Vol. 58, No. 1, Oct, 2001
PHOTO: 55th Annual Reunion Banquet, 106th Infantry Division Association
Featured Speaker (l/r) - Lt. Gen. Claude M. (Mick) Kicklighter (USA Ret); his wife Elizabeth.
Association President, Marion Ray 2000-2001
Marriott Hotel, Falls Church, Washington D.C.
September 5-10, 2001
See Marion Ray's "Wrapping it Up!" on page 7 and 'Kicklighter' on page 33 Photo by The RIKKEN's Gouvy, Belgium
A quarterly publication of the 106th Infantry Division Association, Inc. A nonprofit Organization - USPO #5054 St Paul, MN - Agent: John P Kline, Editor Membership fees include CUB subscription
Paid membership November 18, 2001 - 1,672
President Joseph P. Maloney
Past-President (Ex-Officio) Marion Ray
1st Vice-Pres John R. Schaffner
2nd Vice-Pres John M. Roberts
Treasurer/Historian Sherod Collins
Adjutant John A. Swett
CUB Editor, Membership John P. Kline
Chaplain Dr. Duncan Trueman
Memorials Chairman Dr. John G. Robb
Atterbury Memorial Representative O. Paul Merz
Resolutions Chairman Richard Rigatti
Washington Liaison & AFR Jack A. Sulser
Order of the Golden Lion, Chairman John O. Gilliland
Committee . Joseph Massey, Sherod Collins
Nominating Committee Chairman John M. Roberts
Committee: Walter Bridges, Harry Martin
Mini-Reunion Chairman John R. Schaffner
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Joseph P. Maloney, 424/HQ (Exec. Comm.) (2002); 1120 Warren Avenue, Arnold, PA 15068 724-335-6104 Email: email@example.com
Richard D. Sparks, 423/HQ (2002); 3180 Hanley Street. Deltona, FL 32738 904-789-4692 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John O. Gilliland, 592/SV (2003); 140 Nancy Street, Boaz, AL 35957; 256-593-6801
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Harry F. Martin, Jr., 424/L ( 2003); PO Box 221, Mount Arlington, NJ 07856; 973-663-2410
George Peros, 590/A (2003); 19160 Harbor Tree Court, NW Fort Myers, FL 33903; 941-731-5320
Charles F. Rieck 422/H (2003); 7316 Voss Parkway, Middleton, WI 53562; 608-831-6110
Pete Yanchik, 423/A (2004); 1161 Airport Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001-4312; 412-375-6451
Richard L. Rigatti, 423/B (2004); 113 Woodshire Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15215-1713; 412-781-8131 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John R. Schaffner, 589/A (Exec. Comm.) . . (2004); 1811 Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1013; 410-584-2754 Email: email@example.com
Jack A. Sulser, 423/F (2004); 917 N Ashton Street, Alexandria, VA 22312-5506; 703-354-0221 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert R. Hanna, 422/HQ (2005); 7215 Linda Lake Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3617; 704-567-1418;
John M. Roberts, 592/C (Exec. Comm.) . . (2005); 1059 Alter Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-1401; 248-338-2667 Email: email@example.com
Waid Toy, 422/K (2005); 4605 Wade Street, Columbia, SC 29210-3941; 803-772-0132
Frank S. Trautman, 422/D (2005); 9 Meadowcrest Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26101-9395; 304-428-6454
Walter G. Bridges, 424/D (2006); 225 Laird Ave, Hueytown, AL 35023-2418; 813-988-7013 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph A. Massey, 422/C (2006); 4820 Spunky Hollow Rd, Remlap, AL 35133-5546 205-681-1701
Walter M. Snyder, 589/A (2006); 2901 Dunmore Rd Apt F4, Dundalk, MD 21222-5123; 410-285-2707
Robert F. Sowell, 424/E (2006); 612 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-1208; 310-378-5404 Email: rnarthasowell@earthlink-net
Hal Taylor, 423/CN . .(2006); 2172 Rockridge Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81503-2534 970-245-7807 Email:email@example.com
President's View . .
I am humbled to be elected as President for the coming year.
I have been in the Association since 1988. Viv and I have gone to all reunions since one. Believe me, we look forward to the next one. The camaraderie, the fellowship, the concern for one another is evident as soon as one says hello. We have met so many good men and women during our tenure with the Association.
We have assembled a hard working team to support the Association in the coming year. John Schaffner as 1st VP will give leadership to the Mini-Reunions for the coming year. Jack Roberts as VP will give leadership to the Nominating Committee. These two stalwarts chaired these positions last year, but one year is really not enough time to get to know the job and add one's own innovations. They agreed to serve another term as did other officers and committee members. Chaplain Dr. Duncan Trueman's message to us is always inspirational. Where would you get those "goodies" of the Association if it were not for John Gilliland. John will accept nominations for the Order of the Golden Lion.
I would be remiss if I were to pass over the infamous day of 11 September 2001.
We continue our prayers for those who lost their lives as well as their loved ones and friends. Pray for our Country and our leaders that as they lead the free world in this time of crises. God bless our troops.
A little about me: I joined the Association in 1988 and in 1992 I chaired the reunion in Pittsburgh. We had a great team and we think the reunion went well. I have been the Nominating Chairman twice and with the coming Mini-reunion in December I will have been chairing it four times. People are coming from a wide area.
I was one of the original that gathered at Fort Jackson to form the newly formed 106 Infantry Division. Basic Training on Tank Hill, pilfering a watermelon from a nearby farm. I didn't fare well as the farmer discovered us. We did get away with the melon however, but almost lost it when I got thrown out of the Jeep while still holding on to the fruit. I slid down a sandy embankment but not a drop of the melon was lost. Tennessee maneuvers and on to Camp Atterbury and the rest of the war.
As far as personal life is concerned: Viv and I have been married for some 56 years and have six children and thirteen grandchildren. I am the Grand Knight of my K of C Council and sing in the St Joseph Choir as well as the Resurrection Choir (funerals).
I graduated from the then Pennsylvania State College ( University) with a BS in Agriculture. I worked for the Boy Saxes of America as an Executive for 35 years.
My last position was in Pittsburgh where I served as Field Director and Director of Education among other jobs.
We look forward to the next reunion in Hampton, VA, September 1- to 11
God Bless America and Salute.
Joseph P. Maloney. President
106th infantry Division Association
PHOTO: Joseph P. Maloney, President 2001-2002 106th Infantry Division Association Headquarters Co., 424th Infantry Regiment 1120 Warren Ave, Arnold, PA 15068-6104 Phone: 724-335-6104
Email: maloneya salsgiver.com
Chaplain's Message . . .
GOD AND A BOX OF OATMEAL
My platoon had three squads, thus three 57mm antitank guns. We were in hills and rapid change was the name of the game. Set up on the lea side of one of the hills, our guns had a wide field of fire, but the front was changed. We needed to reposition one gun further down the road.
The need was to reconnoiter the area, locate an appropriate to gun position, but one that would not cause us to lose radio communication over the hilly terrain.
In the Jeep I went to scouting out... while driving, talking incessantly on the radio so that the point where the radio signal was lost could be identified.
As a matter of fact, when I had nothing of import to say, I actually sang my inimitable imitation of Bing Crosby: 'When the bloo-oo of the night meets a go-old of the day..." I wondered what any listening enemy thought. I found out later!
It was on an unopened stretch of road on the way back that someone who didn't appreciate music lobbed a shell onto the road. Just one shell, mind you. And shrapnel pierced a rather significant hole in the jeep's radiator. Out poured the coolant. My choice was to come up with the quick fix or start jogging- a prospect that discouraged me. The fix turned out to be a box of liberated oat meal found in one of the small rear compartments of the Jeep. I poured it into the radiator, followed by a helmet fall of muddy water. The oatmeal, sensing its importance to me, got all puffed up and clogged most of the leak. I got back only slightly overheated.
Now, I always hated oatmeal. Someone else had swiped that box and concealed it in the Jeep. But I sure thanked the Lord for it that day.
Of course I know the Lord didn't put it there. As a matter of fact, when I first spotted the box down in that compartment, I didn't know what it was. It was a dirty white color with black printing and numbers on it - not at all colorful like Quaker Oats - strictly military. But God did give me the insight or presence of mind (call it what you may) to realize that it might be the solution to my problem.
I think that's the way God often works. He opens our eyes and our minds to the solution to life's problems. The solutions are often right at hand, no miracles needed, just a openness to His leading, a willingness to see or to hear his signals across the hills.
"Be still and know that I am God..." (Psalm 46)
PHOTO: Chaplain, Dr. Duncan Trueman, 424/AT 29 Overhill Lane, Warwick NY 10990 TEL: 845-986-6376 FAX: 845-986-4121
Chaplain's Message . . .
Dr. Duncan Trueman, Association Chaplain 106th Infantry Division Association Memorial Service, Arlington National Cemetery
55th Annual Reunion, Sunday 9 September 2001
PHOTO: Memorial Service sermon on the following pages . . .
PHOTO: Sunday September 9, 2001, Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater- Presentation of the 106th Wreath by Dr. John Robb - next to the U.S. Army Musicians. On podium l/r: President 2000/2001 Marion Ray; Chaplain Duncan Trueman, 1st V.P. Joseph Maloney and Adjutant John Swett.
Chaplain's Message . . .
We are here today to honor and remember comrades who have gone before us. Men, who at one time in our lives, were our closest friends, our buddies. Men, who fought beside us, sometimes fought for us. Sometimes died in foxholes beside us.
They were strong men. Brave men- Loving men- Daring men- Loyal men,- Faithful men. Men closer than brothers.
Their fidelity and determination brought America victory in that epic battle of World War that we know as the Battle of the Bulge. There's a cynical old saying, That GOD is on the side of the Big Battalions.
Read the Old Testament to discover how false that is. Think of historic battles like the Battle of Agincourt to discover how false that is. Consider the Battle of the Bulge to learn how false that is.
We come here today to honor and remember the men who disproved it once again in our generation.
PHOTO: Chaplain. Dr. Duncan Trueman at podium
Have you heard of the name of Major Theodore O'Hara? He was commissioned in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Theodore O'Hara was Chief of Staff to General John Breckinridge during the Civil War. He was also a lawyer and a Poet. He wrote a long poem to commemorate the death of his comrades who had died in battle. I first discovered his poem in the military cemetery at Frankfort, Ky.
The first verse. "The muffled drum's sad roll has beat the soldier's last tattoo; No more on life's parade shall meet that brave and fallen few; on fame's eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread, but glory guards with solemn round; The Bivouac of the Dead."
We gather here today with hearts filled with memories and also with emotion. This is a tough place for us to be; this is a tough scene for us to see. For in bivouac here, are the spirits of so many comrades - some known to us, some forever unknown.
And this place is a symbol of so many other sacred places all over the world that has been hallowed by the blood of comrades who never came home. Their remains may lie beneath foreign soils, but this is their homeland. This is where their spirits gather-Bivouaced here. The word "Bivouaced" - in this context - surprises us.
Listen again to how the poet used it: "On fame's eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread; But glory guards with solemn round the bivouac of the dead."
Here, and amid Crosses and Stars of David in every land, are spread the invisible tents of those comrades who have gone before us. It is just in our minds that we see their silent tents and smell the smoke of their thousand campfires, The Bivouac of the Dead.
In New Mexico stands the remains of old Fort Union. Built in the 19th century, it was an oasis and a place of shelter for thousands of settlers traveling west by wagon train. Rutted nails, no the plain, worn by their wagon wheels can still be seen coming across the plain
Chaplain's Message . . .
