Vol. 59, No. 3, APR , 2003
We recently returned home after a stay at The Drawbridge Inn and Conference Center and found it to be a very nice place for our reunion. We have very accommodating people to work with for the upcoming reunion 10-15 September. I am very excited about it and looking forward to the date with much anticipation. I feel that I must tell you something about the reunion.
The Drawbridge is very conveniently located near Exit 186 on 1-71/75 so if you are driving, the route is well marked all the way. No in-city driving. If you are flying, the Drawbridge shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport at no charge.
The hotel is not "high-rise." The buildings are two or fctui stories. The rooms are clean and well kept and equipped with all of the little things that one would expect in a modern day hotel. We had our meals there and were very pleased. They do have a good cook ("Chef," of course.) If you want to have a meal on your own, there are restaurants convenient in The Drawbridge with a variety of menus.
There are also shopping areas nearby if you wish to visit them.
We toured the area around, and in, Cincinnati. It is referred to as the "Greater Cincinnati Area" and includes the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, Covington, Newport, etc. Like most of the larger cities, Cincinnati has undergone urban renewal and many changes have occurred in recent years to clean up and restore important parts of the big city. We had a guided tour (an option for you) and enjoyed it all. I could fill the Cub with descriptions of the places that we visited.
The Drawbridge Inn has hosted countless military associations in the past and has been given high praises. While there we met with the owner, Mr. Gerald Deters, who is a real "down home" guy and Army veteran himself. He has promised his personal cooperation to see that we have a good time.
The next item on the agenda is the trip to the Andersonville, Ga. National Historic Site. As you read in the last Cub, your Memorials Committee Chairman, Dr' John Robb, 422/D, has arranged for the 106 Infantry Division Association POW Memorial to be manufactured, and installed at the National Prisoner Of War Museum. We will travel there for the dedication ceremony to be held on May 25, 2003. We already know that some others of our membership will be in attendance. I would like to see a big crowd, but I realize that traveling such distances at this stage of our life is not as easy as it once was.
John R, Schaffner, President 2002-2003 106th Infantry Division Association "A" Battery. 589th Field Artillery Battalion 1811 Miller Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1013
I would like to see projects of this nature to be high on the priority list for the Association during the next few years. Some day in the future our Association will no longer exist and we will be remembered only by the history books and the memorials that we can establish while we are here. We must do all that we can to preserve our proud history. Again, I urge you to put on paper whatever you would like your survivors down the line to know about who you were.
Pass on your memoirs in some form. The later it gets, the later it gets.
This issue of our Cub features accounts of the various "Mini-Reunions" that were held around the country last winter. Harry Martin, 424/L, Mini-Reunions Chairman, is doing a splendid job of promoting this activity. If it is at all possible I urge you to , participate with one of these groups. It will make it possible for you to stay in touch • , with some of those close buddies that you served with. You have a lot in common that will make talking about your past a lot easier. Believe me, it works.
I thank you for being there for OUR Association. May God bless and keep us all in, good health and make it possible for us to meet again and again for along time to come. John R. Schaffner, 589/A President 2002-2003
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4.* Important Announcement from John Robb, Memorial Chairman ***
106th Infantry Division Memorial
11:00 AM Sunday May 25, 2003
Unveiling Ceremony/Dedlication - A ndersonville NatiOnal Historic Site
In addition to a morning dedication service, Andersonville will have a
2:00 PM service with a major speaker and band.
Picnicking is permitted in designated areas.
Nearby places of Interest:
The National Prisoner or War Museum
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Habitat For Humanity International Tour Center and Museum
Nearby accommodations in Americus, GA: Holiday Inn Express (229) 928-5400 - Jameson Inn (229) 924-2726 Ramada Inn (229) 924-4431 - Windsor Hotel (229) 924-1555
Association costs for the monument are nearly $5,000 2
plus there will be donations for upkeep in the following years.'
To contribute to the cost of the memorial make check payable to
Mail it to Richard L. Rigatti, 106th Association Treasurer
113 Woodshire Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15215-1713
I was looking at some photos in my Email the other day - pictures of our troops in Iraq, all dressed up in cumbersome camouflage garb, covered by additional protective clothing and masks, toting equipment that must have weighed as much as I weighed when I was a soldier. I tried to imagine being so heavily clothed and burdened in the blistering desert temperatures. I couldn't quite relate to it, or to the suffering from that climate that they must be enduring - even when no one was shooting at them.
Then I thought back to December 1944 and to the opposite extreme which we endured. And it reminded me once again of something that the civilian public doesn't seem to comprehend... THAT SUFFERING IS A PART OF SOLDIERING. It always has been and always will be.
An acquaintance of mine who fought at Korea's Chosin Reservoir once told me that sometimes when he and his frozen companions would wonder if they could survive that terrible winter, they remembered those of us who had done so in the Bulge, and they vowed: "if they could do it, we can do ii" So, suffering is a part of soldiering, and has been since soldiering began. Stephen Ambrose recognized this when he wrote:
"Just one night in Belgium in December 1944 was memorable, Ten, twenty, thirty nights was hell. Night lasted longer in the northern latitude - 16 hours, It was frequently below zero, with a fog blowing in from the North Sea.,. when it wasn't snowing. When it was, the wind blew like a gale, driving pellets of snow in their faces, It was northern Europe's coldest winter in forty years, Many G.I.'s without shelter' did not even attempt to sleep. They just stayed awake, stomping their feet through the 16 hour nights - or they froze. The G,I.'s went through worse physical misery than the men at Valley Forge. Washington's troops at least had tents, some huts, fires to warm by and provide hot food. And Washington's troops were not engaged in continuous battle, But the conditions in the Ardennes during
those weeks were as brutal as any in history."
So, as we once endured suffering for others, it is now tragic that another generation must endure suffering for us' But we are now the ones "back home." We are the beneficiaries of their sacrifices. So it matters not what our politics are, or our attitude toward the conduct of the war, or whether we are hawks or doves - or even whether the cause is right or wrong' WE OWE TO 'THE SOLDIERS OVERSEAS EVERY PRAYER AND EVERY ACT OF SUPPORT THAT WE CAN MUSTER!
Once - to our nations disgrace it treated with disdain our comrades who were returning with deep hurts from an unpopular war in Vietnam. Let that never happen again to men and women who respect the same code that was once our code''. DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY''
God bless 'ern !
Dr, Duncan Trueman, 424/AT
29 Overbill Lane, Warwick NY 10990
Front & Center...
Editor, John Kline, 423/M
11 Harold Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337-2786
Tele: 952-890-3155 Fax: 952-707-8950
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Be sure to watch PBS on May 28.
Since Jan-Feb-Mar 2(X)3 Cub
Your generosity is appreciated
Andeesonville 106th Monument
John Robb 50
John Roberts 100
Frank Laps. 50
Frank Traubnan 50
Winton! Boatright 50
YfilNam Johnson 25
Albert Oelschlg 20
Hal Taylor 50
Bob HoweN 50
Pittsburgh A1101,700US TO
Paul Trost 25
Veterans al Co. B 424th in Honor of Roger
Rutland and In memory of Mattis Rutland 100
Inv*, Slimier 424/8 memory Mattis Rutland 50
Special Donation - Cavanaugh papers ,
Donald Becker 35
Holly-Lynn Busier 35
Wafter Bridges 35
Daniel Drooz 35
John Batons 35
Phil Huffine 35
Joseph Petit° 35
Chades Reeber 35
Irving Schrom 35
Dean Sandahl 35
RN* Sturdevant 35
John Swett 35
Robert Thompson 35
Raymond TWardzik 35
Robed Wood 35
BERGA: SOLDIERS OF ANOTHER WAR is playing. See the nine page article on page 39. If you miss it, a tape is available, read about it in this CUB.
Paul Wayslon 50 50 15 10
Wits ABM-Reunion Joseph A. Petit° Ad Henke
A TRIBUTE to Charles Guggenheim 424/E
Charles died 10 days after the film he shot in Germany was finished. A very moving story of the POWs of Berga. I previewed it and it bought back memories forgotten.
A tribute to his comrades. Charles did not make it overseas because of an illness just as we left the states. This film was his way of making it up for his buddies. He could have been with them at Berga.
BERGA was a Hell-Hole - read about it as you have never read about it before
Life Members (Vets) Annual Members (Vets)
Life Associate Members Annual Assoc Members
04/25/2003 697 623
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In Memory of Dale Carver
Poet Laureate of the 10611, Inf Division Association
424/HQ 3rd Bit A& P Platoon leader
Silver Star recipient 1945
61 pa, - 58 + $2.50 S&H
This book available from Ruth Carver
742 Druid Circle
Baton Rouge, l.A 70008-4734
THE "STRATEGIC" WITHDRAWAL
A sullen river of flesh and steel wound sluggishly to the rear -- machines and zombie men who could not feel their own mechanical legs, nor hope nor fear, smoking tanks, half tracks, Jeeps, men weary, liming and lame, insensate, but in their eyes, disbelief and shame.
Certificate of Appreciation for BOB service Presented by Local Pennsylvania Senator Mike O'Pak In Memory William B Harris, 423/Service Company, 423/SV
See Memorial, this issue
Bill was not able to attend the December 6, 2002 Reading, PA Mini-Reunion
Condolences to Lillian, his wife and to his family.
409 Sunset Road, West Reading, PA 19611
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Photo of a Belgian member taken at the Vardossan" in Bastogne'
The 106th Infantry Division name is prominent among all the others.
That is Claude Billiet, Liemeux, Belgium, a Vietnam vet.
Photo taken March 3, 2003.
One year from the day that he joined our ranks.
Rule changes in Memoriam Listings
In all the years that the CUB has been published the rule for listings of deaths of Association members was that "Veterans Only have been listed".
It was a rule that was, on occasions, questioned by our members. In all the years that the CUB has been published the rule for listings of deaths of Association members was that "Veterans Only" would be listed.
It is difficult rule to change, for some of you have requested the listing of your spouse in the past' Due to the time, general opinion od veterans of our age, and overall age of our organization this rule is being relaxed.
Any Association member's death, that means Veteran, Associate or Auxiliary) will be published in this "Memoriam" section, when requested.
If there are any of you who wish the recent past death of a spouse listed, please write the editor, John Kline with the details.
106th Infantry Division Association - PX Items ..
Send Order to our PX Manager John Gilliland, address below No credit cards - make your Checks payable to:
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Boaz, AL 35957-6060
If you call seeking information please refer to the line number of the item listed below.
