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How did combat photographer
earn his Bronze Star?
"We have his Bronze Star, but do not know how he won
it." Glenn R. Galbraith has a question about his uncle, combat photographer
Robert D. "Stoney"
Stone, who was a member of
Combat Photo Unit #10.
"My grandmother's brother was Robert D. "Stoney" Stone. I'm seeking as
much information about him as possible during his service."
What work did Carl Heuer
served as a leiutenant in the Army Pictorial Service
during World War II. Now his nephew,
Michael Heuer, wants to know if anyone can
identify specific work done by his Uncle Carl.
See the Carl Heuer
page. If you have information, send it
to The Webmaster. Just click here.
Who was that beatnik in Hartzer's
Who was the actor
who portrayed a beatnik in the 1964 film, "Public
Geerhart asked the question, as he also provide
information about the film's director,
James R. Hartzer.
"A number of years ago I
wrote an article about a civil defense film called
PUBLIC SHELTER 104 (1964). I interviewed the director
(James R. Hartzer), but he couldn’t recall who played a
specific “beatnik” character who appears in the film. I
was wondering if you could post something about this
film and request assistance in identifying the actor who
plays the beatnik whose name is “Pete McCann” (aka
Fallout Shelter Beatnik)? Thank you."
See commentary at:
James R. Hartzer’s obit: https://www.wallingfordfh.com/obituary/6083981
Find the film on YouTube at:
Events -- boating, Halloween -- from the 1950s?
Ott and his wife, Phyllis,
appear in photos from the 1950 that look like an APC
boating trip and an APC Halloween party. We don't
have any other information and cannot identify any of
the other people in the pictures.
If you can provide
information, please write to the Webmaster. Just
This unusual question might apply to
Army Pictorial Center personnel, who were often sent
on temporary duty around the world and who might
know the answer. Edward K Samson III asked, "Does
anyone know what time bed check was for US Army
enlisted personnel stationed in France in 1962/63
and if it varied weekday vs. weekend?"
Bed check got an answer from Robert Hiatt, retired
Specialist 7, of Grovetown, Georgia:
I found a remarkably fascinating question (on the Help page) requesting info
on bed check times in France circa 1962.
Although I was at Cp Zama, Japan, at that period, bed check throughout the
Army was a fairly standard 2400 (12 midnight for
civilian consumption), but overnight passes were
obtainable with little difficulty. I did not get to
France (Camp des Loges) until 1966, and bed check
had been abolished by then.
I was very much reminded of my first Labor Day in
the Army, at Ft. Leonard Wood in 1952. The Army had
a STRICT five-and-a-half-day duty week, but the CG
had a heart and gave the post the day off. The
following Saturday was a full day of training but
fair enough. Of course, back then, we got paid just
once a month.
I was The ONLY guy
in the old two-story wooden barracks on Friday
straggling back, like in a Beetle Bailey cartoon,
I was proud to do my duty but sure about
returning home to MO and never more to roam.
Heidelberg of 1952 changed my mind.
NEVER wanted to
leave there, but had to, four years later.
I had a great
career: extended tours in Yokohama, Paris, Saigon.
While I was enjoying the 30-day free leaves outta
Nam, in July 1972, the Bader-Meinhof Gang set off
that bomb next to my previous duty station,
Two of the three
killed were former coworkers.
I went back there
after getting run out of Nam, but too much change. I
retired, hoping to get back to Saigon as a civilian,
but it didn’t work out.
Who was the APC commander in 1957-1958, asks Sp5 Alan Ageloff, explaining, "I was stationed At APC Jan '57 - Nov '58, working as a film editor on the "Big Picture" as well as some ... projects for various gov agencies. It would be nice to recall who the base commander then was because I am writing a short story of my adventures at APC. Can you help me?"
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Get Set, Go
Information about the APC production "Get Set Go" was provided by Neil Upchurch in response to the query about Thomas G. Macaluso, below. Upchurch was the assistant director and, as an Army first lieutenant, APC’s ranking officer assigned to all of the “Get Set Go” kinescope recordings. Upchurch's notes about the kinescope distribution are presented at Kinescopes. He wrote that “Get Set Go” was contracted by the Army’s Recruiting Office to the New York City advertising agency know as Dancer Fitzgerald & Sample. "I do not recall knowing or meeting Thomas G. Macaluso. Literally hundreds of crew, performers and musicians contributed their talents to the show. We all worked very hard on the show. I am sorry I can’t be of more help in your search for information about your brother Thomas G. Macaluso and his participation in the production of the “Get Set Go” kinescope recordings during the period of 1956 & 1957."
Information about Thomas G. Macaluso or the late-1950s film, "Get Set, Go," is still being sought by Thomas' brother, Joseph Macaluso, Jr.: "My goal is to learn if anyone has knowledge of this show and if there may be any videos or taping of it. I am inquiring if you have any information on a late 1950's film show produced by the US Army Pictorial Center called 'Get Set, Go.' My brother appeared on Program #9 of this series and I remember it being televised as we were able to watch it live at home. My brother, Thomas G. Macaluso played in special services and played the xylophone or marimba for the Army and on the show. The paper I have describing the program has written on it - Contract #DA-48-083 OSA-922, Work Order #53-A-57, Project 60043. The page also has a list of credits of people that put on the show and a paper called a Rundown - a list of performances in the order they were to take place on program 9 of the show. If there is any way to find out more about this show and possibly to get a copy of the film, if it is still available, I would appreciate it." If you have information, write Joseph Macaluso, Jr., at
firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Army Pictorial Center web.
Where is Stan Noble?
anyone have contact information for Stan Noble,
who as a first lieutenant was assigned to the TV
Production Branch in APC's Television during the period
1957-1959? Neil Upchurch, also a former
first lieutenant in the TV Production Branch is looking
for Noble's current location and e-mail address.
Noble was a Texan fellow who stayed in New York after
serving his Army obligation. He worked in NYC with
Dancer Fitzgerald and Sample advertising agency.
If you have information about Noble, contact Neil
All Army Flag to Ft. Monmouth
Does anyone have film or photographs of the presentation of
the All Army Flag to Ft. Monmouth in the late 1950s?
CW2 (Ret.) Dave Brouchoud, a volunteer member of the post
Color Guard, had the honor of carrying the flag after it
was presented to the commanding general. Dave figures
there might be film or photos in the archives. Dave was
stationed at Ft. Monmouth from 1957 through September
1959, where he was an instructor with the MOS of
202.68. (202.68 was VT Fuse Countermeasures. The
.68 means instructor.)
While Army film and photos from that era were
transferred to the National Archives, there may also be
pictures or footage in private hands. If you can help,
T/SGT B. J. Reisler
photographed and apparently romanced and Italian
lady at the end of WWII. Now the lady's daughter
wonders about the mysterious photographer:
"I am an Italian lady,
who's mother still alive but with serious Alzheimer's ,
lived through out the II W.W. In a small town in Italy.
( Senigallia in the central region of Marche). During
the summer I have cleaned her house after her departure
to a specialized Home, and I came across some very nice
pictures of her and her siblings taken by an American
photographer who was assigned to a commander unity that
have occupied my grandparents villa. In an other dusty
box I found a group of letters belonging to my mother
teens years; there was one posted from Long Island City
full of niceties and word of affection that touch me
deeply. So I discovered that my mom ,at 18 ,had a
romance with the mysterious photograph that had taken
the pictures . The letter had an address and a name. T/sgt.
B.J. Reisler, Signal Corps Signal Center at Long Island
City - the date is October 10 - 1946. My Mother has
never revealed the story to us the children; the nice
American was asking her to answer but I doubt she did.
