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    These photos are from a photo album from1941 - 1943 . I have another 120 photos to come.
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    henkgerrits

    John J. Kudla

    Hi, Beneath you can read the reason why I'm searching for information about John J. Kudla. This letter is already sent to Jennifer Kudla because she has the same lastname and is living in Cuyahoga county, were John J. lived. She did not give a reaction yet. The reason I'm placing a topic is because on the internet I have found that his unit was 112th Engineer Combat Battalion. Maybe someone on this site can tell me more about John J. Kudla. It would be great to have a face and a short story of John J. when we pay our respect next year. I thank you in advance for taking the time for reading my letter! In memory of John J. Kudla. As of 2004 every year in june, and sometimes in august, I go to Normandy to pay my respect to those who have liberated Europe from the nazis. I visit every year the British cemetery in Bayeux and the American cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. On the British cemetery I always visit the grave of J.W. Collins to thank him for his sacrifice for our freedom and to lay flowers on his Grave. On the internet I could find some information of James Washington Collins. I know where he is coming from, who his parents were and where and when he got injured and died on the 7th of june 1944. All those years I also visit the American cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. For years I, most of the times it’s we because almost every year friends of mine come with me to Normandy, we laid flowers by an unknown soldier to pay our respect to all 9385 American soldiers who are buried in Colleville sur Mer. Because of the fact that most visitors only visit the first 15 to 20 rows of the cemetery we have decided to do something different. To our opinion all soldiers have earned our respect and attention so we decided last year to pay our respect and lay flowers on the grave of a soldier in the very last row. We did choose 2 graves. These two graves are of Daniel J. Knapp and John J. Kudla. John J. is the reason why I am writing you. John J. died on july 11th 1944 and the reason why we chose his grave to pay our respect was that the son of a friend of my, who were both with me last year, is born on the 11th of july. We have searched on the internet but could only find a little information about John J.. We would like to know who John J. was, how he looked like etc. His hometown was Cuyahoga County, Ohio. You have the same lastname and come from or are living in Cuyahoga County. We hope that you are related to John J. if not we apologize for the disturbance. We hope that you can tell us something about John J. And I have to apologize for my poor English! I hope that this letter makes sense to you! With kind regards, Henk Gerrits, Jos en Daan Kersjes Dionysius de Karthuizerstraat 30 5643 RX Eindhoven, the Netherlands Hgerrits30@hotmail.com Jennifer Kudla jennifer.kudla@tri-c.edu
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    CaptO

    What the major is up to now

    I also forgot to mention I played with the Marine Band in Quantico, too!! This was August of last year. In Fredericksburg town square: And at the Marine Corps Museum
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    My buddy Dan is looking for this particular item of interest, so I'm helping him out with this one. Here goes. Thanks! vintage WWII British Mk IV Special T Mic respirator mask
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    asicuranza

    Unit Photo Names

    It's really hard to get a good pic, but I've added it below. I've actually not see the information on this unit. Would the best method to be to search the forums?
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    That's a pretty comprehensive list of insignia. I found the 540th and its battalions on 80, 103, and 123.
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    These are great! If you ever want to upload these as individual photos, Google has a pretty good app called "Photo Scan". I've used it a few times to upload old pics. It's nice to have a digital copy in case anything happens! Just thought I'd share. :)
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    henkgerrits

    John J. Kudla

    Hi Marion, Thank you for sending me the direct link. I wil send them a message in the hope that they have more information about John. Thanks and have a nice day!
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    Walt's Daughter

    John J. Kudla

    And maybe a family member or friend will see this post and get in touch with you. That is my hope. We've had many pleasant surprises on this forum.
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    Walt's Daughter

    John J. Kudla

    Yes, but that is NARA in Maryland, not St Louis. Here's the direct link. :-) https://www.archives.gov/college-park/researcher-info Your English is just fine. I can understand you without a problem. Glad you stopped by. I will see what I can find out too!
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    Yes, these are great photos. Seems like with WWII you see a lot of the same photos over and over despite the volume of photos shot in the war. It's always good to see private photos because a) by their nature, haven't been seen by many and b) usually they are taken of things that may have seen "mundane" by the people who put together "Photos of World War II!!" books. It adds a visual dimension to the war you would otherwise not have.
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    theron

    John J. Kudla

    Hi... Thank you for your work honoring the fallen. Have you contacted the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on line? Ask NARA what records they hold on the 112th Engineers for the month/s you are interested in seeing. These records could include the S-3 message log (JOURNAL) and after action summaries (AAR's)as well as misc reports etc. These records would at least provide information about the BN the day John was killed. Also, on line, check the U.S. Army in WWII series: "Cross Channel Attack." I cannot remember the URL, but it is on-line. Hope this little helps. theron
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    CaptO

