Lt Kristen Dodd is the granddaughter
of Lt. George Gurwell (Hq Hq). Kristen is a jump-qualified nurse
and is now serving in Afghanistan. She heads up an all-female
team that interacts with local women.
NEXT GENERATION - RE-ENACTOR BRIAN PESCE
Brian Pesce is the nephew of Frank J. Pesce (Hq 1).
Brian is a member of a 508th re-enactment group which portrays the LMG
platoon of HQ1 in honor of Frank. and shared these photos taken at a
local air show
under guard. Brian Pesce is on right
Tall Paratrooper is outfitted as a Lieutenant. Brian is a Private
Gun Emplacement has a lot of firepower
Pesce wears a Mohawk and warpaint
Anachronism of a modern vehicle contrasts with the Deuce-and-a-Half the men
Commo Guys relay info back to the CP
"Casualty" makes the war games realistic
Home Office is where Brian keeps his gear
NEXT GENERATION - GENE WILLIAMS
HONORS HIS FATHER
The non-profit organization "Friends of the WWII Memorial." each year sponsors a wreath laying ceremony at the Atlantic pavilion side of the WWII Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C on 6 June, D-Day.
Various veteran groups lay wreaths in remembrance of the sacrifices made by our troops in this great endeavor.. This year the 82nd Airborne Association participated in the ceremony
. Lieutenant Gene H. Williams of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, who jumped into Normandy as a Pathfinder stick commander, KIA at Pretot 20 June 1944, was remembered. He was represented at the ceremony by his son Gene H Williams, Jr., former 5th SFG/MACV SOG.
The 82nd Airborne Association wreath was placed above a memorial display for Lt, Williams including many photos of combat in Normandy from Lt. Williams' camera.
From Left to Right:
Sid Wade. retired Air Force and re-enactor; Gene Williams; Steve Dougherty (82nd Airborne Association); Mike Loretto (Washington DC Chapter Chairman of the 82nd Airborne Association).
[courtesy of Gene Williams]
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