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   At the request of ZIG BOROUGHS, who has always cast himself in the light of “interim columnist”, the baton, or pen, has been passed.  I think my two feet would fill just one of Zig’s shoes but we shall try to make him proud.  If nothing else, our endeavors with the 508th’s web site [www.508PIR.org] and now with this column seem to make a sensible marriage.  Please submit material for the column (or the web site) to us at <Jumpmaster@508PIR.org>.

   Speaking of the web site, a recent e-mail from MELISSA and LEO CASTRO read, “My husband and I are so happy to have come across this site!  His uncle, SILVESTRE CASTRO was in the 508th and died in Holland in 1944.  Thank you for posting pictures of his grave [on the web site] and giving us the chance to learn more about him - it's a great service to those of us who are researching genealogy.  If anyone remembers Silvestre or has more info, please drop us an  email.  Thanks again!”  Anyone wishing to contact the CASTROS can e-mail them at <lionel4065@cox.net>.

   TAPS - Viewing, funeral, and burial for Major (Ret.) JAMES F. Russell, Sr., 508th PIR, WWII was held on Wednesday, July 26th, 2007 in Arlington, VA.  Col. (Ret.) Reggie Grier, 82nd ABN Chapter Chaplain, conducted a short memorial ceremony and the All American logo of the 82nd ABN Division was affixed to Major Russell’s casket. The funeral service was held in the United Methodist Church, Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.  Immediately following the funeral service, burial took place in the family plot behind the Chapel.

   Torrents of rain in England’s streams and streets did not keep our British friends at home during their recent Veteran’s Day observance.  “We Had our veterans day this past weekend at Wollaton Park,” wrote 508th friend Graham Lawson.  “In all, over 6000 People attended despite the conditions that we have.  Not every [museum] exhibit was on display due to our weather.  Quite a lot of interest was shown towards the 508th and I was on hand explaining the 508th’s role in WW2.  Some of the older people remember you guys as though it was yesterday.  We are hoping to repeat the event again next year, if we can find Noah’s Ark.”

   Jumpmaster Note - Many 508th’s veterans have already contributed memorabilia to be displayed in the Wollaton Museum and more contributions are always welcomed.  If you are interested in helping to grow the museum’s collection, e-mail Graham at <graham508@sky.com>.

   We have begun a nation-wide search to locate and document the grave sites of all 508th war dead whose remains were repatriated following the war.  You may have noticed the recent spate of cemetery marker photos added to the web site.  While we have added many, more remain to be located.  If you know of cemetery locations not yet documented, please let us know.

   James Abercrombie of Dearborn, MI, wrote, “My uncle was James Bateman who was in the 508th. He was killed on June 15, 1944. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him. I do not know the particulars of his death. Does anyone know where they might have been on June 15,1944. Thank you for your help.”  E-mail James at jabercro@sbcglobal.net if you have info to share.

   Los Angeles resident Chris Harris recounted, “My mother's brother, James A. Childs, was in Company C and jumped in Normandy and Holland. On September 17, 1944, he jumped onto DZ T along Wylerbaan near Groesbeek and was killed by sniper fire protecting the landing zone the following day on September 18th. He is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten. My mother, Alice Childs Harris, and my father Donald Harris (also a WW II Army veteran who served in Europe), reside in Deerfield, Massachusetts.”  You can e-mail him at harris.chris.j@att.net

   Eloy Oakley of Irvine, CA is seeking info on his ... “father-in-law was Gilbert Mendez, from Los Angeles, who served with the 508th in WWII from 1944-1945. He was shot in Belgium on January 6, 1945. I am looking for anyone who served with him.”  Eloy’s e-mail address is oakley.family@sbcglobal.net

   Richard A Perrico, writes, “My father was Ralph J Perrico of CO H. I would appreciate any info or photos available.” send to Jingles-1234@hotmail.com                   

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