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ROGER,ROGER,ROGER, ON ALL THREE JOE!!!!!!! No we don't know each other personaly,

and that might be a good thing. Imagine what it would have been like if we would have

been together in combat. we would have had SOUR KRAUT FOR BREAKFAST,LUNCH, AND

SUPPER, damn what a hellofa thought. Roque

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206thMP echos SonofanMP! Keep it going!

In today's vernacular: "You guys ROCK!" :armata_PDT_37:

Only wish we could all be with you having :drinkin::drinkin:

 

Larry's right, we're enjoying every word!! :wub:

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Ya, I agree. Wish we all lived closer and could go down to the local pub and sit and shoot the breeze and have a few :drinkin: together. That would make my day and my year.

 

Yes, keep the banter going. Because if it stops, then we are all in big trouble. As they say, make hay while the sun shines! B)B)

 

This photo ain't of any of you guys, but it's one of my faves. :pdt34:

 

This was taken in Italy, the 1108th Engineers. I have it as my desktop photo on my office computer, so I get to see it everyday. The guys on our left are having a good time, and they are laughing and grinning. God I wish I knew what they were sharing. It's a priceless photo.

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:armata_PDT_23::armata_PDT_23:

 

Scond guy on left said "Whatta you mean - that wasn't me"(LOL)

 

Sgtleo :drinkin:

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Hey Sarge he didn't say that. There wasan Italian gal walking by just passing the

guy who took the picture. All are grinning cause he was telling the other guy-------

----LOOK AT THE T---------S ON THAT GAL !!!!!! SARGE THINK POSITIVE. ROQUE

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Roque:-

 

I am at the stage where I can still chase and eye the ladies but I'll be damned if

I can remember what to do if I catch one. Can you give me a clue??

 

Sgtleo :banghead:

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:unsure::unsure:

 

 

This LCI was not taking us on a Whale Watching Trip:-

 

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This is where they dropped us and went back to their ship and England:-

 

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This is what the Krauts were planning to surprise and hurt us with:-

 

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Didn't matter we got up the hill anyway and then made them sorry for being Badies!!

 

Sgtleo :armata_PDT_37:

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Roque:-

 

I am at the stage where I can still chase and eye the ladies but I'll be damned if

I can remember what to do if I catch one. Can you give me a clue??

 

Sgtleo :banghead:

 

 

SGTLEO, SIT BACK AND CRY, I DO A LOT OF THAT LATELY. .. ROQUE

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these pictures are GREAT, Sarge! :armata_PDT_37:

"Not taking us on a whale watching trip" STOP! You're KILLIN' me! :lol::lol::lol::lol:

 

 

Did they ever have to push anybody outta the LSTs? All i have to do

is just LOOK at that beachhead picture & I think they'd have to

DRAG me outta the boat!

 

 

m2

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"Roque:-

 

I am at the stage where I can still chase and eye the ladies but I'll be damned if

I can remember what to do if I catch one. Can you give me a clue??

 

Sgtleo BangHead.gif

 

 

 

SGTLEO, SIT BACK AND CRY, I DO A LOT OF THAT LATELY. .. ROQUE

 

Lets face it guys, we can "chase", (look and wish ), but thats almost it anymore. Now back a while (60+ years

ago) in France and Germany, thats something different. When I was young and single. But thats a different story

left alone. And on return back home, thats another story left alone. Been happily married for over 57 years though..

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Still unable to contact Russ Cloer (3-7-I Recon ) for about 2 years but figured his picture also belonged posted here.

Russ was Platoon Leader of the I&R Platoon 7th Inf Reg. Pic taken in the Colmar pocket, France during the '44-45

winter.. One of the worst winters in history in Europe.

 

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Thanks for adding that one too. Now we have a formal pic of him and an informal pic. Greatly appreciated.

 

:armata_PDT_37:

 

I miss him too! :heartpump:

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Jim Hennessey sent these great photos to me from his personal collection. Happy to add them. :armata_PDT_37:

 

 

First one. Jim would you care to comment as I upload these?

 

Jim's reply:

 

The other GI is Harold Madsen another 87th GI from Eagle River Wisc. Photo taken at Army Hospital outside Paris 4-6-1945.---40th General Hospital.

