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    A Fanatic about Photography and History. Dedicated to uncovering and telling the history of my family.

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  1. I am awed by those who were selfless and gave of themselves for the sake of us all. RIP, Major Winn!
  2. Thanks so much, Marion! Be safe and happy as the new year approaches. And thanks for creating such a great place to exchange info and to meet new friends.
  3. Happy holidays to our 292nd Fanatics and all who honor those who served and serve! Keep honoring the heroes who came before!
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    Camp Butner Society and Museum- Butner NC

    Welcome, Michael and thanks to you and your colleagues from the 292nd ECB thread for all that you folks do to preserve the history of those who gave so much!
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    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    Hello and a hearty welcome from members of the 292nd thread! I and other members will pass along anything that we run across to assist you folks. Any identified dog tags happen to come from the 292nd? Thanks for all that you folks do in the Camp Butner Society and down at the Camp Butner Museum!!!
  6. Absolutely! This marked the beginning of a long and terrible road over the next 4+ years.
  7. Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. ...No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. -President Franklin Roosevelt, Dec 8th, 1941
  8. I concur with my Missouri friend! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my 292nd friends and others who I have become uncontrollably linked to by our quest for the knowledge to honor those who served and serve us. Thanks to all of the help I've received here and to all of those who have contributed. Until next time, Gary
  9. The "prodigal son" returns! My apologies folks for the long absence. Been taking care of my 101 year young grandmother (will be 102 on Thanksgiving) and things have been a bit complicated. So what's new with everybody? Let's get that 292nd fervor back as people pass and information disappears forever. Randy, glad your Pops liked the gift you gave him. That poster is wonderful. Glad I could assist all who have downloaded the image. Sam, how's our friend from Florida? Kent, that jacket is fantastic. What a family heirloom, my friend! Marion, I hope the book goes well! Until next time (and that doesn't mean months from now ), Gary
  10. So any idea what the significance is of May 19th, 1944?
  11. Interesting, but not correct. Remember, the bombing was in 1945 and the 292nd was still at Camp Butner in 1944. Now that I check myself I see I kind of screwed up on this... I meant to put the date of May 19th! What a serious brain freeze! The bombing did occur on April 18th, but of 1945 so maybe this is what got my lines crossed. As for the Purple Heart, the only possibility is to get to the St Louis Center to see if there is information about the bombing that could assist in this in unit morning reports. I've never seen the names of the 10 guys lightly wounded in that incident and getting that list would solve for sure if his part in the incident was documented. Getting there is just not in the cards for me at this time (taking care of my 101 yr old grandmother), but down the road definitely. Until next time, Gary
  12. That was a great story and I think about it now when I look at the poster. Thanks for sharing it, Marion! Gary
  13. Thanks as always for the kind words, Randy. It looks great and I am sure he will love it. Maybe you can take a photo of him with it and post it when you give it to him? Honesty compels me to say that with all that Marion does to empower and inform that she didn't actually provide the image. She's still my forum hero, though! Gary
  14. Thanks, Randy! I aim to please. Ponder this... what significance is there in the date on the cancellation stamp? Later, Gary
  15. I just realized that one of the stamps was actually used as it has a Postmark on it. Interesting... Gary