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Local Identifier: 111-SC-198304, Original caption: “Bastogne, Belgium–Weary infantrymen of the 110th Regt., 28th Div., US 1st Army following the German breakthrough in that area. The enemy overran their battalion. (L-R) Pvt. Adam H. Davis and T/S Milford A. Sillars. Dec. 19, 1944”Local Identifier: 111-SC-198304, NAID: 12010146, Original caption: “Bastogne, Belgium–Weary infantrymen of the 110th Regt., 28th Div., US 1st Army following the German breakthrough in that area. The enemy overran their battalion. (L-R) Pvt. Adam H. Davis and T/S Milford A. Sillars. Dec. 19, 1944”

 

Recently, the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) digitized the U.S. Army’s personality index titled 111-PX: Index to Personalities in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic Files (111-SC, 111-P, 111-PC, 111-C), 1940 - 1981. The available digitized records are helpful when searching for a photograph of a specific service member from the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. The index is organized by name and is used to locate photographic identifier numbers for photographs of specific individuals. The photographic identifier numbers then lead to a specific photograph in the U.S. Army’s photographic records.

 

While searching, it is helpful to keep in mind that formal military portraits were taken by commercial photographers and offered for sale at the time taken. Unfortunately, those photos were typically not kept as permanent records by the military. Generally, higher ranking individuals are the most frequently found in the index and oftentimes, specific individuals are not identified in the U.S. Army's photographs.

 

For more information and a detailed step-by-step guide on how to search for a personality within the series of records 111-PX: Index to Personalities in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic Files, see the blog post titled "How to Search Still Photographs for Army Personalities" on the NARA Special Media Branch’s blog “The Unwritten Record." If you have any questions about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov.