Garveston Twelve Memorial Ceremony Approaches.

Engraver works on Garveston Twelve Memorial Stone, beginning with the name of lost airman, Pete DeBrular.

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. The dedication ceremony will take place on June 6, 2012. Many families of those lost in the tragedy, including ten members of airman Pete DeBrular’s family, are scheduled to attend. Everything seems to be on course. Good luck and Godspeed.

3 Responses to “Garveston Twelve Memorial Ceremony Approaches”

  1. Tony Cadney says:

    Hello Mike,
    Just a few lines to express our gratitude for all your help you gave in locating ‘Tom’ and Geraldine DeBrular from that we now have ten family members travelling to the UK for the dedication ceremony on the 6th June.James DeBrular(12yrs) & Samuel DeBrular (10yrs) the great, great nephews of ‘Pete’ DeBrular will have the honour of laying one of the wreaths at the ceremony. Without your help this aspect of the project would not have happened.
    For that we thank you!
    Tony Cadney , Ceremony coordinator,
    Garveston ’12′ Memorial Committee, UK.

  2. Wayne A. Schwegel says:

    Thanks to all who worked so hard on this effort.
    Glad to hear that some will be able to attend.
    Unfortunately that didn’t work out for us.
    Best to all involved and for your efforts to remember
    Lt. Sachtleben’s crew, and those who tried so valiantly to control the fire following the crash — it is greatly appreciated.

    My father, Cpl. Elmer Schwegel (USAAF) would have loved this rememberance of his brother whom he so dearly loved and missed. He was stationed in England at the same time as Howard in a P-38/F-5 recon squadron and did not know of Howard’s death until he received a letter from his dad, my grandfather, some weeks later. My father never completely recovered from his brother’s death — they were more than brothers, they were best friends.
    Now they are together again.
    Wayne Schwegel, former Sgt., U.S.A.F.,
    nephew of SSgt. Howard J. Schwegel, waist gunner on Lt. Sachtleben’s crew, 856th BS, 492 BG (H)

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