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Gale, Jeanotte Peter
Gamble, Donald
Gates, Jim
Gardner, Charles (Cleve)
Gavin, John James
Gelmi, William
Gibbard-Thatcher, Eric William
Gibbs, Stuart William Charles
Gidlow, Leslie Lascelles
Gilquin, Roger
2nd Gloster Regiment
Goddard, Edward
Gomez, Henry
Goodall, Ernest Norman
Goodman, W.E. (Bill)
Goodyer, Ian
Gordon, Craig
Graham, Robert Andrew II
Greaves, Walter
Green, James
Greenwood, George
Greeves, George Alfred
Griffin, Chris
Griffith, William H.
Grim, Emma
Grimes, Hugh (aka Freddy)
Grindy, Sydney
Gumme, Joseph
Gurnett, Cecil

Lewis Edwards

Lewis EdwardsDoes anyone have any further information on my father, Lewis (Lew) Seccombe Farmar Edwards? 

He was born in 1914 in Bromley, Kent and died in 1993 in Chertsey, Surrey. 

He served in 'B' Company, 1st Bn Queen Victoria's Rifles (also known in 1937 as Kings Royal Rifle Corp).   His army number was 6142398. Click here to find out more about him. 

His first marriage was to Mrs F A Edwards and they lived at 16 Albany Road, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.  Dad's father's name was John Lionel Edwards and his mother's maiden name was Emma Grim

One of dad's brothers, John L. Edwards, served in the First World War and he was very close to his brother George who was younger than him.

Dad was camp tailor (he also made costumes for the theatre productions) and played violin.

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Sydney Grindy

Can anyone help Susan trace fellow members of the Royal East Kent Regiment of the BUFFS, who were confined with her father, Sydney, as a PoW in 1940-45?

Private 6286696 Sydney Grindy was taken prisoner at Le Milliard on 24th May 1940.

He was confined in Stalag XXA at Thorn (9/6/40 - 16/4/41), Stalag XXB at Marienberg (18/4/41 - 17/5/43) and Stalag XXA at Thorn (27/11/43 - 23/1/45).

He was also posted to the following work camps - Elbing Camp from 20/5/41 - 17/2/42 and Konitz Camp from 11/4/44 - 23/1/45.

Susan is particularly interested to trace any members of Sydney's regiment who may have been confined with him during this period. Please contact Susan directly if you have any information.

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Vincent Patrick Nield

Vincent is looking for information on his father, 3449947 Vincent Patrick Nield, Pte, 8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. He was sent to Dunkirk from Eccles Drill Hall (TA) and his friends were Stan Johnson, Bill Johnson,Chris Griffin and Eric Heap.

Vinny has a picture of the 8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (TA) taken in (approx.) 1939.

If you know anything about Vincent or, indeed, any of his friends, please get in touch with Vinny directly.

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George Moodie

John is seeking information on his father, Corporal George Moodie, Number 305814, Seaforth Highlanders. He was a PoW in Stalag XXB from 1940 to 1945. John now believes he was on the Death March but hey don't know where he was repatriated.

On letters to the Camp it is addressed Stalag XXB (60) - what does the 60 stand for?

John also believes George tried to escape on 2 or 3 occassions.

He was a medic and he also worked on a German officers farm - there is a photograph of this. John also has a photo of him with 5 other prisoners in camp - inscribed g.b.304.

At the end of the war he returned to his home town of Edinburgh.

Here is a picture of George on his own and also one with his commrades in Scottish Barracks before they set off for France. Do you recognise anyone in the second picture? Were you one of George's commrades?

Please have a look at the Stalag XXA/XXB photographs page to see more photographs of George Moodie and other PoWs that we would like to identify.

John has come across some more information in a notebook of his fathers. His father and 3 other PoWs were due to meet up in Aberdeen after the war. John is unsure whether this happened or not. The entry was dated 1st June 943. The names and addresses were:

George Moodie, 34 Milton Street, Edinburgh
James M Hay, 5 Birch Cottages, Craidellashie, Banffshire
Charles George Macleod, Strathview, Urgha, Tarbet, Isle of Harris, Inverness-Shire
Craig Gordon, c/o Mrs Young, 14a High Street, Buckie, Banffshire

If you are or know any of these people, please get in touch.

Please contact John if you have any information on George.

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Hugh (aka Freddy) Grimes

Tim has visited Poland in search of his father's PoW locations, but needs to research his father's history further before he returns and is looking for any information on the locations his father was at or, indeed, information about his father himself.

