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Hello CBI Vets Kwein Yang and Shanghai -1945-1946 Contact me...

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#1 Solomon Ilowitz

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 07:54 PM

I am delighted to be a part of this forum. My beloved, late Dad, Solomon M. Ilowitz is a CBI Veteran of the US Army.
I am in the process of writing his oral and written military history.
I possess all of his papers from his early days in Camp Kampura, Calcutta to the 259th Army Station Hospital and 70th Fiedl Hospitals, Kwein Yang, China; where as a Pfc, T5 and Sgt, he served as a 502 in the office. I possess his original orders so I know these uniits did exist.
Dad was later transferred to Shanghai in 1945, where he was housed in the Shanghai Hotel. He served as a 502 Administrative Specialist; incharge of the records of hundreds of enlisted men at the Detachment Center for the China Service Command; now being promoted to Staff Sargent.
I am very interested to know about these units as well as speak to anyone who may have known him.
When my project is complete, I plan to continue with the forum and researching.
Please contact me as I would love to hear from your men.
I stand proud of all of your bravery as we celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow.
Betty Ilowitz-Ryder

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 08:08 PM

Welcome on this forum. Don't hesitate to ask questions, there are many member son this forum who may be able to help . We have a Pacific section that would suit for the China part. Just let me specify one thing: The word "veteran" on this forum does not mean we are all WWII vets, but veterans on the forum . Some are also WWII vets however. These are easy to recognize (their names are in blue and yellow) .


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 08:27 PM


Welcome aboard! I hope you find what you are seeking.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:00 PM

welcome aboard betty
a grand place you have came to you will enjoy your stay here
cheers krieg:D
for thow . will be ours someday.we shall have it all
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Posted 26 May 2008 - 06:47 AM

G'day mate and welcome to the forum.:)
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 02:06 AM

Welcome, Betty! I am interested in learning more about your father's experience and learning about his theatre of war in WWII. I look forward to your posts. There is an information requests section where you might want to post specific questions.
Regards, Michelle

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 02:55 AM

Welcome Betty,

I hope that your father died knowing how much his efforts are respected by me and my family.

Anything you wish to post on the forum concerning you father will be appreciated. We'd love to know what he did.

Best Regards,  
JW :slipdigit:


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Posted 29 May 2008 - 03:31 PM

Got your wind from David. Just curious since you mention Calcutta. Did your father ever pass through the formidable Ledo area(thats where I am from btw:)). Come to think of it he might have directly flown to China.


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Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:34 PM

Good to have you here!!
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#10 Solomon Ilowitz

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:21 PM

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for such a warm welcome. I can't wait to research, discuss and get to know you all!!
Sangos, according to Dad's papers, logs and service record, he may have passed through Ledo Road briefly as he was a member of the Second Battallion for 2 days; he describes them as the replacement for Merrill's Mauradeders as he tells me in a tape that he saw them as they were being disbanded ; how hard they worked and tired they were. It had a profound effect on him. David is my husband, do you know him?
Anyway, when the Army realized Dad could type and was as bright as he was, he "Flew the Hump" and wound up being assigned to the 259th Army Station Hospital in Kwein Yang, China. He spent the duration of his service in China.
I have contacted the families of 2 men he had in pictures; both have passed on, so I am still looking for sites, connections and unit information as I have come up empty handed.
JW, I know your thoughts were appreciated; if he were alive I would have more answers and he and I would be doing this together. I am proud of and for him; I am his emisary and one of his two legacies. Dad and I were very close, so I know he would be touched by the thoughts of you and your family. Thank you for your kindness.
My last Ilowitz Uncle is still alive at 90 years old. I put him in the WWII Memorial with Dad; his name is Joseph Ilowitz; he was a radio operator and taught the morse code in Soux Falls, SD during the war. I will thank him for you and your family when I speak to him.
I am happy to share any information I come up with. I wish I could find someone who knew him then.
Please keep in touch!
Warmest Thoughts to all of my knew friends!

#11 Solomon Ilowitz

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 03:41 AM

You are the greatest!!!

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