In the center of that fort's great parade ground, surrounded by old stone buildings and fortifications there is a tall flagpole from which Old Glory flies. The visitor can push an inconspicuous button on that pole, and from hidden speakers comes muffled drum rolls, distant sound of bugle calls. Assembly, Retreat, Taps. But it is when you faintly hear the far-away. shouts of command, and the cadence of marching feet that years drop away and visions almost seem to appear before you. It is almost Erie, but I defy you to stand there without being swept back in time. And many a veteran's tear was observed to fall on that parade ground. You cannot stand there and be untouched by memories and emotions.
So it is with this place! It matters not where they fought. Where their blood was shed. Where they died. It matters not in what battle they raised their swords or charged their foe. It matters only that everyone spirit bivouaced here was one of us...
A brother at Arms who marched under our country's flag. Fought under it. Sometimes died under it. We remember them all who bivouac! We Remember!
Like many of you, for years I tried so hard to not remember. And finally, in later years, gave it up. And pulled from their hiding places some of those mementos from long ago. In which so many memories dwell. And now, in my study, hangs a frame; behind the glass are Ribbons, Medals, Decorations, Crossed Rifles, a Combat Infantry Badge, and a shoulder patch, bearing a Golden Lion. Above them, also behind glass, is my M-1 carbine and .45. Central to all is a large, framed Golden Lion, hand-tooled from leather by an inmate in a State Penitentiary I operated when I was in law enforcement.
There are things in life that ignite our memories and when I look at those hangings they sometimes cause me to remember old friends, and I think that's the most important reason for keeping them hanging there. This sentiment is expressed in these words which were spoken as decorations were being pinned on some Russian soldiers after the disastrous war in Afghanistan. They could have applied to you or to me:
"We soldiers in this war did what we could as best we could. We gave our lives not for the sake of somebody's illusory goals, but for the sake of those who were standing beside us. For the sake of those who ate from the same mess tin. For the sake of those who without hesitation would do the same for us. In these decorations are the lives of those that died and the pain of those who returned."
And so we gather again this year to remember. There are many pleasant and sometimes amusing tales of old comrades that we tell and retell.
Funny Thing! In the telling we sometimes catch a vision of their faces still. Time seems to have stood still. They seem so young.
Their arms are still strong. The color is in their cheeks. They run still like deer and shoot straight as an arrow flies. And we remember how they would laugh at difficulty and scoff at danger and rarely seem to tire, as in the days of youth. That's the way we still remember them. Time stands still where memories are concerned.
Funny thing! The Poet said it: "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
There are also many very unpleasant and painful memories that return. We do not tell these stories. We cannot. Not even here. But we've come to realize that memories both good and bad will always remain indelible, despite the passing years. Those memories were forged by a common experience in the days of our youth. Nothing can separate us
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from those memories - even if we should desire it - because the ties that bind are forever inseparable. Those ties still bind, and let me remind you why. They bind because locked in our memories are the days when all we had was one another.
We could not be sure of another day of life. Nor an hour. We could not be sure of food for tomorrow. We could not be sure we'd survive the cold, the night, the battle, or the next shelling. We could be sure of one thing only. We had one another.
That phrase describes the intimacy of life in the Infantry, where the communion between men is as profound as between lovers. Actually, it is more so, for it does not demand for its sustenance the reciprocity required by the love of men and women.
Unlike marriage it is a bond that cannot be broken by a word, by boredom, by divorce, or by anything except death. Sometimes even death is not strong enough. All we had was one another. That comradeship was the war's only redeeming quality!
We still have one another. That's one reason we keep coming together each year, after so many years. From the lowest rank to the highest, all we had was one another. All we could depend upon was one another!
General Perrin perceived it when, on January 21, 1945, he wrote to the officers and men of the division. His closing paragraph read this way: "My greatest pride Is that I can wear the Lion on my shoulder for all the world to know that I am a brother In arms of the men of the 106th Wang), Division. I know you share that pride with me, as well as the calm confidence that we will always accomplish whatever we are asked to do."
What are we asked to do today? There are no hills to be charged. No towns to be taken. No crossroads to be defended. We've done those things. Today we are asked to keep alive the memory of those who bivouac here and on sacred plots of ground all over this world. And we're called upon to keep alive those stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that were commonplace among us... Deeds that cost the lives of some, while enabling others to survive. To remember that all we had was one another.
When Allied soldiers stormed the Stalag's and Concentration camps, they liberated thousands of sick and starving civilians and POW's. One American POW was thought to be too far gone. Even with food and medical treatment, it seemed doubtful that he could survive. He seemed to realize it.
But, he made one request of the Medics who were attending to him: "When you get back to the States, let my family know that I had the joy of knowing that we won."
The joy of Victory, has it occurred to you that many comrades never experienced that thrill? But every man bivouaced here is entitled to that joy... Earned it.
And so, we end with a verse by Edsel Ford. I discovered it on a wall at the Civil War Battlefield in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. I've taken small liberties with it.
"Spirits remembered are not spirits dead. Here in this peaceful place we pause to name each man who fell and each man who died. We stand among thousands of men who offered up their lives, and we know that we must remember... Must give a name to everyone."
So we too, pause to name spirits remembered. In our hearts to name comrades of old who lie in peace. And then, whether KNOWN or UNKNOWN, to give to each one a NEW name. What shall that new name be? That name shall be the Shout- the Cheer-the Hurrah- that many of our comrades never heard.
The name we convey upon each and every one is the name he longed to hear ... "VICTORY!" The name is "VICTORY!" . . . .
Dr. Duncan Trueman. Sunday September 9, 2001, Arlington National Cemetery
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granted permission for the entire group to visit the White House. We were bussed to the Department of Commerce building which houses the White House Visitor Center to await our time to walk over to the White House and await entrance. We then walked in groups to the White House and as we neared the grounds, we could see long lines already awaiting entrance. However, we were greeted by White House Security and escorted to the head of the visitors. I really felt good seeing members of our association were first to enter. As the last member entered I informed the security guard that we were all in line and thanked him for the service.
Those of you who have visited the White House know the feeling that you get while walking through and seeing first hand, part of this lovely home. I say, part of, because you only get to visit the nonworking, non-family part of the White House. But it was a wonderful feeling being inside of this beautiful, well-preserved mansion.
Although they won't be reading this message, I do wish to thank The White House Visitors Staff for their assistance and cooperation in allowing our large group to visit The White House.
The groups reentered their buses and were off to visit the many beautiful monuments and buildings housing some of the functional parts of our government. We first drove by the "future" site of our World War II Monument. "Future," meaning once they ever get the legal questions settled.
Then on to the Korean Memorial, which doesn't get the attention received by the Vietnam Memorial. The Korean Memorial is really surprising as to its realism and in depth beauty. Those of you who have not been to Washington, D.C. and have not seen the Korean Memorial, please make it a point to visit this memorial should you have the opportunity.
We then walked over to the Lincoln Memorial and I admit that I don't have the words or ability to describe the feeling as you stand before this large seated statue dedicated to this honorable man.
As we left the Lincoln Memorial and walked on over to the Vietnam Memorial, one does have a strange feeling run through your body. Here on these large black slabs of granite are thousands of names of young citizens, who like many of our buddies who are buried in Belgium and France as well as throughout the United States, gave their lives in the service of our country.
As we drove down Pennsylvania Avenue, after seeing many pictures and videos of this busy avenue, it's easy to place one's self before these large buildings. The Reagan Office complex; the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building; the Old Post Office now converted into a busy commercial building for eating and entertainment; the Justice Department Building and the Federal Trade Building draw much interest. The lovely buildings dedicated to Art draw attention offer a terrific view of our Capitol Building. Looking across the Mall where many events take place during the summer on weekends, you can see the Smithsonian buildings where one of our tour groups spent time in the Air and Space Museum. They had lunch there and after leisure period boarded their buses and headed back to the hotel. Our group drove on up to Union Station, a beautiful old train station which houses AmTrak as well as many places to eat and shop. After re-boarding the buses, we motored down Massachusetts Avenue getting a look at some of the many foreign legations. We arrived at The Washington Episcopal Cathedral. Many of you will recall watching the TV display of the Memorial Services conducted there after the terrorist bombings. One in which all faiths participated, and President Bush spoke. This magnifi
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cent American cathedral has been over one hundred years in building.
Friday evening was devoted to our Reception Dinner followed by an evening of wonderful entertainment. Those of you who enjoy the music of our era, the 40s and 50s, would have been as entertained as those present. A group called the Sawyer Sisters who bring you to believe you are once again hearing the Andrews Sisters, kept the audience under their spell for nearly two hours. Assisting them with several pieces of music were several of our members, Paul Boschert, Alton, Illinois' own favorite bell ringer, and John Kline your Cub Editor and Joe Maloney, 1st Vice President. It was entertaining to see and hear these members perform. When the evening's entertainment was over, there was a lot of singing and humming as they left the dining hall.
Saturday was a busy day filled with meetings. The Men's Business meeting took place with the election of five new members of the Board of Directors. Introduced to the attending members was the largest group of first time attendees in recent years. The Ladies Meeting was more fun as they were entertained as well as being fed. Following the meetings, most everyone lined up at the business desk to find out where they and their group would be seated for the Sunday night banquet. Our AFR Coordinator does a good job of fitting the groups together and trying to satisfy everyone's wishes for seating.
Saturday evening was an evening out for most of the group. This year, it was dinner aboard The Spirit of Washington cruise ship down the Potomac River. It was rather crowded, a bit noisy, difficult to hear and see the entertainment (is that what it was?) and if you were able to get "top side" a lack of information as to what the lights on either side of the Potomac represented, added to the puzzled expressions on faces.
Sunday morning's activities began with the weather a bit cooler and a possibility of rain. I had asked our Chaplain Duncan if he could do for us what Pantiles Chaplain had been requested to do, "Pray for good weather:" And like Patton's Chaplain, our Chaplain came through with a nice one. The temperature was a bit cool, but the sun gave us a beautiful day. We all boarded buses and arrived at Arlington National Cemetery for our wreath laying ceremony and our Memorial Services. As we arrived at the Tomb of The Unknowns area, these was a large gathering and our group added to the crowd. (See following page for photos) We were present for The Changing of the Guard at the tomb. As our presentation was to begin, from each side there entered a platoon of soldiers from the 3rd Regiment. They were absolutely beautiful. They moved to the sides of the Tombs and faced the viewers. Then the Color Guards entered. All you could hear was the clicking of heels as they entered and presented the colors, then moved to the side. It was now time for us to present the 106th Division Association's Wreath at the Tombs. Joe Maloney, our 1st Vice President and I were escorted down the steps by one of the 3tErs Majors. The wreath was carried towards the tomb with Joe and I touching the wreath. We then moved back to our escort and a bugler blew TAPS. I admit that the emotion was too great and tears flooded my eyes. We then turned about and exited back up the steps. It was without a doubt the most emotional thing that I have ever participated in.
We then moved into the .4mcdailistar for our Memorial Services. (See pay 3)
Our Memorial Services are always outstanding. The time and the place were certainly an addition. Music presented tv, a part of the U.S. Army Band aided to the occasion.
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PHOTO: Changing of the Guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
PHOTO: Guard forming for placing of 106th Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
PHOTO: 106th Officers Marion Ray and Joseph P. Maloney placing The 106th Wreath in place with Honor Guards and their Commander saluting
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However, once again, our Chaplain, Dr. Duncan Trueman, was outstanding. His sermon "Spirits Remembered" is reproduced on page 3 of this CUB magazine.
The reading of The Act of Remembrance by our Adjutant John Swett included sixty-four Association members who have passed on to join THE SILENT Coxes within the last year.
As we left the Amphitheater, our buses were routed to pass near the graves of our commanding general, Major General and Mrs. Alan Jones. The buses continued on and passed by the grave of a past president and former 81st Engineer Battalion Commander, Colonel Thomas Riggs. We had placed an American flag at each of the graves to make it easier to see the location.