106TH PX ITEMS
1. Cap, ball, mesh back, adjustable, 106th Logo/Washington $10.00 + $3,50 S&H
2. Cap, ball, mesh back, adjustable, 106th Logo/WW II Memorial $12,00 + $3,50 S&H
3. 106th shoulder Patch, duplicate of original, 21,Z" $3.00 PP
4. Patch, pocket, etc. 106th Inf. Div. Assn., 4" $3.00 PP
5. Flag Set, US & 106th w/base, miniature (limited) $10.00 PP
6. Address Index, expandable, magnetic, credit card size, w/106th Logo, Gold, $3,00 PP
7. Decal, 4", like 4" Patch, peel and stick $2,00 PP
8. Decal, 4"x 6", 106th Logo on Red & Blue Flag, peel & stick $2,00 PP
9. Decal, 4" x 10", Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), peel & stick $2,00 PP
10. Decal, 1-3/8", Lion's Head, 60 to sheet, peel & stick $3,00 PP
11. Lapel Pin, Hat, etc, St. Louis, w/106th Logo (15 left) $3,00 PP
12. Lapel Pin, Hat or be or dress (raised Gold) in red & blue circle $3,00 PP
13. Lapel Pin, same as above - with bar and chain for tie tac. $4.00 PP
14. Scratch Pads, 5" x 8", (50 sheets) w/106th Logo, Battles, etc. $3.00 PP
15. Planner, Two Year, pocket size, w/106th logo (Nice) $3,00 PP
16. Windbreaker, lined, Blue w/106th 4" patch on left front XL and XXL $ 25,00 + 4.50 S&H
17. T/Shirt, Jerzees w/ colored Artist Photo of 106th Logo and WWII Memorial on front Med, Large and Xtra Large $12.00 - 2X $14.00 - 3X $15.00 Plus $3.50 S&H each
18. Colored Artist Photo, 8x10 inch, suitable for framing $2.00 each PostPaid
Your choice showing:_l. World War II Memorial 2_ 1 0 6 t h WWII locations, as detailed on Afghans. State your choice and how many you want. Order both at this low price,
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CARR, EDWARD E. 423/HQ 3BN
136 LAKE POCHUNG ROAD SUSSEX' NJ 07461-4127
FRAMPTON WILD, ELIZABETH, ASSOCIATE
16512 Thunderhead Cougar Ct Wi!wood, MO 63011-1853
Daughter-Durward Frampton 422/CN. See footnote below
FRAMPTON WILLIAMS, TRACEY ASSOCIATE
240 S, REYNOLDS ST #408 ALEXANDRIA, VA 22394-4462
Daughter-Durward Frampton 422/CN
Thanks to Durward (D B Frampton, Jr.) for these memberships, He appears on the "Honor Roll" in the early history of the Association.
Durward, born in Pittsburgh attended Culver Military Academy where he completed four years Senior Infantry ROTC. When in his first year of Chemical Engineering at Cornell, war broke out and in 1942 he enlisted in the Infantry, He was on inactive status assigned to Culver for nine months. He was then assigned to the 106th at Atterbury. June 1944. He was Chief of Section of the Cannon Company, 422nd Infantry, Taken POW. After his return to the States he was sent to West Point as an Infantry Instructor and stayed there until discharged in December 1945. Thanks Durward for enlisting your whole family as 106th Infantry Division Association members, Looking forward to seeing you at Fort Mitchell,
J Kline, editor,
GELLER, ROBERT 424/C
6818 North Avenue Middleton, WI 53562
I was a member of 424/C from the time it was activated' It is a rather long story, but I was reached recently by John Kline, Editor of The CUB. He gave me the name and address of Peter Taddeo who I thought was killed in the Battle of the Bulge on 16 December. I have contacted Peter. We plan to get together this Summer' This has been the nicest thing that has happened to me in years. I ant so excited about the Association. I have given this information to another alumni, Ammon Kersteter of Gautier. MS.
KERSTETER, AMMON W. 424/C
8900 Boxwood Ln
Gautier, MS 39553
Pittsburgh' PA 39553
I was in the Weapons Platoon.
KINGERY, HUGH 590/A
5102 COLONY PARK DR.
BIRMINGHAM. AL 35243
KOOK, DAVID ASSOCIATE
PD BOX 234
FLORENCE, NJ 08518-0234
David, The papers I received did not have any message from you other than saying you were a historian. Welcome to the Association. Editor John Kline firstname.lastname@example.org
LEONARD, JAMES C. 423/SV
22486 SE 42ND TERRACE
ISSAQUAH, WA 98029
MARQUET, ROGER ASSOCIATE
CHENOGNE 1D 6640 SIBRET, BE
MCLEOD, DONALD 423/F
4515 GRAHAM RD #113
HARLINGEN. TX 78552
OJA, DAN ASSOCIATE
22 W BRYAN ST #240
SAVANNAH, GA 31401
My uncle, Carl Arthur Koski, was a corporal in Company A of the 424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry' He was originally part of the 332nd Engineers, but at some point was transferred to the 424th Infantry. He was discharged from
New Members .
the 424th Infantry and his uniform bears the Golden Lions patch from the 106th. He had mentioned that he was in both the engineers and the infantry during the war. He landed the day after D-day (presumably with the Engineers), partici, pated in the Battle of the Bulge (where his leg was frozen), and apparently did get to Hitler's Bunker in Berchtesgaden.
PAANANEN, WILLIAM ASSOCIATE
18905 WAXEN ROAD
MILL CREEK, WA 98012
Dear Sherod, I was given your name by Chuck Rieck. I would like to become I would like to become an Associate members. My father, Eugene Paananen, 422/H was a member. He just passed
• away. He attended the 1993 Reunion and greatly enjoyed it.
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's hit him hard in the 90's, so he did not attend another. I learned a lot from The CUB and would like to continue my education about the 106th Infantry Division.
PISSANOS, BECKY W. ASSOCIATE
656 FLANDERS AVE
COWLING GREEN, OH 43402
ROMP, CHESTER 423/F
12700 LAKE AVE #905
LAKEWOOD, OH 44107
STAUFFER, JAMES ASSOCIATE
282 E OREGON RD
LITITZ, PA 17543
Email: Jimimi282@GoNowMail, cam
How I wish I had come across the "grunts.net" website years ago when more members of the 106th Infantry Division had not yet gone to their ultimate "R&R" with the Creator who had mercifully spared them during the brutal, dark winter of 1944. One of my childhood heroes was one of them, a beloved, talented cousin.
Pfc. Harold E Witmer, my 1. Cousin, was a member of Company E, 424th Infantry Regiment' After basic training, he was assigned to a searchlight section of a Coast Artillery Battalion.
He applied for, and was accepted into the Army Air Corps Halfway through multi-engine flight training, the changing tides of war shot Harold became a ground-pounding. "Golden Lion" infantryman at Camp Atterbury. Indiana and shipped out to the ETO.
He was critically wounded on 17 December. Allegedly when a shell hit a house in which he and several others were hunting a sniper. The building collapsed on him and he was given up for dead, but medics go him to a clearing station and he was shipped to Paris and eventually flown to the USA for treatment at the Ft.
Pickett. Virginia base hospital.
After making good progress in recover, he suddenly lapsed into a coma and died on 12 March. 1945, the first out of over 3,000 patients to die there of wounds.
We would deeply appreciate hearing from any members of his unit who may remember Harold_ and could give us details about how he received his wounds -their nature, and additional information about his service
After active duty as a photographer with 82d Airborne Signal Company. 82d Airborne Division (1954-1956) I retired as 1st Sergeant from Company B, 103d Medical Battalion, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard (1970-1992). Active duty with 82nd Airborne Signal Company 1954-1956. Ironically, for much of my career, our field medical clearing station had sup
ported the 112d' Infantry, who were tied in with the right flank of the 424th on the fateful morning of 16 December, 1944, and subsequently fought through the Bulge with them after becoming separated from their divisions. It is also spooky that during frequent annual training at Fort Pickett, I used to jog through the same grass grown asphalt streets where the huge base hospital had once stood , the very grounds where Harold died.
My mother made some copies of the poem. I have become a serious student of WWII unit histories, and have read extensively about the Bulge. The sacrifices made during the dogged defensive stands of isolated, incredibly outgunned and outnumbered GIs of the 28. and 106th Infantry Divisions during the desperate days of the Bulge, equal those of the handful of fliers (less than a battalion) who held off the Luftwaffe in the aerial Battle of Britain and echo the inunortal words of Winston Churchill. "Never in the annals of human conflict, have so many owed so much to so few. God Bless you all, James Stauffer
STEWART, WILLIAM E 423/M
605 NELS ADAMS ROAD DICKSON, TN 37055 Tele: 615-763-2168
WIER, JOSEPH ASSOCIATE
900 LORETTA AVENUE
WATERLOO, IA 50702
My wife and I would like to start an Associate membership. My wife's father, George Kloberdanz recently died and if his memoriam is in this CUB we don't want to miss it.
WAITE, JANET B. ASSOCIATE
490 DRESHERTOWN RD
FORT WASHINGTON, PA 19034
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Mini-Reunions .. .
Michigan - Nov 24, 2002
John M. Roberts (592/C) 1st Vice-Pres 1059 Alter Ftd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-388-2667Imr810@aol,com
Our Mini-Reunion dinner was held at Meriweathcis Restaurant in Southfield, Michigan with 34 in attendance. In past years the dinner was held in Detroit, but due to the sudden death of former mini-reunion chainnan Russell Mayotte in September, I took over a chairman and found this restaurant'
Sixty-four veterans were invited. We had 15 in attendance and 19 other guests which included our guest speaker, Major Steven Hall of the Tank & Automotive Command. It was my honor to accept a World War II Commemorative Flag from Major Hall on behalf of our Miehigan 106th Infantry Division veterans. This flag will be displayed at all future Michigan Mini-Reunions.
We had an outstanding Mini-Reunion this year. Following this page, m a PREFACE to this year's 106th Infantry Division Association Mini-Reunion reports, is an unsolicited article written by Randy Talbot, Staff Historian of the U.S. Army Tank & Automotive Command in Warren, Michigan' Randy was in attendance and is the person who furnishes me with military speakers each year.
His article is being published in the U.S. Army Tank Command local newsletter.
He gave me permission to use it in wThe CUB."
Men Standing IJR:
Eugene Timm 423/D;
Mario Angelo 423/1);
Dr. Willard Keeber 424/G;
John Plotowski 422/HQ 1Bn;
Jack Roberts 592/C;
Jack Gillespie 422/G;
Dr' Jay Ice 424/SC;
Wilbert Paquette DiN/ Arty
Charles Reeber 423/D;
Harold Ortwine 592/C;
Paul Wasylon 422/HQ;
Francis Cook 422/H;
Anthony Rand 589/B; Present, not in photo;
Ellsworth Schanerberger 331 Med/D
Ladies Standing UR:
Mary Lou Roberts;
Sitting UR: Audrey Ortwine;
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Major Steven Wall, of TACOM's Brigade Combat Team presents
John M. ',lack- Roberts, "Michigan's Mini-Reunion Organizer," with the BCT Commander's Coin for Excellence.
Battle of the Bulge veterans honored
By Randy Talbot, TACOM Staff I I iNtorian
They are older now, much older than they ever thought they would become.
Each year for the past fifty-eight years, the surviving members of the 106th Infantry Division's "Golden Lions" hold a mini-reunion with their brothers in arms. Every year, their ranks become smaller. This year, only fifteen of the more than fifty members in Michigan were able to attend. But like they have every year, they made it. The room for the reunion was small but comfortable. One veteran remarked that it was like having dinner in his den. And this year, they were in for a pleasant surprise.
Maj. Steven T. Wall of the Brigade Combat Team, "eagerly" accepted "the honor of speaking" to these warriors of a day long gone. The task of talking to them, he said was both awesome and intimidating. The 106th 'a history he told them and "your lives, your actions, and your memories are my history." His introductory remarks concluded with a special tribute to those present. Wall told them that he had studied their lessons, and applied them to his troops in past assignments and in his current position.
Then Maj. Wall presented them with a breath-taking overview of the Stryker program. He spoke about the capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces new vehicle the "Stryker" (See Page 12). He explained how the fighting vehicle related to those vehicles the 106th used in WWII. You saw them in the Iraqi FREEDOM news.
The 106th Vets were amused that the Stryker still used the same type of .50 caliber machine-gun used during the "Battle of the Bulge."
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The STRYKER Fighting Vehicle
Of particular interest to one old medic were the fuel capabilities of the vehicle and , wondered about the capacity to use alternate fuels. Others gave a noticeable sign of approval at the thought of having a heater in the vehicle. It sure beat riding in an open half-track or jeep that was customary during World War II. Many audibly gasped at the thought of the Mobile Gun System and its 105 nun canon. One mentioned that they sure could have used that in 1944!