Actually she went on to Milan Art Academy , became an
artist ( she even did a few exhibit in the USA ) mother
,grandmother and great grandmother! As we are putting
together memories for our children and granchildren, I
would like to know more about m. Reisler. I know from
the memories of my younger uncle that they call him Bob
and he was a very nice person. Can we have more
informations? My mother family name is Gambini Rossano ,
her name is Amelia , the city is Senigallia ,the
province Ancona. Thank you , hope you find something ,
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anything about this charming mystery, send your
information to The Webmaster. Just click here.
Seeking 'lost images' from ETO
Darren Neely is
seeking 'lost images' from the ETO. He explains,
"I am working on a book project, multiple volumes with
the first one coming out in the Spring with the theme of
Signal Corps photos from the ETO, ones that haven't been
seen much, sort of "lost images theme." I am doing this
by finding Signal Corps photos that aren't at the NARA
but at other places or in private collections. As you
know, a lot of the cameramen brought home their own
photos that they took and either never sent for
publication or they were rejected for use and they
kept. I was wondering if you could put a notice for
assistance/wanted on the site about they types of photos
I am looking for? I am looking for ETO only and have
specific topics in mind, not really interested in photos
of award ceremonies, USO shows, etc. Or maybe you know
of some contacts that have photo collections that I can
contact about getting some scans? Full credit will be
given to the photographer, his family and/or source of
photo, along with a free book."
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information to The Webmaster. Just click here.
What kind of film?
What kind of
black-and-white film would Army photographers have used
during the 1950s? Russell Hay posed that
question, "because I'm helping a friend try to
reconstruct a photo of her father from that era, taken
during his time in the U.S. Army. Do you happen to
know what type of film they would have used? It's
definitely B&W, but the grain seems too fine to be
t-max, which was my first guess." If any still
photographer alumni read this, can you recall this or
any other technical aspects?
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information to The Webmaster. Just click here.
Glenn Miller images or
Major Glenn Miller
is a topic that raises some
questions. Can anyone describe or provide film
footage, photographs or information about Major Miller
performing with his Army Air Force band at Signal Corps
Glenn Mittler is fulfilling a lifelong interest
in Glenn Miller by researching his life and career.
He wrote, "As you know, Miller disbanded his highly
successful civilian orchestra during the height of its
popularity to enter the Army Air Forces in the fall of
1942. His mighty Army Air Force band is considered by
many to have been the supreme dance orchestra of the
World War II era. They performed in numerous bond and
war stamp drives, and went overseas in late June of 1944
to perform at 8th Air Force bases scattered throughout
the British Isles. Captain Glenn Miller was eventually
promoted to Major Glenn Miller around mid- August of
1944. Might there be any, any, images of Miller
and band reposing in the archives of the Army Pictorial
Many entertainers appeared on the Army studio's stages,
but this site has no material regarding Major Glenn
If you have any information,
send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
Footage sought for Korea
and Vietnam battles
Film producer Christine Fitzpatrick needs
U.S. Army footage for the following
battles of both the Korean and Vietnam wars:
Korea: Battle of Ch'ongch'on River;
Battle of Chipyong-ni; and,
Vietnam: Battle of Ap Bac (1963).
"I have thoroughly searched the
National Archives and private archival houses and have
not come up with any footage regarding the above
battles. If you have any information on possible footage
covering or relating to the above, I would greatly
Perhaps one of you website visitors can provide a better
answer than the APC Webmaster, who wrote,
"The unclassified footage
accumulated at the Army Pictorial Center or Army Motion
Picture Depository is either in the hands of some other
section of the Army or else in the National Archives and
Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.
All of that footage was, up to 1970, in the Army Motion
Picture Depository in Long Island City, N. Y., but when
APC closed, the materials were transferred to other
facilities. (I regret to note that many film prints were
destroyed at that time to recover the silver, but I
presume original materials were all saved. Based on
films turning up in commercial video releases and on
YouTube, it appears in the last few years that NARA has
accelerated their cataloging and release of military
film at Ft. Hood
wrote, "I live in
a very small town in Montana. One member of the
community, a Mr. James (Jim) Strizich, served in
the Artillery, 2nd Armor Division, in Fort Hood, Texas
in late 1965. While there he “starred” in an Army
production, something along the lines off “Comms Tent to
Artillery”. Jim was an enlisted man, but played an Army
Lieutenant, wearing a .45 sidearm, lieutenant bars and
all. The production company was from New York and the
Director “wore a beret” (how many of those could there
be? Dozens?). Jim just turned 71 and if there is
any way that I could get a copy of the film for the 40
(or so) residents of Swan Lake to see and enjoy, would
be a truly wonderful thing. I am a vet of the
Vietnam Era, but was never in any training films. If you
could help me locate this flick, I would be forever
indebted. Please let me know how if and how I can help.
If you know the film or can
send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
Cameraman Bernard J. Shapiro
"Did a SHAPIRO, BERNARD J.
ever work as an Army cameraman in Vietnam?" asked Roger
Hawkins, formerly with the 221st Signal Company
(Photographic) in Vietnam. "Looking for a guy that
filmed the return of a rescued Air Force pilot."
Shapiro is listed on our Personnel Roster with Studio
Branch, but we don't have any more information. If
you can answer the question,
send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
The Big Picture Catalog
"Is there a comprehensive
list of when each episode of The Big Picture was
released?: asked John Simpson of Kennesaw, Georgia.
"I see on the website an occasional reference to episode
so and so being in the 1962-63 season." The answer
is a partial "yes." A compilation of annual
catalogs of episodes of The Big Picture lists production
numbers, titles and in many cases other information, but
the list is still incomplete. It you have
send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
Jackie, secretary to the post commander in 1957, is the subject of a query. Dale Young explains, "I was stationed with the Second Signal Platoon in 1957, and since I had been a radio/TV performer before induction, I did some sound-on-film narration for The Big Picture and some training films. I was dating post commander Colonel McCreary’s civilian secretary, Jackie, at the time, and got transferred to the permanent-duty outfit on post. Since I’m now 83, Jackie’s last name eludes me, and I’d be very grateful if anyone can let me know what it was. If she’s still around I’d love to get in touch with her?" It you have information,
send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Posted March 11, 2012)
Is that Truman Bradley showing us how to select and pack an animal in 1943 training films, and are actors portraying army officers always in the Army? Rick Stanfield wrote, "I am trying to locate some information about the narrator/instructor of two World War 2 training films produced by the Signal Corps in 1943. The films are 2-943 "Packing: Animal Selection and the Pack Saddle" and 2-945 "Packing: Use of the Cargo Saddle". Can you confirm if the narrator/instructor was Truman L. Bradley. In the films he is uniformed as an officer in the 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. My other question is did civilians ever portray army officers in training films without actually being a member of the U.S. Army? Truman Bradley was a well known radio announcer and narrator of films in the 30's 40's and 50's as well as an actor. He was best known as the host of "Science Fiction Theatre" from 1955 to 1957. I could not find him listed in the army register between 1941 and 1945 is that unusual?" Since Army Pictorial Center called on many fine actors from the New York area to portray soldiers of all ranks, we have to believe there was no requirement they have a military background. In fact, Army films make a point of introducing "real" soldiers when they appeared on camera. It you have more information, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Posted February 2, 2012)
Norton S. Parker
Donald Fedynak answered one of the questions about Norton S. Parker by providing a photo of him, and the picture suggests the answer to the second question, did he serve as commanding officer of Army Pictorial Center?
