The Cub

Vol. 58, No. 2, Jan, 2002

 

          Former POW pays tribute by donating memorial to VFW Donor - Johnnie Beaver, "H" Company, 423rd Combat Infantry Regiment, shown here on the left with his wife Alma. To the right his two daughters Diane Sandage and Joanie Powell. The event, a dedication ceremony, 21 December 2001, at the Kingsland, Georgia VFW Post. Story and more photos in this CUB magazine page 7.

 

President's View . .

Wnae're planning the Hampton Reunion now,  Lee of AFR is working with the various venues in the Hampton area as well as the Holiday Inn and Hotel and Convention Center in Hampton, VA to assure a quality reunion for us all' Our Hotel rate will be $79'00 plus tax' Of course that is for one or two in a room' Not bad for a shore area hotel'

I have personally been to most of the areas which I will list below and can assure you they are well worth visiting' It is too bad, because of world conditions, we cannot visit the Norfolk Naval Facility on the ground' I have been there as my son-in-law was stationed there' There will be a boat tour available to about 400 people who sign up early' Enjoy the tour and buffet while the Captain narrates'

So look for the Reunion "sign up" mailing soon' Please do not throw it away' You might decide to come, later.

Along with the boat tour of the base, wherein we'll see the aft end of the ships and subs, we'll visit the MacArthur Memorial the final resting place of the WWII General, as well as a summarization of the General's life and achievements'

If you wish an "All-That-You-Can-Eat" shore dinner, the trip to the Fisherman's Wharf Ally you' It is located on Willoughby Bay' NW Naval aviation was born when Eugene Ely first flew from the deck of the USS Birmingham' The Casement Museum along with the Virginia War Museum is a must when visiting Hampton. It is part of Fort Monroe an early 19. Century stone fort, the largest such fort ever built in the United States. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was held here after the Civil War. We also include a tour of the War Memorial which includes the largest collection of propaganda posters' The Museum outlines the history of America's wars'

You will have an opportunity to visit the Virginia Air and Space Center' This will be of particular interest to those who have not visited a space center in the past. The center has over 100 permanent exhibits, including NASA's many historic achievements. The Center has on display the F-84 Thunderstreak and the F-106 Delta Dart as well as the Apollo Command Module The East wing contains 17. Century artifacts of Hampton Roads'

A tour to Colonial Williamsburg is offered for those who plan to arrive by early Thursday' This tour will begin around 8:30 AM' However for those arriving by car and wish to tour on their own, Williamsburg is but a Y2 hour West of Hampton on 1-64'

All of Colonial Williamsburg is walking as is the nearby Williamsburg Pottery a favorite tourist spot as well. There are many restaurants and fast food shops available' We will be including a more detailed description of the tours and other points of interest to those who want to go off on their own' Most of the points of interest in and around Hampton are but a short drive'

For now we want you to be looking for Information and registration which will be forth coming in a separate mailing. In the past we have had to mail separate mailings for those of you who changed your mind after throwing the original mailing away' Don't do it' It increases the cost and takes time away from other things' Put the original mailing under the magnet on your fridge look at it every day, until it is too late. Act upon it the next hour of your receiving the mailing' Save a lot of us grief'

God Bless America and you too.

OseRILP—Alataztex. PresideutZ101:2002

 

 

 

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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: maloney@salsgivercom

Chaplain's Message...

I came across, the other day, a poe. was sent to me some years ago by our friend and comrade, Richard Peterson 423/I.

It was written especially for the 1995 meeting, in Auw, Germany, between veterans of the 106th and their German counterparts from 18th and 62nd Volksgrenadier divisions. I'm sure Dick doesn't mind me sharing it with you'

Combat veterans hold a secret about life

so deep within them

That not even they comprehend the

power of it's mystery.

This great secret cannot be understood

by anyone who was never there.

They do not know the secret exists.

So they cannot comprehend the strength

it gives to those who do.

* *

We are a part of a charmed circle,

That we keep tightly closed

Praying that no more will ever entelp

Somehow I'm sure that we all sense the existence of that secret about life to which this poem alludes' And we sense that it has a power over us, an inescapable power over us' Yet how difficult to define, how impossible to explain. But it has something to do with emotions and experiences of yesterday; with fear unimaginable and love indescribable, with fidelity indomitable and trust incredible'

How can anyone who was not there comprehend, for where else can the secret be found? It is a secret that somehow bears eternal qualities' Even death fails to destroy the bonds we share with spirits remembered - where the qualities of love abound'

Though he is gone now, I have a bond, still, with a sergeant named "Weaver" who came back to help me when, all alone, I was facing enemy soldiers too numerous to count' Just the act of writing this renews the bond, brings back his spirit and a tear'

Such are the secrets which cannot be understood' At the close of "Saving Private Ryan," an older Ryan stood at the Captain's grave and said, "I hope I have earned what you did for me'"

The mystery is in what those secrets have empowered in your life and mine. "Spirits remembered are not Spirits dead!"

Dr. Duncan Trueman, Association Chaplain

 

 

 

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Chaplain

Dr. Duncan Trueman, 424/AT

29 Overhill Lane, Warwick NY 10990

TEL: 845-986-6376 FAX: 845-986-4121

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55th Annual Reunion

VIDEO TAPES

Raines Video Productions

180 Golf Club Road, Ste 157

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Several called and said you had not received your tapes. As of a couple weeks ago all tapes had been mailed.

There are still tapes available. They are approximately 5 hours long with many, bits of useful information, See yourself, or some of your friends, Our photographer covered the event well. Since each tape is five hours long and he does not have "mass production" equipment, he takes very great care and considerable time to copy the master tape for each and every one that he mails to our members. The tape is a great keepsake for your family members and a great way to share your history with

ars and family.

ORDER YOURS NOW !!!

$29'95 plus $3.95 Shipping and handling. Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Add $20.00 and get the three hour video from the 1999 Reunion in Schaumburg, Illinois..

ZITTAU SURVIVORS:

The ZITTAU SURVIVORS are still seaching for additional soldiers who were with us at the Camp located in Oberullesdorf, Poland near ZITTAU, Germany.

Seven of our living members were also 106th Inf Div soldiers. If you were in the camp at ZITTAU from February 1944 - May 1945 please contact

Clifford Austin

125 Maple Street,

Vergennes, Vermont 05491

802-877-3451

Editor's Report

John Kline, 423/M See inside front cover for mail address.

Web site: http://www.mm.com\usetWk Email: jpk Omm.com

Only once, since September 1987, when I took over as editor, has there been a CUB magazine with 52 pages. Even then, I have so much material that has been untouched. My target is 44 pages, but there is so much to say'

Thanks to you all for your support over these 14 and one-half years'

The 56th Annual Reunion registration/advertisement papers will be in the mail as soon as I get this CUB printed and sent. SEE BACK COVER - Please keep the registration papers in a safe place until you decide whether or not -you are attending. It will arrive in a separate 106th Association envelope' We had nearly 100 pitch theirs last year, then decide they wanted another look' John Kline, CUB editor

Donations Since Last CUB

July -August - September 2001

Schhaffner, John R. 589/A          10

Szpek, Irvin Jr. Associate   10

Tronco, Jay Associate         5

Umsted, Hugh C. Associate 15

Thanksappreciated'

Donations are placed in the operating fund to

helR'offset Association expenses.

Your generosity is appreciated.

 

 

 

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Preview of the book: The Fightin' 589th

As advertised on 1st Books The Battalion received its baptism of enemy fire in the "Battle of the Bulge", the last great offensive of the German Army on any front, inspired by Adolph Hitler and designed by his Chief of Staff, General Jodl, to advance through Belgium to Antwerp, driving a wedge between the British 21" Army Group and the American Armies to the south. The victorious Germans could then force the surrender of the British Armies and negotiate an armistice with the Americans that would permit them to turn all of their forces to the east and defeat Russia' To Hitler's distorted mind, this result seemed not only possible, but attainable. And there was a period of about thirty days when the Allies were not certain of the outcome.

This massive engagement was called the "Battle of the Bulge" because the attack by three German armies against a very thinly held sector of the American eastern front created a bulge covering hundreds of square kilometers of the sovereign territory of four nations (Germ Belgium, Luxembourg and France) that had overrun by the Allies in late 1944, and that been envisioned by the American armies as the launching pad for a final drive to end the War. The Battle was finally won by the Allies early in February, 1945, but it was initiated by the Germans on December 16, 1944, a very cold, overcast day that emulated a long series of days that had afflicted western Germany and eastern France in late 1944 (and were to continue to do so). The advance °Merman forces on that date and the succeeding three days led to the worst single-day catastrophe from the standpoint of casualties in the entire military history of the United States, a day upon which the 106. Infantry Division suffered more than 8,500 casualties (the exact number will never be known) or over 60% of its total strength' And the vast majority of these losses occurred in the relatively small triangle between Bleialf and Auw, Germany, and Schonberg, Belgium, and in an area that did not exceed three square kilometers (approximately two square miles)'

The Fightin' 589th

by Colonel T. Paine Kelly CO 589th FAB

Available through www.lstbooks.com  Thomas Paine Kelly, Jr.,

author of: The Fightin' 589th

The principal authors of this brief history of one unbelievably staunch and valiant fighting unit of young American civilians, recently turned soldiers by circumstances beyond their control, are the commander and one of the chief staff officers of that unit, The 589. Field Artillery Battalion, an organic unit of the 106. Infantry Division, not only prevented the invasion of its gun positions by the first onslaught of overwhelming German Forces during the first day of the "Battle of the Bulge", but for many days turned back the attack of full Divisions through one of the main crossroads in Belgium essential to their capturing Antwerp and accomplishing their mission. Both of the leaders of that divinely inspired battalion who collaborated in writing this book were, and unbelievably still are, lawyers practicing in the Deep South.

About the book:

The Fightin' 589th

You will read about how young civilian men and boys, in a democracy in time of war, are molded into fighting units and are hardened and inured to the raw brutalities of combat. There will be narratives of personal experiences of American soldiers during "The Battle of the Bulge" that are incredible but true, and unadulterated by the passage of time' The authors, some fourteen in number, are not trying to impress their readers; they are relating the experiences that they will never forget, of men and boys facing death every minute of every hour throughout the battle. What they relate is told to you not for your entertainment, but for only one reason: that those who read about, and thereby realize and personally experience the monstrous dehumanization that is warfare in our times, will do everything in their power to prevent another such disaster from occurring on this earth.

 

 

 

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Martin "Chic" Wente, 4234 far right, then his wife Donna, and to her right U.S. Congressman

David Dreier, R-Covina, CA, with the Wente's daughter Dr. Leslie Ann WenteDr' the left.

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Text by Rodney Tanaka, Staff Writer

WWII Medal Ceremony

San Dimas resident Martin "Chic" Wente suffered shrapnel wounds and spent five months as a prisoner of war in Europe during his Army

ice in World War II.

e Walnut High School teacher looks back at is time as a prisoner, as a learning experience. "I learned that there were a lot more people out there besides myself," the 76 year old said' "I learned to look out for other people, to care for other people and to help other people when possible'"

His skill with a machine gun and his ability to speak German made Wente a valuable asset to the Army, but until Thursday his accomplishments had not been fully acknowledged. He received a Purple Heart and some ribbons, but letters written by him and his daughter did not get the attention of the Army Review Board. Rep. David Drier R-Covina and his staff helped Wente receive 16 additional decorations for his service, including another. Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Good Conduct medal. Drier's letter got things moving, Wente said, because the congressman has clout, "I don't know why I am here," Wente said, 'There's so many more people so much more deserving than I am."

Others would disagree' Drier gave him a flag flown over the capitol. His daughter, Leslie Irwin, said Wente is humble about his military accomplishments and kept his Purple Heart in the bottom of a desk drawer' She helped unveil a display of 13 of her father's medals.

"No one deserves this honor more than you do," she said.

Also giving their support were other former prisoners of war, Dominick Tripodi, part of San Gabrei I Valley Ex-Prisoners of War, helped Wente with his service review' "If we had to we'd be more glad to serve our country again," Tripodi said. "I'm glad to see he got what he had coming. His whole family feels better." Irwin challenged Walnut High School students to tum off their TV and talk to their parents about their own stories' She also asked them to thank veterans they see for insuring their freedom. Wente teaches law enforcement and public safety. He retired as a detective sergeant after serving 33 years with the Los Angeles police department. He was hit in the head by shrapnel burst on 17 December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and was captured 19 December 1944. During the three day march from the front-lines, he got frostbite because one of the German soldiers took a liking to his boots and stole them' He said, "Seeing the medals brought back memories, this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing,"

 

 

 

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In memory of Dale Carver

Order of the Golden Lion - Officer's Class,

Poet Laureate of the 106th Inf Division Association

Silver Star recipient 1945 - 424th Headquarters

A&P Platoon Leader

in care of Ruth Carver, 742 Druid Circle

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

225-767-3111         61 pages - $8 ppd

Commemorating the Year 2001

106th Infantry Division Association - Mini- Reunions

(See Mini-Reunion Reports pages 10 - 27 this issue)

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.

- - - - John Gilliland's 106th Post Exchange - - - —

Baseball Caps (adjustable) mesh back      50 sheet Scratch Pads 5x8 inch postpaid

Red, Black, Green or Camouflage  $3 each Postpaid (pp)with Association patch

106th logo, Washington DC, 2001 $10 and the words "This note from" PLUS The

106th Logo, WWII Memorial         $15 Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe

PATCHES (Ship .50 each)   Special item: Fold-up Magnetic Address Book

4" 106th Inf Div Assoc Golden Lion $4 (credit card size), room for 90 names and phone

2.5 inch (Duplicate of Division's Original ) numbers' Card size, will fit into your pocket-

$3 two for $5 book like a credit card. $3 pp 106th logo on

HatILapel Pins         front with words "WWII-Europe - Battle of the

Washington DC or St Louis $2 or 3 for $5 Bulge"

Bolo Ties       Raised Golden Lion's Head lapel dress

Gold Bolo Tie-106th logo Insert     $16 pin 7/8" $3 pp

Belt Buckle 106th Logo insert       $16 Order from

Shipping and Handling (priority Mail) $3.50 John Gilliland, Past-Pres., Quartermaster Stick on Bumper or Windshield sticker/06th Infantry Division Association

$3 each Two for $5.00 Postpaid.   140 Nancy Avenue

Boaz, AL 35957-6060

1-256-593-6801

 

 

 

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Former POW pays tribute - donates memorial to VFW

PkISOM„       It

By Jill Helton, Staff

of the Camden County Georgia The Southeast Tribune & Georgian

Former prisoner of war

Johnnie Beaver didn't know at the time, but his long lost brother was sitting across from him in his living room'

It was understandable that he might not

*gni. James Smith since it had been alt an life time since their paths had crossed. It had been the Battle of the Bulge in World War II and perhaps the worst day in the lives of both men. That was the day they were captured by the Germans' The two had been traveling in a group of four as they fled from the advancing enemy' When a bomb blast separated the group, Beaver and his Army lieutenant went one way; Smith and another soldier, went another way'

"The last time my father and James Smith saw each other was 57 years ago today," said Joanie Powell, Beaver's daughter, at a ceremony on Tuesday Dec 18 honoring American Ex-prisoners of War.

Smith, now a resident of Columbus, and Beaver spoke briefly on the phone on Sunday, December 16 after Smith's daughter, Elizabeth, had found Beaver's website on the Internet. Noticing that they had been in the same unit, she asked her father, if he knew Beaver' That lead to the phone call and, two days later, a surprise visit from Smith'

The timing was perfect. A monument bearing Beaver's bronze prisoner of war medallion was to be dedicated on Tuesday, Dec 18 at the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 8385 in Kingsland, GA' It was donated, by Beaver, in honor of all American POW's and the sacrifices they made for America's freedom.

Smith had shown up on the doorstep of Beaver's St. Mary's home on the day before the ceremony. Beaver didn't even recognize Smith until he had been them for about 30 minutes'

"I thought he was one of the men from the [Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post]'" Said

Alma Beaver, Johnnie's wife, "Sometimes they come over to pay a visit."

Yet, it seemed to coincidental that he brought with him a book about Beaver's Army division' It was then that Beaver recognized he did, in fact, know that man, and what they shared was much more thicker than blood'

"With real brothers, you can grow apart' To go what we went through (in the war)' You become closer than real brothers'" He said, emotion choking his words'

Beaver and Smith stood shoulder to shoulder on Tuesday evening as they paid tribute to their captive brother's in arms'

 

 

 

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Former POW pays tribute - donates memorial to VF

(L) Johnnie Beaver, and his Army buddy, James Smith (both from 423/F) at the

dedication ceremony for the POW Memorial that Beaver donated.

Many hadn't been able to return to their families as Beaver and Smith had.

After being captured by the Germans on December 19, 1944, Beaver had been forced march to march, at gunpoint, for weeks in the snow until finally ending up in a labor camp. Beaver battled the effects of frostbite and malnutrition while coping with the constant threat of violence. For many prisoners of war, including Beaver, it is difficult to talk about everything that happened to them.

"His war experiences changed him, changed his life and my mother's life forever," said Powell in her speech at the dedication ceremony. "There are some war experiences that will remain hidden forever'" Even today, it hurts Beaver to remember. His wife and daughter, Diane, gripping him tightly, Beaver shook with each blast of the 21 gun salute at the dedication ceremony. Loud noises remind him of being under enemy fire.

But, despite his discomfort, Beaver felt his war experiences changed him, his life, and my mother's life forever' Years ago, with my mother's encouragement, my father did a tape attempting to tell about his war experiences. It is so heartbreaking to listen to my father's voice breaking up and

the tape stopping and starting. A couple of

years ago I took this tape and did a web

site for my father. Editor's note: That website

address Is: htlpV/www.eagnetconliediThuduar/joaniefindex,han

During that time a little more of his periences came out, still not all, but tip are some war experiences that will remain hidden with my father forever. My father now spends his days answering his e-mail from his web site'

One of the people here today visited my father's web site' Mr' James Smith' from Columbus, Georgia' I want to thank James Smith for coming today and making this day ever so more special for my father' The last time my father and Mr' Smith saw each other was 57 years ago today. The date was December 18, 1944 and the order had been passed down "Every man for himself'. My father, James Smith, Charles Dop and Lt' Philipson had jumped on a jeep and was traveling down a dirt road trying to escape. The jeep in front of them was knocked out' With a machine gun firing at them, Charles Dop and James Smith jumped out on the left hand side of the jeep and were able to crawl to a ditch and get away al-

 

 

 

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1a11h James Smith was later captured. My  er and Lt. Philipson jumped out on the right hand side of jeep about the time a grenade hit the jeep, wounding both

Lt' Philipson and my father' My father and Lt. Philipson were captured by the Germans, becoming Prisoners of War. This was the start of my father's living nightmare. My father has always said he didn't know why God allowed him to survive when so many of his buddies died, I know why. My father has touched countless lives in countless ways' I know my sister, Diane and my life have been enriched because of my father. I thank God my father survived. So to all Americans who have been prisoners of war, we dedicate this monument to you.

My parents would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the VFW Post 8385 for accepting this monument.

you are one of the 29,000 former prisoners of war who

do not belong to AXPOW, we need you!

May God be with all Americans as we stand up and show the world that the United States is still a force to be reckoned with. Joanie Powell <> <> <c>

DElitcolv au AtifflICAN:

4150,11.5 OF VA4

Beaver's donation to the Veteran's of Foreign

War Post 8385, Kingsland, GA

Life Membership                Annual

Under 35      $360             Membership

36-50  $300             Single $ 30

51-60  $180             Husband & Wife $ 40

61 & Over     $120            

Spouse Life Member $ 40            

For information on who we are and what we do, please contact us pow@flash'netx-Prisoners of War

3201 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010

Fone: (817) 649-2979 * * * Fax: (817) 649-0109

email: pow@flash.net

 

 

 

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Mini-Reunions .. . From John R. Schaffner, 589/A

Mini-Reunion Chairman

106th Infantry Division Association

It is with a feeling of satisfaction that I am able to write about the "Mini-Reunions" that have, and are, being held around the U.S'A' There were 30 in the year 2000. Not bad, but we can do better' I think we did do better in 2001, but the final count is not yet in. Some areas are setting up their local "Mini-Reunions" in the Spring or Summer to keep out of the bad traveling conditions'

Here, personally, I have been sending out invitations to all of Maryland, Virginia and D'C' That is a lot of invitations and I realize that many live too far to accept' So, what is the solution to that? More of us have to decide to set up Mini-Reunion in our own area, especially since many of us tend not to travel as far these days' As an example: The State of Virginia' I know that we have folks on the roster from Richmond,

Norfolk, Raleigh and further West, who would enjoy a get-to-gether with their 106th comrades and families' If you would like to try, ask our CUB editor to send you a list of address labels for your area.

Another area is Florida where we have a large number of our members, especially in the winter. We already have some mini-reunions scheduled there, but there is room for more. You will feel very good, when your friends approach you, with their hand extended to "Thank You" for making the arrangements.

Then you know it was a great "SUCCESS."

Read about the Year 2001 Mini-Reunions on this page and the pages following' Thanks to all of you for participating'

John Schaffner, 589/A, Mini-Reunion Chairman

Southern California - 2001 See details and other photos on the next page.

itio•

UR: Dr. Richard Peterson, 423/1; Chic (423/1) and Donna Wente; Bella and Milt Weiner 424/M (Host)

 

 

 

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Mini-Reunions...

