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.

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Six Word Saturday – 13 August 2016

Some of my favorite swimming holes . . .

Darts Mill - 1960

Darts Mill – 1960

One of my favorite swimming holes when I was a child was Darts Mill, in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This was along the South Branch of the Raritan River. I have the look of hurry up and take the picture!

Darts Mill - 28 June 1960 - Doran Siblings

Darts Mill – 28 June 1960 – Doran Siblings

I was surprised to hear that my sister-in-law, Cindy, had gone there with her family as a child. How neat to think we all may have played together. It was always fun to not only splash around, but to go under the bridges where the river ran and to catch minnows.

"Summer 1962 - Rockaway - Mountainville"

“Summer 1962 – Rockaway – Mountainville”

Rockaway Creek, in Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County was a local swimming hole that some of our neighbors also went to. The creek had been damned up and it had some nice large rocks to play on. I’m the little one on the right with the “water wings” on.

When I was a little older, I would go to Round Valley Reservoir, in Lebanon, NJ. It was formed in the early 1960s after a series of significant droughts, in a natural valley with Cushetunk Mountain. This photo was from before it officially opened. Later I would bring my own children there. Tuesdays were free then, and also after 6 p.m.

Round Valley, NJ. With my dear sister, Veronica.

Round Valley, NJ, with my dear sister, Veronica.

Mountain Lake, in Liberty Township, Warren County was another great place for a swim. In this photo below you can see the beach area with the dock we would swim out to. I was the weakest swimmer of my siblings, but I did manage to get out that far.

Mountain Lake, NJ - Enjoying the swings!

Mountain Lake, NJ – Enjoying the lake and the swings!

Swimming holes never have chlorine added to the water, and are usually free, or just have a nominal fee to get in. They are great places during the hot sultry days of summer. Now we swim for free at the lake we live on in Virginia.

What are some of your favorite swimming holes?

Take a look at Cate’s blog at Show My Face for more Six Word Saturday postings.

Copyright 2016 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.

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Surname Saturday – Wasik Family

Surname Saturday looks at the history behind our family names.


Stanislaw “Stanley” Wasik second from left. Zofia Szczerba is to his left, and Katie Wasik to his right. With Adam and Sophie Wasik. 14 November 1937.  Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania.

“Wasik Name Meaning. Polish (Wasik): descriptive nickname from a diminutive of was ‘moustache’ (see Was).Polish and Ukrainian: from a pet form of the personal name Wasyl, Polish form of Greek Basileios (see Basil). Eastern German: nickname from Sorbian wasik ‘crawler’” [Source:].

There are two common versions of this surname in Poland, the way it is spelled in our family’s lineage, Wasik, and also the ogonek ą in Wąsik, which may give it a more nasal sound. According to a compilation of Polish surnames by Kazimierz Rymunt published in Krakow-Chicago 2002, the surname Wasik had 2,879 residents and the surname Wąsik had 10,631 [Dictionary of Surnames in Current Use in Poland at the Beginning of the 21st Century].

Stanislaw or Stanley Wasik was born in the small village of Berdechów, which is in southern Poland about 50 miles south-east of Krakow. His mother was Apolonia “Pauline” Olszewski Szczerba Wasik. Apolonia was my great-grandmother. When my grandmother, Zofia’s, father, Piotr or Peter Szczerba died in 1882, Apolonia then married Laurentius or Walter (Wawrzynia) Wasik in Berdechow. Stanley had a twin named Jozef. He also had an older brother Jan “John” Wasik (1887-1934). It is possible that Jan also had a twin.

After John and Stanley emigrated to the United States to work the coal mines in western Pennsylvania, they in turn married sisters from a neighboring Polish village called Falkowa. John Wasik married Katarzyna “Katie” Bronczyk shown above in the photo. They had twelve children. Stanley Wasik married Jadwiga “Jennie” Stoklosa, and they had nine children. Confused yet? My sister and I were always in a state of confusion until we went to a Wasik family reunion. That helped a lot. We also heard that another Wasik sibling may have married another sister of Jennie and Katie.

John Wasik died in Smith, Washington County, PA in 1934. An interesting note is that on his immigration record from 1910 John Wasik said his nationality was Austrian (Poland was part of the Austrian Empire then), but he was ethnic Ruthenian. The Ruthenians are also called the Lemkos. You can click this link to read more:

Stanley Wasik died in McDonald, Washington County, PA at the age of 79. Here are his daughters below with his wife Jennie.

Jennie Wasik with her daughters.

Jennie Wasik with her daughters, from left to right: Virginia, Julia, Stella, Helen, and Chris. Photo from Chester Wasik.

Another sweet photo of Jennie Wasik and children below. Chester Wasik is sitting next to his mom. Standing are his siblings – Steve, Chris, Virginia, and Helen.


Jennie Wasik with two of her sons and three of her daughters. Photo from Chester Wasik.

I never met Jennie Wasik, but I love this quote from her daughter, Stella, to my mother:

“Mom and Dick are pretty good at present but Dick is failing more and more each day. He is 71. Mom is 69 but claims she is going to stay 39, she has more pep than her daughters. [written 9 Nov 1968].

After Stanley Wasik died, Jennie married Edward “Dick” Klimas, and Jennie lived to the age of 96! Sto Lat is a favorite Polish song meaning may you live to be one hundred. Jennie came very close.

As you can see twins do run in the Wasik family. This photo below is of Stella Wasik Teyssier with her husband, and their twins.

Eugene and Stella Teyssier with their twins.

Eugene and Stella with their twins.

Chester Wasik while serving  in the Navy is shown below.


Chester Wasik during WWII.

Some of John and Katie Wasik’s children are shown in these two photographs, taken near the Wasik family farm. Thank you to all of the Wasik family for your military service! So happy that I got to talk with so many of the Wasik family. It was especially nice to hear Sophie talk about her aunt Sophia, my grandmother, and how much she loved her. Sophie (in the white sweater) is next to her sister. Helen kindly shared family documents.



The photo below is of Adam Wasik taken in 1942.

'Adam' - 1942

‘Adam’ – 1942

The photo below is of Stanley Wasik in 1942.


“Stanley Wasik and his friend.”

This photograph was with other Wasik ones, but I don’t know who these two are.

"This picture was taken last summer"

“This picture was taken last summer”

"Wilfred. He looks like the Wasik's, don't you think? 1948"

“Wilfred. He looks like the Wasik’s, don’t you think? 1948”


The Wasik farm in Washington County, PA, taken during a family reunion Ho-Down.

You can search on our Genealogy Sisters blog for other postings about the Wasik family, and enjoy some other photographs. My sister and I always love hearing from the extended Wasik family!

Surname Saturday is a blogging post suggested by Geneabloggers. Take a look at the website for more genealogy information:

Copyright 2016 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.

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