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Title: Local WWII veteran’s remains recovered more than 70 years later, in a tree
Source: q13fox
URL Source: http://q13fox.com/2017/07/14/us-vet ... embedded-in-a-tree-in-germany/
Published: Jul 16, 2017
Author: Hana Kim
Post Date: 2017-07-16 07:27:02 by cranky
Keywords: None
Views: 532
Comments: 22

A sad reunion that was decades in the making.

“They loved each other as brothers and friends,” Doug Louvier said.

It’s a story of two best friends who grew up together in the Rainier Valley.

“They both enlisted together and went to war,” Jan Bradshaw said.

Jan Bradshaw’s father, First Lt. Jim Louvier, came back from World War II.

First Lt. Bill Gray did not.

“They think he took some enemy fire,” Bradshaw said.

Bill’s plane crashed in Germany in April 1945. Since then, time has stood still with Bill’s remains unfound.

“I never expected him to be returned,” Bradshaw said.

The only tangible memory are the more than 100 letters Bill wrote during the war.

“The last letter said he had done 68 missions,” Bradshaw said.

But now they can add closure to these chapters. More than 70 years later, family members learned that Bill’s bones were still giving life to a tree at the crash site.

“The bones that they found were embedded in the tree,” Bradshaw said.

“It grew over his remains and really protected and marked the spot,” Louvier said.

Family members say Army crews nearby investigating another case stumbled upon Bill’s site after two witnesses of the crash decades ago alerted crews of what happened in Bill’s crash.

In 2016, crews started excavating the forested location, going through every inch of dirt looking for any clues. After 15 days of excavating, Bradshaw says, crews made the astounding discovery in the root of the tree.

Advances in science helped match Bill’s DNA to his two sisters allowing the war hero to finally come home on Wednesday.

“I wish my dad was here to see this, to see Bill come home,” Bradshaw said.

At the age of 89, Jim died in 2010. But long before that he kept his promise to his best friend.

“If one doesn’t come back we are committed to taking care of the other's family,” Bradshaw said.

Keeping his word, Jim married Bill’s sister, who is Bradshaw’s mom.

“I know he loved her dearly and committed to her for 64 years before he died,” Bradshaw said.

But the family could never settle on where to bury Jim’s ashes.

“We couldn’t decide what to do and now we know why,” Bradshaw said.

Because the two best friends were meant to be -- side by side in their final resting place at Tahoma National Cemetery.

The two men were given a military burial with honors.

“I think they are having a cold drink up there smacking their glass together and saying we are finally back together,” Louvier said.

“They think he took some enemy fire,” Bradshaw said.

Bill’s plane crashed in Germany in April 1945. Since then, time has stood still with Bill’s remains unfound.

“I never expected him to be returned,” Bradshaw said.

The only tangible memory are the more than 100 letters Bill wrote during the war.

“The last letter said he had done 68 missions,” Bradshaw said.

But now they can add closure to these chapters. More than 70 years later, family members learned that Bill’s bones were still giving life to a tree at the crash site.

“The bones that they found were embedded in the tree,” Bradshaw said.

“It grew over his remains and really protected and marked the spot,” Louvier said.

Family members say Army crews nearby investigating another case stumbled upon Bill’s site after two witnesses of the crash decades ago alerted crews of what happened in Bill’s crash.

In 2016, crews started excavating the forested location, going through every inch of dirt looking for any clues. After 15 days of excavating, Bradshaw says, crews made the astounding discovery in the root of the tree.

Advances in science helped match Bill’s DNA to his two sisters allowing the war hero to finally come home on Wednesday.

“I wish my dad was here to see this, to see Bill come home,” Bradshaw said.

At the age of 89, Jim died in 2010. But long before that he kept his promise to his best friend.

“If one doesn’t come back we are committed to taking care of the other's family,” Bradshaw said.

Keeping his word, Jim married Bill’s sister, who is Bradshaw’s mom.

“I know he loved her dearly and committed to her for 64 years before he died,” Bradshaw said.

But the family could never settle on where to bury Jim’s ashes.

“We couldn’t decide what to do and now we know why,” Bradshaw said.

Because the two best friends were meant to be -- side by side in their final resting place at Tahoma National Cemetery.

The two men were given a military burial with honors.

“I think they are having a cold drink up there smacking their glass together and saying we are finally back together,” Louvier said.

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#1. To: cranky (#0)

Why do you double-post these articles? It defaces the forum.

Between you and Boris, you make the forum look like a hangout for total retards.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   7:57:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative (#1)

Why do you double-post these articles? It defaces the forum.

Between you and Boris, you make the forum look like a hangout for total retards.

Lighten up,Lucille! So a few bytes had to sent to the front lines to die early. Big deal.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-07-16   9:56:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: sneakypete (#2)

Maybe it's you who should lighten up, Gertie.

I actually read articles. It is very annoying to notice that the article has started over from the beginning and have to determine whether I actually read it all or if there was some portion elsewhere, at the end.

And I've noticed you're a skimmer of articles and seem at times to read nothing but the title. So why the hell do you even care either way since you don't read most articles you comment on anyway?

