We are honored and proud that several WW2 veterans have chosen to post here. Their contributions enrich our knowledge, encourage and nourish our enthusiasm for the subject. They earned our respect and admiration over 60 years ago and continue to do so here. You'll find their threads Pinned at the top of the Forum page: http://forums.wildbi...hp?showforum=46 Let me introduce you to them in order of their appearance on our boards:
LongJohn - LTC John A. Smith, USAF (Ret) - Radioman & Flexible Gunner on Spec Ops B-24s out of Brendisi, Italy. HQ, SHEAF, US Mil Gov't in Germany '45-'48. Fighter Pilot ('51- '73) Korea and Vietnam, with a few stops in amongst those postings. Col. Smith is the brother of a Toccoa man of Easy Company, Robert Burr Smith, about whom much has been written on these boards. The Colonel's main thread can be found here: http://forums.wildbi...?showtopic=2798
Sapper - Brian Guy, 246 Field Company, Royal Engineers, Eighth Brigade, Third British Infantry Division, Sword Beach to Bremen. Brian’s war ended in Holland on the road from Venraij. You can find his fascinating story here: http://forums.wildbi...?showtopic=2355
Frederick Glover , A Coy, 9th Battalion, 6th Paras, Merville Battery through Germany http://forums.wildbi...?showtopic=7330
Leonard J Smith RASC , Normandy to Egypt -- Len landed on Juno beach driving DUKW vehicles, then to Belgium, Holland and was involved in Market-Garden and the Crossing of the Rhine into Germany. Len is also the youngest of 10 brothers of which nine served during WW2. http://forums.wildbi...?showtopic=7927
And our latest to visit here --
PegasusEddie -- Denis Edwards, D Coy, 2d BN Oxforshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 6th Airlanding Infantry Brigade, Pegasus Bridge (D-Day) to the Baltic 1943-45, author of The Devil's Own Luck
http://forums.wildbi...?showtopic=8788 and http://forums.wildbi...?showtopic=8886
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Edited by homefront41, 17 July 2006 - 11:29 AM.