Some were amazed at the speed of the vehicle, which is twice that of the vehicles of their era. But the law-dropper" was the thought of arriving in the theater of operations across the ocean in ninety-six hours. They remembered the voyage they had when they departed for France so many years ago. For two weeks, they were huddled aboard a transport ship; lonely, seasick and with a lot of time to think about what awaited them once they arrived.
As the evening concluded, Maj. Wall put up the last slide of his presentation. He was unable to read the words on the screen in front of this gathering, but they knew his meaning. Leaving them with words "that define the ties that bind," Wall honored those present and "everyone who wore your Lion, and everyone who has worn a uniform."
"This story shall the good man tell his son, and this day shall ne'er go by, from now to the ending of the age. But we in it shall be remembered... We few... We very few... We Band of Brothers. For he who shed his blood with me today shall be my brother."
Tears filled the eyes of all present; for buddies killed combat that could not be there this night; for loved ones and comrades that have lost their own personal battles through the years; for the memory of pain, wounds, captivity, escape, cold, hunger and rescue that each experienced and struggled with over the years. And some of t he stories will bring tears to your eyes.
There were three former prisoners of war in attendance. Jack Gillespie was captured on December 16th. He was marched to a rail station, brought to Berlin and interrogated. He later was sent to Bavaria and marched to Czechoslovakia. He was imprisoned there until the Russian guns could be heard moving west. He then was marched back to Germany and placed in another prisoner of war camp. He was rescued by the British under Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery, and flown to northern Germany on "Monty's" private plane. He weighed less than 90 pounds when he was released. He still suffers from his captivity.
The reunion organizer, Jack Roberts was captured early on the morning of December 16 after his patrol was ambushed. He later escaped from the Germans. For five days, Jack and his team evaded capture, sometimes with other Americans who were caught behind the lines, at other times by themselves. They were without food, weapons and ammunition. They had only two things that they could rely on, each other and a desire to get back to their lines. In the confusion of unstable lines, mobile warfare and the "fog of war," they made their way back to the lines.
It was there that he realized the extent of the battle on his Division. The German thrust into the Ardennes Forest pierced into their meager lines. The 106th Division was spread along a front of 22 miles. Having just arrived in country a week earlier, they were sent to a "quiet sector" of the front. This quiet sector is where the German army launched their attack with devastating ferocity on the 106th. Over 7,000 were missing in action; another 2,000 were wounded or died during the opening three days of the battle.
In 1996, Jack was sent a photo from the German Archives. It was the other vehicle in his patrol that was ambushed. It brought the horror of this day and his captivity and escape back to him. It also brought the memories of those who lost their lives that morning with him.
This brotherhood of the 106th extends beyond just the veterans who fought side by side in World War H. One widow still attends, twenty years after her husband passed away. At this reunion, one introduced himself as the son of a vet from the 106th and he was hoping to find out information about his father. Like all there, he promised to return as long as reunions were held. One old-timer brought his son, a former Marine, who had nothing but praise for these wonderful men and a look of pride as he stood by his father's side.
As the evening closed, Maj. Wall presented each veteran and family member with Stryker coins. Jack Roberts was presented with The Brigade Combat Team's Program Managers Coin "for Excellence" for all his efforts to arrange this reunion after their chairman passed away. But before the evening ended, Maj. Wall had one last presentation to make for the members of the "Golden Lion" Division.
Reaching into a briefcase, Maj. Wall pulled out a folded piece of blue material. As he carefully unfolded the World War II Commemorative flag, he presented it to the members of the 106th to fly at all their future reunions. Thunderous applause greeted this simple act of remembrance from one soldier to another.
By their undying loyalty to each other, this real-life "Band of Brothers", is more than deserving of the words that surround the "ruptured duck" in the center of the flag, "A Grateful Nation Remembers."
For the lineage, honors and combat history of the 106th Infantry Division, see http://www'army.rnil/cmh-pg/lineage/cc/106id.htm.
To read about the organization of the Division, see http://wvvw.army.mil/cmh-pg/ documents/eto-ob/1061D-ETO.htm.
Other information on this division can be found through the official website of the 106th Infantry Division. •
For further reading on the Battle of the Bulge see
A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge by Charles B. MacDonald;
Battle: The Story of the Bulge by John Toland;
The Bitter Woods:
The Battle of the Bulge by John S. D. Eisenhower
and The Ardennes: The Battle of the Bulge by Hugh M. Cole, http:// www.anny.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/7-817-8_cont.htm.
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Southern California - Dec 14, 2002
Milton Weiner, 4241M, 28121 Ridgethome Ct, Rancho Palos Verdes. CA 90275 - 310-544-0470
'Phis \vast he Sixteenth Annual Southern California Bulge Commemorative Event. As usual we started by reading Dale Carver's "My First Reunion." This will always be appropriate at any and all reunions. Twenty-one attended including six sons of 106th members' Everyone introduced themselves' The 106th veterans gave a brief summary of their experience during that "Winter Long Ago." The 2003 event will be December 14, 2003 at 1:00PM. Please write of call to be added to the mailing list. My telephone and address appear above'
Above: clockwise from left:
Milton Weiner 424/M;
Eric Vanderhorst 423/F;
Leo Krueser 81stIMed;
James Yamazaki 590/MED;
Joseph Litvin 423/D;
Below: Start with the lady on the left, above the gentleman's white hair;
Chic Wente 423/1;
Mary Lou Marsh;
and Sheenan Casey'
Northern California - Dec 16, 2002
Col. T.M. Barrick,Col'/T'M'907 Bonnie Ridge Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tele: 40.367-3161 macnjeantitaol.com The Northern California contingent of the 106th Infantry Division Association met on December 16 2002 in the Milan Room of the Embassy Suites, Milpitas, California. This location more southerly encouraged eight peneouragedome from Fresno, Porterville, Watsonville and Santa Cruz for their first time. They thorougtime'njoyed meeting everyone. Twenty-teveryone' twenty-six who signed up were present for roll-call, despite one of the worst storms California has seen in years. After seating a moment of silence was observed for those no longer with us. Notes were reaus'rom those that could not attend and who wished us a pleasant reunion.
Clearly, the younger generation - three daughters, one granddaughter, one son and the husband of one daughter were genuinely interested in the events of the Battle of the Bulge in which their relatives had served.
Seated: Seeber Bullock
Allison Van Zant Aldrich;
Donna Mae Murphy;
Men: Ur: Rian Aldrich;
and Mike Thome.
Thanks to my wife Jean Barrick for the photography.
Below: Ur Honored Guests - Past-Presidents 106th Infantry Division Association and holders of the Order of the Golden Lion for services rendered to the Association, after wartime,
John Gregory, 19992000;
Mike Thome, 1991-92;
Ed Prewett, 1993-94
Mesa, Arizona - Dec 2002
Dean Childs, 106 Signal, 245 South 56th St. Sp 75, Mesa AZ 85206 -602-98,3687 elede300011.1111t
Plans were hying to be made to meet togethergroup'the Bulge group. The majority of the 106th Vets wanted to meet together as we had in other years. Since we had done it back in 1989, Eleanor and I decided to group'eform the group. Eleven veterans stated they wouagain'e to meet again. We did, with the groupphotos'e in the photos. We had a speaker, Sergeant Chris Gant. We all had a good time matting and will try again next year. Dean Childs.
Men UR Front Row:
Tom Bugner, 590/B;
Toby Anderson. 106 Sig424/F'im Stamm, 424/F.
Richard Behr, 423/SV;
Sergeant Chris Gant (Speaker) and DSignal'lds, 106 Signal.
Ladies - Below UR:
Sergeant Chris Gant;
Nebraska-Western Iowa - Dec 16, 2002
Dean & Della Sandahl, 3041 N 61st Street, Lincoln, NE 68507 402-466-3546 aandydandslAunsism
We met on, Monday 16 December 2002 at 11 AM at the USA SteakIBuffet in Lincoln. A moment of silence in respect to our buddies and/or spouses who have departed. A delicious buffet dinner with lots of visiting and reminiscing. Neighbors if you read this please come and join as on Tuesday December 16. 2003 at 11 AM. Three couples were not able to be with us because of illness.
Each veteran told where and what he was doing 58 years ago on this date. Eaeh had their "own" story , as they remembered it! Very Interesting!
L/R Leonard//Evelyn Ty, ser 423/1, Wilber NE;
Harold/Lorraine Hawkins 423/1J, Omaha;
Charles/Jane Henning 424/B, Peru;
Eugene/Marcy Kuhn 106 MP, Columbus and their daughter Mrs' Jeanne Luker,
On the far right,
Dean/Della Sandahl (Hosts) 4rJ13, Lincoln
Washington, The State of - Dec 19, 2002
Myrton Dickerson 424/D, 2500 South 370th St, Federal Way, WA 98003 253-661-9325 mydondeaol.com
Top Row L/R:
Alvin and Dorothy Powers 422/HQ;
Charles and Betty Coorigan 591/SV
Bottom Row L/R:
Myrton and Beatrice Dickerson 424/D;
Ray Johnston 423/H
Our meeting was held on 19 December 2002 at the Falls Terrace Restaurant in Tumwater, WA in conjunction with the Christmas Town Chapter of the American EX-POWs. There were about 32 members attending. We all had a good time and enjoyed the Falls. just outside the room we were in. Our group "Washington/Oregon" is getting smaller by the year due to illne.sses and travel'
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New Mexico Dec 14, 2002
422/Cannon, 1 Acoma Lane, Los Alamos, NM 87544, 505-622-9787
The New Mexico contingent of the 11}6111 Infantry Division Association, held their annual Mini-Reunion in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 14. 2002' Three veterans and four guests were present. A very good time was enjoyed by all attending, socializing and remembering'
Dr. Ralph Nelson, 422 Cannon, Los Alomos NM;
Robert Soladay, 422 Service Albuqucapie NM;
Walter Peters, 331st Medical Battalion, Co B Albuquerque NM
Ladle, below: Ur
Christine Nelson Lee daughter of Ralph Nelson;
Margaret Velasques widow of Armando, 424/K;
and Beverley Soladay.
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Long Island, NY - Nov 11, 2002
Ephriam Goldberg, 555 Franklin Blvd., Long Beach, NY 516-432-7136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a Mini-Reunion on Long Island on Memorial Day, Sunday, November II, 2002. It was hosted by Ed Goldberg'
Men Front Row lir:
Al Sussman; I
Eugene Powell; John Stannack
Women Front Row:
and Jean Bloch
Rhoda &from; Lynda Sussman;
Rosemary Rosalia Ditto;
and Mary Grasso
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Maryland, D.C. and Virginia - Dec 12, 2002
John Schaffner, 589/A, 1811 Miller Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030 - 410-584-2754
The Mini-Reunion covering Md.. Va., & D'C. area was held 12 December 2002 at the Club Meade at Ft. G'G' Meade, Md in observance of the anniversary of The Battle of the Bulge'
The room was set for a buffet luncheon with a choice of fish, fowl and meat, along with the usual very nice selection that the Club offers at their regular buffet, including beverages and desert.
The Guest speaker was Mr. Robert Mullauer, well known military historian and speaker. Bob's subject was "The Battle of the Bulge - The German Generals" which was very well received. We heard many compliments about the affair.
Al., present was Kay (Loveless) Kemp (Associate) and her husband Ray and son Tom.
