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Dick ODonnell (#46951262)
 member for 9 years, 5 months, 19 days
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Bio Photo I am a native of Massachusetts but have lived in Florida more than 35 years. I spent eight years in the Air Force and then over 45 years in the computer industry as a software engineer before retiring in 1998.
I am the National Chairman of the Family and Friends of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association. I also serve as the webmaster of, a site dedicated to men of the 508th PIR. The 508th jumped into Normandy and Holland and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WW-II. Subsequently the regiment fought in Korea and Vietnam and today is seeing duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The web site has benefited on a number of occasions with photos contributed by Find-A-Grave volunteers
I felt that those contributions should be reciprocated and I have become a volunteer myself.
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Nathan Adams
James R. Blue (508 PIR Co. A)
I'd like to begin with thanking you for adding my grandfather (through his daughter Sharon Blue Adams) MSG Jim Blue. His entire life was devoted to the memories of his friends lost in combat (particularly Ray Johnston and Walter Dikoon) and the 82nd Airborne-the 508th in particular. He never missed a 508th reunion until his health began to fail. It is the responsibility of men like us to tell their stories to as many as we can about their sacrifices so their valor in combat will never be forgotten-because if not for them we would not have the lives we enjoy today.

If it wouldn't be too much trouble, would you allow to transfer management of his page to me? Not a day goes by that I don't think about my grandfather and biggest hero, and it would be an honor if I manage his page.

Thank you so much for what you do, and may the Red Devils never be forgotten.

-Nathan Adams
Added by Nathan Adams on Apr 25, 2017 2:14 PM
Ed Smith
RE: William H. Chandler

As noted, I received the information by email a couple of years back. Unfortunately I did not keep the email.

The person who posted William's photo, Lewis Sims Find A Grave #48031900, may be able to help in your research. You might also want to reach out to the person(s) who have supplied his parents, siblings, etc.

Sorry I can't help more. Good luck in your search.

All the best.

Added by Ed Smith on Mar 17, 2017 10:37 AM
Karen Simon
RE: Perrone photos
I was honored to do that for you.
Added by Karen Simon on Nov 08, 2016 12:22 PM
Joan S.
RE: Tylicki photo
I sent an edit for his death date, but didn't have the specific day. I'm always sad when there's no inscription, and I hope that the family will get together and have it engraved. Regards, Joan
Added by Joan S. on Sep 28, 2016 1:28 PM
RE: Convy photos
You are very welcome. 😄
Added by Lorie922 on Sep 16, 2016 2:06 PM
Robert J. Zeppuhar
Thank you for the additional information. I've added the information to his bio section. Someone else left other information in the "flower" section as well. I've added that also to his bio section.

Cheers! :)
Added by Alberticoღდ on Sep 08, 2016 6:14 PM
Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun
Oops... short memory/incomplete notes
Okay, it was actually when I was looking for information re: Gazel W. Tomory, another WW-II who died in 2012.

I initially "guessed" that anyone with this fairly uncommon name, living in the same general area would be related... but then I realized how wrong I was. I sent you what I found on YOUR Tomory; so it could be used. Thanks for all you've done so far to "keep the memories alive".

Namasté, "PJ" Braun, ETCM/USN (retired)
Added by Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun on Aug 27, 2016 9:52 AM
Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun
RE: Albert Tomory
Not a problem... I was doing some research on his son, because of his military background, so when I found the information on Albert I thought I'd share. This really is a "team sport"...
Added by Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun on Aug 27, 2016 9:31 AM
larry carter
RE: Thornton Transfer
you are welcome Mr. ODonald. have a great Memorial day.
best regards
Added by larry carter on May 28, 2016 5:49 AM
larry carter
Joseph Thornton
Are you related to Joseph Thornton?
Added by larry carter on May 22, 2016 2:17 PM
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