The Holllies . . . . . “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress”

 

 

The Hollies are an English Rock & Roll band from Manchester in the north of England that became part of the  invasion bands to the US.   One of their  early members was Graham Nash.  They had a genuine 24 top 30 Play List and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Kindness of Strangers

“Streetcar Named Desire” is  one of Tennessee Williams’ most famous plays, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948. It was an instant hit  when it appeared on stage  in 1947.   Marlin Brando and Vivian Leigh lit up the screen with their beauty and  stellar acting in the 1951 film.  The tragic  Blanche DeBois played by  Leigh had a very famous line:

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers!”

My son had a puppy follow him home from Little League, over and over until we just kept her  as  our  dog.   Because she depended on our kindness to give her a home,  her name became, Blanche.

The last few weeks, I have had quite a few strangers come into my life showing unbelievable kindness to me.  I had discovered or been pointed to a discrepancy on my brother’s headstone to the airborne unit he was a member of when he jumped, was wounded, and died on the ship to from France to England.  His stone says 17 Airborne Division and our family has always said 82 Airborne.

Wonderful, kind strangers have come into my life taking up my cause to research and definitively  set the historical record  straight.  All this happened 74 years ago which is more than a lifetime.  My nephew is going to photograph a document that hopefully will shed light on his unit.  IT is a  letter from General Gavin awarding George a Bronze Star for bravery  in December 1944, 6 months after his death. It should have his unit listed.

Cooper, is the person who noticed the 17 instead of 82 on the stone which you can see if you zoom in on the cross on the website: http://www.aparatroopersfaith.org.  She also told me that the soldiers were buried in temporary graves until the cemeteries were ready for the reburials. Cooper introduced me to Eric who for 5 long years worked to correct the  information on his great uncle’s stone in the cemetery .  The death date was incorrect.  This might seem very insignificant for  many but for families, even members who didn’t know the deceased, it is important and for  perpetuity.  Eric volunteered to  use his experience and knowledge to help me on this journey.

And there is Sandra  who has a group on Facebook, 507th in Memorial.  There are records that identify the planes with the list of men who jumped in a platoon, their gear and location.  Other records of the medical conditions.  The challenge is finding them.  Tracey a docent in Cambridge Cemetery is helping as well and has been and continues to be so kind.

Then my son, who is not a stranger but who has been kind, encouraging, and interested in his great Uncle George created the website which has been the reason I have met many of these kind, caring people.

 

Eric sent me  this picture this morning. . . . . Thanks to all the strangers I will most likely never meet who care about history, our fallen heroes,  my brother George,  and me.

God’s light shines through all of you  !

 

 

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Healing Words

 

The horror, grief , emotion, healing words, and love  by the former president to a divided nation.  We need empathy and understanding  to come together.

 

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

Isabella Stewart Gardner was an American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. The  favorite destination on her world travels was Venice, Italy.  To house her collection in Boston, she had  a building designed as a 15 C  Venetian palazzo complete with an indoor courtyard.

She traveled the world to amass her collection displaying it in an intimate natural  way for people to experience mixing  paintings, furniture, textiles, and objects.

The history of this museum changed dramatically in 1990 when there was the heist of 1/2 billion dollars worth of  irreplaceable treasures.  See the  video below.

This museum  is for those of you who don’t care for the  cold mausoleum atmosphere of most museums.  A leisurely day at this museum will  relax, educate , and charm you  tucked  in the heart of Boston.  And it is not far from Fenway Park ! Mrs. Garner  also loved baseball and the home team, the Red Socks!

 

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Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull , and Custer

This field in the hills of Montana  is the second most visited  each year except for the Gettysburg Battle  Field.  This was one of my favorite sites on our National Park road trip.  We had stopped there on a previous trip from Arizona to New York and I just wanted to return. I found it very moving that  there are markers showing the spots where each of the soldiers fell and died. See the video below for more details.

