THE BLUE BATTALION


 


THE BLUE BATTALION


 

 

-- -- --- determined -- -- -- and fierce -- -- -- 
bulldog tenacity -- -- -- heart of a lion -- -- 
-- -- -- -- -- bloody but unbowed -- -- -- -- --

 


MECKEL          GILZEM          ORENHOFEN          PLATTEN          NOVIAND          MARING


WEHLEN          BOPPARD          STRUTH          MÜHLHAUSEN          ALTENBURG


 


 

LT. COL. ARNOLD T. BARBER, O. R. C.
Commanding Officer

Native of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  1933 to 1937, University of North Dakota.  Commissioned 2nd Lt., Infantry, Reserve in June 1937; served under Thomason Act, Company I, 4th Infantry, Ft. Lincoln, North Dakota.  July 1937 to June 1938.  July 1938--August 1940 Company Commander in Minnesota C.C.C. District.  Subsenquently assigned at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to Co. K, 17th Infantry which joined 7th Division September 1940.  Served as platoon leader and Commanding Officer April 1942; joined 76th Division class conducted at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Reported to Division, May 1942 at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland; assigned S-1 and Headquarters Company Commanding 
Officer of 2nd Battalion.  Attended Advanced Infantry Officer's Training School, Ft. Benning, Georgia: Decemver 1942--March 1943. 

Has served as Commanding Officer Cannon Company, 2nd Battalion S-3, 2nd Battalion Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion Commanding Officer, Regimental S-3, 3rd Battalion Executive Officer.  Assumed command 3rd Battalion, July 1, 1944 to present.  (No particular nickname.  Know for thoroughness, efficiency and solitude for welfare of men.)  Married.  Catholic.  Hobbies: philately.  Postwar plans: Army career.


 

3RD BATTALION STAFF OFFICERS

Sitting: Capt. Don Hickman, Lt. Col. Arnold Barber, Capt. Ralph Metz;
Standing: 1st Lt. Harley Dickerman, Capt. Robert Freeland, 2nd Lt. John Beaulieu


 

 


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