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I can accept the doubt that arises when the remains of a loved one is returned for burial. I have experienced the same over the years as Sonny has lived in me. In November, 2002, I received a complete copy of the Individual Deceased Personnel File of S/Sgt. William P. Mitchell, Jr., 34504317. Including a few duplicate pages, the file has 77 pages. Information in the file mates so completely with similar information in another completely different file that it absolves any doubt that has ever entered my mind.

I could hold Mrs. Mitchell's hand, look her in the eyes and tell her I have absolutely no doubt that Sonny's remains are resting in his home land, the greatest nation God has ever permitted to come into existence.

I cannot express the amazement I have experienced at the detailed information that has come together regarding Sonny and some of his crew and how some of it became available these 55-plus years later. Most recent example, Leroy Beckmann asked in my early contact with him if I had any knowledge of Nicholas Tagliaferri, who he understood was in law enforcement work somewhere around Cleveland, Ohio, and had possibly changed his name to Tagg. At the annual reunion of my Army outfit in Pittsburgh in September, 2002, I met a young lady, Barbara Mach, who was there with her mother regarding Mr. Mach, a veteran who had recently passed away. Learning that they were from the Cleveland area, I asked if she would see if there were any Taggs there. Shortly thereafter, she advised he died from cancer in 1988 at the age of 62, and had a career in the Mayfield Heights Police Station. Barbara learned Tagg did not like to discuss with anyone his years in the Army Air Force. She even found Mrs. Tagg and talked with her by phone. It gave me great pleasure to pass that information on to Leroy.


-- J. W. Campbell, 2003

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