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RIP – Edward Joseph Baker, Jr.

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John Higginbotham, Addie (Baker) Higginbotham, Eddie Baker, Bette (Baker) Jarreau

John Higginbotham, Addie (Baker) Higginbotham, Eddie Baker, Bette (Baker) Jarreau

My sister-in-law Addie (Baker) Higginbotham (my brother John’s wife) lost her father this morning.  He was such a precious man and he will be dearly missed.  Please send prayers and comfort to Addie and her brother Doug Baker, and her Aunt Bette Jarreau for their loss, as well as their families and the many friends that will miss Eddie.

We will post more information when we know more about the arrangements.

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Military Monday – Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. – My Uncle Son

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Today I would like to honor the memory of my great-uncle Sam H. Ball, Jr.  I’ve posted about my Uncle Son’s heroic time in WWII before and if you missed it click here to read more about him.

I was very privileged recently to visit with my cousin Karen Ball Cowan, Sam’s daughter and she graciously shared these photos with me and gave me permission to post them here.

Capt. Sam H. Ball enlisted in the Army on 31 May 1940.  He served until 5 Jan 1946 in Company “A” 146 th Engineer Combat Battalion when he was Honorably Discharged.  He remained in the inactive reserve until 16 Aug 1953.  He was also a member of the draft board.

After the war, Sam was a salesman for KTFS Radio Station in Texarkana for 35 years.

Please enjoy the pictures.

Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr.Officers from Company “A” 146th Engineers:

Officers of Company A 146th Engineers

Here is the back of this photo:

Officers of Company A 146th Engineers

The gentlemen in this photo are not identified, but I recognize Sam standing in the middle.

146th Engineer Combat Battalion Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr.

These are some postcards that he had:

Engineer Replacement Training Center, Ft. Belvoir, VA

Company Barracks, Ft. Belvoir, VA

Engineers constructing a heavy bridge, Ft. Belvoir, VA

Here is a picture of them constructing a bridge, I have no idea where this is.

Constructing a bridge 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Mess tent the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Mess tent the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Taking a rest - the146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Taking a rest – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

WWII Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. others unknown

WWII Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. in the middle,  others unknown

In a bunker maybe?  - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

In a bunker maybe? – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

In a bunker maybe?  - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

In a bunker maybe? – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Sparing - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Sparing – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Marching - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Marching – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Tents of the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Tents of the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Russian Lt. and Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. with pistols WWII

Russian Lt. and Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. with pistols WWII

Destruction. Vossenack, Germany.

Destruction in Vossenack,  Germany

Destruction in Vossenack, Germany

Destruction in Vossenack,  Germany

Destruction in Vossenack, Germany

Destruction in Vossenack,  Germany

Destruction in Vossenack, Germany

Wow! Is all I can say about these maps.

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

Liberation!! These are some postcards that he had:

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

More recognition for a job well done:

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr news article

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr news article

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr

Reunions:

Normandy Reunion

Normandy Reunion

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984 40th anniversary

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984 40th anniversary

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984

Omaha Beach Reunion article

Omaha Beach Reunion article

Remembering the War:

Remembering the War Sam Ball Jr

Remembering the War Sam Ball Jr

Sam Ball Jr Remembers Omaha Beach article 1988

Sam Ball Jr Remembers Omaha Beach article 1988

It’s overwhelming and humbling to look through his collections of photos from this time in his life and realize the magnitude of what he went through, and to know what a good man he was after the war.

If he ever had any problems that bothered him from his time in the war, I never heard him complain and neither did my grandmother, Mary Parks, his sister.  That’s just the kind of guy he was and I am so proud to have known him, if only I could have heard some of the stories!

Susie

Thanksgiving 2012

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I hope you all are as stuffed as we are around here.  We had a great time yesterday on Thanksgiving.

Knucklehead and I started the day off by posting a video with good wishes on Facebook.  Of course, he had to add his own flare to the end of it.

Then I got busy and set the two tables for our feast.

Dining Room Table

This is the smaller table I have set up in the kitchen:

Small TableThe night before Knucklehead and I made a banner that we hung on the mantle.  We downloaded a printable, cut it out attached the string and then we hung it.  Took about 20 minutes.

Our Mantle

Then I have to say, I forgot to take a picture of the Food before we started eating.  I probably couldn’t have even if I had thought of it.  As soon as it was ready, man everyone was on it like vultures.  We were hungry!  Also, Shrek had to photobomb the food shot.  I cracked up when I saw this picture.

Food photobombed by ShrekThis is my Mom and Dad.  I love them.

Mom and DadThis is Eddie Baker, Addie’s father and Bette Jarreau, Addie’s Aunt.

Eddie Baker and Bette Jarreau Dad and Knucklehead.

Dad and Michael

Knucklehead, I swear some parents have to worry about their kids not liking to have their picture taken.  Not so with Knucklehead.  He was saying, “Take a picture of me, take a picture of me.”  So I did, here it is.

KnuckleheadThen I set the camera up on the stand and took some group pictures.

This is my brother John, Addie his wife, Eddie and Bette.

John Addie Eddie BetteMe and Knucklehead.

Me and KnuckleheadMe, Addie and John.

Addie Susie and JohnThen I got a shot of everyone.

The GangThen as everyone was leaving, and I was walking them out and not paying attention to the living room area, I guess a certain someone decided to do a self-portrait.  When I started working on the pictures for this post, lo and behold I found this picture on the camera.

Knucklehead self portraitThat Knucklehead!  Never a dull moment I tell you.

If you didn’t notice, The Hubs is missing from my photos.  He had to take a job in Indianapolis and while I am very thankful for that, he will be there for at least six months and I miss him terribly.  The good news is, my wonderful cousin Robert Cowan lives there and they had The Hubs over for Thanksgiving.  He sent me these pictures.  Sorry for the fuzzy-ness of them.

The Hubs.

The Hubs Robert Cowan.

Robert Cowan

Holly Cowan, Robert and Chris’ daughter, and Chris Cowan, Robert’s wife.

Holly and ChrisSo all in all, it was a great holiday.  I missed The Hubs, Justin and William.  Justin is in Alabama with his father, and William is in Colorado going to school and loving it.

I guess most people are out today doing all that crazy holiday shopping.  I just can’t bring myself to do that so it’s tradition in my family to put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving so that’s what I will be doing today.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope your holiday was a good as mine.  I feel very blessed.

Susie

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