|From: "George R. Taylor"
Subject: Battle of Bennholz Woods
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003
I am looking for information about the Battle of Bennholz Woods. Any information you can give me will be appreciated. My friend fought there on 9th & 10th of February 1945. He was brought to the American lines by 7 German soldiers who saved his life. He is in good health to have lived through this hell and through the medical help at Lawson General Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. I wish to know as much as possible about who was there and if they can give me any information on what happened to the German soldiers who brought him to safe help.
My name is George Taylor, email click here to email me
|From: "kcpepper" click
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Subject: Frank Wentzel
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003
Looking for anyone who might have known Frank Wentzel, 376th Infantry Regiment. He died of wounds on 3/29/1945. He was from Hellertown, PA.
|Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003
From: john pavlik click here to email me
Subject: George Pavlik
Hi, my name is John Pavlik.
My father, George Pavlik, served with The 94th Division. If my recollection is correct he was in the the 356th FA, A Battery. He was a sargeant with the 105mm howitzers. He told me some of his experiences in the war and because of his stories and descriptions I have a great interest in World War II.
I was thinking of him last night and decided to go online and look up information on the 94th, found the web site. It was a little strange because later in the evening I realized June 13, 1987 was when he passed away. I noticed his name was not in the Taps location, he would be honored to be included among his commrades.
He grew up and lived in Mont Clare PA, near Downingtown. In fact I live in Downingtown, next to Uwchlan Hills Elementary. I noticed you do also.
Between my sister and I we have various pictures and other memorabilia from his service. A few years back my wife had a collage made with his picture( from I think Camp Phillips) his sargeant stripes and some medals.
If you need any other info or are interested in the pictures let me know. And if you want to get together and tell me more of the 94th or if I can relate any of my father's stories, any time. I found another web site detailing a trip to France/Germany following the path of the 94th, in September. I am contemplating going on the trip because it has been a dream of mine.
Look forward to hearing from you.
|Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003
From: Hans Kaiser click here to email me
Subject: 94th division
Regards and best wishes
|From: "Ray Brandes" click
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Subject: A request for some help
Correspondence at the town archives in Remscheid mention an American major named Newman. A report from the prison itself indicates that a Dutch prisoner was released with other prisoners. "He was freed by a big, suntanned American who seemed to him ike a goliath, who opened his celldoor and gave him a Lucky Strike. A few days later there was a meeting in the prison with a Major Eggers.
At this time the 94th Infantry Division, 390th Artillery Battalion investigated the killing of prisoners. .
I hope the keys and the help of the man who opened the door to his freedom are found with the help of an Association newsletter or at one of the reunions.
I have attached a part of the photograph which shows the American on the left and Gaston on the right. I tried to find some identification, a Division patch, some marking on the rear of the truck, but no luck. Only the marking: "This vehicle travels no faster than 30 miles per hour."
If anyone recognizes the GI, please have them contact me by e-mail or by phone collect.(619) 702-7137. Thank you. Dr. Ray Brandes. I fully recognize the bullseye on this target, but what a wonderful moment if we could find this GI who liberated a true WWII hero.
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Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003
Subject: Dominick J. Bondi
My Dad, Dominick (Doc) Bondi was in the 94th and passed away on February 22, 2002. This e-mail should have been sent long ago but just to write the words that he is gone is still very difficult for me. We miss him terribly and our lives are not the same without him. He was my Hero.
My Dad loved his Buddies from the 94th, his face would light up whenever he spoke of them and in later years his eyes would fill up with tears and his voice would shake with emotion. He would always call me when he received a letter or a phone call from an Army Buddy and share the good news and the bad with me. When I was young the war stories he shared where always the funny ones but as he got older he shared the hardships and the grief of the loss of his Buddies, the terror and the victories.
Not long after he passed away I came across a note book, it must have been a journal kept for reports. I have tried to re-create it. After reading it, if any one has any information or clarification, I would appreciate them contacting me. I also hope that this brings back happy memories not sad ones. I especially liked the part about the leave for the USA shows! If you knew my Dad I would love to hear from you.
I have also included my Dad' s Eulogy which was written and read by his Godchildren, Joseanne and Ben
Doc Bondi's Journal:
T/Sgt Doc Bondi
Rank - Name - AS
July 5 2nd Squad 2 men
Wayne W. Slimkard
William D Skiles
Floyd H. Duffy
Joe E. Laney
S/Sgt. Ernest W. Buffalini
S/Sgt. Harry E. Richards
Leader 2nd Lt. Wm Pitts
Pass to Pilsen (Jack Benny Show)
USO Show 9th July
USO Show (Jack Benny)
Pass to Pilsen 72 hr July 22
Pass to Pilsen 72 Hr July 26
Guard ( Road Block)
S/Sgt. Richards (crossed off) Mayfield written
Guard (Road Block) 23 July
Guard - (Road Block)
Guard for Thurs. 26th
All of the names are crossed off, there is a notation,
" Guard run from Co. roster starting 26 July
There are several more pages with the sames name
and AS numbers and rifle numbers. There are unfortunately several
pages of my scribbles as a very young child and pages that had been removed.
