Freedom is Not Free

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

Freedom is Not Free

Mrs. Ann Clark Porcellini, the wife of a 29th Division veteran, sent us this story about freedom and all the things we have to be thankful for. Her submission reminds us of the sacrifice, not only by soldiers, but by all the masses of British people who were in harm’s way. Thank you, Mrs. Porcellini for this telling account! My husband Mario and I are senior citizens. Mario was in the 29th Division, E/116th under Major Howie. He made the first wave of troops to hit...

Read More »

A Different Perspective of D-Day

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

A Different Perspective of D-Day

Thanks, Joe ! Walter Plywaski Recalls D-Day From a Different Perspective. Walter Plywaski of Boulder, Colorado kindly shared this editorial he penned for the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994. We think you will find it to be very special. Thanks so much, Walter. From—The Colorado Daily—June 6, 1994 “People wish their enemies dead, but I do not: I say give them the gout,give them the stone!” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1689-1762. Let me now praise non-famous men in grimy...

Read More »

Remembering Wartime Sacrifice and the Norman People

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

Remembering Wartime Sacrifice and the Norman People

The following two stories were sent to us by William Melander, 29th Division veteran. They are both very touching and remind us of the sacrifice made by so many during World War II. Thank you for sharing these stories with us, Mr. Melander. The Norman People Shed Tears of Sorrow For Our Fallen Comrades by William E. Melander 115th Regt’l H.Q.Co. 29th Division Even though these events took place 54 years ago, the slightest thought evokes strong feelings that bring me...

Read More »

Interview with Army Nurse Elizabeth Hillmann

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

Interview with Army Nurse Elizabeth Hillmann

Interview with Elizabeth Hillmann, World War II Army Nurse Excerpt from an interview with Sr. Elizabeth Hillmann, R.C., WWII Army Nurse currently Retreat Director at the Cenacle Center for Spiritual Renewal in Lantana Florida. We’ll start by asking you how it was that you came to be in the Army, why you made that choice at that time. Well, I graduated from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in September of 1942 at the time when World War II was going on...

Read More »

They Came Out of the Sea!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

by Monique Frankston Twenty-Ninth Division Association members (and Norman friends) Alain & Nathalie Dupain sent us this touching story about the liberation of one Norman town and the consequences posed for one of its young members. This account fosters renewed understanding of what was at stake in 1944. Thanks so much, Alain and Nathalie! This article appeared in “The Press Democrat” of Santa Rosa CA on Sunday, May 22, 1994. Note that appeared next to a...

Read More »

Sailing for England

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

Sailing for England

To All 29th Division Personnel DO YOU REMEMBER September 27, 1942 – The day you sailed for England? Do you remember having your head turned by an M.P. as you stood in the rain at Camp Kilmer, N.J. waiting to board the Queen Mary? That so called M.P. was Alice Beard Diehl, wife of Carlos V. Diehl, Co. “C” 116th Infantry, who paid the M.P. on duty at the time 20 dollars to borrow his helmet, raincoat, M.P. band and rifle to find me and give me one last goodbye....

Read More »