Southern California - 2001

Milton Weiner, 424/M, 28121 Rldgethorne Ct, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 - 310-544-0470

ding UR: Frieda and Eric Vanderhorst, 423/F; Ted Litvin; David Fournier, Associate; g Drumm, Associate; Leo Krueser, 81st Med

Sitting UR: Joseph Litvin, 423/D; Mary Lou and Randy Marsh,.

L/R: Al Siekierski, and Martha 592/C; Bob and Betty Weidlin 422/C; Bob and Martha Sowell 424/E

 

 

 

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Mini-Reunions...

Northern California - 2001

Ed & Prewett, 424/B and Robert Bredlinger, 423/HO

The Northern California 106 Vets held their luncheon at H's Lordship Restaurant at the Berkeley Marina hosted by Robert Bredlinger and Ed Prewett, Next year's host will be Col, T.M, Barrick, 424/1 - 19907 Bonnie Ridge Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tele: 408-867-3161

Rear Uri Col T,M, Barrick; Nancy Addis; John Stauff; Clarence Meltesen; Robert Bredlinger; Barbara Brendlinger; Mike Thome; Carol Bussell; Bill Fowler; and John Gregory,

Front Er: Jean Barrick; Helen Meltensen; Paul Kinney; Fritz Kinney; Elaine Epling; Reddie Prewett;* Shirley Gregory; James Twinn; Matte Mazone and Bob Jones,

Walter Tyler planned to come but didn't make it this year - hopefully next year,

Arizona - 2001

John A, Swett, 42. 10691E Northern Crest Dr, Tuscon, AZ 520-722-6016

The December 16 Mini-Reunion was held on Saturday 16 December 2001, As in the past two years our state reunion was held in conjunction with "Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge," Thirty-two invitations were sent to 106th vets. Many returned their regrets, being out of state or because of sickness, Seven sent their reservations and checks, of these on Our veterans and two wives attended from the 106th, In total 76 veterans from both groups made the luncheon,

From the 106th came the following: Charles Moore and his wife; Mike Mill; James Stamm and John Swett, John and Anita Collins canceled due to health problems, Rain throughout the state probably kept others away,

The luncheon was a buffet at the Property Conference Center, in Casa Grande, AZ, The speaker was retired General John A, Wickman, Jr, formerly commander of the 101st Airborne and most recently Chief of Staff, U,S, Army, He delivered a very timely message not only covering the current military situation of the war against terrorism, but also outlining steps we civilians can take in helping our country and ourselves, Volunteerism was the major focus, The speech was well presented and I think most attendees stayed awake, even after the huge meal, John A Swett

 

 

 

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Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida - 2001

Lester Helmich, 42.0, 2600 Belvlor Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34237 941-955-3571

The Sarasota/Manatee area 106 Division minireunion was held at the Forest Lakes Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. This was the largest gathering ever held with 51 present including two from the 99th Division. Stories were exchanged and friendships renewed. This year our speaker was Brigadier General John McLain whose artillery unit participated in the Bulge near Bastogne.

First Row: Herbert Friedman, Ray INvardzik, Bill Mangold, Boris Stern,and Charles Fehnel Second Row: James Edwards, Murrel Kelso, Bob Fisher, Calvin Wright, Robert Eldridge, am Tenbrink, Jack Schneider, Rocco Sergi, and Gene Saucerman

ird Row: E. Creel, Les HelmE,h, Moths Sykes, Bob Snovel, Milton Cram, Don Scholten, Frank Scales, Dick Brokaw, Nelson Charron and Herbert Karnes

First Row: Pat Mclain, Margie Stem, Marianne Tenbrink, Doris Sykes, Maryann Scholten, Lad Snovel, Margaret Wright, and Isabel Twardzik

Second Row: Nellye Friedman, Lee Kelso, Lois Palmer, Pauline Fehnel, Brenda Schneider, Margurette Helmich, Laveme Sergi and Jodie Brokaw

Third Row: Sally Saucerman

Mini-Reunions ...

 

 

 

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Mini-Reunions...

Janesville, WI - 2001

Robert Homan, 424/D, 3rd Platoon -1614 Holly Drive, Janesville, WI 53546 -608-963.6028

I held my annual Battle of the Bulge Reunion at our local Elks Club. I invited any vet that fought in that battle. This year I had 86 people show up at this reunion, Nine widows of veterans of the Battle of the Bulge attended. This year I decided to honor veterans from the Vietnam War, 5 vets from that war attended the breakfast.

The guest speaker was John Solis, Rock County, Wisconsin, Veterans Service Officer. Vietnam veteran, Tom Stuhera and former Janesville, Wisconsin City Council member spoke for the Vietnam vets. Congressman Paul Ryan, from our district showed up a greeted everu one. He explained how he could help the veterans. The first reunion I held in 1994 had 45 show up, This year 86. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger,

Camp Hill, PA - 2001

Trueman Christian, 424/13- 27 Center Drive - Camp Hill, PA 17011 717-7634871

Sorry we have no photos.

On January H, 2001, Norman Simmons, 424/D and his wife Betty; Ralph Coble of 424/A, me, Trueman Christian and my wife Anne, met at the Old Country Buffet in Mechanicsburg, PA to remember our 106th Infantry Division and The Battle of the Bulge. We talked about our experiences of those days and had a moment of prayer giving Thanks to the Almighty who never forgets any of his children and was graciously with us in those difficult days, and is still with us today. The five of us have met for this

purpose three years in a row in January and twice had several others attending in addition to the five. larger group meets in May when several retum from Florida and a couple from New Jersey attends.

Last Mary and Bob Landis, 424/D from Albrightsville, PA joined us, as did Ruth-Alice and Arthur Potts, 424/K from Manasquan, New Jersy. Also, Elmer brice, Sr. 423/K and Janet were there,

We will have our next reunion near Downingston. PA in May

Minneapolis, Minnesota - 2001

Howard (Howie) Flee, Associate, 1716 7th Street NE, Rochester, MN 55906 507-282-0409

The Minneapolis area 106th vets held their annual Mini-Reunion on Friday November 9, 2001st the Cherokee Steak House a few miles south of the Mega-Mall of America. 21 people attended.

John Kline, CUB editor acted as speaker and gave a report on the 106th 55th Annual Reunion in Washington D.C., as well as on the Association and The CUB magazine. He also forgot his camera. Next year, 2002, John Kline will host the annual event.

Present were Al and Dorothy Swanson, 424/1; Charles and Dorothy Haug, 28th Inf Div, Associate.

Lex and Jeanne Schoonover, 422/HQ; Lloyd and Audrey Brunner, 424/A;

Richard Cartier and guest Joyce, 424/K; George Murray, and guest; 424/H

Robert Julson and Jeannie, 424/C; Duane Risberg, 423/HQ

John and Margot Kline, 423/M

Howie Flen, Associate - Mini-Reunion organizer.

Thanks Howie for the years you have hosted our event.

 

 

 

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Nebraska-Western Iowa - 2001

Dean & Della Sandahl, 3041 N 61st Street, Lincoln, NE 68507 402-466-3546 sandydandd@juno.con,

Saturday, 15 December, 2001 U.S.A Steak-Buffet, Lincoln NE

We opened with a Pledge of Allegiance, a couple of Dale Carver's great poems and the Invocation. We enjoyed a delicious steak/buffet with lots of visiting and reminiscing. Next meeting, same place, 16 December 2002 at 11 AM. You from Missouri and Kansas are welcome. You can get back by dark. UR; Dean & Della Sandahl (Hosts) 422/B, Lincoln; Earl & Louisa Kinney 423/B, Franklin NE; Charles & Jane Henning 424/B, Peru NE; Harold & Lorraine Hawkins, 423/D, Omaha and Leonard & Evelyn Tyser 423/1, Wilber NE. Also attending were invited guests Ivan and Patricia Schoone of Upland, NE not shown) Ivan has authored two volumes of "OPERATION RECOGNITION - Honoring Nebraska War Veterans, His wife has served as Chief Editor on these books and other historical writings.

Washington - 2001

Myrton Dickerson 424/D, 2500 South 370th St, Federal Way, WA 98003 253-661-9325

Front L/R: Myrton Dickerson 424/D myrton@aol.com; Ken Corrigan 591/SV

Back Row L/R: Alvin Powers 422/HQ 1st Bn; Jack Wafters 423/G; George Strong 423/HQ; Ray Johnston 423/H and Douglas Elms 424/AT

We had a great time going over old memories and talking with two new members; Jack Waters who moved here from Arizona. Douglas Elms was a 1st Timer at a mini-reunion and we hope he makes many more. Alvin and Dorothy Powers came from the farthest, Lapine, Oregon which is over 400 miles. The reunion was held at our home again this year, and great times were had by all.We hope to see them all, again next year, Wives not in photo -Beatrice Dickerson; Betty Corrigan and Dorothy Powers.

They  all helped prepare a fine lunch for us. Sorry Gals for not getting you in the photo.

 

 

 

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Madison, Wisconsin - 2001

Charles Rieck, 422n-I, 7316 Voss Parkway, Middleton, WI 53562,608-831-6110

The Wisconsin 11th Annual Commemorative meeting of the Battle of the Bulge was held at CI's East in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 20, 2001. We had 26 people in attendance and th2001,re:

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Moore; Mr. & Mrs. Al Kath; Mr. &Mrs,. Lawrence PosMr,

MrMrs,Mrs. Jerome MillMrs,Mr. & Mrs. EdwardMr,gleMrs,. & Mrs. James TMr,lafMrs,

Mr. & Mrs. HowMr, JoMrs, Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Mr,lasMrs,Mr. & Mrs. RaymMr, KuMrs, Mr. Fred BroussarMr,Mr.Mrs,ald Handel; Mr. Mr,e Cunningham; Mr.Mr,arles Rieck and Mr,Kathleem Lundin.

TMr,group spent the time socializinLundin,eu of a program. David Post was the photographer. Bprogram,action, the 2002 meephotographer,held on October 19, 2002, at CJ's East in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico - 2001

D. Ralph J. Nelson, DDS 422/Cannon, 1 Acoma Lane, Los Alamos, NM 87544, 505-622-9787

The New Mexico contingent of the 106th Infantry Division Association, held its annual Mini-Reunion at a popular restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 15, 2001, Four veterans and six guests were present, A very good time was enjoyed by all attending, socializing and remernbering,

•terans abovel/r Walter Peters, 331st Medical Battalion, Co B; Robert Soladay, 422 Service; Ralph Nelson, 422 Cannon; Louis Baca, 422/L; Robert Soloday, 422 Service

Below, 1/r, Christine Nelson Lee; Helen Peters; Margaret Velasques widow of Armando, 422/16; Lillie Baca; Kate Neilsen, grandaughter of Ralph who was visiting from Denmark and Rhoda Nelson

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Detroit, Michigan - 2001

RusseB Mayotte, 424/F, 9628 Cavell Street, Livonia, MI 48150 - 313-421-4059

An excellent meeting of old friends and comrades. The meeting was held on 16 December, 2001.

Kneeling Pr: Russ Mayotte 424/F; Arthur Pope (Guest Speaker) impersonating

and speaking as General George S, Patton, Men Standing baek, lir: H. "Woody" Woodring Guest

Speaker. Woody" was driving General Patton at the time the General was killed; Jack Roberts 592/C;

Harold Ortwine 592/C; Harold Kuizema 589/B; Tony Rand 589/B; Jack Gillespie 422/C; Herb Eidelman

424/SV; John Plotkowski 422/HQ 1st Bn; Stanley Kups 106/SIG; Milt Schober 424/F,a guest frome

Chicago; Charles Reeber 423/D; and Don O'Farrell 424/CN

Men Seated Pr: Paul Wasylon 422/HQ 1Bn; Rudy Aittama 106/REC; Bob Scranton 422/K

Willard Keeber 424/G and Tony Goryl 424/SV

Women Standing lir: Bea Keeber; Maryl Lou Roberts; Mildred Scranton; Lenore Kups; Helen Gorlyl;

Jessica Kuizema; Joan Plotowski; Norma Aittama and Arlene Schober, Guest from Chicago.

Women Seated         Shirley Gillespie; Mary Reeber; Barbara Mayotte; Delphine O'Farrell; Ruth Rand

 

 

 

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Reading, Pennsylvania - 2001

John J. Gallagher, 81st /ENG/C, 4003 Francis Street, Temple, PA 19560 Tele: 610-929-2887

The Reading area had a succesful Memorial Dinner, 7 December 2001

for the 57th Anniversary of The Bank of the Bulge.

Twenty-five persons were in attendance. Had phone calls and letters from some who could not attend. Gus and Alice Agostini, who sent as money for the Memorial Team, Joseph Scott, Sally Hill, Truman Christian, Erma Kowolski and Stan Wojtusik,

Our next gathering will be Friday, December 6, 2002 at the

kn:tch Colony Lodge, Reading, Pennsylvania, e 11 John Gallahger 610-929-2887 Seated Pr: John Gallagher, Joe Trantino; William Harris; Fred Carr Standing Pr: Daniel Elesenhard; Joseph Yorkovitch; Vince Sziber;

Jack McDevitt; Walter Shirk; Charles Datte; Steve Hudock; Bill Crossland Ladies:

Seated: Pr: Stella Gallagher; Norma Crossland; Lillian Harris and Marie Hudock

Standing Pr: Muriel Sziber; Anne Mcdevitt; Ida Frank; Connie Tarantino; Naey Datte; Betty Carr and Wanda Fava

In the inset photo: Donald and Robbie Showalter (Donald had a problem walking)

 

 

 

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Parkersburg WV - Fairmont WV - 2001

Frank S' Trautman, 422/13 - 9 Meadowcrest Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104-9395

Our mini-Mini-Reunion was held as follows: On the 15 of December 2001 I drove over 70 miles to

Clarksburg to meet with Edward Young, 590/A. We drove another 30 miles to Fairmont, While other

activities were going on, our primary purpose was to meet to celebrate this well known day in the history

of the 106th Infantry Division. I would have very much liked to have had

Robert Weber, 422/H to have joined us, but his ill health prevented that.

Edward E, Young 589/A, Mount Clare and Frank S, Trautman, 422/D, Parkersburg, WV

met at Frankies Supper Club, Fairmont WV on December 15, 2001 for a "Mini-Reunion" A

of the 106th Infantry Division Association,

Ohio - 2001

Clem Kuhman -155 Woodridge Drive - Elyria, OH 44035 440-365-5337

Vivian McCulloigh hosted our Mini-Reunion this year, as she has done for many years. Held at Mountain Jack's Restaurant in Elyria Ohio 2 December 2001. A good time was had by all, mostly socializing, little reference to the "Bulge'" Our waitress took the photo with three cameras, luckily one turned out.

Standing Ur: Bob Gilder(1987 Commander Class Order of the Golden Lion); Charles Garn; Peter DiRenzo; Vivian Mccullough; Herman Janse Jr.; Clem Kuhman;

Sitting 1/r: Jean Gilder (1987 Companion Class Order of the Golden Lion); Willie Darn; Mrs, DiRenzo and Pat Kuhman

 

 

 

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Long Island, NY - 2001

Ephriam Goldberg, 555 Franklin Blvd., Long Beach, NY 516-432-7136 Email: edg5550juno.com

We had a Mini-Reunion on Long Island on Memorial Day, Sunday, November 11, 2001. Last year was our "First" on Long Island, which was held in December, when, because of had weather, we had last minute cancellations.

seleven men are Back Row L/R:: Julius Brandi; Iry Schrom; Sal Grasso; Charles Johansen dle Row: Preston Barnes; John Rosalia; Harold Hoffman; John Starmack Front Row: Eugene Powell; Jacques Bloch; Ed Goldberg Not in the photo is Alvin Sussman. His wife was inearly,pital, he left early.

The ten women are: IJR:

Back Row: Rhoda Schrom; Mary Grasso; Grace Starmack; Rosemary Rosaliia Devito

Front Row: Adele Johansen: Neva Powell and Ruth Hoffman

 

 

 

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Mini-ReuniLt,...                

                   

Speaker - Lt. Windsor Miller, 9th Armored Division - Remagen Bridge

Maryland, D.C. and Virginia - 2001

John Schaffner, 589/A, 1811 Miller Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030 - 410-584-2754

The Mini-Reunion covering Md., Va., & D.C. area was held 13 December in the Club Meade at Ft. GD Meade, Md. Windsor Miller, veteran of the 9th Armored Division, and also a regular attendee of our Mini-reunion, was our guest speaker. (Lt.) Miller led the first platoon of Sherman Tanks across the Rhine on the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen, and talked about experiences as a tanker in the 9th Armored Division, 14th Tank Battalion leading up to, anbridge're of the bridge. Mike Pumphrey, WW II Re-enactor, also attended and displayed a great amount of WW II Army personal equipment that was of interest to all. Mike was also at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church for our reun2001'n September 2001.

Although tight security is currently in effect at all of military posts, the Club Meade arranged for a shuttle bus to transport all those not having miliclubhouse'to the clubhouse. Happy to report that no problems were encountered. The club was very coopsituation'th the situation.

There were a total of 54 that attended, including the guests.

Stanley M. Backmurski, 401st FAB & family- Anne Marie, Jason Keech, Sarah Keech;

A. Grayson Bishop, 424/L; Leo Bretholz & CharI'D;Sussman 95th I.D;Jr'stin L. Byrd, JE' 589/A & Doris E. Rathbun; Marbury L. Councell, Jr. 8th AF

Clark W. Dovell, 422/M & Thelma Dovell; John F. Gatens, 589th/A & Mary Vandermast;

Philip A. Hannon, 81st Eng/A & Jean Hannon; William Rev'melt, 424/H;

Rev. Edward T. HillMrs'N Chaplain & Mrs. Norma Asendorf;

         Harry O'Neill, 91st I.D. & Joe Gunzelman; William Johnson, 424/K;

Alan W. Jones, Jr, 423/Hq/1/Bn & Lynn Jones; BG (Ret) Oliver Patton, 423/F;

Kay Kemp, Ray Kemp, Tom Kemp, Associates; Henry A.I'D;ry, Jr. 99th I.D;

Edward McGinty, 589/C; Donald Regier,422/Sv & Catherine Regier;

John R. Schaffner 589/A & Lillian Schaffner, Robert W. Schaffner, Barbara Schaffner,

Jeanne M'Buchanan, Paul M. Schaffner, & Gina Houghton;

Walter M. Snyder 589/A; Jack A. Sulser, 423/F; Richard W. Tennant, 422/K & Bettie

Tennant; Earle L. Valenstein, 81st Eng; Ltc (AUS,Ret) John E. Valenstein, Associate;

Curtis Vickery & Robert Mullauer, Baltimore Military History Roundtable;

Charles Wehner, USMC & LtC.(USMC) Paul Wehner;

AlAn N. Yoter., (Old AB vet) ChairmaAssn'II AB Corps Assn. & Gerlinde Yeater

 

 

 

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Pittsburgh, PA - 2001

Joseph P. Maloney, 1120 Warren Ave, Arnold, PA 15068-4048 - 724-335-6104 inaloney@salsgiver.corn

We had 30 at the luncheon including the speaker Mr. William J. Schofield, HI (U.S.N Ret.) and Bill and Dene Christy from an Airbome unit. From the 106th we had: Zane and Jamice Donaldson; Dave and Leona Hunter; Jim Wiggins; Bob Mattiko; Pete and Diana Yanchik; Dr. John and Pearl Martin; Bernard and Virginia Strohmeier; Dr. John and MarDr,n Robb; Frank Lapato ; Dick and Pat Rigatti; Ed and Betty Huminski; Howard and Dorothy Lowenberg; Franscis and Jean Langham; Al and Marge Yelochan and Joe and Viv Maloney. Our speaker brought us up-to-date on Veterans Affairs for Allegheny County, PA as well as improvements in the Soldiers and Sailors Hall and Memorial in Pittsburgh.

