert Yazell, 260F
Have items you'd like to share with us?
Please contact your web team to coordinate. We'll coach you through digital preservation.
Once shared with the web team, we'll copy them to our Association Historian for further preservation.
Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to sharing photos with us.
PLEASE NOTE: The process of getting photos onto the website takes a little while. We have to sort them, rename each photo for appropriate searching within the web platform, copy any picture notes you've shared and then import each photo one by one with all the correct information. On average once we start the album it takes a week or longer, depending on the time we can devote and size of the album. There may be several albums pending or other Association items that are pending prior to your submission.
As always, we THANK YOU for your sharing of albums, photos, digital memorabilia and stories. It all contributes to the preservation and education of the legacy of the 65th Infantry Division.
Every veteran had a unique story. Share the history and stories of your 65th Infantry Veteran for our print publication "THE HALBERT". Send your submission to our Halbert Editors.
Our Facebook page was introduced in 2014 and the social media team keeps things active and interesting. You'll find historical articles, highlights and facts about the 65th Infantry Division heritage. You'll also be able to engage with other 65th families.
There is sometimes confusion about the 65th Infantry Division versus the 65th Infantry Regiment.
It's pretty easy...the 65th Infantry Regiment has a very long history of serving through several wars. During WWII, they served in the Pacific Theater rather than the European Theater, where the 65th Infantry Division served.
We all start at a different spot. Some of us were lucky enough to grow up with our 65th Infantry Division veteran sharing stories, photos and memories. Others lost their veteran when they were very young. Either way, there are usually questions that there are not answers for and stories we want to unfold.
The 65th Infantry Division website is packed full of history, stories and photo albums. You can pore through it and learn a lot. Want more? When the book store comes back online, you can order any of the many books written and collected by veterans themselves.
Our first recommendations include utilizing online resources...
Useful links regarding the preservation of your family history:
Sites from the National Archives have some great tips for preservation. Click here
and, for WWII archives. Click here
NOTE: You may be told (or have been told) that your family records burned in the infamous St. Louis records fire at the St. Louis National Archives. While that is certainly true, there have been thousands of records that were saved, but still burnt. Over the last several years, as preservation techniques have advanced, those records are being restored, though some only partially. Our recommendation is to request every few years. You might just be surprised!
A free site, FamilySearch, to compile your family history, do research and great resources for digitizing and protecting your family history. As with Ancestry, once you begin to populate your family history FamilySearch will send you hints about records in their files and they are digitizing records at a rapid pace. Click here
Useful links to begin your research:
Step 1: Ask your family members for memories, photos and any personal letters or mementos of your 65th Infantry Division soldier.
Step 2: After recreating as much family history as possible, contact the National Archives and Records Administration at www.archives.gov
Understand that this process may take multiple requests. If, at all possible, go in person to make the request. Otherwise, it may take a while for a response. Records "pulls" take a while and come sometimes come back with "no records" or "records were destroyed" as there was a fire some years ago at the facility where personnel files were stored. HOWEVER, some family members have reported that after multiple requests they finally received records.
Step 3: If the Archives record search and online record search becomes unsuccessful, you may need to get creative. Search local newspaper files for the hometown of your veteran. Request different types of records. For instance, request General Orders, citations or activity reports that you know your veteran was involved in.
You can also hire a professional Genealogist. One company, Golden Arrow, has a reputation for military history research and is featured on the National Archives website, but there are others.
COME TO A REUNION!!
Read all the materials that you can find from the bookstore of the association. Take time to look at other family members photos. You may find your veteran's face in them and can share their stories.
Do you have tips or helpful hints for researching military history for a 65th veteran? Please share what worked, what didn't and what you found.
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