Project Vigil

Phil Germer's Favorite Christmas Song

"White Christmas"

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Philip Germer at Fort Benning, Georgia

When my father and I were researching the life of Philip Germer, Phil's niece Joanne related the following story to us: While Phil was in Paratrooper training in 1942 and 43, he often wrote letters home, especially to his sister Mary (Joanne's mother). Phil loved music. He loved to . . .

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December 23, 2015


How one word changed the course of history

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Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe


On this day 71 years ago, the 101st Airborne was surrounded and cut off from any supplies during the Siege of Bastogne, otherwise known as "The Battle of the Bulge."
Since December 19th, the 101st Airborne Division had been fighting off German attacks . . .

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December 22, 2015

Lloyd L. Thompson

KIA October 29th, 1944, Germany

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Lloyd Leslie Thompson

Born: Mission Hill, South Dakota
Unit:285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion
Rank:Fourth Grade Technician Sergeant
KIA:October 29th, 1944
Resting Place: Mission Hill Congressional Cemetery, Yankton County, South Dakota

Lloyd's . . .

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December 21, 2015

Video: I Promise to Remember

I dedicate this video to Mr. Leif Maseng and all the veterans.

"Be loyal. Remember, your country is the best in the world. It's a wonderful country."

On June 3rd, 2014 my father and I were visiting the town of Arromanches, when we met a group of WW2 veterans on a tour from South Carolina. I stopped and thanked as many as I could, and some of the men were kind enough to pose for . . .

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December 08, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

Remembering the Second Battle of Fallujah

This November my daddy and I will not only take time to thank our veterans on Veterans Day, but we would like to dedicate our thoughts and prayers this entire month to our brave soldiers who fought in the Second Battle of Fallujah, exactly 11 years ago.

We will especially be thinking of our friend Sgt. Derick Lowe, Lima Company, 3rd . . .

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November 09, 2015

Project Vigil Video

The Saluting Boy on Omaha Beach

Click here to view the video.

People have asked me if I could post my video here so they can use it to show to friends and family. Once the video begins, you can adjust the settings to view it in HD (high definition). I hope this helps.
Thank you.

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May 25, 2015

Lawrence A. Roberts

KIA June 6th, 1944, Normandy, France

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Lawrence A. Roberts

Born: Loon Lake, New York, 1924
Enlistment: Drafted
S/N: 32846926
Unit: A company, 299th Combat Engineer Battalion,
Rank: Private First Class
KIA: In the first wave of landings on Omaha Beach
Resting Place: Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, France

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May 25, 2015