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Aha, I see I also have the back of the photos too. Now we know! :drinkin:

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Next...

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Back of photo with names

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Here's a photo with an interesting history. This is what Jim relayed:

 

This is a photo that can be found on the website below. This was a boxer named Billy Conn, who was from Pittsburgh, PA, and one of his boyhood heroes. He never dreamed he'd be on his website. The photo can be seen there under Photos/Publicity.

 

http://billyconn.net/

 

Jim received a letter from Tim Conn, the son of the boxer:

 

Jim:

 

I identified you on the website. Believe it or not about a week after you sent me the photo I got an email from a soldier in Japan telling me that his father was stationed in Paris during the war and drove my father around on VE day. His dad happened to be from Pittsburgh. He asked me if I had any articles concerning that day. I told him it just so happens that i have a photo taken that day and that his dad may just be in it. I emailed him the photo and sure enough his father is in it. He is in top row 3rd. from rt. wearing a cap. Photo is creased on his face. It has been confirmed by 3 family members that it is him. His name was Mark Schreiber. He was career military man, retired a full colonel and died a few days before 9/11.

 

What a coincidence!...

 

Tim Conn

 

Billy celebrating with the troops at the 191st General Hospital in Paris France on VE (Victory in Europe) day, May 8, 1945 (courtesy of Jim Hennessey - center, back row, arrow).

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Paul Hinkle - 36th Infantry Div, 141st Reg, Co L

 

Hello,

Wonderful pics ! I was in touch with Paul. He was always pleasant with, all veteran who left us, miss a lot.

Gerome

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I too miss Paul. I come across his name a lot in my papers, emails, letters, etc. Every time I see his name... :unsure:

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Here's two photos of Rocky at the Hispanic Festival Sept 26, 2007. One photo is the color guard of the American GI Forum, AGIF

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My grandfather, LTC John C. O'Brien, CO, 2832nd Bn, during his infantry training at Fort Knox in 1936. When called to active duty in 1939, the Army noticed that he had a civil engineering degree and said, "Guess what. . ." - from there on he was an engineer. The last picture is from WWII. Without color its difficult to say whether he was major or LTC at the time. The man in the middle is the XO of the group, I believe. No ideas on the captain on the right.

-Todd O

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Great timing there CaptO! I am currently working on the "camp" section of the documentary, and your words will fit perfectly into the segment!!

 

When called to active duty in 1939, the Army noticed that he had a civil engineering degree and said, "Guess what. . ." - from there on he was an engineer.

 

I may be able to name a few individuals in the one photo, but at a future date.

 

Thanks!!!!

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Many of you may have seen this photo of Rocky on his page on the main site, but now it's even more interesting because of the following letter I received this week, along with a photo. Placing both photos here:

 

Hello Ms. Chard,

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the picture of Rocky Riojas receiving the Bronze Star award. I have attached a picture of my dad, Roger L Elliott, receiving the same award apparently at the same place, note the (speaker?) in the background. I would very much like to contact Rocky thinking that perhaps they knew each other. My dad died in '50 in a car accident when I was 9 years old before he could tell me any war stories. Perhaps Rocky could tell me something about my dad. We live in Hollywood, Md. about 60 miles south of D.C. I also have some pictures similar to what is on your site....

 

Sincerely,

Shelton R. Elliott

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Here is another picture of my grandfather - now that I got my scanner working!

 

This picture was taken in about 1999 or 2000 so it was only a few years before he died in 2004.

 

I always loved this picture because that's how I remember him most of time; laughing and having great time. I'm sure those who knew him from WWII would probably have the same remembrances even though the part of his life they shared with him was hardly a fun one.

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Here is another picture of my grandfather - now that I got my scanner working!

 

This picture was taken in about 1999 or 2000 so it was only a few years before he died in 2004.

 

I always loved this picture because that's how I remember him most of time; laughing and having great time. I'm sure those who knew him from WWII would probably have the same remembrances even though the part of his life they shared with him was hardly a fun one.

 

 

What diid Gen. Mc Aurther say ? OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE WE JUST FADE AWAY !!!Roque

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