A fine Dinner and Fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Tri-State - 2001

E. Russell Lang, 423/1, 47 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603 - 845-462-1954 Russlarsr@AOL.corn

The Tri-State Mini-Reunion held it's first gathering at the West Point Club, Friday, May 18, 2001. Association Chaplain, Dr. Duncan TruemDr,said grace and the closing prayer at the luncheon. 1Nventy-two members and guests attended. There was an exchange of ASTP, Bulge and POW remembrances, followed by a guided bus/walking tour of the historic Military Academy grounds, including the "million dollar" view of the Hudson River and the Chapel with it's beautiful stained glass windows. Seated Ur: Estelle Zuckerman, Marguerite Levy, Neva Powell, Grace Trueman, Lillian Lang

Back rows Francis Kenny 423/HQ; Bob Smith 424/CN; George Spiegal 423/G; Evelyn Smith; Jack Zuckerman 423/C; Bernard Mayrsohn 423/CN; Louis Levy 423/M; Harry McCarthy 423/1; Russ Lang /1; Mario Checca 422/F; Dr. Duncan Trueman 424/AT; Charles Johansen 592/SV; Eugene Powell 422/A

 

 

 

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Alton, Illinois - St Louis, MO - 2001

Marion Ray, 424/D, 704 Briarwood Drive, Bethalto, IL 62010 618-377-3674 Email: RayBugleboy@chartennet

Dcember 14. 2001 was the date, 1:00 P.M, was the time, The Banquet Hall' in Wood River, IL was the place, for the annual December Mini-Reunion of the "Golden Loos," 106th Combat Infantry Division, Thirteen 106th Division Association members, one Associate member and a Veteran guest speaker, along with their ladies - gathered to hear a guest speaker and enjoy renewing friendships

Men, Front row, Ur: Victor D, Bauswell, 422/B: Jack C. Rain, 589/B; Briggs Hoffman, 589/B;

Edward Paeltz, Guest Speaker; Emil Perko, 422/H; Glen Hartlieb, 592/SV; Gilbert DeGerlia, 422/H141 Men, Back Row Pr: Don Hinrichs, 81st Eng/C; Carl Goering, Associate; George Foster, 423/HQ 213‘ Kenneth V. Bryan, 423/IIQ 1Bn; Paul Boschert, 590/HQ; Bill Daugherty, 424/G;

Bill Kronmueller, 423/E and Marion Ray, 424/D

Ladies, front row, Ur: Nadine Hartlieb; Pat Hinrichs; Emma Boschert, Nancy Pad.; LaDon Adams; Fran Ray; Betty Rain

Ladies, back row, Ur: Angela Daugherty; Jean Perko; Helen Kronmueller; Margary Bryan; Nelda Bauswell; Nancy Goering

 

 

 

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Atlanta, GA - 2001

Sherod Collins, 423/SV, 448 Monroe Trace, Kerins., GA 30144, 770428-3207

On Sunday December 9, 2001, twenty-two members and their guests gathered at the Steak & Ale Restaurant near Northlake Mall, Atlanta, GA, to enjoy the festive fellowship of the season as well as the good food and the atmosphere furnished by the restaurant. The group seemed to especially enjoy each other this year'

Shown are Earnest Earls, Bill Jenkins, Bob Howell, Carl Catsup, Sherod Collins, George Moyer, Doug

ikffey and Lee Darby dies attending were: Frankie Burkes, Martha Brocato, Betty Turner, Isabelle Coffey, Jean Shirley, Louise Howell, Cathy White, Sue Canup, Elizabeth Morgan, With Ginnie Moyer and Peggy Kelly down front. Omitted from the photo was Elaine Darby.

Oklahoma Areas - 2001

Clint McClure 423/HO - 8807E 77th Place Tulsa, OK 74133-3710 918-252-7777

The area members and their wives attended a noon luncheon at the Fountain Restaurant in Tulsa, OK, on 17 December 2001. It was a nice social event with comradeship and the holiday season reigning.

Mini-Reunions...

Men Ur: Howard Bryant, Cowata, 424/F; Lyle Russell, Ochelata, 422/I; Clint McClure, David

Deffenbaugh, Claremore, 4234); Don Herndon, Oklahoma City, 424/L;

Seated: Leland Rurley, Tulsa, 423/H and Lowell Harlan, Tulsa, 424/F

Ladies Ur: Standing - Betty Bryant; Joan Hemdon and Anita Turley

Seated: Pauline Russell and Peggy McClure

 

 

 

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South Carolina - North Carolina Area - 2001

Waid and Vannie Toy, 422/K - 4605 Wde Street, Columbia, S.C. 29210 Tele: 803-772-0132

TS,C,y-three (33) members, wives and special guests from the South Caroliea/Neeth Carolina area gathered at the Officer's Club, Fort Jackson, South Carolina on December I. 2001, for their annual lunchI,n and mini-reunion. The attendance demini-reunion,at this year for the reason a number of memhers are experiencing health problems.

The Reverend Ewell C.problems,rved as Master of CeC,monies. Normal protocol forCeremonies,n was observed. Ms. Carolyn Barrett, observed,tMs,t Operations, Veterans Administration Medical Center and Mr. Thomas Goff, Supervisor, CoMr,bia Regional Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, were the featured speakers. The group was given tspeakers,unity for questions regarding existing services.

a show of support forservices,try, on the War on Terrorism, a prayer was given and the group .eticipated in the singing of patriotic songs in addition to the usual Christmas selections.

A strong bond of feselections,ntinues within the group, and it was the consensus of opinion that a reunion behold again in 2002.

lien, front Row l/er Fran2002,erson; Rev. Ewell Black. Jr.; Joseph BRev,rado and WayneJr,;

Men, Second Row• Ur: John Cooper; Calvin Abbott; John Frierson; Rev. James H. Tucker, Sr.; WillRev,ShipleyH,Wind Toy;Sr,;tt Westbrook and Sam Schiavo

Third Row Ur: Claude Young; Thomas Goff; Howard Tucker, Jr.; Charles Bethea and Lary LeJr,;

Ladies Front Row hr Shelvia Westbrook; Lou Shipley; Mildred Frierson; Mrs. William Bethea; Carolyn BaMrs,t; Lucille Williams; Hazel Cooper and Vannie Toy

Ladies back Row 1/r: Carolyn Abbott; Janice Bethea; Gurteen Schiavo and Judith Mcconnel

Absent from the photos, four peo le.       _

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New Members .. .

BLOCH, NORMAN A. ASSOCIATE KING DONALD J' 422/F

          23 Hannon Ave        53 S Dawn DV

          Pelham, NY 10803   Franklin, IN 46131-1908

          Tele: 914-738-9654  Tele: 317-736-7080

Email: nabloch@aoLcom

BROWN (CWO USA Ret), MILTON 590/?

2503 N' Clinton Street

Longview, TX 75604

Tele: 903-759-4102

Email: Milton.L.Brown@affnet Editor's Note: Unit unknown - If anybody out there recognizes Milton's unit, please contact me or him, J. Kline, editor

BOHDE, EDWARD L 422/L

29600 Jefferson Street

St Clair Shores, MI 48082

Tele: 586-294-3688

Email: elbohde@msn.com

DIEHL, DAVID ASSOCIATE

65 Woodbury Drive Monroeville, NJ 08343

Son of Lloyd Diehl' 423/H

DIFRANCISCO, ALBERT ASSOCIATE

8 Waltham Way Sicklerville, NJ 08081

Relative of Lloyd Diehl 423/H

LOUR, JOSEPH 423/E

641 Shorecrest Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653

GILLIETI; BRADLEY G ASSOCIATE

240 Caldecott Lane 4310 Oakland, CA 94618 Tele: 415-835-7326

I was born in 1966, amateur historian Battle of the Bulge, friend of John Schaffner 589/A and traveled to the Ardennes this past summer.

HOLLY, WILLIAM C' 87th ID ASSOC

1320 Main Street Hyanesville, LA 71038 Tele: 318-624-0161

Served in WWII in the 87th Infantry Division in ETO' Was interned in a POW Camp in Germany.

KUTRUFF, ROBIN D. ASSOCIATE

530 Augusta Court

Franklin, IN 46131

Tele: 317-736-8530

Email: RobK@fujimed.com

My father was in

"B" Battery, 591st FAB

MEADOWS, CAROL ASSOCIATE

10 Orchard Court Depfford, NJ 08096

Daughter of Lloyd Diehl 423/H

NOE, JULIE ASSOCIATE

11578 SE 45TH Avenue Milwaukee, OR 97222 Tele: 503-652-2431

OBERMEYER, PAULJ. 806 ORD

1480 Long Road Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Tele: 732-356-4964

PUMPHREY, MICHAEL ASSOCIATE

260 Blakeney Roti

Catonsville, MD 21228

Tele: 410-747-7213 Michael was one of those at the Reunion last September, that had the display of WWII guns, uniforms and other material J Kline

I am joining as an Associate members because of my personal interest in the history of the 106th Infantry Division. I admire and respect the contributions and sacrifices you men made' I am an amateur historian and World War II re-enactor that enjoys educating younger generations about the war, without glorifying it' I have a wonderful wife named Cheryl, and a great daughter named Gwyneth, nearly three years old' Thank you all for the service you gave to our country'

Michael''..

 

 

 

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•INSON, PAULA. 423/SV

1011 Rainbow Drive

Waterloo, IA 50701-1136

Tele: 319-232-8742

Email: teeveeboy@hotmail.com

My father (deceased) was in Cannon Company, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment. My wife's name is Deborah

SUMMERS, ROBERT J. ASSOCIATE

41 HJ'ley Road Buffalo, NY 14216-2207

Tele: 716-833-7589 Email: SSGYNeaol.com

My father, Robert H. Summers, PFC, was in "G" Company, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment

New Members .. .

SEEVERS, WILLIAM 422/B         TRONCO, JAY ASSOCIATE

11142 ORCHARD ROAD     3027 Finley Place

KANSAS CITY, MO 64134: Charlotte, NC 28210

Tele: 704-907-2949

STAMATAKY, JOHN H' 423/HQ 1Bn I&R Platoon

145 Seaman Avenue

New York, NY 10034

I joined the 159th Infantry Regiment in April 1945 after going through the REPO depot in Munchen Gladback' The 159th was assigned to guarding 300,000 German POWs along the Rhine River, in the vicinity of Bad Godesberg.

After VE day I was transferred to "D" Company, 423rd Infantry, Col. George

Iltliars, CO, then to Headquarters Cornny, 1st Battalion, 423rd Infantry. We were bivouacked in the forests near Cologne and were undergoing training to go to the Pacific when VE Day was declared. My friends, Pvts Bernard Kirsch, Chicago; Maurice LaFreniere Lowell, Mass; Chris Man iatis, Mass. etc. The Company was Commanded by Captain Charlie Kuehn, Chicago with Lt. Franklin, California leading the I&R Platoon'

After VJ Day the Division was ordered to return to the U'S.A' Being a new recruit I was transferred to CCA, Third Armored Division, Regimental Intelligence. After several months, the 3rd Armored Division was also transferred to the U.S'A' I was then transferred to the 50th QM Base Depot, 7th Army, stationed in Mannheim until June 1946 when I retumed Stateside'

WOLF1NBARGER, LLOYD 424/L

4090 Quin. Road

Seneca, MO 64865-8033

Tele: 417:776-2373

IWO@ netins. net

Lloyd came to us by the way of the Internet' His daughter Sally Rollins started the ball rolling by writing this editor via email. She wrote, after our first contact: "Dad and I had talked about his experiences. He said during that time they had gone out in the deep snow, the snow was very deep. They had been at it for at least 18 hours and he could never remember when he had been so tired' He said he was staggering around'

The Lieutenant that was leading them stepped on a land mine, losing a leg and part of his arm. The medics fixed him up' Then they started back' He didn't know the officer, not even his name, but when he stepped up to carry him he said, "Atta boy Wolfinbarger, I knew you would carry me'" As a young man, it really impressed my dad, that this man was suffering so and had time to give some encouragement to his men' He has often wondered if this officer lived. He has always talked about "Steve" who had the nickname "Red Eye" because he wore thick glasses -- he and dad shared many a fox hole.

We are hopeful that some of you 424th Vets out there will recognize my father and get in touch'

Sally Wolfinbarger Rollins

 

 

 

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The "Empress Incognito" R. M. S. Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth, flagship of the Cunard Line, after her reconditioning in 194C

By Associate Member, Bill Bucher, Jr' 430 Bob White Run, Salisbury, NC 28147 BUCHERB@cbiinternet.com

Bill is the son of 106th Infantry Division veteran, Bill Bucher, 424 Anti-Tank Co., deceased' He and his wife are regular attenders at our Annual Reunions.

They have two lovely daughters. Bill furnished stories on the Aqultanla (CUB May 1997) and the Wakefield (CUB November 1997)

She was the largest transatlantic passenger liner ever built, and she was one of the three great liners that carried elements of the 106th Infantry Golden Lion Division into battle in the Fall of 1944' But then again everything about the legendary superliner Queen Elizabeth could only be described as the best, or the grandest of all of the colossal transatlantic passenger ships that carried passengers between America and Europe in the late 1940's, 1950's and 1960's.

Conceived in peacetime to be the finest

nonetheless to make her mark in history first as a magnificent troopship and then, only after World War II, as the pride of England, a world class transatlantic luxury superliner and flagship of the first-class Cunard Line' The superlatives that describe her, however, were not what raise the Queen Elizabeth to the level of a living legend among those remember the war years. It is, instead, the thrilling story of the elaborate deception pulled off by the British Admiralty in order to put her to sea at a time when she was targeted for destruction by the German Luftwaffe.

The ominous clouds of war had already begun gathering over Europe by the time she was launched on September 28, 1938 by Queen Elizabeth and her two daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

Hitler had already invaded Austria and had been granted possession of the Sudetenland to appease his aggression.

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Almost a year later German forces There were other plans in store for the

mashed into Poland, and soon afterward Queen Elizabeth, The veteran captain Jack

Great Britain and France had declared war        Townley and some 400 hand-picked, experi-

on Germany. enced crewmen - mostly from the great liner

At the berth on the Clyde River where the         Aquitania - were signed on for the short run

final "fitting out" of the Queen Elizabeth was     south from Scotland, The Queen Elizabeth's

taking place, work suddenly stopped, Not          exact sailing orders, however, were to

only was the space now desperately needed       delivered at the last minute by King's

for building battleships, but the huge hull         messenger, and were to remain secret until

made an inviting target for German Luftwaffe    they were unsealed out at sea. At the appointed

pilots, The unfinished Queen Elizabeth might    hour on February 26th she began her voyage,

well have been towed away and scrapped but     successfully navigated the Clyde and dropped

for the personal intervention of First Lord of      anchor at the mouth of the river to await the

the Admiralty Winston Churchill. Dismissing     arrival of her sailing orders,

a call to break her down for shrapnel as well as At 7:00 a.m. on March 2nd the royal

a proposal to sell her to America in exchange     launch delivering the sailing orders ap-

for war supplies, on November 2, 1939, the       proached the Queen Elizabeth, and shortly

Ministry of Shipping issued orders to rush        afterward, she began a maiden journey unlike

work on a daring secret plan to spirit her away  any other before or since. Once at sea, her

right under the noses of the German Luftwaffe  orders were unsealed and the astonished crew

and U-boats clustered around Great Britain.      learned that their destination was in fact the

The immense size of the Queen Elizabeth          Port of New York. They had been ordered to

was legendary by anyone's standards. The         navigate the ship across the Atlantic Ocean

gargantuan vessel was 1,031 feet long from       without the benefit of a testing trial.

stem to stern, and had a gross displacement of  As dusk approached on that fateful

,998 tons, almost twice the size of today's         evening, the four Allied destroyers escorting

gest "cruise" ships. Each of her four huge          the Queen Elizabeth fell away and the great

propellers weighed an amazing 32 tons; each     ship, her running lights hooded and her cabin

anchor weighed 16 tons, Her promenade deck windows blackened to avoid detection, sped

was 724 feet long, and her forward funnel         westward alone and unprotected into the

stretched upwards more than 71 feet,     abyss of a North Atlantic night.

As the big ship neared completion, British         On the day that the Queen Elizabeth was

war planners noted that there would only be two scheduled to arrive at Southampton the skies

occasions in the next twelve months when tides over the nearby Solent filled with German

on the Clyde River would be high enough to      Luftwaffe fighters, confounded by prey that

enable her escape: February 26th and another  had somehow vanished into thin air,

high tide some six long months later, The earlier          Five days later, just as the mystery of the

date was chosen and word went out that the Queen Queen Elizabeth's "disappearance" began to

Elizabeth would make a short trip to Southampton, capture the public's imagination, her where-

England to complete her fitting out,        abouts and her surprise destination were

Preparations were made for her arrival in revealed on BBC radio. By the time that

Southampton, Scores of hotel rooms were         Britain's latest shipbuilding marvel entered

reserved for the workers, and large packing       the Hudson River there were thousands of

crates of ship's fittings and supplies, promi-      cheering people lining the New York docks to

nently labeled with the Cunard name, were sent          witness her first arrival in America, The

to the docks there, All the while, enemy agents  Admiralty's ruse had been so successful that

relayed information about these preparations to the Queen Elizabeth: had not encountered a

Germany, What was not known to the enemy,   single enemy U-boat or plane during her

however, was that the British Admiralty secretly          entire transatlantic crossing.

counted on the espionage; the Southampton trip

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The "Empress  Incognito" R.

The American press affectionately dubbed her "the Empress Incognito" and gleefully celebrated the daring of her maiden crossing,

Hitler, on the other hand, became so enraged by the deception that he offered a reward of $250,000 and an Iron Cross to any U-boat commander who sank the Queen Elizabeth or her sister ship the Queen Maty.

The Golden Lions who remember the 1944 voyage of the Queen Elizabeth began their trip when they were awakened early in the morning on October 16, 1944 at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts, where the division had arrived only five days earlier, They boarded a troop train and by daybreak they were standing on a wharf in Brooklyn waiting to board a ferry, Soon they discovered that they had been chosen to cross the Atlantic on the newest and biggest passenger ship in the world... the great RMS Queen Elizabeth) For these men, seeing the largest ship in the world was utterly breathtaking, Painted completely in wartime grey, the sight of the majestic Queen Elizabeth evoked a mixture of awe, excitement and foreboding in the men, many of whom had never even seen the ocean before, let alone crossed it.

An Air Corps band playing the "Beer Barrel Polka" greeted them as they disembarked from the ferry to the pier where the great liner was moored. The Red Cross served them coffee and doughnuts and they formed long lines, by Company, to board the Queen, As a sergeant called out their last names, each man responded by shouting his first name and initial and, hoisting all of his gear, stumbling across the gangplank to the deck,

British sailors led the men to their quarters, where they learned that they were to be packed like sardines in every nook and cranny of the ship. Bunks were heavy canvas strips attached with rope to metal frames stacked as many as six-high, Portholes were supposed to remain closed, but some opened them anyways to le a little air into the stuffy compartments, hanging blankets over them at night.

The great ship could transport more than 16,000 troops at a time - far in excess of her later peacetime passenger load and more than

M. S. Queen Elizabeth

double the ship's lifeboat capacity - and she often traveled with a full load, This trip was no exception; in addition to the 423,° Regiment of the 106". Division, the entire 87th Infantry Division was also aboard. Each man was issued a life vest; scant assurance for being adrift in the ocean but better than nothing, Around daybreak the next morning —

October 17. - the ship began her long trek across the Atlantic, Battle cruisers escorted the great ship to the open sea, and then fell away as she began her trip alone across the U-boat infested Atlantic, Her protection consisted only of a few depth charges, two deck guns, her speed and her zig-zag course, designed to evade the torpedo range of subs she might encounter along the way, Blackout conditions prevailed at night, and on more than one occasion an unlucky soldier got chewed out over a failure to cover their portholes properly,

The interior of the ship, though unfinished, provided a glimpse of what the "good life" was like to the men that otherwise may never have experienced it. "High on one wall in the dining room," writes Richard Peterson, 423/1, "was a marquetry of St, George slaying a dragon. beautiful piece of work. It was too high up fox,/ anyone to get to it, or the souvenir hunters would have destroyed it,"

The food, by all accounts, was awful. As on many other crowded troopship voyages, the men were to given tickets which entitled them to eat twice each day and they had to use their own mess gear. "The food was almost inedible to my midsouth taste," writes Hal Taylor, 423/ Cannon, "mostly dehydrated eggs and bully beef along with stale rolls and orange marmlade.Even the dining room smelled of greasy sausages and mutton."

Earl Parker, 423/E, reported that the British food didn't just smell unappetizing,.. it was nauseating, "The cooking odors that bathed the waiting personnel provided sufficient nourishment for many, who made the on-the-spot determinations that they weren't very hungry at the moment and headed for an open deck and the fresh sea breeze."

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with queasy stomachs, eating only Hershey bars and cookies from the canteen'

At dawn each day when the danger of a visual sighting by a submarine was greatest, "General Quarters" sounded and everyone had to put on a life jacket and stand outside on the crowded deck.

Though drinking water could be had

and ship the men quickly found out, to their

grin, that the showers only had salt water. "/ made the mistake of taking a bath in the tub one day," writes Frederick Smallwood, 423/ HQ, "and had to wait until we got to England before I could get the salt off"

The ship took five long days to make the trip, arriving in the Firth of Clyde on the evening of October 22nd. As they approached the harbor the men were ordered to stand at alert on deck with their life jackets on' "They told us this is standard practice going into a harbor, where the subs could be lying in wait." wrote John Kline, 423/M, in his diary at the time. He also noted that he had heard that the Queen Elizabeth had managed to spot and outrun two enemy subs on the trip that they were just completing. He added, "1 lived on Mallow Cup candy on the trip' The food was not to our tasting'"

The next morning the men emerged from the bowels of the ship to find that they were anchored in a beautiful harbor filled with ships of all kinds, prompting some to wonder out loud if the entire British Navy was there'

"The land around the port was magnificent," wrote Hal Taylor, "green fields dotted here and there with cattle or sheep; steep, rolling hills, low clouds not far above their summits, an occasional castle; a town; a train threading its way through the valleys leaving a large plume of smoke and vapor behind. Everything seemed accentuated by a crisp, cool temperature."

To disembark from the ship the GI's, again carrying all of their gear, climbed down a net to board smaller ships that took them to the docks of Greenock' They walked about 100 yards to a train, which took them through Glasgow, continued east to Edinburgh and then turned south to the temporary camps where they would stay until crossing the English Channel.

Upon their arrival in England, Martin Jones, 423/G, was one of those given the responsibility of changing the servicemen's U'S' dollars to English pounds' Thejob turned out to be less demanding than he anticipated, bet...se very few of the men still had money after the trip. "I learned that most of the money had changed hands in poker games during our voyage," he writes, "and two of our company cooks were the only men who had much money in their possession'"

Less than 60 days later the Golden Lion Division would find itself defending, St' Vith, a lonely Belgian crossroads situated squarely in the path of the last major German offensive of World War IL

 

 

 

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The "Empress Incognito" R. M. S. Queen Elizabeth

to

The Queen Elizabeth, at the peak of her popularity, in the New York harbor.

but the dawn of transatlantic air travel had NW captured the imagination of the international traveler once and for all.