Our Banquet was Sunday evening. As always it began with refreshments for those who cared to partake.
As the membership seated, three of our honored Belgian guests entered, escorted by two past presidents, John Kline and John Gregory. Our honored guests were Adda and Willie Rikken and Rogers Maes, from Belgium, who were given a standing ovation and a warm Welcome.
As the dinner began, there were fifteen Past Presidents and their guests seated at wing tables left and right of the podium. I question if there has ever been that many present at a previous reunion?
Sponsors of our December Mini-reunions were announced and presented Certificates of Recognition. New members of the board were given Warrants and outgoing board members were given Certificates of Appreciation.
Then during a momentous occasion came the presentation of The Order of The Golden Lion to four attendees. The first presentation was to Dale Carver, Officer Class who was overcome with emotion (Dale Carver passed from us on October 14, 2001 and is reported in this CUB magazine's Memoriam section).
Second and third presentation, Commander Class was presented to Walter Bridges and to Barbara Bridges, Walter's wife, the Companion Class.
The fourth presentation. a Commander Class, was to Dr. Duncan Trueman, our Chaplain.
PHOTO: Dale Carver, 424 HQ 3rd Bn., Poet Laureate, 106th Inf. Div Assoc- Receiving the Order of the Golden Lion (OGL)
Officer's Class from John Gilliland, Order of the Golden Lion Chairman- On the right, Sherod Collins, (Assoc. Treasurer). On the left is Lt. Gen. Claude "Mick" Kicklighter and his wife Elizabeth Kicklighter. Mick was the Guest Speaker for our Annual Reunion Banquet
Sadly, Dale died on October 14, 2001 as reported in the Memoriam section of this magazine.
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PHOTO: Right: Dr. Duncan Trueman, 106th Id Div Association Chaplain with his Order of the Golden Lion; Commander's Class, Adda RIKKEN, Gouvy, Belgium and Duncan's wife, Grace Trueman, in white. He promised to wear it during his next Sermon, at his local church.
Below: Walter Bridges recipient of the Order Commander Class and his wife Barbara Bridges with the Order: Companion Class
Joseph P. Maloney was then sworn in as Association President for the period 2001-1002.
Serving with Joe as officers are John Schaffner, 1st Vice President and John M. ‘Jack' Roberts, 2nd Vice President. Joe announced his committee chairmen.
Our next reunion will be held in Hampton, Virginia under the guidance of Joe Maloney. Details on that reunion will be advertised in The CUB magazine in February.
Following the swearing in of our new president, our guest speaker, was introduced by Past-President, Jack Sulser:
The Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs, Claude M. ‘Mick' Kicklighter. "Mick" as he likes to be called, is not only a retired Lieutenant General, U. S. Army but has performed an outstanding career of service to our country. (See his history, under "Kicklighter" in the NEW MEMBER section of this magazine.)
He spoke of the official record of the 106th Infantry Division, using Department of the Army historical records as the basis of his talk. He concluded his talk by informing our membership about a number of improvements our President and Secretary of Veterans Affairs is seeking to make in veteran's benefits and processing. Following his presentation, the Secretary made himself available to individuals with questions or remarks. He was well
received by the audience. Again, thanks to he and his wife.
Monday morning, 10 September 2001 was our Going Away Breakfast. Except for those attendees who had airplane reservations or had departed earlier, the Breakfast was a time of both joy and sadness. Joy of being with wonderful friends and sadness knowing that with some of these wonderful friends, they will never meet again.
Eighteen of our members had to lay over to the next Sunday, due to the 11 September WTC disaster.
**** VIDEO's Available ****
As a reminder to all of you, those who attended the reunion and to those who did not attend, a video record was made of this, our 55th Annual Reunion. Copies of the video as well as copies of the 53rd reunion in Chicago are available for $32.95 per copy.
You may order copies from Raines Video Productions, 180 Golf Club Rd., Suite 157, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
Specify which year you would like to receive, or both. I would like to point out that these videos including the photographer's personal expenses were filmed at no charge to the Association. Your support in purchasing copies of the videos will help to influence this company to serve us in future reunions. * * * * *
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support during my term, this year, as your president. It has been my honor to serve you.
The 106th Infantry Division is certainly a "Band of Brothers," as Chaplain Duncan Trueman so eloquently described during his sermon at Camp Atterbury in Sept. 1998.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in Hampton, Virginia in September 2002.
Marion Ray, Past-President
106th Infantry Division Association
PHOTO: The White House in 1962: Speaking of History! Here is Douglas Coffey 590/C presenting Major General Clifton-, Military Aide to the President, a copy of "The Lion's Tale" from the men of the 106th Infantry Division. "The Lion's Tale" was a forerunner to the "Cub of the Golden Lion" which was produced in 1992, both contained stories of the Division and its history- Both are out of print-
Wrapping It Up! ... the 55th Annual Reunion, Washington D.C.
401ST FAB 333 FAB/C
Attached Medics counted with organic units
Grand Total 462
PHOTO: Back l/r: John Kline, Editor 423/M, Bernard Strohmier, Harold Kuizema, Rou Burmesiter 589/B
Front: l/r; Nick Spagnola, Jack Rain, 589/B
PHOTO: l/r: Laura and Grayson Bishop; Don Herndon; Harry Martin; Joan Herndon; all 424/L. Charles Cullinan, 424/M Ruth and Dale Carver 424 HQ 3Bn (Dale died 14 Oct)
PHOTO:Standing 1/r : Murray and Barbara Stein; Chic and Donna Wente
Seated l/r: Lillian and Russell Lang; Bob and Wilma Wood and daughter-in-law Patty Wood All 423/I
Wrapping It Up! ... the 55th Annual Reunion, Washington D.C.
PHOTO: Willy and Adda RIKKEN, Gouvy, Belgium. Associate members, and David Deffenbaugh 423/D. Willie and Adda are becoming regular attenders of our Reunions.
You have seen Adda and Willy in several CUB magazines over the years, since we first met in 1995.
PHOTO: l/r Bob Clower, 424/CN Richard Idstein 424/C; and Oliver Libman 424/CN Idstein's unit rescued 30-35 of Clower's unit on 16 December. Clower was one of those that were re-captured by Idstein's 424/C.
To meet Clower was the highlight of Idstein's FIRST REUNION.
PHOTO: l/r: Capt. Mark Chafe, his wife Christina Chafe, also Bonnie (Doubek) McNunn, who wrote a "book" on her father's experience,. Her father, Donald E. Doubek, was a Scout for "C" Co. 424th Combat Infantry Regiment. That story will appear in the February CUB. photo by Idstein.
Wrapping It Up! ... the 55th Annual Reunion, Washington D.C.
PHOTO: Rogers MAES, Associate Member, in front of Lincoln's' Monument. Rogers is from Belgium and has attended several of our Annual Reunions.
PHOTO: George Patrick (left), Gifford Doxsee Headquarters Co., 3rd Bn. 423rd Combat Infantry Regiment In front of the Korean Monument
PHOTO: l/r: Jack Roberts 592/C John Schaffner 589/A Walter Snyder 589/A As the group were leaving the White House Tour
PHOTO: Murray Stein (L) and Russ Lang Big Hug after 56 years separation_ Murray saved Russ' life during The Battle of the Bulge.
Wrapping It Up! - the 55th Annual Reunion, Washington D.C.
PHOTO: John Swett, 423/H and Ken Smith, 423/H brought their History Channel GREAT RACE 'Trophy for the troops to see.
They are very proud of it, and want to thank all of you who helped them accomplish this excellent trophy.
PHOTO: l/r. Gordon Zicker, Jim Mills and Gifford Doxsee were the only three POW's from Slaughterhouse Five work kommando who attended the 55th Annual Reunion
PHOTO: Newton Weiss and George Patrick both from 423/ HQ 3Bn
Wrapping It Up! - the 55th Annual Reunion, Washington D.C.
PHOTO: 55th Annual, after dinner entertainment.
A 1940's type USO entertainment, with three young ladles performing songs of the famous Andrew's Slaters..
PHOTO: Three hour Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise.
A buffet supper, live entertainment, which involved some captive 100th Association people, while cruising the waters of the Potomac-..
PHOTO: The entertainer was one of our member's wife. Unfortunately no name was given. She did a mom Mambo .-
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John Kline, 423/M
See inside front cover for mail address.
Web site: http://vnvw.mm.com\usenjpk
I really enjoyed the 55th Annual Reunion. Marion Ray, his committees and the AFR Staff made it a special one.
Marion also has, in this CUB, an excellent "Wrap Up" of the happenings of the 55th Annual Reunion. If you were there it will bring back memories. If not, then it will make you feel like you were there. Thanks Marion...
Of course most of us who attended shall always relate to the close call. That is, leaving the area only one day before the WTC disaster of 11 September 2001. There were about twenty guests left in the hotel on the 11th of September Eighteen of those were from the 106th group. Some had to stay over until the next Sunday. Fortunately the hotel honored our "Convention" rates. A few rented cars and drove home, some half way across our country.
Sorry, again, for a late CUB issue. Better late than never, I guess. With all the events happening after the reunion I found it very difficult to concentrate. I found myself going upstairs to check CNN or FOX channel. Then, I would get engrossed in the news and found it hard to concentrate on The CUB.
Then I made the mistake of watching the last episode of "Band of Brothers" and in the same evening the TV re-run of "Private Ryan."
Both together really shook me up.
All part of World War II reaching up through the past, to grab you.
Thanks for your never-ending support. John Kline, CUB editor
Donations Since Last CUB July - August - September 2001
Brumfield, Vernon E. 589/C 50
Christianson, Edward L. 331 Med/C
Dahl, Floyd & Arlene 590/C in memory of Lyle Thomas 590/ 100
Edwards, Robert M. Associate 10
Farrow, John S. 423/HQ 10
Freedman, Henry E. 422/HQ 90
Goldstein, Elliott 589/HQ from sale of "On The Job Training" books 150
Herman, Rene, Belgium Associate 5
Hicks, Harry & Margaret 590/A 100
Howard, John W. & Virginia 591/SV 10
Johnson, William S.106 MP 25
Kiehlmeier, James L. 423/K 5
Kincade, Jack R. 422/A 8
Kinney, Paul T. 423/C 25
Lacey, Davie 81st ENG/A 4
Langlois, Ms. Lois Associate 5
Lapato, Frank 422/HQ 200
Larson, Kenneth L. 423/K 12
LoMonaco, John M. 422/HQ 2Bn 10
Mernier, Jacques Belgium Assoc 5
Oelschig, Albert C. 423/HQ 1Bn 25
Pace, Herman W. 422/H 10
Paquette, Wilbert & Shirley DIV/Arty 13
Peterson, Dr. Richard 423/1 10
Ross, Archie 424/HQ 1Bn 10
Snyder, Walter 589/A 20
Thanks to you all.
Donations are placed in the operating fund to help offset Association expenses. Your generosity is appreciated.
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NOMINATIONS WANTED for "ORDER of the GOLDEN LION" By John O. Gilliland, Chairmen
Order of the Golden Lion Award Committee
Any recipient of the Order of the Golden Lion or any member of the Association Board may nominate a candidate for the Order of the Golden Lion (reference: pages 331-336) "The Cub of the Golden Lion: PASSES in REVIEW" or the "Officer's Field Book."
The purpose of the Order of the Golden Lion, is to honor members who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to "the Division" in peacetime, i.e. President, member of the Board, Chairman of a Mini-Reunion or anything contributing to the welfare and enhancement of the membership for the Association.
Nominations, with reasons for the award, must be submitted in writing, be received by no later than May 1, 2002.
