Training for WWII

Company K Answers The Call!!!

On February 12th, 1941, members of the 164th Infantry Regiment boarded

trains to travel to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana for the purposes of training

and to add "fillers" to bring the regiment up to full strength. 

Through the rest of 1941, the regiment continued it's training

and received further replacements.

company k officers 1942


Officers of Company K, Dickinson, ND (1941):

Front Row left to right: 2Lt Dayle Flegel, Cpt Ben Northridge, 1Lt Harold Crook, 2Lt John Crawford

Back Row left to right: 2Lt Laroy Baird, 2Lt Robert Baird, 2Lt Paul Ebeltoft, 2Lt Ted Steckler

camp claiborne location

Camp Claiborne was located in the Kisatchie National Forest at Forest Hill, approximately 17 miles south of

Alexanadria, Louisiana.  Between 1939 and 1946, over half a million men would go through camp claiborne.

parade at alexandria la

After being at Camp Claiborne for only about 8 weeks, the 3rd Battalion of the 164th Infantry Regiment,

were marched down the streets of Alexandria, Louisiana for Army Day on April 7th, 1941.

pvt paul dowhaniuk

Pvt Paul Dowhaniuk

Displaying the Company K Guidon at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.

(Circa 1941)

cold day

Jack Liethold, George Grimm & Bob Booke
It Must Have Been A Cold Day At Camp Claiborne
As These Guys Are Wearing Their Wool Coats.

miserable mud

Some Days Were Miserable And Muddy At Camp Claiborne.

more mud

Let's We Keep Building The Dike Or Do We

Just Use Our Army Blankets To Absorb The Water?

frank thomas

Frank Thomas
Frank Walks Through The Mud At Camp Claiborne.

Living arrangements and Scenery

lone tree

The "Lone Tree" Was Seen From All Over Camp Claiborne.  It Appears In The Background Of Many Photographs.

barracks at camp claiborne

The Wooden Barracks Were Reserved For "Regular" Army Soldiers.

campany k housing

Soldiers From Company K And Other National Guard Soldiers Were Housed In Tents. 
Note The 'lone Tree' In The Background To The Center Right.

motor pool

Another Shot Of Camp Living Conditions. The Building In The Background Is Most Likely The 'motor Pool'.