Photo Gallery - Tech4 'Guard'

We now know the name of the American soldier in this photo which was taken on Easter Sunday in 1944. Jeanne mentions the occasion, just outside her home in Sarsden, and describes him as 'the guard in the yard'. It's an extract from a group photo taken next to piles of earth or other material and with a half-track in the background. His rank at this time is Technician Grade Four, or 'Tech4'. He carries an M1 carbine and is wearing gloves. On his left shoulder is an 'Armored' patch. Given the dominant presence of the 6th Armored Division in the Cotswolds, we thought he was most probably in the 'Super Sixth'. His location suggested he was a member of the 6AD unit billeted in Jeanne's hamlet, namely the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of Combat Command B. We now believe he's also in another photo in our gallery. He's the 6AD soldier photographed, minus his jacket, sitting on the grass on a sunnier day, even though in that photo he has no stripes on his shirt sleeves. The name for our Tech4 'guard' is Al Crosson. If anyone can help with further information about him, please get in touch using the link at the top of this page.

   
  Al Crosson - US soldier
6th Armored Division
CCB HQ Co.
Sarsden
1944
Al Crosson - same photo, enlarged section
6th Armored Division
CCB HQ Co.
Sarsden
1944
 

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