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May 2010

     OCTOBER 2010 REUNION UPDATE – The reunion agenda has been finalized and has been posted on the web site. CLICK ON REUNION 2010 and check it out! While you are there, be sure to print out a registration form and send it in! Don’t forget that you need to make your own hotel reservation as well.
     MESOTHELIOMA CENTER ADVISES CONTACT - Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) is an organization devoted to assisting veterans through their application processes for VA benefits. They help Vets to obtain the maximum benefits for which they are entitled.
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications primarily because of its resistance to fire.
     Their website (asbestos.com) provides a complete list of occupations that could have put veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases.
     If you, or someone you know, has Mesothelioma and may have been exposed to asbestos during your service, check out asbestos.com
     SEARCHING FOR BUDDIES - DON MCDONALD, who was in D Company 508th when it was deactivated in November 1946, is desperate to locate some of his buddies who were also in D Company at that time.
     Those men are BOB PAUL, ED WILLIAMS, and HAL JONES. Anyone that has any info on any of these men please call DON MCDONALD at 231-796-8250
     WEB SITE SEARCH ENGINE – Trying to find someone or something on our web site (508pir.org)? Use the SEARCH ENGINE button. Some of our visitors are already aware of the benefits of the engine as there were 878 searches generated during the month of April 2010.
     NATIONAL PATHFINDER ORGANIZATION – a new organization specifically for those who are, or are, Pathfinders in any airborne unit is starting.
If you are interested, contact JOHN D. CROWDEN, President, LTG H. W. O. Kinnaird Chapter, 11th Airborne Division Association, 3412 Vermont Road, Woodstock,, IL 60098 or call 815-568-6019.
     D-DAY 2010 – BILL NATION informed us that he had been contacted by NBC to see if he knew any 508ers who would be attending the D-Day celebrations this June. If you are planning to attend, NBC may want to interview you. Let BILL know at billnation508@mac.com
Also, the official agenda for the 2010 ceremonies and events has been released. It can be viewed at www.sainte-mere-eglise.info/en/pageLibre00014047.html
     CONDOLENCES – GEORGE D. FAIRMAN JR. advises us of the passing of his mother, SHIRLEY FAIRMAN. SHIRLEY died in her sleep on April 17th. A grave site service was held on April 20, 2010 at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA 90601.
Young GEORGE says that his father, GEORGE FAIRBANKS, JR. (Hq 2nd) now resides in a nursing home and seems to be taking everything in stride. He can be contacted at 626-451-9896. GEORGE is usually in his room most of the time other than during meals.

     Cards of condolence can be sent to GEORGE D. FAIRMAN JR., 6002 Reno Ave., Temple City, CA 91780.
     LITTLE CAR IDENTIFIED – no, we are not talking about some newfangled gas sipper down the street. “Little Car” was the nickname of ROBERT L. AUSTIN in Regimental Headquarters Company.
     During the regiment’s era in Wollaton, the men became acquainted with an English automobile manufactured by the Austin Motor Company and marketed as the AUSTIN.
   While a novelty to a G.I., the vehicle was not new to the English streets. The manufacturer began operations in 1905. The first model had a 5-liter four-cylinder engine that powered the wheels through a chain drive. During the Great Depression the company survived by producing the “Baby Austin” and this vehicle may have been responsible for PFC AUSTIN’S new appellation.
     It was ZIG BOROUGHS who identified which of six 508ers named AUSTIN had been given the nickname. Zig also said “Little Car” got him in trouble. While on KP together they took a loaf of bread from the kitchen to toast on the pot bellied stove in the tent. ZIG got caught with the loaf and was given a “good-natured reprimand” by Lt. [Charles A.] Yates. “Guys on KP were always bringing back loot from the kitchen”, says ZIG.


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