Letters To The Editor

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
From Vireses

Dear Editor:
I would like to hear from Bobby or Connie Vires. They both attended Breathitt High School in the mid-to-late-50s.
Ellis Noble
75 Sydne Circle, Apt. 3
Corbin, KY 40701

Wants "Dish Rag" Gourd Seeds
Dear Editor:
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 gourd seeds.
I would greatly appreciate any help.
Joan J. Lee
2400 KY 1080
Livermore, KY 42352

D-Day Invasion Pathfinders
Dear Editor:
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 Airborne Division.
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 enemy.
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