Another looking for info on my grandfather.

Another looking for info on my grandfather.

Charles Castona
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Joined: 07 Oct 2011, 21:12

07 Oct 2011, 21:12 #1

My grandfather was Sgt Don Castona of G of the 501st.He was always a hero for me.I know he was a radio operator and Mr.Koskimaki quotes him several times.It is a long story but I knew my grandfather briefly,at the beginning of my life and also toward the end of his.I am not going to go into the reasons for this here but I miss him every day.I just want to know more.
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TCUNC76
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Joined: 27 Nov 2007, 02:29

07 Oct 2011, 21:41 #2

have any photos of him in uniform you could share here ....???
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Charles Castona
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Joined: 07 Oct 2011, 21:12

07 Oct 2011, 21:53 #3

I posted 3 in my profile
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Regfromthebulge
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Joined: 09 Dec 2007, 01:11

07 Oct 2011, 23:21 #4

Charles , please drop me a mail at reg.jans@telenet.be 

Reg 
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KlondikeFox
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Joined: 03 Mar 2008, 14:33

08 Oct 2011, 04:10 #5

I remember Don as a smiling, round-faced man, who was extremely modest and soft spoken.
During the 1970s-80s I saw Don at numerous reunions, both 101st divisional and 501st PIRA.
He was with G Co. from Toccoa to the end and perhaps because of his job as a radio operator,
he was more of an observer of the actual killers than a participant.  He told stories of seeing Tex
McMorries in action and knew of the reputation of the killer elite of G Co., like Tex, Granny Baldwin
and Serawatka. He told a story of a G Co. medic, who was forced to cut the throat of a German
prisoner, who screamed too much while receiving first aid.  I think that happened at Bastogne and
although the medic's name was not given, I believe I know who he was. 
Combat medics always have and still do see in detail, the carnage wrought on their friends by enemy
action.  This is not only a significant cause of PTSD but it has also pushed some individual medics over
the line on occasion. Although non-combatants some of them have used various means to kill enemy
personnel at times, when the stress became overwhelming.
Back to Don Castona, I might have some old reunion photos of him around here somewhere-If I find any,
I'll post them here.  MB, the webmaster 
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Charles Castona
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Joined: 07 Oct 2011, 21:12

08 Oct 2011, 05:02 #6

thank you very much this means alot to me as will to my sister and my mom.
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TianneMarie
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Joined: 06 Jun 2017, 14:39

06 Jun 2017, 14:39 #7

Sgt Castona was my grandfather who I was close to my entire life.  Thank you for sharing these memories as I loved him so very much and wish I'd known more of his service.  He was a kind, happy man and I'm grateful for him.  Any photos or memories are welcome.
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KlondikeFox
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Joined: 03 Mar 2008, 14:33

26 Jun 2017, 14:52 #8

Any relatives of Don can join my FaceBook Trigger Time closed group page. Let me know what name you use on FBand I'll make you members there.  It is quicker and air for me to post photos there and I can share more ics and info
about Mr Castona there.
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