Photographs of Unidentified Individuals

The following series of photographs, obtained from the collections of members of the 32nd Station Hospital, include individuals who have not been identified.  Since the unit’s personnel often socialized with soldiers from other units (and because some members of the 32nd Station Hospital served with other units themselves), it is also not known with certainty that all the depicted personnel are even members of the 32nd Station Hospital.

The photos are arranged first by which collection they came from.  Within each collection, if there was more than one photo, I attempted to place them in roughly chronological order.

It is my hope that eventually someone who can identify at least some of these men and women will eventually find the website and contact me.  As much information as is known about each picture is included in the caption.  This page will be updated as further photographs are obtained and in the event individuals are identified.

Update: As I hoped, quite a few people in these photos have been identified since this article was first published.  Names listed in green have been identified since the initial publication of this article.  New photos have also been added.

 

Photos from the Annie P. Barone/Thomas J. Hagerty Collection

Barone-Clowning
Annie P. Barone clowning around with an unidentified compatriot.  It is unknown if it was taken stateside or overseas. (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Unk-Barone-Milligan
This photo was taken at the 32nd Station Hospital compound in Caserta, Italy in 1944 or 1945.  Annie P. Barone is at center and Ruby Milligan at right.  The nurse at left is unidentified. (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Unknown-Annie-32nd-Caserta
Annie P. Barone and an unidentified enlisted man at the 32nd Station Hospital compound in Caserta in 1944 or 1945 (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
L-R--DK,-Ann-Hagerty,-DK-001
Annie P. Barone with two unidentified enlisted men, likely taken in Caserta.  Note the man on the right is wearing the North African Theatre of Operations patch, worn on most 32nd Station Hospital uniforms (and apparently other Peninsular Base Section units’) in Italy.  (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Hagerty-Barone-Maybe-Graham
Thomas J. Hagerty is on the left and Annie Barone at center. “2nd Lieutenant Stuart Graham?” is penciled in on the back of the photograph, but the face doesn’t look quite right.  Graham’s grandson concurs that the photo depicts someone else. (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)

After this article was originally published, one of Annie and Thomas Hagerty’s daughters sent me a set of 32 Kodachrome slides from the war.  Many were taken during the wedding on June 14, 1945.  Others were presumably but not definitely taken around the same time.  Although most needed some digital restoration to repair damage to the original transparencies, most had remarkably vivid colors without any need for enhancement.  Here are some slides with unidentified individuals:

Hagerty-&-Barone-Slides-High-Resolution019
An unidentified soldier standing in the 32nd Station Hospital compound in Caserta, with the headquarters building in the background at center right.  He appears to be wearing some sort of medical branch insignia, but his rank is unclear.  He is also wearing the North African Theatre of Operations patch on his left shoulder, which was worn by members of the 32nd Station Hospital along with other Peninsular Base Section personnel in Italy. (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Hagerty-&-Barone-Slides-High-Resolution-color-cast-corrected-014
An unidentified man standing at what looks to be the entrance to a ward building in Caserta, Italy (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Hagerty-&-Barone-Slides-High-Resolution021
Presumably taken in Italy, it must have been taken no later than March 1945. From left to right: Unknown, Annie P. Barone, Ruby Milligan, unknown, unknown (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Hagerty-&-Barone-Slides-High-Resolution009-enhanced
Taken on June 14, 1945 in Caserta, the Barone-Hagerty wedding party is on the left: 1st Lieutenant Evelyn H. Wilson, 1st Lieutenant Herman C. Needles, 1st Lieutenant Annie P. Barone (Hagerty), and Chief Warrant Officer Thomas J. Hagerty.  Annie’s uncle Francisco Barone is in civilian clothes sixth from the right.  All other individuals in the slide are unidentified. (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)
Hagerty-&-Barone-Slides-High-Resolution-023-Retouched
This slide also has the wedding party in the left foreground (Wilson, Needles, Barone, and Hagerty).  The man in the center near the building looks like Colonel Harold L. Goss.  The chaplain at far right is presumably Captain William V. O’Connor.  I consider it likely but by no means confirmed that one of the nurses in the background is 1st Lieutenant Angela A. Carone. (Courtesy of the Hagerty Family)

