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Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:28 PM

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Copied from a post elsewhere on the forum replying to forum member Lt. Sanchez who wanted to know about visiting Normandy summer 2008

Hi Lt. Sanchez, I hope that you have a good trip to Europe and Normandy in particular if that's where your heading. Regarding your enquiry about is it legal and is it safe to metal detect in Normandy, here are two photographs of items that appeared on the shore this week after the winter tides ( Jan 08 ) .

The one shot shows three items, the two items at the rear are totally encrusted with sands, this is what happens with metal in the sea over the years. The item at the front shows what is inside the encrusted sand, they happen to be smoke shell canisters from an artillery shell. Sadly they could be something more dangerous, it is hard to say when you see these sand lumps. The second photo shows what they would have looked like 60 years ago.

Take care and enjoy it, but return home safe. There was a well known Belgium collector a couple of years back trying to disarm a shell in his garage, he and his garage are no more.

Forum correspondent Normandy France Feb 08, Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:28 PM

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Hi Everyone, Nothing really exciting, but I found this little item amusing, a few days back I had to go to a lumber yard to purchase lengths of oak planking. In the office of the lumber yard was the poster you see attached which caught my eye due to the U.S. Jeep featured on it.

I made enquiries about the poster and it appears that they had supplied oak timber to the artist that had built a 1:1 scale model of a WWII Jeep being shown at a fairly local chateau. I will try sometime to get to the chateau and take more detailed photos if allowed to do so.

I expect that there will more things to report on as the summer gets closer, and all the ceremonies and commemorations start to happen. That's all for now.

Forum Normandy Correspondent, 24 Feb 08. Cheers ( Lewis ) http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 03:50 AM

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Hi each and all, this report from Normandy features on the final resting place of American 82nd Airborne
veteran Lt. Kelso C. Horne, who became the subject of one of the most famous front covers of ' LIFE'
magazine for August 14 1944.

Lt. Horne survived the war and returned to America at the wars end. After his death on November
25th 2000, his ashes were returned to France and interred under the monument commemorating
the battle of hill 95 above the town of La Haye-du-Puits which took place over the days of 4-6 July 1944.
Further information on the actual battle may possibly be found on other websites covering battle reports.

If you should wish to visit this site during a trip to Normandy then it is just off the intersection of the
route D900 and the D136, the D900 enters La Haye-du-Puit on the northern side from the direction of
Valognes / Cherbourg and if entering from this direction then the D136 would be off to the left before
the town. Otherwise exit the town on the D900 and take a right turn onto the D136. On current French
maps hill 95 has been re-classified as hill 93.

My apologies I wanted to add photos that I had taken at the memorial site, but my camera card reader
has malfunctioned at the moment and I am not computer savvy enough to correct it.

So that's all for this forum report Normandy France 12 April 2008, Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 01:48 PM

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Hi Fellow Forum Members, attached here are a couple of additional photos to go with the previous report on deceased 82nd Airborne veteran Kelso C. Horne. In my previous report I had a minor blip with the camera card reader, which I have now fixed. Shown in one of the photos is the bronze plaque commemorating the battle at this site and mentioning Kelso C. Horne, and the second shot shows the two granite blocks of the memorial, with a bronze cast M-1 helmet attached to the left one and the plaque with Kelso Horne to the top of the right one. Seen in the one photo to the rear of the memorial is the actual hill, this does not appear very high or steep in the photo, but it is significant in terms of the surrounding ground it covers for great distances.

Today I visited the large American cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer and saw a couple of hundred members of a French organisation which lays flowers at the crosses of the fallen American soldiers. This was a very dignified and moving scene to stand and watch and I will probably take steps to join this organisation for any future flower laying occasions. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Forum report from Normandy for 20 April 2008. Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:50 AM



Hello Fellow Forum Members, This is a little piece of history a little closer to home for me, in fact it is my home. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif

I exchanged contracts for my Normandy property in August 2007, and since moving in I have spent most of my time sorting out the rooms the decoration and the furniture. However here is a little something that came to light during my work around the property.

Shown in the attached photograph in the top right corner there is the head of a .50 Cal machine-gun round embedded in the brickwork above an internal door on the top floor of my house. It has actually flaked off a little of the brickwork surface around the head, also there are some other smaller pieces of shrapnel around the door area, but nothing as large as or identifiable as the head.

