[Categories: TRAVEL, PHOTOGRAPHY, EUROPE, WWII]
[UPDATE 7 MAY. Refresh page if videos don’t display. ‘Shaky’ videos reloaded for better resolution.]
(See previous posts for what this tour is about.) (As always, click on photos to enlarge or play movie.)
OOOPS! Wayyyy behind in blogging today. On tour from 8am to 10pm. (We didn’t miss any meals though. I have my priorities.)
It’s a day of paying our respects to the fallen who never came home. It was another day I could write a whole book about, but sleeeep is calling. Here are a few shaky video snippets to keep you occupied until I can sort photos. (The post-processing looks terrible. I should have left them shaky. Needs work, sorry.)
Peggy’s uncle is William Mayfield, name at the top of the wall in the next video. When I visited here 3 years ago two elderly women, probably WWII ‘veterans’ also, came up to me, pointed at all the names and said in effect “all of these men should have had lives (meaning future lives), and wives, and children”. Our returning vets on the tour are the lucky ones, surviving another 68 years.
Margraten has about 8,000 American soldiers buried there. 1700 MIAs are on the wall pictured in the last video. Henri-Chapelle has about 8,000 American soldiers buried there.
I’ll be back.
3 thoughts on “Timberwolves Europe 2013, Margraten NL and Henri-Chapelle BE American Military Cemeteries. 6 May sampler.”
Hello. I am Niki Pappas, male, 43 from The Netherlands. My and my family have adopted one of the wargraves at Margraten American Cemetery. This is the grave of Woodrow Fry, PFC from West Virginia. He was KIA in Halle, Germany on April 15th 1945. That’s all I know about Mr. Fry. I have done all kind of searches on the internet. I only have a few clues. He lived in Wayne County, WV. His mother’s first name is Eda. I assume he was a member of the Timberwolves, because the following data are written on the marble cross: 414 inf. 104 div.
I very much would like to tell my children the story of Woodrow Fry, so I am trying to discover more about his background.
If someone has some more information about Woodrow Fry, pictures or some more details about his biography, then I would me much obliged.
Kind regards from Limburg in the South of the Netherlands,
Mr. Niki Pappas.
My email: Niki.Pappas@PappasWeb.NL
Thank you for your comment. There are many people who should be able to help you. If you have a Facebook account there is a 104th Inf. Div. closed group there. I have sent you an email invite to join. There is a large group of WWII 104th Inf. Div. Re-enacters, with a fabulous museum, in Aachtmaal NL, near Zundert, about 1 3/4 hrs from you. Their website is http://www.militairhistorischmuseumachtmaal.nl . Check times to see when they are open. There are many Belgian participants also. Following are all my posts from our Timberwolves European Tour May 2013: https://fairplay740.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/timberwolves-europe-2013-daily-posts-in-reverse-chronological-order/ . I hope this will get you started to make new friends in the Timberwolves family.