Mario-My world geography students were very interested in knowing that
Europeans care for the graves of fallen Americans. World War II and the
Netherlands are a long way off from the rural area where we live, and your
note provided a human connection that they understand. Maybe that will allow
them to recognize and understand the committment and sacrifice that our
soldiers have made in the past and continue to make today.
Students at my school do cemetery research, and we often hear from families
who once lived in our area. Just a few weeks ago I communicated with a
McAlpine descendent by snail-mail, and I do not have an email address for
her. I have printed your email and mailed it to her. I can't figure out
exactly how she would have been related to your soldier, but I am pretty
sure you will hear from her.
Be sure and let us know if Mrs. Ballenger contacts you. My kids are waiting
to hear more about this story as it unfolds.
Erath County, Texas
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mario Nouwen" <Mario.Nouwen(a)sittard-geleen.nl>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 5:08 AM
Subject: [TXERATH] Robert B McAlpine Jr. Bluff Dale ca 1940
My name is Mario Nouwen and I live in the Netherlands (Holland).
Some time ago I adopted a grave at the US War Cemetery in Margraten
(Holland) of a former inhabitant of Bluffdale (County Erath / Texas).
This person was enlisted in 1944 and died in Germany on April 7, 1945, age
For some time I've been trying to find information about this person but
Here are the person's details:
Name: Robert B. McAlpine jr.
Marital status: Married
Last adres: Rt. 1 Bluffdale Texas
Education: 1 year of High school
US Army serial number: 38687403
Place of enlistment: Camp Wolters (Texas)
Civilian occupation: Farmer hands
Also I have a written account of his last two days during the war.
As a member of the C-company / 50th Infantry Battalion of the 6th Armored
Division, he fought in the Belgian Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).
I would greatly appreciate if you could help me find some more information
about this person, e.g. the name of his wife, a photograph, whereabouts of
his children and/or about his life in Bluffdale.
Aan de Statie 11
6114 NB Susteren
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