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Vol. 62, No. 2, Mar, 2006
General Dany VAN de VEN, Belgian Embassy Defense Attaché Keynote Speaker at the 59th Annual Reunion, Arlington VA Eddy Monfort, Associate member, from Belgium and author of two "Battle of the Bulge" books - with John Schaffner, 589/A
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President Murray Stein
Past-President Ex-Officio Walter Bridges
1st Vice-Pres Martin Wente
Business Matters. Deaths, Address changes First Name = Chairman Second name = Backup
Adjutant: Marion Ray Gifford Doxsee
Treasurer: Richard L. Rigatti /Lyle Beeth
Chaplain: Dr. Duncan Truman, Rev. Ewell Black, Jr.
Memorial Chairman: Dr. John G. Robb/Frank Trautman
CUB Editor: John P. Kline /Hal Taylor
Historian John Schaffner / William McWhorter
Atterbury Memorial Representative Philip Cox
Resolutions Chairman:Jack Roberts/Marion Ray
Order of the Golden Lion . .John Swett/Joseph Massey
Committee Members Joseph Massey. Richard Rigatti
Nominating Committee Chairman Don Herndon
Committee Hal Taylor, A. Grayson Bishop
Mini-Reunions Harry F. Martin, Jr./George Call
ADA Liaison Representative Joseph Maloney
Membership Chairman John Kline
Board of Directors
Walter G. Bridges, 424/D
Joseph A. Massey 422/C
Walter M. Snyder, 589/A
Robert F. Sowell. 424/E
Hal Taylor 423/CN
Donald F. Herndon 424/L
Bernard Mayrsohn 423/CN
Saul A. Newman 422/G
Murray Stein 423/I
Dr. Duncan Trueman 424/AT
Newton Weiss 423/HQ 3Bn
Walter C. Greve 423/HQ 1Bn
Seymour Lichtenfeld 422/I
Martin L. Wente 423/I
Rev. Ewell C. Black Jr. 422/A
Edward Christianson 331st MED/C
Gifford B. Doxsee (423/HQ 3 Bn
Dr.Ralph Nelson 422/CN
This message for this issue, should have been written by Irwin C. Smoler, our incoming President. Unfortunately, after a short illness, our dear friend and brother, Irwin Smoler passed away on Sunday, Nov 18, 2005. To Mrs. Elsie Smoler and her family, please accept our sympathy and heartfelt appreciation for Irwin's love and dedication he had made to the 106th Association.
I had accepted the President's Gavel from our outgoing President Walter G. Bridges, on behalf of Mr. Smoler, at the Sunday Banquet, Nov. 6, 2005.I had indicated that Irwin would he proud to accept the honor of serving as our President for the year 2005-2006. On Irwin's behalf, I also indicated that he wanted all our Committee Chairmen to remain for the coming year.
All acknowledged that they would, with one exception, Walter Snyder, our resolutions chairman had notified Irwin, that he was retiring from that position, and Irwin had already asked ‘Jack' Roberts to serve as our Resolutions Chairman, and he accepted.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank outgoing President Walter Bridges, for his efforts in securing the Washington area site for our convention, alter Hurricane Katrina destroyed our Ness Orleans reunion site.
One of the highlights of this reunion, was our visit to the WWII Memorial and the peaceful atmosphere as we walked around the beautiful site, pausing to take a picture in front of a stone marked with the battle we were involved in. The quiet thoughts as we remembered how young we were. It was a time to treasure.
Another highlight was guest speaker Brig. General Dany Van De Ven representing the Belgian Embassy in Washington.
Most important, was the opportunity to meet with our "Band of Brothers" again, and swap familiar stories of the Battle of the Bulge.
I have accepted the responsibility as President of our beloved 106th Association and I am calling on all members of the Board of Directors to assist me with their continuing the good work. Further, let's reach out to all our members across this great nation of ours, asking them to join with us at our next Reunion, Aug 30 to Sept 3, 2006,at the Marriott Hotel at the Newark N.J. Airport. The 2007 convention will be held at the Westin Hotel, in Kansas City, Mo.
I want to thank Marion Ray, Adjutant, and John Kline, Editor for their most helpful assistance in coping with the untimely passing of President Irwin Smoler.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we welcome four new members to the Board: Rev. Ewell C. Black, Edward L. Christianson; Gifford B. Doxsee; and Dr. Ralph Nelson.
Murray Stein President - 106th Infantry Division Association
Murray Stein 106th Infantry Division Association President 2005-2006 423rd Combat Infantry Regiment .I Company 7614 Charing Cross lane, Deray Beach, FL 33446 561-499.7736 Greg0803©adelphia.com
Chaplain's Message . . .
THE TORCH . . .
During World War I a very familiar poem was written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, of the Canadian Army.
Col. McCrae fought on the eastern front in 1914 and died while on active duty in 1918. His poem was named
"In Flanders Fields."
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
between the crosses, row on row,
that mark our place. And in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the Dead - Short days ago we lived.
felt dawn. saw sunset glow loved and were loved and now we lie in Flanders Field"
Take up our quarrel with the foe.
To tots from failing hands. we throw the ton*.
Be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep. though poppies grow in Flanders field"
Many responses were written by poets in the years that followed. The best that I know came from R. W. Lilliard, and was called "America's Answer."
"Rest ye in peace. ye Flanders dead The fight that ye so bravely led, we've taken up. And we will keep true faith with you who lie asleep with a cross to mark his bed in Flanders Field"
"Fear not that ye have died for naught. The torch ye threw to us, we caught. Ten million hands will hold it high, and freedom's light shall never die! We've learned the lesson that ye taught in Flanders field"
How well these words speak to us as we come together here this morning to honor our wartime comrades. For just as surely as McCrae mourned the death of his fellow soldiers, so too we mourn the passing of our comrades.
And just like the fallen soldiers in the poem, ours too, once held the torch of freedom high, as did we all.
Some time ago, watching the History Channel. I saw depicted once again the desperate days of the Battle of Britain. and in particular, the almost unbelievable struggle by the outgunned and outnumbered RAF to control the air space over England and the English Channel.
Their losses of planes and men were staggering. They filled the skies with their tiny planes, responding again and again to every massive raid, knowing the odds were against them, losing planes faster than they could be replaced, and pilots faster than they could be trained.
At every flight, every takeoff, three, four, five times every day. They bravely went, not really expecting to return.
As the television program ended. The camera turned upward to those now empty skies, once so full of death and destruction.
Chaplain Dr. Duncan Trueman. 424/AT 29 Overhill Lane. Warwick NY 10990
Chaplain's Message . . .
And as the commentator continued to speak, I found myself imagining that, all unseen, those same airmen must be up there in spirit still, a ghostly squadron, forever patrolling those skies that they had purchased with such guts and flames and blood. Their country remembers and honors those flyers because they held high the torch
Our country has a special day to honor and remember our heroes also. We call that day "Memorial Day."
But this - today - is our Memorial Day, This is a day for Lions... Our own very personal Memorial Day. Because every man remembered and honored here on this day was a man who trained beside us, walked beside us, fought beside us, froze in the bitter cold beside us, suffered, bled beside us, sometimes died beside us.
Like those skies over the English Channel, so too our assembly hem is filled with a presence that we can almost feel. A ghostly battalion of faces we once knew, wearing uniforms we once wore ...the bravest of the brave... who long ago, also held high the torch.
As you and I remember some of the sacrifices, some of the deeds we saw done, we marvel sixty years later. From whence came such courage? At times we image it all over again.
Sometimes when the first snow of winter quietly falls during the night, and I awake, surprised by it in the morning, I step onto my warm porch and look out the great windows down to the wood line 100 yards behind my house.
And, through the falling snow, I imagine I see figures clothed in gray advancing through the snow and between the trees, and for the briefest moment I am transported back in time... back to the time when, all alone, armed only with an M-1, I saw a couple of squads of infantry coming toward me in just such a way.
And suddenly the odds changed. My platoon sergeant, observing my predicament from afar, threw caution to the winds. Grabbing a BAR from another's hands, he ran and threw himself to the ground beside me - and laid down fire that my M-1 couldn't have matched. He, too, held high the torch
Every 106'er who was there during those fateful days can tell stories like that ...thousands of torchbearers... thousands of stories ...stories that sound like fiction to those who weren't there.
So many of our comrades, once supplies and ammunition were exhausted, were surrounded and forced to surrender... made captive.
The rest of us owe them special respect. Though prisoners, they maintained their faith in our country. And it's more personal than that; they maintained their faith in us, and honored us who still fought. They honored us by trusting us.
Every day behind barbed wire must have seemed like an eternity to them. But they knew... they just knew... that we, their fellow Americans, would come, that we would get to them, that we would eventually bring them home.
Trust ...the same trust we always had in one another. For the POW's each waiting day must have seemed like an eternity. We were their hope. And they endured the unendurable by believing in us, holding high the torch.
From whence does their kind of courage spring? Former- POW, Admiral James Stockdale, said:
"It comes down to comradeship and it comes down to pride and dignity and enduring sense of self-worth. and personal honor
Chaplain's Message . . .
So, some of the old stories and some of the associations that we call to memory, that we're able to share again during these days together ...some are memorable. Some are humorous.
Some are sad. But they are all such proud stories. Some are stories about you. Some about me. Sonic about our ghosts of yesterday. But all the stories we remember and tell, and even the stories that lie forever hidden in our hearts ...they're all proud stories.
But it's more than this that draws us together ...links us unites us. It's far more than just these ancient stories. It's the memory of all that we endured and of the absolute trust we had in each other, and the realization that not one of us could have survived without the others.
No act common to ordinary men can symbolize the bond between us. No gesture, no handshake however friendly and firm, no hi-fives, only the strongest embrace can begin to convey the meaning of who we were to each other, and who we still are today.
There is, in our wartime experience, a lesson of life that is rarely understood or learned except by the philosophers and the theologians... and soldiers.
It is this:
It is not the joys or even the great triumphs in life that unite men most fully and make them brothers forever. It is the experience of suffering.
And although we suffered dearly, this division of ours, we caught the torch that was thrown to us.
It was not a torch that any division would have chosen - but we accepted it; we caught it. And together with these men we honor 104: and with the help of Almighty God, we held it high together!
Young Warriors: Should fate find you on the battlefield, may your cause be a just one. May your courage not falter. May you show mercy to your enemies. May your efforts bring blessings of peace. May you be triumphant and earn victory. May your sacrifices be always appreciated. May you endure the conflict unharmed. Should you be harmed, may your wounds heal. Should you perish in the struggle, May God embrace you and find a place for you in His Kingdom. Amen. Amen.
Irwin Smoler's Story of a 424/B Combat Patrol . . .
Editor's note: Irwin C. Smoler, 1st Vice-President for the year 2004-05.
Irwin was just getting ready to attend the 59th Annual reunion of the 106th Infantry Division Association, when he became ill and was sent to the hospital for care.
Irwin was looking forward to a good recovery, attending the annual reunion and accepting the "Association Presidency" for the year 2005-2006.
Just before the 59th annual reunion was called to order in Arlington, Virginia. our comrade, President Elect, had a turn for the worse, He died on November 18, 2005. His death is listed in the "Memoriam" of this CUB magazine.
As editor, I had promised Irwin I would publish his story on one of the many actions of "B" Company 424th Combat Infantry Regiment. This is to fulfill my promise to Comrade Irwin to print his story
John Kline. Editor
PHOTO: Smoler's visit to the Ardennes year 1994
From Irwin C. Smoler – B Company, 424th Combat Infantry Regiment.
John, shortly after I joined the association, I sent you an after action report of my first day of combat, Dec. 16th 1944, with Co B of the 424th. After attending the reunions at Orlando and Roanoke and talking to many of my fellow veterans, I realized that the men of the 422nd and 423rd knew little of what went on with the 424th.
I thought, therefore, that I might write a detailed account of my last combat assignment which occurred early in the second week of March 1945, as well as a very brief account of what went on in our platoon, company and regiment between Dec 16th 1944 and the beginning of March 1945.
Irwin Smoler's Story of a 424/B Combat Patrol . . .
During a three month period from the 16th of December. 1944 to March 12th, 1945 the regiment, except for very brief one or two day periods, was in continuous contact with the enemy, either in the defense and slow withdrawal, or in the attack and advance.
Starting out the 17th of December we began a slow and orderly hill by hill withdrawal until we linked up with the 112th Inf. of the 28th Division, CCB of the 9th Armored Div. and CCB of the 7th Armored Div to form the "Fortified Goose-Egg" in front of St. Vith. We, along with the 112th Inf. formed the southern end of the goose-egg. To get to this point I remember wading the Our River at least twice in freezing waist high water, holding our rifles over our heads. As part of the "Fortified Goose-Egg," we had helped hold up the Germans long enough for reserves to be brought into place as well as to disrupt their timetable to get to the Muese River.
For this and some subsequent actions, the regiment, along with the other units involved, and all of its officers and men, later received the Belgium Fouregerre, a unit citation.
When the order came from General Ridgeway on December 23rd we began a long daylight withdrawal from the goose-egg into and through the lines of the 82nd Airborne Division, which had come in from theatre reserve. We dug in with them, and, as I recall, they didn't look any better than we did, and frankly. I didn't think they were any better soldiers than we were, especially after our recent experiences.
