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MtMestas.com is an archive of Documents, Pictures and Stories about the 88th Infantry Division Blue Devils, the Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument, PFC Felix B. Mestas, Jr. and the Invasion of Italy phase of World War II between 1943-45. Our focus is towards preserving Family and Historical knowledge.
MtMestas.com is an archive of Documents, Pictures and Stories about the 88th Infantry Division Blue Devils,
the Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument, PFC Felix B. Mestas, Jr., and the Invasion of Italy and Trieste (TRUST)
periods of World War II between 1942-1954. Our focus is towards preserving Family and Historical knowledge
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88th Infantry Division Blue Devils

88th Infantry
Division


Blue Devils

1942 - 1945
88th Infantry Division
Blue Devils
World War II Research Website
88th Infantry Division Trust Period 1947-1954

88th Infantry
Division

Trust Period

1947-1954
349th Infantry "Kraut Killers" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
349th Infantry
"Kraut Killers"
Regiment
350th Infantry "Battle Mountain" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
350th Infantry
"Battle Mountain"
Regiment
351st Infantry "Spear Head" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
351st Infantry
"Spear Head"
Regiment

313th Combat Engineers Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
313th
Combat
Engineers
Battalion
313th Medical Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
313th
Medical
Battalion
337th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
337th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
338th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
338th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
339th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
339th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
913th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
913th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Band
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Military Police Company
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Quartermaster Company
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Recon Troop (Mech)
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Signal Company
88th Infantry Division Band
788th
Ordnance
Company

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What's Here
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88TH
INFANTRY
DIVISION
88th Band
88th Mil. Police Co.
88th Q'master Co.
88th Recon. Troop Co.
88th Signal Co.
337th Field Art'y Bn.
339th Field Art'y Bn.
913th Field Art'y Bn.
313th Combat Eng.
313th Medical Bn.
788th Ordnance Co.
UNITS
TEMPORARILY
ASSIGNED
TO THE 88TH
442nd Infantry Reg.
752nd Tank Reg.
88TH
INFANTRY
DIVISION
INFORMATION
Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ)
History
Medals and Citations
88th Infantry Division
Assoc. Newsletters
Rosters - Names Lists
Obituaries - Bios
Veterans Information
AFRICA
1942
1943
ALLIES
Australia
England
France
India
Russia
Joseph Stalin
Winston Churchill
Theodore Roosevelt
AUDIO
Radio Programs
Music
AXIS
COUNTRIES
Germany
Italy
Spain
BATTLES
Anzio
Anzio German Study
Laiatico
Monte Battaglia
Monte Cassino
Monte Capello
San Pietro
Santa Maria Infante
BOOKS
The Blue Devils
Valerio Calderoni and
Renzo Grandi (88th)
"We Were There"
From Gruber to
the Brennar Pass
Final Campaign
Finito
Road To Rome
War Against
Germany and Italy
CAMPAIGNS
Rome-Arno
Rome-Arno Campaign.pdf
NaplesFoggia.pdf
North Apennines
NorthApennines
Po Valley
PoValleyCampaign.pdf
CHRONOLOGIES
Chronology
World War II
Brief History WW2
88th Route Map Poster
DISTINGUISHED
UNIT
CITATIONS
Other Divisions
GENERALS
Mark Wayne Clark
Dwight D. Eisenhower
James C. Fry
Paul W. Kendall
Bryant E. Moore
Benard Montgomery
George S. Patton
John E. Sloan
Lucious Truscott
GERMANY
Adolph Hitler
Irwin Rommel
Albert Kesselring
German Operations
Against Anzio
War Against Germany
War Against
Germany and Italy
GUNS
AR-15
Browning Automatic
Rifle (BAR)
Pistol
Rail Guns
INTERACTIVE
Chat Room
88th Discussion Group
Friends in Italy
ITALY
1943
1944
1945
1946
Apennines
Casola Valsenio
(Monte Battaglia)
Friends and Residents
Representing Italy
Laiatico
Monte Capello
Monte Battaglia
Monte Cassino
Pictures of Italy
Unknown Locations
Rome
Trieste
War Against
Germany and Italy
German Operations
Against Anzio
LINKS
88th Infantry Div.
Italy
Research
World War II
MAGAZINES
ARTICLES
Satuday Evening Post
MAPS
Strategic WW2 Maps
Maps from the
Historical Narratives
MEDALS
Identification
Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman
Distinguished
Service Cross
Distinguished
Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Silver Star
Soldier's Medal
MESTAS
FAMILY
Mestas Archives Info
Mestas Geneology
Mestas Pictures
Mestas Private Area
MESTAS
MAGAZINE
ARTICLES
MESTAS
NEWSPAPER
ARTICLES
Mestas' Sister
Nurse At Buckley
Renaming Official
MT.MESTAS
Geology Report
Mt. Mestas Pictures
MT.MESTAS
MEMORIAL
MONUMENT
Memorial Day
Dedication Speach
Monument Pictures
MULTIMEDIA
1940's Ca
Marches
Radio Programs
Speaches
Video
Music
MUSEUM
1940's Cartoons
Artifacts
Collector Cards
Comic Books
Drawings
Games
Magazine Covers
Miscellaneous
Music
Newspapers
Pictures
Poetry
Post Cards
Posters
Trench Art
Unknown Items
88th in World War I
MUSIC
NEWSPAPERS
The Blue Devil
Stars and Stripes
Yank
NEWSLETTERS
88TH DIVISION
ASSSOCIATION
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s
OPERATIONS
Operation
PATCHES
Identification
PICTURES
88th Infantry Div.
349th Infantry Reg.
350th Infantry Reg.
Other 88th Units
PINS
Identification
POSTERS
88th Route Map
Battaglia Poem
World War II
PRISONERS
OF WAR
88th POWS
German POW Camps
German POWs
US POWs in Italy
RESEARCH
Links
Finding Records
Replacing Medals
Searching for Vets.
RESOURCES
eBay
Family
Internet
Libraries
Records
Search Engines
Videos
SICILY
Invasion
Operation
VIDEO
"Battaglia" Trifecta
Film Winner 2007
Battle of San Pietro
Camp Gruber 1942
88th Basic Training
Documentary
349th Infantry Reg.
1944 Combat Film
Cornuda, Italy
88th Infantry Div.
Prisoners of War
German Newsreel
88th Infantry Div.
Veteran Interviews
More>


