: This photograph shows an unidentified soldier in the 37th Infantry Division tending victory garden while stationed at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, during World War II. The 37th served in the Pacific under the command of Major General Robert Beightler. Known as the "Buckeye" Division, it was one of the most highly-decorated National Guard units in World War II. Seventeen Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded to National Guard troops during the war, and seven of them went to members of the 37th. The photograph measures 8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm). The 37th Infantry Division mustered in at Camp Shelby, Mississippi in October 1940. The division was sent to the Pacific theater in the spring of 1942. The division's first battle was in July 1943 in the Solomon Islands. It participated in fierce jungle fighting at New Georgia, Bougainville, and Guadalcanal. Also serving in the Philippine campaign, the division spent 592 days in combat zones, killed 33,590 Japanese soldiers, and captured 2,161 enemy prisoners. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Agriculture; Military Ohio; World War II; Victory gardens Places
: Ohio; Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea)