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Reg from the Bulge

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  • Birthday 04/09/1973

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  1. Reg from the Bulge

    The Ardennes with a BRO Veteran

    Erwin , Thanks for the post . I wonder what your hometown is ? As for the 101st memorial in front of the Mardasson . It's dedicated to the 101st and ALL ITS ATTACHED UNITS ! Very important ! The artist , Mr Remacle worked on it for one year and the rock was donated by the owner of the quarry east of the Mardasson hill . Some symbols are integrated . The eagle's wings are up to refer to the dove of peace and the paratrooper helmet is upside down to refer to all the blood that has been shed . There's a reason for the funny shape of the beak . The artist finished the sculpture on the spoy. They left the beak connected to the helmet for transportation to make sure the head wouldn't break off ... A nice detail is that at the inauguration in sept 2008 , the mayor of Bastogne speeched , partially in english and that speech was carefully revised and corrected by our dear webmaster . Reg
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    A Little Ardennes Tour

    it's good to see you here Reg. Same here ! Reg
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    A Little Ardennes Tour

    Hi Frank , Great photo's . The tank in front of the La Gleize Museum is a 60 ton "King" Tiger . Peiper made it all his way through La Gleize without any resistance untill he reached Stoumont Station about 5 miles down that road where the Ambleve connects to the railroad tracks . In fact Tank commander Cohen got all the credits for stopping Peipper's advance and the 82nd was just around the corner but the 110 AAA Bn already managed to take two of the first three tanks with their anti aircraft guns supported by a 143 AAA gun that was located next to the old station building . The rest of Peipper's convoy managed to use the gap in the lines and got away throught the southern part . Thanks for the pics . Keep 'em posted and a little early but HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! Reg
  4. Hey guys , I'm looking for someone who can help me with some 2nd Ad stuff especially Co. "C" 41st Armored Inf. Regt. 2nd Armored Div in November 1944 . I believe at that time they were in the vicinity of Aachen . Many thanks Reg
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    Reg and Anne's new son

    CHEERS !
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    Reg and Anne's new son

    Hey Rocky and Mare , Thanks ... Anne and I are really thrilled and do believe the next few months will be the longest ever .... Reg
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    New 101st ABD Memorial in Bastogne

    There are several symbols integrated in the sculpture .... Ofcourse there's the eagle , symbol of the 101st ABD . Its wings are raised to refer to the dove of peace . The helmet is turned over to remember all the blood that has been shed during the siege of Bastogne . The head of the eagle is pointing at the helmet as of it wants to protect and help a trooper . The sculpture stands for the power and tenacity of the US Army ... The original rock that later became the sculpture comes from the Bastogne quarry , gravel pit , south of the Mardasson Memorial . Reg
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    New 101st ABD Memorial in Bastogne

    All , Yesterday the new memorial for the 101st ABD and ALL it’s attached units was inaugurated near the Mardasson in Bastogne . In attendance of US Embassador Sam Fox and a 101st Airborne AirAssault Color Guard . Lots of familiar faces and a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful sculpture . Those who desire to receive a copy from the Mayor’s speech , drop me a mail at bbtours@telenet.be . Reg
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    Papa Art is gone...

    Memorial Day '07 : On this day I tried to re-unite our beloved Papa Art with his brother Robert at the Margraten Cemetery in the Netherlands . ( see pics ) I shall miss his presence , his humor and friendship .... Now they are forever reunited and may the lord take his soul and guide our friend to the best spot in heaven , next to his Mickey and Robert ! I would like to share these pics with Art's family and friends and everyone he loved and I'll promise to take good care for Robert's place for the rest of my life . Arthur , I'll miss you ! Reg
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    Signs in Belgium

    This is where the mg nests were . The houses aren't there anymore . The small village of Tillet is a part of St-Ode and is situated about 4 miles south from the signs that are shown on top of this topic. St-Ode has fraternised with St-Mere-Eglise in Normandy . Thank you 87 ID for your part in liberating our people , thank you Jim ! Reg
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    Signs in Belgium

