The 68th Annual Reunion of the 106th Infantry Division
Photos submitted by Janet Wood, Susan Weiss and many others
Although, the 68th annual reunion was the lowest attended in Association history, those that joined together in Norfolk, Virginia
this past September shared memories, renewed friendships and kept alive the memory of the Division and its Association for another great reunion.
See reunion photos and stories, beginning on page 28.
A tri-annual publication of the 106th Infantry Division Association, Inc.
A nonprofit Organization
Total Membership as of October 10, 2014 – 1,129
Membership includes CUB magazine subscription
Annual Dues are no longer mandatory: Donations Accepted
Payable to "106th Infantry Division Association"
in care of the Treasurer -- See address below
Elected OfficesPresident ................. .Bernard Mayrsohn (423/CN) Past-President (Ex-Officio) .. Randall Wood (Non-106th Veteran) 1st Vice-President ............................. Vacant 2nd Vice-President ........ Brian Welke (Non-106th Veteran)
Adjutant:Murray Stein (423/I) 8372 Calabria Lakes Dr.,
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Business Matters, Deaths, Address changes to:Membership: Jacquelyn Coy 121 McGregor Ave.,
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Chaplain: Vincent Charron firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. John G. Robb
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106th ID Association's Belgium Liaison: Carl Wouters
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John Schaffner/William McWhorter
Atterbury Memorial Representative
Order of the Golden Lion
Nominating Committee Chair
Board of Directors
Donald F. Herndon (424/L) ...... .(2015) 8313 NW 102, Oklahoma City, OK
Sy Lichtenfeld (422/I) ........... .(2015) 901 Somerby Dr., Apt 334, Mobile, AL 36695
Bernard Mayrsohn (423/CN)..... .(2015) 34 Brae Burn Dr., Purchase, NY 10577-1004 firstname.lastname@example.org 974-946-2908 Web site: www.mayrsohn.com
John M. Roberts (592/C) ........ .(2015)
1059 Alter Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI
John Schaffner (589/A).......... .(2015) 1811 Miller Rd., Cockeysville, MD
Herbert "Mike" Sheaner (422/G) . .(2015) PO Box 140535, Dallas, Texas 75214 herbsheaner@SBCGlobal.net
William "Bill" Stahl (422/K) ..... .(2015) 211 Arapaboe Ct., Junction City, KS 66441 785-238-2364
Newton Weiss (423/HQ 3Bn) ..... .(2015) 400 McDevitt Drive, Gibbstown, NJ 08027-1066
Tom Hoff (Non-106th Veteran)...... .(2015)
P.O. Box 298, Warrington, PA 18976 email@example.com
267 475 3540
Randall M. Wood (Non-106th Veteran).(2015) 810 Cramertown Loop, Martinsville, IN 46151
Jacquelyn Coy, Membership (Non-106th Veteran)...................... .(2016)
121 McGregor Ave., Mt. Arlington, NJ
Mike Sheaner, Treasurer (Non-106th Veteran)
PO Box 140535, Dallas TX 75214
Wayne G. Dunn (Non-106th Veteran) .(2016) 620 Coachmans Way, Parkton, MD 21120 Host106th@106thInfDivAssn.org
Joe Gardner (Non-106th Veteran) ... .(2016) 315 Ridgewood Drive, New Paris, PA 15554
Kris Rice (Non-106th Veteran) ...... .(2016) 23109 Glenbrook Street, St. Clair Shores,
Robert Schaffner (Non-106th Veteran)
706 Morris Ave., Lutherville, MD 21093
Jeanne M. Walker (Non-106th Veteran)
22 Woodbine Rd., Marshfield, MA
Brian Welke (Non-106th Veteran) ... .(2016) 1821 Morris Street, Eustis, FL 32726-6401
Janet Wood (Non-106th Veteran) .... .(2016) 308 Camden Cove Circle, Calera, AL 35040
Please Note: At the business meeting on Friday, September 16, 2011, at the 65th Reunion in Baltimore, MD, the 106th Association Board members approved the new By-Laws that now allow "Non-Veterans" [as we will now be calling the formerly named Associate members] to serve on the Board and as elected officers.
First, let me say how proud I am to be the President of our 106th Infantry Division. I'll do whatever I can to keep this Division going and to preserve the unique and heroic position that this Division represents.
Last month, I had the honor to bring to our friends in Belgium a plaque designating them honorary members of the 106th Infantry Division Association. The plaque commemorates their long and dedicated efforts to archive and enshrine the history of our battle and sacrifice in their museums, and for their annual tribute of placing flowers in the
cemetery in Belgium for all our brethren who died in the Ardennes at the Battle of the Bulge.
We're now coming up to the 70th anniversary of that heroic battle by our 106th Infantry Division. As you know, we suffered perhaps the greatest amount of casualties when we were placed in
a precarious front line position against a brutal, unremitting onslaught. But we were the 106th… and we fought. Heroes were made, many of them still unsung. We remain, as ever, proud of the heroic efforts of our Division as we
resolutely stood and fought until finally
running out of food and ammunition.
Bernard Mayrsohn (423/CN) 106th Infantry Division Association President 2014–2015
34 Brae Burn Drive Purchase, NY 10577-1004
Web site: www.mayrsohn.com
While few of us are left, we still remember those who were there. In over 70 years of friendship, we've
shared memories of what we endured -- by those who lived and those who fell
a lifetime of brotherhood cemented in battle.
We have our next reunion next summer in Charleston, S. Carolina.
I can't tell you how few people showed up last month in Norfolk. Next year, we need every single one of you to join us in Charleston. I know it's hard for many of us to move these days, but this is who we were… warriors… and this is who we still are!! We're making every effort to make this trip possible for you, as well as worthwhile for any family members/
helpers who accompany you. So if there's any help you need, let us know. This is no time for false pride. We want to make
it as easy as possible for every one of you to join us. Your presence is essential
you are all a living testimonial to the
sacrifice of those who fell.
