J Malan Heslop (born 18 June 1923 in Taylor, Weber County, Utah) to Jesse and Zella Malan Heslop,was a World War II combat photographer with Arnold E. Samuelson’s Combat Assignment Unit #123 of the 167th Signal Photographic Company who documented evidence of Nazi war crimes.
Heslop served as a freelance photographer in his native Utah and was employed at the Ogden Standard Examiner before setting off to California, where he studied the craft at Los Angeles City College.
Following America’s entry into World War II, he joined the National Guard with hopes of being recruited for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In October 1942, Heslop was assigned to the 167th Signal Photographic Company and sent for training to Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Three months after D-Day (June 6, 1944), he landed on the Normandy beaches and served in France. During the German counteroffensive into the Ardennes, he covered the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944).
In March 1945, Heslop was one of two still photographers in Lt. Arnold E. Samuelson’s Combat Assignment Unit #123 (One of fourteen Combat Assignment Units in the 167th Signal Photographic Company). As part of the 167th SPC, Heslop covered the activities of the 9th Armored Division, the 80th Infantry Division as well as many other U.S. Army units serving within the 12th Army Group area of operation. In May 1945, Heslop was among the first American photographers to document evidence of Nazi crimes and the plight of surviving inmates at Ebensee, a subcamp of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
After the war, he was graduated from Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah (June, 1948).
He joined the Deseret News newspaper in Salt Lake City, Utah for a 40 year career as a photographer and managing editor, including as editor of the weekly insert the Church News.
During this time he was called to be a Mission President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a member of Kiwanis.
A very interesting site, where you can find all the J Malan Heslop pictures : www.lib.byu.edu/dlib/wwiiheslop
J Malan Heslop, 88, died July 29, 2011, in Salt Lake City.