Vol. 50, No. 2, Jan., 1994
See you at Rapid City, South Dakota, September 1994, for the 48th Annual Reunion of the 106th Infantry Division Association (see pages 12 -13)
The picture accompanying this issue was of a young 17 year old taken at Monterey. California CMTC (Citizens Military Training Corps) the Summer of 1939. World War I uniforms, eight man squads, Front and Rear Ranks. Springfield and Enfield rifles, old style Drill and Manual of Arms --hard to believe that we were so far behind at that late date.
About 40 years ago I sort of read Dupuy's St. Vith -Lion in the Way. Found it to be very detailed and difficult to read. Since that time we have attended many reunions and made a few trips to battle areas. We have met and visited with those that were involved. So, after all these years I decided to tackle the book again. Much to my 106th Infantry Division Association President surprise it was no longer too detailed or difficult Edward A. Prewett -1993-1994 Company, 424 Combat Infantry Regiment follow. It is well worth reading. I urge you to dust 1939 photo-see article
off your copy and read it again.
For some time I've been concerned about our Order of the Golden Lion. Specifically about the Silver Medal. When should the Silver be awarded versus the Gold? Since it is not practical to convert all the Silver to Gold. then get out the polish and shine up the Silver.
The Order of the Golden Lion honors those faithful friends and those who have rendered outstanding service to the Division Association in peace time. There are three classes:
Commander Class: 100% approval of the Directors. One award per year but accumulative. Golden medal, Red. White and Blue ribbon.
Officer Class: 75% approval of the Directors. Two awards per year, non-accumulative. Silver medal, Infantry Blue ribbon.
Companion Class: 50% approval of the Directors. Five awards per year non-accumulative. Bronze medal, Artillery Red ribbon.
Members of the Association so honored:
1948 Davis S. Price
1962 Douglas S. Coffey
1964 Richard DeHeer
1966 John T. Loveless, Jr.
1972 Leo T. McMahon
1973 Sherod Collins
1973 John I. Gallagher
1975 James E, Wells
1987 Russell Villwock
1987 Robed Gilder
1978 Robert L. Scranton
1986 Walter Bandurak
1990 Samuel P. Cariano
1991 John P. Kline
1993 Boyd A. Rutledge
1993 Gilbert Helwig
1947 Herbert B. Livesey, Jr.
1964 Marge DeHeer
1966 Kay Loveless
1972 Wilda McMahon
1973 Stella Gallagher
1975 Maydean Wells
1987 Jackie Villwock
1987 Jean Gilder
If you examine the list you become aware that the Gold honors the old timers who kept the Association together through good times and bad. No one today can match their contribution. Those recently honored have made outstanding contributions currently. It is interesting to see that Silver is the metal for the '90's.
Wear your Order the Golden Lion with justified pride!
The CUB of the Golden Lion
"Continue to choose life! ..."
Weatherwise, 1993 was a strange year. As it closed out we were told about and shown pictures of the flooding in Germany, France and other places in Europe It was said to be the worst since 1926. Seeing and hearing these stories about all of the bad weather in Europe took me back some forty-nine years to a time when Europe experienced its coldest winter in about forty years. Just in case you may not remember --that was the winter of 1944-45. A time which had a great impact on my life and many of your's.
As. I read and heard and thought the ravages of the winter weather, I could not help but think about the events which the winter of 1944-45 had forced upon so many of us and the changes which were made in out lives because of it. Of course, the greatest change was in the lives of those who did not survive the combat and/or prison camp(s). For those of us who did survive, I suspect that our lives were changed forever in ways which we may still be experiencing.
In those long-ago days we were faced with decisions which could result in life or death. This was particularly true for those who finished the war as POWs. Experiencing the hard- ships of long, cold marches and boxcar rides, little or no food, sickness wit medical attention, etc., it was often easy to feel like giving up --and many did. Buil, every one who gave up, hundreds made the decision --with God's help-- to continue the fight to survive. In no way do I mean to cast a shadow on those who did not survive. It was just that some hung tougher than others were able to. But I believe that almost everyone who survived combat and the POW experience will credit a power beyond self.
God in speaking to the Hebrew nation in Deuteronomy gives them the choice to choose between life and death and urges them to choose life.
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, ..." Deuteronomy 30:19,20
Having chosen life at that point in ours, many of as have continued to be blessed with good lives even though the journey has not been made without some further "potholes." Certainly we have experienced our times of illness, sorrow, etc. But we have continued to choose to fight for life in these situations as we did then. May each of us continue to choose life and seek God's blessing on ourselves, family and friends in 1994.
May God continue to bless and use each of you in the future as he has in the past.
Reverend Ewell C Black Chaplain
022/A --100th In/ DK, Assoc,
212 Ridge St, Bishopville, SC 29010
NOTICE OF BY- LAW AMENDMENTLong Range Planning Committee Report and BY-LAW Amendment Proposal:
The Long Range Planning Committee presents the following background and an amendment to our existing BY-LAWS
Unlike the American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 106th Infantry Division Association does not have PERPETUITY.
Most of us are 69-70 years of age and our life expectancy is 81 years. By the year 2005, it is estimated that there will be less than 400 of us scattered throughout the 48 contiguous states. A insufficient number to organize or physically attend a reunion or continue the affairs of the Association.
Financially, 1994 and succeeding years receipts will be approximately $12,000 while our normal expenses are $16,000, assuming four issues of THE CUB annually and no grants for reunions. By the year 2005 we will have used up our present cash reserves.
THEREFORE: We propose the following amendment to the BY-LAWS:
The 106th Infantry Division Association will have its final GALA reunion in the year 2003, our 60th Anniversary. At that time the Board of Directors will direct dispersal of remaining general funds, assign a committee to disperse our memorial fund and send records to the archival files previously assigned. A vote will be taken on this amendment at the Rapid City Reunion in accordance with Section XVI of our By-Laws which is re-printed as follows:
a. These by-laws may be amended
1. At any meetings of the Board of Directors by the affirmative vote of not less than
a majority of all directors then in office and such amendment shall remain in effect unless altered or repealed at the next succeeding meeting of the members of the Association.
2. At a meeting of the members of the Association by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of those present in person or by proxy, provided that notice of such amendments is published in the preceding issue of THE CUB.
Richard L. Rigatti, Chairman
Long Range Planning Committee
NOTICE OF BY- LAW AMENDMENT
Front & Center...
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Much of this issue is devoted to the December 16th Commemoration parties that are held throughout the United States.
Approximately 430 members, wives and friends attended the 1993 events.
These events are a tribute to those members that, annually, get-to-gether and enjoy the company of their comrades. To refight the battles, walk back over the roads and remember those comrades that are no longer with us.
While the memory of those dark days are still with us, meeting with others, sometimes for the first time in nearly five decades, seems to dull the pain. As we part you can hear, "Good-by until the next time comrade, may God, and/or the Saints, look over you and allow us to meet again....."
Diez/Limburg Bombing, December 23, 1944
In the last issue I thanked Mike Kurzeja, 423/It for the "photo-copy" of the rail-yard bombing at Limburg, which hit the rail-yards and killed 63 U.S. officers in Stalag 12-A. Roy Bigger, 423/HQ also sent a copy. These were copies of a photo that hangs in the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Columbus, Ohio.
Jim Ochiltree, 423/G responded to my plea to obtain a B&W photo print of this picture by sending me a 11x14 inch reproduction of the picture.
Then, Philip A. Hannon, 81st ENG/A and his wife, Jean, sent me an article about the bombing from the DIEZ/LIMBURG Lahn-Zeitung (German newspaper) dated 22/23 December 1984. This was the 40th Anniversary of the DIEZ/LIMBURG bombing. See article elsewhere, in this CUB
Facts of Life for the Infantryman
by Dr. Richard Peterson, 423/11. If it is stupid, but works, it is not stupid.
2. Don't be conspicuous -- it draws fire.
3. Never draw fire -- it irritates everybody around you.
4. When in doubt, empty your clip on full automatic.
5. Never share a foxhole with someone braver than you.
6. Your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
7. If the attack is going well, it is probably an ambush.
8. If you can't remember which way the claymore is pointed, it is probably pointed towards you.
9. All five-second grenade fuses bum through in three seconds.
10. Try to look unimportant--the enemy may be low on ammo.
11. If you are forward of your position, your artillery will be short.
12. The enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack.
13. The easy way is always mined.
14. The important things are very simple. The simple things are very hard.
15. No operations plan ever survives first contact.
16. No combat ready unit ever passes inspection.
17. No inspection ready unit ever passes combat.
18. Teamwork is essential; -- it gives the enemy others to shoot at.
Front & Center ...
Scholarship recipient responds...
Joel Helms, grandson of Roger Rut- , 424/B, Marietta. Georgia writes, "I want to thank the 106th Infantry Division Association for the honor of receiving one of the $1,000 scholarships. The money has been most useful and has eased the pressures of financial burdens at Georgia Tech. Thank you all.
signed Joel Helms
CUB's mailed to the following men have been retuned. Any Member knowing them, please notify me of the situation-
William Darby, 422/D Wilkins Ave. Pittsburgh
William Donovan, DIV/HQ 71st Ave, Ridgewood, NY
Edward Zabkar, 81st ENG/B Wecuwa Dr., Fort Myers FL
Post Office forwarding time has expired on the above, or they are unknown, or telephone has been disconnected.
When you send photos, please mark your name on the backside of the picture.
Use a marking pen that will not "smudge," for if you place two pictures together, one will leave a mark on the other. Best way is to write on a gummed label, let it dry then paste it on the backside of the photo.
What's my point? Simply, that I will not be responsible for unmarked pictures being separated from the correspondence that they come with. With the amount of correspondence I receive, some pictures do get separated from the original correspondence. Anybody out there want a job as "office girl" or 'mail clerk?" I forgot the MOS on that one.....I. Kline, editor
One example, not meant to be critical, is that I have two unidentified photos, I am sure that were sent to me by a member that I talked to at the Columbia Reunion. No ID., and I can't tie it to a letter.
I have two pictures, one of the Italian Memorial at Camp Atterbury, the other, a 106er, in a green T-shirt, by the statute at the memorial wall at Camp Atterbury.
I also have an envelope post-dated 4 December from Johnstown, PA (Stroheimer Airport)- no correspondence.
Additional CUB or Book may be printed...
Our history should be preserved, in writing. I am contemplating printing an additional CUB, with stories only, to catch up with the many papers/photos that I have in file, some for several years.
Another idea might be another book entailing parts of the diaries, short personal experiences and photographs --
If you would like this done send use your thoughts and ideas on the subject.
Front & Center...
Thanks for the Old CUBS
Again, I was pleased to have received several of the old CUBs that Sherod and I were missing. We still have a few to go.
We have been collecting CUBs to build a set for the Carlisle Barracks Military Institute. (see next column for other info on Carlisle Barracks.)
I wish to thank the following and if I missed a name, please forgive me:
Alan W. Jones, Jr.
and others over the years.
As of January 28, 1994 we need.
Volume 11 no. 3
Volume 13 no. 5
Volume 14 no. 5
Volume 16 no. 2 - 3
Volume 18 no. 3 - 5
Contributors since the November 1993 CUB:
Laura Straub (Widow of Ted)
Robert de St. Aubin
We are getting close. As you see we need only 7 issues to make a complete set for the Carlisle Barracks Museum.
Dig around see what you can come up with... J. Kline, editor
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Military History Institute
Carlisle, PA 17013-5008
The U.S. Army Military History Institute is conducting a major survey to acquire source material on the Second World War. We invite you to join our effort.
The Military History Institute is the Army's official central repository for historical material. Holding are over 236,000 books, 50,201 periodicals, 5,100,000 pieces of personal papers and 730,000 photographs on military history. This makes it the finest military library in the United States and one of the best in the world.
They are requesting that veterans record their recollections using an 18 page questionnaire.
If you have not yet received this questionnaire, feel free to write to the abdi address and ask for the
ARMY SERVICE EXPERIENCE QUESTIONNAIRE.
Your recollections will live after you, if you record them now.
Stalags 9A, 9B & 9C Association Reunion April 1994
Write Pete House, 590th FAB, if you want to hear more about their annual reunions, which have been growing in attendance numbers tremendously..
5662 Clifton Ave.
Jacksonville, Florida 32211-6902
He has passed along much information to The CUB, of which I can't seem to fit in at the right time. He will appreciate your interest and add you to his mailing list and keep you informed,
Front & Center ...
50th Anniversary Tours to Europe
A REPEAT FROM LAST CUB
The Adjutant, Treasurer and Editor have been receiving numerous pamphlets and brochures advertising special trips to Europe in 1994. Aside from those that we have received, there are many more if you inquire with your favorite travel agent.
The present collection here at the editor's desk would take up many pages of The CUB. Rather than show preferences in quantity of advertising I have elected to not display brochures advertising for these trips.
The Association itself is not sponsoring a trip. It also is not endorsing any certain travel agent. Where you go and who you use is your business. The placement of the following travel agencies or tour organizers does not warrant an endorsement by the 106th Infantry Division Association. Inc. Names and addresses are given for reference only. Write to your choice and ask for brochures and details.