Contact Us
Donations
Contributions
Scanning
Wish List

This is me and here's my address and contact information.

Mailing Address:
Gary Smith
484 B Washington Street
Box 178
Monterey , Ca. 93940
Email:
Hello@MtMestas.com  
Phone:
831-801-9261  


Money
Donations

Money donations in any amount are appreciated
and can be made to my PayPal account at
" Hello@Mtmestas.com ". Thank you !



Document
Contributions

Pictures - Diaries
Documents - Personal Histories

Decades after the end of World War II both veterans and first, second and even third generations of families of ww2 veterans, have turned to the internet searching for something to learn more about their veterans time in the war.

There were over 15,000 men who were in the 88th Infantry Division during World War II. The division personnel records were destroyed in a Chicago warehouse fire in 1971.

Sadly, most ww2 veterans and their wives today are either no longer living or reaching 90 years old or more and, as they pass on, their cherished ww2 pictures, news paper clippings, pictures and veterans histories of ww2 are lost, sometimes taken to the dump by unsuspecting, good intentioned relatives clearing out a garage or closet of some relative going to a "rest home" or who may have died.

I'm trying to preserve this information.

The biggest advantages of having a website is that many veterans and their families who arrive here looking for information become interested in contributing their own pictures, documents or diaries to the MtMestas.com archives and roster.

If contributing interests you, please send me an email or phone call about what you have and I'd be happy to talk to you. And if you have any questions or need any help with scanning or emailing let me know.

If you have a lot and need help scanning let me know. You can send it to me in the mail and I'll scan it and send it back.


Scanning:

Scanning Pictures and Documents

Resolution = Quality

In scanning, the resolution of the scan determines the quality of the picture and is measured in 'dots per inch' or dpi. The higher the quality / resolution the bigger the file size.

Low resolution or poorly scanned images in many cases won't be usable or will degrade when enlarged enough to try to identify faces or details in the pictures.

A group picture scanned at a low 72 dpi resolution may be too blurred when enlarged to see the faces in the picture clearly.

The preferred resolution for scanning is at a medium or around 200 dpi resolution. The resulting file size will be around 500k to 1mb +/- and will be small enough in file size to email without too much trouble, time or inconvienence.

Scans with file sizes in the range of 300k or more are fine most the time depending on the content of the picture but if your scan results in a file size of 100k or less then it will probably be too small in physical size and low of a quality to use because it can't be enlarged without it becomming too blurred to see anything in the picture.

If you have a lot and need help scanning let me know. You can send it to me in the mail and I'll scan it and send it back.

You can also go to any KINKOS, FEDEX or mailbox type store and get your items scanned there and then given back to you digitized on a low cost storage device small enough to keep in your pocket.

To learn about these, go to any office supply store and ask to see the 'thumb drives' or 'portable storage drives' or something like that. They're priced at about $10 for a good quiality one that has 4 gigabytes or more of storage, which is enough for several books.

Be careful you don't keep everything you want to protect on one of these without backing it up on another back up storage drive as they can become damaged and suffer from the same file corruption problems experienced with any other storage drive used.


Format:
I can accept scanned pictures and documents in any format. Preferred formats are pdf, tiff, jpg and gif. Please feel free to ask questions.


Wish List:

Pictures

Any pictures or picture albums of the 88th,
ww2 Italy, Triest post ww2 or boot camp.

Documents

Letters Home
Medal Commendations
Bios and Obits
Newspaper Clippings

Books and Booklets

Division Histories
Regiment Histories
G.I. Stories
ww2 Italy
Boot Camp
Visiting Foreign Countries
Going Home

Personl Items and Artifacts

If you have any ww2 related Personl Items or Artifacts that you want to share, contribute or donate or otherwise need a home please I'd be glad to accept them.

Returning of Items for Scanning

If you have a lot to scan and need help let me know. You can send it to me in the mail and I'll scan it and send it back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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