The regiment's first publishing venture was a four-page mimeographed weekly news sheet.  Like the succession of increasingly ambitious publications which have succeeded it, this was a product of the men themselves.  At Camp McCoy, with Pfc. Don Anthony assigned to publications on the Special Service staff, the Minuteman puffed out its chest, dandied itself up with a roto-picture section to become the smartest regimental newspaper in the Division.  When the 304th was alerted for overseas movement, Pfc. Anthony and the group of men who produced the Minuteman prepared a brochure of the regiment's training history which was presented to the men of the regiment as a remembrance to send home before leaving the States.

Again, on the Brazil, Don Anthony was the editor of the ship's newspaper, Onaway.  And when the regiment settled down to its temporary mission in Altenburg, the Minuteman returned, now as a twelve-page periodical.  Edited by Pfc. Lawrence Alexander, Sgt. Robert Ashcraft and Pfc. John Kelly, the new Minuteman drew on graphic arts men from the regiment, with Sgt. Frank Favata, Pfc. Albert Sutton and Pfc. Lawrence Gasparino as typographers, and Pfc. Bernard Rosenberg as photographer.

Meanwhile, the regiment started work on a comprehensive history of its activities through two wars, the product of which is seen within the covers of this book.  Every unit of the regiment, from the regimental staff down to the smallest company group delved into memory and journals and records to assemble material.  At Regimental Headquarters, Capt. Hill, as editor assisted by 1st Lt. Robert Conrad and Pfc. Anthony, gathered around him a staff of writers, artists and technical men.  Writers included S/Sgt. Pierre Marique, Jr., Pvt. Kenneth Obrecht, and T/5 John Carlson. T/4 Frank Knapp, who had been busy sketching action scenes through the combat period, was now joined by artists S/Sgt. William Byford-Brown and Pfc. Manuel Seliz. Sgt. Frank Favata handled typographical problems.  Scores of other men made individual contributions of time and talent.

One might say that a great bulk of the "labor" in this monumental work was performed in the town of Altenburg.  (It is certainly true that Frank Favata, for example, will never hear that name without a strong feeling of nostalgia for the printing plant of Pierer'sche Hofbuchdruckerei Stephan Geibel & Co.)  The main difficulty in accomplishing anything definitive and final was the question of the constantly changing panorama and personnel. Captains Hill and Cultra were transferred. Lt. Conrad was transferred. T/5 John Carlson was transferred.  The Regiment was transferred--from Altenburg to Konradsreuth and Oberkotzau.  Capt. Michael Cridlebaugh was assigned to the section.  Lt. Orin Jennings was added.  And now new printing arrangements were in order.  All the work that had been done along these lines back at Altenburg was, substantially, lost. Sgt. Frank Favata heaved a sigh and set to work again.

The story of the ups and downs of the "history section" is too much like a "lament" to be reprinted here in full.  In the course of its journeyings up and down Germany its experiences have been varied and many.   At Oberkotzau Capt. Leslie Coates replaced Capt. Cridlebaugh.  Out of all the original staff were left Knapp, Obrecht, Favata and Marique as well as the two officers.  Their final locale was Ansbach, in the vicinity of Nürnberg.  But that, of course, is as of this writing--today.  What the picture may be tomorrow is another story altogether.

der Stadt

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" Zigaretten? --  Schokolade? -- Kauen gumme? -- Bon-bon? " --

the new national song!  This was not the first place where it was heard but is probable that years from now the ghost echoes of it will still float in odd nooks and corners of its streets and winding alley-ways.  The Castle--the churches--the old cobbled streets-the park-the Bahnhof-the DP camps--Windischleuba and the house where Munchhausen was born--who will ever forget historic old Altenburg?



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