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William Moomey

December 26, 2013

Dec. 25, 2013

 

On this day in 1944 my late friend Bill Moomey awoke in a stone building in Cherbourg, France.  The previous night his troopship, the SS Leopoldville, had been sunk 5 miles out; he escaped death by leaping a great distance to a steel deck below.  The other ship, the HMS Brilliant, took him and hundreds of other soldiers to safety.  Our uncle Carl Ralph Bonde, Jr. was never seen again and Bill and I wept and held each other in 2006.  I recently received a Christmas email from Bill’s widow Doris.

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