Vol. 52, No. 1, Oct, 1995
A salute to a grand old soldier. He was convinced that his decisions were correct. May he rest in peace knowing that the concern and respect he showed for his men are returned to him a hundred-fold.
Colonel Charles. C. "Moe" Cavender Commander, 423rd Combat Infantry Regiment 97 going on 98 - October 2, 1897 - August 8, 1995
President's Quarterly Report
This is my first report to you as your new president of the Association, and I wish to apprise you ofthe success ofour Orlando reunion.
The reunion was well attended and well organized under the direction of John Riels who was chairman and we particularly en-joyed the hospitality of the Grosvenor Hotel and in particular the good food and entertainment.
We added distinctly to our Order of the Golden Lion recipients, namely: Rev. Ewell C. Black, Jr.; Dr. John G. Robb; Dr. Richard W. Peterson; O. Paul Merz; Jack A. Sulser; Dan Bied; Kenneth W. Bradfield, Wayne Black and John Kline.
We're somewhat dismayed that we lost 45 of our comrades in this past year.
At this reunion we were more than glad to see that we have many people interested in being chairman of annual reunions in the future. We were disap-Opted last year when we did not have any volunteers. I am happy to report that Mir Roanoke Virginia reunion will be August 30 to September 3, 1996, and we will have two hotels as hosts, namely the Sheraton and the Marriott. We were concerned that in past years where we had two hotels to accommodate us that those who were residing at the second hotel felt left out of all the activities. We have therefore this year separated some of the activities so that they do happen in both the Sheraton and in the Marriott. The two hotels are next to each other, so transportation will not be necessary. The chairperson of this reunion is Mrs. Elizabeth Bowles, who has been our host along with her husband in the past and we feel that they are more than competent to entertain us and suitably house us. They have planned a very extensive entertainment program for your review which will be published in one of the future issues of the Cub.
In regard to future reunions, we now have John Gilliland who has graciously volunteered to be our host in Nashville in the year 1997. As of right now, we have a possibility of having one in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1998, but we do not have any sponsors even though the convention bureau is very active. I would person-ally prefer someone in the western states to be our host as we are in need of attracting our western comrades to a reunion. It has been some time since we have had one in the western states and I am looking for volunteers. The following year 1999 will be held in Chicago under the chairmanship of Russ Villwock. Russ has
106th Infantry Division
Association Richard L. Rigatti,
President - 1995-1996
"B" Company, 423rd Infantry Regiment
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President's Quarterly Report (continued) ...
Chaired or Co-Chaired C49) every reunion held in the years ending with "9"since the inception of the Association, with the exception of 1969 when it was held in St. Vith, Belgium, by Chairman Douglas S. Coffey.
The main emphasis of my tenure will be to firmly establish the December mini-reunions, which we have hopefully gotten off the ground with the appoint-ment and acceptance of chairmanship of approximately forty of our comrades, who will be our hosts this year. Mailing labels have either been mailed to them or are in the process of being mailed so that they are fully aware of the membership that their reunion would encompass. We look forward to the continuation and the success of these mini-reunions as we feel that even though they now supplement our annual reunions that in time they may replace it. Your cooperation with these chairmen by your attendance would be greatly appreciated. My heartfelt thanks to these forty some volunteers who have been most gracious in my efforts to establish these mini-reunions throughout the fifty states.
All of the other committee men have been appointed for the succeeding year and they are hard at work in presenting their programs which you will hear of in future issues of the Cub. Their names are listed on the inside page of the Cub with regard to their particular responsibilities and you are free to contact them with any of your suggestions.
In our long range planning, we needed "standbys" for all of the officers of the Association. At the reunion, we were able to establish one for all excepting the Editor of the Cub, John Kline. We are asking you to recommend someone familiar with publishing and data base management from our membership. Appointed as standbys were: Dr. Duncan Trueman for Chaplain, Gordon Pinney for Adjutant, Richard Rigatti for Treasurer. Again, we are soliciting a stand-by for John Kline, Editor of the Cub.
The Cub, in this issue, will be full of pictures and comments about our Orlando reunion so I do not want to take up too much of the space as John Kline is really concerned about being able to put in all of the information he wants to in this issue. I, therefore will close wishing you Happy Holidays and expressing my hopes that you will be able to attend one of our mini-reunions this December.
I look forward to servicing you with my 1st VP, Major Hill, 2nd VP, John Kline and Association Staff.
Richard L. Rigatti, President
"1995 December Mini-Reunion Roster"
The following members have volunteered to head up the 1995 Mini-Reunions (December 16 Commemorations).
We feel that the importance of these local reunions will increase as the years go by. Many will not be able to continue to travel to the national reunions. llopefully these local reunions will fill the need to meet with our friends of the 106th Infantry Division..
If you have not received notice of a Mini-Reunion in your area, please call the person shown on this list. I happy Holidays and have a pleasant get-together...
Richard Rigatti, President, 106th Infantry Division Association 1995-1996
Joseph Massey 205-681-1701 1 Montana --
Keith Ginter 406467-.89: Alabama ,
Herman Van Debogart 602-822-2296 Nebraska
Don Sandahl 402466-3564Arkansas
Herbert Crook 504-92.368 — N. Hampshire
Marcel Mk. 2074744508California-No.
John Gregory 916-481-3353 New Jersey
Carl Mess. 908-4864927!California-So.—
Milton Weiner 310-5444470 New Maxie*
Arrnando Velasque. 50.214434
Nolan Ashburn 970-416-9930 j No. Carol.
Roger Rutland 80.7874996Colorado , Connecticut
Richard Brax 202-443-1685 Nova Scotia
Marcel Oulmet 207-774-6508 D.C.
PhiOuimeton 410-465-0778 Nova.
Rob. N. Marsh 702-2.4074
Carl Messina 90848.2927• rasota
Lester Helmich 813.5,3571 1 Ohio
Robert Walker 513-941-1888
Jackson Behling 91.299-68.FL- Central -1
Lloyd Byrd 407-876-5586 Oklahoma Oregon
Joseph 1(.. 50.25+,6367, Georgia
Sherod Collins 770.928-3207 IPA - Phila.
Char. Datte 21546.866Hawaii
George Iwamoto 808-536-999t —GeorgePittsbgh
Joe IAabney 412-33.1.Iowa PA-Reading
John Gallagher 215429-2887
Idaho Uoyd J. Passey 208-945-2329
Lloyderto Rico Humberto Apo. 809-859-7297
Russell Villwock 708-452-8628 Rhode Island
Marcel Oulmet .7-7744508I, Mt VernOuimet
John Mikataus. 618-439-3967 So. Carolina
Roger Rutland 803-787-6998Indiana
Robert Walker 513.41-1888 : So..akota
Art Van Moorlehem 60.8.5827
T. McCall 913-232-1284 Tennessee
Hubert Crook 504-924-4368
Kentucky Robert Walker 513-941-1888 Tex..
Ted Jones 214-23.795Louisiana
Hubert Crook 504-924-4368 Utah
Wallace Butterfield 801-943-6081Massachusetts
Richard Braa 203-443-1685 ;Virg...
PBraxip Hannon 410-4654778
Mary.d Phillip Hannon 410-46Maryland Mier...,
Rich. Brax 203443-1685Maine
Marcel Ouimet 207-774-6508 !Washington
Ken Corrigan 208-352-3481
Russell Mayotte 313-421-4059 'Wisconsin
Charles Rieck 6084314110Minh's.
John Kline 612-423-4337 i West Virginia
Joe Maloney 412-33.104Missouri
Hubert Crook it504-924-4368 ! Wyoming
Eddie Legerski 3074374816_ ..ssissiPP.
Hubert Crook 504-924-4368 i.._
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You Are No Angel ! •
Ever since our earliest years we have heard stories of angels and seen pictures of them. These pictures range from cute cherubs, drawings of peo-ple in Heaven with robes and harps, and art works of what artists think real angels look like. Because of all of this, people have sometimes gotten confused as to the relationship between humans and angels.
Angels are first mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Genesis and last mentioned in the New Testament in the last book which is Revelation. However the clearest picture of the relationship between humanity and angels is found in Psalm 8:4-6 (The Living Bible).
"I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him! And yet you have made him only a little lower than the angels, and placed a crown of glory and honor upon his head. You have put him in charge of everything you made; everything is put under his authority."
This tells us that while humanity holds a very special place in God's creatilk none of us will become angels because they hold an entirely different place God's creation. God's promise to all of his chosen people is that they shall reside in Heaven, not that they will become angels. I can understand how in the death of a child that it might comfort the family to say that "God needed another angel in Heaven'', but Scripture tells us otherwise.
No, none of us will ever be angels with wings, etc., but we, who are God's people do have a very special place reserved for us in Heaven. We don't have to worry that we shall never be angels -either on earth or in Heaven- because we hold a very special place in God's Order of Creation.
"Gracious God we thank you for all of your blessings to us, giving thanks that in your eye we hold a very special place. We give thanks for a love so great as that which you have for of your people."
My deepest thanks to each member of our Association, it's Officers, Directors and the members of the Committee who did me the great honer of awarding me the Order of the Golden Lion, Commander Class at our Reunion in Orlando. This is one of the greatest honors which I have ever received.
Rev. Ewell C. Black, Jr.
Reverend Ewell C. Black Jr., Chaplain
"A" Company, 422nd Infantry Regiment
106th Combat Infantry Division
212 Ridge St., Bishopville, SC 29010
n Memory of CoL C.C. Cavender 10/2/1897 to 8/9/1995"
From the Editor:
I was privileged in 1990, at the Sacra-mento Reunion, to have Col. C.C. Cavender as a room mate. I took care of him in the evening and a 423rd "Detail" took care of him during the day.
Cavender had a very sharp memory, re-membering minute details of his 36 years of service. He would talk until about 11: P.M. about all his experiences. I enjoyed it. One night I asked the Colonel, "Colo-nel, have you ever regretted surrendering the Regiment on 19 December?" His an-swer was, "No way Jose!, there was no other solution." For you that knew him, you know that he was sincere." His 98th birthday would have been on 2 October, 1995.
I sit at night, often thinking, that had it not been for his decision, I could have been buried somewhere in the Ardennes. As it is, I survived along with others.
In June 1995, Col. Cavender finished writ-ing his "Memoirs." A difficult task, for his yi-n was impaired. Using a tape recorder,
n memory of him, I include the "Fore-word" to his Memoirs and also a reprint of a story about him from the Oct-Nov-Dec 1988 CUB. His booklet, The Memoirs of an Old Soldier. is in short supply, with just a few copies being printed. As you will see. the "Foreword" was written by Ralph C. Hoewing, Colonel USAF Ret, a cousin to Colonel Cavender by marriage, of Rive, side, California.. J. Kline
From THE MEMOIRS o f an Old Sol-dier by Charles C. Cavender, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired
Colonel Cavender had the tenacity of a bull. Once his mind was set on some-thing, he never wavered from carrying it out. This is pointed out several times in his memoirs. About two years ago, he said he would like to write his life story. But how? He couldn't write because of his poor eyesight. He couldn't dictate to anyone, because he couldn't find anyone to take it down. Finally it was decided that perhaps he could master a tape re-corder. He spent hours memorizing the push buttons. Over a period of several months, he managed to get his story on tape. More hours were spent getting the words onto a word processor. Finally, many, many hours were spent in finaliz-ing and editing his story. All this time, he kept urging us on. Perhaps he was able to see that the end was near. Finally in m id-June 1995, we had the final draft.
Colonel Charles C. "Moe" Cavender passed away on August 9, 1995, just two months less than his 98th birthday. He was mentally alert to the end, but physi-cally it was Alovvnhill" after a bout with pneumonia in May.
During those final months, he loved to listen to and to sing, with gusto, those West Point songs and to join in singing favorites from the 20's and the 30's. He never failed to request several of the old hymns at the "sing-a-longs" held weekly at the Skilled Nursing Facility where he I ived.
A memorial service was held in the Convocation Hall, Air Force Village West, and he was laid to rest beside his first wife, Carolyn, at the Riverside Na-tional Cemetery, Riverside, California on August 14, 1995.
Ralph C'. Hoewing
Colonel, USAF Ret
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FROM THE CUB
Colonel Cavender attends West Point
Class of 1923
From the Sun City News
June 30, 1988
By Frank Hammond, Staff Writer
Old Soldiers never die," goes the old barracks room ballad, "they just fade away." And some fade away slowly.
For example, there is the Sun Citian Col. Charles C. Cavender, who together with his wife, Lois, only recently re-turned from the United States Military where he attended the 6 Academy at West Po.
anniversary reunion of his 1932 graduating class. Of the 294 cadets who gradu-ated with the class, 14 were present for the reunion and 45 are still alive.
Born Oct. 2, 1897 in Grapevine, Texas, Cavender retired from the U.S. Army at Fort MacArthur, Calif. Sept. 30, 1953 after 36 years of active duty spanning three wars. When asked if his in-itial interest in attending West Point was because he came from a military family, Cavender shook his head and laughing wryly, said "My grandfather was a ser-geant in the Confederate
influenced me. What did influence AI Army, but I don't think
was in his words, "a wave of patriotism-that swept over the campus of Texas A&M in November of 1917 when he was a second year student there and the United States had entered World War 1. He had taken competitive exams for West Point and Annapolis and had been prom-ised a principal appointment for June, 1918, by his district's congressman. But war fever was raging and Texas A&M students, according to Col Cavender "were leaving in droves for service in the armed forces." I le added, "1 enlisted as a volunteer for the duration of the war.-
Eager to get overseas, young Cavender volunteered for the assignment to a field signal battalion of the 5th Division and was sent to France. While he was in the Battle of the Argonne, he was selected to compete for appointment to West
Col. C.C. Cavender in December 1946 after recuperating from wounds sustained in a bombing raid n.r NOmberg on April 4, 1945. He along wit others had been taken from Ofiag 13C, Hammelburg and march. into Bavaria.. He was , at the time this picture, Executive Officer at Fort Douglas, Rah. His commanding officer was General Herbert T. Perrin, who had been
Cobnel C.C. Cavender, CO, 423rd Combat Infantry Regiment, (U.S. ARMY, Ret ) - 10 Oct 1897 - 9 Aug 1995
at the December 1994. Southern. California Party. He was 97 years of age at that time.
Richard Erbes, 423rd Regiment Headquarters Company. a close friend of Cavender, and his wife Lynn who
live nearby in Lake Elsinore, CA. always drove Cavender to the December events and spent many hours with him
at the U.S. Air Force Skilled Nursing Facility where Cavender made his home in recent years
?mu. The War Department had been al-lotted 90 appointments, and one man from each regiment in the American Ex-peditionary Forces—approximately 200--were to compete for them Private 1st Class Charles C. Cavender was one of the 18 who made a passing grade and received orders from General John J. Pershing's headquarters to proceed to the Commanding General, Port of Embarka-tion, "by whom they will be sent to report to Commandant of the West Point Mili-tary Academy." Cavender noted that General Pershing gave the graduation ad-dress for his class at West Point.
