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    Ruben Cohen - 38th Engineer

    Hello Mack Thank you for the kind praise of my Dad. It’s a comfort to know he had such a profound effect on his military buddies. To be honest, I only knew that the unit had a band, but had no idea he was involved in its formation. It’s funny that you mention your dad kept a saxophone but never played it. My story is similar.. my dad played the piano and drums. I never knew this until recently. And only because I ran across a story in an old saved copy of a local civic associations newsletter that told of him playing for the neighborhood . My only musical memories of him are his playing “air”drums during movies when a big band played. I never really attended the reunions, as Mom and Pop usually went and left the kids to fend for themselves. I recall a few I went to in the 80s... Richmond Virginia, Lancaster Pennsylvania , and Canton Ohio. But yes I have to agree.... the closeness and love these men shared was incredible to witness. I have one photo of him at a reunion and the joy in his eyes is priceless. I’m sorry I didn’t realize how important it was at the time. I don’t really know much of his military story. He (like most of the greatest generation ) kept the stories to himself. Also, I came along later in his life and I guess whatever stories he did tell about being a soldier were already told. My loss. I know much more about his life after WWII. I have photos and I’m trying to decipher his written journal pages. They are yellow and faded, making it a slow process. And His records were destroyed in the Washington fires. Searching the internet hasn’t been very fruitful either. Every bit of new information is a surprise. I was always riding a motorcycle ... something he was against. Said I’d hurt myself. I recently found this photo of him
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    Ruben Cohen - 38th Engineer

    I know this is an old post but I'm happy to reply. My dad is the same Bob Duffy that is mentioned. In the photos, the second one, he is standing to the right on the stage,with an ever present cigarette. I have some of his scrapbook savings, and would love to hear from anyone with information to share. The band was called "The Wideawakes"
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