John Silvasi
60th Regiment (Go Devils)
9th Infantry Division

John and I met accidentally about a week ago (11/22/2007) and he subsequently forwarded the following to me for posting.

John was line infantry from Anzio to the Rhineland (1944-1945) with the 45th Infantry Division, 157th Infantry Regiment before joining the 60th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division in mid 1945.

This letter accompanied his photos and articles:

Dear Richard,

It was quite a coincidental occasion on meeting you - spying the 9th Division insignia of which I had made many while with Col. Westmoreland in occupied Germany. We , young colleague and I were designated as "Training Aides" for the 60th Regt. We did poster work for GI events (From Aug. 1945)

I designed the banner for the weekly 60th Regiment newspaper, a number of times plus a gag cartoon. When I first started this work other GIs were doing the 60th insignia wrong and I called attention to this discrepancy to Colonel Westmoreland and my buddy and I  were called down to the Headquarters to check out the design from the original.

I corrected the error and noted it in 60th Infantry weekly newspaper. The Colonel then asked me to do the insignia for the Regimental stationary, which I did in color - Q.E.D.

I am enclosing the banners for the newspaper and some of my cartoons. Anything for a GI gag. This covers up to Thanksgiving 1945 (the night before I had enough units to return stateside. However, I had already done the Thanksging and Christmas card design - although I never saw the proofs while with the Regiment. The office in charge of our workshop sent me the results after I returned home.

We were involved with doing other special artwork for Westmoreland. I was happy to have my original work sent back to me,

Yours Sincerely,

John Silvasi


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This is an article from the July 1948 Newscaster about John Silvasi. It includes some of his cartoons from 1945.

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Thanksgiving cartoon and Christmas card designed by John Silvasi
The final photo is John's first "Dulafs" cartoon in the July 1, 1948 publication of the Newscaster.

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The four page weekly newsletter for the 60th Infantry Regiment, September 8, 1945.
The banner and the cartoon on page 3 by John Silvasi.

Webmaster Note: The Go Devil designation was retained by the 3rd Brigade, 9th infantry Division during Vietnam. The AAA-O designation (Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime bar None) was retained by the 39th Infantry as AAA O . See page 4 above for reference to AAA-O.

60th Infantry Regiment crest by John Silvasi as approved by Col. Westmoreland.

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Another "Go Devil" banner designed by John Silvasi

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John Silvasi at the Saunderson museum in Chadds Ford, PA circa 1985. John is a life member and on the Board of Directors.

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