The Cub

Vol. 53, No. 2, Jan., 1997

 

 

          Honoring Captain James L. Manning

          Commander, 423rd Cannon Co. - KIA, Bleialf, Germany

          16 December 1944 - Purple Heart and Silver Star

          Photo taken at Henn-Chappelle Cemetery. Liege. Belgium - article on page 13

 

President's View

President Major H. Hill 1996-1997

106th Infantry Division Association

B. Company, 424th Infantry Regiment

e I hope you left the year of 1996 with a great success with the Annual Mini-Reunions (December commemorative Parties). I attended the Chicago Group and as always "Russ Villwock" and his very talented helpers, made the evening an outstanding event. We had a great group, including one new member, Bill Mitchell of 106 Recon Troop, from Glenview, Illinois. The dinner, was excellent, and the after dinner games were very challenging. but rewarding, with gifts. Keep up the good work, "Villwock And Helpers"

I recently received a large brown envelope in the mail from a person whose name I did not recognize. Much to my surprise what I found inside was a letter and a "Diary" from a 28th Infantry Division soldier. He had been with their 112th Regiment that, after the first few days of the Bulge, was attached to the 424th Infantry Regiment 106th Inf. Div. I had spent a few days with his unit. I could not have gotten, from anyone, a finer, more wonderful gift from out of the past.

Associate member, Charlie Haug, the

tender, must have an outstanding memory to recognize me, after 52 years, and then the courtesy to send this to me. In the Cub of Oct-Nov-Dec 1991, he related in great detail about a 424th Regiment Anti-Tank gun assisting his unit against five German tanks attacking from Lutz.kampen. He says he owes his life to the 106th. Charlie and I were both at the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in St. Louis, MO, but did not meet each other. Thank you Charlie.

I urge you to continue to support the Mini-Reunions. I understand that several, this last year, were canceled due to weather. Now, while the idea is still fresh in your mind, spend some time contacting those 106th veterans in your area who are not members of the Association and urge them to join with their comrades. If your local group did not meet, take the initiative and organize a meeting for next year. If you need help contact the 2nd Vice-president whose has responsibility for the Mini-Reunions. John Swett, our current 2nd VP would be glad to help you. Urge those members who do not belong, to join the Association. if for nothing else, to be kept informed of their comrades.

I have contacted several military publications regarding advertising our existence in their publications. Many of our men still, after fifty years, do not know that there is a 106th Infantry Division Association. We have to try to contact them and give them the opportunity to join and get reacquainted with their old comrades.

We would like to hear from any of you who have "likes" or "dislikes" of our various activities or programs. If you have some new idea to enhance the organization, let us know. It is "your" Association, get behind it "all year- every year." I have appreciated all the letters I have received, keep them coming, they mean a lot to me.

Until next time, stay healthy and prosper in this NEW YEAR.

41/     The CUB of the Golden Lion

" WHY?... "

          Why is a word which is used by people in all times, places and situations. We find it used by God's people in both the Old and New Testaments. We find it first used in Genesis 25:22 by Rebekah while she was pregnant with Esau and Jacob. In her discomfort she asked the question, "Why is this happening to me?" As with so many of us, she directed her question to the Lord. His answer was that the twins represented two people.

          For most who ask "Why" the answer is not so quickly received!

          Instead many find the answer eludes us and we find ourselves repeating it many times within our lives. I heard a sermon recently in which this question was asked, "What is the most important word in The Bible?" His answer was, "Why." His reasoning for this was that only God knows the answer, so if people could answer their own question they would be as wise as God. Such knowledge is too great for people!

Rey. Ewell C. Black Jr., Chaplain

Order of the Golden Lion 1.5        Yet, this has never stopped people from asking the "A" Company, 422nd Inf. Reg.

212 Ridge S.BithoPvipe, SC 2901. question. Almost everyone who has experienced any type

 

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of trouble has asked that question. Remember Nancy Kerrigan asking, "Why me?" when she was hit on the knee? Yes, in most situations where we are survivors the question is asked.

"Why did I survive combat when some of my friends didn't?"

"Why did I survive being a POW when others healthier and stronger than 1 didn't'?"

"Why am I still here when many of my comrades have died?"

Take strength in the understanding that you probably have no need to know or God would have revealed the answer to you long ago. We may feel that we have not contributed as much to the world as some who are no longer here might have. But take comfort in the knowledge that God knows the answer and you may have made contributions far greater that you know. "Why?" is a question we will continue to ask so long as we exist on this Earth but the answer(s) are for God to know until we are able to inquire of the Lord as Rebekah did.

"Gracious Father forgive us when we ask questions to which only You may know the answer. Help us to seek to serve knowing that you have Your reasons and have given us the opportunity to fulfill the tasks which you have for us to do. You are our God and we are your people and for that may we be duly thankful." AMEN

 

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From West Burlington, Iowa.... 11-10 I'd never heard of Paul Fussell until he

wrote an article, "My War," for Harper's magazine in 1982. I sent him a congratulatory note and copies of some things I'd written about the 106th. He sent me an encouraging card and I've become a fan of his writings, which mostly deal with his experiences in the ground war in Europe. It's his style to be blunt, provocative and factual.

Fussell, who became an English Literature professor after World War II, has now written 13 books. He entered the army as a teenager, served with the 103rd Division as a GI and an officer, and earned two Purple Hearts. He still has some mental scars as, I think, all infantrymen do.

"My war is virtually synonymous with my life," Fussell wrote 14 years ago. "I entered the war when I was 19 and have been in it ever since."

Fussell grabbed my attention with a refer-like to the winter of 1944-45, "the coldest in Europe for 25 years," and the lack of suitable attire for our troops. "The result was 64,008 casualties from 'cold injury,' not wounds but pneumonia and trench foot."

I was impressed, also, by quotes from a letter that Lt. Paul Fussell wrote to his parents on Feb. 1, 1945: "Today is the division's 84th consecutive day on the line. The average is 90 or 100 days, although one division went 136 without being relieved.

"I am not collecting any souvenirs, although 1 have had ample opportunity to pick up helmets, flags, weapons, etc. The only thing I have kept is a Belgian pistol, which one German was carrying who was unfortunate enough to walk into my platoon. That is the first one I had the job of shooting. I have kept the pistol as a souvenir of my first Kraut."

In combat, Fussell noted 37 years later, "bravado can be a device necessary to a soldier's emotional survival. The only comfort

 

Dan Bied ..A" Co., 422nd Infantry

108 Leffler Street, West Burlington, IA 52655

Tele: (319) 752-5708

I can take today in contemplating (my) letters is the ease with which their author can be rationalized as a stranger. Even the handwriting is not now my own."

Fussell went on to assert that "those who actually fought on the line in the war, especially if they were wounded, constitute an in-group forever separate from those who did not." He added: "Those who fought know a secret about themselves, and it's not very nice."

This is strong stuff, I think, in a society in which so much about warfare has been glorified by Hollywood and by authors who, unlike Fussell, never experienced the real thing.

In 1989, an interview with Fussell appeared in American Heritage. It referred to him as a "pissed-off infantryman" who looks at the world from the secret places inhabited only by those who have moved, rifle in hand, "against an enemy who designs your death."

Regarding combat, Fussell said: "If you've been there more than ten minutes you know that it is about survival, and it is about killing in order to survive, and one forgets the presumed ideological motives when one is performing these operations. You're captured by combat, and the only way to get out of the capture is to reduce the threat of your

 

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From West Burlington, Iowa...

         

own personal safety, which is to kill the enemy. That's what you're doing in combat."

Fussell has written a new book. It is titled "Doing Battle" and I assume it is full of the truth, though much of the prose wouldn't be appreciated by fans of war novels.

The Chicago Sun-Times ran a review of "Doing Battle." I was attracted by a reference to Fussell's outlook toward commanding a platoon of infantry in the invasion of Japan, if that had been his fate. "The A-bomb meant we were going to live," he declared "The killing was going to be over, and peace was actually going to be the state of things."

Fussell says he still jumps at loud noises the street, terrning that mction one of "the more gross effects of having been an infantryman." He can't stroll through a military cemetery, the Sun-Times related, "without choking up, while any playing of 'Amazing Grace,' especially a slow bagpipe rendition, brings him tears."

"Doing Battle" is, in essence, an anti-war book that deals with realities many infantrymen have avoided talking about for the past 51 years.

I hope it hits the best-seller lists but I will be satisfied if it is merely an "artistic success."

D. Bied        

Dulce Est

In ancient times pro patria

it was reckoned sweet to die,

with leg-gripped charger, sword unsheathed. and banner held up high.

Then deep chords in love-filled hearts throbbed before the strife

and sweet the thought of pro patria to dearly sell one's life.

There are now no dreams of glory, no cause for which to strive.

And of the two alternatives, most choose to stay alive.

Yet dying still is much in vogue. In fields mine-sown and muddy, causeless men of a weary age unthinking, die for a buddy.

BEFORE THE VETERANS DIE

by: Dale R. Carver Silver Star recipient 424th Headquarters A&P Platoon Leader 742 Druid Circle Baton Rouge. LA 70808 504-767-3111

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"AMBUSH!!! - John Roberts, "C" Battery, 592nd FAB"

(Caption comments by edtor, This picture of Weapons Carrier, C-5 of the 592nd FAB was displayed on page 12 of the November 1996 CUB magazine. The photo was sent to me by an Intemet friend Hans Wijers, Brummen, Netherlands who had retrieved it from the German Archives in  Koblenz, Germany.

I) John Roberts, C Battery, 592nd FAB quickly responded with the following account of his "Forward

I printed it in hopes we could find how the weapons carrier met with disaster.

Observer Party" running into an ambush by attacking Germans on 16 December, 1944 at 0830 hours.

by John Roberts, 592/C                                  two vehicles carrying me and other members of the "C" Battery, 592nd Field Artillery Battalion Forward Observer Party from "C" Battery's gun position at Laudesfeld, Germany to Roth, Germany where we were to take up our assigned duties on the morning of December 16, 1944. The reason I know it was our weapons carrier is the fact that C-5 was the number assigned to the Wire Section's vehicle. The 592F and C-5 painted on the rear bumpers are clearly visible.          

1059 Alter Road                                     When the two vehicle convoy left "C" Battery's gun emplacement at Laudesfeld, Germany on the morning of December 16, 1944 I was seated in the rear seat of the jeep (C-2) which was the lead vehicle where its driver T/5 Laurence L. (Larry) Loudon (from Delavan, Wisconsin) and 1st Lt. Rex Matson, Forward Observer were seated in the front seat.                 

Bloomfield Hills. MI 48304-1401 810-338-2667                               In the front seat of the weapons carrier C-5 were Terrill (Terry) Rigdon, the driver (from Kirlcsville, MO) and Harold (Harry) Hallberg                   

John, It is only fitting and proper that I write to you on December 16. The story I am about to relate to you is ironic because I am about to tell you why the 592nd FA Battalion C-5 weapons carrier pictured on page 12 in the OCT-NOV- DEC issue of THE CUB is sitting in the ditch and what caused that to happen. I was there and almost got killed!!!!                                                    

1 don't know how I can ever thank you for publishing that picture, but when I first saw it chills ran down my spine. My copy ofTHE CUB arrived at my house on Wednesday, December 11. I always read the magazine from cover to cover and start at the beginning. I was shocked when I turned to page 12. I actually gasped.                                                          

The reason for my excitement is the fact that the weapons carrier C-5 was the second of

 

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"AMBUSH!!! - John Roberts, "C" Battery, 592nd FAB"

(from Iron Mountain, MI). In the rear of the we,apons carrier were six wiremen from the "C" Battery's Wire Section. One of those men was Cpl. Howard Hoffmeyer.