    The Life of a Man Who Hated War - Curtis Shoup By Lt. Robert J. Watson I-346 ________________________________________ I knew this man - Curtis Shoup - very well. We lived near one another and graduated together from Oswego, New York High School, our birthdays and ages were only three months apart. Curtis was a quiet, unassuming person, his boyish looks reflecting his age. He was an excellent student and while he did not participate much in sports, he was strong and graded well in strength tests. Curtis Shoup's father was a Baptist minister and the son hoped some day to emulate his father. After our graduation in 1940, our paths split for several years. So it must have been fate that brought us together again in August 1944 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. That month he was assigned to my unit, Company I, 346th Regiment. We had many memories to share and warmly renewed our acquaintance. Although he hated war, Curtis proved to be a fine soldier. He was trained as a Browning Automatic Rifleman, carrying and firing the weapon both in training and in combat. His proficiency and dedication brought him promotions to staff sergeant and he became an assistant squad leader. Although war was not to his liking, he realized that someday he might have to kill or be killed. On 7 January 1945 seven days before his 24th birthday, the temperature in Belgium dived to near zero. In fact for five days before 7 January, the temperature and visibility consistently stayed around zero. In this situation, we Americans were at a terrible disadvantage. That's because the Germans had selected their area of concentration and did not need much additional observation. Day after day, they rained down tank and machine-gun fire from the east-end of the village steadily depleting our forces and keeping us pinned down. Unable to dig in, the heat of our prone bodies melted the snow, penetrating our clothing and actually freezing us in place. Our weapons operated erratically, while German snipers picked off anybody who raised his head. Under these conditions, our advance was painfully slow, exacting an exorbitant cost in blood. On the fourth day of being pinned down in the snow and bitter cold, Company I was achieving a small advance when it encountered withering fire from two German machine guns and some mortars. Curtis Shoup was able to spot one of the machine guns but because of the terrain, was unable to draw a bead on it with his BAR. He tried to run to a more advantageous position but ran into a hail of machine-gun fire. Then, to the amazement of all of us, he stood up straight and fired from the hip at one machine gun. Hit again, he somehow managed to crawl toward the machine gun and drop a grenade, destroying the nest. Although mortally wounded, he was actually attempting to destroy the second machine gun when a sniper took his life. Those who saw it all will never forget this incredible, unselfish act. Inspired by his sacrifice, our company fought house to house under extremely heavy fire and finally captured Tillet. Our five-day siege had started with ninety enlisted men and five officers. At the end, we had thirty-five enlisted men and one officer, myself. Why does one person sacrifice his life to save others? That question has preyed on my mind for over half a century. We will never have answers and we certainly will never know how many fatalities would have been caused if Staff Sergeant Curtis Shoup had never risen up and sacrificed his life. Other courageous Americans played key roles in overcoming the tenacious enemy in this battle. They included but were not limited to 1st Lt. Glen Doman, a fine officer from K Company, who won the Distinguished Service Cross for exceptional bravery in the battle. Lt. Bill O'Donnell, now a Monsignor of the Catholic Church, who jumped on a disabled German tank and directed fire at the enemy, winning the nation's third highest award, the Silver Star. Erasmus Pistone of the Third Battalion medical detachment, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for administering first aid under fire. Curtis Shoup was the only member of the 87th Infantry Division to have received the United State's highest military award as American troops fought to lift the yoke of Nazi tyranny. Curtis, I know that God has already blessed you.
  12. Reg from the Bulge

    Signs in Belgium

    Curtis Shoup regards Reg
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    Signs in Belgium

    James , Thanks for the link . Mare , Jim , I'll post the story of a man who hated war but died for freedom ... Reg
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    Signs in Belgium

    Mare , It's been a while so I just read this post. The pics are taken near the 1/327GIR lines . The 87th ID was in that same area , more south towards Tillet . I wonder if Mr Hennessy remembers the story of Curtis Shoup , who got killed after a heroic action in the battle for Tillet on 7 jan 1945 ? He was the only MOH recepient . Let me know ! regards Reg
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    BB Tours

    ================= Hey, You received my mail about my upcoming activities . BB Tours will be a fact starting January 2008. To make sure there will be no misunderstandings I shall explain how BB Tours will operate . - There will be no changes for me right now because I’m already touring Bastogne every 1 weekend out of 2 ., since July 2007 . I’m always very helpfull and ready to go out to tour for free . The prices for gas are growing over my head so I had to make a decision … - I started up BB Tours with a special purpose : To Keep History alive , and why not raise some funds for the good goal ? I will keep my full-time job but simply start to charge for the tours. This way I keep my expenses paid . - It will be a Non-Profit operation . This means All profits will be used for good purposes like monuments , veterans organisations , caretaking of memorialls , free dinners for vets visiting ETO battlefields ….. and much more … - I shall not try to compete with the major companies who offer “original “tours and charge a lot of money …. . I just keep doing what I’m used to do . Which is exploring the battlefields and make the tourmembers relive history . I go with mouth to mouth advertising . This way there will be a social selection and I will get to tour with people who actually DO care about history. - As for now I can only offer Bastogne tours . The Northern Shoulder isn’t my cake yet . - I hope this way I can contribute to keep history alive . - I do not expect a big rush , but I prefer to mahe some bucks for the vets … Best regards … Reg BB Tours
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