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Church Service in Cherbourg

Church Service in Cherbourg
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Title: Church Service in Cherbourg
Description: Chaplain Captain Allan R. Fredine holds a Protestant church service in a roundhouse used by the 757th Railway Shop Battalion in Cherbourg, France. He is using the hood of his jeep as an altar and is seated at a portable piano. Many soldiers stand and sit while singing from hymnbooks. In the upper left corner, two more soldiers look on from on top of a railroad car. Robert Doyle wrote a caption for this image although it was not published at that time, "Church services at the roundhouse are held for men of a railway shop battalion sponsored by the Milwaukee Road. Chaplain conducting this service near Cherbourg is Captain Allan Fredine of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who had Baptist churches in Eau Claire and Superior."

Image ID: 100567
October 8, 1944 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.
Subjects: Singing
Religious articles
Rites and ceremonies
Worship programs
Railroad cars
Railroad tracks
Roundhouses (Railroads)
Armed Forces
Military uniforms
Transportation, Military
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Military bases
Seating (Furniture)

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