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  1. I'm from Maryland also. My 3 uncles landed with 29th Division on Omaha Beach. My boyscout master was also with the 175th Infantry, (29th). And he was the only enlisted man in WW2 that earned 4 Silver Stars. I have several stories "mostly" about Marylanders on my website: www.ww2dday.com in the Photo-Gallery section. Page 2 tell's about Joe Farinholt earning the 4th and final Silver Star that put him in a hospital for 2 years in Staunton, VA. He blew the tread off a Tiger Tank, and the machine gunner got him as he ran back to his jeep to warn the CP. welcome, Tim
  2. Wish I could have been at Sannerville. I was at a party a month later in Maryland and asked about someone that goes over every June that I've not met. He pointed at his niece and said, "Ask her about Normandy". I said something and she showed me a photo of her brother that jumped for the anniversary. When she learned I was former 82nd, she called him on the phone. He sent her a video when he got out the door. I laughed when he said he jumped at Sannerville! I said, "You're an American. You should have dropped in Manche by Ste Mere Eglise or Carrentan. He was surprised I knew where Sannerville was. I told him from where he landed, a few more hundred yard's he would have hit my friend's house! I told him, "Not bad for the first trip to France". I made 2 jumps from a C-47 with the US Navy at Lakehurst. See my site and briefing under 65th Anniversary photos: La Fiere. www.ww2dday.com and the D-Day PhotoGallery. I'm the guy hitchhiking back to Paris with the sign. I'm also wearing an original MG-42. My webmaster' site: www.6juin1944.com tim
  3. I just spoke to my buddy, "Harley Reynolds" who landed first wave with B-Company 16th Infantry. He was one of the first that landed on the left-hand side of Ruquet Draw, across from WN65 and made his way up into the "now" Omaha Beach Cemetery. It was an apple orchard on 6 June 1944. This was Harley's 3rd first-wave invasion. And helped him with his book, "How I Survided 3 First Wave Invasions". North Africa, Sicily and D-Day. He's now in lock-down at an assisted living place. He's being released on Thursday. He had returned from getting medical attention a bit late and this was his punishment. I asked if he had to bang his canteen cup up against the bars to get the guard's attention? He told me it was bad, but not quite that bad! And he get's to choose from the menu. I told him he need's some Calvados from Normandie. That would cure him, as he and I have drank a bit of it before in Normandy. I had to break him out of a hotel near the cemetery, several years ago. A Paris Policeman had written a book on Omaha Beach and brought 4 members of 29th and 1st Division over and taking them around. Harley called me and asked if I could help him escape as he and the others were confined to their hotel rooms. I met him after he climbed out of his window. We went down to my friend's restaurant at St Laurent (D-3) draw. D-Day House is on the left sid from the beach in front of where the unfinished position WN66 was located. We did some Calvados and I got him back before Major Laurent Lefebre noticed he escaped! Tim www.ww2dday.com . Go to the PhotoGallery and see the pic of Harley pointing at the map at the exact spot he went up the bluff at.
