ARMY NURSE CORPS NORMANDY MEMORIAL UNVAILING NORMANDY JUNE 8th 2012

BENNING WING
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April 2nd, 2012, 6:25 am #31

Some good news for a change.



The Plaque company will ship to Sparky for free Thus saving us 900 dollars



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April 2nd, 2012, 11:54 am #32

Chanteau Columbieres was a 326th field hospital just 300 to 400 yards from Division Headquarters. On the night of June 9th, the Germans dropped a single bomb that was intended for Division Headquarters but landed right beside the Chateau. One wall of the Chateau was blown in and killed a 1st Sgt, a medical officer and a couple enlisted men. This was a very large, delayed action bomb that left a crater about 40 feet deep and 20 or so yards wide.
After the bombing there were about 400 GI's out in the court yard on stretchers and were evacuated in the afternoon of the 9th. George thinks that they may well have been the some of the first patients to arrive at the newly established hospitals described in this post. George has a picture of the crater that we will find and post if interested. George describes how he was in his foxhole minding his radio when the bomb hit. He had a parachute draped over his foxhole for concealment and he remembers clods of dirt and other debris raining down on his location and sliding down the parachute. If the bomb had struck its intended target, The Lecaudey Farm (Division Headquarters), it is quite likely that George and many others would not be here to provide their insights and recollections!
I was fortunate to be able to visit the site of Chateau Columbieres when I went over with Mr. Bando last June. Obviously the crater has long ago been filled and the Chateau is all but a memory but the site holds special facination because of the lives that were spared from the poor sighting of the German bombadier.
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April 2nd, 2012, 12:13 pm #33

I, for one, would be interested in seeing George's picture.



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"My first night on French soil, I thought of my country.  I thought of the French people and I thought 'I gotta do something...And I did.'"  Otis L. Sampson, E Co.; 505 PIR; 82nd Airborne Division - Comment to me over dinner in Seattle,WA - 2009.
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April 2nd, 2012, 12:53 pm #34

That's good news !



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April 4th, 2012, 3:11 am #35

Ok Triggertimers.



If In Normandy on the 8th June and would like to come along to the Memorial Unvailing please drop us a line so I can get an Invite out to you.



The memorial unvailing will take place at 1400hrs however the field hospital displayed in the actual hospital location will be open from midday.



Entry on the day will be strictly enforced, so if you would like to be there, simply let us know and your name will be down on the manifest.



Regards



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April 4th, 2012, 4:11 am #36

Count me in Lee !



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April 4th, 2012, 5:04 am #37

Roger Out Boy.
Can you give me full name please mate.
Looking forward to meeting up with you, I guess we may see each other before the 8th in any case.
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April 4th, 2012, 5:13 am #38

The Baby girl born at the 91st/128th Evac Hospital on 22 June, just one week after the hospitals were set up and seen in the film clip below, is now known to the village as we found out on the recce. She is still alive but of course at almost 68 years of age she is not unfortunatly in good health. We all hope she can attend, but at this stage we are unsure.
With so much pain and death that would have surrounded these Evac Hospitals this little bit of film makes one smile a little.
 
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675 ... -mother-an
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April 9th, 2012, 9:04 am #39

The Final design for the Plaque that will be unvailed at the Entrance to the Farm and the Hospitals of the 91st and 128th Evac Hospitals has been finalised after approval from the Boutteville Marie and the owner of La Cour farm.

 
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May 10th, 2012, 11:58 am #40

Thank you to the triggertimers who are supporting this event and attending on the 8th June.



If you have missed this and are still around on the 8th June, let me know, I am sure at this time we can fit you in.



Kind Regards



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