Shipping Out For The South Pacific

camp claiborne louisiana 1942

Company K of the 164th Infantry Regiment
From Dickinson, North Dakota
Camp Claiborne, Louisiana

uso dance

USO dance in Hermanston, Oregon in February 1942, just before Company K departed for the South Pacific.

Company K of the 164th Infantry Regiment ordered to duty in the Pacific Theater

On March 18, 1942 the members of the 164th Infantry Regiment boarded

the USS President Coolidge bound for Australia.  At Melbourne, Australia,

the regiment changed ships and sailed for New Caledonia.

On May 24, 1942 the 164th Infantry Regiment (North Dakota National Guard),

the 132nd Infantry Regiment (Illinois National Guard)

and the 182nd Infantry Regiment (Massachusetts National Guard)

were organized as the Americal Division.  

The Americal Division was the only unnumbered division in World War II

and the only division to be organized on foreign soil.

guadalcanal map

The Island Of New Caledonia Lies
1200 Miles Off The East Coast  Of Australia. 
This Is Where The Americal Division
Was First Formed.

meal ticket

Bud Boisen Provided This Meal Ticket That He Had Saved From His Trip
On The USS President Coolidge That Had Taken Him And The Rest Of
Company K To Australia.

tents new caledonia

Tents On New Caledonia - Pacific Theater.

pvt jack wolf

Pvt Jack Wolf
In The Pacific Theater, Perhaps On
The Island Of New Caledonia.

sleeping quarters

Hurriedly Built Sleeping Quarters On New Caledonia.

apo post office

Apo Post Office On One Of The Islands, Possibly On New Caledonia.

paper money from new caledonia

This Piece Of Paper Money From New Caledonia Is From The Collection Of Edward Wagner.  Faintly In Ink At The Top Of The Bill,
It Reads, "A.j.z. Aug. 3-42 New Caledonia".  It Probably Was Cut In Half With The Top Part Being Retained By 
Anton "Tony" J. Zastoupil (Pictured) Until After The War When The Halves Of The Bill Were Reunited.

more co k on new caledonia

Folky Johnson, Bud Boisen, Bill Sullivan Tim Sullivan & Ralph Gaugler
New Caledonia

company k soldiers on new caledonia

Back Row: Durwood Goodale
& John Remillong
Front Row: John Gunderson
& Jack Agnew
Company K Soldiers On New Caledonia, 1942.

ralph gaugler and jack agnew

Ralph Gaugler
& Jack Agnew
This Picture Was Taken On
New Caledonia Before Co. K
Was Ordered To Guadalcanal.

ralph gaugler

Ralph Gaugler
Ralph Never Did Explain What
He Was Doing With Half A Dozen
Liquor Bottles On New Caledonia. 
Nearly Sixty Years Later,
He Was Still Smiling.

soldiers on new caledonia

Lester Vanvig, Paul Fischer,
Kermet Schoen, Bud Boisen
& Harry Dolyniuk
Seen Here In A Photo Taken
On New Caledonia.