A couple of days later, the 2nd Bn. went over to engagement at Manhay, Belgium, and within a few days, at year end, the westward retreat ended and we began the long road back with plenty of fighting to come on the way.
By early March we were in bivouac in a clump of woods near Berk, Germany. We were dug in at the edge of a tree line facing the Siegfried Line. This position, incidentally, was not too far from the positions of the 422nd Inf. on the morning of Dec, 16th 1944.
Our company had suffered a great number of casualties during this two-and-a half-month period, as well as considerable loss of men due to combat fatigue, frostbite, trench foot and even self-infliction. We had received a large number of replacements, but somehow they were always the first casualties in any engagement. I remember that every time we went back to the line in 1/2 ton trucks, after being in reserve a few days, I used to look at the replacements and wonder which ones would not be with us the next time we went back.
As for myself, I was the only one left of the 41 men of my platoon who had, on Dec. 16th climbed aboard the Service Co. 6x6 to counter-attack the German penetration. As I noted in my first report, we lost Sgt. Arvold's whole squad on the 16th of December; we lost Lt. Bailey and Sgt. Roden's whole squad when they failed to return from a patrol in early January. Sgt. Jones's squad had taken casualties early on and he himself received a field commission in early February and left the company soon thereafter. Sgt. "A", our platoon Sgt. and Sgt. Byrne our platoon guide, had both succumbed to battle fatigue and were evacuated. As a matter of fact, I, as the platoon messenger, was in a foxhole with Sgt. "A" when he went off his rocker. He kept asking me to find people who were either dead or missing. When he insisted on my taking a message to Sgt. Arvold I knew it was time to call for a medic. The remnants of Jones's squad were all gone for one reason or another.
By this time in early March I was a Staff Sgt. and squad leader, having been promoted twice during the battle. My squad consisted of eight or nine replacements and I had no assistant squad leader.
Irwin Smoler's Story of a 424/B Combat Patrol .
Because my platoon had ceased to exist, I reported to Lt. Brown, the first platoon leader and acting company commander. He used my squad as sort of an I and R squad, as it seemed to me we were catching a recon or contact patrol almost every other day. Most were three man patrols, some five man and some full squad.
From the point of view of casualties. the company had fared little better than my original platoon. We were down to 2 officers. having Lt. Capt. Peyser, our C.O. and Lt. Slutzky, our Exec to wounds. Lt. Bailey was lost on patrol and Lt. Woolcock, our weapons platoon leader, was killed during the attack on Ennal on January 13th. The only two left were Lt. Brown and Lt. "N". the 3rd platoon leader. I'm not sure, but Capt. Peyser might have recovered from his wounds and returned to the company about that time.
The combat assignment I referred to previously began in the early evening when a runner came down from the company C.P. telling me to alert and prepare my squad for a night recon patrol. I, along with Lt. "N" of the third platoon, were ordered to report immediately to the Battalion S-2 for briefing. I was not particularly happy to report to the Bn. S-2 as firstly, I never considered him to be an adequate replacement for Lt. Huddleston, our original S-2, who had also been killed during the battalion attack on Ennal and secondly, I had some words with him a few days earlier when I felt he was nitpicking about the amount of detail that I had brought back from a recon patrol in daylight to investigate a clump of trees in our company front, close to the dragon's teeth. In addition, I thought the patrol itself was stupid; what it did was to require us to go out in broad daylight, over an open field without cover, in plain view of the people manning the pillboxes. As it was we came under automatic weapons and mortar fire and we were lucky to get back in one piece. To top it all off, one of the men with me, a recent replacement, froze when the mortar rounds started falling and he wouldn't move. I knew I couldn't leave him, so, in desperation, I took out my trench knife, put my thumb a half inch from the tip and jammed it into his rear end; he moved. When Lt. "N" and I arrived at the Bn. C.P, the S-2 showed us a map of the area which indicated a road in our front starting at the pillbox line and going straight back to the German rear. He told us that the 87th Division of the 3rd Army, which was on our right, had advanced that morning and were to stay south or to the right of the road. He indicated that we were going to move out soon and that if we encountered any resistance and had to call in artillery, we didn't want to fire on friendly troops. As such, we were to cross the open field, go through he dragon's teeth and go at least a mile down the road to see if we saw any sign of the 87th Division. During the briefing two things hit me at once. One was that with my squad dug in at the extreme right of the company front. I was commanding the unit guarding the right flank of 1st Army; the second was that I now knew why he had ordered the daylight patrol a few days earlier. He was probing to see how well defended the positions in front of us were. What I didn't appreciate was being the tip of the probe.
What I couldn't figure out was why my squad was picked for this patrol and not from Lt. "N's" platoon. I assumed that it was either because neither Lt. "N" nor any of his squad leaders had much patrol experience or because the S-2 knew that I had been over some of the ground a few days earlier and therefore requested me. Upon arriving back at my squad location and after checking them for equipment and making sure that they carried no letters or such, we were ready to go.
Irwin Smoler's Story of a 424/B Combat Patrol . . .
I asked Lt. "N" if he wanted me up front with him or if he wanted me to bring up the rear. Much to my surprise, he ordered me to take the lead and told me that he would bring up the rear to make sure that no one chickened out. The one thing I thought then was that for sure he was no Lt. Bailey.
The trip out on the patrol went by absolutely without incident. We covered the 800 or so yards of open field, went through the dragon's teeth, found the road and went down the road a least a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half without seeing or hearing a soul.
I checked with Lt. "N," who agreed that we had gone more than far enough and asked if he wanted me to lead the squad back in. Again he surprised me by saying that he would lead the squad back in and that I should bring up the rear. He said that everyone should just turn around and we would go back the way we came.
We had gone back about two thirds of the way on the road when I heard a challenging "halt" coming from a pillbox just to the left of the road. My two scouts who were just ahead of me and I hit the dirt immediately and I noticed that the rest of the squad, which had become strung out was continuing on its way.
After what seemed like a long time, I couldn't think of what else to do, so I yelled out "raus mit der." Again, after a very long pause, I heard a voice yelling back -Nicht shicssen. Kamerad Mir kommen" and out came seven Germans with their hands up. By their uniforms I could see that they were regular Wermacht and by the white piping on their epaulets I knew they were Infantry. They were led by a soldier who appeared to be a Non-Com. I later found out he was Feldwebel or Sergeant, and spoke some English.
After checking them for weapons and finding none, I was ready to start back. The Sergeant had told me that the main body had pulled out and that they were part of a rear guard. He also told me that one of his men was some kind of field policeman who was there to make sure they didn't leave their post, and asked me to watch him carefully. Before we could move out, my lead scout, who was tall farmboy from Nebraska, said to me "Sarge, we can't take them in." When I asked him why, he said, "They don't have any pistols." I started to laugh, but kept a straight face and told their German Sgt. that if he had any pistols in the pillbox, he was to go back and get them. He must have thought we were nuts, but he turned back to the pillbox and came back with a Walther 6.65mm pistol in a holster. I gave it to my scout and got ready to move out when the German Sgt. said we couldn't go that way as the road was mined. Instead he pointed to a dirt path at the side of the road and we took that route.
On the way back he asked me what would happen to them, and I told him that after interrogation he would probably be on his way to prison camp in the States. I told him not to worry as he would most likely go to a prison camp in Florida and drink orange juice for the rest of the war. I had told him that I was also a Sgt. and for some reason he confided in me, and told me that he was from Baden-Baden and asked that if he gave me his wife's name and address would I, if I got to Baden-Baden, find her and tell her that he was safe. I told him that I couldn't do that but that I was sure that she would be notified in the normal way. Just before we hit the dragon's teeth he told me that he had some friends over to the right, who might also want to surrender and would I take them too.
Irwin Smoler's Story of a 424/B Combat Patrol . . .
I thought about it, and considering that there were only three of us, and seven of them, I felt I didn't need anymore, and I certainly had no great need to be a hero. After we had gone back through the dragon's teeth and about two thirds of the way to our lines, I began to get giddy with relief and decided to give them close-order drill all the way back to the company C.P.
All I knew was Rechts, Links, Vorwart and Halt. but somehow I managed it, with some English thrown in, so ended my last combat assignment.
Within a very few days we were relieved from the combat zone and boarded trains made up of "Forty and Eight" box cars for the trip to St. Quentin, France. At no time after I got back or until I left the regiment at St. Quentin did Lt. "N" ever come to talk to me to tell or ask what happened. He made his report, I made mine and that was it.
Within a few days of our arrival at St. Quentin Lt. Brown called me in, shook my hand and handed me orders from Regiment which ordered me to proceed to the ground forced training center at Fountian Bleau, France for an eight week officers training course. Included in the orders was a 24-hour pass to Paris, where I was to change transportation.
I was very surprised, as I had completely forgotten that in mid-February Lt. Brown had sent me back to regiment to be interviewed by Col. Hewitt, the Regimental Exec, as well as to take a physical exam. After handing me the orders, Lt. Brown told me to see the Supply Sgt. and to draw a fresh uniform. At supply, I was issued a brand new Eisenhower jacket, new O.D. pants, a set of Staff-Sergeant stripes, some division patches and two dark green felt strips to go around the epaulets of my jacket.
This was a new regulation that called for all infantry unit commanders down to the level of squad leader to wear these strips around the epaulets of their jackets.
I had never worn stripes before, as I didn't make PFC until we were on the ship crossing the English Channel enroute to France and I certainly didn't wear them in combat. After I had sewn on the stripes, patch, and felt tabs to the jacket on as well as pinned on my C.I.B. and put the jacket on, I felt as if I was King of the World, and certainly ready to go to Paris. I was much prouder then I ever was when I finally put on Pinks and Greens and pinned god bars on my shoulders.
Incidentally, I had read enough about Paris to know to go directly to Montmarte where I found the Bal Tabarin night-club. I drank in the scene like a taller Toulouse-lautec and spent a great 24 hours.
The course in Fountainbleau was routine enough, except that all of the lectures and field exercises were in the forest of Foutainbleau. I found it difficult to pay attention at times as I would daydream and was constantly expecting D'Artagnan and the three musketeers to come careening by on horseback looking for Cardinal Richelieu's men.
I did run into Lt. "N" late one night in July at an officers club in Cannes, France. We were both on leave, he from the company and I from Camp San Francisco in Chateau-Thierrv, France where I was awaiting orders for redeployment to the Far East. Now that I was an officer, we were able to have what in diplomatic language is called a frank exchange of views on the subject of the patrol in which we had jointly taken part. I must say that I took a great deal of satisfaction from the conversation.
It turned out, as I wrote before, that I never did go to the Far East, as a few weeks later Harry Truman ordered the bomb dropped at Hiroshima.
Irwin Smoler's Story of a 424/B Combat Patrol . . .
To this day, and every year since its inception, I send a $25.00 donation and membership dues to the Truman Library in Independence, MO.
In so far as I am concerned, he saved my life, as I never thought I could make it through a second time. I should add that every officer at the camp felt exactly the same way.
When the Japanese finally surrendered, five of us officers, one of whom was tank platoon leader from the 9th Armored Division, who was among the first to cross the Remagen Bridge, broke into the company kitchen, liberated a case of G.I. soap and traded it to a French farmer near Chateau Thierry for two cases of champagne. Even though the French Farmer, by the then rate of exchange, skinned up on the deal, we had found a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the war.
Irwin C. Smoler, 424/B
Irwin, Rest in Peace - your story has been told
PHOTO: Staff Sergeant Irwin Smoler (l) and Corporal Al Vitali 424/B, in the Ardennes 1944
Smoler received a battlefield commission from his actions in the Bulge.
Front & Center ...
Editor, John Kline, 423/M
Life Members (Vets) 698
Annual Members (Vets) 483
Total Vets 1181
Life Associate Members 194
Annual Associate Members 124
Total Associates 318
Comp Members 4
GRAND TOTAL 1,503
Life Plus Club Report
To date, we have collected over $12,000, almost enough to pay for a year of Cubs, so give it a try again, especially those of you Life Members who have not as yet had the time to send me something (hopefully money).
John Kline and I are most appreciative of your kindness.
We have been running out of space, so we are only printing the names of those of you who have contributed since the last Cub. Again, thanks a million.
