The Cub

Vol. 46, No. 4, JUL , 1990

 

 

Floral piece at the St Vith Memorial, honoring the 106th

December 1989 commemoration

President's Message

My final message as president of the 106th Infantry Division Association.

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you. With the help of the capable officers, the board of directors, the chairmen of various committees, the individual members of the 106th Infantry Division Association, who I utilized in the decision making process, I thank you all.

Soon we will meet at the 94th Annual Reunion in Sacramento, California and enjoy the planning of Michael Thome and his committee and the hospitality of the Californians..

The new officers elected there will carry forward the flag of our division. The 106th Infantry Division flag was first carried forward on 15 march 1943. Many brave men have carried it forward since that day.

The flag of this division has traveled many miles, the hills of Fort Jackson, the mud of Tennessee maneuvers, the flatland's of Camp Atterbury, the

I staging area of Camp Myles Standish, across the sea to England and the

crossing of the English Channel to our destiny on the continent of Europe

There we suffered the brutality of war for a just cause, many of our comrades paid the ultimate price, many suffered through the indignity of POW camps and to this day many of us are suffering from the years of service long ago.

But, after 47 years, the survivors have the duty of carrying the 106th Infantry Division flag forward.

The 106th Infantry Division Association has the leadership capability to carry on this proud tradition. Leadership is judged by its results. So stand up and be counted and be proud of your 106th heritage.

Plans are progressing on the 45th Annual Reunion at Huntsville, Alabama. 1st Vice-President John Gilliland, the on-coming president for next year, and reunion chairman for 1991, tells us that it should be a good reunion.

At the Sacramento Reunion you will hear of proposed sites for the 46th Annual Reunion in 1992. Pitch in, carry the flag forward and enjoy the camaradery of your fellow soldiers.

To all of you, the best of health, enjoy life. I will see you all in Sacramento.

Orfeo "Gus" Agostini, president 106th Infantry Division Association

Inlentor Division A88084000 President

Orko E 4905101, 1989 - 090

A Company, 81s1Combal Engineers

 

 

 

 Golden Lion

This is True Wealth

A/922 held its first reunion the end of April.

I don't know just how many men counted themselves as a part of this company during the lifespan of the 106th Division. I do know that at its full strength it had 200 men at any given time from activation to deactivation. Of this number many went out as replacements, one lost his life in the Battle of the Bulge and several died while POWs. As we gathered some 46 years after that battle, less than twenty of us were there along with some wives. Many who might have attended, we have lost track of. Some who were contacted could not come for various reasons.

Some who had been with us at Camp Atterbury and in combat have joined the number of those lost in battle and as POWs.

As we gathered, two things were apparent. We were all older and most of us were probably in better financial condition than when we had last been together. Of course this some thing can be said of our yearly reunions as the 106th Infantry Division Association. But it is neither of these things which brought us together or which brings us together each year. What brings us together is something which me had all of those years ago and which might be hard to put into words. Yet I believe that each of us knows what I mean.

As I thought about this I realized that each time that we gather we are faced with the fact that all of the worldly wealth which we have is not great enough to bring even one of those friends into our midst whom death has claimed. Those of us who have been blessed by God to be around for these reunions become aware that it is not of our doing nor because of our worldly possessions that we are able to take part while others have answered the final call.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 49:10, "For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others." Of course the wealth of which he speaks is worldly wealth. Maybe the only true wealth which we have is God's love for us and the love which we give and receive from our families and friends.

I would like to think that it is this kind of wealth which we knew 46 years ago and which continues today, that brings us together, now, in our advancing years. There was and is something there which all of the wealth of this world can never buy. God gave us the opportunity at a very difficult time in our lives to form bonds with one another which time has not erased but, in fact, has made stronger.

Our Father God, we thank thee for the wealth of Thy love for us and of friendships sustained through the years. AMEN.

Reverend Ewell C. Black Ir., Chaplain

106ts Infantry Division Association

2I2Ridge st, %Impale, SC 2e010

9803-484-68611

 

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Bailey, Margerat ASSOCIATE 2225 Weiss 314i NI, Sa0OnaviAll a3602

No other word was received.

Brock, Lewis P. 422/F 69 12.7201147.3, Ewe,. *nos, AN 72632

Lewis passed away Aped 12, 1990 at age 66. He was Past Commander of D.A.V. #23. Was incarcerated in Stalag 9B after the Bulge. Survived by his wife, Vivian.

Dave, Carl L. 423/K 6622 Card... Hammond. IN 46323

Carl passed away January 30, 1990 at age 70. Survived by his wife, Martha Lebrun Daub and daughter Diane, two sistels, three grandsons, and a brother. He was buried at Chapel Lawn, Schereville, Indiana. Martha wrote that she and Carl enjoyed our reunions so much and asked fora prayer, and that we all enjoy our reunion. Last year, according to Roy Bigger, Can and Martha returned to Europe to visit her home. Her brother had been a POW of the Americans and us incarcerated in the US.A. Cad was an active member of the Indiana American Ex-Prisoners of War. He was incarcerated of Slatag 4B. Davis, Leslie E. 422/SV 12032 C.A.., Broolts,110. F2.34809

Del3e11, William S. 424/M 225 Johnson Rd • aw, root Petk .30050

Bill passed away May 28, 1990 at the age of 64. Survivors are three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, one gnat-grandchild. Interment at Sherwood Cemetery.

Dreiuniak, Stanley W. 423/G 703 a...no...n.11_61072

Passed away in April of 1989. No other details known.

froinash, William DlV/HQ It Rams 31 resumed 02713, NJ 07622

Ken Schuetz, Division Headquarters - Finance, reports the death of his war-time buddy William Honiash. Bill died on Juno 1, FAR He is survived by his wife LaDonna, two daughters and three grandchildren. Bill and his wife LaDonna, along With Ken Schuetz and his wife look the "Charles B. MacDonald lour" to the Bulgi. area. They also, last year, visited with Captain Leonard Koplin in Princeton, New Jersey. Captain Koplin was one of the three Finance Officers

Pierce, Sr., Robert W. 81st ENG/C 474 20.21 St No, W., OH NM

Bob died May 20, 1990 at the age of 66. His interment was at the Crown Hill Burial Park, Vienna, Ohio. Survived by Jean and his children. Bob served as President of the 106th Infantry Division Association 1963 to 1964, having served as Vice-President the year before. He served as Adjutant for five years, 1979 - 1984. He was Chairman of the 7th Annual Reunion in Columbus Ohio. Also Chairman of the 171h Annual Reunion at Cleveland, Ohio in 1963. He was awarded the Order of the Golden Lion, Officer Class recently.

Doug Coffey writes/

We've lost a friend, Oh what a friend.

Bob devoted his Life to the 106th and served it web. His recent award of the "Order of the Golden Lien" was well deserved. II was a long time coming. but he cherished it as though it were the Congressional Medal of Honor. Many have served the 106th and many will serve, but no one person has been as devoted to duty as Bob. He was a strong family man and a delight to his wife, Jean and their children. The entire family was wrapped up in the 106th and they arrived, as a family, for convention after convention. We who have known him, wilt not forget him, and we can all join together and say °Well done, thy pod and faithrol semont."

Young, Harold Scott 424/HQ 1BN so> Helen rids In HOW.. ON atom

Date of death reported as May 16, 1990.

NOTE: We do receive notices of non.memIters (of the Association) from fine to time. While we sympathize with the family members. the purpose of this column is to notify association NIMMONS of the deaths of current association members -

 

A LITTLE ADVICE: Explain to your family that you want them to notify 'The CUB' In the case of your death. All officers names and addresses are listed on the inside of the front cover of each issue.

 

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From the CUB's den

I have a new mailing address. My forwarding privileges will soon run Out, so please make note of this change of address. It is also listed on the inside cover, on the envelope that this CUB was mailed in, on any separate letter that I mail. My personal address remains at 5401 Upper 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124. This change has to do with me acquiring a Post Box. NEW MAILING ADDRESS:

John Kline, PO Box 24385, St. Paul, MN 55124-0385

I want to once again thank all of those people who have contributed material for "The CUB." This issue was used to play "catch-up" on the "Mail Bag." Many of you had furnished letters and photos, some of which I have held for many months.

I especially wish to thank the following. I have your letters, stories and photos and plan on using them in the next issues.

Art Van Moorlehem, photos and a story on his return to Europe; Edward Preweit, a story and article on the visit of CRIBA's Serge Fontaine and his visit to the Ed's home. Thanks Ed; Joseph Gresham on his visit to Belgian] and the point of his incarceration, very interesting Joe; and to Lou and Marge Tory for a heart-warming story of their return to visit 1944 acquaintances in England; To Ward Richardson, for a nice story about he and his friendship with his war-time buddy "Tuck" Daugherty; to 0. Paul Met, for his report on the scholarship awards, Paul I will toke the photos to the September Board meeting and publish them in November, I hope you understand; To me, Car I have a photo of two mail boxes, about two clicks south of me that are marked "9A" and "9B," to plain as day. Didn't know I lived next to those two famous (infamous) Stalags; To Pete lawman, who I have been promising, forever, to tell the troops about his flying days; To John Miller, who has keep me supplied with material; TO Jack Zuckerman, who sent some nice photos of the inside of the Fort Jackson barracks and museum; To Glenn Miller (Potter), who furnished some University of Alabama. A.S.T.P. photos; To Harvey Bradford, James McCammon, Reverend Ronald Mosely - I was going it) use the "TS Card story" maybe next time; To Art Kuespert. who furnished some excellent drawings of the Kriegsgefangenenlager, Arbiet Kommando 10011 Grossenhein, Germany; to Jack Schlesser, Ivan Long, Ernie Simon, Ted Struult. Fred Chase_ John Gilliland, Mike Thome (Mike, I have some other material nn those awards, it's,); to Bob Walton and to many others I have probably missed. Thanks! You have made your editor happy by keeping him supplied with material.

CUB Revue:

On lop of all the material supplied above, I have spent approximately 170 hours putting together old stories from the CUBs starting hack in 1945. I have over 3191 pages of printed text, ready to he assembled into a "CUB Revue." There is a lot more material to accumulate, for I am only into the 196(1's at this point. This is a larger project than I imagined.

More reports will be forth-coming al the 19911 reunion and in The CUB in November. See you in Sacramento

John Kline, editor

 

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I`A" Company, 422d Regiment, Reunion

by Dan Bled 422/A

151 Holiday Terrace

West Burlington, Iowa 52655

312-752-5708 There were 12 guys in the first squad of the third platoon, Company A of the 422nd Regiment, according to some diary notes I've kept since late in 1945.

So it was a pretty good turnout, all things considered, when three of us attended the first annual Company A reunion at Charleston, West Virginia, in April of 1990,

Sixteen former members of our company, and 13 wives, were on hand for the get-together. The event was drummed up by Gene Schmalzried or Huntington, Ind., and Carlos D. Weber of New York City, former sergeants in Company A.

I recognized Dick McKee, who was a sergeant in our squad, as soon as I saw him in the lobby at the Ramada Inn. He is

I a bit heavier than he was 45 years ago but I was surprised how little he has changed. Archie Prim hasn't changed a whole lot, either. He was a scout in our squad and is a retired school administrator in Graceville, Florida. Archie spends a lot or his time raising horses nod, and he is trying to revive memories or his duty with the Golden Lion division after trying to "block them out" in earlier post-war years.

Dick and I spent some time recalling the first German shot by Company A, an incident in which he was directly involved. On the lighter side, we laughed about the radio several of us chipped in to buy in England. We thought we might he able to hear Glenn Miller's hand on it as we traveled toward Berlin, but there were no plug-ins in the Siegfried Line. I was carrying the radio when we evacuated our dugouts on Dee. 16, 1944, and the last I saw of it was when I tossed it in a snow-filled ditch near our battalion headquarters.

McKee, who ran a printing business in Huntington, Indiana, did a good Job preserving military memorabilia over the years. He has, in fact, written a diary-type account of his Army career which is illustrated with photos, clippings and a detailed recap of the 106th's death-march into Germany.

Prim, on the other hand, told me he wasn't interested in recalling the war until after his wife's death a number of years ago. "I'm really interested now in what happened to the 1061h," he said at Charleston. "I want to read all I can about

I was very pleased to learn how well many of the men in Company A had done over the years.

Eugene Powell, for instance, worked

set artist for such movies as "Cotton Clua r while living in New York. Ewell Black was in the newspaper business many years in South Carolina and then became a Presbyterian minister. Schmalzried was a building contractor and Weber was a jeweler and, I think, a watchmaker.

It is natural, of coarse, that I have more in common with some men after four and one-half decades than I have with others. I was particularly interested in talking to Clinton Hohnstein, who lives in Nebraska, about the work we have done for the Red Cross over the years. Clinton and

 

 

 

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his wife have been active as Red Cross volunteers, while he has donated blood on many occasions, In my case, I was chairman or our Red Cross fund drives in Burlington, Iowa, in 1958 and 1959. We both appreciated the rood received from the Red Cross in 1945 and wanted to do something to express our thanks to the Red Cross and its thousands of volunteers.

The men of Company A plan another reunion at Indianapolis in the spring of 1991. We're hoping for a larger turnout next year, of course, and expect that 20 or more of our Company A pals will be on hand.

We appreciate all the help received from John Kline, editor of The Cub, and are anxious to get more names and addresses of Company A personnel.

MY FIRST REUNION

by Dale Carver, 424/1-10 3BN

742 Druid Circle

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

We were there, that winter long ago. We survived; many of our comrades fell. Twin enemies were the weather and the foe —The never-ending cold and the bursting shell.

Concieved of this ordeal of fire and icy earth

this brotherhood of old men came to be;

a kinship stronger far than that by birth

was born when we were young, across the sea.

Of the ties that bind, others cannot know,

but we were there, that winter long ago.

 

BEFORE THE

VETERANS DIE

Oak Cerver

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CUB Laughs  by George Levine 424/M

"I not only can't remember the names of the towns in the Bulge -- I can't pronounce them either"

 

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Special Report — St. Vith Memorial Douglas S. Coffey, Memorials Chairman

Not having received our normal annual report on the St. Vith memorial, I wrote the Director of the school on April 4. 1990 as follows.

Herr Engelbert Cremer, Director Bischofliche Schule

Klosterstrasse 38

B-4780 St. Vith

BELGIUM

Dear Hen- Cremer,

I have not received the required photos of the annual Memorial Service on December 16, the anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes.

I have also not received the Annual Financial Report you agreed to

make. The Board of Directors, and the colleagues in the 106th Infantry Di-

li vision Association expect for me to report to them annually.

I was disappointed when I brought a group of 106th members for service at the Memorial in September. No one from the college was there and no one attend the Vin D'Honneur given in the Town Hall for those 106th members. Luckily, we had members from C.R.I.B.A. to help us pay our respects.

Even the Town Officials ignored our coining and it remained for the Burgomeister, alone, to honor us and be with us when we placed wreaths at the monument. The flags of Belgium and United States were also missing. I understand that there in some friction among the Town Officials and you. This is not our business and we do not wish to take sides, which may cause more problems.

The 106th Infantry Division Association relations, as well as my personal relations, have always been the best possible. I trust that they will remain the same in the future.

Respectfully,

signed

Douglas S. Coffey, Memorials Chairman

I received an answer dated May 2, 1990. It is reported on the following page.

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Mr. Douglas S. Coffey

2236 Arnet Street

Port Charlotte, FL 33948

U.S.A.

As Belgium is being transformed into a federal state and that the changes also concern schools, I am presently fully occupied with negotiations and planning meetings.

December 16th 1989 was a Saturday and thus a holiday. I was forced to adjourn the Commemoration until December 18th in order that a delegation of students could be present. The mayor was not there. I suppose he was short of time, as a member of Parliament. We would have appreciated him sending a delegate.

Every year, pupils attending our school for the first time, attend the December 16 commemoration, for two reasons:

1. I found that many of these pupils do not understand what happened on December 16 and cannot imagine what living under a dictatorship can really mean.

They do not know the importance of being grateful to all of those who risked their lives in fighting for liberty. They do not know that living in peace is a gift of God.

This could be imparted very well, especially for the year of 1989, as the wall of Berlin came down, and people living only 600 km from us were liberated from dictatorship. So we could remember that Berlin West has been living in freedom since 1945, owing to the support of the American people.

2. In that way, every new generation of pupils get informed and this causes a snowball effect. As in every year, at the end of the commemoration, we remembered the dead and prayed for peace.

On December 29, 1989 the savings account amounted to 353.718 b.fr.

The current account amounted to — 201 b. fr

Balance of 353.517 b.fr.

Concerning the reception of September, I must inform you that I did not know that it was a celebration for the 106th Infantry Division. In order to avoid such misunderstandings, it is imperative that I be informed of future meetings.

As to the friction between us and the town, It is quite clear that there is none, as they are furnishing the machinery and labor for our evacuation work.

I meanwhile consider it essential that we meet each other personally, in order that we can discuss this project and decide whether it should be realized, or not. Yours Vert Truly,

signed Engelbert Cremer, headmaster

 

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From the Editor

July 1 was the cut-off point for this issue.

If, by chance, I have missed listing you in this column, please drop me a note and I will include you in the next issue. The next issue will be mailed November 1, 1990, so have your letters and /or phottos to me by October 1, preferably earlier. REMEMBER, I have a new "Mailing Address. I still live in Apple Valley, but have a Past Box:

John Kline

CUB Editor

P.O. Box 24385

St. Paul, MN 55124-0385

Albers, Bill G. 424/I

2310 Union Ave

Alamogordo. NM 883111

 

Hi John, "Surprises of Surprises" at getting an epistle from the sunny southwost. I wes just reading my copy of the Minnesota Legionnaire and came clucks your article on the 106t11 Infantry Division and if reunion.

