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     MEMORIAL DAY 2007: From JAN BOS of The Netherlands: A quote from BOS' Memorial Day e-mail: "I visited many graves of the 82nd and 101st and Troops Carrier personnel who are buried in the Margraten Cemetery: They were flight nurses killed when their C-47, or nurses [who] were killed when their hospitals were strafed or fired on by artillery. ...I also asked for adoption of several graves."
     On the same day, BOS visited Neuville en Condroz Cemetery south of Liege in Belgium.
     From EMILE LACROIX of Belgium: In EMILE's e-mail he wrote: "Today a delegation of the 82nd Airborne, Belgium Chapter C-47 Club, as each year, participated in the ceremonies at both US cemeteries on Belgium soil." The 2 cemeteries are Neuville en Cordroz and Henri Chapelle. They presented floral wreaths at each cemetery. The delegation visited 39 graves of 82nd Airborne in the two cemeteries.
     Adopted graves: Citizens of France, Belgium and Holland adopt graves of US soldiers buried in their countries. Many who adopt US graves in Europe want to learn about the soldiers whose graves they have adopted. They hope to get in touch with surviving family members of the deceased. When they are successful, it gives them a personal connection to the graves and it is a comfort to the soldier's loved-ones.
     TAPS: FRANK STAPLES of D Company passed away May 23, 2007 at age 90 in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Frank's daughter, KRISTINE, wrote that her father died peacefully after a short illness, which is what he would have chosen.
     FRANK joined the regular army in 1940 and was stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St Louis from 1940-1943. In 1943 he volunteered for the paratroopers and served his country with the 508th Parachute Infantry until discharged in 1945.
     LOIS HUMPHREY, a neighbor of the STAPLES family and a friend of FRANK'S sister wanted to do her patriotic duty and write to a serviceman. She chose FRANK as her soldier pen pal. FRANK and LOIS became sweethearts by correspondence and married November 9, 1943 just before the 508 shipped out for overseas duty.
     FRANK made combat jumps into Normandy and Holland and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. On July 4, during the Normandy campaign, FRANK received a minor shrapnel wound on Hill 95 and earned a Purple Heart. He suffered with frozen feet toward the final days in the Bulge and was evacuated to England.
     On returning home to Grand Marais, Minnesota at the northeastern tip of the state on Lake Superior, he worked for the Cook County Highway Department. He was a home loving husband and father, and avid hunter and fisherman who loved poetry and woodcarving.
FRANK STAPLES is survived by his loving wife LOIS of 64 years, two sons and two daughters, several grandchildren and one great grandson. Memorial services were held for FRANK May 26,2007 at the First Baptist Church of Grand Marais, where FRANK was an active member. Send memorials to First Baptist Church, Grand Marais, MN 55604. Send condolences to Mrs FRANK (LOIS) STAPLES, P. 0. Box 326, Grand Marais, MN 55603-0326. (Reported by FRANK'S daughter KRISTINE NYMOEN).
     News from HQ 1st from WARREN BROWN passed on by JOE BRESSLER: WARREN BROWN'S sight is failing so write to him double spaced large print at 123 Garden Dr, Springfield, MA 01119, or phone(413) 782-9327. WARREN talks to GEORGE STOECKERT often but can no longer take a drink with GEORGE. GEORGE'S prohibition is due to poor circulation in his legs.
     JIMMY WYNNE is going to England and Normandy again this year. Phone: (757) 233-7735.
     JOHN and ISABELL MARSHALL have gone back to Iowa. ISABELL is recovering from a fall. Phone (515) 223-7735.
     Keep praying for LAURA PALMER (TROY PALMER, 1206 Riverland, Evans, GA 30809.)
     BILL FRIKEL lost his leg to diabetes: 802 8th Ave, S. Laurel, MT 59044.
     MARION CUDDEBACK is well and still makes homemade ice cream for visitors. (Get her phone number from WARREN BROWN.)
     DICK O’DONNELL, Webmaster and Chairman of Family and Friends of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association, has agreed to be the Interim Editor of the 508 STATIC LINE column beginning with the September 2007 Issue. I have talked to our President ROCK MERRITT about my problems and he supports me in my decision to turn over the Interim Editor's duties to DICK O'DONNELL. I appealed to DICK and he has graciously accepted this additional responsibility. DICK is the O.B. HILL of the new Association, a prime mover of getting the Association started. He is the logical person to edit the 508th STATIC LINE Column.
     I appreciate the confidence and support of all of our readers and ask you to give the same support to DICK: Please send information for the 508th STATIC LINE Column to: RICHARD J. O'DONNELL, 760 Conestee Dr, W Melbourne, FL 32904-1812 USA; Phone (321) 759-6174;
E-mail <jumpmaster@508pir.org>.
Send news for column to
ZIG BOROUGHS, Interim 508th STATIC LINE Columnist
P.O. Box 1131
Pickens. SC 29671
PH: (864) 878-9523
e-mail: ralph.boroughs@att.net

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