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I wanted to ask some questions but it seemed inappropriate to do so while so solemnly thinking of Art.

 

But I was wondering could Art swim? I wonder how big the boat was? And how deep the water? It is easy to get tangled up under something under the water and not have enough time to get out. It is so frightening.

 

Christoph has so much experience with water, boats, and rescue I wonder what he thinks.

 

Gosh, what a sad story and that poor family!

 

Jean

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Some funny pics there. Looks like they were having a brief respite from the war. God bless 'em!

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Hello, Jean, and thanks for reading!

 

Unfortunately, I don't have the answers to your questions- much of my work lately has been discovery- an appropriate tribute, I hope, to one of the greatest generation. As I learn more, I'll certainly share with the community!

 

Kind regards,

Doug

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Doug,

 

I spoke with my dad this evening and I showed him the letters and photo of Art which you shared with us. It must have brought back a lot of memories of things which I haven't heard him speak of in years. He told me how bad he still felt about what happened to your Uncle Art. He said that none of the pictures which I recently uploaded here have Art in them. He did say, however, that in the photo where the man on the right is playfully holding the pistol to my dad's head is the man who went out on the boat with your uncle. My dad said that, the way he remembers the incident, it wasn't private DeLoach (as stated in the Army's letter) but private Emile Fedorko who went out with your uncle that day. Private Fedorko (now deceased) is the man on the right in that photo. He said that after it happened, they took your uncle's body and laid it in this large building for the other soldiers to view. He cannot remember if it was a church or what it was. My father and private Fedorko remained friends for quite some years after the war. Please keep in mind that my dad is 93 years old and this happened almost 70 years ago so some of the details and memories may be cloudy. My dad explained to me that he and Art were in the same squad and reiterated how much Art was liked by everyone. He also said that, if you wish, he would write everything down about what he remembers happening that day. I would then transcribe it in an email to you. Please know that if you think that this would be too disturbing and do not want the info, it's okay. If you DO want me to provide this, just send me your email address. My email is -------.

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Hi, Tony,

 

I (unfortunately) never personally knew Art, and I feel enough time has passed that Art's tale would do more to honor his service than stir up unhappy memories here. Most importantly, though, is your father and his feeling about the stories- I absolutely don't want to cause him any discomfort or dig up memories he'd rather not revisit. My e-mail address is (removed for security measures), if your father is willing to share his experiences, but I understand fully and completely support the decision if he chooses to let the memories be.

 

Either way, please express to your father my thanks, both for sharing what he has shared, and for his service (especially now, so close to Memorial Day). He's been in my thoughts this past weekend, and I wish him and you all the best! The pictures are absolutely priceless and should be cherished and saved as such!

 

Kind regards,

 

Doug

Edited by Walt's Daughter
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Tony and Doug (and everyone else too). I strongly urge that you do not post your personal email addresses here, or anywhere else on public pages, for hackers and others. If you need to get in touch with each other, please use the Personal Message system here on our forum and then exchange information between yourselves. It will alleviate a lot of future problems for you. Just trying to save you some headaches.

 

When you log in and want to contact another member, simply click on their USERNAME and type a PM to them.

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Oh, no need to apologize, just trying to spare you guys the hassle of future spam in your mailboxes, etc. :pdt12:

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Hi, Tony,

 

Unfortunately, no- I tried sending a couple inquiries to folks who may have been children or grandchildren, also from the platoon, but received no replies. Admittedly, since this Spring, most of my research has been put on the "back burner" since the weather got nice and I could finally get outdoors for good chunks of the day (my wife and I run a small hobby farm here in Michigan- lots of work!)

 

I'm not sure where to continue searching, as I've found just about all the information contained within my family resources- but if there are any suggestions for places to try next, I am always eager to continue the search!

 

I hope you and your dad have had a great summer- please send him my regards!

 

Kind regards,

Doug

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Doug,

 

Sorry to hear that your search hasn't been too successful.

 

I'm going to see my dad tonight and since it's Veteran's Day I made him a CD of all his favorite Big Band songs so he can listen to the music from his youth. I will pass along your regards. Thank you.

 

Tony

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Hi Marion,

I just wanted to update you, since I know that you had interest in my dad's story about Art Bushon a few years back. My dad has since passed away (January 2018) and my mom lives with me now. I miss my father everyday and his values and the values of that generation. It's true that their kind will likely not be seen again. I count myself lucky that I grew up with so many of the Greatest Generation and I can pass on the stories.

Thanks to YOU, Marion, for putting in your time and effort in maintaining this site. You are keeping their great memory alive.

 

Anthony

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Hey Anthony,

I got to catch up with this string and found it very interesting. Looking at the names on the back of the picture that initiated all of this was great. I guess there is some truth to the old cliche in war movies about everyone having a nick-name! There's even a "Tex"! How cliche is that!! Perhaps every company had its Tex.

Sorry to hear of your father's passing, but it sounds like you had a lot of good years with him and that you talked to him a great deal about his time over seas. My grandfather was in the same Engineer regiment as Marion's father (although in the other battalion) which is how I cam to the forum. He, unfortunately, lived in Florida and I in Texas so we didn't see him but maybe once a year as kids. We were also told that he didn't want to talk about the war (as with a lot of those guys) so I never really talked to him about it until a few years before he died and only a few times. Fortunately, we have things like this forum to keep his stories and stories of your father alive.

It's a few years late (I was active duty Marine Corps in Okinawa in 2014 so I was pretty busy) but thanks for the post! There were great pictures and great, if sad at times, stories. Finally, thanks for bringing the post up to the top of the queue again. I really enjoyed it.

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