Camp Gordon, Georgia – 12th Infantry, Company “I” – World War Two

Original photograph taken by Lenard Parke, Photographers, Augusta, GA. From the photograph collection of James F. Doran.
Company “I” 12th Infantry, Camp Gordon, GA. Original photograph taken by Lenard Parke, Photographers, Augusta, GA. From the WWII photograph collection of James F. Doran.

“The 12th Infantry Regiment was reorganized as a Motorized Infantry Regiment on 29 September 1942. Less than a year later, on 1 August 1943, the 12th was reorganized as a standard infantry regiment when the 4th Division was converted from motorized to dismounted infantry. The 12th Regiment along with the rest of the 4th Infantry Division arrived in England on 29 January 1944. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the 12th Infantry saw its first action of the war when, as part of the 4th Infantry Division, it spearheaded the assault landing on Utah Beach.” Source: Wikipedia, 12 Infantry Regiment (United States).

Here are the sections scanned in for closer detail. Please click on any image to enlarge it.

Upper left of photograph.
Center of photograph.
Top right of photograph.

The bottom half of the photograph is below.

Bottom left of photograph.
Section from Company I, 12th Infantry, Camp Gordan, GA.
Center bottom section from Company I, 12th Infantry, Camp Gordon, GA with list of names.
Bottom right of photograph.
Bottom right of photograph.

The center section of the photograph lists the names of the men serving in Company I of the 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th IVY Division, during World War II. The original photo is 31 inches by 13 inches, and is taped in sections, and is undated. This photograph was saved by James F. Doran. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day and was severely wounded two days later on 8 June 1944. After recovery, he served for the duration of the war as a Military Policeman in France. He was one of the Greatest Generation.

Fort Gordon Garrison History   ~  Camp Gordon, named for Confederate Lieutenant General John Brown Gordon, was activated for infantry and armor training during World War II. During the war, its 55,000 acres served as a divisional training base for the 4th and 26th Infantry Divisions and the 10th Armored Division that fought in Europe in General George S. Patton’s Third Army. (The inactivated 10th Armored Division still calls Fort Gordon home). After World War II, more than 85,000 officers and enlisted personnel were discharged from Camp Gordon’s Army Personnel Center. Other facilities included a U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and, beginning in 1943, a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian World War II captives.” Source:

Thank you to all the brave men and women that served during World War II, and every day, so that we have freedom.

Copyright 2016 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.

2 thoughts on “Camp Gordon, Georgia – 12th Infantry, Company “I” – World War Two

  1. Thanks Maryann for the great photos! And history behind them. I recently found that my Great uncle, Ernest Ruhnke also served in the 12th Infantry. But he was in Company “G”. And they also trained at Fort Gordon around the same time. These photos might help me trace down a photo of Company “G”.


    1. You are very welcome! I would think all of the different company units had the same type of photo taken. I wonder if there is a librarian at Fort Gordon that has access to the photograph archive. Good luck in your search!


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