I was fascinated  by the three main characters.  George Custer who was widely known for his military and leadership ability lead the US Calvary.  He was rather cocky and self-assured,  dressed in a  buckskin fringed jacket.  He had been a government whistle blower  previously reporting graft in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was rewarded by having his rank reduced from General to Lt. Col!   He was hoping for a huge flashy victory in battle resulting in a nomination for president in the  Democrat party.  Little did he know that  fateful day,  he and all his men, and all their horses would die in as much time “as it  takes a man to eat!”

Crazy Horse the wild fierce warrior galloping across the hills with his flowing hair blowing in the wind. . . . .the leader of the men asking nothing of them that he would not do himself.  Sitting Bull, the Medicine Man, the spiritual leader, the thinker had joined with Crazy Horse to  desperately fight for their land, their culture, their freedom.   These were the chiefs who had held fast and refused to lead their people to life on the  reservations, but it turns out that would not last long.  This battle was the beginning of the end for the Plains Indians and their freedom to follow the buffalo.

On this day , the Natives won the battle, convincingly, but lost the war in the not too distant  future.

 

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George Bowler Tullidge III . . . . . My Brother

A Paratrooper’s Faith

A Paratrooper’s Faith Dedication

Dedicated
In loving and ever-glorious rememberance
to
OUR SON
GEORGE BOWLER TULLIDGE III
Sergeant of 507th Parachute Infantry
82nd Airborne Division
who, at the age of twenty years, gave his life in the Invasion of France, June 8th, 1944. And to all the other heroes who willingly and gladly gave and are giving their lives to rid the world of tyranny and oppression.
                                                “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
                                                                                                                                      – John 15:13

I am George’s sister whom he never met.  I was born two years after his death. Now, being the only member of my immediate family still alive, I want to tell the stories I heard about George and dedicate them and him to the ages.

George was the oldest of three sons, Tom and Arch were the  younger.  Tom  was the Tommy of the letter that George wrote. All three brothers were graduates of Staunton Military Academy , SMA of Staunton, Virginia . George  graduated in 1941 and went to Virginia Tech for college. George had  passion and talents  for swimming and held records at Va. Tech that remained unbroken for years after his death. I always heard that he had a goal of swimming in the Olympics, after his service to the country was completed.  This excellence in swimming shows his character and determination, as he  had suffered with polio in his shoulder as a child.

I am not sure when, but George wanted to enlist in the army during  World War II, like many brave, unselfish young men. With his military school education and ROTC at Virginia Tech, he could have been an officer which is what Daddy wanted.  I am sure that it was not for a elitist desire but hoping  his oldest son would be safer as an officer during the fighting.  George wanted  to enlist and fight with the men and ultimately he  died with them.

Fast forward to June 1944.  George  had earned the rank of Sergeant.  He and many paratroopers jumped into France under darkness on the night of  June 5.  The plan for the beginning of the allied invasion of Normandy was thousands of paratroopers to jump into France and make their way to the cliffs of Normandy from the interior of the country.   The next day, the invasion began from the sea, and if all had gone as planned, the Germans in the bunkers at the top of the cliffs would  have been  surrounded.  The best planning had unforeseen flaws.  Sadly, many of the paratroopers were lost, landing in trees, separated from their buddies, or engaged in battle with random German  soldiers.

George fought bravely at La Fiere Bridge a key position on the road to St Mere Eglise.  He continued to fight until all his men were safe even with a wound in his hip. He was awarded, posthumously, a Purple Heart  for being wounded and a  Bronze Star for bravery. Today, the wound would not be  life threatening but this was before wide use and availability of  antibiotics.

George died  in England on June 8, 1945. He had the little booklet that Mama had sent him somewhere on his person.  Today it is known as A Paratrooper’s Faith…

Please read the section about my mama and her  project through the years to turn this family loss and tragedy into a blessing to other service men and their families.  She loved to receive letters of  testimony about people being encouraged  by George’s little book up until she died at 94 years of age.

