Found this interesting photograph today from the 111th FS, Texas Air National Guard - Yes, that is Leslie Nielsen of “Airplane” fame. The officer in the center in the flight suit with the 1000 hours patch is Lt. Colonel Jerry B “Killer” Killian. Photo probably dates to the late 1960’s early 1970’s. Leslie Nielsen served in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the end of WWII.

Found this interesting photograph today from the 111th FS, Texas Air National Guard - Yes, that is Leslie Nielsen of “Airplane” fame. The officer in the center in the flight suit with the 1000 hours patch is Lt. Colonel Jerry B “Killer” Killian. Photo probably dates to the late 1960’s early 1970’s. Leslie Nielsen served in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the end of WWII.

T-PATCH- THE SYMBOL OF THE 36TH INFANTRY DIVISION- EARLY VERSIONS

The distinctive insignia which represents the 36th Infantry Division is called the “T-Patch”. It was first approved  by the military on November 12, 1918 but not adopted by the 36th until January 16, 1919.

Here is a scan of the  original drawing submitted to the National Archives

The original T-Patch was very irregular as noted above in the original submission, there was not a standard design. The museum has many original WWI era T-Patches in the collection and they show the variety of designs being used by the 36th Infantry Division during 1919 and the early 1920′s  The design began to be standardized between WWI and WWII in the 1920′s and 1930′s.  As can be seen in the  picture at the top of this post. The T-Patch on the right of the top  picture is the one which would be used from 1940 through 1968 when the 36th Infantry Division was replaced with the 49th Armored Division. When the 36th Infantry Division was reflagged in 2004, the T-Patch was brought back and is worn by our soldiers today.

Corporal Charles E “Commando” Kelly interview from the National Archives recording of the 5th Mobile Army Expeditionary Station broadcast from March 21, 1944. The slideshow was put together by the museum and features our images as well as one from Kelly’s book “One Man Army”

We’ve put together another slideshow to go with one of the tracks from the 5th Army Mobile American Expeditionary Station program with the 36th Infantry Division done in the spring of 1944. Audio is from the National Archives record, slideshow is from museum images. Next track to get a slideshow will be the interview with Commando Kelly.

Just put on loan to the museum: a pair of M1842 Single Shot Smoothbore Pistols made by Henry Aston and Company. One is 1849 dated and one 1851 dated and both were US military issue. With a .54 caliber paper cartridge; this model was used from the mid 1840s through about 1862. They have a swivel ramrod which allows you to ram the paper cartridge in the barrel and not loose the ramrod. These pistols were often carried by Cavalry and officers.

Just put on loan to the museum: a pair of M1842 Single Shot Smoothbore Pistols made by Henry Aston and Company. One is 1849 dated and one 1851 dated and both were US military issue. With a .54 caliber paper cartridge; this model was used from the mid 1840s through about 1862. They have a swivel ramrod which allows you to ram the paper cartridge in the barrel and not loose the ramrod. These pistols were often carried by Cavalry and officers.

Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, YOU MAY ALL GO TO HELL AND I WILL GO TO TEXAS.
David Crockett— November 1835— after he lost his congressional campaign to Adam Huntsman. Crockett died defending the Alamo 4 months later in March 1836.

Only Three Men Left:
I found these documents in the files some time ago but there was no information about the author. I recently discovered that the man who wrote this moving piece was General William H. Wilbur, a Medal of Honor Recipient who served with the 36th Division through the Italian campaign. The events take place in early Feb. 1944 after the disastrous Rapido River battle and difficult mountain fighting.

The son of a WWII 36th Division soldier, has been very gracious in sharing all the documents which he received from the National Archives. There is a wealth of important information in the scans but this list caught my eye. It is an account of weapons lost and recovered by the 36th ID in June 1944. You will note that there were 249 M1 Carbines lost and only 30 recovered. Lost can be lost as in can…'t find, or lost as in destroyed. On the flip side there were only 67 M1 Rifles lost but 333 recovered for a gain of 266 rifles. I am sure the other US units who lost those 266 M1's we gained were not happy that we ended up with them instead.  There is a great story in General Fred Walker’s book “From Texas to Rome” where he talks about another US unit stealing the 36th Division’s observation planes from the warehouse in North Africa and how he sent one of his soldiers to steal them back.
The son of a WWII 36th Division soldier, has been very gracious in sharing all the documents which he received from the National Archives. There is a wealth of important information in the scans but this list caught my eye. It is an account of weapons lost and recovered by the 36th ID in June 1944. You will note that there were 249 M1 Carbines lost and only 30 recovered. Lost can be lost as in can't find, or lost as in destroyed. On the flip side there were only 67 M1 Rifles lost but 333 recovered for a gain of 266 rifles. I am sure the other US units who lost those 266 M1's we gained were not happy that we ended up with them instead.

There is a great story in General Fred Walker’s book “From Texas to Rome” where he talks about another US unit stealing the 36th Division’s observation planes from the warehouse in North Africa and how he sent one of his soldiers to steal them back.
From the collection- Texas Proud-M1 Abrams tank- probably taken during annual training at Ft. Hood in the 1990’s.  This photograph highlights one of the biggest problems for archivists and museums- Record information about your photographs! write in on the back of the print or if they are digital files give them a descriptive name. Otherwise we are left trying to figure out what we can based on clues in the picture.

From the collection- Texas Proud-M1 Abrams tank- probably taken during annual training at Ft. Hood in the 1990’s.

This photograph highlights one of the biggest problems for archivists and museums- Record information about your photographs! write in on the back of the print or if they are digital files give them a descriptive name. Otherwise we are left trying to figure out what we can based on clues in the picture.

A hand painted silk Christmas greeting which was given to General Walker in 1942 by Pvt. Pablo Bernal with Company E, 141st Inf. 
pg. 138 From Texas to Rome by General Walker : ” Private First Class Pablo F. Bernal, Co. E, 141st Infantry, of Waco Texas , presented to me an artistic Christmas greeting he had done in crowded barracks under very difficult conditions. It is a framed nativity scene pained on a piece of 12 x14 light gray satin. He gave a lot of his time to making this Christmas gift and I greatly appreciate it.”

A hand painted silk Christmas greeting which was given to General Walker in 1942 by Pvt. Pablo Bernal with Company E, 141st Inf.

pg. 138 From Texas to Rome by General Walker : ” Private First Class Pablo F. Bernal, Co. E, 141st Infantry, of Waco Texas , presented to me an artistic Christmas greeting he had done in crowded barracks under very difficult conditions. It is a framed nativity scene pained on a piece of 12 x14 light gray satin. He gave a lot of his time to making this Christmas gift and I greatly appreciate it.”