Vet recalls intense fighting in Italy
#41

Hey Watson, send Audrey a line and tell her about this forum. I will also

write her and see what she says. MARION-This lady is,Mrs.Lawrence Kwilose,

Her husband was in Hq. Co. 135th, am I right Watson? And buddy forget

your spelin jest rite wots on yer mind. JEST RITE, YA HEAR!! Rocky

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#42

Estimado Rocky:

 

Usted es un querido amigo, ningún asunto lo que idioma. Me encanto que usted esté aquí. Soy complacido muy que Watson está aquí también. Gracias para sus contribuciones a este sitio y su amistad.

 

Mucho Amor

Hay mi querida amiga, que buen espanol tiene Uds. Le podria decir

algunas cosas bonitas, pero la respecto muchisimo.

Su querido amigo como siempre. Senor Roque

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#43

Watson! How come you got to go to Rome and we didn't, meaning

me and Ryan and Carillo. We had to keep going ahead. You lucky dog!!

Did you get to see where they hung Mussollini? Rocky

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#44

Alaskan Gal,Marion,Marion you can twist this old man around your little finger.

And I love it. I told my wife, Elizabeth how well we communicate and she

gives me that little MEXICAN smile with a hug and sez "I'm glad".

I gotta tell you a little story about one of the NICE times I had in Italy.

We had just got back off the line and pitched our pup tent when my buddy

Kenneth Ryan said, Hey-Riojas, remember where we saw  that bunch of

chickens back there? I said yeah, well go get one and I'll go over to the

Mess tent and I'll  borrow a skillet and stuff and we can eat chicken. I said,

how the hell am I going to get one, all he said, "You got an M-1 doncha"

Needless to say I came back with one. And he was waiting for me. So I

said how the hell you gonna clean this thing, He said just hold it by the

legs. WITHIN 5 MINS. HE HADE THAT CHICKEN SKINNED, ALL I COULD

SAY WAS 'DAMN' AND HE ANSWERED, WE DO THIS IN OKLAHOMA ALL

THE TIME. We carried a little coleman stove took one of my canteens

marked gas. filled up the stove while he cut the chicken up and boy

did we eat.  Course he also got fixins fer it. just me and him

had a feast.  I think this was the summer of '44 still in the mountains.

AND THE WARWAS TEN THOUSAND MILES AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One of my rare nice moments. Roque J. Riojas to my gal, just Rocky

Excuse me Sir, but you just mentioned a name that triggered some childhood memories if it's the same man....Kenneth Ryan. Was this Kenneth Ryan by any chance from Brooklyn NY???

 

Jim

 

PS- oops! Guess I spoke too soon...he was from Oklahoma...

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#45

ROCKY SGT ROIG AND I WENT IN TO MILAN ,HE WAS RIDING IN MY JEEP,WHY I DON'T KNOW. THE PARTISANS,I THINK THEY WERE CALLED ,HAD ERECTED A SCAFFOLD LIKE RIG AND HAD MUSSOLINI AND HIS MISTRESS HUNG UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN

 

WATSON JONES

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#46

ROCKY

KWILOSE WAS IN D COMPANY FOR A WHILE AND THEY TRANSFERRED HIM TO HQ.CO IN THE SECTION I WAS IN. IBELEIVE HE WAS THE LIASON FROM OUR CO TO D CO

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#47

I do remember you telling me about Kwilose being in D co. You and Sgt. Roig

went to Rome, did you take any pics? I didn't tell you I and two others

went to Venice. and we went to St. Marks Cathedral, and went on a

gondola ride but I don't remember where we were bivuacked. We only had

a day's time there. I remember having wine with our c-rations! Have you

heard from Jerry Gorden From Des Moines? Let me know. See ya buddy.

Rocky

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#48

Looks like I have reduced in rank.

Oh well, win some lose some.

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#49

ROCKY ME AND ROIG WENT TO MILAN ,NOT ROME I WAS WITH ANOTHERBUDDY IN ROME. I ALSO GOT A 5DAY PASS TO VENICE ,QUITE SOME TIME AFTER THE ROME PASS.

WE STAYED IT AN ISLAND JUST OFF FROM VENICE,CALLED LIDO I THINK.EVERYDAY AT CERTAIN TIMES A DUCK WOULD TAKE US TO VENICE.ONE DAY AS WE WERE WALKING ALONG A SOLDIER CAME OUT OF A BAR ,HE HAD OVER INDULGED AND WALKED RIGHT INTO THE CANAL. A GONDOLA PICKED HIM UPAND TOOK HIM SOMEWHERE.

SOUNDS LIKE I SPENT THE WAR GOING ON PASSES,I ASSURE YOU THAT WAS NOT THE CASE,

WATSON

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#50

Looks like I have reduced in rank.

Oh well, win some lose some.

 

Rocky, what were you? The program does it automatically according to the number of posts. Maybe there is something wrong.? I should go look.

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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