More photos: Joe Marro and Friends

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Men of the 111th Ordnance Company

We had the pleasure of receiving a nice note and a few photos from Pauline Marro, widow of 111th member Joe Marro, yesterday. Joe, originally from Stamford, Connecticut, was with the small arms repair unit; he passed away in 2004. You may have read about him in Roland Unangst’s memoir on this site. Roland’s daughter, Linda Campbell, telephoned Pauline a couple of weeks ago, and they both enjoyed sharing memories of the two men and their war years. They plan to keep in touch.

Joe Marro, at Conde Nast Gardens, Oct. 1943

Joe Marro, at Conde Nast Gardens, Oct. 1943

Joe Marro, Germany, July 20, 1945

Joe Marro, Germany, July 20, 1945

If anyone can identify the men with Joe in the photos below, please let us know.

Joe Marro, left, with buddy, Germany July 20, 1945

Joe Marro, right, with buddy, Germany July 20, 1945

Joe Marro (left) with two buddies

Joe Marro (left) with two buddies

Pauline shared a few memories of Joe with us: she recalled Joe telling her how he once delivered a pair of binoculars to General Eisenhower on the front lines; and how a German shoemaker made him a pair of shoes in exchange for some coffee, which Joe managed to get for the man while on KP duty one day.

In other news, we thought you might be interested to know that this blog, as of today, has received more than 5,500 page views since we started it last fall; “page views” mean how many times each page has been viewed, not the number of individual viewers. That number is about 800.

We are even more amazed at its reach: While most of the views have been from people in the United States, we have had 359 from the United Kingdom, 162 from Finland, 62 from Belgium, 60 from Australia, 37 from Germany, 33 from France, 21 from Italy, 20 from Poland, and 13 from Canada. Other countries with a handful each include Ireland, Brazil, Singapore, Argentina, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. It seems that most people have found this blog via Internet search engine searches; however, we usually do not know the search terms used. Much of this blog’s content does come up in Google and other searches, though.

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Comments
  1. StephieD says:

    Ahhh the wonderful power of the Internet…what did we ever do before it?? Congratulations on your new found success and helping people re-connect with one another and learn more about the history of their families. It always seems to come too late in life with a lot of unanswered questions. I know everyone really appreciates what you’re doing!

  2. jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

    HI,……MEMORIES, MEMORIES,…..MY MIND IS ALL A WHIRL..I HAVE A NEPHEW IN SANFORD FLA. AND NOW HE’S TRYING TO MAKE A HISTORY OF OUR FAMILY FOR HIS KIDS. HE SENDS ME A PICTURE OF MY GRAND FATHER AND GRAND MOTHER, ONE I NEVER SEEN, HE KNOWS THEIR NAMES, BUT HE’S ASKING FOR MIDDLE INITIAL,…..GEEZZZEE, NO WONDER I’M IN A DAZE…..JOE MARRO, , I RECOGNIZE HIM, BUT WE WERE JUST SMALL TALK. THE PICTURE WITH THREE, JOE ON THE LEFT, THE TALLER GUY IN THE MIDDLE, I RECOGNIZE HIM, BUT AT THE MOMENT HIS NAME IS NOT COMING UP………………YOU TWO ARE ARE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB WITH ALL THIS INFO, I’M SURE YOUR FINISHED PRODUCT WILL BE A MASTER PIECE……….IF MY MIND CLICKS UP SOMETHING NEW, I’LL BE IN TOUCH,……..JOHN R.

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