Archive for November, 2014

1943 Thanksgiving at Camp Crowder

November 25, 2014

71 years ago on November 25, 1943 Felix A. Cizewski, my late father, celebrated Thanksgiving with his unit, Company E, 840th Signal Training Battalion, at Camp Crowder, Missouri.

This was an especially profound observance as they knew they were at the end of their training and about to be assigned to a unit and deployed out of the country, probably to Europe.


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Cover of Company E, 840th Signal Training Battalion November 25, 1943 Thanksgiving Program.

Included a Thanksgiving message from their commander, the menu, and unit roster.

Larger and complete six page program is at:

Thanksgiving Menu and Roster


In December, 1943 they were transferred to Camp Wood, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey  and assigned to the 3110th Signal Service Battalion.

In February, 1944 they boarded a ship to Great Britain.

Six months later in July, 1944 Company C deployed to Normandy followed by the rest of the battalion in August.


Links with sources and for more information:

Camp Crowder, Missouri

Felix A Cizewski:

At Camp Crowder

Deployment to England


Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2ix3W-Ev

Researcher and Author Mickaël Simon

November 14, 2014

Mickaël Simon at his Normandy dairy with a Wisconsin Sassy Cow Creamery coffee cup, a gift from Cheryl Robinson and me!


Mickaël Simon is one of the researchers who confirmed the Signal Corps bivouac site in Tamerville where my late father served in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion, Army Services in 1944.


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Mickaël spoke and also served as an English translator for another speaker at the Mary 31, 2014 dedication ceremony at Tamerville.

Photo by Julie Waldner (granddaughter of one of the downed American aviators who survived).


Before the ceremony, Mickaël assisted us in ordering lunch Auberge des Lices Bar and Restaurant in Tamerville.

His guiding and translations ensured that we had a great experience.

He is now our friend.

For my birthday, Cheryl A. Robinson gave me a copy of one of Mickaël’s Tombés sur le Cotentin.

I am using it to improve my French reading skills!


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Tombés sur le CotentinMissions sans retour et évasions de aviateurs de l’US Army Air Force sur la presqu’île de Cherbourg en 1944

(Shot down on the Cotentin: Missions without return and escapes (evasions) by aviators of U.S. Army Air Force on the Cherbourg Peninsula)

Copies are available from:

OREP editions (the publisher)

and

Amazon France

Both ship to the U.S.


Links with sources and for more information:

The 3110th Signal Service Battalion in Normandy

Infantry, Air Force, Medical, and Signal Corps Units in Tamerville and Valognes


Another post in an ongoing series about our trip to France for the the memorial in Tamerville, part of the observance of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of France.

My late father Felix A. Cizewski served in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion in Tamerville and Cherbourg providing communications and logistical support for the liberation of Normandy in 1944.


Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2ix3W-Ei

Grandfather Lovetere’s WWI Division History Now Available Free Online

November 11, 2014

In Observance of Armistice Day & the 100th anniversary of WWI

In WWI Philip Lovetere, my late maternal grandfather, served in Company C, 1st Battalion, 64th Infantry Regiment, 14th Infantry Brigade, 7th Infantry Division.

He served in the Puvenelle Sector on the west bank of the Moselle River.

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A free online digital edition is now available of Philip Lovetere’s divsion:

History of the Seventh Division, Compiled by Captain Edgar Tremlett Fell (1927).


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Undated photo of Philip Lovetere in France.


Philip Lovetere is not mentioned in the book.

Philip Lovetere  could neither read nor write Italian or English so he personally did not write letters. If someone wrote them for him, none have survived.

However, what his unit experienced, at times at the company level, are discussed.

That is the basis for the detailed chronology on my family history site:

Philip Lovetere & World War I

This is a model for how families can learn their ancestor’s story by following the movements of their ancestor’s unit.


Embedded copy on family history webiste:

History of the Seventh Division, compiled by Captain Edgar Tremlett Fell (1927).

The University of Michigan’s copy was digitized by Google and made available by the Hathi Trust Digital Library.


Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2ix3W-DX


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