WWII Memorial - A report from Captain John Fallon
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How wonderful! :14_2_108:

 

Two police cars led the way with lights flashing and then 30 motorcycles with American flags flying followed by three busloads of WWII veterans . And it started very early at Williamstown High School, a big beautiful school in the middle of the South Jersey farmland. Each WWII vet had a person assigned to accompany him and there was a van with three CPR specialists in a van with oxygen tanks. On entering the school there was an honor guard of Junior ROTC cadets in full uniform and inside there were at least 50 or 60 students with a uniform shirt on waiting on us. As we were finishing a great breakfast in marched a string band, Philadelphia style and played all the mummers songs.

 

Police stopped traffic at all the intersections as we headed to DC and the men on the bikes went all the way with us. We got to DC about noon and had a good boxed lunch in the park, roast beef, chicken, cakes cookies etc. When we got to the WWII memorial they brought out two extra wheel chairs for people whose legs were giving away and I was one of them. We then went to the Nam and Korea memorials which I sat out because I had seen them before. WE went to dinner in a fine restaurant in Delaware on the way home.

 

The ROTC kids were with us and laid a wreath at each memorial and presented arms. This had to be one of the best planned expeditions I have ever been with and quite unforgettable. And, just think, if you live a distance, they go by air.

 

 

36 Engineers are rugged......John Fallon II. Capt. USA Ret.

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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I recently received from Capt Fallon his publication WORLD WAR II as seen by John T. Fallon II. A great addition to my WWII research and a facinating story of HIS war. In September I will again have the pleasure and honour of meeting John at the 36th Reunion in PA, along with M1, vets and others.

They dont come more RUGGED than Capt John T. Fallon!

 

Colin. :smwave:

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I'm sure John would appreciate your very kind words. So glad you got to read his memoirs. :26_6_7:

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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