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Old Marine

There is not much else I can say that hasn't been said already. But this is a really historic and heartbreaking group. I am so glad to see that it's in your custody and will be preserved. Thanks for posting this and allowing us to see this.

 

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Dennis

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Kurt Barickman

Don't know what else to say other than fantastic and thanks for sharing! :thumbsup: Never have seen a Wake Island USMC group this complete.

 

Kurt Barickman

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KASTAUFFER

S/Sgt Hemmelgarn's remains were laid to rest at the National Cemetary of the Pacific in Hawaii (also known as the punchbowl). I was able to find a photo of his headstone. I go to Hawaii once a year, and on my next trip, I will pay my respects.

 

Many of you know about my interest in posthumous groups and POW history. Many of the threads I have copmpleted on this forum have been devoted to POWs. I have been looking for a Wake Island grouping for a long time, and Tom was able to work with me to acquire this grouping. Hemmelgarn is also from my home state of Washington. It fits both of my interests. I feel very fortunate to have acquired this group thanks to Tom.

 

Many years back I helped Tom acquire the D-Day Omaha Beach Navy Cross grouping he owns and has posted on this forum before. Sometimes it takes more than a checkbook to find and acquire groups like this. Friendships and helping each other out is also a factor.

 

I will continue the work Tom started on researching this group and will add more to the thread as I find it,

 

Kurt

 

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lmccole

Hi Tom   I am a researcher/writer for StoriesBehindTheStars.org.  This is a national effort of volunteers to write the stories of all 400,000+ of the US WWII fallen.   Paul Francis Hemmelgarn has been assigned to me.  What a marvelous collection you have of his memorabilia.  I am writing you to ask permission to use your photos of his medals and letters in the story I am writing about him.  This story will be posted on Togetherweserved.com as well as Fold3.com.  Related to this, there will be a smart phone app that will allow people to visit any war memorial or cemetery, scan the fallen's name and read his/her story.

 

Thank you for posting these photos  I hope you will allow me to use your photos, with credit given to you and a link to USMF.  

 

 

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Allan H.
17 minutes ago, lmccole said:

Hi Tom   I am a researcher/writer for StoriesBehindTheStars.org.  This is a national effort of volunteers to write the stories of all 400,000+ of the US WWII fallen.   Paul Francis Hemmelgarn has been assigned to me.  What a marvelous collection you have of his memorabilia.  I am writing you to ask permission to use your photos of his medals and letters in the story I am writing about him.  This story will be posted on Togetherweserved.com as well as Fold3.com.  Related to this, there will be a smart phone app that will allow people to visit any war memorial or cemetery, scan the fallen's name and read his/her story.

 

Thank you for posting these photos  I hope you will allow me to use your photos, with credit given to you and a link to USMF.  

 

 

You should know that Tom passed away some years ago. I believe that the current caretaker of the group is a member here.

 

Allan

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