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MARNE last won the day on May 12 2017

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  • Birthday 06/06/1980

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    Savannah, Georgia
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    U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 and the U.S. 3rd Division, "ROCK OF THE MARNE!!!"

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  1. Guess who!!!??? LOL... long time no see or talk everyone... yes, I mentioned the boys who gave support and got the beans, the bullets and the gasoline to the U.S. Army personnel on time, on target and kept it coming. These boys have been forgotten in the greater picture of the ground war in the Mediterranean. I have since switched branches and now I hit for the United States Navy. I love the United States 3rd Infantry Division and the beloved U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment but, in 2013 my life and time took a turn to some forgotten men. Those brave men, walked the decks of the ships that brought the U.S. Army personnel to those hostile shores and cleared the waves on land and sea to make each and every landing a reality. I've been away, hard at work bringing their story to light for the public. I went to work at Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum here in Savannah, Georgia and I wouldn't trade a moment of it. I LOVE my work, especially lighting up visitors faces when I research their family's relatives and bring their service to light for them in real time. I focus primarily on a ship named after my hometown of Savannah, U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42. A remarkable ship and crew, and its saddens me that I had to go back to the museum to remind me of this fact. However, its been a journey, better yet one heck of an adventure to bring her and her crews service to light. I now run a page of Facebook to her and her crews honor. Just look up "U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42" I have TONS of documents, photos and family members of the ships crew on there. I'm also in the process of finally pulling the trigger and writing a book on the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 to make sure her and her crew are not forgotten. It will cover EVERYTHING, her conception in 1933 via Senators Carl Vinson and Park Trammell, to the bombing of September 11th, 1943 at Salerno, to her escort duty for the Yalta Conference to her sad scrapping in January, 1966 at Bethlehem Steel. I think we need a section dedicated here to them, to the United States Navy. For without them, victory, let alone the ground campaign wouldn't have become a reality. Regards, MARNE
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    Ft. Screven, Georgia

    If I could see the photos I could tell you where exactly they were taken as I live in Savannah and have spent many years at Fort Joseph Screven. Regards, MARNE
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    Happy Birthday

    Thanks everyone!!! Its great to be back... sorry I wasn't here yesterday... TS Andrea decided to dump on my birthday but, hey a nice slow casual June day relaxing on the front porch watching it rain? Not too bad any day. Regards, MARNE
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    21st and 824th Engineer battalions

    Larry, I dug around in both Scott's and Taggart's AAR's through their divisional histories and even my 30th regimental history... yet not one word about the bridge or ever going to Heidelburg. According to the maps showing their axis of advance, Heidelburg was WAY outside of it. WAY south of their line of advance by, I'd guess 20 to 40 miles... something like that. The 3rd advanced across the Rhine at Worms, Germany, on the 15th of March, and arrived at Worth, Germany on the evening of the 29th advancing through Heppenheim. The 3rd at the time was assigned to the XV Corps. 6th Army Group. They moved in the direction of Wurzburg, Germany. VI Corps. containing the 14th Armored, 36th ID and 70th ID... moved through the Heidelburg area around the 29th of March. The 3rd was with the VI Corps. for the majority of the war but, not at the time of the Rhine Crossing and their drive into Germany. Regards, MARNE
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    Identify shoulder patch please?

    This is a VERY early photos of a Sergeant that was a member of the cadre at Spence Field Army Airfield in Moultrie, Georgia under the 3rd U.S. Army Air Force. How do I know this you may ask? Because my grandfather took advanced flight training at Spence in 1944 and I still have his DI's which matches this gentlemen's insignia. I also say this is early because he's still wearing a black tie. Black ties were regulation up till around April of 42' when the khaki tie was made mandatory and the black ties went the way of the do-do. So, this would be VERY early for Spence considering it opened officially for trainees in February, 42'. However, the original cadre sent to establish the field officially arrived to stay in December 41'. Also of note, is the fact he's not wearing the 1938 Service Blouse... he's wearing the Model of 1926. Which in early WWII is a VERY rare occurrence. Regards, MARNE PS - The patch in question, is indeed, the standard U.S. Army Air Corps. insignia.
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    MARNE's Back!!! :D

    Hahahaha Its great to be back Marion!! Larry, what thread is the topic under? Let me dig into Taggart and Scott's AAR's in the divisional histories and see what I can come up with. Regards, MARNE
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    MARNE's Back!!! :D

