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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(54) JL Taylor
Mon, 13 January 2014

I haven't had time to start reading, as I just learned about this journal. I wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your stories. I am a history teacher in Champaign, but I am also a combat veteran. Thanks for your service!

(53) Jim Ayers
Thu, 26 December 2013

Heard about your diary while visiting my daughter in Champaign for Christmas. Just wanted to say hi and congratulate you. It brings back memories....especially of the fishing trip where I stayed at your parents house and working at Kuhn's in 1940

(52) John Murray
Wed, 18 December 2013

If my father were alive today he would have found this blog as interesting as I did; since he grew up with you & served in the same campaigns as you did.

(51) Cris Alvarez
Thu, 12 December 2013

Great stuff here. I'm definitely going to keep following this narrative. Thanks for your service and thanks for sharing your story with us.

(50) Sgt Ret Harold Ball
Tue, 3 December 2013

Thank you for sharing & Thank you for your service to our country.
You are a Hero & a role model.
This website is amazing & very informative.

From One Engineer to another, ESSAYONS.

Sgt Ball ( Ret. )
Ramadi, Iraq 05-06

(49) Michel PASCAL
Mon, 2 December 2013

Thank you so much for your service Chick, I really enjoyed reading your diary and letters.
With my group we reenact 10th combat engineer - A company...
Take care -- Mitch

(48) Michael Sciarini
Fri, 29 November 2013

Thank you very much for sharing this Sergeant Bruns. Thank you for your service.

(47) Roger Holmack
Tue, 19 November 2013

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing everything. Loved reading your stories and letters, seeing your pictures. FB showed you on the side and decided to try it out. Thank you for service during the war as love reading about WWII. Again, thank you!

(46) Kris Hightshoe
Sat, 16 November 2013

Wonderful, wonderful blog. A true piece of history. Thank you so much.

(45) Beverly Crook
Sat, 16 November 2013

My second husband, Leland Crook, was wounded near Anzio. His company was one that was part of the African invasion as well. Lee was a scout. He and three others were sent ahead. Ahead was a grove of trees and a German tank. The tank fired on Lee near

(44) David
Sat, 16 November 2013

Very interesting! Thank you for your service Chick, and thank you for sharing his stories with us, John! I am a former Marine and recently left the service after five years of active duty. I want you to know that my generation still remembers the sac

(43) Betty Hofbauer
Sat, 16 November 2013

Thank you John for sharing your Dad’s story! This is priceless information and a true blessing to your family that your Dad has been able to share this part of his life with you. So glad to read that your Dad had the chance to be a part of the Hono

(42) Lucy Brackett
Sat, 16 November 2013

Thank you Chick for sharing your war time experiences. I was only 20 when my marine dad died, & he never talked about his WWII service--
so I'm honored and so grateful to read your story. Thank you for your service. You are a blessing.


(41) Brian Mustain
Tue, 12 November 2013

Read about you in the News-Gazette. Thanx! My dad, Rhoads Mustain (from Aubrey, Texas) was a medic in the 3rd Division. Was at Casablanca, etc., Anzio, S. France, where his jeep ran over a mine ahead of the line. He survived. Heard many stories.

(40) Brian Van De Wal
Tue, 12 November 2013

Mr Bruns:
As a fellow combat engineer (Iraq and Afghanistan), I really enjoy your "blog"- it really gives insight to your experiences that come from the heart. My son is thinking of becoming a combat engineer as well- he will also be reading

(39) Dani Schooley
Tue, 12 November 2013

Mr. Bruns, thank you for sharing your experiences in this way. And thank you for your service! I'm happy to hear that you were able to go on an Honor Flight.

Kind Regards,
Dani Schooley
(granddaughter of your former neighbors Frank & E

(38) Michael Markstahler
Tue, 12 November 2013

Thank you! Your daily sharings, even what you leave out and keeping hoping some day you can tell, put me there with you. By chance I now am the owner of 303 W Maple.

(37) Judi Caleca
Tue, 12 November 2013

Thank you for serving our country and also for keeping this diary. My father was in the Navy in 1944 and I treasure his mementos. I wish he was still here to ask him questions about the war. Thank you for sharing.

(36) Rebecca Richards
Tue, 12 November 2013

Thank you for your service and inviting all of us to experience this with you! My Dad, a Vietnam vet, would have loved to read about your experiences. Thank you again for sharing!

(35) Nathan
Tue, 12 November 2013

I can not stop reading your post. Thank you for sharing and Thank you for your service!

(34) Tim Morgason
Mon, 11 November 2013

i just want to say thanks for you for your service and also for doing this web page very very interesting my grandfather served in the navy during ww2 and i have always been interested in ww2 so thank you sir sincerely Timothy Morgason

(33) Laurel Reutter
Mon, 11 November 2013

Mr Bruns - I enjoyed reading your experiences. What a great tribute. My family is from Cissna Park - Wellington Drilling was my grandfather. Thank you to your son too for sharing your diary with us on line. It will be a great tool for schools too

(32) kris cramer
Mon, 11 November 2013

This sounded like the group my father from central Illinois fought with. Could you please ask if the name of Glenn Hanson is familiar. My father told us very little but he mentions all the same places. He was from Cabery, IL ( Research discovered that Glenn Hanson was in the infantry )

(31) Jim Dike
Mon, 11 November 2013

Mr. Burns,
Thank you for sharing your story It is very interesting and helpful. My late Father served with the 34th ID in North Africa and Italy. A heartfelt thank you for your service to country and community. Happy Veterans Day 2013.
Jim Dike MN

(30) Kathryn Conley Wehrmann
Mon, 11 November 2013

Thanks Mr. Bruns--this is a wonderful thing to share. Where would we be without your service and that of the others who serve.
Take care, Kathy

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