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03/16/2024

TWO BLETCHLEY PARK CODEBREAKERS WHO HELPED END WWII CELEBRATE THEIR 100TH BIRTHDAY TOGETHER AT A JOINT PARTY.

Gwenfron Picken and Kath Morris worked in the iconic huts and blocks of the top secret mansion in Buckinghamshire, which housed the female staff of the Government Code and Cypher School.

More than 8,000 women were employed at the school and operated the computers of the Enigma decoder.

The Enigma decoder was a cipher machine used by mathematician Alan Turning to crack the devilishly complex messages of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers.

Many historians have credited Turing's work with shortening the war and say that he and the people who operated his machines saved millions of lives.

Gwenfron celebrated reaching the landmark age on February 29, while Kath reached her centenary a week later, on March 7.

The pair were thrown a joint party at the Port Talbot Parish Hall by Captain Huw Williams MBE DL RLC, representing the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan's office and Finola Pickwell, the Regional Armed Forces Liaison Officer (AFLO) for this area.

Finola Pickwell said: 'It was delightful the ladies could meet at last after both working during wartime at Bletchley Park.

'Those at Bletchley Park played a key role in shortening World War II by providing the Allies with a flood of high grade military intelligence which gave them the edge on land, sea and in the air.'

The ladies are both from Port Talbot but Mrs Morris now lives in a care home in South West Wales.

Although Gwenfron and Kath left the coal mining town at around the same time to join the codebreaking effort at Bletchley Park, they didn't know each other until they met at their joint birthday party.

Bletchley Park, built in the 18th century residence and remodelled in 1906, was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force during WWII.

It is now a major heritage attraction which houses a refurbished Bombe - an electro-mechanical device used by British cryptologists to help decipher German Enigma messages.

During the war, the estate housed the government's secret Code and Cypher School, which obtained signals intelligence by breaking high-level encrypted enemy communications.

It was also home to the Colossus machine, the first programmable electronic computer.

Some 10,000 staff – three-quarters of them women, including aristocrats and secretaries – worked at the stately mansion at the height of the war, while thousands more were posted overseas.

Bletchley was chosen as the main intelligence site as cities were more likely to be bombed.

Lengthy N**i messages of at least 4,000 characters that were intercepted by Bletchley staff. These codes were usually signed by senior well-known figures, including Adolf Hi**er.

Experts say the intelligence gathered at Bletchley Park is believed to have shortened WWII by two years.

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02/22/2024

Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing | DDAY 80th Anniversary

On the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy DDAY landings, there are six (6) available spots for Allied World War II veterans who served with the Navy, Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard veterans on the upcoming Transatlantic Crossing from New York City to Southampton, England departing on MAY 23 to 30.

Join us for a seven-night journey filled with daily lectures from the last heroes of World War II, along with special guests who are Veterans of the Vietnam War.

If you are a WWII veteran and are interested in participating in this fully funded historic crossing, please contact the Foundation at [email protected]

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02/22/2024

D-DAY | NORMANDY | 80TH ANNIVERSARY

ALERT: Twelve additional seats have been made available for World War II veterans to attend the forthcoming 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, as announced by the Greatest Generations Foundation.

The program will take place from June 1st to the 10th.

Full private charter will be provided, and one family member is allowed to accompany each veteran to France. The Foundation will cover all expenses in full.

To participate in this historic and last remembrance in Normandy, please contact the Foundation right away by email at [email protected] if you know of any veterans who fought in the Battle of Normandy.

NOTE: 80 veterans will be accompanying the Foundation on their return to Normandy. This will be our final mission to Normandy, France for the June 06 commemorations after twenty years of sponsoring veterans to the Normandy battlefield.

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01/29/2024

JAN 29, 2024: FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS – One of the Last DDAY veterans dies. Jack Quinn was 99.
 
Jack Quinn was awarded the Croix de Guerre - the French equivalent of the Victoria Cross - for the incredible courage he displayed in saving seven sailors on a stricken boat during the D-Day invasion.
 