 

Photos from the Velma Drolet (Byrne) Collection

Velma Drolet 1
This intriguing group photo was probably taken in Italy c. 1944.  The only identified individuals are Velma Drolet (standing, far left) and Catherine Houlihan (standing third from the right). The men appear to be from an unknown infantry unit. The circumstances by which the photo came to be taken are unclear, since the nurses are in dress uniforms and the background doesn’t look like the hospital compound in Caserta; it’s unclear if the nurses were on a temporary duty assignment or on leave somewhere. (Courtesy of the Byrne Family)
Velma-Drolet-2
Apparently taken at the same time as the previous photo, it depicts Drolet (far right) and Houlihan (second from right) with an unidentified third nurse and an unidentified colonel (Courtesy of the Byrne Family)

 

Photo from the Gayland Hagelshaw Collection

Hagelshaw-Caserta-Visit-with-Zimet
The photo was apparently taken during a visit by Lieutenant Colonel Hagelshaw to his old unit, now located in Caserta, Italy, most likely between February and April 1944.  The only identified individual in the photo is Major Ralph Zimet (center, a friend of Dr. Hagelshaw’s).  It is unknown if the captain on the left was a member of the 32nd Station Hospital, but the enlisted man on the right cleaning one of the unit’s ambulances presumably was. (Courtesy of the Hagelshaw Family)

 

Photo from the Phyllis Hansen (Powers) Collection

Hansen-Friend-Portrait
This portrait of a U.S. Army nurse from the Phyllis Hansen collection only has “me” written on the back.  Hansen’s son told me it wasn’t his mother, so it was presumably one of her friends.  It is not known whether this nurse was a member of the 32nd Station Hospital or rather another unit Hansen served with like the 16th Evacuation Hospital. (Courtesy of the Powers Family)

 

Photos from the Hank Knitter Collection

Knitter-4th-(others-unidentified)
The only identified individual in this photo is Hank Knitter (center, smiling at camera with what looks like a baseball glove).  I suspect the photo was taken in Italy in 1944 or 1945, but that’s not confirmed. (Courtesy of the Knitter Family)
Knitter-Photos-Capri
Hank Knitter is on the left with an unknown soldier wearing technician fourth grade rank in this photo taken in 1944 or 1945.  Oddly enough, the photo is captioned “The four who went to Capri.” (Courtesy of the Knitter Family)
Inside-Colosseum
A portrait of an unknown sergeant inside the Colosseum in Rome (Courtesy of the Knitter Family)

 

Photos from the Dwight A. McNelly Collection

McNellyFruechtel
Presumably taken in Caserta, Italy in early 1944, McNelly wrote only one name, [Lila] Fruechtel, on the back of this photo, the woman at right.  The woman at left is unidentified.(Dwight McNelly and Dorothy Eggers Collection. Courtesy of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library)
McNelly-Unk-Nurse-and-Fruechtel
Dated March 1944 and taken at the 32nd Station Hospital compound in Caserta, Italy, 1st Lieutenant Fruechtel is at right.  McNelly only identified the woman on the left as “First nurse I worked for in N.A.” (Dwight McNelly and Dorothy Eggers Collection. Courtesy of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library)

 

Photos from the Eleanor O’Leary (Klimbal) Collection

O'Leary-Caserta-1
Eleanor O’Leary (left) with an unidentified nurse posing at the 32nd Station Hospital compound in Caserta Italy in 1944 or 1945.  O’Leary was five feet (152 cm) tall, so the unidentified nurse is a bit taller than that. (Courtesy of the Klimbal Family)
O'Leary-Pompeii
O’Leary is on the left with an unidentified woman in Pompeii in an undated photo (presumably taken from late December 1943 through early 1945). (Courtesy of the Klimbal Family)
O'Leary-Fountain
O’Leary is on the right with an unidentified nurse at left, presumably taken in Italy sometime in 1944. (Courtesy of the Klimbal Family)
O'Leary-group-photo-large
A photo of largely unidentified nurses and soldiers, date and location unknown.  O’Leary looks like she might be ninth from the left.  Update: Stella Rhodes’s great-niece identified her as the woman in the front row standing at far left (wearing sunglasses).  (Courtesy of the Klimbal Family)