'they brought several personal items from the POW experience of Kay's father, John T' Loveless, Jr' 422/HQ, who was held at Stalag1X-B after his capture. We had a head count of 46 not bad considering the weather.
Richard W' Tennant 422/K;
Philip A. Hannon 8Ist Eng/A;
John R. Schaffner 589/A;
Alan W' Jones Jr' 423/HQ lBn;
Edward McGinty 589/C;
Grayson Bishop 424/L;
John F' Gatens 589/A;
Clark W. Dovell 422/M;
Donald Regier 422/SV
and Earle L. Valenstein 81st Eng/B (missing from photo)
'Ile Ladies; Seated;
Thelma P. Dovell;
Hiding in the back:
Atlanta, GA - Dec 8, 2002
Sherod Collins, 423/SV, 448 Monroe Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144, 770-928-3207
On Saturday December 8, 2002, twenty-three 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 ms the good food and the atmosphere furnished by the restaurant. The group seemed to especially enjoy each other this year'
Doug Coffey and
Ladies attending were:
Mary Ruth Kinsey;
and Peggy Kelly
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Oklahoma Area - Dec 16, 2002
Clint McClure 423/HQ - 8607E 77th Place Tulsa, OK 74133-3710 818-252-7777
The area members and their wives attended a noon luncheon at the Fountain Restaurant in Tulsa, OK, on 16 December 2002. This event is looked forward to, each year'
Men Ur: Don Herndon, Oklahoma City, 424/L; Lyle Russell, Ochelata, 422/I;
Clint McClure, 423/HQ;
Howard Bryant, Coweta, 424/F;
David Deffenbaugh, Claremore, 423/D;
Leland Turley, Tulsa, 423/H
Ladies Ur: Standing –
and Peggy McClure
Seated: Pauline Russell
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South Carolina - North Carolina - Nov 30, 2002
Wald and Vannie Toy, 422/K - 4805 Wads Sheet, Columbia, S.C. 29210 Tele: 803-772--0132
On November 30, 2002 thirty four (34) members, wives and special guests, from the South Carolina/ North Carolina area, met at the Jaekson, Club, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for their Annual Luncheon and Mini-reunion. The group noted the absence of Reverend Ewell C. Black, Jr., a regular attendee, who has now relocated to the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Allison Toy Lee served as the Mistress of Ceremony. The normal protocol for the reunobserved'nued to be observed. Marcia Layton Hempy, from the VA Regional Office presented up to dveterans'mation for veterans. Two of the special guestentertainmentsical entertaintnent including an old fashion sing-along, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the group. The hosts continued their tradition of presenting door prizes and giattendance'those in attendance. It was perceived as beioccasion' enjoyable occasion.
Men, front Row Ur:
Second Row Ur:
J. Howard Tucker;
Sam Schiavo Men,
Third Row Ur:
Calvin Abb Jr';
Howard Tucker, Jr.
Ladies Front Row Ur:
Ladies Second Row Ur:
Ladies Third Row Ur: Carolyn Abbott, Janice Beathea; Sarah Bradshaw;
Absent frpeople'photo: Three people.
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Alabama - Dec 14, 2002
Walter Bridges, 424/D 225 Laird Street, Hueytown, AL 35023 295-491-3409 wgbridgesezebra.net
Seated I Jlt:
Lee Gilliland and
Bad; Row UR:
John Gilliland (Past-President 106th Infantzy Division Association ( 1990-91);
and Dr. Frank Szofran.
The George S' Patton, Jr (Alabama Chapter) Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge held its annual commemorative luncheon on December 14, 2002. As its honored guests. were members of the 106th Infantry Division Association, shown above and speaker Dr Frank Szofran with wife Janet. Approximately 121 VBOB members and guests were treated to a tasty luncheon.
Our speaker was Dr. Frank Szofran of NASA Marshall Space Center - Huntsville, Alabama. He is a principal investigator for microgravity experiments for NASA' He used slides to show some of the current and potential developments that this technology is producing. He showed how the experiments are performed using the Space Station and Shuttle resulting in impressive results: better metals, crystals and matter' Dr' Szofran also traced some of the important scientific developments of the past century and how long their incubation period took before they became a practical and workable item'
Kansas - Oct 27, 2002
Bill Stahl 422/K 110E 8th Street, Junction City, KS 55441 785-238-2861
The 8th annual gathering of the group at the CoyoteTopeka', Topeka. A Buffet, featuring Steak. A good tin w was had by all. Our group is down to less than 20 members total.
John Mock 422/1; Jake Underwood 590/A;
Martin Jones 423/G;
Tom Ballowe 423/K and
Bill Stahl 422/K.
Mary Louise Ballowe;
Juaniya McCall wife of Theodore (Bud) McCall, 8lst Eng/A
Photo by Mary Lou Stahl.
Wisconsin - Dec 2002
Robert C, Homan 424/D 1614 Holly Drive Janesville, WI 53646 608-752-6525
The Janesville, Wisconsin meeting was held in conjunction with The Veteran's of the Battle of the Bulge" as we have done in the past. In total there were about 70 veterans in attendance at a breakfast held at the Elk's Club, Janesville, Wisconsin. Judge James S. Daley, Brigadier General, National Guard and Vietnam veteran was the guest speaker.
Bob also included long "landscape" photo of the whole crowd of BOB/106th Veterans 70 in all. Along with that he included a $50'00 personal check to the Memorial Fund of the 106th Infantry Division Association'
Thanks Bob, appreciated the great photos. Do a little recruiting on those "non-members."
Men front row: 1/r Harry Lasen 423/K (*);
Kenneth Arndt 592nd PAW;
Henry Thtuner 589th FAB/ HQ and
Peter Dibemardo 424//? (*)
Men back row: Victor Fuchs 591st FAI3/HQ;
Albert Kath 422/ AT;
Robert Homan 424/D;
Harry McSorley 422/D;
Robert Gospa 106th Inf Div. (*);
Harold Joe Broderick 422/G expressed his regrets for not being able to attend' editor's note: the "(*)" indicates no name match on the Association roster'
Ladies front row:
Mrs' Henry Thurner;
Mrs' Albert 1Cath;
Mrs Harry McSorley; Friend
and Vic Fuchs
Ladies back row: Mrs. Robert Homan;
Mrs. Karl Ronnetberg (Kenneth Arndt)
Mrs' Robert Gospa
New Jersey - Dec 18 2002
Harry Martin, Jr. 424/L 121 McGregor Ave. Mount Arlington, NJ 07856 973-663-2410 martinjrt4Iocalnet.com
The New Jersey Reunion was held on 18 December 2002 at the Picatinny Arsenal.
We had 32 members from the 106th in attendance. In addition there were 26 members of The Battle of the Bitlge organization.
Dr. Myron Swack 422/HQ 1Bn presented a new video about Prisoners of War The Forgotten Heroes." Dr' Swack appears in the video and it will be shown in the near future on The History Channel. I highly recommend viewing the the documentary.
Many of our members suggested that the "mini-Reunion" be held more than once a year. We are now planning a mid year reunion so those that go South in the Winter will be able to attend'
First Row lin
Henry Krajewski 424/L;
Dr. Myron Swack 422/HQ lBn;
Alvin Sussman 424/HQ 2Bn;
JOseph DeSantis 422/HQ 1Bn: Geroge Call 424/B'
Harry Martin 424/L
Second Row lir:
Dr' DuncanTrueman 424/AT;
John DiMeglio 424/1;
Glen Lockenvitz 106 Recon;
Paul Werkmeister 422/Med;
John Gatens 589/A;
Salvatore Scatzo 422/Med;
Ralph Richter 331Med/ D;
NeWton Weiss 423/HQ 3Bn;
Kenneth Schuetz DIV/Hq;
William Blaher 422/1
Keep the Spirit Going
Support your local
Contact Harry Martin - see address above
if you want to sponsor
A Mini-Reunion in your area
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Pennsylvania - Dec 6, 2002
John J. Gallagher, 81st /ENG/C, 4003 Francis Street, Temple, PA 19560 Tele: 610-929-2887
We met at our usual meeting place, "The Dutch Colony Motor Inn" Reading, Pennsylvania. We had snow the day before whieh made it difficult for some to attend. Several were ill.
We had a very enjoyable program. A wine toast, Pledge to the Flag, The National Anthem, an Invocation and a "Happy Birthday" to all with a birthday coming up in 2003.
We had Fish and Ham "No Spam or S.O.S." Dessert, Coffee, Tea, an Army Break, Picture Taking and "Opportunities Open Doors of Life'
We had Prayers in closing: Father Cavanaugh's Christmas Eve 1944 Prayer to the 106th POWs in a German Box-car and Prayer of James A' Clark, Chaplain VBOB' Silent Night Holy Night was also sung' Our local State Senator Mike 0' Pake provided as with a certificate of appreciation for Service in the B'O'B which I presented to Wanda Fava honoring her deceased husband Roy'
The next Mini-Reunion December 5th 2003 at 'The Dutch Colony Motor Inn..
Men's photo 1/r:
Ladies photo Ur:
and Betty Carr
Alton, Illinois - St Louis, MO - Dec 17, 2002
Marion Ray, 4241D, 704 Briarwood Drive' Bethalto, IL 62010 618477-3674 Email: RayBugleboy@charter.net
December 17, 2002. The Banquet Hall' in Wood River, IL the location, for the annual December Mini-Reunion of the "Golden lions," 106th Combat Infantry Division'
Eleven 106th Division Association members, one Associate member along with their ladies gathered to hear a guest speaker and enjoy renewing friendships. Kenneth V. Bryan 423/HQ 1 Bn, presently State Commander, American E.r-Prisoners of War, was the speaker.
A good time was had by all. Thank you for attending!
Men, Front row, Ur:
Emil Perko 422/H;
Victor D. Bauswell 422/B;
Paul V' Boschert 590/HQ;
Jack Rain 590013;
Victor W' Breite 422/1 and
Kenneth V. Bryan 423/HQ 1Bn
Men, Back Row Fr:
Marion Ray 424/1);
Donals M. Hinrichs 81 Eng/C;
Carl Goering Associate;
Gilbert DeGerlia 422/HQ;
William Kronmueller 423/E and
Geroge Foster 423/HQ 2Bn
Ladies, front row, l/r:
Avis Breite and
Ladies, back row, lir.
Emma Jane Boschert;
Debbie Bryan Hensley;
Sharon Perko-Davis and
Bradenton - Sarasota, Florida - Dec 17, 2002
Ray Tvardzik, 106 Signal, 5518 Garden Lakes Oak, Bradenton, FL 34203 Phone: 941-7564440
The Sarasota/Manatee area mini-reunion was held at Forest Lakes Country Club, in Sarasota, Florida. Thirty-eight were present. Each "106er" was asked to give a short presentation naming his "Company," Pow Camps (if any) and any important events during his tour with the 106th Infantry Division'
Many exceeded their one minute time allotment. Letter from Joe Fischer, 81st Eng/A and Sam Tenbrink, 422/H, who could not attend, were read. Everyone enjoyed the presentations. '
Men first row Fr:
Second row l/r:
Third row, l/r:
Milt Cram and
Ladies first row, l/r:
Margery Stem and
Second row I/r:
Mary Ann Scholten;
and Carol Cram.
