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Bahlau, Fred

Posted on 26 October, 2012 by in ,

I would like to blog today to tell you about a man named Fred Bahlau who I have known for six years.  Fred was born in 1923 in Michigan.  He enlisted in the Army where he soon volunteered to become a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division.  Fred started his training at Ft. Benning and […]

Yehl, Gene

Posted on 26 October, 2012 by in ,

Gene Yehl was a Marine in the 5th Marine Division during the fighting at the horrible little 8 sq. miles of hell known as Iwo Jima where the famous picture of the men raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi taken by photographer Joe Rosenthal.  Gene enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1942 just […]

Dakin, Bill

Posted on 26 October, 2012 by in ,

Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps in February of 1942.  Bill went into what was called the Marine Raiders which were groups of Battalion sized infantry.  There were four Raider Battalions.  Bill was in the 1st Raider Battalion named after its leader Col. Merritt A. Edson or Edson’s Raiders.  Col. Edson received the Medal of […]

Goss, Don

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Tonight I would like to tell you about a brave Army infantryman named Don Goss. Don was in the 29th Infantry Division. Some of you may know that the 1st and 29th Inf. Div. were the two Army Inf. Divisions that were assigned the horrible job of taking Omaha Beach on the 6th of June […]

Gilton, Bill

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

3 Brothers and 1 Brother-In-Law. Bill Gilton is 3rd from left. Bill Gilton was born in Southeast Ohio in 1921. When Pearl Harbor was attacked he wanted to go into the Marine Corps as quickly as possible to get into the fight ( I heard this over and over again from other men too). Bill […]

Forster, Leo

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

I met Leo in Florida in 2003 on a tennis court. I recognized his accent as German so I asked him if he was German he said that he was so I asked him if he had been in WWII. He replied that he had been. We became friends over the next 6 years and […]

Floeter, Ernst

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Ernst was born in 1925 in Berlin Germany. In the early 1930s he watched many American cowboy movies. These instilled in him a strong desire to one day travel to America. I have known Ernst for about two years and he is a joy to talk to about everything, even something as horrible as World […]

Finnigan, Patrick

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Patrick was a coxwains mate in the Navy. A coxwain mate drove landing craft to the beaches of battles. Patrick tells what it is like to be under artillery attack in a Higgins boats. He made several landings in Europe.

Elfring, Herb

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Herb went into the South Dakota National Guard in 1938. He was in the Army  at Pearl Harbor on the 7th of Dec. 1941. Herb was about five miles from the main attack at the Navy Base and saw only a few Japanese planes strafe his base. Herb was not allowed to go to the […]

Czubko, Maryan

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Maryan went into the Marine Corps He was in the Tanks where he fought in the very bloody battle of Iwo Jima.  Maryon drove a tank on Iwo Jima