Tim's late father, Hugh Grimes (aka Freddy Grimes), was captured at Hazebrouk and was liberated by the US Army near Schwerin on 2nd May 1945. During this period, Hugh seems to have been at Stalags II A; II E?; XXA from 1st July 1940 to 22nd October 1941, including Forts 12 and 13, and camps 13A; 3A, and 24; but mostly at Stalag XXB (Marienburg/Malbork) from 22nd October 1941, including AKs 170 (roadmaking at Marienau/Marynowy) and 717 (Behrent/Koscierzyna Sawmill) as well as working on farms and at a sugar factory (at Altefelde/Starepole ?), until marching west to liberation.

If anybody has any information, please contact Tim directly.

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Eric William Gibbard-Thatcher

John is looking for information on his partner's grandfather who was German but served with the RAF. All that is know is his name was Eric William Gibbard and at some time he added the Thatcher after living with a family of that name. He served at R.A.F Stroud & Filey and was a navigator on Lancasters, Whitlys and Wellingtons. Apparently he suffered some kind of accident and was discharged. He was married on 31/10/42 but died in a motorcycle accident in Solihull on 06/06/55, aged 35.

Please contact John if you can help him with any information.

20th June 2017. Robert says "If you would be so kind as to send my contact details to the person John who is seeking information on Eric Gibbard-Thatcher who died in Solihull in 1955. My wife is Eric's wife's niece on lived with his wife Peggy at Elmdon or some years. We would love to be in contact with this part of the family."

 
 
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Charles Gardner

Philip's uncle, Charles "Cleve" Gardner, was captured outside of Neubrandenburg, Germany in Linnich. He was in the 102nd Division 407th Regiment Company C Machine Gun Unit and his PoW ID was 160405 and he was incarcerated in Stalag IIA. Philip is trying to put some things together for his children so they never forget the sacrifice these people made. His uncle just got his overdue PoW medal just before Christmas which was a real surprise to him and Philip trying to get the Purple Heart he never recieved. Charles was beaten weekly and lost his sight in one eye. His Army ID was 3352068.

If anyone help with information on Charles or how to obtain the Purple Heart, please contact Phil.

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William H. Griffith (aka Bill or Duge)

Janelle would like to know if there are any pictures of her grandfather, William H. Griffith, during WWII.

He was captured 5 miles into Germany, between Nancy and Mitze in France. He was then a PoW at two different camps - firstly, Stalag XIIA in Limburg, Germany and then at Stalag IIIC in Altdrewilz, Germany.

If anyone has information on these camps or pictures of any American soldiers in them, Janelle would like to hear from you.

If you can help at all, please contact Janelle

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Edward Goddard

Edward is looking for information on his grandfather, Private Edward Goddard. He has recently died and Edward has discovered he was captured and sent to Stalag XXA between the years of 1941 to 1943.

If anyone has any information or remembers him, please email Edward

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George Alfred Greeves

Pete's father was George Alfred Greeves. He was born in 1926 and Pete knows he was at the crossing of the Rhine. He mentioned Goch Riechwald and the surrender of Germans either at Bremen or Cuxhaven.

George ended up in hospital in Hamburg and then for three months in Warminster.

George said he was a Bren gunner. He went in to the War a boy who lived a sheltered life and came out quite the opposite. After the War he went back to France with a mate, Ronnie Simmonds.

Pete has seen only one photo of him during War in kilt and with his grandfather.

George was born in Bermondsey and sadly died in 1990.

If you can help, please email Pete

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Henry Gomez

Monica is searching for the name of the unit her father, Henry Gomez served with in WWII. She has is his SSN: 326-05-7374. He served from February 1943 to December 1945. He was in North Africa and Europe.

If you can help, please email Monica

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George Greenwood

Sharon's grandfather, Private George Greenwood, was a PoW in Stalag XXB in Marienburgh (PoW number 17141). George was reported missing and the War Office presumed he died shortly after 12th April 1946 whilst evading the Germans as a PoW. Another number that Sharon has is D/194007 but she is unsure what this refers to.

George was in the Seaforth Highlanders and his Army number was 2817815. He was born on 6th March 1911.

Sharon would like to find out if anyone knew George, what he was like and what happened to him as sadly he died in 2000.

If you can help, please email Sharon

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Robert Andrew Graham II

Pamela's father, Robert Andrew Graham II, was stationed in Bari, Italy in WWII and flew a P-38. It is possible that he spent some time in the hospital in Bari.

If you can help with information on Robert, please email Pamela

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Walter Greaves

Adrian is looking for information on his grandfather, Walter Greaves, who served with the Tigers in France in 1940.

