Wednesday, March 21, 2012

[not so]Wordless Wednesday

508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, photo credit: 
Sometimes, you wait for inspiration, and you think, read one more book. That will help. Watch a movie and that will help. Pray, meditate, chat, brainstorm... Read again. But then you realize, your focus has been wrong. You can't even really put a finger on it. You can't pinpoint it. But there it is--all of a sudden--staring you in the face.

An Idea!
And I don't mind admitting, an idea straight from heaven.
I know it because as soon as I start researching, details fall in to place.

I honestly feel inspired and unbelievably relieved...

I get to write a story. One set in a time I love.
How exciting is that?


  1. Definitely very exciting! Can't wait to read it!

  2. Very exciting, indeed! You go girl, follow that inspiration and your story is going to be amazing! :)

  3. Woot for great ideas! :-) And what an intriguing pic...thanks for popping by my blog. ;-)

  4. Interesting picture - my father was probably not too far away from there when it was taken. He was graduated early from high school so the men could go through basic training, and then the Army sent him right into the Ardennes campaign. I think he got over there in late 1944. Of course they trained in Geogia and California where it was warm, and then sent him to snowy Europe to fight. SOP, huh?

    1. That's amazing Avery! 81,000 men were killed during that battle. You could just as easily NOT be here, and that would be awful. It makes you think about how there is a greater plan out there for all of us. :) ...and yes, SOP for sure! hahaha. Do you know what Unit he was in? I've been reading up on the Battle and, dorkishly, I'm fascinated.

      Have a great weekend, Avery.

    2. He was in one of the AAA Battalions (Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic), but I can't remember which one now. I have all his papers at home in Virginia, and I'm working in Maryland right now. Once I get back there, I can check.

      He had a lot of stories - I wish I'd written them down in detail before he passed away.

      He once captured 2 German soldiers by himself - but as he explained further, it was more like they came running up to him with their hands in the air yelling whatever was the equivalent of "We surrender!" He thought he was going to get some fancy medal. Instead he got chewed out. It was toward the end of the war and both the Allies and the Russians were racing to Berlin. They had no place to put the prisoners, no one to guard them, and no time to worry about them. They made sure the Germans were unarmed and told them to go home. He said the German soldiers were scared to death. All they had to wear was their uniforms, and they figured they'd get shot for sure. But they sent them on their way. Hope they made it.

      And, apparently, their unit shot down a British plane. Not him, personally, he assured me. They were told no friendly aircraft were supposed to be in the area, so they had orders to shoot at anything that flew over. He did mention that AAA units were not always on the best terms with pilots.

      He spent much of his time being a driver for his colonel, a radio operator, and getting chewed out.

      I can remember a lot of the stories, but he could tell them better.

  5. Sounds alot like war... from what I hear anyway. Not much is clear cut, black and white, in battle. That's what I've been learning lately. At that point in time, I imagine it was more so because of how [seemingly] primitive communications were. I can imagine by the end of the war and in that cold winter, frustrations were high.

    My grandfather used to tell stories about the Pacific Theater. He was part of an engineer company and went in first to build roads and stuff. (He used to tell about the G-D Japs in his dreams.) I have relatives in the Philippines because of that time. :) By his brother...I think. I got to visit them in 95. What a great experience that was!! I think I would like to write a book about the Battle of Britain and then do another set in the Pacific. Anyhoo... That generation was great at telling stories.

  6. I finally found my father's papers and he is listed as being in the Headquarters Battery of the 567th AAA. They were attached to the 101st US Airborne Division for a short time in February 1945, but I haven't found out much else about them. His discharge papers list the following campaigns and battles: Northern Europe, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe

    Also, you may be interested in checking out this blog for researching your story! It's about the 567th AAA "C" battery. Found it while searching for stuff on my Dad.

    1. Thanks Avery! This is a great way to start the week. :D


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