MONROE C. DUKE
Organizer/Host Monroe C. Duke, 422/Cannon Company with travel arrangements by Giselle's Travel Bureau, Sacramento, California. For information:
Sept. 13-26 1994 14 days/12 nights
Giselle's Travel 1-800-782-5545
or Monroe Duke
3137 Chelsea Road
Sacramento, CA 95864
Battlefield Tours, U.S.A. Inc.
A Charles B. MacDonald Commerative December Dawn Tour.
December 8 - 18, 1993
If you want to see it in the same weather as 1944:
Call 1-800-63 5-5 01 8
Many of you have toured with Douglas S. Coffey in past years.
This tour is being advertised as a 106th Infantry Division Tour. Please note, our Association is not sponsoring a tour.
Contact Alison Dodge
PO Box 234
Wayne, PA 19087-0234
PO Box 3101
Paducah Kentucky 42002-3101
(502) 443-0121 or 443-0128
Are accumulating information for a 50th Anniversary Battle of the Bulge history book (second edition). You may have seen the first edition. If you want to submit your information, contact them.
Ohio University Press
Seven Years Among Prisoners of War
by Chris Christiansen of Viborg, Denmark. To be published in English, spring of 1994. Already in Danish and German editions.
Clifford Doxsee, 423/HQ 3Bn, 1 Canterbury Dr., Athens, OH 45701 and his wife met Chris and his wife Inger over a decade ago. They hosted the Christiansens in their home in 1982 and then were hosted in the Christiansen's home in Viborg in '83 and '88. More about this book later.
Contact Sharon Arnold Swallow Press
Athens. Ohio 45710
DIEZ/LIMBURG Bombing, 23 December 1944...
Vor 40 Jahren: Stadtrand von Diez
and Limburg lag in Trummern
Zufall bestimmte Bombenziele – Christaume" trieben im Sturm westwarts
Credits for this story go to Philip Hannon, 81st ENG/A, and his wife Jean for the copy of the DIEZ/LIMBURG newspaper article that noted the 40th anniversary of DIEZ/LIMBURG rail yard bombing that appeared in the (German news) Lahn-Zietung 22/23 December 1984 edition.
Credits for the photo of the rail yards on the back cover of this CUB, goes to Jim Ochiltree, 423/G. He responding to my November CUB request asking for some person to obtain a copy of the photo which appeared in the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Columbus, Ohio. There were also copies of this photo being circulated at the Columbia Reunion, Sept 1993.
I recognize that a more comprehensive account of this incident should include some personal comments by those that participated (you men of the 106th). While many of you have mentioned being in the Diez/Limburg bombing, to give credit to all would take up much space.
I devoted one section to the bombing in The CUB of-the Golden Lion: PASSES in REVIEW. Somewhere I have an account by an officer that was responsible for
identifying the remains of the 63 officers that were killed as a single bomb (probably a 500 pounder) hit a concrete block building in which they were housed, in Stalag 12-A, Limburg a.d. Lahn.
I quote from Jean Harris' letter and the parts of the DIEZ/LIMBURG Lahn-Zietung article as follows, ... John Kline, CUB editor...
"You have a copy of Phil's "One Man's Story," where Mr. Astor immortalized him in 'Blood Damned Tide. "I was waiting for him to return from the German prison camps, wondering if I would ever be able to add a wedding band to my engagement ring. Fortunately, all went well and we have had 46 years together and look forward to more.
"During the last 15 years I had an apartment in Germany with German friends and ended up just a few kilometers from Diez-Limburg, where Phil and many POWs were bombed on December 23, 1944, as they were parked in the rail yards. I have enclosed a copy of the Diez/Limburg Lahn- Zietung describing the bombings. The paper is dated on the 40th Anniversary of the bombing, 23 December 1984. It shows pictures of the damage to the rail yard and to the surrounding villages and towns, with personal accounts by Germans who were in the "drop zone." The tremendous damage done to the area has, of course, been totally restored."
A translation of the article which was included in her letter came from her good friend Elisabeth, who lives near Diez.
"I found a whole page in our paper about today, 40 years ago, when bombs fell on Limburg and Diez, and especially killed American officers in the prison camp at Diez.
(Continued next page)
From the 423rd Intelligence/Reconnaissance Platoon...
Photo: FROM RICHARDS SPARKS, 423/I&R: The 423rd I&R Platoon got-to-gether during the 1993 Columbia Reunion. A special evening was held at Jahn Califf's home in Columbia during the reunion. Ivan Long missed the picture - he was late. We have accounted for all of the twenty-four men who went overseas with us. Seven are deceased and seventeen alive. Twelve were at Columbia, South Carolina in 1993. Gordon Zicker and Charles Sartori were members of the original platoon and both of them were present.
Left/right BACK ROW: John Califf, Doug Prater, Bob Hirst, John Johnson, Ted Slaby, Bob Brendlinger, Gordon Zicker, Al Shoat. FRONT ROW: Dick Sparks, Bob Casenhiser, Bob Jones and John Sheehan. A pretty good turn-out after all these years.
Members of this platoon were authorized to wear the Presidential Unit Citation on an individual basis, that was awarded the 7th Armored for the fight in St. Vith on the 20-21st of December 1944.
DIEZ/LIMBURG Bombing 23 December 1944 continued:
There were 60 Americans killed, but also French, Poles and Belgians who were still in a train. One German guard was killed in the building with the officers.
"Shortly after, a Swiss Red Cross delegation came to inspect and control the site. They demanded that to have a "Red Cross" installed on the barracks of the prison camp.
"There was also a cemetery for all the prisoners between Diez and Limburg. But, after the war most of the dead were moved to cemeteries of the Allied Forces. Yet, there are still bones found in the forest.
"Near Limburg Station, 146 people were killed and 162 homes were destroyed, But, they were German civilians.
"The air-raid had been meant for Limburg-Station, but heavy winds from a storm moved the "pathfinder markers" (ironically called, "Christmas Trees) toward Diez. So the bombers hit the wrong target. So 162 families lost their homes in that night before Christmas Eve. This is a day of common mourning for Germans and Americans." signed Elisabeth
Photo: Dan Bied, "A" Co., 422nd Combat Inf. Reg. 180 Leffler Street, West Burlington, Iowa 52655
I wonder if the guys who served in the Pentagon during WW-2 all have sore butts?
Most, if not all, of us who slogged in the infantry have sore feet. That's the impression I get, at any rate, from the phone calls and mail I've gotten since writing this column the past several years.
It's probably too late to get a Purple Heart for frozen feet, as I managed to do around 1946. But if a guy has some lingering effects of "trench foot" from our winter in the Ardennes he might be able to get some help.
I use foam pads in my shoes during my daily health walks, the kind Dr. Scholl's has on sale in all the drug stores. Foot powder can help, or at least it seems to. I'm sure there are various ointments. Bud Halladay phoned late last year from Brattleboro, Vt., and mentioned he's using some kind of salve that has given him some relief.
I've sent out about three dozen of the VA letters dealing with 'Late Effects of Cold Injury" that acknowledge the problems many GIs from our era have due to frostbite, etc., which can be linked to permanent damage. This letter can, if nothing else, serve as a way to remind people at a VA hospital of their own organization's awareness of what is a problem for some vets of the 106th.
On a more cheerful note, Jim Gardner wrote from Shelbyville, Ind., to reminisce about the beer garden we both enjoyed at Camp Wolters, near Fort Worth, in ye good olde days before -the Bulge."
Jim was at Wolters in 1943, while I didn't get there until early 1944. There was still some beer left at the camp and Jim reminded me, "it was a refresher after those long marches." He'd buy sire of them at a time for 75 cents. Sounds like my kind of guy. Jim was captured Dec. 19, 1944, as I was. He wound up in a camp near the Baltic Sea. He remembers the Aquitania, as I do, for being 'quite a ship" but not large enough to prevent it from rolling in the North Atlantic waves.
Harold Allen wrote from Truman Ark., to ask if I was present when a photo was taken of Company "A-guys at Camp Atterbury in the summer of 1944. I got them around July 6 but wasn't in the picture. I was usually on KP the first several weeks at Atterbury and was probably too important for Bob Richardson, our mess sergeant, to release me for anything so frivolous. I was a whirling dervish in the kitchen.
I've mentioned before, I think, that I pulled so much KP a lot of the guys thought I was a cook. "I'm a rifleman," I'd insist as I scrubbed pots, slung hash, and cleaned tables..
Harold said he enjoys "The Cub." I think John Kline deserves a prize of some kind for the great job he keeps doing on our publication. The longer I read it the better it gets. Am I getting old and sentimental?
Some of you might be interested in something I read about 1,800 Iowans being captured or killed at Faid Pass in February. 1943. "One Iowa battalion virtually disappeared when it was surrounded and captured by encircling Nazi troops" the Des Moines newspaper reported a while back. Sound familiar? "For a while we didn't think we'd make it," one of the Iowa vets, now 83, recalled. "We lived off Red Cross packages in the POW camp and that's what saved us. The Germans only fed us cabbage and sawdust bread."
Twelve vets of Company A and their wives were at our group's fourth annual reunion last spring at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Ia.
We got in and out before the flood hit Davenport, enjoying the SS President and a tour of the Rock Island Arsenal.
We plan to meet this spring at West Point with Gene and Neva Powell making arrangements. Wonder if they have a beer garden at the Point? Dan Bied..
Photo: Col. (Ret). John Miller formerly 423/E (Right) was appointed President of the Ninth Infantry Division Association, as well as Chairman of their 48th Annual Reunion (1992) in San Antonio,
JOHN W. MILLER, a former resident of Roscoe, New York, was drafted in the Army in 1941 serving with Company F. 60th Infantry, 9th Division, Fort Bragg. North Carolina. He made the initial invasion of North Africa landing in Port Lyautey and participated in six major campaigns with a frontline infantry company. His decorations include Silver Star. Bronze Star. Purple Heart. Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge and Unit Citation. In 1944 John as a 1st Sergeant was the first enlisted man to receive a battlefield commission in the U.S. as A result of his combat with the 9th Division,
A second combat service in World War II was with the 423rd Inf. Regt, 106th Division in which he was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. John was a prisoner of war the last five months of the war.
In 1946 John returned to the Army and was assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment as Company commander in the occupation army in Augsburg, Germany. Other overseas tours of duty were Panama. Vietnam and Paris, France.
John graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois with a BA in Business Management. While in the service he attended Advanced Course of the Armored School in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as well as any staff and executive study courses and Army Language School, Monterey, California. Interesting assignments were Military District of Washington, D.C. where he was the Logistical officer for the Inaugural Parade for Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reception for Queen Elizabeth, Army Representative for 50th Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in Colorado springs. U.S. Embassy, Paris, France and Logistical Officer, U.S. Array Past, Paris, France.
His wife, Jean, accompanied him living in Panama, Saigon, Vietnam, Augsburg, Germany and Paris, France. Their travels have taken them to over sixty countries. Their son and his wife and two children live in Arlington. Texas.
John retired from the U. S. Army in 1967 as a Lieutenant Colonel with twenty six years service. His second career was with Champion International Corporation as Plant Manager of Nationwide Papers, Arlington, Texas. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Great Southwest Rotary Club, Retired Officers Association , Nuclear Radiation Survivors and the National POW Association.
From the 1994 Reunion Committee...
By now you have received your registration packets for the 48th Annual Reunion in Rapid City, South Dakota, Sept 3 - 6, 1994.
PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT??
We have to inform you that the "Howard Johnson National Reservation Center Toll Free Service" -- does not have the 200 rooms that were assigned to the 106th Infantry Division Association in its computer. It is therefore possible, if you call through the Toll Free Service line (1-800-654-2000) that they could say, "Sorry, we are sold out." When in fact there could be many rooms available, because they were blocked out for the 106th, but do not show up in the National Reservation System's allocated rooms.
The answer?? Please call the local Rapid City Howard Johnson reservation desk (605) 343- 8550 to make your 106th Association Reunion room reservations, or use the reservation card that was included in your registration packet.
Our guaranteed rates will be honored, regardless of whether you used the 800 number, the local number or the reservation cards. Nobody (reserving rooms at the Howard Johnson Lodge) will pay more than the quoted price of $50.00 single/$58.00 double. We apologize for this, we did not realize that the block of 200 rooms assigned to us, would not be listed on the National Reservation System.
The 1994 Reunion Committee
Howard Johnson Lodge
Box 1795, Rapid City, South Dakota 57709
September 3, 4, 5, and 6th, 1994
Local Reservations, (605) 343-8550
(200 rooms reserved for 106th. 200 more rooms available at a near-by Holiday Inn.)
Registration fees for the reunion - $79.00 per person.
Registration may be canceled, with full refund, prior to August 15, 1994.
(Motel cancellation criteria will be indicated on your personal registration confirmation.)
Registration fees, for the reunion, include Saturday Continental Breakfast, Men's Luncheon, Women's Luncheon, Reception and Buffet, Sunday sit-down Breakfast, Memorial Transportation, Monday Evening Banquet & Dance, and Tuesday's Continental Breakfast.