Jack was among the first troops to reach the French coast on D-Day, arriving on Gold Beach at five minutes before midnight on June 5, 1944, when he was aged just 19. He was a coxswain who worked with frogmen during the early hours to clear German mines and make the famous Allied invasion possible.
 
He died at home on the evening of Friday, January 26, aged 99, just months before he had been due to return to the beaches of Normandy one final time for the 80th anniversary commemorations this June.
 
Jack was born and bred in Sheffield, where he lived for most of his life on City Road before moving a few years ago to Mablethorpe, in Lincolnshire, with his wife Shirley. He was the last surviving member of the Sheffield Normandy Veterans Association to have served during the landings, following the death of Cyril Elliott last year.
 
Sadly, as we approach the 80th anniversary, and what happened fades into history, so many people don’t really appreciate what those men went through in 1944, and they don’t get the gratitude they deserve. We really do owe them so much.
 
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12/27/2023

HAPPY BIRTHDAY --- Today is a momentous occasion as we celebrate the 100th birthday of Elmer "Lucky" McGinty, our esteemed veteran who holds the distinction of being the first-ever recipient of TGGF.

Lucky's remarkable journey saw him bravely endure 29 bombing missions over N**i-occupied Europe during World War II, with four of those missions occurring during the renowned BIG WEEK campaign in Berlin.

We cordially invite you to join us in commemorating this auspicious milestone in Lucky's life.

Let us honor his heroism and pay tribute to his service to the nation.

12/27/2023

(DEC 27, 2023) FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS — With great sadness, we announce the passing of Gerald White, a US Army veteran who served during World War II.

World War II veteran Gerald White was drafted out of high school at the age of 18. He fought in WWII for 23 months and was stationed in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. The battle lasted for 6 weeks, from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945.

White was an esteemed member of The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, actively engaging in the transatlantic leadership seminar. In this highly regarded event, he shared captivating anecdotes and insights from his distinguished service.

Gerard White, may he find eternal repose, shall forever remain enshrined in our collective memory, as our hearts and supplications are offered in his honor.

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12/18/2023

REMEMBER THE BULGE - 79th ANNIVERSARY The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Offensive, was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. The battle lasted for five weeks from 16 December 1944 to 28 January 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe. The “Bulge” was the largest and bloodiest single battle fought by the United States in World War II

12/18/2023

REMEMBER THE BULGE - 79th ANNIVERSARY The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Offensive, was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. The battle lasted for five weeks from 16 December 1944 to 28 January 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe.

12/18/2023

Remembering the Battle of the Bulge - 79th Anniversary.

12/07/2023

Remember Pearl Harbor.

12/02/2023

(DEC 02, 2023) FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS --One of Australia's best-known World War II veterans, prisoner of war survivor Keith Fowler, has died at the age of 103.

Keith was born in Adelaide on 19 November 1920. He left school at 14 and worked in a car factory, then later at a bakery and in a grocery store. Keith served in Syria and Java after enlisting in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in 1940. However, he was captured by the Japanese and subsequently compelled to labor for over three years on the notorious Thai-Burma Railway.

He is the sole surviving member of the 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion of Australia. 139 of the battalion's approximately 800 members perished while in Japanese captivity. Keith was among a total of 22,000 Australian prisoners of war who were held captive in Japan.

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11/27/2023

(NOV 27, 2023) ELINOR OTTO, THE INDIVIDUAL WHO HELD THE LONGEST TENURE AS A "ROSIE THE RIVETER" WORKER, HAS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 104.

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY, BUSY. So Elinor Otto liked to be: always doing something, always accomplishing something. Every working day begins at 4 a.m. with a shower and a drive. Parking far away from the plant to go for a brisk morning walk. I'm drinking coffee and reading the newspaper at the same time. Then, at 6 a.m., I'm off to work on Boeing's Long Beach assembly line.

She, too, appreciated neatness. So, every Thursday, when her hair became tangled or her nails became dull, she went to the beauty salon. She taught her grandson proper manners, including correcting his spelling in letters he wrote to her in red ink. And her days were spent firing neat rows of rivets into the wing sections of C-17 cargo planes, brrr, brrr, brrr.