 

Photos from the Ruby Milligan (Hills) Collection

Ruby-Milligan-Photos-043-Washburn-wedding-enhanced
A group of personnel (mostly nurses but also some officers and at least one Red Cross civilian) admiring the wedding party after the Cecelia Washburn married Leverne Holt Lincoln on May 10, 1944.  Although no identifications are confirmed at this time, among the onlookers (front group of women, left to right), it appears Claire LaBonne is at far left, Dorothy Racicot is fifth from left (with her hand on her jaw, between two other nurses with their hands up), Eleanor O’Leary is tenth from left, and Joan Taaffe is twelfth from left (with O’Leary and Taaffe flanking the Red Cross worker with the camera around her neck).  Click here for a larger view. (Courtesy of the Hills Family)
32nd-NursesReunion-1-Enhanced
Group photo of a 32nd Station Hospital nurses’ reunion at the Dogwood Room, almost certainly taken in October 1948.  Standing (left to right): Unknown, Ruth Donovan, unknown, Ruby Milligan (Hills), unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Rose Straley, unknown, Peggy Anne Smith, Lena Sottolano (unconfirmed), Alice Griffin (Feeney).  Seated: Unknown, unknown, Lexie Miller (Hazlett) (unconfirmed), Eleanor O’Leary (Klimbal), Mary Gallagher (Hickey), unknown, Stella Rhodes, Joan Taaffe (unconfirmed), Frances Rubin (Mann), unknown, unknown, Catherine Houlihan, Jane Neely (Bryan), Myra Zink.  A larger version can be viewed here. (Courtesy of the Hills Family)

Of the 27 nurses in the above photo, 20 signed a sheet accompanying the photo in the Ruby Milligan Collection.  The following nurses are known to have attended but have not been identified in the photo above: Elizabeth McGaulley (Mohar), Cora Williams, Elizabeth Brooks (Upright), Marion Huckins, Dorothy Wittman, Rita Moore (Harold), Esther Work.

 

Photos from the Herman Needles Collection

Needles-Tlemcen-2--Front-Service-Club
Dated March 8, 1943, this photo was captioned: “Four officers of the 32nd. Station Hospital at service club, to get some peanut butter and crackers and lemonade.”  The only identified individual so far is Captain George R. Lee, standing second from the right.  (Courtesy of the Needles Family)
Needles-Tlemcen-2--Off-Limits-Cafe
A somewhat blurry photo which Needles captioned: “Group of Medical Officers of the 32nd. Sta. Hosp. (Having dinner at a off limits cafe, late one nite.)”  The only positively identified officer is the man standing at center, Dr. William A. Carey, Jr.  (Courtesy of the Needles Family)

 

