Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as
many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for
"Letters to the Editor."
Here are actual
letters from May 2005
Would Like To Hear
I would like to hear from Bobby or Connie Vires. They both attended
Breathitt High School in the mid-to-late-50s.
75 Sydne Circle, Apt. 3
Corbin, KY 40701
Wants "Dish Rag"
Does anyone know where I can find some "dish rag" gourd
seeds? My husband's grandmother always used a "dish rag"
gourd to wash her dishes. Also, I would like to have some dipper
I would greatly appreciate any help.
Joan J. Lee
2400 KY 1080
Livermore, KY 42352
D-Day Invasion Pathfinders
Thanks to the many readers for sharing so many articles, pictures,
and events about Kentucky. The stories touch so many people and
places where I was born and reared. Some of the stories bring
back a lot of memories. I always look forward to reading the
next issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
The article "A Tribute To The Life and Times of Elmon G.
Potter" on page 47 of the February 2005 issue should contain
the names of D-Day Invasion Pathfinders: Chas Driscoll, Francis
A Rocca, Raymond Smith, Fred Wilhelm, Don Clark, T. C. Ott, Sam
McCarter, Robert Dickson, John McFarland, Aogust Mangoni, Bluford
Williams, John Zamanakos, Owen Council, Richard Lisk, Thomas
Walton, Delbert Jones, and Frank L. Lillyman.
At least two of these brave men, John Zamanakos and Raymond Smith,
were from Kentucky as were many more who jumped with the 101st
These 18 members of the Pathfinders jumped behind enemy lines
at 12:15 a.m. on D-Day. For 47 minutes they constituted the entire
Allied Normandy invasion force. They set up markers and other
detection and communication gear at landing strips for forthcoming
101st glider troops to land. Once on the ground in France, Airborne
troopers used crickets (toys) to identify themselves from the
Readers, especially veterans and their families, will be interested
to know about the book, Band of Brothers, by Steven Ambrose of
Arizona. The book is about paratroopers of E. Co, 506th Regt,
101st Abn. Div.
I received phone calls from Moore, South Carolina; Charleston,
West Virginia; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. I received letters
from Huachuca, Arizona; Norton, Virginia; and Lucasville, Ohio.
Enoch I. Potter
2742 Welcome Drive
Falls Church, VA 22046