After the award ceremony for mama at the Pentagon, our family was invited to  Fort Bragg  where Mama was the honored guest at a parade and a street was named in honor of my brother, Tullidge Way. At that time, my brother Tom donated the original letter George had written to him (in the front of the booklet). Tom said, “George would have wanted the letter there. ”  Mama was also awarded the Iron Mike Award of service from the  enlisted soldiers at Fort Bragg.

Today, after all these years, this little booklet is still reaching and encouraging people.  I have had emails from people requesting copies and am down to 9 of the original copies.   Some have been printed by nieces and nephews.  This is the impetus of me doing this now. I have ordered more copies of the booklet printed. And honestly, reaching the big birthday of 70 encouraged me to do my part.

Just recently, a great niece was visiting  the  American Cemetery to visit George’s grave.  At the entrance  you enter a building and a docent locates where your loved one is buried.  He will walk you to the stone. He asked my niece if she was related and she said ,” Yes.”  The guide said that there are quite a few visitors who ask to visit  George’s grave  purely from his story and  A Paratrooper’s Faith with no blood family connection at all.

That alone encouraged me!  What a beautiful legacy of  my Mama’s love for her son and her generous and giving  spirit and faith. .

Anne Bowler Tullidge Bell

D-Day Invasion: Battle at Sainte-Mère-Église

The early landings, at about 0140 directly on the town, resulted in heavy casualties for the paratroopers. Some buildings in town were on fire that night, and they illuminated the sky, making easy targets of the descending men. Some were sucked into the fire. Many hanging from trees and utility poles were shot before they could cut loose.
A well-known incident involved paratrooper John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church, and could only observe the fighting going on below. He hung there limply for two hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. Steele later escaped from the Germans and rejoined his division when US troops of the 3rd Battalion, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment attacked the village, capturing thirty Germans and killing another eleven. The incident was portrayed in the movie The Longest Day by actor Red Buttons.

Later that morning, about 0500, a force led by Lt. Colonel Edward C. Krause of the 505th PIR took the town with little resistance. Apparently the German garrison was confused and had retired for the rest of the night. However, heavy German counterattacks began later in the day and into the next. The lightly armed troops held the town until reinforced by tanks from nearby Utah Beach in the afternoon of 7 June.

Krause and Lt. Colonel Benjamin H. Vandervoort both received the Distinguished Service Cross for their actions in the capture of the town. Sgt. George Bowler Tullidge III received the Bronze Star, while a collection of Bible verses and of his letters home, A Paratrooper’s Faith was distributed throughout the 82nd Airborne by his parents from after his death until the 1990s. 2nd Lt. Thomas J. Tighe of the 70th Tank Battalion received the Silver Star posthumously for his actions on the morning of June 7th in securing the town, during which he was killed when his tank was hit by German artillery fire.[5]

Henry Langrehr was also involved in the capture of Sainte-Mère-Église. He crashed through a greenhouse roof, as retold in the The Longest Day. On 6 November 2007, along with five other men he received the Legion of Honor medal from the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Display of George at the Airborne Museum  in Sainte-Mère-Église, France

Anne Archer Tullidge

In 1989, Anne Archer Tullidge was awarded the “Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service” by John Marsh, Secretary of the Army, who cited her personal commitment, deep concern, and unselfish devotion to the United states Military. She printed and distributed 300,000 booklets over 50 years.  We, her family, are honored to continue this, her project.

Anne Archer Hogshead Tullidge, author of ” A Paratrooper’s Faith”  died in 1995. She used the pain and loss of her oldest son’s death to be a source of comfort and encouragement for thousands of others.

Jack Marsh Awarding Mrs. Tullidge the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service

George’s final resting place with his fellow American soldiers in the American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.

Visit the website to obtain your copy of “A Paratroopers Faith”

http://www.aparatroopersfaith.org

 

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National Anthem in the Lincoln Memorial

 

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