See following page for "AGENDA," which was also included in packet.
106th INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION
48th ANNUAL REUNION
SEPTEMBER 3, 4, 5 & 6 1994
HOWARD JOHNSON LODGE - RAPID CITY, S.D.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 1994 (for early sign-ins)
8:00 a.m.-8:00 pro Pre -registration-Sign in-Snacks
10:00 a.m (optional Tours) Badlands-5 hours
10:00 a.m Deadwood-5 hours +/-
10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m Hospitality Suites Open
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 1994 (Reunion Officially Starts)
7:30-9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Past President's Breakfast
8:00 am.-10:00 p.m Registration
9:00 am.-Noon (optional Tour) City Circle Tour
9:00 am.-11:30 a.m Board Meeting
Noon-3:00 p.m Men's Luncheon & Business Meeting
Noon-3:00 p.m Women's Luncheon & Program
3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m FREE TIME (visiting, shopping, etc.)
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m Reception ( cash bar) Buffet Supper
11) SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4,1994
7:30-9:00 am. Breakfast (sit-down)
8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m Hospitality Rooms Open
9:00 a.m.-Noon (Optional Tour) City Circle Tour #2
Noon -1:00 p.m Lunch (On your own)
1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m (Optional Tour) Ellsworth Aircraft Museum Airbase
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m Dinner (On your own) (Possible Chuck-wagon Supper)
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m Memorial Service & Mount Rushmore Lighting
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5,1994 (Labor Day)
7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast (On your own)
8:00 a.m.-10:00 om Hospitality Rooms Open
8:00 a.m.-Noon (Optional Tour) Southern Black Hills Tour
Noon-1:00 p.m Lunch (On your own)
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m (Optional Tour) Northern Black Hills Tour
6:30-11:30 p.m Banquet & Dance-Cash Bar
10:00 p.m Rosh Hashana Service, Ellsworth Chapel
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 1994
7:30-9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast& Farwell (TURN IN BADGES!!!)
Registration forms are being sent via First Class Mail to each current member.
Hope you can stay after the convention to enjoy the many attractions of the
Rapid City, South Dakota area.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
A Banner Year for Commemoration Parties...
This was a good year for 'December 16th Commemoration Parties." As you will see in the following pages, there were many held throughout the United States. We salute Louisiana for its FIRST. Thanks to Hubert Crook for contacting members of the 106th.
I think it apropos to once again recite 106th Inf. Div, Dale Carver's "FIRST REUNION." This poem has been mad at many of the Dec. 16th meetings and reunions... (John Kline, editor)
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.
Conceived 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.
Photo: Left to Right -m/m Marion Bahlinger, 422/B; m/m Hubert Crook, 422/F; m/m Dale Carver, 424/HQ 3Bn; m/m Robert Guintard, 424/C; m/m Adolph Maier, 81st ENG/C; DRUSILLA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, BATON ROUGE. LOUISIANA, DECEMBER 16, 1993
Baton Rouge - 1993
Herbert D. Crook, 9577 Southmoor Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70515-4350 TELE: 504-9244368
A luncheon meeting (our first) was held on December 16, 1993 for the Louisiana Contingency of the 106th Infantry Division Association. A good meal and good fellowship was enjoyed by all. Plans are being made for another in 1994.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Chicago Area - 1993
Russell Villwock, 106 SIR, 8560 West Foster Ave #510, Norrldge, IL 60668 Tele: 708-452-8628
Once again, this year the Chicago area members of the 106th gathered at the Park Ridge V.F.W. Post 63579. to commemorate and recall our days in Belgium, during December 1944.
We also talked about the wonderful time we had at the reunion in Columbia, and are looking forward to Rapid City in September.
This year our dinner was held on Saturday, December 4, 1993. We started at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a buffet dinner. You can see by the smiling faces on the pictures, that the evening was enjoyed by all. next year. the plans are to go to the Elks Club in Des Plaines. Those in attendance were M/M Gordon Bigelow; M/M Major Hill; Ben Carpenter; Lawrence Costa; Antone Costa: M/M Joseph Hallman: M/M William Brankin; Hubert Hochstetter; Michael Kurzeja; M/M Oliver Libman; M/M Herbert Meagher, Jr.; M/M Raymond Panice. and their friends; MOM Milton Schober; M/M Frank von Schwedler; Lionel! White; M/M Ted Swier; M/M Wendell Ulrich: MOM Russell Villwock.
Gordon Bigelow and Wendell Ulrich are not current members, but have applications.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Rapid City. South Dakota in September 1994.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Southern California Area - 1993
Milton Weiner, 6440 Knott Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621 714-521-1705
After reading My First Reunion by Dale Carver, 424/HQ 3Bn, everyone introduced themselves. Colonel Cavender (CO 423rd Regiment) was happy with the results of the Army-Navy game. Also he was very proud of his World War I medal (75th Anniversary). He is now 96 years of age. We all appreciated Dick and Lynn Erdes for bringing the Colonel from his quarters at the Air Force Facility Care Center in Riverside, Califomia. A good time was had by all. In 1994 we are scheduled for December 4 at 1:00 p.m. Please write or call me to be added to the mailing list.
Present were: Colonel Charles C. Cavender, 423/HQ CO; Robert & Verna Bennett. 423/14: Donald Betlach & Mary Jane, 423/HQ 2Bn: Dick & Lynn Erbes, 423/HQ; Arthur Gruen. 423/H/ 2 Bn; Clifford & Sarah Kincannon 590/HQ; Joseph & Are Litvin, 423/0; Neill Mahoney. 590/HQ: Robert & Mary Lou Marsh, 42370; Dick Peterson. 423/L; James N. & Aki Yamazaki 590/MED; Milton Weiner & Bella Duze, 424/M
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Madison, Wisconsin Area - 1993
Chuck Rieck, 424/H, 7316 Voss Pkwy, Middleton, WI 53562 Tele: 6084131-6110
The Wisconsin 5th annual commemorative meeting of the Battle of the Bulge was held at CJ's East in Madison. Wisconsin on October 16, 1993. We had 50 people in attendance.
Attending were: m/m Edward Wojahn; m/m, Willis Smythe; Dr./M Eugene Rodd; m/m James Tetzlaff; Walter Donaldson; m/m Robert Likins; m/m Arnold Brannstrom; m/m Roger Bell; m/m Albert Hundt; m/m Ralph Moore; m/m Ray Kurth; m/m Jermy Miller; m/m Charles Puskarich; m/m Albert March; Charles Siebold
m/m Chuck Rieck; Donald Handel; Milo Cunningham; m/m Henry Wittenberg; m/m Larry Post; Fred Broussard; Ms. June Kinsey; m/m Robert Lee; m/m Edward Dorn; m/m Joe Broderick m/m Robert Kane; m/m Charles Lowe; m/m John Hendrickson
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Pittsburgh Area - 1993
George T. and Norma Vance, 283 Dutch Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15238; Tele: 912.553-1724
On December 12, 1993, a group of the 106th Infantry Division Veterans, with wives and guests gathered at the Georgetown Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to enjoy a noon luncheon and to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
After the Pledge(Allegiance, followed by the singing of the Salim; Anthem and God Bless America, there was a moment of silence for our departed comrades, during which time "TAPS" was played. Thanks to Pete Yanchik for his expert photography and to Mrs. Frances Jackson for the beautiful Christmas favors which she "hand-crafted." Mrs. Jean Peters (wife of David) surprised us with a large tray of her home made "Baklava," a delicious Lebanese pastry.
IN ATTENDANCE WERE Thirty-four (34) members and guests, John & Katherine Collins, 422/F; Raymond & Eileen Devaty, 423/MED: Edwin & Elizabeth Hminski, 424/F; Mrs Frances Jackson; Mrs, Dolores Jones: Francis & Jean Langham, 422/L; Howard & Dorothy Lowenberg, 423/E; Joseph & Viviam Maloney, 424/HQ; Francis & Helen Stepnick, 422/E; George and Norrna Vance, 422/AT; James Wiggins, 331 MED/A; Pete & Diane Yanchick, 423/A; Richard E. Bartz, DIV/Hq; Michael & Lillian Honkus, 422/L; Harry & Jennie Rose Kolvezez, 423/HQ; Carl S. & Lillian Kwaczek, 422/C; Dr. John B. & Pearl Martin, 422/MED; David & Jean Peters, 422/K; Stanley J. & Irene S. Repos, 424/MED; GUESTS: Frank McClelland, 28th Division; Grace Moore.
Several of our members were in touch, but were unable to anted. We thank them for their kindness in keeping M touch even though they were not able to be here, Dr. Michael E. Connelly, 589/MED; Robert Flick, 81st/C; Francis E. Gebelin, 424/M; Frank Lapato, 422/HQ; John Shidemantle, 422/HQ; George F. Phillips, DIV/Hq; Richard L. Rigani, 423/B; Robert Wesing, 423/L; Albert Yelochan, 422/HQ.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Detroit, Michigan Area - 1993
Russell Mayotte, 9628 Covello St., Livonia, MI 48150
MEN. 1ST ROW: hr Russ Mayotte: Charles Mamula and Andy Mato. MIDDLE: Marshall "lslow. Lou Pasvariello. Rudy A manta. Harold Ortwine and Jim Earth. BACK ROW: John ob. Bob Kelly. Bob Rowe. lint Fonda. Will Hartman, Frank Ross. Jack Roberts and Bob Run LAMES. IS I ROM: Lee Rowe. Lucille Rua. Pauline Mato. Evelyn Shalob with Jean Schutte up front. Boa KROW: Betty Possariello. Marge Karth. Pat Wenslow. Mary Lou Roberts, Ellen, Mary Jane Fonda, Ann Frankini and Audrey Entwine.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
New Jersey Area - 1993
Carl Messina, 926 Seymour Ave, Linden, New Jersey 07036-2942; Tele: 908-486-2927
On November 14. 1992 the New Jersey group met. There were sixty (60) people in attendance. ;ATTENDING: Jos& Dorothy Krafehick, 33 UMED/HQ; Myron & Janice Swack, 422/HQ; Ephraim & Natalie Goldberg, 423/G; Sal & Mary Grasso, 423/SV: John & Rose Rosalia, 423/C; R. Dackerman, 422/CN: Seymour & Dora Rosen, 423/HQ; Louis & Mildred Piazza. 423/MED: Frank & Muriel Sziber, 81/C: Dr. Harry & Betsy Baird, 81/MED; Charles & Pauline Feline! 81iA, Wm & Florence Melichar, 423/SV; Paul & Lucille Werkmeister. 422/MED; Joe Puzio. 81,9:John & Stella Gallagher, 8I/C; Harold & Ethel Fleming, 433/F; Ken & Milva Vandergrifi, 331/
Harold & Elaine Worrell, 331/B; Carl & Allice Messina, WA: John & Grace Starmack, 423 Vince & Antonette LoCurcio, 423/M; Charles Korfiang, 106 MP; Kachadour Avedisian. 296 Eng/C and Marilyn Wolfson; Roy & Wanda Fava. 81/C; Dr. Duncan & Grace Truman, 424/AT; Cal Earle & Susan Valenstein, 81/B; Nicola & Ann Risoli, 81/B; Sylvester & Marie Golembiewski, 422/MED; Joseph & Dorothy Scotd, 423/B; Wm & Miriam Blaher, 422/I; Jacques & Jean Bloch, 422/K; Jack Middleton, 106 SIG; and Col Tom Riggs, 81/HQ CO.
Mt. Vernon, Illinois Area - 1993
John Mikalauski/Illinois 306 W. Blake, Benton, IL 62812 Tele: 215.626-1866
On December 11th, a group of the 106th attended a reunion celebrating the Anniversary of the Battle elf the Bulge at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon. Illinois. There were 38 members and wives present. An enjoyable time was had by all. It was decided that the 1993 Anniversary Celebration be hold on December 10, 1994.
iftLs: Standing: tie Robert Allen, guest; Norman Benefeil; Van Wyatt; Newton Johnson; H go Bloomingburg: Eugene Kelch: Pete Layman; John ohenstein: Bob York: Forrest w lanes: lien Bradfield.- Seated: John Mikalauskis: Glenn Hai-then Webb Hall; Francis Martin; Stanley Kucholick; Vince Venegoni. Hidden: Ken Bryan, Harold Bratton, Alfred Koontz. WONIEN STANDING: Dorothy Kelch, Leda Johnson, Iona Hohenwein, Dottie Benefeil, Juanita Bloomingburg, Dorothy Williams, Dan. Kucholick, Ferrol Bretton, Dolores Mikalauskis, Ida Kopatz. - Seated: Velma Hall, June Bradfield. Dorothy Leaman, Nadinc Hartlieb, Thelma York, Marge Bryan. Nat pictured: Mary Venegoni, Mary Martin.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Phoenix, Arizona Area - 1993
Larry Walden, 7801 No. 44th Dr., Glendale, AZ 83501 . Tele, 602-435.0889
Co-Chaired by Toby Anderson and Em Pretty
We held our 5th Annual December 16th Reunion on that date 1993. We meet at the Hilton -Pavillion Hotel in Mesa, Arizona. There were 22 on hand. Several who planned on coming did not attend. Yes, it gets cold and does snow in the mountain areas. We enjoyed a private room,
holiday decorated and had some very interesting photos taken of "THEN and NOW" by He
They were of the battle areas. A member of the Veteran's Administr addressed the group. followed by a spirited question and answer period.
