THOMAS E. ROORK|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
326 State Street
Elmer, New Jersey 08318
67th Propeller Specialist
8 October 1980
Thanks for the list of names and addresses of some of the old gang. Some of them I recall, but some I can't quite place them and I know I probably know who some are, but I was one of the chosen few picked to go to Africa, and that was a different ball game and for that I lost contact because I went to the hospital when I returned to England in October of 1943 - and to help my memory anymore, it's rather difficult, because there has been a lot of water over the dam since then. I did have a book on the 44th Bomb Squadron, but for the life of me, I just can't seem to find it. It is suppose to be here in the house somewhere, but where at this date and time, we don't know. We are looking and when I find it, I'll let you know.
From the addresses, I see Tex Burress and Curly Nelson were in Texas. It's a shame I didn't know what the addresses were when I was visiting in Texas a couple of years ago. I would have taken time to see them.
Bob Edding and Grady Fogelman cannot be too far apart because Grady is about 12 to 15 hours drive from here. So I'll drop them a line at a later date, to see what is what. Okay on John (Parnick) from the 389th.
Will, I'm going to close because my ole hand is going to sleep on me and when that happens, I can't write.
Thanks ever so much for all the information and if the good Lord be willing, and the creek doesn't rise, I'll be writing again son.
The best to you and your family from all of us.
Elmer, NJ 08318
12 December 1980
I am a HAM operator and making contacts with people in Germany - when 40 years ago we were not so friendly...right? Well, I did not mention anything about his age but when he told me he lived in Kiel, it brought back some memories because, if you recall, we made the first daylight raid on Kiel and the British at the time, though, we were crazy, but what Yank isn't?
And to further my thoughts on this, when our planes came back from that bomb mission, there were a few bomb pins still stuck in the bomb bay after the bombs were released and for some reason, I grabbed one and the tag that it was attached to , and for some unknown reason, I've always kept it. Why, I don't know. Also, I have a leaflet that we used for propaganda we dropped in Italy when I was in Africa. Why I've kept that, I don't know, but it is just one of those rarities. But to work another HAM in Germany, 40 years later, makes you stop and think a little? No bad thoughts, but after all these years, what next?