Walter was captured after being wounded by German mortar rounds outside of Dunkirk. He was transferred as a PoW and spent the rest of the War interned in Poland. He was posted, presumed dead, in 1940, around June/July. Adrian's grandmother received a Red Cross letter from him in September 1940 and confirmation from the War Office that he was alive and a PoW in Poland.

Walter lived on the New Parks Estate, Leicester and was serving with the Leicestershire Regiment stationed at Alton Towers in 1939 and from there he went to France with the BEF.

He was marched across Poland in 1945 by the Germans and hid, with the help of surplus British Army clothing, a Russian PoW. The PoWs were liberated by the Americans and he returned to England in 1946 and was demobbed that year.

If you can help with information on Walter, please email Adrian

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Ernest Norman Goodall

Chris has been trying to find details of his grandfather's military past. All he knows of his time during WWII is as follows:

Ernest Norman Goodall (of Wolverhampton, born 1918) was captured at Tobruk and shipped to Italy. He escaped from a Prisoner of War Camp with his best mate and somehow met up with partisans in the mountains. Chris believes he spent his time there blowing up German trains and remembers his Nan mentioning that he was the second most wanted person in Italy, after Churchill.

Ernest never mentioned the War, but then Chris was only 14 when he passed away.

If you can help with information on Ernest, please email Chris Pollard

May 2008

Chris sent me the following additional information - "I have just found some more details about Private E.N.Goodall from an old newspaper cutting that goes some way to confirming the stories I'd heard. The piece was actually about his marriage: "Twice reported missing, taken prisoner and at liberty for six months behind the German lines in Italy before rejoining the Allies, Private E.N.Goodall, of The Bracken, Long Knowle, Wednesfield, who has been mentioned in dispatches, was married . . . Private Goodall is one of four brothers serving in the army.""

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2nd Glosters

If you have any information on this regiment, please contact either myself or Paul Law.

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Roger Gilquin

Margaux is looking for information on her grandfather, Roger Gilquin who was a PoW at Stalag XXA in Torun (Thorn), Poland.

She has provided the following information:

Date de naissance : 11-10-10
Lieu de naissance : Paris
Grade et unité : 2e cl.
332e R.I.
Camp : Stalag XX A
Pays : ALLEMAGNE
Lieu : Thorn

He was an amator boxer also.

If you can help, please contact Margaux

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James Green

Brian is searching for information about his father in law, James Green, who served with the Royal Artillery at Dunkirk.
They have a French doll, which Brian understands was carried back from Dunkirk, known as "Jim's Babby". Would be grateful for any information.

If you have any information on James, please contact Brian

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Jeanotte Peter Gale

Janet is looking for information on Jeanotte Peter Gale, her father who she believed served with the 3rd Corps RASC during WWII. He has sadly died and never spoke of his War years but he was born in 1918 and Janet knows he had an address (during WWII) at one stage which was No 12 (Dub) Bk Amm Pk A section c/o Army Post office BE7. His number may have been 122400.

Janet has no surviving family who can help her so any information would be much appreciated.

If you have any information on Jeanotte, please contact Janet

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Ian Goodyer

Doug's father, Ian Goodyer, was a PoW in Stalag XX1A.

His regiment was the Royal West Kent. He pasted away many years ago but Doug wondered if any body rembers him.

If you have any information on Ian, please contact Doug

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Cecil Gurnett

Michelle is trying to find out more about her grandfather, who was captured at Dunkirk and was a PoW at Stalag XX1D.

He was with the KRRC and believed to be in the 2nd Batallion.

His name was Cecil Gurnett he passed away in 1986.

If you have any information on Cecil, please contact Michelle

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William Gelmi

Donna said:

"I am looking for some information on my pop his service number is WX 7853 his name is William Gelmi. He was in the WWII between 1940-1946. I have no other information than this and would like to find out something about him."

If you have any information on William, please contact Donna

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W.E. (Bill) Goodman

Gill emailed. She is looking for information on her father Bill Goodman:

"He signed up 8 Aug 1940 RAF
Trained at:
• Uxbridge
• Blackpool
• Lossiemouth
• Yatesbury
• Bircham Newton
• Stormy Down
• Lossiemouth for final training before moving into full service

7 Squadron based at Oakington – on Stirling Bombers



Shot down 7th June 1942 Gronigen Province, Holland by Oblt Ludvig Becker

Following his capture he was held in the following camps:
• Dulag Luft June 1942 – June 1942
• Stalag Luft III (Sagan)June 1942 – June 1943
• Stalag Luft VI (Heydekrug) June 1943 – July 1944
• Stalag Luft 357 (Thorn) July 1944 – August 1944
• Stalag Luft 357 (Fallingbostel) Aug 1944 – April 1945
• Marching April 7th 1945 – May 2nd 1945"