Madison, WI - Oct 19, 2002
Charles Mock, 424/11, 7316 Voss Parkway' Middleton, WI 53562 608-831-6110
The Wisconsin 13th Annual Commerative Meeting of The Battle of the Bulge was held al CT's East, In Madison, Wisconsin. We had 28 people in attendance and they were:
Mr/Mrs James Tetzlaff;
Mr/Mrs Howard Jones;
Mr/Mrs Jerome Miller,
Mr/Mrs Edward Nafle;
Mr/Mrs Henry Wittenberg;
Mr/Mrs Raymond Kurth; Mr/Mrs Al Kath;
Mr Pete DiBenardo;
Ms Nina Spence;
Mrs Virginia Post;
Mr David Post;
Mr/Mrs Victor Fdchs;
Mr Walter Donaldson;
Mr Edward Wojahn;
Mr Donald Handel;
Mr Mike Cunningham;
Mr Ralph Moore;
Mr' Mel Martin;
Mr Charles Rieck
The getup spent time in sociability in lieu of a program. David Post was the photographer' By group action the 2003 meeting will be held on October 16, 2003 at CH's East in Madison, Wisconsin
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Pittsburgh, PA - 2002
Joseph P' Maloney, 1120 Warren Avenue, Arnold, PA 25068724435-6104 meloneyesalegiver.som
The 25 attendees were treated to a report of how the 331st Medics faired at Saint Vith' Jim Wiggins, 331/MED gave the report. It was a great story of how they were able to continue their mission despite having to stay one step ahead of the Germans.
He told of how they came into possesion of a 6X6 left by one of the units.
Dr' John Robb, 422/D spoke about the POW Memorial planned by the 106th Infantry Division Association at Andersonville. Doc also read the poem In Flander's Field' Ed Huminiski read us a poem on the war. Many door prizes were given as a 50/ 50 was drawn.
Francis Langham 44/L;
Al Yelochan 422/HQ;
Ed Huminski 424/F;
Frank Lapato 422/HQ;
Jim Wiggins 331 Med;
Bob Mattiko 424/E;
Zane Donaldson 590/B;
Howard Lowenberg 423/E;
Dr' John Robb 422/D;
Richard Rigatti 423/B;
Pete Yanchik, 423/A and
Joe Maloney, (Host) 422/HQ
Ladies l/r: Jean Langham;
Dorothy Uhl (guest);
Vivian Maloney (Hostess) and
Calres Rhodes (Guest)
Keep the Spirit Going
Support your local
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - March 13, 2003
Lie John W.1111er (US Ret) 423/E 1511 ChochiN Drive, Arlington, TX 76012 817-274-2773
Our Mini-Reunion held on March 13, 2003 at the Italian Villa restaurant, Arlington Texas
John W. Miller and Jean Miller;
John and Rurh Morrison;
William and Ruth Yingst'
Ted Jones will sponsor the next Mini-Reunion in 2004'
Fort Myers, Florida - April 23, 2003 Special Mini-Micro Reunion
Ray Twardzik, 106 SO1645518 Garden Lakes Oak, Bradenton. FL 34203 Phone: 941-756-1440
I leld at "Fridays' in Fort Meyers I 06ili Signal Company vets.
L/R: Dennis O'Brien, Lenny Kreniizky, Ralph Perri and Ray Twardzik. Old buddies together again.
A TRIBUTE to Charles Guggenheim 424/E ...
Preface: Charles Guggenheim's 4241E death was announced in the Oct-Nov-Dec CUR Magazine' The following pages are a tribute to this great man. A comrade and a great gentleman' We will miss you Charles'
Story and photos were furnished to me by and are used with the permission of Tim Fisher/1.H Lapinski, Fisher Company ' email@example.com
.1 Kline, editor
Charles Guggenheim 424/E on location in Eastern Germany during the Berga filming,
photo by Grace Guggenheim
Writer/ Director/ Narrator
Charles Guggenheim, a Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker, achieved an international reputation in the area of documentary films. Described by The Saturday RevieWs film critic Hollis Alpert as "probably the most accomplished maker of documentary films in the country," Guggenheim won top awards in every major international film competition.
Producing films for television and theatrical release, Guggenheim received the George Foster Peabody Award in broadcasting, 12 Academy Award nominations, and four Academy Awards. The Venice Film Festival's XI Gold Mercury Award for his Monument to the Dream marked the first time in the Festival's history that the award was given to an American.
The first of Guggenheim's four Academy Awards was received for Nine from Little Rock, which chronicles the Arkansas school integration crisis and the changes wrought in subsequent years. RFK Remembered, a film biography of Robert F, Kennedy that captures the late Senator's life and puts his death into perspective, received the second Academy Award. The third Award went to The Johnstown Flood, a film commemorating the 100th
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anniversary of the famous disaster' Guggenheim's most recent Academy Award was received in 1995 for A Time For Justice, the story of the Civil Rights Movement.
Guggenheim was commissioned by three of this country's presidential libraries to
produce their films. The film biographies of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B.
4, • Johnson and Harry S Truman are on permanent exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts;
fif' Austin, Texas; and Independence, Missouri, respectively.
Recent Guggenheim productions include Journey to America, documenting the journey of immigrants to America through Ellis Island between 1890 and 1920, for PBS. Island of Hope, Island of Tears, on which Journey was based, is on permanent exhibition at Ellis Island in New York City.
Other films include D-Day Remembered, an Academy Award nominee in 1995, commemorating the invasion of France by the Allied armies and the liberation of Europe. produced for both PBS and The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans; Clear Pictures, a film biography of the American novelist Reynolds Price; the 1996 Academy Award nominee Shadow of Hate, a history of intolerance in America; and the 1999 Academy Award nominated film A Place in the Land, the story of three seminal American conservationists. Last year, Guggenheim released The Art of Norton Simon for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and The First Freedom for The Freedom Forum in Washington, DC.
Mr. Guggenheim had been a guest lecturer at Harvard's Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies, as well as a fellow at both Harvard and Yale. He was a member of the faculty at Harvard's Salzburg (Austria) Seminar in American Studies and received honorary doctorate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and The American University in Washington, D.C. He was a trustee of the Danforth Foundation and the White House Historical Association, and was president of the Foundation for the National Archives,
GRACE GUGGENHEIM Producer
Grace Guggenheim has been a producer and executive producer with Guggenheim Productions, Inc. for the past 17 years. Ms. Guggenheim has produced over 20 documentaries for both television and theatrical release. Many of these films are in permanent exhibition at museums around the country and have involved intensive archival research utilizing both private and public resources throughout the U,S. and abroad.
Her credits include: producer of Harry S. Truman 1884-1972, a film biography of President Truman which shows at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri; executive producer of the Academy Award nominated A Place in the Land, for the Woodstock Foundation in Vermont; executive producer of the Academy Award Nominated D-Day Remembered, for the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans and PBS; and senior producer of The Johnstown Flood (1989 Academy Award for Best Documentary), which was also broadcast on The American Experience,
Other credits include Clear Pictures, a biography of the novelist Reynolds Price; LBJ: A Remembrance, the story of Lyndon Johnson; and A Life: The Story of Lady Bird Johnson, a film biography on the former first lady.
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Executive Producer for Thirteen/WNET New York Director of News and Public Affairs, Thirteen/WNET
Stephen Segaller is an author and producer specializing in journalism, media and technology. At Thirteen/WNET New York, he is responsible for overseeing and developing all the news and public affairs output of the station, including weekly news magazines such as Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, documentary series such as Local News, Allies at War, Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood, and United Nations: Center of the Storm: the continuing output of Fred Friendly Seminars; and documentary specials such as multiple award-winning Srebrenica - A Cry From The Grave and Sound and Fury, In July 2002, he launched the primetime international documentary series, Wide Angle,
Prior to his arrival at Thirteen, Mr. Segaller was director of national and international production for Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), where he produced Nerds 2.0.1, A Brief History of the Internet, and two other series featuring writer Bob Cringely: Triumph of the Nerds and Plane Crazy. For OPB, Mr. Segaller also served as executive producer of Eyewitness, Running Out of Time, A Question of Genes, and The Machines That Won the War,
Mr. Segaller has spent over 20 years as a television producer working chiefly in journalism, current affairs and documentaries, His work in England includes current affairs television for London Weekend Television and Granada Television, and numerous documentaries and series for Channel 4. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious William Benton fellowship in Broadcast Journalism, and spent an academic year at the University of Chicago, graduating with a Master's Degree in international relations.
His U.S. public television credits include the 1996 Emmy-winning documentary Return to the Lion's Den: Terry Anderson Retums to Lebanon: Triumph of the Nerds, for which he served as series producer; Rain of Ruin: The Bombing of Nagasaki; and episodes of the 1992 series Columbus and the Age of Discovery. In 2000, Srebrenica - A Cry From The Grave won the Rockie Award for Best History or Biography Program, Grand Prize at the Banff Television Festival, and the Amnesty International Media Award for television documentary.
He is the author of three books: Invisible Armies: Terrorism into the 1990s (London, 1986) - described by one reviewer as "the most authoritative study of its kind"; Wisdom of the Dream: The World of C.G. Jung (London and Boston, 1989; republished New York, 2000); and Nerds 2,0,1: A Brief History of the Internet (New York, 1998). The latter was republished in an updated edition in 1999, and was described by Thomas Friedman of The New York Times as "the best book in its field."
He is a member of the Radio & Television News Directors' Association, BAFTA East Coast (board member), the New York and U.S.A. Triathlon Associations and The Groucho Club.
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Bo o k Excerpt
In April 2001, then New York Times Berlin correspondent Roger Cohen visited the eastern German location where filming of Charles Guggenheim's BERGA: SOLDIERS OF ANOTHER WAR was taking place' Cohen, well versed with Holocaust history, was captivated and inspired by this untold story of American GIs taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and then shipped off to a slave labor camp in the small rural town of Berga. He is currently writing the book, "Soldiers of Another War," to be published by Knopf later this year, which will include a chapter on Guggenheim's personal story as it relates to the film. Roger Cohen is currently the foreign editor at The New York Times.
Following Is an excerpt:
Before Germany was unified in 1990, the men of Berga, a small town on the Elster River in the eastern part of Germany, worked in nearby uranium mines that provide raw material for the Soviet nuclear industry. The women worked for the textile plant. Three shifts a day kept the people busy around the clock' But both industries, deprived of their markets, collapsed soon after unification, leaving a pall of gloom that the promise of capitalism has scarcely penetrated. The older people here, like these women, lived under a dictatorship, Nazi or Communist, from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989' The habits of mind of more than a half-century are not easily overcome'
For four or five old women who gather on a bench in the main square of Berga whenever the sun shines, the story of the town is principally that of the presence of work or its absence. Now many people are idle. But there used to be jobs in town, even before the war, when the textile factory was in private hands and more than 1,000 people worked there. At the time, the textile business belonged to a family named Englander, Jews,1the women note in passing -- who disappeared from Berga around the time of World War II'
At first Hitler's war consisted principally of the inebriation of victory, but then came the slow encroachment of a defeat never admitted by the Fuhrer' "Victory or Siberia" said some of the last slogans: desperate bravado. It was in this latter phase, in the final spasm of Nazi rule, as things fell apart, that the war visited Berga in a particular way, one that would mark these women who were witnesses.
The first indication of unusual stirrings came with the arrival in the late summer of 1944 of SS administrative staff led by SS Lt. Willy Hack, who requisitioned the central Ratskeller Hotel as headquarters. Engineers, mining experts and land surveyors came to Berga, too, inspecting the hills on the far side of the Elster, their topography, their rock formation, their potential to conceal a production facility in a planned underground complex of tunnels and chambeis.
Such a flurry of activity had been unknown in the town before then; naturally it aroused curiosity. But asking questions -- the old women sighed -- was dangerous. The notorious Buchenwald camp was less than 60 miles away; it was easy enough to end up there' Still, in so intimate a town, it was impossible to overlook the construction of a concentration camp, on the site of part of the textile factory, between the Elster River and its tributary, the Muhlgraben.