I used to belong to the asstmiat ion when I lived in Minoan hut dropped out years ego. I lived in Brainerd, Minnesota for 61 yens, before retiring to New Mexico 10 years ego. I was a Staff-Sergeent in 424/I; joined !hem at Atterbury. I was seriously wounded on January 13 1945 and was hospitalized For 9 months in merry old England before tieing discharged from the service, alter 3 yrs, 9 months and 18 days.

1 am Past-Commander of Post 259 Ame9- can Legion, Brainerd, MN; Past bill District Adjutant-Amer Legion and member of the 194th Chapter of the Order of the Purple Heart. We live on the side of Sacramento Mountains at 4,300 feet. I play gullet the 9,299 loot level. We enjoy 19 to 27 per cent humidity and just recently had 9 straight days of 6 per cent humidity. Strange as it seems, neither my wife or I can take the heat and humidity in Minnesota anymore!

Beaver, Johnnie R. 423/H

Itic 11100 44

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(editor's note —Jahnnic-

page leiter and all the interesting material;

V-Mail, news articles, Kriegsgefangenen PariKarte from 4-B, and the reprint of Cedric Foster's broadcast of January 21, 1945 "The Story of America's 106th Infantry Division. It was interesting to me that the re-print of that broadcast was published (printed) by The Employer's Group of Boston, Massachusetts. I used to represent that insurance company when 1 was a general agent - they are a great company.

Apparently you, like a few others that wrote toe, had some of the same feelings that l had about the mess we found ourselves in on 19 December, 1940. 1 can understand how angry you were and how hurt you must have been. The story of marches back to camp and the misery of the prison camps has been told many times 1 never tire of reading individual Lrperiences about those experiences. Space does not allow me to reiterate each individual story, so 1 will use only part of your six page letter... J. Kline)

Dear John, When I was discharged from the Anny I was hurl and e very angry man for I cciu Id not understand why we were put into the position that we found ourselves in December of '44. One of my Friends who went into combat with me should not have been there. He was practically blind, particularly at night. He could hardly tell where he was going, his Mick glasses were awful. He was killed when the fighting began...

I was captured on 18 December '44 trying to break out of the trap, along with Lt

Jack Berton and I think Dopp was driving the jeep. We were on a dirt road, through some woods, when we came upon Captain Deland who looked its if he had a broken arm. He told an to go down the road, lake it Ic0 - we did but there was a jeep knocked out in the middle of the road.

I talked with C.L. Ccmper the other day and he said it was his jeep that we had to stOp for. We 1111e Jack Barton hack at an open field when the Germans laid down a barrage. Dopp jumped out of the jeep on the left and Lt Phi Ilipson and I on the right. There was a lot

 

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of shooting. All of a sudden everything went blank, we had taken a rifle grenade (or something) on the jeep. It put a hole in Li. Phillipson's shoulder and a piece in my side. As' crawled up to him, to help, I heard a voice and there was a German officer holding a gun an me. I motioned to the Lt's wound. The German officer motioned for me to get Lt. Phillipson up. I carried him back to the Germans gathering point and was put with other prisoners. Next morning on the 19th we started our march back of the lines, but mime place during the day I put the Lt. aboard a train of box cars. That was the last time I situ him. He was a real good officer. When the Germans were pounding us with everything they had, Li Phillipson was crawling from man to man with encouragement.

I have always wondered what happened to him.

(editors note — There was a lot more in Johnnie's letter... Johnnie I have a copy of the Combat Infantry Badge Awards to the 423rd Regiment. It is order #51 Hqs 10601 Division dated 31 July 1945. It shows you "Pit Johnnie R. Beaver ASN 34 964 488" and "2rul Lt. Heenan L. Philipson ASN 0 .551 011" as having been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CM). That means that Li Philipson did survive, for brats you and he am listed in "Calergory IV" which are the ones that survived. I personally had several copies made of Order #51. It is 20 pages in length, with 17 of them printed "double-sided." It shows every unit in the 423rd Regiment and includes Killed in Action as well as those Missing in Action. To cover uly hare costs I need $5.00 to cover copy and mailing cosh. If you or any other 423rd member want a copy of the orders let me know. I guarantee you there is no profit for me in it! also have a copy of order #2 (4 January' 1945) 4' she 424th Combat Infantry Badge Awards, but as yet 1 have not had any copies made of that order.

This brings up a point — I arts /wk.

big for the Cornbar Infantry Budge General Order that Awarded the 422nd Regiment their Combat Infantry Badges, and as well for the Medical Combat Badge orders. Sherod Conine, TreasurchHistorian and I need them for the historical files — I use them to answer questions about individuals, like 2nd It Philipson. They make nice refer. crux material. J. Kline)

Berry, Robert L. 424ID

110.13i. 1494

Andalusia. AI. 364211 I was a heavy machinc-gunnEr. My gun was being used in ZI German gun emplacement. (I think by -C" Company.) As I went to cat breakfast I was told that a German patrol had gotten through the line,, that was on the morning of the 16 December. I was captured and looked up about mid-night on the 16th. The next morning I broke out and got away. When the war was over I stayed over and guarded Gerrnan prisoners. I came hack to the U.S.A. on the U.S Enterprise Air Craft carrier in December of 1946, just before Christmas. I whs allowed ttt go home, but had to report back 10 Fort Hood, Texas and spent 9 months in the hi,pital. I was discharge with a 5071 disability which was cal led It took the V.A. 40 years to find out that it wits "Lymes Disease." I married in June of 1947, went to Business School. I I,wc two Children, two grandchildren.

Bishop, Russell L. 422/AT

Rim,

Foster. KY 41043

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in a retired carpenter, master plumber and elem ctrician. My wife Myrtle and I have three grown children, Brenda, Russell Jr. and Ricky; Six grandchildren Scotty, Shad, Tony, Titnmy, Jeremy aid Steven. We have one great grandchild, Andrew.

Born 4/5/24 nr Falmouth, Kentucky, Pendleton County,ea I wits drafted 13 March 1943. Captured 16 December I was in Stalags 4B and 7A. Liberated by the Russian, discharged 24 October 194n.

 

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Joseph W. 106 SIC

1919 Bricrwood 1.n

Port Byron, II. 61275 Served with the I ahth from March 19431e May 1945 in the Signal Company Telephone-Telegraph Section. Was in all Combat with 5 Battle Stars. Currently retired from Gas & Electric Utility Cn after 44 years service. My family consists of seven bays, one girl and one wife, Kathleen. My hobbies tire carpenter work. I enjoy Poker and other card games. Wish I could make Sacramento. lam will try next time.

Carrico, L. John 423/11

395 Corstewel

See Luis Obispo, CA 91-till (editor's' note —Jack .cent along u newspaper. article from the Telegram-Trihune ofJinr 1989. 1t is his story about the 106th and the Bulge and some of his life. The story was triggered by his receiving lair POW Medal in recognition of those days spent en a gut'. of

I the German goierninenl,..l

II reads in part ... Ammunition was in short supply the night IN0 Jack "L.J." Carrico was shot in the leg. II oar World War II, the Batt le of the Bulge.

He remembers hearing German -gibberish" as medics carried him lone at id station. "They said we were prisoners."

The Germans took him to a makeshift hospital that had lance been a horn.

"The German doctor who operated proN6 My saved my leg," said Carrico.. he messaged the old wound.

It was over 4 months before he was freed. And now 45 years later, The San Luis Obispo resident's service to his country has been Mr malty recogniz.ed.

Ho was presented Saturday with a medal Mat was recently nat. available by the Army to veterans who were imprisoned in enemy am

cps.

On the from of the medal 6 an eagle, symbol of the United Stalest and the American spirit. The eagle is surrounded by barbed wire and bayonet points.

"The medal mains a lax to me;" said the 68 0 yGtr-old Carrico. "It marks a certain time of my life."

The article continues for several column inches more. II relates his prison experience and Iris release. It continues to say "He taught junior high and high school in the Las Angelus Unified School District for 39 years, coaching :almost every sport, including boxing. He sr/9119,1a mailman's Mule during the summers to help supfurt a growing family.

Carrico nut his wife, Helen, who also has been a teacher,. a Catholic social. They have been married for 37 years and have four children and five grandchildren. They retired in 1986, moving Ina home they'd bought in 1975 near the Country Club.

hick said, "We went all the way to Oregon and hack, then decided this is the nicest place in the whole world."

Now Ile walks a couple miles at day, plays a little golf and tries 10 he a "gentleman farmer."

While with the 106th Jack was a member 01 both the 423d Service Company and the 423d -IT' Company. In "H" Company he was it machine gunner.

Carter, Ellwood 589/C

liars le4

05590, WI 54758

Entered the service March 17, 1943. Was taken in the organizing of the 106th. As a radio operator (voice) was kepi with "C" Battery (Pie) for most (Rale time, then went to HdOrs Battery as a Tech-5. In that position I w. the Commander's Radio Operator. I look the place of the forward observer's radioman Sir one day hecausc the radio operator was sick and I became involved in a range accident. A moodfrem at 105mm fell short and I was a'ended in the tell arm. Spent 11 months in the hospital and was discharged on July 25, 1945.

I married Mildred November 30, 1941 We have a son "Arlan" and a daughter "Shane" and two granddaughters.

Christenson, Dean R. 422IF

ii' 1,11, BON 2o Akar, Sawa Olt 9701,

 

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Cocke, Barn L. 422IHQ IBN

403 Wanvice 114

Clinton, MS 39056 Captured 19 December '44, interned in Stalag 9-B, Bad Orb. Graduated from Mississippi College in 1947 in Business Science. Married Patsy June 19, 1949.

Father of two sons, two daughters; Grandfather of four boys and one girl. Worked in accounting '47-'49, went into the florist business in '49, partly retired after 40 years.

Collins, John P. Slot ENCIA

PO Box 1856

Lees Summit, MO 64063 I enlisted in February 1943 and was assigned to a new division that was being activated. That division was the 106th Infantry Division.

I was Platoon Sergeant for CO. "A", 81st Combat Engineers. Captured at St. Vith on 23 December 1944, POW at Stalag 4-B, Muhlberg and Stalag 8-A, Gorilla, Germany (near the Czech border). I escaped with Sgt. Hunt of "B" Company and was recaptured near Hanover near the and of the war. We were placed in Stalag 11-B, Fallingbostel and liberated by the Irish Free Lancers.

Ire-enlisted into the Air Force in August of '86 and served on Okinawa and other places. Attended Civil Engineer School at Fort Belvoir. Discharged and moved to Alaska in 1954 to 1967. During this period 1 was active in American Legion and VFW Community projects. Scoutmaster and managed Boys Club in spare time. I was Commander of the Jack Henry Post I 1963/64 and during the earthquake of March 64.

Raised three boys—one a family man and two served with honor in Viet Nam, one in the marines and one in the Navy.

I was employed as a Civil Engineer '67 thru '84 in Asia, the Mid-east and AffiCil.

Retired and purchased a home in Sedalia, MO, but it is used very little. my wife (0147 years) and I are avid RV'ers. We spend our winters in warm climates such as Arizona and travel to cool places in the summer. We enjoy fishing.

I might add that for years I wondered why the 106th never had a reunion. I was always

looking in the service magazines for it, but never spotted one. I finally found one recently in the V.F.W. magazine.

(editor's note — John, I was with you in Stalag 8-A. By the time you read this I will have seta you a copy of my "War Diary" which contains among other stories, the story of ourevacuation march out of Stalag 8-A, It started, as you know, on Valentine's Day. February 14th, 1945. I was liberated mew of Braunschweig on Friday, April 1301, 1945. One day less than two months on the road and 415 miles. Several prisoners left our column at Dudermid and ended up in Fallingbastel did you escape at that time? ... J. Kline)

Cooper, James A. 424IAT

3602 Reading Ln

Bane re, TX 77518 I joined the Anti-Tank Co April 19, 1944 at Camp Afierbury. I was shipped home and discharged November 15, 1945.

I worked in construction until March 1958, at that time I went to work in the Maintenance Department of Union Carbide, Plant 515, Testis City, Texas. Retired April 1, 1990.

Dailey, Hampton J. 422/K

3900 France Plane Brooklyn center, MN 55429

Darby, Lee R. 423IG

4876 Wade Omen lid Acworth, GA 30101

Dougherty, Walter "Tuck" 423/L

106 Jackson Rd

Ludington, MI 49431 I was 1st Sergeant, 1st Platoon of 423d "L" Company.

Married and have IWO children, Diana and David. Two grandchildren, Mandy - 4, and Zachary-7. I will he at the Sacramento Reunion. Ward Richardson, myself and our wives will he there log.her.

(editor's nate — See "Ward Richardson, below)

 

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DdkOt Joe 592/B

268 South Clarkson Si.

Denver, CO 80209

(editor's note —This member came to us by the way of a gift from a friend. The friend's leiter follows, it is addressed to "Robert" - I do not know which "Robert" in the Math Association, anyway it appeared in my

J. Kline)

Dear Robert, I asked Bill Meyer, the superb editor of the 99th Division "Checkerboard" newspaper for your address. You may have been with him when a lot of the Division newspaper editors went over on a trip one week in January. They went to the Bulge area. Normandy beaches, and the she of the famous battles in World War I in North East France. I am enclosing the membership lee for a friend of mine, who was in your Division and in the Bulge. He does not know that I am writing you. He Was a German prisoner for 12 hours and escaped when the guard went to

Vrelieve himself.

We are dedicating our first monument in Belgium next October in Krinkeli. We needed $14,000 and now have $24,0(M/ and climbing, so we shall also dedicate a bronze plaque by the towers an the West side of the Rhine at Remagen, since we were the first "complete" division to cross the Rhine before the Ludendorff Bridge fell into the river.

Regards

Al Nelson

"I" Co., 393rd Infantry

393rd Regiment

99th Inf. Division

(the division on the 106th's len !lank)

Drago, Anthony C. 423/L

It. D. #1, Box 39 Oneono. NY 13820

Edenbaum, Jesse 422/1

121i.eerett Rd Cranston, RI 02920

Erbes, Richard C. 423/11(2

24501 Woodshed Way

Lake Elsinore. CA 92930

*Dick is in touch with Colonel Colander a

couple times a week, as he travels near Cavender's residence running personal errands. I recently talked to Dick as he was in Colander's apartment. The Colonel has had a couple of medical problems recently, but is anxiously looking forward to being at the Sacramento reunion. He will be bringing Col. Gummier la the reunion. Cavender will he slaying with me at the hotel, with a 423rd detail party to help him around to the various Junctions.. J. Kline)

Everett, Thomas J. 422ID

2530 Columbia Ave P4 Swissvale, PA 15218

I am 76, retired in 1974, spend six months in Florida and six months in Pennsylvania. Reolly enjoy life.

Flee, Howard ASSOCIATE

1716 7th St NE

Rochester, MN 55906 John, I read the article about you in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune of January 7,1990. I thought it was an excellent article and because ”r my intent,ts would like to join your association as an associate member.

I am a history reader of World War II. I mad everything I can gel my hands on, and recently inured Europe with the 78th Infantry Division Reunion Tour and had a fantastic trip. I travel into Apple Valley triter and will look you up.

Goggins, Verner S. 591/HQ

2463 Brook Ledge Rd Apt. #13R3

Bridgeville, PA 15017 Formerly Captain Gaggin, S-2 of the 591st FAB. (see Colonel Wohlfeil's article, under his name, in the "Mail Bag."

LIFE membership

now available

See inside cover

Left column

 

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COSSET, Pierre ASSOCIATE

Sue des Fraisiers 20

134410 Vottem, BELGIUM (editor's note — Pierre is Secretary of the Belgian organization knots as "CRIBS." If you read the last issue of 'The CUB" you would probably recognize his name as a contributor to my stories on this organization. CRIBA is an acronym for "centre de recherche at d information stir la bataille des ardennes." Translated to "Center for the Research and Information on the Battle of the Bulge." CRIBA, the organization, is one of our ASSOCIATE members. their individual members also have ihe privilege of joining the association as ASSOCIATE members. ,4 great organization who know more about the 'Bank of the Bulge" than any other modern organization. They were formed from indiividuals interested in "The Bulge") in 980. Thanks Pierre. . . John Kline, editor)

Greve, Walter C. 423/HQ IBN

13102 E. E'labds Ave

Aurora, CO 0111112 I was captured 19 December 1944 near Schoenberg, marched to Pruem and Demist-sin, bombed at Limburg near Stalag I2A. Went to 4B and than to a Kommando. Worked in a coal mine near Fursterwalde. marched to Leipzig, became very sick, Passed out and spent V-E Day in a hospital. Eventually went to a hospital in England then by hoSpital ship to Charleston, S.C.

Finished college at Valparaiso Univ, receiving my B.A. became an insurance adjuster. Married, had two sons, eventually became Branch Manager of the claims office and was transferred from Chicago to Milwaukee to Denver. Now tom retired and do some consulting work. Through all these years my wonderful wife has put up with me. How, 1 don't know. Both sons have graduated from college with aA.'s

Hannon, Philip A. 8Ist ENGIA

2416 McKenzie Rd

Ellicott City, MD 21043 POW Bad Orb 9-B, Barracks 24. Jean and I have been married 43 years as of June '90. We have been to Bad Orb twice and once to Auw, where "A" Company 81st Engineers was deployed on 16 December, 1944. Ben Tousy was best man at our wedding and I want to give him hell for getting me tied up for 43 years. (Sorry, Phil, Ben is not a member of the association - hope you have luck in finding him...)

