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Thanks. Librarian at Ohio.edu Chillicothe, Ohio USA Holland Memorial Village of Gemonde, The Netherlands
Perry Acord (WWII) search Chillicothe, Ohio USA
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Hello from overseas,
This is a search request from Holland, Europe.
During the Holland mission in the days of September 1944, a lot of allied paratroopers were dropped in The Netherlands by C-47 transport planes and Waco gliders.
A lot of these planes were shot down by enemy anti-aircraft guns. Most of the airmen and paratroopers were able to bail out safely, or make a crash landing with their glider. Some of these men were taken POW by the Germans, others evaded and were hidden by the Dutch underground.
One of the places where these allied servicemen were hidden, is Gemonde, a village located between Eindhoven and 's-Hertogenbosch, in the south part of the Netherlands. A Dutch villager named Frans Geerts, took care of 12 US servicemen who were shot down, and gave them shelter, without regard for his own safety.
Next year, 5 May 2004, a plaque will be unveiled for this Dutch resident and the 12 servicemen who were hiding there. We have a list of these 12 allied soldiers who were involved, hiding and in the hospital. May 5, is the day of national remembrance of the liberation in The Netherlands.
One of these airmen who were in Gemonde at the time, was Perry Acord of Chillicothe, Ohio. We are not sure if our spelling is correct, as the original 1944 document is very hard to read. ACORD, first name PERRY (probably, not sure).
Now we would like to get in touch with this person or - in case he's passed away - a next of kin (relative: wife, children), in the county.
Probably, Perry Acord was listed as Missing In Action after the incident, in September/October 1944, and in the local newspaper of those days.
Our contact person in Holland is Mr Toon van Heesch, a member of the Committee; his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be very pleased to get in touch with Mr Lange or a surviving family member.
Please give us a hand: a contact or a current family address. Looking forward to your reply.
Greetings from overseas. Thank you for your efforts. Kindest regards,
B. Smeets Netherlands
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List of US servicemen, 18-24 October 1944: 1. S. William Preus, Verona NJ (son found) 2. James A. Swanson, Albany, Ottawa 3. Harold V. Wohlford, Roanoke VA (wife found) 4. William Richard Doss, Columbus OH 5. Perry Acord, Chillicothe OH 6. Herman J. Hohman, Caldwell OH (veteran found) 7. Robert Weaks, Francesville IN 8. Ledford Langslon?, Holly Springs MS 9. Alvin A. Etingoff, Coral Gables FL (brother found) 10. Nicolas A. Macuras, Coraopolis PA 11. Rex Wohlbrugby?, Bessemer AL 12. William A. Lange, Pleasant Plains IL