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    Ranger walks at Gettysburg

    You Tube now has a collection of lectures and tours by the rangers at the Civil war battlefield s. I've been catching up on the Gettysburg ones. They are all good but Ranger Matt Atkinson is ve r entertaining as well as informative.
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    Ranger walks at Gettysburg

    I fortunately I can't copy and paste on the kindle, but go to You Tube and type Gettysburg nps. It also brought up some other battlefield walks. Also look at Gettysburg Remembrance parade. Every year in the closest Saturdays there is a big parade with hundreds of reenactors.
  3. Hi there? I have been MIA for a long time. Lots of changes have happened since !y last visit: had a couple of back surgeries,finally got on Social Security Disability (first visit to their doctor I had a walker, a wound vac and an IV in my arm and was declared work ready...) Been keeping busy. Glad to be back.
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    Just when you thought it was safe to come back here!

    Good to see my old stomping grounds of Chancelorsville. Last time I was there we had a tour of the "house"(it's actually the farm office) where Jackson died. We were there at night by lantern light. Kind of took you back in time. My favorite tour was tracing the Booth escape rte.
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    1251st Engineers

    Hi there! This is my first post. My dad Sgt George Kubeck was a combat engineer in WWII. He was part of the 1251st Engineer Combat Battalion. I'm trying to find anything on the battalion. What Brigade, Division or army were they part of? My dad's records were part of the group lost in the St. Louis fire. I figured out that he was part of the 1251st by reading the back of some pictures. The Army historian was able to find only one piece of documentation listing where they were stationed for training, when they went to England and then to France. At least I know that they existed. I would appreciate any, and I mean any info that you might have encountered. When I googled it, I found several obits listing that they were members of the unit. My dad was lucky enough to go back to Germany during the seventies on business. He managed to find the spot where they had put a bridge over the river and got to stand on the bank. He never really talked about his time in the Army, but I did ask him how it felt to go back and stand on the same spot all those years later. His response was "It was really nice to stand there without someone shooting at me". Thanks for your help Darlene aka Civilwargal.....
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    Gettysburg Address

    A week from today 11/19 will be the 100th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. This is a nice op ed piece written by Ken Burns. I have been at the re-dedication of the Cemetary on several occasions and it is very moving to see hundreds of people in Civli War attire on the Battlefield visiting the monuments of the units that they re enact. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/12/opinion/burns-gettysburg-address/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
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    Purple Heart from WWII

    There was a beautiful article on CNN website about one mans efforts to trace a WWII Purple Heart that he found at a swap meet. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/11/us/journey-purple-heart/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1
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    Happy Birthday Brooke!

    Happy Birthday Brooke!! Hope that it is a special one!!
  9. Today is the third day and it is the anniversary of Picketts charge. They were commenting in an article how big the crowds are for this week. Ranger talks that usually draw 50 people now have 500 people attending. Warms my heart. Walking Picketts charge was one of the most moving moments of my life. (Even though our guide, an 80 year old former Marine, had to chase away a ?rabid woodchuck with his swagger stick) You cannot walk that area without thinking about the soldiers moving over that ground.
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    1251st Engineers

    That's the book that I have. Dick Deise sent me a copy. It is wonderful that we have that resource.
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    1251st Engineers

    The guy in front of the guy with the rakish helmet. My dad (if it is my dad) is wearing a soft cap and has sgt stripes that you can barely see.
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    1251st Engineers

    Hi there! Sorry it took so long for me to respond. That is Company B of the 1251st. I think my dad George Kubeck is the Sargeant standing in row 2 with his cap at a jaunty angle. (One Easter I had a long discussion with my cousins about which one he was"His friend Dick Deise is behind him with the dapper little mustache. Everyone in the unit seems to have a photo with the Pacific Bound sign. The 1251st was instumental in building Camp Tophat, one of the "cigarette camps" named for Brittish cigarettes and to be used to either send to the Pacific or home. The 1251st built the chapel at the camp.
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    1251st Engineers

