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An F-22A Raptor arrives at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on Sunday, April 9, 2006, for minor modifications. Members of the 309th Maintenance Group will modify this, the first of 18 F-22s that will receive various modifications at Hill.
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I was told that today was the final day that VMFA-142 would be flying. VMFA-142 was moving to Cadre status at a ceremony to be held late on Saturday, May 31, 2008.    The last three planes to fly took off from NAS Atlanta/Dobbins ARB field at a little after 3 p.m. in the afternoon. They flew for about an hour, out of my camera range, and then came back and landed.     If you zoom in on this photo, it almost looks like the pilot, LtCol Tracy "BC" Farris, is turning to look at me taking the photo. LtCol Farris is the CO for the Gators.
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A photograph from the war memorabilia of my father, Ned Wells.  Taken just outside of Tiefenbach, Germany, May 3rd, 1945.  Three Russian prisoners (used as slave laborers by the SS), who survived execution at the hands of fleeing SS troopers, standing among their slain comrades.  Ned, who was in a heavy machine gun squad in the 26th Infantry Division, wrote on the back of this photograph, "Three of the luckiest ones, amid their buddies.  The mound in back is the grave they were made to dig as they were tortured & finally killed.  The little stream in the left background actually ran blood - I saw it."  The massacre had occurred four days prior, on April 29th, 1945, about a week before the end of the war in Europe, as the 26th Division pressed toward Passau, Germany, in Bavaria.  The Americans counted 42 bodies in and around the shallow mass grave.  Ned's commanders in the 26th ordered the local citizens to exhume and re-inter the bodies in individual coffins in a properly-dug mass grave, both of which the locals were made to build and to dig.  The G.I.'s gave the Russians a proper funeral with full military honors.  The only reference I have found in any book (other than the one I wrote based on Dad's war journal) about this massacre is in a book by Anna Rosmus - Wintergreen:  Suppressed Murders - in which she names three Russian survivors of the massacre.  These men are very likely the three named in her book.  A marker that reads "Hier Ruhen Russische Soldaten" (German for "Here Rest Russian Soldiers") was eventually placed at the site of the massacre on the hillside in the woods southwest of Tiefenbach.  The 42 bodies were again exhumed in 1956 and re-interred in a larger memorial and cemetery in Neumarkt, Germany.  The marker in the woods near Tiefenbach remains.
Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division search for weapons caches along the banks of the Euphrates River near Hit, Iraq.
An F-22A Raptor arrives at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on Sunday, April 9, 2006, for minor modifications. Members of the 309th Maintenance Group will modify this, the first of 18 F-22s that will receive various modifications at Hill.

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An F-22A Raptor arrives at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on Sunday, April 9, 2006, for minor modifications. Members of the 309th Maintenance Group will modify this, the first of 18 F-22s that will receive various modifications at Hill.
An F-22A Raptor arrives at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on Sunday, April 9, 2006, for minor modifications. Members of the 309th Maintenance Group will modify this, the first of 18 F-22s that will receive various modifications at Hill.

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