Dick Riggati, Treasurer
Bauer, Calvin D. 81st/B 10
Black, Ewell C. 422/A 100
Brown, Ray 5
Eason, Lanier 422 15
Edelman, Lou 423/M 5
Griffiths, Richard 13
Maple, Philip 424/E 5
Martin, Doris 5
Taddeo, Peter 424/C 15
Walker, Jeff 423/M 13
Wilson, Harry W. 13
New Contributors to the Life Plus Club
(Cut-off date on this list February 10 2006
(Showing "New" contributors, since the last CUB) Note - This is a continuing process-
If you contributed and your name does not appear you will be listed in the next CUB
Bare, Robert 422/B Betlach, Donald A. 424/HQ IBN Bucher, William M. Associate Chansler, John F. Assoc. memory of brother Kosov A. Chansler. 590/C Cooley, D. E. 423/HQ IBN Crossman, Jack M. Associate Dreisbach, Carl V. 422/HQ Diehl, Lloyd J. 423/H Fleharty, William Assoc in memory wife Dharlys Fleharty Florian, Frank 591/SV Friedman, Sydney S. 424/HQ Geib, George P. 424/G Gerlach, Philip 424/D Goldberg, Ephraim 423/C Haines, Joseph C. 106/RECON Hanna, Robert R. 422/HQ Henrickson, J. P. 81 ENG/B Jaccino, Anthony C. 423/H Jennings, Dr. Vance 106/SIG Johnson, Wm. 106/MP Kline, John 423/M Kortlang, Chas E. 106/MP Four more times for total of 12 donation, Lowery, Charles L. Associate Mapes, Robert E. 422/G Marsh, Alexander 423/HQ 3Bn Mayrsohn, Bernard 423/CANNON McMullen, Charles D. 423/AT Meadows, Gerald D. 422/C Moyer, George C. 424/C O'Hare, Pierre Associate Pellish, John 422/G Peters, Robert H. 422/K Raila, F. A. 423/E Rieck, Charles E. 422/H Salerno, Joseph 423/B Stein, Murray 423/I Two time, Stewart, John T. 423/SV Sulser, Jack 423/F Tennant, Richard W. 422/K Trost, Paul M. 423/HQ2BN Troxel, Wayman 423/I Wittenberg, Henry 490(C Zuckerman, Jacob 423/C
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From the Association Historian
John R. Schaffner 589/A, Historian, Past President 2002-2003 1611 Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030 410-584-2754
First, a report on the Cub CD disks. When the idea of storing all of the Cub issues on CD disks came up, I was skeptical. Sure, it sounded good, and Associate Member, Jim West, volunteered to do the hard work of actually scanning about 4,000 pages.
I am sure that his wife, Sharon, became very tired of looking at his back. (And then there were the usual daily chores, right? Thanks Sharon, for your patience.)
Then there was the question of how many people do we have in the organization who are computer literate, and if so, are they interested in this sort of thing?
The project didn't sound too promising. But, then came decision time. Associate Member, Mike Pumphrey, volunteered to design the ad for the Cub. The project had possibility, and, I thought that if it is to be, it is up to me, and Jim, and Mike.
I considered being cautious about ordering a batch made, and decided on fifty sets.
Any fears that I had that I would be 'stuck' with some were unfounded. Fifty went out, then another fifty, and as of this writing, I am working on the third fifty sets.
A few of the sets have been donated to several individuals, including one High School history teacher, those involved in the production, the Belgian CRIBA organization, and the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle, PA.
The project is now operating in the black and the Association will be receiving a small profit on each set sold. You might be interested in knowing that a profit of $529.33 from the sale of these disk was contributed to the Association Treasury during the recent reunion in Arlington, Virginia. Thanks to all that have participated.
Once in a while a rare opportunity comes along, and you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. That happened to me last May. May 18, 2005, the National Rifle Association hosted the gala opening of a special display observing the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II in the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The theme of the display is titled The Arsenal of Democracy – Triumph of Freedom. Fifty-four individuals and organizations were invited to contribute items from the WW II era to the display in the museum.
I was invited to represent the 106th Infantry Division with some items that I managed to bring home from Europe at the end of the war.
As the current Historian of the Association, participation in this event provided an opportunity to give public recognition and credibility to the 106th Infantry Division.
PHOTO: John Schaffner's 589/A WWII photo and Mess Kit, with a German Mauser Rifle and field cap on display at the "The Arsenal of Democracy - Triumph of Freedom'. display - National Firearms Museum Fairfax- Virginia
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This display at the National Firearms Museum has given me a once in a lifetime chance to bring positive identity to the Division. This is a world class museum and is visited by a great many people.
At the end of WW II the losses suffered by the division were given much publicity. The achievements were not. There were no press correspondents in the area where we were, remember? C 'est la vie. Then there was a certain British arm-chair general, so called historian , whose accounts of the Battle of the Bulge and the 106th Infantry Division needed to be over ridden.
Although the NRA is an organization known far and wide, I never had the initiative to become a member. I became interested in other things.
Probably like many of you, firearms were not on my agenda. I suppose, that at the age we now find ourselves, perpetuating the achievements of the 106th Infantry Division has taken on a certain importance. I am now willing to talk about those things that we all experienced.
There were other divisions involved for longer periods than ours, but during the time we were in action, no other unit could have done more. History has borne that out. The National Firearms Museum is located near the intersection of I-66 and Route 50 East. If you can find the time to visit, it will be time well spent. There are items on display that go all the way back to the time when the Pilgrims came to the New World on the Mayflower up to the present. The history of America is well represented here. Anyone will enjoy browsing the displays.
The Arsenal of Democracy - Triumph of Freedom recognizing America's participation in WW II, will be on view from May 2005 through December 2006 .
John Schaffner 589/A
PHOTO: John Schaffner 589/A in front of one of the displays at the National Firearms Museum, in Fairfax, VA
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PHOTO: Lillian Schaffner: Mrs. Wesley Fox:: Captain Wesley Fox Marine Corps, Medal of Manor recipient-Vietnam and John Shaffner 589/A
Annual membership fees run from July 1 to June 30 (The Association fiscal year) For Members paying ANNUAL dues - the date your membership is due is July of the year stated- The date is shown in the first line of the address label-
For example: 2006 means your membership expires June 30. 2006- LIFE means you are a life member.
For you Annual Dues Paying Members July 1, is the date by which your ANNUAL DUES should be PAID
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"106" Yellow on Blue background. Bottom of flag is Red. "Lion's Patch" in Red, White, Blue wills Golden Lion Head "The words "Infantry Division Association" below Lion's Patch is curved to follow the contour of the scroll (it is Gold in color and did not reproduce well here).
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A Salute to Belgian Associate Luc DeWachter BOORTMEERBEEK, Belgium for his annual trips to Henri Chappelle to pay respect to our fallen comrades
Flowers for Henri Chapelle grave, of Capt. James Manning 423 Cannon: Eric Fisher Wood, Jr. 589/A Sgt. William Morris, III, 423/I&R Visits to 423rd KIA's T/Sgt William Lamb PA: Tec/4 Jacob Kunz NY: Pfc Martin Vanicsko NJ: Pfc Cossack Kot MASS: Pfc John Barker Maine: Sgt. Louis A. Van Dyk 424 /L
Luc says, "It is a long drive back and forth, but I feel so good to do my duty by the "Brave Soldiers" that gave their young lives to liberate us.
I had a nice talk with David Atkinson, the Superintendent of the Henri Chapelle Cemetery.
He gave me a new website for the Cemetery: http://www.in-honored-glory.info/
My greetings to you and your comrades with a"Salute." Signed Luc DeWachter Associate member 106th Inf. Div. Association
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
Our 59th Annual 106th Infantry Division Association's Reunion attendees responded well to the change from the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, LA which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina to the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA. Thanks to AFR for successfully securing this site which actually offered us more amenities than the original one. Attendance was off some due to the change. but all of those there seemed to enjoy our time together and the sights of Washington D.C.
With the contracts signed for this move, we were anxious to retrieve the articles we had shipped to the Doubletree. Without knowledge of when or if we would get our materials from The Doubletree, I ordered a new wreath and stand and Marion Ray secured a flag and streamers. So we were prepared. Lo and behold they were all at the Sheraton when we arrived there.
When Donna Lee told me that the Sheraton had no piano or a keyboard, I borrowed a keyboard from Hazel Massey and had it shipped ahead. My daughter-in-law, Sheila played and her 4 year old daughter, Elizabeth and my wife, Barbara Bridges, held the music while she played for the Memorial Service.
Donna Lee arranged our dinner and luncheon menus so the attendees had a choice of entrees. One of our tours was a night tour of Washington which gave us a view of the monuments, significant buildings and the World War II Memorial. There was another tour of Arlington Cemetery with a stop at the WWII Monument. Another "outing" was a play at the Kennedy Center which was very entertaining.
Donald Herndon brought his big maps for others to enjoy tracing their war time journey through Germany, France, Belgium and Luxemburg. Also on display, were the actual weaponry and clothing worn by us during that cold, cold time. Our unofficial Quarter Master, John Gilliland. had a variety of merchandise for sale. See his ad in this magazine.
We were fortunate to have the same group of highly talented high school music students that we had once before to entertain at our Welcome Dinner. They moved through the tables while playing and that made it very personal.
We were honored to have as our guest Brigadier General Dany Van de Ven and his wife Mrs. Brigeitte Van de Ven as guests. General is the attaché to the Belgium Embassy in Washington D. C. and was made available through a friend of the 106th, Carol Rudman. The general and his wife were both very personable and greeted all there enthusiastically. He gave a short talk about the long friendship that his country and ours have enjoyed through the years. He told of a monument that is planned to be placed in Arlington Cemetery. He also told of how his country responded to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina by sending troops to aid.
Due to the illness of 1st Vice President, Irwin Smoler, our 2nd Vice President Murray Stein, stood in for him in absentia. Murray was sworn in as First Vice President. Unfortunately, shortly after our Reunion, Irwin passed away so Murray has taken the reins as President.
I want to thank you for allowing me to serve as your President during 2004-2005. It has been an honor to serve. My farewell hope for you is this: May the worst day of life to come be better than the best day thus far.
Walter G. Bridges. Past President 106th Infamy Division Association
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 .
Reunion Attendance 59th Annual Reunion of the Golden Lions Sheraton National, Arlington Virginia November 3 - 7 2005
ADOLPHSON, MAYNARD - 422/M
ALPHONSE, WILLIE - 333/FAB/C
ASHBURN, NOLAN - 424/H
BALZARINI, JOHN - 590/B
BARNES, RALPH - 423/E
BEETH, LYLE - 424/ANTI-TANK
BISHOP, GRAYSON - 424/L
BLADEN, JOHN - 423/C
BLOCH, JACQUES - 422/K
BRIDGES, WALTER - 424/D
BROKAW, RICHARD - 424/G
BROUSSARD, FRED - 423/L
BRYAN, KENNETH - 423/1st BAT HQ
BUCHANAN, JEANNE - ASSOCIATE/
BUTLER, Jr, HARRY - 424/HQ 1BN
CALL, GEORGE - 424/B
CHRISTIAN, TRUMAN - 424/D
CHRISTIANSON, EDWARD - 331/MED/C
COLBERT, HUGH - 422/B
COSTA, ANTONE - 423/MED
COSTA, LAWRENCE - 423/MED
DAVIS, RINARD - 422/3BN HQ
DAVIS, SAMUEL - 423/HQ
DEAN, VERNER - 422/MED
DEFFENBAUGH, DAVID - 423/D
DESANTIS, JOSEPH - 422/HQ 1st BAT
DIRENZO, PETER - 106/SIGNAL
DORN, EDWARD - 422/H
DOXSEE, GIFFORD - 423/HO
ELDRIDGE, ROBERT - 422/G
FACEY, KENNETH - 106/MP
FRANK, FLORIAN - 591/SERVICE
FREEDMAN, HENRY - 422/HQ
GATENS, JOHN - 589/A
GILLILAND, JOHN - 592/SVC
GREVE, WALTER - 423/HQ 1st BN
HANKE, ARTHUR - 106/MP
HANNON, PHILIP - 81/ENG
HERNDON, DONALD - 424/L
HIGHT, JESSE - 424/A
HOFF, STEPHEN - 422/M
HOWARD, JOHN - 591/SERVICE
HUMINSKI, EDWIN - 424/F
IANNUZZI, ALPHONSA - 590/C
JENKINS, BILL - 422/H
JOHNSON, CHARLES - 969/B
JONES, ALAN - 423/HQ
JULSON, ROBERT - 424/C
WILLIAMS, TED - 423/MED
WOOD, JOHN - 424/L
YOUNG, EDWARD - 590/A
KINGERY, HUGH - 590/A
LANG, RUSSELL – 423/I
LARSON, GILBERT - 422/M
LICHTENFELD, NORMAN - ASSOCIATE
LICHTENFELD, SEYMOUR - 422/I
LOWERY, CHARLES - 424/I
MADSEN, JR., ANDERS - 422/H
MALONEY, JOSEPH - 424/HQ
MARSH, MARY LOU - 423/D
MARTIN, HARRY - 424/L
MARTIN, WILLIAM - 424/C
MAYRSHON, BERNARD - 423/CANNON
McWHORTER, WILLIAM - ASSOCIATE
NELSON, RALPH - 422/CANNON
PALMER, HAROLD - 331/HQ
POST, VIRGINIA - ASSOCIATE
POWELL, EUGENE - 422/A
PREWETT, MARY ALICE - ASSOCIATE
QUATTRIN, ALFRED - 423/A
RACSTER, JOHN - 422/H
RAND, ANTHONY - 589/B
RAY, MARION - 424/D
RIECK, CHARLES - 422/H
RIGATTI, RICHARD - 423/B
ROBB, JOHN - 422/D
SCHAFFNER, JOHN - 589/A
SCHAFFNER, ROBERT - ASSOCIATE
SCHIAVO, SAM - 422/M
SCHOECK, RICHARD - 106/SIGNAL
SMITH, KEN - 423/H
SNOVEL, ROBERT - 422/H
SNYDER, WALTER - 589/A
STARMACK, JOHN - 423/SERVICE
STEIN, MURRAY - 423/I
STEWART, JOHN - 423/SERVICE
SULSER, JACK - 423/F
SWETT, JOHN - 423/H
SYKES, MORRIS - 422/M
TAYLOR, THOMAS - 424/L
TEMPLE, WILL - 422/D
THOME, MICHAEL - 422/HQ 1st Bn
TIMM, EUGENE - 423/D
TRAUTMAN, FRANK - 422/D
TROXEL, WAYMAN - 423
TRUEMAN, DUNCAN - 424/ANTI-TANK
VANDEVEN, DANY - NON MEMBER
WEISS, NEWTON - 423/HQ
WENTE, MARTIN - 423/I
WILLIAMS, TED - 423/MED
WOOD, JOHN - 424/L
YOUNG, EDWARD - 590/A
Attendance Grand Total Registered INN: Veteran's 92 and 6 Associates. One Non-member ? - Tile balance Jirmilt and guests.
