It has been a while since we’ve been able to run a vintage-edition Sideways, much less a military-themed version. That’s because we are hurting for pictures. Either they come in too small, as PDFs, or other formats we can’t use. They need to be either a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file no smaller than 1,600 by 1,200 pixels. Email ‘em to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “vintage sideways” in the subject line. To all those who are serving or have served: We thank you for your service. Here are some from a long time ago.
The War To End All Wars
Here’s my favorite photo of my dad, John Kowalkowski. My cousin found this picture, so I don’t know anything about the circumstances except that he’s a lieutenant in the USAAF here and wearing an M-43 field jacket. So it should be 1943 or later. That means he is probably a first lieutenant. His military occupational specialty in WWII was cryptograph repair, so he told us that he flew around the Atlantic—the Azores, Maine, Newfoundland, London—fixing code machines. Being a city boy from Chicago, Dad said he learned to drive in the service. Judging by the smile on his face in the picture, it was probably in an MB.
Flash forward to circa 1968, dad was a lieutenant colonel in the Guard with an infantry battalion on the west side of Chicago. On my luckiest weekends as a ten year old, I would get to ride in his command vehicle, an M38A1. They were getting issued new M-151s, so I once asked him why he kept the old 1⁄4-ton instead of getting a new one. He said he liked the old one just fine. Smart man.
Twenty-year-old William E. Gillett (front passenger) and a couple army buddies taking in the sights.
This is a picture of my Father with his Jeep taken in Korea some time in 1954. Looks like a M38A1. He celebrated his 80th birthday in July 2013. He will really enjoy seeing this in print.
This is a photo of my grandfather, SFC Harley F. Goble. I believe this photo was taken during his 180th Infantry Army service in the Korean War. He also served in World War II. I would be very proud to have this picture published in your magazine.