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  1. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Thank you Major.
  2. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Hi Marion, I just wanted to update you, since I know that you had interest in my dad's story about Art Bushon a few years back. My dad has since passed away (January 2018) and my mom lives with me now. I miss my father everyday and his values and the values of that generation. It's true that their kind will likely not be seen again. I count myself lucky that I grew up with so many of the Greatest Generation and I can pass on the stories. Thanks to YOU, Marion, for putting in your time and effort in maintaining this site. You are keeping their great memory alive. Anthony
  3. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Doug, Sorry to hear that your search hasn't been too successful. I'm going to see my dad tonight and since it's Veteran's Day I made him a CD of all his favorite Big Band songs so he can listen to the music from his youth. I will pass along your regards. Thank you. Tony
  4. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Hi Marion, I was wondering if Doug ever found out anything further about his uncle Art Buchon. Have you heard anything? Thanks, Anthony Froio
  5. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Thanks Marion
  6. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Doug, I spoke with my dad this evening and I showed him the letters and photo of Art which you shared with us. It must have brought back a lot of memories of things which I haven't heard him speak of in years. He told me how bad he still felt about what happened to your Uncle Art. He said that none of the pictures which I recently uploaded here have Art in them. He did say, however, that in the photo where the man on the right is playfully holding the pistol to my dad's head is the man who went out on the boat with your uncle. My dad said that, the way he remembers the incident, it wasn't private DeLoach (as stated in the Army's letter) but private Emile Fedorko who went out with your uncle that day. Private Fedorko (now deceased) is the man on the right in that photo. He said that after it happened, they took your uncle's body and laid it in this large building for the other soldiers to view. He cannot remember if it was a church or what it was. My father and private Fedorko remained friends for quite some years after the war. Please keep in mind that my dad is 93 years old and this happened almost 70 years ago so some of the details and memories may be cloudy. My dad explained to me that he and Art were in the same squad and reiterated how much Art was liked by everyone. He also said that, if you wish, he would write everything down about what he remembers happening that day. I would then transcribe it in an email to you. Please know that if you think that this would be too disturbing and do not want the info, it's okay. If you DO want me to provide this, just send me your email address. My email is -------.
  7. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Thanks for the help with uploading Marion... Here are the photos that I found.
  8. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Wow, so sad. Thank you so much for sharing such personal items. My dad continues to be on the mend. As he was beginning to feel better, his started having problems with his teeth and they had to be pulled so he is in some discomfort at present. I was able to find more of his old photos. There are some pictures of my dad with some of the men in his outfit but I did not ask him yet if any of the men are your Uncle Art. I am trying to post the photos but I can't seem to remember how I did it last time... can anyone please help?
  9. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Hello Doug, I'm sure my dad would really like to see the letters. He spoke so highly of Art that I know he would like see them. Dad's doing a little better. He's still weak but seems to be on the road to recovery. Thanks for kind thoughts, Tony
  10. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    I'm sorry that I haven't written sooner, but dad's been under the weather lately and not really too talkative. I will post more info as he recovers.
  11. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Doug, I will ask my dad if anyone in those pictures are your Uncle Art, in the meantime I'm still searching for more pictures.
  12. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Doug, Thank you Doug, I will relate your thanks to my dad. I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you, but my dad definitely remembers, and has a very sad recollection of, your Uncle Art. In fact every time he tells the story he says how bad he felt for your family. Your Uncle Art died after the war had ended. The 208 Combat Engineers were assigned as occupation troops in Germany. While patrolling a river (I believe my dad said that it was the Rhine River) in a boat, the boat somehow overturned and your Uncle Art was caught beneath somehow. It may have been quicksand or some sort of drowning. My dad said that when he and the other soldiers had heard about it they were extremely saddened. After surviving a world war and then to die in a freak accident was just so ironic. My dad said that he always wanted to call Art's family and express his condolences, but he just didn't know what words he could have said. My dad said that Art was a real gentleman. To quote my dad... "you always hear good things about people after they die, but with Art it was all true. Art never cussed or had anything bad to say about anyone." Those are the words that my dad used to describe your Great Uncle Art. You should be very proud. That generation is slowly passing before us but I wonder if people truly realize the sacrifices they made. Your Uncle Art never had a chance to live his life out and that is so sad. I hope what I've told you sheds some light on the life of your Uncle Art. I am sorry for your family. Isn't something, even though it's been almost 70 years since the end of that war, people's lives are still impacted by those events. I'm still looking for more photos... Sincerely, Tony Froio
  13. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Hello Doug, Wow this is really something! My dad and your great uncle Art were in the same platoon! I remember growing up and listening to my dad's stories (I could never get enough). I remember him telling me about your great uncle Art Bushon. My dad is now 93 years old and I am going to see him tonight. I will mention this to him and see if he has any detailed remembrances of your great uncle Art. I will also check for more photos. I'll get back to you soon, Tony Froio.
  14. Anthony

    208th Combat Engineers

    Hello, I am glad that I found this site which is dedicated to the great veterans of the Greatest Generation. I am the son of a WWII vet, his name name is Joseph Froio and he was with the 208th Combat Engineers in WWII. He's told me many great stories and even shared some photos too! I've attached a few pictures of him and his company (Company . Today, he is 89 years old and lives not too far from me with my mom. They've been blessed to be married for the last 62 years. Thanks, Anthony Froio
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