It was at West Point that Cadet Cavender made the acquaintance of a fel-low classmate, now a fellow Sun Citian, Col. Warren G. Robinson, and started a friendship that has lasted 70 years.
Between his graduation from West Point in 1932 and the entrance of the United States into World War II, Cavender served in a variety of assignments in various units at a variety of posts in the United States, and the Territory of Hawaii and Panama.
"I was stationed in Panama at Fort Davis on the Atlantic side in 1930-31 where the average rainfall is 160 inches," the colonel recalled. "I was at Fort Shafter in Hawaii from 1939-41 but was back in the states before Pearl Harbor."
At the time of the Japanese attack on 7 December, 1941, Cavender was on duty in Washington, D.C. He became regi-mental commander of the 423rd Infantry Regiment of the 106th Division which was activated March 15, 1943 at Camp Jackson, S.C.
After Tennessee maneuvers in Feb-ruary, 1944, the division was shipped to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, then later, in October to England.
In late November 1944, it loaded on boats for the continent where it became part of the First Army. "No turkey for us," the colonel quipped.
During the crucial Battle of the Bulge, Cavender's regiment was cut off and surrounded. The colonel and a number of his men were captured Dec. 19, 1944. He was liberated on April 5 by units of Gen. George S. Patton's Army. During this engagement which involved a saturation bombing attack by American planes, Col. Cavender was wounded. He recalls the experience with "On V-E Day 1 was having surgery in a hospital in England."
Among Cavender's awards and decorations, which include the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star medal, Pur-ple Heart, both WWI and WWII Victory medals and campaign medals with battle stars, is the Legion of Merit.
The citation reads in part: "Colonel Charles C. Cavender ... for exceptionally outstanding service as regimental com-mander ... from 16 December to 19 De-cember 1944. CoL Cavender had charge of a defense sector which was surrounded by the Germans. When the enemy launched a counterattack he directed his regiment in a delaying action long enough for the First Army to reorganize, and as a result the enemy failed in its counterattack attempt. Colonel Cavender's services reflect the highest credit upon him and the armed forces of the United States."
From China, Cavender entered occu-pation duty in Japan where he served, in his words, as "Deckhand" (Ch ief of SAII to two different commanding generaffl. the 24th Division. They were Major Gen-eral Anthony McAuliffe, famous for his response of "Nuts!" to the Germans de-manding his surrender at Bastogne, and Major General William Dean, who was captured in the Korean War and remained a prisoner for three years.
Cavender returned to the United States in 1950 where he was post com-mander at Fort MacArthur until his retire-ment in 1953.
After residing in various communi-ties in Orange County and briefly in Santa Barbara, Col. Cavender and his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, now deceased, moved to Sun City in 1972.
He married his present wife, Lois, whom he characterizes as my "right arm," in 1985. He credits her with get-ting him back to West Point for the 65th reunion of his graduating class, sayin never woad have made it without hill
At the reunion although it had been raining the day and night before and part of the day of the parade—there were ru-mors that it had been cancelled—the sun broke through and the skies cleared while the 4,000 young men and women cadets passed in review to honor the old soldiers on the reviewing line.
On his recent 90th birthday, Cavender received from West Point a hand-somely bound booklet showing through pictures and brief narratives his career as a cadet. Inscribed on the black leather binding is this message
"Graduates of West Point Salute Charles C. Cavender, USMA 1923."
Rest well, Colonel, we'll join you, down the road, for one of your favorite 25 mile hikes J. Kline 423/M
Operating position of the CUB editor, John Kline.
For those who have asked: The computer is a "Generic" 486 DX2-66 with 16 megabytes of
memory, two hard drives, one Giga-byte and one 255 Mega-byte. a 17 inch Sony Trinitron lipultiscan 17 se Monitor, Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4 - LaserMaster WinJet enhanced and a
Hewlett Packard ScanJet Plus Scanner capable of Optical Character Recognition.
The major publishing program is COREL Ventura Publisher
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For you that have access to Computer "On Line Services."
Please send me an E-Mail.
My "Screen Name '' For INTERNET. is - JKline7265@AOL.com, if you are on AOL just use JKline7265.
If you are not "On-Line," maybe you have a relative or friend nearby that is. Send me a note "On-Line" with the screen-name, so I can respond and keep in touch.
I am in touch with several stateside 106th vets, also one in the United King-dom, and one German veteran from the 62nd Volksgrenadier Division in Grosslangenfeld, Germany.
John Kline. 423/M CUB editor
NOTICE FROM THE
A VIDEO (45 minutes) was mailed to all Association members that were registered at the 49th An-nual Reunion in Orlando. If you at-tended and have not received your copy, contact Ted Slaby, 1103 Ar-bor Glen Circle, Winter Springs, Florida 32708. Phone: (407) 695- 6164 Thanks for making the 1995 Orlando Reunion a huge success.
Your 1995 Reunion Committee: Sam Davi, John Riels; Ted Slaby Dick Sparks and Gordon Zicker
and our volunteers
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Battery Press, Inc. Golden Lion Patches
PO Box 3107, Uptown Station, Nash-ville, Tenn 37219, has raised the price of ST VITH: LION IN THE WA Yto $34.95 plus $2.50 shipping. Shoulder patches $2.50
This book, originally published by Colonel R. Ernst Dupy, Army Historian, is the history of the 106th (cost $3.00). It has 252 pages with maps and over 30 pictures. Last I knew there were only 60 of these books left in print. Blazer patch $6.50
I guess we all get more expensive as we get older The Blazer patch is four inches in diameter, with the Association name in a circle around the regular shoulder patch.
'These are replicas of the original, not an exact match, but very close
Order from the ADJUTANT. His ad-dress on the inside front cover of CUB.
CUB PASSES IN REVIEW FINAL REPRINT ORDER RECEIVED
New order of 250 received. Send $25.00 to Treasurer Sherod Collins for your "post-paid" copy. This is the final reprint. Order for your family, frien4 and local library.
This is a "break-even" price, since rechecks in small quantities cost more per book. This will probably be the last Aft print. There arc ovwrites0 of the booffilr the hands of 106 veterans, friend, family and libraries.
Donate a couple to your local library and take a tax deduction (if it is per-missable). Treasurer's address on inside front cover of CUB.
"SThanksand articles published in The CUB are views and thoughts by the writer and are not necessarily the views of the 106th Infantry Division Association or its officers, unless it is in reference to Asso-ciation business, and/or contains the name of the officer reporting." The Board
EXTRA COPIES of CUB
The cost for each extra copy of any issue of The CUB is $2.50 payable to the 106th Infantry Division Association and mailed to the treasurer.
His address is on the inside front cover of this, and every, CUB. Do not send requests and chccks to the editor. send them to the Treasurer.
Pierre R. Galere
rue des Ecoles, 14
Is searching for vets of the 446 AAA, 9th U.S. Army. Men of that unit were witness the the "water landing" of a Ger-man twin jet bomber on 17 December, 1944 on the Muese River in Vise' north of Liege. The plane is still in the river, somewhere. Maybe, just maybe, one of you have met some person from the 446th Anti Aircraft Unit
Barb Dahlen, wife of Bill Dahlen 591/SV vvrites about the picture on page 13, JUL-AUG-SEP 1995 CUB,
"The fellow behind Ken Smith, far left, is Chas Datte 591/SV. The fellow between Paul Merz and Gener Saucer-man, identified as Damon Young is, in-fact, Bill Dahlen 591/SV."
ThanIcs Barb - Sorry guys.. J. Kline
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Please refer to page 3 for chairmen of the "MINI-REUNIONS." President Ri-gatti has appointed several more chairmen this year in hopes of increasing the partici-pation of the December Parties.
I think that this will increase the par-ticipation, for the best way to get the mem-bers attention is by a "direct call" or a "direct letter" advertising the event. It's nice to see these ads in the CUB, but they usually appear in the OCT-NOV-DEC is-sue, which is at times a little late for "party planning." Read the list on page three and if you have not signed on for a December party, call the chairman and have him set a plate for you and/or your wife or guests.
At this date I have only three that Ire to me to advertise their events in the , B. Hopefully, in the rush of getting this issue together, I have not forgotten an event.
December 2, 1995
Des Plaines Elks Club
495 Lee Street
Des Plaines, Illinois
$15.00 per person, OPEN Bar CONTACT:
Russel H. Villwock
8560 W. Foster #510
Norridge, IL 60656
PHILADELPHIA December 10, 1995
Datte Home - 231 Davis Avenue Clifton Heights. PA 19018 (610)-626-1866
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA December 3, 1995
Szechwan Chinese Restaurant 11010 Paramount Blvd
On East side of Paramount Blvd; Just north of Firestone
Contact: Milton Weiner
28131 Ridgethome Court
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 544-0470
December 2, 1995 German-American Institute (Volksfest Kulturhaus)
301 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN
Contact: John Kline
5401 U. 147th St. West Apple Valley, MN 55124 (612) 423-4837
Again, look at the list on page 3 and locate the chairman for your area. Call him and join in on the Camaraderie. Meet new friends
READ THIS IF YOU WERE AT THE RAPID CITY REUNION 1994. A comrade needs information:
6433 Belle Plaine Ave #311
Chicago, IL 60634-1400
Robert was injured getting off the tour bus in front of the hotel. He wants any person that was a witness to that accident to contact him.
He had to stay in the Rapid City Hos-pital for two weeks. His wife stayed at the Howard Johnson until he was released. He had good care and lots of loving friends.
If you witnessed this accident, please give him a call, or write
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Past-Presidents Breakfast, Orlando Reunion September 8, 1995
Front I.JR: John I. Gallagher, 1970-71; John O. Gilliland, 1990-91; Robert Howell, 1982-83: Sherod Collins, 1975-76 Back
UR: Russel H. Villwock, 1981-82; Pete House. 1969-70; Gene Saucennan, 1973-74; Benjamin Britton. 1977-78; Orfeo
(Gus) Agostini, 1989-90; Edward Prewett. 1993-94; Roger Rutland, 1987-88; Michael N. Thome, 1991-92; Jack Sulser,
1992-93; Dr. John G. Robb, 1988-89 and Jack Gillespie, 1949-50
A LETTER TO WILLIAM HERNDON, 424/L FROM DR. von STEINER-HALDENSTAT, March 18, 1991
As you know, I was Field Marshall von Rundstedt's personal radioman and during the Battle of the Bulge I was stationed in the forward Headquarters of Army Group West in Koblenz. job was the communication with the Higher Command at Zossen near Berlin, on the one sill and the engaged Army Corps on the other. It was, of course, primarily strategic instructions and deliberations which formed the bulk of the messages. I was not engaged in the actual fighting, at least, not up to the start of the Allied air-attack following the improvement of weather conditions.
The initial onslaught, was from our point of view, quite successful as long as supplies of fuel, ammo, etc. lasted, but to the commanders it was quite clear it had to be a quick thrust-like in the Gulf-beeause we couldn't last long. This was the unanimous opinion of the Field Marshall as well as that of General V. Manteufel and SS-General Sepp Dietrich, whom all met in my radio shack. They were standing behind me waiting on answers from Berlin. The end of the onslaught came quickly with the air-offensive, the dwindling supplies and the transfer of Dietrich's armored corps in Hungary.
The ultimate target, the port of Antwerp, really never was in reach and the above facts as well as the tough stand of McAuliffe at Bastogne made it quite impossible. Anyway, the strategic fight, long before the actual offensive began, raged about the basic ideology of throwing everything on the Eastern Front to hold the Russians and fight a holding battle in the West. This was the conception of the General, which was overruled. Once the decision had been made, one should have stuck to it and not tried to both with inadequate means. But, as so often in these years the basic idea was good and promising, the force, the arms and logistics exhausted and the High Command for reasons not connected with the job at hand, wanted to achieve too much, with too little. The real end came in the West and therefore also in the East, with the 3rd Army breakthrough at Avranches. At the time the Field Marshal was in my radio shack when the phone rang. On the line was Field Marshall Kietel asking, after a lengthy discussion, "Now what do you suggest we do?" Rundstedt's answer, which I overheard, was simply. "Make Peace you idiots
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UR: Associate member Dan Walters; Douglas Brinkley, Director of the UNO (University of North
Carolina) Eisenhower Center; Dr. Stephen Ambrose, founder of the Eisenhower Center
and Brig Gen Oliver Patton (USA Ret), 423/F (right);.
Dan is presenting a copy of The CUB of the GOLDEN LION: Passes itz Review to Mr Brinkley. This iventation was made at the "Bulge Conference" that the Center conducted on May 7-8, 1995. Dan
rts that General Patton represented the 106th infantry Division well. No one was able to give any 'meaningful answers.' to Patton's questions about the first five days of The Battle of the Bulge. Also on the program were Kurt Vonnegut, a former 106th member; Joseph Heller, Andy Rooney and Martin Bloomenson. Vonnegut related his -Slaughter House Five experiences at Dresden during the infamous bombing raid. He said when he came out of the shelter, after bombing, the beautiful old
baroque city of Dresden lay in ruins that resembled a -moon-scape."
Dan says The Eisenhower Center has an excellent oral department on The Battle of the Bulge and those
who would like to donate a voice tape of their experiences to send it to the:
The Eisenhower Center, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148
Richard L. Rigatti, 106th Infantry Division Association President 1995-1996 with daughter Patti.
Dick had all of his family at the Orlando Reunion. They enjoyed the Final Banquet, with the
music fom the old days. A lot of our comrades remarked, "They don't make music like that now."
From West Burlington, Iowa....
in real close. The three of us took clit
outside. The Jerries patterned three mortar shots, with the second or third a direct hit. We went back to the pill box. There was Kent on his chair at the map table, buried under fallen logs with newead on the table. A medic came in and told us he was dead, still wearing his airborne pin."
Kent was a former paratrooper and not overly fond of the glider troops. Once, during a pep talk in England, what he was telling us got drowned out by a squadron of C-47s towing gliders. Kent looked up, clenched one fist, blurted out something about "those glider-riding SOBs," then resumed his speech.
Ernst Simon who was a master ser-geant in the 106th's division headquar-ters, sent a copy of The Brentvia' News that carried an item about Ile "special" the American flag has always been to him.
Ernst, now 76, was born in Ger-many and came to the USA just three weeks before Poland was invaded in 1939. Settling in Los Angeles, hc "eagerly acceptcd induction into the US Army two years later," the paper reported.