In February, 1946, the Queen Elizabeth completed her last duties as a troopship, and in March 1946 Cunard shipyard workers began her final conversion to the luxury liner she was born to be. Her funnels were painted the trademark Cunard red and black for the first time, her topsides were painted bright white and her hull, deep tuxedo black. In her new life she had a maximum passenger load of a mere 2,082 passengers'

She sailed on her first commercial voyage on October 16, 1946 to New York from Southampton, and for years she and the Queen Mary carried full-capacity loads and delivered combined profits of more than $50 million each year'

The high times lasted for just over a decade. Air travel was beginning to come of age, and by 1960 more than 60 per cent of all transatlantic passengers chose to travel by air' Cunard refurbished the Queen Elizabeth in late 1965 to attract more passengers, including additional private bathrooms and a new lido deck with a large heated swimming pool,

By 1966 the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary together were losing some $1'8 million annually. By May of 1967 the Cunard Line was forced to make the painful decision to scrap them both.

The newer but considerably smaller Queen Elizabeth II would become the flagship of the Cunard Line'

The aging Queen Elizabeth was sold in 1968 to an American partnership hoping to turn her into a hotel and museum at Fort Lauderdale, Florida (like her sister Queen Mary at Long Beach, Florida).

Running out of cash, they sold her to yet another hopeful group of businessmen, but they, too, proved to be unsuccessful.

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The "Empress Incognito" R. M. S. Queen Elizabeth

A collage of photos of the Et. M. S. Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth Ls a Troop Ship

The Queen Elizabeth

in Peace time

The END, in a Hong Kong

Harbor,

The Queen Elizabeth

Ship's Servistaeker)pection

The Queen Elizabeth

in New York (two stacker)

The Queen Elizabeth

as a floating University after WWII

The Queen as it was capsizing - How Sad:

 

 

 

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The "Empress Incognito" R. M. S. Queen Elizabetli

In September, 1970 the Hong Kong        The men of the Golden Lion Division

millionaire and shipbuilder C'Y' Tung      who made that trip back in 1944 rarely

purchased the aging ship for $3,200,000 at a    acknowledge the importance of what they did

public auction. He renamed her the Seawise      more than fifty years ago that bitter cold

University (making an awkward pun with his winter in the Belgian Ardennes.

initials) and had her taken to Hong Kong. Her   Don Scholten, 423/G, is typical. "We had

trip was marred by repeated mechanical  a job to do," he says simply, "and gave it all

problems, and at one point the ship drifted out for our country as combat soldiers and

of control in the Caribbean for 24 hours. representatives of American freedom."

Once the Queen Elizabeth arrived in Hong         Like the men of the 106th "Golden Lion"

Kong Chinese workers began converting her Division, the RMS Queen Elizabeth found

into Mr' Tung's dream: the world's largest         herself tested in a worldwide conflict not of

floating university'   her own making, and will forever be remem-

It was not to be, however' After a year's   bered for her pivotal role in holding the tide

worth of expensive renovations, a mysterious of German aggression.

fire broke out aboard the ship at mid-morning   In his personal memoirs, British Prime

on Jan 9, 1972' Ultimately engulfed by flames Minister Winston Churchill recognized the and doused by water cannons for more than          crucial importance of the American infantry

twenty-four hours, she capsized around noon forces in World War II and hailed the ships the next day. It was the final blow for the that delivered them to battle.

heroic superliner; she was later sold for scrap and dismantled'

Today, the legendary Clydebank shipyard in Scotland where the Queen Elizabeth was built is silent' All that remains of the ways that launched the Lusitania, the Aquitania and the three great Queens are a few rusted derricks amid a wasteland of coarse black sand. The world will long remember the Queen Elizabeth, however, as the final winning entry in the race to build the biggest and grandest ocean liner in the world'

Regardless of her immense size, many will remember the great ship instead for the ingenious cloak of secrecy that surrounded her maiden trip and her faithful wartime service. Either way, the Queen Elizabeth earned a permanent niche in world history and a treasured place in the hearts of American men and women who remember the war years.

During her 907 Atlantic crossings the Queen Elizabeth safely carried more than 811,000 service personnel and 2.3 million passengers in peacetime, offering a generation of Americans memories of a time of grand ships and opulent transatlantic travel now long vanished. The Queen Elizabeth was considered by many to be the most beautiful superliner ever built'

In praise of the great Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, the Queen Mary

he wrote,

"Built for the arts of peace and to link the Old World with the New, tht Queens challenged the fury of

Hitlerism in the Battle of the Atlantic'

Without their aid the day of final victory must unquestionably have been postponed'"

Author Bill Bucher, Jr. wishes to thank the many members of the 106" Infantry Division who contributed to this article.

(Footnotes)

' The 423. Regiment's voyage aboard the Queen Elizabeth appears to have been misstated in the division history "Lion In The Way" by Dupuy as a trip in the Queen Mary, making for some confusion,

Cunard Lines records indicate that the Queen Mary was in Gourock, Scotland from October 1518, 1944 and only returned to New York on October 24..

 

 

 

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Donald's Story by Bonnie L. (Doubek) McNunn

*aid E' Doubek, Scout for Company C, ied without telling his story of capture during the Battle of the Bulge'

In an effort to capture this heritage for his son, members of Company C, 424th Infantry Regiment, shared their own stories with me. So, although titled 'Donald's Story,"!et this be the story of all brave men of

Company C ,424th Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, World War II. Dedicated to members of Company C and, especially those who are still living:

Ray Ahrens; Carl Canup; Michael Ciliverti; John Davis; Vern Huyck; Richard ldstein; Royce Lapp; John Plenskofski; James Shanahan; John Spellmen; Peter Taddeo; Richard Thoms; Wendell Ulrich; Scott Westbrook and Bill Wiggers . . . .

Donald's Story

While still in his teens, life in Longford, Kansas, most likely seemed dull compared to the extraordinary events shaping the world during the early 1940's'

*ducted into the U.S. Army Ignoring parental pleas to finish his high school education, Donald and his buddies were eager to be part of the troops marching off to war' Weighing 123 pounds and standing five feet four and a half inches, Donald underwent his pre-induction physical examination by the U.S. Army on November 24, 1943 and was classified IA by the Local Board of the Armed Forces.

Less than one month later, he was ordered to be at Ft' Leavenworth, Kansas, on December 17,1943, with his formal induction into the U.S Army taking place on January 7,1944' He spent four months there in Basic Training' He had additional training as an Army Scout at Camp Fanning, Texas. He then transferred to Camp Atterbury in Indiana just before leaving for overseas as part of the 106th Infantry, 424th Division, and assigned to Company C as a Scout. According to Richard Idslein, 1st Platoon of Company C; "We spent about 60 hours a week training so I didn't have time to socialize much." • • •

Crossing the Atlantic on the U.S.S. Aquitania

Leaving Camp Atterbury they went to Myles Standish, Massachusetts where specialized training in case of emergency at sea was provided. On Friday, October 20,1944, just three days prior to his nineteenth birthday, Donald became part of the 106th Infantry "Golden Lion" Division. Under the cover of darkness he boarded the U'S'S. Aquitania at the Port of New York. The big ship before them evoked a mixture of awe, excitement, and foreboding as many had never seen the ocean before, let alone crossed it,

The U'S.S' Aquitania was immense in size stretching 901 feet and having a breadth of 97 feet at her widest point. She was the last of only fourteen four-funneled liners ever constructed, and the first line to have a gyro compass and special "anti-rolling" tanks for stabilization. She had six spacious decks and her large hull was divided into ten watertight bulkheads' Each of her four propellers weighed an awesome 171/2 tons' Her once bright superstructure had been repainted a uniform shade of battleship Gray and her rambling decks, once the scene of carefree fun, were stripped of anything not expressly necessary to her wartime duties. Large guns were mounted on her fore and aft decks and the once large swimming pool had been drained and converted to a storage area for food and supplies. She was now carrying six times her normal peacetime passenger load of 2,200. The G.I''s and their gear were packed into bunks stacked six high in every nook and cranny of the ship'

Late in the morning on October 21, 1944, the U'S.S. Aquitania backed out of her dock in the Port of New York and pointed her bow toward the open sea and Greenock, Scotland. For many of the men, this was the first look at the Statue of Liberty, an awesome sight in the morning light. It was just four months since the D-day invasion and she would be facing the dangers of German U-boats patrolling the North Atlantic'

The jubilation of embarking on the U.S.S. Aquitania soon gave way to seasickness once the ship had reached top speed in the open sea. While one group was sleeping on the bunks,

 

 

 

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another was on deck doing mopping details or waiting in line for their next meal. Meals were only served twice a day and it took hours to rotate all the men through the line' Hershey bars helped many make it through the eight long days of sea travel'

The U.S.S' Aquitania was met by two Allied escort ships and English flying boats as it approached the coast of Scotland' The men disembarked at the deep-water port of Greenock Scotland, on October 28th, and boarded trains headed south for the midlands of England, arriving first in Banbury, England, and then moving to Southhampton, England, where additional training took place.

John Davis, currently of Monterey Park, California, was the C Company first scout and noted "Donald and I probably trained together in England. Ivy Morris, who was killed in Belgium, was a second scout and the only one I remember, but I had several seconds'" They boarded another ship that took them to LeHavre, France' Arriving at dark, they had to climb a steep hill carrying their backpacks, helmets, rifles, and duffel bags. Richard Idstein recalls C Company moved inland and camped in a cow pasture due to less chance of mines, spending several days there even though it was raining' "We slept in pup tents and it was strange to feel a cow breathing through the tent canvass'"

Nearby was a barn with straw which was enviously eyed, but the troops were told in no uncertain terms to stay away from it. Many of the men used their raincoats for ground cover.

Heading For Belgium

From LeHavre they traveled by truck convoy across France, stopping at Rheims, and then headed for eastern Belgium. There was quite a snowfall, according to Ray Ahrens, and the men were ordered to wash their feet in the belief that this would help prevent infection if they got frostbite. They built small fires and gathered snow which they put into their helmets to melt'

Ahrens remembers that while melting the snow, the heat from the fires would rise into the evergreen trees causing the snow on the branches to fall, which often ended up putting out our fires. "We would have to start all over again." They also used their helmets to soup.

Company C had been issued overshoes several days earlier, but was asked to turn them in for "the troops up front"' Unfortunately, it was just a matter of days before they were at the front and had no overshoes.

In the morning they were moving again on curving roads, up and down hills, with truck engines whining and growling, trying to maintain a close convoy' They passed signs that said, "You are now in sight of the enemy." They stopped at a small village with a good site stream running behind it with high cliffs or hills behind that. At night the artillery up in the hills behind the village would light up the sky like lightening flashes. Ahrens believes the village may have been Steinebrucke near the Our River. For three days they endured heavy snow and had no visibility from the air. For that reason they were able to build large enough fires, without risk of observation, to get some of their clothes and blankets dried out. They cleaned their weapons every day and were very serious when it came to thinking about using them very soon'

"None of us were too scared right the states Royce Lapp, C Company Weapo Platoon, "because we didn't know what we were getting into' The mortars had gotten caked with dirt and snow and a little rust lying in the jeep coming up from LeHav re. We got them all cleaned up and ready to go."

Arriving at the Front

The first day there, about mid-afternoon, they heard a machine gun fire off a burst' It was later determined that a gun mounted on a jeep had flipped down and the impact of the gun on the mounting post started it firing' After the initial scare (imagining it was the Germans), it was considered funny.

Some members of Company C were quartered upstairs in a farmhouse about 200-feet from the stream' The house was at the end of the small town called Hemmeres, a small village near -northeast Winterspelt, on the Belgium-German frontier. They unloaded in broad daylight and didn't realize how close they were to the line and felt fairly safe. Unknown to them, they had been under enemy observation coming into town.

 

 

 

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411Viically, according to Royce Lapp, "Here

we were closer to the line than we had ever been, yet for the first time since leaving Banbury, England, we had a roof over our heads'" The house had several steps leading in the front door. When you stepped through the door you were in the corner of the barn or livestock quarters; through the left was another door and to the right were the stairs to the platoon's quarters. The family living in the house was very friendly, yet the troops had been instructed to trust no civilians and to go nowhere without side arms. The dining room was also available to the men with a large heavy table, chairs and benches, a good place to write or just sit around at night and talk. The cook stove was there and it was the only place the family had to eat so the troops tried not to intrude when they were eating. Across from these quarters was a building which had the Army mess kitchen. The family went out of their way to be cordial and seemed anxious to make friends with the troops'

"1 remember very well one of the last nights we were there," writes Royce Lapp. "The man

*Whe house had come in evenings before and ould practice our German on him. He was about 40 (seemed old to us), not very large and was taking care of the place. He would come in and stir up the fire in our small stove, bring us apples or waffles or hot chocolate (made with real milk), and usually stay awhile to talk. This particular night, Pat our section runner, was playing his harmonica and got off on Christmas carols while the old man was there. We soon coaxed him into singing along. We opened the door to the next room and there was the whole family singing with us' It was a language of song that we all understood' We were singing praises to the same Lord. That was the closest I came to feeling a Christmas spirit that year"

December 16,1944 - The Germans Break Through

The troops had become accustomed to hearing the sounds of their own guns firing from up the hill across the river behind them' They had been firing harassing fire every day, but the noise on the morning of December 16th was different'

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"We had not been there more than a couple of days and were in the morning chow line," recalls Ahrens," when the residents were conspicuous by their absence' Word came that the Germans had broken through the front lines. "We dropped our mess kits' We were handed two C ration cans and two hand grenades' I was issued two boxes of 30-caliber ammunition'"

Lapp writes, "If I had realized that was the last hot food we would see for weeks I wouldn't have missed it."

C Company did not stay intact' Ray Ahrens was with part of C Company's Rifle Platoon near Steinebrucke by the Our River' Royce Lapp was with C Company's Weapon Platoon and saw battle closer to Winterspelt, Germany. This story contains portions of both of their experiences, although experienced several miles apart, were very similar. It cannot be confirmed, but it is likely that Donald's experience more closely reflected that of Ray Ahrens as Scouts were assigned to the Rifle Platoons.

Sgt. Griffin told the troops: "They've broken through Cannon Company and "C" Company is going up to plug the hole." The men believed it to be a heavy combat patrol that happened to hit a weak spot and slipped through. They didn't believe it could be anything more than that as the weather wasn't right for an attack'

The weather was freezing. The men had all the stuff they would need jammed into their packs: rations, gun cleaning oil, extra socks, a blanket' But just before climbing into the trucks they realized they couldn't do much fighting with all that stuff on their backs so they dropped their packs along with their gas masks. That left them with field jackets, wool gloves and overshoes to fight the cold, plus weapons and ammunition'

Company C believed they would go up, meet the bunch that had broken through the line, push them back, regain Canon Company's old positions and set up to hold. They expected their packs and overcoats to be brought to them in the trucks.

"As it turned out," says Lapp, "I never saw my pack overcoat or any other of my equipment again. There were plenty of uniforms in those duffle bags and the Jerries weren't slow to take advantage of them' We learned later that, dressed

 

 

 

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in our uniforms, they had a merry time disrupting communications, traffic flow, and supply lines'" Ahrens writes, "Quickly we loaded into trucks. As they were covered, it was difficult to tell how far we went' We stopped in a village, Eigelscheid, and piled out of the trucks' We had moved part of a block when we got our baptists in fire' Hugging the street, I started to pray the Lord's Prayer, and got to 'thy will be done' when the Sergeant yelled, 'Ahrens, go to the jeep and get the pintle'' It connects the machine gust to the tripod. In that rain of death, I got up with my amnto boxes, and crouching very low, I ran back to the jeep' I rummaged around until I found the pintle."

"When I got back the Sergeant yelled, "Move out!" We scurried out of there to the edge of the village and cut down across a pasture and into the woods Nati were so dense that the back half of the squad was left behind. I was sent back to get them. I found them in a few minutes, did an about face and, to my surprise, returned exactly to the squad. We proceeded through the woods and across another clearing and up against another woods where we came under shellfire again'"

The troops retreated to Winterspelt.

Ahrens writes, "This gave me an awful feeling like I was letting my country down; like I was a coward and letting down my fellow soldiers' It is of little comfort that I was following the machine gun with the ammunition. We took up defensive positions in the southwestern comer of the village'"

The men took position across the cobblestone street , near the last stone building where they set up their 30-caliber machine gun to the right of the Winterspelt sign, and just across from the stone building' They were about 10-15 feet beyond the house in a cave in the bank at the side of the road that may have been used for fruit or vegetable storage.

During the night the Germans sent up flares lighting up the whole area' The best thing one could do was to remain motionless. A truck pulled up in front of the cave in the middle of the night. It was so dark they couldn't see it, but they could hear German voices. The voices

passed on in a few minutes. The next morning troops would move ahead'

 

 

 

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they could hear hobnailed boot steps on cobblestones' Closer and louder the footste

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came until finally, almost as one, the MI's cracked' With that, the Sergeants dashed from the cave across the road glancing at the crumpled bodies of the German soldiers. "Just as I got to the corner of building, there were explosions out in front of me," writes Ahrens. "I turned, saw a door in the rear of the building, yanked it open and almost dived in. I didn't dive far, It was a toilet. I thought it was about as safe as I could find in a hurry."

Company C and the 106th Division occupied a front line that covered over three times the normal distance and, according to all sources of Military documents, the106th caught the brunt of the German offensive on December 16, 1944.

The shellfire grew heavier and a Captain said, "I'm going for help." Ahrens notes, "He may have been my Captain as we had not been together long enough to really get to know one another. I laterfound out our Captain Miller was killed by mid-morning' By late afternoon we had lost 12 men out of 16."

"Our section was broken up and eati mortar squad was attached to one of the rifle platoons," writes Lapp. "The terrain was rough and the load of anuno grew heavier with every slippery step. We soon began to see what was waiting for us up ahead' We saw that a fellow can be a beat-up bloody mess and still walk. These boy's making their way back to the aid station were not a pretty sight."

Some of the men were not wounded, but were dazed, disoriented, disorganized, and wandering aimlessly looking for buddies. From their comments the men learned that it had truly been a German break-through - the line hadn't given and bent or fallen back -it had been chewed up right where it was with massive artillery fire and overwhelming Infantry assault.

Lapp writes, "It was a baptism in fire to be long remembered." They were whisked off to one side and it soon became instinct to hit the ground with the first whistle, find the lowest depression possible and hug it close. At every little let up or pause in the bombardment the

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Oche Germans had the woods boxed in n perfectly as if they knew in advance exactly where the troops would be going. It appeared to the troops that they were throwing everything they had at once to catch them before they could reach the Germans.

"They did succeed in getting well over half the company in those first few hours. If I ever did any honest to goodness praying, I did it lying there with my face in the slush. Time had ceased to exist and the cold was no longer your primary concern," writes Lapp. "We were still pushing ahead to get out from under the artillery when we made contact with their infantry' They were taking chances then, practically dropping their shells on their own men. I heard the rip of a burp gun (a very rapid fire German machine gun) for the first time and everyone instinctively scooted back to lower ground as chips flew from the trees above. One of our boys got that first gun with a rifle grenade. From then on it was almost like attack problems we had run over and over at Camp Atterbury." Lt. McKay, the 1st Platoon Leader, must have seemed invincible to the Krauts' He didn't

liear to know the meaning of fear and was ead of the troops exposing himself to signal the men forward'

"If we had known then what we were doing we probably never would have done it," writes Lapp. "We were bucking the point of a major offensive that was soon going to crush about 40 miles of our lines and penetrate westward about 75 miles. We were green troops pushing back a small element of Hitler's pride and joy — the 6th and 8th Panzer Armies! "

Lapp's story continues in another direction as he avoided capture. Nonetheless, it is a story of heroics, saving fellow GI's, and defending one position after another.

December 16,1944 - Captured

The men in Company C did not know what others in the company were doing' It was almost every man for himself'

Ahrens, still in the small building with the toilet, recalls, "I had paused firing for a few minutes when I heard German voices, Very carefully I peered out of the hole' I could only look for a split second or risk being seen. The best I remember there were about five or six

German soldiers on the road in front of the building. The thought flashed through my mind, 'Rifle too unwieldy through that small hole, too slow a rate of fire; / must resort to a hand grenade.' In order to use it because they were so close, I had to get rid of some of the five seconds on the grenade fuse, So I held the grenade in my right hand, pulled the pin, let the handle fly off in the room, and started the count: one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, two seconds to go. I threw it as hard as I could through that small hole'" "Sensing my time or luck had run out, I started for the back door with the other GI', Leetz was his name, right behind me' I got about two steps outside the door and turned to see other GI's alongside the building already in the process of surrendering."

"Before I could take another step, 'KerWhoom' — it was a German grenade thrown over the roof I suppose in response to mine. I felt a pain in my right thigh' I was thrown back toward the door and lifted into the air somewhat. Leetz was thrown backwards into the building with a wound on his nose —it was not bleeding very hard."

"We followed the several GI's in front of us' The lead one was already in the street next to the Germans. As soon as we were all at the street, we were checked over for weapons." The captured GI's were taken to a place on the East side of the street about halfway between the curve in the road and the main road running through the village. There, they were checked again for weapons and gave their names, ranks, and serial numbers.

