Craig and Cliff,
Fantastic! I can’t wait to hear from you Cliff. My own father was born in 1939 – and has no memory of Gene. His sisters were a bit older – but as children, they really don’t have many interesting memories they can share with me about him – especially nothing about the 109th/34th division. My grandfather always told stories – mostly about politics in Brookings – but some about his time in WWII. At the time, I was really too young to know enough to pay attention and to listen carefully to what he said. I had hoped that one day, I would learn the entire chronology of the 109th/34thdivision, where the men went, what they saw, what they endured, but it’s been a bit difficult to find this information.
As for me, I can’t begin to describe the respect and love I feel for my uncle, my grandfather and the men of 34th division. To be honest, I get a little teary-eyed already thinking about having the opportunity to correspond with you, Cliff.
I can’t wait.