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Former B-24 Liberator navigator and retired Air Force Lt Col Ed "Red" Weir (1921-2009).  He's wearing the original A-2 jacket that he wore throughout WWII, bearing his squadron's patch of the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy).  Ed had 25 combat missions, the last one over Ploesti, Romania on Aug 1st, 1943.  His two Liberators were the "Red Ass" and the "Tupelo Lass."  Photo taken in Denton, TX, 2006.
"I think this one's heavier than they were in 1945."  Former Marine and BAR man Donald Boots, combat veteran of Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima.  He was the only survivor of his squad after action at Iwo Jima.  Taken in Denton, TX, 2005.
71st Infantry Division vet and WWII combat artist Norm Nichols (left) signs one of his prints for fellow 71st vet Bill Jucksch, while on a remembrance trip to Germany and Austria in March, 2006, which was organized by German author Anna Rosmus.
Not many of these guys around.  A genuine Seabee.  Taken in Denton, TX, in Aug, 2005, during a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII.
Former Marine Donald Boots of the 4th Marine Division, combat veteran of Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima.  Taken in Denton, TX, Veterans Day, 2006.
B-24 bomber navigator Ed "Red" Weir (1921-2009), taken in the "greenhouse" of his B-24D Liberator "Red Ass."  Probably taken in the skies near Fort Myers, Florida, circa 1942, while Ed was in his final phase of training, before he flew over to England to join the air war against Hitler in the fall of that year.  Ed's sitting in the seat normally occupied by the bombardier, Al Naum, who probably took this photo, which was used as the front cover photo of the war memoir that I wrote for him based on his war journal - "Down To Two Feet Altitude."  Link to article about the book:   http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/drc/localnews/stories/DRC_WWII_book_0502.bceaf557.html
71st Infantry Division vet Mickey Dorsey meets with a citizen of Osterhofen, Germany in 2006.  The man was a young boy when the 65th Infantry Division rolled into town at the war's end, and he still remembers the friendly GI's passing out chewing gum and Hershey bars to the kids.  Dorsey, along with other vets of the 71st and 65th, were in Osterhofen during a remembrance trip to Germany and Austria in March, 2006, organized by German author Anna Rosmus.
"A Gathering of Heroes."  WWII vets in Denton, TX, gather for a group photo on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, Aug, 2005.
Master Gunnery Sergeant George Burlage, a "guest" of the Japanese for 40 months in the Mitsubishi mines.  Taken in Denton, TX, July 4th, 2006.
Harold "Hap" Kendall, a B-24 co-pilot (then later, pilot) in England and North Africa, standing next to his Liberator, circa 1942-1943.  Flew his own plane and crew in famous bombing raid over Ploesti, Romania on Aug 1st, 1943.
A former German army officer vet (actually an Austrian) and Russian Front survivor speaks with Dr. Robert O. Fisch (left), a Hungarian Jew and Holocaust survivor of the Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen, Austria.  Dr. Fisch also survived extermination in the death camp at Gunskirchen, Austria, where he was liberated by the U.S. 71st Infantry Division.  The Austrian vet wears the Iron Cross, Second Class.  Mickey Dorsey, a 71st Division vet, is to the left of Dr. Fisch.  Taken in Schaerding, Austria, March, 2006, during a remembrance trip to Germany and Austria by American vets.
Dr. Robert O. Fisch (left), a Hungarian Jew and Holocaust survivor, poses with 71st Infantry Division vet Mickey Dorsey, whose outfit liberated Fisch from the Gunskirchen death camp in Austria after he had been forced to march for three days from the Mauthausen camp, where this photo was taken in March, 2006.
71st Infantry Division vet Bill Jucksch (center, in light blue cap) cannot hold back his emotions as he stands with Jewish Holocaust survivor Lewis K. Kest (at Bill's right shoulder) and fellow 71st Division vets Mickey Dorsey (at Bill's left shoulder) and Earl Flanagan (far right).  Jucksch, Dorsey, and Flanagan all participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen death camp in Austria, where this photo was taken at the camp memorial in March, 2006.
Here I am with Edward "Red" Weir (left) in the summer of 2006, going over his 1943 journal with me for the war biography of him that I published in 2008 - "Down To Two Feet Altitude" - which was about his time as a B-24 bomber navigator during WWII.  Ed's 25th combat mission was the famous raid on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania on Aug 1st, 1943.  Lt Col Weir passed away in 2009.  Link to article about the book:   http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/drc/localnews/stories/DRC_WWII_book_0502.bceaf557.html
A WWII Army engineer renders honors at a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII in Denton, TX, Aug, 2005.
Former B-24 Liberator navigator and retired Air Force Lt Col Ed "Red" Weir (1921-2009). He's wearing the original A-2 jacket that he wore throughout WWII, bearing his squadron's patch of the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy). Ed had 25 combat missions, the last one over Ploesti, Romania on Aug 1st, 1943. His two Liberators were the "Red Ass" and the "Tupelo Lass." Photo taken in Denton, TX, 2006.

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Former B-24 Liberator navigator and retired Air Force Lt Col Ed "Red" Weir (1921-2009).  He's wearing the original A-2 jacket that he wore throughout WWII, bearing his squadron's patch of the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy).  Ed had 25 combat missions, the last one over Ploesti, Romania on Aug 1st, 1943.  His two Liberators were the "Red Ass" and the "Tupelo Lass."  Photo taken in Denton, TX, 2006.
Former B-24 Liberator navigator and retired Air Force Lt Col Ed "Red" Weir (1921-2009). He's wearing the original A-2 jacket that he wore throughout WWII, bearing his squadron's patch of the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy). Ed had 25 combat missions, the last one over Ploesti, Romania on Aug 1st, 1943. His two Liberators were the "Red Ass" and the "Tupelo Lass." Photo taken in Denton, TX, 2006.

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