Posts tagged with "Valbourges"



Veterans · 20 July 2022
Georges SHIRLEY was born 24th of august 1915, he join the US Army in 1942 and trained in Camp Gordon, Georgia, this fort was created in July 1941 as a infantry shool. on the 10th of june 1942, the 83rd chemical battalion was activated in this place. This battalion was designed to carry 36 mortars of 4.2 inches caliber, with each shell weighing about 25 pounds, for a total firepower effect equivalent to three 105mm howitzers. The 4.2 inch mortar brought a lethal, mid-to-close range fire support...


In Memoriam · 06 March 2021
Jack Demsey FUNK, natif de Virginie fut le premier soldat tué pour la libération de Draguignan le 16 août 1944. né en 1923, il est mobilisé en juin 1943 et se porte volontaire pour les parachutistes. Après son entrainement, il est affecté au 551em bataillon aéroporté Américain, dans la compagnie B. Le 15 aout 1944, vers 18h30 il est parachuté avec son unité sur la zone comprise entre La Motte, Les Arcs et Trans en Provence. Avant le départ en Italie les officiers autorisent leurs...

Veterans · 09 December 2020
Joseph SOLDI est né aux Arcs sur Argens dans le var le 29 décembre 1923. De famille immigré Italien, quand la guerre éclate il habite la plaine au Sud de sa ville natale, à la ferme de la Cognasse, proche de la Nationale 7 dont il est le fermier. Avec son frère aîné Jules,(né en 1921) il entre dans la résistance à 19 ans dans le groupe local sous le matricule 1726. il prendra part aux opérations de libération. Le commandant BLANC lui donne mission de détruire les pieux...

Veterans · 15 June 2020
Jack MERRICK was born May 7, 1921 in Strawn, Texas to Fred R. and Tennie C. Merrick. He graduated from Newsome Dougherty Memorial High School (GHS) in 1938, attended Gainesville Texas Junior College (NCTC), and the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Merrick graduated from the Civilian Pilot Training Program and received his private pilot’s license in May 1940. He graduated on may 1943, from south Plain, Lubbock army school and served as a glider pilot during World War II with the US Army Air...

Musée virtuel · 02 June 2020
Après le second conflit mondial, des tonnes d'équipement militaire de l'armée américaine sont restés sur les champs de bataille. La plupart ont étés détruits mais beaucoup ont étés utilisés par la population civile. Très peu ont survécus après plus de 75 ans. Cette histoire commence en août 1944 lorsque Pierrot, un jeune garçon français de douze ans d'un petit village du sud de la France, jouait après l'école dans les planeurs qui venaient atterris dans les vignobles autour...

Veterans · 04 February 2020
Eugene WATERFILL was born on the 20 of november 1920 . He attended Anderson County one room schools including Cedar Grove, Bonds Mill and Salt River thru the 8th grade; graduating from Lawrenceburg High School in May 1939. He worked various jobs around the area until July 1942 when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. In September 1943, he completed Navigator training at Selman Field in Monroe, Louisiana. He arrived in the European Theater of Operation, with the 435th Troop...

Musée virtuel · 04 February 2020
A Object of memory, a memory object... During our museum exibition in august 2012, in Les Arcs, southern France a old friend farmer came across a life preserver he found when he was cleaning his barn. He visited our museum exibition , happy to see that southern France "D" day was so well perpetuate for the new generation he presented this life preserver buoy for museum exibit. Albert was a little 12 years old kid on the 15th of august 1944. On his way back from school , he loved playing in the...

Veterans · 10 December 2019
Page Under construction : Richard FIELD was born in Liberty on august 20th 1924 . In 1943, he was volonteer for airborne training in the US. Army. He was affected to company B of the 551st parachute infantry battalion , went throught basic training and was sent with his unit to Fort Kobbe on november 23rd 1943 in the Panama canal zone.In august 1943, back to united stades he was sent to Camp Mackall, North Carolina until march 1944. He got differents airborne and military training including...

Histoire · 03 December 2019
The 1st Battalion, 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated on 26 November 1942 at Fort Kobbe in the Panama Canal Zone. Its initial cadre came from Company C of the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion, while the rest of that battalion was absorbed into the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. Its first draft of new men was gathered in the Frying Pan Area of Fort Benning, Georgia, on 30 October 1942. Those personnel were trained as paratroopers through the Parachute School Replacement Pool...

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