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Letters for April 2009

... remembrances from World War II

from our readers

The following email is in reference to an article by Irving Smolens published in the September 2003 Melrose Mirror, "A devoted son remembers"

I want to thank Irv for being such a  wonderful resource and friend to my husband. I recently found the article Irv wrote about my husband and the book he had to have. Irv you have given my husband wonderful information and I truly believe he was meant to have contact with you. We have been able to share information with our boys about their grandfather and his WWII experiences with the Fourth Infantry and the D-Day battle. Irv, you have truly been a blessing to all of us. I think "grandpa DeLucia" intervened from heaven on behalf of you and his son. We are VERY PROUD of Grandpa DeLucia. No one more so than his son, Joe. He speaks with a reverence and pride about anyone associated with the Fourth Infantry Division. He has become an expert on D-Day. He has passed this love and knowledge to one of our sons.

On behalf of my family I want to thank all WWII veterans for their unending dedication to keeping our country safe and free. Every veteran is the epitome of what we should all strive to be. Veterans are strong, faithful, and fearless in the face of danger when it comes to protecting our country and family values. I am grateful to have children who respect our veterans in an insightful way. I am honored to call Mr. Smolens a role model and friend of the DeLucia Family.

With much admiration,

Dana DeLucia- wife of Dr. Joe Delucia and daughter-in-law of WWII Fourth Infantry Veteran Joseph DeLucia
[Irving responded in a telephone conversation with Dana]

Several years ago in a gesture of thanks for determining where Craig Lindsay, Joe's closest friend, was buried (Joe's father was with Lindsay when Lindsay was killed by an artillery shell in the Normandy hedgerows) she made me a beautiful Ivy leaf coverlet for my bed. The Ivy Leaf is the shoulder patch of tour 4th Infantry Division. The Roman numeral 4 is IV so in WWI the Ivy leaf was chosen to be our division insignia. German prisoners used to refer to us as the men of the Terrible Green Cross.

At our National reunion which this year is in St. Louis where Dana and her husband and family live she has agreed to make a similar coverlet which will be raffled off at the reunion. I am going to request that the proceeds from the raffle be designated for our scholarship fund.

Irving Smolens

The following letter refers to a story by Don Norris titled "The Kay Driscoll Bistany Story". It was published in the Melrose Mirror around August 1998. (Our Previous Issues do not go back so far; publication date is uncertain.)

From: gerald stokes
To: melrose@media.mit.edu
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 10:56 AM
Subject: The Kay Driscoll Bistany Story

I am delighted to find this story in your newspaper through the Internet.

My Father-in-Law, Dr. W.S. Worthy, was an orthopedic surgeon with the 6th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy. After the 6th General was moved to Italy he was placed on Detached Service with the 2nd Aux Surgical Group. Hence he would have served with Kay Driscoll Bistany from the assembly of the 6th General in Florida, embarkation to Casablanca, and then in North Africa till she transferred to the 2nd Aux Surgical Group and would have served with her again  after he also joined that group.

I can't tell from the article how long ago it was written. Kay Driscoll Bistany  would now be 94 years old. Is she still alive and if so where is she located. I would love to talk to her as we are currently trying to track down info on where Dr. Worthy was assigned throughout the war when he was not stationed  with his primary unit, The 6th General Hospital.

Regards, Jerry Stokes

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