I have always believed that we 106th members made an indelible contribution to our country. Because of our efforts, America didn't fall.
Yes, our world is changing. Americans now speak many languages, but the strength of America, who we are -- a heterogeneous nation, a nation of all religions and ethnic groups from all over the world -- prevails. We're the only country that successfully absorbed so many different peoples… and by doing so forged a much stronger nation. Each one of us brought our singular strengths
to the mix and we contribute -- to this day -- to a never-ending dedication to making this a better world. With our ability to absorb, to educate, to develop, we Americans have maintained our ingenuity, our aspirations and our pride.
And the 106th Infantry can be proud that we few contributed in a large way to preserving this success for the country we love… each and every one of us.
We should be proud that we're now in our 90s and that 70 years ago,
in our young innocence, we made a major contribution to preserving and protecting our world and -- by doing so -- brought us all a better and brighter tomorrow.
God bless you all, Barney
2014 Annual Reunion's Memorial Ceremony
I consider it an honor and a pleasure to be here with you all today as we come together in remembrance of and in tribute to some of our nation's finest and bravest. Thank you for this opportunity. As I was preparing for this memorial speech I was reminded of a statement by: President John F. Kennedy. He
said: "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." I propose that we uphold our duty and honor and remember the men who have made this nation a great nation.
Upon further contemplation on JFK's statement I had to ask myself: So how does our nation reveal itself?
In other words, what kind of men did our nation produce? As I look across this room I see it produced high caliber men: Men of valor, Men of integrity, Men of fortitude, Men of discipline and Men of
courage. Our nation produced the type of men who willingly gave the government a blank check and said, my life is not my own, I want to live for something bigger.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible says: "Since the days of John the Baptist, the world has been
advancing and forceful men lay hold of it." (Matthew 11:12) 106th, you are those men who did and continue to forcefully lay hold of this great nation.
You continue to advance this nation with your continued loyalty to duty and preservation of freedom. You answered a call that many people had to answer and others would not. You did it without gripe or request of repayment and for that we are here today honoring you!
(PFC Nelson Charron 422/D)
Senior Pastor, Grace Covenant Church Ogdensburg, NY
Twitter-@vjcharron Facebook/VJCharron firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we honor, remember, a long line of patriots who died in battle, as
a result of combat wounds and many more who succumbed to service- connected injuries years after their time in service was over. We remember them as comrades whose final moments of service embodied the highest values and selflessness that can be shown by any countrymen.
Throughout decades of turmoil and expeditions we've asked our young men and women to put themselves in harm's way and further our security and protect our precious commodity -- freedom
at the cost of limb for some and life for others. And as a nation we have a mandate, a requirement, to remember these men and women. We have a duty, a moral obligation, to pay homage to the men and women who have and continue to stand in harm's way and protect this great nation.
As I continued to prep for today I
posed a question to myself that I want to challenge you with. How can we see fit to honor the contributions of veterans beyond the days of Memorial Day and Veterans Day? How do we ensure their contributions are remembered on more than just a single day of remembrance,
gratitude and honoring? The only answer I could come up with was that we
must teach others, especially the next generation, about the sacrifices that were made. We must ensure future generations understand that their patriotism is wrapped up in the loyalty of men and women who answered the call. We must ensure that future generations understand that their freedom was bore on the backs of men and women who in essence
gave up their freedom, whether it was by becoming a POW or by paying the
ultimate price and dying. Lastly, we must ensure that future generations understand that the debt of gratitude we owe those who have served is sacred. Not only sacred but also that it cannot be repaid, not in a lifetime, not this side of heaven.
Along with that I firmly believe
that we should talk about heroism and sacrifice. If you flip through our nation's history books you will be inundated with accounts of bravery that still resonate deep within us decades later. We are humbled by the tremendous courage shown by our brave soldiers, of all services, throughout our history. There is no doubt that our veterans have paved the way for our military's reputation as the finest fighting force in the world – both in strength and in character. That's why it's important – in fact imperative – that we remember them always.
Almost 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln stood before a
war-weary nation and uttered the most
famous words ever said about veterans. Lincoln spoke of the sacred obligation of our nation to "...care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan." Those words are inscribed on the entrance above the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in our nation's capital and spoken at almost every Memorial Day or Veterans Day event.
While we are saddened by our losses; both from the direct results of combat and as our loved ones are
now aging and are going to their final resting places. Those who gave what Abraham Lincoln called the "last full measure of devotion" in the fight for our liberty. There is no doubt in my mind that Americans share a proud heritage of duty and honor forged in the heat of terrible battles and on the backs of dedicated soldiers, soldiers like the 106th. Freedom has a price and this week, while we all gathered here to enjoy good food, fun, families and our precious liberty, I think it is only appropriate that we stop for a moment to say thank you! Thank you, 106th Infantry Division for offering up yourselves to ensure that the freedom of generations to come was secured.
In conclusion I want to visit President John F. Kennedy's statement one more time. "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers," With that being said, I want to do due diligence in making this nation great by honoring you.
106th Infantry Division, your dedication to duty and your loyalty bring great credit upon yourselves and this great nation and for that, I salute you.
Forcefully Advancing ~
My Brothers and Sisters,
Reunion "68" is now history, with the lowest attendance in our Association history. And yet, in spite of two unfortunate incidents: Mr.
William Martin of 424/C, came down with pneumonia, was hospitalized and missed most of the reunion. As of this writing, I was informed by his daughter (our Board member) Kris that he would be in the hospital until Friday Sept.
12, Kris indicated that he was doing better and would be returning home. [Editor's note: We are sad to report that Mr. Martin did pass away on Sept. 16 . Please see memorial on page 41.]
