Frank Gubbels

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Frank Gubbels last won the day on December 24 2016

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About Frank Gubbels

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  • Birthday 07/16/82

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    Noorbeek. South-Limburg. The Netherlands.
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    WW2 especially 101 Airborne division and 30th Old Hickory division. <br />Watching soccer and cycling.
  1. Rest in Peace Sgt. Don Burgett, your sacrifice will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on. Don served in A-Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division. His outstanding books will give you the feeling that you're sitting next to him during the battle. An amazing person has left us. Picture taken in Bourcy, Belgium in September 2005
  2. I am curious what kind of new information can / will pop up. I am happy to see they are able to restore important documents like these.
  3. Yes Marion, I received yours. Many thanks and Merry Christmas
  4. As usual I am very late with my Christmas cards so I think you and Todd will receive my Christmascard after the holidays. I am sorry for that.
  5. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017 to everyone!
  6. Thanks for your support. Although the petition has ended and they didn't reach the goal, I hope it gained some attention from other people around the world and they will receive the citation.
  7. HELP 30th Infantry Division WWII veterans get the recognition they earned Onze bevrijders, 30th Infantry Division WWII hebben nu onze hulp nodig. HELP en teken a.u.b. de petitie. Look at; We the people 30th Infantry Division and Sign This Petition * * * Dearest European Friends, (From Lew Adams) I am happy to report that Part I, of "Heroes of Old Hickory" has been completed and we are pressing forward on the completion of Part II. One of the issues we intend to present in the film, is why the Old Hickory Division was rated the Number One division of the ETO and yet never received the Presidential Unit Citation, as recommended, at wars end. This honor has been denied the men of the 30th Infantry Division for more than 70 years and many still anguish over this terrible injustice. Most suggest that the 30th was a National Guard Division and not the "regular" US Army. Although, composed primarily of volunteers and National Guardsmen, originally slated as replacements for the regular army, the Old Hickory Division fought in all major campaigns of the ETO and did a great deal of the heavy lifting during WWII. They became so distinguished in battle they became known as the Workhorse of the Western Front, and were so respected by their enemy were called: Roosevelt's SS troops Sadly, in those early times, discrimination was a reality among branches of the military. Immediately after the war SL Marshal one of Eisenhower's chief of staff, was asked to evaluate all the divisions that served in Europe during WWII. After review Marshal's staff of more than 35 military historians not only rated the Old Hickory as the Number One division, but recommended that it receive the highest honor. There is no greater level of proof, facts, or evidence required, than the review and findings by Marshal and his staff. The good news — is that a new action has been launched to receive the Presidential Unit Citation on behalf of the 30th Infantry Division. An action committee has been formed, headed by General Gregory Lusk, Adjutant General of the NC National Guard. Other notables include: Col Wes Morrison Executive Director of the 30th Infantry Division Association, Commander Col Vernon Simpson, Maj. Melissa Colbreth, Bob Baumer author/historian, Frank Denius 30th Infantry Observer, Lew Adams Producer, and many others. Hopefully, this can be accomplished while some of the veterans are still here to receive it. On September the 17th a new petition was posted on the White House website, requesting an official hearing. In order to accomplish a full review in the Washington it will require that we solicit and gather 100,000 signatures, before October 17. Maj. Melissa Colbreth is in charge of the petition drive. See her email below. On behave of all the Old Hickory veterans who sacrificed so much please go to the White House petition website, sign the petition, and pass this information on to everyone you know who enjoys the freedom that our Old Hickory soldiers so gallantly helped to restore. After signing the petition — please go to your address books, inform and forward the link to as many recipients as possible, local newspapers, radio and television stations. You can also contact any US Congressman via email or letter, to express your support of the 30th Infantry Division receiving the Presidential Unit Citation. We sincerely love and miss all our wonderful friends throughout Europe, and especially those who contributed so greatly in helping us bring the Old Hickory story to America and the world. We are so fortunate to have you all as our lifelong friends, and allies. Sending Our Best Thoughts Always, Lew and Louise Adams Producers And all the Old Hickory men, who we have all come to love and honor Link to White House petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/help-30th-infantry-divis… Attachment: SL Marshal letter of findings and recommendation: Marshall Letter 16 March 1946 Dear General Hobbs:� Now that I am leaving the service, I thought it might be well to give you the following information for whatever satisfaction you might derive therefrom. �I was historian of the ETO. Toward the end of last fall, for the purpose of breaking the log-jam of paper concerning division presidential unit citations, General Eisenhower instructed me to draw up a rating sheet on the divisions. This entailed in the actual processing that we had to go over the total work of all the more experienced divisions, infantry and armor, and report back to him which divisions we considered had performed the most efficient and consistent battle services.� We so did, and we named certain infantry divisions in the first category and same with armor, and we placed others in a second category and yet others in a third. The 30th was among five divisions in the first category.� However, we picked the 30th Division No. 1 on the list of first category divisions. It was the combined judgment of the approximately 35 historical officers who had worked on the records and in the field that the 30th had merited this distinction. It was our finding that the 30th had been outstanding in three operations and that we could consistently recommend it for citation on any one of these three occasions. It was further found that it had in no single instance performed discreditably or weakly when considered against the averages of the Theater and that in no single operation had it carried less than its share of the burden or looked bad when compared with the forces on its flanks. We were especially impressed with the fact that it had consistently achieved results without undue wastage of its men.� I do not know whether further honors will come to the 30th. I hope they do. For we had to keep looking at the balance of things always and we felt that the 30th was the outstanding infantry division in the ETO.� Respectfully yours, �/s/S.L.A. Marshall� Colonel S.L.A. Marshall, GSC� Historian of ETO https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-30th-infantry-division-wwii-veterans-get-recognition-they-earned
  8. I found that one Marion but I couldn't find what I needed and I thought this is different from that topic. That's why I started a new topic. If you want to put the topics together, go ahead. Thank you both for your reply. I really appreciate it. Frank
  9. Dear all, I am looking for more information about the 105th Engineers who served with the 30th Infantry Division. I am especially interested in the time period of the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 - January 1945). Is there anyone who can help me with this. I think I found a book about them on ebay but haven't received it yet. The link to the 105th engineers on the main page here is a link to the website of a reenactment group. I have found a roster of the 30th ID with men of the 105th engineers also included: http://www.indianamilitary.org/30TH/SoThinkMenu/SoThink30thTOC.htm# Best wishes, Frank Link to the book: http://www.ebay.nl/itm/History-105th-Regiment-Engineers-Divisional-Old-Hickory-Sullivan-9781172556533-/152066078102?hash=item2367d83596:g:4XYAAOSwjKpXHITF
  10. I thought some of you might be interested in this as well. A little documentary about George Schneider of the 30th Infantry Division. He is from Akron, OH. George is still alve and in a very good condition. Regards, Frank
  11. Thank you Vee
  12. You are doing a great job Vee. It is our job to keep the memory to these men alive and pass their stories on to the next generation. By taking care of the graves we make sure these men won't be forgotten and the families know that someone is tending to the grave of their lovedones. Frnak ps. what happened to the grass on the cemetery? Normally it is very well maintained.
  13. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us Vee, I wish I could have been there. Maybe next year. Nevertheless you made some very nice pictures.
  14. So far no luck Marion
  15. Will try to help you a bit Marion