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    Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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    My Grandfather in WW11. Sidney DeBrock . 3rd front with helmet and #3 second photo.
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    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
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    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
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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.
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    How did this become the Merry Christmas posting area? That's OK, I'm easy! Merry Christmas (it's currently the 6th day of the Octave of Christmas so it's still the Christmas season!) Also, Have a great and prosperous New Year!!
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    Hello everyone, I am happy for my recent addition to the forums. My name is Michael Mercier and I am the curator for the Camp Butner Society and Museum in Butner, North Carolina. The camp was only in operation from 1942 to 1947 but in the first three years saw an estimated 50,000 soldiers come through for training. Now streets that were once lined with barracks, mess halls and admin buildings have houses and businesses. Our society has been around for about four years and the hardest part about starting a museum so long after the end of the war is not only finding decent, relevant displays for the museum but conducting research on the numerous units and soldiers that spent time here. We are lucky that we have the original post quartermaster’s log that he listed all the units that came to the camp and noted when they left and among them were numerous engineer units (that I will post about in a different thread). The museum is the least we can do to honor and remember the soldiers, civilians and even prisoners of war who called Camp Butner home. We are temporarily located in a side room of the camp’s original sports arena that was built in 1942 until we can raise the funds to restore our permanent building. Please visit our official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CampButnerSociety Thanks so much! Michael
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    For all of you I miss via snail mail, here's my Christmas poem to everyone! From our family to yours.
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    buk2112

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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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    You will absolutely love the video Marion.
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    UPDATE: 6 part interview with George: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BC2738D08E1055C7 Thank you for creating this forum. I found it when I was searching for more information the 326th. This came about after I shared a long conversation about WWII with a man who I had known for the past 2 years, George Jackson from Landingville, PA. George started going to my dad's church back then and we shared a nice handshake and greeting when I'd be there on a visit from out of town. However, it wasn't until the day after Thanksgiving, 2010, that George's visit with my dad resulted in me learning more about his time in the war. George was talking about the post war, and I thought he was referring to a time after Korea, but when he corrected me and said he was one of the Battered Bastards, my jaw hit the floor. George told me he was drafted to be an engineer. He went through basic training and then on to school where he built and the disassembled bridges. He said that aggravated him, tearing down what he just built, so he volunteered to go Airborne. He was accepted and made it through with no problems. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne, 326th AEB and sent to England. While in England, he trained to make combat jumps into Europe. However, he ended up as a replacement, rather than a 1st wave soldier. He was slated to enter the war in Holland. Instead of jumping out of a C47, he and his buddies were assigned to a glider. He hated the gliders as they were fabric lined and he wouldn't get to actually jump. When I asked him if he landed during Operation Market Garden, he didn't know what I was talking about. They never told him what operation he was in, only that he would land and secure a bridge. He explained that his unit landed in gliders very close to an undamaged bridge and that they were supposed to defend it, but also rig it for explosion, in case the Germans attacked. He remembers seeing British Armor and working with the Brits, but his unit disliked them with their aloof nature and their "mandatory" tea times. They didn't seem like real soldiers to his group but they were told by superiors to keep negative comments about the Brits to themselves, as they were all in the war together, so he did. When the Germans were closing in, he remembers digging a fox-hole just as fast as he could with his bare hands. During his time there, he got his first shots off at the Germans with his M1 Garand. He stated that the M1 Carbine was only used by officers is his unit the whole time during the war. After explaining Market Garden to him and showing him maps, he realized I knew more about the missions than he did but he reiterated, they just told him where to go and what to do and he did it. After Market Garden, his unit transitioned back to France, although he doesn't recall what they did. He does remember partying in Paris, drinking way more than he should have been, when the word came in that they had to leave immediately. His unit was trucked to Bastogne where they were situated on the south side of the city and told to defend the area. He remembers southern Bastogne being flat with German pill boxes but they just dug fox-holes next to the road and told to take out anything that attacked. They each were given 8 rounds (1 clip) of ammunition for their Garand's and 4 grenades. After the weather cleared and the resupply drops started coming in, which were very welcome, his unit was able to get machine guns and bazookas. He recalls helping carry bazooka ammunition between the resupply and their outfit, but when they got to their destination, the guy with the bazooka tossed it aside along the road march, since it was too heavy for him to carry. So, there he was with all this ammo and no bazooka, and ticked off! Anyway, there were other Bazookas. His unit was dug in when the Germans started shelling the center of the city of Bastogne, since they had it dialed in on their artillery. His unit was also shelled but many survived it. However, during the early morning on Dec 25, 1944, a Tiger Tank had made its way between his unit and Bastogne. He recalls being told to man a machine gun, while another man in his unit prepared a Bazooka. The bazooka round bounced off the Tiger, and as the main gun swung in his direction, they ducked and watched as it passed just overhead. Upon impact, shrapnel hit him in the back of the shoulder and medics were immediately on top of him. He said something else took out that tank and he was evacuated away from his unit. The next day, Patton's Army reached his