If you have any information on Bill, please contact Gill

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Leslie Lascelles Gidlow

Bob emailed to say:

"My Dad, Lesley Lascelles Gidlow (R.A.) was captured in Belgium and spent the war in a farm camp attached to Stalag XXA. (Torun). He would have been on the long march your dad endured. My dad was finally liberated by the Yanks and was flown home in a US Army uniform. Dad was a non-smoker and reckoned he stayed relatively healthy by swopping the cigarettes in his Red Cross parcels for food in others\' parcels. Dad did not speak much about the war (like many young men, he just wanted to make up for \'lost time\') until very recently. He died in 2011 aged about 90-91. He was a lovely man and a great father. His firstborn son, Mike, who alas predeceased him, was almost 5 when my dad first saw him face to face. What a moment that must have been.

I attach 3 images: One is the Red Cross notification to my mother that Dad was a POW. (It was posted in July 1940 and as far as I am aware that was the first news my mum received that he was alive.). The second was a group prisoner photo. My dad alas is barely visible at the very back. My understanding is that although Dad was in ‘20A’, they somehow got moved for the photo and the German stamp on the photo says ‘20B’. The third is a photo of ‘Gunner Gidlow” taken in December 1939

The Red Cross notification shows that Dad was a member of the 4th Searchlight Battery, Royal Artillery. (My grandfather had also been in the R.A. so there’s a bit of a tradition there!) "

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If you have any information on Lesley, please contact Bob

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John James Gavin

Angela said:

"My granddad was Prisoner of War Frergeben Stalag IIID. His name was John James Gavin and he was with The Royal Highlanders. Could any one help me find out a bit more about my granddad?"

If you have any information on John, please contact Angela

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Stuart William Charles Gibbs

Hazel said:

"Seeking information about Stuart William Charles Gibbs, born 1922 Kent, missing early 1943, reported PoW in Italy, may have emigrated to Australia. Any info would be very grateful."

If you have any information on Stuart, please contact Hazel

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Joseph "Darkie" Gumme

Ray is looking for information on his father Joseph Gumme. He was in the Royal Artillery and his army number was 1433142. He said he was known as “Darkie” by his regiment friends.

If you have any information on Joseph, please contact me.

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Donald Gamble

Carla wrote in with the following information on her uncle, Donald Gamble, to see if anyone can help with more detail:

NAME: Donald C. Gamble
BRANCH: U.S. Navy - WWII
FIRST RANK: Apprentice Seaman
LAST RANK: AOM2c (Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class)
SERVICE NUMBER: 2025326

