by Bob Bruggner
Blue Goose & crew, Barineau far left
Our local museum in Havana, Florida is currently in the process of making a documentary film on the contributions to the WW II effort made by members of our community. Our team was fortunate to interview 103 year old Gadsden County resident Louie Barineau, who severed his country as a B-24 radio operator during World War II. Louie’s memory and story telling talents held us captivated during his interview and here is a short sample that we hope you enjoy. We believe Louie is one of 2 surviving members of The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group (HBG) which began with an original cadre of 231 men and 23 B-24 Liberators.
Here is a link to a Youtube video of a sample from our interview
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At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.
Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.
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DATES: Oct 12-15, 2023
CITY:Fairfax Co, VA
HOTEL: Westin Dulles hotel
2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, VA 20171
Click here to read about the reunion details.
Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior
376th Bomb Group Mission History
Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War