Major (Retired) Richard Green of asked about a photo and sounded confident that Parker had been CO. Green, of the Signal Corps OCS Association, email@example.com, also supplied several names of people who served at the Signal Corps Photographic Center during World War II. However, Colonel (Retired) Norman Saunders, who served at APC from January 1954 through October 1956 in Information Films, remembered Parker as a retired colonel who was the head of the Writers Branch but "to my knowledge he was never CO of the studio." Saunders' first assignment would have immediately followed Parker's command around 1952-1953, so Saunders ought to know. The newsly supplied photo of Parker conferring with writer Paul Caster gives weight to the recollection that Parker headed Writers Branch.
(Posted December 30, 2005; updated August 1, 2011, and February 2, 2012)
Field Caption Card
A WWII re-enactor inquired about field camption cards: "I'm at the time involved in depicting, as a Belgian re-enactor, a US unit in WWII in Europe. I got recently interested in combat units in US Signal Photo Companies and the Kodak 35 PH-324. I'm also interested in reproducing documents from originals so that I can take them on the field without fearing damage since I'm working with modern copies. Recently, I found a 'U.S. Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Division field unit roll caption card' but feel puzzled since I don't understand why there is a perforated line at the bottom if the sheet is supposed to be attached to the roll thanks to a thread coming in and out the hole. I mean, in the case, why separating the upper part of the document from the lower part with the hole below the perforated line ? And I also don't know if the sheets/cards are separate or all together making part of a booklet ? And how many pages? I'd like to find illustrations. Maybe you can help me find better illustrations, or photographs of other 'roll caption cards' or booklets if any. That could help me reproduce that document as close to reality as possible." He supplied a 1944 example, which is available on the web at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
If you have information, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
wrote, “I was an Army motion picture photographer in the
early 1950s (Korea, etc.)
(The pictures above are)
photos of a Field Caption book that I used while serving
as a photographer with the 51st
Signal Battalion in Korea in the mid 1950s.”
(Posted January 9, 2012;
updated August 14, 2015)
"We have acquired an Oneida WWII Photographic Lab Trailer. The trailer was made around 1940,41 all aluminum except the frame, the sheeting on the side looks like the Ford Tri Motor Airplane of the era, two rooms inside one for prints and one for negatives. The inside is quite complete and many items still have the stenciling, safe lights, counters and ducting. We need information on this unit , manuals, photos or anything on the trailer, it is quite rare and information is scarce. Any help would be appreciated."
If you have information about the Oneida Photographic Lab Trailer, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Posted January 9, 2012)
Joe Vetrone is looking for pictures his dad, Edward Vetrone, while serving with 165th Signal took during the war. Joe provided more details, "165th Signal Corps, 4th Infantry. He was under Letterhandler. His name is Edward Vetrone and is alive at 90. I have some war photos of his but would like to obtain others."
If you have information, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Updated January 9, 2012)
Johnny Refugee identified!
died as an American, a happy teenager, and in FREEDOM."
The little boy pictured at Camp Kilmer during the
Hungarian Refugee Operation was identified as John S.
Wunder by his brother, Charles Wunder, answering a query
from Paul Berry and his uncle, Verino “Fred” DiNardo.
Read the poignant story behind the photograph from
(Updated September 6, 2011)
and Concentration Camps
“Incredible, horrifying photos”
Daniel Glick was
a radioman between the 69th Signal Battalion and XX Corps headquarters in World
War II when he
took pictures of conditions at Orthduf concentration camp. Looking for those lost photos that he
sent home, his daughter, Bonnie Witler, posted questions here about the event
and has since learned some answers.
(Updated September 8, 2011)
It isn't an SCPC connection, but an Army photograph led Lisa R. Gerardi here in her search for records made by her grandfather, PFC Bernie Rattet. Lisa wrote, " I have a photo of my father what was taken in World War 2. He is on stage singing, and I've been searching for some records he made. The photo says, "ASF-3SVO Ft. Story, Va. Signal Corps Photographic Laboratory negative number 3rd.ser.com.44-028 7-6 Radio Show. Pfc. Bernie Rattet, romantic baritone at the mike singing. Pvt. Dan D. Segall, comedian, reviews his script at the table with the band in the background. Band is 332 A.S.F. Band. Soldier's story from Ft. Story." Bottom of the photo says tm-11409 fsss-240. Any information regarding this photo would be great. An added question is whether PFC Rattet ever performed for the cameras at SCPC.
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(Posted July 23, 2011)
"Invasion of Poland"
"Did anyone ever respond to you on this subject," asked researcher Jeff Grehan about "Invasion of Poland," a Film Bulletin produced by Signal Corps Photographic Center. "I’m with a TV production company in Canada," Grehan explained, "and I’d like to know answers to most of the questions posed on the APC help page myself." The film was the topic of a query for an Italian documentary, which also highlights the availability of the film on YouTube. The image researcher for the film is seeking use of some images from 'INVASION OF POLAND,' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZPGu7dwUOM, and would like to know the terms and conditions with all possible information relative to video: Subject, Location, Date, Length, Time code, Aspect ratio, Shot on, Frame rate, Frame size, Format, Colour, Physical Delivery Options, Price (for seconds or whole clip?), Rights. The documentary should be entirely in HD, thus the researcher would also like to know the cost of transferring the film to HD. If you have information about the video or the Army source material, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Updated July 21, 2011)
Public Shelter Living
Bill Geerhart, editor and co-founder of www.conelrad.com, is looking for information about "Public Shelter Living: The Story of Shelter 104." Geerhart wrote, " I managed to track down the director of this film: http://conelrad.blogspot.com/2010/09/fallout-shelter-beatnik.html, but he did not know the production credits or the names of the actors who appeared in the film. He said that the editor was a man named “Jerry” who later went to Hollywood to edit studio films. Do you have any suggestions for finding out more about this film?"
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(Posted July 21, 2011)
Was Dorothy McManus the wife of Louis McManus and the Dorothy who was the model for television's Emmy statuette, a writer doing a Hollywood Reporter article on the Emmy statuette inquires. APC's Dorothy McManus may be shown in a photo on the Madeline Lindstrom page. If you have information, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Posted July 18, 2011)
Joe Vetrone is looking for pictures his dad, Edward Vetrone, while serving with 165th Signal took during the war.
165th signal corps
He was under Letterhandler
His name is Edward Vetrone and is alive at 90.
I have some war photos of his but would like to obtain others.
Thank You in advance,
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Tidal wave footage
Kenneth J. Moyer, who was a specialist 4 (SP4), wrote, "I was a Motion Picture Photographer assigned to U.S. Army Hawaii, Ft. Shafter, HI during 1959-1960. I filmed the destruction of Hilo, HI by a Tidal Wave in 1960. I shot 35mm ECN (Eastman Color Negative), and the film was sent to APC for processing and storage. I have just returned from a trip to Hilo, HI and was wondering if any of that film was still available, and could a copy be sent to the museum in Hilo, Hawaii? They have very little photographic history to this event. The local TV crew that was there the next morning asked if they could have my film as their car, camera, and film was stolen. Being I had filmed 35mm ECN it was of no use to the TV station. I'm sure the museum would love to have any documentation of this event."
Editor's note: Footage like this was normally added to the Army Motion Picture Depository collection. Unclassified film now appears to be available from the National Archives and Records Administration, so it's possible this Hawaii footage could be obtained. If you have information, send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
(Posted May 26, 2011)
1962's "Operation Overseas," directed by Charles I. Turner and featuring actor John Armstrong, is the subject of an overseas query from Giovanni Zantedeschi, whose father appeared in the film. He wrote, "I live in Verona, Italy. In 1962 in Verona and surroundings, Director Charles l. Turner directed the Army Pictorial Center film "Operation Overseas." The protagonist was the actor John Armstrong. I'm doing several searches of the film because my father is in the film. Is it possible to have" information about the film?