The City of Los Angeles cited Emst with a plaque to recognize his role in providing 14 flags now in front of the community's Federal Building. The original flags disappeared after the 1984 Olympic games, with only the poles left standing.
Rather than go through the red tape of trying to get them replaced in time for an upcoming July 4 ceremony,
Dan Bied, "A" Co., 422nd Combat Inf. Reg.
108 Leffler Street, W. Burlington, IA 52655
Tele: (319) 752-5708
LTC Tom Kent was, as noted be-fore, my idea of a "super soldier." Our battalion commander in the 422nd was a tall, wiry gent who klcnew how to in-spire his troops and wasn't reluctant to give a forlorn GI a needed boost. He befriended me twice, in fact, in Indiana and again on the way up front.
I'd heard stories about Kent's death. Now, thanks to Harry W. Malaniak, who was with Co. K of the 422nd, I can relate what broadcaster Paul Harvey calls "the rest of the story."
Malaniak who lives at Tampa,hela., joineaccepted6th at Ft. Jackson on March 15, 1943, and is still "very proud of being a Golden Lion." He and two other sergeants, were being briefed by Kent in his command post, Malaniak wrote (from his wheel chair) a while back. "It was a large pill box,'' he said. "that was fortified with logs." There was a big table with maps detailing the whole area."
Mortar fire opened up, Harry re-membered, "and the first rounds came
From West Burlington, Iowa....
lOst whipped out his checkbook and paid $750 for the new flags. "They have," he mentioned, "flown without inter-ruption day and night the past five years."
Mick Conner.. alternately known as "Pappy," who phoned several times the past summer to compare the torrid tem-perature readings in Texas with Iowa's abundant warmth, sent a clipping from the Fort Worth Star-Tribune that told of the recovery of a duffelbag that, in his haste during "The Bulge," got misplaced.
The bag, eventually found in a Bel-gian barn, was sent to him 47 years later and is, I believe, still usable if Mick, now 81, goes out on bivouac some weekend this fall.
I knew a supply sergeant or two who would have sent Mick a "statement of charges" five decades later. The newspaper did not mention any such affront. So he is, as far as I know, "home free'' with his attractive, du-rable memento.
NOTE: Do any of you recall seeing The Stars & Stripes in the ETO? It was a great paper, apparently, but I don't recall seeing it in England, France, Bel-gium or Germany.
If I were a cynic, as some ex-dog-faces are said to be, I'd guess that the papers were dumped off at our CO's office but never made it back to Hut 234. Later in the Ardennes and beyond, it's understandable that the delivery boys had trouble keeping up. Dan Bied
We R. Caner
Dale R. Carver
A&P Platoon Leader
742 Druid Circle
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Shattered trunks and branches littered the forest floor.
'Ile Pine Tree trembled, whispered, "I will rise once more.''
Standing by itself, riven, and black with smoke,
"Man plays with fire, I will rise,” a promise from the Oak.
I heard their lesser sisters in the forest sigh
"We only know to always lift our branches to the sky.''
In the shell torn meadow, a mumur from the grass
``I am Earth's great healer, all of this shall pass.”
106th Infantry Division Association
Treasurer's Report 1994 - 1995
106th Infantry Division Association
Treasurer's Report 1994 - 1995
INCOME FUNDS ACTIVITY
Annual Member Dues 11,985.00
Life Member Dues 5,090.00 General Fund Recap......
Auxiliary Dues 782.00
CUB Review Books Sold 1,042.50 Brought Forward $ 67,754.23
Interest Eamed 1,657.86 Net Increase 12,587.13
Advance Ret. 48th Reunion 2,500.00 Fund Total $ 77,341.36
Surplus-48th Reunion 16,331.86
Extra CUBs sold
Patches Sold 367.00 Memorial Fund Recap
Labels Sold 126.00
$ 39.927.22 Brought Forward 17,588.94
EXPENSE Interest Earned 508.52
CUB Expense: Fund Total $ 20,364.46
Layout 1,590.00 Less Paid Out:
Mailing 2,221.25 Scholarships (4) (4,000.00)
Covers 2,178.00 Donation Atterbury
Envelopes 507.43 16,271.21 Maintenance (250.00)
Postage 2,198.72 Wreath (84.38)
Office Supplies & Printing 1,140.15 Shipping
Telephone 1,431.26 St. Vith Plaque
0.G.L. Medals 91.00 Total deductions (4,383.6
0.G.L. Citations 120.00
Advance 49th Reunion 2,000.00 Fund Total $ 15,980.78
Ladies Luncheon-49th Reun. 500.00
Flowers & Photographs 70.89
Refund LIFE Members Banks of Deposit
48th Reunion 1,340.00
Computer part replacement 998.86 Wachovia Bank 2,858.76
Computer expense 86.00 Edw. D. Jones Co.. 80,463.38
Insurance-Liability and Bond 663.00 Westside Bank 10,000.00
Software update 69.00
Registration fee- Officers 360.00 TOTAL ALL FUNDS $ 93,322.14
Total all members 1,692 including
571 LIFE MEMBERS as ofJune 30, 1995
CHANGES IN CASH POSITION
GENERAL FUND MEMORIAL FUND TOTAL
This Year $ 77,341.36 $ 15,980.98 $ 93,322.14
Last Year $ 64,754.23 $ 17,588.94 $ 82,343.17
( ) = decrease $ 12,587.13 $( 1,608.16) $10,978.97
IMPORTANT 1996 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wcholarships will again be given in 1996 to descendants of living and deceased members of the 106th Infantry Division. Descendants have been defined by the Board of Directors to include the following:
CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN Children are defined as the member's natu-ral children and children acquired through marriage or adoption or as foster children AND who lived in the member's household when they were minors. Grandchildren are defined as the children of the children defined above. '
NIECES, NEPHEWS, GRANDNIECES AND GRANDNEPHEWS
Applicants must be nominated by a member of the 106th Infantry Division Association or his widow, if he was a member at death. A members' letter of nomination should state the fol-lowing: I nominate (followed by the applicant's name).; The relationship of the member to the person nominated.; The member's 106th Infantry Division affiliation (unit).
The Board of Directors has increased the authorization to $5,000 for the 1996 Scholar-ships. The scholarships awarded will be in the amounts of $500 or $1,000.
To receive an application for the scholarship please write to:
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE - 106TH INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION
JERRY EISENMAN, 227 BUENA VISTA AVENUE, DALY CITY, CA 94015-2120
Vadline for submitting an application and accompanying material is 30 April 1996.
A Self' Addressed Envelope Must Be Included!
Leah Stein, Silver Spring.MarYland . Amy Elizabeth Pannell. Granddaughter of Gilbert Fitzgerald
writes, `On behalf of myself and my Grandfather, Ephraim 424,E writes. " Thank you for honoring me with a scholarship.
4241.. I wish thank Yau far the 1.5 Sch.tarshiP I am proud of my grandfather and his service to our country.' Award. It will help with the expenses of my education.'
DONATIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND REQUESTED
For 1996 the Board of Directors increased the amount to be awarded fro scholarships to $5,000. We would appreciate donations from members and non-members to help us sustain or increase the amount awarded. Your dona-tion is for a worthy cause and is tax-deductible
We will print the names of those making donations in The CUB.
If you would like to donate in honor or memory of some person we will also print that. Please send cheeks to:
SHEROD COLLINS - TREASURER
448 MONROE TRACE
KENNESAW, GA 30144
Make the check payable to "106th Infantry Division Association" Be sure to mark it for THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND.
Submitted by the Scholarship Committee,
Jerry Eisenman, John Gregory and Frank Nausin.
1995 SCHOLAR.S711P RE(1PIENTS
Amount Recipient Sp_uniQr &had
L. Preston Barnes, Vanderbilt Univ.
$1,000 Boyd A. Barnes
Father - DIV/HQ Nashville, TN
William Streeter Univ. of Florida
$1,000 Natalee A. Rankin
Ehphraim Goldberg Univ of Delaware
S500 Leah Stein
Grandfather- 423/C Newark
$500 Amy Pannell College
Harold Broderick Univ of Wisconsin
$500 Nichole A. Broderick
Grandfather-422/G Madison, WI
James I. Clark Michigan Tech Univ
$500 Benjamin A. Clark
Grandfather 590/Med Houghton, MI
Irou Asked to Hear from Ladies of the Association ..."
by Anne McDevitt. wife °Pack. 8 1st Eng/A
I recall a suggestion in the CUB months ago about having the ladies submit articles to the magazine. At that time, I thought a really neat idea would be for some of us to reminisce on what we were about during and after the Bulge. Perhaps you would like to pass the idea onto the chair peo-ple of the Orlando reunion.
Now I know a lot of the gals were already married and living on base with their GI's and some even had children. But, being as so many of arc looking forward to celebrat-ing our 50 Wedding Anniversary, I'm
re a lot of us have plenty of stories
Jack & I becaine engaged in 1943 and decided to wait to get married till the War was ended. He left for overseas in November '44 and you all know what happened from thcn on. There was no TV so we had to rely on the morning newspaper to read the list of casualties. Then, we got word he would be home in October, '45. As his orders were for a 30-day R&R and then onto the Pacific, we decided to tie the knot while he was on leave.
As any other bride, I chose my four bridesmaids months in advance. We went shopping for my wedding gown and their formal dresses, alerted the priest that we wanted a Saturday morning Mass, reserved a hall, engaged a caterer, picked out the flowers, and ordered the invitations. Everything ready except for two things a DATE for the wedding and some MEN to walk with the bridesmaids! In those days ALL the fellows were in the service.
We were counting on the "13th of October" and eagerly scanned the papers to see when the "USS Argentina" was due to dock in New York. However, it was about the 9th of October when the word came the troopship was arriving in a day or two. I im-mediately planned on the following Saturday, the "20th of October". The printer only had to fill in the date and I picked them up and mailed them right out. Advised the church, caterer, florist and musicians still no MEN.
Well, I was waiting at the Chestster, PA railroad station when Jack got off the
train loaded down with all his gear. Guess what? No taxi cabs due to gasoline short-
"You Asked to Hear from the Ladies of Association ..." age. As luck would have it, a private cab pulled up and ushered us into his cab ahead of all those waiting and wouldn't take any money. Said it was a "welcome home- gift for the soldier.
The next day we went to a football game between our local high school and Jack's Alma Mater, West Catholic High in Philadelphia. We were midway in the stands when Jack spotted a soldier walking by and said "There's a fellow who was in my class" I said "Quick, ask him to be in our wedding". His name was Tom
McHugh and was also in the 106th Intl He agreed and tasked if he knew any othcr fellows home on leave. He said he would try and would let us know. He was able to get a fellow named Jim Gillen whom I have never seen since (but he's in all our wed-ding pictures!). Tom passed away suddenly about one ycar ago and he and Jim were both in the 424/SV.
We were able to get my 17 year old brother home from the Naval Base in Nor-folk, VA through the Red Cross. I had an uncle who was drafted very late and going overseas to join the Occupation Forces. There was no problem as to what the fellows would wear as being wartimc no one was permitted to be out of uniform (even for their wedding).
Everything went off perfectly. Our wedding party took us to the train station where we boarded a train for Philadelphia (no car). Inasmuch as Philly was crowded with servicemen rooms were very scarce. I was a secretary for Ford Motor Co. (who made tanks and jeeps for the war effort). They reserved the Company's suite at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel as a wedding gift!
Next day, we boarded a bus for a 4 hour ride to the Pocono Mountains in PA. e When we returned home a week later there was a telegram stating he did not have to
go to the Pacific but report to Indiantown Gap for discharge!
I marvel at the way people were so cooperative back then and would bend over backward for their servicemen. Today it takes brides a year or more to plan their wed-dings. I think we are a dying breed!
Sure would like to hear some other stories of those celebrating their 50th anniver-sary in 1995 or 1996.
P.S. We met another couple on our honeymoon who married the same day as we. BUT their wedding was one year late .... Everyone was at the church in all their fin-ery no groom After about an hour word came he was on his way to being
shipped overseas. They went on with the reception because of all the food ordercd,
packed their gowns away and redid the whole affair one year later 4nne McDevitt
OK Ladies, take up the Challenge
Let's hear from you about your lives with our 106th comrades for the 106th. There are many interesting stories out there, like this one from Anne McDevitt. It takes about 300 words to till a page in The CUB. Send me your stories.
Thanks Anne for sharing a part of your life with us. John Kline, editor
From the 1995 Orlando Reunion Committee...
The Grosvenor R rt welcomes the
106th Infantry n Association
106th Infantry Division Association
49th Annual Reunion, Septernber 7-8-9, 1995
The Grosvenor Resort Village
Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
The 1995 Orlando Reunion, by Ted Slaby, Chairman and Committee
The reservation cut off date of August 6 reflected 657 association members, wives and guests registered and exceeded our allotted 350 rooms at the Grosvenor Resort. As more reservations arrived, the overflow was received by Travel Lodge and Marriott Hotels.
Preregistration began Wednesday, September 6, and continued through Noon, Friday, September 8. Registration lines were non-existent due to the courteous and efficient greeters.
The Hospitality Room was in continuous attendance each day by an over-flow crowd. Soft drinks and snacks were plentiful and our photographer continued to take videos of the happy faccs.
The Memorial Service was very well attended. The Honor Guard was supplied by Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, Florida National Guard. Due to an unfort-unate circumstance, the bugler did not arrive in time; however, as an emergency backup, the committee supplied a boom box and audio tape to sound Reveille, Assembly, Taps and Retreat. Our pool side Welcome Reception was on again, off again, due to Florida snow - rain!
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From the 1995 Orlando Reunion Committee...
"A Sharp Music" supplied music and singing for the Ladies' Luncheorit reverberated through their area into the Mens' Luncheon/Business Meeting. e music was so great that some of the men expressed a desire to attend the ladies' luncheon! A splendid antique clock was awarded to a lucky lady holding the winning ticket.
It was very gratifying to see and hear so many new association members introduce themselves at the mens' luncheon.
Awards of the Golden Lion were presented, installation of officers initiated and your Orlando 1995 corrunittee members were introduced ... as the video camera rolled on.
Saturday was an open day, a time for visiting and reminiscing, unfortunately a member of Headquarters Company 423 was rushed through the lobby by paramedics to a nearby hospital. Eventually he was flown home. Thanlcfully he recovered and celebrated his 90th birthday September 26.
