Good work folks !
Great detectives the two of you !
I never knew about Bob until Don told me the story. I had brought an album of WWII airborne pictures to Reading Airshow last year. Don got to looking at them and when I turned to Bob's picture, I said, "I believe that trooper was from the 5-O-Deuce."
Don said "oh no, that's my friend Bob Noody. He and I went to NCO Academy togther in Joginy, France. Bob destroyed (one or two) tanks in Normandy. Did you know that Air Corps Magazine
had a story about D-Day back in (mid- to late-1944 or early-1945)? Bob's picture was on the cover. I've been looking for that for a long time."
Well light bulbs were firing off above my head. I have a few connections at some places that are great for research. So a day or two after the Airshow I went to one of these places and unfortunately found that those older magazines were only available on micro-fiche. Good thing was that you could still print the pages. Although the quality wasn't all that hot, I did have exactly what Don was looking for.
Fast forward to home that evening; I print out another hi-res copy of Bob's picture, write Don a short note and shove everything into a mailer and send it off to Don. I soon forgot about it in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
A couple of weeks later I get a call from my wife, "were you expecting something from Don Malarkey?"
"There's a package here for you with his return address on it."
"Are you S**TTING me?!?!"
"I hope you aren't messing with me girl!"
"I'm not. It'll be on your desk when you get home."
I race home a full hour early. I tear open the package and after reading a lovely letter from Don thanking me for doing what generals were unable to do, I looked over what he sent me. There were a couple of signed pictures and wedged behind the Company picture at Zell am See was a beautiful, full color copy of Don's NCO Academy graduation certificate along with a small envelope. In the envelope were two pictures of Bob Noody at the NCO Academy. Don said, "here are a couple of nice pictures of Bob...funny thing about those pictures, I took plenty of pictures of everyone else while we were there but the dumb Irishman that I am, I never got anyone to shoot any of me."
Receiving that package and those bits of history was totally unexpected and something I will treasure forever. Don is a very special man. But you all probably know that!
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.