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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in Ponton bridge remains found in the Rhine   
    Great news. A real plus for historians! Thanks!
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    Christoph got a reaction from buk2112 in Ponton bridge remains found in the Rhine   
    After a long and very dry summer the river Rhine has historically low water, so a lot of interesting remains are found there the last days. Now two pontons of one of the combat engineer bridges in the vicinity of Remagen were found near Unkel, and also a JU-87 bomber and its pilots who where shot down on 6th March 1945 while trying to destroy the bridge of Remagen. French divers of the Société Generale de Traveaux Maritimes et Fluviaux have tried to find the bomber already in 1957, but without success.

    http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/siebengebirge/bad-honnef/Wrackteile-und-menschliche-Knochen-im-Rhein-entdeckt-article3969924.html
    https://www.zeit.de/1957/52/noch-huetet-der-rhein-sein-geheimnis
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    Christoph got a reaction from buk2112 in Ponton bridge remains found in the Rhine   
    After a long and very dry summer the river Rhine has historically low water, so a lot of interesting remains are found there the last days. Now two pontons of one of the combat engineer bridges in the vicinity of Remagen were found near Unkel, and also a JU-87 bomber and its pilots who where shot down on 6th March 1945 while trying to destroy the bridge of Remagen. French divers of the Société Generale de Traveaux Maritimes et Fluviaux have tried to find the bomber already in 1957, but without success.

    http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/siebengebirge/bad-honnef/Wrackteile-und-menschliche-Knochen-im-Rhein-entdeckt-article3969924.html
    https://www.zeit.de/1957/52/noch-huetet-der-rhein-sein-geheimnis
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    Christoph got a reaction from buk2112 in Ponton bridge remains found in the Rhine   
    After a long and very dry summer the river Rhine has historically low water, so a lot of interesting remains are found there the last days. Now two pontons of one of the combat engineer bridges in the vicinity of Remagen were found near Unkel, and also a JU-87 bomber and its pilots who where shot down on 6th March 1945 while trying to destroy the bridge of Remagen. French divers of the Société Generale de Traveaux Maritimes et Fluviaux have tried to find the bomber already in 1957, but without success.

    http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/siebengebirge/bad-honnef/Wrackteile-und-menschliche-Knochen-im-Rhein-entdeckt-article3969924.html
    https://www.zeit.de/1957/52/noch-huetet-der-rhein-sein-geheimnis
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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in Jean in Siegburg   
    What can I say in response, other than your words really touched my heart and soul. Thank you SO much. Everyone of you, mean the world to me and I'm just glad that I am able to do this. It all started with my desire to realize my dad's history - one page on a website, back in 2004! And here we are today. My research led to this, and this wonderful opportunity to spread the wealth (well knowledge IS wealth, isn't it?)
    Much love to both you, and Christoph!

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    Christoph reacted to colinhotham in Jean in Siegburg   
    This is a reason for this great website's existence and what it does so well. As always the final credit goes to Marion.
    Colin.
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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in Jean in Siegburg   
    Jean, first off, I am so thrilled for you. What a wonderful, long overdue treasure. I could picture the whole thing and imagined how you must feel. 
    I actually cried last night, as I read your post. But they were tears of joy, for I love the fact that I had a part in all this - a conduit enabling the two of you to come together. Such a thrill for me. There are insufficient words...
    You story is an incredible one, one that has traveled across several decades. I'm certain you would have never pictured such a happy ending. Not only have you found answers, but made wonderful friends along the way. 
    Love to both,
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    Christoph got a reaction from CaptO in Jean in Siegburg   
    Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument...
    Thanks to Marion who made this possible!