The two vehicles were headed toward Roth, Germany where Lt. Matson and I (a Scout Corporal at the time in the Detail Section) would take over the duties of directing artillery fire for "C" Battery at the already established Forward Observation post nestled in the front lines in support of the 422nd Infantry Regiment. It was our turn to relieve the Forward Observer and enlisted men who had been on duty for five days after our Battery took over the positions of the 2nd Infantry Division when they pulled out as we went into position on December 10, 1944.

Harry Hallberg was the T/4 radio operator and he would remain at the Forward Observation Post with Lt. Matson and me. Larry Loudon and his jeep would also remain with us until we were relieved some days later but we had no idea when. We had our bed rolls and our supplies with us. The C-5 weapons carrier with the 50-caliber machine gun (as seen in the picture mounted on its pedestal behind the cab and pointed up in the air) and the six wiremen with Terry Rigdon as its driver were supposed to start laying communications wire from the Forward Observation Post in Roth, Germany to the "C" Battery gun position at Laudesfeld, Germany where the 155mm howitzers were in place.

In route between Auw and Roth just as our two vehicles left the forest we entered a clearing (from left in the picture) and proceeded down a slight decline in the road when the Germans ambushed both vehicles about 8:30 AM. Larry Loudon took a bullet in his right arm, and rolled out of his jeep and sought coverage to the right side of the road. Lt. Matson and I jumped out of the jeep, he to the right of the road and me to the left of the road. The jeep rolled forward and off the right side of the road and turned over.

Terry Rigdon stopped his vehicle C-5 and everyone in the weapons carrier scrambled out to the right side of the road to keep from getting hit with one or more of the tremendous number of bullets flying every which way. Howard Hoffmeyer was killed before he could even get off the seat where he had been seated in the ball of the weapons carrier.

I was the only one of our group who jumped into the ditch on the left side of the road. I had the most protection because I ended up in a sloping gully. I was protected as I fired my carbine through the fog at unlcnown moving targets. I could hear the screams of my buddies as they got hit from the flying bullets. I hollered for my comrades to come to my side of the road since they were more exposed to the Germans small arms fire. Some did. Being outnumbered and with a high casualty rate we surrendered and were taken prisoners. Harry Hallberg and I were the only two from our group who was not killed or wounded that morning.

I won't go into detail, but our escape from the Germans later that day is another long story which is in chapter form in my autobiography. John, you may recall I sent those chapters to you a couple of years ago regarding my being ambushed, captured and my eventual escape from the Germans on the same day, December 16, 1944.

I need to tell you this much of my story to authenticate why the C-5 weapons carrier yigh published in THE CUB is not just any disablW vehicle with an unknown background, but one that brings back many memories of a momentous occasion to someone who is still alive to explain in detail the circumstances as to why the weapons carrier is disabled..

With the C-5 weapons carrier sitting in the middle of the road facing the German advance toward Auw, Germany I am sure that the first tank or some other piece of heavy equipment to advance west on the road pushed the weapons carrier out of the way and off to the side. Since the weapons carrier was facing the German advance it is only logical that the German vehicle pushed the weapons carrier backwards which caused the rear of the vehicle to enter the ditch with its front end pointed up at an angle toward the road.

Also, the photograph in the article had to be taken a short time after we were captured because the body of the dead soldier has to be that of Cpl. Howard Hoffmeyer. I can only assume that when the German tank or truck pushed the C-5 weapons carrier off the road

 

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"AMBUSH!!! - John Roberts, "C" Battery, 592nd FAB"

oward Hoffmeyer's body tumbled from the seat in the rear of the truck and onto the ground as shown in the picture.

It is ironic that a German photographer would take that picture so early in the Cierman offensive. I would suspect that my comrades and

I were some of the very first prisoners of war taken during the Battle of the Bulge. As we were being taken prisoners the German army was already advancing westward on that road toward the American forces at Auw, Germany. The photograph had to bc taken within a very short time after my comrades and I were captured.

I was pleasantly shocked and so very grateful to see this picture. It sure brings back a lot of memories of that terrible morning. There must be thousands of photographs taken by German photographers throughout the long war they fought and here comes Hans Wijers, Brummen, in the Netherlands who sends one single picture to John Kline, Editor of THE CUB and you had the option to either print it or hold it in your file. And to think the article appeared almost on the anniversary of December 16. ea To further document the picture and my Wry, the caption on the photo (backside) says: "Half (mid) December 1944. Overran US lines at the beginning of the offensive between the

"I lohen Venn" and the northern part of Luxembourg." To me "Half December" is December 16. Also, "Overran US lines at the beginning of the offensive" means the early morning hours of December 16 and our ambush was at approximately 8:30 AM that morning. I must also add that when the remainder of our Forward Observer Party finally escaped the Germans later that day on December 16, 1944 there were only two of us from our group who were not wounded that morning__ Roberts and Hallberg! Rigdon, although wounded, did not require medical treatment as he never discovered his flesh wound until the next day while we were trying to get through the German's front lines. Those in our group who were wounded we were able to get to a a First Aid Station in Mandcrfeld, Germany after we escaped the Germans at the village of Weckerath.

After Rigdon, Hallberg and I eventually escaped from Manderfeld we worked our way through the Germans surrounding the village and then through the German front lines before infiltrating the American front lines. It took the three of us until December 21st to find 592/C.

I have enclosed a map which supports the story I have related to you. The legend of the numbers on the map is as follows:

(1) Where our Forward Observer group was ambushed and captured.

(2) German command post where our group was taken and where two guards wcre assigned to us to take us to who lcnows where (or shoot us).

(3) Tenncbach Creek where Roberts and Loudon fell through the ice while Roberts helped to carry Loudon because of his severe injury and loss of blood. Our combined weight caused the ice to break.

(4) When being marched by the German guards our group ran across a Cavalry Unit that was cut off which enabled us to escape our captors.

(5) Where our group joined up with the Cavalry Unit at the village of Weckerath.

(6) After running a gauntlet through cross fire on the road between Weckerath and Manderfeld our group reached the First Aid Station in Manderfeld. From this location is where Roberts, Flallberg and Rigdon made our third escape from the Germans.

 

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"AMBUSH!!! - John Roberts, "C" Battery, 592nd FAB"

I know for a fact that the only two vehicles that were lost during that early period of time were the Jeep (C-2) I was riding in with Larry Loudon and Lt. Rex Matson and the weapons carrier (C-5). I Icnow this for a fact because after I rejoined "C" Battery I was immediately promoted to S/Sgt and an acting officer because of the casualties suffered in the officers ranks during the first few days of the Gerrnan offensive. In my new position I was in charge of the Detail Section and I was aware of the vehicles that were lost. Later I was awarded a battlefield commission as a 2nd Lt.

As a post script "C" Battery, 592nd FA Bn. did lose another jeep and that happened during the middle of January 1945 when Bill Sewert (Lewisburg, Ohio) and Carl Himberg (West Roxbury, MA) accompanied Lt. Sohier on a mission to find a 592/C prime mover (used to pull our 155mm howitzers) that had been disabled during the earlier part of the Bulge. The three of them were ambushed on that mission..... Carl Himberg was killed (now buried in Henri Chappelle Military Cemetery in Belgium), Bill Sewert was wounded and never returned to 592/C and Lt. Sohier was wounded and subsequently returned to the battery for active duty. I have a picture of Carl Himberg's grave which was taken by Mary Jonckeau, a CRIBA member, in 1995 and sent to me after I told her that Carl was one of my best friends and I failed to find his grave when I visited the Cemetery in September 1994 when I toured with the 106th Division group.

John, I just had to tell the story about the C-5 weapons carrier. There must have been a voice within you that told you to print th. picture because it meant so much to me personally. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see this article and how pleased I am to be able to relate the background of the vehicle that means so little to anyone other than me and Larry Loudon. How often can something like this happen in ones lifetime'', !!!!

Saturday night I called Larry Loudon in Delavan, Wisconsin and we discussed the picture and he agreed that the C-5 weapons carrier is indeed the one that followed us in convoy toward Roth, Germany on the moming of December 6, 1944.

I also attended the Michigan Chapter of the 106th Division Association annual dinner meeting in Detroit last evening, Sunday, December 15, 1996 and I was able to speak with Harold Ortwine (from Novi, Michigan) also a member of 592/C. Harold also agreed that the C-5 weapons carrier is indeed the one that I explained in detail in this letter.

I might add that Larry Loudon was just as astonished as I was when he saw the picture of C-5 in THE CUB. We reminisced on the tell& phone about that fateful day. To think that W would see a picture of the area where we were ambushed and captured 52 years earlier is uncanny. 'Thanks John, "you made my day!"

Note: Terrill Rigdon and Harold Hallberg have both been deceased for over ten years. I spoke to their widows by telephone within the past two years when I tried to locate them when I was writing "the war years" of my autobiography.

Keep up the fine work. THE CUB is the core of the organization. Sincerely,

John M. Roberts, 592/C

51st Annual Reunion - Nashville, Tennesee

First Class Registration Papers will be mailed in February

See blue Centerfold and adjoining pages of this CUB

for samples which may be used for Registration

 

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Front & Center ...

The 106th Infantry Division Home Page that I installed on the World Wide Web 3 April 1996, still continues to draw interest. Over 5,000 visitors have viewed my Home Page, as ofJanuary 10, 1997. COMING UP IN FUTURE CUBS I had intended to print an excellent story in this issue about Parker's Crossroads. The story was written for a Fort Sill, Oklahoma writing contest. To help me several of the 589th FAB veterans who were there furnished personal testimonials of their experiences. I received over forty pages of material from eight men. Naturally I would not use every word, but to be fair to them and the story, 1 did not have room in this issue. To them I apologize, but 1 did not want to do an incomplete presentation, nor carry part of it to the next issue. 1 chose to put it off' for another issue. I have accumulated several stories about the 424th Regiment., which require my attention in compiling. I have been ,,,cking information about the 424th, now r1/4,1 loaded with it.

Dick Sparks presented a well written story of the 423rd l&R Platoon that deserves your attention. He did an excellent job in publishing the article. I have it ready. Bill Bucher, an Associate member has compiled a story about the Aquitania.lt is very detailed and with excellent photographs. Buchcr did an excellent job laying out the story, fumishing photos already screened and of the samc size and fonnat as the CUB format. I wilI bc using it. He is also working on a story about the Queen Elizabeth.

I have Colonel Puetts story PUET7"S WAR, 423rd Infantry Regiment, ld Battalion inThe Ardennes Battle. It is ready for publishing, and deserves your attention. All the above, with a couple of baskets of photos and other material from some very patient veterans who have not seen their information in print. To name a few, Schober, Yamazaki, Iwamoto, Ball and several others. It's time I got to that other book I was supposed to write. J Kline....

John Kline, 423/M, editor, The CUB

5401 U. 147th St West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

612-423-4837 e-mail: jpk®mm.com

Home Page: http://www.mm.com/user/jpk

From the Editor: I am embarrasscd. I have had this picturc of a beautiful family for several months and have lost the letter it was enclosed in. This is a good reason for marking your name and address on any photo sent to 'The CUB. Somebody let me know who this is, so I can send a letter of apology and run it again in the next CUB... John Kline, editor

 

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Nominations Requested for The Order of The Golden Lion

ORDER OF THE GOLDEN LION AWARD COMMITTEE

NOTICE: THE COMMITTEE IS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR SAID AWARD.

NOMINATIONS MAY BE MADE BY A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF

DIRECTORS OR BY A FORMER RECIPIENT OF THE AWARD. ORDER SIX: Any recipient of the Order of the Golden Lion, or any member of the Board of Directors may nominate a candidate for the Order of the Golden Lion, by submitting a name, or names, to the GOLDEN LION AWARDS COMMITTEE appointed

by the President. Included with the nomination(s) should be a statement stating the principal reasons or activities that qualify the nominee for the AWARD.

