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[ AUTHOR: Bob Searl ] MY GALLERIES OF ALBUM PHOTOS of WWII MEMORIES.......... The US Army 56th Signal Battalion was activated at Fort Jackson, SC in January 1941. The unit was complemented with a group of 460 peacetime Selective Service Draftees from the reception Centers at Camp Dix, NJ and Camp Upton, NY. The period of service originally was to be for one year in accordance with existing governmental regulations. On December 7, 1941 the action at Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war, the one year period of service was extended. In June of 1942 the Battalion left Fort Jackson for the NY overseas staging area and sailed aboard the troopship SS Argentina in Naval convoy from the New York Port of Embarkation on July 1, 1942. The convoy arrived at Greenock, Scotland on July 12, 1942 after an anxious and treacherous voyage across the enemy submarine infested North Atlantic. After 2 years spent in the United Kingdom engaged in training and establishing a Communications Network during the build-up of the Allied Forces, the unit was prepared for the US First Army assault upon the Continent of Europe. On June 6, 1944, elements of the Battalion landed on Easy Red, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France with the US Army Fifth Corps. The 1944-45 winter Ardennes campaign proved the most trying test for the 56th Signal Battalion. Enemy shelling on all wire axis, mud, sleet and snow and impossible travel conditions required herculean efforts to keep communications functioning. At the end of hostilities on May 8, 1945 the Battalion, as part of the Third US Army Forces, had reached Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Awarded Army Unit Commendation Medal, Battle Star Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and Initial Assault Bronze Service Arrowhead - Combat Days - 335, Combat Road Miles - 1305 from Normandy Beach on D-Day ..............................CLICK EACH GALLERY PICTURE BELOW FOR PHOTOGRAPHS IN THAT GALLERY. = THEN CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE FOR BETTER VIEWING AND PHOTO DESCRIPTION CAPTIONS =
Gallery #1 = WWII Before Pearl Harbor - May 1941
:: Gallery #1 = WWII Before Pearl Harbor - May 1941 ::
Gallery #2 = WW II Overseas in July 1942 - Troopship SS Argentina
:: Gallery #2 = WW II Overseas in July 1942 - Troopship SS Argentina ::
Gallery #3 = WW II Training -  England 1943-44
:: Gallery #3 = WW II Training - England 1943-44 ::
Gallery #4 = WW II   DDay  Normandy & Across Europe  1944-45
:: Gallery #4 = WW II DDay Normandy & Across Europe 1944-45 ::
Gallery #5 = WW II  GI's All Aboard !!!! Starting the long Journey back to the USA.  June 1945
:: Gallery #5 = WW II GI's All Aboard !!!! Starting the long Journey back to the USA. June 1945 ::
Gallery #6  WWII Photos provided by my comrades 1941- 45
:: Gallery #6 WWII Photos provided by my comrades 1941- 45 ::
Gallery #7=My 2004 revisit to Normandy & Beyond After 60 Years
:: Gallery #7=My 2004 revisit to Normandy & Beyond After 60 Years ::
Gallery #8 - Bob Searl  WWII Veteran Re-Boots at  Fort Gordon, GA - 2006
:: Gallery #8 - Bob Searl WWII Veteran Re-Boots at Fort Gordon, GA - 2006 ::
 Gallery  #9 - Bob Searl Revisits Normandy May 2006
::  Gallery #9 - Bob Searl Revisits Normandy May 2006 ::
Gallery #10 -       WWII Medals & Awards 56th Sig Bn        US Army
:: Gallery #10 - WWII Medals & Awards 56th Sig Bn US Army ::
Gallery #11 - Comrades of  the 56th Signal Battalion in WWII - Europe
:: Gallery #11 - Comrades of the 56th Signal Battalion in WWII - Europe ::