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WWII Amphibious Engineer Photo Album
A World War II photograph album that was assembled by Joseph W. Kenyon of the 561st Boat Maintenance Company, 1st Engineer Amphibious Brigade. The album is approximately 7 by 12 inches in size and contains approximately 164 photographs (20 of these are commercially produced tourist photos of the Italian city of Pompeii). The photographs cover the unit's presence from its training in Massachusetts to North Africa, Sicily, Italy, southern France, and the Philippine Islands in the Pacific Theater. The photographs include scenes of the effects of war, unit personnel, and pictures of the areas of operations. There is even an original photograph of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Lewis in Army uniform in Rome. The album also includes a promotion document that was personally signed at Arzew, North Africa, by Brigadier General Henry C. Wolfe, the commander of the 1st Engineer Battalion, promoting Private First Class Kenyon to the temporary rank of Technician 5th Class. The album includes hand drawn and colored art on the cover which illustrates the units with which the Boat Maintenance Company served.
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