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
PAST Reunions- locations -Chairman and Committee by Adjutant Marion Ray
Roe & Florence Simpson
Ken Perry, Chas Hackler, Al Harding
Edward Luzzie, Gene Borathyn, Bob Frache, Sig Johnson, Roger May, Ames Wright, Bob Wood
Doe Cessna, Walt Bandurak
Robert Pierce, Sr.
Atlantic City NJ
Doug Coffee, Tom Bickford
Atlantic City NJ
James and Maydean Wells
McMahon, Dunbar, Rarick, Gallagher
Russell Villwock, Larry Walden, Chas Robasse
Fort Worth TX
The Lovelesses & The Broths
East Orange NJ
The Coffees & The Bickfords
The Shalhoubs, The Bryants
William F. Smith
St. Vith Belgium
Doug S. Coffee
William R. Holden, Carol Beals
Clayton Rarick, John Gallagher, Charles Walsh, Frank Maloney
Pete & Joanne House
Grand Rapids MI
The James, The Clarks
Chuck & Cherri Schock
Sherod Collins, Bob Howell, Bill Alexander
Ken Bradfield, June & Jack Schlesser, Russ Enlow, Van Wyatt
The John Fritzes & Bob Wilder
Ft. Lauderdale FL
(Cruise) Doug & Isabel Coffee
Russ Villwock, Jim Henning, Bill Lucsay
Hot Springs AK
W. C. Baker, Glenn Henson
Van Wyatt, Ken Bradfield
Charles Puskarich, John Howard
Ben Britton, Jim Maw
Jim Wells, Al Oelschig, Gus Agostini
Ted Smith, Walt Bandurak, John Robb
Roger Rutland, Howard Terrio
John Gilliland, Walter Bridges, Joe Massey
Ralph & Elizabeth Bowles, Fred Farris
Russ Villwock, Bill Lucsay & wives
Mike Thome & Committee
John & Lee Gilliland
Joseph Maloney, George Vance & wives
Ft. Jackson SC
Rapid City SD
Art Van Moorlehem, Robert Calhoun
John Riels, Dick Sparks. Gordon Zicker. Sam Davi
Elisabeth & Ralph Bowles
John & Lee Gilliland
John Kline AFR
St. Louis MO
John Gregory, Marion Ray, AFR
Marion Ray AFR
Joe Maloney AFR
Ft. Mitchell KY
John Schaffner, AFR
John Roberts, AFR
Walter Bridges. AFR
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
On 25 Mar 1947. The Board of Directors of the 106th Infantry Division Association intended The Order of the Golden Lion to honor, render homage and give thanks to fiercely faithful friends and to those who have rendered outstanding service to the DIVISION in peace time. The Order consists of three classes- Commander (Gold) is conferred by a unanimous vote of the entire board of Directors. Officer (Silver) by a two thirds vote and Companion (usually the wife of a veteran recipient) by a majority vote. The following is a "to-date history of the awards.
Commander Class Officer Class Companion Class
Asterisk denotes "Non-106th Veteran
1948 David Price
Herbert Livesey, Jr.
*Joe E. Brown
*Ralph F. Gates
*Brig. Gen. Elmer Sherwood
1962 Douglas Coffey
1964 Richard DeHeer
1966 John Loveless Jr
1972 Leo McMahon
1973 Sherod Collins
1974 John Gallagher
1975 James Wells
1986 Walter Bandurak Robert Pierce, Jr
1987 Russell Villwock Robert A. Gilder
Dr Maurice DeLaval
John Kline Boyd Rutledge
Marge DeHeer Kay Loveless Wilda McMahon
Jackie Villwock Jean Gilder
1994 Roger Rutland John Gilliland
1995 John Kline
Ewell Black, Jr.
Edward A. Prewett
O. Paul Merz
T. Wayne Black
Dr. Richard Peterson
Duward Frampton, Jr.
Mattie Rutland Lee Gilliland Dan Bied
Thomas J. Riggs Michael Thome
1998 Pete House
Joseph A. Massey
1999 Ben Britton
2001 Walter Bridges
Marion Ray John Swett John Gregory Gus Agostini
2003 Joe Maloney
Adda Rikken Willy Rikken
2004 Charles Reick
2005 John R. Schaffner
Herbert Meagher, Jr
Hazel M. Massey
James D. West
Patricia S. Rigatti
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
PHOTO: Murray Stein, 423/I, 1st Vice Pres, with wife Barbara Stein. After Irwin Smoler's death, Murray assumed the Presidency for year 2005-2006
PHOTO: Martin L.(Chic) Wente 423/I with wife Donna Wente. Assumed 1st Vice-Pres
PHOTO: John Gilland 592. our Association Quartermaster with Adjutant Marion Ray 424 D. Lyle Beeth 424/AT peeking out of the corner
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
Photo: Adjutant Marion Ray 424/D presenting John Schaffner 589/A and his wife Lillian Schaffner with the Order of the Golden Lion for services rendered to the Association. John is a Past-President year 2002-2003.
Photo: Pat Rigatti, wife of Richard Rigatti 423/B President 1995-96 and current Association Treasurer, was presented the Companion Class Order of the Golden Lion.
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
PHOTO: Frank Trautman 422/D with Colonel Alan Jones, Jr. 423/HQ 1BN
PHOTO: Edwin Huminski 424/F and wife Betty Huminski
PHOTO: Jody and Richard Brokaw 424/G w/ Ed Huminski 424/F (R)
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
Photo: Alphonse Iannuzzi 590/C 1st reunion since the first reunion in Indianapolis, 1947
Photo: Gemna Iannuzzi, granddaughter of Alphonse Iannuzzi. The youngest attendee to the 59th Annual Reunion of the Golden Lions.
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
Photo: Lyle Beeth 424/AT and his wife Marie Beeth attending their first Reunion. Al is backup for Treasurer Richard Rigatti
Photo: Edward Christianson 331st Medics with wife Mary Christianson
Photo: Vivian Maloney, wife of Past-President Joseph Maloney 2001-2002 being serenaded by the SILVER STRINGS. Where's Joe? He took most of the photos in this Reunion section.
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
PHOTO: Thomas Junyszek played the Bugle Call al the Memorial service. He visited with our Association members during the day. Thomas's help was greatly appreciated
PHOTO: Dr. Trueman with his wife Grace Trueman (below) said, "Thomas was reallw with us the whole day. He enjoyed visiting with the veterans. He really got caught up in the feelings of the veteran members and the friendships that he witnessed. It was a joy to have him with us.
59th Annual Reunion - Arlington VA 2005 . . .
PHOTO: So where was Fred Broussard 423/L while you guys were taking a nap? He was out like a good soldier "scouting the territory."
PHOTO: He said, "The flowers above were placed there by British Royalty - our bus had to come back later. The White House photo - a security guard let us pose on the steps." The USO was holding a Fund Raiser at our hotel, so I got my photo taken with the "Blue Bells" who cross the country helping to fund the USO.
That's the way to go Fred 423/L - You win the prize of the day.
New Members . . .
BABLER, HAROLD M. 590/B, MONTICELLO. WI 53570
BAESMAN, CONNIE PRATT ASSOCIATE, 405 Lopez Rd Lopez Island- WA 98261, 360-468-3584
BOUMA, WILLIS 422/D, 438 West Parson Ave Watervliet, MI 49098 616-463-4174 Willis joined some time ago, but took me up on the offer to publish his story anytime he wrote it. I couldn't find where I had published it before... So here goes, Willis:
I didn't send a story when I joined and want to tell my experiences from October 1943 through May 1946 - at the age of 18.
I was drafted and sent to Camp Walters, Texas. After basic training to Camp McCain (7), Miss, then to Jackson Ordnance Depot and on to Atlanta, GA where they taught me how to drive. I then went to France attached to a Vehicle Distributing Company.
When the Bulge broke, I was transferred to the 106th Infantry at Rheims, France. I was assigned to 422/D as a Jeep driver. I was told at that time there were only seven left in that company. After a short training session, we were sent to St. Nazairre, France. When the war ended, we went to Mayen, Germany and on to Karlsruhe where the 106th was disbanded. I then went to Friedenheim (?) Germans in an Ordnance trucking company. then later to Heidelberg to a Special Service company as a driver. I was sent home April 1946 and discharge May 1946.
COLLINS, JOHN P. 589/C. Redford, MI
ELMORE, CARLOS 423/D
223 CHERRY STREET HOUSTON. MO 65438
I was an ammunition carrier for an 81mm Mortar Squad. Captured December 19, 1944, held in Stalag IX B until April 1945.
GEHNER, LAMOINE H. 424/L, 412 EAST OLIVE STAUNTON. IL 62088-1554 618-635-2755
LACONIA, HUBERT P. LIFE ASSOCIATE
20124 YOUNGS CLIFF ROAD STERLING VA 20165
First I would like to thank Charles Lowery for enrolling me in the Association. I became interested in the 106th several years ago after reading about the Division's exploits in WWII. Most recently I read a story in WWII magazine about the 106th. The author was Robert Kissel. I've also been privy to the CUB magazine that Lowery receives. I find these stories and the 106th Infantry Division very interesting, in fact one of the most interesting divisions in WWII. It is my honor to be accepted as an Associate member of such a prestigious organization. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force 1949-1953 and the U.S. Army 1954-1959. Sincerely Hubert P. Laconia
KIRKPATRICK, EDWARD J. ASSOCIATE
PO BOX 23 DICKERSON. MD 20842 301-349-0806 edkirkpatrick@verizon-net
I was a former member. My father A.H. Kirkpatrick 424/M was a Life member. He died December 24, 2005
(See Memoriam in this CUB magazine)
New Members . . .
MALAVAZOS,CONSTANTINE ‘CHUCK' 589/C
1538 CASTRO STREET SAN LEANDRO. CA 94577
From Muskegon, Michigan. Basic and artillery training at Camp Roberts, CA. Then went overseas with the division. Our front line positions were near Laudesfeld in the edge of a woods. I was a "loader" for gun #4. A fellow "Mexican" from L.A., called "Lopez" was in my crew, along with Tom Kropf, Rich Lapak and Ray Geginon (Michigan). Ray was captured with Cliff Austin and not with our larger group - later. We had a capable and wonderful Lt. Wright.
December 16 before noon the German assault on our position came across an open meadow (covered with snow). I thought the artillery was supposed to be behind the front lines, but not on this day. Our battery had to lower the barrels and began tiring any and all kinds of shells. The smoke became so thick that we had to get down on the ground to get air. When we had repulsed the Germans, we saw that we had knocked out two armored vehicles (Tanks?)
I don't know how many dead infantry there were. (Our 105s were not stuck in the mud as it was said in "Lion in the Way.") In the middle of the night, toward 3/4 AM, we were ordered to destroy our guns and move out of the area. Our group was led by Captain Rockwell. I suppose we were last, but the next day - December 18 - we were crossing a creek when we walked into a group of Germans, who tired on us from higher ground. They had both armor and plenty of troops. It was such a situation that we had to surrender.
My POW experience would be another chapter, but eventually I was with my gun crew and about 100 others who were
assigned to a "work camp" in Hannover. We were freed two days after President Roosevelt passed away in April 1945. I feared that Lt. Wright had been killed, since we heard nothing or knew nothing of his disposition. When I returned to the States and walked into a building in Fort Bragg, NC - I saw him! We embraced each other in joy.
What a wonderful feeling - after a war tilled with bitter and mixed emotions.
MEYER, JOHN W. 590/C
3705 VISTA GRANDE LANE TWIN FALLS. ID 83301 Tele: 208-734-7143
John says his Commander was Captain Henderson and the Exec. Officer was Lt. Sutphin. John was taken to Bad Orb, Stalag 9-13
MOE, COL. WAYNE US Retd
158 WINDEMERE DRIVE WAYNESBORO.VA 22980 540-949-7909
Colonel, Welcome - I could not read your email address. Would you please send me an email in order that I could add it to the large group of email addresses I have for 106th veterans?
My email address is jpkgmm.com
Welcome back to the 106th !
MOERI, DAVE ASSOCIATE LIFE
934 Waxon Lane Hudson. WI 54016 715-386-3190
MYERS, THEODORE E. 424/E
Route 2 Box 196 Deepwater. MO 64740 417-644-7739
New Members . . .
