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posted 1/6/2012 5:14:53 PM  Reply w/Quote
I have tracked my uncle Edward Somers down to the 43rd tank battalion. Do you have any information regarding Edwards service please.

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Martin Sumner

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posted 1/6/2012 8:39:14 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Martin, Edward Somers was in Company C of the
43d Tank Battalion. I found his name on a
company roster in the book:

UNIT HISTORY OF THE 43D TANK BATTALION

This book is found as follows:

Look on the left side in the green column.
Click on BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES

Scroll down to the UNIT HISTORY...

Next, call the unit representative:

Mark Ault (765)8881 453
He is a veteran.

If he is not able to help, get back in touch
with me.

Mike Woldenberg

geomike@buffalo.edu

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posted 1/6/2012 8:50:38 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I forgot to mention: Click on
ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS
Click on Battalion
and find the 43d tank battalion.

Click on the men from Company C.

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posted 1/10/2012 5:04:08 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thank you Mike for your help. With the information I got from you and the picture of Edward on a tank with two girls, I believe we can safely say that he served in the 43rd.

Thank you again,

Martin.

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posted 1/10/2012 7:19:51 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Martin, Is the picture in a book, or
a snapshot that you have at home?

Mike

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posted 1/13/2012 4:38:44 PM  Reply w/Quote
Mike. It,s a snapshot, I believe the two girls are French.

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posted 1/14/2012 7:10:45 AM  Reply w/Quote
I came across this poem while searching the web;
On Normandy's green fields
where the hedgerows still run
and the sands on the beaches
lie quiet as air;
on the bluffs stand the cross
and the star white and pure;
the flag of our fathers
flies high in the wind.
The battlefields calling,
are seen by a few
who have traveled so far,
to set down their memories
for buddies they've loved.
And each waning day,
as the sea mourns alone,
the soft sound of Taps
flows over the fields,
saying yes, we remember,
the brave deeds you've done,
we remember your faces eternally
young.
By: John Kent


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A beautiful poem. I have been to Normandy 3 or 4 years ago. There is a fine memorial museum that was just recently built.

You will recall SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. The
actual family name was Niland. Two Niland
brothers are buried there. The Nilands
were from Buffalo. You can read about them
by going to Google and entering:

Niland and Canisius College.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

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posted 1/14/2012 4:54:08 PM  Reply w/Quote
Myself and the family visited Normandy four years ago also. It was very moving and to see people wind surfing and sunbathing was a weird concept but relaxing, if you know what I mean.
We also travelled inland and stopped at some smaller cemeteries, some had both allies and Germans buried facing each other as they did in battle.


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posted 1/14/2012 5:09:02 PM  Reply w/Quote
I also read the story of the Niland's brothers.
For parents to believe that they lost three sons never mind one, must have been unbearable.
Then for their son Edward to return, what a story.
Mike, did you know that the D-Day battle scenes were filmed here in Ireland.

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posted 1/14/2012 7:42:28 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I had no idea that the film was shot
in Ireland. When I visited Normandy it was
June 6 and there were many reenactors in
US uniforms driving around in jeeps and
trucks. Also, paratroop reenactors.



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posted 1/17/2012 9:30:53 AM  Reply w/Quote
Not all the film, just some of the d-day landing battle scenes. I know a lot of reserve defense forces lads that took part. It was shot in County Clare

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posted 1/19/2012 7:49:25 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Martin, Are you Irish? Did Edward Somers
settle in Ireland after the war?

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Yes, I'm Irish to the bone. Edward did come back and lived out the rest of his life living with his sister. He died in 1978, the US army sent a headstone that was placed at his grave.
It stand out from the rest and everyone that visits the graveyard has a gander.
He was very proud that he served in the US army and had no regrets. However, he didn't speak much about his time in the army or where he served, so it is great to have found out what we did.

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posted 1/29/2012 8:22:37 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Martin, Can you send me some information for
an obituary for the Hellcat News? Was Edward
married and did he have children and did
they have children? Was he in the USA as an
immigrant or citizen, and when did he enlist
or when was he drafted? You can answer me
on this website, or you can contact me
directly. Click on the first box over my
name. Thank you.

Mike