MEN Front: kr Dean Childs, Ray Fawley, Em Pretty, John Hoag. Back: Richard Behr, tack Wafters, Ralph Hansen, Herrn VanDeBoead, Jahn Whitehead, Robert Bennett, Floyd Friend. worwes Front: kr Ann Whitehead, Velma Hansen, Helen VanDeBogart Back: "Andy- Hoag. Bea Behr, Jeanne Walden, Vera Bennett. Eleanor Childs, Dorothy Wafters. Florine Friend. Not in either picture - Toby and Amy Anderson.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Atlanta, Georgia Area - 1993
Sherod Collins, 448 Monroe Trace, Kennesaw, GA Tele: 404-928-3207
The weather was line. if a little cold. and the fellowship was superb. The Bulge dinner was held at Dobbins Air Force base. Open Mess, for a close-knit group of eighteen 106'ers on Sunday afternoon, December 12. 1993. We enjoyed tasty food provided by the staff at Dobbins AFB. or prizes were won by Martha Ward and Bob Burke. MEN: 1/r Bob Burkes, Morris Piha. Bob Howell, Joe Puett, Sherod Collins, Duke Ward, Lyman Maples, Carroll Padgett. Bill Jenkins.
WOMEN: lir Martha Ward. Ann Maples, Kathy Pratt, Ida May Puen, Louis Howell, Frankie Burke, Sarah Piha, Sandra Jenkins and Ernestine Holland.
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Florida Area - 1993
Richard Sparks, 3180 Hanley Street, Deltona, FL 32738-2159 Tele, 904.7844692
The Florida Commemorative Luncheon was held Saturday December 18. 1993 at the Metro West Country Club in Orlando, Florida. Lloyd Byrd was the event chairman. 31 men, wives and guests were present. Pete House had his usual POW material. others related their person experiences. Those in attendance were:
m/m Llloyd Byrd, 422/HQ 1Bn; Clifton & Mary Capshaw, 423/K: Lou & Peggy Coo 423/M; James & Thelma Daniell, 424/HQ 2Bnt Sam Davis 423/HQ and Midge Ward; William & Dharlys Fleharty, 592/A: George& Muriel Grit, 424/G: Arthur Hanke. 106 MP: Pete & Joanne House, 590/A; Paul & Dorothy Lamb,423/AT: Melvin Moss. 424/C: prim Robert Miner. 590/HQ: Paul Oxford, 424/G; Delbert & Marion Rediger, 424/G: John & Beth Rids, 423/HQ 2Bnt Ted Slaby, 423/HQ, Dick Sparks, 423/HQ: Levene Weigel. 423/1-1Q, Gordon Zicker, 423/HQ.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area - 1993
Charlie 8 Nancy Datte, 591/SV, 231 Davis Ave, Clifton Heights, PA 19018 Tele 215-626-1866 Philadelphia area, by Charlie Datte... On 12 December members of the Phila area gathered in our home in Clifton Heights.
It was another emotional heart-warming affair. Nancy and I want to thank each and every one of those wonderful people for their help and for their sharing their thoughts and feelings with us. It's such a beautiful time of the year and we -survivors" have so much to be thankful for.
We regret to report that although we had three cameras working. the pictures were like some of our AMMO - "DUDs."
In attendance, Joe & Mary Ansel. 423.AT; Harry & Gladys Albertson. 422/14: Jim & Mar!. Bard, 423/I; Harvey & Anne Bradford, 424,SV; Charlie & Betty Jane Harvey. 424'A; Russ & Joan Hoff, 422/M: Ruth & Beth Smith. 591/HQ: Ray & Margie Ulmer, 592/SV: Al & Mickie Vitali. 42403: Newt & Ruth Weiss, 423/HQ: Bob Wilson. 591/SV.
We missed the company of Jack & AnnMcDevitt. 81/A; Stan Waytusik. 422/G and his wife. Ruth, who passed away the week before. Ernie & Sally Savage, 424/HQ.: Ray Boyle. 423/HQ and Tom McHugh. 424/SV.
John, we meet next year, same time, same place for out 50th an December 11. 1994. See you all in Rapid City, South Dakota on Labor Day.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
Reading, Penn. 1993
John J. Gallagher,
4003 Francis St., Temple, PA
19560 TELE :215-929-2887
The Reading Memorial Dinner was held on 3 December at the Dutch Colony Inn.
Men's photo, top to bottom: Bill Harris, 423/SV: Stanley Kowalski. 592/HQ Donald Showalter. 106 Band; Walter Shirk. 424/M; Fred Carr, 81/C; Jack McDevitt. 81 /A
Ralph Hill, Associate; Robert Dackerrnan. 422 'Chi
Vince Sziber. SIC; Norman Spad. 423'H; Charlie Datte, 591 /SV
Curtis Deisher. 424/L; Carl Messina, 81 /A; John Gallagher, 8I/C; Not shown - Greely (Speyd's newphew).
Women's photo, top to bottom: Florence Deisher; Nancy Datte; Stella Gallagher; Anne McDevitt; Betty Cart; Lillian Harris; Muriel Sziber; Alice Messina; Erma Kowalski; Ida (Shirk's friend); Sally Hill
Not shown - Robbie Showalter.
Twenty seven persons attended the Reading, Pennsylvania Area Memorial Dinner on December 3, 1992. It was held at the Dutch Colony Motor Inn. Good Memories, Good Food, Good Entertainment. but mainly to remember those who
are no longer with us.
December 16th Commemoration Parties
106th Recon gathers at the Columbia Reunion...
by Lou Cunningham, 106 Recon (Picture below)
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the reunion at Fort Jackson. We were particularly pleased that sixteen members of the 106 Recon attended, many forthe first time. I also feel I was fortunate that I was able to get eleven of the Recon to become members of the Association. I had hoped for more and am still working on it. The enclosed photo shows the 16 Recon members who attended the Columbia Reunion. Although only eight registered for the total activities, we did have very good representation considering that in the past only one or two attended.
It is always with great anticipation that I await the next issue of The CUB and as usual the Oct-Nov-Dec 1993 issue maintains the high quality of material as before.
Lou, I'm sure you and the other fifteen men realize that you are always welcome. It is gratifying to have such a good representation of one of the proud units of the 106th Infantry Division.
We hope you are successful in convincing others to join us in Rapid City so that they can enjoy the camaraderie of others who fought with them in those dark days of December 1944... J. Kline.
Minneapolis and Minnesota Area - 1993 (No PHOTO)
Lloyd Brunner, 424/A, Rte 3 - Box 170, Red Wing, MN 55066
We had 26 people in attendance at the Treasure Island Casino" near Red Wing. Minnesota on December 16. 1993. A delightful and full-Ring luncheon was Gljoy ed hr all. The Casino furnished a room right next to the dining room. We noticed a few chow-hounds go back through the line a couple of times. There is no report of hoc many coat to the but considering our age. I doubt that many did.
Howie Hen, an Associate member. presented a slide presentation of his trip throught the Ardennes area of Belgium. Russ Cumalson 590/A showed a video of the Battle qf the Bulge_
Present were:Richard Ritchie & Carol. 423/MED: Chase Haug & wife. 12th Reg. 28th Div: Lex Schoonover & wife, 422/14Q, Howard lien. Associate: John Kline. 423/M: Russ Gun,alson &
590/A: Llloyd Brunner & Audrey. 424/A: Alvin Swanson & Dorothy. 424/I. Albert Kranz! & Patricia. 100 MP: Vince Lawrence & Fran,: Phil Gerlach &Shirley. 424/0, I lampton Dailey & Shirley.. 422/K: Boyd Rutledge & Elora. 422/0, Robert Sanberg & Pat. 8Ist EngiA.
There was a write-up in the local paper featuring Lllyd Brunner 00501 resident). I la said we all had a lot to remember. and we re-win the banle each time we meet This group also held a mid-summer meeting at Red Wing in a restaurant. on the Mississippi River near downtown.
George Peros. 590/A was the big winner of the GOLDEN LION" which was raffled off at the closing banquet of the 47th Annual Reunion.
Pete House, who took the photo, says 'Which is meaner, the Lion or Peros7
Di vote for Peros." Georgia Peros Is to George's right
ED CROSS WORKER V/S/TS BROTHER DEC. 15
by Pete House, 590/A
Jill Pitts visited her twin brother, Capt., John Pitts, the day before the Battle of the Bulge began. Capt. Pitts, who commanded A Battery of the 590 Field Artillery. had not seen his sister in over a year.
Jill was a Red Cross club mobile worker and had been in Europe since December 1943. While in England they felt the effects of constant bombing and V-1 attacks. She landed on Utah Beach in the middle of July and drove her 6 x 6 to the 8th Corps. She was based at Bastogne until the US military was driven back. In December her crew was assigned to the 106th Division et Vielsalm.
On December 15 Miss Pitts and a male Red Cross worker visited her brother at "A" Battery's site in Oberlescheid. Many of us got to meet Jill. She said she would bring a club-mobile up in a few days. The next afternoon Capt. Pitts was killed when German artillery fire hit "A" battery.
The Red Cross unit was cut off in Vielsalm by the German advance. On the 20th they were told to be ready to walk out back to the American Line. On December 23 the 82 Airborne was able to open a road and they escaped.
On January 9 what was left of their group joined the 28th Division. The 28th Division was on the right of the 106th when the Battle of the Bulge began.
New Members I)
Benson, Burton E. 423/K
1515 Anken St.
Rome, NY 13440
Would like to know the location of S/Sgt Koehler, 423/K.
(Editor's Note - Burton, I found the full name of your S/Sgt in the 432rd Infantry Combat Infantry Badge Orders, It is Eldon A. Koehler.... I learned later, from Burton that his sergeant had passed away six years ago... J. Kline)
Frankini, Ann D. ASSOCIATE
35300 Hillside Or. Farmington Hills, 1#1148335
Widow of Richard A.
Fryhoff, Robert E. 423/G
RR #2 Oak Hills
Rochester, IL 62563
I was Platoon Sergeant of the 3rd Platoon and was on point with Lt. Millice and a Major from Battalion Headquarters.
Lt Millice and I were hit and taken prisoners. To this day I do not know what happened to the rest of the unit. We were never registered as POWs, only thing the Army knew was that we were missing in action.l ended up in a town named Heppenheim. We were the first group of wounded POWs to be liberated when the Allies made the Rhine crossing..
(Editor's Note -2nd Lt Dave R. Millice, "G" Co., 423rd shown as missing in action on General Orders #51. That order was written en July 31, 1945. You would conclude from that that he probably perished as a prisoner. Most MIAs are men who were killed and cannot be identified, but there were many that died before they were registered as POWs that show as MIAs.
In that same list there are three other men from your company shown as MIA. Lt Earl
Browne, Sgt Percy Kempen and Pvt Robert G. Miller. You are shown, amongst the living, as T/Sgt Robert E. Fryhoff 36478426. Fleppenheint an der Bergastrasse is just northeast of Mannheim and not many miles from the Rhine River.
I have a few copies of Order #51, dated July 31, 1945. 11 was the order that awarded the Combat Infantry Badge to men of the 423rd Regiment. It is 21 pages (16 double-sided and 5 single sided 8.5011 inch) of copy. Send me $5.00 for costs and mailing. The names of most of your company men appear. It shows no KIA. 4 MIA, 2 POW and 172 returned to the Army. Your LT. would have shown under POW had the authorities known he was captured. "POW' in this order means that they were known to be captured but never showed up after the fighting stopped.
Thanks for your comments and welcome back to the 106th J. Kline) editor)
Gremillion, Sr., Jack P.F. 424/HQ 3BN
5475 Capital Heights Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70906-6007
Born June 15,1914 at Donaldsonville, La, Catholic. Graduated CHS
sonvil le in 1931. I attended LouisW State University, Baton Rouge, 1931 to 1937. Law School LSU, started practice of law on July 30, 1937. First Assistant District Attorney EBR Parish for five years, 1948 - 1955. Attorney La. Department of Revenue 1940-46. Elected Attorney General of Louisiana 1955 - served 16 years in that capacity 1956-72.
Hon. LLB-Philathea College, admitted to all Federal/State Courts. Authorized to practice in Supreme Court of US since '42. Outstanding Attorney General of US - July 1963. Wounded St. Lo, France July 30, 1944 while serving with L Company, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 5th Inf. Div. Retired 1st Lt in June 1945.
Formerly married to Doris McDonal, (1-12-1942)- she died on October 31, 1989. Five children, Jack Jr, Donald, Wayne. Phetta and Mark.
