Here is the Army Signal Corps Official Photo of I-347...
The caption reads:
"On the way to LaRoche"
This is "I" Company of the 347th Infantry.
Actually the Group did not get to La Roche, but entered fighting in the
Ardennes at Moircy, Belgium.
Shown receiving food in his mess kit is John Olson of Arlington Hieghts, IL.
He is the immediate Past Commander of the 87th Infantry Division Association.
These men just received the newly isssued galoshes seen over their combat boots.
Mal Grant placed the 347th Regimental Crest in the lower corner.
submitted by John McAuliffe; M-347
This is letter sent to Army HQ by John McAuliffe
describing photo and giving information about it:
For your information I have enclosed the famous and popular photo found in most Army History books related to the 'Battle of the Bulge'....Unfortunately most books do not give credit to the photo and identify it. The photo is of I-Company, 347th Inf.; 87th Inf. Div. It is an Army Siganl Corps photo with the caption,
"On the road to La Roche".....Unfortunately the unit did not go to La Roche but went into action in January 1945at Moircy,Tillet, Bonnerue in Belgium. The unit arrives here to get the new issue of galoshes as seen in the photo. The soldier with carbine over shoulder receiving his portion is John Olson of Arlington Heights, ILL and still lives there. Other soldiers are identified. Tom Hewlet with the forlorn eyes died early after the war, but his son Tom Hewlett and wife Pat attend the 87th Div. Assoc. Reunions as does Olson and his wife.The Company Commander of I-Company, 347 Inf. was and still is Captain Ray E.Miles, who lives in Richmond, VA.
I am sending you this information for your observation and possiblity for your Headquarters to properly identify this photo for posterity.
My qualifications are that I am a former member of M-347; 87th Inf. Div WW-II. I am the Past Commander of the 87th Inf. Div. Association; I am current Vice Pres. of Chapters for the National Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Inc; I am current Pres. of the Cent. Mass. Chapt.-22;VBOB....
This photo tells a lot; Just look at it ; examine it and from the clothing and the surrounding snow draped fir trees, one may get an inkling of what it was like in the ARDENNES CAMPAIGN during WW-II.
John E. McAuliffe
" Included in this potograph is my grandfather, William Corriveau, back row looking to the left with his face covered and the BAR hanging on his shoulder. As I understand it, this was his squad. I too have an original DOD print of this picture that sits proudly in my office."
This photo can be found in many WWII books.
It was the first photo I put in our family tribute book about our Uncle Mel.
To discover that he served in the 87th Infantry Division, and now to know this photo is of men from the same Division, makes the photo a very emotional one for me.
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