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“NEWLY DRAFTED RECRUITS”

Frank Slagle (second from right) poses for a photo with his friends and fellow soldiers at Fort Benjamin Harrison in October 1941, a few days after he was drafted. Frank completed basic training at Camp Wheeler in Georgia before joining the 34th Infantry Division and heading overseas. With his division, Frank took part in the Allied invasion of North Africa, known as Operation Torch, before he was captured during the Battle of Kasserine Pass. 

Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN • October 1941

Back row • Merritt Church, Bernie Phillips

Front row • Scott Cole, Frank Slagle, Ralph Chester

 
 
 

“REST AND RECUPERATION”

Frank (middle) and friends enjoy some much needed relaxation at the Riptide Club in Miami Beach. Frank lost about 90 pounds during his time in captivity. Before liberation, he endured a near-1,000 mile forced march through Northern Europe in late winter. 

Miami, FL • 1945

From left to right • Les Jaskoviak, Ray Hines, Frank Slagle, Jim Reichert, and Adolph Madley