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    US Army hero dog during WWII receives posthumous medal 22 hrs ago (0) The Dickin Medal, worn by Military working dog Ayron who received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, on Chips' behalf, in London, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Chips was a US Army dog who protected the lives of his platoon during the invasion of Sicily in 1943. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain's highest honor for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the U.S. soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier by the throat and pulling the gun from its mount. The medal was awarded by veterinary charity PDSA in a ceremony at the Churchill War Rooms in London. The honor was accepted by 76-year-old John Wren of Southold, New York, whose father donated Chips to the war effort in 1942. Lt. Col. Alan Throop, who attended on behalf of the U.S. Army, said that shortly after the battle Chips was recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. The awards were later rescinded because army policy didn't allow animals to receive medals. Chips suffered scalp wounds and powder burns in the battle but survived the war, returning to his owners in Pleasantville, New York. The medal was awarded on the 75th anniversary of the Casablanca Conference, at which British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt plotted wartime strategy. Chips served as a sentry at the conference and met both leaders. "It has taken over seven decades, but Chips can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the U.S. Army," PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said. Since 1943, the Dickin Medal has recognized gallantry by animals serving with the military, police or rescue services. Recipients include 33 dogs, 32 messenger pigeons, four horses and a cat.
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    This is all the info I have about him. I hoped to find more with sights like this. Thank you.
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    Hi "Granddaughter": I moved your initial post to the WWII Engineer section, for you posted in our WWI section by mistake. I also merged your comment to the original topic, for you placed it by itself. Anyhow, welcome to the forum and thanks for joining.
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    In which specific unit did he serve? Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.
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    My Grandfather in WW11. Sidney DeBrock . 3rd front with helmet and #3 second photo.
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    My Grandfather in WW11. Sidney DeBrock . 3rd front with helmet and #3 second photo.
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  11. George Jackson, 326th Airborne Engineering Battalion

    You will absolutely love the video Marion.
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    Thank you so much for your very kind words. Always pleased to see things coalesce. Can't wait to view the video later today.
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    Letter has been written and will be mailed to him today. Thanks so much Pat for your help
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    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video with us. He looks in a fantastic condition, not only physically but also in his mind.
  15. Thank you all for the kind words. Frank Gubbels, I sent you a private message. I'm always grateful to you, Marion, and all the other folks on here who engaged with me prior to me doing that interview. He was so very receptive of all the questions that came out of this forum, and it truly has changed his life. He feels like quite the celebrity no matter where he goes. In fact, I found this video taken of him at Reading this summer and never knew it was out there. I just searched. Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvxAhm6PBfI
  16. Very cool! Thanks for posting an update and stick around!
  17. George Jackson, 326th Airborne Engineering Battalion

    I would love to speak to mr. Jackson about his time in Bastogne if possible
  18. 1301 Engineers (Company E)