Grubb, Willis L. 423/L
433 Sv Ir an Arc 498
Mountain Vic, ('A 94041
I took Basic Training at Camp Roberts March '44 to Aug '44. Was sent to camp outside Washington. D.C. for overseas. Since I was not ready and couldn't be sent aver as a replacement, I was sent to Camp Atterbury with the 106th where my lack of training would not be noticed.
I remember my sergeant turning white when I ask him what the stove pipes were and where the trigger was When I returned from prison camp my mother was sure we had been used as "Sacrificial Lambs."
Hurley, John ASSOCIATE
55193. 461h Ave Glendale. At 85301
Sponsored by Marion Ray. 424/D..
John is the son of my service buddy, "Kriege Buddy- and service friend -George Glen Truman Hurley. George had two middle names and I always told him that sealed our friendship because I had no middle name.
George G. T. Hurley passed away March 17, 1988 which was almost an anniversary date of entry into service and of the 106th.
Sgt. George Hurley entered service from the state of Missouri and like all the rest of as was shipped to Fort Jackson to the 106th and assigned to "D" Co. 424th Infantry Regiment and became one of the "Damn Hard Men.- George because he stood 6'3" became the cotnpany guidon bearer and was the only guidon bearer the company had until taken prisoner in Germany. He set a steady step for us wherever ivent.
He was also assigned to the second platoon as Instrument Corporal. In the ETO, when we were put to the task in Germany, George was taken prisoner on
17 December at or near Winterspett.
Although George and t were in the same platoon our duties were different, and it was not until they got us into a warehouse collection point at Gerolstein. From there to Stalag 12-A, Limburg where on the night of 23 December the British bombed us and the officers barracks received a direct hit. Then a five day train ride to Stargard II-A. Then the Russians started moving and we had a 13 day walk west to Neubrandenburg II-A and stayed there until' liberated by the Russians.
Hit the U.S. at Hampton Roads, VA and Camp Patrick Henry, VA and then extended leave.
George's family lived in St Louis, Mo then - and my family not far away in Illinois. George met a beautiful young lady and got married and after living in St. Louis several years decided to move "West." So george with wife and young son John moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
George Glen Truman Hurley died March 17, 1988 at Phoenix, Arizona
Rest ye well my friend!
So I submit to you his son, John, for Associate membership. signed Marion Ray
Mathews, Walter A. 81st ENGIC
St. Louis. MO 63109-3330
Sherod Collins, Thank you for the information and application forms from the 106th Association. My check and application are enclosed. Also, I am sending a check payable for the book The C'UB oldie Golden Loll: PASSES in REVIEW.
New Members IL
Mato, Andrew J. 424/E
Farmington Hills. MI 48334
I met my wife in Indianapolis while at Camp Atterbury. We were married in 1946 and have five children and 17 grandchildren
McMullin, Gerald W. 423/K
1627 Arbor Dr
Beloit. WI 33511
Sherod, Enclosed am my membership entry dues. I was a cook in "K" Co., 423rd Infantry from March 1943 to December 1944. Captured when the Third Battalion was told to surrender. I was in Stalag 9-B all of the time I was imprisoned, was liberated in April 1945. Discharge November 1945.
I am married for 47 years. have a son and two daughters and six grandchildren.
I started a plumbing apprenticeship in March 1946. I had to retire on disability November 1984. I am in a wheel chair a lot of the time now, so can't attend reunions, even though I would like to. I are looking forward to getting the CUB and any other news.
Mohn, John J. 422/HQ 1BN
12691 South Ave
North Liman OH 44452
Married 39 years to Cherie A. Mohn, an artist. Daughter Deborah Marie, son in law Richard Altimas (7), granddaughter Amanda, age 10; grandson Marcus age 4. Retired Clinical Psychologist/University Instructor/School Psychologist.
Editor's Nate - Sherod Collins informed me that John was the S-3 (Operations Officer) of the 422nd Regiment.
Osborne, Reggie R. 424/F
1'(1 Boa 74
Jefferson. NC 28040
I am a paraplegic veteran from World War II. I was a rifleman and served with "F" Co., 424th Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge.
I am married to Wave Eller Osborne, we live in Jefferson, NC. I entered service at age 18, was wounded in January of 1945.
Ray, Marion 424/D
1740 Green 'Free Ci
Crofton. MD 21114
I'm sorry for not having forwarded this application as I promised. Tried to make the Fort Jackson reunion, but due to my wife's health we could not come.
(Editor's Note - A card accompanying Marion's application shows him as Lieutenant Colonel, Artillery, Retired. Army of the United States... J. Kline)
Searfoss, Clifford L. 422/HQ 3BN
5823 Durham CI.
South Bond. IN 46614
I was discharged from the Artny on Nov 26 1945. I worked briefly for Geo. F. Bumette Driveaway and U.S. Army Air Corps. I enrolled at Manchester in June of 1947. I then worked briefly at Singer Company and ill August of 1947 I went to Bendix Corporation from which I retired on March 31, 1983.
Married on Oct 7. 1950 to Juanita Sharp. Six children and (2 grandchildren. We have done considerable travel, including battlefield tours of England, France. Belgium, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany. I have had some health problems including 5-bypass heart surgery in 1990.
Shaver, Robert M. 424/HQ
4961 Winston Dr. Indianapolis. IN 46226
Swonger, John W. 424/F
1435 Eastgate Rd
Springfield, OH 45503
Thompson, Paul G. 106 RECON
6945 Harriet Ave. So.
Richfield. MN 55423
Boyd Rutledge and I, your adjutant, have known each other for years. His quite salesmanship has convinced me to join with other veterans of the 106th.
I was a late corner, joining the 106th at Atterbury. Shortly thereafter I was transferred to the Signal Company and from there to the RECON Troop as a radio airman under Sgt. Harry Naish. Rudy
ama's comments in the CUB last 3 ring covered our move in the Ardennes so I won't repeat it. As a matter of interest, however, my family and I visited Stowon-the-Wold a few yearsago. Stow, isnow a tourist town and nothing was familiar except the town-hall.
Our positions in Grosslangenfeld were overrun on December 17th and the residue of the Recon Troop was marched to Priim and thenceto Stalag I 2A. by train, to Limburg an der Lahn. If I remember correctly, Rudy Ainama had a bad leg wound and was shipped with the rest of our wounded to some other location. Unfortunately 12A was next to the railyards near Diez and we were bombed, heavily, by the British two days before Christmas. Most if not all of our officers were killed in a building in the camp and many prisoners in box-cars were wounded or killed in the railyard.
From Limburg we were sent to Stalag 3A at Luchenwald (near Berlin) and later to 1 IA at Altengrabow. In early April we were formed into Arbeit Kommandos (work camps) and marched to the front to repair railroads. When the Americans broke through most guards shot their prisoners. Carlton Schilcher and I were the only 106th people in =group and we hid out until elements of the 83rd and 8th Armored passed as heading east.
After the war I went back to school, married Laura Jones. We have four children, nine grandchildren and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota in retirement.
I found some keepakes in my trunk that belong to Carlton Schilcher. He, or his heirs, would want them. Can anybody help me find him?
(Editor's Note - Paul, I am sure that the picture of the Diez railyards and other comments about the Limburg bombing in this cub would be or interest... J. Kline)
Vonachen, Donald F. 424/B
472 N Idlewood Ct Peoria, IL 61614 309-676-8986
vom Orde, Hallie Jones ASSOCIATE
4235 Ross Drive
Reno. NV 89509
Hallie is a sister to Alan W. Jones, Jr., son of our WWII Division Commander. He, Alan, Jr. was an officer in 423/HQ 1st Battalion.
Written on the back of pict. L/R/ Ward Richardson, 42 Walter "Tuck" Daugherty 423/L Picture taken January 9, 1944 guarding prisoners at a Alabama lumber camp. Sitting in a German prison camp on January 9, 1945, along with 500 men. Was captured 19 Dec, 1944 and marched days with no food
Have not changed clothes since 28 Nov. Food is terrible, hot water for breakfast, soup at noon, bread at
THE LONG DRAG
by Ward Richardson, 422/0
Of all the gifts I have ever received or given, there is one, though of little significance to most, to "Tuck" Daugherty and I will long be remembered.
Our friendship began at-the time we entered the armed forces in January 1943. Although "Tuck" and I came from the same small hometown, we never knew each other before entering service. We went through basic twining together, served a year in the 386th. Military Police Escort and Guard Company guarding German Prisoners of war in the States and Africa. Tiring of guard duty, we volunteered for the infantry in the early part of 1944. We were transferred to Camp Atterbury, Indiana to join the 106th. Infantry Division. Assigned to different regiments, we saw little of each other during our infantry training, but did manage an occasional get together at a PX mid-way between our regiments.
Our division left for overseas in the autumn of 1944. It had been some time since I had last seen "Tuck." At our last get-together we were both resigned to the fact that we might not meet again until after the war. With a brief stop over in England, then through France and into Belgium our division took over front line positions in and around the Schnee Eifel, a rocky wooded ridge 10 miles long and two miles wide astride the Seigfried Line, The date--December 11, 1944.
It was described as a "quiet sector." A 27 mile front. A holding action with probing patrol duty. This was to end as the quiet was shattered by en emptier of fire and steel. The Bottle of the Bulge was on, Field Marshall von Rundstedt's attack started in the early moming hours of December 16, 1944
I remember the bitter coldness and the thick blanket of snow on that moming of December 16th, so many years ago. The terrifying whine of the German Artillery, the ominous mit the buzz bombs made as they projected head. It didn't take any of us long to realiz seriousness of the situation. We held our position until the afternoon of the 18th, when orders from our company commander to destroy everything but our weapons and pull out. We were surrounded.
There was one chance in a million that we might break through the German Lines. For this all out effort we began by destroying and discarding packs, gas masks, all personal articles Including razors and dental articles, We knew what lay ahead - a 16 to 18 hour nightmarish march through the Ardennes Forest. The lighter the load the better. I had always been glad on joining the infantry of being assigned to heavy weapons company, now came the disadvantages. As first gunner on an 81 Millimeter Mortar Squad, that meant not only carrying side arms but the additional weight of 41 to 43 pounds as my part of the mortar.
We hurriedly pulled out of positions and as we passed our now deserted company headquarters. The full impact of our dilemma was
'early visible on each man's face. Numbed with fear, cold, fatigue and hunger, we stumbled through the darkness toward the enemy
In the early dawn ofthe next day, December 19 we knew the full might of the Germans. Having avoided his patrols, artillery and mortar fire during our hellish all night march, we now met him face to face. Although our numbers had grown to a sizable attack force, lacking ammunition and heavy Ere power, attack after attack was repelled by the Germans. With their ever increasing reinforcements our chances of breaking through grew dimmer and dimmer as the day were on. By mid-afternoon we gave up the ghost and surrendered It was at this time the effects of the last four days finally caught up with us. The human body and mind can stand no much; with no sleep, limited food, bitter cold and physical exhaustion, our minds were dull as we destroyed our weapons and slowly obeyed the piercing orders of the Germans. We were a beaten and miserable lot.
The Germans wasted little time in moving us inland. Their guard system was very elf,
lir, after short interval we started walking in. Step by step we walked deeper into Germany, up one hill and down another, with the guards prodding us to go ever faster. Woe be unto the man that couldn't take another step! Five minute breaks were few and far between. The Germans communicated ahead and had a complete change of fresh guard personnel at 10 mile intervals thus insuring our march inland was as fast as possible with no rest for the prisoners.
We marched from the day of our capture, December 19th, to 4 a.m. the following morning, covering an unbelievable distance considering the condition of the men. With four hours sleep, but no food, we were ordered on the move again. The bitter cold penetrated every bone of our bodies, especially our feet. Walking became automatic as mile after mile passed.
We walked for two more days through snow and mud, with half a loaf bread as daily rations. Arriving at Gerolstein, we were split into groups. The big rush to get us inland as like old army stuff "hurry and wait." We stood in the cold for hours. The men were milling and stamping around trying to get life Into their frost bitten feet. Everyone wondered what was in store for as next. As I looked among that mass of weary men, I could hardly believe my eyes--there was "Tuck" standing among another group of newly arrived prisoners. We saw each other about the same time. With so much confusion it wasn't difficult for "Tuck" to leave his group and join me.
After many delays we were finally herded into box cars. The particular boxcar we were in contained 62 man packed like sardines. We had to take rums sitting and standing as there wasn't room for all of us to set at once. The only advantage of being packed in so tightly, was the warmth obtained from each other. We rode on that miserable car for four days and nights with German field rations which consisted of hard dry biscuits for food.
The enemy transportation system had been hard hit by Allied planes. They would no sooner repair a section of track when it was bombed out again. It was due to one of these delays that our unmarked boxcars, pushed on a siding was bombed. Several cars at the rear were rolled over causing death to a number of prisoners. It was on Christmas Eve following the bombing, as we huddled in the boxcar, that I gave "Tuck" his gift --my last cigarette.