Also, Francis Cook (422/H) fell while entering the dining hall at the Norfolk Naval Station, tore his elbow and hit his head on the concrete. He was treated at the dining hall by a lovely Naval doctor. He was doing well
immediately (hard head). Yes, in spite of the low attendance -- and these incidents
the Reunion was a grand success.
The tours at the Naval Yard and the MacArthur Museum, the service at the hotel and the meals were fine (as good as hotel food can be); as were the banquet, the general's speech and the love and friendship for each other! At the banquet, our Order of the Golden Lion chairman, John Schaffner (589/A) named three outstanding choices for the awards. They created a number
of emotional moments to be long remembered. The awards went to Mr. Sy Lichtenfeld (422/I) --
Commandeer Class, Mr. Mike Scheaner
Officer Class, Mrs. Wilma Wood --
Our choice of Brig. Gen. William Hix
Murray Stein, 423/I, Ex Comm, Adjutant
8372 Calabria Lakes Drive Boynton Beach, Fl. 33473
as our guest speaker turned out to be an excellent one. Gen. Hix and his lovely wife Sharon were gracious in meeting with almost everyone in attendance. The General's speech
indicated that he researched our Golden Lion history. He made us aware of all the new innovative ideas being worked on by our Military. How fortunate
we are to have men like Gen. Hix to lead and protect our country. We were honored by his presence.
Our now past-president Randy Wood was the first non-106th veteran, Associate member to serve as our Association President. After this reunion, I'm certain that there is no doubt in anyone's mind that we made the finest choice. His outstanding, professional leadership was evident to us all. Randy's lovely wife Patty and mother Wilma prepared all those lovely packages for everyone who registered for the reunion (even my friend Myrna helped a little). Patty was a terrific "1st
Lady." We thank Randy and Patty for their generosity in the gifts for all the women and 106th veterans.
On a personal note, I will miss working with them as I did this past year. Randy is one of the finest young men I have had the privileged and good fortune to meet and know! His father, Robert M. Wood (423/I), would have been so proud to see him as our President. And a personal thank you
to the Wood family, Wilma, Carol and Dean, Beth and Ron and especially Janet for all the hugs and kisses.
Our Board of Directors voted the new Officers for 2014–2015: President Bernard Mayrsohn (423/CN); 1st V.P.
James Forsyth (424/I); 2nd V.P. Brian Welke; and Treasurer, Mike Sheaner.
Our Board of Directors also voted to continue with our 69th reunion and chose Charleston, South Carolina, for September 16 to 20, 2015 at the Crown Plaza, near the airport as the site.
Let's all make plans to be there.
We're counting on the GUY upstairs to watch over us until then. We're hoping that our YOUNG members will spread the word and help keep our 106th Infantry Division Association alive and well.
I love ya'll,
Golden Lions During World War II –– A Photo Article
Requested by Association Adjutant Murray Stein (423/I)
Every so often, I see a picture in The CUB of one of us as a young soldier.
In a previous issue (Vol. 67, No. 1) I thought it would be fun to have as many of our soldiers' photos as are available, to be published in The CUB. Editor William McWhorter agreed to my request to continue this series in subsequent issues of The CUB. Look for photos throughout the magazine and keep sending them in!
590th Field Artillery, Service Battery – taken approximately May 1944 at Camp Atterbury
Photo courtesy of Gail Eanes Mcguire, daughter of Paul Eanes, 590th Service Battery
Note: See this picture five-times larger at: http://106thinfdivassn.org/photos.html
A Reader Responds
In the last issue of The CUB I submitted the story of the tragic event that took place at Oradour-sur-Glane, France. It was my belief at the time that no valid reason for the actions of the German 2nd SS Panzer Division, Das Reich, was ever forthcoming.
Our CUB article was read by my good friend currently living in Germany, Edward Lapotsky, Col, U.S.A., Ret., leading member of several military organizations in Europe, and most important, knowledgeable about this event. Ed keeps up with our 106th Infantry Division veterans and is usually available to meet and assist us when visiting the battlefield. He is a member of the 106th Infantry Division Association. Please read his response below:
Good to have conversed with you yesterday. (27 Aug. 2014)
Regarding the massacre at Oradour- sur-Glane, More than a few years ago, when my Uncle August Basso was still living, I came across the book by Max Hastings on The Das Reich Division
and read and reread it as it contained a detailed account of the move of the Das Reich 2nd Panzer Division from Moutauban where the unit was located
in Southern France to Normandy to stop the Allied advance. Mautauban was not far from where my mother along with her mother and sister and my uncle were living, on a small farm near the town of Nerac. My mother and her sister were messengers for the French underground during the entire German occupation period. My uncle joined the French
John R. Schaffner 589/A,Historian, Past President 2002-2003 1811 Miller Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Maquis to escape deportation and survive, as he did.
He was involved in more than a few operations against the German Das Reich soldiers and units. They
called him the "Man in Gray" because the story has it that he wore a long gray coat. He killed many Germans as he would say to me. A few years before
he passed away -- about ten years ago
-- he was called back to France and received honors for his service in the resistance. The return was quite controversial as he made some remarks about German sympathizers in the crowd and knew who they were... well to make a long story short he received his honors and was well received by the majority. He had mixed emotions going back after so many years but his trip made closure.
My uncle fought in one of the local maquis in the Geronne Region of France for years. Understanding the French resistance history, the French Communist forces were very strong in
France during the occupation and they became stronger when Germany invaded Russia in 1941. They in all actuality controlled the French countryside.
My uncle was a part of the French communist organization called the
F.T.P.F. They had Russians embedded in their chain of command. He and my
mother spoke about them in our talks. As history shows, The FFI under DeGualle was placed into power by the Allies to counter the F.T.P.F influence as the war ended. A politically correct decision of course as the Cold War became a reality. So it went and DeGualle came to power.
