Vol. 15, No. 1, Oct, 1958
President Clayton Rarick
Vice President Alan Dunbar
Adjutant Richard DeHeer
Treasurer Robert Kelly
Chaplain John Loveless
The CUB is the official publication of the Association. Membership in the Association is $5.00 per year, which includes subscription to CUB. All material copyrighted.
Editor John Gallagher
Photographer David Brumaghin
The CUB is printed by the Busy Beaver Print Shop, Laureldale, Pa.
Back issues of the CUB may be obtained for 25 cents each. Send orders to Box 106, Blandon, Pa.
After much discussion, Jack Gillespie was given approval to arrange next year's convention at Chicago.
Jim Wells was given approval to arrange 1960 convention in Savannah.
Our association received many invitations from cities all over the country to hold our convention in their city. Only last week received a call from a hotel in Phila. asking how soon we will come back to Phila.
To have a convention in any city, we must have members in the area who are willing to do considerable work to make all the arrangements.
This year's convention felt we should hold future conventions in a resort type hotel rather than large City hotel. The feeling is this would allow for the families to come to the convention and also have a vacation.
Will you send to the "Cub", P.O. Box 106, Blandon, Pa., any comments you have on above?
My thanks to all of the members for the privilege of serving as your President for the year 1958-59. My hope is that I can do as good a job as your former Presidents have done. With the help of the other good men you elected to office, I hope the job will be well done.
Among those who have taken responsibilities with me are—Dick DeHeer, who has been elected Adjutant, which is one of the tough jobs. But knowing Dick, I am sure he will do a good job.
Bob Kelly, the Treasurer for the past few years. We all know the good work Bob has done.
Doug Coffey, Memorial Chairman, who needs your help to raise at least $900 for the memorial fund this year.
John Gallagher—Cub Editor, who also needs your help, but his need is news. For the work John and his wife have been doing with the Cub, each and every one of us owes it to John to send him something, even if it's only a few lines. Maybe a suggestion to the ladies will help. Let John know what's new with your family. All news is welcome.
Dick Nethers, Membership Chairman, who has also been such a faithful worker. Jack Gillespie, Convention Chairman, who I'm sure will do everything within his power to show you a good time in Chicago.
For the convention committee and myself, I wish to thank all of you for attending this year's reunion. We hope you had a good time, and for those who could not attend, I hope to see you in Chicago.
In closing, may I say to Austin Byrd, thanks for the time and service you gave the Association the past four years, and may we all wish you and your future wife a very happy married life.
Clayton F. Rarick
WERE YOU IN PHILADELPHIA?
As we approached Filly in a cloudburst, we thought we were again being called upon to cross the Rhine. The water was four feet deep in the under passes. Police were directing traffic in bathing suits with aqua-lungs. However, nothing ever stopped the 106th and it didn't do it this time. We all arrived on time and from there on out the weather was typically 106th, all clear.
Upon entering the warm-up set up by our genial hosts, Gen. McMahon, John Gallagher, Clay Rarick and Al Dunbar, imagine my pleasure at seeing the smiling faces of the 106th. Who can forget the infiltration course maneuvers performed by Wilda and Jennie and big old Ben? (Not London Ben, Texas Ben). They say everything in Texas is big. When you got the shot Ben poured, you had to be big to stand it.
Filly-delfians aren't proud of the City or anything but it was remarkable. I never heard so many of the OLDEST buildings, LARGEST this and LONGEST that. The Chamber of Commerce should have tipped our driver because brother, where you live, there ain't anything. It’s all in Filly.
At the get together party, those 106ers really get together. One fellow brought his sister to the Convention. She was the shyest thing you ever saw until Jim Wells and a few others started singing the good old songs. She warmed up as well as did Marge (you know who) and all the other guys and gals. Even the paid accordionist had a good time. After the party, which in Filly must close by the witching hour (midnight) those stalwarts of the 106th made their way to Dunbar's cellar (the Alpha Club) and kept it alive till the wee hours.
Reveille blew at 7 A.M. next morning for breakfast and a bus ride leaving at 8:30 A.M. for Valley Forge and our Memorial Services.
You think you saw the hungry and sick during the Battle of the Bulge. These guys are still fighting the battle of the stomach bulge. After hasty breakfast consisting of tomato juice, tomato juice and tomato juice, they crawled into the bus for the safari.
All Filly shook when the gang let up a roar, a real honest to goodness Lion's roar when who should enter the bus but Doc Delsher Fridline. Though inconvenienced no little, there he was to show what 106ers are made of, and of course his watchdog, Florence, was right along with them. When someone wanted to have the bus stopped, he just pulled Gwyneth's pig tails. Of course the grown-ups were not allowed in the cuddle seats in the rear. They were for the exclusive use of our lovely teen-agers, Alan McNair, Gary Hagman, the Raricks, the Perras, Sue Kelly, Kay Loveless and her Junior and many others I can't name.
We started out making believe we knew just where we were going as we always did in the 106th, but after the first few notes, oh boy!
One General approached from the left and a Colonel approached from the right and the bus was coming in the middle. I wonder who really knew where he was going. Who was lost? ? ?
After much ado about nothing, we arrived at the Valley Forge Military Academy Chapel. It was in a setting worthwhile beholding. Upon entering the door, there was a feeling of grandeur and of God's presence. This was indeed one of the most impressive ceremonies that the 106th has ever taken a part.
On our return voyage, some joker thought he was going cross country in a GI jeep and plowed into the side of our bus. Needless to say we had a few M.P.'s along to direct traffic until the mess was cleared up.
My Old Man did a wonderful job as M. C. at lunch and his bringing General (Dutch) Cota as speaker won't be regretted. He made us feel right at home whether you were in St. Vith, Schonberg or Bleialf. He had a right smart angle to his speech and I'm sure everyone was pleased. Following lunch we had our usual (unusual) business session. I have never seen as many men get involved in motions and counter motions at 106th Reunion. This is one of the healthiest signs that we are here to stay. When men take the interest these men do there should and will never be any question as to a long life for our Association.
