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  1. Just noticed that Sam Harrison (SamHarrison) has posted a second album of scanned 292nd photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129969616@N08/albums/72157669211472278 What a resource and a treasure. Thanks, Sam!
  2. Folks, Just found an interesting article on the University of Texas' "Portal to Texas History" website concerning Cpl J. D. Davenport, a member of Company A.
  3. Let's all give Randy, our hard working 292nd friend, a round of applause for all of his hard work. Thanks, Randy!!
  4. Marion, Thanks so much for your kind words. My grandmother was a wonderful person and I will live the rest of my life with her as a guide along with my father and grandfather. Your words concerning my grandmother were very kind and went straight to my heart. Talk to you soon, Gary
  5. Hello to all. My apologies for having been gone for way too long. Taking care of my elderly grandmother happily took up most of my time over a number of years and all of my time over the last year and a half. Alas, she passed away on Feb 13th at 103 and is now in a better place bringing smiles and good will to all she encounters there just as she did while here. Hopefully, we can revitalize this thread and continue to document the 292nd as we had started in the past. I will be on periodically and that should grow as things concerning my grandmother are taken care of. Thanks so much for your patience concerning my absence. Gary
  6. I am awed by those who were selfless and gave of themselves for the sake of us all. RIP, Major Winn!
  7. 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.
  8. Happy holidays to our 292nd Fanatics and all who honor those who served and serve! Keep honoring the heroes who came before!
  9. sirgator

    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!
  10. sirgator

    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!!!
  11. Absolutely! This marked the beginning of a long and terrible road over the next 4+ years.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. So any idea what the significance is of May 19th, 1944?
  16. 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
  17. That was a great story and I think about it now when I look at the poster. Thanks for sharing it, Marion! Gary
  18. 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
  19. Thanks, Randy! I aim to please. Ponder this... what significance is there in the date on the cancellation stamp? Later, Gary
  20. I just realized that one of the stamps was actually used as it has a Postmark on it. Interesting... Gary
  21. Thanks for the kind words. Need to lighten the soldier's name a bit, but I think it is well on it's way. Marion, everyone deserves her day in the sun so to speak. Gary
  22. Here we go folks! Just another 'lil project I've been working on. Opinions? Gary
  23. Very well deserved, my friend! Have a great one! Gary
  24. Randy, Great story, my friend, of a true hero! This is why you are so valuable to all in this forum... you truly care about those who have served and sacrificed and are keen to spread the information you find to any and all others who are interested. You are truly a great guy for honoring these great men in the way that you do! : Gary
  25. Of course it isn't nearly as good as the signed copy of the non-modified original that Marion has... I'm still happy with it, however! Gary