Send to: John Gilliland 140 Nancy Avenue, Boaz, AL 35957-6060; 1-256-593-6801
The Order of the Golden Lion
The ribbon is red, white and blue.
The medal either Gold, Silver or Bronze
Gold for Commander's Class
Sliver for Officer's Class
Bronze for Companion Class
The terms "Commander" and " Officer" have no military meaning as to rank or association to any prior holding of such rank. The award is for services rendered to the Division Association, after the war.
However, the ranks do designate an order of commitment, Gold the highest; Silver and Bronze
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106th Inf Div Association - Treasurer's Report 2000 – 2001
INCOME $ 7,800.00 2,925.00 266.00 4,061.00 4,397.64 1,065.84 800.00 80.95 55.24 40.00 FUND ACTIVITY General Fund $ 80,009.01
Member Dues Brought Forward (3 185 68)
Life Member Dues Net Decrease 76.82333
Auxiliary Dues Fund Total
Sale - St Vith Books
Sale of CUBs
Sale of Labels
Sale of story copies
Cost of St. Vith Books Insurance - Liability & Bond Fax Line
Registration Fees 4 officers 54th Reunion Entertainment Purchase Fax&File Cabinet Memorial Service Flowers Snacks/Hospitality Room Ladies Luncheon
55th Reunion Entertainment Dues request letters PrepMail Reunion Notices Close "Poole" Contract $ 21,491.67
1,417.38 586.56 723.35 612.00 117.59 300.00 300.00 221.66 69.38 85.56 163.54 420.38 46.17
Banks of Deposit
Main Street Bank 2,731.84
Edward. Jones Co. 11,482.06
Edward Jones Cds 62.609.43
There are 780 LIFE members as of June 30, 2001
Withdrawn from Savings this year: $ 7,150.00
Report submitted to 2001 Board by:
CHANGE IN CASH POSITION
GENERAL FUND TOTALS
This Year $ 76,823.33 76.283.33
Last Year 80.009.01 80.009.01
( 3,185,68) (3,185,68)
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Dale R. Carver, 424/HQ 3BN died October 14, 2001
Dale, Poet Laureate, /06th Infantry Division Association, has always inspired us with his poems. One of his poems has been published in every CUB magazine since the July-Aug-Sep 1990 issue. This page is dedicated to him in remembrance to a kind and gentle comrade. Our sympathy has been expressed to his wife Ruth and to his family.
Dale was a Platoon Leader with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment. He was a recipient of the U.S. Army "Silver Star" for gallantry in action in World War II.
His first offer to The CUB in the July-August-September 1990 magazine was a poem that has been read, every year, at many of our local "Mini-Reunions" throughout the United States of America, as well as at the National Reunions.
As a tribute to Dale and in his memory I submit to you, this page.
John Kline, CUB editor
BEFORE THE VETERANS DIE
61 pages - $8 ppd
Poet Laureate of the 106th Inf Division Association
Silver Star recipient 1945 - 424th Headquarters A&P Platoon Leader 742 Druid Circle, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, 225-767-3111
My First Reunion
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.
Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...
Third in a series about Stress and Combat Soldiers to be published in the CUB Magazine by Dr. Richard Peterson, Ph.D., MBA
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder comes from memories of trauma that are buried in the subconscious mind. Nightmares and flashbacks are the most obvious ramifications of the disorder. When we wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, we know an old fear has been dredged up out of an unpleasant memory. Generally, we can remember what the dream was about, even though usually much of the detail of the dreams is lost
The sticky part of PTSD is that it affects m in unconscious ways. Part of the therapy for the disorder is to develop an understanding of reactions to seemingly innocent incidents.
Case in point: John Kline and I visited the site of an old prisoner of war camp in Germany this year. The place is now a modern school for children, and has no resemblance to a prison camp. There was no one there, even the caretakers, as the school was on holiday. We drove in and wandered around the peaceful, beautifully wooded area. When we tried to drive out, our way was totally barred by a gate which had not been there when we arrived. We could see so one to help us.
I waited in the car while John went to find help. During the two or three minutes it took to find a caretaker, I felt real panic. It came from thinking that I would again be a prisoner in the terrible place it once was. Logic prevailed when I realized what was happening to me, but! was not totally comfortable until the gate was raised, and we were free once again to go down the road.
A common habit in former combat soldiers is hyper alertness. We wonder why those around us are not aware as we of traffic, strange noises, and people or things that appear to be out of place. We often sleep with "one eye open." If our partner or the kids make a noise, we are out of bed to check it out. The noise made by an animal in the yard at night bounces us outside in a flash. We credit this quality to being a "good husband and father," not realizing it is the result of the times we had to stay alert beyond measure to stay alive.
The habits of taking care of self and comrades carry over to civilian life. In some potent cases of posttraumatic stress disorder, I have dealt with men who "are never beyond an arms-length of a weapon." Hyper alertness can cause trouble when it interferes with the pleasurable enjoyment of our families and friends.
Being constantly on alert is tiring. It takes the joy out of life. The saddest part of that trait is we have no idea we are living with ancient habits, only that we cannot shake the feeling of impending danger.
Related to hyper alertness is the hoarding of goods, particularly food. Those who spent time in the concentration camps, or who lived with shortage and famine continue to buy more food than is needed, squirreling it away "just in case." We are fearful that we might again go hungry with no source of food.
A classic case arose when a group of former concentration camp inmates being treated in an Army Hospital after WWII were found to be hiding a pig under a bed. They panicked when told they could not keep it. To the inmates, it was insurance that if the food they were getting were to stop, they had a live ration to tap.
Many of us who were in the prison camps, find that we buy an extra can of beans to have on hand when we only eat beans once a year.
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Another quirk of PTSD is mistrust, primarily of large institutions. This wariness is related to hyper alertness, as well as the old feeling that the military, the government, and any other faceless institution is not to be trusted. None of us really trust our bank. (I owned one, and still don't trust them.)
There is not a veteran alive who does not have serious doubts about the motives of the VA, logical or not. Perhaps this skepticism came from the faceless enemy that we faced in wartime. That often unseen presence combined with the effort to stay alive, remains as a serious question in our minds regarding what those we do not know, or cannot see, might do to us. The feelings of suspicion and doubt are hard to dispel, even when logic and experience says they have no real basis in fact.
Therapy to eliminate these feelings and others we will discuss, can minimize their impact on us. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is never cured. Its effects will continue the rest of our lives. Someone said we cannot kill our demons, we can only understand them. This is very true of this disorder that started when we were young men and women. We all accept there are phobias, none of which can be logically explained. PTSD is like that. It continues to function in all of its ugliness. We cannot really explain it, but we should accept it, try to understand it, and face the visceral feelings that come with it, to keep it from spoiling our lives.
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PHOTO: Dr. Richard (Dick) Peterson, 423/1 with owner of a casket factory which is located in the Stalag 9-A barracks where Peterson was held, in this very building, during the Winter of '45. Dick and I had traveled back to the Ardennes in May 2001 then on to Stalag 9-A, Trutzhain (territory Ziegenhain) visiting Stalag 9-B, Bad Orb en-route. The occasion was brought about by Peterson being invited by the French ExPOW's, to witness the German dedication of a street in Trutzhain (former 9-A) in honor of a popular French Priest, Abbe Pierre Dentin, who was a POW in Stalag IX-A for five years and was a popular spiritual leader amongst the French prisoners in those trying days / Kline, editor
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Holy Night in Hell Frozen Over...
Thomas ‘Mac' Barrick, Colonel, USA, Ret Formerly "I" Co., 424", Infantry Regiment
The enclosed story represents the events of Christmas Eve, 1944 as I recall them after all these years. It might be timely for the edition covering the Christmas Season. There may be some inaccuracies because I do not know exactly from where we started and where we eventually ended up. I do recall that we were assigned to a tank unit of the 7th Armored Division overlooking Manhay, just before the attack there by 2nd Bn., 424th Regt. I think that was on 26 Dec. 44 - but I'm not sure. It was a long time ago and there was a lot of chaos and confusion. Col. (Ret) T.M. Barrick
19907 Bonnie Ridge Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
On a bitter cold night in December 1944 a group of thirty American soldiers huddled together near the crest of a hill in an open field overlooking the Our River Valley in Belgium. They were the battered, bloodied and beaten remnants of several elements of the 3rd Bn., 424th Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division. It was the 10th day of the German Army's gigantic all-out offensive in the Ardennes Mountains on the German - Belgium border. History records it as the Battle of the Bulge.
Our division was one of three spread over an 80 mile wide front -facing the German Siegfried Line - an area normally covered by six to eight Divisions. Before dawn on 16 December 1944 the Germans launched the attack across our front with 38 Divisions.
Surrounded, cut off and almost out of ammunition we had been forced to leave the defensive positions we had held outside St. Vith, a vital communications center critical to the German advance toward Antwerp. Ordered to hold that area, at all costs, for thirty-six hours. We held it for seventy-two.
As darkness approached I left our assembly area with thirty-nine men and headed West with only a compass azimuth to our next assembly area. Hopefully it would be behind friendly lines when we got there. During the last ten days of confusion and chaos we were never sure just where friend or foe was located. We seemed to have been fighting in all directions. Fortunately our group had three German prisoners from the parachute regiment that had us surrounded. Two of the POWs carried the third on a makeshift litter. We offered them freedom if they got us through the enemy lines in the forest to the West. They were happy to oblige. The alternative was not very appealing, since both sides had stopped taking prisoners.
For hours we struggled through knee deep snow drifts, forest tangles and over the hills and ravines of the Ardennes Mountains. About midnight we staggered to a halt. All were totally exhausted after ten days of little sleep, frequent change of position, almost constant shelling and less than one meal a day. The last I remembered eating was two half rotten potatoes and two half rotten apples found in a cellar two days before. Most of the trek had been in silence except for the gasping for icy air that scorched our throats and lungs. But now there were grumbles about quitting, giving up, surrendering!?
"At least we'd get something to eat," some were saying. "We can get out of this miserable cold," said others. "At least we wouldn't get shot at any more."
As we sat there we carefully took off one boot at a time, and massaged a totally numb foot with hands so numb it was hard to hold a rifle. We wondered whether the foot was actually frozen and whether we would be able to get the boot back on if it were.
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The other boot was kept securely tied in case we had to move out quickly. The loose boot could be jerked on and one buckle fastened at least.
About that time my buddy next to me said, "What are you mumbling about, Sgt. Mac?" Suddenly I realized I had been talking to myself out loud. "Oh, I'm just repeating some lines from a poem my Dad taught me as a boy... "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are done and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says hold on."
There's more to it, but that is what I was thinking." "What's the rest of it," he and a couple others asked.
"The poem is "IF" by Rudyard Kipling. Remembering it has helped me get through a lot of 'stuff' in the army." This is what I recited from memory...
"If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster - And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can hear the truth you've spoken –
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the thing., you gave your fife to, broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings –
And risk it on one turn of pitch and toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings –
And never breathe a word about your lose;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew –
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you –
Except the Will which says to them "Hold On!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings -
nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, -
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute - With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, -
And which is more -you'll be a Man, my Son.
I choked as I finished. There was total silence. Then I heard a sob. Slowly I struggled to my feet using my rifle as a cane, thankful that I had not flopped down on my belly or back because I would never have been able to get up.
With as much resolve as I could muster, I announced, "I'm going on. You can follow me, or stay and give up. It's up to you"
I knew deep down that it was useless to order, beg, threaten or cajole the men into moving. The Will had to come from within each one. Twelve others struggled to their feet, leaving about eight or nine on the hill. The balance of the original thirty-nine had dropped out along the way. We never saw any of them again.