Photos from the Frances Rubin (Mann) Collection

Rubin-12-ping-pong
Captioned “‘A’ Bldg Chow table May ’43”, the personnel (and/or patients) in this photograph are unidentified.  Apparently it was a dual use table for ping pong and meals! (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-9-June-1943-at-the-villa
Captioned “June ’43 at the Villa” on the back, this photo looks like it features a D.U.K.W.  From left to right: Frances Rubin, unknown, Joan Taaffe, unknown (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-15-Outside-Red-Cross
Captioned “A few of the girls and myself in front of the Red Cross”, it is unclear where specifically or when the picture was taken but my best guess is 1943 or early 1944.  From left to right (not including the child): Unknown, Frances Rubin, unknown, Dorothy Racicot (unconfirmed), unknown, Esther Work (unconfirmed). (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-6-Florence
Labeled “Florence” on the back, this photo (if front of a C-47?) was likely taken at the same time as the following photograph, in 1944.  From left to right: Elizabeth Brooks (unconfirmed), Joan Taaffe, Francis Rubin, unknown (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-26
Labeled “Florence Airport ’44” on the back, this photo was presumably taken at the same time as the last.  From left to right: Unknown lieutenant, Frances Rubin, Elizabeth Brooks (unconfirmed), Joan Taaffe (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-17
Captioned “September – Taken in our recreation hall”, this photo was presumably taken in Caserta in September 1944.  From left to right: Mary T. Gallagher, Frances Rubin, Dr. Philip Opper (unconfirmed), unknown, Joan Taaffe. (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-2
The location and date of this photo is unknown.  From left to right: Unknown, unknown, Frances Rubin, Joan Taaffe, unknown (Courtesy of the Mann Family)
Rubin-7
An intriguing group photo with no details written on the back.  From left to right: Joan Taaffe, unknown, unknown, unknown (kneeling), Frances Rubin, unknown, unknown. (Courtesy of the Mann Family)

 

Photos/Film Stills from the Robert Silverman Collection

22-pipe-by-the-lake
Dr. Robert Silverman (right) with an unidentified lieutenant, probably at Lake Tholocco, Alabama in October 1942 (Robert Silverman 8 mm Film)
RobertSilvermanUnk
Dr. Robert Silverman (left) with 1st Lieutenant Joseph Dolgin in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1943 (Robert Silverman 8 mm Film)
UnkOfficer3ProbAlgeria
An unknown 1st or 2nd lieutenant, most likely photographed in the garden of the Hotel Transatlantique (officers’ billet) in Tlemcen, Algeria sometime during 1943 (Robert Silverman Collection)
UnkOfficer2ProbAlgeria
An unknown officer, probably taken in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1943.  He appears to have a caduceus badge on his left collar, signifying that he is part of a medical branch, but his rank is unclear (Robert Silverman Collection)
Set-1-Photo-7-Unk-Name-&-Loc-Enhanced
Unidentified 1st or 2nd lieutenant, most likely taken in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1943 (Robert Silverman Collection)
Set-1-Photo-4-Unk-Name-&-Loc-Award-or-Promotion-Enhanced
Appears to be a colonel and two other soldiers during an award or promotion ceremony in Algeria, 1943.  The rank of the soldier at center is unclear, but the man at left appears to a 1st or 2nd lieutenant. (Robert Silverman Collection)
Dental-Clinic-Photo
Unidentified soldiers standing outside of the 32nd Station Hospital Dental Clinic in Tlemcen, Algeria sometime in 1943.  Presumably these are the enlisted men assigned to the Dental Section there.  (Robert Silverman Collection)
Oct 1943 Wedding Tea Party
Photo of a tea party before the Wessel-Benichou wedding in Tlemcen, Algeria at the Hotel Transatlantique garden, October 1943.  Dr. Isadore Wessel is third from the right (including the man in shadow mostly obscured second from the right) and Florence Benichou fourth from the right.  2nd Lieutenant Frances Rubin is the nurse at center apparently doubled over in laughter. 2nd Lieutenant Herman C. Needles might be the man third from the right (holding a drink in his right hand), but this identification is not confirmed.  The other five individuals are also unidentified.  (Robert Silverman Collection)
Unk&Vinsant
Also from the tea party before Dr. Wessel’s wedding, Dr. Joseph Dolgin (left) with Dr. Lowell Vinsant (Robert Silverman 8 mm Film)
PossWeinerUnkNurseUnkDocVinsant
At the tea party (actually it seems alcohol rather than tea was flowing quite freely), from left to right: Dr. Irving Weiner (probably but not confirmed), unknown, Dr. Joseph Dolgin, Dr. Lowell Vinsant (Robert Silverman 8 mm Film)
RSUnkNurseUnkDocLee
At the tea party.  From left to right: Dr. Robert Silverman, unknown, Dr. Joseph Dolgin, Dr. George Lee (Robert Silverman 8 mm Film)
Ravello-Italy-May-1944
Group photo in Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi Drive in May 1944. So far, the only identified individuals in this photo are Captain Robert Silverman (standing second from left, unfortunately with the top of his head cut off) and Major Isadore Wessel (standing third from left). (Robert Silverman Collection)
Robert-Silverman-Monte-Cassino-June-1944
A group of unidentified personnel at the ruins of Monte Cassino in a photograph dated June 1944 (Robert Silverman Collection)
Jan-13-1945-Party-Large
Group photo from the 32nd Station Hospital’s January 13, 1945 party in the unit’s officers’ club in Caserta, which celebrated two years overseas.  Seated from left to right: Unknown officer wearing Transportation Corps insignia, probably Joan Taaffe, Morris Weiss, Eleanor O’Leary, unknown, Dr. Robert Silverman, unknown, Dr. George Lee, unknown, likely Mary Gill (but may be another dietician). The identities of the men standing in the background are unclear but the one on the left is likely Colonel Harold Goss (Robert Silverman Collection)

