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I and R Platoon's story would make good movie

I am an amateur historian and filmmaker. My great-uncle, Gilbert Ruiz, was a squad leader in the 394th I&R Platoon. He was assigned to it in late December, early January 1945.

He fought in the Battle of the Bulge through Germany until the end of the war. He remembers crossing the bridge at Remagen and seeing the POW camp at Moosberg.

He is still alive and I have interviewed him but he remembers few names. He was assigned to the I&R Platoon after Lyle Bouck and his men were captured.

I am trying to contact anyone who might have been associated with headquarters and/or the I&R during this time.

I also am trying to contact Alex Kershaw. I have talked to Lyle Bouck, Vernon Leopold, and Louis Kalil, all who don't know who made up the unit after they were captured.

It would seem to me that at least one person from that group would still be around. My ultimate goal is to make a film about their story — that of both old and new I&R Platoons, including my great uncle's story.

Craig Ruiz

8428 Sunrise Ave.

LaMesa CA 91941