An added question from the Webmaster: Is this John Armstrong different from the two soldiers named John Armstrong who served at APC around this time or different from the actor Todd Armstrong who worked at APC in 1962?
Original note: "Gentili Signori, Mi chiamo GIOVANNI ZANTEDESCHI ed abito a VERONA (Italia). Nel 1962 a Verona e dintoni il regista Charles L.Turner gira per l'Army Pictorial Center il film " OPERAZIONE OLTREMARE ". Protagonista č l'attore Jhon Armstrong. Sto facendo svariate ricerche della pellicola in quanto mio padre partecipa al film. E' possibile avere notizie?"
If you have information, please write to the APC Webmaster.
(Posted February 23, 2011.)
The Big Picture
A student doing a research project on DDT is looking for "The Big Picture" episode title, original air date, and any other information about a segment that concerns dusting U.S. troops in the Army Medical Service Corps in the 1950s. Cassidy Gasteiger found the footage on YouTube. movie where I found it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MHwM15-o6g&feature=related. The Army Medical Corps figured in several episodes of The Big Picture over the years, but the most likely candidate may be an early segment, TV 189 – The Army Medical Corps. If you have information, please write to the APC Webmaster.
"The Big Picture" is the topic of an unusual query from Peter Anderson: "I vaguely remember the host of 'The Big Picture' being escorted from the set by military or Pentagon police, and the episode going to commercials. Did this occur, and when and to whom if it did occur?" If you have information, e-mail the Webmaster. Stephen Brittenham of Albuquerque supplied the answer, with a link to YouTube. "I think this may be what he is referring to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eczdl5pBiFg&feature=related." In this episode, "The Aggressor," which appears twice in The Big Picture catalog at TV 362 and TV 555, Army war gaming is introduced in an unusually dramatic way.
Kent Hughes wrote, "I couldn't find Master Sergeant Stewart Queen on your list for APC, The Big Picture site. I remember him as the narrator of The Big Picture. It's been a long time so I may be off with the name. He was a master sergeant with a thin mustache and a South West Pacific GHQ patch. I would really like to know about him because as a kid I really looked forward to his introductions to The Big Picture. Any information would be appreciated." Kent Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org (Posted January 6, 2006)
The Big Picture is the subject of a query from Albert V. Spratley, whose father, MSGT Albert W. Spratley, wrote for the television series in the 1950s. Go to The Big Picture for more. (Posted Jan. 22, 2005)
The Big Picture is the topic of another query, this one from Montie Wagner: "I am looking for The Big Picture series that was filmed at Fort McNair, Washington D.C. 1962 or 63 of A-Co 3rd Infantry "Old Guard" doing Prelude to Taps.I particapated in this film. I can be reached at email@example.com, Ph:(423) 954-9073." (Posted July 31, 2004.)
I believe that the APC produced a short film in the "Big Picture" series called "Beach Head", which was all about the Anzio beach-head, and that this included footage of the British section of the perimeter. If this is correct, is it still possible for me to obtain a copy of the film, or any other information on the landings from your archives? The reason why Iam interested is that my late father was there with the British forces (14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters - Notts and Derby Regiment) and I will be going to Anzio with a party including veterans from WW2 in April this year, which is the 60th anniversary of the landings. As a result I am trying to gather together as much information on the operations as possible. The area I am most interested in is the "Wadis". Best regards, Tom Snow, National Implementation Manager, SIEMENS COMMUNICATIONS, firstname.lastname@example.org
"In 1953/1954 I served as a motion picture cameraman with the 497th Signal Photo Company in Kaiserslautern, Germany," writes Jim O'Donnell. "While there my assignment was to supply motion picture footage for use in an Army syndicted television show called 'The Big Picture.' On one particular assignment I filmed a story called. 'The Battlegrounds of World War II' which was edited into a half hour episode of 'The Big Picture.' Question: Is there an archive of these shows in existence anywhere? I would enjoy seeing that show again as I have many pleasant memories associated with the completion of this project. My name is James O'Donnell. My service number was: US 52 277 276. My e-mail address is NTNJIM@aol.com I'd appreciate a response to this query. Thanks. Jim O'Donnell"
What happened to information about Bruce Hugo?, wondered Geoffrey T. West, who wrote, "I was a clerk in the Adjutant's Office - Major Eleanor Burt - and worked with Precioso Nicanor from April 1, 1964 until I left for Warrant Officer Flight School in October, 1964. During that time I met and made many good friends. One of them, Bruce Hugo, had a comment posted at the APC site for quite some time. Now I can no longer find it and wondered what happened to it?" (Answer: Bruce Hugo has a listing on the Personnel Roster that links to a page featuring his comments.) "Also, wanted to let others know that our friend, Joseph (Belton) Bihm, who was a cameraman at the APC from 1963 until around 1966 has recently passed away from a brain tumor just a week before his 71st birthday.
More information about Lloyd Battista was provided by Ray Nesbit, in response to an old query by Jim Burrus. Ray told Jim, "I noted on the APC website you wanted info on Lloyd Battista. Just Google him and you can find many hits with all kind of info. I was at APC from 1961-1964 in the TV Division. Lloyd was a SP4 who worked in the studio as a production specialist. He and Peter Bonerz were our experienced actors and both went on to successful careers. LT Tom Morton was assigned to the Mobile TV Unit, so you probably worked with him". Jim had previously inquired, "I was at APC in 1961-1962, There was a soldier names Lloyd Battista there. I believe he was an actor. Do you have any information after leaving APC?" Jim also wrote, "I was assigned to the first mobile color tv unit at APC. We did a segment about basic training at Ft. Monmouth. This was in 1961-1962. I really would like to hear from anyone on that job." Jim (diamond jim) Burruss, Jim@alliedphotocopy.com, 256-539-2973, (Updates February 16, 2011, and January 15, 2006)
And Lieutenant Morton also filed his own query: Do you know anyone who served in Army television communications during the Cuban Missile Crisis? First Lieutenant Thomas Morton explains: "I served at the Center 1961 to 1963. One of our several deployments was to ARLANT Forward Headquarters, Homestead Air Force, Florida. The mission of our deployment was to provide Television communications to the Commanding General in charge of operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The unit consisted of the Mobile Color TV Unit, the Color Mobile VCR trailer and several support vehicles. I would like to hear from anyone that was on the deployment." Tom Morton [email@example.com]
"Orphan" seeks information about a 1959 or 1960 film featuring Bob Craven. Dennis Benfante, who played the orphan, wrote, "Bob Craven (I think that's his name) made a TV show shot on the set in Astoria. It was about the GI's overseas and an orphan. I played the orphan. I was wondering if any of the film was still available, as I would love to share that moment with my grand-children." If you can provide any information about this film, or better yet a lead to the film itself, sent an e-mail to Army Pictorial Center.
Gordon A. Benoit
Peter M. Thompson wants to locate LT Gordon A. Benoit (who was assigned to APC Directorial Branch circa 1963) for the 50th reunion for UMass class of 1961. If you have information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evolution of the Attack Helicopter
The film "Evolution of the Attack Helicopter" produced by the U.S. Army in 1968 is being sought by Historic Stock Footage. Anyone who can help should contact David, Historic Stock Footage, Customer Service Dept., www.historicstockfootage.com, telephone (415) 685-8409.