She was in her 90s at the time. She had been a riveter for nearly 70 years and would have continued if Boeing hadn't closed the plant. She put on a good show on the factory floor, with her red hair and bright pink or purple nail polish.

What's that old bag doing here? she imagined her coworkers asking. They were wrong if they thought she couldn't handle the two-foot rivet gun or being on her feet all day. She was small, but she was powerful. And she'd had that gun since before the majority of them were born.

After Pearl Harbor, she became a riveter, responding to the government's call for women to fill jobs, particularly in aircraft and armaments, that men had left to fight. She and one of her two sisters both worked as riveters at Rohr Aircraft in San Diego, where they lived, and her other sister worked as a battleship welder in the Bay Area. (California was a major shipbuilding and aircraft manufacturing center.)

The pay was excellent: 65 cents an hour, roughly twice what she could earn as a sad, immobile typist. It was a no-brainer to make the switch. She was also newly divorced, with a baby and her mother to care for. While she eagerly went off to the production line, the extra money paid for her son's care.

The only disadvantage were the long hours. But she and her friends would find an incentive to get up and dress by playing the new 78rpm record by the Four Vagabonds, a merry number with a plunky ukulele called "Rosie the Riveter" on the wind-up phonograph:

Charlie, Rosie's fictional boyfriend, was a marine. However, not all of the men were gone. Those who stayed were initially wary of the women. They didn't like the fact that they had to stop smoking and keep their shirts on. They didn't believe women could do their jobs either.

Elinor, like the others, was confident she could meet the challenge. There was no time for formal training, so she had to listen to and carefully copy the men for a while. But even on her first day, she astounded them by fiercely wielding a large mallet to precisely drive a crooked piece of metal into a casting. No one else could figure it out. She soon outpaced them. And because she was attractive, with blue eyes and masses of dark hair, the men began to gravitate toward her.

300,000 of the 6 million women who took men's jobs during the war were aircraft riveters like Rosie and Elinor. She wasn't the last of the Rosies, but she was certainly the hardest working. The camaraderie, the routine, everything about the job appealed to me. Other "female jobs" were either boring or stupid. However, once the war ended and the men returned, women were expected to return to such work or, preferably, stay at home.

She used to work as a car-hop, delivering burgers to drivers. When the boss told her she had to do it on roller skates, she left. She didn't complain about losing to the men; it was how things were. But riveting was legitimate work, and by 1951, she was back at Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego. "I don't act in movies," she was fond of saying. "I build planes."

She was very proud of herself. During the war, she was completely absorbed in this massive thing, "working for victory," mostly on the noses and fuselages of B-24 bombers. Every rivet she fired into place strengthened each plane. But later, when she moved on to McDonnell Douglas and then to Boeing, every C-17 cargo plane she riveted (that is, every one of the 279 produced in the 49 years she was there) thrilled her with the thought that it was transporting food or assisting another country. They could fly safely because of her.

Because of her, women could make huge strides in the workforce. Even if not immediately, she and the other Rosies had paved the way. It took her some time to realize this. Later, the name "Rosie the Riveter" was attached to a poster called "We Can Do It!" by J. Howard Miller, which depicted a woman in blue overalls and a polka-dot bandana powerfully flexing her arm. It was created in 1943 to motivate Westinghouse employees.

Elinor never saw it until it was rediscovered in the 1980s. She, like the women's movement, seized on it. Her younger self, same work clothes, same attitude. She would pose like this "Rosie" at any time, pumping her right arm, even on her 100th birthday, when she blew out all the candles on her cake and perched on a gilded throne, the picture of energy and elegance, in a bar named "Elinor" after her.

She had taken her first flight in one of the C-17s she had helped to build two years before, in 2017. C-17s, along with the B-17 bomber and the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, remained her favorite aircraft to work on. They took off in the direction of the heavens. She didn't want planes and rivet guns to be waiting for her up there. But she hoped God had other plans for her.

