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My friend Dr. Randolph Bradham is Alive!

June 4, 2014

NOTE TO READER:  This is an unedited string of emails.  Read them from the bottom up for proper chronology.  Daniel Struckman

 

Dear Charles Waring III,

 

Thanks for obtaining permission for me to republish Dr. Randy Bradham’s article in my blog.  You really made my day, and that is saying something.  

 

My day had been very good even before your good news.  1) I was cast to sing a part in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in the Fall for a legitimate opera company and to get paid $100 for it!  2) I found out today that I won a raffle for a $700 pearl necklace.  3) I watched my grandson play baseball.  4) I overcame my fears and solicited support for the opera season for 1) above. ( I was rewarded with a pledge for $50, just 1% of what I had asked.)

 

Of course I will provide a link to your website from my blog.  

 

I plan to phone Dr. Bradham.  I am ecstatic that he is still kicking.  I should advise you that Dr. Bradham told me that he thought I should have been shot when I told him what I did in the Marines during training in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

No need to call me sir.  I am retired.  Even though I got a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, I never was a good writer, so I had to rely on other work to make a living.  I never considered myself to be particularly patriotic until about 10 years ago.  Of course now I do.

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel Struckman

 

From: Cwaring@charlestonmercury.com

To: pstruckman@hotmail.com

Subject: Re: Charleston Mercury: Dr. Randolph Bradham’s article about his WWII experience; YES, SIR

Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:23:23 +0000

 

Dear Daniel,

 

Dr. Bradham would be happy for you to republish this.  He remembers your uncle and is honored for you to take on this mission.  You also have permission from the Charleston Mercury to reprint; please do offer our website when you give us credit, please sir.

 

He is “so glad that you are doing what you are doing.”  He said you are welcome to call him.

 

Thank you for your patriotism and interest in my friend’s article.

 

             Regards,

 

Charles

 

 

Charles W. Waring III, publisher, Charleston Mercury, http://www.charlestonmercury.com Tel. (843) 813-2647 (direct line) (Office line) 793-3723; For ADVERTISING INQUIRIES, please contact Ann Lewandowski at alewandowski@charlestonmercury.com or via (703) 220-9676; For SUBSCRIPTIONS contact: (843) 793-3723; For NEWS contact: George Woolston (609) 410-4750

 

The Charleston Mercury has numerous affluent readers capable of purchasing the goods and services our advertising clients offer. Make our extraordinary readers your clients.

 

From: DANIEL STRUCKMAN <pstruckman@hotmail.com>

Date: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

To: Charles Waring <cwaring@charlestonmercury.com>, DANIEL STRUCKMAN <pstruckman@hotmail.com>

Subject: RE: Charleston Mercury: Dr. Randolph Bradham’s article about his WWII experience

 

Charles,

Thanks for your quick reply.  Of course I will wait for the go-ahead.

 

I found Dr. Bradham’s article in your newspaper by searching online, yes.  I am always searching for new information.  Actually I met and ate several meals with Dr. Bradham at an army reunion of Company E in Sarasota, Florida, in 2006.  Recently when I tried to mail him a card at his old address the card was returned by the post office as undeliverable, so I feared he had died or was confined in a nursing home.  Please mention my name when you ask him if I can use his piece.

Sincerely,

 

Daniel Struckman, nephew of PFC Carl Bonde, machine gun section, weapons platoon, Company E.

 

> From: Cwaring@charlestonmercury.com

> To: pstruckman@hotmail.com

> Subject: Re: Charleston Mercury: Dr. Randolph Bradham’s article about his WWII experience

> Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:56:30 +0000

>

> Dear Daniel,

>

> Do you have the copy by searching online?

>

> I am fine with this, but I need to have Dr. Bradham¹s permission also.

> Please give me some time and feel free to remind me.

>

> Regards,

>

>

> Charles

>

>

> Charles W. Waring III, publisher, Charleston Mercury,

> http://www.charlestonmercury.com <http://www.charlestonmercury.com/> Tel.

> (843) 813-2647 (direct line) (Office line) 793-3723; For ADVERTISING

> INQUIRIES, please contact Ann Lewandowski at

> alewandowski@charlestonmercury.com or via (703) 220-9676; For

> SUBSCRIPTIONS contact: (843) 793-3723; For NEWS contact: George Woolston

> (609) 410-4750

>

> The Charleston Mercury has numerous affluent readers capable of purchasing

> the goods and services our advertising clients offer. Make our

> extraordinary readers your clients.

>

>

>

>

>

>

> On 6/2/14, 10:29 AM, “charlestonmercury” <nancy@nancylucas.com> wrote:

>

> >This is an enquiry email via http://www.charlestonmercury.com/ from:

> >Daniel Struckman <pstruckman@hotmail.com>

> >

> >May I have permission to republish Dr. Bradham’s account of the SS

> >Leopoldville sinking? He and my uncle, Carl R. Bonde, Jr., were both in

> >Company E, 262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Army Division. My uncle did not

> >survive the torpedo blast. I have a blog, titled “Insearchofbud,” where

> >I have collected stories and my own journey to uncover the tale of the SS

> >Leopoldville.

> >

>

        

 

 

      

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