Skip to comments.(Photos) U.S. Army Paratroopers with Mohawks - World War II
Posted on 08/26/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
U.S. Paratroopers with Mohawks - World War II
This photo of paratroopers Clarence C. Ware and Charles R. Plaudo painting each other's faces on the afternoon of June 5, 1944, was printed in Stars and Stripes, and helped form the legend of "The Filthy Thirteen."
Some more background story ...
‘Filthy Thirteen’ veterans recount their antics during WWII
Warriors paying homage to warriors. Now you get bed-wetting lefties complaining about “disrespect” and “stereotyping.” We’re flooded with pussies in this country.
Great story, thanks
And they came home and named sports teams the Braves, Redskins, Sioux, etc etc. Respect and good times.
Now the weeping pussies in our society whine about such goings on.
Really terrific story!
GMTA. See post #4.
A bond and spirit forged thru violence. Both terrifying and hauntingly beautiful.
It’s kind of cool to look back at a time when men could experience ‘macho catharsis’ without being forced to overdose on estrogen, neutralizing their instincts and killing comradery.
BTTT - Screaming Eagle Lore!
“”Warriors paying homage to warriors.””
May God keep watch.
My Mom and Grandmother (and other family members) were in Berlin at that time. I can't wait to show her this picture.
You sir, are obviously a very astute and intelligent man! Kudos.
So much teaching and learning in those informal male bonding sessions, with the old bulls instructing the young bulls. Now, behaving like you’ve got a pair is discouraged and punished. The Navy used to have happy hour strippers in its on-base clubs. No happy hours, strippers, or even clubs. Replaced with breathalyzers on the ship’s brow every time you report aboard, and female sailors crying sexual assault or harassment when their antics get them pregnant.
I have been told but have not been able to confirm that future Auburn Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan was playing for the engineers.
Any WWII guys with mullets? Now that would be scary.
Currahee, a corruption of gurahiyi, a Cherokee word possibly meaning “stand alone”, may refer to:
The motto of the 506th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the 101st Airborne Division
“Currahee”, the first episode of Band of Brothers (TV miniseries) written about the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy, a non-fiction book by Donald Burgett, about the actions of the 506th PIR in the Normandy Invasion
Currahee Mountain, a mountain located in Stephens County, Toccoa, Georgia which gave the motto to the 506th PIR
Camp Toccoa, a United States Army paratrooper training camp during World War II five miles west of Toccoa, Georgia, the original home of the 506th PIR
These were real men.
There is a good reason the Army has named a boatload of stuff from helicopters to infantry units after Indian tribes: because they were fearsome warriors.
All the limp-wristed liberal twits want to portray Native Americans as peace loving tribes who only became warlike because the white man came.
They were as brutal and ruthless to each other when the situation called for it as they ever were to settlers or American soldiers.
I appreciate the homage we pay to them, and they should be damn proud of it.
Man, don’t get me started. Enough to make this ex-swabby embarrassed to admit it.
High & very tight ! You confront the one with the tommy gun.
I don't doubt your narrative; throw faggots into the mix and I cannot imagine an effective fighting force.
And lest I forget, there was Oceana . . .
My uncle was 101. in the bulge also. Or as he put it ‘The hole in the donut.’
My dad was a WWII vet, as was my first boss, Mr. Tindol. Of course, in the 80’s, men wore their hair a little longer, so Mr. Tindol called me a ‘hippie’. It was hilarious.
I read that book. It really left an impression on me.
Which one of these is not like the other? Which one of these doesn’t belong?
The US Army’s longest war was against the American Indians. It lasted 109 years (and much longer if you count the colonial period before the Revolutionary War). Indian warriors were fearsome opponents and were rightly feared. The were not the “tame” reservation welfare dependents so prized by liberals. American Indians were warriors and real men.
Still in existence. Was stuck in East Germany when the Wall went up.
Yeah, I served with a few of the “Old Guy’s from the WWII Airborne Units.
Some of them were still “Bad Ass” when they got riled .
They were the men we wanted to be. They made you stand up straighter.
I checked out that site. It looks a bit different but then I realized Daddy’s picture was taken 67 years ago. Even that tree could have easily grown since then.
Statement of Elias Vansickle
Nacodoches, January 23, 1839.
By request, Elias Vansickle states that, about the 1st of October last, he was taken prisoner at the Saline, Nacodoches county, by a party of Mexican Boluxee and Shawanie Indians, and kept by them until the 21st of December following, when he made his escape.
He states that he was in their camp at the Kickapoo town at the time of the battle between General Rusks force and them, and that there were then fifteen Cherokees with them, who all joined in the attack upon General Rusks camp.
He states, also, that Dogshoot, a Cherokee, came into the enemy some time before and brought a scalp which he said belonged to one of the Kilough family, who had been murdered about the same time in the Cherokee nation. The Cherokees, Dogshoot and others, said that in three days from that time, thirty besides those in the camp would join them, and unite with them in a war upon the white settlements. Several Shawaniesfive, he thinks, in numberwere at the hostile camp some days previous to the battle. Fifteen Coshattees were in the battle against us, led by Benash, a chief. Another chief was killed a few days before in an action between Major Mabbits command and the Indians, in which it is known the latter made the attack
Send them an email with the pic and ask them if it was their club where the pic was taken :)
I can only imagine what was going through the minds of the Wehrmacht troopers when they saw their opponents up close and personal, dressed like Huron warriors on the warpath, looking to lift a few scalps.
I don’t know how to add a picture to an email and I have a dial-up modem.
It would be interesting tho. If you want to email them, you have my permission to use the picture.
Ok! We’ll see what happens :)
To me, Clarence looks as if he might be of Indian descent.
I had no idea that this look went back that far, as I had never seen it other than in pictures of Indians from way back until the 1980s when teen started sporting the hairstyle.
The more I think about it, I am pretty sure that is an American flag flying from that flagpole. There are several more pics of the game around here somewhere but it would take me weeks to find them.
I can’t imagine an American flag if that was in the Russian sector.
Still, I hope you check with them. It might be interesting to see if they know any more about the game.
teen = teens
I don’t know about Clarence Ware ...
but, the Stars and Stripes story reads ...
“These werent model soldiers,” he said. “But they were guys who could get jobs done.”
More than 30 men rotated through the unit over the months (Jake) McNiece spent operating in France. The group became famous after a picture appeared in Stars and Stripes shortly before D-Day; the men sported mohawks and put on warpaint as they prepared for a mission.
The idea was McNieces, a tribute to his heritage and a way to energize the men for the danger ahead. Rumors about the unit began circulating as the newspaper and film of the men began making the rounds: They were all Indians, they were all convicts, they never bathed before battle.
The rumors became the basis for the more-famous movie. McNiece said he never regretted the indirect fame.
Well said. (I’m a woman, BTW.)
You never know. Things were pretty fluid in 1945.
Sent them the email. I’ll FReepmail you if I hear back.
‘Bout the same time frame for Miramar.
Not a problem. I was stationed in Berlin for almost 5 years. Great duty station.
When the Wall came down I was out and about visiting places I had only previously read about. It was quite a heady experience.
Hopefully we'll get a reply for your photo.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if some of these guys WERE Mohawks.
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