    Howdy everyone! I am back! Officially... lol Have ya missed me? lol I'll be around! Regards, MARNE
  8. This is a little late... Sad to report that Tech. Sergeant Russell E. Dunham has passed away. He passed away on April 6, 2009 at the age of 89. He died of heart failure in his sleep. He was a great soldier and American. May he rest in everlasting peace. Regards, MARNE
  9. This is a little late... Sad to report that Col.(then 2nd Lt.) Van T. Barfoot passed away after a fall which entered him into a coma. He passed away at the age of 92, on March 2, 2012. Please put Col. Barfoot's family in your prayers. He was one of our "Greatest Generation." Regards, MARNE
  10. This is a little late but, I figured it was worth mentioning here for those who may not know... Col.(then Capt.) Charles P. Murray, Jr. passed away August 12th, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina of congestive heart failure. He was 89. Col. Murray was a great man and a dear friend to the U.S. 3rd Division Living History Company here in Savannah. This fine gentlemen was a great patriot and proud and humble of the award he received for his actions during WWII. I had the honor to meet Col. Murray in 2004 at the 85th Annual Reunion of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division. He was just truly a wonderful man. May his family be in your prayers... Regards, MARNE
  11. Marion, I'll be honest with you... he can cry me, you and the rest of the veterans on this forum a river. The U.S. 7th Infantry's Battle Patrol was first into the city. I know so, because IN 2004 I met the 7th IR's Battle Patrols platoon sergeant Bill Tenini. He stated and I quote... "We were on the right, and the 10th Engineers had built a bridge across the river we had to cross to enter Berchtesgaden. I was witness to most of the discussion between the 10th's CO, and the 2nd FFAD CO Gen. LeClerc... who said... "he wanted to be the first into Berchtesgaden" the 10th's CO informed the general that he could not let him cross till the far bank was scouted and cleared of an enemy elements that may be in the area... the general conceded. The 10th's CO, looked me and gave me my orders... "Take the Battle Patrol across, scout and check for five minutes and then haul ass to Berchtesgaden." I said yes, sir and we were off. He also ordered elements of the US 756th Tank & 601st Tank Destroyer Bn.'s, with the 7th's 3rd Battalion were to follow in support. He said we got half way up and the road was blocked but, we remembered passing a railroad trussell so we back tracked and took it into the town. Of which the Germans and the town mayor were awaiting our arrival to surrender the town. The 756th Tank, 601st Tank Destroyer &the 7th's IR's, 3rd Bn. arrived as we were concluding the surrender ceremony. He, also stated they move up and entered Hitler's Berghof "Eagles Nest" on May 4th, 1945. Taking champagne, photo albums...etc. Le Clerc's 2nd FFAD, also moved into town ahead of the 101st Airborne. Col. Heintges the CO of the 7th IR... assigned them a French sector which included the "Eagle's Nest." Col. Heintges and Col. Sink of the 506th PIR had gone to West Point together and were friends. Col. Sink said he'd be up the following morning to relieve him... well, at 9am the following morning a quick flag raising ceremony was held at the "Eagle's Nest"... after which the 7th IR left. At the same time CHARLIE Co., NOT Easy Co., 506th PIR was entering the town. Col. Heintges mistake was the fact he had failed to make any notation, anywhere in the town that the 7th IR had been the first into the town on May 4th. So, throughout the years the men of the 101st Airborne have been led to believe they were the first in when in reality it was in fact the Battle Patrol & the 3rd Battalion, 7th IR that originally took the town. The birthplace of National Socialism. In fact, for further proof... look up Page 418, in Gen. Eisenhower's book "Crusade In Europe" and Page 106 in Gen. Maxwell Taylor's Memoirs "Swords and Plowshares" both men credit the 3rd Division with being the first into Berchtesgaden. What happened is everyone sees "Band of Brothers" and assumes... that thats the truth and a lot of it is. However, what Stephen Abmrose did was he DIDN'T do the research... he paid college students to do all of that. All he did was take their research and put it into book form to tell a story. He never got the full story and in the process got some of the story wrong. In turn... if anyone should be insulted, its the men of the 3rd Division and more over the 7th IR. Those men have been denied the respect and satisfaction of a momentous accomplishment in their units history because of foolish historians continually getting it wrong. 65 years it took to get vindication.. so that former member can cry me a river, to me it was an accomplishment long overdue for recognition by both the world, historians and the U.S. Army. If ANYONE should know best of all of this is our dear friend and member... Joe Fournier, 3rd Battalion, 7th IR. He was there. Regards, MARNE
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    Savannah WWII Memorial

