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2003 320th Association Reunion
ETO Jan'45 - May '45: 320th Bomber Group
ETO May '45 - Home: 397th
LT David L.
The crash of
Family in Service
Dad at Lake Charles,
E. Seiley (August
15, 1922 - April 7, 1974)
Radio Operators and Mechanics School, Scott Field,
IL, April 1943
Gunnery School, Yuma Army Air Field, AZ,
Army Air Field, LA, November 1944
Hunter Field, Savanah, GA, December 1944
with 320th Bomb Group, 443rd squadron, at
Dijon and Dole, 15 February - 1 May 1945
Medals: Air Medal/1 OLC, Distinguished
ATO, EAMETO, WWII Victory, Good Conduct.
This site is
dedicated to my father, Robert Edward Seiley and my
extended family. A native of Louisiana, dad served in World War II in the
European Theater of Operations (ETO) with the Army Air Forces (AAF) as a
radio operator and gunner on the formidable Martin B-26 Marauder medium
This site is
also dedicated to the many Maraudermen and other servicemen like my Uncles
Carl and Curtis Seiley who served throughout the various theaters in the
war, but especially the men who knew and served with my father.
these men, like First Lieutenant David L. Lobeck of Florida, gave the
ultimate sacrifice during their service, supporting the pursuit of the freedom and prosperity my family
Over the past
several years, my wife and I have become very interested in
genealogy and family history.
During this time, I have become increasingly eager to gain a better
appreciation for my heritage, especially the generations that immediately
preceded me. This also has
much to do with the fact that my father passed away 30 years ago when I
was a small boy, and I
never knew him like I would like to have. I have also had a longstanding interest in World War II history, in particular how my parents'
generation rose so admirably to such an awful, unimaginable thing.
While moving my
mother into a new apartment early in 2003, she gave me several large files full of family documents dating back to
the 1930s. Among these were a number of photographs of dad during the war,
forms and certificates documenting his service, training, and awards, and
a scrapbook that dad had put together covering his ETO AAF experiences in
I hope what
relatively little information and photographs I have on this site somehow
find their way to the families of the servicemen my father served with.
Knowing how important this kind of information has become to me, I would
enjoy the privilege of sharing with those families, copies of what has
been preserved for all these years.
I also hope
that any servicemen that knew dad might somehow find this site
contact me. Or more likely perhaps, their families who remain just
might have similar records they too uncover in a box or file folder that
references a heretofore unknown “Robert E. Seiley.”
Sure would like
to hear from you.
publishing this site in 2003 I have had the great privilege to correspond
and even meet several of the men my father served with. What a
thrill it has been, and continues to be.
love research, but I am not a professional historian. Please explore this
site and enjoy it. As you do, if you have a correction, suggestion,
comment, or addition, please
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