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George Jackson, 326th Airborne Engineering Battalion

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Wow, this is a wonderful turn of events for both of you. Thanks for posting all the latest regarding George.

 

I am thrilled he is thrilled with all that's happened, especially him finding out the answer to that question after ALL THESE YEARS!

 

Send him a big hug and kiss from me.

 

:huggybears:

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Thank you! He's really high on life right now. He's so amazed at all the attention. It's a great thing to enjoy it with him when I do get to see him.

 

He passed along to me that the unit he was with was the 167th Combat Engineers prior to volunteering for Airborne duty. I was able to find him in the roster:

 

http://167thengineercombatbattalion.com/Documents/HS%20Transferred.htm

 

It's neat to come across this stuff, bits and pieces, as time goes one.

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Ah, more good news. I'm happy he is enjoying his well-deserved fame. And also happy both of you have learned more about the 167th ECB's.

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It's been 7 years and I've neglected this thread.  My apologies.  I just wanted to report that George is still doing very well.  As time has gone on, he has been interviewed by many different folks, including the Nat'l WWII Museum, and local historians.  He wears his WWII Veteran hat and rarely has to pay for meals when he's out in public.  The cold weather in Eastern PA hasn't kept him down.  His truck battery died in the cold so he went out to charge it so he could plow the driveway.  He's still very active!  He even came to WWII Weekend at Reading, PA in June 2017 year and did some dancing!  I have a photo of he and I at the dance, attached.  I didn't expect him to be there, because we were unable to sync up on the phone prior to the event.  During the playing of the Army Song, he came out of the crowd and I ran to him after it was over for a hug.  It was great to see him again as it's been a few years, even though we talk on the phone.

I also recently started using Ancestry.com to look into my family tree.  While I was there, I found the grand-niece of George and shared with her the link to his interview.  She was amazed to hear the details and her family is going to get in touch with George soon to talk with him about family information for their family tree.  I also looked up his buddy Dick Werner, who died on Oct 5, 1944 in the Netherlands.  I was able to find some other family trees that had Dick in them, but none of the owners have gotten back with me yet.  George regrets he never reached out to Dick's parents when George made it home to the states.  I hope to find someone who might have old photos, letters or memories of Dick, that I can get talking to George.  I would love to have George's wish to talk to Dick's family completed.  He also wishes he could have seen Dick's grave marker.  I found that pretty easily through Ancestry:  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56305115/richard-w-werner/photo

Finally, I picked up the book Bridging Hell's Highway: The 326th Engineer Battalion During Operation Market Garden, July 2011, by John Sliz, ISBN: 978-0-9783838-6-2.  I didn't know this existed until it turned up on a search I did recently.  Amazon delivered it today and it's very small, but has valuable information in it which I want to share with George.  I believe we can now identify the exact area and bridge his unit was responsible for.

Happy New Year!

Pat

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Pat:  So good to hear from you. It was such a surprise to see your post this morning and was even more delighted to hear that George is still with us. Please send him my love. The photos are great and he looks like he hasn't lost his step. God bless him.

You know what? I haven't seen that book either. Even though you say it's a tiny book, still every time we find something, it just adds more to our stories and fills in another gap. Wonderful.

A few years back, our group held our WWII reunion in Reading. We had a splendid time and a nice turn out. We weren't there in June, but met in October.

Keep in touch and really, so glad to see you here once again. :wub:

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I would love to speak to mr. Jackson about his time in Bastogne if possible

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Very cool! Thanks for posting an update and stick around!

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Thank you all for the kind words. 

Frank Gubbels, I sent you a private message.  :) 

I'm always grateful to you, Marion, and all the other folks on here who engaged with me prior to me doing that interview.  He was so very receptive of all the questions that came out of this forum, and it truly has changed his life.  He feels like quite the celebrity no matter where he goes.  In fact, I found this video taken of him at Reading this summer and never knew it was out there.  I just searched.  Check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvxAhm6PBfI

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful video with us. He looks in a fantastic condition, not only physically but also in his mind.

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Letter has been written and will be mailed to him today. Thanks so much Pat for your help

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20 hours ago, vette97 said:

Thank you all for the kind words. 

Frank Gubbels, I sent you a private message.  :) 

I'm always grateful to you, Marion, and all the other folks on here who engaged with me prior to me doing that interview.  He was so very receptive of all the questions that came out of this forum, and it truly has changed his life.  He feels like quite the celebrity no matter where he goes.  In fact, I found this video taken of him at Reading this summer and never knew it was out there.  I just searched.  Check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvxAhm6PBfI

Thank you so much for your very kind words.  Always pleased to see things coalesce. Can't wait to view the video later today.

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