 

Photos from the Irving Weiner Collection

Dr-Weiner-Stateside-with-Linn-and-poss-Lee-enhanced-retouched
A photo most likely taken during training at Camp Rucker, Alabama or Fort Benning, Georgia.  Dr. Weiner left Camp Pickett, Virginia to join the 32nd Station Hospital at Camp Rucker no sooner than August 7, 1942 with a report-by date of August 12, so it could not have been taken any sooner than around that time.  From left to right: 1st Lieutenant William A. Carey, Jr., 1st Lieutenant Louis Linn, unknown (kneeling), Captain George R. Lee, 1st Lieutenant Irving S. Weiner, unknown (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Dr-Weiner-Stateside-with-Linn-&-Carey-enhanced
Another stateside training photo. From left to right: 1st Lieutenant Louis Linn, 1st Lieutenant Irving S. Weiner, unknown, 1st Lieutenant William A. Carey, Jr., unknown (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-075-32nd-Group-Prob-Stateside
A group of 32nd Station Hospital officers, probably but not definitely taken during stateside training in 1942. Standing (from left to right): Unknown, Dr. Robert Silverman, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Dr. Candler Willis, unknown, Dr. William A. Carey, Jr., Dr. Isadore Wessel. Kneeling (from left to right): Dr. Landon Timberlake (unconfirmed), Dr. Louis Linn (unconfirmed).  If that is indeed Dr. Linn, the photo could not have been taken any later than mid-1943.  Click here for a larger view. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-017-group
This photo from the Africa section of Dr. Weiner’s album is captioned “waiting in The chow line.”  Dr. Weiner is at far left; the other four men are unidentified. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-008-enlisted-group
This appears to be a group of mainly N.C.O.s taken on a street in Algeria sometime in 1943.  It seems doubtful that the man on the left in the helmet is a member of the unit.  Click here for a larger view.  (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-014-nurse-group
Dr. Irving Weiner with at least four of the unit’s nurses outside the dental clinic in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1943.  From left to right: Unknown, Eleanor O’Leary, unknown, Dr. Irving S. Weiner, Dorothy Mowbray, unknown.  It’s unclear who the woman in civilian clothes is; she may even be a local French civilian. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Loose-Photos008-Prob-Algeria
Probably taken in Algeria, 1st Lieutenant Irving Weiner (left) with an unidentified officer.  Update: Dr. Joseph Dolgin‘s son advised that the man on the right is likely but not definitely his father. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-024-beach-group
A group of enlisted men, presumably but not definitely from the 32nd Station Hospital, apparently enjoying a visit to the beach in Algeria sometime in 1943.  Click here for a larger view. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-011-roomie
I’m very glad to know the man on the right was Dr. Weiner’s roommate at the Hotel Transatlantique in Tlemcen, Algeria, but I would like to know what his name was!  Update: Dr. William A. Carey, Jr.‘s son identified his father as the roommate in question.  Dr. Weiner is in the center, while the captain on the left looks like Dr. James Gilbert Eblen.  (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Robert-Silverman-and-unk-prob-Algeria-small064
A group of lieutenants, probably taken in the garden of the Hotel Transatlantique in Tlemcen, Algeria between February and October 1943.  My grandfather Robert Silverman is at far right; the other three men are unidentified (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-083-poss-not-Shindell
This captain, photographed in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1943, resembles Dr. Earl Shindell. However, his great-nephew advised me that he does not believe the photograph depicts Dr. Shindell. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-085-Weiner-and-unk
Dr. Weiner with an unidentified lieutenant, presumably taken in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1943 (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-024-prob-Algeria-unknown
An unknown lieutenant, probably taken in Algeria.  He appears to be wearing some sort of medical insignia. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-024-Algeria-Morocco-border
1st Lieutenant Weiner with an unidentified technical sergeant at the Algerian-Moroccan border sometime in 1943.  It’s unknown why the sergeant is pointing to Tunis. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)

