Elaine Kathryn Johnson Ketchum
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 Johnson Hollands
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 trip 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. I will be forever grateful and always call you Friend.
Gerard, thank you for the bayonet and sharing with me your quest as well. Your efforts to return the soldiers in the Foret de Parroy to their families is commendable. I'm glad to call you Friend.
Selma Gallou, Gilles Cuinat, and Christophe 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.