Sperry Gyroscope Company
is an unusual topic for a Help Request, but Dr. Jack Binder, archivist for the Town of North Hempstead in New York, sent this query: "I am interested in any information about the government installation working at the Sperry Gyroscope Co. in WW ll in Lake Success New York. I am particularly interested in the housing for the personnel. Photographs would be great! Was there a barracks at Lakeville Road and Cambell Street?" Dr. Binder's query makes sense in a way. Signal Corps Photographic Center photographed and collected photographs -- both motion picture and still -- of many Army operations and facilities, so it's possible that Sperry was in the archives ... or just as possible that any of you visitors may know some resource that you could share with Dr. Binder. Contact him at email@example.com or send information to Army Pictorial Center web.
Richard X. Slattery
Bob Hunt asked, "During Army basic in the mid '70's, we were shown a training film on conduct after capture. The film appeared to have been shot in the '50's, and I seem to recall that it had Richard X. Slattery in it. Do you have any info on this film?" Send any information.
Soundman Tom Hanlon's nephew John is looking for any information about Tom's service at the Signal Corps Pictorial / Army Pictorial Center, from its acquisition by the Army in 1942 until he had worked his way up to chief of Sound Branch, when the studio closed in 1970. See the Tom Hanlon page for more.
Pleas Penny, Jr.
The son of Major Pleas Penny, Jr., "would just like to know all that he did for the Army Pictorial Center." Derrick L. Penny could use your help. So could the rest of us. Send any information, memories or photos.
Photos of Vibo Valenzio still sought! Vibo Valenzio's niece and nephew found each other here. Niece Carolynne Valenzio DeLisle wrote, "I saw a note from Donna Mueller who is looking for info for her husband whose Uncle was Vibo Valenzio. He was my Uncle also. I grew up with him. He has 2 brothers who are still alive, Marco and Victor. Victor is my Dad." Donna Mueller previously wrote, "My husband is looking for information on his uncle: Vibo Valenzio. Not sure if there are any photos of him working on pictures...but, we would wondered if anyone had any." Photos would be welcomed by www.ArmyPictorialCenter.com too!
(Revised July 27, 2009)
Captain Gaetano Faillace
has now been the topic of one query by Roger Hawkins and two recollections, by D. S. Ross and William Hurst. Roger Hawkins wrote back in 2007, "I don't see Capt. Gaetano Faillace on the APC roster, but I have a copy of an APC newsletter called "In Focus" from January 1958 that talks about a six month TDY he did for MAAG that took him on a filming expedition throughout the MidEast. He started out in WWII as one of General MacArthurs's personal photographers. The next thing you know he is with DASPO (Dept of the Army Special Photographic Office) as a SSG. The DASPO troops are totally surprised when he retires in about 1965 as a Major. Can you shed any light on this? I am trying to write a story about him, but he was a man of many mysteries." Hawkins also provide his web links to www.azcreative.com, www.combatcamera.org, and www.daspo.com
M1C Signal officer helmet
After hours of search on the internet, I am desperately trying to find a photo of a M1C helmet of a signal corps officer during WW2. I am a re-enactor wearing the uniform of a 82nd Airborne paratrooper with the "US Army Photographer" shoulder badge and "Photographer" Signal Corps cloth patch. I am willing to purchase a helmet but I cannot manage finding such dedicated helmets (I think it was a M1C with the painted yellow or orange "Photographer" marking in front of the helmet, can you confirm?) Could you please tell me where I could find photos of photographers wearing such helmets? I was told that some helmets were modified for photographer in the US army during WW2, it it true ? Could I see a picture of this? This is my photo website: http://www.warmuseums.net I am just trying to wear a uniform compliant with historical accuracy during my re-enactment sessios as "war photographer" in my free time." Robert MARY, Group Internal Audit (BOD\AUD), 20 U 06, Bd du Roi Albert II 27, B - 1030 BRUSSELS, Tel: +32 2 202-70-23, Fax: +32 2 202-70-15, E-mail address : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander J. Malashuk
was a member of 3234 Signal Service Detachment providing footage in Japan in 1945. Queries and responses to our Help page collected some information, but more questions remain. Click here to read more.
NORAD Band or Studio Band
Footage or photos of either the NORAD Band OR the Studio band
from the late 1960s is sought by the son of John Gates, one of the bandsmen who appeared with the band in an episode of The Big Picture. SFC John Gates, a 19+ year active duty soldier, currently assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, working in Pennsylvania, would like to find the complete raw footage of the band performances featured in the tv episode. His dad first served with the NORAD band in Colorado Springs and then the US Army Field Band / Studio Band in DC/Ft Meade from 1966 to 1971 and possibly from 1968 to 1971 in the Studio Band (today's Jazz Ambassadors.) Dad's website: www.john-gates.com. SFC Gates said he had obtained The Big Picture episode that featured brief sequences. It's likely the footage from a multi-camera set-up filmed the entire performance and probably wound up in Army archives. If you have any information, contact SFC Gates, 717/878-3422, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nat Roger Knaster
What was Nat Roger Knaster doing as a photographer/foreign correspondent in places like Madrid, Cairo and Italy during World War II. That's what his nephew, Fred Schock wants to know. Fred wrote, "When my uncle, Nat Roger Knaster, enlisted in the US Army in 1942, he was assigned to the 846th Signal Service Photographic Division. A little over four months later he received a "convenience of the government" Honorable Discharge. (see below.) But he remain in the service as a non-combatant. From February1943 until he left for Madrid in September 1943, there is no documentation. His IDs indicate that he was a photographer/foreign correspondent in the U.S. Army, Department of Psychological Warfare (Madrid, Spain), which was part of the Office of Strategic Services. His papers also have Office of War Information letterheads. In December 1944, he was reassigned to Cairo before going on to Italy (where he was back in uniform again) in February 1945 before returning to the US after VE day. There is also a photograph of Nat taken in Hialeah Port, Pusan Korea, yet there is nothing else to confirm that he was there. Do you know if there might be anything on the Web (or otherwise) which could lead me to find out what his duties and assignments were? I have hundreds of pictures (mostly travelogish), about 50 letters (benign) and a dozen or so official documents, all just pieces of a puzzle I'm trying to put together. I've been in contact with the National Archives and hope they'll be forthcoming. Any thoughts you might have will be greatly appreciated." /s/ Fred Schock, USAF 1952 - 1956
War-time personal recordings
for postal mail exchanges, and the technology of kinescoping are topics sought by a free-lance writer developing a book about rarely defined aspects of communications' history. The writer said, "I would like to present an open letter to former A.P.C. staff persons regarding two primary themes as follows: the audio recording (at local record shops, in vans, or at bases) of service persons' & families' voices for postal mail exchanges during the Second World War; and the technological aspects of kinescoping with photos or art/diagrams of the sequence of: monitor filming, film development, and especially a projector aligned with an electronic camera for subsequent broadcasting. Briefly, I have been amazed at the lack of the developmental history and the technical images involving both of these topics. Without naming sites, major presumed data bases for the service person's recording and the early TV technology have had virtually nothing of factual value. I shall be willing to make an agreement for remuneration should it be required for text, photos or art." Contact the writer at email@example.com or (740) 633-2651 (+ message -- in Ohio).
Col. James B. Buchanan
"Does anyone remember Col. James B. Buchanan?"
asks the Dr. Greg Wilsbacher, curator of the Fox newsreel collection at the University of South Carolina.
Colonel Buchanan was commanding officer of Army Pictorial Center from 1953 to 1954. "I am trying to determine if he was the same James B. Buchanan who shot newsreel stories in Atlanta in 1919 and 1920. Did he have a southern accent? Was he a cameraman earlier in his life? Any information would be appreciated. The collection holds an enormous amount of Signal Corp film and I'm always interested to hear from Sign Corp cameramen, especially from WWII and Korea." If you have information, contact Greg Wilsbacher, Ph.D., Newsfilm Library Director & Curator of Fox Movietone News, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, (803) 777-5556, (803) 777-4756 [fax], http://www.sc.edu/library/newsfilm
Frank Hanisko, Sr.
