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Combing through SS Leopoldville documents

August 23, 2013

Old email messages:  I kept all in a folder.  The last time I heard from Bill Moomey was 3/7/2012.  Now he is dead. 

Bill was a close army buddy of Carl Ralph Bonde Jr., my uncle killed when the SS Leopoldville was sunk by a U-boat torpedo Christmas Eve, 1944.


Hi Daniel  I got on emeil today for the first time in several days.  Was happy to see that you had a bio of Carl on there.  I have read it and it is very interesting.  However, there is one thing that I wonder about.  You say that he was only five foot tall and barely a 100 pounds when he entered the army.  The Carl that I remember was about my size give or take an inch or two and a pound or two.I was 5′ 9″ and weighed in at around 165.  I never fekt like I was taller or heavier than Carl.  I don’t know how important that is but that is my memory.


What else is going on in your life?  We are hanging in there. Our age  is showing more all the time but we feel real blessed to be able to be in our own home and taking care of ourselves without outside help.  I was 88 last Sept. and Doris will be 88 in May.  When someone asks how are you doing I simply say slow and steady but good.  My sister who will be 95 in May moved into an assisted living facility last Saturday, and seems to be happy about that.


I guess I don’t have anything else to talk about so take care and keep in touch.


Bill M 

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