In 1941, as early as a few months before the US entered the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US Army's 26th signal company made its way through Windham. Unfortunately, very little information is known about their stop in Windham. A US Army unit came to Windham in 1941, and stopped at Bella Vista Beach on Cobbett's Pond. Several Windham residents held leadership positions within the group, including Bill Sykes. However, it is unknown whether or not that unit was the 26th signal company, or if the photograph below was taken in the vicinity of Bella Vista Beach. Shown in the picture is a Dodge WC-6 Command Car, as well as other 4x4 vehicles. To the right is a US Army motorcycle with sidecar.
Derek Saffie is an avid Windham historian who enjoys researching and sharing his collection with all those interested in the history of the New England town.