D-Day Rememberance

 

Hope you will stop and remember those who went ashore at Normandy and those who didn’t return. If you choose to forward this perhaps there is someone you would like to list below.  Joe M Ware

  • Captain Reuben Barnes Ware, M.D., KIA , Omaha Beach.
    RBW was born in 1914 at Amherst, VA to Reuben Barnes Ware, M.D. and his wife Birdie Drummond. He was married to Martha Wood and had a son RBW, Jr. In 1933 he enrolled in the pre-med curriculum at Va Tech and upon completion transferred to the Medical College of VA in Richmond where he received his M.D. in 1940. He interned at Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond.
    When WWII began he volunteered for service and reported for duty in July 1940. He was assigned to the 104th Medical Battalion of the 29th Division. He was subsequently promoted to Captain and assigned as Battalion Surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry. He was shipped to England on the Queen Mary in 1942 to prepare for the invasion Captain Ware felt a close bond and deep responsibility to the men of his Battalion who were recruited from Amherst, Campbell and Bedford counties. When the invasion took place he could have waited till later in the day when the beach was secured but he volunteered to accompany the initial forces believing that his services would be desperately need on the beach. He was struck and killed by hostile fire while disembarking from his landing craft. Capt Ware was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor and was buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in St. Luarent, France overlooking Omaha Beach.Many of the men who returned home visited his parents to pay their respects and express their gratitude for his service.

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From Conrad Wayne Ware:  Others who did their Patriot duty in WW II.

Guy W Trent, born 21 Aug 1912, died 23 Jun 1994. Served in the U.S. Army in Italy and North Africa.

Claude H Trent, born 20 Feb 1918, still living, served in the U.S. Army in Europe.

Melvin L “Buss” Hancock, born 1922, still living, served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.

(As a small boy I remember when each of my uncles left to serve our country. I also remember the family reunions when each of them came home at different times, alive and all in one piece. These were very happy occasions for all of us in the family. Uncle Guy had been wounded in active duty, but not seriously. He received several medals which he never showed to us nephews and nieces. None of the three ever talked about their service. I wish they had.  Uncle Guy and Claude are brothers to my late mother. Uncle Buss is married to my mother’s youngest sister, both of which are still living, but getting in poor health.)


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D-Day Rememberance — 3 Comments

  1. Thank you Vicki. Remembering this is very emotional. I remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor listening to it over the radio at age 6 from my bed very sick with pneumonia. We knew then that family members would be called or volunteer to serve.

    Wayne

  2. There are those of us at an age that we will always remember and it is our duty to pass it down to our descendents.

    Three of my uncles served in WWII, but were not at Normandy. One was in the US Navy, two (brothers) in the US Army, one of which chased Gen Rommel all over Africa. Two of these three uncles are still living. Blessed are these brave men.

    Wayne Ware
    R1b

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