Motion pictures and the 463 Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
Thanks for responding to my message and for forwarding it to others
with connections to the 463rd. In case someone receiving this message
may remember my father-in-law, Roy Lynwood Montague, his nickname was
"Monty" and he was in Battery A.
As I mentioned, we have a collection of his letters written to my
mother-in-law beginning in March 1943 when he was at Fort Bragg.
There are 150 letters, first from Fort Bragg when he was with the
456th. (She was a NC girl, and they met at a dance there.) Then the
letters were written from shipboard, North Africa, Sicily, Italy,
France, and Germany. In March 1945 he was "one of six or eight men
from my outfit" who were sent on a jump into Germany for a few days
with the 17th Airborne. There are another 100 letters written to her
when he was back in the US and they were planning their wedding. It
has been a real privilege for me to read and catalogue these letters.
They provide an amazing record of war and love.
There was one passage that I want to follow up on, if at all
possible, because it mentions "motion pictures" and I wondered
whether these might be in existence somewhere. Here's the passage:
Southern France, Monday, Oct. 2nd, 1944
"One of our best loved characters is the medical captain, he came
overseas with us, and is a veteran of the Sicily jump, Italian
campaign, and S. Fr. jump. Seldom it is that he is seen without his
camera, a motion picture camera at that. "Doc" Moore is well known
for his nerve, or lack of nerve. While everyone else are hiding their
heads in a corner Doc is out in the midst of an air-raid, planes,
tracers, flak, and unexploded anti-aircraft shell, taking pictures.
And he apparently loves to visit the front lines for exciting shots.
He undoubtedly has one of the best of war picture collections.
Captain Moore is long and lanky, slow moving, and slow talking, comes
from Wash. D.C., listens with a sympathizing ear to anyone's troubles
whatever they be, and is a comforting person to have around. He's a
swell doctor, both in and out of combat."
It would be wonderful to find these films if they still exist. Do
any of you know anything about them?
Thanks for your help!
January 5th, 2006.
We got an answer from Doug Bailey about this
question (Thanks Doug):
Filip I sent Amy a e-mail about Doc Moores Film.
He did have some film and he showed it to us at the 463rd's First
reunion in Nashville, TN.
The Film was not very long as my memory tells me.
Doc Moore and myself both came down with Yellow Jaundice in Sicily
and we were both pretty sick from it.
Doc. Moore was never married so I do not know what happened to the
That's all I know about the Film.