They proceeded to the main road where there lay a dead bloated cow, just to the northeast of it was a gap in the woods [Later identified as a road leading to Grosslangenfeld.] A P-38 Lockheed Lightning fighter plane passed over the village'

Ahrens recalls, "As I turned to the east my eyes came to rest on a dead American soldier laying in a half curled position with his head laying in a shallow puddle of water. My thoughts were, 'Even the dead should not be that way.' My next thought was, 'Did they booby-trap the body?' That is, put an explosive charge under the body so that when the body

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was moved it would explode killing or injuring some more soldiers."

"About then I was motioned to move toward a captured Dodge weapons carrier. We paused fora bit. My hands were getting cold; I reached in my field jacket pocket and pulled out one sock. I held it up out in front of me and motioned for the German guard to cut it in two, which he carefully did. The two halves felt good

on my hands'" By this time the Germans had gotten their wounded together'

Prisoners of War

The captured men of Company C mounted the German weapons carrier' The wounded Germans served as guards by placing their rifles across their knees, pointing them right into the American's midsections' This was not a choice situation and became scary as the truck roared to life and jerked into motion down the road. Looking into passing fields, the prisoners noticed holes appearing in the ground, evidence of American artillery fire. The truck engine noise was covering up the incoming noise of the rounds' Ahrens remembers thinking,"'.'

further away, no closer, etc."

Just outside of Winterspelt where the road turned and headed down hill the truck met an oxen with large horns pulling a cart. The road was narrow and as they passed, it caught a hom on the side of the truck. Its neck was twisted around until it appeared ready to snap, then it came loose. They continued down the hill winding through the woods and dismounted at the bottom'

The prisoners were herded into a line for first aid, an indiscriminate mix of German and American soldiers. As the line shuffled along, men were being given shots' Ahrens recalls

thinking, "What are those? Everyone was

getting shots so I'm not going to have a

choice." He later determined they were tetanus shots. After getting his shot, a paper bandage was placed on Ahrens hip injury'

From there they were loaded onto a good size bus with bench seats running lengthwise. There were a couple of lights in the ceiling, but just light enough so they could see one another. The bus windows were blacked out. On the bus the men were mixed German and Americans, without order.

Ahrens writes, "Before long I dozed off bus made a lurch and I woke feeling my helmet moving against steel' I tipped my head back away from the noise. What had happened? A German soldier and I had dozed off, and as we did we had tipped together and were resting against one another. The strangest feeling came over me. Here we were just two soldiers reduced to one common level."

At no time on these rides or marches did the prisoners talk. There was almost absolute silence, men without voices. They were taken further into Germany to the village of Gerolstein where they arrived at dark and were kept in a building with a large room. In the morning, more prisoners were brought in.

Among these was Duane Anderson, a G.I. who had been in basic training with Ahrens at Camp Fanning, Texas. Anderson and Ahrens were glad to see someone they knew.

Late in the day the prisoners boarded a train with a shrill whistle. The train moved out at dark so the town was not visible. Trains had to run at night to avoid their smoke being seen in daylight or risk being strafed and bombed by Allied pilots. The train was a passenger trill compartmentalized with benches crosswVii facing one another with a side door. The prisoners huddled together for warmth. As the train made its way through darkness, it passed a sign which said, Koln (Cologne), before halting in a rail switchyard. The city was being bombed close enough that the flashes showed the rails next to the train car. There was a hole where the rails had been and they were bent upward in huge circles. Vibrations rattled the car as the train moved on into the night. The next morning they were deeper into Germany' About mid-day they stopped and the Germans asked for volunteers to distribute soup.

Ahrens says, "I sent my helmet out from our compartment and we ate our meal out of my helmet. This was my first recollection of eating or drinking since the evening meal on December 15th' Many GI's had ditched their leggings, helmets, etc. I ditched nothing, a result of upbringing as well as service training. That served me well since my helmet was needed for soup'"

 

 

 

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fiAt another meal stop several days later, the Germans again asked for volunteers' Through the high window opposite the door were pushed several loaves of hard brown military bread and some cans of meat'

At one time the train passed an overpass in a small town during late afternoon' Out the small window was seen a German civilian on a bicycle with an evergreen Christmas tree being pulled behind him. The scene was too much food for thought, for the prisoners were captured just prior to Christmas Day.

The Germans passed out fold-over post cards on which the prisoners were authorized to write a letter home. These post cards were the first signs that those captured were still alive, classifying them as Prisoners of War' Many families did not get these post cards until three months after they were written.

Back in El Dorado, Kansas.... A telegram is received from the War Department by Donald's Mother, notifying her that her son, Pvt. Donald E. Doubek, is reported as missing in action since December

51944 after an intense German counternsive in France. However, she was unaware of the message for several days, as she had been out of town on a buying trip for her store, the Doubek Hat and Dress Shop. She collapsed at the news and was taken to the Allen Memorial Hospital.

On March 7,1945, Donald's mother received a second message from the War Department informing her that Donald was a Prisoner of War and interned in Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde, Germany. She had received a letter from Donald the previous Wednesday stating that.

Life as a POW

January 20, 1945: The men were deloused. They undressed and the clothes they put in a basket were put in fumigating chambers. A German sat with a bucket in front of him, with a swab on a stick, As they passed facing him, out of the bucket came a swab, and with the deft hand of a person with much experience, he moved the swab in a circular motion around the men's genitals' It burnt.

From there they hurried to the shower room

•asisteaming water coming from numerous • •

nozzles in the ceiling. They tried to cool the swabbed area but it was like fighting fire with fire. They showered for only a few minutes and then their clothes were brought to them' They continued on in the train arriving sometime in the night and stumbled from the train into the cold air. They were herded to flatbed trucks without any side boards and crowded into them standing up.

Their next stop: POW Camp Stalag XI-B.

The prisoners were separated with those having Jewish names going somewhere else' Many of the GI's were not aware that Jews were being treated differently by the Germans' The prisoners were herded to a barracks and given a blanket measuring approximately 3'x4'' It was not uncommon for two men to share their blankets, overlapping them for maximum coverage. If a GI' happened to still have his overshoes when captured, you would see them sticking out from under his blanket when he slept. He dared not take them off or they would have been stolen. The bunks were bare boards. There was a place at the end of the barracks fora toilet, but feces covered the wall and floor. An alternative was a ditch dug outside, but no privacy. It was not uncommon to be harshly awakened in the middle of the night for searches.

Prisoners were sparingly given Red Cross parcels, or at least parts of them. They contained dried fruits, chocolate bars, powdered milk called Klim, cigarettes, vitamins, salt and paper packets, and meat. It would not be uncommon for a small group of prisoners to share a single chocolate bar. Gold top Parker ink pens were hot trading items for food as well as Solingen straight razors.

Sleeping on bare boards, especially for the wounded, pushed prisoners to the limit' Ray Ahrens writes, "I saw the Germans putting up tents in the prison yards and putting straw in them' One night the air raid sirens started and the lights went out inside the barracks as well as all of the outside lights. From bomb flashes I could see just enough to dash to the tent, grab up a large armful of straw, and run back to the barracks and to the bunk

 

 

 

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If the Germans would have caught me, I One large bomb hit a brick building inside might have been shot on the spot. If other GI's camp. There were 63 officers of the 106* had seen what I was doing, it would have gotten most of them medical officers, who were out of control, then who knows what. Of course, killed by that one single bomb. In the village thereafter, our bunk was much easier to lay in. of Diet, 163 civilians were killed and nearly /still don't know how I got away with it. Dumb 140 houses destroyed.

luck, I guess'"          Many of the 106th POW's were in the rail

The men were grateful for the Army-issued yards in box cars on their way to Bad Orb, clothes they had on when captured: long woolen Stalag 9-B. There were a few killed, but not as underwear, field jacket, good shoes, leggings, many as it were first thought. After the rails wool knit helmet liner' Many had left their were repaired, over the next two to three days, gloves in their barracks bag when first ushered the three trains continued to Stalag 9B, Bad to the front and had no time to get them' Orb, 35-miles northeast of Frankfurt.

On Christmas Day prisoners were given a Boxcars were typically loaded with 60 men half a glass of beer which tasted kind of good, per car. The European boxcar is roughly half but more important they were hoping there was the size of those with which we are familiar in some food value in it. Many of the men suffered America, They were known as 40&8 boxcars. dysentery and hunger was eating away their Designed for 40 men or 8 horses. Sanitation body weight' Many prisoners suffered was nonexistent. Buckets were frequently frostbitten feet, many had skin infections placed in the cars for human waste and were in oozing pus, and other's had breathing problems' frequent use since many of the men suffered On a sunny morning around the first of the from dysentery'

year the prisoners were told to form ranks         The Germans usually placed a box car

outside the barracks. Food was rationed' Every loaded with French women ahead of the engine

so many prisoners received a can of meat; every to discourage the French Underground from

so many more got a loaf of hard bread. The blowing up the bridges. The train on wh&

prisoners would share with one another. Dale Harriman was placed is no exceptioNli

They were moved again, this time riding in        The bombing and strafing by American planes

plain boxcars with enough room only for them was not unusual, as the cars were not marked. to sit. No sooner had the box car been filled Once, while Harriman was on a train, P-47's and the lock clacked on the door, when the strafed the train twice, the first time on the prisoners heard fighter plane engines growling outskirts of Tours. Bombs had destroyed a bridge. for all they were worth, machine guns going The P-47's destroyed the engine, but also killed rat-a-tat-tat, and wind screaming past their 16 men and wounded many more while they were wings. The prisoners could not see out' There locked in the boxcars.

were two holes about seven inches by sixteen    Ahrens writes that one-day a dozen

inches up about six feet in opposite corners of prisoners were called out to go to the woods the box car. The men sat huddled against the about a mile and half from the camp. Snow was sides and were very frightened, many accepting about a foot deep and without the Army-issued the fact that they were going to die. Fortunately, leggings, snow would have been in their shoes. the boxcar in which Ahrens was located took About half a mile away they saw a German no hits and it grew quiet again. place which had belly-landed in the field. The According to J. P. Kline, CUB editor, there Germans told the prisoners to go into the woods was a bombing incident on 23 December 1944 to gather firewood and return in fifteen minutes. at Stalag XII-A, Limburg, Germany, where It could have been a chance to escape, but Donald was prisoner' This was about 25 miles to what? It was the middle of one of the coldest east of Koblenz, and about 110 miles from January's on record, the Allies were about 300 where Donald was captured. The English miles to the west, and the Russians just 100 bombed the rail yards next to Limburg, a small miles. To escape to the Russians meant you village named Dim The heavy winter winds might never be seen again'

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In the camp carpenter shops they built mummy shaped coffins. Every so often one was used, almost always out of the Russian part of the camp.

Daily life in the prison camp was varied and often depended on a prisoner's bartering capability' Cigarettes were the most popular form of barter, but food such as bread was equally good' At one point the Russian prisoners began paying for things with more cigarettes than the Americans, creating an inflation on goods. The Americans persuaded them to keep prices level and equal for everyone. Somehow a few Americans had acquired a violin, a guitar, an accordion and a armonica and put on a show. One of the favorite tunes was "Grandpa nearly eighty, says by cracky, I'm going to marry Katy, and they're doing the boogie now.." This relieved anxiety for a few minutes, but fear was a constant companion. Prisoners had been forewarned not to be surprised if the guards in the towers opened up on them with their machine guns. It kept prisoners in line and conversations minimal among men'

About the first of March 1945 the prisoners were told they were vacating the camp as the Russian Army was at Atettin, about 50 miles east, on the Oder River. Prisoners were assembled into ranks and marched out of camp through a large overhead stone gateway. It looked as if it had been there several hundred years' This was in the northwest corner of Neu Brandenburg. The weather that day was moderate and as the prisoners marched they jettisoned anything not absolutely necessary. The stony silence as they marched was conspicuous. They saw a road sign that read, "Malchin'" There were small towns before that, and by the end of the first day the men were dragging their feet. It is estimated they had walked twelve miles that first day before turning off the road and entering a barn. Some soldiers were hit in their backs with rifle butts to hurry them to the back of the barn; others rushed past the guards trying to avoid this punishment. The men were packed in the barn; in the dark every move resulted in your hand being in someone's face or stomach. The only good thing about being packed in was that it kept you warm'

t'sthey didn't return!] With no food or water, [In 1992 the Russians admitted they had some

no shelter, plus the enemy, escape wasn't impossible, but definitely stupid, Interestingly, the Germans required the POW's to give them their salt and pepper packets from the Red Cross parcels so they couldn't be used to throw off tracking dogs! The wood gathered was not for the POW's; it was given to the Germans. Prisoners were fed once a day: a bowl of cabbage soup, maybe a chunk of meat, maybe a cabbage worm or two (they never bothered to look!), some hard bread. Once a week they got thick barley soup, which was good. They also got ersatz coffee. Because the coffee was hot and the barracks only had cold running water (from 3am until 8am), it was not uncommon for the men to use some of the coffee for shaving' The Germans would give the prisoners two cigarettes a week but they were very mild and not good enough for trading for other items.

Ahrens remembers, "One day my portion of the Red Cross parcel was part of a box of runes. I nibbled at them a little, then a little re, and then I noticed I had nibbled quite a

of them, Well, late in the night I had to head to the toilet. I recall I was a little short Of making it. I had never learned until that night the effects of a lot of prunes, especially on not too full a stomach."

Americans were separated from British and Russian prisoners. When the air raid siren went on, out went the lights. The American officers, as well as the Germans had warned the men, that a lit cigarette could be seen for an incredible distance. In fact, the Germans had told them if they saw a light they would shoot right at it.

"I looked out the window (at the sound of the sirens) and saw a light flickering in the washroom of the British barracks next to ours," writes Ahrens' "In our washroom I loosened the faucet knob, opened our window and hurled the knob at the light. It must have hit the window frame so I loosened another one and hurled it. I could hear the glass break, and the fire went out inunediately."

 

 

 

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Other towns were passed: Teterow, Gustrow.     After passing Parhion, then Neustadt,

They plodded along until their next 3'x5' door' Ludwigslust, then Dannenburg, the prisoners The next morning several GI's were missing at realized they were marching in a curve toward roll call' When the German's threatened to go the southwest and then, later, almost due south' through the barn with pitchforks, they hurried They considered these twists and turn's a good out' It was a dumb thing to do because they sign that the Western Allies were advancing as were too far away from any place that could be the days went by' Fear developed among some called safe. of the men that if this were true the Germans The prisoners were thirsty having little might march them back across the Elbe and east water to drink and some rushed to the river's to Lord knows what. edge for water' A German officer fired his pistol One day some American planes dropped at them, high over their heads, and they rushed bombs' The Germans allowed the prisoners to back to the line' Ray Ahrens recalls, "I was take shelter up against a stone fence, most likely thirsty, too, but I had put a small stone in my in the hopes that the planes would move on'

mouth. This seemed to help. It also kept my      Another day on top of a hill, the prisoners

mouth shut ''' that helped, too."    could see radar screens revolving slowly as B-

He continued, "At another place we were 17 bombers droned overhead. The planes kept, the building alleyway had a gunny sack dropped tinfoil to disrupt and fool the German of oats. I took a handful and put them in my radar' On sunny days this made the sky glitter pocket' I probably used as much energy hulling like it was decorated' One-day planes were the oats as I got from eating them' One time I heard several miles away and the prisoners was the last one out of the German supply gathered to watch B-17's in huge groups almost building, saw a chance and took it' I grabbed blanket the sky' They could see their vapor trails (stole) a loaf of bread - waltzing again with head down and right through the bomber's the grim reaper! As I walked toward the rest of formation' The German planes took out two B-

the group, the German's were yelling, I hoped 17's, one bomber trailing smoke made a Iat one another! Ofcourse, I imagined they were "U" turn losing altitude all the time. A aft

looking for the bread' As quickly as I got into parachutes appeared and then the plane exploded the barn I cut it up in pieces and got rid of it' into a million shiny pieces in the sunlight. The This was foolish. Even though we were losing other plane just nosed over and spiraled to the weight, we were not yet desperate'" Had he ground' The crew joined the rest of the prisoners.

been caught, he most likely would have been     Because the American forces were so close

shot on the spot'      to the prisoners, they were frequently marched

The sights along the road varied' They late into the night' One night a small German passed horses pulling wagons' They saw oats car driving with only its blackout lights ran into being thrashed with a stationary steam engine, the column knocking down several GI.'s and a baling the straw into loose bales right behind German guard'

the thresher' At another farm they saw a Near dawn one morning, about three-fourths

McCormick-Deering Big Four, hay mower, of a mile from Wolmirstedt, they heard artillery reminding the men of home. The tractors had and soon a squadron of American P-47 fighter two-cylinders (like John Deere) and called planes appeared' The prisoner's scattered and Lantz BullDogs. held their breath as other POW's, mistaken for Around the first of April the prisoners came enemy troops, were strafed and lost their lives. to the Elbe at Dannenburg. The river was The prisoners were lucky because a few minutes overflowing onto grassy paRures' The Germans later those planes bombed and fire rockets at the allowed the men to undress so they could go town. American troops were just a few miles from into the river to bathe. The water was cold and the prisoners but they did not get liberated. Instead they had nothing with which to dry them selves' they were marched back away from them. At this

point there were about 200 POW's and German

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41,3ecause of that incident the men were Camp Lucky Strike

marched late into the night until they reached   Flying in low over fields, Camp Lucky

another large barn, The next morning as the Strike was in sight, The men could see wrecked prisoners woke, it was obvious that the end of planes on the edges of the field.

their captivity was close, Most of the guards      After the Allies secured the French harbor

had disappeared, The German Sergeant who of LeHavre on the eastern side of the Bay of was left in charge of the prisoners, said, "Allen the Seine, the Americans began ringing the city Kaput" tall is finished), He told the prisoners with camps that served as staging areas for new if he were given orders to move them, he would troops arriving, Most of the camps were located leave and not march them further. He said he between LeHavre and Rouen.

knew what they were up against, He was really  The camps, by war's end, were devoted to

caring and told the men he had been a prisoner processing returning soldiers and liberated

of Americans in WW I, He was returning the American POW's, The camps were named for

kindness of his treatment,  American cigarettes, which were fast becoming

Liberated!      a universal currency. The evacuation sites were

About 1:30 p.m, on Friday. the 13th of April called Camp Chesterfield. Camp Lucky Strike, 1945, an American jeep pulled into the square Camp Old Gold, Phillip Morris, Pall Mall, etc. and an American officer shook hands with a     Unfortunately, the camps also had other

few of the G.I,'s. The prisoners were given K nicknames: Pneumonia Hole, repple-depples, rations and the jeep turned around. leading them repo depots, Trench foot ran rampant.

down the road to a small village several miles     So did the flu. The canvas tents were usually

away. The prisoners marched to the edge of the sitting in mud,

C

village and stopped while an officer went Camp Lucky Strike was the largest transit

ethrough the village telling the residents to leave, camp, It was opened in December 1944 and e prisoners followed in like a swarm of rats, closed in February 1946. The camp was like a The first thing the prisoners did was heat U.S. town with theaters, hospitals, PX and gift water in a tub on a stove. Some men went to a shops, and it mainly consisted of more than

1

chicken house declaring rights to chickens and 12,000 tents, At times, more than 100,000 U.S.

eggs, They bathed and dressed, Ray Ahrens soldiers stayed there.

went to a dresser. He wrote, "But nothing was   The men arriving at Camp Lucky Strike were

left but a pair of women's pants (no problem), suffering from the intense cold and lack of

s

I put them on, What a relief after four months sleep, Cots were assembled, stoves set up, and

fuel procured for the weary men, The heat from

in the same clothes!" He put his old outer

clothes on over them.         the stoves served to thaw the dirt floors and

The next day U.S, Army 6x6 trucks were transform them into ankle-deep mud. To remedy there to pick up the prisoners, Several hours this, gravel was hauled in pails, steel helmets, and later they arrived at Hildesheim, given good any other container that could be found, Some warm clothes and dusted with DDT, The men tents had wooden floors, doors, shelves, and had their heads shaved because of the lice. cabinets, but not all,

After the prisoners were at Camp Lucky

The command came to load up, and the men

Strike a week, they were transported to the

climbed aboard C47's. The planes flew close

docks for the Liberty ship to take them home,

to the ground staying tight in formation to

protect each other from German fighter plane    Ray Ahrens was in the middle of the

attacks. The planes were so close together, you Atlantic Ocean returning home when could see faces in the other plane's windows, V-E Day was declared,

They were flown to Rheims, France, then taken Donald Came Home .. .

to Camp Lucky Strike at LeHavre. Bonnie L. (Doubek) McNunn,

Associate member

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In Memoriam...

Barich, John 423/K

Rte 1, 727 County Hwy 3, Friendship, WI 53934 Died 29 Dec' 201' Survived by his wife, Katherine. John D. Kozik reported the death of his great-uncle.

Finnegan, John F. 424/A

5010 Sulky Dr, Richmond, VA 23228

Died 2 October 2001. Incomplete report in last CUB'' Preceded in death by his first wife, Doris. He is survived by his wife, Clara Whitlow Finnegan; his son Stewart and his wife, Shirley and a granddaughter, Emily. He is also survived by his brother, James Finnegan and his wife Edith; and a host of nieces and nephews' His wife Clara wrote, "His death was very sudden. The afternoon before he said he had been feeling better than he had for a long time. On arising I had fixed his breakfast and he said he wanted to thank me for all the nice and wonderful things wonderful things I had done for him' He sat down to eat and without a word dropped dead' I feel that he had a premonition of his oncoming death."