All nominations must be received at a date NO LATER THAN JUNE 15, 1997. Nominations should be mailed to:

Gil Helwig, Chairman OGL Committee, 2006 - 55 Ontario Road, Niles, MI 491204832

Telephone: 616-683-8714

Nominations Requested for The Board of Directors

Do you want to be on the Board of Directors, or do you have a friend that you think would be of service to the organization in that capacity? Send a resume of the person, or yourself, to our Nominating Committee Chairman. Please do this early, long before the Annual Reunion.

Send the resume to: Art Van Moorlehem, 206 West Birch, Arlington, S.D. 57212

Telephone: 605-983-5827

OLD CUBS, Memorabilia

I receive requests for copies of old CUBs often. I appreciate those of you that have sent me your old ones.

While sad, because of a death, it is nice to receive CUBs and memorabilia from one of deceased members family, for you know that he had given instructions to his survivors to pass along his treasured books, CUBs and service connected trinkets. You all Icnow that the final repository for all the items collected by the historian is Carlisle Barracks World War II Individual History Museum. You can request that your "War Diary" be placed there.

SEE CENTERFOLD DETAILS ON 51st ANNUAL REUNION

All details are there. You will also receive a First Class Letter from the Reunion Committee sometime in February. It will contain all the papers necessary to register

for the 51st Annual Reunion In Nashville.

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL FOR THE CUB

Please observe these dates for submission of material to The CUB. Information submitted after these date will not be included in the current CUB.

FEBRUARY CUB . ... January I

MAY CUB      April 1

AUGUST CUB          July 1

NOVEMBER CUB ..           October 1

Association business has priority, then information from the members, to be used as space and subject matter warrant. It is up to me and my staff (3 cats, 1 dog) to decide. Complaints are handled by the dog.

 

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Congratulations!      Front & Center ...

Adjutant, Pete House

For being awarded the Florida Commendation Medal for the period ofJune 30, 1993 to June 7, 1996 at a ceremony at Camp Blanding Headquarters 30 August 1996.

HEADQUARTERS,

CAMP BLANDING TRAINING SITE

FLORIDA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

CAMP BLANDING

For reasons stated in Paragraph 1-13, FLNG Pam 672-5-1: For distinguished volunteer services to the Camp Blanding Museum and Historical Associates Board of Directors. His volunteer services include important liaison vvith the Amcrican Prisoners of War Chapters, and had proved valuable assistance in donating memorabilia to the museum. He has assisted in the planning and execution of public ceremonies held at the museum. Mr. House has brought credit to himself, veteran organizations, the Florida National Guard and the State of Florida.

III FOR TIIE COMMANDER, Penny Brant CW3, FLARNG, Asst Adj

IMPORTANT 1997 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Scholarships will again be given in 1997 to descendants of living and deceased membcrs 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 natural 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. '

NIEC'ES, 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 following: 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).

To receive an application for the scholarship please write to:

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE - 106TH INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION

John A. Gregory, 4624 Ashton Dr., Sacramento, CA 95864 - 916-481-3353

Deadline for submitting an application and accompanying material is 30 April 1997.

A Self Addressed Envelope Must Be Included!

NOTE: If you should try to call John Gregory and get no answer

Please call Jerry Eisenman at 415-756-8330

On behalf of my Granddaughter, Jennifer

Repass, I want to thank the Scholarship Committee for the Award she received. Gilbert Fitzgerald, 424/E

 

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JUST A FEW LEFT

ORDER NOW

The price, postpaid is $12.00.

On the cover of the August 1996 CUB magazine I showed the picture above. It is a 7" by 10" beautiful color photo, each one individually processed.Each photo is signed by the photographer, Chris Van Kerchoven, Westerlo, Belgium. Chris, a free-lance photographer for Image World Press is an LIFE ASSOCIATE member of our Association. I am coordinating the sale of these for Chris, through Col. Jolui Greene, USA (Ret), Waterloo, Belgium who is also a LIFE ASSOCIATE member. Col. Greene was helpful in our Sept 1995 meeting at Auw, Germany.

Chris thanks all of you who have responded to this date.

FIRST COME - FIRST SERVED

Please send your $12.00 to me, and I will write one check to John Greene for the balance. My address, which also appears on inside cover of every CUB.

John Kline

5401Upper 147th St. West

Apple Valley, MN 55124 A Special Thanks to Roger MAES, Associate member, Belgium

From Charles Sartori, 423 Hdqtrs

"A very special thanks to Roger MAES who I met at the Roanoke Reunion. He is an Associate Member of our organization. He was kind enough to contact the Toussant family of Liege for me, to convey my condolences the them of a recent family death.

"During The Bulge and while I was with "A" Company, 424th Regiment, our squad was billeted in their home. I have corresponded with them for 50 years, needless to say, they were elated with the phone call.

"Roger would not accept anything for this kind act. If and When we meet in Nashville, the drinks are on me."

Charles Sartori

A PLEA FOR HELP

Ralph Palaia, an ASSOCIATE member of our Association is seeking the remains of his brother Michael Palai. He states:

"I would appreciate you printing this notice in the CUB, It is the wish of my family that we bring Michael home to rest. Please print the following:"

WE NEED YOUR HELP On Sunday March 11, 1945 PVT Michael Palaia of the 106th Infantry Division was executed by the SS in Dresden, Germany.

We believe he was executed near the South African POW Camp.

Before the war this area was used as a Police Academy Training Center. We are trying to pinpoint the locations of his remains. If you have any knowledge of this event, please contact; Ralph Palaia

3841 Pearson Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19114

215-332-6028

 

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"Honoring Captain James L. Manning, 423rd Cannon"

Editor's note:

This story is partly the result of my 106th Infantry Division Association Web Page. On I I 0, tober, 1996 I received an e-mail from Kuwait. From that e-mail and a series of more e-mail letters, the story developed, as follows:

11 Oct, 1996;

To; John Kline from Robert Squires Kuwait Ministry of Finance -Data Processing Specialist

"Dear Mr. (Sgt) Kline. I can't tell you how happy I am to have found the 106th Infantry Division homepage. My great-uncle, Capt. James L. Manning, 423rd Cannon Company fought and was killed in the Battle of the Bulge at Bleialf, Germany......

"I was on the World Wide Web looking for information on the 106th Infantry Division, since my grandmother and I are planning a trip to Belgium in November or December. My grandmother (Captain Manning's sister) has always wanted to visit her brother's grave at Henri-Chappelle. She is eighty years of age, but good health, and my uncle finally convinced liter to go. "

In a later letter he continued, "Captain Manning was a 1942 graduate of the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and his name is on the memorial plaque at the Summerall Chapel. While at the Citadel he was captain ofthe Boxing Team."

A series of e-mail flowed between me and Robert "Rob" Squires exchanging information and facts about our Division and Association.

I sent him the gravesite locations in Henri-Chappelle, contacts in Belgium, Hotels, excerpts from the 423rd Infantry Combat Infantry Badge Orders #5; a list of 423rd Cannon Company veterans that currently belong to our Association.

Rob, sent all the information to his grand-mother, Florence Bethca and informed me that his uncle, Charles Bethea (Florence's Son) would be contacting via e-mail. In the meantime, while plans were being made he ordered St. Vith: LION in the Way; a copy of The CUB of the Golden Lion: PASSES in Review and downloaded Hugh Cole's Battle of the Bulge.

Captain James L. Manning, CO

423rd Cannon Company, 106th Infantry Division

KIA, Bleialf, Germany - 16 December 1944

Purple Heart, Silver Star

(It is available on the Internet).Eventually, Rob stopped calling me, Sergeant Kline and called me plain ole John.

I should mention that Rob and his Uncle Charles Bethea are now Life Members of our Association, and Florence wants to join.

(See New Member column this issue).

Plans were moving, then I was informed by Rob that he would be unable to go to Europe with his grandmother. Instead, his Uncle, Charles and his wife, would accompany Florence to Belgium on a four day trip, via Brussels.

In the meantime I had been in contact, via e-mail, with Charles Bethea. In his first letter to me he wrote, " Sergeant Kline (he also later changed that to John), I felt that since my mother was now in her 8Ist year that it was time for me to ensure that she got to visit her brother's grave.

"As a veteran of the Vietnam era (six years in the US Navy), I have the utmost respect for the trials and tribulations that you and the other courageous men of the 106th went through to

 

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keep our country free. From the bottom of my heart I say thank you.

"Our plans to visit Uncle Jim's grave at Henri-Chappelle are not complete, but the information you have provided has kindled a fire in our hearts that will not be satisfied until we can personally stand beside his grave and thank him for the sacrifice he made for all of us. Please give Robert (Squires) credit for being the computer/internet whiz that got the initial ball rolling. Regards, Charles Bethea."

He later informed me that six of the eight 423 Cannon Company men had responded to his mother with phone calls and letters and that he had arranged a four day "Delta Vacation Flight" to Bnissels for Thanksgiving weekend.

He wrote: "John, We had a fast, but great visit to Belgium and my uncle's grave.

"I have included a summary of the trip in this e-mail. Received, read, and enjoyed the latest CUB magazine. Regards, Charlie B."

VISIT TO GRAVE

OF CAPT. JAMES L. MANNING

AT HENRI-CHAPELLE

My mother (Florence), my wife (Janice), and I arrived in Brussels on November 29. After a wait of 52 years, my mother was getting the opportunity to visit her brother's grave.

We picked up our rental car and arrived at the Diplomat Hotel and checked in. Based on current local weather conditions, we felt we had better visit the cemetery right away.

Col. Donald of the American Embassy called and asked of our plans for the day and to offer his assistance. He notified the staff at Henri-Chappelle that we would be visiting Captain Manning's grave that afternoon.

While traveling to Henri-Chappelle it was fitting that the rain turned to snow. By the time we grabbed a quick lunch and arrived at the cemetery, an inch of slush was on the highway. It was very cold with the wind blowing about 30 mph. Due to the rough weather, Mr. Houbben drove us down to the grave. An American Flag had been placed at Capt. Manning's marker.

While at the grave site, we met Gen. Jam Dickey (European Region) - American Battle Monuments Commission, Mr. Patrick M. Hubai -Superintendent - Henri-Chappelle, and Mr. Parkcr - Assistant Trainee. We took a number of pictures and Mr. Parker took several of us with the group. Gen. Dickey and Superintendent Hubai were conducting an inspection of the cemetery. We were also given able assistance by Ms. Solange Dekeyser, Secretary - Guide.

After returning to Brussels, upon the recommendation of the hotel's clerk, we enjoyed a delightful dinner at the La Vigne Restaurant, located at Rue Jourdan 6, 1060 Brussels. This was only a very short walk from our hotel. We were back on the road Saturday morning for another visit to the cemetery and some sightseeing. We stopped in Waremme and had lunch at an Italian restaurant, the Orchidea. The owner and waiter spoke no English and we spoke very little French, but we had a delightful meal and took some pictures there.

We returned to the cemetery and met with Solange who provided coffee and cookies. Shill was most helpful to us in our visits. She h pickcd up postcards for us, gathered pamphlets on Henri-Chappelle, and told us about a Christmas market place in Aachen, Germany. She gave us directions which would guide us through a short portion of the Netherlands before arriving in Aachen.

While at the cemetery, we drove back to Capt. Manning's grave and took more pictures and photographed another South Carolinian's grave. We took photographs of the grounds and hopefully they will turn out. It was raining and overcast the entire trip. We took pictures of the impressive Guardian Angel, Chapel, and the name of another South Carolinian whose body was never found, but whose name is engraved on the memorial.

Upon being offered the opportunity, I walked back to Capt. Manning's grave and retrieved the American Flag that had been placed there. It gave me a brief period of sacred time to visit my uncle's grave, alone. I never had the opportunity to know my only uncle in life. In the past several months, I have leamed

 

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°tat he was a very fine person, held in high esteem by his men, and fellow townsmen. I thanked him for the sacrifice he made for us.  lands, and Gerrnan countrysides, and drove about 800 kilometers in doing so.     

