Day: February 17, 2012

Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Sept. 19, 1944

Dear Mom, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Another swell day folks with three letters from you…Guess I missed all the fun back there.  Three weddings since I left that I sure wanted to attend, but it is too late now. The old love bug sure went to town on the people of Hopewell, there won’t be a darn soul left when I get there. Things are much the same over here with me. I am getting better…but it seems so darn slow.  That is natural I guess for a fellow as sick as I was. Yesterday, was fine and  was outside for a very short walk with the able assistance of one of the fellows. It wasn’t very far but it was sure good to get outside. Pretty soon I will be running around again. There is no more news of me going home. Guess I won’t make it. They will probably put me in some place over here as ...
The Battle Of The St. Lawrence Begins: Navy, Part 49

The Battle Of The St. Lawrence Begins: Navy, Part 49

In the early morning darkness of May 12, 1942, U-553, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Karl Thurmann, sank the steamers Nicoya and Leto, 16 kilometres off the Gaspé coast. Thurmann had pursued the 5,364-ton British freighter Nicoya for roughly an hour before the first torpedo struck. In the 19 minutes it took to deliver the final killing shot, most of Nicoya’s 87 crew and passengers got safely away. They landed at the tiny Gaspé villages of Cloridorme and L’Anse-à-Valleau. Those aboard Leto were less fortunate. Thurmann found the 4,712-ton Dutch steamer by chance several hours later and sent her to the bottom in 12 minutes with one well-placed torpedo. Only a small boat and a raft got clear, and most of the survivors were in the water for a couple of hours before being rescued. Twelve of L...

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