As is always the climax of our Reunions we gathered together more than 125 people to wine and dine one another until we meet again next year. The high point of the evening was out-going President Dick DeHeer referring to the "Old Man". You could just see the lump rise in General Jones' throat. As each convention rolls around, more and more, he becomes closer to us, not as a General, but another fine member of the 106th Association.
At the dance following, the young gals and guys really made their parents feel just a little old. How those kids can dance. Al Dunbar had loads of fun giving away Four Roses to the lucky people caught under the spotlight. We now say good-by till next year.
WILL YOU BE IN CHICAGO?
By an overwhelming vote you have decided to erect a proper and suitable Memorial to the 500 men who gave their lives that we might continue to enjoy the Heritage that has passed along to us.
We now have a purpose for our Memorial Fund. However, at this moment the Fund does not contain the necessary funds for the completion of the Memorial. We need approximately $900.00 which would mean at least $3.00 from each and every member. I realize some people can and will give more than $3.00 but please, each and every one try to contribute his $3.00. Then and only then can you feel that you are a part of this wonderful Memorial. It is my firm belief that there is not a member of this Association who will not be satisfied when the Memorial is completed that we have something real and something that will last for many years to come.
One of the first arrivals after the desk opened at 9 A.M., 25 July was Charles Saxon who drove over from Levittown, Pa. He had read in the early edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Division was holding its reunion in Philadelphia. He had served with the 424th Inf. at Camp Atterbury, but had not gone overseas with the Golden Lions. He promised to return that evening, but never showed up again.
The Registration desk was right in front of the elevators on the second floor (of the Bellevue Stratford Hotel). There are a number of meeting and banquet rooms on this floor, and a number of functions were held there during the day. On the desk was a large sign: "12th Annual Reunion of 106th Infantry Division (The Golden Lions) ". A group of ladies, who had attended a luncheon and shower for a bride-to-be, were passing the desk and casually reading the sign when one of them stopped (a very good looking one) gasped and said: "Why that was my husband's division." When the people on the desk questioned her, she could not, like most wives, remember her husband's outfit, but she knew positively that "he was in Stalag 9-B". She gave us her husband's name and address. He was working in Atlantic City and could not attend the reunion. He is Samuel A. Black, 376 A Boyd St., Camden 5, N. J. The wife added, "When I saw that sign, I got all goose-pimply."
TO VETERANS OF
General Jones, General McMahon, Veterans of the 106th Infantry Division, wives, families and guests:
Mrs. Cota and myself are most happy to be here with you today, as you participate in your 12th Annual Reunion program. This is my first opportunity to speak to the veterans of the 106th Division. I have, as you know, been very close to the 106th Division. Especially was this true during the early days of December, 1944. In fact, the 112th Infantry Regiment of the 28th Infantry Division, which I commanded, was attached to your Division for a period at a time you well remember, and I do too. So, my good wife and I, we feel as though we were one of you. We thank you for asking us to join with you at lunch today.
Since arriving here, I assume, like all good veterans, you have been renewing old friendships made during the time you served together, and have been recalling the events (good and bad) that you went through together. You have just had your Memorial service, and said honor to those who played, trained, and fought with you, but are no longer with us. That is as it should be.
I am going to take just a few minutes to talk about that battle called "The Battle of the Bulge". You know about that battle pretty well - - - don't you. I am sure you do.
Like you, I have fought the Battle of the Bulge many times since the battle actually took place. I have read many books, and many articles about the battle. I have listened to many speeches about it, and I have been called upon to write many letters in regard to it. Sometimes I get real fed up and real mad about it. Nevertheless, I am proud of the part the 106th and 28th Divisions—Yes, the part the VIII Corps—played in the Battle of the Bulge. I am proud of the achievements our divisions made in, this battle. We are all proud of what we did—aren't we? Why shouldn't we be?
As time goes on and the military history department of the Army continues to research and prepare historical documents on the Ardennes Campaign, more and more the students of military history are realizing the job done by the VIII Corps in the Battle of the Bulge They are finding out:
1. The German Army (Fifth Panzer Army) making the main effort of the Battle of the Bulge (head against the VIII Corps) was commanded by a general who had made a mark as an armored specialist and had achieved a big reputation for energetic leadership and personal bravery. His subordinate Corps commanders were specially selected, and his staff was probably the best German staff on the western front. His troops were specially selected and equipped.
2. The German commander was fairly optimistic. He personally rated four of his armored divisions as good attack formations. He hoped to win a quick penetration and get rolling. He expected that the tactics of pre-dawn infiltration would pay off and that his assault detachments would have reached the Crestline (Skyline Drive) before noon on D-day. He hoped that the debouchment into the bridgehead would commence during the early afternoon. He expected that St. Vith and Wiltz would be reached the first day.
3. Two things were necessary to the success of the Fifth Panzer Army, namely: there must not be any slackening to an infantry pace by frontal attacks against strongly defended American positions, and the flanks must be disregarded.
In short, success or failure depended on maintaining a time table based on speed and maneuver.
You were there and know how the American defensive positions were defended: the wide fronts occupied by regiments and battalions, the few reserves available.
You know the time it took the German Fifth Panzer Army to take Wiltz-4 days. You know about the holding of St. Vith. In short, a whole series of monkey wrenches were thrown into the well-oiled machinery of the German attack. The American infantry had made excellent use of the ground and had held their positions refusing to buckle under weight of numbers until the time table of the German Fifth Panzer Army was thrown entirely out of gear.
In the last analysis, the losses inflicted on the enemy may have equaled those sustained by the Americans—certainly the Germans paid dearly—but the final measure of success and failure was in the terms of hours and minutes won by the VIII Corps (especially the 28th and 106th Divisions) and lost to the enemy.
Yes, we have a right to be proud. We are—aren't we? Now, what enabled the American soldier to perform this feat of arms under the extremely heavy odds against success?