The Saturday night Banquet and Dance began at 6:30 P.M. The food was served promptly and was hot and excellent due to the dedicated staff at the Grosvenor Resort. We decided to do some of our activities a little differently this year -that is, no long-winded speeches, none to be military in nature. Joanne House and Pat Rigatti agreed to remind us what life was like back home and the customs of: opening doors for women, saying thanIc you, excuse me, morality in movies, songs of the 40's, and what they did during the war. Was that a down memory lane? Our out-going president, Tom Riggs, spoke and introdit our incoming president, Dick Rigatti, who read a letter from the White House - Greetings to the 106th Infantry Division and all associated units from President William J. Clinton. The Melody Booth Orchestra was composed of musicians from bands of the Big Band Era and were superb. The dance floor was filled to capacity and many of you were actually dancing in the aisles. All this ... as the video camera rolled on!
Sunday morning during the Farewell Breakfast, amid sad faces and so long's but happy in thought and spirit, we prepared to return home.
To those of you who attended the 49th Annual Reunion in Orlando - a 45 minute video tape of the highlights of the event is being mailed to you If you haven't received it please read the notice on page 9 of this CUB.
To all of you, the Orlando 1995 committee thanlcs you for making this reunion a tremendous success.
Until we meet again,
Sam Davis, John Riels, Ted Slaby, Dick Sparks, and Gordon Zicker
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From the 1995 Orlando Reunion Committee...
THE WHITE HOUSE
August 15, 1995
Greetings to the veterans of the 106th Infantry Division, and all associated units, as you gather for your forty-ninth annual reunion.
Your units served the United States with honor and distinction during a crucial period
in our history. We owe our liberties to the sacrifices of people who, like you, were willing to risk their lives for freedom.
I know you join me in honoring your fallen comrades.
Each of you embodies the pride, profes-
• sionalism, and accomplishment that make the
United States Army one of the finest fighting forces the world has ever known. I salute you for your distinguished record of service, and I hope that you will enjoy your time together as you reflect on the bonds you share.
Best wishes for a memorable reunion.
110- The CUB of the Golden Lion
Orlando Reunion Attendance -- Sept 6-10, 1995
MCCOLLUM, VOLLIE L.
FACEY, COL. KENNETH
HANKE, ARTHUR K.
JENNINGS, CHARLES I.
KORTLANG, CHARLES E. KUHN, EUGENE L.
P1HA, MORRIS R:
BROWN, DOUGLAS D. CALHOUN, ROBERT
JENNINGS, DR. VANCE
KERNITZKY, LENNIE I.
MIDDLETON III, JACK
REAM, GRANVILLE C.
REED, DR. ALBERT C.
SCHOECK, RICHARD J.
TWARDZIK, RAYMOND J.
VILLWOCK, RUSSELL H.
WIGGINS, JAMES W.
RICHTER, RALPH M.
BARKER, THOMAS E.
FREEDMAN, HENRY E.
HANNA, ROBERT R.
HERRING, DR. GEORGE
LOVE. EBENEZER P.
MCKEE, COL. HENRY H.
PILKINGTON, FRED A.
RUTT, ROBERT E.
PAWLUK, WALTER S.
BOWLES, RALPH K.
CATHERMAN JR., LTC GUY W.
GAITHER, JACK L.
PURCELL, THOMAS 1.
GOMBOTZ, FRANK J.
MILLS, COL. ERIC R.
BLACK JR., REV. EWELL C.
GILLESPIE, JOHN M. MASSEY, JOSEPH A.
WIEDLIN. DR. ROBERT A.
BLAGG, CHARLES D.
BRANKIN, WILLIAM J.
EUBANKS SR., JAMES I.
HILLIARD, REV. ROY M
OLECKI, EDWARD J.
ROBB. DR. JOHN G.
SANDERS, JOE T.
SANDTVIET, ARTHUR O.
SAUCERMAN, EUGENE L.
SMITH, CHARLES L. TRAUTMAN, FRANK S.
WILLIAMS, LAWRENCE R
YORK, ROBERT E.
ZIMAND, GERALD P.
NAUSIN JR., FRANK
RICKARD JR.. WILLIAM
SHERMAN, COL. LEE M
KEI.S0, MURREL E.
HENDERSON, CHARLEY S.
BOGGS, OLIVER B.
ELDRIDGE, ROBERT D.
SHEANER JR.. HERBERT
SILVIA. MANUEL C.
ALBERTSON, HARRY E.
COOK, FRANCIS J.
HONKUS, MICHAEL H.
IVY, WILLIAM F.
JAWOSKY, WALTER J.
JENKINS. WILLIAM D.
JONES, WILLIAM B.
MADSEN JR., ANDERS N.
PHELAN, WILLIAM R.
PODLASKI, EDMOND P.
POST, LAWRENCE W. PRENDERGAST, RICHARD M.
RACSTER, JOHN R.
RIECK, CHARLES F.
SNOVEL, ROBERT I.
DICKERSON, JAMES J.
REDMOND, DEAN T.
BLAHER, WILLIAM S.
MALONE, WILLIAM E.
PATTERSON JR, FLETCH
BRICE SR.. ELMER A.
SERGI, ROCCO J.
BIELSKI. RAYMOND J.
HOFF, RUSSELL D.
JENSEN, GEORGE C.
KOPATZ, ALFRED E.
LARSON, GILBERT R.
LEICHTE, JOSEPH H.
MASCONE, ATTILIO A.
MEAGHER JR., HERBERT
STOEHR, MARTIN G.
DASHNER, ROBERT F.
AVERY. CHARLES W.
CALIFF JR., JOHN W.
DAVIS JR., SAM E.
ERBES, RICHARD C.
HIRST, ROBERT G.
JOHNSON JR., JOHN C.
JONES, ROBERT K.
MILLER, DR. MURRAY
NUSBAUM. ALFRED S.
PRATER, MARION (DOUG)
RTSBERG, DUANE V.
SHEEHAN, JOHN P.
SHOFFIT, ALFRED W. SLABY, TED
SPARKS, RICHARD D.
TARANTINO, JOSEPH C.
ZICKER, GORDON B.
ANSEL, JOSEPH J.
LOCKHART, RICHARD T.
MURPHY, JOHN J.
SWARTZ. HARVEY L.
REED, RAYMOND J.
Orlando Reunion Attendance -- Sept 6-10, 1995 • 4 23/S V 423/G 424/CN
FORSYTH, JOHN L.
CLOWEK, ROBERT G.
GRASSO, SALVATORE V.
GRIMES, GEORGE O.
STARMACK, JOHN S. 423/H
HENRY, PATRICK F.
STEWART, JOHN T.
BENNETT, ROBERT F.
423/H.Q. 1 BN
DIEHL, LLOYD J.
BRYAN, KENNET!! V.
JOHNSTON, RAY A.
CALDWELL, C. WESLEY
DUNN, ED W.
LAWSON, WILLIAM J.
JONES JR., ALAN W.
PETERSEN, WALTER A.
MALUEG, RUSSELL J.
PRETTY, EMOR C.
SWETT, JOHN A.
TAYLOR, JOHN W.
TROST, PAUL M. L.
423/HQ,3 B N
HINKLE, RAYMOND A.
WEISS, NEWTON W.
BRAX, RICHARD J.
BRICKER, JAMES H.
BLADEN, JOHN A.
HALLADAY, MAURICE A.
lit/EN, JOSEPH B.
D, VERNON T.
BAINBRIDGE, W. G.
CLARK, REV. ROBERT I.
EZELL, JOHN E.
FORBES, FONTAINE C.
GILBERT, DANIEL W.
PINNEY, GORDON B.
RIGATTI, RICHARD L.
MILLS, JAMES M.
SZPEK, ERVIN E.
TERRIO, HOWARD J.
CHEZMAR, JOHN P.
RAO, CHARLES T.
UVEGES JR., JOHN
4 24/HIL I BN
BRATTON, HAROLD K.
KUCHOLICK, STANLEY J
HARVEY, CHARLES A.
ARVOLD, NORMAN W.
CROSBY, LLOYD R.
HILL, MAJOR H.
KELLY, GEORGE S.
PASSARIELLO, LOUIS J
PREWETT, EDWARD A.
RUTLAND, ROGER M.
SMOLER, IRWIN C.
STREIB, MARSHAL P.
VITALI, ALFRED L.
MOSS, MELVIN A.
BURRELL, JAMES V.
KAHLER, JOHN K.
MARSH, ROBERT H.
VOGEL, JAMES F.
YINGST, WILLIAM J.
YOUNG, DAMON F.
LANE, WELDON V.
PUETT, COL. JOSEPH F.
RIELS, JOHN O.
CARMICHAEL, B. JAY
JOHANNES, WALTER E.
LAWLER, LOY D. MAGEE, JACK G.
KUESPERT, WILFRED A.
LACY JR., WILLIAM L.
SULSER, JACK A.
WEISING, ROBERT A.
COOPER, LOUIS M.
KLINE, DR. ROBERT E.
KLINE, JOHN P.
PIAZZA, LOUIS R.
REYENGA, WILLIAM T.
BURKES, ROBERT A.
DOUGLASS, JOHN W.
HELMICH, LESTER A.
SCHYMANSKI, ARTHUR W.
SHAVER, ROBERT M.
WILSON, HARRY W.
COOPER, JAMES A.
TRUEMAN, DR. DUNCAN
BRIDGES, WALTER G.
LANDIS, ROBERT J.
RAY, LTC MARION
ROSENTHAL, PHILLIP N.
STEELE, KERMIT L.
CONNORS, JOHN C.
HOWELL, ROBERT F.
BRITTON, BENJAMIN B.
GREGORY, JOHN A.
HUMINSKI, EDWIN C.
SCHOBER, MILTON J.
WILLIAMS, EVEIUTT M.
BROKAW, RICHARD L.
DALLMAN, JOSEPH G. GEIB, GEORGE
REDIGER, DELBERT G.
SWISHER, RALPH A.
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Orlando Reunion Attendance -- Sept 6-10, 1995 ai,
424/H 81st ENG/C 590/MED 'II
CARR, FRED A.
PINA. GEORGE R.
BAILEY, HAROLD M.
GALLAGHER, JOHN I.
CROSSMAN, LESTER W.
HAMMOND, GEORGE J. 591/HQ,
HEMELT, WILLIAM G.
HARTZELL, BERTRAM E.
BOODA JR., CHARLES K
MIKALAUSKIS, JOHN L.
HAYDEN, HENRY V.
MURRAY JR., GEORGE
HINRICHS, DON M.
LASANSKA, DONALD P.
SHAW, ROBERT M.
ISAKSEN, STANLEY J.
MCMICHAEL. BRYCE D.
MAIER JR., ADOI.PH J.
PANICE. RAYMOND II.
SZIBER, FRANK V.
CARVER, DALE R.
WELLS. JAMES E.
WILLIAMS, OLIVER G.
FOSTER, GEORGE C.
MEHR, JOSEPH O.
HERNDON, DONALD F.
BAGBY, HOWARD O.
MANFREDI, JOI IN
RIGGS, JR., COL. THOMAS
AGOSTINI, ORFEO E.
BRIGHT, CHARLES K.
COLLINS, JOHN P.
COWDEN SR., WILLIAM
FEHNEL, CHARLES D.
FISHER, LELAND R.
HARMON, HAROLD M.
MCDEVITT, JOHN F.
SHEETS, ROY S.
WASSGREN, MILTON L.
ZIMMERMAN, JOSEPH W.
VALENSTEIN, COL. EARL
ZABICAR. EDWARD F.
DECHIARA, JOSEPII A
SCOTT, EARL A.
ALFORD JR., BARNEY M
ELSTON, FLOYD L.
HUMPHREY, DONALD B.
ROY, CHARLES J.
SCHAFFNER, JOHN R.
SNYDER, WALTER M.
WENSLOW, MARSHALL B.
RAIN, JOHN C.
BOSCIIERT, PAUL V.
MILKEY, ROBERT G.
POWELL, ROBERT A.
STOLP, ROBERT R.
CREEL, E. V.
YOUNG, EDWARD E.
BOWERS, WALTER H.
GROSS, JOSEPH J.
WIIITE JR., E. C.
CLARKE, WALTER C.
FINK, FLORIAN R.
MOSLEY, NEWTON L.
RINGER, ROBERT C.
SAMPLES. L. ORVIS
ELLIOTT, ADAMS E.
JOHANSEN, CHARLES H.
HARTMAN, WILLARD G.
WHITE. ROBERT L.
ROBERTS. JOHN M.
GILLILAND, JOHN O.
HARTLIEB, GLENN O.
BLACK, DAVID W. E.
BORBELY, MRS. FRANK
DANSEREAU, ERNEST D.
FUSCO, GEORGE .
VAN MOORLEHEM, DENNIS
Comparison - How many from "Where" to "Orlando"
Total Membership — State Count 10/15/95
AL 31 ME 14 SD 7
AR 14 MI 72 TN 46
AZ 35 MN 44 TX 44
CA 77 MO 28 UT 3
CO 18 MS 16 VA 30
CT 26 MT 1 VT 7
DC 3 NC 31 WA 11
DE 6 NE 12 WI 90
FL 140 NH 4 WV 15
GA 48 NJ 81 WY 2
HI 2 NM 6
IA 24 NV 2 BELGIUM 8
ID I NY 89 FRANCE 1
IL 117 OH 85 GERMANY 1
IN 42 OK 16 NOVA SCOTIA 2
KS 17 OR 9 UNITED KINGDOM
KY 15 PA 155
LA 11 PR 1 Grand Total 1706
MA 57 RI 13
MD 46 SC 29
49th Annual Reunion Attendance — State Count
10 MICHIGAN 13
3 MINNESOTA 6
2 MISSISSIPPI 3
16 MISSOURI 2
1 NEVADA 1
59 NEW JERSEY 15
19 NEW YORK 17
32 NORTH CAROLINA 7
3 OHIO 11
3 OREGON 1
3 PENNSYLVANIA 37
2 RHODE ISLAND 4
ALABAMA ARIZONA ARKANSAS CALIFORNIA COLORADO CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE FLORIDA GEORGIA ILLINOIS INDIANA IOWA
KANSAS KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MASSACHUSETTS
SOUTH CAROLINA 7
SOUTH DAKOTA 1
WEST VIRGINIA 5
Grand Total 356
Veterans and Associates only are counted for this re-port. See next page for tabulation of guests.