John, to back track, I sent Max Hastings book to my Uncle and from there on we engaged in some long talks. He told me how the F.T.P.F militias hit the German columns moving from their staging area of Mautauban to Northern France. It was no small operation as we're talking about a column of 15,000 Waffen SS soldiers with over 200 tanks and SP Artillery moving close to
500 miles. Instead of three days it took 15 days for the Das Reich to get there, so the attacks were effective.
My conclusion is that of many others that we will never know all the facts surrounding the Oradour- sur-Glane massacre. The 642 French civilians who died there did not live
to tell it and the few that did could not give a full account. My uncle confirmed that they attacked the Das Reich at every opportunity. He also mentioned that they savagely killed Germans. He stated that Germans were captured and held as hostage. The German command certainly knew of this. So for whatever reason the Germans did what they did we can say it was for all of this. The
other massacre at Tulle was a prelude to Ouradour as Germans were brutally killed and their bodies mutilated and then French civilians were killed in retaliation. So on it went.
My mother always said that the German occupation forces were very disciplined and she said any break of that discipline was severely dealt with. She told me a story of a German who raped a French woman and the German unit assembled the next day in the town square and executed the German soldier. I guess this discipline was no longer enforced as much when the occupiers felt their time was short and the war
was going against them and desperation set in. The Das Reich was a ruthless division and the most decorated and battle hardened SS Waffen Division, that is a true fact. It could and did fight ruthlessly especially on the Russian Front and so it was easy to do what
they did -- they were use to it.
To end this narrative, let me say that my Uncle laughed when we talked about all the reasons why the Germans
did what they did at Ouradour. I can still hear his laugh. He said that more than one F.T.P.F. resistance fighter became wealthy after the war as he was among witnesses to the taking of the Das Reich Division's payroll, gold, among other items that the Division moved with them. He said all was seized by maquis bands and eventually ended up in Switzerland. How would the Das Reich pay its troops? There was a concerted hunt for the stolen loot and the Germans were looking for it. The Germans did ransack Ouradour looking for something. Yes, they did find caches of explosives and
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weapons but they did not find the loot. Nobody talked and the Germans had their orders from above. I think my uncle's story has some substance and I have no reason to believe that he would make the story up. Would the Germans kill everyone because the French had captured a German officer and killed him? Perhaps, but the taking of the Division's payroll I think would have gotten the attention of the German chain of command including the Division commander General Lammerding.
John, my family were survivors. I have a photo hanging in my office of my uncle marching down the main avenue in Agen, France in 1945. He is the third man on the right side of the column of marchers. Before the column is a large banner that reads "22,000 F.T.P.F
sons gave their lives for France." (The quality of the photo was not good
enough for reproducing for The CUB.)
This story coming from my uncle only adds to the many twists about the reason behind the Ouradour Massacre and perhaps gives another reason why the Waffen SS acted as they did in the village. If they don't want to tell us where the payroll is they will never see it.
Last note: John how I would love to make it to Norfolk for the 68th Annual Reunion but I simply have too many irons in the fire over here. Do know how much I recall our times together over the years. I will continue to keep the history of the Golden Lions alive. Work with Carl Wouters, Doug Mitchell and others will continue... always something to do to keep your history and the memories
of your comrades alive.
Take care good friend! Golden Lions! Airborne!
Hinder forward: The 168th Engineer Combat Battalion in ZI and ETO
from May 1943 through November 1945
By Dean F. Jewett (168th Eng)
Note: the cover may not look like the pictured image.
Dean F. Jewett has written a book about the 168th Engineer Combat Battalion, which was attached to the 106th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. The book is 456 pages and sells for $75, which includes postage, sales tax, etc.
New copies are only available through Mr.
Jewett at P.O. Box 148, Saco, ME 04072 or by phone at 207-284-6778.
Used copies are available online through outfits,
such as Amazon.com or Ebay.com.
Make checks payable to "106th Infantry Division Association" and mail them to the Treasurer:
Mike Sheaner, Treasurer
PO Box 140535
Dallas TX 75214 email@example.com 214-823-3004Your Annual Dues Are No Longer Due
Please report all changes of address and deaths to the
Association Membership Chair:
Jacquelyn S. Coy, Membership
121 McGregor Ave.
Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856 firstname.lastname@example.org 973-663-2410In 2010 the Board of Directors voted to dispense with annual dues, however, we continue to ask for donations, whatever you can give, to help defray the cost of
printing and mailing The CUBs, which go out three times a year. For the Association to be able to meet not only yearly expenses, these donations make possible the enjoyable time at each Annual Reunion.
We will also continue to collect Memorial, Honorary and Life Plus donations.
Any contribution that helps defray cost and sustain the association is greatly appreciated. Please consider donating to the Association.
"We were once Brothers…" and will remain so forever.
Once, brother carried brother through the trials of training
at Camp Atterbury and endured in battle on the Schnee-Eifel of Belgium and Germany. Support the 106th Infantry Division Association by making a Memorial or Honorary contribution in the name of your brother, friend, father or spouse.
New membership applications are available for everyone in your family. Membership is only $10 and is open to
all veterans and non-106th veterans (of every generation)
and comes with full voting privileges. We encourage all family members to join to help honor our veterans and continue the legacy of the 106th.
Contact: Membership Chair, Jacquelyn S. Coy, email@example.com or Treasurer, Mike Sheaner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life+ and Memorial/Honorary Contributions Essential
for Keeping this Organization Going
Your gifts are essential to maintaining The CUB magazine in its current format with high-quality content and tri-annual delivery. The cost of printing and mailing each edition of The CUB exceeds our current level of giving. Therefore, we encourage all readers to make an annual contribution, as you are able, to help defray the cost of printing and mailing.
Contributions make it possible for the Association to meet yearly expenses and host Annual Reunions. Please consider making an annual Life+, Memorial or Honorary donation to the Association today.