unit first and he was then evacuated back to England. He said that protocol was to carry him on a stretcher, although he was able to walk. During his time back in England, he recuperated and was sent back with his unit that was in mid-Germany by this time. He traveled with them to Berchtesgaden and eventually Austria. It was pretty uneventful during these times and he cannot recall traveling through any specific towns. He does remember seeing Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and also catching fish at a lake very easily as it was stocked well for the Nazi's. He spent some time there training before they were finally told they were being shipped back to America. After the war, he worked in the gas business, eventually owning 3 gas stations and raising his family. His wife wanted a farm, so they moved from NJ to PA where she eventually passed away. I had known George for about 2 years, a frequent visitor to the church where I grew up in Landingville, PA. He started going there after his wife passed away and met a widow who was a friend of my family for decades. I’ve spent about 3 hours talking to George, around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and in between those visits, I printed out information from the web for him. He told me I knew more about the war than he did, but that’s understandable. We have access to much more information now than he didn't during the war. He's very surprised that we have the history we do and is even more amazed that someone wants to hear an old man's stories. He doesn't realize the awe we have for vets like himself. He said he enjoyed the time he spent in the war, unlike many others. His small group of friends survived it and made the best of it when they were there. He is very animated when he talks about his time there and doesn’t hesitate when asked questions. He’s such a great guy! I plan on visiting him again soon. I want to take a video camera and record him, if he would allow me, and am planning on devising some questions for him. If anyone wants me to ask him any questions, please let me know. I’d be happy to ask. I think I have hit saturation, however, with his memory. I had hoped to learn more about his exact location during Market Garden and post-Bastogne, but to no avail. However, I’m happy to learn what I have learned! During my most recent visit and 2nd interview with him, he brought some pictures taken of him while he was deployed. I forgot to get a picture of them and will ask him to bring them again. However, I am a WWII firearm collector and made sure to bring my Garand for him to see when I was up there. Prior to showing him the Garand, I asked him when was the last time he handled one, and he said right after the war. He and a group of buddies were able to get permission to do some shooting in NJ as they were still owned by the gov’t. His eyes lit up when he saw mine, battle scars included, dated from 1945. He said it was so heavy and said he obviously didn't think so when he was 20 years old. He handled it for about 5 minutes saying how nice it was. When I asked if I could get his picture after that, he said sure! He told me he wanted it taken just like this: Edited to add... George brought some photos for me to scan in, and this is the same pose from back in the war. I couldn't believe it! Before he left, he told me that when he was going through his pictures, he found the belt buckle he wore during the war. He gave me the buckle, which was unique. The airborne wings are soldered to the buckle. He said that even though this was not regulation, it was permitted. US soldiers in the states did this work when they were prisoners. He didn’t say exactly where, but I’ll try to find out which fort. The rest of the uniforms, metals and trophies he brought back went to his kids. It's an honor to meet him and to have this buckle! Edited to add: I am excited to report that I have successfully uploaded the video interview with George to Youtube. The playlist, separated into six, 15 minute parts, can be viewed by visiting this link: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BC2738D08E1055C7 Pat Freeman Eldersburg, MD ex-SPC, Morse Interceptor, Military Intelligence, US Army, 1992-1996
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    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!
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    Indeed. The Christmas holidays are not OVER until after New Year's Day!
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    Thanks so much, Marion! Be safe and happy as the new year approaches. And thanks for creating such a great place to exchange info and to meet new friends.
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    Happy holidays to our 292nd Fanatics and all who honor those who served and serve! Keep honoring the heroes who came before!
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    There is a new building dedicated to Abie Abraham, called the Abie Abraham VA Clinic Healthcare Center in Butler, PA. His wife told me this fantastic news in a Christmas card. Here's to you Abie. Thank you for letting me know about this, Chris. Glad we are keeping in touch. S/Sgt. Abie Abraham was stationed during WWII with the 18th infantry in New York; 3 years with the 14th infantry in Panama, there he was a light-weight boxing champ and trainer; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China, while the Paney was sunk; 30th Infantry, Presidio, San Francisco; 31st Infantry, Manila, Philippines, there for nine years. He fought , was captured, endured the Bataan Death March, as a POW for three and a half years, was beaten, stabbed, shot, survived malaria and starvation to be rescued by the 6th Rangers. He stayed behind at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, two and a half more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades, from the Death March and the prison camps. He helped to identify their bodies and see that they were properly laid to res.. M/Sgt Abraham was promoted in 1945. He came back to the U.S, where he served as a recruiter. He also served a few more years in Germany until his retirement, with 30 years of service. Ghost of Bataan Speaks Oh God, Where are You?
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    For those who are interested, you can see some pictures on my Facebok page. I am sorry but for some reason I can't upload pictures on forums: https://www.facebook.com/frank.gubbels.5/media_set?set=a.10214958596949116.1073741928.1554461894&type=3
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    On kickstarter page I have posted some answer to the FAQs: Why is this point in history important? Who were the people involved? What makes it different from other battles? What kind of association is Gotica Toscana npa? How the Museum is organized? What is the "North Apennines Po Valley Park"?
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    The DPAA (http://www.dpaa.mil/) are really unsung heroes of our day. Every week I am hearing about US servicemen being returned to the US after being missing for 75 or more years. It is truly remarkable. I am glad that we in the US still have the will and desire to search for all of our missing servicemen.
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