Information about Frank Hanisko, Sr., is sought by his son, Frank, Jr.: "I came across your site when looking for information on my father. He passed on many years ago and I am trying to piece together a bit of his past. My father, Frank Hanisko, Sr. definitely worked at Redstone, from 1970 or 1971 I think through 1976. He was a friend of H. G. Peters and may have worked for him as a contractor. My memory is that he worked for the army, but I was very young. I do recall the building 4489 and watching some grisly old propaganda films. My dad came from Czechoslovakia and grew up with WW2, so he was keen to show me what his youth was like as a bit of a lesson on the horrors of war and fascism. Mostly I recall the pool and the NCO club. There was another building, but I am stretching my brain cells on that. My father was an editor most of the time, but did a lot of production for Peters. If you have any information or hints to where I can find out more about those years at Redstone, I’d truly appreciate it." F. D. Hanisko, Jr.,
at APC is the subject of a query from Fred Wrixon: "Researching television history for a developing book, I am trying to clarify the technology so often missing from naturally "star-heavy" texts. There is a sadly wide gap between England's John Logie Baird, our own nearly forgotten Philo Farnsworth, and 1957+ video taping (the latter seems to be the only technology mentioned in many "TV histories"). I would so much like to obtain equipment photographs or art/diagrams that correctly show the filming of TV monitors, the film processing, and the projection of the film into the aperture of a receiving camera for subsequent broadcasting. Also, I believe that the Astoria site made ca.1950-57 kine copies of N.B.C.'s classic World Series and C.B.S.'s classic N.F.L. Title Games to be shipping to overseas bases' film libraries. What a treasure even one of those cannisters would be! (Try asking current civilian film archives about that topic-- The results ? E-mail ether and voice mail vacuums!). However, I want to be positive. For always helpful communications variety, I may be contacted via the following-- E: firstname.lastname@example.org // Ph: (740) 633-2651 (+ message) // Postal: 214 North 7th Street / Martins Ferry, OH 43935-1535."
me. I am
It is a
"I am a
who lives on
New York and
is making a
one of the
am trying to
who was at
the APC at
he's in his
now, if he's
Do you know
how I might
A 1956 film
featuring the 21st
Chemical Company at
Alabama, is sought
by Tom Berry.
"I am trying to find
a copy of a film
shot by the LI
Pictorial Center in
Alabama, in 1956. It
was a training film
on chemical warfare
purposes. The film
used men from the
21st Decon unit. One
man who worked on
the film was John
Brennan (not sure if
he was a camera man
or prop man). Any
information that you
could provide would
The 1943 film
needed for a DVD box
work for a DVD
on behalf of Warner
working on a DVD box
set that will
include a number of
film shorts that
were made during
World War 2 by
Warner Brothers and
the Signal Corp. We
have many in the
Warner Archives but
we are currently in
search of one that I
am hoping you will
be able to help me
track down. It is
1 August 1943. It
was directed by B.
Reeves Eason and
written by Leo
Rosten. It starred
Walter Sande, Phil
Warren and Gary
Bruce. I would
it if you could
contact me with
you may have on this
title. If you have
no information then
perhaps you could
point me in the
direction who may.
Whatever you can do
would be a great
help to me." If
2660 west olive ave.
burbank, ca 91505,
// fax 818.295.8026,
from the Philippine
are sought by Karen
Owens. If you have
the Army Pictorial
Center was also the
repository of film and
material and an
central resource; those
materials are now more
difficult to find.)
(Posted September 20,
"Prelude to Taps"
Rodrigues, a US Army
out in Fresno,
helping a retired
CW4 locate the video
of "Prelude to
Taps". The CW4 is
currently in charge
of a US ARMY CADET
CORPS program and
would like this
video to show his
history of marching
and also the
Contact Daniel S.
Rodrigues, SSG, U.S.
898-0611, Fax (559)
(Posted August 23,
War II cameramen
sought by Canadian
wrote, "I am writing
on behalf of a
friend who served as
a combat cameraman
with the Canadian
Army in WWII,
I work as Film
Conservator with the
Library & Archives
of Canada and Norman
would like me to
make an inquiry as
to the names of some
of the former U.S.
might still be alive
who served with the
WWII. Norman is
wondering if some of
them might still be
correspond or make
If you know of
anyone else that
might be able to
help out or know
please forward along
this note." /s/ Dale
or by phone at
"My father Juanito
was with the
2nd Signal Photo
Platoon, Signal Corps
Pictorial Center, NY
back in December 1954 to
December 1955. His rank
was Sp3 and his
assignment was Army
photographer. If you
have any information on
him, etc. please forward
to our attention. Thank
you." Send info to
using the e-mail link at
top or contact Ed
Becenti, Window Rock,
like to hear from anyone who
served when he was in the 2nd
Signal Photographic Platoon at
SCPC from March 1953 to August
1954. "I was a Still
Photographer when first assigned
but ended my stay as Supply
Sergeant. Cpt. Roberts
was the commanding officer when
I arrived but upon returning
from an assignment in Nevada to
photograph atomic bomb tests,
Lt. Warren Colville was the
commanding officer. Lt.
Donzelle Davis was Supply
Officer and Sgt. Morris K.
Caldwell was Company Clerk.
Morris and I still keep in touch
and would like to contact anyone
who served during that time. My
e-mail address is
"I am interested to hear from
someone who was stationed at APC
in the year 1959 thru 1960. I
was part of the studio crew and
spend some time in the mobile
field unit. In 1960 we took a
field unit to Eglin Air Force
Base in Florida where we were
participating in a field
training exercises. I was also
part of the crew that went out
to Ft. Gordon Ga. for training
exercises there. I did setup
crew and the camera crew work."
SP4 Michael Wiater
(Posted January 6, 2007)
co-creator Bill Finger,
who was a contract writer at APC,
a subject of research by writer
Marc Tyler Nobleman, who wants
to contact anyone who knew
Finger or has photos. You
can email Nobleman directly at
Hunter and David Drake
"I have been trying for a number
of years to locate Daniel
Boone Hunter and David
Drake without success,"
writes Frank Michael Glowski,
who served at Army Pictorial
Center as a Specialist E5, Audio
Specialist, from January 1964 to
August 1966. "I'll keep trying."
If you can help Frank, write to
(Posted June 18, 2006)
Korea Branch of SCPC?
Yun Kum Collins [mailto:email@example.com]
asks for help identifying
people in a
Lester L. Muncher
Looking for roots: Kate Rensel
seeks information about her father,
Lester L. Muncher. "This may
seem odd but I have finally tracked
down some information on my birth
father, Lester L. Muncher PVT.
student at the army Photo School
Division July 1944. I am trying to
track down my roots! I knew he was
in the army but had no idea where or
any of the particulars. One of my
6th grade students said to google
his name and I did and came up with
the photo school! If you have any
info on him(or family) or know where
I might look I would greatly
appreciate it. My brother and I were
put up for adoption in 1949. We knew
that we were adopted but did not
know the names of the birth parents
until our adoptive parents died. Our
names at birth were Lilly and Jon
Sid Muncher. Our birth parents names
were Lester L.Muncher and Jean L.
Muncher. I am a Middle School
reading teacher and have 2 sons. We
would like to find out about our
roots. Please e-mail me at school
live in Bradford Pa. and my name is
Kate Rensel. phone 814-368-2267 Hope
to hear from someone ! Thanks."
