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Private First Class Willard Dominick

A Soldier’s Sketchbook-Served: 1942-1945

 

—U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center —

 
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By Don Morfe, May 31, 2015
1. Private First Class Willard Dominick Marker
Inscription. Some of the most important stories about the U.S. Army and the men and women who served in that Army came from their personal diaries, letters, and sketchbooks. The sketchbooks of Willard Dominick tell the story of an America Soldier from his induction into the Army through his service in the South Pacific. It was on February 24, 1942 that I was inducted into the Army at New Cumberland (Pennsylvania). We went through various lectures, was fed out of tin plates, allowed to wander a bit and were finally sworn in about six o’clock. May 12, 1942, we had dry runs and field maneuvers with the light machine gun, I was the gunner. Tugging the heavy gun around made me real tired. We went on our first long hike carrying full field equipment. It was a lovely star-light night. The night air smelled fresh and cleans with the pleasant smell of Georgia pine in it.

February 10, 1943, our helmets are good protection against shrapnel, but not good against bullets. The fiber liner makes a good sun helmet, and the shell has many good uses. We carry water in them, we use them as wash pans and basins, and we even use them to heat canned rations in. What I was doing was illegal. You were not allowed to have a camera or take photographs, not allowed to have a diary or a sketchbook…the officers knew I was doing this and they overlooked it. I think my sketches

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By Don Morfe, May 31, 2015
2. Private First Class Willard Dominick Marker
show the human aspect of war. Private First Class Willard Dominick, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper left) Private First Class Willard Dominick (center) and buddies from the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, New Caledonia, 1944

(Inscription under the photo in the upper right)
A page from Willard Dominick’s sketchbook. My Stretch in the Service, 1942.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.444′ N, 77° 9.612′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sergeant First Class Randall D. Shughart (here, next to this marker); Hesco Barriers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); HESCO in Afghanistan (about 300 feet away); HESCO in Iraq (about 300 feet away); HESCO at Home (about 400 feet away); Flexibility, Firepower, and Mobility (about 500 feet away); Truscott Hall (approx. half a mile away); The Carlisle Indian Industrial School (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, World II

 
Private First Class Willard Dominick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 31, 2015
3. Private First Class Willard Dominick Marker
Sign at the entrance to the US Army Heritage and Education Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 31, 2015
4. Sign at the entrance to the US Army Heritage and Education Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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