134th Infantry Regiment
"All Hell Can't Stop Us"
Pfc. Domenic D'Alessandris was born in Patrica, Italy in May 1921. He arrived in Ambridge PA in 1930. Dom left school after the 8th grade to work in the A.M. Byers steel mill. He was inducted into the Army, and on January 1, 1945 he left home for the European Theater of Operations . After stops at Ft. Meade and Camp Kilmer he left New York on the Queen Elizabeth and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on January 13, 1945. He traveled through Scotland and England to Southhampton, crossed the Channel and reached Le Havre, France on January 16. After a couple of days at a Repo Depot, he traveled to Bastogne, Belgium and join Anti-Tank Company, 134th Infantry Regiment on January 21, 1945. He saw his first action outside of Bastogne.
He fought with the 134th Infantry for the remainder of the war, through Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and Germany. He returned to the U. S. on the Queen Mary, departing South Hampton, England on September 5 and arriving in New York September 10, 1945. After returning to the States, he spent time at Camp Kilmer, NJ, Indiantown Gap, PA, and Camp Breckinridge, KY, where the 35th Infantry Division was deactivated in mid-November 1945.
Upon deactivation of the 35th Infantry Division, Pfc. D'Alessandris was transferred to the 5th Infantry Division, attending training at Camp Campbell, KY. In April 1946 he attended the Army Day Parade in Chicago, stopping at George Field and Chanute Field, Illinois on the way.
Following the war, he attended the Art Institute of
Pittsburgh on the GI Bill, while working nights in a steel mill. After
graduating, he worked as a commercial artist in Cleveland, Ohio and later opened
his own commercial art agency in Long Beach California. After retiring, he
returned to Harmony Township, Pennsylvania and became an instructor and
administrator at the Community College of Beaver County. He passed away in
October 2007, and is survived by his wife Barbara D'Alessandris.
The following photographs were taken by Pfc. D'Allesandris during his military service.
Click on small picture below to open a larger version in a new browser window
|Army Day Parade - Chicago - April 6, 1946||Army Theater No. 3 - Camp Campbell, KY||Palandro, DeAngelis, Collingwood, D'Alessandris, Chehovits, Calderone||57mm Antitank Gun - Camp Campbell, KY|
|Queen Mary - Troops returning home||Rest stop on trip to Chicago||Rest stop on trip to Chicago||Camp Breckinridge, KY|
|Camp Breckinridge, KY||Army Day Parade - Chicago - April 6, 1946||Camp Breckinridge, KY|
|Camp Breckinridge, KY||Pfc. Domenic D'Alessandris giving a haircut||Monument in Chicago|
|Record of Pfc. D'Alessandris' service with the 134th Infantry Regiment||WWII Era German map cover||Postcard from the Hotel Kranenturm - Bacharach am Rhein, Germany - June 6, 1945|
|V-Mail - Easter - April 1, 1945||V-Mail - Easter - April 1, 1945|
Memorabilia from the D'Alessandris collection
|One Mark Note - 1944||One Million Mark Note - 1923||Ten Thousand Mark Note - 1922||Fifty Million Mark Note - 1923|
|One Hundred Thousand Mark Note - 1923||Fifty Pfening (Half Mark) Note - 1944||WWII Red Cross Paris Map||Social Welfare Dagger|
|WWII Ruhr civilian warning poster||WWII Ruhr civilian warning poster|
Thanks to Pfc. D'Alessandris' nephew, David D'Alessandris, for these pictures and the biographical information.
CLICK HERE to see a captured Nazi flag from Pfc. D'Alessandris' collection.