Archive for the ‘Pete DeBrular’ Category

The Garveston Twelve Memorial, honoring the twelve brave Americans who died in the bomber crash at Garveston, England on June 4, 1944, just two days before D-Day, has truly become one of my pet projects. I love the passion and respect of the Garveston residents for the idea, then the grit to pull it off. [...]

I received an update email a short while back from my contact on the Parish Council in the village of Garveston, England. The Garveston Twelve Memorial Project and accompanying dedication ceremony are taking shape and on schedule for June 6, 2012. If you remember, the Garveston Twelve Memorial will honor the ten members of the [...]

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve made several posts on waist gunner, Pete DeBrular and the Garveston Twelve.  Today, we take a brief look at another member of the Garveston Twelve–Lt. Gerald E. Hirschman. Lt. Hirschman served as the navigator on the ill-fated B-24 bomber, piloted by Lt. Ray Sachtleben, that crashed at Garveston, [...]

Last week, we looked at chance meetings in war with the reunion of the Gage brothers at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.  Today we’ll examine a similar encounter, though under the most tragic of circumstances. Brothers Pete and Tom DeBrular, orphaned at an early age, grew up and received their educations at the Indiana Masonic Home, [...]

The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial spans some 30 acres outside of Madingley, England.  The pristine grounds provide a final resting place for the remains of over 3,800 American soldiers, sailors and airmen killed in World War II. The dead include member of the Garveston Twelve, Pete DeBrular.  DeBrular’s B-24 bomber crashed into the village [...]

On Tuesday, we introduced you to Pete DeBrular, the Garveston Twelve and our quest to find Pete’s living relatives.  Yesterday, on Letters From War Wednesday, we featured Pete DeBrular’s last note home, written on June 2, 1944, just two days prior to his death at Garveston, England. Today, we are pleased to announce that we [...]

If you checked in for yesterday’s post, you’re familiar with airman Edward Paul “Pete” DeBrular and the Garveston Twelve.  On this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we’ll take a look at Pete’s last note home, dated June 2, 1944, just two days before his death at Garveston, England. Dear Aunt and Uncle: I just [...]

A few weeks back, I received an email from a member of the Parish Council in the village of Garveston, England.  He was looking for survivors of a World War II airman named, Edward DeBrular.  Garveston is a quiet community of some 300 residents, located 14 miles west of Norwich.  Sounds like my kind of [...]

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