The Annual Dues of $10 are no longer billed or collected. We are now accepting only donations for membership, memorials and LIFE PLUS. The previously-allowed payment of $75 for Life Membership creates a financial shortfall, as our expenses exceeds our income.
Our solution? We are asking you to join the
LIFE PLUS+ Club
Those Members who contribute to the LIFE PLUS+ Club will have their names (only, no amounts will be shown) published in the next CUB.
You can donate as much or as little as you can and as often as you like.
By donating, you are helping perpetuate the 106th Infantry Division Association.
To those Members from whom we haven't heard for a long time --
please take the time to join this exclusive club. Thank you!Send your contribution, check made payable to 106th Infantry Div. Association, to:
Treasurer, 106th Infantry Division, PO Box 140535, Dallas TX 75214
Treasurer's Report:June. 1, 2014 – October 15, 2014
Association Membership As of October 15, 2014
Membership Non-106th Veteran
LIFE PLUS and REGULAR DONATIONS:
422/D James P. Adsit
Non-106th Veteran Member (28th Div) Kachadour "Kracker" Avedisian
Non-106th Veteran Member Louise Awalt
Non-106th Veteran Member Connie Pratt Baseman 424/A Donald Beseler
422/A Rev. Ewell C. Black, Jr.
422/D Willis Bouma
423/K William B. Busier
424/C Christopher C. Christ
424/HQ Andrew G. Chuvarsky
423/I Brig. Gen. John W. Collins, III
422/HQ Henry E. Freedman
589/B Briggs A. Hoffmann, Jr.
422/A David A. Huber
Non-106th Veteran Member Beatrice F. Keeber
589 FA/B Harold J. Kuizema
423/F Stanley Kurek
106 Recon Michael W. Liskiewicz
424/C William T. Martin
423/G James O. Mason
423/CN Bernard Mayrsohn
106 Recon William C. Mitchell
422/AT Donald B. Prell
423/1stBN Glynn Raby
422/SVC Donald Regier
424/L Herbert A. Rosenberg
423/C Irving S. Schrom
Non-106th Veteran Member Daniel A. Simone
422/C Ed Slotkin
422/H Robert I. Snovel
423/1stBN/HQ John H. Stamataky
423/I Murray Stein (twice)
591/HQ Vincent V. Suppan
424/I Alvin P. Swanson
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LIFE PLUS and REGULAR DONATIONS:
Non-106th Veteran Member Victor V. Vaade
Non-106th Veteran Member Jeanne Walker
Non-106th Veteran Member Brian J. Welke
106 Recon Rishel White
590/C Henry C. Wittenberg
Non-106th Veteran Member Robert L. Sharrow, son of Robert J. Sharrow 424/E
Non-106th Veteran Member Connor W. Smith, grandson of Robert J. Sharrow 424/E Non-106th Veteran Member Kristine Tempinski, niece of Carl Himberg 592 FA/B Non-106th Veteran Member Alex D. Gossett, nephew of Zenas Fairrington 422/K
In memory of my husband, Jacques W. Bloch, 422/K - Stalag XI-B. Deceased 9/20/11 at the age of 91.
Jean H. Bloch Living Trust
In honor of my Dad, Staff Sgt. Charles
Garn, 422/H who is deceased.
In honor of William T. Martin, 424/C on his 92nd birthday.
Kristina L. Rice & Family
In memory of William T. Martin, 424/C.
Wayne Dunn Linda Hanson Shanon Hanson
Nursing Unlimited, Inc Mr. and Mrs. Pete Iannozzi Mr. and Mrs. Jim Haddad Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ager
Mr. and Mrs. R. Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Jim Skiba Mrs. Beverly Avery
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Martin Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lineberry
In memory of my uncle, Thomas D. Reda, 422/Medics
Robert J. Faro
In memory of my father, Richard L. Rigatti, TSgt, 106th, 423/B, POW, past 106th president, Golden Lion recipient.
Mark J. Rigatti
In the last issue of The CUB,
Vol. 70, No. 2, under the Life Plus and Regular Donations section, Golden Lion Donald Regier was incorrectly listed as "Non-106th Veteran Member." In fact, Mr. Regier is a proud Golden Lion, having served in the 422nd Regiment, Service Company. He was also taken POW during the Battle of the Bulge.
Returned Issues of the Latest CUB of the Golden Lion
Membership Chair Jacquelyn Coy asks that the following names (and partial addresses) be listed in this issue of The CUB in hopes that anyone reading this issue might know the people listed and can get word to them that their address listed with the Association is incorrect or out-dated. If you know anyone on this list (or
if you know they are deceased) and can get word to them, please ask them to contact Jacquelyn directly at the address listed on page 11 of this issue with an updated mailing address. Thank you.
Keith Friesinger, Cincinnati, OH
Irvin M. Schecter, Naples, FL
Rev. Ron Mosley, Marietta, GA 30067
Dennis Wright, Lawson, MO 64062
Gordon B. Pinney, Chadron, NE
Dr. Ernest Purkey, Neosho, MO
Pat N. Westfall, Gatesville, TX 76528
George C. Marcum, Independence,
Sol Monter, Toms River, NJ 08755
Jack Belina, Burnsville, MN
Robert F. Walker, Cincinnati, OH
James C. Leonare, Issaquah, WA
Richard Fergusen, Milford, CT
Robert Dumont, Casselberry, FL
Raymond S. Szyczewski, Oscoda, MI
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First European Chapter of the 106th Infantry Division Association
Our new President, Barney Mayrsohn, traveled to Belgium in May, 2014, to present a certificate for the installation of the First European Chapter of the 106th Infantry Division Association.
The new officers of that branch are: Carl Wouters -- President; Doug Mitchell -- Vice President and Hugo Rietveld -- Secretary & Treasurer.
To the left: A copy of the certificate presented in Belgium establishing the new European Chapter.
