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Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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On 12/26/2017 at 12:03 PM, Walt's Daughter said:

Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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. :)

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How did this become the Merry Christmas posting area? That's OK, I'm easy!

Merry Christmas (it's currently the 6th day of the Octave of Christmas so it's still the Christmas season!)

Also, Have a great and prosperous New Year!!

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Indeed. The Christmas holidays are not OVER until after New Year's Day! 

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Came across this obit for Charles Winn, according to it he was a former member of the 292nd ECB.

 

CHARLES WINN

February 17, 1923 - December 24, 2017

Charles WinnU.S. Veteran

 Charles Winn, 94, of Stuart, Florida, died on December 24, following three years of declining health.  Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 17, 1923, he graduated from Union High School in 1941.   During World War II, he saw combat as an enlisted man with the 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion in France, Belgium, and Germany before attending OCS in Fontainebleau.   Commissioned as an infantry 2nd Lieutenant, Charles then served with the 1st Infantry Division supporting the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials, where he was the escort officer for the lead prosecution witness. 

After leaving active duty in July, 1946, Charles attended the University of Michigan, and  married his late wife of over 62 years, the former Lorraine Markus, in 1949.

Charles returned to active duty for the Korean War, and again saw combat with the 24th Infantry Regiment, from the Pusan Perimeter Defense to the advance to the Yalu River.  Captured by Chinese communist forces on November 26, 1950, he was a prisoner of war for 34 months.  Following his release in 1953, Charles served at Fort Benning, Georgia, and France, and before retiring from the Army in Rhode Island on December 31, 1965.  Major Winn’s decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, French Legion of Honor, and Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Charles settled with his wife in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and completed a second career as an engineering representative with the Aetna Insurance Company.  In 1985, the Winns retired to Tarpon Springs, Florida, where they lived for 26 years.  Three years after losing Lorraine, Charles relocated to Stuart.  He is survived by his son, retired Army Colonel Chuck Winn and daughter-in-law Lynn of Stuart, and his brother Edmund, of Battle Creek Michigan.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, followed by a service at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, Florida. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund,1335 Old Dixie Highway #3, Lake Park, FL 33404; 561-855-4207;strausneck@wvrf.org  Please feel free to share a remembrance, message of condolence or light a virtual candle with the family through this online guestbook.

 

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Farewell Sir!

 

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So sorry to hear of this. Another one passes before our eyes. Rest in peace sir!

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Rest in peace, sir!!!

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I am awed by those who were selfless and gave of themselves for the sake of us all.  RIP, Major Winn!

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Ran across this obituary tonite, another 292nd ECB member has passed on.

 

 

 

Raymond A. Farland (UPDATED)

1922 ∼ 2018

 
Raymond A. Farland (UPDATED)

Raymond  A. Farland , 95, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 at the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven. Born in New Bedford on August 19,1922, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Irene (Surprenant) Farland.  Raymond's father, " Spike" as he was known, served for many years as the Oak Bluffs fire chief, and Joseph A. Farland Square at the foot of Circuit Ave in Oak Bluffs is named for him.

Ray grew up in Oak Bluffs and graduated from Oak Bluffs High School in 1940.  He then attended New Bedford Textile Institute before enlisting in the army during WWII, serving from 1942-1946.  After training at Camp Butner in North Carolina and at Clemson College in South Carolina, he served in the 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion "in action from England to the Elbe" in Central Europe. Following his military service, Ray completed his education in New Bedford. In 1948 he married Esther Kirkpatrick a long time summer resident whose family owned the Attleboro House in Oak Bluffs. Ray and Esther lived in Rhode Island, but spent summers and many weekends on the vineyard.   

Ray worked in the textile industry as a salesman for Microfibres, Inc. of Pawtucket , R.I. for many years . With the death of his father-in-law in 1968, he went to work for the family owned food sevice business, Kirkpatrick Company of East Providence, R.I.  After selling the family business to Luzo Foods of New Bedford in 1985, he continued to work for both Luzo Foods and FamousFoods.com. He retired in 2009, moving permanently to his childhood home on Nashawena Park in Oak Bluffs. He remained in his treasured home until moving to the Henrietta Brewer House in December where he was cared for with loving kindness and compassion.