PIERCE, MAJORIE ASSOCIATE
474 FEDERAL ST. NW WARREN, OH 44438
Majorie is the widow of Robert Pierce 81st Engineers, Company C. Robert passed away May 1990. Welcome back to the 106th, Majorie. Nice to see your name back on the roster.
QUIGGLE, ROMANSE 424/I
19888 CALUMET, CLINTON TOWNSHIP MI 48038, 586-263-4830
Romanse was known by the name of "Rowe" He was a Staff Sergeant in 424/I.
THOMPSON, ARTHUR 106th SIG
PO BOX 3551 NORTH MYRTLE BCH, SC 29582 843-249-3065
Arthur signed as a LIFE MEMBER.
WARKOCKI, KEN LIFE ASSOCIATE
909 30TH ST NW #2A GIG HARBOR. WA 98335 253-853-6816 firstname.lastname@example.org
My father, Norbert Warkocki was in the 423rd captured at St Vith.
He escaped front Buchenwald - I am interested in history of the 106th.
THOMSEN, ALAN V. LIFE ASSOCIATE
2046E 8TH STREET FREMONT. NE 69025 402-721-6848 LORETHO@Webtvnef
I was too young to serve in WWII but did spend two years in the Army from 1954 to 1966...18 months spent in Germany as a clerk in the 826th Tank Battalion of the V Corps.
As a young boy growing up close to an Army Air Corps training base here in Nebraska, I guess I developed a real interest in the history of the war.
My wife and I were married in 1957 and her parents came to this country from Germany in 1910 to 1925 period. So she has many relatives in Germany who served in the German Army. One was Erich Wilke who served in the German Army during the Battle of the Bulge. We made contact with John Kline on behalf of Erich Wilke, who met John at the 1999 joint German/American meeting where there were about 45 American and the same number of former German soldiers. As a former serviceman and with our high interest in the Battle of the Bulge, it is a pleasure for my wife Lorene and me, to be an Associate member in your organization.
WISWAR, DAVID ASSOCIATE
1139 COPPET STREET FAIRBANKS, AK 99709 907-457-2344
My father was in the 159th Infantry Regiment attached to the 106th from march to July 1945. I am interested in the 106th from a historical perspective and am hoping to get additional information on the 159th during its assignment in the ETO.
WHITE, RISHEL 106th RECON
13 WEST CHURCH STREET ADAMS, NY 13605 315-232-5088
Rishel was a T/5 in Headquarters Company, 106th Recon.
See the ad -in the BOOK SECTION of this CUB, for the DVD Disc story of his experiences in the 106th and as a POW. The name of the DVD disc is: "COMING HOME ALIVE" The True Story of an American Prisoner at war in World War Two.
It tells the story of Rishel's POW experience and his return to the American lines with a comrade.
Done and done "WELL" by his son, 4th COAST PRODUCTIONS "Films/ Music/Artworks Services."
World War II and Battle of the Bulge Books . . .
ESCAPE...! ! !
The True Story of a World War II P.O.W. The Germans Couldn't Hold
by John M. ‘Jack' Roberts, Association Past-President
‘Jack' Roberts, "C" Battery, 592nd Field Artillery Battalion. recently published a book about his experiences during the –"Battle of the Bulge" in December 1944 where he was ambushed and captured by the Germans.
The book, 237 pages, with a colorful cover, gives a detailed account of his harrowing experiences telling how he was able to escape his German captors, while behind enemy lines, before reaching a POW compound. Early chapters in the hook gives the reader an overview of his youth, including his military training leading up to his capture. "Me book then concludes w ith his adjustment to civilian life with its rewards after discharge from the Army
Order from and make payable to: John M. Roberts, 1059 Alter Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Email: jmr810 d.aol.com telephone: 1-248-338-2667 Price: $27.95 includes Shipping
HINDER FORWARD (HINDER = Codename on front line)
456 pages $50.00 $6 shipping
Author Dean F. Jewett 168th Combat Engineers, PO Box 148, Saco ME 04072
Author made two trips to St. Vith, Rhine River, Armor School Library, Military History Institute,
plus personal information from 168th Combat Veterans.
168th Combat Engineer Battalion. was attached to the 106th Inf Division at St. Vith. Their three line companies were defending the Prumerberg. A battalion of 600 men suffered 335 casualties, 33 KIA, the others wounded, POWs or MIA. The 168th is credited with Normandy Invasion. Northern France, Rhineland, assault crossing of the Rhine River, Central Europe. Ending up near Czechoslovakia.
Author Earl S. Parker 423/E
1st Books Library, 1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200 Bloomington, IN 47403, Telephone 1-888-280-7715 www.1stbooks.com
Also available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Borders at $14.95.
MEMORIES OF A TOUR OF DUTY WWII IN EUROPE
Any book store can order the book by Title, Author or ISBN Number
Here is the story of young draftee in World War II who experienced life in the Armored Force, the Army Air Force pilot training program and the reality of combat in an Infantry Division. On line with the 106th in a quiet sector of the Ardennes, these foot soldiers were in the direct path of the massive German offensive that became known as The Battle of the Bulge. Overwhelmed by the sheer might of numbers and firepower arrayed against them, they managed to upset the enemy timetable until forced to surrender on the fourth day of what has been called the greatest battle of the war in terms of men and machines. This book is about an individual and his experiences under fire and as a prisoner of war, liberation by the Russian Anny and his adventures on a hike across country to rejoin the American Army. Here, an attempt has been made to create the feeling of the times in addition the problems of the moment. It is a book about real people in a tragic period of history.
"PRO DEO ET PATRIA" (FOR GOD AND COUNTRY)
PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF AN AMERICAN CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN AS A POW IN GERMANT
Compiled, Edited and reproduced by Robert Skopek, Associate member.
By Chaplain Fr. Paul W. Cavanaugh S.J.. (Captain) 422nd Regiment, Chaplain Cavanaugh who was a POW at Stalag IX-B, Bad Orb and Oflag XIII-B, Hammelburg, Bavaria. 252 pages of Father Cavanaugh's writings and photographs.
Many of you will remember Chaplain Father Cavanaugh, who was such a wonderful support doing your service days, and particularly so during the stressful times as a POW. He was of such support in the box-Cars and during the long marches and the bombing at Limburg, Germany and the Christmas days, when you were thinking so strongly, of home. He led many of you in the singing of Christmas Carols in the boxcars. He also held services in the POW Camps- He was cherished to those that knew him, and those he served. This book, "PRO DEO PATRIA" was very popular at the 58th Annual Reunion in Milwaukee. Every cent of the proceeds that were gained there was given as a gracious gift, by Skopek, to the Association. It is also available for $20.00 which includes shipping from:
Robert Skopek, 7847 Cahill Road, Manlius, NY 13104
World War II and Battle of the Bulge Books . . .
A TEENS WAR ... TRAINING, COMBAT, CAPTURE
Author Hal Taylor, 423/CN, 2172 Rockridge Dr.. Grand Junction. CO 81503 hal 1271,a bresnanitet 970-245-7807
Available as a hard copy or electronic transfer.
A Teen's War describes the experiences of a small town boy in the latter stages of World War II. Portions originated from letters written home about induction, training, and time overseas with the 423rd Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division and that unit's short period of combat in the Battle of the Bulge.
The story is unique compared to most war books, for it contains none of the pedantic pretenses of most military histories, filled with strategy or the so-called 'Big Picture.' Instead, A Teen's War tells how a young, private soldier became aware of reality and the world around him despite his limited view.
All readers who have ever heard the words. 'missing in action', will find this book interesting. Readers who were prisoners of war themselves, particularly of the Germans, will recall those hellish times and understand that recollection enables one to live and to cope with the realities of today.
THE WARMTH OF A SONG:
A LOVE STORY ABOUT FREEDOM SET DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE -- WORLD WAR II. Author Helen von Erck.
Available at www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com
ISBN: 1-4017-9656-6 (Soft Cover) ISBN 1-407-9655-8 (Hard Cover)
Almost as if torn from today's headlines comes the riveting story of patriotism and courage, love and comradeship, as told in The Warmth of a Song. Set against WWII's The Battle of the Bulge, this adventurous tale is inspired by, actual eye-witness accounts. As Hawk Clarke fights for God and country, when the platoon he leads narrowly escapes from the German Panzer battalion that has them surrounded, he also learns the greatest freedom of all - the courage it takes to free the human spirit. Returning to Boston after a sniper's bullet penetrated his spine, Hawk mourns the loss of his once strong legs. Can he break free from the cage he feels his life has become in time to help an old woman release a miracle?
Helen von Erck:
Helen von Erck lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Hayley. While growing up in South County, Rhode Island, she began cultivating a lifelong fascination with history. She has turned that interest into a passion. and has conducted in-depth research into the life and times of the 1940's and World War II. She attended the University of Rhode Island and the University of Denver where she studied Business Management with a minor in Creative Writing. This is her debut novel.
SOLDIER BOY A CHRONICLE OF LIFE AND DEATH AND SURVIVAL DURING WORLD WAR II BY GEORGE K. ZAK, 422/M
This book is available from the author for $13.00 (includes shipping cost). 6159 Brookside Lane, Apt A, Willowbrook, IL 60527. Copies are also available from Amazon.com for $10.95 plus S&H.
This is a fascinating, eloquent account of a 19 year old trying to grow to manhood in the middle of a deadly world war. After briefly describing his rigorous training as an infantry soldier, including some semi-comic events while learning to drive a jeep, he and his buddies were finally off to war in Europe as well-trained, confident members of the 106th Infantry Division.
Shortly after arriving at the battle front in December. 1944 during a bone-chilling, bitter cold winter, the majority of the Division was surrounded and finally overwhelmed in a bloody battle, by a much larger, more powerful German force during the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge. Thousands of young soldiers, including Zak, were forced to surrender. The rest of the book describes his life in three different camps as a prisoner of war. He gives a gripping account of the fear, the misery and the many dangers he often faced. As a prisoner he escaped death from bombs, machine gun fire, and a German guard's rifle bullet shot at him. He was hungry all the time, always under guard and powerless, and unsure of his ultimate fate. He mourned the death of many of his fellow soldiers during the battle, some at his side, and constantly worried whether his parents knew if he was alive or dead.
Zak ends his book describing the arrival of the Russian army and the surprising and disappointing beginning of the Cold War with the Russians. A well-told. remarkable story.
World War II and Battle of the Bulge Books ...
ONLY THE LEAST OF ME IS HOSTAGE
In two volumes - Published by TRACES, a nonprofit educational organization committed to telling the stories of Midwesterners and their WW II experiences.
Volume I - (270 pages) Tells the stories of 9 soldiers who were POWs in Nazi Germany during WW II. Includes documents and photos as well personal journals and diaries. Paperback. $20. Add postage. see below.
Includes Wm. Blackwell and Charles Lloyd Jones, 168th Infantry, 34th Division: Carl Schneider, 133rd Infantry. 34th Division; George Rosie, 506th Paratroopers. 101st Airborne. Delbert Berninghaus. John Kline and Elmer Sorensen. 423rd Regiment. 106th Division: James Fuller. 422nd Regiment. 106th Division; and Oliver Omanson, 179th Regiment. 45th Division.
Volume 2 - (170 pages) Companion to the above, this one includes the stories of 6 airmen who were POWs in Nazi Germany during WW II. Paperback $20. Add postage. see below Purchase together and enjoy a special price - S35
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Send orders to: Pat Schultz 24640 305th Street. Nora Springs. IA 50458
BEFORE THE VETERANS DIE
a book of poems inspired by World War II by Dale R. Carver (deceased).
Poet Laureate -106th Inf Div Association, HQs Co., 3Bn A&P Platoon Leader, 424th Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division.
Order from Ruth Carver
742 Druid Circle. Baton Rouge. LA 70808
Dale, died in 2001. He had written poetic memories of the War. His poems appeared in "The CUB" for several years. They all bring back memories and visions of the times.
Dale was awarded the Silver Star for Valor. He disabled German mines, while under attack, that had been placed under a bridge.
For that he received a battle field promotion (from 2nd to 1st Lt.) and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry under fire. He told me, during one reunion, that he thought it, the Silver Star, should have been for another time when he led a group of soldiers through s live mine field to safety. The soldiers had walked into the mine field and were "frozen in fear."
HELL FROZEN OVER
Author Marilyn Estes Quigley (This was a popular book- shown and sold at the 58th Annual reunion). Marilyn. associate professor of English at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, teaches composition, literature and creative writing. The current Evangel campus was O'Reilly General Hospital during WWII, a medical facility for soldiers. Quigley's office, still in an original barracks, was formerly an operating room. She published fiction, a children's musical. poetry, and articles. Her husband Ed designed and painted the cover of HELL FROZEN OVER. Author's email:
Buy from "Author House" 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington. IN 474113 -Also at other major bookstores $16.95 telephone: 1-888-519-5121 or Website: www.authorhouse.com $14.50 Check on shipping charges.
HELL FROZEN OVER describes the personal experiences of sixteen 106th soldiers who were caught in Hitler's final grasp to strangle the continent. More than half of these men were among the 7,001 in the Division who were taken as prisoners of war. Scattered in camps throughout Germany, they willed themselves to survive as deprivation and even slave labor threatened their lives and sanity. Their comrads-in-arms who escaped capture and remained to fight in foxholes and tanks had other hells to endure, as did the civilians of every town in the area. There are nearly 30 WWII photos of 106th servicemen along with accountings their personal stories.