From the editor of The CUB of the Golden Lion
Hello, my name is William A. McWhorter and I am the editor of The CUB of the Golden Lion (The CUB).
I am an admirer of your outfit and hope that I can assist in keeping open the lines of communication for our Association. Please send news items that you would like reviewed for
Just a reminder . . .
potential inclusion in upcoming issues of The CUB to me. Whenever possible please send them to my email address (email@example.com). If you do decide to send them via postal
mail, if possible, please TYPE OR PRINT your messages (it helps me
get names spelled correctly). Thank you.
If you have pictures, an article, or some other form of information you would like included in a future issue of The CUB, the due date is as follows:
January 1, 2015 -- mail date March 1, 2015 (issue will include reunion paperwork)
May 1, 2015 -- mail date July 1, 2015 (in time to have reunion info included)
October 1, 2015 -- mail date November 15, 2015 (to include reunion photos and remembrances)
Articles and pictures can be mailed or emailed to:
CUB Editor: William McWhorter 166 Prairie Dawn, Kyle, TX 78640
CubEditor@106thInfDivAssn.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
CUB Publisher: Susan Weiss 9 Cypress Point Court Blackwood, NJ 08012856-415-2211
106th Association has a New Website!
By Wayne Dunn
To complement the wonderful websites that are already out on the Internet, including our own members' Jim West (www.IndianaMilitary.org) and Carl Wouters (www.106thinfantry. webs.com) the association has just launched our own website
This is where you can find: info on upcoming events; copies of the member- ship application for your family to join; the complete latest issue plus additional photos and articles from The CUB.
Also look for our Facebook page at Facebook.com/106thInfDivAssn. This is where you can find up-to-
the-minute information and where you can connect with friends and make plans for the next reunion.
If you have any additional reunion photos or information that you would like to see on the website or Facebook page, please contact the new Webmaster, Wayne Dunn at Host106th@106thInfDivAssn.org or 410-409-1141.
Jim West and the
Associate member, Jim West (OGL-Officers, 2004) has created an excellent website at http://www.indianamilitary.org. It is hoped that this website will increase awareness of the 106th Infantry Division Association and perhaps our membership. The site has had 1,674,874 visitors to date. It is rated as the largest private site in Indiana at more than 50 gigabytes of unaltered history and is the largest depository of local historical photos. Check it out at your earliest convenience.
In addition to a very large section devoted
to the 106th Division, it also contains information on Camp Atterbury (Indiana) and all the divisions that trained here in World War II and Korea.
They include the 28th, 30th, 31st, 83rd and
92nd Infantry Divisions, plus Fort Benjamin Harrison, Freeman AAF, Atterbury/ Bakalar AFB, the German and Italian POWs held at Camp Atterbury and Wakeman General Hospital. There is also a section for the several German Prisoner of War camps where some 106th members were held. There are dozens of 106th diaries and personal remembrances.
The 106th Roster at http://tinyurl.com/106thRoster now contains information
on 16,934 Veterans with 363 individual photos. If you visit the website, listed above, and a photo is not shown for an individual and the family has one available, all they need do is email a scan of him to Jim West.
All 106th General Orders have been reviewed and all the information has been added to the Roster. These General Orders allowed for the addition of 513 previously unknown names to be added and a huge amount of service numbers and other data were added. All the original General Orders are available for viewing on the website. These were made possible by a friend, John Bowen, of the 31st Division Association (Camp Atterbury, Korean War).
Every available issue of the 106th CUBs are available on the site, in addition to the Camp Atterbury Camp Crier, published when the 106th was there. Find the Camp Crier under the section for Camp Atterbury. You can email Jim at email@example.com.
Jim would like to thank the "AmVets of Indiana." Through their generosity of support and hosting of the entire website, they are making it possible for the 106th to have a presence on the Web.
Order of the Golden Lion Committee
This award is provided in three classifications depending on the qualifications of the recipient. The most prestigious is "Commander Class" issued in gold finish. This award is usually provided to someone who has served the Association faithfully over an extended period of time and is a Veteran of the 106th Infantry Division.
The second is "Officer Class" issued in silver finish. This award is usually provided to someone who has served the Association faithfully over an extended period of time and is not necessarily a Veteran of the 106th Infantry Division.
The third is "Companion Class" issued in bronze finish. This award is usually provided to someone who has served the Association faithfully in the capacity of assistance in the operation of the Association.
The specifications for making the award are intended to fit many instances where an individual is deemed worthy.
The award should be determined by the recipient's contributions to the Association.
The Chairman of the Order of the
Golden Lion committee will poll the members of the Board of Directors for recommendations
for the OGL awards.
The President or Chairman may select additional members to the committee.
Nominations will be submitted in a format suitable for composing a formal citation to accompany the award of the medal. This must be done in ample time prior to the next Reunion in order for the manufacturer to produce the medal(s) on time.
All citations should be kept confidential between the nominator and the Committee Chairman prior to the actual awarding ceremony.
LEAD TIME -- 3 WEEKS, MINIMUM
John Schaffner is the Chair of the Order of the Golden Lion Committee. Send nominations to:
John Schaffner (589/A)
1811 Miller Rd., Cockeysville, MD 21030-1013
As noted in this issue's Adjutant's Report, at the 2014 reunion there were three Order of the Golden Lion medals presented. Pictured are: Commander Class, Sy Lichtenfeld (422/I); Companion Class, Wilma Wood and Officer Class, Mike Sheaner.
The BaTTle for Snow MounTain
by Donald Young
The Battle for Snow Mountain is a comic novel -- based on Young's experience -- which gives a surreal picture of the German attack on the 106th Division
in the winter of 1944.
their war experience in the Battle of the Bulge, their accidental capture, escape from POW camp and return to freedom.
The Battle for Snow Mountain by Donald Young
can be purchased by April 1, from Pocol Press, 6023 Pocol Drive, Clifton, VA 20124, 1-703-830-5862.