    Thank you Marion It was truly an honor to help those men get this monument built. It was long overdue for these men and between the time we broke ground a year earlier, till the time we finished it... we'd lost ten WWII veterans that were instrumental in seeing this monument become reality. We owed a LOT to all ten of them... we sorely missed them when we dedicated it. However, they were right there with us that glorious day If you're ever in the neighborhood stop by and see it, it truly is a sight to behold. Regards, MARNE
  13. I'm glad everyone is enjoying it Cause I'll tell you I don't know HOW I had the patience to sit down and go through both the WWI & WWII histories and put all of that together now that I've read it and look back on all that information. lol Regards, MARNE
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    Savannah WWII Memorial

    Here are photos from Saturday nights gala on Nov. 6th, 2009 to raise further funds for the memorial and the ceremony on Sunday the 7th of November 2009 itself... All-in-all... should you find yourself near Savannah... you should come on into town visit us and this beautiful city and the WWII Monument on River Street... you won't be disappointed. http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0730.jpg http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0731.jpg http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0732.jpg - Myself as a company commander, Able Company, U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 3rd Infantry Division , ca. 1941 http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0733.jpg - Well Known actor James Crowell, reads FDR's "Infamous", Dec. 8th Speech http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0735.jpg - A view of the WWII Memorial http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0736.jpg - A view of the WWII Memorial http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0737.jpg - A view of the WWII Memorial http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0739.jpg - The reverse of the WWII Victory Seal http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0740.jpg - WWII Monument Memorial Themed Tableture http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0741.jpg - Chatham County's WWII Plaque of the Fallen http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0742.jpg - Chatham County's WWII Plaque of the Fallen http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0745.jpg - Fred E. Saxon and Calvin E. Saxon, U.S. 98th and 36th Infantry Division's, Memorial Brick - Best friends Grandfather and Uncle http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0747.jpg - L. A. Adam, U.S. 15th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, Memorial Brick http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0749.jpg - Frank C. "Tip" Simmons, U.S. Army, Memorial Brick - My Grandfather http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0751.jpg - Charles Ray, U.S. 79th Infantry Division, Memorial Brick http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0753.jpg - Charle F. Hearn, Sr. U.S. 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division, Memorial Brick http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0755.jpg - Frank Kelly, U.S. Army, Memorial Brick http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0757.jpg - James T. Sapp, How Co., U.S. 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, Memorial Brick http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0759.jpg - WWII Victory Seal http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0760.jpg - WWII Victory and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbons http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0761.jpg - American Defense and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbons http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0762.jpg - Chatham County's WWII Plaque of the Fallen http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0763.jpg - Chatham County's WWII Plaque of the Fallen http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0764.jpg - Myself helping Mr. William Earle find his memorial brick. http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0765.jpg - Myself with Mr. William Earle, a "Black Y Boy" of the U.S. 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, U.S. 3rd Infantry Division http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0766.jpg - Mr. William Earle's Memorial Brick http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0769.jpg - Romeo Grassi, U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, 1945 http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0773.jpg - WWII Veterans of Chatham County http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0774.jpg - WWII Veterans of Chatham County http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0775.jpg - U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island, South Carolina http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0776.jpg - U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island, South Carolina http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0778.jpg - WWII Veterans of Chatham County, Group Photo http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p254/aco_30thir_3rdid/DSCN0779.jpg - WWII Veterans of Chatham County, Group Photo We had seating for 150 WWII veterans to attend, we ended up with over 300 I hope you enjoy the photos Regards, MARNE
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    1053rd Engineer Port Construction and Repair Group

    Hey Marion! Yes, I know its been a VERY long time... I've been doing great actually and you? The boys in the 3rd Division Living History Company are doing well. We just finished... FINALLY... the WWII Memorial here in Savannah last November. We'd been working on establishing a WWII Monument to Savannah's fallen since the late Summer of 2006... and to see it finally come to life was simply amazing. I will post pictures of the ceremony and the veterans who attended on that great day here in Savannah... a COLD day.. but GREAT nonetheless. Regards, MARNE