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Gunter ‘Georges’ Gillot Jr
Acknowledgments & Friendships

My perfect definition of Friendship !
Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend. While there is no practical limit on what types of people can form a friendship, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations, or interests, and have similar demographics.

The story of the European Center of Military History started in Jalhay, Belgium, in 1980. Being today the 5th of January 2016 this make 36 years. It’s a long time and many of my friends and contacts have already made their last transfert. It’s sad to see them fading away and this even hurt but there is nothing we can do against this. That’s why I have done this page and I keep it online. I will not forget a single one of them.

The President of the USA, Ronald Reagan and Mrs Nancy Reagan
Mrs Mildred Patterson (US Ambassador in Brussels)
Sen. Robert Dole (Senator)(Veteran Italian Campaign)
Gen Matthew B. Ridgway (US Army) (CO XVIII Airborne Corps)
Gen James M. Gavin (US Army) (CG 82nd Airborne Division)
Gen Bruce C. Clark (US Army) (CO CCB 7th Armored Division)
Gen William M. Miley (US Army) (CG 17th Airborne Division)
Gen William T. Ryder ((US Army)(CO 1st American Parachute Test Platoon)
Gen William P. Yarborough (US Army) (CO Parachute Test Platoon)
Gen George M. Jones (USMC) (CO 503rd Marine Parachute Regiment)
Gen Edward W. Westlake (USMC) (31st Infantry Division)
Col Charles B. MacDonald (2-ID)(Mac, I miss you)
Howard S. Bedney – (104-ID)
William C. C. Cavanagh

    Will, I just found out (March 2015) that you passed away. In Fact Fiona told me. No one has had time to let me know. I suppose that this is the way things goes today. Rest in Peace, my dear Will and if you find Mac in the paradise make sure he doesn’t again mess up the damn whole area, especially if Mac has located that Jim Beam guy up there. (Will you may be a really strange guy but you are and will always be the Best Military Historian in our Battle of the Bulge History. I do really want to thank you for all I’ve learned while you were working for/with me)