It can also be ordered at Amazon.com, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-929763-48-1
Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal
Submitted by James Anthony Reiss (423/L)
At a reception on March 2, 2014 in San Clemente, California, Golden Lion James Anthony Reiss (423/L) was awarded France's Knight of the Legion of Honor medal. The award
is France's highest distinction for those
who risked their lives during World War II to fight on French territory by fighting in one of the three main
campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence/Southern France or Northern France.
Pictured: Jim Reiss, photos from the Sun Post News (San Clemente), a part of the article, "In Good Company" by Fred Swegles, February 27, 2014.
The Lion's Path
By C.J. Kelly
In December 1944, a raw American infantry division
has its baptism of fire in the Battle of the Bulge. Caught up in this maelstrom of death and destruction are two very different Americans. Trapped behind enemy lines, they experience the horror of war and a humanity borne of sacrifice.
Available at Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com
Their Country Called, They Answered!
Submitted by Henry ‘Hank' E. Freedman (422/HQ)
As a member of the "Greatest Generation" and a former prisoner of war, my thoughts have forever been with the men and women who gave of themselves to assure our country's future. This is my acknowledgement to them for a job well done.
We watched from afar at a world at war; Not for us did we say, until Pearl Harbor Day, Our Country was in need for it had a job to do,
From California to Maine we awoke, but the days were few, Men and women, Americans all, never hesitated:They were answering the call, and millions came from North, East, South and West showing the world how we can be
At our best,
It took a while but who's to complain, victory was our but too Many suffered the pain, now as we get ready to remember them all, Bow your head and pray at our Capitol's Mall, history will show, That they, who are being honored here, didn't hesitate to go,
So, God bless this generation and honor them, Please, and for generations to come for all eternity.
Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five
From Ervin Szpek Jr., Non-Veteran Member
Ervin Szpek Jr. (Non-Veteran Member) is pleased to announce after many years of research that his and his colleagues' book on the infamous Arbeitskommando Slaughterhouse Five has been released. Nearly every man of this POW work camp (near Dresden, Germany) originated from the 106th Infantry Division including former 106th Association President, Gifford Doxsee. The book
is their story, in their words and accounts for nearly every POW at the camp. It also chronicles the recollections and reflections of the 150 American
Ex-POWs, many of whom are members of the Association. Newly released by iUniverse press at www.iUniverse.com, the book is also available at www.amazon.com and www.BarnesandNoble.com. With best wishes for 2014 and with appreciation for your efforts –– thank you.
A Very Important Message from
the Treasurer and All Members of the Board
Please read and take action now, thank you.
With each issue of The CUB magazine the incoming mail box swells with letters of appreciation from readers who express thanks and encouragement for us to "keep up the good work."
The Last Man Standing
It is our wish to continue the Association at a minimum through "The Last Man Standing." Since eliminating annual dues several years ago the association has relied largely on reserve savings to continue The CUB and other services at its present level. Your support is necessary to complete the mission of honoring our veterans and continuing the legacy of the 106th through education, reunions and publication of The CUB.
Keep up the Good Work
We need your help to meet basic financial needs of the Association.
If we reach our annual goal of $20,000, we will be able to preserve our savings and keep up the "good work" for many years to come. Use the enclosed envelope to return your contribution marked "Sustentation Fund" in whatever amount possible. Any amount
is appreciated, $10 – $1,000 or more.
Also, please tells us how you wish to receive future issues of
The CUB. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate a delivery preference; Mail (paper in black and white) or Email (PDF in color). Approximately 65 percent of Association expenses are directly related to printing and shipping The CUB each year. Your choice to receive The CUB by email will help defer expenses and enable us to continue to deliver The CUB until "The Last Man Standing."
Show support for our mission by giving generously. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
If the envelope is missing or if you or someone you know would like to make an additional contribution, please mail a check made payable to 106th Infantry Division
to: 106th Infantry Division, Life Plus Contribution
PO Box 140535, Dallas TX 75214
Golden Lion Gets a Head Start on Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
Submitted by John Gatens (589/A)
On May 22, 2014, Golden Lion John Gatens (589/A) and his family traveled to Brussels, Belgium. There they were met at the airport by Doug Mitchell, who served as their tour guide for the next five days. While Mr.
Mitchell took members of Gatens' party on a tour of Brussels, Gatens and Mary Vandermast met with Carl and Sofie Wouters. For what those two have been through in recent months, Sofie looked as beautiful as ever. Please say a prayer for her as she continues to recover.
During this visit Gatens was able to see another old friend, Jurgen Raedts
and his family, followed by a visit from Vincent Gerard, who has come over to the U.S. for a number of Reunion visits.
On May 24, Mr. Mitchell introduced Gatens group to Walter and Betty Driggs who would join their traveling group.
We traveled to the World War II-era Fort d' Aubin-Neufchateau. This is where the 740th Armored Tank Battalion fought during the Battle of the Bulge. When we arrived a large crowd was waiting for us. There we were also met by Mathilde and Marcel Schmetz the owners of the M&M Museum. Chairs had been set
up around a monument and a ceremony began. A few names had been added
to the monument and a number of Belgium and U.S. speakers provided the ceremony with excellent speeches. Afterward the group was invited to a lunch in the Fayer Aubinois Hall.
It was now time to drive to the Henri Chapelle Cemetery for the wonderful Memorial Day Ceremony. There were
Pictured left to right are: Heather Vanness, Helen Daly, Mary Vandermast, Tom Daly (in back row), John Gatens, Annemarie Barone, Carl Wouters (in back row), Walt Driggs, Madeleine Bryant. John Gatens' Howitzer was in the group of trees behind them when the Bulge started.
many wreaths presented from different countries and units; we had great seats to view it all. The superintendent of the cemetery gave one of many speeches; in his he called out the 106th Division, presented by John Gatens and family. That made Gatens feel very proud.