My village was used as a German stronghold, and the small house on the other side of my lane was a machine-gun
pit, when the owner extended his property a number of years ago cans of German belted ammunition were found in the ground. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

Forum Correspondent Normandy, France, April 21 2008, Cheers ( Lewis ) http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:28 PM

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Apologies this is the photograph missing from my previous report regarding the head of a .50 Cal round found embedded in the stonework of my house, Reference #Post 30 above this one.

Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:58 PM

Are there still houses for sale there? :D

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:16 AM

Hi Erwin, thanks for the contact I was beginning to wonder if any of this stuff I was writing was of any interest
to anyone.

Yes there are houses for sale and barns and sheds and ruins and fields, but there's a shortage of women, Hee Hee

Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:32 AM

, but there's a shortage of women, Hee Hee


Ken,

I'll bring you mine next June and will trade here for that 29th Musette Bag.... http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/ermm.gif

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:51 AM

I bet there are many here who find your posts interesting.
I know I do.

Shortage of women, huh? http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif
Hmmm, don't know if I take my girlfriend with me when I go tour Normandy again.
Don't want her to get jumped by a horny Frenchman. :dry:

Do you know what German unit was in your area?

Erwin

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:19 AM

Please forgive me for not repying right away. Enjoyed every word of your posting. As far as I'm concerned you could write a daily article and post it here. Not just about your new neighborhood but about your collection or whatever stories you have about the wars ,veterans ETC. Or even write a new book with color photos and updated info. I'm hoping my son gets stationed in Germany again so I can take a long vacation there and visit Normandy, Bastone, Market Garden Etc. Keep up the posts

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:27 AM

Hi Johan,

Thinking about your offer of your wife in exchange for my named 29th veterans musette, sorry women don't last for ever, but musettes do, HeeHee http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

Hi Erwin,

Thanks for saying that you read my posts, appreciate that, sorry have not yet discovered which German
unit was in my village, but will try soon. ;)

Hi LtRGFRANK,

Thanks for your post on my reports and your suggestions, I do enjoy adding the posts as it encourages me to find out more about the area I am living in. I will continue to add posts as often as I can. Best wishes to yourself and I hope your son gets to Germany. At the time of writing my book it was terriffically expensive to feature color pages, hence the reason it was mainly mono-color. Also the method of publishing and printing was the end of the old way of doing things by cutting and pasting, and words and photographs being printed separately, then computers changed the costs and the way things were done, and books could be complete color. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Regards to you all. ( Lewis )

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:00 PM

Ken, I mean General,

Great reading and I also enjoy your posts. Obviously not living there as you now do but visiting many times (30 or so) I HIGHLY recommend a little club/discoteque in Montebourg on a Saturday Night (or it could be Sunday). They are only open one of the two nights each week. Point being you won't be disappointed and if so, there are bunkers and the beach right there!

Currahee!

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Hi Johan,

Thinking about your offer of your wife in exchange for my named 29th veterans musette, sorry women don't last for ever, but musettes do, HeeHee http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

Hi Erwin,

Thanks for saying that you read my posts, appreciate that, sorry have not yet discovered which German
unit was in my village, but will try soon. ;)

Hi LtRGFRANK,

Thanks for your post on my reports and your suggestions, I do enjoy adding the posts as it encourages me to find out more about the area I am living in. I will continue to add posts as often as I can. Best wishes to yourself and I hope your son gets to Germany. At the time of writing my book it was terriffically expensive to feature color pages, hence the reason it was mainly mono-color. Also the method of publishing and printing was the end of the old way of doing things by cutting and pasting, and words and photographs being printed separately, then computers changed the costs and the way things were done, and books could be complete color. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Regards to you all. ( Lewis )



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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:17 PM

No problem, your posts are interesting.
So keep 'em coming.

Seems to be my "thing" these days ..... hey a village .... let's find out which US and German troops were stationed there. :lol:

Maybe I will leave the "firm" and go open a B&B in Normandy together with my girlfriend/fiancée. B)

Erwin

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:35 PM

General...I have been enjoying your posts - always fun to explore, especially when surrounded by such history. Please continue...

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:00 AM

Hi Party Animal, sorry I meant Jake, your suggestion of opening a nite club here. I figure I am a little too long in the tooth to be in night clubs, but I haven't give up on the women yet, I am still chasing them. I was impressed when I met John Finn ( MOH winner Dec 1941 ) at eighty he was still flattering women with words and looks. thanks again Jake for your comments.

Hi Erwin, Will you be visiting Normandy again this June.

