Archive for June, 2010

Ralph in the Philippines and Felix in Austria 65 years ago this month

June 25, 2010
LSM 34Arrow points to LSM 34. Ralph wrote that this was practice exercise for the landings in the Philippines.

(U.S. Navy photographer/Public domain image.)

According to my late father-in-law, Ralph E. Robinson, on Landing Ship Medium 34 this is a photo of a practice exercise for the landings in the Philippines.

Navsource.org states this is a photo of the unloading of troops and supplies on White Beach at Leyte in the Philippines.

No matter which this is, this photo is an excellent illustration of what Ralph  continued to do 65 years ago this month: delivering supplies to troops in the Philippines and training with the Army for the invasion of Japan tentatively scheduled for as early as  September, 1945, in about three months.


Felix in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria, 1945Felix A. Cizewski in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria, sometime between about May 9 and July 15, 1945.

(Photo from the collection of Felix A. Cizewski © 2010 The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. May not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission.)

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Felix continued to tour along the German-Austria border. He visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Austria probably at the same time he visited Hitler’s nearby Eagle’s Nest.

Men with sufficient service where being transferred to other units for return to the United States. Men without enough service for discharge were being transferred to the 45th Infantry Division from other units.

The 45th may not yet have been informed if they would continue on occupation duty or would be transferred to the Pacific and the war with Japan.


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63rd anniversary of the marriage of Felix Cizewski and Anne Lovetere, June 14, 1947

June 15, 2010
Felix & AnneFelix & Anne about 1980.
(Photo © 2010 Leonard H. Cizewski. May not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission.)

After returning from the war, Felix reclaimed his interrupted life.

He resumed work as a tractor-trailer driver.  He met Anne Marie Lovetere at one of the places where he was making a delivery. When he asked her out, she replied that she wasn’t allowed to date other employees. He replied that since he was driver for another company, they could date.

On June 14, 1947, Less than two years after his discharge, Felix and Anne were married.

Felix had annulled a war time civil marriage. His older brother Joseph certified to Anne’s parish that Felix had no prior Roman Catholic marriage and therefore was eligible to be married in the church.

Anne reports that Felix’s hands and feet were still fragile from the frostbite he suffered in 1944. She also reports he suffered from nightmares.

After trying several other jobs, Felix returned to what he knew and did best, driving a tractor-trailer.

In addition to having primary responsibility for the family, Anne worked at various secretarial and clerical jobs.

They had four children and four grandchildren.


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Felix in Germany and Ralph in the Philippines 65 years ago this month

June 14, 2010
Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler's Eagle's Nest

Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler's Eagle's Nest. (Photo from the collection of Felix A. Cizewski © 2010 The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. May not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission.)

My late father, Felix A. Cizewski, visited Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest near Obersalzberg, Germany, south of Munich in the Bavarian Alps.

I can’t determine the exact date but it was sometime between the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945 and the movement of the 45th Infantry to Reims, France on July 15, 1045.

On our family history website is a copy of Felix’s tour map.


Ralph in Manila (undated, possibly September, 1945).

Ralph in Manila (undated, possibly September, 1945). (Photo by Ralph E. Robinson © 2010 The Family of Ralph E. Robinson. May not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission.)

Meanwhile the other side of the world,  my late father-in-law, Ralph E. Robinson, on Landing Ship Medium 34 continued delivering supplies to troops in the Philippines and training with the Army for the invasion of Japan scheduled for about September, 1945, in about three months.


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1st anniversary of D-Day 65 years ago: Felix Cizewski & Ralph Robinson

June 6, 2010
Stars and Stripes Magazine

First Anniversary of D-Day. The Stars and Stripes Magazine, Vol. V, No. 1, June 3, 1945.(Public Domain Image.)

Sixty-five years ago today, my late father, Felix A. Cizewski, was in the 45th Signal Company, 45th Infantry Division on occupation duty near Munich, Germany

He kept his copy of the 1st anniversary of D-Day commemorative issue of Stars and Stripes Magazine,

All eight pages have been posted on my family history website.

Felix’s copy has been donated to the Illinois Holocaust and Education Center in Skokie.


On the other side of the world,  my late father-in-law, Ralph E. Robinson, on Landing Ship Medium 34 continued delivering supplies to troops in the Philippines and training with the Army for the invasion of Japan scheduled for about September, 1945, in about three months.

LSM 34
USS LSM-34 on beach somewhere in the Philippines, date unknown.
(Photo by Ralph E. Robinson © 2010 The Family of Ralph E. Robinson. May not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission.)

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