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WWII 7th Armored Division Coast Artillery Photo Album
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A large and interesting photograph album assembled by Staff Sergeant Forrest H. Zirkle, who served in combat in Europe with the 7th Armored Division as a member of the Headquarters Battery, 203rd Anti Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self Propelled), Coast Artillery Corps. The album has an overall size of approximately 10 by 13 inches and contains about 163 photographs. The contents of the album include a large unit photograph which on the reverse is dated May 25, 1944, and which lists all of the individuals shown in the photo. This photograph, on hard stock, is not mounted within the album but remains loose. The album also includes Sergeant Zirkle's original typed citation for the Bronze Star decoration, awarded for meritorious service in combat operations in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany between August 11, 1944 to May 1, 1945. The citation states that Sergeant Zirkle's exceptional service in the face of difficult and hazardous conditions were responsible for providing secure air protection for the Division. The document is light, but the text is still completely legible. The subjects on the album photographs include men of the unit (and, apparently, Sergeant Zirkle himself); vehicles, crashed and operational aircraft; G.I.'s displaying their captured war souvenirs; and, of course, some pretty girls. The album is in exceptional condition, with all of the photographs securely held in place on the pages with photo mounts.