The 24th Infantry Division Association

Founded August 1945 on a Philippine Island beach


Thomas Hoke CompereThomas Hoke Compere

Barbara Collins’ grandfather was Thomas Hoke Compere (photo at left 1944 in Australia--click to enlarge).

Col. Compere was one of a group of 24th Division Officers who met mid-August 1945 at Taloma Beach on Davao Gulf - about 5 miles SW of Davao City to form what would become "The 24th Infantry Division Association." He also was Association President 1957-1959, and received the Verbeck Award in 1971 (photo from Taro Leaf, below left).

Thomas Hoke CompereBarbara recently (November 2013) supplied us with scanned images of many of the letters Lt. Col. Compere wrote to his wife. We have converted these scanned images to Portable Document Format (PDF) files of his letters by year and month. You may access these below by Year and Month, and within the month by progressing stepwise throughout the month.

Some letters, especially a couple written early on by pencil are marginally readable, but do not be discouraged—these letters are fantastic.

Look especially, at October 31, 1944, where he describes a beach landing.

Ms. Collins offers these letters  for your reading but she maintains ownership. Therefore all images provided herein are © Barbara Collins, 1560 Sappanwood Ave., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, 805-376-3510, bnewcol[at]roadrunner.com

 To view the letters please click on the following link: Tom Compere Letters © Barbara Collins