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Thomas Herman Alley Jr. 1922 - 2012

Thomas Herman Alley Jr.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I met Tom on a trip to Normandy in 1999. I enjoyed the 2 weeks I spent with him and Bill True. Both great Americans.
Friday, April 06, 2012
I was a producer on the documentary, "North Carolina's World War II Experience" (UNCTV), which featured Tom Alley. Our crew spent an entire afternoon with him - hearing some of his many stories from the frontlines of history. In that short time, we learned so much and were grateful for his willingness to share what were often, painful and personal memories. Tom Alley was a true hero - a man who left home to fight for freedom simply because it was the right thing to do. We mourn his loss. The world is a better place because of him.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
they had shrubs and trees, talking, dancing ones even. they had pavement and parking lot. steeples and playgrounds. they walked and they walked and they walked. they read the paper. they watched television, from soaps to fantasies to the news to mysteries. they had encyclopedias and magazines. they had green beans fresh and snapped and soaking. oatmeal and oatmeal pies. grilled cheese and banana and peanut butter sandwiches. they talked. they talked alot. they talked about wind and rain. about mountains and prairies and snow and sneezes. about people and places. about the town and about the beach. about the doughnut shops and the hospitals. about the doctors and about the journalists. about friends and about family. and they talked about him all the time. grandmother and grandson talking about grandpa. from dawn till dusk, from dusk till dawn. forever.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I met Mr. Alley in my travel business years ago.

After hearing of his experience in World War II I asked him to speak at my son's scout troop, which he promptly and graciously accepted.

Although many of the young scouts that heard him that evening don't remember many details, they all remember his German Lugar. I am so glad he shared himself with us that evening.

Many of you know he fought in some of the war's most horrific battles. He was one of the first men to land in France, behind enemy lines, on D-Day. And he was in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. He was on the front lines most of the war. A man who serves his country like that deserves our admiration.

What I found most amazing was that he put those gruesome memories aside, came home and enjoyed a wonderfully successful life.

His life is a terrific example for all men.

My son Jed and I extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

–Ed Sander IV
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I met Mr. Alley in my travel business years ago.

After hearing of his experience in World War II I asked him to speak at my son's scout troop, which he promptly and graciously accepted.

Although many of the young scouts that heard him that evening don't remember many details, all remember his German Lugar. I am so glad he shared himself with us that evening.

Many of you know he fought in some of the war's most horrific battles. He was one of the first men to land in France, behind enemy lines, on D-Day. And he was in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. He was on the front lines most of the war. A man who serves his country like that deserves our admiration.

What I found most amazing was that he put those gruesome memories aside, came home and enjoyed a wonderfully successful life.

His life is a terrific example for all men.

My son Jed and I extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

–Ed Sander IV
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