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#1 Bob Hudson

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:02 AM

This includes a photo album of the 756th in northern Europe and some post-war unit histories including one written by this veteran.

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:03 AM

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#3 Bob Hudson

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:04 AM

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:10 AM

Really nice grouping !

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:14 AM

Bob, nice grouping. Is this something you put together or did a 756th veteran assemble these items?

#6 Brian Keith

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:15 AM

Nice! Looks like some great photo's!
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#7 Bob Hudson

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:59 AM

Bob, nice grouping. Is this something you put together or did a 756th veteran assemble these items?

 

It's from the estate of the veteran named on the certificate and the black book (his account of the war).

 

The family kept his medals (and any wartime patches), but these first-person accounts and photos  are great artifacts.



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:01 PM

MOST OF THE PHOTOS:

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:03 PM

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:07 PM

Nice that so many photos have captions: not common on most such albums I see.

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:19 PM

Lt. Winston Blythe and Pvt. Charles R. John were killed in this tank:

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:19 PM

I like the states side photo with the '17 Enfield's and the riot shotgun. I don't think I would want to be that close to a burning tank, cooking off HE might be bad! I can't tell if it is a German or US tank.
Thanks for posting them, really neat photos!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:20 PM

I see you answered the question as I was posting. RIP Guys!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:23 PM

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the '17 Enfield's and the riot shotgun. 

 

They appear to be wearing blue denim fatigues. There is some wonderful detail in that photo.



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:35 PM

The day the 756th Tank Battalion got rid of its tanks:

 

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"TRADING OUR TANKS - THE OUTFIT LOSES ITS ARMOUR

LINZ AUSTRIA"

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:52 PM

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 01:51 PM

The ribbon and small medallion were  found separated and  loose in the box with all this: it's nice one piece didn't get lost.

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 02:02 PM

The Vienna pass is cool! What is the little medal?
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 02:07 PM

This is interesting book: it's a fundraising book for a planned documentary. It's not something you encounter often, but ironically I designed, wrote and published just such a book for a non-profit about 25 years ago. I printed them on order and  bound them by hand, but this one for the 756th film is a very high quality digital book with some interesting insights into both the unit and the production process. 

 

Producer Ron Lowther has a website about the documentary and how you can help: http://www.flyinglob.../testimonials-1

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 02:09 PM

Here's link again to the documenty's website: http://www.flyinglob.../testimonials-1

 



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 02:27 PM

The full version of this newspaper story is at https://www.sandiego...ct04-story.html

 

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from the website of the now closed 756th veterans association:

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 03:57 PM

What is the little medal?
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I was hoping someone woiuld tell me :) It is, I've since learned, the Cross for the Rhine and Danube Campaign (Croix de la Campagne Rhin et Danube), 1944-1945
 
According to   http://www.medal-medaille.com
 "The medal was created for veterans of the Free French 1st Army that landed in the south of France and fought its way up the valley of the Rhône and across Germany"

I think the 756th took that same route, coming from the Med to attack Germany - perhaps someone issued a commorative version to the US vets of that long trek.



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:38 PM

Sgt Fink was 17 years-old when he reported to the 756th as a replacement. 

 

Here some excerpts from his war memoirs:

 

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 05:24 AM

Touching memoir, glade he wrote it, thanks for posting it.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:50 AM

Thanks for posting this, Bob. Very impressive.

 

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