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WWII soldier’s duffel bag returned 7 decades later (Kleenex alert)
gjsentinel.com ^ | 1/9/13 | AP

Posted on 01/09/2013 5:42:24 PM PST by GSWarrior

Edited on 01/09/2013 5:56:31 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A World War II veteran who served in France during the war has been reunited with his Army-issued duffel bag nearly seven decades after it went missing.

William Kadar, 92, opened a carefully wrapped package Tuesday at his Merrillville, Ind., home and found his drab green duffel bag inside, still stenciled in black with his name and serial number. Kadar last saw the bag used by soldiers to tote their gear in November 1944, a month before he was captured by the Germans.

A letter included in the package said the bag was being returned by a 16-year-old French boy who found it in his grandfather’s house.

“It’s still in good shape. Oooh, boy. Well, I finally got it,” Kadar told the Post-Tribune for a Wednesday story.

Kadar’s granddaughter, Arleen Haas, said the bag was found and kept by a family in Rehaupal, France. The teen’s great-grandparents were killed when their house was bombed by the Germans when his grandfather was 10 years old.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: army; france; germany; godsgravesglyphs; veterans; worldwareleven; wwii

1 posted on 01/09/2013 5:42:31 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

pictures at:

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/17460984-460/duffel-bag-returned-to-wwii-soldier-68-years-later.html


2 posted on 01/09/2013 5:47:31 PM PST by iowamark
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To: GSWarrior

There was a time when the French respected the USA. FWIU, there are cemeteries in France where they still lovingly tend to the graves of American GIs who died in WWII for France.

So sad the modern generations of French forgot so much and don’t realize how close they were to speaking German and Japanese forever.


3 posted on 01/09/2013 5:49:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: GSWarrior

Knowing the US Army - I am sure William Kadar had a statement of charges for missing items and he had to pay.

:-)


4 posted on 01/09/2013 5:53:41 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana
I tried turning in some gear after a deployment. Artic gear... Probably last used in Korea. I signed a hand receipt, and had my copy.

NCO wouldn't look at the bag, wouldn't look at the hand receipt, said they'd had an equipment change and that bag wasn't listed anywhere.

Yet one more bag to move when trying to get to something in the closet. Sigh.

/johnny

5 posted on 01/09/2013 5:59:25 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That’s how I lost my dad’s arctic orange switchblade (well, opposite, actually) - the spring wore out and he tried to get a new one in Panama, the supply guy took it back and told him he wasn’t authorized one because he wasn’t flying in the Arctic anymore. Pissed me off...


6 posted on 01/09/2013 6:13:36 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jagusafr
I've still got the bag and the hand receipt. Just in case.

Not like I'm going to be using artic gear here in Texas anytime soon.

I told the kids to charge the government storage charges for it after I die. ;)

/johnny

7 posted on 01/09/2013 6:22:56 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Thanks GSWarrior.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


8 posted on 01/09/2013 6:28:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: freedumb2003

>There was a time when the French respected the USA.<

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There was a time when all Americans respected the USA.

There are probably more French who respect the USA than there are Americans who do so.

None of the French voted for Obama.


9 posted on 01/09/2013 6:39:42 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: freedumb2003

“there are cemeteries in France where they still lovingly tend to the graves of American GIs who died in WWII for France.”

The local grammar school children have the responsibility of the upkeep of the graves at Normandy. The locals will not let the children forget.

I have been there. the gravesites are impeccable without even a blade of grass being out of place.


10 posted on 01/09/2013 6:56:45 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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>>The local grammar school children have the responsibility of the upkeep of the graves at Normandy. The locals will not let the children forget.

I have been there. the gravesites are impeccable without even a blade of grass being out of place.<<

If I was to ever travel to Europe that would be the only place I would visit.

Thanks for the information and those French are always in my prayers.


11 posted on 01/09/2013 6:59:45 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Yeah. In Normandy they respect us, elsewhere in france not so much.

In Belgium it’s like that in some places too, as well as in Holland.

My unit took part in the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation, and the older people would come up to us and thank us. They would offer us something to eat or drink. It was pretty cool.


12 posted on 01/09/2013 7:37:08 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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To: freedumb2003
how close they were to speaking German and Japanese forever.

Very sad to say, outstandingly beautiful country, but today they had best be studying Arabic.

13 posted on 01/09/2013 7:44:13 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I still have the hand receipt and the field jacket I was issued as OIC for mobility at Cannon AFB. Like yours, the supply guy didn’t want to count it, I guess...


14 posted on 01/09/2013 7:47:34 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jagusafr
More likely... the 2nd Lt. that took over the shop while you were away managed to work out the inventory and audit and DAMN sure doesn't want anything extra to show up next time.

Remember those nice green wool sweaters the USAF used to have? Way back when, during my first enlistment, before the 18 year gap in service?

I've got two.

Brats (E-2s through E-4s) and I were going through conexes doing... inventory.

We opened one that had no labels and Lord knows where it came from.

Not a single item in it, except for the body bags were still standard issue.

Shop chief said throw 'em away. Noted it on her clipboard.

So... we used my truck to take the ancient stuff to the dumpster. Mostly.

/johnny

15 posted on 01/09/2013 7:57:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003
Japanese? Really?

IMO, the French owe a lot to the USA. But they also owe a lot to Britain, the Soviet Union, Colonial Africa, and, believe it or not, India (over 2.5 MILLION Indian troops served in Europe during WWI, and also during WWII).
16 posted on 01/10/2013 12:48:06 AM PST by ketelone
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Those were great sweaters! Of course, in the late ‘90s, they kitten-ified (cleaning up the language) us with the Mr. Rogers blue sweater with elbow patches (turns head and spits disdainfully). They finally got rid of that one and brought back the pullover. Another sixty bucks. I’d say don’t get me started, but it’s WAAAAAYYYY too late. Three more years...


17 posted on 01/10/2013 9:01:33 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jagusafr
I got out the first time in the mid '80s, and went back in after 9/11. What a change.

/johnny

18 posted on 01/10/2013 9:10:43 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003

There are also 3 World War I US cemeteries in France. My Great Uncle is buried in one of them. During WW2 the Germans continued to have the grounds of these cemeteries maintained.


19 posted on 01/10/2013 10:23:49 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: jagusafr

Cannon 83-84, not my favorite base during my career.


20 posted on 01/10/2013 10:26:55 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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End of 85 to mid-87. A great place to be from, knowwhatImean? I volunteered for Panama to make sure I wouldn’t be stuck in Clovis my whole first tour. At just the time Noriega was making a PITA of himself in Panama. Timing is everything!


21 posted on 01/10/2013 11:46:47 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: ketelone

>>IMO, the French owe a lot to the USA. But they also owe a lot to Britain, the Soviet Union, Colonial Africa, and, believe it or not, India (over 2.5 MILLION Indian troops served in Europe during WWI, and also during WWII). <<

Had the Axis won German and Japanese would have been the primary languages spoken.

Interestingly, the USA would be where we are now: an antisemitic plebiscite subordinate to the rest of the world.

How ironic: the greatest fighting force in the history of Mankind and 51% of us destroy the USA from within. That firmly-planted 5th column finally bore fruit.


22 posted on 01/10/2013 12:14:27 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: jagusafr

I was an air traffic controller and I will say one thing for Cannon at that time, the flying was very, very busy! That’s about the only thing I can say good about Cannon. Cashed in just about every favor I had and left Cannon to go to Berlin.


23 posted on 01/10/2013 12:25:25 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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