We made the trip to Aachen and enjoyed our visit to the Christmas market. Mother bought some tree decorations for everyone on her list so it was a timely suggestion by Solange. My wife loves to visit markets and we all enjoyed the walk around Aachen.          Again, special thanks go to Col. Donald, Gen. Dickey, Superintendent Hubai, Mr. Parker, Mr. Houbben, and Ms. Dekeyser. They made our trip to visit Uncle Jim's grave a very warm and memorable occasion.     

We retumed to Brussels about 2200 and even at this late hour, we again enjoyed a most delightful meal at La Vigne. We would all recommend it based on our experience of the excellent quality of foods and services. We told the owner we would put in a plug for them on our return.        The cemetery at Henri-Chappelle is well maintained and is truly hallowed grounds. I have experienced it for myself.        

Sunday morning, December 1, we loaded the car and headed back to the airport. We circled some of the fine buildings in Brussels (Grand Place and Museum) on our way out. We checked through customs and spent time in the duty free shops prior to boarding our return flight. The Lord willing, we plan to return some day to visit my uncle, again.

All in all, it was a great trip and visit. We earammed a lot into 48 hours. We enjoyed the \ Whopping, cooking, seeing the Belgium, Nether- Charles Bethea...... 

                    Charles Beth. can be reached

                    on e-mail at: cab1943@conterra.com

                    Robert Squires at: rws@kuwait.net

                    Sec New Membcr column for home addresses.

Charles Bethea, Nephew and Florence Bethea, Manning's Sister at Gravesite of Captain James Manning

A sad but fulfilling first trip to Henri-Chappelle Cemetery, Leige Belgium 30 November 1996

 

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"Halle, Germany - Revisited "

lir: Ralph Bean, 423/HQ 1Bn, Hal Taylor, 423/SV

in front of their 1944 POW Kommando workshop

Halle, Germany, October 1996

by Hal Taylor, 423/Cannon 2172 Rockridge Drive

Grand Junction, CO 81503

303-245-7807

Preface:

Ralph Bean and I had been members of the 423d Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, and had each been captured in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. We had been imprisoned together in a factory in Halle, Germany, had escaped that spring, and refound American troops In Selben, Gerrnany. VVhen we came home, we went separate ways until we discovered each other again in 1994 through the 106th Infantry Division Association. Since the Beans winter in Tucson (their home is in Maine) on their retum each spring, Colorado where my wife and I live has become one of their stops. Last spring, we decided to meet in Germany and search for our old prison haunts. This story tells some of what we found.

Hal Taylor

Halle, Germany - Revisted

There was only one way we could approach the city after we left the autobahn and that was from the east. It was October 1996. As we entered the city limits, Ralph saw a water tower. He said, "By golly, I remember that. So did I."

Then I saw the roof of the railroad station and wondered if he remembered the naked men we saw when we came out of that station 50 years ago. Then we had assumed they were U.S. airmen. They were tied to a cart drawn by a milk cow. One piteously called, "Help me." We could do nothing, for we were being pelted with stones ourselves. But, as I say, that was more than 50 years ago. Now it was 1996 and today I should have more friendly thoughts. After all, we lived in peaceable times now, and who would have ever thought I would be able to return to Halle on the Salle in Germany?

We mistakenly turned right, realized

our error, and stopped at a gasoline staik

tion to get directions. First we filled ode

rental car with fuel. When we paid for the gasoline, we asked directions to our hotel, but no one in the station spoke English and our German was inadequate, so we got little more than directions to retum the way we had come.

We did and then turned to the south too soon. We thought things looked familiar. Ralph stopped to ask directions again, then proceeded east, then back to the north. Suddenly we saw ow hotel and made our way to it, parked, registered, and made ow ways to our respective rooms. I could see the railroad station from my room.

Day Two

The next morning, we met our guide. A slight person and a grandmother now, she remembered the Halle air raids where she had been born and lived all her life. The factories had been nearby during the war, she informed us, so we could walk to where ours had been.

A neighborhood cafe reminded me of the place that provided our daily soup ration, but I thought perhaps I was only thinking I remem-

 

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lted it because I wanted to remember it.

Then our guide pointed out a large vacant lot and told us several factories had been there. We eyed it, took pictures, and felt disappointed. When we saw a water tower further to the south, we drifted that way, hoping it might be one we remembered near our old factory.

Presently we passed the entrance to an armature factory. Ralph and both commented on the fact that our prisoner of war work had been with an armature factory, and we had our guide take our pictures. Even so, we thought wc had made the walk in vain. As we rounded out our walk and returned to the hotel, we wondered if we would ever find anything we recognized. Defeated again, we thought, as we agreed to our guide's apparent desires to show us and our wives the artistic, cultural parts of this ancient city.

Halle, an industrial city on the Salle River is about 140 km (90 mi) southwest of Berlin. In 1986 it contained about 235,200 people our 1996 guide said. It is around 260,000 now and had been close to 300,000 in about 1980. The nearby area contains deposits of potash, lignite, and salt, so the city Van important center for the manufacture of chemicals, heavy machinery, processed foods (especially sugar), and cement.

We drove around the university area Martin Luther University, started in 1694, merged with the University of Wittenberg in 1817. We also saw the Marienkirche begun in 1529; the Red Tower built in the 16th century; a bronze statue of the composer George Frederick Handel, a native son, and whose home we also toured; the Saint Moritzkirche begun 1388; and the Moritzburg Castle of the 15th century, now an art museum. Neither Ralph nor I had seen any of those in 1945, needless to say.

Halle actually means "saltworks." In AD 806, Charlemagne had a fortress built in Halle to guard the valuable salt springs. Since then the town has flourished as a commercial and industrial center, first under the archbishops of Magdeburg (968-1648) and later under the elector of Brandenburg. Now, in 1996, our guide gave us a souvenir package of salt, a small CD of Handel music, several brochures and a map, and some delicious chocolates. Although the city was beautiful, it was evident that the construction business promised a lucrative future to some Germans in their attempt to recover from years of oppressive Russian rule.

That night, a friend of our guide telephoned her the address of our old factory, called the Dicker & Werneburg Armaturenfabrik. It had been at 118 Turmstrasse. Although our plans on our second day called for an attempt to retrace our route from Halle to Delitzsch to Selben, our guide convinced us that 118 Turmstrasse would be enroute. So away we drove. Imagine our surprise when the address turned out to be that of the armature factory we had seen the moming before!

The gatc was padlocked. It also was Saturday. But there was a light in a second floor window. We shouted at a man at the window. He opened it and our guide asked if we could enter. She was told that the person in the window only rented a room there and had no key to the gate. The window closed.

But suddenly a man came up behind us, opened the padlock, swung open the gate, and disappeared inside the factory. We never saw him again, but he left the gate ajar. as if he were coming out again soon. So, quickly, I stepped inside the factory yard and so did our guide. Ralph saw what was going on and immediately entered, too. Our wives, who had remained in the car, piled out and dashed through the gate. We were inside once again.

Now we could sec that the place probably was our factory. To our left was a hole, which had been the basement and foundation of a building at one time. Probably the canteen, I thought. The further inside the yard we walIced, the more the main building became recognizable, yet there were many new structures about.

As we stood there attempting to gain our bearings and recognize something definite, a voice rang out in German asking us what we were doing there. A man dashed up gesticulating and directing us to leave. Instead, we stood our ground while our guide hastily explained in German what we were doing.

 

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Ralph and were all grins, hoping to gain favor I suppose by looking friendly, a tactic we had used there before. Immediately though, we understood either from the man who tumed out to be the general manager of the plant or from our guide that we could take no pictures. Suddenly the man directed us to follow him, which we did, entering the hallway of one of the buildings that was new to us. On one wall was a trophy-like case containing photographs dated in the early 1900s. One showed a number of people in front of a building clearly marked DICKER & WERNEBURG ARMATURENFABRIK!

Those vacant lots we had seen the day before represented spaces where factories had been before they were completely demolished and the equipment taken to Russia during the occupation of East Germany. The Russians had stripped machinery from our factory too, but a couple of buildings had survived. The owners who were there when Ralph and I were prisoners had fled to West Germany, but had come back. How they reasserted their ownership was a mystery to Ralph and me, but they had refitted the place with computerized equipment to turn out armatures and pipe fittings for shipments all over the world. The general manager of the factory showed us all this and was immensely proud of what had been done, naturally.

He gave us a tour of the place, continually insisting that we take no photographs. I found my old work place and bench though and we leamed that the structure where we had slept had been tumed into a historic site, never to be destroyed!

We also found a water reservoir used during the war to fight fires caused by bombers, a place where we threw hand tools as we passed by. After the Germans drained it fighting one fire, they found several dozen tools on the floor of the reservoir! Todays general manager gritted his teeth a bit when we told him that story! We decided he understood about as much English as we understood German.

After that visit, we tried to retrace our escape route and succeeded fairly well. We ate lunch in Delitzsch, near the Rathaus where we'd dined on stale, hard rolls provided by

Germans who had recaptured us. It had beell Delitzsch where we'd eluded the Germans once and for all. Delitzsch had been a heavily armed town, too, so we felt rather pleased with ourselves to think we had outsmarted them.

But we felt even better after we stumbled around in the nearby village of Selben looking for the courtyard and barn where we had hidden for several days. Finally we found it. The barn itself was about half as large as we remembered it, but a connected side shed remained where we had slaughtered a pig. Ralph found the window through which he had watched me bring American troops, coming down the street I had earlier recognized as the one I had taken in 1945 to meet those troops. The house occupied by a woman and her Polish laborer was gone, leaving a vacant space in the courtyard.

Seeing everything again created a few emotional moments for Ralph and me. A young man and his father were mixing cement for a home they were building at the end of the old barn. We talked with them anxiously, sometimes in broken German and English, and muckk of the time through our guide. The young man, disappeared, at his fathers bidding, to speed away on his bicycle to get his mother.

Soon she arrived. She said she remembered us and told o f a number of American soldiers who had broken down a swing in the courtyard because too many of them tried to sit in it at the same time. Ralph and I recalled the incident but could scarcely bring ourselves to believe anything. She also told Ralph through our guide how a neighbor had tattled to authorities about the killing of the pig, an illegal act without governmental approval; how the local constable appeared to investigate; and how her mother had bribed the man by sending him home with a hindquarter.

Eventually she also told us that her mother—the woman who had befriended us—had died in 1948. Then she and her sister were left to fend for themselves as their father had been killed in France during the war.

It developed that she was one of two small girls, daughters of the woman who owned the farrn; girls we had not known about in 1945!

 

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"Halle, Germany - Revisited "

'Shortly the second woman arrived from Delitzsch. She, too, remembered us. One mentioned that they often wondered about the 18 Americans who had hidden in their barn. That made believers of us, for we had mentioned to no one, including our guide, that there had been 18 of us in Selben. When we left Halle we had numbered 20, the numbcr each of us use to this day when we speak of 1945.

Our meeting ended after they invited us into their home to meet a daughter and show pictures as we all stuffed ourselves with cake, rolls, jam, head cheese, and cookies which only Germans could produce on such a spur of the moment!

That evening in Halle, after our guide had gone home, Ralph and I were too excitcd to 1103t. Despite doctors orders, we and our wives each had a couple of drinks as we composed letters of thanks to the general manager of the present factory and to the family in Selben.

Day Three

The next day was somewhat anticlimactic for us all. We drove to Miihlberg, crossing the Elbe River by ferry. At Mfthlberg, we were met by the assistant director of the local museum who opened the museum for us so we could view exhibits having to do with Stalag IV-B which had been located nearby. Later she took us to the prison site itself. Stalag IV-B is now mostly woods. When we knew it, there were few if any trees. The Russians imprisoned thousands of German troops there after World War II ended. Many died and the Russians made no effort to keep the place intact. As a result, now only one foundation of a barracks and a latrine remain. The Germans have made it into a park and have numerous memorials to their dead. A mass grave and statue honor the dead of many nations who died at Stalag IV-B.