Haat, 0. Malcolm 589/A

llos 6105 Rte 14I wy 19 N

Meridian, MS 19301 Floyd Elston 589/A submitted membership for Malcolm...

Heckman, Roth 423/UNIT?

8 Conway Dr Middlelawn, l'A 17057

Hallinan, Harold V. 422IB

1836 l'enna. Ave.

l'A 15642 We have three children, all married. I em retired from El Corp, 43 years of service (1979).

Joined the 106th Infantry Division Septem- ber '44 as a point scout. I was captured 19 December, wounded in Right hand and left eye. Moved to Stalag II-B, then Stalag 2-A, Neubrandenburg. The Russians liberated us in April '45. I was discharged from the Swananoa Army Hospital at Asheville, N.C. in December of '45.

Kinaannon, Clifford E. 590/HQ

51591Iallmark St. Riverside, CA 92510

HOman, Robert C. 420/D

1614 Holly Ds

Janesville, WI 53546

I joined the Army in March ol"43, sent to Fort Jackson to join the 106th. I stayed with the Division until July or 1945 when I was transferred to the "28th Division." I was discharged 23 Oct 1945 at Jacksonville, Florida.

At the lime I was discharged I held the rate of S/Sgt. My position was "Section Se ill

 

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charge of two 81 mm Mortar Squads.

I married my high school sweetheart; Pat Dewitt, while we were stationed at Camp Atterbury.

The Bulge was our first taste of action. During that period we were constantly moving around to regroup. On January 9, 1945 we were moving back 10 the front lines near Stavelot to relieve another company, That was about 5:00 a.m. and out guide missed the assigned positions and We walked right into a German controlled town. When we realized our mistake we headed hack io or lines and were bombarded by artillery. The mar next to me was killed and eight of us were wounded. I spent the next two iind one-half months in England in a hospital. I still carry a piece of shrapnel in my right cheek hone.

I had my own Concrete Construction business for 30 year, Ant now retired and playing a lot of golf with my wife and spending winters in Harlingen, texas. Have two daughters, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

111 Houser, Jack E. 422IG

7526 101hAve So,

Itiallekl, MN 55423 Am re-upping. Some years ago I threw away my war lime medals, feeling I had no further interest in the "incident." My prison buddy Keith Giraher has been active in the association and his correspondence stirred up Some memories or names & faces, enough to result in me joining.

(editor's note — Welcome back Jack, 1 am sure same of your feelings chore shared by °then. There are u lot of good men in the association. I can't name one bad one, and when they meet you begin to realize that its the greatest thing that happen. Hope to meet you personally one of these days. We Can't be over 10 miles apart... J. Kline)

Iwamoto, George G. DIV/HQ

tins I)" Then a) Street

110nolals. 111 06814 1 worked under Lt. Col. Herbert Livesey at EUPEN, and was attached to the 159111 Infantry, "H" Company, and the 401st FAB "A" Battery

(editor's note — George, do you have any idea where Herbert Livesey is today? ... J. Kline)

Kinney, Lawrence M. 423/I

PO Box 1132

Arkansas City, KS 67005 I do have fond memories of the 106th at Camp Atterbury, Camp Myles Standish, the trip over on the Queen Elizabeth and the short stay in England. Of course from there it all got worse. Have wondered cheat Sergeant Guida (spl and Sergeant Michelson. I I know we lost Sergeant Pale.

Lois and I are going strong, just celebrated our 56th wedding anniv. Guess the army trainng put me in good shape.

(editor's note — Lawrence, 1 found a SISgt Angelo Guido and a Ist Sergeant Lief Mikkelnen in "Category IV" of the 423rd Combat' Infantry Budge Award list (Gen artier #51, 31 July 1945) that means they survived. Yen, Sergeant Marvin C. Pate, is listed as Catergory / (Killed in Atli.) (the only only as KIA in 423/1). There are Nis other MU listed as category (Missing in Action), Pri Donald Atoll.; Pfc Gene Kobus; Pi. Paul McNally; Pit Ehnond Mitchell; Pfc Michad Palaia and NI Richard Rickard). There in also a Pot Eugene Maluszowski listed in order #51 in Category HI (Prisoner of War). In the way of explanation; There are nu categories in the award list; Category I, awarded Posthumously; Category II awarded us MIA (my personal interpretation • either MIA an the battlefield or died while motile to prison camp, hol'are being regis9,90 Category III, Prisoner of War, prob. uhly means the man died while in Prison Camp; Category IV in you and me and all the others that survived.

Kunz, Vernon C. 423IK

6038-11/0,0m Ave

Si. Louis, MO 63111

(editor's none — Vernon writes that we missed listing him as a new member. He joined in August of 1989. We are sorry about

 

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that Vernon. 1 guess the percentages catch up with me at times - You will listed in the July 1990 Unit roster which should be included with this August CUB. Nice hearing from you - Good Luck. . . John Kline, editor)

Maynard, Curtis P. 424/1

4511 Cole Rd.

mcmphis, TN 38117 I was recently handed a "CUB" by one of my old Fort Jackson buddies. I really didn't know this association existed and that there had been reunions and plans for future reunions.

I was amongst the first arrivals m Fort Jackson when the Division was activated in March 1943. The cadre started immediately putting together the rifle companies and my assignment fell with Co. "I" or the 424th regiment. I left the 166th in December of 1943 with an assignment in the Air Force which curried me to the Aleutian Islands in the North pacific, I will look forward to reading future publications of "The CUB" with the hope that !will see a some or a face that I will recogni,. I would like to express my appreciation al you and the other members or the board whOse efforts have kept the history or the 11/6th Division alive and active.

McCollister, Clinton K. 81st ENG1A

109 Virginia Street

St Albans. WV 25177

I joined 81st Eng/A COmpany at Atterhury.

I came from Shelby, Mississippi 65th Division Engineers. I was interned as a prisoner m Stalag 9-B, Bad Orb. I was in the first barracks to the right as you go into the American sector.

Miller, Jerome P. 423/E 2896 Bettye, Da Madison, WI 53711

 

Palmer aka Pawlowski, Joseph 422/D 8530 Braxton Dr Hudson, FL 341,1,7

Had a name change from Pawlowski to Palmer in 1965. Was a squad leader and section leader in 422/D.

Now retired after 32 years as a Chicago police officer. Have three children, and in a grandfather seven times. My wife and I have 45 years of marriage. Her 91 year old mother

lives with us. Both Elaine. my wile, and I have been blessed with g00.1 health.

Pigeon (S), Rene L. 422/AT

44 Collage Street Central tans, RI 02863

Pivornik, William 414/UNIT?

400 Tangerine Dr,

(Namur, FL. 4877

Richardson, Ward R. 422/D

707 Calvin

Itwerse City, M149684-3517 (editor's. note — t received two letters from Ward. The firm had a story of seven pages of double spaced type. A story two hometown men, Ward and "Tuck" Daugherty, (see his new member message above) who never knew each other before service, but met during basic training in 1943 and have sutained that friendship from there through duty with the 386th, the 106t1! al Atterbury, the Bulge, as German prisoners and through the wins of ten,: since. 1 hope 1 hula room for this siory • in this CUB, which 1 am trying to rush through before the 1990 reunion, for they will he togieher at that event with their wives. h great story and has probably been repeated numerous times within the 106th, but I never lire, as 1 am sure you also feel, of hearing the wonderful. rains of the bonds if friendship. Good Luck Ward and "Tuck."

Ruddick, Donald K. 423/E

1392 C.11610 Ave

St. 1.661. MN 55108 John, I toils surprised to rind a notice in the Minnesolu Legionna ire 11511 the 1061h Infantry Division Association existed. I appreciate all the inform:10.101d the application that you sent tiller I called. I have lived all my pc.-war years in St. Pad, Minnesota. I married Janis, my wife, in 19511. We have three children ,11 daughters who have given as 5• grandchildren. I retired in 1985 from the U.S. Posial Service whh over 311 years or service.

I would appreciate hearing from any of the 1116111 members. I come to the division as a replacement in April or '45. From the list or

 

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423/E members that you sera me, I believe I recognize Wall, Johannes and John Simons.

Santhoff, Paul C. 1591HQ Attached

223 OlealInt

St, Louis, MO 63139 I was a replacement and ended the war :a Zinzig, germany with the 150th 11.0cm:friers outfit. I was in char, of feeding 130,INld, mainly because I was soh, Miler the 1st three days) after they brought in all that liquor. my civilian life has been as hectic:aid interesting as my Army life. I have five children iind my wile and I have enjoyed trawling around ihe U.S.A. for the last III years.

Sevson, Roger 423/C

al NI,JEL

Item, tn. 121 t t2.878

Slitter, Peter S. 423//1Q

-I 1 (Me m Street (Mew., RI 112e111

Williams, Jack P. 424IB

16,19 Ilwy ME('Ittmel Hill Pike 1 eiglevill, IN 3711611 Buddy Sherod,

I enjoyed our little chat Sunday. I called Captain Charles Peyser. We talked a rew Minutes.

This is the first lime I have heard from anyone in 46 years/ II sure makes you feel good to hear, and mild to know, some orals are left after what we all went Illrongh. just thank God that so many got to conic home. I pray lair those families that were not so fortunate. I was III Gunner in cc machine gun squad. I was frozen from the waist down and hove :I 60% disability. That is what happens when you stay in a river most of the clay in cold weather.

I um married, wife's name is Shirley. we have six children, four boys and two girls. We have nine grandchildren and one on the way. Three of the boys served in Viet Nam. The youngest is a student al Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreestxm), TN. I am employed by Roadway express and was in a truck accident in March of '89. I had to have a total hip revision and have not walked since al,cmber cif '89, but hope to be able to do so y July. I hope to make the Sacramento reun kin. but it all depends upon my hip. I ills° heard from Micheal Thome this past week, he is sending. me a packet cif material. Hope to see )sai in September.

Zahratka, Arnold "Buck" 424IL

405 4111 Street NE

Montgomery, MN saves

(editor's rota — nather nee' manner that read my little ad in the Minn.,. Legionnaire paper. Some of you legionnaires should tee that - a ladle ad can do snot thing., I think

this iN the fourth I 06er that we lel know that the Math is still alive, through a small ad Una uf my Pocket, bat it makes me feel good try

John,

Honorable disclGrge at Camp McCoy, Wisoinsin. I was a MOS 745 rifleman. I halting 10 lire DAV, VFW 5340, American Legion Post 79. My hobbies are Honda riding, stoma -mobiling, trier,and summer fishing. I rode my sled in a "Multiple Sclerosis Snow Rally" lie six y,rs, made 1,611/I miles and 839147 for Multiple Sclerosis drive, I am also a great-grandpa.

John thanks law the call and "The CUB."

 

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From the Editor

July 1 was the cut-off point for this issue.

If, by chance, I have missed listing you in this column, please drop me a note and I will include you in the next issue. The next issue will be mailed November I, 1990, so have your letters and /or photos to me by October 1, preferably earlier. REMEMBER, I have a new "Mailing Address. I still live in Apple Valley, but have a Post Box:

John Kline

CUB Editor

P.O. Box 24385

St. Paul, MN 55124-0385

Anderson, Francis (Tohy) 106 SIG

18501 N. 1/ Mirage 41019 Surprize, AZ 09374

John, thanks for the CUB and the

I am impressed by your work. Had a nice talk with my buddy Russ Villwock. Say hello to all for me and stay healthy. -Toby

Antonorich, Jacob F. 423/H

1803 Liberty Ave Reading, PA 19807

I enjoy the CUB very much. I will not be able 1.0 attend Sacramento. I would like to hear from some of the fellows that were in the. Motor Pool, "H" Company, 423 Reg.

Aspinwall, Francis H. 589/HQ

32 Lamont Cr

Coriland, NY 13(145

(editor 's note — Francis sent me a series of color slides he took in the battle area during the spring and summer of 1945. Titan]. Francis, when I get through with this edition of The CUB I will look the slides over and return them. I also received your personal journal. It cntains information of some interest to the boys of the 590th. Your article that appeared in 'The Lion's Tale. in 1953 has been put to text and will be used

in the forthcoming .CUB Revue.

 

Company A, 4220 Regiment, first annual reunion. April 27.29, Charleston, West Virginia

I./R, seated, Carlos Weber; Richard McKee; Ralph Wei, Clifford Shows. Archie Prim and Edward Maloney

LIR, standing: Ewell Black, Peter DeBello; Eugene Powell; Clinton Hohnstein: Dan Bled; Roy Maki; John

Demon; McAdoo Williamson and Gene Sohrnalzried. Carl Edwards was present, but not in pictoro.

submitted by Dan Bled. 422/A

 

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which will probably be printed the first part of next year. Parts of Aspinwall's letter follows. . . J. Kline )

I appreciated your phone call John. I'm sending you the pictures I look in '45. The color, after all these years, leaves a little to be desired.

In 1945 I wrote up a 24 page personal journal during the Jan — June '45 period, and I'm going to send you a copy of that, with the hope that some of it may be of use to you. Please return the slides at your earliest convenience. (signed) Frank.

Barnes, L. Preston DIV/HQ

K-17 Avon Dr East Windsor, NJ 08520

All of you people who are working no hard on behalf of the Association deserve high praise.

The CUB has been getting better and better with each issue — the latest issue Apr-May-Jun (just received) is a real win-

Iner! — Preston Bickford, Thomas DIV/HQ 311 Bloomingdale, Ave.

Cranford, NJ 07016

Sherod, Here are my association dues. We won't be in Sacramento, it is too far from home.

Flo and I have been married 5)) years as of May 1990, not bad at all. Keep in touch and keep up the good work —Tom and Flo

Black, William C. 591/C

72 Honeysuckle Wds Rol-119k Lake Wylie, SC 29710

John, you sure do a Super joh on The CUB. I enjoy them so much —now someone else can have the pleasure. —Bill Black

(editor 's note — Bill sent along 3 late editions of The CUB — I have already used them because 1 was out of stook on the last one — Thanks

. Kline

Bradford, Harvey D. 424/SV

71 Rosemont Ave AS., PA 19014

 

Dear John,

By not being a continuous member of the association from the early fifties, I have no idea if you, Boyd Rutledge (Adjutant), Sherod (Treasurer), other directors were acquainted with the article of columnist, DREW PEARSON, which appeared nationwide in the spring of 1945. I am enclosing a "blown up" copy. On March 17, 1945, Frank Casey and Nick Bruno, originally from Bridgeport, Conn., wrote a letter of rebuttal to Drew Pearson and forwarded a copy to their hometown newspaper, BRIDGEPORT POST, of which 1 had typed a copy back in 194.5.1 knew Nick personally, even though he was in Anti-Tank Company and I was in Service Company, 424th Regiment.

Though Nick and I do not posses a copy of the column in which Drew Pearson, somewhat apologized, citing that he was m.-informed, his "retraction" was only one column wide and several inches long.

The two enclosures that I have sent you are quite lengthy for "The CUB," and they are far to many other letters from other members of the 106th, which deserve priority, I thought you would like these for reading material.

I finally located Nick Bruno still living in the Bridgeport area at a new address in Fairfield, CT and spoke with him for over a half hour. Frank Casey, after being discharged, took up residence in Indianapolis, Indiana, but is now deceased.

I sent Nick a membership application, hope Sherod hears from him soon.

 

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Bloomingburg, George 423/1

1732 Sycamore Renton, KY 42025

I will not be able to make the Sacramento Reunion but wish all that do to enjoy it. I will try to get to Huntsville in 1991. — Thanks, George and Juanita

Mail Bag

106 SIGNAL COMPANY, Photo sent by Char). Brown, see below

Back Row - Schatzel, Campbell, Van Horn, Fell, Foster, McCoach, Luke, Seneca's', Mann, Mayer

Front Pow- Sorge, Ketchum, Smith, Ronde, Brown, Kau ilmann, Korban, Shoenfeldt. Berkepile, McKammy

(editor's note — Harvey, thanks for all the information. Hope Nick joins — as of yet (7/8/90, as I type this column) I have not seen his name come across from Sherod Collins for the roster. I will keep the info on the Pearson incident and possibly capsulize it somewhat and pass it along in another issue. I always feel that I will fall way short of material, but as of late I have not. People like you have been very gracious about keeping me supplied with material for the CUB. Thanks, ... J. Kline)

Brown Jr., Charles A. 423/CN

40BrooksideRJ

I'hiNdelph,PA19118

(editor's note — Charles, thanks for the picture showing 20 members of the 106 Signal Company and your personal .Overseas Calendar.' The picture appears in this issu, hopefully near your name in this column. I will list some of the important dates you have given me. The first part from Oct '45 through 17 December are pretty familiar with all. I will start on the 4th of December '44... J. nine)

Dec 4-11 Enroute through France, Belgium to the town of Oberlaschied.

Dee 17 German attack started. Attacking town of Bleialf. Everyone moved to support the Anti-Tank Company in that town. Captain Manning was killed first day.

Dec 18 Retreated to hillside to reform troops.

Dec 19 Destroyed equipment after being encircled. Started a two day march through German lines to Pruem.

Dec 21 First food. Loaded 60 men to a box-car.

Dec 24 Bombed by British at Limburg rail yard, Stalag I 2-A

Dec 29 Arrived at Stalag 4-B, Muhlberg, got shower, registered, searched and lost everything.

January 4 1945 Left by box-car to Stalag 3-B, Fucrstenburg.

Jan 6 In barracks, very cold, sick w/ GIs. Jan 3 I Russians.coming, ordered out. Jan 31- Feb 6 Walked 168 kilos, my new shoes killing my feet, very cold, little Toad Walked with Sgt ... Darnell.