  4. Paul, i'm upset! I went to the 7-11 this morning and noticed that the evening 3-digit on Sunday was 743. The clerk know's I'm into D-Day, and I told him about the 743rd TD tanks with Duplex Drive and skirts, and how those Naval Personel ushering them off the landing crafts, watched in horror and fear, as the first tank went under. But the fear-factor made several of these men continue to waive them into the drink. Only 3 or 4 of these tanks got to the Beach. Years ago, I heard veterans arguing with cemetery personnel about their comrades names being on the "Wall Of The Missing". The 743rd men said, "They aren't missing, they're still out there n those tanks. Why don't you bring them here for a proper burial"? The cemetery worker said, "We already consider them buried". I was upset as I stood there after telling him that tidbit of history. He knew my 3 uncles were with the 110th Field Artillery. The 3-digit noon-day number was: 110. "No, I didn't play it"! Tim www.ww2dday.com
  5. Paul, i did Civil War re-enacting during the 60's and 70's, I was in the 1st Maryland Regular meant during the Bi-Centennial. We did the Surrender ceremonies at Yorktown. Bill Brown of the National park Service was our leader. He had to work that day and was standing next to the Ambassador of France when we passed by President Reagan in Review. Whenever Bill saw us, he explained the 1 MR was his unit. The Ambassador of France wanted us to do the 200th Treaty of Paris, (1-3 September 1983). Bill called me and told me it was a go, and that I would have a bus to take whoever wanted to go to Normandy for a day. I would meet a lady at the spot where Donald Myerly got killed (friend of my uncle's from my hometown). She told me to get into her car and we would quickly meet her cousin. Very nice House along the beach with a 1/2-moon driveway. A year later, I was invited to stay at their place with my 3 uncles. But they wouldn't go. Well, Marie-Agnes told me I could stay at their cousins place if they hadn't arrived at their summer house. She said, "Just ask anyone in Vierville where the "Ardalay's live". (H is silent in French). I asked her if it was spelled with an H? She answered "yes". I said, is his first name Michel? She replied, "You know him"? I answered "No, but he's in the book, The Longest Day". She replied, "I believe he is"? Had she told me that a year before when we were knocking on his door, I would have known the name! He didn't like the Germans as they were always breaking not his wine cellar. When we went back to the house, I saw all the photos (The lone photographer of Vierville took) and I asked him what he thought of the lady sitting at the same dining room table I was sitting at with a lime-green tablecloth. He said, "She's a real actress". It was Nancy Reagan. She had lunch there the year before. While Michel was still the mayor. Tim
  6. Paul, Let me know when you plan to go back to Normandy. I have "many" friends in the area that own restaurants and hotels, gives. Especially in the Vierville and St Laurent area of Omaha Beach. When Navy Lt William Bostick did the artwork for the Omaha maps, he didn't know that the railroad running along the coastal road thru Grandcamp, Vierville-s/Mer, Colleville-s/Mer had been shut down. Most of the info came from 1890's Michelin maps and from photo missions that the Air Corps had taken. Bostick did the work on-board the USS Ancon in Plymouth Harbor. One day King George stood behind him as he painted. On D+1 (7June 44) Bostick got approval to go on the beach to see the actual area that he had put on mapsheets. As he walked along the coastal road he became very upset. The railroad tracks weren't there? I also looked my first 3 trips for remnants of the tracks and the station marked "RR Station" on the Vierville map, but no station? I later learned that Suzanne Colebeouf lived in the station with her parents and siblings after the railroad closed, (10 years prior to D-Day). It burned down on 7 June when the enemy shelling started. In-fact, I would go to the corner restaurant, "Le Pie Qui Tette" and park my car on a slab, (former RR Station). Mrs Colebeouf ran the station before it closed! When I met Suzanne and showed her and her husband, "Michel Hardalay" the maps, she never told me. Michel was the mayor of the town. The n D-Day morning he was a much younger vice-mayor and was portrayed n the movie, "The Longest Day" watching a German soldier fall off his horse and wagon taking coffee to the position WN70, when the bombardment started. Michel and his mother are jumping up and down on the back porch, as he was very happy. Everyone that lived along the coast was forced to move away in November 1943. Michel was an architect, (not lawyer as mentioned in the back of the book). He built his villa, "Les Hortendas" and the Germans were going to tear it down. He talked them into letting him get a crew of men to dismantle the house, and after hostilities, he'd rebuild it. Fortunately, D-Day happened and the home withstood the actions. You also have a nice photo of Belgian