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11/23/2023

(NOV 23, 2023) VETERAN OF THE DAY -- Ruth Johnson is young at heart and still very active at 101years of age.

She is a World War II veteran who served three years in the Women’s Army Corps from 1943-46.

“Back then, women could not join the military until they were 21 years old, so I got my college degree first to become a teacher to teach home economics,” she recalled.

Then, at age 21, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and worked taking care of all personnel records. She enjoyed being in the military.

She met her husband while serving, they got married and had a son and a daughter later. Her husband was in the U. S. Coast Guard.

She was stationed outside Jackson, Mississippi, in Flora, Mississippi. Then, she later was based at San Antonio, Texas. Johnson also worked in Kilman, New Jersey, “doing my part while serving in the military,” she said.

“I had a good commander who knew I was doing my job taking care of personnel records,” she said.

After their time in the military, the couple moved to Georgia, where she taught school for many years. She also got her master’s degree in history/social studies and taught sixth and seventh grades.

Her husband passed away in 1950 while they were living in Georgia. She later retired in Georgia from teaching.

Johnson’s children now both live in Florida, one in Tampa and one in Citrus County, so she came here to Citrus County and now resides at Grand Living.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Johnson’s father worked for the state and was transferred to Albany, New York.

While living here in Citrus County, she has participated in Veterans in the Classroom program to speak to local schoolchildren about military service and experiences.

Johnson said she was proud to be part of the Women’s Army Corps to serve her country. Now, she stays active, has a great memory and enjoys her life. Story by Claire Philllips Laxton

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11/09/2023

PHOTO OF THE DAY — Gettysburg 50th reunion.

The 1913 Gettysburg reunion was a Gettysburg Battlefield encampment of American Civil War veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The gathering, which took place from June 29 to July 4, included 53,407 veterans, making it the largest Civil War veteran reunion ever.

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11/07/2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- FRENCH INDOCHINA VETERANS SET TO RETURN TO DIEN BIEN PHU, VIETNAM TO MARK THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY.

(DENVER, COLORADO) – The conflict in Vietnam is frequently designated as the American War. Nevertheless, it is imperative to acknowledge a frequently overlooked and historically significant background that predates the deployment of American troops in 1965.

In light of the upcoming seventieth anniversary, a final contingent of French veterans from the French Union's Colonial Far East Expeditionary Corps will be making a historic return back to Vietnam in March.

Their purpose is to engage in a commemorative event, marking the significant 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu, which took place between the French forces and the Viet Minh communist revolutionaries.

The return is facilitated by The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in the United States.

The primary objective of this organization is to provide assistance to veterans who have been impacted by war, specifically by addressing the psychological and emotional challenges that arise as a result of their experiences during wartime.

According to Timothy Davis, President and CEO of The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, it is imperative to acknowledge the significant and enduring consequences of war, encompassing both physical and psychological injuries, on all parties involved.

“It is morally imperative to return to Vietnam and participate in a meaningful event alongside French and Viet Minh veterans. This is part of our efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.“ said Davis.

Such an undertaking has the potential to address past grievances, promote positive interaction, and establish a comprehensive and lasting resolution to a conflict that has caused significant trauma to both nations.

The upcoming mission to Vietnam, slated for March, is intended to serve as a commemoration of the bilateral relationship between the participating nations.

The French forces incurred a total of 2,293 fatalities, 5,195 wounded individuals, and 10,998 personnel captured during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. The total number of casualties incurred by the Viet Minh exceeded 23,000.

For further information regarding our mission to Vietnam, please visit The Greatest Generations Foundation's website at www.TGGF.org or contact us via email at [email protected]

10/18/2023

RETURN TO VIETNAM — Men of the renowned 2/506 of the 101st Airborne return to Song Be Bridge Vietnam.

A few kilometers south of Phuoc Vinh Base Camp in War Zone D are the ruins of an ancient French concrete bridge that spanned the Song Be river.

During the Vietnam War, it was still utilized by U.S. forces because it was the only road connecting Phuoc Vinh and Bien Hoa. The need to maintain access to the highway for supply convoys necessitated a persistent presence at the bridge.