Eulogy for Dominick J. Bondi
February 27, 2002
Uncle Doc! Everyone, who knew him, loved him. He was an honest, caring, compassionate, ethical man who took pride in his family, in his work and in having served his country.
Uncle Doc was the eldest of three sons born to Charles & Bessie Bondi. He left school to help care for his Mother, who had a heart condition, and for his two younger brothers. He would clean, cook and keep house. His Mother, who passed away at the age of 44, would always tell him how proud she was of him...he had the whitest sheets in town. Uncle Doc learned well. He always took such good care of those he loved and in was reflected in everything around him.
He met his wife Mary, through an old boyfriend of my Aunt Nancy's. Shortly thereafter, he was called overseas to serve during World War II. While away, they courted by mail and fell in love through their letters to one another. They were married on June 22, 1946. During those early years, they would go to my grandparents every Sunday for dinner and afterward, Uncle Doc would take "just the boys" for a ride and share his war stories. They loved their Sunday rides.
Anyone, who knew Uncle Doc, knew how important it was to him to have served his country. Doc entered the army on December 7, 1942, at the age of 21, and served for three years attaining the rank of Tech-Sergeant. He was stationed in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia and won numerous awards. And once, he almost caught his "German General"! Most of us have out favorite "Doc War Story" that we heard all of our lives. And could he tell a story! When Uncle Doc talked, everyone listened. But usually he kept the toughest tales for "just the boys." Recently, he shared with his granddaughter Brooke, how he wore his house key around his neck, he knew he would be going home to use it. When he finally did get home, he put the key in the door, walked down the hall to the living room and surprised his father. who leapt up from his chair to greet him. On the wall in the living room was a picture of his training platoon that his father had framed while he was gone. All but Uncle Doc and three other men had been killed. He never would forget that "Band of Brothers."
His daughter Bebe grew up looking at pictures of his service buddies and hearing stories about their lives. He kept in touch with his service buddies until the end and he and Aunt Mary never missed an opportunity to attend the Reunions. He asked Bebe to attend a Reunion that was held in Philadelphia, so she could meet the faced in the pictures she had come to know. One of the men told her, "Your Father is a great man, I would not be here if it were not for him."
Uncle Doc's upbringing and army service developed a very strong work ethic. He was a proud and valued employee of Alan Wood Steel's engineering department: responsible for maintaining the operation of the mill. After many years of service, he was the last employee on staff when the facility finally shut down. Those technical skills developed on-the-job contributed to Uncle Doc becoming the original family Mr. Fix-It: there was nothing he couldn't repair. When Uncle Joe bought the diner, Uncle Doc was an important part of getting it up and running. The restaurant employees would argue over which of their problems he would take care of first. Even to this group he was known as Uncle Doc, likewise, the people he worked with at Genuardi's had a special place for Doc in their hearts too. His commitment to always doing his best was reflected in everything around him, his yard, his car, friends and his family.
As a husband, he was a loving spouse to Mary for 55 years. He was her mentor, her lifetime companion, and her helpful protector.
As a father, he always made Bebe feel safe. Nothing bad could ever happen to her as long as he was there. As a child, she would get sick every time he went deer hunting. This always guaranteed her a gift when he returned.
As a father-in-law to Charlie, he was like a second father and Charlie was like a son.
As a grandfather, he always made sure that Allison, Greg, Ethan, Bryan and Brooke knew how much their Pop-Pop loved them. He was protective, always concerned about their safety and well being. He was concerned that they value and maintain strong family ties. Family was very important to Doc and he made everyone feel welcomed into his.
As a brother and brother-in-law, he was always there. Whenever you called upon Doc, he came, no matter what.
As an Uncle, his loving concern was felt by all his nieces and nephews. There was always a kind word and a smile. Although he was not an outspoken man, who showed his emotions readily, there was no doubt in anyone's mind of his feelings for us.
As a Veteran of War, he was a hero receiving the Silver and Bronze Star.
Doc loved listening to Frank Sinatra music. He took pleasure in maintaining his home. He tended his vegetable and flower gardens with diligence and care and relished watching them grow. He loved exchanging war stories with his buddies and spending time with his family. No one could make a cup of coffee and a cigarette look more relaxing and inviting. He was patient and quick to laugh. He took care of those around him, even rescuing Skippy, that beautiful white dog that become a mainstay in the family. The morals and values of some people today upset him. But his never wavered.
Doc was an ethical, honest, hard working, loving man. When he told you something, you knew it was the truth. And the truth is....to his wife Mary and his daughter Bebe and son-in-law Charlie, to Allison, Greg, Ethan, Brian and Brooke: to his brothers Jimmy and Pepe, to his sisters and brother-in-laws, his nieces, nephews, friends, family and fellow veterans, he was loved and will be missed. So Uncle Doc, until we meet again...May God's Eternal Light Shine Upon you, and may you Rest in Peace.
Lovingly submitted by Doc's daughter:
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