Reunion Attendance Count - Orlando, Florida 1995
106 MP 5
106 QM 1
106 SIG 11
331 MED/A 1
331 MED/D 1
422/HQ 1BN 3
422/HQ 2BN 5
422/M I 0
423/HQ 1BN 5
423/HQ 2BN 4
424/HQ 1BN 424/A
424/HQ 2BN 2
81st ENG/HQ 2
8 I st ENG/A 13
81st ENG/B 2
81st ENG/C I 0
81st ENG/MED I
'ATTACHED 2833 ENG/C
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59 I /C 3
59 I/SV 7
Grand Total 356
Div/HQs & units 422nd
81st Eng 28
589th FAB 13
590th FAB 13
591st FAB 17
592nd FAB 7
331 MED 2
106ers 356 Guests/Wives 326
Attached Medics counted
with organic units
• Unit Attendance Count - Reunions 1989 thru 1995
Taken from CUBS published by John Kline (editor from 1987 to present). First unit counts were published, at least of this type, in 1989... J. Kline
. — 1990 1991 — —_-,-_-_ _ .-- — 1995 Orlando
1989 Sacra- Hunts- 1992 1993 1994
Chicago mento ville Pitts- Fort Rapid
—1 16 burgh Jackson City
HQ's Units 4 13 9 19
422nd 46 86 70 92 71 84
423rd 86 72 102 104 123 91 103
424th 85 33 66 63 80 74 63
81st Eng 30 15 35 33 34 18 28
589th 9 5 11 9 14 5 13
590th 12 6 16 9 19 15 13
591st 16 15 22 15 24 11 17
592nd 1 1 5 19 9 14 11
t Med 1 3 3 2
106th Vets 346 201 368 327 425 316 356
Guests 262 158 295 243 362 260 326
Total 608 , 359 663 570 787 576 682
t , , ' ,
The following statistics reflect the percent of 106th Veterans attending annual reunions —
1,368 1,503 1,550 1,650 1,666 1,604 1,700 1
i vets Attending 25.2% 13.3% 23.7% 19.8% 25.5% 19.7% 20.9%
Attend the December Attend the December
Mini-Reunion nearest yoa. Mini-Reunion nearest you.
See Page 3 for details. See Page 3 for detail
July 1, '94 - June 30, '95
Lada. Theodore 424 L Rutledge, BoYd 4221.
Manager. Thomas 590, Sandberg. Robert E. 81/A
McPolans, Arthur 422/M .0.u.. Earl 423'
monacn, Aih„ 423,N Schneider. Lorenz 424,
Nay:scan. chancy 423,, Schulte. Edward 422,B
Nietman, Ltc Chas 423/HQ 1Bn Smith, RV C. 591.Q
Pawasart. Oscar 311 Med, SmYthe. William 422.
pcnamhn 424, Stoll. Robert F. 589/C
Preucel. Dr. Robert424,D Z9m. Sqmmir 106 SIG
Raskinis. Hen, 4221
Rauscher, Anthony 6987 GRD
Baird. Robert E. 422/1 Donovan. William 423/HQ
Baker, Freddie E. 422/A Eckenstahler, Rich 423/M
Beck, Ernest, C. 424/B Emmert, Davis S. 424/HQ
Biggers, Roy 423/HQ Ernst, Clair 422/HQ 3Bn
Borbely, Frank 424/M Everett, Thomas 422.0
Boyle, Ray 423/HQ Geist, Robert 423/H
Branham, Melvin 424/L Grimes. Chas 422/F
Cat, John 422/F Hanaka, Robert 424,C
Cawdrey James 81st/B Hay, Reuben 423'M
Clark, John W. 424/HQ Holgash, Nicholas 424/Med
Coggin, John 423/G Johnson. Clennie 424/1..
Memorial Service and Color Guard - September 7. 1995 - 49th Annual Reunion. with list of 1994-1995 deaths. (Photos by Russ Villwock. 106 SIG)
Fotogravue - Orlando Reunion - September 1995
Dick Sparks, Committeeman registering Lloyd Byrd, Melvin Moss and Gordon Zicker
106th Vets at the reception table helping at the reception table
Hospitality Room Hospitality Room
Donald Herndon with his large battle map in
Major Hill, 2nd Vice Pres left with 1st Vice
Pres Dick Rigatti in the Hospitality Room
Herndon pointing out battle area to Ed
Huminski, with cap, and another 106er
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Fotogravue - Orlando Reunion - September 1995
Another view of Ladies Luncheon
Ladies Luncheon showing the "A Sharp
Music" group entertaining
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View of the Men's Luncheon
Rev. Ewell C. Black, Jr. reading the 1994-95
deaths at the Memorial Ceremony
Fotogravue - Orlando Reunion - September 1995
At the Saturday^ Closing Banquet - President
Thomas J. Riggs, Jr, CO 81st Engineers
1st Vice Pres, Richard L. Rigatti and wife Pat
(L) Pete House Adjutant, wife Joanne and
John Kline, editor
Evelyn an^ d Major Hill, 2nd Vice President
Reverend Ewell Black Jr, Chaplain
with his wife Dorothy
Sherod Collins, Treasurer since 1964,
Historian since 1961
Overall view of Saturday Night Banquet
Dancing to music from the "-Big Band Era."
Thanks to The Melody Booth Orchestra
New Members ...
AZADIAN, HARRY D. 423/G
6 Stonefield Dr.
E. Sandwich, MA 02357
After the war graduated from North-western University in Boston. Worked 35 years as an engineer, the last 32 with GTE in Massachusetts. Married with three chil-dren, retired.
BRIGHT, CHARLES K. 81st ENG/A
1204 Arthur Street Pekin, IL 61554 309-353-4659
CLARK, ERNIE J. 423/H
2601 NE 9th Ave
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
I am proud of our Division. I saw many acts of bravery. I want the 106th to get it's due credit.
CLOSSON, RAYMOND E. 589/HQ
300 RIVER ROAD #102 MANCHESTER, NII 03104
While on a vacation tour of Turkey during the last two weeks of September I met Ed McGinty, 589 FAB, "C" Battery. While we had never met in service, we sure had a good reunion and reminiscing about mutial friends.
I am anxious for more information about the Association and about any forth-coming reunions.
(Editor's Note - Raymond, with your New Mem-ber Welcome Letter I sent a list of all the 589th FAB Vets who are members of the Association. I also included some history on World War Two, a list of available books, including the data on The CUB of the GOLDEN LION: Passes in Review, which is a compilation of all the CUB magazines from Sept 1946 through mid-1991. I just received a "reprint" order. The price is $25.00 Ppd. Send your money to Sherod Collins, whose address is on the inside front cover of this magazine. Welcome back to the 106th... J. Kline)
DIAMOND, JACK 422/CN
8601 SW 85th Ave
Miami, FL 33143-6929
FUCHS, VICTOR 591/HQ
451 Lincoln St.
Evansville, WI 53536
H1ZER, GEORGE E. 422/B
7412 BAYOU GEORGE DR
PANAMA CITY, FL 32404
I enetered service in January 1944, at that time living in Rising Sun, Indiana. I was discharge in 1945, came home and married in 1946. Moved to Lawrenceburg, Indiana until I retired in 1989. I moved to Panama City, Florida.
I have one son, Gerald W. Hizer, one grandson Gerald W. Hizer II. My wife's name is Alline (17 years). I do some fishing, yard workd and "Honey Do" jobs. 1 am a member af the AL, VFW Post 7801t POW.
KELSO, MURREL E. 422/E
2964 Buccaneer Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
29 March 1943 - Basic Training, Ft. Jackson, S.C.; 11 Dec 1944- Arrived in St. Vith and moved to front line; I was captured and received a Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster. My rank was Staff Sergeant.
KERCKHOVEN, CHRIS VAN ASSOCIATE
E.J. Van Gansenstraat 21
B-2260 Waterloo, BELGIUM (Editor's Note - Ltc John Greene, USA, Ret, Waterloo, Belgium submitted an application for his close friend. Thanks, John. It was nice to see you and Chris during our German-American meeting in Auw, Germany on the 19-20 and 21st of September 1995... J. Kline)
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New Members ...
11,ANIEMI, RAYMOND 592/A
765 Seventh St
Laurim, MI 49913
I recently heard of your Association
from Wm. Fleharty of Palm Coast, Flor-
ida. I was a member of-A- Battery, 592nd
Field Artillery from the time it was acti-
vated in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. 1
went overseas with the Division. I was
captured 19 December 1944 and liberated
on 18 April 1945 at the Elbe River by the
British Army. I spent two months in the
192nd Field Hospital in England. I then
flew home, spent another 12 months in a
hospital until my discharge 26 June 1946.
LE HAIRE, MADAME MARIE, CRIBA LIFE ASSOCIATE
42 Baraque dc Fraiture
13-6690 Vielsalm, BELGIUM (Editor's Note - Madame Le Haire and her daughter Bernadette joined the Association. It was a special occasion because they asked to join during the dinner meeting held at their hotel i araque de Fraiture on 23 September, 1995.
was a total of 71 persons, including 31
our group of 14 106th Infantry Division veterans, wives and guests. The balance of the dinner guests were from the C.R.I.B.A. group Thank you again, Marie. Bernadette and C.R.I.B.A. for all you have done for the 106th Infantry Division veterans as they come to your beautiful country....J. Kline)
LORENZ, LAWRENCE R. 423/HQ 3BN
6858 Hills Drive
New Pon Richey. Fl. 34653-2824
1 was a member of the Division from
April 1944 through December 1944. I was
taken prisoner and incarcerated in Stalag
IV-A, Slaughter House Five. Dresden,
Germany. I ordered The CUB ql the Gold-
en Lion: P.4SSES in REVIEW from John
Kline, after I talked with him on 29 July.
(Editor's Note - Thanks. Lawrence - Hope you
enjoyed reading the book. There are several
Association members who were in Slaughter
House Five. I hope they contact you... J. Kline)
MAWET, PIERRE, CRIBA
rue Adrein De Witte 8
B-4020 Gouvy, BELGIUM (Editor's Note - Pierre joined as a LIFE Member at the CRIBA-106th dinner meeting at Baraque de Fraiture (Parker's Crossroads) on 23 Sep-tember, 1995. Pierre was the person that, after much hard work, received the O.K. to be in possession of a 105 mm Howitzer from the U.S. Government. The howitzer was placed in a prominent setting across from Marie LeHaire's hotel. Pierre told me it was the only 105mm Howitzer left that still had the shield in place. It is in very good shape and is a tribute to the 589th Field Artillery Battalion, and Major Parker, who defended Baraque de Fraiture during the Battle of the Bulge. That holding action has since been named The Alamo Defense and is taught at Fort Sill, Oklahoma at the Field Artillery School. I hope run that story (about Fort Sill) at a later date.
Pierre is the "Leader" of the group of C.R.I.B.A. members who offer their services and drivers and guides for the veterans of The Battle of the Bulge as they come through the territory. He and his group deserve a special thanks. His wife, Renee was just recently here in the United States and visited with Alfred Vitali of 424/B, who is a close friend of the MAWETs. Pierre met us at the Henri Chapelle Cemetery and presented a large bouquet of flowers to my wife Margot to give each of our veterans a supply of flowers to place on the grave of each of their comrades. He presented those flowers to us in the name of Alfred Vitali. Thanks, Pierre. Our group had such a schedule that we did not use your generous services to tour the area, but I know many of our veterans have, and I know many more will, Merci... J. Kline)
MERRITT, PAUL J. 331 MED/HQ
2302 Empire Dr
Wilmington, DE 19810
MORRELL, BURDETTE 81st ENG/C
1601 East Jackson Macomb, IL 61455
MOSES, CAROL T. ASSOCIATE
5385 Boomer Rd
Cincinnati, 011 45247
The CUB 0/ the Golden Lion
New Members ...
I am the daughter of Joseph Topicz, recently deceased You do not have to send me The CUB. I can read my mother's copy.
(Editor's Note - Our condolences to you and your mother on the death of your father. Carol, you as a new ASSOCIATE member will re-ceive The CUB. Your father was a Life Mem-ber, but your mother was not an Auxiliary Member and will not receive the CUB, unless she wishes to be an ASSOCIATE member. I hope you understand. If you have question please contact the Adjutant, Pete House, whose address appears on the inside cover of every CUB... J. Kline)
OSTROWSKI, JAMES 424/A
2 Hampshire Road
Toms River, NJ 08757
908-244-3202 (Editor's Note - Carlos Weber, 422/A writes Sherod, "James Ostrowski served honorably in 422/A, and was a member of the Association and I would like for him to join us again. Please accept his first annual dues, and welcome him as you did me and as you have done to all newcomers.
Jim, I just had lunch with Dan and Millie Bied in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago. I pre-sented him with The Order of the Golden Lion Medallion which he was to receive at the Or-lando Reunion. Unfortunately he was unable to attend that reunion. They are a nice couple. I know Dan Bied will be pleased to see your name and to see how kind you are to Jim Ostrowski. Good Luck... J. Kline)
PALAIA, RALPH ASSOCIATE
3841 Pearson Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114
I would like to receive the mnazine The CUB. I am the brother of Michael D. Palai, 423/D, who was killed in Dresden, Germany. He was a member of Slaughter House Five. My family did not know for fifty years, as to what happened to Michael while he was a prisoner. 1 think it would be great to hear from some of the men he served with. and who he was incarcerated with in Slaughter House Five.
(Editor's Note - Ralph, hopefully when this
column is read, you will hear from some olt father's comrades. Good Luck... J. Kline)
PENDER, PAUL S. 81st ENG/MED
1257 IVANHOE DR.
FAST LANSING. MI 48823-5206
Took Basic Training as a Medic in the 81st Engineers at Fort Jackson. Left for ASTP at Sam I louston College, Huntsville, Tex., then litter went overseas a. Medic with the 99th Division. I was prouu to wear the shoulder patch of a I 06th soldier. I hope I am not too late for the "AUGUST 1995 CUB." about the 81st Engineers.
(Editor's Note - You are lucky, Paul, I had one extra CUB that was sent back from an "unknown forwarding address." Hope you like the pitch on the 81st... J. Kline)
PIERSON, RANDOLPH 589/HQ
PO Box 965
Monticello, FL 32345-0965
RUSIESK1, MAJOR STEPHEN M. ASSOCIATE
4151 Lancaster Ave
New Windsor. NY 12553
Dear Sherod, I am an avid military his-torian of the Second World War, and I am interested in receiving your organization's newsletter or any other available informa-tion. I use s.h sources to help in my re-search and publishing efforts. 1 routinely publish books and articles about the war in Europe, specifically from the soldiers view-point.
(Editor's Note - Stephen, maybe if you let us know specifically what you have been doing, what you have published, or furnish some sam-ples, it would give us a better feel for what you are looking for... J. Kline)
STRAKA, EDWARD C. 106 SIG
6453 So. Karlov Ave
Chicago, IL 60629
36 Th, CUB of the Golden Lion
New Members ...
