"I'm convinced that the infantry is the group in the army which gives more and gets less than anybody else." - Bill Mauldin
Do you like sleeping on a pile of hay, covered by a shelter half with nothing but a wool blanket and not pillow? Maybe you like the feeling of safety razor against your cheek and a splash of lukewarm water from an immersion heater to rinse off as the sun comes up? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you might be what we are looking for. If you cringed as you read this while shinning your aviator sunglasses, then we aren't for you.
The Infantry Section of the Tri-State Living History Association is a unit of passionate individuals from every walk of life that are passionate about preserving the stories of the 34th Infantry Division and all WWII Veterans. Many of our members have been together for over 10 years and have done multiple impressions both basic and specialized in that time. Our members all have specific interest and passions they bring to the unit; period cameras, radios, personal hygiene supplies, WWII bicycles, photography and video production and many more. These passions are what help make our unit one of the great ones.
We strive for authenticity in our impressions, and means that sometimes we are uncomfortable. Sometimes we are hot, tired, hungry, sweaty, freezing, or angry. It is at those times we remember the men and women we do this for. Putting into perspective that while me might be miserable, a warm bed, hot shower and warm meal is not far away. Many of us have slept in fox holes in Bastogne and jumped out of planes over Normandy.We are a very close brotherhood with members all over the country.
What Does it take?
We are looking to build our ranks and grow the Tri-State Living History Association. If you meet the requirements above and are looking for a unit that prides itself on authenticity and honoring the Greatest Generation, then click the contact form below and send us an email explaining why you think you are a perfect fit for the Infantry Section.
Thank You to Our Generous Supporters
Like any infantry section, we are only as effective as our support element. Thank you to those who help to ensure history is not forgotten.
Mr. John Maxton
Store #1490 Rockford, ILL