Wasn't it because "Our Way of Life develops men superior to any other '. I believe it was. They just decided that "what was worth fighting for was worth dying for". They had the "will to win” —to battle for every foot of ground, for every minute of time so that reserves could be brought to the decisive points of the battlefield and definitely stop the Fifth Panzer Army, and finally expel it altogether.
I wonder if we still possess those qualities and capabilities. Wars can't be won by pushing buttons, or can we buy security in a package.
Yes, the 106th Infantry Division was "fine"—was "great" on the field of battle. Are we still "fine" and "great" on the battlefield of the cold war? Are we doing our part? To insist that our army retain the capabilities our divisions had; think about it.
The above speech was offered to our convention, July 26, 1958 by General Norman D. Cota, commander of 28th Division during Battle of Bulge.
1. For a most inspiring Memorial Service: Be it resolved: that the Association conveys it’s heartfelt thanks to General Baker, Superintendent, Colonel Walker, Chaplain, and to the participating Cadets of the Valley Forge Military Academy.
2. For their planning, excellent arrangements and for the varied and interesting program presented: Be it resolved: that the Association extend its sincere appreciation to our convention committee, General Leo McMahon, Lt. Colonel Alan Dunbar, Clayton Rarick and John Gallagher.
3. For his efficiency and devotion to duty for the past four years: Be it resolved: that the Association recognizes the diligence of our retiring adjutant, Austin Byrd.
4. For his editorial ability and for the long hours expended in compiling and printing, our magazine: Be it resolved: that the Association offers its gratitude to our Cub Editor, John Gallagher.
5. For his interesting and educational address: Be it resolved: that the Association offers its deepest appreciation to Major General Norman D. Cota.
6. For the excellent cuisine, air conditioned accommodations, and its many courtesies extended to the convention committee and the body at large: Be it resolved: that we express our gratitude to the Bellevue Stratford Hotel.
7. For their generous cooperation and able assistance: Be it resolved: that the Association extends its sincere appreciation to the Convention Committee of Philadelphia and in particular to Mr. Eugene C. Hosmer, Jr. and to Mrs. Brown.
Robert E. Rutt,
Austin Byrd gave the Adjutant's Report, stating that the Association ended the 1957-58 year with 268 members, 14 more than for the 1956-57 year. He reported that the 1957-58 year also showed a total of 36 Auxiliary members and 7 Complimentary members.
Austin Byrd stated that Honorary Life Membership has been extended to Dave Price, per the motion passed at the 1957 General Meeting, and that a letter of thanks had been received from Price. It was moved that the Cub issue published immediately after each convention be sent to both active and expired members as was done for the last two years. Passed.
Jim Wells moved that Doug Coffey be empowered to commit the Association to spend up to $5,000.00 for the erection of a monument at the College of St. Vith, Belgium as described and outlined in the plans which Coffey has obtained. Passed 28 to 5.
Austin Byrd moved that Bob Rutt, John Loveless and Bob Kelly constitute a committee to revise the constitution and bylaws and to submit same at the 1959 convention. Unanimously passed.
Jack Gillespie moved that the 1959 convention be held at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on July 24, 25 and 26, 1959. Passed.
Austin Byrd moved that Jim Wells be authorized to proceed with plans for holding the 1960 convention at Savannah, Georgia. Passed.
Lyle Mowlds moved that a list of the approximately 1,200 expired members be published so that active members could use said list in membership promotion work. He stated that if the Adjutant would have Commercial Mailing Service send him the list, he would have it mimeographed for mailing to active members with a future issue of the Cub. Passed.
Bob Rutt moved that John Loveless be authorized to incorporate the Association in the State of Maryland, and that the present District of Columbia corporation be either dissolved or merged with the Maryland corporation. Unanimously passed.
Austin Byrd read the recommendations of the Nominating Committee, and the 21 men recommended were unanimously elected to the Board of Directors, as follows:
Thomas Bickford, 3 Sunnyside Terrace, East Orange, N. J.
T. Wayne Black, 306 Williston Ave., Waterloo, Iowa
Henry M. Broth, 3917 Duvall Ave., Baltimore 16, Md.
Austin L. Byrd, Jr., 502 Nottingham Rd., Baltimore 29, Md.
James I. Clark, Fennville 1, Mich.
Douglass S. Coffey, 50 Gaston St., West Orange, N. J.
Robert H. Courtright, Box 103, Ashville, Ohio
Richard DeHeer, 19 Hopkins St., Hillsdale, N. J.
Alan Dunbar, 4701 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Gaylord D. Fridline, 217 Claremont St., Ashland, Ohio
John I. Gallagher, 4003 Frances St., Temple, Pa.
Lawrence Gubow, 20100 Braile, Detroit 19, Mich.
Robert E. Kelly, 846 Lakepointe, Grosse Pointe 30, Mich.
John T. Loveless, Jr., 2549 Pickwick Rd., Baltimore 7, Md.
Joseph C. Matthews, Jr., 4706 Western Blvd., Raleigh, N. C.
Richard W. Nethers, 31 Island Dr., Poland, Ohio
Patrick J. O'Rourke, 3525 Decatur Ave., New York 67, N. Y.
Clifford E. Perras, Blue Front Hotel, Nadeau, Mich.
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Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeHeer, 19 Hopkins St., Hillsdale, N. J.—K 424 Inf.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bickford, 3 Sunnyside Terrace, East Orange, N. J.—Hq. Co.
Mr. Wayne Black, 306 Williston Ave., Waterloo, Iowa – Reg. HQ. I&R 422 Inf.
Mr. Charles Saxton, 4703 Brookside Ave., Bristol, Pa – 81st Engrs. Co A
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Rarick and son Terry, Blandon, Pa., Box 25 – 424th Inf. Co. L
Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Leo T. McMahon and Stepson Allan McNair, 8 N. Union St., Middletown, Pa.-106 Divarty
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pierce, 474 Federal St., Warren, Ohio – 81st Engrs Co. C
Lt. Col. Alan Dunbar, 4701 Pine St., Phila., Pa. —422 Inf. Hq. Co.
