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‘This is the Army’ – Rome Opera House

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Chick saw Irving Berlin’s ‘This is the Army’ at the Rome Opera House on June 19, 1944.     The pictured program was sent home to his Mom & Dad which was found in a letter. In May 1941, ex-Sergeant … Continue reading

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Chick Bruns No. 1 Pitcher in Anzio Base Ball League

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BY PAT HARMON News Gazette Sports Editor While Bucky Walters is setting the pace in major leagues and Joe Veltre is off to a flying start in the Eastern Illinois, a Champaign boy is the leading pitcher in a baseball … Continue reading

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Visit from brother-in-law Frank Barber

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Pfc. Charles Bruns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Bruns, 303 West Maple street, has written from “somewhere in Italy” describing a visit with his brother-in-law, Technical Sergeant Frank Barber, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Barber.  Pfc. Bruns has … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day tribute to Chick in News Gazette, Champaign

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As part of their Veteran’s Day tribute, the News Gazette has a front page story about Charles ‘Chick’ Bruns and his WWII online diary. You can read the entire story entitled: “THROUGH THE EYES OF A SOLDIER”

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Champaign Man Finds Swimming Hole in Sicily – by Harold V. Boyle

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     With the American Seventh Army east of San Stefano, Sicily, Aug. 3 – (Delayed) – (AP) – American combat engineers during battle lulls have turned the vast Mediterranean into a combination “old swimming hole” and laundry. Within the sound … Continue reading

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News Paper Clipping

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Chick Bruns, who batted .300 consistently while he played in the Eastern Illinois Corn Belt baseball leagues here, is now hitting .300 or better for Uncle Sam.  Private First Class Bruns was in his first battle November 8, in French … Continue reading

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