Sunday, May 29, 2011

Flanders Fields ~ Shared by Lee R. Christensen


The reason poppies have become associated with Armistice Day and with this poem in particular is because red poppies began to bloom like crazy in the field in Flanders where men had fallen and been buried–where they hadn’t bloomed like this before.


                               Kathy:    And yes, we have a Mt. Pleasanter buried there, Charles Rutishauser, KIA               June 1944.  And by  comparison, a trivia note,  three versions of the poem, page 152, my  book.

Ardennes American Cemetery

Charles Rutishauser
ID: 39835671 
Entered the Service From: Utah 
Rank: Technical Sergeant 

Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 526th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, Heavy 

Died: Sunday, June 18, 1944 
Buried at: Ardennes American Cemetery 
Location: Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium 
Plot: D Row: 16 Grave: 4 

Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, 
Purple Heart

T/Sgt Charles E. Rutishauser is also remembered with a marker here in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Thanks Kathy .  Your picture added  much to the posting.   I don't think any
of the Rutishausers  still around.  I've looked for James a number of times
over the years and have never found him.  I have the action report on the
mission from which Charles did not return.  He and two  others  went down
with the plane, five others POW's.

   Mission over Hamburg

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