World War 11 and Battle of the Bulge Books . . .
A story about Rishel WHITE 106/RECON- A film of life, family and war.
Rishel White, a husband. father and soldier, grew up in a coal mining town, joined the army, married the woman he loved and never expected to find himself in one of the epic battles of history, that brought him to a POW Camp and made him endure harsh mental and physical treatment- Runs 1 hour 28 min- DVD disc or VHS video cassette- $22.45 includes shipping and handling. Send check or money order. Produced by son Matthew White - 4th COAST PRODUCTIONS, 14250 NYS RTE 3, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
315-478-6718 or order on line at www.4thcoastproductions-com
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Battle of the Bulge Books
Author - Associate Member Hans Wijers
(Currently working on Book - 106th Infantry Division in the Bulge)
THE LOSHEIM GAP- DOORWAY TO THE MEUSE
Book on the 99th Infantry Division Sector - U.S. Troops Block Northern German Advances
Price: 45.00 US Dollars (world wide shipment included!)
Soft cover, 8.5"x 11 -270 pages, black & white photographs and color photographs, maps. copies of original documents.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE - HOLDING THE LINE.
Book on the 2nd Inf Div Sector - U.S. V Corps stops the 1st SS Panzer Corps
Price: 45.00 US Dollars (world wide shipment included !)
Soft cover, 8.5"x 11 -250 pages. Many ‘than and now'- photographs of the old battlefield and maps, copies of original documents.
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE HELL AT BUTGENBACH
Book on the 1st Infantry Division Sector
U.S. V Corps stops the 1st SS Panzer Corps Author (Hans J. Wijers
Price : 30.00 US Dollars (world wide shipment included!)
Soft cover, 8.5"x11". -190 pages, many -than and now- photographs of the old battlefield and maps,
copies of original documents.
Memoriam . . .
May our Comrades Rest in Peace . . .
Basel, Theodore 423/H
31 Little Comfort Way, Wakefield, RI 02879
Date of death: Sept. 20, 2005 Lloyd Dahl reported to the Adjutant that Basel's death was due to Cancer which he had been battling for 9 years.
Bilenki, Helen ASSOCIATE
Last Known address Returned - Pasadena, MD
Cub magazine returned marked "Deceased."
Bounds, Eldred L. 423/MED
6201 Crane Road, Lakeland, FL 33809-4600
Listed in the AX-POW Bulletin. Eldred, age 86, was in Stalags I. II-D and XlI-A. He is survived by his wife, Irene Bounds, 1 daughter and 1 son.
Clarke, Walter 591/SVC
318 Spring Garden. Kannapolis, NC 28101
Date of death: February 2005 In a phone conversation with Lillian Clarke I found that her husband Walter had died. Lillian continues as an Associate member.
Colton, Kenneth 423/L
404 E 6th Street, Oakley KS 67748
Date of death: December 12, 2005 Kenneth had joined the Association March 2005. Shirley Colton, his wife said that he wished he had joined earlier. He really enjoyed reading all the material he received when he joined, and that he had found on the 106th web site. She mentioned that their son Greg Colton read a moving Eulogy that he had prepared. To know your son's love was presented in that reading must be of comfort to you. Shirley continues as an Associate member.
Coon, David A. 423/I
101 So. Yucca St. #273, Chandler AZ 85224
Date of death: November 22, 2005 David Coon's son - Mark Coon - called 12/31/2005 stating that his father had died- This was in response to my phone calls trying to locate our comrade.
Dahl, Arlane - Auxiliary
5330 Beacon Hill Road, #316
Date of death: November 4, 2005 Arlane, age 82. was Auxiliary member. The wife (34 years) of Floyd Dahl 590/C (POW held at Stalag IV B). They were married 54 years. 2 sons, 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Dahlen, Patrick 591/SV
1062 In A Circle, Franklin, IN 46131
Date of death: July I l, 2002 No other details known Wife Barbara Dahlen continues as an Associate.
Dalton, James V. 423/G
12205 Benson, Chino, CA 91710-2462
Date of death; Unknown. No details available. This was reported during Arlington Virginia Reunion
Davis, Louis 423/HQ 1 Bn
501 W. 107th St Apt 235 Kansas City, MO 64114
Notice of death received - no detail - no date.
Dorn, Edward W. 422/H
8724 S. Tahnan Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805 Date of Death: January 29-30 2006. No details were given. Wife Margret Dorn continues as an Associate.
Memoriam . . .
Eisenhard, Daniel A. 423/HQ 2BN
315 Friedensburg Road, Reading PA 19606
Date of death: Jul 23, 2005 A news clipping was received from an Edward Leas as proof of death. Eisenhard is survived by a daughter. Sharon L. (Eisenhard) Zettlemoyer. Mechanicsburg and two sons. Stephen A. Eisenhard. Kempton and John D. Eisenhard of Mount Penn. His wife Mary (Tinsel) Eisenhard precedded him in death.
Gioia, Patrick J. 422/G
202 Oakwood Drive, Lafayette, La 70503
Date of death: September 05, 2005 Daughter Lucia Gioia Bivins notified us that he died. The address given is hers.
Holtzmueller, Don 589/A
202 E Center Street, Farmersville, 011 45325
Date of death: November 25, 2005: reported by Sally Holtzmueller, his wife.
Died peacefully at home, 81 year old. Born 9/12/24. Survived by wife of 56 years Sally Cortright Holtzmueller
Two sons, three daughters, fourteen grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Don was a lifelong resident of Fannersville, Ohio. Graduated from Farmersville High School '42 and Miami University, '48. Member of Tau Delta Fraternity. He proudly served in the Army during WW II in the 106th Infantry Division and was a POW captured at the Battle of the Bulge. Member of the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. Owned and operated Holtzmuller Ford Tractor & Implement for 33 years. Don was a dedicated and loyal supporter of the Farmersville community and Valley View Schools, Past President and 53 year member of the Farmersville Rotary Club as well as a Paul Harris Pellets. As a Rotarian he and his wife hosted many foreign exchange students. He was a Member and an Elder of Farmersville United Church of Christ; Past assistant Boy Scout leader of Troop 127; Honorary Member of the Valley View HA; Member of the Farmersville Historical Society; Fernier Jackson Twp Clerk; H & R tax preparer for 18 years; He enjoyed volunteering at Sycamore and the VA Hospitals.
Howell (Col USAR), Robert F. 424/HQ 2Bn
1888 Macon Road Griffin, GA 30224
Andrea wrote: My father-in-law passed away a couple years ago." No other information sent.
Johnson, William 424/K
12905 Byefield Drive, Highland, MD 20777 Date of death: November 5, 2005. Marion Ray reported a call from Joyce Johnson, wife of William, he had not been ill long and he chose to bypass kidney dialysis. He was born in Hawaii and had made a wish that his remains be taken there. He was cremated and his ashes were to be taken to Hawaii and placed in the "Punchbowl" Veterans Cemetery.
Jolgren, Gordon A. 424/L
33870 Hathaway Street, Livonia, Ml 48150
Date of death: Unknown - Ralph Wyss wrote that Gordon died in year 2003,
Kirkpatrick DDS, Andrew H. 424/M
120 Besselieu Court, Bluffton, SC 29910
Date of death: December 24, 2005 from complications following several strokes.
Born November 12, 1925 in San Juan, Puerto Rico he grew up in Ridgeway New Jersey. He attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase I I igh School, enlisted in the Anny at age 17.
After the war Dr. Kirkpatrick married Elizabeth Jones of Washington D.C. and raised a family of five children in Kensington, Bethesda and Potomac, Maryland. Dr. Kirkpatrick graduated from George Washington University and then Georgetown School of Dentistry starting his practice starting his practice in Kenningston and Bethesda in the mid -50's. His sister, Mary K. Archer of Clarksville, MI passed away in September 2002. He is survived by his son, Edward Kirkpatrick .of Dickerson, MD. and four daughters, Susan K. Burek of Lawrenceville, GA; Mary Beth Diehl of Winter Springs, FL.: Clare K. Ashby of Bluffton SC and Judy Kirkpatrick of Cincinnati, OH: eight grandchildren. a niece and two nephews. Funeral services were held at the Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington DC. His son Edward is an Associate member of the 106th Infantry Division Association.
9Memoriam . . .
Lacey, Davie 81st ENG/A
5644 Desoto Drive, Pinson, AL 35126
Date of death: November 27, 2005. Walter Bridges stated that Davie and his wile Frances Lacey have been attending the Alabama Mini-Reunions and had one son. He was a POW in 9B and 9A.
Lauro, Alex 592/A
19 West Lincoln Avenue, Hatfield, PA 19440
Date of death: Reported at the 59th Annual Reunion, Arlington, VA- No details or date of death.
Malone, William 423/I
3911 Thackery Drive, Nashville. TN 37207
Date of death: November 5, 2005. Death reported by Margie Malone, his wife. William was a retiree of the USPS with 40 years of service. He served as a Tech Sergeant in "I" Company. 422nd Combat Infantry Regiment. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he was a member of the Nashville Post #5 American Legion. of the Ex-Prisoners of War. and of the Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his wife Margie and his daughters Linda M. Desirey and Judy M. Couch. His wife continues as an Associate, since she was a Life Auxiliary.
Mamula, Charles 424/L
22801 Shoreview et., Saint Clair Shores. MI 48082
Date of death: November 1, 2005 reported by Harry Martin, 4241_
McCrery, John B. 423/B
115 Lois Marie Drive, Indianapolis. IN 42322
Date of death: May 05, 2005. This was reported but I had no information. See following. This from the obituary in the Indianapolis, IN Star May 7, 2005: "John Boling McCrery 80, of Indianapolis, passed away May 5, 2005. He was a teacher, coach and principal and had retired from Wayne Township Schools. He was an Army veteran in World War II, who served with the 106th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church) and had volunteered for many years at the Indianapolis Veteran's Hospital. He was a graduate of Ladoga High School and Oakland City College. Services were held May 8, 2005 at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Funk McCrery. Son Michael McCrery, and granddaughter Katie J. McCrery.
McDevitt, John F. 81st ENG/A
188 Queen Lane. Rehoboth Bch. DE 19971 Date of death: October 27, 2005. Survived by Anne McDevitt, his wife and son Dan McDevitt who reported his death. Dan - Thanks for the beautiful Eulogy you presented at the service for your father. I wish we had room to include all of it. It says so much about the camaraderie and unit spirit of the 8Ist Combat Engineers. and in particular - the love of a son and family. He must be smiling down on you now. I was so impressed by this particular part of the Eulogy.
"My father died. relaxed on the sofa with his newly arrived 106th Infantry Division Association's CUB magazine in his hands. His last words to my mom were "Here is a guy I served with in the 81st." He closed his eyes a minute or so later and peacefully died. The "Engineers" a unit of only about 300 men in 1944, most of whom are gone now. Finally. I reached the obituaries and here is what I found. Cyril A. Young, 81st Combat Engineers; Edward A. Nagle, 81st Combat Engineers; Leslie Earl Benson, 81st Combat Engineers; Everett M. Gold, 81st Combat Engineers. My dad's last thoughts were of his time in the Ardennes in 1944 and of his "Brothers in Arms." And one final time they peacefully and reassuringly told him -Jack, you did your duty ... it's time to join us." He is with them now. Good-bye Dad, we'll all miss you. You never let anyone down."
Meiltensen, Clarence - Associate - 3rd Ranger Bn
810 Gonzales Dr. IUD, San Francisco. CA 94132 Date of death: May 7, 2005 A faithful Associate known by many of our soldiers who were POW at Hammelburg. He was a 1st Lt. with the 3rd Ranger Battalion. He did a lot of research on the camp and kept our members well informed about the facts of the camp.
Memoriam . . .
Messineo, Joseph P. 81st ENG/B
118 Simms. Avenue. Beverly Ai 0810-1839
Date of death: April 26, 2004 Eileen Messineo, his wife wrote: "Joseph had fallen in the yard and broke a hip. It was too much for his heart and he passed away in the middle of the night. We miss him so much."
Mohn, John J. 422/HO 2Bn
9086 Eagle View Ct. Massilon, OH 44646 Date of death:. January 25, 2005. Mohn's death was discovered after 106th Association mail was resumed. We could not locate the wife that was listed on his membership data. So we checked to confirm his address on the Internet. His death was discovered on a website advertising a documentary by BLUE LEO Film, PO Box 35191, Canton Ohio. The information stated: "John Mohn was a Prisoner of War. After his ordeal, he published a memoir, recounting his experiences. When he attempted to get his book published, the publisher called many of his experiences into question. Mohn's memories are well documented and backed up by other accounts. This film was made for the purpose of sharing and proving his story. It is a documentary running 40 minutes."
Newman, Saul A. 422/G
13275 Saffron Circle. Palm Beach Garden, FL 33418
Date of death: November 30, 2005 Marilyn Newman, his wife of 59 years notified us. Saul is survived by Marilyn, a son. Dr. Robert Newman, Vineland, New Jersey; A daughter Ricki Newman-Benzi, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Marilyn and Saul attended most all of the 106th National Reunions from the time he joined the Association in 1988. Saul was in 423/M Company and was later transferred to 423/G. He will be missed by all of his comrades.
