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Making Connections - Whatever happened to...? 4th Infantry
US 4th Infantry, 1921-41
We are interested in hearing from any veterans or family members related to U.S. 4th Infantry soldiers stationed at Fort Missoula from 1921 through 1941 - we may be able to match names to our photo collection. - Tate Jones, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History
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18 Sep 2012
Subject: Prisoner Transfer to Fort Benjamin Harrison Documents

Wayne Erwin's uncle looked through some of his military papers and found some orders for prisoner transfer to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana Oct 29 1946.

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11 Sep 2012
Subject: Military Prisoners of Fort Missoula

Wayne Erwin seeks information as to how many military prisoners of the Fort Missoula Northwest Branch Disciplinary Barracks were convicted of desertion prior to incarceration, and the relocation or disposition of prisoners after the Disciplinary Barracks' closure in 1947.

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4 Jul 2009
Subject: Citizens Military Training Camp (CMTC)

Are there any records of the attendees at the Citizens Military Training Camp (CMTC)? Names, hometowns, date of birth, etc?

The photograph of Cadet Robert Coombs taken in 1932 on your web site looks amazingly like my father, see RobertCoombs photo.

I'm not aware of his attending this training, but it could be possible as he did enter the Army as a 2nd Lt in 1939 and made it his career.

Thanks much for your time,
Barry Coombs
Saluda, NC
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CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps
CCC:Does anyone have a family member who was employed in the construction of the Civilian Conservation Corps buildings at Fort Missoula in the 1930s? If so we would like to hear more about them. - Tate Jones, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History Click to Reply
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9 May 2013
Subject: CCC in Miles City

Sirs, I am researching the Civilian Conservation Corp in Miles City. I have project #AX-1 2749. Date established was 8-16-1939. Railroad was Miles City as was the Post Office. The U.S. Range and Livestock Experiment Station was the camp location.

Can you give me jobs (projects) of this camp and photos if possible.

Thank you.

Muriel Rost
1007 S. Stacy
Miles City. Mt. 59301

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10 Mar 2013
Subject: CCC Co. 501 Project YNP-1, Camp Mammoth

My name is Andrew Mizsak, and I am looking for information regarding Co. 501 of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Project YNP-1, Camp Mammoth (at Yellowstone National Park), sometime between mid-to-late 1934 and early 1936. My grandfather was a member of Company 501 and I am trying to find as much information about the CCC as possible.

Thank you so much for any assistance you might be able to render.

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4 Oct 2011
Subject: CCC Avalanche Campground

Hello,
Do you have any information on the CCC at Avalanche Campground (in Glacier National Park) back around the 1930's? Seeking info on Harry James Carey of Old Forge, Pa. Thank you for your help.

Bruce Carey (son)

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14 Aug 2011
Subject: baseball

Hello,
My name is Vanessa Shernock and I am writing my Masters' thesis at Humboldt State University about the development of baseball in the American west between 1900 and 1935. I am writing to ask if you have any info about baseball in the CCC camps during the early 1930s. Photographs or paperwork about uniform/supplies/teams/games/fields would be of tremendous help.

Thank you.
Vanessa

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5 Feb 2011
Subject: Civilian Conservation Corps Camp question

Hello,
My Father, Joseph N. Hobson worked at the CCC Camp at Wolf Point, Montana. Can you refer me to any resource that could help me find out more about that camp, it's people, etc.? I would sure appreciate it as I plan to visit that area soon.

Thank-you.
Joseph G. Hobson

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31 Oct 2009
Subject: Tom L. Whitmer, Boone and McKinley in the CCC camps in Missoula

Hello,

I'm trying to get information, when my father, Tom L. Whitmer from Dawson county,(Bloomfield Montana) and his brothers, Boone and McKinley were in the CCC camps in Missoula. I'm going to guess in 1930. Also Elmer Douglas Lince from Elliston.

Boone and Mckinley were also boxers, and evidently won many matches. All of them were marks men. I would recognize any of them, if you have pictures. Do you have books about the CCC camps. Thank you I live in Idaho now.

Kay Kalidja

Is it true they bought Decent shoes for the men. My Dad Tom, worked in the woods. He later on built a sawmill above Elliston, and shipped logs to Eastern Montana by train and I grew up in a log house. Thank you

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3 Jun 2009
Subject: Ira Raymond Felkey in the 3 C's in Montana

Hello,

I believe my Grandfather, Ira Raymond Felkey was in the 3 C's in Montana. Can you confirm this for me? I have some old photographs and a vague recollection of him saying he was in Montana when I was young.