(Dors Note - Thanks Edward for signing on
LIFE MEMBER. I hope you liked the book, The CUB of the Golden Lion PASSES in RE-VIEW. You received one of the last that was in stock. We have re-ordered and I just got word today (10/27/95) from West Publishing Com-pany, St. Paul, Minnesota, that the shipment will be received next Monday. Due to not order-ing in a large quantity The CUB of the Golden Lion: PASSES in REVIEW will cost $25.00 ppd... J. Kline)
STREETS, WILLIAM L. 423/K
203 West Elm St Sigoumey, IA 52591
THOMAS, JR., GEORGE D. 424/1
4232 WALLACE LANE
NASHVILLE, TN 37215-3232
TURRENTINE, JR., JULIAN A. 424/G
932 Clition Rd NE
Atlanta. GA 30307
I joined the 106th at Fort Jackson,
ipyit through maneuvers, then on to Atter-
, the Aquitania, England, Ardennes,
rple Heart at Medell, Belgium, to the
hospital in Spa. Re-joined the 424th at St.
Quentin, France before Division POW
Detail at Heidesheim, Germany. Reas-
signed with the Division at Karlsruhe,
then to Marsailles for return to the U.S.A.
on the Agenta, after the war ended. After
graduation from Emory University in At-
lanta. Was employed by Continental In-
surance Company for 32 years .d Emory
University for about 10 years. Carol and I
have been married for 45 years, have three
children, Anita and David live in Califor-
nia, and Louise lives in South Carolina.
WILLIAMS, TED 423/MED
2565 Lake Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110
As I write this, I have just finished completing my registration for the Or-lando Reunion. I joined the Medical Unit in March 1944, was attached to the 423rd
Second Battalion, captured at SchOnberg on 19 December 1944 and shipped to Stalag 1V-B, Miihlberg on the Elbe.
(Editor's Note - Ted, Ni. to meet you at the Reunion. Hope to see you at the Volksfest Haus, December 6, 1995 for the Minnesota 106th D. Commemoration Party. Looks like we are going to have over 40 in attendance. Give me a .11 612-4234837... J. Kline)
WOLFF, JR., RONALD G.
17 Reservation Trail
Glen Riddle, PA 19063
I was with the Division from its incep-tion, was quartered in St. Vith when the Bulge started, was lucky to stay with the Division until the war ended. I was then transferred to the 28th Infantry Division and returned to the States for shipment to Japan. Discharged from Camp Selby, Mississippi. Graduated from Drexel with a B.S. in Busi-ness in June 1950. Married the following Saturday to a wonderful girl named Dot, who gave me two great sons and two great daughters (and seven grandchildren). Re-tired from Prudential Insurance Company in 1991 after 19 years as an agent. Fishing, Gardening, Travel and the grandchildren take all my spare time.
YA TTEAU, JOHN A. 424/HQ
7709 Broadway, Apt 312 San Antonio, TX 78209-3267
Enclosed is my membership fee and money for The CUB of the Golde.n Lion: PASSES in REVIEW. I served with the l&R Platoon, 424th Regimental Headquarters from April 1944 through July 1945 and have kept in touch with Ted Slaby and two members of my unit. Please sign me on as a member.
(Editor's Note - Welcome back to the 106th. Since you have stepped forward you can be "Lead Scout" on the next mission. Good Luck, nice to see your application... J. Kline)
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106th Vets travel to Ardennes - September 1995
19 September 1995, the first day of a three day German-American Veterans Meeting in Auw. Germany. Ninety-one people
_ congregated at The Backes Hotel in Auw. 15 American veterans. wives and friends for a total Of 31 Americans.
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THE GERMAN-AMERICAN MEETING
PART ONE of TIVO
By John Kline, 423/M, CUB Editor Preface:
Margot, my wife, and I had been back
NOTE: Part Two, The CRIBA Meet- to Germany in 1980. It was my first trip
ing and Battlefield Tours will appear in back, her second trip back since she left
the February CUB, due to other Associa- Germany in 1951. On that trip we went
tion business and the Orlando Reunion in back to Schonberg to visit where I was
this issue. captured, along with others of the 423rd
I am sorry I could not use more pic- Regiment. I hadn't prepared myself for
tures. I have nearly 100 photos that could the trauma of visiting the scene that I had be used, but this article is an overview of thought about, but hardly ever talked
the trip and meeting. I'll bring my slides about since the war. We stopped briefly
and albums to the Roanoke Reunion, as near the Schonberg hill where the 422nd
will others, hopefully, that were on the and 423rd Regiments met their Waterloo.
trip. I wish to thank all of them for send- I took one look and told Margot we were
ing me photos - I had little time to use leaving. We went across the German bor-
the camera der to Priim, Bitburg then Trier, enjoyed
three fine days there and continued on to finish our three week vacation.
106th Vets travel to Ardennes - September 1995
thought about returning for the 5 th Anniversary of World War II, then decided not to. Our thoughts were that 1995 would produce less crowds, but some of the 50th Anniversary spirit vvould still be around. In the midst of our planning, which included a tour of the battle fields and a meeting with CRIBA members, One night I was called by Joseph Swe-tye, 422/HQ, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Joe had been over to Europe for the 50th An-niversary Celebrations. As he was eating dinner in a small hotel in Bleialf, a local history teacher came to him and said, "There is a German veteran a few miles from here, that wants to organize a meet-ing with a group of 106th veterans. He was a veteran of the 18th Volksgrenadier Division, who fought against the 106th in the Ardennes." Joe met with Klaus Groben who had a list of 40-50 German veterans that wanted to meet with veterans
the 106th that they fought against.
Illaus Groben wrote Joe, giving de-
tails of the proposed plan to get-together
with the American 106th veterans. Joe
notified me, since he felt he couldn't or-
ganize the plan for the American side.
All of us that were on the trip are grateful
to Joe Swetye for giving us the informa-
tion, it was the first time many of our vet-erans had returned. I have heard nothing but praise and thankfulness for the oppor-tunity by all that attended. After many let-ters and phone calls, the plan was
"firmed up." Through "word of mouth" there were fifteen 106th veterans that were interested in joining the group.The re-sult was 15 veterans and guests, 31 in all.
We stayed at Der Goldener Stern Ho-tel in Priim, Germany. because we wanted to be near the meeting place, The Backes Hotel, a small hotel in Auw, Ger-many, ten miles north..Klaus made a good choice in The Backes. It was clean, efficient and the food and hospitality was outstanding. Most German veterans stayed there.
Auw was the left flank of the 422nd, and the 106th in 1944. A small village of 40 homes, of which 30 were completely destroyed during The Battle of the Bulge. Today there are more homes, a small hotel, a couple of taverns and a Catholic Church. A quite, peaceful, beautiful village.
'The city of Priim, where we stayed, was approximately eight miles in front of the 423rd Regiment. A winding road leads from Priim to Bleialf, Schonberg, then to St. Vith. That road was described in some reports of the battle as The Priim-St. Vith corridor. That was the route where part of the 18th Volksgrenadier Di-vision cut through the 423rd Regiment's right flank to Schonberg to close the south part of the pincers that trapped the 422nd and 423rd Regiments. The North side of the pincers consisted of the bal-ance of the 18th VGD and other German units. They advanced from Auw to An-dler thence to Schonberg to snap the pin-cers shut on the two regiments from that direction.
In the American group:
1 Oeth Veterans
• Toby and Amy Anderson, 106 SIG,
SUII Ci5,, AZ
• Howard and Agnes Bagby, 424/M,
• Tiller and Carolyn Carter, 424/HQ,
San Antonio, TX
• Dean and Eleanor Childs, 106 SIG, Mesa, AZ
• Dean's Sister Bc
• Kenneth and Bea Coss, 424/L, Madison, OH
• James Niers, 424/M, Clinton, SC
• John and Violet Hoag, 423/1, Sun Ciy, AZ
• John Hoag's Brother, Charles
• Ray Johnston, 423/H, Olympia, WA
• John and Margot Kline, 423/M
Apple Valley, MN
• Pete and Dorothy Lauman, 592/HQ
St Louis, MO
• Bill and Irmgard Muelkr, 424/M,
• Kenneth Smith, 423/H, Mt. Carmel, IL
106th Vets travel to Ardennes - September 1995
• Ray Vaughn, 423/Cannon, Annette
and daughter lenifer, Cobden, IL
• Richard Peterson, 423/1,
Cardiffby the Sea, CA
• Donald and Eiken Wischmcier,423/SV DeSoto, MO
106th Associate member,
• Dan and Nancy Walters, Historian, Laurel, MS
My friends in the Minneapolis area:
• Don Patton, real estate sales- historian and ex-cellent map reader, participates in the World War II History Round Table, Fort Snelling, MN, from Edina, MN (Minneapolis-St Mctro area) .
• fames Renner, a banker, also part of the WW
Histo,y Round Table, Fort Snelling, MN living
in New Brighton, MN (Mpls-St Mctro area)
Belgian guests, friends:
• John Greene, LTC, (USA Ret), and Rita, President Benehor Reserve Officer's Assoc. Waterloo, Belgiun,
• Rade Tansieritch, a retired Belgian
Army officer, friend of Greene
• Nikolaus Wenn, Auw bci Priim,
friend of Wisehmeiers
• Willi and Adda Rikken, Gomy, Belgium
All these people were with us during the German-American meeting and were of invaluable assistance.
I wish to give special thanks to Willi and Adda Rikken. We first became knowledgeable of them through Phil (424/D)and Shirley Gerlach, who live near us. Phil and Shirley were in St Vith in 1994 and were greeted by Willi and Adda, on the street as they were going to dinner. They spent three days together. They suggested we contact the Rikkens and wrote Adda to tell her we would be calling. Margot and Adda hit it off well on the phone. Adda speaks five lan-guages and she and Margot got well ac-quainted during the 8-10 phone calls we made prior to traveling to the Ardennes. It was Willi and Adda who helped us by representing me in meeting with the Ger-man coordinator, Klaus Groben to help with details.They were tireless in their ef-forts in our planning and to help both at Auw and later in Parker's Crossroads. Margot and I feel as if we have known the Rikkens for years. To team more about the Rikkens read pages 9 and 10 o the Jul-Aug-Sep 1995 CUB. Adda is also pictured on page 23 of the Jan-Feb-Mar 1995 CUB, which story, written by Robert Lowry, was about the Eric Wood Memorial Re-dedication. If you look on page 26 of the Oct-Nov-Dec 1994 CUB, you will see Willi and Adda, along with John and Rita Greene and Robert Lowry.
Saturday 16 and
Sunday 17 September 1895
On loth tvventy-two of us boarded Sa-bena Airlines in Chicago and flew to Brussels. Landing on the morning of the 17th we loaded our Avis "Category A" Opels and drove to Priim, most of us got lost at least once. There we meet at the delightful hotel The Goldener Stern (The Golden Star). This hotel, across the street from a beautiful Basilica, was recom-mended by Dr. Richard Peterson, 423/1, who had stayed there several times inAlk visits. (Thank's Dick). The Selbach Ape ily who have owned this historical hotel for generations were gracious hosts.
To give you a different view-point I will use parts of a "non-veteran's" travel notes to explain the events as they unfolded.
Jim Renner, whose notes I shall use, traveled with Don Patton., both World War II Historians.
Jim and Don were seeking informa-tion and on-site impressions about The Battle of the Bulge, The Battle of the Hiirtgen Forest, The Hammelburg Raid and Bastogne. Both are active in the Harold C. Deustch World War II History Round Table, Fort Snelling, MN (St. Paul). that meets once a month during the winter. Talks and discussions on a va-riety of WW II events are presented by
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I was able to team only a few German's names during the meeting. ( IJR) Klaus Groben, 18th VGD- Our host-coordinator
for the Gerrnan veterans; Fritz Kraemer, Fiirhrer Begleit Brigade; Heinz Meyer, Historical Writer- (behind Kraemer);
Fritz Schol, 18th VGD-(with tie); unknown -(with white name tag); Klaus Ritter, 18th VGD;
Tiller Carter 424/HQ in whi. cap; Over Carter's left shoulder is Wolfgang Klose,
Sturmgeschutz Brigade 905 who entertained all of us with music latenn the meeting.
ran participants.. Eg: In December 1994 I gave a talk (with slides) on The Battle of the Bulge to over 300 people. Aftervvards several other Bulge partici-pants and I sat at "The Round Table to an-swer questions abottt the subject matter.
Quotes from the Travel Journal of Jim Renner.
Sunday, September 17 After arriving in Brussels with the group from Chicago, On SABENA, we (Don Patton and Jim Renner) drove to the border between Belgium and Ger-many north of Monschau and saw the "Dragon's Teeth"' of the Cierman West Wall (Siegfried Linc). We then drove to Schmidt and went down the hill to find the trail for the Hiirtgen Forest battle which lasted from September to Decem-ber at a cost of 33,000 U.S. casualties.
All in all six American divisions were thrown in and still did not accomplish the goal... The Kall Trail going from Voosen-ach to Schmidt was especially bloody for the 28th Division. We walked up and down both sides of the trail, which is a long hike. There is still some debris from the battle and many foxholes evident. Don and I then drove to Aachen where we spent the night.
Monday 18 September
Today we meet the group in Pram. John Kline was talking to a Belgian man, who is a member of CRIBA, Jean Louis Seel. Jean has been instrumental in dis-covering the remains of ten of the WWII Missing in Action (MIA's), Six German and four American soldiers. He and his partner also are very knowledgeable of the area and the history of the battles in the Ar-dennes area.
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Since most of the morning and after-noon were free, Don and I along with Dan Walters, joined John Kline's search for the 423/M positions on the Schnee Eifel. We first went through the town's that John remembered as they withdrew from the Eifel - Bleialf, Radscheid and Oberlascheid. Then we scoured the Eifel near the large radio tower which is lo-cated at the highest point of the Eifel, known as "Schwartzermann." This area has a commanding view and sticks out well into Germany. It is heavily wooded. It was here that the Germans in the 1930's had built their large bunker com-plex. These were blown up by the French in 1946-48 and covered with dirt. We were able to identify many bunkers and foxholes along the service road and in the woods in the Eifel. We found we were too far west, due to inaccurate maps, to be in the 423/M area and ended up in the 422nd area
In the evening we had dinner with all of the American group, 31 total. We
meet Kline's friends, Adda and Willi Rik-ken, Gouvy, Belgium, LTC John Greene (USA Ret) who lives in Waterloo, Bel-gium and a retired Belgian Army officer, Rade Tansjevitch. They remained with
us during the ensuing meetmg. Tuesday, Septem ber 1 9
We were led, by two of the German veterans, to Auw for our first meeting with the Germans. There were nine vehi-cles in the convoy that traveled the wind-ing, hilly, wooded road from Priim to Auw - about ten miles. There were 15 American veterans, 43 German veterans, with wives and guests. The total atten-dance was 91 people, added to that were the village officials. Meeting at 10 A.M. we got acquainted with each other. John Kline introduced all the American veter-ans, using German terminology for the
MOS of each oftheveterans.'TheGe mangroupleader,KlausGroben,intro-ducedthcGermanveterans.
