From July 8-11, 2008, four members of the 973rd COB took part in a series of training exercises with the Oregon State Police's Mobile Response Team. These photos show a little of what we did in support of the MRT.
The 41st Infantry Division served from 1942-1945 in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations during World War II. The Oregon National Guard formed the nucleus of the 41st Division when it first went to war and included both the 162nd and 186th Infantry Regiments. These photos tell the story of a few of the division's hard-fought victories during the island-hopping campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines.
While working with Cadet Smith and the GFAD's he had brought out on the second day of the exercise, I had a chance to role-play an obnoxious photo journalist who got in everyone's way and generally caused much trouble. These photos are some of the shots I took as a firefight unfolded around the outskirts of our make-shift local national village and its marketplace.
The Photos in the album demonstrate some of what we do, and the bond we share, in the 973rd. They were taken at Camp Rilea, Goshen State Police Range, and at Fort Lewis during our operations with 2-162 Infantry.
Members of the 28th Infantry Division's band during a briefing outside of Bastogne, Belgium on December 20, 1944.
The 28th ID's band stayed behind and fought the Germans at Wiltz, Belgium at the start of the Battle of the Bulge. They refused to surrender, and refused to give ground until their ammunition was exhausted. After they fired their last round, the band withdrew toward Bastogne.
Stands like theirs played a key role in slowing the German advance and helped give the Allies time to react to the surprise Nazi offensive.
The 28th Infantry Division--the "Keystone Division"--was a National Guard unit from Pennsylvania.