Shortly after Christmas we arrived at our first P.W. compound. Stalag IX-B. It was an appalling. unsanitary and overcrowded camp, infested with lice. Our daily rations consisted of ersatz coffee, a portion of soup, made of dehydrated greens, barley or peas, and for dinner one sixth of a loaf of bread plus a pat of margarine, Later the bread ration was cut to one-seventh then to one-tenth of a loaf per man.
We ate our soup ration out of our steel helmets, by using band hewn wooden spoons. Those of us who were lucky, slept on wooden benches, the others slept on the floor. Dysentery was prevalent, and those who made it to the out door slit trenches were lucky. Four of as pooled what money we had and bought black market cigarettes. We rationed ourselves to two "drags" a day after our daily allotment of bread, rotating as to who would light the cigarette each night. When our money ran out,
we fashioned cigarettes of straw and wood. Friends became enemies over them non-corns were "busted" for stealing tobacco from other prisoners and we often saw men fight over a drag on a makeshift "smoke." Cigarettes were the bane of our existence. Between them and food, I don't know which was the most longed for.
The German Army, highly disciplined, believed in segregating non-cams from privates. Once again "Tuck" and I were separated. Along with 1,200 other noncoms I was transported by boxcar to Stalag 1X-A, a barbed wire enclosure in an open field near Ziegenhain, 14 miles southwest of Kassel.
Following our liberation by the Sixth Armored Division, we were flown to Camp Lucky Strike in France. It was here that "Tuck" and I met again, Food and cigarettes were plentiful, none of them went to waste. We ate and smoked constantly. I accidently ran into "Tuck" again while on one of my frequent sojourns to the mess halls. A big grin spill, over his face. He said, "Ward, have a cigar° , have the whole package. When you gave me that cigarette last Christmas Eve, I'll bet you never realized how valuable it was going to become. I've thought about it constantly, as I craved for a smoke. I'll never forget your giving me your lag cigarette."
"Tuck" and I shipped home together and here our paths separated. He remained in our hometown. I went to live in an adjacent city. Every year since our capture, we've made an occasion of meeting and sharing a cigarette together. The exchange of that cigarette, put the final seal on a friendship good fora lifetime.
(Editor's Note -- In his letter to me. Ward said, "Tuck and I live about 90 miles apart now We viol with each other over a lunch once in a while. We both given up smoking years ago, but still talk about that cigarette ....)
For you, like, Ward Richardson, that were interned at Stalag IX-A.... A photo from an "album" that was liberated by Joseph Litvin, 423/D, as the camp was evacuated by the Germans and liberated by the Allies. Stalag IX.A (Ziegenhain) "ADMINISTRATION GROUP (Gruppe Verwaltung). Commander Obzm. Engel, in the center, with his administration staff.
From the Editor..
Thanks to all of you who sent Christmas cards to Margot and I. We hope you all had a good holiday season and wish you the healthiest of all New Years.
I am sitting here typing this column - two weeks late (124/941- with about thirty wires glued to my body. I am participating in a "Sleep Disorder' test in conjunction with the Veteran's Administration Psychology Department. They have already pronounced me unbalanced, after 12 hours of psychotic examinations, and now are trying to prove that I can't sleep. All in jest of course, it's part of a special program for Combat Vets and Ex-POWs- about 300 men from the Minneapolis VA Center. WWII-KOREA-Viet Nam etc. Excuse the late CUB. Margot and I had a rough Christmas, some sort of flu and I had a Hole trouble at work, with a boss who all of a sudden doesn't seem to want a 69 year old an on the payroll - I shall survive! J. Kline)
Austin, Clifford N. 589/C
125 S Maple St
Vergennes, VT 05491
Our group The ZITTAU SURVIVORS
endat Arbeit Kommado 141315 near a group of Ex-POWs who were in- Zittau, Germany during WW II. One hundred eleven of us left the work-camp on May 7, 1945. We held our first reunion in 1965 with only seven attending. We have been meeting yearly since then. Our address list now total twenty-seven (27) including nine who were with the 106th. We hope to reach additional Ex-POWs who were with as at the Work-Camp. (Editors Note - am, you will, in due time receive a first-class mail packet for the 1994 reunion. At that time you can make reservations and/or contact the chairman for whatever purpose. I also, suggest you write a short article for the Ex-POW Magazine - that would reach many of the ZITTAU Ex-POWs, I'm sure. Good Luck... J. Kline)
Beaver, Johnnie R. 423/H
116 Martha Dr Gurob Sin Apts
St. Mary's, GA 31559
I had no knowledge of my service or medical records, So I wrote the St. Louis
Mail Bag Personnel Records Bureau, only to receive a form letter that my records had been destroyed in a fire.
My daughter and I composed a heartbreaking letter that I did not want to leave this life without some record that I had served my country with honor.
We sent it to Thelma J. Martin, Chief of Records Reconstruction Branch. Not too long after that I received a large package of my medical records. It did show evidence that sides of the pages had been scorched. I sent her copies of my present records, which she put with these to make a complete file. I send this to show that you must keep trying.
(Editor's Note-With the above letter Johnnie included a couple of copies of the VA "Reply to Inquiry" forms that he had received. In them they acknowledge that some records have been re-constructed, but not all have complete records in them, due to the fire. As Johnnie says, KEEP TRYING...
Army personnel records are available from
NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER,
Military Records/Army Reference Branch,
9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132
... J. Kline)
Carver, Dale R. 424/HQ 3BN
742 Druid Circle
Baton Rouge, LA 70508
John, After the South Carolina Reunion, 1993 - Ruth and I drove to North Carolina and spent four days camping, hiking and white-water rafting. We got home the 17th of September to find that Louisiana had not cooled off yet.
We thoroughly enjoyed the reunion, the tour of Fort Jackson was, in my mind, the best part of the whole show. I am enclosing a check for five copies of The CUB of the Golden Lion: PASSES in REVIEW. I intend to give a copy to my five children for Christmas. We am looking forward to the Rapid City meeting. We have never seen the Black Hills, the Bad Lands or Mount Rushmore. See you them.
(Editor's Note Most of you know that Dale
See article below - Norman Croucher, 424/9 (-10,d,no eho
106111 Dkrisio flag (original)
Fort Jackson Museum. Fort Jackson S.C.
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I have reproduced one of his more recent poems on the lead page for the December 16th Commemoration Parties, in this issue (please note I have spelled 'conceived' properly this time).
To receive your personal copy send Date, at the above address, $6.00 which includes shipping. You will receive a 61 page booklet, 669 inches crammed with his remembrances of his experience with 4244-IQ 351n.
Dale was the Platoon Leader for the Ammunition and Pioneer Platoon (A&P Platoon -those guys who set out and remove land-mines, among other crazy things...
Dale received the coveted "Silver Star" for his actions against the enemy during the Battle of the Bulge. You will find the poems will bring back memories, stirred by words that are poignant, sometimes sad, revealing and true as he recalled his memories of those events after returning home. The original book was published in 1985... J. Kline)
Croucher, Norbert 424/B
218 Greenbrierl Palm Springs, FL 33461
I thought you might like a picture of the 106th Infantry Division flag as it appeared in the Fort Jackson Museum, while we were there for the 1993 Reunion. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in South Dakota in Sept 1994.
(Editor's Note - Thanks for the nice picture of you and the 106th flag. I have corrected my roster to reflect the proper expiration date of your membership... J. Kline)
Fonda, James R. 590/B
N Woodward Ave 843 Bloomfield Hills. Ml 48304
John - 'refer to the Apr-May-Jun 1993 CUB magazine, page 5, where entitled "Were You in BERGA!"
I wrote to Ms. Janine Jaquet Biden asking for information about Pvt. Martin Goldstein, with whom I had talked after we were captured on 20 December 1944.
•though I was a member of 590/B I had known Martin, because it was earlier in 590/C. Ms. Biden sent me the following information, dated 10/24/1993, which would be of interest to those in 590/C and others who survived Stalag 9-B and Berga.
Dear Mr. Fonda,
I believe the man you are referring to was Martin Goldstein of Atlantic City, New Jersey. who was that and killed by one of the guards at Berga after he tried to escape. After the war the Allies charged this guard with, among other crimes, murdering Goldstein. The guard, Erwin Met, was ,found guilty and was sentenced to be hanged, but upon review of the case, subsequent US. military legal authorities decided the evidence was not sufficient to sustain the charge. and the findings were reversed. Mete served 15 years for other charges.
I have enclosed a copy of one of the documents I found in the national Archives, about the shooting. Minimal, burl ught seeing the information. on an official document. that Goldstein was deceased, might make the news easier to absorb, somehow.
Thank you for the commendation, I too. think these were fine, brave men and would like to tell their story. Please let site know if I can be of further assistance. Signed Janine Jaquet Biden 7 Pine-crest Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810.
(Editor's Note - 106'ers --Ms. Biden is looking for any information you might have relative to Berge or the segregation of Prisoners of War. Write to her if you have information or want to know about the story she is piecing together Egi separating Jewish soldiers from other to be used as laborers, in camps like Berge... J. Kline)
Photo: Left Jim Moore; John Forsyth; Brown L Kennedy, kneeling all 423/G men
Forsyth, John L. 423/0
325 Station Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047
(Editors Note - John, I want to apologize. In the February 1993 CUB I promised to print a picture of you, Jim Moore and Brown L Kennedy from 423/G. Like other amides the photo did not get included in the May or the Sept CUB. As things happen in life, I recognized this too late.. Brown L. Kennedy died, I am sure you know, October 19, 1993. (see "In Memoriam" on inside back page of this CUB.).. J. Kline)
GOBBET, Pierre CRIBA
use des Fraisiers 20
B4041 Vottem, BELGIUM BELGIUM (Editor's Note - Pierre has, many fines through various letters, passed his good wishes along to all the men of the 106th Combat Infantry Division.
In the summer of 1993 he sent me a copy of a book named; CHEVRON: A Belgian Village. I read this book and passed it along to Edward Prewett (424/B)for I thought that the 424th passed near this village as it drove the Germans
back in January 1945. The book now resides with the 106th Infantry Division Association's "Historian," Sherod Collins. This was a book assembled by Pierre GOSSET and his associates from a diary written by Mr. Walthere JAMAR (18661951). He was the Retired Notary of CHEVRON. Walthere chose CHEVRON as his place for retirement because he revered the beautiful surrounding of Chevron, as a favorite subject for his paintings. CHEVRON, tucked away in a small corner of the Ardennes, has roots leading back to the Romans.
It is the opinion of the men of CRIBA, (Centre des Reserches et d'Information, la Bataille des Ardennes, i.e. a Belgian nonprofit Historical Society with a focus on the Battle of the Bulge), that the diary of Mr. Walthere JAMAR in its detailed and precise nature is extremely rare. and as such, merits publication even after 40 some odd years.
With the publication in hand one can visit CHEVRON and visualize the events of so many years ago. Readers can get a comprehensive view of the battle in the CHEVRON area, supported by data from other military sources.
On the one hand this is a publication of microscopic nature (Walthere did not leave his small village during the period of the battle); on the other hand through the footnotes and Annexes the publication is of mosaic nature; i.e. the footnotes enable the reader to gain a comprehensive and intregal appreciation of the Battle of the Bulge. CRIBA hopes that this publication will stimulate the further study of the Battle of the Bulge, in particular on the Northern shoulder of the Bulge and specifically of the operations in the CHEVRON area.... The above was taken from the "Acknowledgments" of the book. I found it interesting with many diagrams and descriptions of where the various units were and where enemy materiel was destroyed.
If you have interest in the book I silk gest that you contact Pierre GOSSET at the above address. I have no details on costs or shipping charges.
I wish to congratulate and thank Pierre and his comrades from CRIBA for their outstanding work in preserving the history of the Battle of the Bulge, and for their kind considerations given to all the men of the 106th who have visited their beautiful country... Thanks Pierre.. J. Kline)
Gaffney, Frank W. 424/HQ
1756 Lanbury Dr Kettering. OH 45439
I have never written to the Cub before, but your current cover brought back so many memories, I felt like sharing them with other members of the 106th. I joined the division in March ( maybe April) of 1943, just after it was activated. I was assigned to B CO. 3rd. platoon. I met 1st. Sgt. Rutland and Capt. Peyser the first I really don't remember if the meeting on a first name basis or not, but I do recall they addressed those of us who were there. My platoon commander was a man named Hall, and my platoon sergeant was a man named Adams. Ed Prewett's name I remember but not Hall's. This was 50 years ago. I took basic training with that Company and Ft. Jackson was HOT in the daytime and COLD at night, and there lots of sand chiggers. I got them once and they were very irritable.
The only other man I remember in the company was a man named Percy and he was from Pennsylvania. The mason I remember him is because one Saturday morning for having his hair too long. As I recall he had a burr haircut at the time. He immediately went to the camp barbershop and had his head shaved and upon his return was confined to the Fort until his hair grew back because he did present a scary appearance. He looked like a noo
Ilite"1. After basic I was transferred to Regimental Hdqtrs. Capt. Burkes, C.0., a regular army man named Burkett, 1st Sgt. The one memory, among others, was being called to his office in a driving rain. I jauntily entered and was told in no uncertain terms to knock before entering and wait till I was told to do so. I immediately went back out in the rain, closed the door and knocked, waited what I thought was about 30 minutes, and was told to enter. He told me I was so damned smart I was being transferred to the Air Force because I was so damn smart. Seems the results of some tests I had taken upon being drafted and some I.Q. tests in high school had come in and the scores were pretty high and I was transferred.
