Thanks to William F. Barclay for
collecting and organizing much of this material in his book
103D INFANTRY DIVISION SIGNAL
COMPANT REMEMBRANCES and to the many men of the 103d Infantry Division
Signal Company who's interesting observations provide the condiments for
The official records tell part
of that history but we have opted to let the story be told primarily through
the recollections of Signal Company men as recorded in Barclay's book
The 103d Signal Company,
one of the several Special Troops Companies of the 103d Infantry Division,
was constituted as an Organized Reserve Unit and assigned to the Eighth
Corps Area, on 24 June 1921. The Company was ordered to be made active
at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, effective 15 November 1942, as a component
of the 103d Infantry Division, to be allotted-10 Commissioned Officers,
1 Warrant Officer, and 311 EM, (enlisted men, including non-commissioned
Prior to that date the 103d
Signal Company had no other history but, was apparently an inactive part
of the Organized Reserve 103d Infantry Division created in 1921.
During the middle of October
1942 the first group of Officers constituting the original Officer Cadre
began arriving at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Among the first to arrive
was Lt. Col. Carolus A. Brown, (then Captain) newly appointed Division
Signal Officer. Shortly afterward Captain Kenneth C. H. Colman (then
1st Lt.) arrived to make preparations for the reception of the remainder
of the Officers and men.
The original Officer Cadre
was generally graduates of the Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth,
New Jersey. They were:
2nd Lt. JOSEPH A. ALLISON,
Message Center Officer.
2nd Lt. BERNARD BECK,
Sig C Radio Officer.
2nd Lt. DENNIS A. DELANEY,
Telephone & Telegraph Officer.
2nd Lt. CHARLES A. DEWS,
2nd Lt. MAURICE A. HANNON,
Sig C Motor Officer.
2nd Lt. JOHN C. MITCHELL,
Sig C Construction Officer.
2nd Lt. JACK OWENS, Sig
C Radio Intelligence Officer.
2nd Lt. JULIUS S. SEDENSKY,
Sig C Construction Officer.
these original officers continued to serve the 103d Division Signal Company
until the time of breaking up the company after the war in Europe had ended.
Capt. Beck and 1st Lt. Sedensky then went with many of the members of the
old company to the 45th Division Signal Company stationed near Munich,
An enlisted cadre of 21
men was assigned to the 103d Signal Company from the 85th Division Signal
Company, per par 24, SC#1 Hq. 103D Infantry Division. Authority of
transfer from the 85th Division was SO#120 Hq. 85th Infantry Division dated
6 October 1942.
The enlisted cadre was as
The men indicated by *,
left the company before shipment overseas.
This cadre was augmented on 10
November 1942 by Pfc's Nixon, Nordstrom and Penick per par. 15 SO.#24 Hq.
Midwestern Signal Corps School dated 7 November 1942.
Most of these Non-commissioned
officers continued with the 103d Division Signal Company through basic
training, maneuvers and overseas combat service. Without exception, they
were competent and successful in all phases of their service. They
were joined by additional NCO transfers and promotions of men from the
ranks of the company.
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