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Old Hickory Recon, Memories of the 30th Infantry Division 1943-1945 - Marion M. Sanford

Discussion in 'Honor, Service and Valor' started by Old Hickory, Apr 17, 2009.

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  1. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow Patron  

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    I am so very sorry to read of Mr. Sanford's passing. My condolences to his family and especially you, Jeff, having been close to him and his voice on the Forum.
     
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    Guys, I forgot to post a photo of the flowers that some friends from the Netherlands and i bought for the service. I thought the florist did a good job

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    Wow, thats great !
     
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    Today is one year since the passing of Mr. Sanford, although he was gone from us about a week earlier, having suffered several strokes during surgery.

    He was a good old boy and I miss him terribly.
     
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    R.I.P. Mr. Sanford. It was a honor to meet you and Jeff in Holland.
     
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    Hello, my name is Dion and i am from the netherlands.
    I wish to thank all allied soldiers who gave up their safety for our freedom,
    a lot of you good men didnt make it in that war, i cant imagine what you guys have been through.
    i hope you all have a peacefull life untill you pass away,
    you deserved it.
    if not for you guys i would probably speak german or be dead.
    far ancestors of me where in the resistance and in my village there was a great fight over the railways, i knew about monuments in my village and went over them with a friend of mine a couple days ago.
    since then it just kept eating away at me so i had to get it off my chest.
    many men and wimen where executed or deported to mass destruction camps and we even have 2 war graveyard wich i hope to visit one day to honour our liberators and resistance members.
    however not all germans are bad, some where forced to serve in the army or they would be executed for treason.
    i got a ww2 era reichspfennig to remind me of what cruel deeds a man can do.
    i hope Hickory Recon will have peace with himself and that he will rest in the peace he deserves.

    I hope you guys dont mind me getting this off my chest.

    sincerely Dion.
     
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    This came today. It is the DUI of the 30th Cavarly Reconnaissance Troop (Mech). I found a place that could make reproductions of insignia and ordered 25 (the minimum). It took a little bit longer than I first thought since the first set that came 10 days ago were orange and not yellow, as depicted in the proof.

    The company made good on them and I am satisfied. It is not as yellow as it appears in the photo.

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    Nice insignia Jeff.
     
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    I know no one minds and many are very grateful, Dion. It is a great quality that you think and remember thoughtfully about all the men and women who made the Allied victory possible. What a herculean undertaking that they were able to complete this epoch of history in such a short time, though it must have seemed like centuries to the men fighting and freezing.
     
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    I finally finished this shadow box and have hung it.

    The Ike jacket is from 1945, but worn by someone else. The insignia, awards, and badges are what Mr. Sanford was eligible to wear in Aug 1945. I don't think he ever actually wore everything depicted here because he separated from the Army two months later.
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    Very nice job, Jeff. Including his book is a nice touch. Did you have the case made, or was it purchased?
     
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    Nice job, Jeff. It may have taken some effort, but it was worth it.
     
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    Thanks guys. A friend from The Netherlands sent me the jacket a couple of years ago. He used to come to the 30th ID reunions and was instrumental in getting the trip in 2014 organized.

    I bought the insignia online and had the DUIs made by a company in Florida.

    The display case came from Hobby Lobby.

    My wife surprised me. I was going to hang in our office. My wife wanted in hung in the great room. She won.
     
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    Good day Henry Lee Prejean sr. Was my grandfather and had both of his legs blown off and he work for the sheriff's department and lived just north of Scott Louisiana
     
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    Patrick, I would like to talk to you. Could we talk via private message?
     

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