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posted 10/5/2017 6:52:10 PM  Reply w/Quote
There use to be typed up stories from POW's on your website. I now only see videos. Can you tell me where I can find those written stories? I am looking specifically for Merle B. Loomis and James Turner both from 12th Armored Division 714

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posted 10/6/2017 7:22:59 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, I am unfamiliar with those stories from Loomis and Turner. If these stories were removed from the
website, it has to be many years ago. However,
these stories may be held in the Museum's files.
I will contact Harry at the Museum:


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posted 10/6/2017 12:36:58 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
go to POW site. Book of written experiences by Mike Gorman. Loomis is on a page with Joseph Boland. pg 130
Turner is found by searching names on site. You might have to go page by page. Not easy to navigate. pg149 or 148
write again if you have problems!
Harry Dhans, archivist at 12th AD Museum

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posted 10/6/2017 5:09:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
As Harry said, go to the Prisoners of War section.

(Find it in the column just to the left). Gorman
has two articles. The first one is very long. That is the one.



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posted 10/7/2017 12:15:52 AM  Reply w/Quote
Dear Harry & Mike, Thank you so much, I found the stories. Merle B. Loomis was my father, he passed away in 2001 and James Turner was his very good friend. Best regards, Jill Poirier

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posted 10/7/2017 11:48:36 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
go to this site and type in Loomis. click on his name when it shows on the left. after viewing go to next issue.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410263/hits/?q=Loomis

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posted 10/7/2017 11:52:28 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/partners/TADM/browse/?q=Loomis&t=fulltext&sort=

this one may work better!

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posted 10/7/2017 12:08:59 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for the link. I have never seen that photo of my Dad Merle Loomis until now. Jill Poirier (formerly Loomis)

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Hello Jill, There are a whole bunch of references
to Loomis; some of these are Merle Loomis. I have
not read the references to your Dad on this Museum
web site, but I have found a good story about
your Dad's experiences when he was captured.
He was one of 3 captured near Speyer. One of the
other men tells the story and your Dad is sharing
the experience. The following is from one of the
Museum scrapbooks:

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth587547/m1/110/zoom/?q=Loomis&resolution=1.5632280857077765&lat=5916.464380148953&lon=2447.2145674608346

I was not able to find the photograph that you mentioned.

Mike

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Harry wrote that you should consult page 130. This
was a typo. He meant to write page 150. Perhaps
you figured it out already. The story I found in
a scrap book is vivid and worth pursuing.
Contact me if you can not find it.

Mike

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posted 10/11/2017 11:51:17 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike- she said she found it!!!
YOU MISSED HER COMMENT