Based out of Central Pennsylvania, our Fourth Infantry Division living history unit seeks to convey the personal stories, struggles, and triumphs of the typical GI who battled across Europe in WWII. We formally portray 2nd Platoon, Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Most of us in the group have professional backgrounds in Education, History, and the military. We take a degree of pride in our differences from other reenacting groups. Rather than merely setting up camp displays with "stuff," we strive to move a step beyond and tell a broader story--a human story. Yes, we can tell you all about the capacities of an M-1 Garand Rifle or the mechanics of a Willys 1942 Jeep. However, these stories of equipment and weaponry matter only in the context of their times and the men who used them. History is the saga of people, not the story of stuff.
To paraphrase the great writer Freeman Tilden, the primary objective of our historical interpretation is "not instruction, but provocation." We constantly strive to live up to that edict. As a living history organization looking to grow, we actively recruit for new members and welcome inquiries about joining the ranks. We are also available for film shoots and movie productions. Please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch about recruitment, education, or film projects. In the meantime, feel free to learn more about the individuals in our outfit via the brief biographies and expertise in the section below.
Matt Adams Matt is currently studying Security and Risk Analysis at Penn State Altoona. Some of his interest in WWII history is rooted in the experiences of his grandfather, who served in Normandy with the 29th Division and became a POW. Matt serves as our unit medic.
Hunter Ake Hunter is an expert in collectible artifacts, Americana, and militaria. In this capacity, he has served as a co-owner of Bombshell Vintiques in Bedford, PA. He obtained his education at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center.
Ryan Brown Ryan studied journalism at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and currently works as a reporter at The Altoona Mirror. His work has been published in various media outlets. His fascination with WWII history stems from old movies he watched in his early youth.
Kelly Brown Kelly studied political science and writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Married to Ryan Brown, she has worked as a reporter and writer before taking up her present job with the U.S. Postal Service. She portrays a wartime civilian, in part to honor her grandmother and her grandfather, who survived the Pearl Harbor attack.
Andrew Brumbaugh A collector of militaria since childhood, Andrew is from Martinsburg, PA and is studying History and Museum Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is also an active member of the Crew Team. He looks forward to an active career in the museum world.
Mike Carper Mike has reenacted for over 15 years and served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for 12 years as an infantryman, leaving as a sergeant. He attended Indiana University of PA before serving two tours of duty in Iraq. He now works for the State of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Collins Andy has had a deep passion for military history since childhood. He grew up in a family of veterans and joined the U.S. Army Reserve as an All Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in 2007. He served a tour in Iraq from 2010-11. He brings that same expertise as a mechanic to our organization.
Tracey Collins Tracey is also a musician in the 46th PA (Logan Guard) Civil War unit. She offers the civilian's historical perspective in our group. With a professional education background, she is also involved in the efforts of the Blair County Historical Society.
Matt Colyer Matt loves learning about history. He notes, "Joining this group gave me a better impression of the struggles and obstacles the soldier's encountered in Normandy and beyond." He has worked for the Sheetz Corporation for over twenty years.
Jared Frederick Jared has studied History for over two decades--fueling an obsession that has taken him around the world. As owner of History Matters, a former park ranger, and a History instructor at Penn State Altoona, he seeks to bring the past to life in creative ways both in and out of the classroom.
Mark Frederick Portraying a war correspondent, Mark is the grandson of Sgt. Thomas Nycum, a veteran of the 4th Division in WWII. Like his brother, he's been long interested in History. He studies History and Communications at Penn State Altoona. Mark is currently working at WPSU public television.
Ethan Krall Ethan is a native of Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania and is currently studying Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh while enrolled in the school's ROTC program. Complimenting his lifelong interested in WWII, he honors his grandfather who served in the 32nd Infantry Division during the war.
Pete Michel Pete is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in History. He has reenacted many different time periods in American history since an early age. He worked at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in New Jersey and is currently employed at the Historic Hancock House.
