My heartfelt gratitude to all those that helped me start this journey and keep it going. Thank you to my friends on two continents and their continuous efforts to never forget the memory of these brave men and women who fought and sacrificed so much. This site is intended to be a reflection on honor, sacrifice, and duty and it wouldn't be possible without their caretaking, and contributions.
"...cherish tenderly the memories of our heroic dead who made their breast a barricade between our country and its foes". ~ General Logan
Elaine Kathryn Ketchum (Johnson)
Special thanks to Elaine Kathryn (Johnson) Ketchum for parting with her father's letters and allowing me to create this site and the not-so-subtle encouragement to see it to its completion.
Evelyn Hollands (Johnson)
Thank you for filling in some of the historical gaps and allowing me to give my mother the flag draped over Melvin's casket at his burial.
A Historian and Patriot, thank you for guiding me through the steps of my Grandfather on my multiple trips to France. For your invaluable knowledge of the 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, the Second French Armored Division, and the fighting in and around Luneville. For your efforts in the Fremonville memorial. I will be forever grateful and always call you Friend.
Gerard, thank you for your efforts as well as sharing with me your quest. Your efforts to return the soldiers in the Foret de Parroy to their families is commendable. Thank you also for the American bayonet. I'm glad to call you Friend.
Pascale, thank you for "adopting" my grandfather's grave and placing flowers there every year. You are a great friend and steward of his memory.
Selma Gallou, Gilles Cuinat, and Christoph Andre
Thank you for everything you did to make my visit to France a memorable one. Tour guide, translator, and good friends. A beautiful country with incredible people!
To Diane McFadden of the Atlantic Public Library for her invaluable assistance in my research.
To Ginnie Peters of the Perry Public Library for her invaluable assistance in my research.
To Linda Reis, Researcher, Hometown Perry, Iowa. Thank you.
To Jim Biggs, whose father served in Co. F of the 314th. Thank you for sending the Morning Report for the day my Grandfather was wounded.