Montana CCC Corpsmen courtesy of Felkey
Montana CCC
Corpsmen

Thank you for you time & efforts.

Regards.

Richard Raymond Felkey
richfelkey87 @ yahoo.com
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27 Sep 2007
Subject: Re: John Graviano at a tent camp in Montana in April of 1939

John Graviano at the CCC 'tent camp'

Attached is the photo of my father at the CCC "tent camp" in Montana in April of 1939. My father is the one without the hat with the curly hair. This had to have been taken right after he arrived from Missoula. In March 1939 he was still at the camp in Couer d' Alene in Idaho. You can see two large tents in the background. It looks like they are high up in elevation. This is what I know:

  • My father never spoke about the men building any sort of permanent barracks so it sounds like this is where they lived. It may have been one of those camps such that the location would have made it impossible to build any permanent barracks.
  • There was one story he told more than once of having trouble sleeping one night and then he realized that some wolf had come right into the tent. He started checking everyone out and at one point the wolf started to smell my father's feet! My father didn't move an inch, but clenched his knife. Then the wolf left. When my father told the story the next morning everybody jumped out of their socks and yelled at him for not saying anything.
  • Eventually he said he couldn't take the cold any longer at night so he simply walked off of the camp.

I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts as far as where he may have been. My own thoughts/questions:

John Graviano at the CCC 'tent camp' - closeup
  • Would the background in the photo be typical of Dillon or Phillipsburg? Again the records show that both of these camps started in 4/39 so I'm trying to narrow it down. Either one of these may be a good possibility because both were doing "forest projects" which was the same work my father was doing (Co. 3265 F-68) in Idaho.
  • The records from the Co. 3265 camp in Idaho show that there was a major snow storm in that area which is clearly seen in the background of photos taken in 1/39 and 2/39. It sounds like this impeded some of the work that they were doing. So I'm also wondering if that camp was sent to Montana when it came time to re-enroll in April where the men could be put to work?
  • Is there any info on "tent camps" in Montana during the 1939 period?

Regards,
Tony

25 Sep 2007
Subject: John Graviano at a tent camp in Montana in April of 1939

I'm hoping you can help me solve a mystery pertaining to my father, John Graviano.

My father joined the CCC in 10/38 and was assigned to Hayden Creek camp in Couer D' Alene, Idaho (Co. 3265 F-68). He completed his 6 month tenure thru the end of March of 1939. I have a photo which is then dated April, 1939, Montana. In the background you can clearly see my father and another man standing in front of a large tent that is sitting in the middle of the forest. He clearly re-upped for another 6 months and was sent to some tent camp in Montana. My father often spoke of the hardship of living in this tent arrangement and at some point (as the story goes) before this 6 month tenure ended he could not take the cold any longer and so he walked off AWOL. From there he hitched rides with trucks and rode the rails (very dangerous) until he made his way to Chicago and eventually back to NYC.

I am trying to find out which camp location he was at in Montana. It was definitely a tent camp. I looked up the list of all CCC camps in Montana and I have two interesting possibilities:

  • Co. 3281, F-76 in Phillipsburg started in 4/13/1939
  • Co. 4382, F-60 in Dillon started in 4/13/1939

These were both "forest project" camps, appear to have started at the same time as when my father went to Montana and either one could have been a tent camp.

Ultimately, I am trying to gain some insight as to why he walked off and went AWOL. He talked about being in the CCC's for about a year, so it is hard to figure why he would walk off and not just wait the last month or two until he got a free train ticket back home.

Any info that you could provide would be helpful. I am also going to submit my father's paperwork to the government and maybe get some info that way. You can call me at my cell on 908-500-4199.

Regards.

Anthony Graviano
QA Manager
RathGibson (NB)
908-218-1400, ext. 138
TonyGraviano @ rathgibson.com
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USS Missoula
USS Missoula, WW II — Calling all hands!
The Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History is currently engaged in building an exhibit pertaining to the attack transport USS Missoula of WW II. The ship was at the Iwo Jima landing in 1945, and provided the first flag to be flown over Iwo Jima, prior to the taking of the famous Joe Rosenthal photo/Arlington Memorial scene. We are very interested in hearing from any sailors or Marines who served aboard the ship during the war.
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03 Jun 2011
Subject: USS Missoula
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011
From: ssholtz@earthlink.net

Hello my name is Steve Sholtz, retired CPO. My grandfather-in-law, Petty Officer Third Class Norman Moore served on the ship, not sure what dates. I was wondering if you know anyone that served with him? Thanks,

