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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:49 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:29 am 
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Wonderful photos to have. Only 17 and 21 years old and soon off to the Normandy beaches!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:25 pm 
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A nice surprise to see another Red Diamond on the forum although James was 3rd Inf & my dad was 10th.

The number of surviving 5th Division vets from WW2 is (naturally) rapidly declining but two of them, both 10th Inf,
still write to me regularly. One of them, Sergeant Bob Paulson from Illinois who won a Purple Heart, is now 88 years old. He
continues to work in the automotive business he founded in 1949 & during the winter was working on his roof, much to the
dismay of his wife! The other, Captain Alvis Stanfield, is also going strong at 89 & has until recently spent months every year
travelling the world. He was here in Warrenpoint a few years ago & visited his old billet in Cloughmore Terrace. He told us
of all the men with him in that house, he was the only one to survive WW2.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:19 pm 
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una patricia o,hagan is my mum. and james connor is my father. he was billeted in a house almost opposite the w/point baths in 1944. i would love to hear from anyone who had a G.I. dad and maybe any stories to tell about the us army,s time in the ,point.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:03 am 
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after meeting this lady (una's girl ) at the kilbroney car show in june,who was over on a visit from england and was looking to
post a few photos on the forum, ( thanks brian ) namely the ones on this post of her mother, una o'hagan from warrenpoint,
and her father james connor u.s. soldier, we got talking about her dad and about his time as a american G.I. during the 2nd world
war and his time when he was stationed in warrenpoint in 1944, as i sat and listened she told me about how her father lied about
his age so he could enlist in the army,..... I belive it was common practice with a lot of young men at that time.......
and how her father came in on the 2nd wave of attack on D.Day... we can't even begin to imagine the horror he would of seen
as he landed on the beach at normandy, lifeless bodies of young men of similar age as himself..... after surviving D.Day and
moving through normandy it was near the town of ( saint lo) his unit came under attack from german artillery,and he was hit
by shrapnel ,next thing he remembers was being kicked onto his back by german soldiers who quickly went through his pockets,
thinking he was dead left him. it was luck or the grace of god he survived and was found by his own unit.....
for him that day his war was over , we could say he was one of the lucky ones who made it home........


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:44 pm 
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Una's Girl.

I don't know much about the war years as I would
have only been about 10 years old.
But i do remember alot about The O. Hagan's

There was your mum-Angela-and Eileen.
Eileen was married to a guy Bert Vince he was in
the force's. They had a daughter called Eithne.

I was her minder and when Bert was on leave I
was asked to sleepover so as they could have
a night out.

It was a very happy home. I loved every minute
there.

Your grandfather was a gentleman I think your grandmother
must have died young.As i never saw anyone there
only him and an aunt Rose used to visit
once a week.Eileen lived there as well.All very good looking.

Kathleen Reoch


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:01 am 
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Woodchip - you mentioned in your post
that boys would enlist and lie about their
age.
I was reading a story on the weekend, about
2 brothers who had enlisted, and they had
a younger brother who was only 15, and
unknown to them he had enlisted.
They were all shipped out to France, and when
they discovered he was there, they immediately
told on him, and he was told to go back home.
Unfortunately when he was leaving he was killed.
The brothers were tortured by this for many, many
years, and wondered if by not saying anything, would
he have survived.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:48 pm 
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Hello Kathleen, thank you so much for your post... i was really pleased to see your info. My mother was not Angela but Una, the youngest of the three girls. Yes, their mother died aged just 32 years old. so very sad and Grandad raised them with Aunt Rose,s help. I would love to hear any more info you may have as i know very little. For instance whatever happened to grandads mother, Mary Mcaleenan, who also helped to raise the girls? Ithink she lived with them. any info, no matterhow insifnificant you may think it is would be greatly appreciated Thank you......God bless,, >:d< Patricia.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:41 pm 
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Patricia.
As i said i don't know an awful lot about
the family.I was mostly with Eileen and
Eithne. I knew Angela was married to
Frank O Neill and lived in Rostrevor.
We were good friends.
I also knew your mum Una.But not as
much as your two aunties.

And I can't recall the aunt you refer too
only Rose.

Take Care.

Kathleen.


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