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Master Gunnery Sergeant George Burlage, a "guest" of the Japanese for 40 months in the Mitsubishi mines.  Taken in Denton, TX, July 4th, 2006.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
(1) Michael J. Brigande EN1 - (Company Commander)  USNTC BAINBRIDGE Company 359, 2nd Regiment (Camp Perry), 25th Battallion.  August 6th to October 19th,1955.            Taken from a bronze marker at burial site of Michael J. Brigande ENCM, U.S. Navy. He served in World War II and the Korean War. Born March 13, 1923, Died November 1, 1985. Burial is in Section 5, Lot 116 at St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery, Vernon Street, Warren, RI. I visited his grave site and took this photo on June 24, 2010.    The members of Company 359 salute CPO Michael J. Brigande ENCM and his family!    Tony Lupacchino TE(RM)2  Company Clerk – Company 359 USNTC Bainbridge  August 6th – October 19th, 1955
"The Gruesome Foursome" at Le Havre, France, 1946, just before shipping back home.  Ned Wells (left, from Clemmons, NC), Arthur Duell (center, standing, from Kensington, CT), Howard Cohen (right, from Philadelphia; looked like Dustin Hoffman, didn't he?), and Bill Ricker (sitting, from Kenosha, WI).
Ned Wells and his new bride, Dot Elliott (right), my parents, taken at Jump Off Rock, Hendersonville, NC, 1944, before Dad shipped overseas.
Ned Wells's basic training portrait, 1944
Ned Wells on guard duty during basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida, 1944.
Master Gunnery Sergeant George Burlage, a "guest" of the Japanese for 40 months in the Mitsubishi mines. Taken in Denton, TX, July 4th, 2006.

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Master Gunnery Sergeant George Burlage, a "guest" of the Japanese for 40 months in the Mitsubishi mines.  Taken in Denton, TX, July 4th, 2006.
Master Gunnery Sergeant George Burlage, a "guest" of the Japanese for 40 months in the Mitsubishi mines. Taken in Denton, TX, July 4th, 2006.

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