I spent 3 months in the USAF, and preparations were under way for an invasion of Europe, and I was needed in the Infantry. I returned to the 106th, and was jive a short while and was once again Wed to the 1st Sgts. office. I knocked and waited and upon entering was once again told I was being transferred to the ASTP program, which I had never heard of before. I asked a couple of questions, and was once again told it was being done because o the test scores. I was sent to the University of Mississippi, where I spent 6 to 8 weeks at which time I was sent back to the 106th. The ASTP was being shut down. Infantrymen were more important at that time. Upon my return to the 106th they had been through 2 P.O.E.'S and Tennessee maneuvers and I had missed them all.
Today I can be very grateful for that, because when the division went overseas I was blessed to be part of a group of people I knew, and a group of people I had trained with, and believe me, that, later on saved my life. Arrived in Glasgow, spent 3-5 days and we all took a train to Southern
gland, to a place where Regimental
Hdqtrs. was located in what was then and still is a very large home that belonged to an English nobleman, where time was spent playing cards, being told to keep the streets clean, because they did belong to the monarchy, learning to drink warm beer, becoming acquainted with the pub owners so we could stay a little longer when they closed early in mid-afternoon, and again in early evening.
Most of as were in the 19-20 year old age bracket and thought we knew it all. Finally we were sent to Southampton and then into LeHavre Harbor where, it seems we had to wait to disembark. We had been issued some K rations and were told to eat them sparingly, as the ships we were crossing on had a limited supply of food. Who listened? Hardly anybody. We were soon reduced to bread and canned Salmon. You can soon tire of that. I didn't eat salmon for 20 years after I left the service. Soon, we left that ship before a small battle started on board over Food and facilities. Remember we were all young and knew everything. As I recall, we went to a tent camp in France, and then to the Belgium-German border to replace the 2nd Division, which had been a static position for 3 or 4 months. Patrols every day, some artillery exchange, maintaining equipment, playing cards, eating, sleeping. All of that came to an end on Dec. 16, 1944. All hell broke loose. Those of you who were there in those first days will remember. NO, we didn't run but we were surely in disarray. Communication was not broken down, but it was close. As we were moved about, we green troops were scared. This is where, as I said before, I was with people I knew. Guard duty, at night was terrifying, because we had been told that there were Germans in American uniforms and that they spoke perfect English. The passwords were changed constantly. Different buttons on outer garments were left unbuttoned, so you could look and
determine friend or foe.
That situation lasted for a number of days because of weather. The Air Force couldn't fly and we were more or less pinned down. On the 23 or 24th the situation changed. The weather broke, the planes could fly, the 82nd Airborne had arrived previously, and the feeling of situation hopeless slowly went away. Those were three weeks of confusion, confusion, confusion. But it did one thing for me and I'm sure for many others. We made the change from boys to men. A few in that division probably had been in combat previously, but not many. I found out a lot about what happened in those two and one-half weeks later on, that is, after getting out of service.
Books, movies and the like told some of the story, but only by being there and after a period of time, did I finally realize all that happened there. Recalling memories is not an easy thing, and there are more, but those are for another time. .and all because of a picture on the front page of The Cub. Thanks.
RTE. 2 - Box 19 Fairfield. MT 59436
After seeing the map and article of Frank Trautman and the map of the 314th Engineers from World War One, I got down the history of the 89th Division 1917-18. My father, Ernst, was in the 314th Supply Train. He was a Corporal and drove down the hill into Prum, the same road that Frank and I, and most of the 106th POWs walked down in 1944. I found a map and a story of the Occupation Area of the 89th. The area started at the Luxembourg border, then North along the Belgium border to a point just north of Auw and some 30 miles into Germany. They say the area was hilly and the Northwest region, and it was. That was where we had our introduction into the area known as the Schnee Eifel.
House, Pete 590/A
5662 Clifton Ave Jacksonville, FL 32211-
The Camp Blanding Museum Association conducted their annual Memorial Day Remembrance on November 11, 1993. Pete House, veteran of the 106th Infantry
Ginther, Keith 422/G
Pete House, 590/A
MEMORIAL DAY at CAMP BLANDING
Division, presented a wreath to all Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Pete is a member of the museum association. He entered the service from Camp Blanding, was the Separation Center Supply Sergeant when discharged, and attended guard twining here in 1946. Anyone traveling through Florida on US 301 should plan on visiting this fine museum dedicated to people who served in World War
Hoff, Russell 422/M
2895 Street Rd Warrington. PA 18976
Anyone who served with or knew BERNARD A. VOGEL, "A"Co.,422nd Infantry who could give details as to Iris death while a POW, please contact me. Bernard was from the Pittsburgh area.
Jolgren, Gordon A. 424/L
RR1 Box 12
Pelkie, MI 49958 (Editor's Note - Gordon wrote me asking for info on Bill Cody, who died at the age of 79. William Garlow Cody went by the name of "Buffalo Bill Cody." Gordon thought he might be a member of the 106th Infantry Division. Anybody out there know? I checked the 423rd and 424th CIB rosters and cannot find that name.
Kilian, B.F. 81M ENG/C
(winter) 4121 Carnation Or 118-6
McAllen. TX 78501
underwent surgery on September 10 and was unable to come to the reunion. We are thinking of a permanent move to Texas, vacating Wisconsin summers. We are playing each day as it comes. Keep up the great work.
(Editor's Note Hang in there B.F. It is always nice to hear from you. We never did get in that golf game - it was not your fault. I have been working, retiring very soon, and just haven't traveled far from the stable, that is, except to the annual reunions. Good luck to you and Be. Keep in touch... J. Kline)
Mikalauskis, John L. 424/H
PO Bx 631 3D6 W. Blake Benton, IL 62812 618-439-3867
Sorry that Delores and I could not attend the reunion. We had family visiting us this past month and took them to see Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. While there I visited with James Collier, 424/H and his wife Mary Lou. Last week we had a pleasant visit with Harold Bretton, 424/HQ IBn and his wife Ferrol from Poseyville, Indiana. They brought friends, Mr/Mrs. Gene Williams, 168th Engineers. I am enclosing a copy of the POW camp sites located throughout Germany, also a copy of Tank Hill, Fort Jackson. Hope you can use these items.
(Editors Note - Thanks for thinking of me, John. As you saw on the cover of a recent CUB, I did have Tank Hill. The POW map must have appeared in many newspapers and magazines throughout the United States during that time. I have several copies. I was in Stalag VIII-A GOrlitz, Germany on the old Polish border which does not show on the map, but mostaa other camps forthe106'ers do. John, you have done a great job with the December 16 meetings in your area. I have your photo in that section in this CUB... J. Kline)
Moyer, George 424/CN
78 Goldenhowk Ct
Monticello, GA 31064-9575 I ran across some of my WWII memorabilia. Preceding joining the 106th after the Bulge, I was transferred to an Infantry twining camp near Gainsville, Texas. I found a week-end pass from there. Also ran across a poem my mother sent me. I attach a photo-copy of it.
I'm turning 69 in a few weeeks, still working full time. I changed jobs last June and was hired with all company benefits by a company called Hayssen in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This speaks well of a company that looks at an individual and not age.
I stay in touch with a few of my 424th
CASCADE de COO -- Ambleve (Providence Liege) BELGIUM Just before "press time" I received a packet from Pierre GOSSET, CRIBA's Seemtary,containing two of their 1993 news-letters, and a post-card. The sketch above, is by R Bock. The scene might be recognizable by those of you who were in Ambleve.
In the card he wrote, "For three years CRIBA was trying to obtain a 105mm Howitzer (Top secret up to now). Now we can reveal our plans for the Howitzer. It will be in a Memorial to be dedicated on the 50th Anniversary of the fighting soldiers of the U.S. Army. It will be displayed and elevated at "Parker's Crossroads" We hope the official inauguration will be on 7th May 1994."
buddies. I'm sure Ginnie and I will show up a future reunion. I wish a healthy, enjoyable 1994 for all the 106th men. Hem's the poem:
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Sitting on my G.I. bed,
my G.I. hat upon my head.
G.I. pants, G.I. shoes,
everything free, nothing to lose.
G.I. razor, al. comb,
G.I. wish I were home.
They issue everything we need, Ili
paper to write and books to read.
They issue food to make us grow,
G.I. want a long furlough.
Your pants, your shoes, your G.I. ties, everything free, nothing to buy.
You eat your food from G.I. plates, you buy your needs at G.I. rates.
It's G.I. this and G.I. that,
Everything here is government issue,
G.I. wish I could kiss you
Oust Paul M.L. 423/H
1000 Sand Street
Churdan, IA 50050
Enclosed are some pictures of mine from Stalag 9B, Bad Orb. The wife and I look forward to the CUB. Sometimes, soon, I will set down and write an article for The CUB. ....
Burial detail, Stalag 9-B
May 3, 1945 Chaplain Neel leading, 110 clockwise Emor Pretty, Carrie Robinson (hidden), Ray Johnston, William Lawson, Paul Trost, Lloyd Diehl Photo famished
by Paul Trost
Burial Sea Stalag 9-13. Bad Orb Photo fumished by Paul Trost
Stalag 9-B Officers
by Paul Trost
U.S Medical Personnel
Stalag 9-B, Bad Orb
by Paul Trost
A group of POWs Stalag 9-B, Bad Orb Photo furnished by Paul Trost
Er-- Raymond blinkl , 423/HO 3Bn, Dean Redmond, 422/H0 3Bn: Edward Wotahn. 81st ENGiB
First time together since they were liberated by the Russians in BRUX. Czechoslovakia, May 9. 1945.
Wojahn, a former b and member of the 106th Infantry Division Association. is currently the Slate
Commander for the Wisconsin American Ex.Prisoners of War
In MemoriamBrown, Robert G. 424/H
Died December 31,1993. Survived by his wife Harriet and two daughters. Bob was with the division from the beginning. He attended most all of the reunions.
Zabinski, Conrad 422/D
Died October 5, 1993. Survived by his wife Florence.
Ellsworth, Col. Perry R. 591/C
George Welton, 591/C informed us that Perry died July 22, 1993
Jackson, Roy T. 591/8
From Roy's daughter. Roy died September 1992, survived by his wife Doris, 3303 Ramada, Highland, MI 48356 and Jane his daughter.
Kennedy, Brown L. 423/G
Ruth his wife, Rte 2, Box 33, Thomasville, NC 27360 writes. "It is with sadness to tell you that Brown L. Kennedy passed away from a heart attack on October 19, 1993, one day before our 48th anniversary. We attended the reunion at Columbia, South Carolina and enjoyed it tremendously. Please continue to send The CUB."
Smiley, Ross 424/HQ rs. Doris Smiley writes, " Ross, my husband, passed away November 23,
1993. He was disappointed that he was unable to attend the reunion at Fort Jackson, but did have fond memories of the Pittsburgh Reunion. Our sons Don and Craig, and I, are so grateful for the wonderful people that made the occassion so special for him. God Bless you all. Doris"
Bailey, Gibbs 4242
Died June 18, 1993
Coign°, Sr., Joseph M. 423/A
Died March 24, 1992
Purtell, William E. 81st ENG/A
Died January 16, 1993
Oliver, Grover C. 589 FAB
May these valiant soldiers Rest in Peace
Association memberahlp 02196/94 – 1,619
President Edward A. Prewett
Past-President I. Jack A. Sulser
1st Vice–Pres Thomas J. Riggs
2nd Vice–Pres Richard L. Rigatti
Treasurer Shared Collins
Adjutant Boyd A. Rutledge
Historian Sherod Collins
CUB Editor John Kline
Chaplain Rev. Ewell C. Black, Jr.