The first prisoners arrived in Berga on November 12, 1944, pitiful, emaciated creatures in striped pajama-like uniforms, their faces hollow, eyes haunted, movements halting. Most of them were Jews who had been dispatched from Buchenwald. Still, the appearance of these frail figures, aged between 13 and 60, more dead than alive, was shocking' Some 'of the prisoners stuck newspapers in their pants to keep warm; others put papers around their necks. As a stave labor force, brought to Berga to dig tunnels into the hills, these men left much to be desired. Still, their number grew to over 1,000 inmates by the end of 1944.
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, In the vast complex of the Nazi camps, the great sprawling labyrinth of
detention and death, mayhem
and murder, Berga, code name "Schwalbe 5,"
amounted to a detail. It was dwarfed by the Buchenwald camp alone, which held 84,500 prisoners at its
Weimar complex by the fall of 1944. The Berga camp did not appear on most World War II maps, its activities were secret and its existence little known. After the war, Berga was subsumed into the Soviet-controlled part of Germany; nobody asked too many questions about its ephemeral little hell. But the camp lived on in these old women's minds, a
discomfiting memory shoved aside, awakened only occasionally, perhaps by a wartime photograph of a lighted swastika in the main square flowing among trees heavy with snow.
A memory, as these women like to describe it now, of helplessness. "Mann muss mit alles mitmachen" -- "One must live through everything somehow'" The prisoners were behind barbed wire., after all, or cordoned off by guards and dogs as they marched. It was impossible to talk to them, let alone help them' When shifts changed they could be seen crossing the Elster, trudging slowly out toward the tunnels being mined in the hills. If ever they passed nearby, the prisoners would put their hands to their mouths, a silent shriek for food. When they could, they would pick from the streets oats intended for the horses, or a discarded piece of potato peel, or an eggshell. Some local women, like Marie Scheffel, would spill buckets of oats as the prisoners passed' But that sort of impetuous gesture -- the women shook their heads --could get you in trouble with the authorities.
Throughout the days and nights of that bitter winter, the dynamite charges detonating in the tunnels in the hills could be heard. Hundreds of the prisoners laboring there died -- an average of more than two a day -- during the brief existence of the Berga camp' The dead, often enough, could be seen as they were trundled on wheelbarrows past the goods station, half covered with pieces of cloth, a frail limb, already stiff, protruding here or there' It was best not to look too closely. War makes you mute in the end.
American GIs surrender at
Battle of the Bulge on 17 Dec 1944'
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Most of the corpses were dumped in a mass grave in the woods on the other side of town, a place still known as the Jewish cemetery. The old women do not know if all the dead were Jews; the place simply took, and kept, that name' But, when asked, they say they do know that many American GIs were among the imprisoned at Berga and among those who died here.
In fact, Berga's little secret is that it was perhaps the most intense killing field for American prisoners of war in Europe, a place where Jewish American soldiers, and others deemed to resemble Jews, or simply to he "troublemakers," were sent by the Nazis soon after their capture, most of them at the Battle of the Bulge that began on December 16, 1944' Arriving here on February 13, 1945, three months after that first trainload of starving prisoners from Buchenwald, these Americans, too, were worked to death in the last months of World War II'
Some of the American GIs shortly after liberation
being treated for starvation and injury in a beer
hall in Fuchsmuhl. Germany in April 1945 photo,
Dr, Walter Hartzell
The Americans – stronger on arrival than
the European captives sent from Buchenwald –
initially called the pajama-clad, concentration camp prisoners they saw "zombies," as they were so disembodied, unseeing and skeletal. But the GIs, too, quickly learned the inexorable arithmetic of Nazi "Vernichtung durch Arbeit" -- "Destruction through work" when, day after day, the outlay of energy exceeds that consumed, the body wastes away. In the end, survival came down to calories, calories and, of course the mysteries of the mind.
So it was that beside the gently flowing Elster River, as virtually nowhere else in Europe, the fate of captured GIs and persecuted European Jewry intersected, middle America and Mitteletuopa briefly joined in a dance of death. To almost all Americans, the Holocaust was an idea that coalesced after 1945: the immensity of the Nazi crime against European Jewry took form in its full proportions once it was completed. But to a group of 350 American soldiers brought to Berga in Hitler's last months, the crime was an immediate, agonizing reality' Of those 350 men, 70 would die in the space of two months, an attrition rate of 20 percent, one unknown among American prisoners of war elsewhere on the European continent.
In September 2002, Charles Guggenheim shared a copy of his film BERGA: SOLDIERS OF ANOTHER WAR with the historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough (John Adams, Truman, The Johnstown Flood), Then the two long-time friends sat down in Guggenheim's home to talk about the veteran filmmaker's most personal project to date. This was Guggenheim's last interview before he passed away one month later.
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Following are excerpts from the two-hour conversation:
David McCullough: This has been a long journey for you, longer than most people might imagine. Somewhere along the line something must have just clicked for you, that you had to do this film. How did you get started? When did you go into the army? Let's start there.
Charles E' Guggenheim: I was drafted in the Army in May of 1943. I ended up with 106'" Division, 424'^ Infantry Regiment. Company E, Second Battalion Company.
DM: And then your unit was sent overseas, and you were in the hospital.
CEG: I had an infection in my foot. It turned out to be blood poisoning. So I was delayed, and the delay saved my life, really.
DM: And your life then went on, but somewhere along the line you then got a hint of
this story, But that was many years later, yes?
CEG: Actually, when the men were coming back after the war was over, I started to talk to some of my comrades -- guys that I had been in the Army with and who I'd been friends with. I said, "What happened to so-and-so?" and they said he died in a German salt mine. I think he was explicit that it was a slave labor situation, but I was not alarmed at that point, because there were so many tragedies involved in that war. That was the first time I had any indication that something was sort of strange.
And then I kept running into articles, little ones in small newspapers, Arizona or Florida someplace. There would be a paragraph about some veteran digging tunnels for the Germans in a slave labor camp. or something like that. Finally I decided to look it up and go further into it.
DM: And where did you find the first real evidence?
CEG: National Archives war crimes file. There was a war crimes trial because an American prisoner had been shot trying to escape. He had obviously been recaptured and shot, and that violated the Geneva Convention.
DM: So when you saw those records at the Archives, you knew something was
there, a story that had to be told.
CEG: Then I found books that were written much later, as late as 15 years ago. It was,., enough to tell me that the genesis of this story was worth exploring. The majority [of the men] were not Jewish, Eighty out of 350 were Jewish. The Germans figured if his name is Rigerio or Zaccharias...they said that's a strange name it must be a Jew you know.
DM: There must be some part of your recollection of the war that makes you wonder,
"Why me? Why was I spared?" Does it occur to you that maybe you were spared to make this film?
CEG: Oh, it goes through your mind, but you want to eliminate it pretty quickly because somehow there's divine providence that says you have an obligation here.
DM: In what way?
CEG: Well, once I talked to these people, I felt I owed them something. DM: Had they been interviewed before?
CEG: Some of them had, sometimes by the local newspaper, maybe by the Army association.
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DM: But you must have found that they themselves were recalling things that they
hadn't thought of for a very long time, It is an extremely powerful film for anyone who sees it for the first time, and its impact, I think, is in large part because you're dealing with a relatively few people. To comprehend the scale of the larger atrocity of the Holocaust is almost more than anyone is capable of, The numbers are so enormous that it becomes..,
DM: ...and for any of us who see the film as Americans, to see our own guys in this
nightmare strikes home. It strikes the heart in a way that nothing that I've seen quite does. What was it about them that increased your feeling of responsibility that you had to make the film? It certainly wasn't their self-pity, was it?
CEG: No, it never was self-pity. It was never, "Why me?" Never. I think one thing that drew me to the picture was the Holocaust. The Holocaust was so huge, incomprehensible, and when you get things in front of you that are just so large, you're unable to absorb it in any kind of normal way, and you have a tendency to push it aside. This was the first time Americans who spoke like I did, who looked like I did, who grew up in the same country I did, were part of something that I never comprehended as being close to me. And I decided to do a film about this thing that was done to Americans -- not only Americans, but American soldiers.
DM: I think that one of the most compelling sides of the film is the seamless way
you combined historic, archival material with footage that you shot in Germany in order to evoke the scene. I assume that many of those people who are playing the silent parts as extras are Germans.
CEG: They are.
DM: Now, that must have posed certain problems, Was it as difficult as you expected
it to be?
CEG: It was less difficult than I expected it to be for a couple of reasons, which have to do with contemporary history. This is a story that took place in East Germany, East Germany was locked in time for 50 years. When I went to Germany to film in March two years ago, the Berlin Wall had come down [only a few years before], So these young people had [until recently] been under Russian rule for 50 years, Forty percent of them were unemployed. There was very little future in their lives,
There were some older people in the towns we were working in who would come up and tell me how many American planes they shot down, But the townspeople, generally speaking, were grown people in their middle age, and I realized they hadn't even been born when the war started. So the answer to your question is we had total cooperation.
DM: Just finding the men that you interviewed for the film must have been a task in
itself. It wasn't as though they all came to a reunion or something,
CEG: Biggest problem we had -- how do you start finding these people? And then you don't know where they live, or whether they're living or dead.
DM: You don't know whether they'll be willing to talk.
CG: Most of them, with mitigating circumstances, did. The thing that saved us was
the National Archives, which had a list of everybody who was at Berga at the slave labor camp -- some obscure document. And we knew there are still records at the
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James Watkins, a Berga survivor, being treated at
Fuchsmuhl, Germany shortly atter his liberation on
April 20, 1945,
Veterans Administration, They said, "We'll tell you if they're living, but we won't tell you where they are, because that's a violation of privacy."
So we took a circuitous route -- we had help from someone on the Hill who wrote to them to see if they'd be interested in doing this film. We got a pretty good response -- 30 or 40 percent said they'd participate. And we had great help from an army captain, Mac O'Quinn, who I'll always be indebted to. He was doing a thesis on this story and he helped us find these people.
DM: There's a point in the film where one of the survivors talks about how painful
it is to remember. And then he pauses and says, "But you have to remember." We must remember, You're making it possible for all of us to remember.
CEG: I don't think anybody would doubt it if you say you must remember the Holocaust, But these were Americans, and we can identify with them. They're the people next door, When you hear these men testify, they're not somebody they imported from someplace. I mean they were shopkeepers, one's a doctor, the other one is an architect, another guy is a salesman. So you say, "This could happen any place with a mindset and with a sickness." It comes upon the world every so often.
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As reported in the FRONT & CENTER section of this magazine:
In all the years that the CUB has been published the rule for listings of deaths of Association members was that "Veterans Only have been listed"' It is difficult rule to change, for some of you haD requested the listing of your spouse in the past and were refused. Due to the time, general opinion, and overall age of our organization that rule is being relaxed.
Association member's deaths, Veterans always, Non-Veterans by request.
It should be understood that our sympathy always goes out to one of our group including those that are non-veterans.
Antonovich, Jacob B. - 423/H
20406 Sonnet Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375 Date of death: January 2, 2003. Reported in AX-POW magazine' He is survived by wife Agnes, one son, one brother and three sisters'
Arndt, Kenneth E. - 592/C
318 Mohawk, Janesville, WI 53545 Date of Death: March 13, 3003. Reported by Jack Roberts 592/C' Kenny had been in poor health for some time. Details on his death are sparse' He had six children and his wife preceded him in death.