Marge Leslie and her daughter Jackie Leslie, guests of Col. Dunbar
Mr. and Mrs. John Gallagher, 4003 Frances St., Temple, Pa.-81st Engr. Co. C
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koob, Filion, Mich.-424 Inf. 1st Bn. HQ.
Col. and Mrs. Joseph C. Matthews, and son Bruce, 4706 Western Blvd., Raleigh, N. C.-422 Inf.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Broth. 3917 Duball Ave., Baltimore, Md.-I 422
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nethers, 31 Island Dr., Poland 14, Ohio-423 AT.
Mr. John Blair, 1625 Earlington Road, Havertown, Pa.-590th FABM
Mr. and Mrs. John Loveless, Jr. and daughters Kay and Althea, 2549 Pickwick Rd., Baltimore 7, Md.-422 Hq. Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rutt, 14447 Young, Detroit 5, Mich. – 422 Inf. HQ
Mr. Monroe Miller, 4 Pottsville St., Cressona, Pa.-424 Inf. Co. F
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Coffey, 50 Gaston St., West Orange, N. J.—C Btry. 590 Bn.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mowlds and son Robert, 896 S. State St., Dover, Del.-106th MP
Mr. Robert Stack, 463 Broadway, Westwood, N. J.—A Co. 81st Engr.
Mr. Jack Middleton, 17 Kensington Rd., Madison, N.J. – 106th Signal
Mr. Austin L. Byrd, Jr., and friend, Miss Myrtle Dalius, 502 Knottingham Rd., Baltimore 29, Md. —A Bat. 589th
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Connelly, 485 Columbia St., Sharon, Pa.-589 FABN
Mr. Harry Leezcr, 238 East Poplar, York, Pa. - 106th MP
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly and daughter Sue, 846 Lake Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park 30, Mich. - 423 Service Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hagman and son Gary, 305 West Josephine St., Weatherford, Texas – S-3 Div.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howell, 265 Colket Lane, Wayne, Pa.-424 Service Co.
Mr. Samuel Cariano. 6632 Washington Drive, Oath Church. Va.—Div. HQ.
Mr. Thomas Dorosky, Mt. Airy Road, Trucksville, R. D. 1, Pa.-596 Field Art.
Col. and Mrs. William Manahan, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.-806 Ord. Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Maloney and two children, 231 Wolf St., Phila., Pa.-592 FA Bn. Serv. Btry.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Perras and Sons Clifford and John, Nedeau, Mich.-424th Inf. Co. H
Mr. and Mrs. Sal Bulla and daughter Rosanne, 2045 Mapes Ave., Bronx, N. Y.-424th Inf. Co. H
Gen. and Mrs. Alan Jones, 3532 Quebec St., Washington. D. C.—Div. HQ.
Mr. Albert Falkner and sister Mary Lou Falkner, 17 Spokane Villa, Pontiac. Mich.—At. 423 Rd.
Anna Dulebohn, 1827 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, Pa., Mother of PFC Harold E. Witmer (killed in action)
Col. and Mrs. Robert Stout, 248 Monterey Ave., Pelham, N. Y.—G-2 Div. HQ.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Lada, 1044 Liberty, Lincoln Park, Mich.—Co. L 424
Mr. James Wells, Hephzibah, Georgia-81st Engr. Bn. Co. C
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DeChiara, 205 Etna St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Koplin, 909 Melrose Ave., Phila. 26, Pa.—Div. Hq. Finance
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pilkington, 221 Walton St., W. Hempstead, L.I., N. Y.—Regt. Hq. 422
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walsh, R.F.D. 1, Haddonfield, N. J.-592 Art.
Mr. W. Rosenkoetter, 15647 Hanover, Allen Park. Mich.—H 424
Dr. and Mrs. Gaylord Freidline and daughter, 217 Claremont St., Ashland, 0.-423
Mr. Jack Gillespie, 19807 Murray Hill, Detroit, 35, Mich.-422 C
Mr. Jack Williams. 434 Teece Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.-422 C
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Glen, 10 Ferry Rd., Morrisville, N. J.—Div. HQ.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rossi, Jr., 1208-50 N. Bergen, N. J.—H Co. 424
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gridler, 101 Orchard Ave., Scottsdale, Pa.—Hq. Btry.
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. White, 1128 N. Cherry St., Wheaton, Ill.—Cannon 424
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kalal, 3708 Morton Ave., Brookfield, Ill. – Cannon Co. 424
Mr. and Mrs. John Kraljic and children John and Frankie, 19 Caffrey Ave., Bethpage, L.I., N. Y.
Mr. Joseph Ansel, Chalfont, Pa.
Mr. Thomas Pritchette, 308 N. 8th St., Phila., Pa.-423
Mr. and Mrs. David Brumaghin, S-115 Westview Ave., Paramus, N. J.—C 81 Engr.
Mr. M. W. Lewis, 33 Hopper, Waldwick, N. J. —Co. B 81st
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Alberson, 312 S. 6th St., Darby, Pa. – H 422
Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Faber and daughter, 37 Woodside Ave., Midland Park, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. John Caporale, 266 S. Logan Ave., Audubon, N. J. (Son killed in action with 106th)
Mr. Edward Wisnicwske, 42 Stanton, Phila., Pa. —424 Med.
Mr. Edward Fielding, 758 Grove Ave., Johnstown, Pa. – C 424
Total attendance 122 (61 men, 43 ladies and 18 young people)
The Congress of the United State in 1952 passed a resolution directing the President to proclaim each year a National Day of Prayer. Accordingly, for this year, Wednesday, October 1, has been designated. The President asked that people of all faiths should pray for a just and durable peace under the guiding hand of Almighty God. He stated that we have a continuing need of the wisdom and strength that comes from God, and we shall always find our highest satisfaction in a steadfast purpose to know and do His will.
In ancient days, the prophet Daniel, when thrown to the lions, the three Hebrew youths confined to the fiery furnace, Jesus of Nazareth tempted by the Devil in the wilderness, all received thru prayer the wisdom and the strength to rise above the crises of their days. In more recent times, Washington, at Valley Forge, beset by cold, hunger, untold privations, was enabled by prayer to overcome despair and so lead his ill-equipped men to ultimate victory.
