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Some days ago there were two articles in Siegburg's newsletter "Siegburg aktuell":
http://www.siegburg.de/stadt/newsletter/nl/60176/newsletter.html (please add the last "l" manually to the URL,

http://www.siegburg.de/stadt/newsletter/nl/60222/newsletter.html I have some problems with the editor)

 

Guidry's daughter Elizabeth and her husband visited Hellenthal and Siegburg earlier this year and met Jan Gerull, the author of the articles, and also Siegburg's mayor Franz Huhn, see the photo of the second article.

 

I met Jan today for the first time and didn't know he wrote the articles, I only guessed he might be the Jan Jean mentioned in an e-mail. He was quite surprised to meet someone who already knew something about the story :-)

 

Christoph

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Fantastic!

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Hello Christoph!

 

It is so incredible to know you and your wife are basically everywhere!

 

Maybe this new Siegburg contact, Jan Gerull, will provide you and thus us some new information! He had to be shocked that you knew so much and already knew about the visit!

 

It is so frustrating that all of this Siegburg and Abbey/Lazzarett info still remains hidden away....

 

You have performed so many miraculous deeds over the years with regards to this absolutely impossible Siegburg research and I can not Praise or Thank You enough!!!

 

I am so fortunate to have you in my life!

 

Jean

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SWEET!

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Good Morning,

Been reading this forum topic with interest because Edwin J. Guidry was my Uncle by marriage and 3 of his five daughters live near me in Reserve, LA. We are actually very close and I think of them as my other sisters. I was wondering why the post by Jean Jacobson stopped and if she completed her research. All of you on this forum have done a great job to keep the History of WWII alive. Thanks. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Merry Christmas to you and a very Happy New Year. You can contact Jean directly by clicking on her USERNAME, any time you are logged in. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.

 

Enjoy!

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Hello Christoph! And Thank You for sending me the email just a little while ago!

 

And Hello to the nephew of Edwin Guidry!

 

Yes, I seem to have just disappeared but not because I wanted to. Life got very complicated and I had to focus on several things first. I am so eager to be back full time on this research but still using my will power to get some of these other things done.

 

I did have a chance to get to meet one Guidry daughter and her husband. They are terrific folks and while they knew little to nothing about Guidry in the War they are now working on the research - they stopped at the Eisenhower Museum and with the information from the Hodges Diary - really proving the fact and time frame when Dad and Guidry met up with the Allies - they were able to specifically find documentation for where this location was.- Meindorf. That is all I know - I do not have any documentation or information as to what else they found this summer when they were doing the research.

 

This couple is doing a lot of traveling and they might be on the road now... This is the couple that provided me with that phenomenal and priceless picture of my Dad and Guidry. I carry a small version of it with me everywhere. I also met another daughter and her husband in New Orleans - again terrific people!

 

I was eager to tell you Meindorf was the supposed location and see what you thought Christoph, but I was hoping to have some documentation to provide.

 

I would love to come to the town, and meet you there, and try to figure out the logistics of everything. It would be best if we have that documentation and then more from the debriefing - I am still leaning towards it being Collins who did the debriefing... I know one day we will do this.

 

Oh how I want to just indulge myself full time at the Archives... but again must wait. I can only imagine that if Larry the Legend had not passed away, between the 2 of you, you would have figured all of this out - and in addition found every prisoner that ever passed through the Abbey! You both were Absolutely Amazing with all of the incredible work that you did.

 

Christoph, I hope your entire family is doing great! More to follow...

 

And again, Hello to another Guidry family member!

 

Jean

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Happy New Year Jean!!!!

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Meindorf! That is only 6 - 7 km from the Michaelsberg, and on the same bank of the Rhine so they did not have to cross it swimming. They only had to cross the river Sieg, but this is possible. The Sieg area at Meindorf was occupied by the 78th Infantry Division's 311th Infantry Regiment on 21 March 1945.

 

Christoph

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Christoph,

 

I had used Google Earth when I first heard the news, but while it helped me as kind of an overview, it was not enough.

 

Your 6 to 7 km is exactly what I needed - while I know km's I am not so comfortable with them and googled for the equivalence. 6 km is 3.72823 miles and 7 km is 4.3496 miles. Man those were long miles during the days Dad and Guidry were on the run and hiding until towards the end they got to the farm house and the barn where they encountered the Dutch boy.

 

Just thinking about this - makes me want to fly over there and with you try to duplicate what might have been their path....

 

More to follow,

Jean

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Christoph, I did want you to know I have stayed in touch with a few of the families where the husband did pass through Siegburg. I am so curious as to how the different men were wounded, and where, so that they ended up passing through the Abbey.

 

It really is an amazing number of men who were fortunate enough to land there first. And really amazing how such limited resources had to be used to accommodate them all. This will be a lifelong study.

 

I have recently heard from the son of a gentleman who passed through the Abbey. Always fascinating to see what little pieces of information might be out there - somewhere. His Dad was not there long but long enough to have experienced the Dec. bombing. What an impact it had on him and everyone.

 

Regarding your news on the 311th of the 78th - that is Big News! It may hasten finding out more about the debriefing etc. I have done a lot of research on the 78th - so let's see what your new information brings.... I have a lot of newsletters from the 78th organization but have never found, yet, anything on Siegburg.

 

Christoph, having you in my life is like a Miracle!

 

Jean

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