76th Infantry Division

Major General N. R. Schmidt
Division Commander

Colonel F. A. Woolfley
Assistant Division Commander

Colonel G. S. Eyster
Chief of Staff


76th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)

Captain R. D. Mansfield
Troop Commander

1st Lieutenant T. C. Stone
Executive Officer

2nd: Lieutenant G. B. English
Asst. Motor Officer

2nd Lieutenant L. J. Rainey
Liaison Officer

2nd Lieutenant J. B, Jett
Communications Officer and S-3

2nd Lieuten~nt C. T. Closson
Motor Officer

2nd Lieutenant J. R. Powell
Asst. Liaison Officer

1st Lieutenant L. W. Heidemann


To-day you have become a member of the 76th Cavalry Recon- naissance Troop (Mechanized) of the 76th Infantry Division, You should be both proud and happy about this fact since the 76th Div- ision, the famous "Liberty Bell Division", js not only one of the finest Divisions in the Army to-day, but it was one of the most out- standing Divisions during World War I. Your Troop. although it has been activated only a short time, has achieved a high record in all of its many undertakings.

The Reconnaissance Troop is one of the Special Units assigned to an Infantry Division. It has been said that the Reconnaissance Troop is the "eyes' and ears" of the Division. Its primary mission is that of reconnaissance. By the word "reconnaissance" is meant, the obtaining of information about the enemy, terrain, and road net; and the transmitting of this information to higher headquarters where it can be used in making a strategic or tactical decision.

Now just a word about the Troop organization. This will help you orient yourself in any one of the several specialist jobs that you may be assigned to do. The organization is comprised of a troop headquarters and three reconnaissance platoons. Each reconnaissance platoon contains an 81-mm mortar squad, a pioneer and demolition squad, and two reconnaissance sections T'he Troop Commander is assisted in his command functions by an Executive Officer; a Liaison Officer, or S-2, and a First Sergeant. Each of the three reconnaissance platoons is commanded by a Platoon Leader who is assisted in tho operations of the platoon by a Platoon Sergeant. The motor maintenance section is commanded by a Motor Officer who is assisted by a Motor Sergeant. The communications section is under the control of a Communications Officer and Communications Sergeant.


On a succeeding page you will find a map of the Troop area showing the different buildings and their use. You will note that in addition to the barracks, the day room, the orderly room, the mess hall and the arms room, we have a recreation hall, a post exchange, a chapel, and a theater in our area. In the post exchange, during the hours of 1500 to 2200. you can purchase almost any article you desire for your personal comfort. At the MacArthur Chapel, Catholic Mass is ce1ebrated on Sunday morning at 0900 and Protestant Services are conducted at 1000. The Chapel is open at all times for prayer and meditation and the Chaplain's services are available to the men of the organization every day. The motion picture theatre in the area has two shows each night. The admission charge is fifteen cents. At the troop recreation hall there are facilities for almost every indoor sport.

Each barracks has a bulletin board just inside of the door, make it a practice to read the content of the bulletin board several times each day. On it will be posted various troop and guard details as well as announcements as to the uniform and equipment to be worn on different occasions. You will note that the information that is to remain permanently on the bulletin board is on the left and the daily announcements are posted on the right. Now that you have become a member of the Troop or "team", and have a new home, you will want to become acquainted with the other members of your" team", the men who are to be your friends and comrades, both when the going is easy and when the going gets rough. The personnel of this troop are from various walks of life and the sooner we learn to know each other and the sooner we enter into the "team spirit" the sooner we will have a Troop or a "team" of which every member may be proud. Pride in an organization is essential to its success--that pride must become greater as each day goes by and as the organization achieves greater success in al1 its undertakings. This can be attained only when every member of the organization is giving his very best and bending his every effort toward such a goal. Soldier--do your part.



I'm Oota, ski yummier from Norway, brought up on lute fisk and sill.
I come to New York to find me some vork: I think I go Vest right avay.
I hop on a train for Ft. Lewis, to fight for the U.S.A.
I yoin up the Mountain Battalion, and here I think I vil1 stay.

I'm OoIa, they all call me Oola, I don't know how they got hold of my name.
I never told any dem fellers, but they call me Oola yust the same.

2nd verse
Each day and each night at Ft. Lewis, yee viz how it would rain,
And if it vould keep up this veather, I never go skiing again.
At last ve go up to the Mountain, She's one doggone place you should see.
The moment I get there I'm happy, I go out and yump on my skis.

3rd verse
At last ve climb up to Panorama: I point my skis down from the top.
Yoo goodness, but how I get moving; I think that I never would stop.
I wonder my heart is still beating, as off of a cornice I schuss.
I bail out at Edith Creek Basin, and landed ker plunk on my puss.

4th verse
Each Sat. night at the mountain, ve go to the Paradise Inn.
I think that I'm back home in Norvay, it's the best doggone place I've been.
The woman are wery enticing; vat I have in mind is a sin.
But yust as I get set and ready, the O.D. does always walk in.


I was a barmaid in a mountain inn.
There I learned the wages and miseries of sin,
Along carne a ski Trooper, fresh from off the slopes,
He's the one who ruined me and shattered all my hopes--

Singing ninety pounds of Rucksack, a pound of grub or two,
He will schuss the mountain like his daddy used to do.
He asked me for a candle to light his wav to bed,
He asked for a kerchief to cover up his head,
And I like a foolish maid thinking it no harm,
Climbed into the skiers bed to keep the skier warm.

Early in the morning before the break of day,
He handed me a five spot and with it he did say,
Take this my darling for the damage I have done.
If you have a daughter bounce her on your knee,
If you have a son send the basterd out to ski.

The moral of the story as you can plainly see,
Is never trust a skier an inch above your knee,
I trusted one and now look at me,
I have a bastered in the Mountain Cavalry.

Taken 1942 at Ft. Meade with our Scout Car. Al Manti and Bob Geberth
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Radio Field Exercise, Ft. Meade, 1942
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Recon Troop, Camp Sidnaw, MI, Ski training
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Recon Troop, Camp Sidnaw, MI, Ski training
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Tent City, A.P. Hill, 1943
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Tent City, A.P. Hill, 1943
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Remains of one of our M8's after being hit by German 88 - Wittich, Germany, 1945
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Remains of one of our M8's after being hit by German 88 - Wittich, Germany, 1945
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