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  1. He was born on 27 April 1909 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He went to the University of Iowa where he was a member of Phi Tau Theta and Phi Chi medicine. He got married on 11 October 1930 in Iowa City with Ruth Ogle and died on 8 August 1951 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. He was a surgeon on various ships, like the steamship 'Manhattan' (June 20, 1934 to Hamburg, Germany sailing from New York), steamship 'Pennsylvania' (3 Sept 1934 and 20 Oct 1934 to San Francisco via Havana), steamship 'American trader' (sailed 30 November 1934 to London), steamship 'California (sailing from New York on 5 Sept 1936 to San Francisco via Havana, Canal Zone, San Diego, LA and return). In 1938 he was on the 'President Harding' where he was the ship's surgeon. He entered the service on 7 February 1944. From the Syracuse Herald-Journal, Thursday August 2, 1951 "Injured Officer is Flown to Hospital The Air Force on a mission of mercy yesterday sent a C-54 ambulance plant to Massena to remove Lt. Col Herman Rhoad, a stretcher case, to Westover, Mass, en route to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. Col. Rhoad, head of the 60th Station Hospital at Pine Camp, was critically injured when the car he was driving crashed into a tree on the Potsdam-Canton rd. July 15. Taken to Potsdam hospital, he remained in critical condition there without regaining consciousness. However, this week his conditionwas deemed improved enough to move him to Washinton. Examined Tuesday in Potsdam by Brig. Gen. William E. Shambora of the First Army, Governor's Island, permission was given to move the Colonel to the Army Hospital. The caravan of Army cars and an ambulance carrying the officer and nurse were led to Massena by a member of the sheriff's patrol yeasterday afternoon. Accompanying the injured man on the flight were his wife, Mrs. Herman Rhoad of Charlottesville, Va. and Lt Col Charles E. Gill. acting commander of the station hospital at Pine Camp. The plane arrived at the airport at 2:35 PM after having stopped at Niagara Falls to pick up another patient. The ship took off at 3 PM and was expected to arrive at Westover Field at 3:45 PM yesterday."
  2. I just saw a news article that a Dutch art collector bought this flag. Article is in dutch: http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nederland/nederlander-koopt-d-day-vlag-voor-half-miljoen-dit-was-zo-emotioneel "Dutchman buys D-Day flag for half a million: 'This was so emotional'"
  3. I have a few of those plates and they all have the words 'The first liberated city of Holland' on it. They are very common and not that valuable. The bridge on the foreground is the Sint Servaasbridge, which was destroyed when the Germans invaded in 1940 and again in 1944 when the Americans came.
  4. Today, they uploaded all the photo's from the graves with a picture from the 2015 edition: http://www.degezichtenvanmargraten.nl/index.php/en-US/2015/photos-1 For those who were not able to visit last years edition or this years, it's a way to "attend" this event. Members of this forum also contributed by sending photo's of soldiers buried in Margraten, also thanks to them it's not just a name on a marble stone, but a person with families, a wife, children, dreams etc. Steve, I can imagine that your father had some very interesting stories concerning the construction of the cemetery. I can't imagine how it was during and after completion, with 17.000 American soldiers buried there in 1945 and now the final resting place of 8301 soldiers.
  5. "The Faces of Margraten to return May 1-5, 2016 Published: Monday, February 29 2016 The Faces of Margraten tribute will return at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten from May 1-5 this year. The Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American Adopters) again calls for photos of the U.S. soldiers who have been either buried or memorialized in Margraten. Since the first edition of the tribute in 2015, over 450 additional photos have already been found. During The Faces of Margraten tribute, faces are put to the 10,023 U.S. soldiers who have been either buried or memorialized in Margraten by decorating their graves or names on the Walls of the Missing with a personal photo. During the first edition of the tribute in 2015, about 3,300 photos were on display. For the first time since the end of World War II, the 25,000 visitors were able to look straight into the eyes of the American liberators. New photos of the soldiers continue to be found. For example, adopters of the graves have been inspired by the first edition of this tribute and have started to search in the U.S. for a photo of the soldiers whose grave they have adopted. The Krick family is among them. They contacted the Portland Press Herald in Maine in their quest for the family and a photo of Pfc Linton Lowell. They did so successfully. Lowell will be one of the over 400 soldiers to whose face we can put a name this upcoming May. Photos can be submitted to the tribute in a variety of ways. Photos can be submitted through The Faces of Margraten website at www.thefacesofmargraten.com or by sending them info@degezichtenvanmargraten.nl. The Rabobank Centraal Zuid-Limburg, the Stichting Elisabeth Strouven, the Stichting Kanunnik Salden Nieuwenhof, and the U.S. Embassy in The Hague will support the upcoming edition of the tribute. Those who would like to support the tribute are encouraged to make a donation through the tribute’s website. In the months to come the foundation will release more information on the tribute. The Faces of Margraten is an initiative of the Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven, a Dutch non-profit organization that is run by Belgian and Dutch adopters of American war graves in Belgium and the Netherlands. The foundation has committed itself to giving a face to all the soldiers buried and memorialized there and in that way to keeping alive the memory to these soldiers. The foundation does not maintain any of the "Adopt-A-Grave" programs for the cemeteries." http://www.degezichtenvanmargraten.nl/index.php/en-US
  6. If you are still looking for shops: Between Arnhem and Nijmegen you can find Clements Trading/ Clements Militaria (clementsmilitaria.com), best contact them before visiting. Southwest of Nijmegen IMCS (imcsmilitaria.com) is located, I don't know if you can visit their shop. On 14/15 May in Overloon an event called Militracks takes place, there will also be a large militariashow. If you visit Bastogne I can also recommend you to visit the museums in Baugnez and La Gleize (La Gleize museum has a shop, ardennes44.com).
  7. Nice uniform. Like the 113th CG - XIX Corps combo.
  8. Axis Track Services is selling some vehicles that were in Fury: http://www.axistrackservices.com/#!vehicles/c1ewv
  9. Nice uniforms. Really like the 2nd AD one. Here another photo:
  10. Probably an error, as stated above, that occured when filling in the (burial) reports. I have come across some errors on crosses and in IDPF's. The soldiers were buried there with the hundreds on a day, so it's understandable that errors occured.
  11. Something different for sale than jackets and shirts from Fury: http://www.milweb.net/classifieds/large_image.php?ad=74898&cat=1
  12. The helmet is late WWII and the sticker was probably added post WWII.
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