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      The Forum is back - updates on progress!   05/11/17

      Oh my gosh, can't tell you what a relief it is to have our forum back. I am simply beside myself with joy! Many of you know, but just as many do not, that I experienced a severe server crash, two weeks ago today. I therefore "temporarily lost" ALL my websites, including the VI Corps main site, this forum, No Bridge Too Far, the VI Corps Jukebox and more than a dozen client sites... Without going into all the gory details, I had to purchase a new server, then start all over from scratch. I did have backups of all the sites, but it's been a real ordeal setting up the server, then one by one, reinstalling each site. I'm almost there, but still have a ways to go, but just got the forum back online, on May 11, 2017 at 12:22. I'm hoping to have the VI Corps main site back by the weekend.  And yes, I am aware of several minor problems, including the fact that many images are currently missing. I need to access the old server again, and copy the uploads folder to our new server. Evidently (for some reason), many of the photos/doc did not transfer. I am working on this, so thank you for your patience. 
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Jean Jacobson

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  1. Yes, no truer words could be spoken - it is because of Marion that so many of us have found life changing answers to issues and puzzles that have been with us, for well, our whole lifetime!!! The Veterans who had no place to go, or their family members, came to you and you guided them and connected them to answers and others who might be able to help them! If there was no Marion, where would so many of us be today... Maybe the song "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters" was written for Marion to sing to all of us!!! Marion, your drive and dedication and devotion has created so much respect from each one of us - it is as if you have cast a net over us all, and you are pulling us forward!!! I have lots more research to do and will keep after it and never give up! And I know Christoph will do the same! You are a Great Leader! Jean A Member of Your Fan Club
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Christoph, I had used Google Earth when I first heard the news, but while it helped me as kind of an overview, it was not enough. Your 6 to 7 km is exactly what I needed - while I know km's I am not so comfortable with them and googled for the equivalence. 6 km is 3.72823 miles and 7 km is 4.3496 miles. Man those were long miles during the days Dad and Guidry were on the run and hiding until towards the end they got to the farm house and the barn where they encountered the Dutch boy. Just thinking about this - makes me want to fly over there and with you try to duplicate what might have been their path.... More to follow, Jean
  5. AWESOME Christoph! More to follow! And Happy New Year to you Marion! And Everyone! Jean
  6. Hello Christoph! And Thank You for sending me the email just a little while ago! And Hello to the nephew of Edwin Guidry! Yes, I seem to have just disappeared but not because I wanted to. Life got very complicated and I had to focus on several things first. I am so eager to be back full time on this research but still using my will power to get some of these other things done. I did have a chance to get to meet one Guidry daughter and her husband. They are terrific folks and while they knew little to nothing about Guidry in the War they are now working on the research - they stopped at the Eisenhower Museum and with the information from the Hodges Diary - really proving the fact and time frame when Dad and Guidry met up with the Allies - they were able to specifically find documentation for where this location was.- Meindorf. That is all I know - I do not have any documentation or information as to what else they found this summer when they were doing the research. This couple is doing a lot of traveling and they might be on the road now... This is the couple that provided me with that phenomenal and priceless picture of my Dad and Guidry. I carry a small version of it with me everywhere. I also met another daughter and her husband in New Orleans - again terrific people! I was eager to tell you Meindorf was the supposed location and see what you thought Christoph, but I was hoping to have some documentation to provide. I would love to come to the town, and meet you there, and try to figure out the logistics of everything. It would be best if we have that documentation and then more from the debriefing - I am still leaning towards it being Collins who did the debriefing... I know one day we will do this. Oh how I want to just indulge myself full time at the Archives... but again must wait. I can only imagine that if Larry the Legend had not passed away, between the 2 of you, you would have figured all of this out - and in addition found every prisoner that ever passed through the Abbey! You both were Absolutely Amazing with all of the incredible work that you did. Christoph, I hope your entire family is doing great! More to follow... And again, Hello to another Guidry family member! Jean
  7. Any current news on Carl? It is wonderful that he knows he is in all of our prayers! These guys are so precious! Jean
  8. And we are Honored to know you, Johnny! You are a Real Hero! Jean
  9. What a great story! And Marion we all know you are a VERY VERY SPECIAL person! Your Dad is so proud of you! And like these folks, I am very very blessed that you came into my life! Jean
  10. Capt O - Great Photos! Thank You! And Enrico, what you wrote about a person's life - is beautiful! Jean
  11. Thank you for all of the wonderful pictures! And Thank You for your services! We will all be thinking of you on Veteran's Day! Jean
  12. 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
  13. Clarkgal, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Grandpa! Jean
  14. Hello Andrea! You did a spectacular job of gathering and presenting all of that information! What a wonderful resource for everyone! Thank you very much! Jean
  15. Hi Glen! I don't have any knowledge of the 160th but I look forward to whatever information you can share with all of us! Glad you joined! Jean