Bishop, Jesse - 423/G
PO Box 759, Oakwood, GA 30566
Date of death: August 2, 2002. Reported in AX-POW magazine' Was held in Stags 4B and 8A.
Boyd, Thomas - 422/C
1113 Winslow Circle, Longmont, CO 80501-5225
Date of death: February 16, 2003. Thomas was a 2nd Lt' in 422/C' His death reported by Robert O'Neill, 2nd Platoon Leader 422/G
Cemer, Samuel - 424/D
225 N Valleyview Dr #77, St George, UT 84770
Died September 8, 2002
Faikenheiner, William C. - 422/M
408 Georgia St, Vidalia, LA 71373
Date of death: December 7, 2002. Wife Dorothy wrote, "He was a 1st Lt. Mortar Platoon leader. He was held as a German POW. He would have been 79 years of age on January 3. He was retired State District Judge. He wrote an interesting account of his wartime experiences. If anyone is interested I would be happy to share'"
Freedman, Elizabeth (Betty)
115 Harness Trail, Roswell, GA 15202
Wife of Henry (Hank) 422/HQ passed away January 6, 2003' Betty and Hankl were members of the North Central Georgia chapter of AX-POW. She leaves two sons and four granddaughters.
Rest In Peace
Gilliland, Lee - Auxiliary
140 Nancy Street, Boaz. AL 35957
Wife of John Gilliland, 592/SV - Past-President, Order of the Golden Lion, Officer's Class (1994). Lee died April 28, 2003 of a heart failure. She was holder of the Order of the Golden Lion, Companion Class (1994). She and John hosted the 1987 Reunion at Mobile, Alabama along with the Bridges and Masseys and the Huntsville, Alabama Reunion in 1991' John and Lee were regular attendees of the 106th reunions' She will be missed by all.
Harris, William B. 423/SV
409 Sunset Road, West Reading, PA 19611
Date of Death: April 13, 2003. Reported by John Gallagher. William, born August 7, 1924' Died in his home' Survived by Lillian (Workman) Harris his wife, two sons Bruce, Farmington Hills and James B. Chambersburg. Four sisters and five grandchildren' He was employed from 1946 to 1952 as a clerk by Texas Machine Works, Wyomissing and last as production scheduler Continental Can Company, Reading. a 1942 graduate of West Reading High School
Hoffmaster, Wendell "Windy" 423/D
West 12654 Pleasantview Rd, Lodi, WI 53555
Died March 3, 2003' Reported by Joe Schiro son of Frank 424/E. Windy died peacefully' He was born September 23, 1923 in Belleville, Wisconsin. He was active in all sports' Taken prisoner during The battle of the Bulge he kept a journal of daily activities and food rations' His journal was written on the back of German "accounting" papers. He attended Platteville State College after the war, still active in sports. He went into business with his parents and brother in 1952 and helped run the National Hotel in Mount Horeb for 16 years, later he and his brother built the W&W Bar at the old feed mill site. A members of many clubs, Masonic Lodge, Nomads, Madison Zor, VFW, AX-POW, American legion and AARP.
He is survived by a daughter Tina, a son Tim, and a host of grandchildren.
Kloberdanz, George D. 424/E
1022 Denver Street, Waterloo, IA 50702
Date of Death: 02-27-2003 Reported by Eileen Mary Kloberdanz Wier, the daughter of George & Luella. George Donald Kloberdanz was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Osage, Iowa, son of German parents, Joseph M. and Katharina Frank Kloberdanz, who emigrated from Rothammel, Russia. He married Luella M. Marley in 1941, at St. Peter Catholic Church in New Haven, Iowa. He worked for Rath Meat Packing Co. in Waterloo for 43 years as a foreman and later as a security guard, retiring in 1985.
He served in the U.S' Army during World War II and fought with the 106. Infantry in the Battle of the Bulge at age 20. George, a cook, had a cake in the oven when the three German armies launched a surprise attack.
Survivors include: his wife; two sons, Gary (Lynn) of Waterloo and Gregg (Jeanne) of Jesup; nine daughters, Eileen (Joe) Wier, Connie (Tom) O'Rourke, Joann (Dan) Woodley, Debra (Mike) O'Neil, Diana Kloberdanz, Barbara (Dan), Vicki (Rod) Hemsath and Lisa (Van) Blair, all of Waterloo, and Jane (Jon) Shirk of Warrens, Wisconsin; 20 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Magdalene Wagner of Osage, Iowa.
!Rosa la, John 423/C
632 Grant Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510
Date of death: April 22, 2003. Ed Goldberg, 423/C reported the death of John on April 23. No other details have been reported other than the funeral Mass was held April 25.
Rutland, Mettle Auxiliary,
6632 Arcadia Woods Rd, Colimbia, SC 29206
Wife of Roger Rutland 424/B, Past-President, Order of the Golden Lion, Officer's Class (1994) passed away March 7, 2003. She was holder of the Order of the Golden Lion, Companion Class (1994) and a constant attender of the 106th Annual Reunions along with her husband. The Rutlands had been married 60 years. She is survived by Roger, Chief Warrant Officer Third Class (Ret), two daughters six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Roger and Lee hosted the Fort Jackson Reunion in 1986 along with the Terrio family and the 1993 Fort Jackson Reunion in 1993.
The veterans of "B" Company, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment sent their condolences along with with a generous donation for the Andersonville Memorial'
Shirk Walter E 424/M
1093 Alleghenyville Rd, Mohton, PA 18540
Date of death: January 29, 2003 Preceded by his wife Mary in 1991. Internment: Allegheny Union Cemetery.
He retired as a hydraulic assembler Parish Structural Products Division of Dana Corp, Reading, PA in 1968. He held various offices in Alleghenyville Grange 2065. Survived by a son Dale, two brothers and a sister.. He was a regular "attender" of the 106th Memorial Dinners.
Tomilson, Ryan 423/HO 2Bn
1718 Madison Rd, Columbia, SC 29204
Date of Death: January 23, 2003. Born in Olanta, he was the son of the
t ' late Eugene Irby and Lucille Tomlison. A graduate of The Citadel, class of 1942
and served as an officer. He retired as assistant to the South Carolina Commis-
sioner of Insurance. Surviving are his widow Elizabeth, Randy Tomilson of
Atlanta and Finklea Tomilson of Columbia, Grandchildren, Harry Tomilson Jr.
• Joe and Ashley Sprott; nieces and nephews.
Varhola, Steve 424/D
6650 Royal Palm Blvd #311 C, Margate, FL 33068
Died March 25, 2003, reported by Marion Ray 424/D. Survived by widow Irene. Steve was retired from White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio
tlitAWNIII)GE vier r11,--A
57th Annual Reunion of the "Golden Lions"
The Drawbridge Inn & Conference Center
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
In the greater Cincinnati Area
Reserve the days of September 10-15, 2003 for an enjoyable time with comrades
Come experience the royal treatment at The Drawbridge. You'll find the charm of a European village and all the friendliness that Northern Kentucky has to offer at this unique hotel. Whether you're here for a convention, romantic weekend or sight-seeing, let us show you hospitality beyond your expectations. Independently owned and operated for over 30 years, The Drawbridge offers a blend of old world charm and contemporary convenience. The complex is comprised of 23 acres of lodging, meeting, dining and recreation facilities.Located at 1-75 and Buttermilk Pike (Exit 186), The Drawbridge is convenient to the excitement of the Kentucky/Ohio Riverfront and to
many attractions in the area, including Newport on the Levee.
Golf and shopping opportunities are abundant and the Southbank Shuttle makes it quite easy to get around Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.
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Phone 859-391-2800 - FAX 859-505-5644
Mention "106th Infantry Division 57th Annual Reunion"
Registration material mailed May 7 First Class Pre-sort
A quarterly publication of the 106th Infantry Division Association, Inc. A nonprofit Organization - USPO #5054 St Paul, MN - Agent: John P. Kline, Editor Membership fees include CUB subscription
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President Jolts R. &Weber
Past-President (Ex-Officio) Joseph P. Maloney
1st Vice-Pres John M. Roberts
2nd Vice-Pres Walter G. Bridges
Historian Sherod Collins
Adjutant Marion Ray
CUB Editor, Membership John K Kline
Chaplain Dr. Duncan Trueman
Memorials Chairman Dr. John G. Robb
Atterbury Memorial Representative Philip Cox
Resolutions Chairman Richard Rigatti
Washington Liaison Jack A. Salter
Order of the Golden Lion Chairman . John 0. Gilliland
Committee ... Joseph Massey, Sherod
Nominating Committee Chairman . Walter M. Snyder
Committee: Harry Martin, Walter Bridges Mini-Reunion Chairman Harry Martin
Editorial Matters, Membership Committee:
John P. Kline --CUB Editor
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Board of Directors
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Frank Lapato, 422/HQ (2003), RD 8, Box 403, Kittanning, PA 16201, 72A-548-2119 Emil: flajratoPulltetnet
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George Peros, 590/A (2003), 19160 Harbor Tim Court, NW Fort Myas,14. 33903, 941-731-5320
Charles E. Rieck 422/H (21103), 7316 Voss Padtway, Middleton, WI 53562, 608431-6110
Robert R. Hanna, 422/HQ (2005), 72151-inda Lake Drive, Outrtone. NC 28215-3617, 704-567-1418