Ray and his wife enjoyed golf, boating, and fishing together, and followed many sports teams including the Celtics and Red Sox. He was fortunate enough to make two trips to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, and attended the Olympics in 1980 in Lake Placid with his wife and in 1996 in Altlanta with his grandson Keith. Ray was an avid golfer playing into his nineties and could rarely be found on the course without lifelong friend, George " Buddy"  Knight, beginning in their early teenage years. They were members of Wannamoisett Golf Club in Rumford , RI,  where Ray served as the Treasurer for 25 years, and members of Edgartown Golf Club, where Ray served on the Board of Governors until 2016. Ray was a long time member of both East Chop Beach Club and the East Chop Yacht Club.  He and Buddy enjoyed many a day boating and fishing (especially the Derby) with family and friends, on their boats the "Good Knight" and the "Wet and Wild".

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ray will be missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Esther. He proved to be a devoted husband, visiting her daily since she moved to Windemere Nursing Home 2 years ago.

He is survived by his children, Raymond Farland of Oak Bluffs and Nancy Gardner and her husband, Paul, of Hanover, MA.  He was an exceptional grandfather, "Gramps", to his grandchildren, Keith Gardner and his wife, Julie of Marshfield, MA; Jaimee Gardner and her fiancée Keegan Hobson of Hanover, MA; and Justin Gardner of  Amherst , MA. Ray adored his great grandchildren, Elliot and Ainsley Gardner of Marshfield, MA, who were a great source of joy to him in his last years.

Ray is survived by his sister, Therese Evans of Duxbury, his brother Joseph A. Farland Jr and his wife Jane (Duarte) of Falmouth, as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister, Lt. Col. Vivian Farland, USANC (Ret.).

 A memorial Mass will be held at St Augustine's Church, Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven  on April 14 at 11 AM, followed by burial with military honors at Sacred Heart Cemetery, on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs  Relatives and friends are invited to visitation from 9:30-10:30 on Saturday , April 14th  at  the Chapman,  Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make a donation in Ray's memory may do so to the Good Shepherd Parish, P.O. Box 1058,  Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

 

 

Rest In Peace Mr. Farland

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Rest in peace sir. Condolences to his family. Sad seeing another one of our beloved WWII vets pass on. Breaks my heart. 

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Another 292nd member has passed on

 

 

Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Grace Tucker web-pf_obit_Simmons_05-31-18-1-300x300.j

Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons

Wallace Raymond Simmons, a longtime resident of Plainfield, passed away on May 20, 2018 in Signal Mountain, Tenn., at the age of 96. He was born June 26, 1921 in Detroit, Mich. Wallace is survived by his children Beverly Ann (H. Douglas) Kutz of Hixson, Tenn., and Wallace Randolph “Randy” (Nancy) Simmons of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren Jacob Aaron Simmons and Elizabeth (Dennis) Demaree; fond uncle to several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Ruth Simmons (nee Wheeler); parents June Putman Simmons Merritt and Walter Raymond Simmons; stepfather Elvis “Jack” Merritt; brother Paul Herbert Simmons; sister Carol Sue Hazelwood; stepbrother Jack Merritt. Wallace was born and raised in Detroit, MIch. During WWII, Wallace served in Company A 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Army), where he was involved in campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe. After the war, he met his future wife Ruth, attended the University of Michigan, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. Wallace and Ruth were married in the chapel of the Henry Ford Trade School on August 20, 1949, and started their married life in Illinois where he accepted a position with The Texas Company in Lockport. He joined Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in 1951. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1951 and continued with postgraduate education at Illinois Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. At ANL, his work focused on the development, design, and construction of nuclear components and facilities, and management and direction of programs and projects in support of the National Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. He especially enjoyed his work as Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) secondary and steam systems, and maintained a lifelong interest in the EBR-II design. He retired in 1986 but continued to serve as a consultant for ANL until 2013.

Wallace was an extraordinary, intelligent, talented, and very kind man who loved his family and his engineering work. He was well loved by many and will be deeply missed. The family is very grateful to the wonderful people at Alexian Health and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Chattanooga who cared for Wallace during the last few years. Family and friends to gather Saturday, June 2 for 9:30 a.m. visitation until time of funeral service 11 a.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 15219 S. Joliet Rd. Plainfield. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery. For those wishing to leave a lasting tribute to Wallace’s memory, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416, or Alexian Christmas Fund, 437 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN 37377. For more information, please call (815)436-9221 or visit www.overmanjones.com.

 

 

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Farewell Mr. Simmons...

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Damn.... RIP!

 

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