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   10:06:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Tooconservative (#3)

I actually read articles. It is very annoying to notice that the article has started over from the beginning and have to determine whether I actually read it all or if there was some portion elsewhere, at the end.

I now understand what a difficult thing it can be for you to recognize a sentence or a paragraph you just read 15 seconds earlier,and apologize.

Most of us don't have that problem.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-07-16   10:30:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: sneakypete (#4)

Most of us don't have that problem.

Because most of you don't bother to ever read an article anyway. Some people can't even read the first sentence. Just last week, someone I won't name asked a question about the article which was succinctly and clearly explained in the very first sentence of the article.

I've begun to think a majority reads nothing but the title of the link and, at most, lightly skim the article.

But if the articles aren't important enough to read, why post them? Why, indeed, comment on them at all?

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   10:37:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Tooconservative (#5)

But if the articles aren't important enough to read, why post them? Why, indeed, comment on them at all?

This is a political web site,and most posters claim to be conservatives/right-wingers. Because of this most new threads are about politics and how corrupt and evil Dims are. Lots of political rhetoric and not many facts other than those laid out at the top of the story. IF you are going to pick out anything new to comment on,chances are it's at the top of the story.

If this were DU,it would be the same,but the posts would be about "evil Republicans that want to starve endangered chil-runs to death."

It's just the nature of partisan politics.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-07-16   10:57:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: sneakypete (#6)

cranky does this regularly and has for some time now.

And this isn't a political story at all. It's just a local news story on a returned WW II vet's remains.

So you're not explaining cranky's habit away very well.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   11:05:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: sneakypete (#6)

This is a political web site,and most posters claim to be conservatives/right-wingers. Because of this most new threads are about politics and how corrupt and evil Dims are. Lots of political rhetoric and not many facts other than those laid out at the top of the story.

Bullshit. I am a libertarian and I loathe both Republicans and their masters, the Democrats.

buckeroo  posted on  2017-07-16   11:37:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: cranky (#0)

The two men were given a military burial with honors.

But won't the one keep growing out of the ground?

misterwhite  posted on  2017-07-16   12:17:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative (#5)

But if the articles aren't important enough to read, why post them?

If they're important enough to read, they're important enough to read rwice.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-07-16   12:19:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: misterwhite (#10)

If they're important enough to read, they're important enough to read rwice.

Even the ones that aren't about a cop beating some innocent motorist half to death or shooting him? C'mon.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   12:30:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Tooconservative (#11)

Even the ones that aren't about a cop beating some innocent motorist half to death or shooting him?

Do you think they do that at random -- you know, like "every 100th car" -- or do they have some other method? Maybe just drivers of foreign cars? Or blue cars?

I mean, somehow they've got to select some "innocent motorist" out of all the other innocent motorists out there. You seem to know.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-07-16   12:38:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: misterwhite (#12)

I'll say one thing: cops don't have as high a rate of beating or shooting innocent motorists as you have of jumping through hoops to defend them when they do.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   13:54:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Tooconservative (#3)

It is very annoying to notice that the article has started over from the beginning and have to determine whether I actually read it all or if there was some portion elsewhere, at the end.

I agree it's irritating. And then sometimes it's just the leading paragraphs that are dupped, so if you want to read moer, you have to skim down and figure out where the duplication ends.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-07-16   13:57:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Pinguinite (#14) (Edited)

I agree it's irritating. And then sometimes it's just the leading paragraphs that are dupped, so if you want to read moer, you have to skim down and figure out where the duplication ends.

I think he's doing this deliberately. He's the only one whose articles look like this. It's a pattern.

Over on his other thread today (Trump & May), he posted the original Sun article with the two pictures (both dated July) as found in the article. Then he found another picture (dated June 2017) of Trump/May from the Sun and inserted it, then duplicated the entire article text again. That can hardly be an accident.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   14:07:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Tooconservative (#13)

"... as you have of jumping through hoops to defend them when they do."

My so-called "jumping through hoops" consists of searching out and posting the whole story. That's it.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-07-16   15:50:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: misterwhite (#16)

My so-called "jumping through hoops" consists of searching out and posting the whole story. That's it.

You surely cannot expect us to believe that. You know you go much further than that and are routinely called out for defending the indefensible.

You have a reputation for this and it is well-earned. You worked hard for it.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-16   16:17:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Tooconservative (#17)

You know you go much further than that

Yes. I was being modest.

I also cite constitutional justification and court rulings. And point out the hypocrisy of others.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-07-16   17:48:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: buckeroo (#8)

Bullshit. I am a libertarian and I loathe both Republicans and their masters, the Democrats.

Slacker. I hate both,plus I hate the Libertarians.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-07-16   19:06:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: misterwhite (#9)

But won't the one keep growing out of the ground?

What could be friendlier than providing a little shade for a old friend?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-07-16   19:07:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: sneakypete (#19)

I'm not a bigot. I hate everybody.

Anthem  posted on  2017-07-16   19:30:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: sneakypete (#19)

I hate both,plus I hate the Libertarians.

I am not a member of a political party such as "Libertarian." I am a libertarian, free from the shackles of any political party.

buckeroo  posted on  2017-07-16   19:32:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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