Steve

16 Mar 2011
Subject: USS Missoula 4 Photos from Jim Wood
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011

From: Don Morrison <dmorrison25 @ triad.rr.com>

USS MIssoula
USS MIssoula
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USS Missoula Anti-Aircraft Practice. Ulithi Atoll, May, 1945
USS Missoula Anti-Aircraft Practice.
Ulithi Atoll, May, 1945
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James A Wood in Jeep, Guam. July, 1946
James A Wood in Jeep,
Guam. July, 1946
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James A Wood and ____ Bishofberger. Day 2 at Iwo Jima  Feb 21, 1945
James A Wood and ____ Bishofberger.
Day 2 at Iwo Jima Feb 21, 1945
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3 Mar 2011
Subject: More USS Missoula WWII Photos from James A Wood (4) 3 3 11
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011

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Jim Wood aboard the USS Jupiter
Jim Wood aboard the USS Jupiter,
Nov 27, 1946, Off Peleliu
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Sailors in Blues, Indianapolis Radio School
5 Sailors in Blues, Indianapolis Radio School:
Ryan, Poole, Wood, Unknown, Unknown from Brooklyn
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Sailors in Whites, Subic Bay
6 Sailors in Whites, Subic Bay,
June 1945
Front: Gardner, Laurin, Whitmore
Back: Irons, Wood, Urari
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Sailors/Radiomen in Khakis & T-shirts
6 Sailors/Radiomen in Khakis & T-shirts:
Front: Huesman, Newberry, Laurin
Back: Mahoney, Wood, Berry
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25 Feb 2011
Subject: Requesting Information
From: pasterplumbing @ yahoo.com

Hello,

My name is Ed Paster and I was third class petty officer on the USS Missoula, from commisioning to decommisioning. I wondered if there was a monument for the Missoula that I might be able to get a picture of, or any pictorial information?

I can be reached @ this e-mail and will be checking it regularly.

Thank You

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22 Feb 2011
Subject: USS Missoula WWII Photos belonging to James A Wood, Greensboro, NC

From: dmorrison25 @ triad.rr.com
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:51:49 -0500

The group ship photo is at Ulithi Atoll, May,1945:
Front Row: Whittmore, Irons, Kelly
Back Row: Sanden, Wood, Kelly

James A (Jim) Wood
James A (Jim) Wood
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James A (Jim) Wood
James A (Jim) Wood
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Ship photo at Ulithi Atoll [318 KB]

The group photo on land is at Subic Bay, Luzon, June, 1943.
L to R: Laurence, Everson, Wood, Petoletti, Bishofberger
Sitting is Manuel, Civilian

Ship photo at Ulithi Atoll [650 KB]

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20 Aug 2010
Subject: James A (Jim) Wood

James A (Jim) Wood and grandsons
James A (Jim) Wood and grandsons
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James A (Jim) Wood served aboard the USS Missoula at Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Philippines, and Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered in 1945. Jim is from Brevard, NC and lives in Greensboro, NC

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30 Jun 2008
Subject: USS Missoula ( More Detailed Itinerary During WW2 )

Mr. Jones,
last time I was home, my Dad gave me a more detailed copy of the MISSOULA's Itinerary. It starts from the Keel being layed, to the end of the war when they arrived in San Francisco. This was sent to him by the the former Yeoman on the MISSOULA ( Harry M. Fox ). Also attached is a letter from Mr. Fox trying to put together a reunion. The letter contains some names of former crew members.

USS Missoula - itinerary and timeline
USS_MISS.pdf
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V/R:
William M. Wilson (Bill):
Bill Wilson, SPAWARSYSCEN Charleston, SC:
Submarine Communications Branch, Code: 5532WW:
Voice: 843-218-4928, DSN: 588-4928:
Cell: 843-860-5146, Fax: 843-218-5439:
Msg Pla: SPAWARSYSCEN CHARLESTON SC//532WW

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9 Nov 2007
Subject: USS MISSOULA PICTURES

Attached are pictures and documents from the MISSOULA that my Dad brought home.
Bill

USS Missoula - links to Forum GalleryEditor: This link leads to the collection of images provided by Bill Wilson.

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22 Oct 2007
Subject: Info on USS Missoula (IWO JIMA)

My Dad (William A. Wilson) was a Hospital Corpsman on board the MISSOULA at IWO JIMA. He was in the 2nd wave to hit the beach and transport wounded back to the ship. I am looking for a muster list and the original ships patch. This would mean a lot to him. I hope you can help me. Thanks.
V/R:
William M. Wilson

William M. Wilson
Bill Wilson, SPAWARSYSCEN Charleston, SC
Submarine Communications Branch, Code: 5532WW
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What the Museum needs
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