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Crew PILOT: Earl F.  CULLIMORE

Sir,
Attached please find a photo of the Crew of the Silver Dollar when they flew with the 418th.

From Left to Right:
Standing

Cpl Joseph Nelson - Armorer (upper right turret)
Cpl John L.Orr - Tail Gunner
Cpl Wesley Parker - Engineer Gunner (Right waist)
Cpl Kelleher ? - Ball Turret Gunner
Cpl  Charles Maupin - Radio Gunner (Left Waist)

Kneeling
Lt William H. Libby - Co-Pilot
Lt Earl F. Cullimore - Pilot
Lt Paul A.Royer - Navigator
Lt Burdell Brekken - Bombardier

Cpl John Lewis Orr was my uncle.  John was killed on 14 March over Hanover, very near the end of the war.  My mother was his younger sister.

Growing up I remember John's flag and Purple Heart in my Grandmother's cedar chest.  What I really remember was John's gold ring.  I remember that it was given to me and kept by my mother when I was very young.  You see, I am the only male decedent of John's Parents, John Lewis Orr and Helen Johnson Orr, so it was important to them that I have the ring.  I remember being very impressed with the ring because it had a cut on it where, I was told, it had been cut off his hand after he was killed.  When I was engaged to be married I took that ring along with my Grandmother's wedding band (she had passed on by that time) and had them melted to make my wedding ring.  I am very proud to have worn that ring every day since my wedding on 1 April 1989.  It has been with great pride that I tell the story of my ring, in a very real way John Lewis Orr lives on.  

My mother often told me of a time when many of the crew came to visit she and her parents.  I remember seeing pictures of that visit but do not know what happened to them.  

I hope that you will post this picture and my story of his ring as part of both the Crew of the Silver Dollar and with the record of my Uncle's death.

Semper Fi,
Jeff Rogers 
MSgt  USMC (Ret)

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Earl F. CULLIMORE P FEH
2 LT William H. LIBBY CP FEH
3 LT Paul A. ROYER NAV FEH
4 LT Burdell W. BREKKEN BOM FEH
5 S/SGT Joseph H. NELSON TTE FEH
6 T/SGT Wesley C. PARKER ROG FEH
7 S/SGT Charles R. MAUPIN BTG FEH
8 SGT Robert W. SUTTON WG FEH
9 S/SGT John L. ORR TG KIA

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