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I have been using The 50th PA Civil War Odyssey in all of my battlefield visits where the 50th PA fought during the war. I am honored by the high tribute Col Birch paid to these Union veterans in writing this book. My Great Great Uncle Sgt Samuel Schwalm volunteered for this unit in 1861 and served honorably until discharged in 1864. My prayers are with his family in their time of sorrow.

Posted by: Ross H. Schwalm - Woodbridge, VA - Fan of his book on the 50th PA   Apr 22, 2014

I typed all the papers "For The Commander" during his time as Battalion Commander.

Posted by: Sp 5 Thomas Lee Torvik - coeur d' alene, ID - His S-1 Specialist during 67-68   Mar 14, 2013

I always greatly admired Hal and enjoyed acting with him in various First Nighters plays. And I wanted to express my sympathy to Thalia and his family.

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers,


Posted by: Francee Levin - Columbia, SC - Friend   Dec 18, 2012

I just heard from Bert passed away. I didn't know I would have been there.. He was a great leader and friend!

Posted by: George Wilkins. - san antonio, TX   Dec 12, 2012

Hope you and Joe are enjoying each others company up there as you did here on earth.

Posted by: Lucy Paone - Ashburn, VA - Military Friends   Dec 10, 2012

Thalia- You have my deepest sympathy.We know he is in a better place and not suffering but the lose is hard. Time helps but it takes a while. You are strong. Nancy

Posted by: Nancy Long - Chicora, PA - friend   Dec 09, 2012

I will miss my older brother, my hero. He will live on in my memories.

Posted by: Bob Birch - Howard, OH - Brother   Dec 06, 2012

Farewell Soldier, we will miss you but know you are in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior . Bless all those sodiers who have gone before you ,may their souls and yours rest in eternal peace. Ed and Marie

Posted by: Colonel Edward F Corcoran - Columbia - Fellow Solldier   Dec 06, 2012

Our sincere condolences are extended to Hal's family.

Posted by: Dan and Nancy Sabia    Dec 05, 2012

Thalia...this is such a sad time to lose the love of your life...please know you are thought about with fondness...Bob and I both loved being around you and Hal...take care dear friend...Gayle

Posted by: Gayle Poppell and Bob Harman - Cayce, SC - First Nighters Group FRIEND   Dec 05, 2012