Michael "Monkey" Montgomery Mike is the most spirited member of our group, bringing humor and military expertise from his real-life experiences as a sergeant and mechanic in the United States Army. In his own words, "I do stuff." A veteran of the Iraq War, he currently works in state corrections.
Nick Nardelli Nick is a graduate of Penn State University and has an academic background in history. A native of the Altoona, Pennsylvania area, he reenacts to honor the experiences of his grandfather, who fought in the 3rd Infantry Division in Italy during WWII.
Luke Newmaster A resident of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Luke is a childhood friend of fellow unit member Ethan Krall. In their youth, they attended numerous reenactments as spectators and now are participants in the hobby. Luke is a Criminal Justice major at Harrisburg Area Community College.
Jason "Daddy" Neubauer Jason is the only member of our unit who is an actual veteran of the real 4th Infantry Division, having served with distinction overseas. His membership with our reenacting organization allows him to connect to his unit's ancestry. He is also highly involved in the VFW.
Tyler Rowles Tyler is a graduate of Penn State Altoona and currently practices law in Blair County, Pennsylvania. In this context, he brings a unique legal perspective to many of our historical conversations. For his short biography, he opted to write, "He came, he saw, he began to conquer."
Eric "Sad Sack" Sral Yet another Penn State alum, Eric collects (sometimes too many) military artifacts. That said, his fervor for collecting has grown his knowledge and appreciation for the generations before us. He is the owner of our unit jeep, appropriately named "Rough Rider."
Bob Rivers Bob hails from the greater Pittsburgh area and studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. A longtime history buff, he is currently the owner of National Grind, a unique coffee house in Ellwood City. He is also actively involved in various veteran's initiatives.
The Furious Fourth is pleased to partner with fellow reenacting organizations that also portray the 4th Infantry Division. The 4th Combat Engineer Battalion is primarily based out of Ohio and Pennsylvania. At larger living history events including the Reading Airshow, D-Day Conneaut, and the Eisenhower National Historic Site WWII Weekend, we combine forces. Doing so allows us to compile our collections and insight for extremely effective displays and impressions. Commanded by Michael Thomas, the engineers allow us to convey a broader story about the 4th Infantry Division and the GIs who served in it during WWII.
Reenactors for Film Shoots Need experts or Extras for your Production?
Several members of the Furious Fourth possess experience in film productions both large and small. We are experts in 1940s material culture, military tactics, vehicles, and weaponry. In addition to our base of knowledge in World War II history, we own a substantial collection of authentic military uniforms and gear appropriate for a variety of scenarios for either home front or battleground scenes. Whether you are seeking background artists for a documentary or advisors for a major motion picture, the Furious Fourth can offer invaluable insight for your production. Contact us to learn more.
Our Other Historical Impressions
Beyond our traditional reenactor impression of GIs in the 4th Infantry Division, we also have in our vast collections uniforms, equipment, and artifacts for specific events with varying historical themes. We were the first reenacting organization to do a formal living history display within Gettysburg National Military Park (shown at bottom left). Our unit portrayed German POWs who lived and worked on the battlefield from 1944-1946 to assist with wartime production. We subsequently participated in the battlefield's landscape restoration project at Devil's Den. Watch this short video to see more from that event.
In addition to POW uniforms and those of the Army Air Corps, we also have a full collection of WWII naval uniforms and items that are ideal for living history presentations at naval centers or historic ship museums. Contact us to inquire about participating at your event. We bring not only display items but knowledge to back it up.
In Memoriam - Rob Giunta
Rob Giunta - (1983 - 2017) For a number of years our group enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow Ivy Division reenactor Rob Giunta. A knowledgeable living historian, an avid collector of militaria, an authority on WWII vehicles, and an expert on the history of the 4th Infantry Division, he waged an heroic struggle against cancer in the final months of his life. He is profoundly missed by his friends in the reenactor community. Although he did not live a long life, it was rich with stories and humor that both we and his family will long remember. If you wish to honor Rob, please consider making a donation in his name to the Melanoma Research Foundation of Baltimore.