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    Christoph reacted to Jean Jacobson in Jean in Siegburg   
    Where to begin:
    I had the most incredible experience recently when finally I met the brilliant, kind, and generous Christoph! 
    For me nothing will ever compare to this encounter – it was out of a dream….  I finally met the real “Christoph.”  Brilliant, kind and generous do not really begin to describe what a wonderful human being he is!
    On his own time he has helped solve the mysteries of a critically important and life changing period in my Dad’s life and it is something my Dad wanted solved.
    And Marion, what a surprise to find in addition to all of the wonderful ways Christoph could be described – he is also very  handsome!  Marion, wait until you meet him!  I want to adopt him!
    It really was out of a dream – we met in the center of the town, and then together with my husband, Steve, we walked up the hill to the Abbey!  We all saw for the first time the new addition to the Abbey.  I understand the folks that now own the Abbey needed more space and they came up with a modern addition.  It is possibly the best design that could have been done.  But for me the majesty and spirit of the Abbey that was over 1000 years old, was changed forever with this new addition.
    The 3 of us walked the now rose garden where some prisoners from not only America but Russia and France (and as some POW’s referred to it  – it was like the United Nations) survived in decrepit and small spaces.  But remembering that so many were fortunate to survive is what it is all about.
    From the Abbey I finally  had a chance to observe and walk the hill that I believe was the place Dad had described in a VMAIL home.  I could now really understand and sympathize even more with Dad about his long, cold, and emotional journeys from the Abbey to the Cemetery.  Christopher led us there!!!  Can you believe it!  We walked there just like Dad did.  What a distance in any type of weather, but especially in tough winter conditions, and emotionally  knowing that the men he was caring for and carrying could no longer hang on to life –and that there was no medical treatment to keep them going until the war was over.
    Dad always complained about his frost bitten feet and he could put pins in parts of his legs/feet and show that there was no feeling.  His large and wide feet could not properly fit in any shoes.  After the war, he had bunions that grew to a couple of inches and to help lessen the pain we would cut holes in all of his shoes.  Dad’s complaints were not about sympathy for him – but to let us know what had happened.  He knew he was one of the fortunate ones who could return home and return with his body intact.
    We had looked for the cemetery when we took Dad on the War journey back in the late 1980’s.  In fact it was the last thing we did, and then filled with anger he was ready for us to leave Siegburg.  His disappointment was so intense and he bemoaned the fact that there was no cross or anything symbolizing the sacrifices the Americans had made at where he thought the cemetery might have been.  His anger was fueled by the fact the folks at the Abbey denied that a POW Camp had been there, and the folks in the center of the City denied it also.
    Thanks to Christoph and his research he was convinced that the cemetery we were walking to was the cemetery in question.  Christoph explained pointing to the map at the entrance to the cemetery the section where the Americans had been buried - and that none were there now.  He also pointed out the area where the Russians were buried and that they still remain there.  He was correct!
    The discovery of the cemetery and all of the work Christoph has done is  an immeasurable gift from Christoph to my Dad and all of the men who passed through the Lazarett at Siegburg!!!
    The dream eventually had to end – it got later and later and I knew Christoph would have to leave…  But the memories of it all are etched in my brain forever!  And especially the memories of what an INCREDIBLE MAN Christoph is!!!!
    I can’t wait to return, and Marion it is all because of you and your efforts and dedication to all facets of the war that I found Christoph who then solved 70 year old mysteries!  Marion, you too are an INCREDIBLE LADY and how proud your Dad has to be!!!!
    I am a Member of Both of Your Fan Clubs,
    Jean
     
     
     
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    Christoph reacted to CaptO in Jean in Siegburg   
    How cool is that?!
     
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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in Jean in Siegburg   
    Oh wow, this is fantastic. I have goosebumps!!!!!
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    Christoph got a reaction from CaptO in Jean in Siegburg   
    Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument...
    Thanks to Marion who made this possible!

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    Christoph got a reaction from CaptO in Jean in Siegburg   
    Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument...
    Thanks to Marion who made this possible!

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    Christoph reacted to Jean Jacobson in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    AWESOME Christoph! More to follow!
     
    And Happy New Year to you Marion! And Everyone!
     
    Jean
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    Christoph reacted to Jean Jacobson in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    Christoph, I did want you to know I have stayed in touch with a few of the families where the husband did pass through Siegburg. I am so curious as to how the different men were wounded, and where, so that they ended up passing through the Abbey.
     
    It really is an amazing number of men who were fortunate enough to land there first. And really amazing how such limited resources had to be used to accommodate them all. This will be a lifelong study.
     
    I have recently heard from the son of a gentleman who passed through the Abbey. Always fascinating to see what little pieces of information might be out there - somewhere. His Dad was not there long but long enough to have experienced the Dec. bombing. What an impact it had on him and everyone.
     
    Regarding your news on the 311th of the 78th - that is Big News! It may hasten finding out more about the debriefing etc. I have done a lot of research on the 78th - so let's see what your new information brings.... I have a lot of newsletters from the 78th organization but have never found, yet, anything on Siegburg.
     
    Christoph, having you in my life is like a Miracle!
     
    Jean
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    Christoph got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    A happy and peaceful new year! The last year passed so fast, and without anything new to this topic.
     
