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2d Infantry Brigade
1960-63, Fort Devens, Massachusetts

(Under Construction) 1.70

 The 2d Infantry Bde was not assigned to any Division in 1960 when I got transferred to its only tank company. It was commanded by a Brigadier General. Later, the brigade was assigned to the 5th Infantry Division at Colorado but remained at Ft. Devens. For field excises, the brigade trained either at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, or for brigade-size exercises, at Camp Drum, in Upper New York. In the summer time, the unit was heavily involved in training ROTC.
 After only few weeks in the tank company (M48 and M60 tanks) I volunteered for special duty as a life guard for the beach at Mirror Lake from Jun '60 until the end of the season in October.

 In the evenings I worked at the Post Crafts Shop as photo instructor. When Bde HQ, Information Office, looked for a photographer/writer I applied, was accepted and assigned on a special duty basis.
 This period was the most satisfying and productive period of my military life --- covering news events, taking and developing photos, writing and publishing newspaper articles.

We lived in a small apartment in nearby Shirley until on-post housing became available later.

Fort Devens has been closed as a military installation since the 80s.

 

(1) 5-inch howitzer during night firing at Camp Drum is illuminating the night

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(2) Winter training of 2d Bde troops in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

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(3) Muddy tank road at Ft Devens

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(4) Tank training using search lights at night

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(5) On assignment with White House Press pass to cover arrival of President Kennedy at Newport, RI

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(6) Jackie Kennedy at Newport, RI

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(7) President Kennedy welcomes the president of Pakistan upon his arrival at Newport, RI. Soldier of 2d Inf Bde served as the honor guards for the event
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(8) President Eisenhower and the first lady Mamie at the AUSA Convention at Washington 1962

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(9) A photo montage I made that was given to BG Stilwell upon his departure from the 2d Inf Bde

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(10) Enjoying my special duty as a life guard at Mirror Lake
(11) Brigadier General Stilwell, then of Commander of 2d Inf Bde. Stilwell later perished on a flight to Asia. The plane was never found
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(12) The beach at Mirror Lake was the favorite swimming hole for many during the hot days of summer

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(13) BG Stilwell, up to his waist in water, helps the infantrymen off the landing craft during amphibious training at Little Creek, VA

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(14) Soldiers of the 2d Inf Bde storm the beaches during amphibious training at Little Creek, VA

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(15) Opening holiday gifts with son Steven

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(16) The picturesque Old Mill restaurant near Fitchburg. I won $300 as the first prize in its contest with this shot.

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(17) I won 1st Place in the Scenic Category of the All-Army Photo Contest in '62

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(18) Teaching photography at the Photo Craft Shop -- with my 4x5" Linhof Super Technica

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(19) Having fun with son Steven during a baby photography session

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