Posted by: notsofancynancy | April 17, 2014

Progress of the 110th-35th QM Collection


Marvin Cain wrote "Odell, Byfield, Hayes, Blank"  Courtesy of the Cain Family

Marvin Cain wrote “Odell, Byfield, Hayes, Blank” Courtesy of the Cain Family

I love this picture of these four soldiers enjoying what may have been their first visit to a California Beach. It was taken when the 110th Quartermaster was sent to Fort Ord, California right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was December of 1941 when they arrived, winter on the California Coast was cold that year according to my father’s letters.

I have been processing the Winquest-Johnson collection. The Rod Johnson’s part of the collection is what I am working on now. He was with Company A along with Marvin Cain and Harold Winquest. I now have 73 new Photo album pages that contain anywhere from one to eight pictures each page. These new pictures join my father’s, Marvin Cains, Murray Combs, Robert Winter, Harold Winquest pictures in the 110th-35th QM Collection. Comparing Mr. Johnson’s pictures with Marvin Cain’s I am able to put full names to some of the pictures I had only last names for. I get a rush when that happens, when I find a name in the Johnson Collection that gives me a clue to who that person was in the Cain collection who I only had a last name for. It is like a piece of a puzzle has been solved. Because of this cross referencing I was able to put full names all four of the men in the above picture!

I now have pictures that chronicle their time from 1941 when they were originally mustered into the Army and span through their training at Camp Robinson in Arkansas, Camp Rucker, Louisiana Maneuvers, Tennessee Maneuvers, California, then overseas. I have pictures of each of these places. I am blown away at how historical this collection has become.

Even though my father was not in Company A, he walked in their shoes, went most everywhere they did.

The men of Company A have become my family and through them I can see what my father saw all those years ago. I feel so blessed and thankful.

More to come…………………………………..




  1. They are so young and crisp looking. That picture is a family treasure for all time.

  2. I know, right? And is that not WWI helmets they are wearing?

  3. These pictures give glimpses into the lives of all GI’s of that era.

    • That is why I can work on the other men’s collections. Dad walked the same path as Company A. It helps me get a clue to my dad’s life back then!

  4. body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;}body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;}Hi Nancy – So good to hear from you.  Wow!  Your father’s journey was so similar to my father’s.  I have some recent discoveries that I would like to share with you.  First – Joe Turner’s best friend – Bill Collins – just gave me a copy of a letter that Joe wrote to him from Camp Robinson on June 4, 1941.  I have attached a copy.I also made a discovery about The Louisiana Maneuvers.  My father played the coronet in the 161st Field Artillery Band – part of 35th – he is on the far right in the attached photo of this special band standing in a door way at Louisiana Tech University.  He was selected for the “Detached Personnel from 35th Division Band.” They are pictured at Louisiana Tech University – I contacted the library there and they sent me the attached newspaper article from the local paper which mentioned the band playing at a high school football game.  They must have surely also played at the University since they are pictured there.  The very attractive woman is also a mystery – a singer maybe.   Thanks so much for doing all this great work!Regards,Nan

    • Darn it the picture did not come through. How fun that your Dad mirrored mine.

  5. I know what you mean by a “rush”!!!

  6. I love to see pictures of days gone by. It is such a treasure to have pictures of past generations. Hugs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


It's all in a Nutshell Crochet

a nutty crochet blog for nutty people

Make My Day Creative

Exploring things crafty, crochet, and beyond

Bill Willson

My Writing Life


Lost my bliss looking for a new one

Dear Judy...Letters to Tanzania

What the hell, it's cheaper than postage

The People of Pancho

At Play In The Archive

Wayne's Journal

A life of a B-25 tail gunner with the 42nd Bombardment Group in the South Pacific

%d bloggers like this: