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US Dogtag Schnee Eifel.

Discussion in 'Living History' started by Aru-Ed, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Aru-Ed

    Aru-Ed Member

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    I'll give them a call today or otherwise tomorrow, i sure like to speak to her / them, this is great!
    I recived your PM, thanks, i can not say that enough!
     
  2. Aru-Ed

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    With the help of T.A. Gardner, the widow of Joseph is found!
    I hereby want to thank Gardner again for the quick help in finding relatives of Joseph and making this all possible!

    Last night i called the widow of Joseph, and she was quite surprised.
    We had a very nice conversation and she could tell me some things about her husband.
    He indeed deceased two years ago at age of 84.
    She now lives in Miami, Florida where they lived together in the Sunshine State.
    I understood that Joseph has a 10 years younger brother.
    Joseph told little about the war but with a bunch of friends he could talk about that period.
    The memory of Sylvia leaves her more in the lurch so she could tell so little about the service period of her husband.
    Mangeruga is an Italian name, and after Joseph went to study law, he changed his name to Manners.
    I asked Sylvia if Joseph had saved papers or photos from his service period and she was able to tell that there is a box somewhere.
    She would try to look it up.
    I have promised her to send the dogtags and she wanted me to keep one, she would have a better feeling about that.

    Then I called the 10 years younger brother of Joseph, he too was pleasantly surprised, and he knew me something more to say about the period of Joseph in Europe.
    He was a rookie and came to the front, the "Battle of the Bulge" was his first fight, and also his last.
    At the beginning of the offensive he was captured by the Germans after heavy fighting with many of his comrades got killed.
    He was a member of the 106th Infantry Division.
    He was transported in captivity to Bad Orb where a large prisoner of war camp (Stalag 9B) was. Stalag IX-B in Bad Orb, Germany (WWII German Prisoner of War Camp, Stalag 9B)
    Here he stayed until his liberation in May '45, in harsh conditions.
    More could his brother not tell me, but they are very grateful that I send the dogtag to Sylvia.
    Since the dead of Joseph, contact with Sylvia unfortunately faded.
    We have exchanged information and will remain in contact.

    Next week I will send the dogtag to Sylvia, making things in motion, I am still overwhelmed.
    If I will ever see photographs of Joseph in his service period is questionable, but that does not matter, because all these events give a wonderful feeling.
     
  3. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Good work, Gentlemen. Ed, I'm glad you have made the effort to locate the soldier who owned this and Terry, many thanks for your state-side legwork.

    I do hope that we can can get photos of the man to post.
     
  4. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    The momentum at which this bit of detective work has moved at is astounding.

    Well done Terry and Ed.
     
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    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    OUTSTANDING !


     
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    Good team work guys :D, I am very impressed, a very successful conclusion
     
  7. Keystone Two-Eight

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    Y'all, I tell ya what. It's moments like this that make me smile. You guys are a great bunch, and even if it doesnt seem like much to you, little things like this make a great difference in the lives of these mens relatives, and so i salute all of you for your dedication.
     
  8. AndyPants

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    just stumbled across this.....all I can say is wow, well done guys
     
  9. Aru-Ed

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    It's been a while since the last reply but here is a finale update.
    It had been a few weeks ago that i send the dogtag to Sylvia and i never got an answer if she also received it.
    So today i phoned her and heard she received the dogtag properly, and that is al i needed to know, she gave the dogtag to her son and it is now a special item of his dads period in Europe during WWII.
    They are very gratefull and that makes this hobby even more special!
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Thanks for the update. I'm glad it all worked out. It's a fine thing you've done.
     
  11. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Good job, A/E.

    Not even a thank you? How inconsiderate.
     

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