Who of us can forget the picture of The Four Chaplains standing together united in prayer on the deck of the Dorchester as she went to her watery grave?
From personal experience, many can attest to the power of prayer in those dark December days of 1944 and the months that followed so that from day to day, experience, to experience, they were sustained, filled with hope, strength of mind and inner peace.
These days of atomic experimentation, nuclear explosions, rumors and threats of wars, demand of us the wisdom and strength that can come only from God.
Not from fear nor selfishness nor pride should we pray; rather in humility, sincerely desiring to know and to do from day to day God's will as He reveals it to us, strengthened by faith, His power and grace. So, on this National Day of Prayer, if at no time, may we join our fellowmen in petitioning that God's grace and the strength and wisdom He supplies may be upon us in our efforts to know and do His will.
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: thy law is within my heart." — Psalm 40:8 John T. Loveless, Jr.
Those who attended the memorial service during the Philadelphia reunion were greatly impressed with the edifice in which it was held. Through the kindness of Lieutenant General Milton G. Baker, Superintendent of Valley Forge Military Academy, the services were held in the chapel of the Academy at Wayne.
On the highest point of the Academy grounds stands the Alumni Memorial Chapel of Saint Cornelius the Centurion. Its towering white steeple and inspiring interior combine to make it not only a beautiful tribute to the eighty-six men of the Corps of yester-year (including Lt. Eric Fisher Wood, Jr. of the 589th FA Bn, 106th Inf. Division), who died in the service of our country, but also a sanctified place in which to worship.
The ten large pictorial windows in the Nave memorialize the great statesmen and heroes of America, while each of the four rose windows depict the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want. The windows in the Sacristy, to the right of the Chancel, as one approaches the Altar, depict the Birth, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of our Lord.
Another striking feature of the interior of the Nave and Chancel is the many handsome, colorful flags and banners which have been presented to the Academy by national and international organizations and foreign countries. Set in the arch which is the entrance to the Chancel, are the seals of the thirteen original colonies and those of all the American armed Services in addition to those of the Academy.
It was in this perfect setting, that Colonel Elbridge Walker, Jr., Academy Chaplain and our own Chaplain John Loveless conducted a beautiful and moving memorial service to our dead which will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it.
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Robert W. Pierce, 464 Federal St., N. W., Warren, Ohio
Clayton F. Rarick, Box 25, Blandon, Pa.
James E. Wells, Hephzibah, Ga.
The following men were unanimously elected to the positions indicated:
President—Clayton F. Rarick
Vice President—Alan Dunbar
Treasurer—Robert E. Kelly
The President made the following appointments:
Belgian Memorial Committee—Douglas S. Coffey (Chm.), Thomas Bickford and Richard DeHeer.
Membership Chairman—Richard W. Nethers
Cub Editor—John I. Gallagher
Chaplain—John T. Loveless, Jr.
Convention Chairman—John M. Gillespie (19807 Hurray Hill, Detroit 35)
Historian—Sherod Collins, Jr. (Box 177, Statesboro, Ga.)
Austin L. Byrd, Jr.,
If you have not paid your dues for year 1958-59, will please forward to our new Adjutant, Richard DeHeer, 19 Hopkins St., Hillsdale, New Jersey.
As of August 15, we had 238 members, plus 10 complimentary members and 40 ladies in the Auxiliary.
There are 65 members from last year who have not renewed their membership to date. Trust that by next issue which will contain complete roster of association, all of those will have renewed.
The last Cub contained what was to be my last message as Editor; however, here I am again. My wife and I shall endeavor to serve to the best of our abilities, but as I stated at the convention, members don't want to read what I think, but they want to read items from all our members. We are like a large family and the Cub is our news letter to all. Let us know what is new in your family group, new babies, moving to a new home, change jobs, etc. To all of you who attended our convention in Phila, I offer my thanks. Your attendance brought success to our 12th Reunion.
I extend my personal thanks to the members of our convention committee: Gen. McMahon, Lt. Col. Dunbar and Clayton Rarick. It was a great pleasure to work with such an efficient, hard working committee.
Elsewhere in the Cub is an article on our Memorial Service, may I add this comment. As the two young cadets marched to the Altar and stood there at attention, holding the American Flag along with our Division Colors and with the sound of taps and the resounding echo falling upon our ears, there came into my eyes the moisture of a tear. I looked at Mrs. Dulebohn (Mother of PFC Harold E. Witmer, KIA) and could feel the heaviness of her heart as her thoughts must have returned to the day she said goodbye to her son. Long shall I remember this service.
The Association is deeply indebted to Gen. McMahon and our Chaplain, John Loveless, for their part in making it possible.
Our project to build a Memorial at St. Vith should prove a most worthwhile undertaking for us. This will be something for us to all work together to build. It is working together to accomplish that will bring strength to us.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Tom and Flo Bickford pass along word that Louis Fielgleman of Scranton had the unfortunate luck of having two destructive fires in his storage yard.
Bob Pierce writes that he is building his own home, sent along some pictures he took at convention.
Ben R. Briles says that he is working on his father's 20,000 acre cattle ranch in Wyoming.
From Yokosuka, Japan, E. Straka informs us he is a patient in Naval Hospital with broken leg. Was riding in a navy bus that was hit by an Army truck. His address is:
U. S. NH Navy 3923, Ward 10A, F.P.O., San Francisco, Calif.
Dave Price forwards the following news: I am leaving for a one year assignment with the United Nations in the United Arab Republic (Cairo, Egypt) and probably won’t be back in the States for 15 months or so.
Charles Hackler wired that he was very sorry to have missed the reunion in Phila.
Larry Gubow and family had planned up to the last minute to attend the reunion, but had to cancel trip. Larry is very busy these days. Had an article that he was in Florida investigating land deals. He advised all who desire buying land in Florida to check all details and to beware of bait advertising. Any questions write to Larry who is Michigan Corp. & Securities Commissioner.