The following series of photos were probably taken in Tlemcen, Algeria (likely in the garden of the Hotel Transatlantique) in the second half of 1943.  It is unclear if they were taken at the same time or not.  Dr. Weiner is a captain by this time; it is unknown when exactly he was promoted, but my grandfather, who entered the service at the same time, was promoted to captain on November 3, 1943.  It is unknown if all four photos were taken at the same time, though it seems very likely that at least the first three were.  Since everyone is in their dress uniforms, they were presumably taken at a ceremony or other special occasion, but it is unknown what that would be.

Weiner-Album-016-Officers-Outside-Hotel-Transatlantique
A group of officers outside the 32nd Station Hospital officers’ billet in 1943 at the Hotel Transatlantique.  The only identified individual is Chaplain John B. Shearer (fifth from the right).  Click here for a larger view. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-016-Group-By-Gate
A group of 32nd Station Hospital personnel looking towards the main gate of the Hotel Transatlantique.  Captain Weiner is second from the right.  Chaplain O’Connor may be second from left.  Click here for a larger view. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-012-Group-Shot
Captain Weiner is standing second from the left; all other individuals in the photograph are unidentified (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-012-Group-Shot-2
Dr. Weiner and three unidentified nurses, likely taken at the same time as the previous photo (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-010-Group-Shot
Dr. Weiner (standing second from left) and unidentified group (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-010-Group-Shot-2
Group of nurses, presumably from the 32nd Station Hospital.  The only confirmed identifications are Ruby Milligan (fourth from left), Ina Bean (third from the right) and Annie Barone (second from the right).  The woman forth from the right resembles a newspaper photo (paywall) of Mamie Uprichard and the sixth from the right resembles Dorothy Racicot, but those identifications are not confirmed.  A larger view can be seen here. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-010-Group-Shot-3
Alice Griffin may be the smiling nurse in the background center whose face is partially blocked by an unidentified nurse in the foreground. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Nurses-Hotel-Transatlantique
Taken at the Hotel Transatlantique in Tlemcen, Algeria sometime in 1943. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-Snow-Tlemcen-prob-with-Phyllis-Hansen-at-right-retouched-cropped
Dr. Irving Weiner (center) in Tlemcen after a snowstorm hit around Thanksgiving 1943.  The woman on the right is almost certainly Phyllis Hansen, but the woman at left is unidentified.  Update: Rose Straley‘s nephew advised he believes she is the woman on the left.  (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-025-roommate-prob-Goat-Hill
Captain Weiner (left) with an unidentified lieutenant, identified as his roommate in Africa prior to departing for Italy.  It was probably taken at Goat Hill in December 1943. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-029-Italy-Roommate
Captain Weiner (right) in Caserta, Italy in 1944 with a captain identified in the caption only as his roommate.  This may be the same man as in the previous picture (after a promotion).  Interestingly, he appears to be a chaplain.  Is it Chaplain William V. O’Connor without his glasses or might it be Darius O. Blaisdell?  O’Connor and Weiner were known to be friends, possibly bonding over their shared love of baseball.  Also, O’Connor was promoted from 1st lieutenant to captain soon after the unit arrived in Caserta.  (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Loose-Photos-015-unknown-captain
An unidentified captain on the grounds of the 32nd Station Hospital compound in Caserta, Italy. It was probably taken in early 1944.  Possibly the same man as in the previous photograph. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-031-Sharkey,-Roomate-&-Friends
