Even though I wrote you personally - I wanted to post this on your board too, along with a more detailed description of my trip.
I recently visited Linnich, Germany - the place where my dad - N.A. McDonald earned his purple heart. He was in the 84th - Co E - 335 Infantry Regiment, and part of the ASTP program.
WOW - what an emotional - overwhelmingly emotional trip that was. My guide was military - in the German Air Force and did a fantastic job and actually gave me a lot of information as well. Some info I had - some I didn’t…
I am not a big “fate” person - but I believe in signs.
We started out in Linnich - Germany where the 84th crossed the Roer River… my guide took me to about 12 cities/towns the 84th went through. He was so knowledgable about that and though there weren’t any bunkers or pillboxes left - he knew exactly where they had been and explained where the 84th would go to avoid them! Some of the towns I visited: Linnich of course, Prummern, Beeck, Wurm, Baal, Doveran, Korrenzig, Houverath, Golkrath, Hoven, Schwanenburg, Leiffarth, Lindern, Immendorf, to name a few... We also visited a huge memorial to all (american and german patches) who fought through these cities and crossed the Roer!
Anyway - back to fate… We ended in Linnich and I went to visit the church there to light a candle for my dad - ONE toll of the bell at 4:11 - not on the hour or half hour - at 4:11 - then we walked downtown and I saw a bunch of gnomes - my father LOVED gnomes - as we walked back to our car - all of the sudden a man with a basset hound walked up to us - my father LOVED basset hounds - I grew up on them!
I was so overwhelmed I started to cry - and he thought he had done something - and I relayed to our guide my story and he relayed it to the man and he smiled so very big!!
I am so thankful and blessed to have had this trip - and am anxious to share it with the rest of my family!
I can post some pictures, but not sure how to attach them if you'll let me know how!
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This board is dedicated to the memory of CAPTAIN LEONARD REED CARPENTER, Company Commander, November 19, 1944 - March 27, 1945.
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