Gates. Mr Edmond Scelles was only 16 when he was called by the mayor of St Laurent to be part of a work detail. The Germans would tell the mayor, "Tomorrow morning you will have 20 men here, "or else". He helped put up the obstacles along the beach. These men were paid for their services. Later, when the Americans landed, Edmond was again hired. This time to take down the obstacles. I used to tell him that he was a "double dipper". He and his wife for many years ran the gas station between Vierville and St Laurent. A Gite (rental home) is on the edge of St Laurent. It's one of the former train stations. They were all the same design. In the movie, it look's like Michel is with his wife. (Hollywood did this, as Suzanne was only 12 years-old at the time). He later went to the town Tobacco Bar to meat an American soldier. When a soldier almost shot him with an M-1 Garand! The soldier had a blue diamond on his shoulder with gold wording: <RANGERS> and Michel was upset when he was asked by the Ranger, "Vouslez-vous un Chesterfield" as he took the cigarette. He was surprised to hear the soldier speaking very good French! Years after Michel died, former Captain John Raaen of HQ's 5th Ranger Bn told me that the guy was Rene Kepperling, the 5th Rangers translator. Both his parents were French Canadian! Tim www.ww2dday.com
  7. Great photos! I believe the photo of the 2 ladies around the rocks was taken about 1/2-way up the road at D1 (Draw). On the left was a quarry. At the top of the hill is a 4-way intersection. Across the street on the left, running along the road was the Vierville School. No longer there, as it burned during the 7 June afternoon shelling. A 21-year old CPL Donald E Myerly of Westminster, MD was killed with 17 others of B-Bat, 110th FA, 29th Division. Don's ammo truck took a direct hit. If you cross the intersection and make a right in front of the church, make a left and go 100 yds down the lane, you get to the Chedal d'Anglas home. The German HQ's was the Maison, but it burned. The Germans had a huge observation platform in the huge oak tree, (no longer there). I have a cut from the tree. The family converted the carriage house into the home. You can contact Martin, by going to my page: www.ww2dday.com , Links: Oberst Goth . He and I have spent a great time in Vierville. Both of us had relatives in the battle. Tim
  8. My boyscout master was Joe Farinholt, who was a member of the 175th Infantry. He also went thru the "29th Ranger Training" as many of them were trained by British Commandoes in Scotland. Later they were de-activated and returned to their units. Joe landed on 7 June near St Laurent-sur-Mer, "Omaha Beach". He received his first Silver Star at Isigny. His 4th and final Silver Star he earned would take him out of combat. He blew the track off of a Tiger-Tank and ran back to his jeep to get to the CP to warn them. The machine gunner fired and Joe would spend the next 2 years in a Staunton, Virginia Hospital recovering from the 26 bullets that struck his legs. You can read his story in my PhotoGallery Page 2 at www.ww2dday.com . Tim
  9. Great maps! I had several of these and reprinted them. I also noticed you have one of the two Utah Beach maps. The artist that did the 2 maps of Utah Beach, and 2 maps of Omaha, Utah North and Utah South, Omaha West and Omaha East was Navy Lt William Bostick of Bingham Farms, Michigan. I have his photograph on the PhotoGallery of my webpage: www.ww2dday.com . You can also hear my briefing at the 82nd Abn La Fiere Bridge Battle at the bottom of the 65th Anniversary photos. I had 3 uncles that landed at Omaha Beach with the 110th FA, 29th Inf Div. my Uncle Harry Green gave me his Omaha-West (Vierville-sur-Mer) map, which would send me to Europe many, many times. I also helped National Geographic do a story that made the front cover: UNTOLD STORIES OF D-DAY Tim
  10. I'm familiar with Normandy, as I've been there many times. Your town "Sevres" sound's very familiar to me? Is it on N-13? I have a ligne: www.ww2dday.com . I was in Normandie for the 65th, if you check my photos, I give a yourube briefing at La Fiere Bridge/Pont. Possibly you know Patrick: www.6juin1944.com Bienvenue
  11. I've been to Normandy, "many" times. Would love to hear about your trip and the things you saw. I would have loved to have been there this week. I noticed that the 82nd Abn had members of the 505th PIR in Ste Mere Eglise for an honor guard. Mapman www.ww2dday.com
  12. I met some of those guys at Static-Line conventions. They told me that the GOYA was a bird. It also stood for, "Get On Your rump". I've been to Noire Fountaine Chateau in the bulge and saw the plaque to where Lt Col Jorge was killed. Those guys got pretty shot up, and were pulled into the 505th after Belgium. Marc Leepson just wrote a book about Barry Sadler. I ordered a signed copy from him, yesterday. Barry wrote and sang: The Green Beret You can email Marc if interested: marcleepson527psc@aol.com Tell him that Tim sent you: ww2dday.com
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