Patrick, George S. 423 HQ/3Bn
45969 N Pointe Blvd Room A-4 Utica, MI 48315
Date of death: 10/01/2005 Details unknown. Apparently this address was a nursing home.
Rice, Clayton A. 589/B
272 Mountain Rd,. Princeton MA 01541
Date of death: August 30, 2005. Frances Rice, his wife notified Adjutant Marion Ray of the date of death.
Richardson, Ward R. 422/D
707 Calvin. Traverse City MI 49686
Date of death: November 2005 John Robb, Past-President and current Memorial Chairman notified us of his comrades death. No other details are known.
Schockley, Kenneth W. 423/K
6123 Timber lake Place. Indianapolis, IN 46237 Date of death: October 14.2005. His wife - Belvia (Beth) Schockley died September 12, 2005. Betty and Ken had the same birthday. He buried Betty on their 60th Anniversary and he died on his 80th birthday. Both were members of the Indiana Hoosier Chapter. AX-POW as well as the 106th Infantry Division Association. They leave 1 son, 1 daughter. 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Schuller, Betty ASSOCIATE
9909 South 67th East Avenue, TuLsa OK 74133
Date of death: Not known. Mail refused "no forwarding" marked "deceased." Betty's husband Albert Schuller, 422/B, died February 2003.
Memoriam . . .
Sexton, Maynard 422/HQ
2101 S. Meridian Road. #334. Apache Junction, AZ 85220 Date of death: October 19, 2005. His wile Jean Sexton wrote. -Memorial services will be held May 28 at Lone Tree. Iowa Cemetery. and a celebration of his life at the American Legion Post 457, Lone Tree, Iowa. ...The Legion will have a military service to honor him." Jean was an Auxiliary member and has asked to he graduated to an Associate Member.
Smoler, Irwin C. 424/B
87 Spier Road, Scarsdale NY 10583 Date of death: November 18, 2005. Irwin was 1st Vice-President of the 106th Infantry Division Association. He was preparing to attend the 59th Annual Reunion in Arlington when he became ill. He would have been installed officially as President of the 106th Infantry Division Association at that reunion. The following obituary appeared in the New York Times. Irwin Charles Smoler, 82, President of the 106th Infantry Division Association and former President of Wicker Park LP and Smoler Brothers of New York and Chicago, died November 18, 2005, in New York Presbyterian Hospital. Beloved husband of Elsie R. Smoler and loving father of Fredric Smoler, Michael Smoler and Arlene Smoler, he is mourned by family and friends. Between 17 December and December 23.1944 he and his comrades helped defend Saint Vith. Belgium, thereby creating a salient which threatened the German Fifth Panzer Army's northern flank and for a critical week prevented the movement of the Sixth SS Panzer Army.
Spiegel, Jack M. 4241M
15827 Summer Ridge Dr.. Chesterfield, MO 63017
Date of death: unknown - Comrade William Miller, 424/M confirmed that Jack died about a year ago.
Stauff, John H.
1840 Price Creek Dr. Apt 2147, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 My husband, Captain John H. Stauff USA Retired passed away on July 26, 2005. John was injured by a land mine during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a lifetime member of the 106th Infantry Division Association. He is survived by his wife Donna Stauff of three years, 2 daughters, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 5 stepchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Stauff. Signed Donna M. Stauff
Terrio, Howard J. 423/I
4429 Briarwood Road, Columbia. SC 29206 Date of death: December 16, 2005. Luvelle Terrio, Howard's wife, Luvelle Derrick Terrio, contacted our Chaplain Dr. Duncan Trueman. Howard grew up in Brooklyn and enlisted in the Army. In 1949 he graduated from the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1986 he retired from Shakespeare Corporation after thirty-six years of service. Howard was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, an avid golfer and loved all sports. He and Luvelle were married 59 years. Surviving is a son, Ed Terrio, with his wife Ruth, a daughter. Linda Terrio Boland and her husband Ken; Heather Terrio Thames, Matthew Terrio, Cheryl Terrio and Brittany Boland: and numerous great grandchildren. brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
Vonachen, Donald F. 424/B
803 West Chalon Place. Peoria. Illinois 61614-1831
Date of death: October 6, 2005. Reported by his wife Patricia Vonachen, who also wrote, he enjoyed his association with the 106th all these years. He was 80 years - September 17, 2005."
Von Schwedler, Frank 106 QM
905 Center Street. Des Plaines. IL 60016 Date of death: November 6. 2005. Elaine Von Schwedler, his wife wrote, -After a two year battle and many months in a nursing home, he passed away November 26, 2005. Please send me a copy of the Cub that includes his name." Elaine remains as a Life Auxiliary
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NOTICE TO WWII HISTORY BUFFS
In 1944. the 106th
Infantry Division was in its infancy. In order to keep the
troops informed, and also Provide a source of entertainment, a periodic publication was begun. It was known as The Cub of The Golden Lion. A special group of soldiers was deeded to produce the paper. When the war was finally over, and the division was on the way home a group of the 106th Division soldiers met to lay the ground work to establish an association that, would be a vehicle to perpetuate the camaraderie and friendships established during this period. An essential part of this organization was a continuance of The Cub of The Golden Lion. An editor was chosen, and though the editor's job has been passed on a few times, The Cub has been published ever since and continues on as the official quarterly of the 106th Infantry Division Association.
With the advent of the miracles of the electronic age, it has been possible to store every issue of The Cub on two small CD disks. Every issue is there, including those early newspaper types that somehow survived more than sixty years. The editors have included those memoirs and personal experiences of the veterans right along with all of the other veterans' stories. The reproduction to CD disks involved copying every page of every issue. They are all there for the PC user to view. Each and every page is in a format that can be printed just as it was copied, if desired The CD disks are available for $10 postage paid from the 106th Division
Make your check payable to:
John R. Schaffner, and send your order to:
John R. Schaffner, 106th Division Historian, 1811 Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
101st Abn. Div., 63
106th Div., 63, 78
112th Inf., 13
159th Inf. Regt., 57
168th Cbt. Engr. BN, 58
168th Cbt. Engr's, 58
1st Army, 16
1st SS Panzer, 65
28th Inf. Div., 13
34th Div., 63
3rd Army, 15
422/M, 33, 34, 35
422nd Inf. Regt., 63
423/Hq 1 BN, 68
423rd Regt., 63
424/A, 3, 7, 33, 35
424/C, 34, 35
424/D, 3, 33, 35
424/E, 3, 22
424/L, 3, 33, 34, 35, 36, 71
592nd FA BN, 58
7th Armd. Div., 13
81st Cbt. Engr., 72
82nd Abn. Div., 13
87th Div., 15
9th Armd. Div., 13, 21
A Teen's War, 61
Adolphson, Maynard, 33
Agostini, Gus, 38, 43
Alexander, Bill, 38
Alphonse, Willie, 33
Archer, Mary K., 70
Ardennes, 21, 59
Arvold, Sgt., 14
Ashburn, Nolan, 33
Ashby, Clare K., 70
Austin, Cliff, 54
Babler, Harold M., 52
Bad Orb, 55, 59
Baesman, Connie Pratt, 52
Bailey, Lt., 14, 15, 17
Baker, W. C., 38
Balzarini, John, 33
Bandurak, Walt, 37, 38
Bandurak, Walter, 41
Bare, Robert, 23
Barker, John, 30
Barnes, Ralph, 33
Basel, Theodore, 67
Battle Of The Bulge - Holding The Line., 65
Battle Of The Bulge Books, 58, 61, 63, 65
Bauer, Calvin D., 22
Beals, Carol, 38
Beeth, Lyle, 2, 33, 45, 49
Beeth, Marie, 49
'Before The Veterans Die', 63
Belgium Fouregerre, 13
Benson, Leslie Earl, 72
Berk, Germany, 13
Berninghaus, Delbert, 63
Betlach, Donald A., 23
Bickford, Tom, 37
Bickfords, The, 37
Bied, Dan, 42
Bilenki, Helen, 67
Bishop, A. Grayson, 2
Bishop, Grayson, 33
Bivins, Lucia Gioia, 69
Black, Ewell C., 22
Black, Ewell, Jr., 42
Black, Rev. Ewell C., 5
Black, Rev. Ewell C., Jr., 3
Black, Rev. Ewell, Jr., 2
Black, T. Wayne, 42
Blackwell, Wm., 63
Bladen, John, 33
Bloch, Jacques, 33
Boland, Brittany, 76
Boland, Linda Terrio, 76
Borathyn, Gene, 37
Bouma, Willis, 52
Bounds, Eldred L., 67
Bounds, Irene, 67
Bowles, Elisabeth & Ralph, 39
Bowles, Ralph & Elizabeth, 39
Bradfield, Ken, 38
Bradfield, Kenneth, 42
Bridges, Barbara, 31, 43
Bridges, Walter, 2, 4, 33, 39, 43, 71
Bridges, Walter G., 3, 4, 32
Britton, Avis, 43
Britton, Ben, 38, 43
Brokaw, Jody & Richard, 47
Brokaw, Richard, 33
Broths, The, 37
Broussard, Fred, 33, 51
Brown, Joe E., 41
Brown, Lt., 15, 19
Brown, Ray, 22
Bryan, Kenneth, 33
Bryants, The, 37
Buchanan, Jeanne, 33
Bucher, William M., 23
Burek, Susan K., 70
Butler, Jr, Harry, 33
Byrne, Sgt., 14
Calhoun, Robert, 39
Call, George, 3, 33
Camp Roberts, Ca, 54
Camp San Francisco, 20
Camp Walters, TX, 52
Cannes, France, 20
Cariano, Sam, 41
Carver, Dale, 43
Carver, Dale R., 63
Carver, Ruth, 63
Cavanaugh, Father, 59
CCB, 7th Armd., 13
Central Europe, 58
Cessna, Doe, 37
Chansler, John F., 23
Chansler, Kosov A., 23
Chateau-Thierrv, France, 20
Christian, Truman, 33
Christianson, Edward, 3, 33, 49
Christianson, Edward L., 5
Christianson, Mary, 49
Clarke, Hawk, 61
Clarke, Lillian, 67
Clarke, Walter, 67
Clarks, The, 38
Coffee, Doug, 37
Coffee, Doug & Isabel, 38
Coffee, Doug S., 38
Coffees, The, 37
Coffey, Douglas, 41
Colbert, Hugh, 33
Collins, John P, 52
Collins, Sherod, 38, 41
Colton, Greg, 67
Colton, Kenneth, 67
Colton, Shirley, 67
Cooley, D. E., 23
Coon, David A., 67
Coon, Mark, 67
Costa, Antone, 33
Costa, Lawrence, 33
Couch, Judy M., 71
Cox, Philip, 2
Crossman, Jack M., 23
Dahl, Arlane, 67
Dahl, Floyd, 68
Dahl, Lloyd, 67
Dahlen, Barbara, 68
Dahlen, Patrick, 68
Dalton, James V., 68
Davi, Sam, 39
Davis, Louis, 68
Davis, Rinard, 33
Davis, Samuel, 33
Dean, Verner, 33
