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posted 11/8/2015 4:43:46 PM  Reply w/Quote
I add my thanks for this wonderful website. What a wealth of important knowledge and meaningful memories!

I recently found some negatives in an old letter from my Great-Uncle to his parents during the war(George M. Hokkanen, 43rd Tank, Comp C, died in Herrlisheim 1/17/45).

My great-uncle was in the 43rd Band while at Ft. Campbell, and these pictures seem to be at the "Band Barracks." I don't know if I can attach them here.... Or could I send them some other way?

My question is about another type of "veteran" in these pictures: Who is the little dog in the photo, and does anyone know what happened to this dog? How did the Band come by it?

The dog's name seems to be Down-Beat, and I assume the dog brought some joy to the soldiers in training. Does anyone have stories about the dog?

Also, I don't know the names of the men in these photos, but if you know them, I'm sure their families would appreciate having them.

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posted 11/10/2015 9:46:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, I believe you once contributed a question last year. Enter the name
Hokkanen into SEARCH at the top of this
sequence of messages.

Please send any pictures as attachments to
the President of the Museum, Dale Cartee.


Now for infomation about other "veterans". Go to Google and look up Sgt. Stubby (World War 1). Also look up "Vojtek
the soldier bear" who fought at Monte
Casino (WW2) with Polish soldiers.

Best regards, Mike Woldenberg