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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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    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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    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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