Hi Disney Dave, Thanks for your post, I will be continuing with my ramblings, I leave the in-depth stuff to other authors and books.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:03 AM

Not this year, Sir.
I hope maybe next year as I'd love to show my girlfriend/fiancée the area where history was written.
She said she likes it, so time to prove it. ;)

I plan to attend the Memorial Day Service at Henri-Chapelle on May 24.
Received my invitation yesterday.

Erwin

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 01:00 PM

Hi Erwin, sorry to hear that you will not make Normandy this year, hope you manage to get to next years.

Please check out my next post below, I have a 4th Armored veterans signature in my collection that won the Medal of Honor in Belgium, James R. Hendrix won his award at Assenois, Belgium, 26th December 1944.

Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 01:27 PM

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Hi All Forum Members, today I am pleased to be able to show you an item from my collection.

In 1989 I was invited to attend the 1989 Medal of Honor meeting in Albuquerque NM., by my friend
Ernest Childers MOH. It was a great pleasure to be able to stay in the same hotel as the Medal of
Honor veterans, who had taken over all the rooms in the hotel. To attend the actual evening meeting
and also sit with various veterans for breakfast, drink at the bar, or open meetings in selected rooms
was fantastic. Also during the daytime I was a guest on the viewing platform for four hours as seemingly
endless procession paraded past, notably a small group of Navajo code talkers, prisoner of war groups,
vehicles, horse soldiers and honor guards.

I well remember the swelling in my throat as the pageant of the evening unfolded, with a parade of flags
and drum roll from active members of the U.S. Forces. There is far too much to write about here without
filling pages of memories.

Ernest Childers had presented me with a copy of ' America's Medal of Honor, Recipients ' published by
Highland Publishers, Golden Valley, Minnesota. At the end of all the march pasts, the meal and the
speeches I was able to wander around and gather veterans signatures named inside my MOH book.
I managed to gather seventy signatures without being to rushed as I wished to spend a few moments
with each veteran. Attached below is the list of signatures I assembled within my book.

I hope you enjoy the list and possibly find signatories from units that you have interest in.

Regards ( Lewis ) Reports from Normandy Correspondent April 27 2008

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 01:34 PM

Hi Forum Members, the list of seventy Medal of Honor winners from my post above.

( Apologies that it did not copy across very neatly from my master copy )


Medal of Honor Winners 1989, Albuquerque, NM.

Name / Page / Unit / Fought.