Had a request from Paul S. Martin, T/Sgt., USAF, how to join association, would like to hear from his buddies. His address is: 1631st Hedron Sq., APO 202, New York, N. Y.
Tom Dorosky reminded everyone at convention that Arty. will hold their annual picnic at Hershey Park, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 31. (Do any other groups beside N. J. group have summer picnics?)
Cliff Perras and family took a slow ride home from convention. Visited in Madison, Wisc., with John Scalisse of H Co. and Frank Schiro of Co. E 424. Cliff traveled 3,250 miles from Nadeau, Mich. to Phila. and returned via New York, Niagara Falls. Says they make a real family affair of the convention. Will be looking for all of us in Chicago next year.
Austin Byrd informed us in Phila. that he will soon marry. The fortunate girl was with Austin at the convention. Austin will be moving to Tulsa, Okla. for some time to help operate a plant his Dad has secured.
New membership cards are being printed and will be forwarded shortly. Dick DeHeer asked us to be patient. Dick says his store is doing a good business since he has remodeled.
Alan Dunbar is working on an idea to start a hereditary membership for sons of members to prolong the life blood of the Association. Asked us to write to him if we have any suggestions.
Wayne Black of Waterloo, Iowa has offered to prepare some articles for Cub about stamps that commemorate events of World War 2. Thanks, Wayne, will be happy to print in future Cubs.
Item from Galen Hall informs us they will not be able to book any conventions such as ours during July or August but would welcome us in June or Sept. This is true of many of the big northern resort hotels.
Your Editor has been delighted with the news received for this Cub, looking forward to hearing from YOU for next Cub.
It is with pleasure that I hope to serve as your Membership Chairman for the year of 58 and 59. I sincerely hope that all the membership will cooperate with me in boosting our number of members over the 300 mark.
The report that Austin gave us at the Reunion sounds very encouraging compared with the previous year, so let us all get out and sign up just one or two.
I have asked Austin to mail me the complete list of names that we have on our mailing list, and I understand that each member will receive such a list with one of the future issues of the Cub. When we do receive such, I would like for each member to check it against our active membership, which will be printed in the Cub, and then contact those who we expect to become members. It is likely, in a number of cases, where a person has just forgotten to mail his dues.
Please mail all dues to Richard DeHeer, 19 Hopkins Street, Hillsdale, New Jersey, as he is our new Adjutant.
We certainly hope that Austin Byrd, Jr. will not be away from Baltimore for too long, as we hear that he will be located in Tulsa, Oklahoma for business reasons, for a period of time. Congratulations to Austin and his future adventures. We, who were at the Reunion, had the pleasure of meeting the future Mrs. Byrd, as she joined us in the activities of the Reunion, and I am sure that we can expect to see them in Chicago this next July.
Saw a number of new faces this year, but missed a number that I had expected to see. Joseph Asnel stopped in at noon on Saturday, and could not stay for too long as working condition would not permit. Albert Faulkner and I had a nice little visit with him, and he sends his regards to all the men of 423rd AT. Co.
Walter Hiltbrand of Salem, Ohio was very unhappy as he found out quite late that he would not be able to attend, and also sends his regards to all, and hopes that he will be able to attend next year.
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FINANCIAL REPORT-JULY 1, 1957 to JUNE 30, 1958
Balance on hand July 1, 1957 31,977.99
Auxiliary Dues 72.00
Memorials Fund Contributions 287.90
Total Receipts, 1957-58
Savannah Convention Fees, Adjutant, Treasurer
Savannah Convention Deficit
Printing and MEMORIALS Membership Cards Typewriter, Cub Editor
Expenses. Memorials Chairman
Express Charges, Cub Editor
Postage, Adjutant & Treasurer
Auxiliary Donation to Memorials Fund
National Savings Bank. Memorials Fund Busy Beaver Print Shop. Sept.-Oct Expenses.
Commercial Mailing, Sept.-Oct. Cub
2nd 1957-58 Dues Billing
Feb -Mar. Cub
20.04 12.74 86.72
1st 1958-59 Dues Billing
Total Expendi Commercial 7-58 1,603.76
Net Receipts, 1957-58 76.14
Balance on hand, June Nov.-Dec. 112,054.13
includes Auxiliary.Account of $153.62
As of July I, 1957
Contributions Deposited, 195758
Interest Earned to June 12, 1958
Grant Made November, 1957
AS of June 30, 1958
ROBERT E. KELLY, Treasurer
$ 4024 106th Assoc. for advance Convention Mailing
29.62 Busy Beaver Printing, program, etc.
115.60 Gray Line for Mow tours
203.00 Joel Charles, music Friday and Saturday
1,034.34 Bellevue Stratford Hotel, meals, Friday party, etc.
50.45 Thursday entertainment of early arrivals
95.00 106th Assoc for dues
10.00 Miscellaneous expense
$1,578.25 TOTAL EXPENSE
$ 144.45 PROFIT SENT TO TREASURER Expenses also include cost of registration for CUB Editor, Treasurer and Adjutant.
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We missed seeing the following 423rd AT. Co. men, ? Steed, ? Reid, and ? Kennedy. Alfred Koehler, of Seymour, Conn., had informed me he would try to make the Reunion, but something must have changed his plans.
Jennie and I had a most enjoyable time, as usual, thanks to the Reunion Committee, and are looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago this coming year. It was awfully nice to see Dr. Friedline, his wife and daughter, which was a very pleasant surprise to all. Jennie and I were very happy to have had them stop in on their way home to pay us a visit.
Your membership chairman,
LIFE is filled with many sorrows, the greatest of which is that of losing a loved one.
May God turn this sorrow into the joy of knowing that life in His Kingdom is Eternal.
Your Editor has heard of the following deaths:
The sister of Austin Byrd, Jr. from Baltimore.
Dr. Martin Fishbein from Irvington, New Jersey.
Albert Gregg, Jr. of Brooklyn, New York.
The father of Robert Garretson of Maryland.
Photographs for this Cub are thru the courtesy of our own Dave Brumaghin and Standard Photo Service of Phila.