This somewhat damaged photo was captioned, “Sharkey, roommate & friends”. It appears to have been taken outside Ward 24 in Caserta, but all are unidentified except for Dr. Weiner (second from the right), though the man second from the left resembles Chaplain William V. O’Connor.  I’m not aware of any 32nd Station Hospital officer who went by the nickname “Sharkey”; I’m probably grasping at straws, but Dr. Carl Tryggvi was the son of a fisherman who emigrated from Iceland… (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Loose-Photos-Red-Sox
The only photograph uncovered so far with anyone from the baseball team wearing apparel that actually says Red Sox on it.  It is likely Bruno Motyka, who was one of only two members of the team wearing glasses in the 1945 team photo, the other being labeled “Grill”, first name unknown.  Update: Gus Arkontaky‘s son identified this man as his father. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-032-baseball
Update: Gus Arkontaky‘s son identified the batter as his father.  The catcher is likely Bruno Motyka. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-034-catcher
This photograph most likely depicts Bruno Motyka, who was one of the unit’s two catchers as of 1944 and who was wearing glasses in the 1945 team photograph, but that is not confirmed. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-032-baseball-dugout
Players sitting in what is presumably the 32nd Station Hospital Red Sox dugout in Caserta, Italy sometime in 1944 (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-033-by-dugout
Two men outside the dugout (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-033-dugout
View from the dugout back towards the main hospital compound in Caserta, Italy (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-034-MAJ-or-LTCs
Two men wearing major or lieutenant colonel rank, likely watching a baseball game (since it is on the same page of the album with three other baseball photos).  If members of the unit during 1944, the most likely candidates are Major William D. McElroy, Major Marlin W. Carlson, Major Robert O.Y. Warren, and Lieutenant Colonel John F. Simon. (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)
Weiner-Album-035-Paying-off-the-umpire!!!
Captain Weiner with two unidentified men, which raises an interesting question of where the umpire came from for these games…supplied by the U.S. Army to avoid loyalty to any one team? (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)

The following five photographs were almost certainly aken in Caserta, Italy and presumably but not definitely depict members of the 32nd Station Hospital Red Sox.  Major Ralph Zimet is visible in the background of the last photo (with the mustached batter).

Weiner-Album-071-action-shotWeiner-Album-072-about-to-throwWeiner-Album-072-two-playersWeiner-Album-073-baseballWeiner-Album-074-batter-up

Dr-Weiner-Collection-Baseball-Team
A 7th Inning Stretch team photo of the 32nd Station Hospital Red Sox in Caserta, presumably in the spring or summer of 1944. From left to right, back row: Hank Knitter (unconfirmed), unknown, unknown, John Pollock. Middle row: Unknown, Dr. Irving Weiner, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown. Front row: Thomas J. Hagerty, unknown, unknown, Dr. Ralph Zimet.  Click here for a larger view.  (Courtesy of the Weiner Family)

 

Photo from the Ralph Zimet Collection

Zimet-Group
Taken in Caserta, Italy sometime in 1944, the only identified person in this photograph is Major Ralph Zimet (front row, second from the left).  The others may be enlisted personnel from the Surgical Service, but that’s just speculation on my part. (Courtesy of the Zimet Family)

Contact me

Last Updated August 19, 2019

One thought on “Photographs of Unidentified Individuals

  1. Lowell, photo of 3 officers with red lettering on it. Man of far right is my Father. Camp Rucker photos of 5 officers, first on left is my Father as well. Tom

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s