Guest Book

If you would like to say hello, here is the place.  Although  ‘Chick’ has moved on in his journey, feel free to leave a note, share your thoughts about his WWII Diary or just leave your name.  Chick’s family would love to hear from you. You may also contact John about the website here.


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(79) Ruth Ravve
Fri, 13 February 2015

Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for sharing your journal. Its both educational and impressive. My father, Abraham Ravve, is also a WWII veteran. He served as a tank commander in Europe. I feel like I'm somewhat experiencing his time there when I read your journal because I assume his experiences were pretty similar.

(78) Roger & Cathie Nelson
Mon, 9 February 2015

What a tremendous undertaking and story Chick has told through your presentation and web site. I have directed a number of friends to the site with great revues. He has such great strength and always up beat. You have to be so proud and he is one of the best of the greatest generation. Thank god for his service. The best, Roger and Cathie Nelson

(77) Trudy Swanson Hoy
Mon, 26 January 2015

I'm the daughter of Stg. Quentin Swanson who served with “Chick”. Dad died in 1968 & we still miss him, his humor, his faith, his ability to fix anything mechanical, his love of people and his stories. I happened upon “Christmas 1944″, there was a picture of Dad & the men he so often mentioned. He loved you all!

(76) Steve OByrne
Mon, 17 November 2014

Chick: Just a quick hello--as I told you when we met recently I really enjoy the diary and blog and all the work that John has done. Since discovering it I keep it open on my desk top each day.

(75) Betty Donley Plotner
Sun, 2 November 2014

Have enjoyed all these writings of Mr Bruns. Thank you Mr Bruns for sharing via John these “pages of your life”. John has done such a great work in bringing us a glimpse at what you & so many others experienced during WW II. Today’s writing about the Christmas package of peanut brittle being so good and “the cookies were just like fresh” is an encouragement for us all to know those packages really are appreciated! Happy Veterans Day-Thank You for helping to keep America the “land of the FREE & home of the brave”! God bless you & God bless AMERICA!

(74) Jerry Zimmerman
Sun, 21 September 2014

Enjoyed your web site. I was stationed at Port Lyautey in 1947-46. Another web site that will connect with this one is: > < There I have a picture collection of a 3rd Divison, 1942-43 Morrocan tent encampment. Off the top of my head I believe it was Camp Takala.  Jerry Zimmerman

(73) Bob Espelien
Wed, 20 August 2014

Thanks for the video interview. I now have learned more in those two hours than my dad had ever told us. Clarence Espelien passed away last month and I came across a O` Jolly Joe roster and googled the 10th engineers and found your blog. For all the reunions I went to in the 70`s, there wasn't much talk of the war, those reunions were our vacati

(72) Adria Martinez
Wed, 2 July 2014

How impressive the video
and through it meeting
"Chick" Mr. Bruns. Would like
so much to have discovered this
earlier to share with you a photo
I found recently of three service men
at Port Lyautey in 1944.
If anyone recognizes these names,
please contact me and I will send you
a photo.
Wyatt, Ray
Korsonowski and Frank Gee

(71) Charles Burgess
Wed, 25 June 2014

My Dad served in the 10th Engineers from North Africa through Anzio. His name was Clyde C. Burgess, also known as "Pee Wee" (he was 15 when he enlisted in 1941). He was wounded at the Volturno River and Anzio.

(70) Julie Benefield
Fri, 20 June 2014

What an amazing thing you are sharing with the rest of us. I have been fascinated by WWII and how every day people, at home and overseas, were affected...not just the military strategies and decorated war heroes. I can't wait to read more from this site and see what is next for Chick. What a great contribution! Thank you for this treasure!

(69) Jeff G.
Sun, 15 June 2014

What a wonderful site. Thank you for your service, Chick.

(68) Nile Ray
Wed, 7 May 2014

Chick, John, What an awesome blog. I was just introduced to it today by Mike Moran. I went to Champaign Central and was a fellow student of Mike and I believe you also John. Both my parents were in WWII in the Navy. They did not talk about what they had experienced and have since passed. Thank you so much for sharing and may God Bless you.

(67) John Huston
Sun, 4 May 2014

Chick, I grew up in your neighborhood and hung out with your son, John, for a few years growing up. I always knew you were in WWII overseas, but to read this daily has brought a sense of what it was really like. You and your fellow soldiers made great sacrifices moment by moment, day by day, to win a war that changed the shape of history. Thanks

(66) Andy Dixon
Thu, 1 May 2014

Chick . . . I see your Mom & my Mom had the same birthday. Alberta would have been 90 yesterday. Thanks to you and John for sharing your story with us. God bless the both of you.

(65) Matt Crider
Wed, 23 April 2014

Thank you for posting these diary entries. So interesting to see WWII from the perspective of a soldier writing in his journal daily. Keep up the great work.

(64) Rita Gottfred
Sun, 20 April 2014

Chick... I am just enjoying reading these posts every day. Makes me think of my mothers 3 brothers who were serving at that time too. You were all so brave under such difficult circumstances! Thank you for publishing them! By the way... I too worked at The News Gazette from about 1990-2004. I was in classified. Virginia Wood helped me find this

(63) Charleen Smith
Fri, 18 April 2014

What a great job you have done in presenting these letters and journal entries. I enjoy reading them. I am particularly interested in how the combat soldiers spent their money, got paid, etc. Would there be any way to do a targeted search. z9gjX

(62) John Dixon
Fri, 4 April 2014

I keep following your journey every day Chick. I feel like I know some of the people you talk about all the time, though I'll never meet them.

(61) Bill Jarman
Sun, 23 March 2014

Thank you for sharing your diary as it has been interesting to read. I knew your son, Chuck, in high school as he was in the class immediately behind mine. We played a lot of pick-up basketball. I also took piano lessons from Margaret Fleshner. I

(60) Rod Stearns
Thu, 6 March 2014

Dear Chick, I've enjoyed reading your diary ! My Dad,Capt H.F. "Sonny " Stearns was with the 504th Military Police Battalion and was attached to the 3rd and 45th Infantry divisions with 5th + 7th Armies and was in Anzio with you and many

(59) Michael LaMar
Wed, 19 February 2014

Dear Chick, I'm so happy you were able to preserve your wartime memories. Americans seem to have a short memory and it's important we remember events as the we're. You are a hero! Semper Fidelis, Mike LaMar

(58) Beth Croft Godsey
Mon, 17 February 2014

Uncle Chick, I love reading your letters. I love seeing how kind you are to your mom and dad and how kind you are to everyone. Your parents must have been very proud of you and loved your letters. I love seeing references to my Nonnie and Poppa (Harry/Es) and Gee and Snook . I love your statement “Since I have been over here you realize what your parents mean to you”, brings a tear to my eye. Love you, Beth

(57) Cynthia
Wed, 12 February 2014

Thank you for sharing all of your stories. My dad, Chuck, was in the Army during the war - he was from Illinois and went almost the same route you did through the war, so I find your stories fascinating. My father never spoke of the war, so reading your stories helps me understand what he likely went through.

(56) Darren Gehring
Sun, 9 February 2014

As a fan of WWII history, I love this site. It is great to see what happens day to day. I also love how well the site is designed. It is easy to navigate and get the information.

(55) Tom Becker
Wed, 5 February 2014

Thanks for keeping the history alive. My dad is also a WWII vet. He served in the 636th tank destroyer batallion. He has been sharing war stories with me for many years. I really enjoy reading firsthand stories about the war. Thanks

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