Before we returned to Halle, we also visited Torgau and saw where our troops met the Russians on the Elbe River. A beautiful memorial commemorates the event.

It was a trip both Ralph and I shall always remember, a special trip for each of us, sharing experiences again as we had in those dark days of '44 and '45.

Hal Taylor

lir: Hal Taylor and Ralph Bean by the

Stalag IV-B Memorial Marker, Miihlberg, Germany

 

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51st Annual Reunion - 29 Aug - 2 Sept, 1997 - Nashville

51st Annual Reunion

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5150 Executive rooms

$500 Presidential Suite

Forms for reunion registration will be published in Cub and mailed seperately to each member. Registration and cancellation cut-off August 1, 1997. Refunds, after cut-off, will be dependent upon funds remaining after ei bills ue paid. Members are encouraged to stay at The Host Hotel, Sheraton, which enables the

membership to get more "freebies". Please send in your reservations early which helps us to give you better service and more for your money.

FREE Hotel airport shuttle and other areas (check with hotel tour desk). We furnish them Airline arrival and departure tirne. $8.00 round trip to theme park and/or

Snacks & drinks in Plantation Lobby furnished by hotel. 5-Hotel room upgrades awarded during Orlando Reunion. 15% discount to members who ue guests in the hotel, at "The Apples in the Field" Restaurant, for any meal in their dining room.

Ticke. purchased in advance for optional even., listed on your registrauon form, will be considerably cheaper than if you buy them after you arrive in Nashville. Other activity ticke. may be purchased at the hotel tour desk at regular price.

Most half day tours are $30.00 per person.

General Jackson Showboat has AM-Noon & Evening tours priced $30.00 per person.

Opryland Theme Park priced $32.00 - $43.00 per person. (U-drive).

Grand Ole Opry priced $19.00 per person (6:30 & 9:30 shows - Friday & Saturday only). (U-drive).

Na.shville On Stage priced $25.00 per perscm, depending upon personality appeuing.

Wilclhorse Saloon (check with tour desk) 55.00.

Ryman Auditorium priced S6.00 per puson (check with tour desk).

Boat trip from Opryland to downtown priced $12.00 per person_

Other Activiti. (check with hotel tour desk).

Reception buffet, luncheon (ladies & men), buffet breakfast, 2 Continental breakfas., banquet and snacks.

PARKING -

HOTEL REGISTRATION -

Phone (615) 885 -2200

Fax (615) 871-0926

HOTEL RATES -

REUNION REGISTRATION -

TRANSPORTATION -

CON1PLIMENTARY -

OPTIONAL TOURS - Appr. Week-end and Holiday Rates

OTHER TOURS -

MEALS INCLUDED -

 

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ABBOTT, CALVIN 589/A              lion Websitc on the Internet. John Kline has be just great. I now have a tape of The Battle of S Vith and a new edition ofSt Vith: Lion in the Way. My e-mail address is: cab1943@conterra.com.

110 FOWLER ROAD SIMPSONVILLE, SC 29861

ARNDT, KENNETH E. 592/C, 318 MOHAWK JANESVILLE, WI 53545

FERGUSON, RICHARD C. 590/HQ, 289 G NEW HAVEN AVE, MILFORD, CT 064060, 203-882-8574

          I was a T/4 in Hq's Btry. I served in Fire Control for the 105 Howitzers. When we got into combat I was put on a 30 day trial for a dircct field commission as a forward observer. We were observing from the Siegfried line when the Germans hit us. I was captured, with many others, on 19 December 1944. We were locked in box-cars, 65 to a car, for 9 days. We were bombed once by English Mosquito bombers who were targeting an oil refinery. I was in Stalag I 2-A, 4-B, 3-B and 3-A. I lost 98 pounds from my normal 185 pounds. We were on several forced marches where I froze my feet. We were liberated by the Russians and had trouble getting back to American lines. I attended the Univ. Of Bridgeport on the GI Bill, taking 10 years of night study for an M.E. Degree. I went an additional five years of night taking Electrical Engineering.

          I then headed up a department on numericall. controlled machines for the Moore Special Tool Company. I did extensive world traveling in fulfilling that job.

          I have two daughters, both school teachers, each with two children. Emma, my vvife, and I will be Great Grand Parents around next March 1997. I studied oil painting under a local adult class for two years. I am also a golf-nut and play three times a week, even though I have had total knee joint replacements in both knees. I work out at the local Spa four times a week.

AVEDISION, KACHADOR, ASSOCIATE (28th Infantry Division), 84 ARMINGTON ST., CRANSTON, RI 02905

          (Editor's Note - Kachador, we have a couple more 28th Infantry Division members in our Associate member group. Bill Johnson, 110 Infantry and William Haug, B Company, 112th Infantry. Thanks for your support. I understand that you attended the New Jersey "Mini-Reunion." New Jersey has been a winner for several years ... J. Kline)                                  

BETHEA, CHARLES A. LIFE ASSOCIATE

126 WOODCREEK ROAD

DARLINGTON, SC 29532-4229

803-395-0161 (Editor's Note - Please see the feature story in this issue of Charles and his mother returning to the grave of Captain James L. Manning, 423rd Cannon Company, KIA at Bleialf, 16 December 1944... J. Kline)

I escorted my mother, Florence Bethea, on a long awaited trip to visit her brother's grave in the American Cemetery at Henri-Chappelle, Liege, Belgium, during the Thanksgiving Holidays. This trip allowed my mother, my wife, and me to pay our respects to the late Captain James L. Manning, 423rd Cannon Company, who is buried there.

Janice and I have three grown children, Ellen, Ben and Lynn. I am a Production Operator and Janice is a school teacher. We both are looking forward to retirement in the not too distant future when we can take a longer tour of the Belgium area

I am a veteran and a dedicated runner, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1969. I am a plank owner of the USS Truxtun, CGN-35 which provided plane guard detail for aircraft carriers in the Tonkin Gulf We were part of the initial response to the USS Pueblo Crisis.                                    

I must give credit to my nephew, Robert W. Squires, Jr. for introducing me to the 106th, by his discovering the 106th Infantry Division Associa-                                       

                              GOLDFINGER, IRWIN N. 424/K   

                              3 DORAL GREENS DRIVE W       

                              RYE BROOK, NY 10573    

                              914-934-7616        

                              (Editor's Note - Another 106th veteran because of my Website http://www.mm.com/useripk     

                              Guthrie, Todd ASSOCIATE

                              20 Buck Trail

                              Newnan, GA 30265 

                              770-304-3358        

                              Please sign me on as an Associate member. 1 have      

                              been corresponding with John Kline by e-mail and      

                                       

 

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HOINASH, LADONNA ASSOCIATE

11 RAYMOND STREET

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ 07632 (Editor's Note - LaDonna is the widow of the late William Hoinash, Division Headquarters who passed away in 1990. LaDonna, thank you for joining the Association, we have a fine group of Associate members... J. Kline).

HOUSE, JR., PETER ASSOCIATE

5446 FI.ORAL AVE

JACKSONVILLE. FL 32211

904-725-1097 1 am the son of Adjutant, Pete House, 106th Infantry Division Association

JOHNSON, EDWARD J. 424/CN, 11411 NORTH 114TH DR, YOUNGSTOWN. AZ 85363, 602-974-4763

Johnston, W. Wesley LIFE ASSOCIATE, 231 Market Place #113 San Ramon, CA 94583 510-833-2479

Please write up another member, thanks to the World-Wide Web Page of that remarkable fellow, John Kline. My e-mail: WWJohnston@aol.com I am the son of Walter George Johnston, Jr. of Anti-Tank Plattoon, Company B, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division.

I have interests in 1) My Dad's Story; 2) 38AIB Story; Battle of the Bulge - I was there in December 1994 viusiting St. Vith and Schonberg. I have a Home Page on the World Wide Web, about the 7th Amiored Division, and my father. The URL is: http://members.aol.com/dadswar. (Editor's Note - Wesley has page after page of information about the Bulge, the 7th Armored and Ship's Crossings, including those used by the 106th. Go to his Home Page for an education. Thanks for all your help, Wesley. J. Kline)

JONES, HOWARD W 81st ENG/A, 1005 KINGS WAY, NEKOOSA, WI 54457 Sherod, I am glad to get back with the Association. I was with the Division from Activation to De-Activation. I served in the 81st Engineers Combat Battalion in H&S Company, then later in "A" Company, to the action at St. Vith wherc I was taken prisoner on the 18th of December 1944.

LEW, KIA M. 590/A, 3232 HONEYSUCKLE LN, LARGO, FL 34641

813-581-2480 I am sponsoring a membership for Kia A. Lcw, and his wife- Jane, of the 590th FAB and would like a copy of The CUB of the Golden Lion sent to him.

 

MOSS, COL. RICHARD A. 589/A, 3264 HOMESTEAD DRIVE. GRANGER, IA 50109-8018, 515-999-2727

          I was trained as Infantry at Camp Robinsin, Arkansas. Joined Btry A, 589th FAB as a Corporal, separated Oct 1945, Rcenlisted October 1945. I served with the 3d Cavalry 1945-46, Sergeant; transferred to Service and Supply, January 1947; Advance to Sergeant Major and discharged April 1951 to accept a commision in the Quarterniaster Corps.

I served as a Battalion Supply Officer, transferred to Transpotation 1959 (Army Aviation) and was one of two Aviation S-4s for a year, Wrote Aviation Supply Doctrine and Procedures for 37 months - Aviation Supply Advisor for 16 more years; Transfercd to Staff Operations as Logistics Officer and Planner.

Developed and taught Identification of ? Waste and Abuse at Indtructional Level. Developed DA Program for Training Ammunition Management Information (TA MIS). Retired Seotember 1981 as Colonel - 37 years of Service. I was Chief of Security, Large Shopping Center for 10 years (Retiring 1991). I cnjoy bowling, golf, yard work, woodworking, Legion Post Commander (6 years), Past District Commander, currently County Commander and Memorial Monument Representative. Treasurer 34th Inf Div Association - 26yrs: Sec/Tres 34th Id Div Association - 4 yrs; Volunteer, Gold Star Mu.seum, Camp Dodge, Iowa - 5 Yrs; Married 51 yrs, 3 sons, 1 daughter and 6 Gandchildren.

4e agreed to sponsor my membership.

I am an amatuer historian and study many aspects of World War II. I am interested in obtaining personal accounts of those men that were there. (Editor's Note - Todd's e-mail address is mtguthrie@aol.com .Please respond to Todd's plea for personal experiences, either by e-mail or regular mail. Let the history live on.... J. Kline)

 

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NASH, DAVID E. ASSOCIATE, 9026 44 CT NW SUNRISE, FL 33351-5336

          My father was David E. Nash, Jr. 424th Infantry, HHC 2BN. I was born 21 April 1948 - I am a retired CW3, U. S. Army QM. Served from June 1968 - July 1988. Vietnam 69-70; Fort Knox 70-71; Stuttgart, Germany 71-74; University of Miami 74-76; Munich, Germany 76-79; Fort Hood, Texas 79-82; Mannheim, Germany 82-84; Darmstadt, Germany 84-85; Nurnberg, Germany 85-87; Fort Benning, Georgia 87-88; Currently Purchasing Agent with the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am married with children. Hobbies: Golf, Photography and Woodworking.

RAMM, DON E. 423/HQ, 303 INDIANA AVE, SANDUSKY, OH 44870-5755, 419-625-8280

          Served six years in the regular army, four years in the reserves. Discharges as Sergeant First Class. I have four children and six grandchildren. I retired in 1984 from The Columbia Gas System as Manager of Corporate Safety and Security.

RIGGS, RORY ASSOCIATE, 65 RAILROAD AVE % BIOMATRIX, RIDGEFIELD, NJ 07657

          I am the son of Colonel Thomas J. Riggs, Jr - former CO of the 81st Engineers Combat Battalion.

