|[Editor's Notes: The information
about Allan and his pictures were contributed by Allan's daughter, Jean
Moore Beach, with help from her husband Paul. This information is "as is."
While Jean is continuing to do research regarding Allan's service career,
Jean cannot provide additional information above and beyond what is here
at this time. As Allan has passed away, Jean cannot confirm or provide
details beyond what she has already provided here. As additional
information becomes available, we will update Allan's page here to include
any new findings. If you can shed NEW or corrected information above and
beyond what is here to Jean, please get in touch.]
Allan was with the 7th Infantry Div., confirmed by his separation papers. His MOS was 915, which translates to "ARTILLERY MECHANIC/HEAVY-ANTI-AIRCRAFT." He repaired a variety of guns, including captured weapons that were taken so they could not be used by again by "the Jap's."
Allan left for the Aleutians on April 1st, 1943. Prior to that he was with the 302nd Ordnance Regiment, 1st Battalion, Fort Ord, California. At Fort Ord and into the Aleutians Allan was known as "The Cosmolene Kid" and the men who worked with him were "The Cosmolene Commandoes.
From there Allan went on to England January 1944, Normandy, Northern France, The Rhineland, Central Europe. Still with Ordnance fixing weapons to get back to the men who needed them so desperately. Even though he was behind the lines he worked 16 + hours a day to get weapons back to "the boys" sometimes working 24 hours straight. The Ordnance was spoke of "little" but they had a job to do and they did it with pride for the men at the front and their country (Jean found references to Ordnance from "Ernie's War" pg 506, and in "Praise To The Ordnance").
|#1. This is Allen when he was inducted into the service at Fort Devens, Mass.|
|#2. This is Allan's discharge photo.|
|#3. Captured Japanese 75mm Anti-Aircraft Gun.|
|#4. Japanese knee mortar and ammunition.|
|#5. Japanese 20mm gun. Pictured are Ray Vaughn and H. D. Johnson.|
|#6. 75mm Japanese Gun. Pictured are Ray Vaughn, Norton, and Sjosten.|
|#7. Bob Whitman, USN (Retired)
indicates this looks like the namesake of our web site, a real live
williwaw, coming in off the sea and down the mountain. Bob never saw one
from land but says they look like this on the ocean.
U S Navy (Retired)
[Note: the subject matter here was unknown to Jean. My original guess was that it appeared to be a fire in a field. If anyone has a different opinion, please email webmaster. Thanks to Bob for providing an ID for this photo!]
Last Updated: 04 January 2013 12:02