Memorials Chairman Dr. John G. Robb
Atterbury Memorial Rep 0 Paul Merz
Membership Chairman Gilbert Helwig
Scholarship Chairman ... Jerome Eisenman
* Ex-Officio Board Member
Send editorial matter and photos to:
John P. Kline--CUB Editor
5401 U. 1011151 W Valley,. 55124-6637
Business matters, deaths, address changes to:
Boyd A. Rutledge--Adjutant
10132 ...InchRend, Bloo831-5559mmplon, LIN 55417
Memorial matters and inquiries to:
Dr John G. Robb
238 Devoregra=e, PA 16355
Membership dues, Memorial Fund
contributions and Historical items to,
448 Monroe rzeggleosinw, GA 30144
The 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 to July 1 term)
Annual Membership $10.00
Annual Auxiliary $ 2.00
Annual Associate $10.00
Board of Directors 1993-19I
Alphabet cal by ye., ten, expreS
D°ugiVgre2d:Otr2o1(n'21°' 5031 ('94)
Norwood A. Frye 81st ENG/B
1069 141ancbesle.21 .p1aslonbury, CT 06033
2 776 371032
John L. Hall 423/SV (•84)
562 Hill CL Sebring, FL 33872
Edward A. Prewett 424/B
7831 Lone Tree W56/6367472,16/4 CA 94513-2109 '94)
Ave.,ve San ego, CA 92119 619-463-2814
Joseph Massey 422/C (05)
RTE .1 Box 780, Remit, AL 35133
Herbert F. Meagher 422/M ('95)
18228 Montana CT Orland Pack, IL 60642
0, Paul Mesa 422/SV ('95)
1344 Norfolk C.r. Indianapolis. IN 46224
Gilbert Helwig 423/M (nal
2006 Ontario Rd, 455, Wes, M149120
Jerome Eisenman 423/HQ 3BN ('96)
227 Buena ',la Ave, Rely Cgs. CA 94015
Richard L. Rigatti 423/B
113 Woodshire Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
William K. Rowan 424/K
213 Country Clotl=by, NC 281511
Major Iii61;15i0IL4142 (r)
Ingleside, N.60041 708-587-7807
Lyman C. Maples, 422/K (97)
608 WIlkira4InUA 30720
Dr. Richard W. Peterson, 423/1 f57)
1285 Pubenstem,Card.by Cie Sea, CA 92007
Edwin C. Huminski, 424/F C98)
.2 Box 258, Rock wood, PA 15557-0223
AlTioLilsorMojar;rio^Vrit iftwir, VA 22 0
William Malone, 423/B (98)
391111.4ery Rive, Nashville, TN 37207
Thomas J. Riggs, 81st Eng/HQ (98)
6 Olwe Street, Providence, R102906
John N. Swett, 423/H ('913)
1960229 Old Tavern Road, ONCSrook, IL 60521
LeveneZergel, 4222, men,..„ FL ('90)
HONORARY Board Member
Col. Joseph Matthews 422/HQ (Lire)
4706 Wemern Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27606
105 m.m. Howitzer to be permanently displayed at Parker's Crossroads
by C.R. I.B.A. (photo by Henri HANNON, Hermes - Oupeye, Belgium)
See story on page 8
Index for: Vol. 50 No. 2, Jan, 1994
106th Inf. Div., 1, 4, 7, 10, 17, 19, 23, 30, 47, 49, 53, 54, 58
106th Infantry Division Association, 1, 4, 7, 10, 17, 19, 49, 58
168th Engr.s, 54
28th Inf. Div., 23, 31
2nd Div., 51
422/K, 23, 24, 30, 61
422/M, 23, 24, 28, 54, 61
422nd Inf., 54
422nd Inf. Regt., 36
422nd Regt., 36
423rd Inf., 15, 36
423rd Inf. Regt., 15
423rd Regt., 21, 32
424/A, 24, 30
424/C, 19, 28, 55
424/D, 34, 36
424/L, 29, 54
424th Inf. Regt., 34
424th Regt., 36
590th FA BN, 9, 31
5th Inf. Div., 33
7th Armd. Div., 13
82nd Abn. Div., 53
8th Corps, 31
Africa, 15, 40
Albertson, Gladys, 28
Allen, Harold, 14
Anderson, Amy, 26
Anderson, Toby, 26
Ardennes, 14, 30, 38, 40, 49
Ardennes Forest, 40
Armington, Don, 8
Austin, Clif, 45
Austin, Cliff, 45
Austin, Clifford, 45
Austin, Clifford N., 45
Avedisian, Kachadour, 24
Bad Orb, 57, 58
Bailey, Gibbs, 59
Baltic Sea, 14
Bandurak, Walter, 1
Bartz, Richard E., 23
Battle of the Bulge, 11, 15, 22, 23, 31, 36, 47, 49
Beaver, Johnnie, 45
Beaver, Johnnie R., 45
Behr, Bea, 26
Behr, Richard, 26
Belgium, 20, 30, 37, 40, 48, 51, 53, 56, 61
Belgium-German Border, 51
Bell, Roger, 22
Benson, Burton, 32
Benson, Burton E., 32
Berga, 47, 48
Bied, Dan, 14, 15
Bigger, Roy, 5
Black, Rev. Ewell C., 60
Black, Rev. Ewell C., Jr., 60
Blaher, Miriam, 24
Bloch, Jean, 24
Bradfield, June, 25
Brankin, William, 20
Brendlinger, Bob, 13
Bretton, 25, 54
Broussard, Fred, 22
Brown, Robert G., 59
Brunner, Lloyd, 30
Burkes, Bob, 27
Califf, John, 13
Camp Atterbury, 7, 14, 34, 36, 40
Camp Atterbury, IN, 40
Camp Lucky Strike, 44
Camp Patrick Henry, 34
Cariano, Sam, 8
Cariano, Samuel P., 2
Carpenter, Ben, 20
Carr, Fred, 29
Carver, Dale, 19, 21, 46
Carver, Dale R., 46
Casenhiser, Bob, 13
Cavender, Col., 21
Cavender, Col. Charles C., 21
Chevron, 48, 49
Childs, Dean, 26
Childs, Eleanor, 26
Coffey, Douglas S., 1, 10
Collier, James, 54
Collins, Sherod, 1, 27, 35, 36, 49, 60
Connelly, Dr. Michael E., 23
CRIBA, 48, 49, 56
Crook, Herbert D., 19
Cunningham, Lou, 30
Datte, Nancy, 28, 29
Davis, Sam, 28
de St. Aubin, Robert, 8
DeHeer, Marge, 2
DeHeer, Richard, 1
Diehl, Lloyd, 57
Diez, 5, 12, 13, 38
Diez/Limburg, 5, 12, 13
Doxsee, Clifford, 11
Duke, Monroe C., 10
Eisenhower, Dwight D., 15
Eisenman, Jerome, 60, 61
Faid Pass, 15
Fava, Wanda, 24
First Reunion, 19, 21
Fitzgerald, Gilbert, 8
Fleharty, Dharlys, 28
Flick, Robert, 23
Fonda, James, 47
Fonda, James R., 47
Forsyth, John L., 48
France, 2, 15, 33, 37, 40, 44, 51
Frye, Norwood A., 60
Fryhoff, Robert, 32
Fryhoff, Robert E., 32
Ft. Jackson Museum, 47
Ft. Jackson, SC, 30, 34, 36, 46, 47, 49, 54, 59
Ft. Knox, KY, 15
Gaffney, Frank W., 49
Gallagher, John, 29
Gallagher, John & Stella, 24
Gallagher, John I., 1
Gallagher, John J., 29
Gallagher, Stella, 2, 29
Gardner, Jim, 14
Gebelin, Francis E., 23
Gerlach, Phil, 30
Germany, 2, 12, 15, 34, 37, 42, 45, 53, 54
Gerolstein, 34, 42
Gilder, Jean, 2
Ginther, Keith, 53
Goldberg, Natalie, 24
Gosset, Pierre, 49, 56
Grasso, Mary, 24
Grubb, Willis L., 34
Hall, John L., 60
Hannon, Philip, 12
Hannon, Philip A., 5
Harris, Bill, 29
Helwig, Gilbert, 2, 60, 61
Hill, Ralph, 29
Hirst, Bob, 13
Hoff, Russ, 54
Hoff, Russell, 54
House, Pete, 9, 28, 31, 53
House, Pete & Joanne, 28
Howell, Bob, 27
Huminski, Edwin C., 61
Hurley, George G. T., 34
Hurley, John, 34
Jackson, Roy, 59
Jackson, Roy T., 59
Jenkins, Bill, 27
Johnson, Newton, 25
Johnston, Ray, 57
Jolgren, Gordon, 54
Jolgren, Gordon A., 54
Jones, Alan W., 8, 39
Jones, Alan W., Jr., 8, 39
Jones, Bob, 13
Kelch, Eugene, 25
Kelly, Bob, 23
Kennedy, Brown L., 48, 59
Kline, J., 8, 30, 32, 36, 38, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 54, 55
Kline, John, 12, 14, 19, 30, 60
Kline, John P., 2, 60
Koehler, Eldon A., 32
Lapato, Frank, 23
Likins, Robert, 22
Limburg, 5, 12, 13, 34, 38
Limburg Bombing, 5, 12, 38
Lion In the Way, 1
Litvin, Joseph, 44
Livesey, Herbert B., 2
Livesey, Herbert B., Jr., 2
Long, Ivan, 13
Loveless, John T., 1
Loveless, John T., Jr., 1
Loveless, Kay, 2
Lucky Strike, 44
Luxembourg, 37, 53
MacDonald, Charles B., 10
Maier, Adolph, 19
Mamula, Charles, 23
Maples, Lyman C., 61
Marsh, Mary Lou, 21
Martin, Mary, 25
Martin, Pearl, 23
Martin, Roland, 8
Massey, Joseph, 61
Mathews, Walter A., 34
Mato, Andrew J., 36
Matthews, Col. Joseph, 61
McDevitt, Jack, 29
McMahon, Leo T., 1
McMahon, Wilda, 2
McMullin, Gerald W., 36
Meagher, Herbert, 20
Merz, Paul, 60
Messina, Carl, 24, 29
Middleton, Jack, 24
Mikalauskis, Dolores, 25
Mikalauskis, John, 25, 54
Mikalauskis, John L., 54
Miller, John, 15
Miller, John W., 15
Miller, Robert G., 32
Millice, Dave R., 32
Millice, Lt., 32
Mohn, John J., 36
Moore, Ralph, 22
Moyer, George, 55
Neel, Chaplain, 57
North Africa, 15
Oliver, Grover C., 59
Order of the Golden Lion, 1
Ortwine, Harold, 23
Osborne, Reggie R., 36
Padgett, Carroll, 27
Panice, Raymond, 20
Paris, France, 15
Peros, George, 31
Peterson, Dick, 21
Peterson, Dr. Richard, 5
Peterson, Richard W., 61
Peyser, Capt., 49
Phillips, George F., 23
Pierce, Waldo, 8
Piha, Morris, 27
Pitts, Capt., 31
Pitts, Jill, 31
Pitts, John, 31
Powell, Neva, 15
Prater, Doug, 13
Pretty, Emor, 57
Prewett, Ed, 49
Prewett, Edward, 48
Prewett, Edward A., 1, 59, 60
Prisoners of War, 40
Purple Heart, 14, 15
Purtell, William, 59
Purtell, William E., 59
Puskarich, Charles, 22
Queen Elizabeth, 15
Ray, Marion, 34, 36
Redmond, Dean, 58
Rhine River, 32
Richardson, Bob, 14
Rigatti, Richard L., 4, 59, 61
Riggs, Thomas J., 59, 61
Riggs, Tom, 24
Ringer, Bob, 8
Robb, Dr. John G., 60
Robb, John G., 60
Roberts, Jack, 23
Roberts, Mary Lou, 23
Rock Island Arsenal, 15
Rowan, William K., 61
Rowe, Bob, 23
Rutledge, Boyd, 30, 38
Rutledge, Boyd A., 2, 60
Schaffner, John, 8
Schilcher, Carlton, 38
Schnee Eifel, 40, 53
Schober, Milton, 20
Schoonover, Lex, 30
Schutte, Jean, 23
Scranton, Robert L., 1
Searfoss, Clifford L., 36
Seigfried Line, 40
Shaver, Robert, 38
Shaver, Robert M., 38
Sheehan, John, 13
Shirk, Walter, 29
Silvia, Manuel, 8
Sixth Armd. Div., 44
Slaby, Ted, 13, 28
Smythe, Willis, 22
Sparks, Dick, 13, 28
Sparks, Richard, 28
St. Vith, 1, 13
Stalag 12-A, 5, 12, 34
Stalag 3-A, 38
Stalag 9-B, 36, 48, 57, 58
Stalag IX, 42, 44
Stalag IX-A, 44
Stalag IX-B, 42
Stalag VIII, 54
Stalag VIII-A, 54
Starmack, Grace, 24
Sulser, Jack A., 59
Swanson, Alvin, 30
Swier, Ted, 20
Sziber, Muriel, 24, 29
Sziber, Vince, 29
Tennessee Maneuvers, 51
Thompson, Paul, 38
Thompson, Paul G., 38
Trautman, Frank, 53
Trost, Paul, 57, 58
Truman, Grace, 24
Ulrich, Wendell, 20
Utah Beach, 31
Vance, George, 8
Villwock, Jackie, 2
Villwock, Russell, 1, 20
Vogel, Bernard A., 54
Von Rundstedt, Field Marshall, 40
Vonachen, Donald, 38
Vonachen, Donald F., 38
Walden, Jeanne, 26
Walden, Larry, 26
Ward, Duke, 27
Ward, Martha, 27
Weiner, Milton, 21
Wells, Maydean, 2
West Point, 15
Wojahn, Edward, 22
Wyatt, Van, 25
Yamazaki, Aki, 21
Yanchik, Pete, 23
Yelochan, Albert, 23
York, Bob, 25
York, Thelma, 25
Zabinski, Conrad, 59
Zabkar, Edward, 7
Zicker, Gordon, 13, 28
Zittau, Germany, 45