SATRANG, RUSSELL G. 424/D, 2844 BRUNSWICK AVE S, SAINT LOUIS PARK, MN 55416-1821, 612-929-6523

SCHOECK, RICHARD J. 106 SIG, 232 DAKOTA ST, LAWRENCE, KS 66046, 913-841-6008

SQUIRES, JR., ROBERT W. ASSOCIATE, PO BOX 23906 SALAT, 1300, KUWAIT

(Editor's Note - See the article in this CUB entitled Honoring Captain James L. Manning, 423rd Cannon Company Rob has been with the Kuwait Ministry of Finance as a Manager of Computer Resources. He will be leaving that position for an appointment in the USA soon. He contacted me after seeing the information I have on my Web Pages on it the Internet. He explained that his Great Uncle was Captain Manning and That Charles Bethea (see Bethea's membership announcement elsewhere in this column) was his Uncle. I'll let you read the story for the rest. Rob, it has been an exciting chain of events that has happened since we met in May 1996. Thank you for honoring us by joining as an Associate member. I am happy that Captain Manning's sister, Florence Bethea and her son and daughter-in-law were able to make it to Henri-Chappelle over Thanksgiving Holiday. It is too bad that you were not able to go. I hope you have that opportunity soon. I have given you several contacts in that area that could be useful to you when you do travel to that beautiful country. Looking forward to many more contacts with you via e-mail... J. Kline)

STEWART, SAMMY B. 423/A, PO BOX 111, HUGHESTON, WV 25110, 304-442-2086

TIMMONS, DONNAL 422/HQ, 2003 WYCLIFFE, HOUSTON, TX 77043, 713-464-1732 Sherod, It was a pleasure to talk with you. If there are any back copies of The CUB, I would appreciate receiving them. Today (1() December) is the 52nd Anniversary four arrival on the front) How time flies!!!

VISCUSO, GENNERO J. 424/M, 3A TOWNSEND AVE, NEW HAVEN, CT 06512, 203-468-6827

WARD, COL JOHN M., LIFE ASSOCIATE, 527 Bellevue Place, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-836-4634

e-mail: jams100@aol.com

          I am currently an active duty Colonel assigned to HQDA, ODCSPER and the son of John T. Ward, 422/A. I have been trying to convince dad to join the Association. I have been in touch with John Kline through his Web Page for several months. He has given me lists of my father's former comrades and other information about the 106th and the Association.

(Editor's Note- Colonel, it is always nice to hear from you. Thanks for supporting us... J. Kline)

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

                   

          106th Infantry Division Association

          Mini-Reunions - 1996

          President Major Hill

          The following pages show photos and reports from the 1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions held throughout the United States. We wish to thank those that played a part in organizing these get-togethers for the members of the 106th Infantry Division Many of those who cannot attend the annual reunions have an opportunity through these wonderful parties to enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow veterans.

          It is obvious that good will among the men and their wives and guests prevail during these events. We hope that if you that did not attend a local Mini-Reunion that you make note of the address and telephone number of this year's sponsor. Call them and join in the spirit next year when they will once again be held. If this year's sponsor is not organizing the next one, they can tell you who is.

          If you would like to sponsor a "Get-Together," address labels of Association members in your area are available from Association Adjutant, Pete House and/or CUB Editor, John Kline.

          Next Year's Mini-Reunions will be listed in the Aug-Sep-Oct 1997 issue of The CUB  

          The Board of Directors feel that the December 16th Mini-Reunions will, in time because of our age, supplement and later replace the annual reunions. Thank you all for participating and a special thanks to you that sponsored these events. You arc special people.   

          Major Hill, President, 106th Infantry Division Association 1996-1997

From Before the Veterans Die a book of poems

by Dale Carver, 424/HQ 3Bn

Obi .P.

We were there, that winter long ago.

We survived; many of our comrades fell.

Twin enemies were the weather and the foe -

the never-ending cold and the bursting shell.

Conceived of this ordeal of fire and icy earth

this brotherhood of old men came to be; a kinship stronger far than that by birth

was born when we were young, across the sea.

Of the ties that bind, others cannot know,

but we were there, that winter long ago....

 

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Southern California Area - 1996

Milton Weiner, 424/M 28121 Ridgethome Court, Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90275 Tele: 310- 544-0470 As usual we started by reading 424th/HQ 3BN's Dale Carver's MY FIRST REUNION. This will always be appropriate any and every reunion. Winston Churchill was quoted "This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever famous American Victory." This was Churchill addressing the House of Commons following the Battle of the Bulge. Our 1996 meeting was the Tenth Annual Southern California Bulge Commeration.

All 18 enjoyed the dinner, the fellowship, and the memories of When We Were Young Across The Sea In 1997, we are scheduled for 7 December at 1:00 P.M. Please write or call to be added to the mailing list. Present on December 8, 1996 were: William DeBlase and Tonie, 106 MP; Dick Erbes, 423/HQ; Robert & Jeanette Josephs, 422/HQ; Cliff & Sarah Kincannon, 590/HQ; Joseph & Ann Litvin, 423/D; Neil Mahoney, 590/HQ; Robert & Mary Lou Marsh, 423/D; Edward & Evelyn Nelson; Milton & Bella Weiner, 424/M; James & Aki Yamazaki, 590/MED

 

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Madison, Wisconsin Area - 1996

Chuck Rieck, 424/H, 7316 Voss Pkwy, Middleton, WI 53562 Tele: 608-831-6110

The Wisconsin 8th annual commemorative meeting of the Battle of the Bulge was held at Cl's East in Madison, Wisconsin on October 26, 1996. We had 40 people in attendance.

Attending were: m/m Ed Wojahn; Dr/M Eugene Rodd; m/m James Tet7.1aff, rn/m Jerome Miller;

m/m Chuck Rieck; m/m Henry Wittenberg; in/m Lawrence Post; m/m Edward Dorn;

m/m Joe Broderick; m/m Roger Kane; Pete Di Benardo; Ms. Nina Spenle; Victor Fuchs; Ms. Marie Estes; m/m Albert March; m/m Edmund Polaski; Richard Prendergast; John Mueller; Walt Donaldson;

m/m Edward Nagle; Mr. Donald Handel; m/m Edward Bastien; Mr. Milo Cunningham; Mr. Ralph Moore; m/m Howard Jones. Jerome Miller brought two video tapes of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, sponsored by the Veteran's of the Battle of the Bulge in St. Louis Missouri in December 1994 The photographer was Larry Post. y group action, 1997's meeting will be held on October 25 at same place - CJ's East, in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

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Connecticut Area - 1996

Richard J. Brax, 14 Porter Street, Quaker Hill, CT 08375-1516 Tele: 204-443-1685

Our Mini-Reunion was held at "the Bella Fiore Restaurant at Norwich, Connecticut on Sunday 15 December 1996 at 1:00 pm. Twenty three people attended. We had dinner then introductions. A wonderful group. In attendance were: Kachadore Berberian; Richard Brax; Benjamin Britton; Hazel & Norwood Frye; Jim & Michael Gruce; Maurice Holladay; Daniele Holland, Jr.; Walter Pawluck; Clayton Rice; Raymond & Ann Russell and Charles Sartori.

Best Wishes and a Happy New Year to all. Richard and Rosalie Bras -

Baltimore Area

John R. Schaffner, 589/A, 11811 Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1013 Tele:

On 17 December 1996 members of the Association from the area of Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia assembled at Haussner's Restaurant in Baltimore for their Second Annual Mini-Reunion and extraordinary nice luncheon. There were 32 attending. Having these affairs locally was a great idea. More of us have become acquainted than we would otherwise have. Some left early, not in photo.

Attending: Ralph & Mrs. Barnes,, 423/E; Clark & Mrs. Dovell, 422/M; Philip & Jean Hannon, 81/A; William Helmet, 424/H; Alan & Lynn Jones, 423/HQ 1Bn; Malcolm & Ann Lord, 424/F; Roland & Oda Martin, 424/1; Richard & Mrs. Parker, 589/A; Jack & Helen Sulser, 423/F; John Blodgett & his driver, 423/1; David & Arline Ford, Associates; Richard Hartman 590/?; William Johnson, 424/K; Kathryn (K2) & Ray Kemp Associates; Oliver Lothrop, 423/B; Edward McGinty, 589/C; N.W. Reid, 424/M; Walter Snyder, 589/A Charles Wehner, a friend of the 106th.

 

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Detroit, Michigan Area - 1996

Russell Mayotte, 424/F, 9628 CaveIle St., Livonia, MI 48150 Tele: 313-421-4059

All pictures Left to R..git

Men - Back Row: Lou Passarillo; Frank Ross; Bob Rowe; John Gillespie; Jim Fonda and John Roberts Men - Middle Row; Bill LeClair; Harold Ortwine; Tony Rand; Bob Rutt and John Shalhoub

ad Marshal Wenslow Men -Front Row: Russ Mayotte; Paul Waslyon; Bill Trojan and Andy Mato

- Back Row: Mary Lou Roberts; Ann Frankini; Shirley Gillespie; Lee Rowe; Marge Obed; Trody Bileti and Ruth Rand_

Ladies -Middle Row: Furne LeClair; Diane & Marge Karth; Pauline Mato: Mary Jane Fonda and Betty Passariello Ladies Front Row: Jean Schutte

 

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New Jersey Area - 1996

Carl Messina,81st ENG/A, 926 Seymour Ave, Linden, New Jersey 07036-2942; Tele: 908-486-2927

On November 16, 1996 the New Jersey group met. We had 68 coming 14 cancelled out - for various reasons.

ATTENDING: Sal/Rachel Avantagiato; Dr. Harry/Betsy Baird, 81/Med; William/Miriam Blaher, 422/A; Jacquesamm Bloch, 422/K; Fred/Betty Can., 81/C; Raymond Creamer, 589/SV; Floyd/Marie Elston, 589/A; Jane Elston; Carlos SierrA; Roy/Wanda Fava, 81/C; SaVMary Grasso, 423/SV; Ladonna Hoinash; Charles Kortland, 106 MP; Howard Kushner, 422/L; Joseph/Dorothy Krafchic, 331 Med/1-1q; Vincent/Aria toinette Locorcio, 423/M; Jack/Anne McDevitt, 81/A; William/Florence Melichar, 423/SV; Eugene/Neville, Powell, 422/A; Ralph Richter, 331/Med; Sal/Grace Scalzo, 422/Med; Irving/Rhoda Schrom, 423/A; Ken/Marion Schuetz, Div/Hq; John/Grace Stannack, 423/SV; Joe/Dorothy Scotti, 423/B; Myron/Janice Snack, 422/HQ; Vince/Muriel Sziber, 81/C; Dr. Duncan/Grace Truman, 424/AT; Paul/Lucille Werkmeister, 422/Med; EcVCatherine Wurst, 422; Carl/Alice Messina, 81/A; Ed Slotkin, 422/CN; Charles Laphan, 592/SV; John Uveges, Jr., 424/SV; Frank Capalbo, 81/HQ' Dr. Henry Immes, 423/C; Thomas J. Riggs, Jr, 81st ENG/HQ and Rory Riggs (Tom Rigg's son)

 

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Texas Area - 1996

Ted N. & Beth Jones, (423/C) 4646 Mill Creek Rd, Dallas, TX Tele: 972-239-8795

On 14 December, ten members of the 106th and four guests met at the Steak & Ale Restaurant in Dallas, Texas to observe the 52nd Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. I regret to report that George W. Stephens, 424/14 passed away in March 1996.

• Men - Back Ur: Ted Jones, 423/C; Col/ John W. Miller, 423/E; Douglas Morgan, 424/G; Herb Stokes 2/HQ and Rueben Braden, 422/K

Men - Front: Charles F. Hunter, 422/Cannon; John Nesbit Jr., 424/F; William Yongst, 423/D; Jarry Wilson, 424/HQ and Hugh Colbert, 422/B.

