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June 18/2019

Phoenix Hotel

Pleasant Point Club

In Oswego ... 1860

Could that be St. Mary's Steeple

Lock 7 and Leto's Island

Mills On Leto's Island

 

D DAY - THE INVASION OF EUROPE

Seventy -five years ago, in the early morning of June 6, 1944, inland from the Normandy beachhead, in France, pathfinders from parachute infantry regiments of the 82nd Airborne Division, preceded by the 101st, jumped from C-47 Skytrain transports into the dead of night.  Their job was to mark landing zones for the main contingent, of paratroops that followed.  It would be accomplished with lanterns and Eureka ground-based transponders;  a cumbersome device that communicated with the Rebecca airborne transceiver in aircraft above.  One of the massive transponders was fielded by an Oswego, New York native. Paul Hellard, was one of the few 504th Parachute Infantry Division's pathfinders to land on French soil that morning.

 

This was Mission Boston of Operation Overlord - D-DAY - the beginning of the liberation of Europe.

Pictured: Paul's Parachute Jumper Coat worn, by him, during the D-DAY invasion (the torn pocket flap was ripped off during his landing);  M-1-C Paratrooper Helmet; M3 Trench Knife and M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine.

Pathfinder photos: 82nd Airborne Division

Note:  The newer condition 82nd Airborne shoulder sleeve insignia was added by Paul at a later time.

George M. Clark, President

Continental Arms Collectors Association 

 

504 Pathfinders Cosimo Sicily

 

Oswego Harbor

Mexico, NY

Hastings, NY ..... One Room School

Oswego Harbor And Life Saving Station

 

Upper Bridge ....fulton,NY

On the left is where the old Easy B was.

Canal Construction ...... Fulton, NY

Through The Woods

West Baptist Church

H.L. Marshall's in Oswego, NY. Reverse "Dealer In Berlin Wools Embroidery Goods

Fishing Tackle & Fancy Goods Generally".

Morgan L "Blunt" Marshall operated a general store in central New York state, dealt in coins and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the New York National Guard, and actively involved in recruiting during the Civil War. He served several terms as town alderman. He manufactured fly-fishing rods, and this token shows a fisherman with a fly rod and reel in a lovely circular vignette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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