Feb 9

 

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Went to a big tent, slept on straw. Sent to revier for frozen feet.

Feb 15-25 Hospital for bleeding nose and foot treatment.

April 6 Moved from Revier to barracks. April 21

Liberated by Russia., confined to camp, found some food in the Russian barracks.

April 22 - May 5 G minis kept as in, said there was too much fighting out there to let us out.

May 5 Started walking to Allied lines (Magdeburg), picked up by bread truck, taken to Darby. Sent first word home by Red Cross.

May 6 By truck to Hildershine Airport May 9 Board C-47s and flew to LcHavre, France. 27 men per plane. Saw bombed towns and battlefields. Got new clothes and physical. Food and a clean bed. Many of our Company men there - Camp Lucky

I Strike.

May 22 Moved to ChilNie, boarded ship in Le Havre—the MONTICELLO May 22 Left the injured at South Hampton, England.

May 25 Joined a convoy of 25 ships heading for home.

June 3 Landed in NEW YORK harbor at 3:30 pm. Big Welcome Fire Bouts and Bands. Moved to CAMP KILMER RI-steak dinner

May 4 Moved to Fort Dix for more clothing and furlough.

May 6 Start 64 day furlough. Met Mother and Dad at Summit Ave bus stop at 11:30 pm

 

GRAND REUNION!

Clark, Dr. James I. 592/MED 2321 561h St

fennville. MI 46408 Sherod, Thanks Err looking alter my membership interests. We had hoped to make the reunion in California. but it appears that I may need to be back in Natchez at that lime, so we arc not planning that far ahead.

ii.

Nice to know that the membership is growing (1,456 on 7/8/90..editor) and hope that the new men can maintain the interest us "old timers" have had for such a long time. Regards to all. — Jim and Shirley

 

Clark, Ilerhert H. 422/CN 3686 Leonard Rd W. Oshkmh, WI 54904

DO enjoy "The CUB" — You Bet!! I always read it from cover to cover.

Was an ASTP student from the University of imam., in April of '44. Was deiced off when I was sent to Division Headquarters on TD, as a driver, December 14th, 1944. So was one of the few survivors of the 422d Regiment.

Spent Christmas with a can of C-ration beans under my arm-pit, thawing them out for my holiday repast. There were FoLIT of us, all feeling sorry fur ourselves. Al lied point in lime, had no idea what you fellows were going through. I can remember the sun conning out and a flight of 8-17's (12) headed east and drinking what a soft deal they had when two of them were shot down. Al that point I decided that the Air Corps had its had points also.

Was re-assigned to the Cannon Company in late March when the 422d was reformed. We wont up to the St Nazaire pocket on May 1st and 2nd to contain it. Thai is line reason fur IlliS latter.

In the February CUB on your note to Mike Mueller amnial. the 4th Battle Star!! 1 immediately dug out my discharge and yes, I was awarded the Northern France Battle Star.

I was transferred to 117 of Reg in July '45, so did not come home with the 106th in November. Due to a SNAFU, didn't get home until February 16, 1946, Every time our number came up for redeployment, our Colonel was off somewhere in Paris. We were all frustrated, we should have been home by Christmas of '45.

 

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(editor's note - Herb, sorry I shook you up about the "Northern France" Battle star. I know many men have that award on their discharge. I think it depends on what discharge center you came out of. I was told, after I took over the job of editor, that I should eliminate the wording "Northern France" from the cover of The CUB. The reason that I was given, was that battle star was disallowed by the government due to the fact that the 106th was not technically engaged in combat in Northern France. I am still searching through the old CUBS to find when that order might have been issued. Sherod Collins, our Historian was the person that told me to strike the name "Northern France" from the mast-head of The CUB magazine.

          I called Sam Cariano, who was Adjutant at that time, because he had confirmed this decision when we were -ordering 106th Infantry Division Association letterheads.

          He says that there was a General Order issued by the U.S. Army to the effect that the battle star was disallowed. Fortunately, the five-points that gave everybody that received it was already used to the recipient's advantage. I have been told, by others like you, that the artillery was all set in place ready to pull the lanyards, the infantry was ready to attack and at that time the whole deal was called off for the higher echelon had negotiated a surrender. I will not argue, for that was not my point, that the exposure was there. I can only base my remarks on what I was told. We are trying to find a copy of the General Order, just to set everyone's mind at ease. will discuss it in The CUB when we get the word. I also received your second letter and appreciated your comments - keep in touch Herb... J. Kline)

 

Cohen, Allen T. 423/E 6033 N. Sheridan 10-h

Chicago, H. 60660 Dear John, I read with interest your comments on the "Northern France" battle star in your replay to M. J. Mueller in the February CUB.

I was part of the new 422 & 423 regiments that were re-constituted in Rennes, France. We were moved to a French Army Camp attached to the 66th Division. On May 8th we were alerted and within one hour drive we were in the front lines of Lorient and St. nazaire. We were told the war was not yet officially over at this locution until it was official from the licadnuarters of the German High Command. On May 10th, 1945 it was over. All I know is when we got back to RenneS we were given the E.T.O. ribbon with a Battle Star for Northern France. The whole division could not claim it, but we certainly could. We were in the vicinity and that's all that mattered.

Its on my discharge records and they have had plenty of time to take it off. My compliments on the superb job you arc doing on The CUB." — Allen Cohen (editor's note - Thanks Allen, yes, I realize the sensitivity of this. 1 amsure the Army would not go back and eliminate what was already on the record, but I'll bet that if you tried to get the Northern France battle star added to your discharge (for some person that did not get it, like myself) you would be denied. Quite frankly, I wondered how I got a battle star for Rhineland and Central Germany, when I was actually not a combatant - I no told that it was because I was east of the Rhine River when those battles were going on (in POW camps). one of the fellows wrote me the other day and said, and it's not such a funny joke, that the 106th was the first Division that crossed the Rhine, I suppose he should have added "under guard..

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Allen, at the Schaumburg reunion you offered to give some story and pictures on your many travels. into Belgium, Germany and the battle a.as. Would appreciate if you could come up with 4-5 pages (about 2,000 words) and some pictures of your travels. Thanks for all your comments. If I can come up with the General Order mentioned in By comments above, to Herbert H. Clark, I will publish it... a. Kline)

Davis Jr., Sam E. 423/HQ

816 North Iola Or

Orlando. II. 32803

Dear John, With the help of one of my men from the 423rd Headquarters Company, we have sent out a quarterly bulletin to all of the headquarters men.

We manage to keep up with all of the men we have addresses on. The purpose of the bulletin is to urge everybody in 423d Hq Co. to attend the Sacramento Reunion.

0 great. I've heard that you were (editor's note - Sam, that's

keeping the men informed. As you know, Col. Cavender has asked that he stay in my room at the reunion. I do appreciate the fact that you have a detail all assigned to help himabout the hotel and to the meetimOve ngs. I will be too busy with my editor and board duties to monitor him during the day. I am happy to be part of the detail, with my duties seeing that he has room to bed down in and being available when I am not with my m Company men, prowling the corri- dors and lobby, and attending of- ficial functions.

(editor's note - I would like a transcript of the IbB Platoon story when you get it in writing - it would make good CUB material... .I.

De Puster, Fred 423/K

107 I ler, Shoe Dr

Conn,. IX 75432

(editor 's note - Fred wrote me three legal pages about some of his experiences in '44 and '45. Be told

me I could throw it in .file 13' if I didn't want it. That's not the case. Parts of it have been re-hashed many times in the CUB, but as always -n though most of us experiencedeve the same routes of travel, the same battle scene and prison experience, there is always something that could be of interest to others... S. Kline John, I joined the 106th in September of '44 from the Fort Mead Replacement Center. I trained as an engineer, I was sent to Atterbury, joining 423/K. My commander was Captain James Bricker, Platoon Leader was LI. Leo Cornett, I wasn't with them long enough to get to know them. I ended up as a BAR man in the second platoon . . When the Bulge started I was shut in the hand and my BAR was busted. I left it and pulled back to the Company Medic Aid-Station. As they were dressing my hand I was lying on my hack, the medic was lying on his stomach. My legs were propped up and I got hit again in the left leg. We both got up. When I caught up with LI. Cornett he asked what was wrong with my leg, there was a lot of blood. I told him a spent bullet had hit my leg. I pulled off my shoe and found the bullet had dropped into the shoe. The rest you know (he relates his capture and the hikes hack to the German line editor)... After moving me around several camps with other wounded men. I finally ended up in it hospital at Heppenbiem (2).

Towards the last of March the 3rd Division came through the wall. We were afraid they would start shooting. When they saw we were Americans they backed al. I ended up in a goesParis Hospital. I weighed 210 pounds on the front line. When I arrived in Paris I weighed 130 pounds. I was flown home.

 

 

 

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Edelman, Louis 423/M

245-30 Grand Central Pkwy Bet!rose, NY 11426

Sherod, Hope to see you in Sacramento. Here are my dues and a donation to the Memorial Fund.

Facey (Col Ref), Kenneth B. 106 MP

4200 Smithfield Cl Evans, GA 30809

Sherod, Keeping up with WWII, Korea and Vietnam friends and associations makes it difficult to decide where to go when other family and business affairs .11.

I will try to make the Huntsville Alabama reunion in 1991. Hopefully lean see Hanke, Kortlang, Harned, Brazill and anyone else from the 106 MP's that shared the "Bulge" experience.

Even though I served with some of the best in Korea and Vietnam, it was the 106th that did much to develop me as a soldier, and prepared me for the rigors of the other two conflicts. I still get Ralph Hill's reports and it helps to remind me of how good the 106th was.

Best to all — Ken Facey, Col. USA Ret. rest of an "Birds." it would have been a different situation.

I doubt that we make it to Sacramento, but will see you next year.

We have also made contact with other POWs in the work detail from Stalag 4B at Zeitz. According to my correspondence there were two work details there. I was billeted above a tavern. Bunks for approximately 150 men on the dance floor. Excuse my long letter, but I appreciate your great jobs.

I am enclosing money for a LIFE MEMBERSHIP for me and my wife Gwen.

signed, Phil Farris

Gallagher, John I. 81st ENG/C

4003 Frances St

'Femple, PA 19560 (editor's note - John thanks for the material on the Reading, Pennsylvania December 16th get-together. Sorry rran out of room for the last CUB, by thetime your material arrived. Your photos should appear elsewhere in this issue. Nice to hear from you... J. Kline)

Gaten•, John 589/A

2 .36 Grunauer PI Fairlawn, NJ 07410

John, Thanks for the extra copy of the CUB. I will send it to Maria LcHaire in Belgium. I think it was an excellent idea for you to promote the ASSOCIATE membership for CRIBA. I am sure they will appreciate it and the idea of five CUBs to the organization will give all those well deserving members an opportunity to read it.

You sure took on a job, to research all the old CUBs and publish the most interesting stories in book form. I would certainly be interested in that hook. I have only been a member since 1983 and missed all the earlier stories.

All the stories in the CUB were super. I was pleased with my story in the JANFEB-MAR 1990 CUB. Great job.

Farris, Philip B. 423/H

2251 W. Washington 906 Springfield, II. 62702

Dear Sherod and John,

I believe in "Firing for Effect," even though we are out of ammo for the 81 's and the "front" seems to be a circle instead of a line. I really enjoyed last year ar Schaumburg and particularly in meeting both of you, along with the 423/H•s Fields, Swett, Cooper, Kurzeja, Peterson, Smith and Colonel Puett and 423/D Edwards. All of as Univ. of Tenn. and ASTP at Univ. of Alabama. go-together in past two years. This organization has made all that possible.

John your article in the April CUB was great. I'm sure you suffered much. You are doing a great job. I'm sure if Colonel Puett had been at least a Three Star General and ou two at least a One Star, the

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PARKER'S CROSSROADS as 0 appears today, For 1944 sea page 12, The CUB, Apr-May-Jun 1990

submitted byJohn Galena, Battery 'A", 589Ih FAB (see preceding page)

(editor's note - John, thanks for the CRIBS patch and the various photos that you sent me. Bow did you make the collage - four photos on one -, looks like you laid them on a mat and photographed them. Hope you like the CRIBS material in the APR-MAY-JUN 1990 issue. It was fun putting together. I espe- cially liked those two photos of Baraque de Fraiture that Andre Hubert sent. compared to them, the modern .Parker's crossroads. sure looks different. The painting of the winter scene that was given to you by Madame LeHaire is excellent. It's so realistic that it takes you right back to the snowy December. of 1944. I can see how the artist, Annie Grandhenry haswon many awards in art shows in France and Italy. Keep in touch John... J. Kline)

Wliespie,JohnAf.422/4:

353G Darcy Dr

Birmingham, MI 4801 0

John, I appreciate the mailing to me and especially the effort you give the Association and it's members through the CUB.

The biography of your personal travel rellectktns in the Ardennes reminiscence of many memories I still carry of the walk across the Rhine, Stalag 48 and over to Stalag 8A, at Gorlitz, and then the walk back East. I was a lucky one to have been picked by the Red Cross and shipped up to Fallingbostel at 1113. Liberated by Genera! Montgomery's own Company and returned to England on his aircraft. I expect to fly into Minneapolis soon and hope that we can gel together. I will he driving right by your door, maybe we could have dinner together.

(editor's note - John, it was nice having dinner with you. I guess we both got busy after that and failed to make contact again. Hope your business trip was a success. It was certainly nice to talk with you. You have had a lot of experience with the 106th Infantry Division Association. I especially enjoy talking to one who has had the experience of being The CIA 3 of the Goklenbon 25

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"editor" of The CUB. You can real- ise what it takes to put this publication into the member's hands. Rope to see you at the 1990 reunion... J. Aline)

Gresham, oseph W. 423/G

18484 CR 437 Linclaic, TX 75771

arm planning on going to France, Belgium and Germany in May and I saw in The CUB where I should contact CRIBA. I would appreciate it if you could tell me how to contact them. Also if anybody might give me any pointers on getting over there.

(editor's note — Joe, I printed the above letter, you sent it to me in February, no that I could lead into a suggestion for the Other members. You have since gone on your trip, have contacted the friendly people of CRIBA and came away with a great feeling for them and memories of re-living some of your youth. It's a great feeling, sometimes prefaced by apprehen- sion, but I haven't heard from one person who has re-visited the old battle-ground that said he was sorry he went back.

See Joe's pictures and story of his trip to Europe elsewhere in this issue.

The lastcouple of CUBS have praised the CRIBA organization. Rightfully so, because they re very cooperative and are willing to spend a lot of time with our members. Because they are a volun- teer organization I must caution the other members to remember that they, CRIBA, are voluntary and do have to take time from their personal pursuits to guide our members

and when they are there. So be fair, give them plenty of time to assign one of their members to you and your party. Remember that they are doing this because they too have an interest in the "Battle of the Bulge." But, they also work for a living. Most of them were just youngsters when we were engaged in the battles around their homes.

They are great and gracious people, and truly respect us because we had a hand in the liberation of their lands.

If any person is interested in traveling in that area and would like to meet a CRIBA member, write me and I will send

Plague on St Vie, Memorial

submitted by Joseph Gresham, 423/0

see preceding page and this page

you a list of those CRIBA members that we have on a roster. They are not a "Tour Bureau" they are just like you and I. Think of it this way. What would you do if a t. Belgian wrote you and asked you to direct him to an area around your home? I hope - Mai puts it in the right perspective. They will help, but they want to be able to lit your plans into their lifestyle and daily living... J. Kline)

Grayjean, Robert 422/HQ 3BN

4185 Berkshire Dr. Sarawith, FL 34230.2643

I have paid into the Memorial Fund since the first CUB in 1952. They also put a note about me under "What are they doing Now?" I have been disabled for a year. I would like to see my name in print again, its been a long time.

(editor's note — Bob, it isn't important, but the first 'Stateside" CUB was published was volume 3, Uo.1 August of 1946. VoluMes I and 2 had been published as a .newspaper" while the division Was overseas.

We try to mention, in The CUB, every one that writes us. I am real happy to hear from you and hope that you are coming along D.A. now.

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Guigno, Joseph M. 423/A

In pis 81

Ihnm, MA 02154

Sherod, My dues for the year. 1 sure enjoy The CUB.

Gray, Albert F. 8Ist ENG/A

4238 Florid Ave. Norwood. ()II 45212

John, you asked me what company I belonged to, with the 81st Engineer, I sent to St. Louis to get a copy of my service record, and as of this date I have not received it.

When I received my copy of The CUB magazine, I looked through it and on the same page that my "new member" letter was printed there was an article by an- other new member "Jim Debruin" which reminded me that I must have been in "A" Company. Incidentally you made a attic-

_         take in my letter on the date of being

Wdrafted, It was 11-12-4 I not 11-21-44.

Haines, Joseph C. I l k RECON (Lt.Col. FA. Ret)

Itin 3. Hoz 13211 12 Kane. OK 73iytr

Dear Mr. Collins,

I am again reading Col Dupuy's Si Vith —a Lion in the Way and wish to state for the record (and for history) that the 106th Reconnaissance Troop did not "disintegrate" on the 111 of December 1944. nor did the germans "pour through" Grosslangenfeld on the lOth. We were driven out early in the morning of the 17th. The Germans may have gone "around" u," but they didn't go through US.

I don't know where Col. Dopey goo his information about the Reoon Troop, as there is no indication that he interviewed anyone from the Troop.

If it will be of any interest as part or the "Division Records," I will try to write my remembrances of what happened.

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424th Infantry Operations Order(s) assigning the Reconnaissance Troop the mission or a "Rifle Company" in the "Defense.?"

I would certainly appreciate this information.