Deffenbaugh, David, 33
DeHeer, Marge, 41
DeHeer, Richard, 41
DeLaval, Dr Maurice, 41
Denny, George, 41
Desantis, Joseph, 33
Desirey, Linda M., 71
DeWachter, Luc, 30
Diehl, Lloyd J., 23
Diehl, Mary Beth, 70
Direnzo, Peter, 33
Dorn, Edward, 33
Dorn, Edward W., 68
Dorn, Margret, 68
Doxsee, Gifford, 2, 33
Doxsee, Gifford B., 3, 5
Dreisbach, Carl V., 23
Eason, Lanier, 22
Edelman, Lou, 22
Eisenhard, Daniel A., 69
Eisenhard, John D., 69
Eisenhard, Mary (Tinsel), 69
Eisenhard, Stephen A., 69
Eldridge, Robert, 33
Elmore, Carlos, 52
Enlow, Russ, 38
Enlow, Russell, 37
Facey, Kenneth, 33
Farris, Fred, 39
Fleharty, Dharlys, 23
Fleharty, William, 23
Florian, Frank, 23
Foster, Cedric, 41
Fountian Bleau, France, 19
Fox, Capt. Wesley, 28
Fox, Mrs. Wesley, 28
Frache, Bob, 37
Frampton, Annette, 41
Frampton, Duward, 41, 42
Frampton, Duward, Jr., 42
Frank, Florian, 33
Freedman, Henry, 33
Friedman, Sydney S., 23
Fritz, John, 38
Ft. Bragg, NC, 54
Fuller, James, 63
Gallagher, John, 38, 41
Gatens, John, 33
Gates, Ralph F., 41
Geginon, Ray, 54
Gehner, Lamoine H., 52
Geib, George P., 23
Gerlach, Philip, 23
Gilder, Jean, 42
Gilder, Robert A., 41
Gilland, John, 45
Gilliland, John, 29, 31, 33, 39, 42
Gilliland, John & Lee, 39
Gilliland, Lee, 42
Gioia, Patrick J., 69
Gold, Everett M., 72
Goldberg, Ephraim, 23
Gregory, John, 39, 43
Gregory, Shirley, 43
Greve, Walter, 33
Greve, Walter C., 3
Griffiths, Richard, 22
Hackler, Chas, 37
Hagmans, The, 37
Haines, Joseph C., 23
Hammelburg, Bavaria, 59
Hanke, Arthur, 33
Hanna, Robert R., 23
Hannon, Philip, 33
Harding, Al, 37
'Hell Frozen Over', 64
Helwig, Gill, 41
Henderson, Capt., 54
Henly, Fran, 41
Henning, Jim, 38
Henri Chapelle Cemetery, 30
Henri Chappelle, 30
Henrickson, J. P., 23
Henson, Glenn, 38
Herndon, Don, 2
Herndon, Donald, 31, 33
Herndon, Donald F., 3
Hewitt, Col., 19
Hight, Jesse, 33
Hinder Forward, 58
Hoff, Stephen, 34
Holden, William R., 38
Holtzmueller, Don, 69
Holtzmueller, Sally, 69
Holtzmueller, Sally Cortright, 69
House, Joanne, 43
House, Pete, 42, 43
House, Pete & Joanne, 38
Howard, John, 34, 38
Howell, Bob, 38
Huddleston, Lt., 15
Huminski, Betty, 47
Huminski, Edwin, 34, 47
Iannuzzi, Alphonsa, 34
Iannuzzi, Alphonse, 48
Iannuzzi, Gemna, 48
Jaccino, Anthony C., 23
James, The, 38
Jenkins, Bill, 34
Jennings, Dr. Vance, 23
Jewett, Dean F., 58
Johnson, Charles, 34
Johnson, Joyce, 70
Johnson, Sig, 37
Johnson, William, 70
Johnson, Wm., 23
Jolgren, Gordon A., 70
Jones, Alan, 34
Jones, Charles Lloyd, 63
Jones, Col. Alan, Jr., 47
Jones, Elizabeth, 70
Jones, Sgt., 14
Julson, Robert, 34
Junyszek, Thomas, 50
Kelly, Robert, 37
Kingery, Hugh, 35
Kirkpatrick DDS, Andrew H., 70
Kirkpatrick, A.H., 53
Kirkpatrick, Edward, 70
Kirkpatrick, Edward J., 53
Kirkpatrick, Judy, 70
Kissel, Robert, 53
Kline, John, 3, 4, 12, 22, 23, 39, 41, 42, 56, 63
Kline, John P., 2
Kortlang, Chas E., 23
Kot, Pfc. Cossack, 30
Kropf, Tom, 54
Kunz, Jacob, 30
Lacey, Davie, 71
Lacey, Frances, 71
Laconia, Hubert P., 52, 53
Lamb, T/Sgt. William, 30
Lang, Russell, 35
Lapak, Rich, 54
Larson, Gilbert, 35
Lauro, Alex, 71
Leas, Edward, 69
Lee, Donna, 31
Lichtenfeld, Norman, 35
Lichtenfeld, Seymour, 3, 35
Lilliard, R. W., 6
Limburg, Germany, 59
Lion In the Way, 54
Livesey, Herbert, Jr., 41
Loveless, John, 41
Loveless, Kay, 41
Lovelesses, The, 37
Lowery, Charles, 35, 52
Lowery, Charles L., 23
Lucsay, Bill, 38, 39
Luzzie, Edward, 37
Madsen, Jr., Anders, 35
Malavazos, Constantine ‘Chuck', 54
Malone, Margie, 71
Malone, William, 71
Maloney, Frank, 38
Maloney, Joe, 39, 43
Maloney, Joseph, 3, 35, 39, 49
Maloney, Vivian, 43, 49
Mamula, Charles, 71
Manhay, Belgium, 13
Manning, Capt. James, 30
Mapes, Robert E., 23
Maple, Philip, 22
Marsh, Alexander, 23
Marsh, Mary Lou, 35
Martin, Doris, 22
Martin, Harry, 35, 71
Martin, Harry F., Jr., 3
Martin, William, 35
Massey, Hazel, 31
Massey, Hazel M., 43
Massey, Joe, 39
Massey, Joseph, 2
Massey, Joseph A., 3, 43
Matthews, Joseph, 43
Maw, Jim, 38
Maxwell, Howard, 41
May, Roger, 37
Mayen, Germany, 52
Mayrshon, Bernard, 35
Mayrsohn, Bernard, 3, 23
McCrae, Col., 6
McCrae, Lt. Col. John, 6
McCrery, Carolyn Funk, 71
McCrery, John B., 71
McCrery, Katie J., 72
McCrery, Michael, 71
McDevitt, Anne, 72
McDevitt, Dan, 72
McDevitt, John F., 72
McMahon, Leo, 41
McMahon, Wilda, 41
McMullen, Charles D., 23
McWhorter, William, 2, 35
Meadows, Gerald D., 23
Meagher, Herbert, 43
Meagher, Luella, 43
Meiltensen, Clarence, 72
'Memories of A Tour of Duty', 59
'Memories Of A Tour Of Duty WWII In Europe', 59
Merz, O. Paul, 42
Messineo, Eileen, 73
Messineo, Joseph P., 73
Meyer, John W., 54
Miller, William, 75
Moe, Col. Wayne, 55
Moeri, Dave, 55
Mohn, John, 73
Mohn, John J., 73
Monfort, Eddy, 1
Morris, Sgt. William, III, 30
Moyer, George C., 23
Muese River, 13
Myers, Theodore E., 55
Nagle, Edward A., 72
Nelson, Dr. Ralph, 5
Nelson, Ralph, 3, 35
Newman, Dr. Robert, 73
Newman, Marilyn, 73
Newman, Saul A, 73
Newman, Saul A., 3
Newman-Benzi, Ricki, 73
Normandy Invasion, 58
Northern France, 58
Oelschig, Al, 38
O'Hare, Pierre, 23
Omanson, Oliver, 63
Order of the Golden Lion, 41
Our River, 13
Palmer, Harold, 35
Parker, Earl S., 58
Patrick, George S., 73
Pellish, John, 23
Perry, Ken, 37
Peters, Robert H., 23
Peterson, Dr. Richard, 42
Peyser, Capt., 15
Pierce, Majorie, 56
Pierce, Robert, 41, 56
Pierce, Robert, Sr., 37
Pierces, The, 37
Post, Virginia, 35
Powell, Eugene, 35
Prewett, Edward A., 42
Prewett, Mary Alice, 35
Price, David, 41
Prisoner of War, 73
Pro Deo Et Patria, 59
Pumphrey, Mike, 25
Puskarich, Charles, 38
Quattrin, Alfred, 35
Quiggle, Romanse, 56
Quigley, Marilyn Estes, 64
Racster, John, 35
Raila, F. A., 23
Rand, Anthony, 35
Rarick, Clayton, 38
Rathbone, Marjorie, 41
Ray, Marion, 2, 4, 31, 35, 37, 39, 43, 45, 46
Reick, Charles, 43
Remagen Bridge, 21
Rheims, France, 52
Rhine River, 58
Rice, Clayton A., 73
Rice, Frances, 73
Richardson, Ward R., 73
Ridgeway, Gen., 13
Rieck, Charles, 35
Rieck, Charles E., 23
Riels, John, 39
Rigatti, Dick, 77
Rigatti, Pat, 46
Rigatti, Richard, 2, 35, 43, 46, 49
Rigatti, Richard L., 2
Riggati, Dick, 22
Riggs, Thomas J., 43
Rikken, Adda, 43
Rikken, Willy, 43
Robasse, Chas, 37
Robb, Dr. John G., 2
Robb, John, 35, 38, 42, 74
Roberts, Jack, 2
Roberts, 'Jack', 4
Roberts, John, 39
Roberts, John M., 58
Roberts, John M. 'Jack', 58
Rockwell, Capt., 54
Roden, Sgt., 14
Roosevelt, President, 54
Rosie, George, 63
Rutland, Mattie, 42
Rutland, Roger, 39, 42
Rutledge, Boyd, 41
Salerno, Joseph, 23
Schaffner, John, 1, 2, 26, 27, 35, 39, 46
Schaffner, John R., 25, 43, 78
Schaffner, Lillian, 28, 43, 46
Schaffner, Robert, 35
Schiavo, Sam, 35
Schlesser, June & Jack, 38
Schneider, Carl, 63
Schock, Chuck & Cherri, 38
Schockley, Belvia (Beth), 74
Schockley, Kenneth W., 74
Schoeck, Richard, 35
Schuller, Albert, 74
Schuller, Betty, 74
Schultz, Pat, 63
Scranton, Robert, 41
Sexton, Jean, 75
Sexton, Maynard, 75
Shaffner, John, 28
Shalhoubs, The, 37
Sherwood, Brig. Gen. Elmer, 41
Siegfried Line, 13
Simpson, Florence, 41
Simpson, Roe & Florence, 37
Simpson, William, 41
Sixth SS Panzer Army, 75
Skopek, Robert, 59
Slutzky, Lt., 15
Smith, Ken, 35
Smith, Ted, 38
Smith, William F., 37
Smoler, Arlene, 75
Smoler, Elsie R., 75
Smoler, Fredric, 75
Smoler, Irwin, 4, 12, 32, 45
Smoler, Irwin C., 4, 12, 21, 75
Smoler, Irwin Charles, 75
Smoler, Michael, 75
Smoler, Mr., 4
Smoler, S/Sgt. Irwin, 21
Snovel, Robert, 35
Snyder, Walter, 4, 35
Snyder, Walter M., 3
'Soldier Boy', 62
'Soldier Boy A Chronicle Of Life and Death And Survival During World War II', 62
Sorensen, Elmer, 63
Sowell, Robert F., 3
Sparks, Dick, 39
Spiegel, Jack M., 75
St. Quentin, France, 19
St. Vith, 13, 56, 58
Stalag IV-B, 68
Stalag IX-B, 52
Starmack, John, 35
Stauff, Donna M., 75
Stauff, John H., 75
Stauff, Mary, 75
Stein, Barbara, 45
Stein, Murray, 2, 3, 5, 23, 32, 35, 45
Stewart, John, 35
Stewart, John T., 23
Story Of A 424/B Cbt. Patrol, 12
Sulser, Jack, 23, 35, 42
Sutphin, Lt., 55
Swett, John, 2, 35, 43
Sykes, Morris, 35
Taddeo, Peter, 22
Taylor, Hal, 2, 3, 61
Taylor, Thomas, 35
Temple, Will, 35
Tennant, Richard W., 23
Terrio, Cheryl, 76
Terrio, Ed, 76
Terrio, Howard, 39
Terrio, Howard J., 76
Terrio, Luvelle Derrick, 76
Terrio, Matthew, 76
Thames, Heather Terrio, 76
The Battle Of The Bulge Hell At Butgenbach, 65
The Losheim Gap- Doorway To The Meuse, 65
'The Warmth Of A Song', 61
Thome, Michael, 35, 43
Thome, Mike, 39
Thompson, Arthur, 56
Thomsen, Alan V., 56
Timm, Eugene, 35
Trautman, Frank, 2, 35, 47
Trost, Paul M., 23
Troxel, Wayman, 23, 35
Trueman, Dr., 50
Trueman, Dr. Duncan, 3, 7, 76
Trueman, Duncan, 35, 43
Trueman, Grace, 50
Truman, Dr. Duncan, 2
Truman, Harry, 20
Tyndall, Robert, 41
Usar), Robert F., 69
V Corps, 65
Van Dyk, Sgt. Louis A., 30
van Moorlehem, Art, 39
Vance, George, 39
Vandeven, Dany, 36
Vanicsko, Martin, 30
Ven, Gen. Dany Van De, 1, 31
Villwock, Jackie, 42
Villwock, Russ, 38, 39
Villwock, Russell, 37, 41
Vitali, Cpl. Al, 21
Von Erck, Helen, 61
Von Schwedler, Elaine, 76
Von Schwedler, Frank, 76
Vonachen, Donald F., 76
Vonachen, Patricia, 76
Walden, Larry, 37
Walker, Jeff, 22
Walker, June, 43
Walker, Robert, 43
Walsh, Charles, 38
Warkocki, Ken, 56
Warkocki, Norbert, 56
Watt, Ben, 41
Weiss, Newton, 3, 36
Wells, James, 41
Wells, James & Maydean, 37
Wells, Jim, 38
Wells, Maydeen, 41
Wells, The, 37
Wente, Donna, 45
Wente, Martin, 2, 36
Wente, Martin L., 3
Wente, Martin L.(Chic), 45
West, James D., 43
West, Jim, 25
White, Matthew, 65
White, Rishel, 57, 65
Wijers, Hans, 65
Wijers, Hans J., 65
Wilder, Bob, 38
Wilke, Erich, 56
Williams, Ted, 34, 36
Wilson, Harry W., 22
Wiswar, David, 57
Wittenberg, Henry, 23
Wood, Bob, 37
Wood, Eric Fisher, Jr., 30
Wood, John, 34, 36
Woolcock, Lt., 15
World War II Memorial, 31
Wright, Ames, 37
Wright, Lt., 54
Wyatt, Van, 38
Wyss, Ralph, 70
Young, Cyril A., 72
Young, Edward, 34, 36
Zak, George K., 62
Zettlemoyer, Sharon L. (Eisenhard), 69
Zicker, Gordon, 39
Zuckerman, Jacob, 24