At I I A.M. we had a church service across the street in the Catholic Church. It was a beautiful service. The theme of the priest's presentation was "reconcili-ation." There was a plaque on the wall listing approximately 100 dead civilians (from the area) during the First and Sec-ond World Wars. 75 were from the Sec-ond World War. This put things into per-spective when you realize that the area has less than 3,000 people.
We had a mitt,agessen (large mid-day meal) and boarded buses. There were two buses furnished by the German Bud-swehr (Reserve Unit) during the three day meeting. In my bus I sat next to Her-man Muller, a 50 year old architect from Dusseldorf who is also interested in his-tory. He spoke English very well and
could give me a running translation of tilt German soldier's stories.
As vve drove the bus would stop, once in a while, for the Germans to explain what happened in the area. We drove along the top of the Eifel, to Sellerich where the German Kampfgruppe Kiihne had stopped the US ARMY in September thus setting up the US in the Eifel. This village and the two adjoining villages changed hands several times. The Ger-mans called it "No Man's Land." We then drove back to Auw..
(Margot and I were told by a German soldier that at one tbne there were less than 18 Germans in the three villages. They wondered why the American didn't drive through. It was probably because our troops were waiting for supply lines to catch up. One related that he used to sneak into the villages and scrounge for food lefi in the fann homes. lie said they were completely lacking Wood, that
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glad faulty ammunition and promise of air support never fulfilled. J Kline)
At 5:00 P.M. a joint memorial service was held in the small cemetery at Auw. There are 118 German veterans buried there in a beautiful landscaped area, back of the civilian cemetery. The grave-stones have dates of birth ranging mostly from 1925 to 1927, which at the time of the battle would mean that they were all 19 years of age and younger. After a prayer by Fr. Cavelius, the local Priest, John Kline spoke for the American veter-ans. Fritz Blum, a former Staff Officer of the 62nd Volksgrenadier Division spoke for the German veterans. The ceremony was very emotional for both sides. 1 saw many solemn and tearful faces among the German and American veterans.
After the memorial ceremony and
abendbrot (evening lunch) we adjourned
to the local village hall. A large room with a beer bar in the rear. Here the local Biirgermeisters and city officials made short speeches. Present were Village Un-ion Mayor Herr Aloysius Solingen; St. Vith Mayor Ernst Thommessen; Priim Mayor Herr Krahwinkel; Auw Mayor Paul Fuchs; Herr Kurt Fagnoul, of the History-Society; Herr Werner Blindet, of the History-Society; Herr Hanns-K Schmitt, chairman of the Bleialf-Music Band -and others that I did not get the proper names. 106th InfDiv veteran, John Kline and 62nd Volksgrenadier Di-vision veteran, Fritz Blum spoke for the American and German groups. There were many villagers present. The Bund-svvehr (local reserve unit) had a display of the modern German Army material. The ALTAL ORCHESTER (orchestra) of 30-35 musicians from the Bleialf-Brand-schied area played music. It was a fine re-
retaken by the Germans, thattthe church was filled with American prisoners as well as German andAmerican wounded.
If you were in that church I would like to hear from you about your experiences ... J. Kline, editor
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ception. Kline, when he spoke, was well received by the German villagers. He had practiced a few lines in German. His wife is from Frankfurt. When he intro-duced hcr as "mein liebling von Frank-furt," (my darling from Frankfurt) it brought a laugh from the crowd. It was a long day. We left the hotel in Priim at 9 A.M. and returned at 11 P.M.
Wednesday, September 20
We boarded buses in Auw and drove through the battle area to St. Vith. After a short stop at the 106th Infantry Divi-sion Memorial, we went to the St. Vith Rathaus (City Hall) for a reception. There were many people present. The Mayor of St. Vith. Ernst Thommessen; Albert Gehlen forrner mayor of St. Vith, now a Parliamentarian; Kurt Fagnoul, author and ZVS President gave welcome addresses to the American-German groups. The three officials, John Kline for the Americans, Fritz Blum for the Germans, joined hands in friendship. A wine of honor was served.
We boarded the buses and traveled back to Auw for mittag essen (noon meal). On the way the buses made a brief stop at the Eric Wood Memorial. Many of the Germans had never heard of it and wanted to take a look. We then took the buses to Prtim for a reception in their Rathaus (City Hall). We were greeted by the Mayor and his officials, saluted with a toast of wine. We then visited the Priim Basilica, it had a magnificent organ. One of the German veterans explained its his-tory. It was destroyed during the battles as the Americans made their way back through the area.
Then by bus back to Auw for the eve-ning lunch. While we waited for the ad-vertised film showing in the village hall, a German veteran camc in with a suit-case. I le opened it up and started playing a violin. He had all sorts of hats and sic instruments. The crowd joined in sing-ing and dancing. He was very entertain-ing and it added to the sense of friend-ship that had developed over the two days as we traveled together and heard stories from both sides, Most of our group left to go back to Priim, for the two days events had been extensive. A lot in a short time. Some stayed for a Ger-man film on The Ardennes Ojensive. It was in German without English by-lines, so more of the Americans headed for Priim to rest up for the schedule tomorrow.
Thursday September 21
Again we drove to Auw and boarded the buses for a trip to the American Cemetery at Henri Chapelle. Here we were greeted by a few of the CRIBA members. Pierre MAWET, CRIBA fur-nished Margot Kline with a large bundle of flowers. They were given to the American veterans to place a flower o the grave of comrades. A large floral wreath was placed at the base of "The Angel." Kline and Blum said their re-spects to those that lost their lives in the Ardennes. They shook hands over the wreath. I saw John Kline walk to the grave of his Company Commander, Cap-tain James Hardy, and place a flower at the base of the headstone. He also placed a flower at a grave, at the request of a 106th veteran (who was not able to at-tend). The soldier, KIA on 10 December, a Private Vito De Luigi, was a close friend of Albert C. Oelschig, 423/HQ 1Bn. I saw many of the Arnerican veter-ans placing flowers at graves. There are over 7,700 Americans buried there. Like the memorial at Auw, I could see and hear the emotion of those present. Leaving Henri Chapelle the buses took us to a German NATO base in Bovi-gny, Belgium. The base exists because of
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110Hot Period" of the "Cold War'' with Russia. Germany pulled tanks and mate-rial out of Germany into bases like this, farther away from anticipated actions. The Base Commander indicated the base was to be closed soon. There we saw and heard the German tanks. The ones we saw were the "Kampfpanzer Leopard 1 A5" which could be compared to the WWII Tiger Mark IV. The Leopard trav-els at 40 MPH and touts a 105 mm can-non (Bordkanone). It has a 660 HP en-gine and moves like a "streak'' as we could see as one scampered out of the woods across the parking arca.
Arriving back at Auw it was time to say good bye. I saw many tears and genu-ine handshakes between the veterans. I know some might have had some appre-hension meeting the "enemy" fifty years later, but from all I heard from both Ger-man and American, was good. It was a Ile where it gave the veterans a chance
e their past, to release some emo-tions. I listened to one German veteran pour out his heart to Margot, John Kline's wife. There were tears streaming down his face. You could see the release as he talked. After he finished, his wife said to Margot " I have lived with this man since the war. I have never, never heard these stories."
I had talked at length with Hans Mertersdorf and Dr. Cannive about their war experiences. Like Hans said, "You won't want to hear some of it." After leaving the Backes Hotel in Auw, I went with Hans to the German positions near Sellerich. We went to the area where he was wounded in the battle on 15 Septem-ber 1944. He now has a winery on the Moselle. We drank two bottles of his delight-ful wine then said our good-byes.
Later, at the Backes Hotel, I talked to John and Margot Kline. They were well pleased with the outcome of the meetings. Everything went beyond their expecta-tions. I agree, it was a good meeting, emo-tional, informative and fulfilling.. J.R.
21 Sep 1995 - American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle - The newly decicated a rea h at th ba
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Not present, Don Wischmeier, 423'/S^71" Vaughn' 423/Can'n
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Matthies Plattes. local, 14 years of age in Bulge.
A walk through the streets of Auw after a large mid-day
meal. UR far left, Eileen Wischmeier, Johannes Juhl
In the hotel meeting room - UR Dr. Herbed Cannive
Kampgruppe Kiihne; Dan Walters 106th Associate; Hans
Metersdorf. Kampgruppe Kiihne. Nancy Walters back of
Dan with other German veterans.
A view inside the Auw Catholic Church, while
German-American meeting services are going on. A
German veteran in the foreground.
Fun-Time during a break in the schedule. German veterans liven up the crowd. UR in the white sailor cap, unknown; with the accordion Wolfgang Mose, Slurmgeschiitz Brigade; Johannes Juhl, 18th VGD
Dancing around the tables UR: Nancy Walters. Hans
Metersdorf, Kampgruppe Kiihne; Heinz Meyer, History
Writer(with white name tag, end of table); Rembert Poth,
18th VGD (in stnpp. sweater)
UR: The unknown German veteran, who changed hats;
Fritz Kraemer, Fairer Begleit Brigade; Dan Walters with
the drum and Jim Renner with the Austrian vest; A
German veteran in the rear.
19 Sep 1995: Joint Memorial Ceremony, Auw; John Kline
speaking for the American veterans; Fritz Blum, 62nd
VGD Staff Officer spoke for the German veterans; Local
Bundsweher Reserve at attention in rear.
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Kline, 423/M; Herr Kurt Fagnoul, History-Society and
Herr Ernst Thommensen, St. Vith Mayor.
Nikolaus Werner, Auw bei Prtim, a friend of Don and
Eileen Wischmeier. 423/SV shown as he acted as a guide
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After the ceremony at Henri-Chapelle we went to the NATO Material Supply Base at Bovigny, southwest of St. Vith for a mid-day meal. The Base Commander is on left, talking to Dick Peterson, 423/1 (middle) and Don Patton, left. In background back of Peterson is Klaus Groben.
Margot Kline at the Bovigny luncheon with Klaus Ritter, 18VGD (on her right) and Heinz Meyer. War Historian. Both have written books on the Bulge and the war. Meyer presented Margot with two books (in German).
""P1hXeSuIrJO5srphdrsro'n TobinTuDsearvnde aTr'i td)YI exchanged several e-mail letters with him
since the meeting.
TIME TO SAY GOOD-BYE!
Fri, Kraemer, Fuhrer Begleit Brigade (left), and Matthies
Ehlenz, Kampfgruppe Kuhn°, say good-bye to Margot
Kline. Margot was popular because she could speak the
language. She came from Frankfurt in 1951
Mayor Paul Fuchs, Auw says good-bye to Adda Rikken
with a bouqet of flowers. Adda was very helpful during the
program and assisted the Mayor in the Sept meeting in
the Auw City hall (Bundeswehr Reserve Hall)
good bye to new friends Ju. SOCA and Marr'ftastn, 18VGD. Fri, was the commander of 'aeFlatk Wagon, from what I can tellofrom tfiAaogi,cit s explanation. He gave us a diary f his
Matthias Platte, (left), saying good-bye to Adda Rikken.
He was 14 years of age during the Bulge. In the rear in
white jacket and 106th cap is Pete Laurnan, 592nd/HO
with Ray Vaughn, 423rd/Cannon.
In Memory of. . .
Robert N. Callahan 422/C 4173 Timber Meadows, Arbor Vitae, WI 54569
Robert died July II, 1195. For many years he and his wife, Irene, ran a popular bar near the Marquet University Campus. Irene wrote, "He always enjoyed reading The CUB. He read every page of it as soon as he opened the envelope. He enjoyed every page."
In 1985, a Callahan's Club reunion was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to honor Robert and Irene. More than 250 club alumni attended, representing 19 states. The reunion ended with the singing of "Good Night Irene," a tune sung for obvious reasons, each night at their bar, when closing time approached. He is survived by his wife, Irene; son Timothy of Seattle and daugh-ter Colleen Callahan of Phoenix.
Charles C. Cavender, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired CO 423rd Regiment
Bom October 2, 1897, Died August 9, 1995. In recent years he was confined in Air Force Village West, Riverside, California. He attended the Southern California December 16 Com-memoration events each year. He was in attendance at the Sacramento Reunion in 1990. He was interned at the Riverside National Cemetery. See other details in this CUB.
Andrew Chura 81st ENG/A 4913 North Lowell Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Gus Agostini was notified by Andy's wife, Eliz.abeth, that he had passed away, suddenly, on September 6, 1995. Andy was a member of the 106th Infantry Division Association and the Chicago Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.
Edgar L. Lloyd 422/M 22 Wayside Lane. Wantagh, NY 11793
We were notified he died March 20, 1995. He is survived by his wife Irene.
James C. Morrissey 590/11Q 7050 Sunset dr. S. #I407, South Pasadena, FL 33707
&Robert Powell, 590/HQ, notified us that James passed away of heart failure on January 6, 5. His wife Jan and he attended every 106th reunion for 10 years. He also served with Pete House during the Tennessee Maneuvers.
John N. Reuter 422/M 1935 So. I 24th Street, New Berlin, WI 53151
John's CUB was returned marked "deceased." I have no other details.
Calvin Schuler 590/A 107 Washington, New Boston, TX 75570
We were informed that Calvin dies May 22, 1995. He is survived by his wife Irene, one daughter, three brothers and five grandchildren.
Joseph Topicz 423/E 5385 Boomer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45247
Bob Walker, 423/D, informed us that Joe died November 19, 1994. He attended the Decem-ber Dinners until the last two years. He was a POW in Stalag 4, Dresden. He is survived by his wife Ethel, a daughter and a grandson.
Robert Woodruff DIV/HQ 1941 Mountain Laurel Lane, Birmingham, AL 35244
We learned that Robert passed away on June 22, 1995. He is survived by his wife Shirley.
Fr. Edvvard J. Hurley, Chaplain (Catholic) 106th Int' Div
We learned from several members that Fr. Hurley passed away July 2, 1995. A popular fig-ure in Stalag 9-B, though he was not a member of the Association, his name was prominent among the Ex-POWs. In 4-B he formed his own parish that he called Our Lady of Mt. CarmeL His message, according to the news article was, "If you love God and your neighbor, you've got it made in the shade." Many credit him with keeping their spirits up, and helping them survive the trauma of being incarcerated by the enemy...
May They Rest in Peace
TO OUD VETEDAN6,
AND OW FDEND6
TO ALL AND
MAY THE NEW YEAD
BLE68 YOU WITH
Board of Directors 1995 _i99(q
Alphabetical by year term expires.
A quarterly publication of the
106th Infanny Division Association, Inc
5401 U. 147th St West, Apple Vaffey, MN 55124
Membership fees include CUB susbscription.