During the conflict against the French, the bridge was likely destroyed by the Viet Minh, leaving a large space between the two ends.

This region was an extremely hostile jungle and rubber plantation region. Even though Phuoc Vinh was within artillery range, defending this area would have been extremely hazardous because it was so close to the nearest fixed installation.

Please visit The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation at www.tggf.org to learn more about our return programs to Vietnam.

Photos from The Greatest Generations Foundation's post 10/11/2023

RETURN TO VIETNAM --- 9th Infantry Divison:

Of all the military assignments in Vietnam, perhaps none was more challenging than the defense of the Mekong River Delta region.

Operating deep within the Viet Cong-controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program.

Faced with unrelenting physical hardships, a tenacious enemy, and the region's rugged terrain, the 9th Division established strategies and quantifiable goals for completing their mission, effectively writing a blueprint for combating guerrilla warfare that influenced army tacticians for decades to come.

By wars end, the 9th Infantry Division suffered over 33,864 battle Casualties, including 2,629 killed in action.

Enjoy a few select images by the Foundation photographer John Riedy.

To learn morw about our return programs to Vietnam, please visit: www.TGGF.org

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09/07/2023

(SEP 07, 2023) HAPPY BIRTHDAY – US Navy Veteran Turns 100, Reflects on World War II Service.

On Thanksgiving morning, 1942, six women boarded a New York train bound for Bremerton, Wash. They were young with a patriotic drive that led them to enlist in the Navy during the height of World War II.

At Bremerton, the women would serve as IBM programmers, punching paper cards that would be fed into the computational machines to crunch the numbers the Navy needed for everything from gun trajectories to mass logistics.

Most of the women have since passed, but the legacy of their service is now kept alive by Winona Mullis.

Mullis turned 100 this past week, nearly 81 years since she boarded the Bremerton-bound train. As a Specialist I 3rd Class, Mullis served in the Navy for 26 months and 26 days as a member of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

Mullis says her memory is spotty, but she recalls the day the president came to visit her shop as if it had happened last week. She especially can remember the food. It was bad.

Mullis was a freshman in college at Indiana State Teachers College when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the United States officially entered World War II. Rumors of war colored her senior year of high school. Now it was here.

When Mullis returned home for summer break, typists and stenographers were in demand. Mullis grew up in Seward, Pa., a small town about an hour from Pittsburgh. The town was so small that Mullis traveled to Johnstown, Pa., to attend high school. She followed her sister almost 200 miles away to Baltimore, Md., where there were more jobs available.

Baltimore, where Mullis worked for the Social Security Administration, was a patriotic city, she said. Shipyards up and down the Patapsco River helped the war efforts, and sailors were a constant presence on the streets of Charm City. Mullis had cousins in other services but it was the look of the sharp blue skirts and jackets of the Navy uniform that convinced Mullis to join the sea service. She was never particularly good at swimming – it was the only class she failed in college – but when she enlisted in the WAVES, that was not a requirement, she said.

She asked her parents’ permission, she said. They were none too happy about their daughter leaving home, but they ultimately agreed.

Mullis arrived on Sept. 26, 1942, in New York. The 19-year-old was a strong typist – 75 words per minute – and during basic training, Mullis was selected to be an IBM programmer.

While her job was ashore, Mullis had to go through basic Navy training like any sailor. She learned to march at the WAVES basic training site at Hunter College in the Bronx. She studied ship terminology, and once the women arrived at Bremerton, they would go on different ships so they could learn how each functioned. She remembers seeing ships coming with battle damage, some with holes due to torpedoes, she said.

An IBM machinist came out to Bremerton to teach the women how to use punch cards, a system where they would type out a line of code using a machine that would physically punch holes into a card so it could be read by a sorting machine, Mullis remembered. Each day, Mullis would be handed a program that needed to be punched out. She would use the punching machine to type out the lines of code onto cards before sorting them and wiring them.

The Navy’s discipline came easy to Mullis.