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We staggered on slipping, sliding and falling down the mountain to the valley floor, too spent to talk or even curse. A few committed the unpardonable sin for a soldier-abandoning his weapon and equipment.
Just before dawn we were challenged by a dug-in and camouflaged American outpost on the edge of a woods.
"What's the Password?"
"We don't know. We've been cut off for ten days."
"Like hell - you Kraut bastards aren't going to pull that one on us again!" And with that they called in a heavy mortar barrage right on top of us. We were totally exposed and helpless.
"Get out of here," I screamed and made a dash past the outpost and into the woods behind. Four others made it. Where the energy came from I'll never know.
As we plunged deeper into the woods we came to a small road.
"Which way do we go, Sgt. Mac? Which way?" they all babbled.
I couldn't think. I was in a state of shock at hearing their voices.
I thought back to the remark from the outpost about 'Krauts pulling something on them.' Then I recalled an earlier encounter at a crossroads where German soldiers in American Military Police uniforms snarled up traffic in all directions, then fired a flare high in the air calling in a devastating enemy artillery barrage. It was Operation Grief in action. (Small groups of English speaking German soldiers in American uniforms, specially trained to infiltrate American lines to sabotage, disrupt communications, create confusion, provide intelligence and assassinate high ranking officers.)
Then I looked at the four men with me: PFC Poiteau - French accent, PFC Pelogrino - Italian accent, PFC DiSilva - Mexican accent, and CPL Haensler - German born and raised.
"Listen to me, you guys! You've all got accents, so for Christ's' Sake keep your mouths shut and let me do the talking when we meet any GIs!"
All replied, "OK Sgt., Mac. We'll keep quiet." With that we headed up the road through the woods hoping to run into friendly troops. Just as it was getting light enough to see a hundred feet or so we spotted a group of GIs coming down the road towards us. Soon we could see their helmets; the leader had a big white cross on the front of his a Chaplain; the others had big round white circles with red crosses on the sides-Medics... all noncombatants and unarmed.
"We're safe, we're safe!" my four men began babbling, again.
With that the chaplain drew his trench knife and thrust it into my belly screaming, "You dirty rotten butchers! I'm going to kill all of you!"
Somehow, I managed to get out, "For God's Sake, Chaplain, give us a chance to prove who we are. We've been cut off for days. We don't know where we are or what is going on. I beg you to give us a chance."
Something got through to him. He withdrew the knife and ordered the medics to disarm and escort us under guard to the assembly area. They handed us over to the
Officer-in-Charge who turned out to be Capt. Lee Berwick, S3, 3rd Bn., 424th Inf.
He looked at me and said, "I know Sgt. Barrick. He worked for me in the states. As a matter of fact I recommended him for OCS (Officer Candidate School). Glad to see you made it, Sgt. Take your men and get some dry clothes, food and rest. You all look like you could stand some." Then he added wryly, "Merry Christmas."
Unbeknownst to us, we had come through on Christmas Eve. We had lost all concept of time and place so completely were we absorbed in stopping the enemy and staying alive during the chaos and confusion of the raging battle for days and nights that seemed like months.
Suddenly, we noticed the chaplain slumped down in the corner of the room sobbing uncontrollably. "What have I done? What have I done?" He muttered as the enormity of what he had contemplated struck him - A Man of God.
As we left the HQ to get dry clothes and some much needed food and rest, the Medic Sergeant told me that the chaplain and litter team had been out all night picking up wounded. He had come across four GIs with their hands tied behind their backs and then the four tied together back-to-back. A Kraut had put a hand grenade on their bound hands and pulled the pin. They were slaughtered like animals. The chaplain had good reason the be mad as hell, to witness such a barbarous act, especially on Christmas Eve.
The next day I heard at the Medical Aid Station that he had been escorted to the rear, a battle casualty, apparently suffering a mental breakdown or Battle Fatigue as it is known clinically.
I have felt sorry for him all these years wondering if he recovered from the trauma of that Holy Night.
WAS IT REALLY CHRISTMAS ?
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Billskemper, Robert H. 423/L, W7854 CTH 2 Onalaska, WI 54650, 608-781-2360
Brandi, Julius J. Capt. (US Ret) 423/CN, 3 Avon Court, Sysosett, NY 11791-6102, 516-921-6394
Family: Wife, Geraldine (Gerry) Brandi. Daughter, Donna Brandi, son-in-law Tony. Five grandchildren; Michael, Jessica, Luke, Brian, James. Hobby: Sculpturing
War Experiences: 18 August 1940, a flip of the coin put me into the 245th Coast Artillery, New York National Guard. 16 September 1940 we were federalized. Fort Hancock, New Jersey, the entrance to New York harbor came under our protection. All ships entering and leaving the harbor were followed by our towers and plotted on our plotting boards. All data, range, azimuth, and the speed of the ship was then sent to the barbettes (12" guns). I was Sergeant Chief of breech, I fired this monster by lanyard. One wad of cotton in each ear. The sound and concussion was devastating. I developed tinnitus in my ears. 12 in. barbette statistics: Fired projectiles weighing 800-1000 pounds, propellant-four 60 pound bags of the black powder followed by an igniter. Range-18 to 20 miles. I added this remark to give a comparison to our 105 mm howitzers.
The attack on Pearl Harbor placed us on the front lines. War had been declared on Japan, Germany and Italy. German U-boats were in the Atlantic, lurking near our shores. We were plotted on high alert. We slept at gun mounts with everything ready. The draft helped reduce our workload and the stress.
13 August 1940, I received my commission as 2nd Lieut. from the Infantry school, Fort Benning, Georgia. 11 September 1943, I was assigned to the Cannon Company, 423rd Infantry Regiment. I was relieved of my assignment 30 Nov. 1943. It was a great learning experience. I loved to the outfit and I was saddened when I left. They were always in my thoughts.
A short time after arriving in England I received my baptism of enemy fire. We were bombed. Explosions all around us! Glass shattering! We ended up in the trenches outside of the British barracks in our underwear. Or outfit was the 467th Reinforcement Battalion which was part of the invasion force in June 1944. We did sustain casualties. We had a poison gas alert in the area of Trevieres, Normandy, which produced panic to our new replacements who had been sent over without gas mask. We supplied the First and Third Army's. We followed the road to Paris on up to Northern France.
In December about the time the Battle of the Bulge erupted a calamitous fire occurred and our Battalion area, resulting in injury to many enlisted personnel. At first, enemy infiltration was suspected. On further inspection we came to the conclusion that reinforcements caused these fires by taking gasoline from the motor pool (without authorization) to clean their rifles. A cold snowy day, a hot potbelly stove and fumes from gasoline in the enclosed barracks caused an eruption of explosion and fires.
At the same time we heard about the 106th Division disaster at St. Vith, Belgium. It was hard to accept and it was hard for me to hold back to tears.
I took part in three campaigns, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. I
received two awards for Meritorious Service. I am qualified for the Normandy Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty animal and will receive that in a future event. It is my pleasure to belong to the 106th Infantry Division Association.
Brasfield, Paul W. Associate, 2242 St. Paul Road, Millington, TN 38053-5146 Son of Edgar- 5900 FAB
I forgot to renew my membership. Please accept my "reenlistment" into the 106th Infantry Division Association, as an associate member. In addition, please accept the application for my teenage children as they are two of the grandchildren of Edgar L. Brasfield, 590th Field Artillery Battalion. Enclosed, is a check for our dues, myself, my children Stacy and Nathan (see below).
Brasfield, Stacy E., Associate, 2242 St. Paul Road, Millington, TN 38053-5146
Granddaughter of Edgar Brasfield-590'h FAB
Brasfield, Nathan P., Associate, 2242 St. Paul Road, Millington, TN 38053-5146
Grandson of Edgar Brasfield- 590'h FAB
Browning, Earle DIV/HQ, 18765 Penn Shop Road Mount Airy, MD. 21771-3933
Conner, Norvell B., Associate, 238 West Brier Circle Fresno, CA 93711
My father was Harvey E. Conner who was with K Company, 422/K, 106th Infantry Division. He was taken prisoner on 16 December 1944 and was liberated in mid-April 1945. He passed away 16 May 2001. Please enroll me as an Associate member.
Daniel, Mary M., Associate, 31008 Monroe Road 450 Stoutsyllle, MO, 65283, 880-327-5748
My father was Burel, 424/HQ 2 BN.
Davis, Don L. Associate, 450 East 248 Place Carson, CA 90745
Davis, Glen R. Associate, 1862 Cliff HIll Drive Monterey Park, CA 91754
Davis, Rinard G. 422/HQ 3rd BN, 4805 Vermont Kansas City, MO 64133-2454 816-356-2929 rinday0Juno.com
I was in the hospital when the 106th Infantry Division left the States. I received a convenience of Army discharge. I went to work for the National Truck Equipment Co. I belonged to the association earlier. I married in September 1957 to Marjorie, who died in September 1999. We had three children (boys) and one girl. One Life Scout, one Eagle Scout, one DeMoley and one first-class Girl Scout. The children are all married and live close by, close enough to go see, but far enough away they don't bug me.
Farrow, John S. 423/HQ, 7800 Craig Street Philadelphia PA 19136, 215-331-9798
I was inducted at Philadelphia PA and 1943. My first station was Fort Eustes, Virginia. Basic training, Coast Artillery. I transferred to Air Force flight training and was stationed at George Field, Illinois. The Air Force program was curtailed and I was transferred to the Infantry at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Like the rest of the 423rd Infantry I shipped overseas on the Queen Elizabeth. When the Germans hit us, I was captured like many others and held at Stalag 9B, Bad Orb, Germany. When we were liberated on April 2, 1945 I was sent to the Paris General Hospital. From there I went
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to the U.S., Staunton General hospital, Virginia to the Army General Hospital, Denver CO and was discharged under a medical discharge in September 1945.
Gray, Ann K. Associate, 6019 19th Road North Arlington Virginia 22205
Please accept my application for a Life Membership. I and the daughter of Robert S. Moyer, 423/Headquarters, 1st Battalion. My father was captured and as a POW was killed by "friendly fire "on April 5,1945.
Graziano, Anthony J. 424/B, 623 Vandenberg Street, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701, 407-339-5826
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Jahoda, Emil 422/C, 227 Clover Mill Road Farmington, ME 04936-5005, 207-778-2534
In the USA I was Company Commander of Co. C., 422nd Infantry, overseas I was Company Commander Co. B., 12th Infantry Division.
Kauffman, Art 424/AT, 513 Clover MN Road Farmington, ME 04936-5005, 207-778-2534
Keihlmeier, James 423/K, 926 East 27th Street Erie, Pennsylvania 16504
I have read and reread your interesting diary about our days as German prisoners. I also kept a diary, (which I will send if I can figure out how to do it), not nearly as complete as yours, but with different details. How you could recall dates and events of those days really amazes me. It was most interesting, somewhat depressing, reliving so much what you wrote about.
I was one of those 1100 Air Cadets that you mentioned as replacements.
What a let-down after passing mental and physical tests both at Pittsburgh, Pa. and Miami, Fla. We were to be in Miami only six days but were there almost two weeks, as we heard (grapevine) that there was going to be a cut back in the Cadet program. We were sent to a Basic Training Field at Walnut Ridge, Ark. We were assigned guard duty and K.P. once a week. After about a month or two without any air training, the hammer fell and we were sent to Camp Atterbury sometime in late April. I also was a squad leader, but unlike you, I cannot recall any names of the men in the squad or even what squad or platoon I was in. I had one big Swede, my B.A.R. man and I think his name was ? Lindstrum.
