I've been a (lurker) to Triggertime for some time now. My main interest has been rather passive, primarily looking for information others write that might
give me more in-site to experiences my father had in WW2 with the 501st PIR. In my life and going back to my early youth I've read nearly every book
written pertaining to the 101st Airborne. I'am now beginning to understand why a person gets the desire to (look under the hood) and read between the lines
when it comes to examining information. A couple of weeks ago I posted the request to get information on a pvt. KIA'd in Normandy. This specific death had
a tremedous impact on my father, so I made this incident my first project. I found the brother of the before mentioned Pvt. and called, talked and exchanged
info. He mailed me copies of letters one was written by a unit member (Wayne)? addressed to the Pvt's. wife or girlfriend with the explanation that
whatever the war dept. said of the circumstances of the death "was as they said were true" dated 05/Aug/1944. Than I read a letter with no date
posted written by Chaplain Kenneth Engle to the the privates mother via V mail giving a short account on the cause and where he was buried. One note; (this
letter went to lengths expressing that the death wasn't caused by German attrocities as commonly reported erroniously by the media.) The letter mentioned
the cause of death by machine gun fire on 12/Jun/1944. Another letter was from Father Sampson on his letter head showing him as a MG ret. So this letter would
have been composed early Seventies? years later. Father Sampson writes that the Pvt. was KIA'd on 07-08/Jun/1944. at the LaBarquette Locks. My father was
with this Pvt. on 12/Jun/1994 when he was shot by a sniper. I also interviewed another sodlier who was there also, and he gave the cause of death as a
I'am beginning to understand the quest involved in running down facts. NOW I UNDERSTAND the zealots on this forum.
p.s. Still looking for anything on Pvt. Kenneth Witt (Photo's) etc. 2nd plt. D co.2 /501 PIR.
Thanks for posting & sharing your story and search Humphrey ....glad to have you here. If readers don't post and share the forum does not share vital 101st & other WW II information. Hope you can find and share some photos with us here on the forum. Asa you say..." looking under the hood" can sometime be a good & useful experience...sometimes painful and though provoking as well. I am always amazed at the level and depth of the information one finds on this board. Great WW II paratrooper stuff you won't find in any book or classroom. Nice to have you here and offer these thoughts. If you come across and care to share any WWII 101st photos you unearth...would love to see them here. You can bet someone here will know more about the individual trooper ( our webmaster) or other sons & daughters of 101st WW II vets ! You could not even come close to learning more real knowledge about 101st here than any university level course ! Not even close. I had the great fortune of seeing the area of the LaBarquette locks this past summer with two fine fellow Trigger Time friends.. Mark Patterson & Paul Clifford. So much fighting in and around June 6th that's for sure! You talking to one person here who has benefited greatly to his constant need for WW II historical thirst ! D-Day is my personal favorite topic...well some 8th AF fighter group...352nd FG & 4th Marine Division in WW II. Great place to take a seat and enjoy sharing our passion for history !
TC... Tom Colones
Pull up a chair and enjoy !
some find the need to do something like jump out of perfectly good airplanes !!!!