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Battle of the Bulge photos

I recently read a blog post that led me to photos from The Battle of the Bulge, and I wanted to share them, knowing this is one of the places my grandfather was.

The link is at dailymail.co.uk

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Zola Rudd was born on this day in 1921 in Parker, Idaho.  Happy Birthday Grandma!!!

Just a couple of weeks ago, many of Zola & Dewains descendents got together, and some of them even stayed for pictures, which my sister took.  She’s got them over here.

I love my family!!!! I’m so glad I made it up to Idaho, even for just one day!  Thanks Dad!

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Footprints in the E.T.O.

Footprints in the E.T.O.

Over Christmas, Dad let me see this map that was put together for a war reunion that Grandpa attended.  It highlighted where his unit has been and what they did.  I took lots of photographs, and was woefully aware of both my lack of excellent equipment (it’s a good little camera, but not amazing) and my lack of great skill with my camera.  I hope there are decent shots.  I’ve got them posted here so you can see where I tried to get better details with various flash and closeness settings.  Dad still has the original, so maybe we’ll get a better copy one of these days.

Here’s a link to a list of units involved in the Battle of the Bulge.  Grandpa’s group (778th A.A.A. Battalion was with the 76th Division – so you can scroll down and see it listed).  A.A. was anti-aircraft.  I’m not sure what the last A is for.  I suppose when all is said and done I will have expanded my WWII knowledge exponentially.  My last history class that would have covered this would have been sometime near about 20 years ago . . . sigh.

Ooh – here’s an excellent link that I’m just going to have to spend more time with.  It’s nearly bedtime, so it’ll have to wait.  This link is http://www.antiaircraft.org/778.htm which has the history of the 778th AAA Battalion.  I can’t believe I’m excited about military history!  The times – they’re a-changing!  I guess when it gets personal it makes all the difference.

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Second-hand scanning

I came home from Thanksgiving dinner with lots of leftovers, including an Epson Perfection 2400 Photo scanner.  It installed successfully this morning, and I’ve been able to add some photos that I’ve had.  Now, I’ll have to see what else we can add to this site.

From talking with Melanie on Thursday, I learned that there are many more letters from this time than just the ones that I have.  The letters were copied (but there were too many to do all of them), and then were going to be sent around to the uncles so everybody could have a chance to see and read these.  I would love to find out where the originals are, copy them and get them all typed up here.  Does anybody know who has these letters now?  I would love them, please, please, please.  I’m trying to get them all together on place.  I’ll take really good care of them while I’m compiling information.  Please, please, please.  (I know – I’m begging.  It’s for a good cause, right?)

Here are the only two photos I have from this time.  I’m guessing they’re both taken in Southern California, but I don’t have any details associated with time, place or circumstance.

Dewain & Zola

Dewain & Zola

Dewain & Zola

Dewain & Zola

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