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Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:46:53 AM »
Hi All,
Shared this on some "other" forums but thought some may find it of interest here. This one will be pic heavy, so I apologize in advance!

The bulk of it is shown below, however I estimate there are over 500 letters written to and from the vet so I may be updating this thread as time goes on. all of the letters and documents have been sorted and placed in plastic sleeves, spread out between four 3" binders.

Majority of the letters are written in English however a good amount are also written in German. Letters include those written to/from his parents, friends & co-workers back home & in service, and family living in Europe (Austria).

I present, the grouping of Charles Wahler...

First, a brief synopsis of Charles’ history:


-Charles was born 28th November 1914 in Austria in a Jewish family. In 1938, Charles and his family immigrated to the US, likely to escape the unrest caused by the Nazi’s. Being Austrian born, Charles could read and speak German which would come in handy later during his service.

-26 November 1941 – Charles enlists in the US Army. Goes through Basic at Camp Croft and upon completion is assigned to Co. G, 8th Inf, 4th ID. MOS is infantryman. Not sure what his duties entailed stateside. It’s not until April of 1944 that he completes Military Intelligence Training.

-Upon completion, he is transferred overseas to England and arrives in June of 1944. While in England, he attends Jump School. He qualifies in August of 1944.

-He participates in the Normandy Campaign, however not sure in what capacity. He somehow qualified for participation in the campaign after his arrival in Europe in June 1944 but before the September 1st cut-off.[/li][/list]

-After jump school, he is assigned to the 501st PIR, 101st ABDiv with IPW (Prisoner of War Interrogator) Team 9

I believe his first combat jump is for Operation Market Garden (Rhineland Campaign).

-After this, Charles participated in the Ardennes Campaign (Battle of the Bulge). Several photos of with annotations on the reverse referring to Bastogne.

-He continues to serve with the 501st PIR however it is also noted in the book, "No Victory in Valhalla" by Ian Gardner, service alongside the 506th PIR . After VE Day, he makes his way to the Eagles Nest and Himmler’s Hunting Lodge. Several photos of him and others with the 501st at these locations.

-Per a post-war news article, Charles is eventually responsible for translating documents that would be used in the Nuremberg Trials.

-October 1945 – Charles is honorably discharged from the Army. He returns home to his job with the Philadelphia Record, a local newspaper.


Sadly, Charles passed away in 1991 in Ridley Park, PA. Based on the items in the group, he remained active with the 4th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Associations after his service.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015, 11:48:15 AM »
M42 Jump Uniform with British made 101st SSI
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015, 11:49:41 AM »
Jump boots. Not sure what the white, sock looking items are in the second photo. Appear to have button holes on them. Any ideas as to whether or not military related?
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015, 11:53:48 AM »
This looks promising Eric !!!!!   :D   

As you may have well guessed , i think the letters are going to be my favourite pieces !!

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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015, 12:37:09 PM »
Thanks, Carl! Sorry, got distracted with work so there is still more.

Next up are some misc insignia included with the group. The 4th SSI would be Wahler's as would the EM cap device and some other pieces.

The other patches and insignia I'm unsure as to how they came into his possession.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015, 12:40:12 PM »
Original documentation including an application for OCS (never materialized), Intelligence Training Cert and Jump School Cert.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2015, 12:41:28 PM »
Congrats Eric....that's a helluva grouping. I think the goggles are of German origin. As for the "socks"...they look like what we call "willy warmers" over here...(maybe "c**k sox" to you?!  ;)  )
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 01:01:21 PM »
Discharge paperwork and other docs
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2015, 01:02:56 PM »
A few articles regarding Charles' service
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2015, 01:03:51 PM »
articles cont; association membership cards and company ID showing Charles later in life.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2015, 01:05:48 PM »
Snapshot of the letters and final result of them being sorted.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2015, 01:15:30 PM »
A few 101st history books, composition book with notes from his intelligence training, foreign money he collected while in service, one of which was made into a short-snorter
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2015, 01:21:15 PM »
Some training books, a 1943 Christmas Dinner menu for the 4th ID, association booklets and one of the original Christmas in Bastogne letters.

Letter was written by General McAuliffe and is one of maybe 200 that were from the first run on the divisions ditto machine, as evident by McAuliffe's signature (later version had this missing).
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2015, 01:23:07 PM »
Various photos taken by and of Wahler
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2015, 01:25:29 PM »
More photos
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