    Christoph
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    Christoph got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Another bridge crossing the Agger – no combat engineers needed - or...   
    I wanted to publish it 3 years ago, but time goes by... until today, it is in the 2015 issue of our local history magazine (and another article about the dragonflies around here)
    Christoph
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    Christoph got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Another bridge crossing the Agger – no combat engineers needed - or...   
    I wanted to publish it 3 years ago, but time goes by... until today, it is in the 2015 issue of our local history magazine (and another article about the dragonflies around here)
    Christoph
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    Christoph got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Another bridge crossing the Agger – no combat engineers needed - or...   
    ...Thou shalt not lie!
     
    There is a concrete bridge in Lohmar/Rhineland near the village Wahlscheid across the river Agger, just wide enough for a car, which has not been destoyed by the retreating german Wehrmacht as the only one far and wide, therefore combat engineers were not needed here.
     
    A local historian and churchman (and acquaintance of my parents), Peter Kemmerich, who passed away 20 years ago, wrote in his book about Lohmar’s history of the early 20th century, that a resident farmer himself told him why: The bridge was already prepared for blasting when he tiptoed in the night to the bridge just before the Americans (97th infantry) arrived there and cut the fuze, so he saved the bridge… I read the text some years ago, but forgot about it…
     
    Until 2011 when the bridge was examinated to prepare its overhaul. What they found was surprising: two big explosive charges without fuzes. Everybody seemed very astonished, articles in all local newspapers, nobody remembered Kemmerich’s passage in the book, not even I.
     
    Now, trying to reconstruct the last days of WWII in Lohmar, I found the “Citations for Awards of the Silver Star to U_S_ Army Personnel in World War II”:
    “GLOBIS, ANTHONY W.
    Citation:
    The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony W. Globis, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. On 13 April 1945 near Wahlscheid, Germany, Private Globis was sent to make a bridge reconnaissance. After advancing 2000 yards he came upon a road bridge which was mined an protected by three enemy soldiers. Though outnumbered, Private Globis unhesitatingly crawled to a position from which he could place fire upon the enemy troops and forced their surrender. He then audaciously required his prisoners to deactivate the mines and returned them to his own lines. Private Globis' boldness and gallantry on this occasion permitted his company to advance and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
    Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
    Home Town: Pennsylvania”
     
    I told all this to one of our Lohmar notabilities asking what he thinks about publishing and which version he would trust. The only thing he said was he knows that farmer for more than 40 years and knows that everything he says should be considered with the utmost caution.
     
    Christoph

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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    SWEET!
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    Christoph reacted to Jean Jacobson in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    Hello Christoph!
     
    It is so incredible to know you and your wife are basically everywhere!
     
    Maybe this new Siegburg contact, Jan Gerull, will provide you and thus us some new information! He had to be shocked that you knew so much and already knew about the visit!
     
    It is so frustrating that all of this Siegburg and Abbey/Lazzarett info still remains hidden away....
     
    You have performed so many miraculous deeds over the years with regards to this absolutely impossible Siegburg research and I can not Praise or Thank You enough!!!
     
    I am so fortunate to have you in my life!
     
    Jean
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    Christoph got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    Some days ago there were two articles in Siegburg's newsletter "Siegburg aktuell":
    http://www.siegburg.de/stadt/newsletter/nl/60176/newsletter.html (please add the last "l" manually to the URL,
    http://www.siegburg.de/stadt/newsletter/nl/60222/newsletter.html I have some problems with the editor)

     
    Guidry's daughter Elizabeth and her husband visited Hellenthal and Siegburg earlier this year and met Jan Gerull, the author of the articles, and also Siegburg's mayor Franz Huhn, see the photo of the second article.
     
    I met Jan today for the first time and didn't know he wrote the articles, I only guessed he might be the Jan Jean mentioned in an e-mail. He was quite surprised to meet someone who already knew something about the story :-)
     
    Christoph
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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in I'm not ignoring you... Note from Marion - Sept 2015   
    Just touching base with everyone this morning...
     
    As many of you know, I have been putting my heart and soul into completing my children's book. All my energies have been focused in that direction, so if you've written, etc., and I haven't responded yet...
     
    My email inbox is filling up once again and a few letters have fallen by the wayside. So, I am NOT ignoring you, but simply caught up in my latest project. Your letters are still important, so please don't think I'm ignoring you.
     
    Thanks for understanding! Now I have to get back to completing those last few chapters...
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    Christoph reacted to Walt's Daughter in Heroic German officer killed in a minefield trying to save an American   
    Heroic German officer killed in a minefield trying to save an American
     
    RE: Hürtgen Forest
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    Christoph got a reaction from CaptO in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    Just 2 "new" photos of Siegburg in early April 1945.
     
    Christoph


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