Association membership 10115/95 1,700 members
President Richard L. Rigatti
Past-Pres. ... . . . Thomas J. Riggs, Jr.
1st Vice—Pres Major Hill
2nd Vice-Pres John P. Kline
Treasurer Sherod Collins
Adjutant Pete House
Historian Sherod Collins
CUB Editor John Kline
Chaplain .. . . Rev. Ewell C. Black, Jr. Memorials Chairman .... Dr. John G. Robb Atterbury Memorial Rep O. Paul Merz St. Vith Mem. Rep ..... Dr. Richard Peterson Membership Chairman Gilbert Helwig Scholarship Chairman . .. Jerome Eisenman Resolutions Chairman ...Alan W. Jones, Jr.
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Gilbert Helwig 423/M (.96)
2006 Ontario Rd, /455, Niles, MI 49120
Jerome Eisenman 423/HQ 3BN (.96)
227 Buena Vist4aii,kv,ei,DAy3(City, CA 94015
Richard L. Rigatti 423/B C96)
113 Woodshizpririittngh. PA 15215
William K. Rowan 424/K C96)
213 Country Tott4b.,14.,r17,3119by, NC 28150
Major H. Ilill 424/B (.97)
36750 N. Ketn8D18..AwAside, IL 60041
Lyman C. Maples, 422/K (.97)
608 Wilkirgilglo,n3,,GA 30720
Dr. Richard W. Peterson, 423/1 (.97)
1285 Rubenstein, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
Edwin C. Huminski, 424/F ('98)
RR 2 Box 258,811o412w6T1rA 15557-9223
Alan W. Jones, Jr, 423/HQ 1Bn (.98)
9100 Belvoir Woods .177)(3778/2.3336,2194. Belvoir, VA 22060
William E. Malone, 423/B (.98)
3911 Thacker/ Drive, Nashville. TN 37207
Thomas J. Riggs, 81st Eng/HQ ('98)
6 Olive StreeKt,,,Pzilifnicoe. RI 02906
John A. Swett, 423/H
1.91 E. North,c2r;.;2...6Totson. AZ 85748 •
Levene Weigel, 422/H C98)
Democracy,4:3i5le61.17rme, FL 32940
Nolan L. Ashburn, 424/H C99)
1212 Raintree Dr, V73,t)..1,434:16Collins, CO 80525
LkIldliji3Doxie2t 43:reh;:op;11,1,8121sotd., Sewell, NJ 08080'99)
John A. Gis.6egrAysin4.2n4g., sacrament.. eA 95864 (.99)
Art Van Moorlehem, 423/B (.99)
206 W. Birch6g..,9trlimn, SD 57212
Richard J. Brax, 423/K (.2000)
14 Porter StioTte.r,F61, CT 06375
Walter G. Bridges, 424/D (.2000)
225 Laird Ag.,51_14u9e,r3o4r9t, AL 35023
Sherod Collins, 423/SV (.2000)
448 Monroe Tgeoe412r3n2741w, GA 30i.
John P. Kline, 423/M ('2000)
5401 U. I47th St.6,,N21,4/21t3V7alley, MN 55124
rolN. CloRsAep71 =Itrilivresr122r/11Q (LIFE)
4706 Western Blvd Raleigh NC 27606
President Andre HUBERT, C.R.I.B.A. (left), accepting a plaque of appreciation from
the 106th Infantry Division Association's 2nd Vice-President John Kline.
23 Sept 1995 - Parker's Crossroads -See complete story pages 23 to 35
(Photo by Dan Walters, Associate Member, Historian)
Index for: Vol. 52 No. 1, Oct, 1995
106th Div., 8
106th Inf. Div., 1, 3, 11, 15, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 43, 59, 61, 62
106th Infantry Division Association, 3, 11, 15, 18, 20, 21, 24, 59, 61, 62
18th Volksgrenadier Div., 48
28th Inf. Div., 47, 52
3rd Army, 13
422nd Inf., 5
422nd Inf. Regt., 5
423rd Inf., 1, 8
423rd Inf. Regt., 1, 8
423rd Regt., 8, 47, 48, 59
424/A, 30, 31, 37, 45
424/C, 29, 30, 37, 38
424/D, 31, 38, 50, 61
424/E, 21, 31, 38
424/G, 31, 38, 46
424/L, 13, 32, 38, 40, 49
424th Regt., 47
424th Regt. HQ, 47
589th FA, 38, 42, 44
589th FA BN, 38, 42, 44
590th FA BN, 38
591st FA, 39
591st FAB, 39
592nd FA BN, 39
592nd FAB, 39
62nd Volksgrenadier Div., 10, 53
81st Engr., 41, 45
99th Div., 45
99th Inf. Div., 45
Agostini, Gus, 59
Agostini, Orfeo, 32
Agostini, Orfeo E., 32
Alamo Defense, 44
Albertson, Harry E., 27
Ambrose, Stephen, 15
Ansel, Joseph, 28
Ansel, Joseph J., 28
Ardennes, 5, 17, 46, 47, 48, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58
Arvold, Norman W., 30
Auw, 43, 47, 48, 50, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58
Auw, Germany, 43
Azadian, Harry D., 42
Bagby, Agnes, 48
Bagby, Howard, 32, 56
Bailey, Harold M., 32
Baraque De Fraiture, 44
Barnes, L. Preston, 21
Bastogne, 9, 13, 51
Battle Of The Bulge, 9, 13, 15, 44, 48, 51, 52
Belgium, 2, 11, 35, 43, 44, 46, 50, 52, 55
Bennett, Robert F., 29
Berlin, 13, 59
Bied, Dan, 1, 16, 17, 45
Black, Ewell, 41
Black, Ewell C., 5
Black, Rev. Ewell C., 1, 5, 41, 60
Black, Wayne, 1
Blaher, William, 27
Blaher, William S., 27
Bleialf, 48, 52, 53
Borbely, Frank, 40
Bowles, Elizabeth, 1
Bowles, Ralph K., 26
Brax, Richard J., 29, 61
Bricker, James H., 29
Bridges, Walter, 31
Bridges, Walter G., 31, 61
Britton, Ben, 31
Britton, Benjamin B., 31
Brokaw, Richard L., 31
Brown, Douglas, 25
Brown, Douglas D., 25
Brussels, 50, 52
Burkes, Robert A., 31
Burrell, James, 30
Burrell, James V., 30
Butterfield, Wallace, 4
C.R.I.B.A., 43, 44, 62
Call, George, 30
Camp Atterbury, 9
Camp Atterbury, Indiana, 9
Caplan, Bert, 32
Capshaw, Clifton, 29
Carter, Tiller, 52
Carver, Dale, 32
Carver, Dale R., 17, 32
Cavender, Charles C., 5, 9, 59
Cavender, Col., 5, 7, 9
Cavender, Col. C. C., 5, 7
Cavender, Col. Charles C., 7, 9
Cavender, Pfc. Charles C., 8
Chura, Andrew, 59
Clark, Ernie J., 42
Clark, James I., 21
Clark, John, 40
Clarke, Walter, 34
Closson, Raymond E, 42
Closson, Raymond E., 42
Coffey, Douglas S., 2
Collins, John P., 32
Collins, Sherod, 3, 10, 13, 21, 29, 41, 42, 60, 61
Connors, John, 31
Connors, John C., 31
Cook, Francis J., 27
Cooper, James A., 31
Cooper, Louis M., 31
Costa, Anton, 31
CRIBA, 43, 44, 47, 48, 52, 55
Crosby, Lloyd R., 30
Crossman, Les, 32
Crossman, Lester, 32
Crossman, Lester W., 32
Datte, Chas, 11
Davis, Sam, 25
Dean, Maj. Gen. William, 9
Dickerson, James J., 27
Dietrich, Gen. Sepp, 13
Douglass, John W., 31
Dresden, 15, 43, 45, 59
Eisenman, Jerome, 29, 60, 61
Elbe, 43, 46
Eldridge, Robert, 27
Eldridge, Robert D., 27
Elston, Floyd, 33
Elston, Floyd L., 33
Fagnoul, Kurt, 53, 55, 57
Falch, Carl, 27
First Army, 9
Forbes, Fontaine, 29
Forbes, Fontaine C., 29
Fort Jackson, 43, 45, 46
Fort Jackson, South Carolina, 43
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 44
Fraiture, 43, 44
Frankfurt, 55, 58
Freedman, Henry, 26
Freedman, Henry E., 26
Ft. Jackson, 16, 43
Fuhrer Begleit Brigade, 58
Gaither, Jack L., 26
Gallagher, John, 3, 32
Gallagher, John I., 13, 32
Gatens, John, 33
Geib, George, 31
Gerlach, Shirley, 50
Germany, 17, 35, 43, 45, 47, 48, 52, 56
Gillespie, Jack, 13
Gillespie, John, 26
Gillespie, John M., 26
Gilliland, John, 1, 34
Gilliland, John O., 13, 34
Ginther, Keith, 27
Goldberg, Ephraim, 29
Gouvy, 44, 52
Greene, John, 43, 50, 52
Grimes, George O., 29
Gross, Joseph, 33
Gross, Joseph J., 33
Grosslangenfeld, Germany, 10
Hammelburg, 7, 51
Hammond, Frank, 7
Hammond, George, 32
Hanna, Robert R., 26
Harmon, Harold M., 33
Hartlieb, Glenn, 34
Hartlieb, Glenn O., 34
Hartzell, Bertram, 32
Hartzell, Bertram E., 32
Hayden, Henry V., 32
Heidesheim, Germany, 46
Helmich, Lester, 3, 31
Helwig, Gilbert, 60, 61
Hemelt, William G., 32
Henderson, Charley S., 27
Henri Chapelle, 44, 55
Henri Chapelle Cemetery, 44
Herndon, Don, 32
Herndon, Donald F., 32
Hicks, Harry, 33
Hinrichs, Don, 32
Hirst, Robert G., 28
House, Pete, 13, 33, 41, 44, 59, 60
Howell, Robert, 13, 31
Howell, Robert F., 31
Hubert, Andre, 62
Huminski, Ed, 31
Humphrey, Don, 33
Humphrey, Donald B., 33
Hurley, Chaplain, 59
Hut 234, 17
Iwamoto, George, 3
Jensen, George C., 27
Johannes, Walt, 30
Jones, Alan W., 60, 61
Jones, Alan W., Jr., 60
Jones, Robert K., 28
Kahler, John K., 30
Kelly, George S., 30
Kline, J., 5, 9, 11, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 54
Kline, John, 1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 23, 31, 39, 41, 47, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 60, 62
Kline, John P., 31, 60, 62
Kortlang, Charles, 25
Kortlang, Charles E., 25
Kuespert, Wilfred A., 31
Lapato, Frank, 26
Lawson, William J., 29
Lehaire, Marie, 44
Leichte, Joseph H., 27
Lichtenfeld, Seymour, 27
Lockhart, Richard, 28
Lomonaco, John, 26
Long, Ivan, 28
Lorenz, Lawrence R., 43
Malaniak, Harry W., 16
Malone, William E., 27, 61
Malueg, Russell, 29
Malueg, Russell J., 29
Maples, Lyman C., 61
Marsh, Robert, 30
Marsh, Robert H., 30
Martin, Roland, 32
Massey, Joseph, 3, 26
Massey, Joseph A., 26
McCollum, Vollie, 25
McCollum, Vollie L., 25
McKee, Col. Henry, 26
Medell, Belgium, 46
Merz, O. Paul, 1, 60
Merz, Paul, 11
Messina, Carl, 3
Mikalauskis, John, 32
Mikalauskis, John L., 32
Milkey, Robert G., 33
Mills, Col. Eric R., 26
Mills, James, 30
Morgan, Douglas, 31
Morrissey, James C., 59
Mosley, Newton L., 34
Moss, Melvin A., 30
Muese River, 11
Oelschig, Albert C., 55
Olecki, Edward J., 26
Order Of The Golden Lion, 1, 5, 45
Parker, Maj., 44
Patton, Brig Gen Oliver, 15
Patton, Gen., 15
Patton, Gen. George S., 9
Pearl Harbor, 8
Peros, George, 33
Perrin, Gen. Herbert T., 7
Pershing, Gen., 8
Pershing, Gen. John J., 8
Peterson, Dr. Richard, 50, 60
Peterson, Richard, 50
Peterson, Richard W., 1, 61
Piazza, Louis R., 31
Pierson, Randolph, 33, 45
Pilkington, Fred, 26
Pilkington, Fred A., 26
Pinney, Gordon, 2, 30
Pinney, Gordon B., 30
Post, Lawrence, 27
Post, Lawrence W., 27
Prendergast, Richard, 27
Prendergast, Richard M., 27
Prewett, Ed, 30
Prewett, Edward, 13, 30
Prewett, Edward A., 30
Puett, Col., 30
Rain, John, 33
Rain, John C., 33
Ream, Granville C., 25
Rediger, Delbert G., 31
Redmond, Dean, 27
Redmond, Dean T., 27
Reed, Ray, 28
Reed, Raymond, 28
Reed, Raymond J., 28
Reunions, 3, 12, 39
Rieck, Charles, 27
Rigatti, Richard, 2, 3, 30
Rigatti, Richard L., 1, 2, 15, 30, 41, 60, 61
Riggs, Thomas J., 41, 60, 61
Riggs, Tom, 24
Rikken, Adda, 50, 58
Ringer, Robert, 34
Ringer, Robert C., 34
River, Elbe, 43
Robb, Dr. John G., 1, 13, 60
Robb, John G., 60
Robinson, Col. Warren G., 8
Rosenthal, Phillip N., 31
Rutland, Roger, 3, 13, 30
Rutland, Roger M., 30
Rutt, Robert, 26
Rutt, Robert E., 26
Saucerman, Eugene, 26
Saucerman, Eugene L., 26
Schaffner, John, 33
Schaffner, John R., 33
Schnee Eifel, 52
Schober, Milton J., 31
Schoeck, Richard J., 25
Schonberg, 47, 48
Schoonover, Lex, 26
Scott, Earl, 33
Scott, Earl A., 33
Sellerich, 53, 56
Sergi, Rocco, 27
Shaver, Robert, 31
Shaver, Robert M., 31
Shaw, Robert, 32
Shaw, Robert M., 32
Sheehan, John, 28
Sheehan, John P., 28
Shoffit, Al, 28
Shoffit, Alfred W., 28
Slaby, Ted, 10, 24, 25, 28, 47
Smith, Charles, 26
Smith, Charles L., 26
Smith, Ken, 11
Smoler, Irwin, 30
Smoler, Irwin C., 30
Snovel, Robert I., 27
Snyder, Walt, 33