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My grandfather was there. I didn't find out that he was with General Bradley's staff (as a guard) until I was in college. Grandpa didn't talk much about the war, and he certainly didn't talk war with his womenfolk. His only story was about being on guard in England and nearly shooting an admiral who was in too much of a hurry to show proper ID.

Some time later, after Grandpa passed away, I found a copy of General Bradley's biography, and saw this picture:

Grandma, Mom, and all of my aunts and uncles think the fellow in the back looks like Grandpa.

I sure wish I knew for sure if it was him.

And I still miss him terribly.


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Jun. 7th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
A couple years ago, after my paternal grandfather died, my Mom, Aunt and I stopped at an antique shop near Omaha on the way to the airport. We had been at my maternal grandparents' the day before, looking at old photos. We were just killing time.

Well, lo and behold, about 3/4 of the way through this enormous warehouse of an antique center, we came upon some old photographs from the 1930s, and the one on the top was, we were certain, my grandfather's high school class photo. We sifted through a whole pile of photos and came up with two others from the same period, one of which we were pretty sure was of Grandpa. The third we argued about for awhile, Mom didn't think it was him, I thought it was, and my Aunt was on the fence. I paid $100 for the 3 photos and when I got home, I scanned #3 and uploaded it for my Aunt to show to Grandma. (We told her we found it on a geneology site on the Internet, because we all felt she'd be mad if she knew we had our own copy... she's an oddball that way).

And yup, it was him, 70 years ago.

So I say... go with your instincts. The photo's in the right place at the right time, with the right people, and you all think it looks like him... chances are good that it is...
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