Luther B Breeden
"Luther was killed in action on March 18th between Saar and Dillingen. He was from Montague Texas and his name is on the court house there. His family has his purple heart. He was a Private First Class. "
Cpl. John Brooks, unknown date or location.
Uncle Ray passed away in 2010 at age 102.
I was just 4 when my Grandpa Culp died and Ray was called back from Fort Shelby in Mississippi. He taught me to spell Mississippi then and see I can still do it!
He didn't talk a lot about the war part of being there and we don't have any records except his Pictures. His wife my Aunt Ruth hated to hear him talk about it, so he didn't.
I think he was in a "headquarters company" and he told about driving the jeep for the colonel, he didn't remember the colonel's name by the time I asked him about it. (Aunt Ruth had passed away by then.) He told me that the colonel was shot and replaced by a Major and on Easter Sunday 1945 the Major told him "they were farther into Germany than any other Americans" that day. I wish I could have asked him more.
I know they ended up in Linz and he told me of looking up one morning and seeing the Russians had moved in too. I hope you all can recognize more of the story from the pics and I look forward to hearing more about your work.
His name is Raymond E. Culp and he lived in LaGrange, Indiana the remainder of his life. He owned and operated many small businesses in that community after the war including Culp Motor Sales, it was a dealership for Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac, Rambler and anything else he could get.
He didn't have any children, but loved his community and helped many grow up and learn the value of hard work. What he often said when asked about what he did "over there" was " I was glad to be able to tell my mother that I never got shot and I never had to shot anyone".
John A Dorso
(Written clockwise starting from the top)
Siebert, Curly, Moore, John, Piper, Bard, Stanbury, Clemens, Blondell, Johnny, Kuhlman - 1945
John Dorso = seated second from left, behind the guy stretched out on the bench
Charlie Monroe Dunnam
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