Thank you, Sincerely

Joseph C. Haines

(Lt. Col. F.A. Bet)

(editor's note — Can any person out there help the Colonel with the above request,

(editor's note — Colonel Heine, I am sure that your cremembrances" would make good reading material for the troops. Do what you want, but if you come up with a story let me have a crack at it for "The CUB.. I hope some out there will respond to your question and to what you have put forth 'on the table." ... J. Kline)

Hall, John L. 423/SV

256211dr CI

John Hell's Picture Card, see above,

See 'BILL MOSOLF" story page 19, last CUB

Sebring, Cl. 33872

After reading your article in the May CUB about Bill Mosolf and Limon', Belgium, I remembered I had a picture postcard of Liman'. It is enclosed. Thought you might be interested.

(editor's note — Thanks Cohn for the picture. See below.

I also appreciate the story you passed along on CA" Company, 424th Regiment. It is the a.ame story that I printed in the Jan-Feb-Mar 1989 CUB, page 16., a great story about "A" Company and it's grudge fight because of the death of it's con-

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mander, let Lt. Robert G. McKay. He was killed while drawing fire away from his men. The men carried the fight and won the battle of the day for their commander. A great story of valiant men and their leader. The story was printed in "Stare and Stripes. January 13, 1945. I'll save the poem you sent for another issue. Thanks John, hope to see you agaiin Sacra- mento... J. Kline)

Hartman, Willard G. 592/A

1025 MdmingsidU Dr

Ann Arbor. MI 48103

John,' came for the Univ of Tennessee, ASTP, joining the 106th in March 1944. As I recall it the division, after the replacements arrived bad the lowest average age, the highest per-cent of college men of any division. I have a article from an Army booklet sent by my brother from the Pacific that said the 106th had on neckties, even when sent to the front - big lie.

Kurt Vonncgut who wrote "Slaughter House Five" was my best buddy. He was from Indianapolis and was captured. He said the character "Billy" was named after me since I was the only "Billy" he knew. Why don't you write him, if he doesn't belong to the association. I have his address... My youngest brother (also ASTP) was MA Nov 23 1944.

(editor's note - Billy, you will obviously note that I haven't use all of your letter. Some things are better not published, at least in the CUB. Vonnegut has been ap- proached byseveral association members. It's obvious that he doesn't want to belong so I think the matter has been dropped. I have heard that old story about 105ers wearing neckties. As far as I as concerned if they did, it was to keep the heat from escaping out of the top of their shirts... J. Kline)

Hayes, John P. 422/F

2220 Eric Ave

Springfield, 011 45505 Sherod, I am real proud that the 106th Infantry Division Association has 1425 members and is still growing. We will miss the Sacramento Reunion - had heart. Hope the membership continues to grow...

Holton filler, J. Don 589/A202 Germantown it

larmaravills, 01145325

I noticed your request for postmarks of German Prison Camps. Enclosed is one I sent in 1945 from Hammelburg. This may be somewhat a rare card as there were not many 106ers in that camp. I was in the camp the day Parson's task force tried to liberate his son-in-law from the officers's camp Which was away from our camp up on top of a hill. We NCO's were not aware the officer's camp was in the neighbor- hood and didn't know what was going on until they brought in some of the task force that was captured in the raid. A few days after the raid we in the enlisted men's compound were put on a train and sent to the Air Corps camp at Nuremburg, and after a few days they put us on die road and we walked to Moos- burg VIIA where we were liberated. I attended the December 16th get-to- gether in Cincinnati at Bob Walkers res- idence. Only 6 persons were there, 1,01 a good time was had by all. I did find that

my battery commander Captain A.1.Menke still lived in the area,1088 Gifi

Ridge Rd, Manchester, OH 45144, and have been in contact with him.

(editor's note - Don, did you try to get Captain menke to join? Thanks for the sPostkarte- I for- warded a copy to Gruensner in Texas - he is the author of ”Postal History of American Pees.- Last I heard he was coming out with an updated edition of it. Haven't sen it, nor have I heard from him lately. I do have copies of the Saturday Evening cost article and

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See Edward Ja ock, 423/MED, below

II you yen identify any of these persons, please write the editor. No date, beefier, or names given,

thee about ticl ab t Lt Eric 00i W d

There is a man by the name of Ralph Hill that probably would be interested in your remark that you were probably the last man to see Lt. Wood when you got caught in Schoenberg. He has written reams of material about the Bulge and Lt. Woods, comes up with a different theory all the time... Keep In touch... J. Kline/

Horne, George A. 806 ORD

2876 Duplex Rd Spring !WI, TN 37174

Sherod, I enjoy The CUB. Didn't know that the 3d Infantry Regiment was attached to the 106th Infantry Division. I was transferred from 806 Or located at Bad Ems to "D" Company 3d In ftmtry, located at Limburg in June of 1945. We were located at the old POW camp outside Limburg, 1 notice many of the 1061h people were interned there during the war. I plan to attend the Sacramento Reunion.

Houser, William H. 424/HO 1BN

2600 Prospect S1 Reading, PA 19606

John, I am a new member and want informatittn on the 1990 reunion in Sacramento. I would like that information to make reservations.

(editor's note — Bill, a mailing was made after the first part of May - I understand it went Bulk Mail. I received my copy May 14th. I did not hear from you after called you by phone, so I as you received all the info... J. Kline)

..larlock, Edward S. 423/MED

4876WesildichiganAnc

Saginaw,h1148003 (editor's note — Ed, Finally found space to print your picture. Sorry we did not get to it sooner. — Ed sent a picture of the 423d Medical Detachment (July 1987), with no names, but maybe some of you out there can tell us who they are. The edgesare fuzzy but I think you can make it out - look

 

 

 

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how young those guys are... J. Kline)

Jensen, George 422/M

Bx 7144 Sunshine CC Est Ilarlingen, TX 78590

My wife Sally and I sure hope to make the reunion in Sacramento, but we have a relative who is quite ill, which may prevent us from coming. If we don't make it tell the "M" Company, 422d Reg men that we are thinking of them...

Johnson, Newton 423/MED

RR 4 . North Brook Dr Mc Lesnsboro, 11. 62859

Sherod, can't make California, but will be thinking of you that do. I plan on coming to Alabama next year...

Jose, Marvin L. 589/HO

2655 Crestwixxl Dr. NW Warn:NOB 44489

A note of information for the records, your. records show only my name. It should read:

Marvin L. Jose - 01176684

Capt. F.A.B 589th

Liaison Officer to Lt. Col. Scales 422 Reg, 3d Battalion.

My Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. T.P. Kelley.

(editor's note - Captain, the association records do not contain all the military information, just names addresses, unit designator etc. Your information was appreciated and I have printed it here for others to observe... J. Kline)

Klein, James J. 589/HO

1818 LaFend Ave

LaCrosse, W154(63-1433

(editor 's note - Jim, thanks for

all the "Kraut. material. When time

and space permit I will reproduce

some of those pictures in the

brochure from Leipzig for the fes-

tival held in Juli and August of

193, probably in next issue.. Sure

shows how the Germans were prepar-

ing their men for war . Motorcycle

races, Youth groups , Rifle ranges,

Military style marches, in civil-

ian clothes etc. Thanks Jim.. J. %line)

Koehler, Franklin R. 424/13

243 Torrey Pines Rd Toms River, NI 08757

My personal thanks to you, Sherod, and to John Kline, Boyd Rutledge, Doug Coffey and all the others for all your efforts on behalf of those former

Rooms, Alfred E. 422/M

2628 C Lake Shore Dr Springfield, 11.62707

Kuespert, Wilfred A. (Art) 423/F

7727 Bogart Dr- N.E. Nook For Myers, FL. 33917.5401

Sherod,

I received, read and enjoyed every word in the APR-MAY-JUN 1990 CUB and congratulate all whose effort produce it. John Kline must spend hours and hours 011 the project. I plan on writing John in the next few days and adding my input to his "hat" and hope he draws on some of it t„ for future issues.

Not only did Jack Solser have a bigger stick than you, he also had a good grip to twist my arm. And he's going to have to use it on Capt. (Major now??) Zullig. We did have some great time going over the memory trail. Somehow or other, we all seem a bit older....

Yes, we were neighbors at Fort jack-son. 1 re-visited the place — Tank Hill and our area — hack in 1950. I have the picture somewhere in my files. I was part of the cadre from Camp Forrest, Tenn. — the good old 80th Division. I still meet some of the 80th when they are in Florida. I was one of the original members of the 106th Association. I know I was. when the reunion was held at Detroit. The Association has come a long way since that time. There were only 267 members then, 75 auxiliary and 7 associates. Family matters, prevent as from attending Sacramento, but maybe Huntsville in '91.

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I published the "COMPANY F GUIDON" for several years. We had good turnouts for our annual dinners... Take care — signed Art.

(editor's note - Artreceived your material,somewhere in this stack of mail - will keep in touch with you, thanks... J. Kline)

Lerno, Alfons P. 589/A

00$118

Sara) Margarit()A93453 (editor's note - Al, hope to see you in Sacramento - ived your note asking for information, which you probably received right after your mail arrived here... J. Kline)

Long, lean 423/HQ

186111 iltonnthvbirJ Dr

PennIlev. CA 95946

John,

This evening when I was cleaning out my desk I ran across some material I acquired at the last reunion. I thought you might be interested in some of it. I will look forward to seeing you in Stier, rnento.

(editor's note - Thanks colonel, I will us, the material when I get the opportunity. Get the troops in shape and do your reconnaissance, the 423d will be there, including it's commander. .M. Company will be in support as always.. 4. Kline

Marcus, Gilbert 423/SV

37011 cap, Cr #5118

Glenview, II. 00025

Dear John,

I feel moved to write this letter because the things I have to say, have to he said. Since you have taken over the job as editor,"The CUB," in this writers opinion, is superb and a pleasure to read. The make-rap, content, editing and till that goes alit making the publication LIVE is what you have done. I would he remiss in my duty as a member of this wonderful organization if I didn't put these thoughts down on paper. I salute you John for a thankless job well done, and believe are when I tell you that each edition gets better and I look forward to receiving

Time is moving on and we are all getting a little older, but like baseball, motherhood and apple pie, I still thrill at the sight of our flag, a man in uniform, and everything that we all fought for and believe in.

Sincerely yours,

Gilbert Marcus

Captain, 423d Infantry Service Company

(editor's note - Thank you Captain Marcus. These remarks coming from you, have touched me, and I do appreciate them. I will continue to try to make the CUB everything that you feel it is. It is my honor and pleasure to serve you and the r emest of the members, in the mory of the past and reverence to those that cannot share the joy and living of the survivors.. J. Kline)

Maseone, Attilio A. 422/M

1618 Mort. Rd Silver Spring, MD 20903

John, The "Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge" (VBOB) was organized to honor the Americans who limed in the Battle of the Bulge and to remember those who actor made it home. The VBOB is a nun-profit educational organization which does not engage in either political lobbying or propaganda activities.

Those who were in [Ins historical battle never forgot, VBOB strives to represent every unit that fought in the Battle kg' the Bulge. Tell the I 06th members that for a modest $10.00 lee they can belong to thi, great organivhtion.

Veterans of the battle of the Bulge PO Box 11129

Arlington, VA 2221(1-2 129

(editor, note - Thanks Attilio, appreciated the picture of your three hats, the nag, the vans and no-POW. maybe one of member, has a spare 10fith infantry Di Vision cap that he will send you

VSOB was the organization that led me to recognize that there was

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106th Infantry Divisioname Association. in 1987. Their secretary's name (V9013) was "Poppy." She sent me a computer list of the 106th members that belonged to VDOB and told he that I should contact Sherod Collins,our treasurer to join the 10th Association. At that pointin time my life turned arund. I found old friends, new friends and am having a ball. I found 37 of my old .0. Company, 423d buddies, after I got on this roll... it's been great... J. Kline)

James A. McCarnrnon, 423/F

In the High Sierras, August '89

McCammon, James A. 423/F

31521 Norih 25ill Slrcul

Van Ituren. All 72956-291 I

(editor 's note - I wish to

apologise publicly to Leon. In

digging through or material for

this CUB I ran across a letter I

had written to Jim, dated January

6, 1990. It was in answer to his

sending me a poem and his personal

diary. I printed the poem in the

Mail Bag of the February issue, but

placed my typewritten letter, his

photo and some other material in

with a stack of material that I had

markedas being used.        In the

meantime I have sent the long past

due letter - I am sure I didn't send another copy - or am I going loco. Anyway, Sim 's personal diary is written in beautiful hand, and is easy to read. Itis most interesting, but as are many of the diaries I receive, too large to print in The CUB, and I would not do it justify if I tried to reduce it in size. The picture that he sent along will be included in this column. On the back of the picture he wrote, .Picture taken in High Sierras Mountains near 7 National Park, California, last August 1989. It was taken before I had my quad by-pass surgery on December 11, 1989.)

AleElvenny,Alhert12. 424/E

310 1.i,, or

Brock.. MA(12402 John, just a note to lel you know how things are with me. I have been in and out of the hospital since my return from Europe in October of 1987. I did get to see the St. Vith Memorial and SO.: of the country around there.

I had a couple more tests at the liospi-

bui haven't heard the results. I doubt that I will make the Sacramento Reunion. John, don't let them make a parking lot in front of the Si. Vial, memorial, it will detract and there is plenty of room in the rn!

Best regards to all. signed Your I Oral) Buddy, Albert MeElvenny

(editor's note - Thanks Al, nice to hear from you and we all wish you the best in your bouts with the hospital tests etc... Keep in touch, please... J. Kline)

blender, William H. 81st ENG/A

4018 Mischire Dr I lousion. TX 771125

Mr. Kline,

Thought the enclosed would he interesting to you and The CUB. II is my POW papers that I took from the German tiles when I was liberated. Can't remember the camp nutidier, since I Was in quite It Few. But it wan in the town of Luekenwalde.

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This picture of me was taken on my 64th birthday in 1988. It also has my Champion Bedlington Terrier. I breed, show and raise these dogs.

I am originally from Springfield, Illinois, moved to Houston in 1964. Am now retired.

(editor's note - What a proud looking dog, and more proud than the dog, is theowner. My wife Margot (Frankfurt, Germany) and I love animals. we have a 11.5 Year old "sofa dog. named Ginger, who is half Visila (Hungarian hunting dog) and half Irish Setter. She was given to us by a Doctor friend, whose Irish Setter got through the fence and mixed with a visits (I may have that spelled wrong). Ginger was the last of two left for our choice, out of eleven pups. She has been the joy of our life. The Asst. Editor to this magazine 'The CUB' is Oliver, one of three cats that we own. He is plain "barn cat." A 9.95 special,a the last left in the cage at a local pet shop. I brought him home and he nestledin my heavy sweater, here in the basement, as I was typing away at The CUB, and he has been my "boy" ever since. He is now three years old and has positively no hang-ups. All love and soft fur. Heconsumed a half hour of my typing time every night, relaxing on my lap. We also have an Orange Tiger and a Burmese. Pets are great.

(editor's note - The copy of your POW registration card reveals that youwere registered and photo- graphed at Stalag 4B, Muhlberg, Germany. Your POW number is 312612, dated 6 January 1945, mine is 315316 dated 7 January 1945. It shows you were a Col in the Infan- try and that you were a 'Schrei-

ber,"   ompany Clerk. Your Army

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Cpt William H.Meadek Gorman POW 3,2612

January 6, 1945 taken at Slat, an

apparently followed him to Luohenotalde.

        

Today William H. Meader with his

Champion Bedlinglan Tooter

The Russians liberated me and alter a few days took as to a nice clean SS barracks in Juterbrog. (1) We had clean beds and it was nice.

After a few days stay some of as lel) and walked until we net seine Americans in trucks. We crossed Mc Elbe and we,: at last free.

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rnary 1945. Not many of our divi- sion ended up at Stalag IIIA. Your picture should appear in this column. Thanks for the mate- rial, it is interesting... J. Kline)

Messina, Carl 81st ENG/A

926SeymourAve

Linden, N107036

a lijtotlehnre I trust Yon7 eftaerrtwheellla' and n

last

sensational

cub, and I mean sensational.

I'm trying to got a December area getto-gether started. After two attempts at hotels, I'm about ready to back oat. They want a minimum of 25 people and "XX" dollars up front. I'm going to try and lind a place with a bar and food and see it they will let the gang buy their own drinks and food, with no minimum.

"Have they blown the bridge yet?"

President °Gus. Agostini. err

Carl Messina, right

91st Engineers, .A• Company

apparently et Schaumburg Reunion.

I have also found an article about a G.I. starting up a listing service, wherein he can find your service buddies. I will he writing to him soon. Number three, I have a few pictures that may he al interest to you and The CUB.

Also here is a clipping front our newspaper. Thanks to my army training, I could have been dead, and more people shot up.

(editor's note — Carl, thanks for your letter and photos. It's always a pleasure to hear from you. I'm glad to see that you survived the hold-up attempt and did suffer more than you did. Things like that can get pretty hairy.

On the December meetings — have you tried the local service clubs, like the V.F.W, American Legion. We use them up here for some of the AX-POW meetings. Also some of the small restaurants have a small room and will either serve al-carte or on a guaranteed number. Knowing you I an sure you will get it irOned out. Those get-to-gethers are really nice. It's always won- derful to get the liners together. Carl, sent along a newspaper clipping which reported a robbery in which he (Messina) was one of the victims of the shooting that began. It follows, in part... J.

