Major General Myron Cramer
I was very interested to see the history project to help students learn about WWII. One
of the generals your students picked was Major General Myron Cramer, the Judge Advocate General during WWII and the American
Judge at the International War Crimes Trials for the Far East after the war.
General Cramer was my grandfather. One of the enduring
legacies was starting the standards for international war crimes. His work is as relevant today as how we deal with
terrorists and war criminals and we still wrestle with how to deal with such individuals. Congress still has work to
do in this area.
I think this project
is a wonderful creative way to teach the next generation the lessons of yesterday.
I have served on the staff of two Members of Congress during my career
in Washington, D.C. and think your project should be repeated across the country.
From: David Rapaport
April 16, 2011 2:52 PM
To: Daniel LE GENTILHOMME
Subject: RE: Signatures
Of War - Général LEGENTILHOMME
Merci de votre lettre. Comment allez-vous connexe au le Général ?
Il Français d'ithe pour qui le muct de l'Amérique soit reconnaissant. Sans vous, nous n'aurions jamais
réalisé notre liberté en 1776.With Respect,David Rapaport
From: Daniel LE
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 12:29 PM
Subject: Signatures Of War - Général LEGENTILHOMME
J’ai trouvé ce travail très intéressant, bien fait et émouvant du fait des dessins. La traduction
un peu hésitante induit beaucoup de charme et d’émotion. Je tiens à votre disposition des documents
ou photos (« sa » Legion of Merit) complémentaires sur le général LEGENTILHOMME.
l'Amérique le plus grand pays de la Liberté et de la responsabilité et vive les Américains
à qui les Français doivent beaucoup.
To Whom Concerned,
Lutes was born on 4 Oct 1890 in
Illinois, the son of Ira Leroy Lutes and May Carnahan, not in Massachusetts. He registered for WWI and even it says Illinois
with the same birth date as you have. He was my 3rd cousin 3 x's removed. You may research this information on ancestry.com.
Once you have done so would you please change your information on his birth for genealogy researchers?
Betty Griggs Peacock
I am General Maxwell Murray's great-granddaughter. I would like to correct some information
in his biography. He was indeed the son of Sarah Wetmore DeRussy, but Rene DeRussy was Sarah's father, not her husband.
She was married to General Arthur Murray, also of the US Army.
My grandfather, Arthur Maxwell Murray, was Maxwell
Murray's son, and was named for him and his father.
Thank you very much,
Bobbee Lyn Gerson
General Pearson Menoher
Hi - My grandmother's
sister, Genevieve, was married to General Menoher. He and my great aunt had two children (both deceased), Pearson and
Nancy. Although I never met him, my mother kept a newspaper showing him at the signing of a surrender with the Germans.
I still have access to the newspaper (I believe it was the L.A. Times).
|Returning From Japan February 20, 1946
RE: N. E. HENDRICKSON
Is this an ongoing project from Jr. high cohort to cohort or is it now in stasis?
Did I send a photo
of the actual MG N. E. Hendrickson previously?
If not, it is attached.
Also, my grandfather was personal
friends with General Eisenhower. In doubt?
Check out the photos...
My grandfather with Ike and a photo
of Ike with a personal inscription:
"To General Norman Hendrickson a comrade in arms of WWII. Your best friend
Davy D Eisenhower."
Davy? Check it our for yourself.
Also, a picture
of NEH leaving occupied Japan in 1946.
Use as you see fit.
are always welcome to contact me for more or to clarify information.
>From: Hendrickson, Rick H. [email@example.com]>Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 9:59 PM
>To: David Rapaport
>In the interest of accuracy and solid research techniques; although a
correction was implemented there exist still factual errors which
>perpetuate the mixing of histories of father and
>For more accurate information regarding the formation of the 47th
>Infantry (The Viking division) and
its subsequent deactivation with the
>establishment of the 34th (Red Bull division) please consult the accurate:
-------Attached are two photos.
One is from
the 1950's as a Gen. with the Viking Division flag behind him. The other, Norman is second from the left, is a group shot
of the N. African HQ group. i don't know who the the others are. I also have a photo of him with 3-3star and gen. Mark Clark
with a handwritten thank you from Gen. Clark. I seems you are just looking for one but if you'd like more just let me know.
Also, Gen. Hendrickson was a Col. during WWII. There are 3 Norman E Hendrickson. Gen. Hendrickson would Norman E Hendrickson
Sr., my father would be the Jr. and my brother ( a Vietnam vet) the III (3rd).
Let me know when the page is updated
I'd be happy to see it. Thanks for doing more research and making corrections. I know this isn't meant to be a full biography
but just highlights of the service he gave to his country.
Nice of you to recognize
my grandfather. Your story has accurate facts but you have combined the lives of two people into one. The picture is
norm Hendrickson son of the general. They were both named Norman hendrickcson
(sent from IPad)
Nice story but there are a couple of problems... this is a mix of two vets, father
and son; my father and grandfather. The picture is of my father.
Our family appreciates the effort but a reading
of the first paragraph reveals the problem.
"Norman E Hendrickson was
born January 18, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1943, a 17-year-old Hendrickson enlisted in the US Navy and served and
was sent off to flight school where his love for piloting and engineering flourished, the skills he gained during his training
allowed his to serve as an aviation cadet during World War II and the Korean War. As a Brigadier General, Hendrickson served
as Chief of Staff for the 34th Infantry Division during the North African and Italian campaigns. Hendrickson's love for innovation
thrived long after his honorable discharge; he continued to share his expertise throughout his life."
How does a 17 year old naval cadet suddenly become a general
who leads an infantry division during the N African and Italian campaigns?
error: the Mn National Guard 175th field artillery joined the regular 34th division during WWII. After the war Gen Hendrickson
was instrumental in forming the MN National Guard's Viking Division aka 47th Infantry about 1946. It remained the Viking division
until 1991 when it was decommissioned and the 'Red Bulls' of the 34th Infantry were created.