    Hello, The bridge across the Rhine from Neuss to Dusseldorf was the Ernie Pyle Bridge.
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    What happens when engineers own dogs

    I live in a house built by a Combat Engineer, nothing about that contraption suprises me!!!
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    Still alive and well

    Hi there, It has been ages since I've been here! I have not dropped off the earth. Just a lot of different things. The end of last year I got really sick with a kidney infection and was hospitalized for about a week. I was a little sluggish for a while, so it was just work and rest. I am totally recovered. I still am part of a Civil War Musical group, involved in my Civil War Roundtable, I started playing ukelele and joined a uke group. I took a Powerpoint class, a soup making course and Tai Chi so far this year. I'm also knitting and crocheting for my church. Managed to squeeze a trip to Tenn. to see my best friend from Junior High who is in very bad health. Glad to see a lot of the usual suspects here. Hope that you are all well.
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    What are you listening to right now?

    "Key to the Highway" Got the key to the highway I'm billed out and bound to go Gotta leave it runnin baby Cause walkin is much too slow.
  17. Better late than never. Here's some pictures from the parade and luminaries at Gettysburg this past November. The weekend closest to the 19th of November, they rededicate the National Cemetery and hold a big parade. At night they place a luminary and flag on every grave. That was very moving. They read the roll of the burials (including hundreds of anonymous) and there are honor guards from every branch of the service at the entrance to the cemetery.
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    Remembrance Weekend in Gettysburg

    One of the luminaries
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    Remembrance Weekend in Gettysburg

    A few more
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    Chatting with a member of the 1251st

    What great pictures!! The first person from the 1251st that I spoke with was from your Uncles company. Did he ever speak about what they did while there?
  21. On Sunday night I had the pleasure of speaking with a member of the 1251st Battalion Combat Engineers. That was my fathers unit and I've been struggling to find anything on the unit. One of the few sites that they were listed on the web, is about a monument in St Louis dedicated to Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. There they were.... listed with the Combat Engineers. So...I emailed the webmaster and asked where they got the info placing their name on the monument. Several weeks passed and I got a call from the president of the organization that had a phone number of a member of the 1251st. So I called the gentleman. It was a wonderful talk. He doesnt remember my father (there were 550 of them) and started by saying that it was a long time ago and he didnt think he remembered much. We chatted a long time and he had lots to tell me about where they were during the Bulge (on the road to Antwerp, in case the Nazi's broke through Bastogne), their time at bridge school, demolition work, and their building the bridge over the Rhine at Dusseldorf. We also talked about their work in building parts of Camp Tophat. They did a lot of the cement work (thus starting my fathers obsession with the gray stuff). We talked about the M-1, Ernie Pyle, Hitlers death.... He was pleased to hear the story of my fathers return to the Rhine: In the 70's my father was sent to Germany on business. He was in Dusseldorf and found a cab driver that had been there during the war and remembered where the bridge was. He took my father to the spot and my father got out of the cab and walked down the river bank a bit. I asked him how it felt to stand there after all those years. He smiled and said " It was nice to stand there and not be shot at". I hope that for every soldier in every war, that they get to return to the battle sites and stand in peace.
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    Our trip to Gettysburg - October 2011

    Great pictures!! I'll be there in a few weeks. I can't wait.
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    Lincoln's Funeral

    I've begun researching Lincoln's Funeral for a new lecture. It is a really interesting topic. So much of Kennedy's Washington Funeral was based on Lincoln's funeral. Here's a good basic background of the multiple funerals held for Lincoln. http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/inside.asp?ID=213&subjectID=2
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    Gift from France

    Here's some fun facts on the lady. http://www.statueofliberty.org/Fun_Facts.html I'm going for Halloween as the Statue of Liberty. My crown and battery operated torch arrived last week!! Thanks Vee!!!
  25. The National Geographic Channel has been running and excellent documentary on the Hunley and why they believe that it sank. They explore several options about both the sinking and the mystery of why this crew was found at their stations, as opposed to the crews of the two prior sinkings where the bodies were found around the exit. Check your local listings or keep an eye out for it when it makes it to Hulu or Netflix.