    V-Mail Newsletters - WWII Museum

    Interesting - I hadn't heard of Ernest Childers, but it is quite a story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Childers
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    Sad news to my WWII friends...Tony Stefanelli (36th Engineer) passed away Tuesday evening in his sleep. He was 102! Wow! He went peacefully though and I'm sure Carl Furtado and he are having one helluva reunion. Of course we will miss him tremendously. There was only one Tony. Spent many a day with him throughout the years. First pic is Carl on left, then Tony! Second pic is Carl, Tony and Colin Hotham at our hotel in 2015. Third pic is of Tony and me with his birthday pumpkin pie! Fourth pic is Carl and Tony from the war! Stay rugged!
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    The following was also sent to me by his son, Carl Stefanelli. Marion, please forward this to Jim [and anyone else I missed] as I am not sure of his email. At Dad's repast I gave this short remembrance of Tony's long life. Tony was born in 1915. He was the oldest of 8 children. All were born at home with the assistance of their grandmother [Gaccionne] and a midwife. As the oldest son he was first up for chores. Originally the apartment was heated with the kitchen stove. That meant helping his father cut lots of wood. It also meant the bedrooms were cold at night. Later he helped his father cut and install pipes for a steam heat/radiator system. Whenever they had it, wood was burned in the furnace. Cheaper than coal. They kept a garden and chickens. Tony helped with the chickens while fighting off the rooster. He helped his father install electrical wires to replace the gas lights. They ran the wires through the gas pipes. There was a gas meter in the basement, but it was more like a parking meter. You put in a quarter and got 25 cents of gas. When the lights flickered another quarter was needed. I asked Dad if they got Christmas presents. He said in their stockings they got walnuts left over from the dinner the night before. However, one year he got a wagon. The wagon came with a chore. His father saved scrap wood at work. Dad had to pull his wagon to the factory and loaded up. On the way home he would come to a railroad track. There he had to unload the wagon, carry it over the tracks and then reload the wood. Tony was a lifelong mushroom picker. Seems he knew the good ones from the poison ones. His father and uncle John needed him on mushroom picking trips, because Dad could read the road signs. Tony graduated from high school in 1932. He went to work Sonneborne, a chemical company owned by a Jewish family. They kept the plant running right through the Depression. A four day work week was the worst it got. Normally, work ran from Monday through Friday and half a day on Saturday. The plant manager vouched for grandpa when they needed a mortgage to buy the building on Washington Ave. Dad's father, Joseph, and his Uncle John were foremen. His grandfather [Gaccionne] worked there as a cooper, making wooden barrels. His sister, Rachael, worked in the office in New York. Dad's first job was running a machine that canned Vaseline. Dad worked at Sonneborne through the 30's while attending Newark College evenings. A month after Pearl Harbor, Tony got his draft notice. He was 26. The next 43 months were spent in N Africa and Europe. Dad was in the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment. They made 5 amphibious landing, 3 of them under fire. The 36th logged more days in combat than any other US unit, except the 3rd Division [?]. I attended his last several army reunions. Sadly, he was the only attendee at the 2017 reunion. He loved getting together with his dear friend, Carl Futatdo and the other old soldiers. They always enjoyed reminiscing about the good times. After the war and before he landed a position, Tony's sister told him that a local grocery store needed some help. Park Market, in Nutley was run by my maternal grandfather, Vincent LoCurcio. My mother, Filomena, helped run the store. Dad worked there for about a half a day, and then complained to Fil, "If you want to be a boss, you better learn to give orders!" Fil told him to leave! A few days later he returned and asked Fil for a date. Three dates later he told her they should get married. "We are both 30 years old and need to get married. Let's not waste time with this dating." You know the rest of the story. Fil ran her own store and Tony was a partner at an electrical contractor. He worked till he was 70 and then played golf for the next 30 years. He had a good life.
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    Beautifully said. I just wish that more people from the forum could have met him. But they can still enjoy the documentary, etc. of he and Carl Furtado. Both great men who I miss so, so much!
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    CaptO

    Carl Furtado and Colin Hotham 2012

    Great picture - good to see you on the forum, sir!
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    You are very welcome. Too bad he can't be with us this year in DC, but he already had big plans related to his Sicily research. Looking forward to seeing you in August!!!
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    buk2112

    Interesting Articles

    All 13 passengers survive WWII-era plane crash in Texas By Maya Eliahou and Melissa Gray, CNN Jul 21, 2018 A World War II-era military aircraft carrying 13 passengers crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff in central Texas on Saturday. All passengers on board the cargo plane survived and were able to exit the aircraft, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office. In addition to several minor injuries, one person was airlifted by helicopter to a medical center, they said. The aircraft, a vintage Douglas C-47 named "Bluebonnet Belle," was on its way to an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the town of Burnet. In a video of the incident, the plane can be seen dipping dangerously to the left just after takeoff. The plane's wing hits the ground and the aircraft comes to a stop as it bursts into flames. Chris Dowell, a staff member in the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, which owns the plane, told CNN affiliate KXANthat the aircraft is a "total loss." "We are very fortunate that everybody that was on board the aircraft got out of the aircraft safely, with a few minor injuries," Dowell said. He added that while some of the passengers were volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force, others were guests and family members. According to Dowell, the C-47 is a military cargo plane that transported service members during WWII. For volunteers in the Commemorative Air Force, who spend their spare time maintaining and operating the aircraft, Dowell said the loss of the plane is tragic. "We spend a lot of time and energy maintaining these aircrafts," Dowell said. "It becomes part of your family. It becomes part of your life." Dowell said the accident won't stop his squadron from continuing its mission to educate young people about WWII history. "We have an air show scheduled in September, right here in Burnet," Dowell said. "That air show will continue." The Federal Aviation Administration is handling an investigation of the incident, according to the sheriff's office.
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