Hines, Roy Albert 424/1

1814 W Terrace Ave, Fresno, CA 93705

Died 8 September 2001' His wife notified us of his death. No other details known'

Holden, Robert 423/I

4690 Kynnelwotoh, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Died 4 December 2001' Richard Peterson, 423/I reported the death of his comrade. He said, "Robert died Tuesday at Genesis Medical Center-West Campus, Davenport, IA'" No other details were known'

Jenkins, Robert A. 423/M

45 Susan, O'Fallon, MO 63366

Died 11/20/2000: A letter from his widow Katherine. No other details given

Jochems, Richard B. DIVIHQ

1905 SW Palm City Rd #A, Stuart, FL 34994 Died 26 October 2001. His daughter, Lyne Drouillard, sent a copy of his obituary. Comrade Harold Kuizema, 589/B, also wrote, "He was a very special friend, beginning in April 1944' We went to Camp Atterbury, together, from Grand Rapids' Dick made me aware of the 106. Infantry Division Association. It was because of Dick that I became a member of the association in 1970. Born in the Netherlands in 1913. He is survived by his wife of 62 years,

Charlotte, daughter Lynne, son Richard, grandchildren, one great-grandchild. President of the Grand Rapids Real Estate Board 1961 to 1963. Realtor of the year in 1969, Board of trustees of the First United Methodist Church.

Kahler, John K. 42310

887 Sugar House Drive, Port Orange, FL 32119 Died 31 December 2001: Roy Burmeister, 589/B reported, "John was 85 and was blind at death. His wife, who passed away two years ago, had been his "eyes." He was a member of the East Central Florida chapter of the AM Ex-POW in Daytona Beach area' He was present at a recent AX-POW meeting. His Granddaughter and Great Grandson were present and he was enjoying the comradery'"

Kinney, Lawrence M. 423/I

1319 North 2ru1 Street, Arkansas City, KS 67005 Dial 21 December 2001 accordin to his some Don, who sent and email letter. He sais, "As far as we can tell it was 57 years to the day that Dad was looaded into a box-car and sent to a Prisoner of War Camp. He was proud to have served his country. He was a great man and touched many lives in a positive manner' ti will be greatly missed by all, especially M (Lois), they were a team over 67 years'"

Landis, Robert J. 424/D

210 Indian Mountai Lakes, Albrightsville, PA 18210 Date of Death: 1 January 2002: Robert's daughter Denise Wettstein, notified us by email. He was vacationing in Hilton Head, South Carolina at the time of his death. She said, "He is survived by his wife Maryjane, 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren' We were proud to display the U.S' Flag at his private service decorated with the Lion Patch that meant so much to him. His recent Association with the 106th Infantry Division Association and the wonderful people that he and my mom met at the various Reunions, was so meaningful to him and her..

Lennstrom, Edward A. 424/HQ 3Bn

839 Highland Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423

Died 30 August 2001: Emily, his wife, reported, "Sorry it took me so long to report Ed's death. He passed away in his sleep (congestive heart failure)' He looked forward to receiving The CUB. Thank you for everything. He was a dear friend of Lee Berwick, 424/HQ 3Bn, who passed away April 26, 2001. He is survived by

Rest In Peace

In Memoriam...

wife, Emily and daughters Linda M. and son-in-law, John VanWestrienen; Lea M and son-in-law Bob Sullivan; four grandchildren, Greta, Brittany, Mara and Brendan,

Marsh, Robert 423/D

PO Box 437, Ca! Nev Ari, NV 89039

Died 14 October 2001. His death was reported, without any details, in the last CUB as 1 October. His son, Randy Marsh wrote, "My Dad died 14 October 2001 serving as a volunteer fireman in Nevada. He was responding to what turned out to be an abandoned vehicle and suffered a fatal heart attack while pulling up to the scene, He was dead before before any any other person got to the scene. He was given a full fire department ceremony, with Honor Guard." Patchen, Frank 423/HQ

PO Box 3002, Corsicana, TX 75151

Richard Sparks, 423 I&R Platoon, notified us that Frank had died on 5 December 2001. He said, "Frank was 88 years of age, he was a member of the original I&R Platoon when it formed at Fort Jackson.Frank was made Sergeant of the 423rd Regimental Motor pool. He

many others was captured in the Battle of

Bulge. In civilian life he was, at one time, 0 of the McCrory retail chain, He joined the Association just before the Indianapolis Reunion in 1998. He is survived by a daughter Janet and a granddaughter Lauren."

Potter, Raymond E. DIV/HQ

5014 Cedar Lane, Pell City, AL 35128

His son, Richard, notified us his father had died on 6 June 2001. His mailing address is: Potter, Bryant & Moore, 617 South 38. St., Birmingham, AL

Prendergast, Richard M. 422/H

3574 N Oakland Ave A pt 207, Shorewood, WI 53211

Date of death unknown Sauer, Maurice M. 590/HQ

397 Blackhawk Vista, Oregon, IL 61061

Died 15 January 2002: Death reported by his wife Marilyn. Maurice was born May 23, 1923. Christian Funeral Mass at St Mary Church, Oregon, Illinois' Celebrant: Rev John Hanrahan, St Mary Catholic Church Polo, Illinois. Maurice was a POW at Dresden an - an Artillery Surveyor in the 590 FAB.

Schneider, Francis "011ie" 590/SV

9116 E, Cactus Lane South, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

Died 13 October 2001: His wife Joan said, "011ie" died in his home. He was born 4 September 1920 in rural Minonk, Illinois the son of John and Rose Hindert Schneider. We were married May 29, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.. He held several jobs in his life, including for the Railway Express Agency. Survivors include two sons Raymond and Rick; seven brothers and two sisters' Also surviving are two grandchildren, Erik and Heidi and two great-grandchildren Elissa and Katie Marie' His parents preceded him in death'

Stolp, Robert R. 590/HQ

3725 Bennet, Dearborn, MI 48124

Died 13 December 2001' Russ Mayotte Livonia, MI reported Robert's death. Survived by his widow, Elizabeth' Father of Nancy (John) Murnan and Daniel (Lisa)' Grandfather of Rhonda (Michael) Patyl and Robert Murnan. Brother of 6.

Teahan, John A. 422/K

15445 Everly Drive, Roseville, MI 48066

Died 17 December 2001. Russ Mayotte reported John's death. No other details known. Trachsel, Junior D. 424/F

PO Box 222, Sugarcreek, OH 44681

Died 22 October 2001: Born August 22, 1925, at Sugarcreek. He retired from the Ohio Association of Public School Employees of Columbus and was the custodian of the Graway Schools for 17 years. A Deacon of the Sugarcreek Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his wife Mabel Harman Traschel, whom he married May 3, 1946; four sons Jerry, Gary, Daniel and David, one son-in-law, James Kart; one sister Vera Weymouth; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wassgren, Milton 81. Eng/A

401 Valley View Drive, Schlesweg, IA 51461

Died 20 October 2001: Milton was a retired Oil Jobber and Real Estate Broker' He is survived by Betty, his wife of 53 years and a daughter, Deborah of Half Moon Bay, California' Williams, Aubrey J. 423/G

2201 Flair Drive, Oklahoma City. OK 73159

Died 4 December -

Reported by his widow Sarah.

        

Rest In Peace

Fort Jackson, 1943, Battery A, 590th FAB, Detail Section

Front Row: Bob Jenkins; George Peros Association Board of Directors 1999-2003); Russ Gunvalson

Back: Len Wauroski; John Phillips; Sgt. T, Sot; George Cunningham; Jr, Bobroski; Joe Cigna; Gordon Sather

Photo by Gunvalson

56th Annual Reunion         S

106th Infantry Division Association        

September 18 - 22, 2002   

Holiday Inn - Hampton, Virgiana 

Reunion Activi2002'hedule

Registration Forms

being mailed Special First Class Mail

to each Association membego'y mid - February 2002.

This will be the only mailing - save the forms

so you will have them when you decide to go.

The CUB

A quarterly publication of the

10611. Infantry Division Association, Inc' A nonprofit Organization USPO #5054 St Paul, MN - Agent: John P Kline, Editor Membership fees include CUB subscription Paid membership February I, 2002 - 1,585

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 Men

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

Editorial Matters, Membership Committee:

John P, Kline — CUB Editor

11 Harold Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337-2786

952-890-3155 - jpk@mm,com

Business Matters, Deaths, Address changes:

John Swett— Adjutant

10691 E Northern Crest Dr, Tucson, AZ 85748

520-722-6016 - jaswet@juno.com

Memorial Matters and Inquiries:

Dr. John G Robb — Memorial Chairman

238 Devore Dr., Meadville, PA 16355

814-333-6364

Membership Dues, Historical Items:

Sherod Collins — Treasurer/Historian

448 Monroe Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144

770-928-3207

Membership Fees

Life Vets/Associates ,,. $75 Auxiliary $15

Annual Vets/Associates.,, SIO Auxiliary $2

Make Checks Payable to

"106th Infantry Division Association"

Send Check and Application to

Treasurer - see above

Board of Directors

Joseph P' Maloney, 424/HQ (Exec' Comm.) (2002)

1120 Warren Avenue, Arnold' PA 15068

723.335,104 [mail: maloney@salsgivercom

Richard D. Sparks, 423/HQ         (2002)

3180 Hanley Street, Deltona, FL 32738

904-789-4692 Email: dsparky@eartlink,net

Jo. O' Gilliland, 592/SV     , (2003)

140 Nancy Street, Boaz' AL 35957

256-593,801

Frank Lapato, 422/HQ       (2003)

. 8, Box 403, Kittanning, PA 16201

724548,119 Email: flapato@alltel,net

Harry F' Martin, Jr, 424/L            (2003)

PO Box 221, Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

973-663-2410 maninjr@localnet.com

George Peros, 590/A           (2003)

19160 Harbor Tree Court, NW Fort Myers, FL 33903

941-731-5320

Charles F' Weak 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: rigatti@libcom,com

Jolt's R' Schaffner, 589/A (Exec' Comm') , , , (2004)

1811 Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1013

410-584-2754 Email:jschaffn@bepl.net

Jack A' Sulser, 423/F       

917 N Ashton Street, Alexandria, VA2 23.5506 110 703-354-0221 Email: sulserjl@earth link,net

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 483041401

248-338-2667 Email:jmr810@aol,com

Wald Toy, 422/K      (2005)

4605 Wade Stieet, 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: wgbridges@zebra,net

Joseph A. Massey, 422/C   (2006)

4820 Spunky Hollow Rd, Rerzilap, AL 35133.5546

205-681-1701

Walter M' Snyder, 589/A    (2006)

2901 Dunmore Rd Apt Fa, Dundalk, MD 21222-5123

410-285.2707

Robe. F' Sowell, 424/E        (2006)

612 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 902741208

310-378-5404 Email: marthasowell@earthlink,net

Hal Taylor, 423/CN            .(2006)

2172 Rocicrtdge Dr. Grand Jut..' CO 81503.2534

970-245-7807 Email: hal1271@attbi,com

THE ARDENNES * THE RHINELAND * CENTRAL EUROPE

C UB

The Veterans ol 1/79

1061/7 INFANTRY

DIVIS/ON     GOLDEN LION

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Vol 58 - No 3 APR - MAY - JUN 2002

          CUB Cover

          September 1947

          Indianapolis

          Indiana

          1st Annual

          106th

          Reunion

          See Back Page

          for details on

          56th Annual

          Reunion

          Hampton, VA

          Sept 18-22

          2002

THE GOLDEN LION ROARS         

President's View...

Looking forward to the 55th Annual Reunion'

John Schaffner,       VP, is off to the old

battlegrounds in the St. Vith area. I'm looking for his usual complete report in a future Cub. Schaffner writes so well he brings his trips to life.

Our Second VP Jack Roberts has been having some serious medical problems but has a strong will. Jack has the Nominations to the Board well in hand at this early stage' The nominations will be presented to the Board and membership at the September meeting. Jack tells me he will arrange his medical procedures to be at Hampton.

John Schaffner, I" VP, mentioned above, has done a yeoman's job in keeping the Mini reunions going for another year. Jack did two stints as the chair of this important facet of our Association. Give a hand to these two fine men. They take on the leadership for the next two years.

Each and every one of you should have

received the mailing forms for the 56"' reunion in Hampton.

Donna Lee of the Armed Forces Reunions tells us that even at this early date, April, you are signing up. It nice to see that we are getting people interested in the sea food dinner trip and the Harbor Cruise as well.

Now the rest of you might just take down the forms that you put under the magnet as you were instructed to do, fill them out and send them to the appropriate people' Remember what we said in the mailing. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to take a couple of extra days either before or after the reunion to tour on your own.

You don't want to miss Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Colony or even a trip to Virginia Beach and the shore area. We are just a couple hours from Richmond and

the scenes of the tragedy of 1860's. One can get there via the Interstate system' I know the Holiday Inn and Conference Center will go all out to accommodate you, because I know their hospitality' I have experienced both their good graces and those of the Convention and Business Bureau.

You History buffs will enjoy the walk through Fort Monroe and the Casement Museum. I know I did. Some of you might be interested in seeing where Jefferson Davis was housed for a short time after the War it's in there as are many period artifacts of the era. This is the largest stone fort ever built in the U'S'

We do hope you are taking care of yourselves, keeping healthy and are beginning to pack for Hampton, September 17 (early bird day) if you can or come on the 18`h that's OK too.

There is an old Irish saying," As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way." Good Health and a happy attitude. Think Hampton in September two thousand two'

Joseph P. Maloney, President - 106th Infantry Division Association

 

 

 

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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: maloney@salsgiver,com

Chaplain's Message...

"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26)

On February 12, 1973, Brigadier General Dick Abel was part of a contingent to Vietnam in a joyful mission to repatriate American P.O.W.'s from Vietnamese prison camps. Many of these men had spent years in dirty, hot, bug-infested cells' They had been starved and tortured' Somehow they had survived. On the flight home, Gen' Abel asked how anyone could survive such conditions. One man replied: "If it weren't for the Lord, I would never have made it, I looked up one day and seemed to see a vision of the Lord, and he said to me, "Larry, you'll make it'"

When we were young and vigorous we believed that we would live forever, and that anything was possible. As years have passed and we have faced life's disappointments, sorrows and hurts, we have come to learn that yes, anything is possible as long as the Lord is in it'

We sometimes look back now and see how the hand of God was upon our lives so many times. Unlike Larry, we did not always recognize it. But it should be a strength and a reminder to us in later years' As we face the complex problems that often accompany aging'.. deteriorating health, diminishing strength and abilities, the loss of old friends and even of life's partners''' we need reminders of how God's strong arm supported us all those many years ago - even when we were clinging to life precariously, At Arlington, speaking of the bond that still unites us after all these years, your chaplain attributed it to the remembrance that there was a time when all we had was one another. The truth is, of course, that there never was such a time. We had far more than just one another. God was there! In life and death, God was there!

It's still true today. But, like that P.O.W. Larry, our lives must be open to His presence. The key is the open heart. Isaiah wrote: "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near" And again he wrote: "When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers they shall not overflow thee'" In other words, no waters of affliction shall overcome us when we open our lives to the reality of His presence and put our trust in His promises, then He's with us''' beside the hospital bed, or the wheelchair, at the graveside, with the lonely, calming the desperate and reassuring us: "You'll make it! You'll make it!"

"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

 

 

 

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Chaplain

Dr, Duncan Trueman, 424/AT

29 Overbill Lane, Warwick NY 10990

TEL: 845-986-6376 FAX: 845-986-4121

Front & Center . . .

Editor's Report

John Kline, 423/M

11 Harold Drive

Bumsville, MN 55337-2786

Tele: 951-890-3155

Web site: http://www,mm.com\user\jpk

Email: jpk@mm.com

Donations Since Last CUB

January-Feb- March 2002

Beach, Jean  10

Beaver, Johnnie 423/H      25

Cooley, James 423/D         5

De Santis, Joseph 422/HQ/1" Bn

In memory of his wife         500

Erhardt, Roger J' 81" ENGIC        3

Hanke, Arthur K'     26

Head, R'L.     20

Idstein, Richard 424/C      20

Lauman, Dorothy (Widow of Pete) 5

McMichael, Byrce D' 591/HQ       5

Petito, Joseph 591/B         20

Prell, Donald 422/AT         20

Prewett, Edward 424/B memory of Lloyd Cosby his foxhole buddy 100 Young, Damon 423/D         5

Thanks to you all.

Donations are placed in the operating

fund to help offset Association expenses.

Your generosity is appreciated.

If you are an

"Annual Pay Member"

and the mail envelope label on

this CUB reads

"Paid to July 1, 2002"

this is the last CUB

you will receive

unless you send us your

ANNUAL DUES

($10.00 per year)

(Re-up for LIFE $75.00)

SEND it TO:

Treasurer: Sherod Collins

440 Monroe Trace

Kennesaw, GA 30144

Email "Bulge List"

If you are on email and are not receiving email from me sent to a list of members I call my "Bulge-List" please drop me an email at jpk@mm.com and request to be added to this list of over 375 participants. The email list itself, is not distributed. Email addresses are sent BCC: Blind Carbon Copy so that your address will not show.

Items of interest about WWII, places on the Internet relating to the war and news from the Association are passed to the group. You can get off the list anytime you please. No junk mail, no politics, no jokes, no rumors, only what I feel would be of interest to the group about our Association and WWII experiences' No special frequency, just whenever and whatever strikes my fancy'

Drop me an email and say

" Add me to the list."

John Kline, editor jpk@mm,com

106th web site: http:///www.mm.comiuser/jpk

 

 

 

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Front & Center...

This book describes the combat at the Losheim Gap, part of the sector of the 99th Infantry Division from December 16th to the

establishment of American defensive positions along Elsenbom Ridge, It is based on official U.S. Army documents (AAR, After Action Reports), combined with interviews of members of the 99th Division and its supposing troops.

These are complemented by testimonies of several members of units who fought in the area, Official documents from the German side also grace this story, as well as testimony of several former members of German combat units,

The hook describes action at Losheimergraben - Lanzcrath Krinkelt - Bucholz Station - Mtirringen - Wirzfeld - Elsenborn Ridge, etc., beginning December 16, 1944. After nearly six years of research in the area, and with the help of many veterans of both German and U,S, units who fought there, an in-depth account of this sector of the Battle of the Bulge is presented,

The book describes the action at "the Northern Shoulder" where the main thrust of the German army was halted,

The many present-day pictures taken in the area will cause the reader to feel he/she is stepping back in time, because, even with the passing of nearly 60 years, many "wounds" are still visible,

Author and Publisher:

Hans J' Wijers, Iloeand

Zegeristraat 27

NL-6971 ZN Brummen (GLD)

wijers@wxs.nl

Associate Member 106th Inf Div Assoc

Price: $35'00 Plus $10.00 Standard Air Mail (2-3 weeks)

No credit cards, your check will do'

Soft cover (color), 8.5' x 11', approx' 270 pages, maps, color and black & white photographs and copies of original documents'

FOREWORD (re-printed, in part)

"The Battle of the Bulge," the greatest battle ever fought by the U,S, Army' was not just one battle, It was hundreds of battles, some of battalion size and some of squad size and smaller, This book is the sum of many stories of many different battles-stories by individual men of the infantry' artillery, engineers and others, by leaders of squads, platoons, companies' battalions, en divisions and armies,

The difficulty of the terrain and the inability of the attacking units to perform reconnaissance, plus the fog that was to have been an advantage for surprise, all combined to create great confusion for the attackers, The confusion that helped stymie the German advance of large units also lent initial confusion to the Americans so that the magnitude of the attack could not be accurately determined,

While there were many bits of intelligence sent back from the front lines prior to that fateful December 16' there was a mind-set in the higher levels that the Germans were running out of steam, and that the thinly-held Ardennes front was ideal for breaking-in two inexperienced divisions and refitting two well-worn ones. The fact that the surprise attack did not follow Hitler's plan at the north shoulder is revealed in the many stories in this hook, stories that show the lack of in-depth leadership on the German side, while showing individual entrepreneurship among many Americans' even when there were only two or three engaged,

Although I have not met the author personally, I've grown to know him through our e-mail correspondence. This young Dutchman, Hans Wijers, has impressed me with his investigative energy and his deep passion for teaming all he can about the events of this important piece of history, His presentation of the many stories, colored by interviews of participants from both sides, adds interesting highlights to the already large volume of writings on this battle, It has been a pleasure to be a part of this adventure,

B'O' Wilkins, Jr', K Company, 393rd Infantry Houston, Texas USA October 26, 2001

 

 

 

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THE !MULE OF THE BULGE

The Loshalm Gap

Doorway to the Mesita

es I.e. wet sw:res

Front & Center.. .

          In Memo, of Dale Carver

          Poet Laureate of the 106th Int Division Association

          424/11Q 3rgold'A&P Plattxm leader

          Silver Star recipient 1945

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Front & Center . . .

106th Infantry Division Veteran Speaks to Baltimore Round Table of Military History by John R. Schaffner, 'A" Battery, 589th FAB, 1st VP, 106th Infantry Division Assoc.

On 21 March 2002, our good buddy, A' Grayson Bishop related his wartime experiences, as a soldier in "L" Co., 424th Combat Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, World War II, to members of the "Baltimore Round Table of Military History."

Bishop spoke about actions of his unit from the time it was established on-line in the Ardennes. The audience was most attentive as he related how his squad was positioned within the defensive line as the German soldiers attacked and described the action that followed, up to the final suppression of the "Battle of the Bulge."

He spoke of the heroism of Captain Lee Berwick, his Company Commander, who rallied his men to take the initiative in capturing several hundred German prisoners. These events are not written down in many places and Bishop found that his listeners were taking in every word'

When Grayson Bishop ended his talk the president of the Baltimore Round Table, Curtis Vickery, thanked him for coming from such a long way to speak to the crowd' Vickery then presented Bishop (left in the photo) with a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Baltimore Round Table of Military History.

