Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Researching the book

(above photo, D-Day plus 5, Utah Beach)

I'm writing a book about the 519th Port Bn. in WWII. My grandfather was in the 304th Port Co., serving in Bristol, England; Utah Beach, Normandy, France; and Antwerp, Belgium. Having interviewed several veterans and gathered all the official war-time records, I'm completing the research phase. I hope that this blog attracts the attention of other former members of the unit, or their relatives. I have photographs and information I could share. Please email me if you have a connection to the unit (see photos for email address).

I am especially interested in talking to relatives of James J. Dolan of New York, Army Serial No. 32203407. He was the supply sgt. and friend of my grandfather. I also hope to speak with his other buddies, Richard G. Krause from Milwaukee, Dominic C. Parisi from New York (I think), William Kelly, Phillip Rose, and Dan Hortuna. I have photos of all these guys and would love to see if you have more to share.

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