Our "K" Co. also crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth. It looked like we were passing convoys that were at anchor. And like you, I lived on candy bars as the only time I felt queasy was entering the greasy smelling dining area. "K" Co. were also billeted at the Cheltenham Steeple Chase Club. We had good accommodations living in the cleaned out stables. As I recall, there were seven in a stable, 3 double bunks and a folding cot in the middle which was removed during the day. I felt we had some of our better meals there. We were also detailed to the quaint sounding towns of Morton-on-the-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold to clean out Quonset Huts for the latter arrivals of our Division.
As to our location in the Ardennes, I know we were on the back side of a hill facing the second row of pillboxes on the Siegfried Line. I was completely befuddled as to where as I never located a position map. I know that we must have been close to Malmedy as it was our assigned artillery support that was massacred
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cred there. I know the only escapee, Kenny Aherns was a classmate of mine when we graduated from East High School in 1940.
I also, like you, left a wife that was halfway through her pregnancy when we embarked for Europe. She gave birth on the day I predicted in my diary, Feb. 14, except I erred with the sex as whom I referred to as Junior was a bouncing baby girl. My wife who at this time only knew that I was missing in action, not knowing if she had a husband or father to her child, and on top of that, the baby was a breech birth a very painful delivery.
In today's technology, a breech would not be permitted to happen. This probable was the lowest time of our marriage, but she never gave up hope.
This wonderful woman, a high school classmate, and I were married on Nov. 20th, 1943. We are still hanging in there and looking to our 58th this Nov. She also bore me a son, Jim Keihlmeier (the computer buff who contacted you) in March, '48, a daughter in Oct. '57 and another son in Nov. '60.
What a spread-we were in the P.T.A. 23 yrs. (Ha!) Our eldest daughter Mary Ann Keihlmeier, just retired after teaching 31-1/2 years. Our Jim was a career Navy man serving 20 years and retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. Our daughter Jan Keihlmeier is a nurse in a prominent eye doctors office and our son Joe, served his country 11 years in the 101st Air Borne. Their outfit were one of the first to enter Iraq during Desert Storm. We are very proud parents of our four children, three grandchildren and two step grandchildren.
When we were liberated, I was sent by ambulance to a Rheims Hospital, and then to the 179th Gen. Hospital. in Paris. My lungs were in no condition to fly home, so I was transported back on the Hospital Ship Ernestine Koranda. We debarked at Charleston, S.C. and then spent several months recovering at Crile Gen. Hospital. in Cleveland, Ohio.
I don't recall ever hearing about the 106th Association. and would like to find out more. I will not be able to join you in Washington next month, but, maybe in the future.
In your "E" mail letter of Aug. 20, you included a list of "K" Co. men and I thank you. It brought back a little recall. I think James Bricker (Capt) was our Co. Commander, and Bill Busier (S/Sgt) was our platoon leader.
Also, Bob Steere and I met a few years ago but for some unknown reason we have lost contact.
Excuse spelling errors as it has been a long time since I have corresponded with anyone. Stay healthy John.
Jim L. Kiehlmeier
Kicklighter, Lt. Gen. Claude M. Associate, 1606 Crestwood Lane McLean, Virginia 22101
Lt. Gen. Kicklighter was the guest speaker at our 55th Annual Reunion in Washington D.C. His membership is sponsored by Past President Jack Sulser.
You will note a photograph on the front cover of this magazine showing Lt. Gen. Kicklighter and his wife Elizabeth Kicklighter along with President Marion Ray (2000-2001).
Claude M. (Mick) Kicklighter was sworn in 10 August 2001 as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to that, he assumed the duties as Deputy Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration on 7 April 2000. The office of Commemorative and Special Events has the mission of integrating and enhancing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ability to thank, honor and recognize the service and sacrifice of our Nation's veterans and their
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families, especially the families who have lost loved ones. On 22 October 2000, this office was transferred to the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. On 24 January 2001, Mick Kicklighter was designated to lead the office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. On 27 June 2001, President Bush nominated Mick Kicklighter to be Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning.
Primary areas of focus for the office of Commemorative and Special Events are: Commemorations of historic events, such as the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War; Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities across America; liaison with Department of Defense on the provision of military funeral honors and other honors and ceremonies for our veterans; liaison with the American Battle Monuments Commission and the World War II Memorial; VA support for the Paralympics/ Olympics; liaison with the White House for Commemorative and ceremonial and memorial activities; oversees the special events; and perform other duties as assigned that support this important mission. This consolidation of functions into one office will ensure unity of effort and provide one stop service in these important areas and ensure a more active role in thanking and honoring veterans across this great Nation and around the world.
Mick Kicklighter was born and raised in Glennville, Georgia. He graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Management of National Resources from the School of Business Administration, George Washington University. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
His overseas tours include France, Germany, The Netherlands, Iran, and two tours in Vietnam.
Mick commanded at every level from Company through Division, having commanded the 25'h Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks from June 1984 until September 1986. He commanded the United States Army Security Assistance Center. Following that assignment he served as the Chief of Staff of the Army Material Command, Alexandria, Virginia. He served in staff assignments from Battalion to Headquarters, Department of Army, the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served as Director of the Army Staff from May 1987 to July 1989.
From 1989 to 1991 Mick Kicklighter commanded the US Army Pacific. Upon completing this assignment he retired from active duty as an Army Lieutenant General. In July 1991 he became the Director of our Nation's effort to thank and honor our WWII veterans as we commemorated the 50th Anniversary of WWII. He served as Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for International Affairs from September 1995 until July 1999.
Mick Kicklighter's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the Army General Staff Identification Badge, and the Chaplain's Corps awarded him the Order of Aaron and Hur. He also received the following foreign awards: Argentina Order of May, French Order National Du Merite; Korean Order of National Security Gugseon Medal; and the Silver Honorary Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia.
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Mick Kicklighter received the Eisenhower Liberation Medal, presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, on April 6. 1994 in the Rotunda of the Capitol with the Vice President attending. The President awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal to Mick Kicklighter on April 21, 1995, at a White House ceremony; and on December 22, 1995, the Secretary of Defense presented Mick Kicklighter with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. On 24 April 1998, Secretary of the Army awarded the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service; and on 27 August 1999 Mick Kicklighter also received the Department of Defense's Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
Mick Kicklighter presently serves as Chair of the Board, Habitat for Humanity, International.
Mick Kicklighter is married to the former Elizabeth Exley.
Mick and Betty have three adult children – Elizabeth, Claude Jr. and Richard.
Kincade, Jack R. 422/A, 9527 Parrot Place Mason OH 45040, 513-549-9059
Kinney, Earl E. 424/B, 1205 M. Street, Franklin. Nebraska 68939-1336, 308-425-3051
Wife's name Louisa Kinney
Kinney, Paul T. 423/C, 806 Macy Avenue Chico CA 95926, 530-895-8950
I joined the army in July, 1943. After basic training at Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, MS, I moved to Camp Atterbury. I was assigned to C Company, 423rd Infantry. When the 106th Infantry Division moved to a position near St. Vith I was selected to be platoon runner. I was on my first mission when a German artillery shell exploded ride in front of me, leaving me with very severe head injuries. Apparently, my unit was forced to evacuate, for I woke up in the daylight when I seem to be alone. Some hours later a German Medic found me and took me to a German field hospital where I had surgery and rested for several days.
I was taken to other German hospitals and finally to one in Bad Nauheim, Germany. I stayed there until the US Army captured the area in April 1945. Soon my fellow prisoners and I flew back to the United States. I spent another year in Dibble General Hospital near Palo Alto CA. I was discharged from there and then discharged from the Army in March, 1946. My discharge last my occupation has a gas station attendant. I thought I can do better, so I decided to get a college degree. With the help of my 90 percent disability pension plus public Law No. 16, I went to college and then University for several years and was awarded the Ph.D.-economics in 1957. I started me on a 35 year career as a professor and college dean. My hobbies included photography, computers and sailing.
Kipnis, Mervyn 422/F, 532 Shorebird Circle lt 6201 Redwood Shores, CA 94065 Mill2M6912Y6eLCOM.816
Enclosed find my check to renew my membership and subscription to your fine magazine. Don't remember when our how I fell off the membership list, but in any case please reinstate me. I was then F Co. originally. When we got on-line I was attached to Regimental Headquarters to become a forward scout. Naturally I was captured during the "Bulge" and spent the rest of my career in Stalag 9B. Bad Orb in Germany. I have been looking for the 106th and only recently found it in the EX POW magazine. just last month. I live most of the year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. That really helps with the aches and pain, and the sandals beat tight SHOES. However, my
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United States mailing address is the one above, and all mail is subsequently forwarded to me here.
Kurek, Stanley 423/F
No. 4 Birch Road Andover, New Jersey 07821-3900 973-347-0706 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lundin, K.R. Associate, N 7411 Ridge Road, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190, 608-883-2229
My husband was in the 423rd Infantry Regiment.
Martin, Doris A. Associate, 2331 Flamingo Lakes Dr. Kissimmee, FL 34743
Widow of the late John L. Martin
Miller, Martin C. Associate, 109 A East Road Albany GA 31705 email@example.com
My step dad was with the 106th Infantry Division Headquarters. He drove General Baker. My step dad died in 1992.
Moore, Charles A. L 423/Antitank, 3590 Granite Drive, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326
Pace, Herman W. 422/H, 9952 North Valley Pike Harrisonburg VA 22802 540-896-5346 asdusailgi aol.com
In the August, CUB I showed Herman as "Norman." Please excuse me Herman.
Herman wrote, "Enclosed is a check to cover a LIFE membership for me on my wife in the Association.
Powers, Keith A. Associate, 239 McGill Drive, Gerrardstown WV 25401
Keith is the son of Robert Bilskemper 423/L
Robbins, W. Dudley 422/HQ 3rd BN, 234 Raccoon Road Willard, NC 28 478, 910-285-4514
Mr. John Kline, I saw an ad in the American Ex Prisoners of War bulletin. I would like to become a member of the association. I was in member early on but failed to keep up my dues. I was captured 19 December in the Battle of the Bulge along with other Division members. I escaped May 1, 1945. If there are any back issues of the CUB I would like to purchase them.
Editor's note: Dudley, I have some back issues of the Cub and will gather some for you. Sorry, but I did not notice the note asking for Cubs until I published this magazine. After I finish this publication I will drop a few Cubs in the mail for you. All we ask is you make a small donation to cover the cost of mail and put a few dollars into our operating fund.
Ross, Archie 424/HQ 1Bn, 3409 Cherry Garden Circle Lauderhill, Florida 33319
Sergeant Riflemen is in your roster! He volunteered for duty in the European theater. His first night on duty was in San Quentin on our first night of a rest break, and we were restricted to camp. Naturally a bunch of us went out. When we unloaded at the camp, the guard (a replacement) fired at us. We were taken to the Officer of the Day, Lieut. McKay, who I knew from Aviation Cadets. He turned us in anyway. Riflemen told us that if anyone asked, to say we had been punished! He was a good guy!
I was also with them at Monschau where he was credited with taking the town. It
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was written up in the Yank or the Stars and Stripes or both.
Most of the names on the roster you gave me are strange to me. We had many replacements, you may recall we were annihilated twice! They must have been replacements for the most part. I would like to see roster of the 591st Field Artillery Battalion. I did some of the basic with them at Fort Jackson. I met a Captain Ervin Justin (spelling?) down here. He was a POW and died about six months ago.
Editor's Note: Archie, I will send you a list of members on the 591st Field Artillery Battalion, after I get this magazine finished. Be sure to remind me...
