Back to France 2010 Pictures
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Outstanding Trailblazer Awards

Back to France 2010 Pictures - Pictures on this page provided by Diane Kessler and Dale Bowlin. For more pictures from Dale click here! For pictures from Tamara Haygood click here!


John Hildebrand at  the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, France in late June. John Hildebrand participated in the flag lowering ceremony with the Chester County Voices Abroad Choir from Pennsylvania. Video courtesy of Ed Schmitt.

Left to right: Tour guides Lise Pommois, John Rogers and Diane Kessler.

Brumath train station

Four to the eight recipients of the commemorative medal.

Dale receiving the commemorative medallion from the Mayor of Forbach during the colorful ceremony June 18th. The medal and certificate were presented to each of the eight Trailblazers present: Dick Brown, D/275; John Hildebrand, A/274; Duane Hyde, I/274; Ed Lally, E/275; Don Meador, HQ/274 I&R; Jack Nothnagle, 570 Signal; Vern Staley, Med/2Bn/274 and Dale Bowlin, C/883FA.

Forbach medallion and the attractive wooden case.

John Hildebrand A/274 and Don Meador HQ 274 I&R platoon laid the wreath at Forbach. The French requested that John, as Association President, laid the flowers at each memorial. Although John tried to share or delegate the honors, the French wanted the President.At most ceremonies, it was John and the local official (usually the mayor) At Wingen, though, I asked Vern Staley to lay the flowers with the mayor. Vern asked Don Meador to assist. So John finally got a break!

John Hildebrand A/274 and Don Meador HQ 274 I&R platoon laid the wreath at Forbach.

Sign at entrance to tank memorial at Spicheren.

Diane's daughter in front of tank at Spicheren.

1870 Spicheren memorial in background as seen from tank.

Wreath laying at 70th memorial at Spciheren, The date was Thursday, June 17th.

Mayor giving his address with translation by Associate Member Steve Newton of Spicheren.

Joining in the photo are Bob Lally, brother of Ed Lally E/275 and Leo Doerr, former German POW whose story is in the last Trailblazer.

This is the chapel at the Lorraine American Cemetery at St. Avold. With over 10,000 soldiers buried there, it is the largest of all US WWII military cemeteries. One hundred eighteen Trailblazers are buried here and four are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Dick Brown (D/275),John Hildebrand (A/274), Vern Staley (Med2Bn/274),Jack Nothnagle (570th Sig), Duane Hyde (I/274), Don Meador (HQ 274 I&R), Bob Lally (brother of Ed Lally, infantry scout, 9th Army), Ed Lally (E/275). Dale Bowlin apparently was missed in the photo. He had been standing by Dick Brown.

Dick Brown and Duane Hyde with wreath.

In Grossbliederstroff, June 17, 2010

In Grossbliederstroff, June 17, 2010

In Grossbliederstroff, June 17, 2010

Vern Staley lights a candle at Wingen-sur-Moder.