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Title: World War II 164th Infantry US Signal Corps

Dates: 1942-1945

Collection Number: 00607

Quantity: 49 items

Abstract: World War II, Pacific Theatre images taken by the U.S. Signal Corps of the 164th Infantry, Americal Division at Guadalcanal and the Philippine Islands. Also includes a few images from France and Italy.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota received these images from Assistant Adjutant General of the North Dakota National Guard, Herman A. Brocopp.

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researcher should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94‑553, Title 17 U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection name, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

From the Bismarck Tribune November 7, 1973

Funeral services for Col. Herman A. Brocopp, 77, 716 N. 25th St., who served as assistant adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard from 1933 to 1956, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church here. Col. Brocopp died Monday at a Bismarck hospital.

He began his military service on the Mexican Border in 1916, and served in World War I and II. During World War I he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre with palm and was named commander of Company A, 164th Infantry of the North Dakota National Guard in 1922. He received a North Dakota Distinguished Service Medal in 1956.

Col. Brocopp retired in 1956 after completing a total of 42 years, seven months, and seven days of combined military service. After his retirement, he remained at Fraine Barracks here as assistant to Brig. Gen. Heber L. Edwards, State Adjutant General, and remained a colonel in the Army of the U.S. Retired Reserve.

Col. Brocopp also served as assistant state director of the North Dakota Selective Service (Dual Status) from 1940 to 1946 and as Director of Adjusted Compensation Division and Historical Record Division of the National Guard until retiring for a third time in 1962.

Col. Brocopp founded Bismarck Brick and Tile Co. in 1931 and was associated with the firm until it burned in 1956. He had worked for Consumers Ice and Teaming Co. for a couple of years after World War I, and then began his own contracting and teaming business, which did the excavating for the present Bismarck Tribune Co. building.

He organized Dakota Sand and Gravel Co. at Washburn and sold it after a year. Col. Brocopp was named president of the board of directors of Supercrete Industries, Inc., Mandan in 1959.

He was born in Odessa, Minn., in 1896 to Emil J. and Bertha (Mielke) Brocopp, who came to the Baldwin-Wilton area in 1904, where they homesteaded.

Col. Brocopp was a lifetime member of the following organizations: National Guard Association, Legion of Valor, Bismarck Elks, American Legion Lloyd Spetz Post (for 55 years), VFW, Scottish Rite Bodies, El Zagal Shrine and the 164th Infantry Association. He received a 50-year pin from Masonic Lodge No. 5. He was also a member of Apple Creek Country Club and Trinity Lutheran Church.

He leaves his widow, the former Belinda Hegre, whom he married in Chicago in 1928; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Joan) Zimmer, Bismarck; Mrs. Jerome D. (Gail Dee) Du Lac, Edina, Minn.; and Mrs. Charles (Bette) Shafae, San Francisco, Calif.; a son, Herman A., Jr., St. Paul, Minn.; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Col. Edgar Johnson, Col. Joseph J. Thomas, Col. Stanley Pfau, Col. Robert P. Miller, Lt. Col. Anton C. Beer, and Col. Waldemar C. Johnson. The Rev. Hensel Hendrickson will officiate and there will be military graveside services at St. Mary’s Cemetery here.


00607-01              Emma Engel and Norman Thompson
00607-02              Major George Schatz received Silver Star
00607-03              Orin Jacobson received Silver Star
00607-04              Infantrymen who received Silver Star
00607-05              Infantrymen receiving medals
00607-06              Wilfred Dennis, Devils Lake
00607-07              Servicemen from Bottineau
00607-08              James Westerhausen and James Campbell
00607-09              Army and Navy brass
00607-10              Major Hodge greeting Mrs. Roosevelt
00607-11              Stringing communication wire
00607-12              Retrieving tank from river
00607-13              Submerged tank 776th Batt. Dragoni, Italy November 29, 1943
00607-14              PFC Norman Todstock Maddock died being pulled from tank in Volturno River, Dragoni, Italy November 29, 1943
00607-15 – 17     164th Infantry on march Dumaguete, Dragos Island, Philippines April 29, 1945
00607-18              164th Infantry wounded evacuated Cebu Island, Philippines April 12, 1945
00607-19              164th Infantry wade ashore north of Dumaguete April 25, 1945
00607-20              Americal Division embark South Pacific December 17, 1944
00607-21              PA-7 leaves with Americal Division Suva Harbor South Pacific December 17, 1944
00607-22              Americal Division embark South Pacific December 17, 1944
00607-23              Americal Division board Naval transport December 17, 1944
00607-24              Co. B 16th Engineer Batt. 1st Armored Division pull tank out Dragoni sector November 29, 1943
00607-25              Storming Hill 260 Americal Division, Bougainville March 1944
00607-26              164th Infantry 3rd Batt. Command Staff: Boyd, McAlpin, Mjogdalen, Ordahl, Johnson, Eggert
00607-27              Confiscated silver bars, Odawara October 9, 1945
00607-28              PFC Herbert Witte 164th Infantry Co. G Distinguished Service Cross Guadalcanal, Fiji Islands
00607-29              Americal Division buying stamps at Army Post Office Noumea, New Caledonia June 19, 1942
00607-30              776th tank pulled from water by 477th Ord Dragoni sector November 29, 1943
00607-31              Brigadier General Eugene Ridings, Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines September 12, 1945
00607-32              Capt. Charles McFeaters, Vice Admiral Robert Ghormley, Major General M. F. Harmon, Major General Alexander Patch, New Caledonia October 10, 1942
00607-33              Army Mail Post 502 serving Americal Division, New Caledonia June 19, 1942
00607-34              Fathers Keough, Dunford, Tracy Celebrate Mass, 1st Division Marine Cemetery December 31, 1942
00607-35              1st Division ceremonies Marine Cemetery, Guadalcanal December 31, 1942
00607-36              Bivouac area supply dump 1st Batt. 27th Infantry, Kokumbona Bach, Guadalcanal January 25, 1943
00607-37              Guadalcanal decoration presentation 3rd Batt. 164th Infantry, Americal Division January 4, 1943
00607-38              Staff Sgt. Lester K. Oliver, Knoxville, 164th Infantry, Dumaguete River, Philippines April 26, 1945
00607-39              164th Infantry Dumaguete Airstrip, Philippines April 26, 1945
00607-41              1st Batt. 164th Infantry Dumaguete Airfield, Philippines April 26, 1945
00607-42              164th Infantry march up road, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines April 26, 1945
00607-43              Tank troops clear snipers 776th Tank Batt., Fifth Army, Cappanoli, Italy
00607-44              132nd Infantry soldier advance on enemy positions La Foa, New Caledonia October 12, 1942
00607-45              Cpl. Harland N. Bestul, Rocholt WI Gunner, Brandlsfengerhoff, France March 9, 1945
00607-46              Casualties at new bridge, Guadalcanal January 14, 1943
00607-47              Pilou Pilou reconnaissance party New Caledonia August 19, 1942
00607-48              164th disembark from LCI Negros Island, Philippines April 25, 1945
00607-49              Soldiers parade cemetery Noumea, New Caledonia July 31, 1942

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