The Round Table meets monthly at the Pikesville Armory in Baltimore, home of the units of the 29th Infantry Division (Light) now on duty in Bosnia-Hertzgovina.

 

 

 

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Front & Center . .

The Great Race is on!

The GREAT RACER'''. March/April 2002 reported:

"A national economic downturn and 9/11 virtually dried up sponsorship dollars in America and following completion of a four-year title sponsor contract with The History Channel, in 2001, Tom McRae. Great Race Founder and CEO, was determined to pull off the 20th Great Race, with or without a sponsor. Tom will be stepping down after this year, but Great Racers will be glad to hear Tom wants his last to be his best and he is in negotiations with prospective buyers committted to continuing the Great Race. Total Prize money remains at $250,000 (based on 100 paid entries."

106th Association Great Race team, John Swett (left) and Ken Smith, 423/H veterans, will once again race with their WWII Jeep' The 106th Infantry Division Association has donated to the cause again this year. We wish them luck' Since the Race will not be televised nationally, but will be locally as they pass through various towns from San Antonio, Texas to Anaheim, California. We have listed the schedule for the event on the next page, even though it may be too late.

 

 

 

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Front & Center . . .

The Great Race Route 2002

Saturday, 6/15

AM Pit Stop

Sunday, 6/16

Monday, 6/17 Eastland TX Tuesday, 6/18

Wednesday, 6/19 Thursday, 6/20

Friday, 6/21 Gila Bend AZ

Saturday, 6/22

San Antonio TX Schulenburg TX Houston TX Lunch    PM Pit Stop Overnight

Hillsboro TX  Fortworth TX

Sweetwater TX Littlefield TX Clovis TX Tucumcari TX Las Vegas NM Rio Rancho NM

Gallup NM     Winslow AZ   Williams AZ

Prescott AZ Payson AZ       Scottsdale AZ

Holtville CA   Chula Vist CA

Temecula CA Anaheim CA

The original photo (four years ago?) of the Jeep, owned by John Swett and Kenneth Smith, 423/H. This race team is sponsored by the 106th Infantry Division Association. I talked with Ken and John today, both told me the Jeep was in good shape.

GOOD LUCK GUYS!

 

 

 

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106th Infantry Division Association - PX Items ..

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106TH PX ITEMS - MISC.

Cap, ball, mesh back, adjustable, 106th Logo/Washington     $10.00 +$3,000 S&H         

Cap, ball, mesh back, adjustable, 106th Logo/WW II Mtac,ial $15.00 + $2.50 S&H         

Patch, shoulder, duplicate of original, 21etc,      $3,00 PP

Patch, pocket, etc. 106th Inf. Div. Assn., 4"       $3.00 PP

Flag Set, US & 106th w/base, miniature (limited)         $12.00 PP

Address Index, expandable, magnetic, credit card size, w;/106th Logo, Gold          $3.00 PP

Decal, 4', like 4' Patch, peel and stick      $3.00 PP

Decal,http://www.iUniverse,comed & Blue Flag, peel & stick  $3.00 PP

Decal, 4r• x 10°, Combat Infantry Badg$3,00B), peel & stick   $3.00 PP

Decal, 1-3/8", Lion's Head, 60 to sheet, peel & stick     $5.00 PP

Belt Buckle, 106th Logo Insert (nice)       $16.00 + $2.50 S&H

Bolo Tie, 106th Logo Insert (Gold Rope)   $1 .00 + $2.50 S&H

Lapel Pin, Hat, etc. Washington, D.C. w-106th Logo     $3,00 PP

Lapel Pin, Hat, etc. St. LInf,,Div,0Assn,,go (15 left)       $3.00 PP

Lapel Pin, Hat or tie or dress (raised Goldin red & blue circle $3.00 PP

Lapel Pin, same as above - with bar and chain for tie tac.       $4.00 PP

Scratch Pads, 5 x 8, (50 sheets)w/106th Logo, Battles, etc.    $3.00 PP

Great Book of Poems "Before The Veterans Die'

by Dale Carver, Poet Laureate, 106th Int Div Association

424/HQ 3rd Battalion (deceased)  $8.00 + $2.50 S&H

Book, The Sitting Duck Division, John Morse 422/C

"Humorous" (See Ju$2,50 2001 Cub) pg. 14

On line - http://www.iUniverse.com or Bames & Noble          $9.95

Planner, Two Year, poD,C. size, w/106th logo (Nice)     $3.00 PP

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106TH PX ITEMS - COINS

U. S. MINT Modem Commemoratives Silver (except as noted) coins, in original U,S, Mint Cases, Call before ordering as very few left,

Shipping and insurance each coin or set. $ will advise when called.

          Proof   Uncirculated

1982 George Washington Half Dollar       10      10

1986 Statue of Liberty Dollar        24      24

'1986 Statue of Liberty Dollar and Clad Half      32      28

•1987 U.S. Constitution Dollar     28      23

*1989 U.S. Congressional Dollar and Clad Half  32      28

1Mt, USO Dollar      28      23

•1Sil,Mt. Rushmore Dollar  30      23

1991 Korean Dollar  28      23

1992 White House Dollar    28      23

1993 WW II Dollar and Clad Half   35      30

1994 VietnU,S.eterans Dollar       31      27

1994 Vietnam Veterans 3 coin Dollar Set          

(Wall-POW-Women - in svc. 79      75

1994 Thomas Jefferson Dollar      34      2U,S.

1994 U.S. Capitol Dollar     36      32

1995 Special Olympics Dollar        35      32

'These limited sets also a&,Uncirulated Gold Coln.(in original cases)

3 coin set -    1986 Liberty $5 Gold, Silver Dollar & Clad Half  $210 P&U

6 coin set -    same except one each Proof & Uncirculated in Cherrywood Case $440

3 coin set -    1991 Mt. Rushmore $5 Gold, Sil. Dollar & Clad Half    $255Clad, U

6 coin set -    same except one each Proof & Uncirculated in Cherrywood Case $490

2 coin set -    1987 U.S. Constitution S5 Gold & Silver Dollar  $250

4 coin set -    same except one each Proof & Uncirculated w/case      $525

3 coin set -    1989 U.S. Congressional $5 Gold, Sit. Dollar & Clad Half       $245

6 coin set - same except one each Proof &.UncirulateMt,n Cherrywood Case          $480

Note:   Some 1983-84, 1988/1992 Olympics available plus 1994 World Cup

(Gold, Dollars & Halves) Please call due to limited quantity

Also, a few

1992 Columbus (500th Anniversary), 1993 Madison/Bsvc,of Rights in Gold, Silver & Clad.

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At $58.00 it is a steal!

 

 

 

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Phone 256-593-6801

Do not send to the Association Treasurer.

 

 

 

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Mini-Reunions...

From John R. Schaffner 1st Vice-President

Mini-Reunion Chairman

106th Infantry Division Association

CONGRATULATIONS: To the Mini-Reunion Chairman and helpers.

Here are some of the Mini-Reunions held too late for the February CUB'

You sure did a find job this year. (Written March 28, 2002) Here are a few more to add to those •          already reported,. I have recorded 31 with a head count around 650.

A great big "Thanks" and "Congratulations" is extended to all of those involved'

We can still improve on that. Oh, I know we are all busy and retirement doesn't provide time for us to do everything. That's a popular and old story. I use that excuse myself, sometimes,

If nobody is doing it in your area it is up to you, even if you take your wife out for dinner and report it as a "Mini-Reunion, Have the waiter snap a shot for the record and send it to the editor of The CUB magazine'

If you were one of those that the weather won out - just choose another time. Several of the Mini-Reunions set their dates earlier to avoid weather and for better deals on reservations. Best and warmest regards to all.

John R' Schaffner (589/A) 1st Vice-Pres, Mini-Reunion Chairman

Texas - 2001

John Miller (Ltc US Ret) 423/E 1511 Cochise Dive, Arlington, TX 76012 817-274-2773

I thought about not holding a 2002 Mini-Reunion, but the group enjoyed this one so much that I decided to go for it this coming December, subject to health, etc.

Left to Right: John Miller and wife Sean; Reverend William Lynch, guest of and wife Betty, guests of John Miller; Bob Kammertrie; Hugh Colbert 422/B; James Nicol 424HQ 2Bn; Mike Sheaner - son of Herb Sheaner; Herb Sheaner 4221G; R. Hagan and Dan Roach

 

 

 

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Alabama - 2001

Co-hosted by Joseph Massey and Walter Bridges

On December 15,2002 Joe Massey and Walter Bridges co-hosted the Alabama Mini-Reunion of Alabama contingent of the 106th Infantry Division Association. We met in conjunction with the George S. Patton, Jr. Alabama Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge in the Jefferson County Courthouse at Center Point, Alabama. Represented at the meeting were nine members of the 106th and a total of 150 VBOB members and guests. President (VBOB) Walter bridges presided.

Col Frank J. Stone Director of Combat Development at the U.S. Army Infantry Training Center, Fort Benning, GA presented an overview of his area of development for the next several years. The timing and content of his presentation reassured us that our Armed Forces are well trained, well equpped and prepared for the future challenges.

Our meal was delicious, steak or chicken, baked potatoe, dessert and coffee/tea. The program concluded with VBOB President Walter Bridges' presentation of the gavel to incoming president, Hoyt Barron.

Left to Right in the photo, 106th who were present:

Mr/Mrs Will S. Temple Sr, 422/D; Lawrence Williams 422/D; guest speaker, Col. Frank J. Stone; Mr/Mrs Walter Bridges 424/D; Mr./Mrs John Racster 4522/H and

Mr/Mrs Dave Lacey 81st Engineers/C.

Joe Massey's wife, Hazel, was ill at the time of the reunion and neither could be there,

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Camp Hill, PA Mini-Reunion May 2002

Christian Truman, 424/D, 27 Center Drive, Camp Rill, PA 17100 717-763-4871

Men UR: Elmer Brice, Sr. 422/L; Norman Simmons 424/D; William Potts 424/K;

Truman Christian 424/D; Arthur Potts 424/K

On May 14th we held our mini reunion. There were eleven of us present. Truman Christian opened the reunion with a meditation entitled Combat Vets Understand written by George Fisher, of Long Beach, CA. We had a moment of silence to remember our fallen comrades of the 106th Division and others of the Silent Corp. Christian then led in prayer and table grace. What a nice reunion we had. The Potts twins and their wives were there' Art 424/K (our photographer) and Ruth-Alice. Bill Potts 424/K and his wife Thelma were up from Port Saint Lucie, Florida, Christian and Bill Potts hadn't seen one another since 1946. Norman Simmons of 424/D and his wife Betty, Truman Christian 424/D and his wife Anne, Elmer Brice, Sr 423K and Janet, and Anne's cousin Kathy Pape joined us, We met at Noss' Restaurant near Downingtown, PA.

Ladies: UR: Thelma Potts; Ruth-Alice Potts; Janet Brice and Betty Simmons

 

 

 

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Aurora, Colorado MInl-Reunlon April 2002

Walter Greve 423/HQ, 1st Bn, 13992 E Marina Dr. Aurora, CO 80014 303-751-5866

Held in Aurora, Colorado at the County Buffet on 411. Nobody left hungry as this is an "Eat All You Want" place' There was no formal program, but everyone mixed well and wants to meet again next year'

Men- Back row l/r: Hal Taylor, 423/CN; Floyd Fredrick, an early 106er at Fort Jackson;

AI Rickenbrode, 423/1C, Joe Cucarola, 422/B; Clarke Brandt, visitor - a former medic, Lt Col Retired'

Front row 1/r; Walt Greve, 423/HQ 1st Bn; Elmer Shipman, 423/3rd Bn; Francis McHugh, 422/AT

Women lir: Lillian Cucarola, Margaret Taylor and Dorthy Shipman

 

 

 

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BAIRD, JOSEPH H. - ASSOCIATE BILLET7; CLAUDE - ASSOCIATE

          2117 HILLWAY DRIVE       RUE DE DOYARD 44

          BOISE, ID 83702     4990 LIERNEUX,

BELGIUM

BAIRD, MARY ELIZABETH

ASSOCIATE   BYRAM, ROBERT L 423/A

11 WHITE OAK DRIVE       7810 MCMECHAM RD

CALIFON, NJ 07830 GREENVILLE, OH 45331

Tele: 937-548-8289

BEACH, JEAN - ASSOCIATE

239 GOLDTHWAITE RD

WHITINSVILLE, MA 01588

Tele: 508-234-4972

Email: pbeachticharlernet

My father's name was Allan R. Moore. He was a member of "K" Company, 423rd Infantry Regiment. But, we are not sure he was actually with the unit, or was discharged with that unit. He had, from the War, articles, pamphlets, news and a little cloth with "423/K" written on it. So he must had some conviction or deep respect, wouldn't you think, to have these in his possession all these years:

I've been on the 106th web site so many times I know it by memory. Mr. Kline has helped to try and find my father's involvement. I think it may be safe to just say he went home with "K" Company, 423rd Infantry Regiment'

I admire and respect all that the Association has done for the members and families of the 106th all these years. My only regret, that I've only started to learn, in the last year, about the 106th history. History has become a daily study for me and the 106th is very much a part of my intense desire to learn'

1 have a sincere interest in learning the history of World War II and researching my father's service, If any of you knew him, I would like to hear from you, I've enclosed $10 for a one year membership and The CUB magazine, and another $10 as a donation' Sorry for writing so much, but when it comes to the 106th, it's not easy to say just a few words. My best to Mr. Kline, God Bless and Good health. Jean Beach'''

CLARKE, RONAHN I, - ASSOCIATE

17 TERRACE CT IC BLUE HILL, ME 04614 Tele: 207-374-5266

Mr. Collins, Thank you for explaining the membership process. Enclosed find $10 for membership in the 106th Association in his name.

Ronahn (age 3) is the son of my son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Deborah. Edward R. Hudson was Deborah's grandfather. Only recently did papers come to light regarding Mr. Hudson's military service, "C" Company, 423rd Infantry Regiment, his interment at Stalag 9-B, Bad Orb and his death from starvation and pneumonia at a hospital (?) called, Bad Sodden, January 25 or 26, 1944' Deborah only knew that her grandfather had died in a POW Camp during the war. Her mother, Natalie, was only Ronahn's age when Mr. Hudson went off to war.

Together, Deborah and I, with the help of the 106th web site, John Kline and many men of the 423rd, we have put together what we call a "Memory Book," about her grandfather' We are doing this for Ronahn and a new great-grandchild just born on January 24, 2002'

Also Mr. Hudson's medals were stolen from his, now deceased, widow, Edith, in a robbery 16 years ago. The department of the Army just sent words that the medals will be reissued to the family.

Mr' Hudson's remains were not identified until 1951. He came home for burial in the Spring of 1952 to North Parish Cemetery, Plaistow, New Hampshire' In one of

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lag 9B, he expressed the wish to be home in time to plant the Spring Garden.

If any of your members, that we have not contacted, have any information about Mr. Hudson, we would appreciate hearing from them' Their letters will be put into "The Memory Book."

Write Rosemary Clarke at the address in the heading of this article.

Or Mrs' Richard Clarke, 25 Kerri Farms Drive, Standish, Maine 04084

COOLEY, JAMES H. - 423/D

13009 TWISTED OAK RD

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73210-8928

Tele: 405-755-1794

Email: cooley@cox,net

Mr. Collins, at John Kline's suggestion, I am changing my membership to "LIFE'" Thanks, James Cooley

CONDIKE, CHARLES - 9th AF 306th Fighter Control

281 GARTH RD APT C 1L

SCARSDALE, NY 10583

914-725-4679

Emelt caider@mystation,com

In an email prior to joining, Charles said he was attached to our headquarters in a "Air Corp Radio Site" right behind Division Headquarters' Their assignment - to control any fighter aircraft that were called into in the area around Saint Vith.

They took their meals with our headquarters personnel and knew many them' If any of you remember the radio setup and/or any of the airmen attached to that facility, contact him, please.

Charles has an interest in attending our 56th Annual Reunion in Hampton, VA.

DAVIS, CLYDE W' - 422/A

1738 N SPENCER AVE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46218

Tele: 317-353-6994

I spent most of my working years with Chrysler Corporation at their plant in Indianapolis, Indiana. I like to bowl, play golf, hunt and fish with my two sons.

My wife and I do not travel, as we are disabled with arthritis' I just found the ad in the AX-POW magazine and thought it would be nice to hear about some of the old foot slogging buddies that were POW's with me at Stalag IV-B and the work details the 40 of us were assigned to until the end of the war' We weren't liberated, the guards just walked away and left us on May 8, 1945. We stayed close together until an officer and some soldiers found us two weeks later.

DONOVAN, HOWARD A. - 424/L

8700 S HONEY CREEK RD MUNCIE, IN 47302 Tele: 765-759-9187

All these years I never knew there was an Association of 106th Veterans. I kept watching for years in the VFW Magazine and wondered why there were no reunions' Now I am glad to hear that they have been having them. Wish I had known years ago.

Editor's Note: Howard' you are not the only one, 1 didn't discover the 106th infantry Division Association until 1987, Welcome Home!

FRANKLIN, GEORGE - ASSOCIATE

389 WELLINGTON -IC WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33417-2515

GRIFFITHS, RICHARD M. ASSOCIATE

530 SPENCER WAY

INCLINE VILLAGE, NV 89451-8304

Tele: 775-831-0350

Email: tahoesmg@ieee,org

Note: 2nd Lt. Lewis W. Walker, 0105

1429 is my Uncle. I am transcribing his handwritten diary (dates 16 Dec - March 30) for his sister, his son and daughter and other interested family members. We have become extremely interested in knowing more about the 106th, especially his 422nd Infantry Regiment.

Editor's Note: Richard' 1 do not know if we have met on the Interne-, Some of my past entail records were destroyed, Contact me at jpk@mm.corn and let's get-to-gether. 1 looked at alt she available records I have and cannot find

his name' Maybe some  of the 422nd Veterans will

 

 

 

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recognize his name and let us know. If I knew his

"Company" I could send, you by email, a list of his comrades that currently belong to the Association, If his "Discharge Papers" are available it should give the "Company" under his name on the front page, If not, it is possible that he registered it at the local County Courthouse, in the County to which he returned. Call the County Service Officer and see if they have that record on

hand, Let me know. I you are successful I can send you a list of his buddies by entail,

HIRSCH, RUDOLPH - 589/HQ

3777 INDEPENDENCE AVE

BRONX, NY 10463-1418

Tele: 718-884-2117

HOOVER, ROBERT L. - 422/K

5372 FALMOUTH TROY, Ml 48085 Tele: 248-879-9684

See information below in the membership of Randy L. Richmond, Roberts' daughter as an Associate'

KLOBERDANZ, GEORGE D 424/E

1022 DENVER STREET WATERLOO, IA 50702 Tele: 319-233-0335

KRAVITZ, SOL F. - 424/MED

152-41 FLUSHING, NY 11367 Tele: 718-793-1249

MARSH, MARY LOU - ASSOCIATE

PO BOX 437 CAL-NEVARI, NV 89039

NOVAK, JOHN - 423/K

4087E 72 STREET

CLEVELAND, OH 44105

Tele: 216-883-3599

RATHE, GORDON - ASSOCIATE

907 E, 9TH STREET DULUTH, MN 55805 Tele: 218-724-1862

RICHMOND, RANDY- ASSOCIATE

695 PINEWOOD DR

SHOREWOOD, MN 55126

Tele: 651-490-1141

I am the daughter of Robert L' Hoover, "K" Company, 422nd Combat Infantry Regiment.Enclosed is a check to be used to enroll my father as a member and my mother and me as Associate members. (See Hoover's name in this listing) I wish to order a copy of Battle of the Bulge, St. Vith by Michael Tolhurst. Thank you

Editor's Note: Welcome, Randy..

Send $20, no credit cards to our Treasure, Sherod Collins. See inside front cove, bottom left COIUMPI for address,

Your book will be mailed from the publisher's stock in Pennsylvania, J Kline jpk@mm,com

RIPLEY, WILLIAM 7'. - ASSOCIATE

122 N, JOHN STREET

PENDLETON, IN 46064

Tele: 765-778-8801

Email: snafu947@yahoo,com

William lists himself as a "Military Historian." Welcome to the 106th, William. John Kline, editor

ROBINSON, RICH, ASSOCIATE

22045 LOPEZ STREET

WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91364-2088

310-584-2088

teeveeboy@holmattcom

My father, deceased, was Richard R. Robinson, 424th Cannon Company' If anybody knew him I would appreciate you contacting me.

Editor's• Note: Rich, thanks for including the story your father wrote for the Olympia Washington "Olympian" for the 50th Anniversary celebration of WWII, I will keep this story and one of these days, will be able to use the many stories that have acc:ant:dated, in a special publication.

Interesting that you work with FOX Television. I assume it is the same as "FOX News,"

I am working with FOX News, right at this moment with information for the Oliver North series. They are preparing a film on

"The Battle of the Bulge."

John Kline, editor

 

 

 

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ROMP, CHESTER - 423/F

12700 LAKE AVE #905 LAKEWOOD, OH 44107

Tele: 216-228-0276 Email: L-rompilattnet

SANTORO, BUD - 422/MED

3715 BOWER ROAD

ROANOKE, VA 24018

Tele: 540-774-9153

Email: Budsantore@aol.com

Welcome back to the /06th, Bud, I have enjoyed the many email contacts we have had together. John Kline, editor.

