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508TH ON THE SCENE

Members Hq 2nd Communications Platoon
take a well-deserved break from the fighting on Hill 30 in Normandy on June 10, 1944.
   From left front are SSgt George E Christ, Jr. (Platoon Sergeant), 2/Lt Raymond J. Sanders (Platoon Leader), Cpl Emanuel O. Camacho, Jr.,  Pvt Ralph P. McGee, Pfc Carl Lakes (KIA, Belgium), and Pfc Sidney G. Taylor.
   Back row, from left: Pfc Erling T. Gulbranson, Pfc David A. Giblin, Pfc Harold O. Kulju, Sgt Charles Micker (KIA, Belgium), Pfc William H. Biagioni, and trooper identified only as "Brown"

(courtesy of Irv Shanley)

A second look, slightly different cast
[l-r], front row: SSgt George E. Christ, Jr., Cpl Emanuel O. Camacho, Jr., 2/Lt Raymond J. Sanders, Pvt Ralph P. McGee, Pvt Robert F. Magers, Pfc Carl Lakes (KIA Belgium), Pfc Sidney G. Taylor, and French National Louis Gillot. Back row: Pfc Erling T. Gulbrandson, Sgt Lloyd R. Wilkens, Pfc David A. Giblin, Pfc Nicholas Dickey, Pfc Harold O. Kulju, Sgt Charles Micker (KIA Belgium), Pfc William H. Biagioni, and "Brown".
(courtesy of George E. Christ collection)
Notes re photo at top right
   1.  Of the 48 men named "Brown" in the 508th, 3 were in Hq 2nd.  The one shown here may be Buford L. Brown
    2. The caption provided does not quite match the photo as one name is missing for the front row.  The face almost hidden at position 4 may be the problem.
    3. Louis Gillot was 20 years old when the American parachutists landed near his home on June 6, 1944. He served with the 508 during the Normandy campaign.
Pfc Joseph P. Thornton
(Co F) on Hill 95
(courtesy of Mike Mitchell)  
Company F Group
[
stand l-r]
Clarence Berry, Patrick Rickard, John Lambert, Wayne Baughn [kneeling l-r] (unidentified), James Greenwood, Joseph Thornton, Joseph Guzzy
1st Lt Hoyt Goodale
holding a captured German overcoat and rifle. Camera from the same captured German was used to take the photo
(courtesy of Mike Mitchell)
TSgt Stephen J. Kulcsar
(Co C, later Hq Hq) makes his way along a country lane. Note the .45 holstered on his hip.

(courtesy of Derrick Kulcsar)

 

 

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