John Janik sits writing a letter in his half-track, July 1945
Gift of John J. Janik Family
Photograph. American soldier John Janik sits writing a letter in his half-track. Personal caption on photo reverse: "I'm writing a letter in this picture, & listening to the Radio. I was on Radio Duty at the time. That railing just above my head & around the front of the track, is a Machine-gun rail." Germany. 14 July 1945
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John Joseph Janik was a member of 203rd Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self-Propelled) which was attached to the 7th Armored Division in the European Theater. . He began his service on 6 February 1944 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey and ended his tour at Horbach, Germany on 2 July 1945. During his time in the service Janik reached the rank of Tech 4. Janik documented his time in Europe with over 250 photographs. The images depict allied and enemy soldiers (POWS), local townspeople, military equipment, and various city scenes during the war. The collection also includes a reference sheet created by Janik of the dates, places, and miles that the 203rd AAA (AW) Bn (SP) 7TH Armored Division traveled during his tour as well as a directory of the members of the 203rd AAA and a booklet of the 7th Armored Division.
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