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Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Holland (#47634285)
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Bio Photo Jan Bos is a police officer in his hometown Nijmegen in Holland. He is an amateur World War Two historian to the 82nd Airborne Division and Troop Carriers. The 82nd liberated Nijmegen during the so-called operation Market Garden, starting 17 September 1944. The paratroopers and glidermen from the 82nd Airborne Division could not do their job without the support of the crewmembers of the Troop Carrier transport planes, dropping the paratroopers and towing the CG-4A Waco gliders.

Am a member of the Historical Section of the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek, Holland. Working on temporary American cemeteries in North Africa and Europe. Am also a member of the Groesbeek Airborne Friends.

Have adopted several graves at Margraten (Holland) and Henri Chapelle (Belgium) Cemeteries.

I have witten a book about the 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.

Currently doing research about the invasion of Sicily. D-Day for operation Husky was 10 July 1943. Intend to write a book on the temporary American cemetery GELA on Sicily, where over 1,200 Americans were buried in the 1943-1944 period. I hope to finish the book on 10 July 2013, 70th anniversary of operation Husky.

I am looking for the men's and women's pictures killed in Sicily during World War Two, all kind of data/reports and pictures of the individual graves of the Gela cemetery. Also pictures of their graves in the United States or in the Sicily Rome and Florence cemeteries in Europe.

Update per 1 September 2013: am still working on the GELA book project, the Index of Names is finished, I have all the names of over 1,200 men and women buried at GELA complete, I know where they were buried then and now, have written several chapters, think four to five chapters still to go (friendly fire, Troop Carriers, 82nd Airborne Division, repatriation), have to buy several pictures and hope to finish the book at the end of the year.
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Renee S Carolan Hopper O C
True story in Italy during the War.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a 2001 epic war film directed by John Madden and based on Louis de Bernières' 1994 novel of the same name. It stars Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz. Wikipedia
I saw the movie and I hope it helps with your research.
Added by Renee S Carolan Hopper O ... on Jul 12, 2014 12:06 PM
Mary Ann Witt
Request at Calvary Cemetery
In regards to your request at Calvary Cemetery in Glenmont, NY there are easily over 6,000 internments there. If you can call the cemetery and ask where the person is buried I will be happy to go back to that section and attempt to find the gravestone.
Added by Mary Ann Witt on Jun 06, 2014 9:29 AM
Gary Beaumont
Lawrence E. Rider
You have my permission to use my uncle's photo. I would be interested in knowing when your book is published so that I can obtain a copy. The only place that might have a group picture is at the website dedicated to this airborne division.

Thank you for your efforts.
Added by Gary Beaumont on May 11, 2014 6:29 AM
Carrie Nelson
RE: Pvt Richard P. Schlies
Sure no problem sorry I haven't answered earlier just haven't been on the site in awhile.
Added by Carrie Nelson on May 08, 2014 12:36 AM
RE: Pfc Gordon N. Waffle
Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I found a site online that has newspapers from the local towns around where Gordon and some of the other soldiers were from, if you would like to use it for any of your research. The site is After entering the site, I usually just type the persons name in I am looking for and any newspapers that have that name in them will come up. I've been able to go back as far as the 1800's with some of these newspapers. I have found quite a few articles on Gordon as well as his brothers Mervin and Ralph who also served from this area. My uncle, Arthur Gage, along with Gordon, Ralph, Mervin and another young man from New Berlin, David Raleigh Brown all joined and served together in World War II. Anyway, just thought that site might help in your research. Hope all is well.

Thanks,Cindy :-)
Added by NYGraveFinder on May 03, 2014 4:30 PM
Doug Williams
RE: Pfc Noel Whealton
Have sent a couple emails to your gmail address concerning possible connections for you. Look forward to hearing from you again.
Added by Doug Williams on Apr 28, 2014 5:49 PM
Doug Williams
RE: Pfc Noel M. Whealton
Glad to be of service! Our best wishes to you on your work.
I would be honored to have you use the photo. Credit as you see fit, though not necessary.
There are a large number of Whealton burials in this cemetery. Let me know if you would be interested in any others.
Would be glad to work with you again on any other families in this area, too.
Added by Doug Williams on Apr 27, 2014 10:20 AM
Bobby Hunt
RE: 1Lt Leonard L. Shapiro
Of course you can use the photo. Any of the photos I've placed on findagrave can be used by anyone, and receiving credit is not something I'm interested in, but would be interested in reading any part of the book once it is done.


Bobby Hunt
Added by Bobby Hunt on Apr 20, 2014 12:36 PM
Patti Johnson
PFC Scrappy
I forgot to say, that we do not know
for sure if they put Scrappy's remains
with the crew. We want to believe that
they did. If his remains are not with
the crew, we know that His SPIRIT is.

God Bless.
Added by Patti Johnson on Apr 18, 2014 5:56 PM
Patti Johnson
RE: 1st Lieutenant Leonard L. Shapiro and crew
Dear Jan,
The photo of Lt. Shapiro's Little Dog,
PFC Scrappy, actually now belongs to
the 57th Bomb Wing website, but I am
sure you may use it, if you credit
the 57th.

First, let me tell you that we have
photos of 4 of the 5 men, posted in the
57thBW Gallery. Here are the web addresses
and they are FREE websites:

Home Page

At the above site you will find links to
monthly pdf files, on the day by day
missions and activities, of the 321st BG
and some for the 310th BG. In those
files, you will find the mission they
were on, the MACR, and other info.

Photo Gallery

This (above) website is the MAIN Photo
Gallery page with links to each of the
4 BGs in the 57th.

Below are the individual Albums for each
member of the crew. PFC Scrappy is in
Lt. Shapiro's Album.

2Lt Leonard L. Shapiro

2Lt. Nathan H. Greenwood

SSgt. Lawrence E. Rider

SSgt. George F. Shulze
no photo

TSgt. Robert L. Waldrip

Good Luck with your book, and yes, please
let us know when it is available. You
can email me at:
or Barbi, (Barbara Ennis Connolly) at:

God Bless.
Added by Patti Johnson on Apr 18, 2014 5:52 PM
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