Kline)

(From the Linden, News Tribune, date missing)

LINDEN Police are following severald. leads in find the. gunman who shot two men during a robbery at a Roselle Street delicatessen Tuesday.... George DiPierro, 60, of Roselle, the deli manager, was shot once in the lace with a small caliber re- volver during a robbery, police said... He is expected in undergo surgery to remove the bullet lodged in Iris neck, police said. DiPierra's friend, Carl Messina. 67, from Linden, who had stopped in the deli that night, was shot once in the palm nilthe right hand, police said He is listed in fair condition at Rahway Hospital accord- ing to a hospital spokeswomen...

A customer in the store, who had been filling out a lintiery ticket, told police his hock had been turned when he heard the firs( shin.

When he turned around, he saw the gunman standing behind Messina holding him around the neck with his left arm, police said.

According to police, as the gunman

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with his right hand slightly above his head and was shot in the right palm....

After demanding the money, the suspect shot DiPlum in the mouth, police said.

The gunman is believed to have gotten away with about $10.00...

(editor's note — Thanks, Carl. Look for your pictures in this column. Again, glad to see you again amongst the Survivors... J. Kline)

Mikalauskis, Jahn L. 424/H

I'll its #31 306 W. IPA,: lloplon. II. QS! 2

On reading the Apr-May-June issue of The CUB, on top of page 12,1 noticed a question asked, "Why is the Lion, the emblem of your division'?" (that question was by Andre HUBERT, vice-president of CRIBA).

In a book I have. "Division Highlights,"which I received at Camp Atterbury, signed by General Alan W. Jones, the following is noted 011 the inside cover:

"The blue in the background stands for the infantry; the red in the border is Mr artillery support; the lion's face represents strength and pouter."

I hope that this answers Mr HUBERT's question.

Miller, Cal. Jahn W. 423/E

1511 Cochise Dr Arlington. Tx 76012

(From a February letter) John, Received your card, been trying to phone Burton Hauxwell, but no answer. Last time I talked to him, he did not seem too well. I will follow up later...

We plan on making the reunion in California. I've taken on some work with the census bureau to pass away a little time and keep me busy. You're doing great work with the CUB, well organized and edited.

I'll send you photos and a story later of Bad Orb, Moosburg and other interesting POW sites...

(from an April letter) Talked to Burton Hauxwell, his with is doing much better and he appeared in good spirits. Got a phone call from Lawrence Perkins, "E" Company, 423d Regiment, who was driving to WACO, the site of the Stalag 9B and 9A's reunion.

(then from Sally, a stall member of the AX-POW Headquarters office in Arlington, Texas) John, as per your request the AX-POW emblem logo is on its way to

vou.

Thanks for the current issue of THE CUB. What nice work you put out! As I was nipping through the pages, LO & BeHold! l'here was my old buddy John Miller's name in the Mail Bag section. John is a neighbor here in Arlington and a good friend. I don't gel to see him often, once in a while he drops by the office and says "howdy." We can always count on him and his wife to hake a big hatch of ginger snaps tbr us to take to the VAMC lilt Ile Vets Xmas Party. In fact, the cookies arc so good, they now make a batch for us at 110, to keep as from stealing the Vets share!

Guess what? "Ole" John just walked n! I can't believe it! His semi-annual pilgrimage! I showed him my note to you Thal is still in the typewriter. He said 10 tell von "HOWDY!"

Got to go now, till next time. signed Sally, AX-POW office

Ernest L. 422/G

12733 Pooktonvillc Ito Dig Pool, MD 21711

I on hoping that someone will recognize some or the things I am writing down, and contact me.

I was captured on 18 December 1944. I was in Stalag IIIB and IVB and many other places.

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tracks until a Russian officer shot at us, one guy was Polish and could converse enough that we were taken, and given some food.

We left then and started to walk again. We found four bicycles and took them. We rode into a town (?) and another Russian officer took us to a German home in which there were two women. These women cooked what little they had and gave an a bed to sleep in that night. The next moming we took off again and walked until we found the American lines. I can't remember how long it took. I hopes this sparks the memory of someone and they get in touch with me. I would like to know what happened to Captain Keilmeyer, Sergeant Ternacki and a man by the name of Hinis who was from Boston.

Would appreciate hearing from somebody on these questions.

(editor's note — Ernest, look in this column for information from John Whitehead. on relates that he

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BILL MOSOLF, 424/Cannon (0 the Tuxedo, wife. his left)

at Bill' wedding (his son) in 1989. Bill's story appeared on page 19 of the Apr-May-Jun 1990 CUB

and two others also stole bicycles and rode to the American lines. Or also refers to receiving help from a Polish G.I. Maybe he can help you... J. Xline)

Mrom4/; Milian/J.420:N

17159 Lisperinza Ur Perris. CA 92370

(for my story on Bill Mosolf refer to page 19 in the Apr-May-June 1990 CUB... editor)

Excuse this short note John. I had a bad fall lately and have been bed-ridden for three weeks.

Enjoyed the May issue of "The CUB" and especially your war time experiences. I can empathize with you on all counts. Only someone who has walked in your boots can understand our problems... Gotta get back to bed, just wanted you to know how much I appreciated the article you printed about me, and your friendship. Thanks.

(in another letter, later, with photos)

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The copies (of the CUB) came today and I must get this note (Jul to let you know how much I appreciate them. A friendship such as yours is rare and hard to come by. "You're one hell or a man." In found a few more things in my memory box that might interest you.

I can't get to the reunion in Sacramento, but have been reading about the event in The CUB. I worked up there in my youth. Sacramento has a lot to offer and it should be a grand trip for anyone who hasn't been there. I used to take mud baths at Calistoga near Napa and Sankt Rosa in the wine country. Picnics in the Redwoods near Sausalito across the Golden Gate bridge, Reno and Tahoe. Also lived in Monterey and Carmel. I worked in the hotel business.

Thanks again for your help. You are a great Moral Booster and I really appreciate what you have done for me. I reproduced your CUB article (Sr my family crapbook. Regards tind best wishes. signed Bill Mosolf. (pictures in this column)

Murray, Jr., George 424/H

521 'MIS,. Bemidji. MN 56601

Sherod, here are my dues. I hope to sec you in Sacramento. Have purchased my airline tickets and will make my reservation soon. I was going to the DAV National in Anheim, California July 28- August 4, but received a letter to report to the Minneapolis VA Ibr a check-up, so cancelled that one. Keep up the good work.

Nagle, Edward J. tils ENG,B

1222 Kane St 1.ii(7rossc, WI 546113

Enclosed is cheek for LIFE MEMBERSHIP for me and my wifi: Elms, Regret that we will be unable to make Sacramento this year. Our Grandson has set September I as his wedding date. Be thinking of all of you and will see you in abama in 1991.

 

 

 

 

Pastor, Irving 81st ENG/B

59 Genital Ave Dover, NH 03820

          Orfeo E. Agostini John O. Gilliland Michael Thome Sherod Collins Boyd A. Rutledge Sherod Collins The Veterans of the 106th INFANTRY D/V/S/ON UB clew GOLDEN LION John, Having recently joined the organization, l would like to obtain an old copy of Vol 44, No. 4 "The CUB" JulyAug-September 1988. Edward Wojahn tried to send me a copy of the article about Colonel Riggs, however it did not come out well, and was difficult to read.

          I would appreciate receiving a copy of rnyown.

          (editor's note - Irving, I was happy to have sent you a copy, one of the last that I had left-over. Thatwas a memorable story, one that gives all of the 106ers in- spiration and faith in those that we served with... J. Kline)

Petervon, Richard W. 423/1 1285 Rubenstein Cnnliff by the Sea, CA 92007

 

Dear John,

          II seems to take so long to get anything done these days. I am loos beginning to understand the business world's fascination with Fax, word processors, Fed Express, etc. Is life really going this fast? Are we just getting old? Does the speed of communication and travel make for more efficiency? Or is the merry go round of life merely going faster without moving out of the circle in which it travels? There, that will keep you awake nights when the CUB is put to bed and you have some time to relax. I really enjoyed seeing my words in print as always, but your kind words and the extra story were most appreciated. Had a call from some of the members, one who had never made contact with anyone before. That seems to be the story more often. Those who tried to forget or just at not find anyone to listen, arc coming to the front now.

          The parallel of the WWII prisoner of war, and the Viet Nam veteran is a constant source of amazement to me. Primarily the unwillingness of anyone to listen. That is also a factor with the concentraGolden Lion a7 Mail Bag lion camp survivor. It's something that I could write about, with a little additional time.

          Again thanks for the boost to my ego. I plan to be in Sacramento, I owe you One. Will look you up when I arrive.

          (editor's note — Richard Peterson, MBA, Ph.D. After his retirement from banking Dick ened his Ph.D. in Psychology, writing his dissertationon the .Successful Readjustment of a Group of Former WWII Prisoners of War." He presently serves on the faculty at the University of Phoenix, San Diego, and works with Viet Nam veterans as a Readjustment Therapy Counselor for the Veteran's Administration. His story, about his return to Stalag IX-A, Xiegenhain, Germany, appeared in the last issue of The CUB on page 25, with another short article on page 30 about his return to the battle area at Schoenberg. The latter story was part of his Ph.D. dissertation. Thanks Dick, your contribution to The CUB help make the last issue one of the best, from my viewpoint, and gave a lot ofsome excellent insight to the way things were and how they have affected all of us. Ain looking forward to visiting with you in Sacramento... J. Kline)

          Then on to Fort Eustis, Maxwell Field, Alabama, 2d Army Directors Headquarters, Lebanon, PA then to the Tennessee Maneuver area. I then went to the 106th, Fort Jackson in June 1943. With the 422d and then with Division Headquarters. I was with the 106th all the way to Karlsruhe when the Division was deactivated in August 1945. I then went to 7th Army Heidelberg as Field Supervisor, 3d Army Munich as Asst. Regiorst I Director and Regional Director at Regensburg for Southeastern Europe and Austria. I returned to the U.S.A. August 1946.

          Camp Atterbury and Fort Harrison. Indiana as Field Director. Harrison closed July I, 1947. I bee, roe Executive Director, Fayette County Chapter ARC until January 1959. Back to the schools in Fayette County from where I started in 1941 Guidance Counselor Director, North Union Schools,. 1956-62: Principal Frazer High Schools Perrgopolis, PA 1962-71k Fayette County Schools Office, Court House Uniontown 70-71.

          Administrator with North Fayette Area Vocational Tech School, Connellsville, PA until retirement in 1977. William Barry and I developed the school from a piece of paper in 1070 to opening in September of 1972. Quite a project and quite an experience.

When I notified Colonel Baker that I was going to the 7111 Army from the 106th, lie told me in emphatic way "We brought you overan here, and we will take you back to the U.S.A. with us." I had to convince him that I was staying on a voluntary basis - no pressure to stay - then and only then did he give his approval. Later Colonel Baker and his Adjutimi. Captain Melvin Crank returned to the ETO with the military government in Frankfurt. Germany. I had a call from Captain Crank to 7th Army Hy. The message said. "YOU get u Phillips, George F. DIV/HO 37 Linden PI Belmont (7ir Uniontown. PA 104111

          Sherod, No it's not April Fools Day, please find my check for a LIFE MEMBERSHIP -- this way I don't forget! (George Phillips was the Ited cross DiNclor for the 106th Infantry Division editor)

          You asked how I got involved with the Red Cross. I was a volunteer First Aid Instructor in 1940. Teaching Standard and Advanced classes in Fayette County. December 7, 1941 gave the "First Aid" program a shove forward with Civil Defense etc. I worked with the program through 1942. In January of '43 I joined the Field Service Program in Washington D.C.,

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 Golden Lion Mail Bag here to the Military Government HQ, we want to see you. I made it to their office in about a week. We had a reunion of the 106th. Colonel baker gave me a pass to the War Crimes Trials in Nurnberg. II was quite an experience to sit in on the trials. Colonel Baker was an exceptional person, as we all knew. Proved it by becoming a Major General.

          Al Camp Miles Standish we went to an orientation session Wive going overseas. Division Headquarters personnel conducted the session from our bivouac area On the way back Col Baker led the group. I was in the column behind him. He turned and came up to me. He said, "Do you know the way back to our area?' I said. "Yes!" He said, "Slay here with me and show me the way. I am lost." I will never forget that march hack to our area. I had a number of very hivorable meetings with Colonel baker, while with the 106th and later.

          We all learned that his ovoid was the law, in the 106th. Some high ranking oflicers learned it the hard way at Camp Atterbury, but that's another story. Sherod I hope my rambling doesn't bore you.

          Best of luck to you and all of the 106th Geo Phillips Newell, Edward A. 424/B R i 1..2 -11ox 7311 lirentwuthl.CA1/4513 John, When I sent you my collection of CUBs I held back the issue of Spring 1971. On page 12 through 20 was printed a letter, which I had written home in 1945. I was saving the issue for my grandchildren, or whatever. However since you are putting together a better collection of such write ups, I think you should have it to complete your files.

          I am also forwarding a letter from Andre Hubert (CRIBA) along with a newspaper clipping, and a copy of the translated speech of Jules Hurdebise dt

          I the Dedication far the 424th Memorial at Spine us last September. You have probably already covered this event fully by now, but you might like This copy any- wa.

          The CUB to most members in our association is the only link to each other. The 106th Association is very fortunate to have someone as dedicated as you to bind our membership together. I just want you to know that your editorship is appreciated and the increase in membership is the most visible evidence or this. Fraternally, signed Ed Prewett.

          (editor's note — Ed, thanks for those kind words. They mean a lot to me, coming from you who has had years of association with the or- ganization and who has traveled back to the scene of our past so any time, I know your contact with men uch as the late or DE LAVAL of Vielsalm and other members of CRIBA have meant a lot to you, and that you have been a strong supporter of the association. You were the first to bring that organization (CRIBA) to my attention. I Will continue to do my best. I or proud to be a part of the 106th Infantry Division and it's Association.

          I have your story (from 1945) in text form ready to be published in the"CUB Revue" (the name I have attached to the project for identification) a reprint of many of theeresting stories, coming from the cuBs dating back to the first volumes in 1945. There are approximately 190 issues. I have at present narly 300 pages of text prepared, aned I have only edited through the first decade. 1 will bring arough copy of the contents of the proposed publication to Sacramento so that we can finalize the form and content before final printing. Hope to have the book ready as soon as passible after the reunion. Also plan on taking prepublication orders at the reunion with Public Relation material (ad-

 

 

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          It was nice to have a few short words with Serge Fontaine (cRIBA) when he was visiting your home recently. I will reproduce the BRENTWOOD NEWS article about his visit is this issue. I owe so much to people like you, that keep me supplied with information. At time it becomes logistically (right words?) a puzzlement be- cause of space, but all makes for a good CUB, and without it I would not have the success that I do. An editor without words to print is like an artillery piece without ammunition. Where have I heard that before? See you and your charming wife, Reddie, in Sacramento... J. Kline)

Richards, Charles W. 423/SV 204 Crestview Dr Hendersonville, NC 28739

          Sherod, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest issue of The CUB and note among other things that we now have a LIFE MEMBERSHIP. Even at age 77, I consider it a good investment, as one does get forgetful as we get older and can forget annual dues. Therefore I enclose my check for myself and Blanche with another $60.00 to go to the Memorial Fund.

          I have had a couple of health problems lately. We had a nice cruise around the bottom of South America in January which included going around Cape Horn and through the many beautiful channels at the south end of South America. The trip started at Port Mont, Chile and ended at Buenos Aires, Argentina and the weather was perfect all the way.

Rickard, William 422/F10 2BN 5500 Rineland Rd Richmond, VA 23234

          26 Feb 1990 — John, my wife and I had a wonderful time in Schaumburg at the 43rd annual reunion. Got to speak to you for only a few minutes, but you are a popular and busy man. Hope to see you again in Sacramento. Through The CUB I found, or they found me, five of my old boys from HQ 2Bn Communications Platoon of the 422d Inf. One of them Sgt Weyman Jobe is a member. He got my address from a letter of mine you published.

          By his efforts I received mail from two Other of my boys, Sgt John Lomonoco and Sgt Robert Sherrod. We all thank you for your part.

          (editors note - William Rickard as the Comm Officer for 422/1M? 2BN, he followed his original letter with the f ollowing.... a.

          iine) John, thanks for your fast reply on the membership list. I know there is not enough hours during the day for you. Enclosed are pictures of two of my boys. We are having a reunion of five of us on April 4, 1990. (this letter was written 16 March, and I did not have room in lust CUB, sorry... editor) What a bang that 1 will be.

          When I was sent to ETO from Alterbury, I was in Normandy and Northern France. My lighting was done when 'ou all came over before the Bulge. William Rickard, Comm. Officer(Rioht) with - John Lomonoco 422/HQ 200, known each other since Fort Jackson. Rickard Or the 106th at Atterloury

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submitted by William Rickard. see previous page (editor's note - See you in Sacramento Bill. Photos are else- where in this column... J. Kline Itobb,Dr.folt110.422D I (Past-President, 106th Assoc.) 238 I), Von: Dr Meadville. l'A 16335

          John, thanks for the copy or your personal diary. I have read it twice and some parts additionally. 11 was well done and great that you had the foresightedness to keep a diary and preserve it. It brought back a lot of memories—like the menus on the hack of photographs of your mother and lather. It is impossible to describe, to other, the feeling a starvation.

          One of my most terrifying experiences was on Christmas Eve or 1944, when we were in the box-cars, in the rail yard at Stalag 12A in Limburg, when the British bombed it. The big bombs would raise the car right off the tracks. P.S. Marilyn is sending a note to Margot (editor's note - Thanks, John.

          It was a pleasure to serve you during your term as 106th Infantry Division Association President.

