Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by bexley84, May 30, 2021.
Just came across this bit of sad news. When I first came to the Talk we PM'd back and forth on several issues occasionally. He was always gracious enough to explain things in a understandable and educating way as to not make me feel ignorant of the subject matter (I was seriously lacking in knowing things WW2 British/Commonwealth oriented a great deal back then). He always set me straight. Tough to know that he is gone. He's still here in spirit though.
Strange to note a year has passed.
The place has changed without him.
Raising a glass.
Just dipping back into the forum after several years absence (I couldn't remember my login details so had to re-register!) and was saddened to read of the passing of Ron Goldstein. He helped me with several enquiries I had regarding my Dad's service in the 11th Field Ambulance, 78th Divn. As others have said, he did indeed have that gentle patient touch in dealing with questions from folk who have zero knowledge of military matters.
Later this month I will be undertaking the final leg of my journey following the last steps the 11th Field Amb took when they crossed from Italy into Austria. (This is one of the few things left on my bucket list). I have already done the journey from Taranto to Udine back in 2013.
My Dad hardly ever talked about the war and there are so many things I now wished that I had asked him. After he died I discovered that he had kept a lot of memorabelia from his army days including postcards from Austria (with written commentaries on the back), various photos of his unit and lots of miscellaneous stuff like German propaganda leaflets, army kit bag with his service number, service records etc.
I'm putting together a bit of a biography of his life for my grandchildren who never knew him and although his time in the army represents just a small fraction of his lifetime, it had an enormous impact on his future, indeed life changing.
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