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Battle of the Bulge Survivors Holding Reunion At Middle School In Port Monmouth

PORT MONMOUTH , NJ (WCBS 880) – There will be a special reunion Thursday for survivors of a critical and ferocious World War II battle at a Jersey shore school named for one of that battle’s heroes.

They are men in their 80s and 90s bound by their service and heroism. More than 80 survivors of the Battle of the Bulge will greet each other at the Thorne Middle School in Port Monmouth Thursday.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports: Battle of the Bulge Survivors Excited About Reunion

“The idea from the start was to reach out so they would have one last change for a hug and hello,” said event organizer Edith Nowels. “It’s the first time ever to have this many survivors of the battle together.”

The school is named for Nowels’ brother, Medal of Honor recipient Bud Thorne. He was 26-years-ol when he was killed during the battle.

“He was a hero,” said Nowels. “We all looked up to him as being a big brother.”

Nowels says these survivors are living monuments. The school is also unveiling a Battle of the Bulge monument that was moved from Fort Monmouth.

What do you think? Let us know in our comments section below.

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  • monica

    you know what i go to that school in fact i was in that chorus group sining and imagine you are in ur late teens or early 20s and taking care of urself when bullets are being shot at you. you dont even know his story it is inspararional.

  • Joe Cottone sr

    David, too many great young men died there for you to joke like that. And if its not a joke, lets hope you never have to make the decision forced on them.

    • Michael H.

      Joe, he’s criticizing the author of the article, not making a joke at the expense of the veterans. The author wrote the first sentence of the article in a very poor manner and it should be corrected.

  • david

    I did not realize there had been a critical and ferocious World War II battle at a Jersey shore school named for one of that battle’s heroes.

    I thought all of the fighting took place in Europe and Pacific regions.

    • monica

      cmon really try thinking before you speak u should try being in a war like that!

    • Phyllis Smith

      you’re joking right? what a lame joke, how old are you? asleep during history class?

    • None Of Your Business

      David: you are correct in mocking that sentence. The paragraph should have been written differently. It reminds me of years ago when I was a radio announcer and had to use United Press International wire copy for news on the hour. UPI’s sentence structure was frequently on the order of, hypothetical example here: the man went up the steps with the broken arm.

      The first paragraph in this story is terrible writing.

    • George

      As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a Maroon!” Have you notihng better to do, than insult veterans who fought in a REAL war?

      • Michael H.

        He’s not insulting the WW2 veterans you “maroon”. He’s criticizing CBS’s lackluster writing and poor quality control.

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