SCHOELKOPF, JACK W. 34TH INF DIV

8 SUNRISE LANE

OCEAN VIEW, DE 19970

SKOPEK, ROBERT E, ASSOCIATE

7847 CAHILL ROAD

MANLIUS, NY 13104

Tele: 315-682-5708

I was an original member of the 106th at Fort Jackson March '43 to September '43. I was shipped out as a replacement, sent to North Africa then to Casablanca and Oran, then on over to Italy over Christmas and New Years 1944.1 was then sent to the 34th Infantry Division on 16 January 1944 and was with them until October 1944.

Editor's Note: If any of you recognize Jack, and can identify his unit at Fort Jackson, please contact me, My address is on the from inside cover of this magazine,

/ohn Kline

My reason for joining is to that I am hoping to find some old friends.

I do not remember what unit I was in but we were up on Tank Hill on the right side of the road and I was in the 1st barracks on the right, behind the Mess Hall and Company Headquarters. It seemed to me it was the second battalion "E" Company or "I" Company

The officers I remember were Lt Schivel, Lt. Croonquest and Chester W, Talley, Jr. Our non-coms were Robbie Robinson, 1st Sergeant, Jack Willis, Platoon Sergeant and also a Sgt Macery and Sgt MCCowan. Maybe this will help find what regiement I was in. I look forward to seeing some of you in Virginia, this Fall.

Looking forward to meeting you. J Klinceditor

SKORKA, FRANCIS 422/UNIT?

PO BOX 1061 EAST DENNIS, MA 02641

SMITH, WILLIAM R. ASSOCIATE

542 E CALAVAR RD PHOENIX, AZ 85022 Tele: 602-375-1097

My father was a veteran of the 106th Infantry Division. PFC Raymond C. Smith 386 29 992 captured in The Bulge near Schonberg. He was held at Stalag 4-B, Muhlberg' I am unsure how long or where he may have gone from there. John Kline gave me excellent help on where my father was captured. All we have is a Golden Lion shoulder patch and some of his medals. If anybody out there can help us, we would appreciate a letter or call.

If you know. the UNIT for Raymond C, Smith. please let me know J Kline editor

TATE, COY L 423/F

HC 69, BOX 34 HUGO, OK 74743

VENNBERf DAVID H. - 423/E

PO BOX 202

SUGAR GROVE, PA 16350

WENC, CHESTER C' - 424/B

138 MILLBURY STREET GRAFTON, ME 01519 Tele: 508-839-5192

If any of you new

members, who did not

add comments to your

membership application,

want to send your story

do so

for the next

CUB magazine

 

 

 

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Saluting a Great 1st Sergeant - Roger Rutland 424/B

A reprint from the Oct-Nov-Dec 1993 Cub magazine cover, all "B" Company, 424th let Regiment

veterans, Right to Left: CO Captain Chains S, Peyscr congratulating newly elected '93-'94 Assoc

President, Pvt, Edward A Prewett, To Prewett's right, let Sgt Roger Rutland, Past President '87-'88 and

Reunion Chairman for the 1993 Reunion at Columbia S,C. To far left, Corporal Major Hill, the

Captain's Runner, Hill later became Association President year '96-'97.

Rutland was awarded The Onier of she Golden Lion in 1994, Prewett in 1996,

Preface by the editor:

Jay Tronco is a new "Associate" member (see page 29 of the Jan-Feb-Mar 2002 CUB magazine) and Great Nephew of Roger Rutland 424/B, Past-president of the 106th Infantry Division Association 1987-1988, Furnishing a major portion of this story, is Past-Pres. Ed Prewett, 424/B,

Roger Rutland has been a member since July 1973, He was the 1st Sergeant of "B" Company, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment, He was and still is called by his men as a

"Great First Sergeant'"

Roger was, in recent years, struck with Alzheimers, This section of The CUB is dedicated to this valiant, grand gentleman, great soldier and his loving wife Mattie, Roger Rutland joined the Association in July 1973, As time passed he served on the 106th Infantry Division Association Board and made his way through the "chairs" to become President of the Association for the year 1987-1988.

He is also holder of the "Order of the Golden Lion, Commanders Class (Gold) awarded to him in 1994 by the Association, He hosted the 106th Infantry Division Association annual reunion in Mobile, Alabama in 1987,

I had just joined the Association, mid 1987. The CUB editor, Dick DeHeer, had passed away, His wife Marge had produced the last three CUB magazines, The Association was looking for en editor,

It was my first reunion in Mobile, Alabama, September 1987. William F, Smith, 423/M, a past-president of the Association,

convinced me that I should volunteer to be editor. Against all "Army" rules, I did.

Roger Rutland, President, snapped me up, He didn't know it then, but he changed my life, ( for the good, I should say.)

Thank you Roger.

John Kline, 423/M, CUB editor Past-President, 106th Int Div Assoc,..

 

 

 

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Saluting a Great 1st Sergeant - Roger Rutland 424/B

Jay Tronco sent letters of inquiry to severa1424/11 veterans, Norman Orvold, George Call, Major Hill, Louis Passariello, Charles Peyser, Edward Prewett, Marshall Streib, Irwin Smoler, Martin Troutman, Alfred Vitali, seeking information about his Uncle, 1st Sergeant Roger Rutland. He received many letters in reply.

The only response I have in my possesion is the letter that follows, from Edward Prewett.

Jay agrees that the reply from Prewett is representative of the information he received, and wished to have it published. He wishes to thank all for the help they gave' John Kline, editor

Tronco's letter, in part, to the 424/B group, Dated December 2001

Dear Sirs:

You don't know me, but my name is Jay Tronco' My great uncle is a man named Roger Rutland. He was First Sergeant of "B" Company, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment, as well as being a Past-President of the 106th Infantry Association and holder of the coveted "Order of the Golden Lion, Commander's Class (Gold)"

I recently visited with Uncle Roger and his wife, my aunt, Mattie. It was from Aunt Mattie that I have gotten your names and some brief stories of Uncle Roger's challenges and accomplishments in the European Theater during World War II'

As you may know, Roger is debilitated with "dementia" after suffering several strokes. The strokes have left him with a very limited vocabulary and not all of his mental faculties.

I am embarrassed to be writing to you. The source of my embarrassment and guilt is that I just don't know that much about the experiences of men like yourself and Uncle Roger and what you went through at places like St. Vith and Coulee in the Battle of the Bulge. I guess I feel guilty that it has taken me until now to develop an interest in that area of the "great crusade'"

My interest lies more specifically with the 424th. Now the best person to share his experiences, my Uncle, is unable to due to his illness'

That is the reason I am writing to you today. I know that you all have very busy schedules and lives' However, if it is not too much of an imposition, I would love to receive correspondence from you in the way of a letter, an email if you have that capability, or the opportunity to call you on the phone'

I would really like to know what it was like to have served at the Battle of the Bulge and what it was like to serve with First Sergeant Roger Rutland'

What was your rank and how did you relate to Uncle Roger? Maybe you can share some stories of specific maneuvers, recollections of specific events when you were in harm's way and then when you were just plain colder than you could ever imagine possible.

Were you wounded and if so, how? How bad was the food? When did you eat? What do you do when you run out of ammunition? Was the M-1 Garand all that I have read it was? Tell me about your close calls.

Tell me about your lives together or whatever you may feel like sharing'

I cannot tell you how much this means to me. Aunt Mattie said that you from the 424th would be the best to talk to'

So I write to you to ask you for something that means more than you can know-your memories of my uncle and of your experiences together.

I just want to better understand what it was that you went through together. And for that understanding, I am deeply appreciative'

Jay Tronco

3027 Finley Place

Charlotte, NC 28210

(704) 554-0360 jaytronco@mindspring.com

 

 

 

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Edward A. Prewett's letter in response to Jay's request for information

RE: Roger Rutland

1st Sergeant "B" Company, 424th Infantry Regiment

Jay,

I am PFC Edward A. Prewett, who served under 1st Sergeant Roger Rutland as a combat rifleman in Co' B, 424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division I joined Co. B in June 1944 and served with them through the end of the conflict in August of 1945.

As background I was born and raised in a farming area near Brentwood, which is 50 miles inland from San Francisco. I had completed two year of education at the University of California before being drafted into the Army' I had attended one summer of Citizen's Military Training right out of High School and of course had two years of ROTC at UC.

The War was on and I tried volunteering in every branch of the service but was turn down and was classified 4F. This may have been the last patriotic war of our century and no one wanted to be 4F, In 1942 I had my Thyroid removed and that seemed to have been the problem so in 1943 they took me in on limited service. I served for 18 months in the Military Police at Camp Beale, California. In 1944 they were preparing for the D-Day landings so they felt your pulse and reclassified you fit for combat. Thus in June of 1944 I was off to Camp Atterbury, Indiana assigned to the 106th Infantry Division.

I was 22 years old, soon to be 23 and had developed some definite opinions by then. The worst one was that I didn't have a very high opinion of ROTC Officers. I had formed this from my Citizen's military training days' We as trainees were used to give the ROTC Officers training ejsperi nt - Roger Rutland 424/B

ence during their two-week summer training time. We got a new batch every two weeks all summer long' The noncoms really ran things and the Officers just came and went. Roger may have had the same feeling about some of the Officers but did not express it.

David Zarragoza, an 18 year old hot blooded young Spaniard, and I were assigned to Co' B', as we reported in at the same time. There we first met Roger Rutland 1st Sergeant of Co' B, who immediately let us knew who was in charge' You must realize that the new men get the menial jobs. Before even being assigned to a barracks, we were loaded down with a full field pack and joined the Company on a 15-mile forced march to spend a week in the field' David and I, as the newest men, were assigned the extra duty by Roger to dig a large sump for the kitchen garbage. Then we could pitch our tent but we were also required to dig a foxhole each before retiring' We were so exhausted that we never got our foxholes dug before Roger and Capt. Peyser made their inspection in the morning' So more extra duty. David's youth and hot temper led to getting us even more extra duty. We got off to a bad start with Roger, but we survived' At that time in our life Roger represented authority and we tried to avoid him' Roger had joined the army at a very young age and was about a ten-year veteran by this time. He seemed like an old timer to all of us.

The Division had recently come off of Tennessee Maneuvers. If you hadn't experienced Tennessee Maneuvers you were a nothing in this outfit, which held until we got into combat then if you hadn't been a part of the initial combat you were a nothing. I had feelings for the replacements because I had experienced this earlier feeling of not belonging. The Division was being methodically emptied of trained riflemen' They were being shipped out to fill

 

 

 

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the ranks as needed elsewhere' We new guys were being brought in as replacements. This depletion of trained men continued until we were shipped out in October' The Paratroopers were asking for volunteers and David and I decided that we would go for it. As a result we could not be transferred until the paratroopers decided whether they wanted us. Ultimately we were passed over and stayed with the 106th' Even though we had only joined Co. B in June, we ended up being old timers by October 1944 when we shipped over seas. As I look back on it now I realize what a good job Roger did whipping us into a fighting unit. All the time he was loosing his trained men and had to retrain new men' He was a leader we looked up to and although strict he was always fair.

In October 1944 we crossed the Atlantic on board the RMS Aquitania. It was a converted luxury liner' We traveled alone rather than in convey' We landed in Scotland on October 28, which was David Zaragoza's 19th birthday. We moved immediately (by night) down to Banbury, England. I celebrated my 23rd Birthday on the 27th of November in Banbury' We moved across the English Channel and after riding out a few days of rough water (and sea sickness) on December 6, 1944 we landed on the beaches near LeHavre, France' Roger immediately put me to work directing road traffic. The others were being fitted with rubber overshoes. When I came off traffic duty I had a choice of overshoes - "too big" or "too small'" I was instructed to take a pair, which could be exchanged when we got settled later. We never got settled and I never got any overshoes. This started my feet problems.

After spending a couple of day in the rain trying to sleep in the muddy fields, we were loaded on trucks and hauled non-stop across France and Belgium to the border of Germany. It was freezing weather and nt - Roger Rutland 424/B

our feet suffered because of it' Sitting for hours in the lightly covered truck, we couldn't keep circulation in our legs' Our Company's destination was Lommersweiler, a Division reserve area on the Belgium side of the "Our River" (which is on the border of Germany). As I understand the situation, we were supposed to be in a quiet area thus there was supposed to be a rotation of units into the line. We were in reserve and asleep in Lommersweiler when we were awoke by the explosive fighting to our East.

Roger had to feed and equip us with what he had and get us up into the fight. No one had planned for anything happening in this rugged area' Up to this time we had not been issued live ammunition' All of a sudden we needed everything and at once.

We received a couple of clips of rifle ammunition and a hand full of loose ammo. Each squad was issued three hand grenades' At this time I was lead scout so I was issued two grenades and the other one was given to my second scout, F.G Bynum. I guess we thought that we would be back before dark because none of us put on enough warm clothing' We almost forgot to take our entrenching tool. We were quickly fed, loaded on trucks and rushed up to the battle area. David Zaragoza, being a tall strong young man was assigned a BAR (an automatic rapid-fire weapon) in our squad.

We didn't have access to the workings of Company Headquarters, so I can only imagine the heavy load dumped on Roger and his supply personnel'

From here on there was mass confusion, nothing went as planned, if there was any plan' After many starts and stops continually on the move, we ended in the dark near Winterspelt, Germany.

The military book of instructions directed our leaders to place a rifle squad on

 

 

 

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each side of the draw and place the machine guns and heavy weapons at the head of the draw. My squad was put in individual foxholes behind the other squad as reserve. One man to a hole I guess meant that we were expected to stay awake all night, which wasn't practical and we soon learned to use the buddy system but that came too late. We were also instructed not to fire because we were in reserve behind our own men' Around three or four in the morning the Germans renewed their attack' But they didn't come up the draw as our defenses were planned. They had tanks and heavy equipment enough to fight their way through right up the road behind us' From my fox hole position, I saw the most glorious fire fight right down below us. A lot of the ammo we had been issued was tracer ammo, which lights up the area' The Germans had a good target of our headquarters at the head of the draw. They were being hit hard and it looked like they would be wiped out. I thought that I would never see Roger again.

The next week or so was strictly my battle' Roger, leading his survivors, moved south toward Bracht. My platoon leader, Lt. Robert L. Nuffer, was leading our small group and we worked our way West toward Steinebrucke. At least that is where we consolidated after many fire-fights. 1st Lt. Herman F. Slutsky, Co. B Executive Officer, was leading what we thought was left of Co' B. We were not alone, there were pieces of many units and we were under the command of a Battalion Officer'

I can get lost in my personal experiences so I'll skip ahead to where I rejoined Roger's survivors' Suffice to relate, when we got over run at Steinebrucke, a group of us joined forces with the 9th Armored. While with them I became aware of the battle at Baraque de Fraiture (Parker's Crossroads).

Roger told me that David Zaragoza had been so effective with his BAR that they assigned a sniper to knock him out. Also lost was PFC Harold B' Parker, a scout in the squad next to me, both men were killed by the same sniper.

When the

tankers were or-

dered to break

out from behind

the enemy lines,

we had to climb

on top of a tank

and escape our

encirclement un-

der heavy artil-

lery fire' As we

moved west,

units of the 106th

were working west also. I jumped from the

tank and happily rejoined the 106th and

finally was able to rejoin Co. B. Much to

my delight I was greeted by Roger, we were

both surprised to find that each still lived.

Lt. Nuffer was also there and as my platoon leader immediately put me in charge of the squad, which now consisted of only PFC F'G. Bynum, PFC Lloyd R' Crosby and me. Three remained of the original twelve. We were in the Area of Commanster, from where we were taken out on Weasels under the cover of darkness through the defenses thrown up by the newly arrived 82nd Paratroopers to the small village of Ferrieres.

By this time I have to take back my thought about most Officers' They were

 

 

 

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doing the best they knew how and they were out there doing it. I had it much better I only had two men to take care of' Time gets all mixed up so I'll relate only to certain events' We were getting replacements to fill our ranks, but never enough to bring us up to full strength.

Roger talked to me about filling a spot in communication at Regiment, but I turned it down and recommended F.G. Bynum, who moved up to Regiment. I remember the weather breaking enough for the Air Corps to fly over and drop supplies on Christmas Eve, no Turkey with trimmings this Xmas, lucky to be alive. But I do remember they tried their best to get us a Turkey Dinner on New Years. We were on line near Manhay, it didn't work out very well because we were under constant fire' Roosevelt had ordered that all soldiers were to receive Turkey with all the trimmings and orders are orders. The enemy had us under observation and fire so we moved back one by one' Got our hot turkey and mashed potatoes and immediately carried it back to our hole so that the next guy could go. We had cold mash potatoes and turkey by then.

I failed to say that the 424th Regiment was the only remaining Infantry Unit remaining in the 106th Division, The 422nd and the 423rd had been overrun and most all were captured, killed or injured. The Division lost around 8,000 men in battle during this engagement, including deaths, injuries and POWs''

The 112th Inf. Regiment were separated from their organic unit, the 28th Inf' Division' The 106th 424th and the 28th's 112th Infantry Regiment were formed as a "Combat Team."

The 517th Paratroopers were brought up eventually and was also attached to our division. For the balance of our time on the line the 106th Division, consisting of the 424th the 112th and the 517th, would fight side by side with the 82nd Airborne Division' Thus I finally was joined to the Paratroopers'

We moved up into Spineux for our kick off battle toward Coulee. Roger wrote a very good article about the battle at Coulee, which was published in the book "The Golden Lion Passes in Review".

(editor's note: In honor of Roger Rutland, his story about Coulee follows this story by Edward Prewett, J Kline, editor)

Years after the war, my father and I revisited the area with Dr. Maurice DeLaval. In the village of Wanne I saw a monument, which had been dedicated to the veterans killed in World War I from that area. After World War II they had added a list of the veterans killed in this war. They had a third side listing the civilians murdered by the Germans during the war as reprisals' This was done by Hitler's SS Nazi special troops, not the ordinary German soldier. We had started our advance from Spineux to Coulee' The 517. continued the advance from there' We were pulled back to Wanne for reorganization.

Roger inspected his Company and ordered me to go on sick call. On January 15th 1 was sent to a field hospital to thaw out my feet. They didn't keep me out of action for very long because they needed riflemen up front. I didn't get back to the Company for 10 or 15 days. During my absence Co. B assisted in the liberation of St. Vith, regaining all the territory lost during the Battle of the Bulge.

The Battalion, which consists of four full Companies plus Battalion personnel, lost all of its Officers except three Lt's. As Col. Welch was being evacuated, he asked Roger to hold the Battalion together and not let them run' A Major plus other Officers were late sent in to help, but Roger was our leader that the men would willingly follow.

 

 

 

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You asked about his Bronze Star award, He more than earned it. I understood that he had been put in for the Silver Star, but unfortunately never received the award. I also heard that he was offered a battle field commission to the rank of 1st Lt., which he turned down' As 1st Sgt. with plenty of seniority the promotion would have amounted to a demotion for Roger. Besides it might have meant being transferred out of the Company he had trained and loved,

By the time I rejoined the Company we were moving up against the Bunkers of the Siegfried Line. We sent out patrols to probe for weak spots, but the main action was taking place elsewhere for a major break through.

Many more replacements had been brought up, some with high noncom rank. Reluctantly Roger was not able to give me back my squad. However, this worked out favorable for me because whenever he needed some one with authority for special duty, I got the call' The break through finally came and the 106th was squeezed out of the front' Roger sent me as part of an advance party back to San Quentin, France. When the rest of the Company got settled back in San Quentin, Roger issued me a pass to Paris. From Paris, I joined a motor convoy, which took me to Rennes, France' The 106th Division had moved to that area and was being rebuilt, the 422nd and 423rd Regiments were being reactivated anew.

There were plenty of opportunities for advancement if you wished to leave Company B, but no one wanted to leave' Co. B men developed a strong comradeship through their battle experiences.

Two more regiments brought down from Alaska, which were no longer needed up there, and were added to our division. While all of this was going on, Roger sent me to participate in a demonstration platoon, which was housed in a chateau near Rennes, very nice duty.

The 106th Infantry Division, now with five Regiments strong, was moved back into Germany to administer a collection of prison facilities. The Germans were surrendering in large numbers and they had to be handled.

Our Company was sent to Biebelsheim near Bingen on the Rhine' Just to illustrate the conditions: Roger sent me with only four men to bring in a train load of prisoners. It wasn't dangerous, they knew that their war was over and they were there to get discharged and sent home' We won and had to stay. They lost and were getting to go home. Something didn't seem quite right. We had quite a variety of prisoners to deal with, There were many Eastern Allies fighting with the Germans. Some looked like Mongolians, which we understood to be politically White Russians fighting with the Germans against the Red Russians.

Mixed in with the ordinary German soldiers were SS Nazi Germans trying to evade recognition. We also had women soldiers, which created an interesting problem' Some place there was a hole in the fence. Another of Roger assignments for me was to stay within the compound area one night to locate the weak spot in the

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fence' Naturally the word was out so noth to avoid. We found that during the Korean ing took place that night. War, Roger had been at Camp Stoneman, Roger also put me in charge of some Pittsburg, California for a short time, only hard cases, supervising their manufacture 18 miles from our home'

of small rocks out of big ones.      Of course neither of us realized the other

The War was over in Europe but we was there, but ever since Roger tells evwould be needed in the Pacific. The top eryone how we failed to invite him to our brass knew that the veteran riflemen had home. We had such a good time that we fewer casualties than the raw recruit' It committed ourselves to