We have many photos from this convention, it is impossible to print them all.
Pictures from the convention are still available, drop me a line. I can inform you number of picture and where it can be secured.
Oliver A. Lothrop, Jr., 408 Terrace Way, 'Dawson 4, Md. B/423. For the past year and a half has been an Assistant Purchasing Agent at the Air Arm Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Carl M. Hulbert, 356 Manor Ridge Dr., N.W., Atlanta 5, Ga. 424. Instrumental Music Supervisor at North Fulton sign School in Atlanta., During the summer is Solo Cornet with Daytona Beach, Florida Municipal Band.
Ben Bartell, 103 Coale Ave., Staten Island, N. Y. L/424. Is a buyer for a variety chain in New York City.
Max B. Allen, 442 Sharon Rd., Arcadia, Calif. A/423. Works in Los Angeles as Sales Consultant for Federal Envelope Co., a division of Carpenter Paper Co. of Omaha, Nebraska., Would like to hear from former members of A/423.
Col. Byrne Bowman, 418 Commerce Exchange Bldg., Oklahoma City, Okla., Division Staff Judge Advocate. Has recently become a member of the law firm of Felix, Griffin, Bowman and Templin.
Stanley Chmielowiec, 21 Oak Grove Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, N. J. A/424. Works as an assembler for Curtiss-Wright Corp. in Woodridge, N. J.
Bernard F. Killian, Box 577, Marathon, Fla. C/81 Engr. Is taking a vacation for a year prior to retiring semi-permanently on the Florida Keys. Invites any members who get down his way to join him in a little sailfishing.
Joseph L. Ryals, 2000 Cooper Ave., Lansing 15, Mich. Hq/424. Electrical Substation Operator and Dispatcher with Lansing Board of Water and Light.
Mrs. Susie W. Lawlor, 616 Church St., Clifton Forge, Va. Writes that her son, for whom the Association bought a bicycle some years back, is holding his own and has just completed his first year of high school. Mrs. Lawlor worked during the past winter as a Western Union operator.
Dr. George Axelrod, 70 High St., Mass. Regimental Surgeon 423 and Exec. 331 Medics., Is practicing physician in Clinton. His daughter, Rosalind, graduated Cum Laude from Radcliffe College and was recently married to Dr. Marvin Kochman of Kings County Hospital Staff in Brooklyn, N. Y.
Norman L. Lee, 1229 W. 11th St., Anderson, Ind. H/424. Is employed at Delco-Remy Div. of General Motors.,. Norm writes that he spends most of his leisure time at a cottage he and his wife have on Big Turkey Lake in northern Indiana, and that anyone passing through would be most welcome.
Maj. Gen. William C. Baker, Jr. Hq USARPAC, APO 958, San Francisco, Calif., 106 DHQ., Is Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, U. S. Army, Pacific.
Fred Schieferstein, 385 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, N. J., A/424., Still working at family roadside vegetable stand. Collects stamps, U. S. plate numbers, as a hobby.
Robert P. Stout, 248 Monterey Ave., Pelham, N. Y., -DHQ., Says he is now doubly retired. From U. S. Army Reserve in 1955 and from civilian job in Legal Dept. of New York Life Insurance Co., its 1957.
Forrest W. Hemming, 977 Loretta Ave., Columbus II, Ohio. 306 Ord., Works as a compositor with the Hiss Stamp Co.
Andrew B. Wallace, Ward A-3, Room S40, Hines V. A. Hospital, Hines, Ill. B/590. Was P.O.W. in Stalag IX-B. Discharged at Fort Bragg, N. C. on November 25, 1945. Has been hospitalized since September 25, 1956.
Louis S. LeTellier, Jr. 7019 Altama Rd., Jacksonville 11, Fla. Has just started his own business, Danlee Construction Co., Lou was in C 81 Engr.
Index for: Vol. 15, No. 1, Oct, 1958
106th Div., 7, 9
106th Inf. Div., 5, 7, 9, 17
112th Inf., 7
112th Inf. Regt., 7
112th Inf. Regt., 28th Inf. Div., 7
28th Inf. Div., 7, 9
422nd Inf., 13
424th Inf, 5, 13
424th Inf., 13
424th Inf. Regt., 5, 13
589th FA, 17
589th FA BN, 17
590th FA BN, 13
592nd FA, 13
592nd FA BN, 13
806th Ord. Co., 13
81st Engr., 13, 14
81st Engr. BN, 14
Alberson, Mr. & Mrs. Harry, 15
Allen, Max B., 26
Ansel, Joseph, 15
Ardennes Campaign, 7
Asnel, Joseph, 21
Assistant Chief Of Staff, 27
Axelrod, Dr. George, 26
Baker, Gen., 9
Baker, Lt. Gen. Milton G., 17
Baker, Maj. Gen. William C., 27
Bartell, Ben, 26
Battle Of The Bulge, 3, 7
Bickford, Mr. & Mrs. Tom, 13
Bickford, Thomas, 11, 17
Bickford, Tom & Flo, 19
Black, Samuel A., 5
Black, T. Wayne, 11
Black, Wayne, 13, 21
Blair, Mr. John, 13
Bowman, Col. Byrne, 26
