CCKW-352 U.S.A. W-454317-PEARL HARBOR?

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CCKW-352 U.S.A. W-454317-PEARL HARBOR?

Post by Ben Dover » Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:46 am

Not as many Pearl Harbor Veterans around as there used to be. There will be ceremonies around the USA to mark this day in history, my CCKW was made in May 1941, it is a true WWII Veteran, if only it could speak.
I'll pay the CCKW a visit to remember this day, I have added a new Veteran to the passenger door, CWO Joseph DeRoche. CWO DeRoche started as a stable boy with the Maine National Guard in 1935 and retired as the Maintenance Officer for the same organization 41 years later. Joe was on stateside active duty on December 7, 1941 and was a member the 152nd Field Artillery that was activated by President Roosevelt during the Spring of 1941 and spent 1942-1945 island hopping with the 43rd Division in the South Pacific.
This CCKW along with Joe were in the Army on December 7, 1941, I wonder what they were doing?
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Post by johnseidts » Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:49 am

Joel,
Curious about the reason for 28th ID/229th FA on the bumper? Is there a family or friend association? My great-grandfather, grandfather, father and I all served in the 28th or ancestor units (Span-Am War).
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Post by Ben Dover » Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:40 am

My Uncle Joe was a WWII Ranger who was part of the Cadre when the 2nd Army Ranger School was formed at Camp Forrest, not all WWII Rangers served in Ranger units, many were assigned to Infantry units to provide training, leadership and recon capability. Uncle Joe was first assigned to the 28th Div. 110th Infantry Regiment, hence the markings for the artillery, and his last assignment was the 106th Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
I have his rare 2nd Army Ranger Training Handbook from Camp Forrest.
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Post by Ben Dover » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:59 pm

It is now December 7th 1941 +75 years. If only this truck could talk, am sure it would have a story to tell. I will go out this forenoon and have a seat in the CCKW to spend a quiet moment remembering those who were there at Pearl Harbor.
I knew a few who were there at Pearl Harbor and fortunate enough over the years since WWII to personally know most of those in the local 152nd Field Artillery Battery who were activated in the spring of 1941. They are nearly all gone now, WO DeRoche would be 100 now, and my Uncle Joe would be 98.
There will be a noontime ceremony with Pearl Harbor Veterans in attendance, a guest speaker, possibly the Adjutant General and a wreath will be tossed into the Penobscot River from a bridge. The Penobscot exits into the Atlantic, and there are WWII stories from locals of Germans, possibly submariners, coming ashore and purchasing items from local general stores. Two German spies did land at Hancock Point and were subsequently caught.

The CCKW is still in fighting condition and time seemed to have stood still so that it could stand as a monument to those who fought during World War Two.
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Post by Ben Dover » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:18 pm

Take a moment to remember Pearl Harbor. If only this GMC could talk.
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Post by Ben Dover » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:46 am

CWO Joe DeRoche was well known in the community, having his name printed on the CCKW door brings back memories to many who see and appreciate this little token of appreciation even 30 years after his passing.
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Post by drbob1961 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:39 pm

What an inspiring tribute. Nice to see true heroes recognized and not the fake idiotic ones on the ball field.
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Post by Ben Dover » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:45 pm

Joe served in the 152nd Field Artillery and was given the honor of firing the 75MM Howitzer salute on Governor's Day at annual training. Joe reminded me of Conductor Arthur Fiedler''s Boston Pops 4th of July performance with his body English as he touched off the cannon.
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Post by Ben Dover » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:28 pm

Honoring Pearl Harbor plus seventy seven years.
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Post by D.R.H. » Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:47 pm

Amen.......
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Post by RedArrow2016 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:59 am

I second that Amen as well...
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