Ralph in the Philippines and Felix in Austria 65 years ago this month

LSM 34Arrow points to LSM 34. Ralph wrote that this was practice exercise for the landings in the Philippines.

(U.S. Navy photographer/Public domain image.)

According to my late father-in-law, Ralph E. Robinson, on Landing Ship Medium 34 this is a photo of a practice exercise for the landings in the Philippines.

Navsource.org states this is a photo of the unloading of troops and supplies on White Beach at Leyte in the Philippines.

No matter which this is, this photo is an excellent illustration of what Ralph  continued to do 65 years ago this month: delivering supplies to troops in the Philippines and training with the Army for the invasion of Japan tentatively scheduled for as early as  September, 1945, in about three months.


Felix in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria, 1945Felix A. Cizewski in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria, sometime between about May 9 and July 15, 1945.

(Photo from the collection of Felix A. Cizewski © 2010 The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. May not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission.)

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Felix continued to tour along the German-Austria border. He visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria probably at the same time he visited Hitler’s nearby Eagle’s Nest.

Men with sufficient service where being transferred to other units for return to the United States. Men without enough service for discharge were being transferred to the 45th Infantry Division from other units.

The 45th may not yet have been informed if they would continue on occupation duty or would be transferred to the Pacific and the war with Japan.


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