Anderson, Webster 19 101st Airborne Viet-Nam
Ballard, Donald E. 23 3rd USMC Viet-Nam
Barnum, Harvey C. ( Jr. ) 25 3rd USMC Viet-Nam
Day, George E. 43 USAF Viet-Nam
Dix, Drew Dennis 47 Mil. Advisor Viet-Nam
Ferguson, Frederick Edgar 53 1st Cav. Airmobile Viet-Nam
Fleming, James P. 56 USAF Spec. Ops. Viet-Nam
Foley, Robert F. 57 25th Inf. Viet-Nam
Fox, Wesley L. 60 3rd USMC Viet-Nam
Fritz, Harold A. 61 11th Arm. Cav. Viet-Nam
Jennings, Delbert O. 78 1st Air. Cav. Viet-Nam
Lang, George C. 90 9th Inf. Viet-Nam
Lemon, Peter C. 95 1st Air. Cav. Viet-Nam
Marm, Walter Joseph ( Jr ) 102 1st Air. Cav. Viet-Nam
McGonagle, William L. 107 USN Mediterranean Sea
Norris, Thomas R. 117 Seal Advisor Viet-Nam
Novosel, Michael J 118 68th Med. Group Viet-Nam
Rogers, Charles Calvin 135 1st Inf. Viet-Nam
Stockdale, James B. 146 USN North Viet-Nam
Williams, James E. 160 USN River Sect. Viet-Nam
Adams, Stanley T. 170 19th Inf. Korea
Barber, William E. 170 1st USMC Korea
Cafferata, Hector A. 176 1st USMC Korea
Davis, Raymond G. 183 1st USMC Korea
Ingman, Einar H. ( Jr ) 197 7th Inf. Korea
Miyamura Hiroshi H. 213 3rd Inf. Korea
Myers, Reginald ( Jr ) 217 1st USMC Korea
O’Brien, George H. ( Jr ) 218 1st USMC Korea
Simanek, Robert E. 230 1st USMC Korea
Wilson, Harold E. 240 1st USMC Korea
Biddle, Melvin E. 258 517th Para. Inf. Belgium
Britt, Maurice L. 266 3rd Inf. Italy
Bush, Robert Eugene 271 1st USMC ( Med. ) Okinawa
Childers, Ernest 278 45th Inf. Italy
Colalillo Mike 281 100th Inf. Germany
Coolidge, Charles H. 284 36th Inf. France
Crawford, William J 289 36th Inf. Italy
Crews, John R. 290 63rd Inf. Germany
DeBlanc, Jefferson Joseph 296 USMC Fighter Sq. 112 Soloman Islands
Dunham, Russell E. 302 3rd Inf. France
Ehlers, Walter D. ( Brit MM ) 305 1st Inf. France
Finn, John William 311 USN Hawaii ( Dec 7 1941 )
Fluckey, Eugene Bennett 313 Submarine Commander China Seas
Gordon, Nathan Green 324 USN Pilot Bismark Seas
Gregg, Stephen R. 326 36th Inf. France
Hawk, John D. 336 90th Inf. France
Hendrix, James R. 338 4th Armored Div. Belgium
Herring, Rufus G. 339 USN Iwo-Jima
Howard, James H. 341 USAAC ( Inc Flying Tigers ) Germany
Johnson, Oscar G. 347 91st Inf. Italy
Mabry, George L. ( Jr ) 372 4th Inf. Germany
MacGilivary, Charles A. 373 44th Inf. France
McCarthy, Joseph Jeremiah 381 4th USMC Iwo-Jima
Meagher, John 388 77th Inf. Okinawa
Montgomery, Jack C. 396 45th Inf. Italy
Morgan John C. 397 USAAF Europe
Ogden, Carlos C. 406 79th Inf. France
Oresko, Nicholas 409 94th Inf. Germany
Pope, Everett Parker 419 1st USMC Peleliu Island
Rodriguez, Cleto 428 37th Inf. Manila
Ross, Donald Kirby 430 USN Hawaii ( Dec 7 1941 )
Ross, Wilburn K. 431 3rd Inf. France
Rudolph, Donald E. 432 6th Inf. Luzon
Ruiz, Alejandro R. R. 433 27th Inf. Okinawa
Swett, James Elms 451 USMC Fighting Sq. 221 Soloman Islands
Tominac, John J. 455 3rd Inf. France
Urban, matt 459 60th Inf. France
Vlug, Dirk J. 465 32nd Inf. Leyte
Vosler, Forrest T. 465 USAAC Germany
Williams, Hersel Woodrow 477 3rd USMC Iwo-Jima

Best Regards ( Lewis ) Normandy Correspondent April 27 2008

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 01:45 PM

What a great experience you were able to share in. Wonderful....

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:26 PM

That's a great honor.

Do you mind telling me how Mr. Hendrikx got the MOH at Assenois?
Was he AIB?
I think I heard about him, but need to check.
I'm always interested in stories of the 4th AD.

Well, when I plan to go roam the Normandy countryside, I'll let you know. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
Been there a couple of times and enjoyed the countryside (Belgium is too crowded).

In the meantime, keep posting, it sure is interesting, Sir.

Erwin

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:04 PM

Hi Erwin, thanks for your post asking about James R. Hendrix, 4th Armored Division.

Here is a shortened version of his story.

He was born in Lepanto Arkansas. The date of his action was 26th December 1944
near Assenois, Belgium.

He was a member of 53rd Armored Infantry of the 4th Armored Division, which was
engaged in breaking through to the surrounded garrison in Bastogne. He attacked two
German 88 guns with rifle fire and took the surrender of the crews.

He also later in the action attacked two machine gun pits and saved the lives of two
American soldiers that had been wounded and under fire from these machine guns.

Then again after under fire from German forces he mounted and rescued a wounded
soldier in a burning half-track, extinguished the soldiers burning clothing.

Hope this gives you an idea of the action he took part in.

Cheers ( Lewis )

p.s., Erwin it’s o.k. to call me Lewis. I never had the pleasure of being knighted by the
Queen so I am not yet entitled to be called Sir.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:11 PM

What a great experience you were able to share in. Wonderful....



Hi DisneyDave, it was a real pleasure and a great experience to be in such company. However I still revere all the other soldiers who served during WWII, a trip to the American Cemetery at Omaha beach Normandy is a tragic reminder of many of these men who never won such honors.

Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:33 AM

Hi Ken,

Are you around on the 6th of June? Can we meet up at Allan's place, or somewhere else in the region?

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