Roth, J. Walter, Unit Unknown, 2409 Nordok Place, Alexandria, VA 22306-2536
I saw I notice in the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Bugle that the 2001 reunion will be held at Falls Church, VA. I was, for a brief time from March 24 - April 20, 1944, a member of the Division at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Unfortunately, I have no record of my unit. To my recollection, it was a headquarters platoon in one of the infantry regiments. I, like many of my classmates, have been sent to the Division from the ASTP at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University, upon termination of their program in March 1944. At camp Atterbury, for whatever reason, I was transferred to the 291st Field Artillery Observation Battalion, Battery B at Camp Gordon, Augusta GA. We were shipped to the ETO in the fall of 1944. During that season I was a patient at the U.S. Army hospital in Burkenhead, England. On a weekend pass in Liverpool I bumped into some of my McClellan-Auburn-106 friends at the Red Cross club. They told me that the Division was re-outfitting and that I should rejoin them. I chose to stay well the 291st Field Artillery Battalion which, lacking essential equipment, much energized by the events of 16 December found itself in positions outside Aachen, Germany by New Year's Eve. Shortly thereafter we took over the positions of the ill-fated 285th Field Artillery Battalion. (Massacre at Malmedy)
After the war, while attending the University of Pennsylvania under the GI Bill I had occasional incidental "reunions" with three of my 106th-Auburn-McClellan makes who were also Philadelphian's and fellow students at Pennsylvania., Ervin Kilgus (now deceased, I believe), Al Krause and Ted Mann.
A footnote to Sherod Collins: Sherod, your address brings Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield to mind. During the 1960's as a staff architect for the National Park Service, I designed a visitor center for that park which was built in association with an Atlanta architect, Henry Howard Smith. He wrote last year that had been entirely altered or removed. What a shame! I never saw it, but Henry did and he said it was nice. Too bad that it's gone, but perhaps you saw it.
Schortemeyer, John T. Associate, 2307 Contest Lane, Haymarket, Virginia 20169
I had the privilege of being part of your last reunion, my displaying part of my World War II collection. For that I would like to thank you. I enjoyed talking to all of you about my displaying especially in the 30 caliber water-cooled and the 30 caliber air cooled machine guns. All of you and your wives kept thanking me for displaying my collection, but again, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so. I am a first generation Americans both of my parents immigrated here to from Holland after the war. As so many of you were captured the sent to POW camps, my father was picked up in Rotterdam with the
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wrong papers and sent to concentration camp at Amersfoort for about six months. I understand what freedom means and the price it has to be paid for it. This was by far the best event I have ever participated in and hope that I can do it again next year in Norfolk. By displaying my collection in schools and in events like yours. I hope I can keep history and stories of yours alive for the generations of the future.
Seanor, Joseph L. 423/CN, 648 Keystone Street, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601-4330, 724-837-4727
Schroeder, Larry Associate, 7404 Ravenswood Granbury, Texas 76049, 817-573-2550
Son of William Schroeder, 424/F
Seibold, Charles B. 422/B, 2820 Marshall Court #6 Madison, WI 53705
Sutton, James 422/C
1053 Renfield Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44121 216-381-6183 Joms1053 ohoo corn
Trueman, Steve Associate, 300 Greenhill Ave Kingston, NY 12401, 845-340-0506
Valenstein, Major John G. (US Ret), Associate, 6008 Marsham Ct #203 Alexandria, Virginia 22315 703-971-3401 jvalens @aol. corn
Son of Col. Earle Valenstein, (US Ret) "B" Co., 81" Combat Engineers Battalion. John's wife's name is Virginia Valenstein.
Walsh, James H. 424/K, 2511 Arvin Road Billings, MT 59102, 406-656-6355
Wendt, Marcelle Associate, 1862 Cliffhill Drive, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Mini-Reunion Report !!
Mini-Reunions are becoming more important all the time. Thirty were reported on last year and we hope for a major increase this year.
Reunion, but we know that is impossible we want everyone to attend the 106th
for some. Mini's provide another opportunity to meet.
There are no fixed rules about holding a mini-reunion, although I will gladly provide you with a guide if you would like one. Just request it. Meetings can be arranged for as few as two or as many as you can fit in the local Convention Center. We have noticed that many people prefer a luncheon meeting making for easier daylight driving.
Programs can be as simple as a sandwich and a bull session in your home, or you can schedule a room at a restaurant and invite a guest speaker. Buffets are easier to price.)
There are many organizations that will supply you with a speaker at no cost. (You may want to provide his/her lunch.) The subject need not be on the Battle of the Bulge or even WWII. If weather is a problem in your area, then schedule when the weather is better. If you are a first-timer and can't predict your attendance, then keep it simple.
Our Cub editor, John Kline will provide you with mailing labels for Association members in your area. Just ask him. Be sure to take a photo or two and send them to him, for The Cub. Be sure to include comments and identify the people.
I would also enjoy hearing from you.
John R. Schaffner Mini-Reunions Chairman
1811 Miller Rd, Cockeysville, MD21030 Telephone: 410-584-2764 Email: iachaffnebcpl.net
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Albertson, Harry E. 422/H, 130 66th Street, Sea Isle City, New Jersey 08243
Died Aug. 1st 2001. Reported by Herb Datte, 591/Service Battery. Survived by wife Gladys Albertson, sons Richard Albertson and John Albertson, two grandchildren. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he achieved rank of Capt. while serving in the 106th Infantry Division. Captured in the Battle-of-the-Bulge and held prisoner by the Nazis in Stalags 9B, 13B and 7A until he escaped with the ill-fated Baum Expedition. He was a member of the Battle of the Bulge Chapter, of Goshen, the Tri-State Ex-POW group and the Senior Citizens Association of Colwyn. Mr. Albertson was formerly Chairman of the Derby Creek Joint Sewer Authority. The valedictorian of his class at the old Darby High School. A graduate cum laud from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton school of business in Philadelphia. He was comptroller for Hygrade Baking, the manufacturing division of Food Fair Stores and Tetley Tea, and was also formerly employed as Regional Manager of Bond Bread.
Baird, Dr. Harry L. 81st Eng/Med, 11 White Oak Drive, Califon, NJ 07830
Died Oct. 10, 2001 according to his son, Joseph Baird.
William S. Blaher, 422/I reported: Memorial Services were held for Dr. Harry Baird, 77, a vice president at Sandoz, Inc. and medical doctor who was recognized for heroism during the Battle of the Bulge. Dr. Baird worked for Sandoz in East Hanover, now Novartis, for 25 years before retiring in 1988. During his career, he developed and managed the company's Department of Drug Registration and Regulatory Affairs for U.S. Operations. An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Baird served in the 81st Combat Engineers and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism, gallantry and determination during the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Baird, a son, Joseph H. Baird and two grandchildren.
Bennett, Jackson (‘Jack') Z. 106th Signal, 2716 34th Street, Apt 4, Rock Island IL 61201.
Died October 21, 2001. Jack Sulser informed us that Jackson Bennett's widow notified him that Jackson died after battling cancer several months. Sulser said, "Jack was a high school buddy from Rock Island, IL, who turned 77 in February.
He was an original member of the Division from March 1943 until disbandment in October 1945. He joined the association always last year after retiring from commercial and public broadcasting in Rock Island. He attended the St. Louis reunion, where he made many new friends. I talked to Jack on Oct. 13th, eight days before his death, when I was in Rock Island for my father's funeral. Although terminally ill, he was his usual chipper self and obviously prepared for the inevitable. We had many great times together in high school and in the six months we were together at Atterbury after I caught up with him in the 106th. Jack and I had sung together in the male quartet while in high school, while the girl he married had performed with the girls trio.
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Carver, Dale 424/HQ 3BN, 742 Druid Circle, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Died Oct. 14 2001. Survived by his wife Ruth Carver and family. Dale, Poet Laureate 106th Infantry Division Association, Holder of the Order of the Golden Lion, which he had just received at the 55th Annual Reunion in Washington DC. Recipient of the Silver Star for his actions during the Ardennes Campaign; Dale had furnished The Cub magazine with a poem for every issue since the July publication 1990. One of the very favorites of Dale and members of our Association was his moving poem, MY FIRST REUNION. In memory of Dale we recite that poem, again, in his column in this Cub magazine on page 23.
Conner, Harvey 422/K. 1218 East Cleveland Avenue, #43, Madera CA 93638
Died 16 May 2001. His son Narvell Conner wrote: My Dad passed away on May 16th. As you probably know, he was in the 106th, Company K, 422nd Infantry Regiment and a POW at Stalag 9B, Bad Orb, Germany. Dad and I enjoyed many trips and good times in his later years. I intend to join the association in his honor. (Narvell, son of Harvey, joined to our association recently.)
Freng, Luther 423/MED, 2102 South 15th Street, La Crosse WI 54601
Died 25 August 200. His wife, Jennie Freng, notified us.
Finnegan, Jr., John F. 424/A, 5010 Sulky Drive #201, Richmond VA 23228
Died Date unknown. Notified Oct. 1 2001 by the Funeral Home in Arlington VA.
Gruce, Michael 423/D, 81C Forest Road, Milford, CT 06460
Died 16 October 2001. Reported by Mike Zenn 423/D. Mickey died of cancer. He lost his wife 2.5 years ago, and is survived by two daughters and four sons.
Hoag, John W. 423/I, 20430124th Drive N, Sun City West, AZ 85375
Died October 30, 2001 ay age 77, according to Dean Childs, 106 Signal, in an email letter.. Toby Anderson, 106 Signal, sent a news clipping which says, "John Hoag was born in Rutland, Vermont and was an electrical engineer.. He was a veterans and was held as a Prisoner of War in WWII. He moved to Arizona in 1973 from Pennsylvania and was a member of the 106th Inf Div Association.
Hoag is survived by his wife Violet Hoag, two daughters, two sons, a sister and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren"
Rest In Peace
In Memoriam . . .
Jordan, Clayton G. 423/I, 1086 Wexford Way, Port Orange, FL 32119
Died 9 August 2001, age 81. Survived by his wife Ruth Jordan. Clayton's death was reported by Roy Burmeister, 589/B, who said that he had just visited Clayton's wife in anticipation of Clayton's death. Clayton and Roy were members of the East Central Florida American Ex Prisoners of War chapter. After the war Clayton served in the Vermont National Guard and separated as a second lieutenant in 1950. He was a member of many organizations, Church, King Solomon Chapter. No. 7, Mount Zion Commander No. 9, Mount Sinai Temple, National Wood Carvers Association and several National service organizations. He was survived by three sisters, a nephew and many friends.
Lyons, Robert N. 424/HQ, 345 Elkins Lake, Huntsville, Texas 77340
Died 3/15/2001, his death was reported by his wife Julia Lyons. No other details known.
Mason, Stanley 422/C, 81 9 Windward Road, Forked River, New Jersey
Died March 1 2001: His death was reported by Elizabeth Mason, his wife. She said "His was an accidental death due to a fall. His head hit concrete and caused massive bleeding. He died in the Orlando Regional Hospital.
Marsh, Robert 423/D, Post Office Box 437, Cal Nev Ari, Nevada 89039
Died October 1, 2001, no other details known.
Nesbit, Jr., John S. (Jack) 424/F, 506 Rice Rd, Apt 220, Tyler, TX 75703
Died last of October, date not known. Russ Mayotte, 424/F, wrote informing that Winne!, Nesbitt's wife called him. Nesbit was with the Division from the beginning.
Peters, David 422/K, 457 Horning Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236-3315
Died November 1, 2001., notified by Dick Rigatti and Joseph Maloney. Joe said David was a regular attendee at the Pittsburgh Mini-Reunions and at the 106th POW group who meet regularly at the Highland Drive VA facility, Pittsburgh.
Ravdin, Alex 331/Med, 2602 Nassau Bend, #E2, Pompano Beach, FL 33066
Died January 10, 2000, no other details known.
Suttle, Melvin W. 424/I, 65 NW Ridgewood Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34431
Died May 8th, 2001. His death was reported by Edna Suttle, his wife.