We can provide a picture of Gen Hendrickson, if you'd like.
|1942 North African Command
RE: GENERAL BASILIO VALDES:
I am very thrilled to know that these students are interested in research and
learning about our past. These men and women made us who we are today as a nation. My uncle, brother of my father,
was one such a man. Major General Basilio Valdes'. I knew him well. We often visited him at his home in Manila,
Philippines. We played with his daughter, Nucay. Like his father he was a doctor if medicine. Many times
he would help the less fortunate and didn't charge them. He traveled with MacArthur throughout the WWII. He was
the physician of President Manuel L. Quezon of the Philippines.
My sister works at The University of Stanford. We have many relatives that live in the Bay Area.
Thank you for making this possible.
you so much for honoring my uncle, Tito Basilio! (brother of my father)
I was lucky to have known him as I would spend a lot of time in his home in Manila when I was young. I have a
lot of happy and good memories as he would also come to my house and visit us .
Your website is great !
Rosemarie Valdes Villa-Real
----------------------THIS IS FOR AMANDA GROZIAK
RE: General Keyes
My cousin sent me the website page that you did for the 'Signatures of War'. General Keyes was our grandfather. My
cousin Googled his name and your page came up. I really enjoyed the article that you wrote. You actually had quotes from General Patton
that I had never heard before. Our family is very proud of our grandfather and his military history. I don't know if you read
that his grandfather was a man named Lucien B. Maxwell. Maxwell was the largest land holder in the country. He was the owner
of the 'Maxwell Land Grant' which was over a million acres in northern New Mexico. He sold all of the land and moved
to Fort Sumner in the central part of New Mexico. After he died, his son, Pete Maxwell stayed there and his sister was
involved with Billy the Kid. Billy was killed in Petes' house.
There were quite a number of men, that my grandfather had either served with or his family had been stationed with, that retired
in Tucson. They would have small cocktail parties and get togeter. As they got older and there were fewer of them, three
or four would come to my grandfathers' house for dinner. Afterwards, they would all sit in the living room and talk.
Every so often, one of them would fall asleep in his chair. The others would carry on their conversations. The first one would
wake up and join back in. Eventually, another one would doze off. This would go on around the group of men till they had all
had a little nap. Then they would all go home.
The second movie about Patton titled "The Last Days of Patton" had a character playing my grandfather. Strangely, his last name was 'Maxwell'. The
actor looked sort of like my grandfather too.
I just wanted you to know that you report was actually read by family members of Gen. Keyes. I will sent the link to my brothers
and sisters and some more of my cousins so they can read it too. Thank you for doing such a good job.
RE: JAMES C. DOZIER:
I came upon information on this project as I was doing
a little bit of research on my own, using Google. I had received a letter in 1967 when I was a young National Guardsman
away for basic training. It was from a man that I met and chatted with at a USO outside of Fort Jackson, SC. I
found out that the man, James C. Dozier, was a retired Lt. General who, more significantly, earned and was awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was such a great honor for me to have met such a humble man. I remember well that
at mail-call, the sergeant was understandably taken aback seeing that I, Private Nobody, was receiving mail from a Lt. General.
I have saved and treasured that letter all these years.
In looking at the project information on your website, I noticed that
his name is listed on Page 1; I also saw a "Signatures" page. The reason that I'm contacting you is to see
if this is an ongoing project and whether you would want to see a copy of the letter with General Dozier's signature.
If you have interest
in this letter, please let me know and I'd be happy to share it with you and your students.
Page One of Dozier Letter
Page Two of Dozier Letter
Page Three of Dozier Letter
I thought the following would
be of interest to you as his last wife just passed and will be buried in Arlington.
(as sent by Frank Rabbito)
Kinney Lutes died Saturday, December 17, 2011. Helen moved to Naples in 1980 from Washington D.C. after the death
of her husband, Lt. General Leroy Lutes, U.S. Army. Helen was born April 24, 1912 in Great Falls, MT, the daughter of
Professor and Mrs. Edward D. Kinney. She was a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration in
1933. Before her marriage in 1973, she served with the U.S. Government for 34 years, first with the Departments
of Army and Defense in Washington, D.C. and then for 13 years overseas in Korea, India, Vietnam, and Columbia with the Agency
for International Development, Department of State.
Helen served on numerous committees and boards during her time at La Maison and loved the residents
and the camaraderie of the community. She always said it was her only real home after leaving Lawrence, Kansas.
Helen's Memorial Mass will be held at St. William, 750 Seagate Drive, Naples, January 17, 2012 at 10:00AM.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on April 24, 2012.
wanted to tell you what a great help your page http://signaturesofwar.com/id6.html has been for me! I've been collecting a bunch of resources for my final unit plan that explores what I'll include on
my own classpage as a Social Studies teacher. Here's another page that I found particularly useful: It's a really great
article on aerial warfare throughout history! (link edited because it is commercial)
I've been student
teaching during the day and tutoring some nights when classes allow but I'm finally wrapping up my grad degree. I'm really
eager to get into the field fulltime to become part of the teaching community, which is why I was hoping you wouldn't mind
if I make a suggestion? ;)
I would love it if you could include the air warfare article on your page; I'd love
to show my professor that I reached out and helped contribute to your page! And I'm sure it would really help other students
and teachers too or I wouldn't have reached out. Apologies for the interruption!
Thanks so much!
Social Studies Student Teacher
Seattle Public Schools
Hello, Good article on Gen. Cannon. In the last paragraph it would be more correct to say "young airmen"
instead of "young soldiers".
up the good work.