Where's that Bastogne footage? Ray Moore
writes, "I was
with the 10th Armored Division in WWII.
We are disbanding after our reunion next
Labor Day weekend. Too few of us left.
After the war, I was a television
newscaster for WSB-TV in Atlanta. During
my retirement, I have written and
narrated some videos for the division.
And these will be shown permanently in
the Patton Museum at Ft. Knox. I have
leaned heavily on a terrific production
about our division by the Army Pictorial
Center, with Lorne Greene
narrating. Excellent battle footage,
especially for our action in Bastogne
with the 101st Airborne. Their infantry
and our tanks held the village. Right
now, I'm searching for some of that
battle footage - that does NOT have a
narrative with it. And I'm dismayed that
the Army Pictorial Center no longer
exists. Could you please give me a clue
as to where I might search -
particularly for Bastogne footage???
Thanks for keeping memories alive! My
email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org and my
Atlanta phone is 770-801-9705. Thanks so
much for whatever leads you can
provide!" /s/Ray Moore
7796th Signal Photo Company
Looking for 497th & 7796th members:
writes, "I'm looking for members of the
7796th Signal Photo Company located in Hanau
Germany around 48/51. This unit later merged
with the 497th Signal Photo Company in Karlsruhe
and then moved to Pirmasens(?). I was in the
7796th from early 1950 until transferred to the
497th for a brief period before being
transferred out to the 12th Infantry Regiment."
/s/ Bill Doyle,
Brett Nordgren [mailto:Brett3kh@bnordgren.org]
wrote, "I have another name for the APC roster. On an
envelope, dated Feb 21, 1956 is the address: SP-3
Richard Hiatt, Army Pictorial Center, 35-11 35th
Avenue, Long Island City 1, New York. The envelope
contained documentation for an early CBS prototype color
TV set. Inside that set is a tag: 'prop of R Hiatt,
Hobby Shop.' Does anyone know what was the APC "Hobby
Shop" and how it might have been connected with Richard
Hiatt and the TV set?" Brett can also be reached at his
mail form at:
Department of the Army Special
Texas Tech University Research Assistant Sarah M.
Wheeler wrote, "I am assisting Professor Ed Youngblood
at Texas Tech University conduct research on the origins
and ultimate disbanding of the Army unit formerly known
as the Department of the Army Special Photographic
Office (DASPO). If you have any information that may
help, I would greatly appreciate it." Contact Sarah M.
Information is sought about a 1945 then-classified
My name is Roy Yoo and
I work for the US Army Public Affairs office in
Los Angeles. I am currently trying to find a
movie in response to a letter written to the
Secretary of Army. A gentleman who served in
1945 is looking for a movie produced by Disney
and according to this gentleman it was a
classified movie that depicted the United States
proposed redeployment of troops who would be the
first wave of an invasion of Japan. The problem
with this is, the gentleman has no idea what the
title of the movie is nor does he know the
source of the movie. If you could help the
Secretary of the Army provide an answer for this
gentleman, it would be much appreciated. We must
provide this gentleman with an answer as soon as
we can. Please contact either myself of Kathy
Ross according to this matter. Thank you
very much. - Roy Yoo, US Army Public Affairs,
Los Angeles, 310-235-7621,
(Posted January 28, 2006)
Major H. Dale Brockman
[email@example.com] is looking for information on
Major H. Dale Brockman. APS, ETO in WW2. Thank you.
(Posted November 21, 2005)
1950s film printer Charles E. Wright's son asked if
there is "any information / photos concerning my father,
Charles E. Wright."
(Posted November 21,
Air Force basic training
is looking for a 1955 film on Air
Force basic training, in which he appeared.
Feilen recalled the fun of temporary duty at Army
Pictorial Center. "I am writing to see if anyone can
help me track down that 50 year old film. Thanks to all.
August l966 I was sent as contract writer-director to
Saigon for a film about the ten rules of conduct, to be
seen by all soldiers sent there. Would appreciate any
comment by those who used it." Larry Frisch's e-mail is
Looking for Edmund B. O'Connell:
Great site and hope you can be of help to us. We're
looking for unit. info on T/4 Edmund B. O'Connell, US
Army. He was Assigned to 196th Signal Photo Co. in Italy
during 44-45. Army Service Serial # 32261322 as a war
photographer. Birthplace was Nashville, TN Have an
Allied Force HQ photo ID card dated 30 Mar. 45. and good
collection of black and white photos to share and
identify. According to Soldier's Individual Pay Record,
his unit personnel officer was 2LT Walter R. Ermich, Jr.
Contact Tom Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie
email@example.com. Thanks for your help.
Click here for more information and photos.
(Posted March 5, 2005)
I am trying to track down a
movie "Atomic Warfare" that was filmed in April/May of
1959 at Fort Knox. My father, Michael Turansky,
was an extra and an actor in the movie and has told us
of his screen time for 40 years now. If anyone has
information contact me at:
(Posted March 5,
Films about Vietnam
Film student Kathryn Beane seeks Army films for use
in a picture she is making about Vietnam. Her query
prompted an exchange with Webmeister.
Click here to read more.
(Posted March 5, 2005)
father has pictures, from WWII of General Douglas
MacArthur signing the treaty with the Japanese, with
the Signal Corps U. S. Army stamp on them. Is there any
way of finding their value or origin? They were sent to
my father after my grandfather had passed away. Can you
(Posted Jan. 22, 2005)
SCPC/APC alumni, your
help is needed:
"My name is Mike Rodgers, and I'm the exhibits
designer for the Signal Corps Museum at Fort Gordon,
Georgia. I'm trying to find out the name of the
photographer who took the famous picture of GEN
MacArthur standing in the water returning to the
Phillipines. Any help would be appreciated."
know the answer, click here to send an email.
Who makes training films
Lenora Haughton asks, "Who makes army training films
currently? Who made the army training films in Vietnam?
(Posted Jan. 22, 2005)
CPL John E. (Jack) Townsend
497th Signal Company (Photo): Cpl. John E. (Jack)
Townsend, RA17324779. Student
at Fort Monmouth Motion Picture School in 1951. Then
joined 497th Signal Co. (Photo). Traveled to Germany
with 497th, stationed in Philips Barracks, Karlsruhe,
then Kaiserslautern. Returned home to Sioux Falls SD in
January 1954. Would like to hear from anyone who served
with 497th 1951-1853.
(Posted Jan. 10. 2005)
stationed with the 2nd Base Post Office during 1967-68,
a tenant unit co-located in same billets with the APC.
Request to place my name here in hopes of locating
friends and other unit members who served with the 2nd
BPO during that period. Anyone having information on 2nd
BPO personnel please contact me at my home email address
below. Warm Regards to You, Phil Lester,
(Posted Jan. 10. 2005)
J. D. Devan
are you out there? We received this query: Please help
me find J.D. Devan SFC, served with father. E-mail
Cukor in uniform?:
Hi. I am
currently working on a documentary about Queens, NY for
PBS. I am looking for photos of George Cukor
either working at the Signal Corps Photographic Center
or in military uniform. Have you seen anything like
this? I'm on tight deadline at this point, so any info.
would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much, Suzanne
Glickstein, Associate Producer, Thirteen/WNET,
(Query Nov. 11, 2004)
My grandfather was in the Army
Air Corp durring WWII. He told me his job was to drive
from base to base showing training films. I would like
to know if there was a certain unit that did this, or if
it was a unit that was part of the Army Pictorial
Service that was responsible for showing these films.