Thanks to Marilyn for the letter Ita Margot, my wife. She will not Mail Bag bee n Sacramento, but I hope to get her to Huntsville during the 1991 45th Annual Reunion. She says I are too busy and too tied up with my duties during the reunions (There may be a little truth to that) and shecannot leave the house that long). I am looking forward to seeing both of you in Sacramento... J. Kline) Salazdr,ErnestZ.423N 07 Grandview PI Walnut Creek, CA 94595

          Hi John, I ran across this totter when I was cleaning my desk and though! you might like hr see what the 106th was doing 40 ye/lw ago. (editor's note - Ernie and I were both in 423/M - He sent along a copy of a letter written on June 22, 1949 by Edward L. Luzzie, chairman of the 1949 Chicago Convention Committee. It also advertised The CUB, and dues were $3.00 a year at that time. - Thanks Ernie, I hope we see you in Sacra- mento, there will be other M Company, 423d Infantry men there... S. Kline)

&blesser, John P. 591/SV 140 South Viant Apt D Lowell, IN 46356

Schuler, Milton J. 424/F 4032 Lea St Skokie, IL 60076

          John, I saw you briefly at the Schaumburg Reunion, when I thrust a folder into your hands with various write-ups that I did not explain. On page 25 of the November 1989 CUB you asked several questions which I will answer. First let me explain that when I was discharged from Service in December of 1945, I had grandiose ideas about developing a scrap-book of stories.d pictures relating to my overseas experiences. I did get started try writing up about one-half dozen incidents and outlining a number of others. But the C.P.A. exam and such other things put my thoughts on the hack

         

 

 

 Golden Lion  41 Mail Bag burner. Now in my recent years I have a little more time and have enjoyed going through my old letters home, old pictures, old maps etc.

          Then, a couple of years ago on a European Elderhostel program, I met a retired Ohio State University professor who advised me of a World War II round table discussion group that met periodically in Columbus, Ohio. He invited me to attend one of the meetings in 1988, which I did. Then, this November 16 (1989) I attended another, for which I prepared a paper on the Christmas Day attack on Manhay, Belgium (copy enclosed).

          Bob Ringer, 591st FAB, Service Battery, is a member of the Columbus group; it was interesting to talk to him for it was the 591st that provided the artillery support for the 424th Regiment of which I was a part. Now for some elaborating on the points you raised. The article on Paul Oxford, was something I picked up, while still in Europe in 1945, from some newspaper from the 106th, perhaps the forerunner of The CUB. I thought it interesting for Oxford could have been any of as during those miserable days at the end of December 1944. I have no idea of Oxford's where-abouts.

          The story of the "hoot-owl" experience is my narration of what happened along "F" Company, 424th regiment's front in Neuhof, germany in mid-February, 1945. I have enclosed several pictures taken in this area, including one of me and Tony Wetch at our fox-hole at the time of the "hoot-owl" happening. I have had no contact with Watch since the war. The "Battle of the Bulge" piece likewise was written by me in 1946. As an "F' Company member I was present when Lt. Colonel Umanoff made his remarks.

          "A Rest at Plainevaux, Belgium" was written by me and covers a remarkably pleasant stay with the Beta's family. I have enclosed several pictures taken of Plainevaux, including one of the family. The Beta's sent me their picture taken a year later, which is also enclosed. The only other soldier mentioned in this arti- cle whose whereabouts I know, other than myself, is Russell Mayotte, who is a member of the association. I have enclosed two other pictures. One shows some members of "F' Com- pany, 424th moving by box-car from Karlsruhe to Compiegne. I'm the one with S/Sgt stripes. I have had no contact with the other men. The other picture shows me in July, 1945 at a POW camp for Hungarian prisoners, near Budesheim, Germany.

          Other enclosures include an account of the first days of the Bulge that I wrote in 1946 and recent writings of the Christmas Day attack on Manhay, mentioned earlier. I hope you can find some things of interest. If an answer is needed for any- thing call me in Skokie at 708-673-7806. L( Keep up the good work on The CUB. signed Milt Schober. (editor's note - Milt, your material is very comprehensive and very interesting. One of the my biggest stumbling blocks in assem- bling The CUB, is timing (pertain- ing to story material) and lately, space. / get a real guilt complex when I cannot use all the material that is sent to me. In this issue my problem is that I had to lay aside so much Mail Bag. material during the last issue that I wanted to get it cleaned up no that I could make tun in futufe issues for some feature stories, like yours.

Even as I am writing my excuses to you, am formulating an idea as to using your material in a future CUB. Your material should be published, and will be. It's too bad I cannot publish more issues of The CUB, but it is a very large task and I would soon be burned out if I had the pressure eg, of publishing a bi-monthly issue. We'll get around to it. At this 42     

 

 

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Mail Bag Stephens, George W. 424/FI (Picture above) 8961 E. Indian Bend lid Tucson, AZ 85749

          John, the following are enclosed. A few hack issues of The CUB, the 1986 Reunion Photo Album,. article written by a reporter from the Associated Press, a photo copy of an article from the Indianapolis-Star, a 40111 Anniversary (The Bulge) article from the Arizona Daily Star, where I was interviewed at my home with picture in paper holding the front page of the "Scottish Daily Express" dated March III, 1945, that I bought before coming home on the "Queen Elizabeth." I plan on attending the Sacramento Reunion. point in time I need to get -this CUB" ready and in the mail so It will get to the troops before the 1990 reunion in Sacramento. This probably will create self imposed stress." I guess I should call my shrink at the Minneapolis VA Hospital and tell him to bump my ',pet Trauma Stress Disorder. award up a couple of points. Thanks for the material. If you have need for it in the meantime, call me or drop a line... J. Kline)         Sdullo, George A. 422/UNIT?

          1210 Bingay Dr.      Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (editor's note - George , it was nice hearing from you. I ass putting your nice letter about your POW experience aside to include it when I feature some more stories on the 106'ers POW experiences. I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures in the last CUB, May 1990, showing Stalage 9A and 90... J. Kline)

          SillIOlt, Ernst DIV/HQ       650 Greta Green Way

          Los Angeles, CA 90049

          (editor's note - Ernest wrote          that he has experience in writing

 

 

 

 Golden Lion  43 Mail Bag articles and offered to help. I am looking forward, Ernest, to receiving whatever material and photos you wish to offer. Please look me up when we get to the 1990 Sacramento Reunion... J. Kline) Stauff, John H. 591113 139 Dunefield Marva, CA 94550

(editor 's note — Johnran across the letter you sent me earlier this year. It prompted me to put this editor' s note under your name, once again thanking you for your thoughts. I appreciate your friendship and look forward to meeting you in Sacramento. Please let yourself be known to me amongst the crowd... J. Kline) Straub, Ted J. 422/M 948 Chestnut Ridge Rd Morganlown, WV 20505

I appreciated receiving your 62 page "letter size page" book describing your experiences in the war, as well as those of others. I didn't understand that you were with mc, and others, in the same columns, on the long march from Stalag VIII-A. I see you were liberated on April 12, 1945 at Diturt. I was liberated at Helmstedt, cast of Braunschweig on April 13th. I will have to take time to mad this carefully and compare the march route That I have with yours. I have compared this with four other Stalag VIII-A prisoners and they arc , of course, similar until we got to Duderstad where the columns were apparently split. I went north to Braunschweig, some went toward the Stalag al Fallingbostel, up towards Hanover. Very interesting material. I also appreciate all the material you have sent on the 2(Iist Infantry Association... J. Kline) Saver, Jack A. 423/F 917 N. Ashton Si Alexandria, VA 22312

 

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          John, Thanks for the copy of your "Service Diary", the Combat Infantry Badge Order showing "L" Company CO Huyett See Jack Suiser's story, above and next page UR -Jack Setae, Captain Clones Zullig CO,and 4n Kvespert. Picture was taken at Opt 2ullig's winter home near Bonita Springs, Florida, Some person near Bonita Springs, sign on Cpt Zaftig. The CUB or the Golden Lion Mail Bag as M.I.A., and another excellent issue of The CUB.

          I'm still hopeful that Captain Huyett came through it alive and that I'll run across him someday. The July 31, 1945 MIA listing is certainly not conclusive. I have found men that were listed as dying in POW camps still alive. such as Ralph Hansen, one of our Association mcnibms. I have enclosed a photo of former "I' Company CO, Capt. Charles Zu nig and former cook and combat rifleman, Art Kuespert and Yours Truly. It Was Liken HI CBI Zullig's winter home near Bonita Springs, Florida. I had not seen Zullig since a 1950 gathering of 21) or so former "F" Company vets in Union City. New Jersey, near Zullig's home base. Thai reunion took place the night hellfire hostilities started in Korea and a couple of weeks before I sailed on the "Queen Mary- for my first Foreign Service as-

          Isignmen i at the Embassy in London. Kuespert acted as sort of Alumni Secretary for Co. "F7 after the war. publish' ing and mailing to all known members a newsletter reprinting letters received from firmer "F" Company members. In 1950 lie organized reunion in South bend, Indiana, where he then lived, and in Union City, New Jersey, Zullig's home ground. Art now lives in North Fort Myers, Florida. and I have seen him a couple oh times when we go through there. I am pleased that Art has !Madly joined the Association. Keep up the good work! You arc great asset to the !With Infantry Division Association.

(editor's note — Thanks)ack, Maybe some one reading this call help you in the search for Captain John B. Huyett, Jr. of '1, Company, 423d Regiment who was listed as M.I.A. in order #51, dated July 31, 1945, from Headquarters, 106th Infantry Division, Jack, GOOD NEWS, I think. I just 111 talked with corrColonel Cavender. He says he esponded with Cpt Huyett for several years after the war. He is going to send me his address. He says the Captain was seriously wounded, but survived. Tribout,.11-thur J. 424/0 424 E Broadway lust Si Louis, II. 62201

          (editor's note — As late as February 1990 I had word that Arthur was in a nursing center, unable to continue his membership.

          One or o members graciously con- tributedur his dues. rue Arthur Tribout would appreciate receiving mail from some of the 106th Mem- bers. How about it gang, put a little sunshine into his life, maybe it will reflect back... J.

I." veges Jr.. Julrn 424/SV nl Androw Si Taunton. N.I 08010

John, just received the Jan-Feb-Mar is of the CUB (this letter written 2/20/90). My congratulations, for it's the hest yet. I could be biased, but the story or the 424th was great! I am from the 424th Intantry Regiment, but did not par- tieipatc in the operation around Spinehr  I         WZIS  captured just outside Winter:pelt on December 17, 1944. While at Stalag I2A, Limburg, I met Louis Tory, Hungarian descent, or "A" Company, 424th Infantry. Last year. while looking through a diary he kept, he came across my name and remembered the two of as were Hungarian. This prompted him to look through the American Ex-Prisoner's War roster and sure enough he limed me. We have been communicating since. I don't Think he is a member of the Association I will give you Ins address, out you contact him? (editor's note — John, as you know, now, Louis joined in August of 1989. He sent me some material on his return to England. I hope to print Cu as a feature story in this issue of The CUB... J. lalne)

 

 

 Golden bon  45 Mail Bag Valovein, Michael J. 422/AT 20 Spinning Wheel lid Trumbull, CT 06611

          John, enclosed is a reunion picture of a few 422d Anti-Tank Co. men, taken at Waller Pawluk's home in Meriden, CT September 1989. Our best wishes with warm regards to all of the "Battle of the Bulge" comrades in the 106th.

          Oh yes, Colonel Pueit's accounting of the crossing of the "Aquilania" in the A reunion of 422 Anti-Tank Co. vets picture taken at Pawluk's home in Meriden, Conn.

- Tony Giglio,' Mike Valvocin; Waft Paeluk

          and Rene Pigeon November 1989 CUB brought hack old memories. Our Company was on the. Aquitania that October 1944 dale.

Picture below... J. Kline) Varhola, Steve G. 424/D 6650 Royal Palm 131,1030911 Marg.. Ft. 33063

I really enjoying reading The CUB. We are committed to go to Alaska with a group on August 28111 and will not he able to attend the Sacramento Reunion. Hope you all have a good time, One More Time! Good Luck, God Bless and Slay Healthy. signed "Steve and Irene" Vermont, Ernest B. 422/E 1739 Weston Ave. Unman, M1)21234

John, do me a favor and correct my Regiment number to read 422/E, not 423/E. I was a Staff Sergeant with 422/E, 3d Platoon, 3dSquad, later became a Tech/Sergeant. Whitehead, John L. 423/HO 1627 Last (irenado Rd Phoenix, AZ85008

          Enjoyed the last issue of "The CUB" as usual and tiler the third time through I guess I haven't missed anything. As you requested from my letter in the Jan-Feb- Mar 1990 CUB, page 51, I'll give you ass le details, as I remember it, of my stay at Posidam and the release by Russian troops. Left Luchenwalde along with twenty- three others in early February 1945 by rail. I'm not sure if their were others from the 106th, perhaps others will see this and let me know.

          Aker at short trip from Luchenwalde to Posidam, where we were held in a small barracks at an officer's training school. To the best or my knowledge there were no other Americans in this compound. I could be wrong. Our work detail was to dig and con- struct who raid shelters in a pine forest a Pew miles from where we were being held. Living conditions were a hit better than the big camp, but still no food or saniktry conditions.

          Red Cross parcels arrived in March on a split basis, but this did help the food situation. Every night bombing or Berlin kept us in the air-raid shelter every night in March and April as they new right overPosidam to Berlin. The Russians moved in, in early April, releasing as with words to go to Moscow and home. We, however, with much lan- guage help from a Polish speaking G.I. started to the Elbe River. We were able to steal bikes making travel a little bit easier.

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          Mail Bag man homes at night as we traveled, stealing food as we went. We finally arrived at the Elbe River and alter much delay the Russians took us to the American side. From the Elbe on to Camp Lucky Strike fora short stay and a slow boat ride back to Boston, with a steady diet of creamed chicken.

          Hope to met you in Sacramento, John. I am looking forward to the Reunion, it should be interesting.

(editor 's note — John, look back up this calmmn for aname "Ernest Miller." His story parallels yours, including the bicycles and the Polish G.I. interpreter — Maybe We have a "hit" and you can discuss this with one who was probably with you Widdicombe, Robert IV. 423/I 8603 Hest:. Way Fort Wayne, IN 4681

John, Many thanks lOr the time and effort you put into each issue of "The CUB." I was hoping to meet you in Schaumburg, but did not have the opportunity to attend because of other matters. Again John, thanks... Keep up the good work, it is really appreciated... (editor's n     — Thanks for the

          kind words Bob.te You gave me a name of John Duffy, 340 Parkdale Dr., Venice, Florida 34205, as a former 106th member.I dropped him an application, but have as yet to see his name come through as a member. Why don't you write him, or maybe some of our Florida friends can give him a call... J. Kline)

Wilcox, Donald O. L116 SIG 1404 Zephyr Arc Fort Piens, II. 34982

          Still here and fighting Cancer! Enjoy the "CUB" and reading the stories about the "Bulge.- May God Bless all of us...

          Wohlfeil, Col, Carl H. 591/1-10 Muskeg Sr Charlcston. SC 294(11 1111/ Sherod, I hale to start a letter with an apology, but I meant to answer your letter a long time ago and just got around to it.

          I had a phone call from an old 591st FA Bn associate (and friend), though I wouldn't want him to take advantage of that admission. It was almost like a voice from the "Nether Regions." Maybe he might have made it through the Pearly Gates, I wouldn't put it past him, foe he was a sneaky guy — S-2 type.

Anyway, here are my dues la cover my own re-admission to the select group of old loyal soldiers of the 106th Infantry Division Association and for the enlistment of the fore-mentioned associate (friend). Namely, Captain Verner S. Goggin, S-2,59Ist Field Artillery Battalion. (Another letter from Colonel Wohlicil, Commander of the 591st FAB to the editor)

          John, After getting sidetracked I finally got around to answering your very interesting and informative letter.

          Most recently I have been reliving my experiences with the Second Division in Korea where I commanded the 151h RA, Bn during most of 1951 alter participating in the Inchon landing in September or '50 as X Corps Artillery Communications Officer, they already had to many com- manding officers.

          My daughter gave me a book "The Forgimeil War — America in Korea J950-53" by Clay Blair. It's an enormous volume and wouldn't recommend you buy it unless you're a dedicated history half. (It's probably available in the library.) I had a nice letter from Sherod Collins recently giving me some more information on the St. Vith/Clarke controversy. I still think Clarke and the 7th Armored Division took a heck of a lot more credit than they earned.

 

 

 

 Golden Lion  47 Mail Bag Wroblewski, Chester 423/C 581 College & Youngsville, PA 16371

          John, In reading page 8 of the OctNov-Dee 1989 CUB, 1 thought I would ask for a little help. To me "Hell on Earth" was on the 22nd or 23rd of December 1944 at the Koblenz rail-yards.

          1 don't know how the numbers stacked up, but I do believe there were 25 to 20 rail cars of POW's of the 106th Infantry Division on the train that stopped right in the middle of the Koblenz rail-yard, and a second vain stopped on the next track with the engine next to our box-car. We saw the train crew jump off and run into the darkness. The parachute flares were coming down From what looked to he hundred's of planes. I knew we had to do something, and that was to gel out of the box-cam. We had to not only get out or the cars, but to get clear of the rail-yards. I pushed my way out of the barbed wire on the windows and others helped me do this... Then once on the ground I ran to the doors and got them open. The cars and rails were being lifted into the air by the bombs. We ran into the darkness, out of the yard for about 1011 yards, that's when Igo! hit.