    Welcome: The records from NARA in Maryland are the archived unit records. The records for personnel were/are from NARA in St Louis. Two different places. Plus I encourage every newbie to PLEASE READ my post in the RESEARCH section, which contains pertinent information for anyone doing research on their loved ones. Happy to report that we have a ton of info here (the forum) and the main site on this unit. Please type "1301st" in the SEARCH boxes in both places.
  19. Seeking information in regard to my great uncle, John Henry West - his grave marker indicates that he was part of the 1301st Engineers - Company E. He was a sargeant at the time of his departure from military service. John never married, and surviving family members indicate he was a "changed man" after the war - he did not talk about what he experienced. I am going to piece together a brief history of his unit. I have requested records through the national archives center, altough I am told that his records may have been destroyed in the 1973 fire. Any information on the 1301st would be appreciated . . . Not finding a lot online.
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    Pat: So good to hear from you. It was such a surprise to see your post this morning and was even more delighted to hear that George is still with us. Please send him my love. The photos are great and he looks like he hasn't lost his step. God bless him. You know what? I haven't seen that book either. Even though you say it's a tiny book, still every time we find something, it just adds more to our stories and fills in another gap. Wonderful. A few years back, our group held our WWII reunion in Reading. We had a splendid time and a nice turn out. We weren't there in June, but met in October. Keep in touch and really, so glad to see you here once again.
  21. I am awed by those who were selfless and gave of themselves for the sake of us all. RIP, Major Winn!
  22. It's been 7 years and I've neglected this thread. My apologies. I just wanted to report that George is still doing very well. As time has gone on, he has been interviewed by many different folks, including the Nat'l WWII Museum, and local historians. He wears his WWII Veteran hat and rarely has to pay for meals when he's out in public. The cold weather in Eastern PA hasn't kept him down. His truck battery died in the cold so he went out to charge it so he could plow the driveway. He's still very active! He even came to WWII Weekend at Reading, PA in June 2017 year and did some dancing! I have a photo of he and I at the dance, attached. I didn't expect him to be there, because we were unable to sync up on the phone prior to the event. During the playing of the Army Song, he came out of the crowd and I ran to him after it was over for a hug. It was great to see him again as it's been a few years, even though we talk on the phone. I also recently started using Ancestry.com to look into my family tree. While I was there, I found the grand-niece of George and shared with her the link to his interview. She was amazed to hear the details and her family is going to get in touch with George soon to talk with him about family information for their family tree. I also looked up his buddy Dick Werner, who died on Oct 5, 1944 in the Netherlands. I was able to find some other family trees that had Dick in them, but none of the owners have gotten back with me yet. George regrets he never reached out to Dick's parents when George made it home to the states. I hope to find someone who might have old photos, letters or memories of Dick, that I can get talking to George. I would love to have George's wish to talk to Dick's family completed. He also wishes he could have seen Dick's grave marker. I found that pretty easily through Ancestry: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56305115/richard-w-werner/photo Finally, I picked up the book Bridging Hell's Highway: The 326th Engineer Battalion During Operation Market Garden, July 2011, by John Sliz, ISBN: 978-0-9783838-6-2. I didn't know this existed until it turned up on a search I did recently. Amazon delivered it today and it's very small, but has valuable information in it which I want to share with George. I believe we can now identify the exact area and bridge his unit was responsible for. Happy New Year! Pat
  23. Rest in peace, sir!!!
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    Ah, gotta show this to my hubby! Thanks for posting.
  25. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    So sorry to hear of this. Another one passes before our eyes. Rest in peace sir!
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    Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored Dec 15, 2017 (0) This Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, photo shows a C-47 called "That's All, Brother," that was discovered and currently being restored at Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, Wis. The plane carried the first paratroopers who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II. The group, Commemorative Air Force, started a campaign to restore the relic with hopes to fly the aircraft over Normandy in 2019 for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.(WLUK/Alex Ronallo, via AP) OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II has been saved from a junkyard and is being carefully restored in Wisconsin. The C-47, called "That's All, Brother," carried the first paratroopers who were dropped behind German lines at Normandy. The aircraft led the more than 800 other C-47s also carrying paratroopers. The plane was lost for 70 years and was accidentally discovered by an Air Force historian at the Basler Turbo Conversions junkyard in Oshkosh in 2015, WLUK-TV reported . The historian was researching Col. John Donalson, the man who flew the plane on D-Day. "The airplane is much more than an aircraft. It's a time machine," said Keegan Chetwynd, the curator for the Commemorative Air Force, a nonprofit that works to preserve aircraft. The group started a campaign to restore the aircraft, raising about $380,000 in 30 days, Chetwynd said. Employees at Basler have spent more than 22,000 hours restoring "That's All, Brother" to former glory. "(It) provides that tangible connection for the next generation of people so that they know, when they read it in a history book, that it was real," Chetwynd said. Workers tested out "That's All, Brother's" engines for the first time in a decade on Thursday. Despite a hydraulic leak, the test was a major achievement, Chetwynd said. Crews will test the engines again today. Their hope is to fly the aircraft over Normandy in 2019 for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. "That's kind of why the rush is on and why we're doing all of this in the dead of winter in Wisconsin," Chetwynd said. The aircraft is expected to conduct a European tour in 2019 and then will likely return to the U.S. to resume regular operations.
  27. Came across this obit for Charles Winn, according to it he was a former member of the 292nd ECB. CHARLES WINN February 17, 1923 - December 24, 2017 Charles Winn, 94, of Stuart, Florida, died on December 24, following three years of declining health. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 17, 1923, he graduated from Union High School in 1941. During World War II, he saw combat as an enlisted man with the 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion in France, Belgium, and Germany before attending OCS in Fontainebleau. Commissioned as an infantry 2nd Lieutenant, Charles then served with the 1st Infantry Division supporting the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials, where he was the escort officer for the lead prosecution witness. After leaving active duty in July, 1946, Charles attended the University of Michigan, and married his late wife of over 62 years, the former Lorraine Markus, in 1949. Charles returned to active duty for the Korean War, and again saw combat with the 24th Infantry Regiment, from the Pusan Perimeter Defense to the advance to the Yalu River. Captured by Chinese communist forces on November 26, 1950, he was a prisoner of war for 34 months. Following his release in 1953, Charles served at Fort Benning, Georgia, and France, and before retiring from the Army in Rhode Island on December 31, 1965. Major Winn’s decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, French Legion of Honor, and Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge. Charles settled with his wife in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and completed a second career as an engineering representative with the Aetna Insurance Company. In 1985, the Winns retired to Tarpon Springs, Florida, where they lived for 26 years. Three years after losing Lorraine, Charles relocated to Stuart. He is survived by his son, retired Army Colonel Chuck Winn and daughter-in-law Lynn of Stuart, and his brother Edmund, of Battle Creek Michigan. Visitation will be on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, followed by a service at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, Florida. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund,1335 Old Dixie Highway #3, Lake Park, FL 33404; 561-855-4207;strausneck@wvrf.org Please feel free to share a remembrance, message of condolence or light a virtual candle with the family through this online guestbook. Farewell Sir!
  28. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Indeed. The Christmas holidays are not OVER until after New Year's Day!
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