Theodore B. Wilcox – (104-ID)
Louis S. Wise Jr – (7-ID)
Alvin E. Thomas – (70-ID)
Robert F. Little Jr – (1-CAV)
Roger V. Foeringer – (99-ID)
Lew Conant – (3-ID)
James E. Tracy – (3-A)
John S. Linz – (C/394/99-ID)
Pat J. Murphy – (456ABA/82-AB)
John B. Merril – (308MED/83-ID)
Ed Sierjeij – (17AB/D)
John W. Mill – (USN Avia)
Thomas Huff – (A/414/104-ID)
Thomas F. Stack – (291-ECB)
James S. Steiner – (USN)
Peter L, Coppock – (UK Army)
Don L. De Donato – (290-FAOB)
Hans Sänger, (German 79.Infanterie-Division)
Richard D. Carlson – (409/103-ID)
Clarence C. Lauer Jr – (6-CAV)
Wayne Colwell – (278SP/XIII/9A)
Leo E. Thompson – (I/117/30-ID)
Johnny T. Goldston – (AAA-AW/552-PIR)
Earl W. Deitz – (1121G-HQ)(Gen Gerow’s Cook)(1A)
Robert B. Willon Jr – (I/38/2-ID)
Robert W. Tribe – (A/307-AB-Engr)
Robert A. Houston – (405/102-ID)
Robert L. Brander – (G/41/AIR/2-AD)
Elmer J. Otting – (309FA/78-ID)
Vincent P. Kramer – (Recon Off/18/1-ID)
Carter H. Colembe – (HQ/289/75ID)
Robert V. Benz – (26/1-ID)
Owen C. Miller – (A/506/101-AB)
Ralph E. Walter – (3373SI/2MONI/10A)
Stewart T. Moran – (XII Manitoba Dragoon)
Hugo Segat (Mil-Surp, New York) (Canal Street Militaria Nov 1984)
Jean-Jacques Lesceux – (Great Falls, Va)
Patrick M. Hubai – (Henri-Chapelle Mil-Cem)
Robert J. Stewart – (87RCN/7-AD) (Our Adopted Soldier in Henri-Chapelle)
Dennis M. Davies – (Salem, NH)(A great guy)
George P. Clark – (373/17/AAF)
James Bramuck – (USN)
Howard Bawen – (D/394/99ID)
Bernd X, (1. SS-Panzerdivision – LSSAH)
Fritz X, (1. SS-Panzerdivision – LSSAH)
Werner X, (1. SS-Panzerdivision – LSSAH)
Jordan M. Reifel – (3AAF & 14AD)
William Byrnes – (I/254/63ID)
Jim L. Kelly – (C/120/30ID)
Jack Bender (USA)
Melvin D Goebel – (I/254/63ID)
Leon Mourer – (I/254/63ID)
W. E. Luipler – (A/263/63ID)
J. Kagan – (808FAB/9A)
Henry V. Robut – (D/254/63ID)
Paul Kliger – (1ECA/1A)
Earl S. Parker – (E/423/106ID)
Mike Holmstock – (B/504/82AB)
C. R. Coxon – (USA)
Arthur J. Schwartz – (USA)
John C. Grady – (542PIB)
Harold Walsh – (Publisher)
William R. Embrey – (USA)
William H. Dean – (551PIB)
Al Pfeiffer – (11AD)
Ralph A. Watson – (101AB)
Andy Beck – (S-Co/103ID)
Philip van Eckeren – (Honorary 508PIR)
Bob Van Houtem – (President VBOB-USA) (Thanks for the VBOB Medal)
Fred Waring – (82AB)
Dan Morgan – (551PIB) (Thanks Dan)
Saul Solow – (30ID)
Jim Allardyce – (508PIR)
Alvin E. Thomas – (70ID)
Bernard W. Rogers, (SHAFE-CG)
Richard Neal – (D/393/99ID)
Charles Klouda – (1MED/309/78ID)
George V. Ewald – (67EVAC-HOS)
Erwin O. Hayes Jr – (A/23/2ID)
George Wise – (581AMB-Co)
Van String – (H/291/75ID)
King B. Rock – (285FOB)
Rey Rauvie – (D/5FA/1ID)
William D. Lake – (AT-Co/377/95ID)
Helen Jordan Phillips – (USA/Baugnez)
Hans Jaeger – (553VGD-1119SFKP)
Bill Waller – (Belgium)
Robert H. Ishom – (B/194/17AB)
F. W. Clipper – (214FAB)
William Dodge – (M/424/106ID)
Paul J. Folis – (628QMB)
William H. Mueller – (M/424/106ID)
Frank Bordely – (M/424/106ID)
Edward A. Lampere – (M/424/106ID)
Clement F. Piscitello – (4ID & 9ID)
Karl Willems (272 VGrDiv)
Sidney Pell – (HQ/415/104ID)
Robert R. Rankin – (USAF)
R. E. Stone – (B/523/AIB)
Sparky Tewalt – (H/33EB/7AD)
Thomas B. Lenaban – (2AD)
Bernard Rebarchak – (H/3Bn/110/28ID)
Charles S. Failamb – (551PIB)
Lou Regens – (2ID)
Richard F. Keller – (HQ-3ID)
J. B. Virgil – (VFW-USA)
Bobby R. Hurst – (HQ-USIC-Benning)
Michael Moss – (West Point Museum)
Gerard “Gerry” Devlin – (Historian-USA)
J de Cartier d’Yves – (PA-ABL-HA)
Daniel S. Campbell – (82AD)
Paul Kemp – (Imperial War Museum)
Terril M. Aitken – (Oregon Mil Museum)
David Gettman (relative to Shorty Gettman 99ID)
Willis S. Cole Jr – (Battery Corporal Willis S. Cole Military Museum)
Greg Tongue – 06484 CT-USA
Bill Rezzey, New York
Henri Rogister, Belgium
Eddy Lamberty, Belgium
Warren Watson, USA
Erik Brun (99-IB-(S)
Howard Yamagoshi (EUCMH Member)

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