John M. Roberts, 592/C (Exec. Comm.) (2005), 1059 Alter Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-1401, 248-338-2667 Emakinu810411aoLcom
Wald Toy, 422/K (2005), 4610 Wade Stn, Columbia, SC 29210.3941, 8037720132
Frank S. Trautman, 422/D (2005), 9 Meadowcrest Drive, Parker., WV 26101-9395, 304-428-6454
Walter G. Bridges, 4241) (Exec. Comm.) (2006), 225 Laird Ave, flueynnvn, A1.3502,2418, 2M-491-3409 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph A. Massey, 422/C (2006), 4820 Spunky 1 lolktw Rd, Ranh, AL 35133-5546, 216681-1701
Walter M. Snyder, 589/A (2006), 2901 Dunmore Rd Apt 14, Dundalk, MD 212225123, 41.285-2707
Robert F Sowell, 424/E (2006), 612 Via Del Monte, Pals. Verdes Ectales, CA 90274-1208, 310-378-5404 Email: mart...well Okarthlink.nel
Hal l'aylor, 423/CN (2001/), 2172 Rockridge Ile, Grand Junction, CO 01503-2534, 970-245-7807 Email: hal 1271.atthi.axn
Donald F. Herndon (424/I.) (2007), 8313 NW 102, Oklahoma City, OK 73162-4026, 405-721-9164 Email: oklastamps@witcom
Irwin C. Smoler (424/B) (2007), 87 Spier Read, Scarsdale, N Y 10583-7318, 914-723-8835 Email: email@example.com
Pete Yanchik, 423/A (2004)i, 1161 Airport Road, Aligaippa.1.15001-43l2, 412-375-6451
Richard L. Rigatti, 423/11 (2004), 13 Womb:hire Drive., Pittsburgh, PA 15215-1713 412-781-8131 Email: rigattiWIRicom.com
John R. Schaffner, 589/A (Exec. Comm.) . . . (2004), Istl Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1013, 410-584-2754 Email: jschaffni.heplitet
Jack A. Sulser, 423/F (20(2004)'.,7 N Ashton Stn., Alexandria, VA 22312-5506
703-354-0221 Entail: subrdl.earthlink.net
Index for: Vol. 59, No. 3, Apr, 2003
106th Div., 19, 37
106th Inf. Div., 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22, 32, 34, 38, 41, 56, 57
106th Inf. Div. Assn., 8
106th Inf. Div. Memorial, 2
106th Infantry Division Association, 1, 8, 9, 15, 22, 32, 34, 37, 41, 56, 57
106th Memorial, 55
106th Sig. Co., 23, 38
28th Inf. Div., 12
331st Med., 25
331st Med. BN, 25
422/K, 27, 30, 32, 57
422/M, 27, 35, 53
422nd Inf., 9
423/Hq 1 BN, 37
423/Svc. Co., 6
424/A, 3, 35
424/D, 24, 32, 34, 53, 55
424/E, 5, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 58
424/L, 2, 27, 29, 35
424th Cbt. Inf. Regt., 55
424th Inf. Regt., 10, 11
424th Regt., 10
589th FA, 1, 34
589th FA BN, 1, 34
591st FA BN, 34
82nd Abn. Div., 12
A Time For Trumpets
The Untold Story Of The Battle Of The Bulge, 19
'A Time For Trumpets', 19
Adams, John, 49
Aldrich, Allison Van Zant, 22
Ambrose, Stephen, 3
Anderson, Amy, 23
Anderson, Toby, 23
Andersonville, 1, 2, 41, 55
Andersonville Memorial, 2, 55
Andersonville, Ga., 1
Angelo, Mario, 15
Annual Reunions, 55
Antonovich, Jacob B., 53
Ardennes, 3, 19, 20
Ardennes Forest, 19
Arndt, Kenneth E., 53
Auerbach, Jill, 38
Ballowe, Tom, 32
Band of Brothers, 18, 19
Barrick, Jean, 22
Barrick, Mac, 22
the Story of the Bulge', 19
Battle of the Bulge, 9, 11, 17, 19, 20, 22, 27, 32, 34, 40, 46, 48, 49, 54
Bauswell, Victor D., 37
Behr, Richard, 23
Belgium, 3, 7
Berga, 4, 5, 43, 46, 48, 49, 51, 52
Soldiers of Another War, 4, 46, 49
Berlin, 18, 46, 51
Berlin Wall, 46, 51
Bethea, Charles, 30
Bishop, Grayson, 27
Bishop, Jesse, 53
Bitter Woods, 20
Black, Rev. Ewell C., 30
Blaher, William, 35
Bloch, Jacques, 25
Bloch, Jean, 25
Brandi, Julius, 25
Breite, Avis, 37
Brendlinger, Barbara, 22
Bridges, Barbara, 32
Bridges, Walter, 32, 56
Bridges, Walter G., 56, 57
Brocato, Martha, 28
Brokaw, Dick, 38
Brokaw, Jody, 38
Bryan, Kenneth V., 37
Bryant, Howard, 29
Buchenwald, 46, 48, 49
Bugner, Tom, 23
Burkes, Frankie, 28
Camp Atterbury, 11
Cannon Co., 422nd Inf., 9
Canup, Carl, 28
Carr, Betty, 36
Carr, Edward, 9
Carr, Edward E., 9
Carr, Fred, 36
Carver, Dale, 6, 21
Carver, Ruth, 6
Casey, Carol, 21
Casey', Sheenan, 21
Cavanaugh, Father, 36
Childs, Dean, 23
Childs, Eleanor, 23
Churchill, Winston, 13
Co. E, 424th Inf. Regt., 11
Coffey, Doug, 28
Cohen, Roger, 46
Colbert, Hugh, 42
Cole, Hugh M., 20
Collins, Sherod, 28, 56
Collins, Virgil, 38
Condike, Charles, 25
Cook, Francis, 15
Cox, Philip, 56
Cram, Jim, 38
Creel, Ed, 38
Cunningham, Mike, 40
Darby, Elaine, 28
Darby, Lee, 28
Datte, Charles, 36
Datte, Nancy, 36
Deffenbaugh, David, 29
DeGerlia, Gilbert, 37
DiMeglio, John, 35
Donaldson, Walter, 40
Dovell, Clark W., 27
Drumm, Greg, 21
Edwards, Jim, 38
Eisenhower, John S. D., 20
Elster River, 46, 49
Epling, Elaine, 22
Fava, Wanda, 36
Fehnel, Charles, 38
Fehnel, Pauline, 38
First Reunion, 21
Foster, George, 43
Fournier, Dave, 21
Frampton, Durward, 9
France, 18, 44
Ft. Jackson, SC, 30, 55
Fuchs, Victor, 34
Gallagher, John, 36, 54
Gallagher, John J., 36
Gallagher, Stella, 36
Gatens, John, 35
Geneva Convention, 50
Germany, 5, 18, 43, 46, 48, 49, 51, 52
Gillespie, Jack, 15, 18
Gillespie, Shirley, 15
Gilliland, John, 8, 32, 54
Gilliland, Lee, 32, 54
Goering, Carl, 37
Goldberg, Ed, 25, 55
Goldberg, Ephriam, 25
Goldberg, Natalie, 26
Grasso, Mary, 26
Gregory, John, 22
Gregory, Shirley, 22
Guggenheim, Charles, 5, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52
Guggenheim, Grace, 43, 44
Hack, Lt. Willy, 46
Hanna, Robert R., 57
Hannon, Philip A., 27
Harris, William B., 54
Heider, Larry, 21
Helmich, Les, 38
Herndon, Don, 29
Herndon, Donald F., 58
Herndon, Joan, 29
Homan, Robert, 34
Houseman, Don, 42
Howell, Bob, 28
Howell, Louise, 28
Huffine, Phil, 4
Huminski, Ed, 41
Jenkins, Bill, 28
Johansen, Charles, 25
Johnston, Ray, 24
Jones, Martin, 32
Jones, Phyllis, 32
Jones, Ted, 42
Josephs, Jeanette, 21
Kath, Albert, 34
Keeber, Bea, 15
Kelly, Peggy, 28
Kemp, Kay, 27
Kemp, Kay (Loveless), 27
Kennedy, John F., 44
Kersteter, Ammon W., 9
Kingery, Hugh, 9
Kinsey, Mary Ruth, 28
Kline, John, 4, 7, 9, 10
Kline, John P., 56
Kloberdanz, George D., 54
Kook, David, 9
Kortlang, Charles, 25
Koski, Carl Arthur, 10
Kravitz, Sol, 25
Krueser, Leo, 21
Kurth, Raymond, 40
Langham, Francis, 41
Lapato, Frank, 41, 57
Lee, Christine Nelson, 25
Leonard, James C., 10
Litvin, Joseph, 21
Litvin, Ted, 21
Lockenvitz, Glen, 35
Lowenberg, Dorothy, 41
Lowenberg, Howard, 41
MacDonald, Charles B., 19
Maloney, Joe, 41
Maloney, Joseph P., 56
Mangold, Bill, 38
Marsh, Mary Lou, 21
Marsh, Randy, 21
Martin, Harry, 2, 35, 56
Martin, Harry F., 57
Martin, Harry, Jr., 35
Massey, Hazel, 32
Massey, Joseph, 56
Massey, Joseph A., 57
Mayotte, Russell, 15
McLeod, Don, 10
Meltensen, Helena, 22
Memorials, 1, 56
Middleton, 9, 40, 57
Miller, John W., 42
Mock, John, 32
Mock, Mary, 32
Moore, Ralph, 40
Murphy, Donna Mae, 22
National Archives, 44, 48, 50, 51, 52
Nelson, Dr. Ralph, 25
Nelson, Ralph, 25
North Sea, 3
Oja, Dan, 10
Order of the Golden Lion, 22, 54, 55, 56
Ortwine, Audrey, 15
Ortwine, Harold, 15
Osciak, Steve, 35
Paananen, Eugene, 11
Paquette, Wilbert, 15
Parker, Newton, 35
Perko-Davis, Sharon, 37
Peros, George, 57
Perri, Ralph, 42
Peters, Walter, 25
Petit, Joseph A., 4
Piha, Morris, 28
Post, David, 40
Post, Virginia, 40
Powell, Eugene, 25
Powell, Neva, 25
Prewett, Ed, 22
Prewett, Reddie, 22
Prisoner of War, 1
Prisoners of War, 13
Rain, Betty, 37
Rain, Jack, 37
Rand, Anthony, 15
Rand, Douglas, 21
Ray, Marion, 37, 55, 56
Reeber, Charles, 15
Regier, Donald, 27
Reunions, 2, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 55
Richter, Ralph, 35
Rieck, Charles, 40
Rieck, Charles E., 57
Rieck, Chuck, 11
Rigatti, Richard, 41, 56
Rigatti, Richard L., 2, 57, 58
Robb, Dr. John G., 56
Robb, John, 1, 2, 4, 41
Robb, John G., 56
Robb, Marilyn, 41
Roberts, Jack, 15, 19, 53
Roberts, John, 4
Roberts, John M., 15, 56, 57
Roberts, Mary Lou, 15
Romp, Chester, 11
Rosalia, John, 25
Rutland, Roger, 55
Sandahl, Dean, 4
Sandahl, Dean & Della, 24
Sandahl, Della, 24
Schaffner, John, 27
Schaffner, John R., 2, 27, 58
Schaffner, Lillian, 27
Schanerberger, Ellsworth, 15
Schiro, Joe, 54
Scholte, Mary Ann, 38
Scholten, Don, 38
Schrom, Irving, 4
Schuetz, Kenneth, 35
Schutte, Jean, 15
Sergi, Rocco, 38
Shirley, Jean, 28
Smith, Ken, 38
Smoler, Irwin C., 58
Snovel, Bob, 38
Snyder, Walter M., 56, 57
St. Vith, 41
Stahl, Bill, 32
Stauff, John, 22
Stern, Boris, 38
Stewart, William, 13
Sulser, Jack A., 58
Sussman, Al, 25
Sussman, Alvin, 35
Swack, Myron, 35
Swett, John, 4
Sziber, Vince, 36
Taddeo, Peter, 9
Talbot, Randy, 15, 17
Tarantino, Connie, 36
Tarantino, Joe, 36
Taylor, Hal, 4
Terrio, Howard, 30
the Battle of the Bulge, 20
The Battle of the Bulge, 20, 27, 40
The Bitter Woods, 20
Thome, Mike, 22
Thompson, Robert, 4
Thurner, Henry, 34
Time For Trumpets, 19
Timm, Eugene, 15
Timm, Lois, 15
Toland, John, 19
Tomilson, Ryan, 55
Toy, Vannie, 30
Toy, Waid, 30
Trautman, Frank S., 57
Trost, Paul, 4
Trueman, Dr. Duncan, 56
Trueman, Duncan, 3
Truman, Harry S., 44
Truman, President, 44
Tucker, J. Howard, 30
Twardzik, Isabel, 38
Twardzik, Ray, 38, 42
Underwood, Jake, 32
Valenstein, Earle L., 27
Vanatta, Noel, 22
Vanderhorst, Eric, 21
Vanderhorst, Frieda, 21
Vandermast, Mary, 27
Varhola, Steve, 55
VBOB, 32, 36
Veterans Of The Battle Of The Bulge, 32
Vietnam, 3, 7, 34
Watkins, James, 52
Weber, Carlos, 25
Weiner, Bella, 21
Weiner, Bernard, 21
Weiner, Milton, 21
Wente, Chic, 21
Wente, Dienta, 21
Werkmeister, Paul, 35
West Point, 9
Westbrook, Scott, 30
White, Cathy, 28
Wiggins, Jim, 41
Williams, Lawrence, 32
Williams, Lucille, 30
Wojahn, Edward, 40
World War II Memorial, 8
Yamazaki, Aki, 21
Yamazaki, James, 21
Yanchik, Pete, 41, 58
Yelochan, Al, 41
Yingst, Ruth, 42