Ladies lir: Polly Hunter, Beth Jones and Wan. Morgan. In hope of better attendance for the 1997 Mini-Reunions, the state membership will be divided into North Texas and South Texas.

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Albuquerque, New Mexico Area - 1996

Armando Velasquez, 424/K, 9616 Avenida De La Luna N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111 505-821-8434 We met for a Mini-Reunion at Shoney's at Eubank and Montgomery NE on 16 December 1996 for an enjoyable luncheon. At this time of year we see fit to meet with our comrades, wives and guests in remembrance of those no longer with us and to reminisce about those dark days.

Men – l/r: Louis Baca, 422/L; Ralph Nelson, 422/CN; Bill Albers, 424/1; Robert Soladay, 422/SV; ansi Arrnando Velasquez, 424/K.

Guests - lir: Christine Lee; Tillie Baca; Margaret and Gabriel Velasquez; Suzann and Jordan Velasquez.

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Mt Vernon, Illinois Area - 1996

John Mikalauskis, 424/H, Box 31 306 W. Blake, Benton, IL 62812 Tele: 618-439-3867

On December 13th, a group of the 106th attended a reunion celebrating the Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. We had 29 present, which included one guest, Bett Mardell.It was decided that the 1996 Anniversary Celebration be held on Friday, December 5, 1996. Men, back-row lir: Harold Bratton, Gene Williams, AI Kopatz, John Mikalauskis, John Hohenstein, b York, Gene Saucerman, John Nuckl., George Bloomingburg. Seated: Glenn Hartlieb, Bill Illa!ugherty, Ken Bradfield, Ray Vaughn Kneeling Ken Smith.

Women, back-row lir: Pearl Nuckles, Nadine Hartlieb, Iona Hohenstein, Ida Kopatz, Annette Vaughn, Juanita Bloomingburg, Angela Daughert, Ferrol Bratton, Sally Saucerman. Seated: June Bradfield, Mary Smith, Dorothy Williams, Thelma York. Kneeling: Dolores Mikalauskis.

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Washington, State of, Area - 1996

Fred Pilkington, 422/HQ, 510 N Waynes Ridge Circle, Camano Island, WA 98292 206-387-6063

Dateline 16 December 1996- The party was held at our home. Mary and 1 \\ :1! 1,          to host the

Washington Mini-Reunion in 1997.

Seated at the table. left to right:

Ken Corrigan, 591/SV Betty Corrigan; Linda Strever, Associate; Fred Pilkington, 422/HQ; Rail Johnston, 423/H; Myrton Dickerson, 424/D; Jean and George Strong, 423/11Q. The cake speaks for itself Photographer Mary Pilkington. We enjoyed our reunion of 106th friends and family.

 

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Chicago, Illinois Area - 1996

Russell Villwock, 106th SIG, 8560 W Foster Ave, 4510, Norridge, IL 60656-2772 (707) 452-8628

The Chicago area members of the 106th Infantry Division Association had their Dinner on the 14th of December, this year.

With good drinks, a delicious dinner, fun games with prizes for those that came the farthest, and the closet, and as always, good fellowship. Those attending were:

Joan & Maynard Adolphson; Gordon Bigelow; Lorraine & William Brankin; Antone Costa;

Lawrence Costa; Betty & Joe Dal'man; Jackie & Andy Halusek; Evelyn & Major Hill; Hubert Hochstetter; Frank Hohendel; Betty & Kenneth Hunt; Stella & Thomas Kapsalis; Phyllis & Oliver Libman;

Florence Lucsay; Ethel & Gilbert Marcus; Janie & Don McCarrone; Luella & Herbert Meagher; Carolyn & Bill Mitchell; Marie & Ray Panice; Evenlyn & Leonard Richie; Sylvia & Ed Rydzinski; Arline & Milton Schober; Rosalie & Ted Swier and Jacki & Russell Villvvock.

         The CUB of the Golden Lion        

 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area - 1996

Charlie & Nancy Datte, 5911SV, 231 Davis Ave, Clifton Heights, PA 19018 Tele 215-626-1866

The Philadelphia Area Commemorative Dinner here in -Downtown" Clifton Heights was held December 15, 1996. We, Nancy and I, want to thank all those who attended for the Gift of their Presence as well as their financial support. It was an emotional and heart-warming experience to share this time with the "106th Family."

We really missed a few who were off on a week-end "Pass" - Lou Cunningham, 106 Recon; Jack and Anne McDevitt, 81/A; Ernest and Ruth Savage, 424/HQ, Stan Wojtusik, Jr., 422/G and our prayers and though. for Harvey Bradford, 424/SV (conversant home) and his good wife, Ann. The good Lord willing, we'll be here again next year on December 14, 1997. Of course there is Nashville, Tennessee in Augui Attention!! Service Battery, 591st FAB - Load em Up and Move em Out - to Nashville.

MEN seated l/r: J. Ansel, 423/AT; H. Albertson, 422/1-1; H. Whitehead, 81/A; C. Harvey, 424/A and N. Weiss, 423/HQ. Standing: R. Hoff, 422/M; B. Wislon, 591/SV; F. Vitali, 424/B, J. Bard, 423/1; C. Datte, 591/SV.

WOMEN seated l/r: M. Southam; M. Ansel; J. Hoff; Jessica; G. Albertson; B. Harvey. Standing: R. Weiss; M. Whitehead; M. Bard; N. Datte and M. Vitali.

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Reading, Pennsylvania Area - 1996

John J. Gallagher, 81st ENG/C, 4003 Francis St., Temple, PA 19560 TELE: 610-929-2887 The Reading Area held its annual Memorial Dinner, December 6, 1996 at the Dutch Colony Motor Lodge. There were 25 in attendance, with 14 for breakfast the next morning. Had a great time, lots of fellowship. We had a guest with us, a Lt Col who is a friend of mine. His Army career was 30 years, four at West Point and four in the White House. He secured for each of us a documentary: Hitler: Watch on the Rhine. The thrman story of the Battle of the Bulge, most interesting.

Men seated lir: Donald Showalter; Fred Carr; Carl Messina; Joe Scotti and Ralph Hill. Standing: Charles Datte; Jack McDevitt; Walter Shirk; Bill Harris; Guest Richard Barnett; Frank "Vince" Sziber. Ladies seated lir: Muriel Sziber, Stella Gallagher; Lillian Harris and Erma Kowalski. Standing l/r: Dot Scotti; Betty Carr; Anna McDevitt; Alice Messina; Robbi Showalter; Nancy Datte and Ida Frank

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Northern California Area - 1996

John Gregory, 424/E, 4624 Ashton Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864-6159 Tele: 916,181-3353 We had a real warm meeting, enjoyed by all. Some traveled over one hundred miles. We met at "California Fats" in Old Sacramento. This was our seventh reunion, always on 16 December. The lunch was arranged by two ladies, Associate Elaine Epling and Lucile Johannes, wife of Walter J. Notably absent in photos is Elaine Epling, who excused herself to visit her husband, who was very ill at the time I wrote this.

Present were:

Back Row l/r: Walter Johannes; Jerry Eiscnman; John Stauff; Charles Daniel; Wm Fowler; Edwa. Prewett; Clarence Meltescn (Associate); Ed Dunn and Frank Nausin

Front Row Ur: Ruth Eiscnman; Lucille Johannes; George Johnson; Terry Woods; Irene Daniel; Reddi Prewett; Shirley Gregory; John Gregory and Helen Meltesen.

I request that should I be called in reference to the Scholarship Fund, that should I not be reached, to call Jeny Eisenman at 415-756-8330.

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Alabama Area - 1996

Joseph A. Massey, 422/C and Judge Walter G. Bridges, 424/D

% Massey - 4820 Spunky Hollow Rd, Remlap, AL 35133 Tele: 205-681-1701

Dateline: 14 December 1996: The Commemorative December meeting of the 106th Infantry Division veterans of Alabama was held at The Pioneer Cafeteria in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a combined meeting with Battle of the Bulge Group in which 115 attended (combined). Sixteen were from the 106th. Also included is a photo of the 1997 Annual Reunion (Nashville) Committee hard at work at the Massey ipidence preparing the mailing for the upcoming reunion.

Above Seated 1/r: Barabara Bridges; Lee Gilliland; Goldie Kirkpatrick; Avis Bynum; Hazel Massey; orina Temple and Mary Racster.

Standing lir: Walter Bridges; John Gilliland; Dave Lacey; Paul Kirkpatrick; F.G. Bynum; Joe Massey; Will Temple and John Racster.

Below, stuffing envelopes for Nashville, I/R: Lee Gilliland; John Gilliland (standing); Barbara Bridges; Walter Bridges; Joe Massey (Hazel Massey made the pictures). See you all in Nashville!

 

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1996 December 16th Mini-Reunions...

Atlanta Area - 1996

Sherod Collins, 423/SV, 448 Monroe Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144 Tele: 770-928-3207 BATTLE OF THE BULGE DINNER

A spirit of warm friendship was evident as a group of 106'ers gathered on Sunday afternoon. December 8, 1996 at Dobbins AFB Consolidated Open Mess in Marietta, Georgia.

Attendees enjoyed a feast of prime rib and chicken cordon bleu. Present were the following: J.B. /Martha Russell, 422/SV; Bob/Frankie Burkes, 424/HQ; Bob/Louise Howell, 424/11Q 2Bn; Jim/Maydean Wells, 81/C; Bill/Sandra Jenkins, 422/H; James Dickerson, 422/FIQ 3Bn and guest

Margaret Bond; Newt/Yvonne Mosely, 591/SV; Morris/Sandra Piha, 106 QM; Jack Williams, 424/B and guest Jim McMurtry; Sherod Collins, 423/SV and guest Martha Brocato.

 

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In Memoriam

 

Berthhiaume, Dean A. 424/CN 4638 Highway M-35, Escanaba, MI 48829

Robert de St Aubin, 424/CN reported Dean's death as November 20, 1996. My records show Genevieve, wife as survivor. The following was included in the announcement. After Glow

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to chy before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Buescher, James W. 423/L 3501Clark Lane #15, Columbia, MO 65202

The date of death as reported by the AX-POW magazine was October 13, 1996 records show Ruth as the surviving widow.

Crawford, John D. 592/HQ % Bobby Crawford, (Nephew) 6270 Bethlehem Road, Boones Mill, Virginia

Boby Crawford, Nephew reported his Uncle's death as of November 6, 1996.

He writes, "My Uncle John was a member of the 592/HQ. After graduation from Concord College in 1941 he joined the Army and was first in the 80th Infantry Division before he was transferred to the 106th.

411 After the war he returned back home to Roanoke and taught school in the Roanoke

County School System until his retirement in 1988. He and his wife Mary had no children and I am his only living relative. Mary is now in a nursing home with Parkinson's Disease. He often talked of his experiences during the war and collected many films on the battle of the Bulge.

"I am grateful that he was able to make it to the 50th Anniversary Reunion in Roanoke, before his health failed entirely. Shortly after the reunion he was taken to the VA Medical Center in Salem."

Smith, Frank E. 423/G Route I, Box 158, Rinard, IL, 62878

Frank's wife, Sue wrote that he had passed away on September 14, 1996

Rudnick, Miron 422/E 2284 Whitman Street, Clearwater, FL 34625 Death reported by Murrel Kelso, 422/E as approximately December 10, 1996

Williams, Lewis B. Williams, Sr. 422/HQ 1433 Wagener Trail Rd, Wagener, SC 42200 Lucille, Lewis' wife reports that he passed away on 26 December, 1996. He had been in a nursing home for over three years. He was one of the original members of the 106th Inf Div at Fort Jackson. He was a prisoner at Stags 9-B and 9-A.

