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Students learn about WWII era
James Dunigan Jr., dressed as a 3rd Infantry Division soldier during World War II, gives a presentation to Lewis Frasier Middle School sixth-grade social studies students. - photo by Photo provided.
Lewis Frasier Middle School students recently got a close look at life during World War II.
WWII historian James Dunigan Jr. of Port Wentworth showed the students of John Wood and Roy Cain’s sixth-grade social studies classes what life was like for the average American soldier during the conflict.
Dunigan’s re-enactment group portrays the 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division from 1939-1946. Actors dress in period uniforms and participate in staged battles.
“Your grandparents, great-uncles, and aunts were part of America’s greatest generation that helped America win World War II,” Dunigan told students.
He showed the students the uniforms and equipment the soldiers needed to survive in the field.
Students got to see Dunigan’s collection of helmets and uniforms, most of which are original. He also showed a collection of every 3rd Infantry Division insignia from World War I to present day.
World War II isn’t the only period of history that interests the SCAD graduate. Dunigan also portrays a Confederate artillery soldier with his father, James Dunigan Sr., at Fort McCallister in Richmond Hill.
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