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Guestbook for Reed C. Fulton
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January 29, 2020 | Paul C. DaVia - Chesapeake, Virginia -- United States

Fighting in WWII for the full duration, Reed had a pistol and rifle collection worth a fortune, including every style and size German Luger pistol and attachment. Some other pistols in his collection were unique prototypes he "liberated" from museums in the German towns they attacked.

As a Tank Commander, he rode in the turret and was thrown out once when his tank was hit. Tore his knees up but he continued for 2 more years.

No waterproof plastic ground cover available, he said four cotton "mummy bags" would mostly keep out the water for one night sleeping on the ground or snow. Out of his original 20 man platoon, only 7 of them made it home. Reed received the French Croix de Guerre medal and many more.

He bought the 40 ft torpedo retriever boat ("Jubilee") mentioned in the
obit for $2,000 from poker winnings on the troop ship returning after
the war. In Dorchester, he had an old master carpenter build a full
cabin with bunks for four, galley, head, canopy over engine (slept one),
and a hand-carved 30 ft. mast with boom. After Reed left Wrentham, he
sold the boat, moved to near Bath ME and eventually became the fire
chief. In his spare time, Reed designed and patented at least one rifle.

Reed inducted both my brother, Dave and I as Eagle Scouts and led famous Troop 61 in on an amazing two week, 50 mile canoe trip in Minnesota and Canada in the Quetico Superior Lake Region.

Reed led our scout troop in the annual camping trip to Kennebunk ME where he taught us all to be expert axe throwers. On those trips, he supervised the secret initiation night where rookies were made to walk the plank at the icy Kennebunk River.

Reed acted like he had a hard shell, but when my mother urgently needed blood for surgery at Sturdy Hosp in Attleboro, he was one of the first to give. It caused quite a buzz at the hospital and notes were quickly put on
all the bulletin boards that they had just received a pint of the rarest of all blood--AB Negative. Fitting for an amazing and rare man.

April 25, 2016 | Norman Fulton - Cincinnati, Ohio -- USA

I want to thank Reed for all of the service he gave to so many different organizations. And over such a long time. He never really retired. He will be missed.

 

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