Franklin Roosevelt with Dwight Eisenhower at Castelvetrano Airport in Sicily, Italy, after the conferences at Tehran and Cairo, 8 Dec 1943; note Patton in background

Caption   Franklin Roosevelt with Dwight Eisenhower at Castelvetrano Airport in Sicily, Italy, after the conferences at Tehran and Cairo, 8 Dec 1943; note Patton in background ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps via FDR Library
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Photos on Same Day 8 Dec 1943
Photos at Same Place Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 8 Mar 2010
Licensing  Public Domain. According to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".

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1. Joseph Bascone says:
19 May 2011 12:17:10 PM

I've seen this photo of FDR reviewing the troops before. It's a very popular one. But I did not know that he was reviewing them in Castelvetrano, Sicily. Both my parents were born and raised in Castelvetrano. I still have relatives there and I've visited them several times. This photo is much more meaningful to me now with this added knowledge.
2. Edna Talmadge says:
10 Mar 2012 06:34:58 AM

I have original photos of that day but on the battle field.Both Roosevelt and Eisenhower. I was told that Roosevelt stopped there to check on the troops. They gave him a parade. He was comeing back from conference in Tiran.He met with Stalin & Churchhill.Col. Stiles is driving the jeep.
3. Maurizio Tosco says:
2 May 2012 12:03:50 AM

This photos is very important for me because I'm going to do an exhibition to commemorate the 70th of Husky operation in Sicily (9th july 2013) particulary about Castelvetrano and Sciacca airports.
I ask to You if possible to have a copy of this photo and also contact Mrs. Edna Talmadge for more informations about she has.
More gratefull.
Maurizio Tosco architect
Castelvetrano. Sicily
4. Michael S. Koziol says:
29 Aug 2013 02:33:44 AM

Please would you forward this email to Mr. Maurizio Tosco, Castelvetrano, Sicily. I am journalist in South Germany and researching the vita of the first US Military Governer of Schwaebisch Hall. This officer had the same function in Castelvetrano from July to December 1943. Thank you. Michael S. Koziol
5. Michael S. Koziol says:
28 Oct 2013 04:26:20 PM

Please check the date of President Roosevelt's stay at Castelvetrano Airfield in December 1943. This was on 8 December and not on 14 December. This is an information from the President's diary. On 14 December he was on board of battkleship USS Iowa on the way to the USA (since 9 December).
Best regards
Michael S. Koziol
6. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
28 Oct 2013 05:56:15 PM


You are absolutely correct. The date in the caption has been corrected. Thank you for the correction and most especially thank you for steering me to the FDR diary. I had not seen this reference before but it is certainly authoritative and I am sure I will find reason to rely on it again.
7. John Billington says:
9 Dec 2013 09:50:50 PM

This picture was taken at Castelvetrano, Sicily on 8 December 1943. President Roosevelt was returning from the Tehran Conference with Churchill and Stalin. I am the soldier in the background (with black 45 colt side arms) just to the right of George Patton’s face. They had just carried President Roosevelt back from the Dining Hall to his jeep. I heard Eisenhower tell Patton that if he was going along he had better hurry up and get in the jeep. Patton quickly approached the back of the jeep and placing his right hand on the back spare tire vaulted into the back seat next to Eisenhower. They soon left the dining hall returning to the airplane which then flew President Roosevelt to Tunisia. It was 70 years ago that this picture was taken. We saw it for the first time in May of 2013 at FDR’s home in Hyde Park. The FDR library sent me a free 8 x 10 inch original copy.
8. ralph bianco says:
24 May 2014 04:43:51 PM

i was with 314ty troop carrier and was on roving
guard duty the day that pres. roosevelt landed
there. i have 5 photos of him and gen.eisenhower
we waited several hours for his arrival.
our group was stationed there for 6 months
9. AnonymousEdna Talmadge says:
10 Sep 2016 01:51:36 PM

John Billington & Ralph Bianco,
My step father Walter Muller from New Jersey. He was a cook there on Dec.8, 1943 I have his photo's of President Roosevelt, Patton and General Eisenhower. I would like your opinion on what to do with them. Edna Talmadge

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