FULL NAME: Donald Charles Gamble
HOME ADDRESS WHILE IN SERVICE: 12 Spruce Street & 234 Mt. Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA
CHURCH: St. Martin's Episcopal Church (He was awarded a cross for his long service as a choir boy there)
SCHOOL: New Bedford High School
FAMILY: Single and no children of his own - he left Parents (Charles and Hazel) and 7 brothers and sisters (4 are still living)
EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO SERVICE: Minkin Auto & Radio Store in New Bedford, MA (this store was across the street from the Post Office)
BIRTH DATE: 10/10/25
DATES OF SERVICE: 10/22/42 to 04/01/44 --- FYI his MIA DATE was 03/31/44
OFFICIAL NAVY DEATH DATE: 04/01/45 (customary 1 year wait)
AGE AT ENLISTMENT: 17 Years Old (on his 17th birthday he tried to enlist by saying he was 18 but because of his baby face they didn’t believe him and told him to go home and get his father's consent - which he did and officially enlisted 12 days later on 10/22/42)
AGE AT DEATH: 18 Years Old (he was 6 months shy of turning 19)
STATUS: Lost at Sea/MIA and KIA (no body to bury)
STATION(S): Boston, MA; Newport, RI; Jacksonville, FL; Dunkeswell, Devon, England (If you need dates for each station - I have them)
NAVY CLUB: Navy Club of Greater New Bedford, MA SHIP NO. 22.
LAST SQUADRON: Combat Air Crew - Bombing Squadron 110 (VB-110), Hedron Fleet Air Wing 7 (FAW7)
AIRCRAFT: PB4Y-1 Consolidated Liberator - AKA B-24's (These Liberators were powerful with bomb bays loaded with depth charges and bombs for use against the U-boats and its machine gun magazines filled with hundreds of rounds for use against the German JU88's. A mission lasted eleven or twelve hours and covered up to 1,600 nautical miles)
TAIL DATA: "M" B-12 BuNo. 63948
TASK: Ball turret gunner (managing ammunition, depth chargers and bombs for his crew)
HUT NAME: Buzzard's Roost
PILOT AND LEADER OF FLIGHT/SQUADRON: Lt. Harold Barton of New York
LAST COMMANDING OFFICER: J.R. Reedy, Lt. Comdr. USN
MISSIONS: Anti-Submarine Patrols to defend our vital supply line to the European theater of war. He was one of a group which played an important part in reducing the German U-Boat (or Submarine) menace in the Bay of Biscay
NUMBER OF MISSION PRIOR TO DEATH: 15 missions between October 28, 1943 and March 31, 1944 over the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel (Each mission lasted up to 12 hours long and covered up to 1,600 nautical miles)
KILL INFO: Failed to return from an operational mission - Result of enemy action: German pilot Dieter Meister in a JU88 twin engine was credited with the downing of his plane in the Bay of Biscay
CASUALTY CONTROL NUMBER: 24297-Z-22-5
NAVY DEPARTMENT JUDGMENT: "The subject plane was shot down by enemy aircraft either crashed or was force to land at sea and all personnel are missing in the line of duty and not resulting in their own misconduct" - letter dated June 9, 1944
WINGS: 1 Combat Air Crew wing when he joined the Bombing Squadron VB-110
MEDALS: Navy Air Medal with 3 Gold Stars, Purple Heart, European Theater Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal (which the family received after the War ended)
CITATIONS: His parents, Charles and Hazel (Hammond) Gamble were awarded the Navy Air Medal with 3 Gold Stars and the Purple Heart posthumously for Donald's outstanding ability and zeal during day and night missions in defense of our vital supply line to the European theater of war. He was one of a group which played an important part in reducing the German U-Boat menace from their home station at Dunkeswell in Devon England. His unwavering devotion to duty throughout a period of intense operations was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval service. He participated in many operations under constant threat of German aerial attack and in the face of treacherous weather conditions.
VETERAN'S CENOTAPHS: Memorial book at St. Paul's Church in London England, Tablets of the Missing in Cambridge American Cemetery in England and Rural Cemetery in New Bedford, MA
RESOURCES (I have more if you need them - here's the main one): American Battle Monuments Commission https://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWII_53757#.VgwEtf2Ya70 and we have documented his service and life on Fold3 (which includes all the websites we have honored him on) – here’s that direct link: https://www.fold3.com/page/529901792_donald_c_gamble/details/
FIND-A-GRAVE Pages: England’s page http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56289916 and the New Bedford Cenotaph’s page http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=gamble&GSfn=donald&GSmn=charles&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=148414938&df=all&
FAMILY INFO: Donald is of Mayflower stock and is a direct descendant of Pilgrims Myles Standish, George Soule and John Alden - these lines have been proven thru the General Mayflower Society in Plymouth, MA with the family number of 86,222. Here is a list of some books that have our family names and lines in them : A history and genealogy of the descendants of William Hammond of London, England by Dr. Roland Hammond, MD; William Ricketson, William Ricketson, Jr., and their descendants by Grace Williamson Edes; The Richmond Family by Joshua Bailey Richmond; A genealogical history of the descendants of Joseph Peck by Ira Peck and The Kempton/Kimpton Families in North America by Morton Saunders.
MOTHER'S ORGANIZATIONS: His Mother, Hazel, was an active member and officer of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (Chapter No. 1) and the American War Mothers (Harmony Chapter) and she held titles like President (with this title she had the opportunity to go to Washington, DC), Secretary, Color Guard and Treasurer throughout the years. She would often represent the New Bedford Chapter by marching or riding in the GSM convertible in all of the New Bedford parades from the 40's to the 80's. FYI - Hazel's Dad (Henry Hammond) organized the Memorial Day Parades in the 50's for New Bedford and my Mom and her siblings would stand next to him at the podium on the grandstand in front of the City Hall and Library as he opened the parade's festivities. He did this in honor of his Grandson Donald.
FATHER'S ORGANIZATIONS: His Dad, Charles, was an active member of Gold Star Father Society in the New Bedford Chapter in the 50's.

MORE DONALD INFO: Donald is in the book called "U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons: in Great Britain during World War II" by Alan Carey - he is pictured on page 58 with the rest of his VB-110 squad members. We also created a Facebook page to collaborate and obtain information/pictures of Donald during his service life. The family has also participated in many data gathering websites that are committed to documenting every WWII serviceman that was either killed during the war and/or received medals during their tenure or posthumously. I have a list of the website if required.

Donald, on right, written on back "Need a haircut 1943"
Donald Gamble
Donald Gamble

If you have any information on Donald, please email Carla.

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