          But, that is not the question of this letter. The question hi, is there anyone out Jere that remembers all of this. It there is, please answer and give we your ver- eon of what happened. I am really inter- sted in knowing how many lives were saved by getting out of the box-cars that night. Also does anyone remember who was the first to open the doors. I would appreciate hearing from any who were involved in the bombing at the rail-yards.

          (editor's note — Chester, I hope some members will answer and dis- cuss this with you. a nave read accounts of the bombing at Gerolstein rail-yards, between the front lines and Koblenz, also the Christmas Eve bombing of the rail-yards outside Stalag 12A, at Limburg. a 48       

 

 

 Golden Lionk Chester Wroblewski 423/C in center.

          He says Herold Peterson, on the left with hiS brother Ellwood Peterson on the right, along with him (Wroblewski), have been turning out fur Memorial Day Paredes for the pest 43 years.

All are from Youngsville, PA I'm sending some copies of "The CUB" which I recently discovered in my attic. I understand that you want back-issues to pass along to other members. Meanwhile, stay healthy, because I can't think of anyone else who could, or would, do as good of job as editor of "The CUB" as you!

Sincerely, Carl Wohleil.

          (editor's note — Thanks, Colonel Wohlfeil. I hope you have found a copy of Hugh Cole's "Ardennes" which is one of four books pub- lished by the U.S. Government Printing Office under thename U.S. Armyin World war II, European Theater of Operations, Stock number 008-029-00069-5. To the members - this is available at a cost of $21.00 postpaid from the Printing Office in Washington D.C. Cloth Bound, 744 pages of maps, pictures and accounting of the "Battle of the Bulge..

          Mail Bag was personally, along with hundreds of othersinvolved in the daylight bombings of some three story german barracks in the with of Koblenz, last couple of days of December 1945. We left Koblenz and marched to Stalag 12A, Limburg overnight, then put on box-cars and shipped to Stalag 40 at Muhlberg.

          Again, outstanding rail-yard bombings that I have heard of were Gerolstein and just adjacent to Stalag I2A in Limburg. I am sure we will getsome response on this... J. Xline)

Zuckerman, Jack 423/C 71-23 1671h SI Flushing, NY 11365

          John, enclosed are some pictures I took on my visit to Fort Jackson in the winter of '89. Have been a member since 1946. Your issues of "The CUB" are the best yet. I joined the Division alter basic at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. Went on Tennessee Maneuvers and Camp Atterbury. Was discharged because of an old leg injury when the division went overseas. Taught History and was Asst. Principal ond Principal before retiring in 1967.

          (editor' s note — Jack,        Thanks f or the story and pictures on Fort Jackson.

I'll save the barracks and the inside pictures      or another issue none to see you in Sacramento... siinet TO IRT          soN ARMY MDOC Wyman, Valerie ASSOCIATE Ski l'itmsanivicw Rd Cuallwri:.nd. MI 1141121

          Sherod, Enclosed is my check for a LIFE MEMBERSHIP. The stories and letters published in "The CUB" arc bery inter. esting to me, and it seems nice to insure that they keep earning.

Spent a few days in England this .spring, in the Catwolds, not far from Fairfax, where David was stationed before crossing thechannel. It is a beautiful section al the country.

Best wishes to you all for a rewarding reunion.

          (editor's note — Thanks. Valerie, On sure your late husband David, from 422/D, would agree with your actions. It is nice to have you with us, and to know that you enjoyed your trip to England. Keep in touch... J. Kline)

 

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          Jack Zuckerman, 023/C el Fort Jackson Zampieri, Tullio 422/AT .1 Whir,: Si vc056,1 I have a question. My Army discharge slates my Military Occupation Specially (MOS) as "Pion& 729." I was with the 422/AT Company and my duties were setting and picking up "Nlines." I was also trained with the "Flame-Thrower." Does anybody know what "Pioneer 729" means?

 

 

 Golden bon Unless you have purchased a LIFE MEMBERSHIP, your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE was due on July 1, 1990.

This will be the last CUB you receive unless your July 1, 1990 dues are paid!!! 106th Infantry Division Reunion Sacramento,California August 30 to September 4, 1990

44th Annual Reunion Agenda See you in Sacramento August 31, 1990

for the 44th Annual Reunion        Downtown, directly across the street from state capitol

          Adjacent to Sacramento Community Theatre and Convention Center

          15 minutes from Sacramento Metro Airport - Shuttles available

          Walking distance to old Sacramento retail area, Crocker Art Gallery, California Railroad History Museum

HYATT REGENCYCISACRAMENTO

         Easy Access to 1-5 and I-80 The CUB Board of Directors 1989--1990

showing year term expires in parentheses a publication fif the 1061h Infantry Division Association, Inc 1989-1990

President       Orfeo E. Agostini 1m Vice— Pres   John O. Gilliland

2nd Vice—Pres        Michael Thorne

          Treasurer      Sherod Collins Adjutant     Boyd A. Rutledge Historian           Sherod Collins CUB Editor John Kline Memorials Chairman.. Douglas S. Coffey The CUB is the official quarteiK publication of the Association. Membership in the Association includes subscription to the CUB.

Send editorial matter and photos to: John P. Kline— CUB Editor P.O. Box 24365

Applc V:11:4=24.0385 Business matters, deaths, address changes tot Boyd A. Rutledge—Adjutant 10132Goalri. Ruud ''''111'63).T.N1"" St. Vith Memorial matters and inquiries to: Douglas S. Coffey—Memorials 2236 Arne Sr Port Charlotte. FL 33948

813,9-5711 Send Membership dues, Memorial Fund contributions and Historical items tot Sherod Collins—Treasurer K:nr loraTm, 407126-3207

The NEW Life Membership fee is payable one time only,with no annual dues thereafter. Life Membership          $75.00

Life Auxiliary           $15.00 Life Associate         $75.00

For those choosing to pay Annual dues, pay by July 1 each year. (July 1 ati July I term) Annual Membership $10.00 Annual Auxiliary     $ 2.00

          Annual Associate     $10.00 Make checks payable to "106th Infantry Division Association." Please Note!!!! The next CUB will be mailed Nov. 1 it is important that all material be received by October 1, 1990.

          This will assure prompt production of The CUB, and allow it to be mailed according to schedule.

John Kline, editor

 

Orfeo E. Agostini 81st Eng/A PO 207 Gliza.11,NrAvgc, GA 31313

Col Samuel P Cariano DIV/HO co) ON) 305 Park* Pko11341; Flatrour [3:11. H.32933

(S) Po Box 931..ore ',,V9aolley. NC 2,51

Sherod Collins 423/SV 446 Mcc roe TzTan,n2eor, GA 30134

Charles T. Datte 591/SV    (92) 731 Da, AvcgItg, lights. PA 19018

Fred J. Farris DIV/HQ       (.91) 104 Pin-ehurs13 St..Salerv, VA 74153 30.369-.79

John O. Gilliland 592/SV   GI5 Horan], 13m.e.  Al.      30330 205-117-7730        

John A. Gregory 424/E      (.9o) 4623,11ton Inetturo. CA 956o4

Glen O. Hartlieb 592/SV    (90) 1695 01,GltaM.1.11_,G49     

Gilbert Helwig 423/M         ) 20.0nGriu16-383-6N7 #55. iles. MI 49120 614         

John P. Kline 423/M         (.91) 612-9234833 P.O. Ilna 2738. P.pp[ le Valley. MN 551740385 2151 Grigp Saco...Grand Rapid, MI 49500

6.949.7456

         

Harold KuIzema 589/13     ('92)   

John F. McDevttt 81st Eng/A      (9o) 186 Quern lnue. Re1331Gth11,11. OE 19971 302-227.3911

Casimir Prokorym 81st Eng/HO (.91) 4-294,45 7520 alcHnui St.. Sluebenvill, OH 43932          

Dr. John G. Robb 422/D   ('90) 48 13.. Wry Drive. Meadane. PA 10335 614-333-03b1 .3

Boyd,A.Rutledge 422/0,4,, v91) 6liar.5gr".'

Jack A. Sulser 423/F         (rF) 917 No. AsHun Si.. Alexandra. VA 22312 703.35.0721

Michael Thorne 422/HO 1BN       c92)    1711 P          41391. 3,ramento. GA          95314

91,10.9694  

Frank S. Trainman 422/D C92) SU 1GH Sommitt:=G11..OH 441,22

Ray R. Vaughn 423/CN     ('92) Rle_ItVix,d27„. 11..920        

Russell H. Villwock 106 SIG          (92) 0903 VIGi 113gsr.,..0Gago.11_60054

Edward C. Wojahn 81st Eng/B (.91) 608-783-WO

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Col. Joseph C. Matthews 422/HO (Honorary-Lite) 47. Western IIIvJ.. Ruing, NC 77000

 

 


 

Index for: Vol. 46, No. 1, Oct , 1989


106th Div., 1

106th Inf. Div., 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16, 20, 34, 37, 40, 41, 44, 50, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

106th Infantry Division Association, 1, 2, 3, 8, 34, 37, 40, 53, 58, 61

106th Rcn. Trp., 39

106th Sig. Co., 31

28th Inf. Div., 21

2nd Div., 58

3rd Inf., 41

422/K, 16

422nd Inf., 52

422nd Inf. Regt., 6, 12, 32

422nd Regt., 6, 12

423rd HQ Co., 35

423rd Inf., 43, 53

423rd Regt., 12, 34, 47, 56

424/C, 48

424/D, 57

424/E, 44, 62

424/I, 10

424th Inf, 39, 56

424th Inf. Regt., 39, 56

424th Regt., 24, 29, 39, 53, 54

591st FA, 19, 53, 58

591st FA BN, 58

591st FAB, 19, 53, 58

66th Inf. Div., 34

6th Div., 24

78th Inf. Div., 19

7th Armd. Div., 58

7th Army, 50

806th Ord. Co., 41

80th Inf. Div., 42

81st Cbt. Engr., 16

81st Engr., 20

99th Div., 18

99th Inf. Div., 18

Agostini, Orfeo E., 49, 61

Anderson, Francis, 28

Aquitania, 57

Ardennes, 8, 37, 59

Aspinwall, Francis, 28

Aspinwall, Francis H., 28

Austria, 50

Auw, 20

Bad Ems, 41

Bad Orb, 16, 20, 24, 47

Baker, Col., 50, 51

Baraque De Fraiture, 37

Barnes, L. Preston, 29

Battle Of The Bulge, 2, 20, 38, 43, 54, 57, 59

Beaver, Johnnie R., 10, 12

Belgium, 8, 18, 20, 31, 35, 36, 37, 39, 53, 54

Berlin, 6, 8, 57

Berry, Robert L., 12

Bickford, Thomas, 29

Bigger, Roy, 3

Black, Ewell, 6, 28

Black, Ewell C., 2

Black, William C., 29

Bleialf, 31

Born, 13

Bradford, Harvey, 5, 29

Bradford, Harvey D., 29

Braunschweig, 16, 55

Brock, 3, 44

Budesheim, 54

C.R.I.B.A., 8

Camp Atterbury, 1, 2, 22, 47, 50, 51, 59

Camp Lucky Strike, 57

Camp Miles Standish, 51

Camp Myles Standish, 1, 22

Cariano, Sam, 34

Carver, Dale, 7

Cavender, Col., 35

Chase, Fred, 5

Clark, Dr., 32

Clark, Dr. James, 32

Clark, Dr. James I., 32

Clark, Herbert H., 35

Coffey, Doug, 3, 42

Coffey, Douglas S., 8, 61

Collins, John P., 16

Collins, Sherod, 31, 34, 44, 49, 58, 61

Compiegne, 54

Cooper, James A., 16

Crank, Capt., 50

Crank, Melvin, 50

CRIBA, 5, 20, 36, 37, 38, 47, 51

Dailey, Hampton J., 16

Darby, Lee R., 16

Datte, Charles T., 62

Davis, Leslie E., 3

Debello, Peter, 28

Div. Engr., 24

Div. HQ, 3, 32, 50, 51

Dover, 49

Edenbaum, Jesse, 18

Elbe, 45, 57

Elston, Floyd, 20

Eupen, 22

Fallingbostel, 16, 37, 55

Farris, Fred J., 62

Farris, Philip B., 36

First Reunion, 7

Fontaine, Serge, 5, 52

Fort Jackson, 1, 5, 21, 24, 50, 52, 59, 61

Foster, Cedric, 10

Fraiture, 37

Frankfurt, 45, 50

Frankfurt, Germany, 45

Gallagher, John, 36

Gallagher, John I., 36

Germany, 5, 6, 16, 34, 35, 37, 45, 50, 54

Gerolstein, 59

Gilliland, John, 1, 5

Gilliland, John O., 49, 61, 62

Gorlitz, 37

Grosslangenfeld, 39

Guigno, Joseph, 38

Haines, Joseph C., 39

Hall, John, 39

Hall, John L., 39

Hammelburg, 40

Hannon, Philip A., 20

Hanover, 16, 55

Hayes, John P., 40

Heidelberg, 50

Helmstedt, 55

Helwig, Gilbert, 62

Hohnstein, Clinton, 6, 28

Houser, William H., 41

Hubert, Andre, 37, 47, 51

Hurdebise, Jules, 51

Huyett, John B., 56

Italy, 37

Iwamoto, George, 22

Iwamoto, George G., 22

Johnson, Newton, 41

Jones, Gen. Alan W., 47

Jose, Marvin L., 41, 42

Karlsruhe, 50, 54

Kline, J., 10, 12, 16, 18, 22, 29, 31, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53, 55, 57, 58, 60

Kline, John, 5, 7, 10, 20, 24, 28, 42, 61

Kline, John P., 61, 62

Kline, Mr., 45

Koblenz, 58, 59

Koehler, Frank, 42

Koehler, Franklin, 42

Koehler, Franklin R., 42

Kommando, 5, 20

Koplin, Leonard, 3

Korea, 36, 56, 58

Kuespert, Art, 5, 56

Kuespert, Wilfred A., 42

Kunz, Vernon C., 23

LeHarve, 32

Leipzig, 20, 42

Lerno, Alfons P., 43

Levine, George, 7

Limburg, 20, 31, 41, 45, 53, 56, 59

Lion In The Way, 39

Livesey, Herbert, 22

Livesey, Lt. Col. Herbert, 22

Long, Ivan, 5

Lorient, 34

Lucky Strike, 57

Luzzie, Edward L., 53

MacDonald, Charles B., 3

Maki, Roy, 28

Manhay, 53, 54

Manhay, Belgium, 53

Marcus, Gil, 43

Marcus, Gilbert, 43

Matthews, Col. Joseph C., 62

McKay, Robert G., 40

McKee, Dick, 6

McKee, Richard, 28

Memorials, 8, 61

Messina, Carl, 46

Miller, Ernest, 58

Moosburg, 47

Mosolf, Bill, 39, 48, 49

Mueller, M. J., 34

Mueller, Mike, 32

Muhlberg, 16, 31, 45, 59

Muhlberg, Germany, 45

Munich, 50

Myles Standish, 1, 22

Namur, 24

Neubrandenburg, 20

Neuhof, 54

Normandy, 18, 52

Northern France, 32, 34, 52

Nuremburg, 40

Nurnberg, 51

Okinawa, 16

Order Of The Golden Lion, 3

Oxford, 53

Paris, 33, 35

Pate, Marvin C., 22

Pearson, Drew, 29

Peterson, Richard, 50

Peyser, Charles, 26

Phillips, George, 50

Phillips, George F., 50

Photo Album, 54

Photos, 52

Plainevaux, 54

Powell, Eugene, 6, 28

Prewett, Ed, 51

Prim, Archie, 6, 28

Prisoner Of War, 22

Puett, Col., 37

Queen Elizabeth, 22, 54

Queen Mary, 56

Regensburg, 50

Remagen, 18

Rennes, 34

Rennes, France, 34

Rhine, 18, 34, 37

Rhine River, 34

Rhineland, 34

Richards, Charles, 52

Richards, Charles W., 52

Riggs, Col., 49

Ringer, Bob, 53

River, Elbe, 57

Robb, Dr. John G., 62

Roth, 20

Russia, 32

Rutledge, Boyd A., 49, 61

Scales, Lt. Col., 42

Schlesser, Jack, 5

Schmalzried, Gene, 6

Schoenberg, 20, 41, 50

Schuetz, Ken, 3

Siegfried Line, 6

South Hampton, England, 32

St. Vith, 1, 8, 16, 44, 58, 61

Stalag 12-A, 45, 53, 59

Stalag 2-A, 20

Stalag 4-B, 16, 31, 36, 45

Stalag 8-A, 16

Stalag 9-B, 3, 47

Stalag III-A, 45, 46

Stalag III-B, 48

Stalag IV-B, 48

Stalag IX, 50

Stalag IX-A, 50

Stalag VII-A, 40

Stalag VIII, 55

Stalag VIII-A, 55

Stauff, John H., 55

Stavelot, 22

Stephens, George W., 54

Straub, Ted, 55

Straub, Ted J., 55

Sulser, Jack A., 62

Tennessee Maneuvers, 59

The Lion's Tale, 28

Thome, Michael, 1, 49

Thome, Mike, 5

Van Moorlehem, Art, 5

Varhola, Steve G., 57

Vielsalm, 51

Vietnam, 36

Villwock, Russ, 28

Villwock, Russell H., 62

Walker, Bob, 40

Weber, Carlos, 28

Weber, Carlos D., 6

White, John, 48

Williams, Jack, 26

Williamson, Mcadoo, 28

Wohlfeil, Col., 19, 59

Wood, Lt., 41

Wroblewski, Chester, 58, 59

Zampieri, Tullio, 61

Zeitz, 36

Zuckerman, Jack, 5, 59, 61