Tony Gonzales, aggiegonzo01@aggienetwork .com
Nov. 22, 2004)
Who is that
guy? Mystery solved: Fred King wrote: "Can
anyone identify the man in a white shirt standing with
his hands on other men's shoulders in the picture that
appears on the main page of this website? I'm sure he
directed an Army training film at the base in Verona,
Italy in 1962 or 63. I'm trying to track down that
film." - Fred King
firstname.lastname@example.org The answer was,
Chris Mauriello, Sr., deputy chief of Camera
Branch and a long-time cameraman.
Who's that cameraman?
The answer comes back sooner than expected. In the photo
E. G. Marshall appearing on the main stage, the
camera operator looking through the viewfinder on the
Mitchell camera looks a lot like Chris Mauriello.
Deb Lipkowitz, who supplied the photo from Joe
Lipkowitz's collection reports, "My dad scribbled "Mauriello
and EG Marshall" in the margin of his scrapbook (in that
order)." Can anybody confirm how long Chris served at
APC and what positions he held? He finished his career
as chief of the Motion Picture Production Section,
deputy chief of Camera Branch, when APC closed in 1970.
497th Signal Co.
writes: "Hello. I served with the
497th Signal Co (Photo) in Karlsruhe and
Kaiserslautern during the period 1951-1953, as a motion
picture cameraman. I would like to correspond with
anybody who served in the 497th during that time. If
anybody is out there, I would really like to hear from
you." - Jack Townsend, 2427 S. Fourth Ave., Sioux Falls,
SD 57105, 605/336-7133,
(Posted September 12, 2004.)
The 497 Signal Photo
Company, a reserve unit out of Binghamton, NY, is the
subject of a query from
Lou Johnson. "I have tried several times to
track down the 497th Photo, with no luck." The 497th was
activated and located in Karlsrue, Germany, Detachment
"C" to Orleans, France, and Johnson's team operated out
of Verdun, France. Contact Lou Johnson, 1029 Yale River
Oaks, TX 76114
writes: "I am contacting you on behalf of a friend who
worked on several films produced at the Army Pictorial
Center/Astoria Studios (his name is John Borske)
late in its history. John is interested in finding out
if all of the films produced by the APC at the Astoria
studios since the Second World War are archived in some
location that can be accessed by the public. He is also
particularly hoping to find out if he can access four
films he worked on: 'When the Enemy is My Prisoner';
'Conduct of Fire: Shillelagh Weapons System'; 'Geneva
Conventions and the Military Policeman'; and 'Memorial
Activities Part 4: Escorting Deceased Persons.' John
is not "on-line" so I would be grateful for any
information anyone could offer me to share with him
about these questions. "I am very grateful for your help
in posting my question. I am sure the Library of
Congress has a lot of stuff too -- particularly arising
from the Second World War - but had no luck locating
later titles. I am curious to find out if the Army
itself created and/or maintains an archive of its own.
All best and I look forward to hearing from folks who
visit your site." Michael Bowen, New York University,
(Posted June 2004.)
Law and the Voltaic Cell
Carol Taylor asks, "In the early '40's my father,
Captain J. Howard Bair, was the technical advisor
and acted in a training film "Ohm's Law and the
Voltaic Cell". George Cukor was the director. My
father was given a copy of the film but age has made it
unwatchable. I would love to know if a copy would be
available anywhere. Thank you in advance." Carol Taylor,
(Posted June 2004.)
Radar warnings and hazards
Michael Evans is looking for army training films
related to radar warnings and hazards, which were
produced from 1950-1975. "I believe that these films may
have been produced at APC. I am very interested in any
assistance in locating and obtaining these films. Any
suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Best
regards, Michael Evans, History Associates Incorporated,
Mason General Hospital
I am looking for pictures of Mason General Hospital.
The exterior of Mason was shown briefly during John
Huston's film, Let There Be Light. The history of
Mason is lengthy, and I will not get into it here.
www.edgewoodhospital.com if you want to read the
whole story. If anyone can assist me in finding more
pictures of Mason, please contact me at
William O. Woolridge
Herbert A. Maison
USASMA Class 54
is looking for pictures
of William O. Woolridge, 1st Command
Sergeant Major of the Army. Can you help?
Andrew T Kelley
interested in any information about my father,
Andrew T Kelley, who was a director at APC in
the early 60's. Is there anyone you know who can
help me or are there any places I can look to find
out more about his accomplishments. He worked for
Harry Cunningham. - Pat Kelley
"I am interesting and seeking a John
Wayne Photo that he had taken in SAIGON, VietNam,
with two young boy (16teenth). The photo had
been seen on the Times Magazine (or New York Times)
on 1966s. I'm one of these two young person. Thank
you and best regard."
We received a query: "Did Frank Capra work
for the U.S. Army Signal Corps? Are his photographs
of the D-Day landings government property or do they
belong to Mr. Capra or his employer?"
Director Frank Capra was commissioned as a major
when the U. S. entered World War II. He influenced
the shape of Army film making, as recounted in his
autobiography, "The Name Above the Title."
Photographer Robert Capa was a photographer for
Life magazine who added to his fame with his photos
of the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach.
Hi, My name is Seimon Pugh-Jones. I'm a cameraman .In a few weeks time I'll be portraying the part of a
combat cameraman on Omaha beach for a documentary, could
any body advise me on the following: 1.A name of an
actual Movie cameraman that was on Omaha on the first
wave. 2. What the titling slate look like? E-Mail
thanks, Seimon Pugh-Jones
I am trying to find footage of Army Medics on the
battlefield. Also any footage of Native Americans,
Hispanics, Blacks and Asian Pacific Islanders . Please
let me know if you have any and the method to get copies
of the footage. Thanks,
Ron - Mr. Ronald F. Still,
AMEDD Regimental Historian,
Phone: (210) 221-8455, DSN 471,
Fax: (210) 221-8697, e-mail:
CDR, USAMEDD Regiment,
2250 Stanley Road, BLDG 2840, Room 104, Fort Sam
Houston, TX 78234-6100
My Dad worked at The APC for 23 years. His name was
Martin Rader. I would love to hear from someone who
knew him. Laurie Rader Siegel-My e-mail address is
Frank T. Argondizza
hi, i'm trying to get some information on my
grandfather, frank t argondizza...i saw that
larry collins mentioned him in his article..do you
know how i might contact mr collins or anyone else who
knew my grandfather? thanks. -andrew
argondizza (The Old Webmeister notes that
information on this site is pieced together from bits
supplied from many sources. Often correspondents include
partial names, names spelled from memory, and incomplete
contact information. Thanks to those who contribute, and
special thanks to those who provide contact
wrote: I am looking for John A. Gathings'
address. We were both assigned to the 2nd Signal Platoon
and the Camera Section. - Thanks, Selwyn Shelby,
(Posted July 19, 2003)\
appeared in an
APC film circa 1965 and asks, "Is there anyway that I
could track down that training film? I do not know its
title. Is there a record of training films somewhere? Or
does anybody remember when Gary Moore was there so I can
pin down my TDY?" - Thanks, Paul Roales,
(Posted July 19, 2003)
Samuel Jack Cox
J. D. Mason
served from 1962 to 1964, and would like to find
Samuel Jack Cox.
Mark H. Carlton
"Just ran across the APC/SCPC site with a description as
I remember the Astoria facility," wrote Mark H.
Carlton. "I enjoyed my time there while in the
Signal Corp Motion Picture Branch. Served as a GHQ
combat cameraman from the first few days after war
started in Korea. Later, had the pleasure of seeing
Astoria Studios while producing a series of medical
programs for Lifetime around 1990. Would like to hear
from fellow Korean combat cameramen."
contact Mark by clicking here.