430th ORDNANCE TIRE REPAIR COMPANY 1943 - 1945
THE MEN OF THE 430th TIRE REPAIR COMPANY LOOK OUT TO US FROM THEIR UNIT PHOTOGRAPH SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THEIR DEPLOYMENT TO EUROPE IN JULY, 1944.  BASED ON THE DATE, MARCH 20, 1944,  IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN AT THE COMPLETION OF TRAINING AT THE ORDNANCE DEPOT TRAINING CENTER AT RED RIVER, TEXAS.  MY DAD, LT. JOHN J. NESBITT, JR. IS THE OFFICER TO THE FAR RIGHT SEATED IN THE FRONT ROW.  I RECALL HIM TELLING US THAT HIS COMPANY TRAINED "OUT WEST" AND INFORMATION IN HIS RECORDS SHOW THAT HE WAS AT THE RED RIVER TRAINING CENTER AS EARLY AS  NOVEMBER 25, 1943.   
THE ABOVE "SNAPSHOTS" OF THE 430th TIRE REPAIR COMPANY IN TRAINING WERE SENT TO MY MOTHER IN OCTOBER, 1944 BY MRS. H.J. (MARTHA) EICHER OF FOND du LAC, WIS.  IN HER LETTER, MRS. EICHER WROTE: "MY BETTER HALF SENT ME THE NEGATIVES WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO SEND BOTH YOU AND MRS. TRUESDELL A SET. / DON'T EVER TELL THE LIEUTENANT I WAITED SO LOG OR WHEN HE CENSORS THE MAIL (ONE OF DAD'S DUTIES AS COMPANY EXECUTIVE OFFICER WAS TO CENSOR ALL MAIL SENT HOME BY THE MEN OF HIS UNIT, INCLUDING PHOTOS WHICH  WERE STAMPED AS CLEARED - SEE EXAMPLE WITH  PHOTOS OF THE 430th IN EUROPE) ALL I'LL GET FROM MY HUSBAND WILL BE "HELLO DEAR' AND "GOODBY LOVE."" 

THE TRAINING IS HEAVY MACHINE GUN, 50 CAL., AND DAD IS MANNING THE GUN IN THE FOREGROUND IN THE LOWER LEFT PICTURE.   SEE ADDITIONAL TRAINING PHOTOS BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.
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