Rest In Peace
Index for: Vol. 58, No. 1, Oct, 2001
106th Inf. Div., 20, 39, 48
106th Sig. Co., 65
12th Inf. Div., 50
179th Gen. Hosp., 52
245th Coast Arty., 46
291st FA BN, 60
2nd BN, 424th, 39
3rd Army, 46
3rd BN, 424th, 39, 43
422/K, 2, 22, 48, 65, 66
422nd Inf., 50
423rd Inf. Regt., 46, 58
424/A, 6, 22, 46, 50, 65
424/C, 22, 25, 46
424/D, 2, 22
424/E, 2, 22
424/L, 2, 22, 24
424th Cbt. Inf. Regt., 25, 35
424th Inf. Regt., 4
589th FA, 23
589th FA BN, 23
590th FA BN, 23, 48
591st FA BN, 23, 60
591st FAB, 23
592nd FA BN, 23
592nd FAB, 23
7th Armd. Div., 39
81st Cbt. Engr., 64
81st Engr. BN, 19
Aachen, Germany, 60
Adriance, Theodore R., 46
Albertson, Gladys, 64
Albertson, Harry E., 64
Albertson, John, 64
Albertson, Richard, 64
Anderson, Toby, 65
Ardennes, 31, 38, 39, 50, 65
Ardennes Campaign, 65
Arlington National Cemetery, 7, 12, 16
Attached Units, 23
Bad Orb, 38, 56
Bad Orb, Germany, 49
Baird, Dr. Harry L., 64
Baird, Harry, 64
Baird, Joseph, 64
Baird, Joseph H., 64
Baird, Mary Elizabeth, 64
Baker, Gen., 58
Band of Brothers, 21, 29
Barrick, Sgt., 43
Barrick, Thomas ‘Mac', 39
Battle of the Bulge, 8, 26, 32, 39, 46, 58, 60, 62, 64
Baum Expedition, 64
Beets, J. P., Jr., 46
Beets, S. Douglas, 46
'Before The Veterans Die', 35
Belgium, 14, 19, 29
Bennett, Jackson, 64
Bennett, Jackson (‘Jack') Z., 64
Berwick, Capt. Lee, 43
Billskemper, Robert H., 46
Bilskemper, Robert, 58
Bishop, Laura & Grayson, 24
Blaher, William S., 64
Boschert, Paul, 16
Brandi, Donna, 46
Brandi, Geraldine (Gerry), 46
Brandi, Julius J. Capt., 46
Brasfield, Edgar, 48
Brasfield, Edgar L., 48
Brasfield, Nathan P., 48
Brasfield, Paul W., 48
Brasfield, Stacy E., 48
Breckinridge, Gen. John, 8
Bricker, James, 52
Bridges, Barbara, 19, 20
Bridges, Walter, 1, 19, 20
Bridges, Walter G., 2
Browning, Earle, 48
Brumfield, Vernon E., 29
Burmeister, Roy, 66
Burmesiter, Rou, 24
Bush, President, 15, 54
Busier, Bill, 52
Camp Atterbury, 4, 21, 50, 56
Camp Atterbury, IN, 60
Carver, Dale, 19, 65
Carver, Dale R., 35
Carver, Ruth, 65
Carver, Ruth & Dale, 24
Central Europe, 31
Chafe, Capt. Mark, 25
Chafe, Christina, 25
Childs, Dean, 65
Christianson, Edward L., 29
Clifton, Maj. Gen., 21
Clower, Bob, 25
Co. K, 422nd Inf. Regt., 65
Coffey, Douglas, 21
Collins, Sherod, 1, 19, 60
Conner, Harvey, 65
Conner, Harvey E., 48
Conner, Narvell, 65
Conner, Norvell B., 48
Crosby, Bing, 6
Cullinan, Charles, 24
Dahl, Floyd & Arlene, 29
Daniel, Mary M., 48
Datte, Herb, 64
Davis, Don L., 48
Davis, Glen R., 48
Davis, Rinard G., 48
Deffenbaugh, David, 25
Dentin, Abbe Pierre, 38
Disilva, Pfc., 43
Doubek, Donald E., 25
Doxsee, Gifford, 26, 27
Edwards, Robert M., 29
Ernestine Koranda, 52
Exley, Elizabeth, 56
Farrow, John S., 29, 48
Finnegan, Jr., John F., 65
First Reunion, 25, 35, 65
Ford, Edsel, 11
Freedman, Henry E., 29
Freng, Jennie, 65
Freng, Luther, 65
Ft. Benning, GA, 46
Ft. Jackson, SC, 4, 60
Germany, 36, 46, 56
Gilliland, John, 4, 19, 31, 32
Gilliland, John O., 1, 2, 31
Goldstein, Elliott, 29
Gouvy, Belgium, 1, 20, 25
Gray, Ann K., 50
Graziano, Anthony J., 50
Graziano, Sally, 50
Gregory, John, 19
Gruce, Michael, 65
Haensler, Cpl, 43
Hanna, Robert R., 2
'Hell Frozen Over', 39
Herman, Rene, 29
Herndon, Don, 24
Herndon, Joan, 24
Hicks, Harry & Margaret, 29
History Channel Great Race, 27
Hoag, John, 65
Hoag, John W., 65
Hoag, Violet, 65
Howard, John W. & Virginia, 29
Idstein, Richard, 25
Jahoda, Emil, 50
Johnson, William S., 29
Jones, Maj. Gen. & Mrs. Alan, 19
Jordan, Clayton G., 66
Jordan, Ruth, 66
Justin, Capt. Ervin, 60
Kauffman, Art, 50
Keihlmeier, James, 50
Keihlmeier, Jan, 52
Keihlmeier, Jim, 52
Keihlmeier, Mary Ann, 52
Kicklighter, Claude M. ‘Mick', 20
Kicklighter, Elizabeth, 19, 52
Kicklighter, Lt. Gen., 52
Kicklighter, Lt. Gen. Claude M., 52
Kicklighter, Lt. Gen. Claude M. (Mick), 1
Kicklighter, Lt. Gen. Claude 'Mick', 19
Kicklighter, Mick, 54, 56
Kiehlmeier, James L., 29
Kiehlmeier, Jim L., 52
Kilgus, Ervin, 60
Kincade, Jack R., 29, 56
Kinney, Earl E., 56
Kinney, Louisa, 56
Kinney, Paul T., 29, 56
Kipnis, Mervyn, 56
Kline, John, 16, 19, 24, 29, 35, 36, 58, 63
Kline, John P., 1
Krause, Al, 60
Kuizema, Harold, 24
Kurek, Stanley, 58
Lacey, Davie, 29
Lang, Lillian & Russell, 24
Lang, Russ, 26
Langlois, Ms. Lois, 29
Lapato, Frank, 2, 29
Larson, Kenneth L., 29
Libman, Oliver, 25
Lindstrum, ?, 50
Lomonaco, John M., 29
Lundin, K.R., 58
Lyons, Julia, 66
Lyons, Robert N., 66
Maes, Rogers, 19, 26
Maloney, Joe, 16, 20
Maloney, Joseph, 7, 66
Maloney, Joseph P., 1, 2, 4, 18, 20
Mann, Ted, 60
Marsh, Robert, 66
Martin, Doris A., 58
Martin, Harry, 1, 24
Martin, Harry F., Jr., 2
Martin, John L., 58
Mason, Elizabeth, 66
Mason, Stanley, 66
Massacre At Malmedy, 60
Massey, Joseph, 1
Massey, Joseph A., 2
Mayotte, Russ, 66
McKay, Lt., 59
McNunn, Bonnie (Doubek), 25
Mernier, Jacques, 30
Merz, O. Paul, 1
Miller, Martin C., 58
Mills, Jim, 27
Moore, Charles A., 58
Moyer, Robert S., 50
Nesbit, Jr., John S. (Jack), 66
Normandy, 47, 48
Northern France, 46, 47
Oelschig, Albert C., 30
O'Hara, Maj. Theodore, 8
'On the Job Training', 29
Order of the Golden Lion, 4, 19, 20, 31, 65
Our River Valley, 39
Pace, Herman W., 30, 58
Paquette, Wilbert & Shirley, 30
Paris, 46, 49, 52
Patrick, George, 26, 27
Pearl Harbor, 46
Pelogrino, Pfc., 43
Peros, George, 2
Perrin, Gen., 11
Peters, David, 66
Peterson, Beverly J., 38
Peterson, Dr. Richard, 30, 36
Peterson, Dr. Richard (Dick), 38
Peterson, Richard, 38
Poiteau, Pfc., 43
Potomac River, 16
Powers, Keith A., 58
Prisoner of War, 65
Queen Elizabeth, 48, 50
Rain, Jack, 24
Ravdin, Alex, 66
Ray, Marion, 1, 7, 18, 21, 29, 52
Reunions, 4, 25, 62, 63, 66
Rhineland, 31, 47
Rieck, Charles F., 2
Riflemen, Sgt., 58
Rigatti, Dick, 66
Rigatti, Richard, 1
Rigatti, Richard L., 2
Riggs, Col. Thomas, 19
Rikken, Adda, 20
Rikken, Adda & Willie, 19
Rikken, Willy & Adda, 25
Robb, Dr. John, 7
Robb, Dr. John G., 1
Robbins, W. Dudley, 58
Roberts, Jack, 4, 26
Roberts, John M., 1, 2
Roberts, John M. 'Jack', 20
Ross, Archie, 30, 58
Roth, J. Walter, 60
San Quentin, 58
Sawyer Sisters, 16
Schaffner, John, 4, 20, 26
Schaffner, John R., 1, 2, 63
Schortemeyer, John T., 60
Schroeder, Larry, 62
Schroeder, William, 62
Seanor, Joseph L., 62
Seibold, Charles B., 62
Siegfried Line, 39, 51
Slaughterhouse Five, 27
Smith, Ken, 27
Snyder, Walter, 26, 30
Snyder, Walter M., 2
Sowell, Robert F., 2
Spagnola, Nick, 24
Sparks, Richard D., 2
St. Vith, 39, 56
St. Vith, Belgium, 47
Stalag 9-A, 38
Stalag 9-B, 38, 56, 65
Stalag 9B, Bad Orb, Germany, 65
Stalag IX, 38
Stalag IX-A, 38
Stars and Stripes, 60
Staunton General Hosp., 50
Steere, Bob, 52
Stein, Murray, 26
Stein, Murray & Barbara, 24
Strohmier, Bernard, 24
Sulser, Jack, 20, 52, 64
Sulser, Jack A., 1, 2
Suttle, Edna, 66
Suttle, Melvin, 66
Sutton, James, 62
Swett, John, 1, 7, 19, 27
Swett, John A., 1
Tank Hill, 4
Taylor, Hal, 2
Tennessee Maneuvers, 4
The Battle of the Bulge, 26
The Lion's Tale, 21
Thomas, Lyle, 29
Toy, Waid, 2
Trautman, Frank S., 2
Trevieres, Normandy, 46
Trueman, Chaplain Duncan, 7, 21
Trueman, Dr. Duncan, 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 19, 20
Trueman, Grace, 20
Trueman, Steve, 62
Valenstein, Col. Earle, 62
Valenstein, Major John G., 62
Valenstein, Virginia, 62
Veterans Of The Battle Of The Bulge, 60
Vietnam Memorial, 14
Walnut Ridge, Ark, 50
Walsh, James H., 62
Weiss, Newton, 27
Wendt, Marcelle, 62
Wente, Chic & Donna, 24
Wood, Bob & Wilma, 24
Wood, Patty, 24
Yanchik, Pete, 2
Zenn, Mike, 65
Zicker, Gordon, 27