Briles, Ben R., 19
Broth, Henry M., 11
Broth, Mr. & Mrs. Henry, 13
Brown, Mrs., 9
Brumaghin, Dave, 24
Brumaghin, David, 1
Brumaghin, Mr. & Mrs. David, 15
Bulla, Mr. & Mrs. Sal, 13
Byrd, Austin, 2, 9, 11, 21
Byrd, Austin L., 11, 13, 17
Byrd, Austin L., Jr., 11, 13, 17
Byrd, Sister Of Austin, 24
Camp Atterbury, 5
Caporale, Mr. & Mrs. John, 15
Cariano, Samuel, 13
Chmielowiec, Stanley, 26
Clark, James I., 11
Coffey, Doug, 1, 11
Coffey, Douglas S., 17
Coffey, Douglass S., 11
Coffey, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas, 13
Collins, Sherod, 17
Connelly, Dr. & Mrs. Michael, 13
Cota, Gen. (Dutch), 5
Cota, Gen. Norman D., 9
Cota, Mrs., 7
Courtright, Robert H., 11
Dalius, Myrtle, 13
DeChiara, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph, 14
DeHeer, Dick, 1, 5, 21
DeHeer, Mr. & Mrs. Richard, 13
DeHeer, Richard, 1, 11, 17, 18, 21
Div. HQ, 13, 15
Dorosky, Thomas, 13
Dorosky, Tom, 19
Dulebohn, Anna, 13
Dulebohn, Mrs., 19
Dunbar, Al, 3, 5
Dunbar, Alan, 1, 9, 11, 17, 21
Dunbar, Col., 13
Dunbar, Lt. Col., 19
Dunbar, Lt. Col. Alan, 13
Faber, Mr. & Mrs. G. J., 15
Falkner, Albert, 13
Falkner, Mary Lou, 13
Faulkner, Albert, 21
Fielding, Mr. Edward, 15
Fielgleman, Louis, 19
Fifth Panzer Army, 7, 9
Fishbein, Dr. Martin, 24
Freidline, Dr. & Mrs. Gaylord, 15
Fridline, Doc Delsher, 3
Fridline, Gaylord D., 11
Friedline, Dr., 24
Gallagher, John, 1, 3, 9
Gallagher, John I., 11, 17
Gallagher, Mr. & Mrs. John, 13
Garretson, The Father Of Robert, 24
Gillespie, Jack, 1, 2, 11, 15
Gillespie, John M., 17
Glen, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce, 15
Gregg, Albert, 24
Gridler, Mr. & Mrs. Richard, 15
Gubow, Larry, 19
Gubow, Lawrence, 11
Hackler, Charles, 19
Hagman, Gary, 3
Hagman, Mr. & Mrs. Ben, 13
Hall, Galen, 21
Hemming, Forrest W., 27
Hiltbrand, Walter, 21
Hosmer, Mr. Eugene C., 9
Howell, Mr. & Mrs. Robert, 13
Hulbert, Carl M., 26
Jones, Gen., 5, 7
Jones, Gen. & Mrs. Alan, 13
Kalal, Mr. & Mrs. Charles, 15
Kelly, Bob, 1, 11
Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. Robert, 13
Kelly, Robert, 1
Kelly, Robert E., 11, 17, 23
Kelly, Sue, 3
Killian, Bernard F., 26
Kochman, Dr. Marvin, 26
Koehler, Alfred, 24
Koob, Mr. & Mrs. Charles, 13
Koplin, Mr. & Mrs. Leonard, 14
Kraljic, Mr. & Mrs. John, 15
Lada, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore, 14
Lawlor, Mrs., 26
Lawlor, Mrs. Susie W., 26
Lee, Norman L., 27
Leezcr, Mr. Harry, 13
Leslie, Jackie, 13
Leslie, Marge, 13
LeTellier, Louis S., 27
Lewis, M. W., 15
Lothrop, Oliver A., 26
Lothrop, Oliver A., Jr., 26
Loveless, Chaplain John, 17
Loveless, John, 1, 11, 19
Loveless, John T., 11, 16, 17
Loveless, John T., Jr, 11, 16, 17
Loveless, John T., Jr., 11, 16, 17
Loveless, Kay, 3
Loveless, Mr. & Mrs. John, 13
Maloney, Mr. & Mrs. Francis J., 13
Manahan, Col. & Mrs. William, 13
Martin, Paul S., 19
Matthews, Col. & Mrs. Joseph C., 13
Matthews, Joseph C., 11
Matthews, Joseph C., Jr., 11
McMahon, Brig. Gen. & Mrs. Leo T., 13
McMahon, Gen., 3, 7, 19
McMahon, Gen. Leo, 9
McNair, Alan, 3
McNair, Allan, 13
Middleton, Jack, 13
Miller, Mr. Monroe, 13
Mowlds, Lyle, 11
Mowlds, Mr. & Mrs. Lyle, 13
Nethers, Dick, 2, 24
Nethers, Mr. & Mrs. Richard, 13
Nethers, Richard W., 11, 17
O'Rourke, Patrick J., 11
Perras, Cliff, 21
Perras, Clifford E., 11
Perras, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford, 13
Pierce, Bob, 19
Pierce, Mr. & Mrs. Robert, 13
Pierce, Robert W., 17
Pilkington, Mr. & Mrs. Fred, 14
Poland, 11, 13
Price, Dave, 11, 19
Pritchette, Thomas, 15
Rarick, Clay, 3
Rarick, Clayton, 1, 9, 19
Rarick, Clayton F., 2, 17
Rarick, Mr. & Mrs. Clayton, 13
Rosenkoetter, W., 14
Rossi, Mr. & Mrs. Louis, 15
Rutt, Bob, 11
Rutt, Mr. & Mrs. Robert, 13
Rutt, Robert E., 10
Ryals, Joseph L., 26
Saxon, Charles, 5
Saxton, Mr. Charles, 13
Scalisse, John, 21
Schieferstein, Fred, 27
Schiro, Frank, 21
Skyline Drive, 7
St. Vith, 5, 7, 9, 11, 19
St. Vith, Belgium, 11
Stack, Robert, 13
Stalag IX, 27
Stalag IX-B, 27
Steed, ?, 24
Stout, Col. & Mrs. Robert, 13
Stout, Robert P., 27
Straka, E., 19
The Battle Of The Bulge, 7
Valley Forge Military Academy, 3, 9, 17
VIII Corps, 7, 9
Walker, Col., 9
Wallace, Andrew B., 27
Walsh, Mr. & Mrs. Charles, 14
Wells, James, 14
Wells, James E., 17
Wells, Jim, 1, 3, 11
White, Mr. & Mrs. L. F., 15
Williams, Jack, 15
Wiltz, 7, 9
Wisnicwske, Mr. Edward, 15
Witmer, Harold E., 13, 19
Wood, Lt. Eric Fisher, 17