He is survived by Lucille, his wife; three sons, Lewis Jr., Tom and David; a brother, Yank Williams; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

May Thgg Rggt in PR8CR

          106th Division        

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Board of Directors 1996 -1997

Alphabetical by year term expires.

Ade.

.CUB

A quarterly publication of the

106th Infantry Division Association, Inc

5401 U. 147th St West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Membership fees include CUB subscription.

Association membership 01/01/97 1,601 members

President    Major Hill

Past-Pres. . . . . . . . . . .. Richard L. Rigatti

1st Vice—Pres         John P. Kline

2nd Vice-Pres          John A. Sweft

Treasurer      Sherod Collins

Adjutant    Pete House

Historian       Sherod Collins

CUB Editor   John P. 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 Hon. Membership Chairman Gilbert Helwig Scholarship Chairman  John Gregory Resolutions Chairman ... Alan W. Jones, Jr. Washington Liaison Officer.... Jack Sulser Order of the Golden Lion   Gil Helwig

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Sherod Collins — Treasurer

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The Life Membership fee is payable one time

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Life Auxiliary            $ 15.00

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For those choosing to pay Annual dues, pay

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Make checks payable to

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Major H. Hill 424/B (Exec. Committee)    (.97) 36750 N. Kerwin Dr., Ingleside, IL 60041 Home- 847-587-7807 or Office 847-587-7714

Lyman C. Maples, 422/K   (.97) 608 Wilkins St, Dalton. GA 30720 706-278-2533

Dr. Richard W. Peterson, 423/1    (.97) 1285 Rubenstein. Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007 619-632-1213

Edwin C. Huminski, 424/F'          (.98) RR 2 Box 258,471427g 15557-9223

Alan W. Jones, Jr, 423/HQ 1Fin  (.98) 9100 Belvoir Woods 17',1)Ty8t/i23336,21;t. Belvoir, VA 22060

William E. Malone, 423/B  ('98) 3,11 Thackery6nrciv4;51V71‘,.ille. TN 37207

Thomas J. Riggs, 81st Eng/F1Q   (.98) 6 Olive Stre4t f'xileing, RI 02906

John A. Swett, 123/H (Exec. Committee) I'98) 10691 L. North,c2r,e,sp,r.61(;troson, AZ 85748

1.evene Weigel, 422/H              (.98) 1380 Dernocracyoir.g46e4Turne, FL 32940

Nolan L. Ashburn, 424/11 (.99) 1212 Raintree Dr; /9\iiVil,9,3i,1,36Collins, CO K0525

Lloyd J. Diehl, 423/H        (.99) It3 Box 212..5 Chapel Hghts Rd.. SewelL NJ 08080 Ah 609-589-2030

John A. Gregory, 424/E     ( 4624 Ashton Dr., Sacramento, CA 95864 916-481-3353

Art Van Moorlehem, 423/B          (.99) 206 W. Itirchg...4111.c7m. SD 57212

Richard J. Bras, 423/K      (.2000) 14 Porter St.. Quaker Hill., 06375 203-443-1685

Walter G. Bridges, 424/D   (.2000) 225 Laird A11.14u97.13o4v(v)n), AL 35023

Sherod Collins, 423/SV     C2000) 448 Monroe T4V2572eosr, GA 301.

John P. Kline, 423/M (Exec. Committee) C2000) 5401 U. 147th St W , Apple Valley, MN 55124 612-4234837

E. V. Creel,.590/A   C2001) 315 Fern Cliff Av4iT9eZenT,errace, FL 33617

Ltc Marion Ray US (Ret), 424/D   (2001) 1740 Green Tree Ct Crofton,MD 21114 301-261-6741

Col. Earl Valenstein US (Ret), 81st Eng/B         ('2001) 5737 Bar Neckg ,2Srostgge, MD 21613

Zimand, Gerald P., 422/D  (.2001) 101 Joseph Street, New Hyde l'arke, NY 11040 NY: 516-354-4778 FL: 561-732-3832

HONORARY Board Member

Col. Joseph Matthews 422/HQ     (L.) 4706 Western Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27606 91,851-4851

THE ARDENNES * THE RHINELAND * CENTRAL EUROPE

Parker's Crossroads Memorial (Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium)

In background - Madame Marie LeHaire's Hotel AUBERGE DU CARREFOUR

the scene of many 106th veteran meetings since the war.

See page 15-36 for story of 589th Field Artillery Battalion (3 guns)

at Parker's Crossroads - 19 December to 23 December, 1944

 

 


 

Index for: Vol. 53 No. 2, JAN, 1997


100th Inf. Div., 57

106th Div., 10, 56, 57

106th Div. QM, 57

106th Inf. Div., 1, 12, 14, 15, 16, 21, 27, 31, 35, 36, 40, 50, 54, 56, 58

106th Infantry Division Association, 1, 10, 14, 16, 21, 27, 31, 36, 40, 50, 58

106th Sig. Co., 29

112th Inf., 34

112th Regt., 1

28th Inf. Div., 1, 34

2nd Inf. Div., 6

38th Armd., 36

38th Armd. Inf., 36

38th Armd. Inf. BN, 36

422/K, 45, 46, 58

422nd Inf., 2, 3, 6

422nd Inf. Regt., 6

423rd Inf., 12, 16

423rd Inf. Regt., 12

423rd Regt., 21

424/A, 45, 51

424/C, 36, 56

424/D, 38, 49, 54, 59

424/E, 14, 53, 59

424/G, 46

424th Inf, 1, 38

424th Inf. Regt., 1, 38

424th Regt., 1, 12, 15

589th FA, 12, 36, 59

589th FA BN, 12, 36, 59

590th FA BN, 36

591st FA, 51

591st FAB, 51

592nd FA BN, 5, 6, 8, 10

592nd FA BN., 10

592nd FAB, 5, 6, 8, 10

7th Armd. Div., 36

80th Inf. Div., 56

81st Engr., 36, 38

Aachen, 18, 20

American Battle Monuments Commission, 18

Aquitania, 12

Ardennes, 12, 30, 59

Ardennes Battle, 12

Auberge Du Carrefour, 59

Auw, 6, 8, 15

Auw, Germany, 6, 8, 15

Baraque De Fraiture, 59

Baraque De Fraiture, Belgium, 59

Battle Of The Bulge, 1, 8, 16, 21, 36, 41, 42, 46, 48, 52, 54, 55, 57

Before The Veterans Die, 4, 40

Belgium, 1, 10, 15, 16, 18, 20, 34

Berberian, Kachadore, 43

Berlin, 22

Bied, Dan, 3

Black, Ewell C., 2

Black, Rev. Ewell C., 58

Bleialf, 1, 16, 34

Bleialf, Germany, 1, 16

Bradfield, Ken, 48

Bradford, Harvey, 51

Brax, Richard J., 43

Bridges, Walter, 54

Bridges, Walter G., 54, 59

Brunswick, 38

Brussels, 16, 18, 20

Burkes, Frankie, 55

Camp Atterbury, 30

Capalbo, Frank, 45

Carver, Dale, 40, 41

Carver, Dale R., 4

Central Europe, 30, 59

Churchill, Winston, 41

Co. B, 38th Armd. Inf., 36

Col. Thomas J. Riggs, 38

Colbert, Hugh, 46

Collins, Sherod, 55, 58, 59

Crawford, John D., 56

Creamer, Raymond, 45

CRIBA, 10

Cunningham, Lou, 51

Darmstadt, 38

Datte, Charles, 52

Div. HQ, 36

Dresden, 15

Elbe, 26

Ferguson, Richard, 34

Ferguson, Richard C., 34

First Reunion, 41

Fonda, Jim, 44

Ford, Arline, 43

Fort Jackson, 56

Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 12

Fraiture, 59

Fraiture, Belgium, 59

Frye, Norwood, 43

Ft. Jackson, 30

Gallagher, John J., 52

Gallagher, Stella, 52

Germany, 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 16, 18, 21, 24, 26, 38

Gillespie, John, 44

Gillespie, Shirley, 44

Gilliland, John, 54

Gilliland, John O., 30, 31

Goldfinger, Irwin N., 35

Greene, John, 15

Halle, 21, 22, 24, 26

Halle, Germany, 21, 22, 24, 26

Hartlieb, Glenn, 48

Hartman, Richard, 43

Helwig, Gil, 13, 58

Helwig, Gilbert, 58

Henri Chappelle, 10

Henri-Chappelle, 16, 18, 20, 34, 38

Himberg, Carl, 10

Hoffmeyer, Howard, 6, 7

Hohenstein, 48

Hoinash, William, 36

Holland, 43

House, Mr., 14

House, Pete, 14, 36, 40, 58

Hunt, Kenneth, 50

Individual History, 13

Johnson, Bill, 34

Johnson, William, 43

Jones, Alan W., 58, 59

Jones, Alan W., Jr., 58

Kemp, Ray, 43

Kline, J., 34, 36, 37, 38, 39

Kline, John, 8, 12, 15, 16, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40

Kline, John P., 58, 59

Koblenz, 5

Koblenz, Germany, 5

Kommando, 21

Laphan, Charles, 45

Laudesfeld, 5, 6

Laudesfeld, Germany, 5, 6

Lehaire, Marie, 59

Leige, 20

Liege, 1, 15, 34

Liege, Belgium, 34

Lion In The Way, 34

Lorraine, 50

Lothrop, Oliver, 43

Luxembourg, 8

Malone, William E., 59

Manderfeld, 8

Mannheim, 38

Mannheim, Germany, 38

Manning, Capt. James L., 16, 18

Manning, James L., 1, 16, 18, 34, 38

Maples, Lyman C., 58

Marcus, Gilbert, 50

Massey, Hazel, 54

Massey, Joe, 54

Massey, Joseph A., 54

Matthews, Col. Joseph, 59

McCarron, Don, 50

Meagher, Herbert, 50

Memorials, 58

Merz, O. Paul, 58

Messina, Carl, 45, 52

Mikalauskis, John, 48

Morgan, Douglas, 46

Munich, 38

Munich, Germany, 38

Nash, David E., 38

Nurnberg, 38

Nurnberg, Germany, 38

Order Of The Golden Lion, 2, 13, 58

Peterson, Dr. Richard, 58

Peterson, Richard W., 58

Pilkington, Fred, 49

Post, Lawrence, 42

Prendergast, Richard, 42

Puett, Col., 12

Queen Elizabeth, 12

Ramm, Don E., 38

Ray, Marion, 59

Reunions, 1, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55

Rhine, 52

Rhineland, 30, 59

Rich, Col., 36

Rigatti, Richard L., 58

Riggs, Col. Thomas J., 38

Riggs, Thomas J., 45, 59

River, Elbe, 26

Robb, Dr. John G., 58

Robb, John G., 58

Roberts, John, 5, 6, 8, 10, 44

Roberts, John M., 10

Roth, 5, 6, 10

Rowe, Bob, 44

Russia, 24

Rutt, Bob, 44

Saucerman, Gene, 48

Schaffner, John R., 43

Schoeck, Richard J., 38

Schonberg, 36

Schutte, Jean, 44

Shalhoub, John, 44

Siegfried Line, 34

Smith, Fran, 56

Smith, Frank, 56

Smith, Frank E., 56

Smith, Ken, 48

Snyder, Walter, 43

Spa, 34

Sparks, Dick, 12

St. Vith, 16, 30, 36, 58

Stalag IV-B, 26

Stephens, George W., 46

Stokes, Herb, 46

Stuttgart, 38

Stuttgart, Germany, 38

Sulser, Jack, 58

Swett, John, 1

Taylor, Hal, 21, 26

Van Moorlehem, Art, 13, 59

Velasquez, Armando, 47

Venn, 8

Vietnam, 16, 38

Villwock, Russ, 1

Villwock, Russell, 50

Watch On The Rhine, 52

Weckerath, 8

Weiner, Milton, 41

Wells, Maydean, 55

West Point, 52

Wijers, Hans, 5, 8

Williams, Jack, 55