Growing up, Mullis’ parents were strict, she said, and she was obedient. Life in the Navy was not much of an adjustment, except when it came to her hair. Mullis recalled getting disciplined multiple times because her hair would brush her collar, even when she wore it up or had it cut.

Mullis also recalled when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to visit the Bremerton naval station. At the time, his polio was not public. When the curtain opened, he was at a podium, standing, gripping either side to support himself, she said.

When the war ended, some of the Bremerton ladies left, but Mullis and another one of the original six stayed on through March to close up, she said.

After the war, Mullis went back to college and became a teacher. She ultimately ended up in the Detroit area before moving to Greenwich, Conn., about an hour north from where she boarded her train to start her naval career. She’s been a resident of the city for 22 years. She’s been an active community member, serving with Republican committees and teaching English to those learning it as a second language.

Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo designated Aug. 31 as Winona Mullis Day to honor the Navy veteran’s legacy. On Sept. 2, at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, friends, family and members of the community gathered to celebrate as she starts her next century.

The New York Council of the Navy League presented her with a challenge coin and certificate, while local sea cadets presented the colors in front of Mullis.

She inspires everyone, her daughter, Samantha Mullis, said during a toast to her mother. She was a teacher, a volunteer and a sailor.

Now, Mullis is a centenarian, a veteran and a memory keeper.

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09/07/2023

(SEP 07, 2023) VETERAN OF THE DAY – Today, we honored Alfred Arrieta, who served in a B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II, as Veteran of the Day.

It was Christmas Eve 1944 and Alfred Arrieta was among a nine-member crew aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress, providing support to ground troops in the French countryside during the Battle of the Bulge, one of the bloodiest battles in World War II.

The 21-year-old U.S. sergeant had participated in 28 successful missions but this time would be different. The bomber — nicknamed “Move Over Mabel” — had just dropped its payload over the Ardennes region when it was hit by German antiaircraft artillery about 9,000 feet in the air, Arrieta said.

Several of the crew were hit by shrapnel, including the pilot and a turret gunner, who lost an eye.

Arrieta did his best to aid the gunner, injecting him with morphine as the crew braced for impact. The wounded pilot attempted a crash landing.

“When we hit,” Arrieta said, slamming his hand down onto his knee, “we bounced around about 40 feet [up] and back down again.”

The plane landed somewhere near the Belgian border and the crew were rescued by the Free French Forces.

“I feel fortunate. I made it through the Great Depression, the 20th century and World War II,” Arrieta said recently at his home in Seal Beach as he sat next to his wife, Frances. “I’m here, very grateful and proud of my country.”

He said after the plane crashed, the wounded were taken to a hospital but that he and the other men who were not injured found themselves alone in Lille, France.

But they had money. There were several thousand francs stuffed in their escape kits provided by the U.S. military to troops who found themselves in foreign territory.

After their near-death experience, the men rented hotel rooms, slept on beds with comfortable mattresses and drank Champagne.

“We went outside and there was a taxi and I said to the driver, ‘Where are the girls? Dancing?’ ”

The driver took them down a dark road to a warehouse. When the doors opened they found people inside dancing, drinking and celebrating Christmas Eve.

After a few weeks, the crew returned to their active duties and Arrieta went on to fly three more missions with the 8th Air Force.

The El Paso native is most proud of his family. After the war, Arrieta went on to marry his wife, Frances. The two have been married for 69 years and raised 10 children together in the city of Hawaiian Gardens near Los Angeles.

Arrieta worked odd jobs to provide for his family but then in 1965 he decided to become a TV repairman. He took night classes twice a week for a year after his regular workday.

He eventually got a job as a technician at Montgomery Ward and went on to open his own repair shop in Norwalk. He did well and managed to retire at 62.

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For More Information About The 3D Graphics & Animation Emphasis, Email The College Of Arts & Media At CAMinfo@ucdenver. Edu Or Call 303-315-7487
Denver, 80217

The DAC (Digital Animation Center) is ranked among the top 40 animation schools in the nation.

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