Then came the beautiful moment of the ceremony when the flyover took place; a big tanker plane came from behind us and over our heads. Then the veterans assembled on the field, Gatens felt honored to join them. He spoke with a three star NATO general,
Stalag XII A, when John Gatens was there.
John Gatens and Mary Vandermast at the 740th Ceremony.
David R. Hogg, who shook his hand and gave him a NATO challenge coin. Next the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium,
Mark Storella, shook Gatens' hand and presented him with two flags: a U.S. and Belgium. Also at
the ceremony were Henri Rogister, Vincent Gerard with his aunt, Carl Wouters and his father-in-law, and Eddy Lamberty.
held a champagne
was the same as the Henri Chapelle Cemetery. At the end came an even more beautiful flyover of the Air Corps and the Missing Man Formation.
Afterward we traveled to the M&M Museum for dinner, where we were joined by members of the 740th Tank Battalion. Afterward Gatens presented Mathilde with the Golden Lion Challenge Coin from John Schaffner and himself.
On May 26, Carl Wouters met the group again and toured more battle- fields with them. Both Carl and Mr.
Mitchell are very knowledgeable of the battlefields. The group eventually made it to the Band of Brothers monument.
Mr. Mitchell and his wife Anita invited the group to their house for coffee and pastry. One of the things that Gatens has always wanted his family to see was
lunch with a toast and an orchestra
John Gatens talking to General David R. Hogg (N.A.T.O.)
his first position
for his howitzer
playing music. The local mayor provided Gatens with a greeting and a beautiful pin of the U.S. and Belgium flags. The town provided him with a beautiful plate with the communities' names and the town's Coat of Arms.
On May 25, the group traveled through the Huertgen Forest. Mr. Mitchell provided a fine account of the battle. The group stopped and toured the German Huertgen Cemetery. Then they moved on to the Memorial Day Ceremony at the American Margraten Cemetery. This is where Lt. O'Toole from the 589/A is buried. The ceremony
on December 16,
1944. After leaving the Mitchell's home that is just where they went. I explained to the group after we arrived how
we were very busy firing most of the first day of the battle. I showed them, where at about 3 p.m. a German tank appeared at our front, about 400 yards from where we were. Luckily, Gatens spotted him before the German tank spotted him; with two high explosive shells Gatens stopped the tank, finishing him off with an armor piercing shell.
The group toured more of the battlefield
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John Gatens with Vielsalm Mayor Elie Deblire at 106th Infantry Division Monument at St. Vith.
and arrived at St. Vith for lunch. The group proceeded to the 106th Memorial, where the mayor of St. Vith was waiting for them to give a speech. Afterward,
Annemarie placed a very nice wreath in honor of the Gatens family at the monument. Then Heather placed a monument in honor of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
On May 27, the group visited the bridge where the 84th Infantry Division (Rail splitters) stopped the
German advance. Mr. Mitchell placed a small bouquet of flowers where the monument is. After lunch, the group made their way for Bastogne. Shortly thereafter we were met by Bernandette LeJeune, owner of the Restaurant Hotel at Parker's Crossroads, and one
Eric F. Wood, Jr.'s tombstone
of my dearest friends. With her was Eddy Monfort. In Bastogne a few of Mr. Mitchell's reenactor buddies were waiting for us with their vehicles. We were then driven to the Peace Woods so Gatens family could see his tree planted there years ago. The group then proceeded for Parker's Crossroads,
where the group met even more friends. The ceremony and flower laying did not go as planned and this was rather
disappointing for Gatens. This combined with a rushed feeling at their meal and
a need to get back to their bus, because the driver had a limited amount of hours he could drive. Gatens was upset, as were his Belgium friends, that this visit was rushed and he could not spend more time with his friends, telling his family more about their positions during the fight for Parker's Crossroads.
Dauchau when in full activity. Ovens in Dachau
Courtroom where Nuremberg War Crimes trial was held.
On May 28, Mr. Mitchell's tour guide assignment had come to its end and the group was now led by Patrick Hinchy. The group was set for a Rhine cruise, but Hinchy informed them that the cruise was cancelled.
There was no room on the boat, which greatly disappointed Gatens and his group. Instead they took a bus ride to the Remagen Bridge,
as Hinchy detailed
the battle. The
site of Hitler's speeches and the
On May 30, the group headed
for downtown Munich to tour the city. After lunch they headed to Dachau Concentration Camp. Gatens said this place gives you goose bumps, when you realize what went on there, you just can't believe that one human being could do that to another. The pictures of the bodies piled up is very moving. As a POW, Gatens saw many of these poor people, either piled up in a truck or walking in the opposite direction than we were. That night the group had a farewell Bavarian dinner planned,
but those plans fell through. Gatens really enjoyed his tour guides Mitchell and Hinchy and would travel with them any time. The following morning, the group was up early and flew out on
group moved on to Munich, with a side trip to the former site of Stalag XIIA
Heather VanVess, Helen Daly, Mary Vandermast, John Gatens, Tom Daly, Bernadette LeJeune, Annemarie Barone, at the tree planted for John Gatens.May 31 for Newark, New Jeresy.
Limberg. A friendly local German officer escorted the group through the grounds. This was mostly a day of travel.
On May 29, the group's first stop was Nuremberg for a full sightseeing tour including the famous war crimes tribunal courtroom. All the walls are full with pictures about the rise and fall of Hitler. There are handheld audio tours and TVs with documentaries about the war. Gatens could have spent a week there. The group then went to the ruins of the Nazi Rally Stadium,
Walt Briggs, Tom Daly, Heather VanVess, Mary Vandermast, Annemarie Barone, Helen Daly, John Gatens, Betty Driggs at a small monument erected by Doug Mitchell's father- in-law, a German soldier, in honor of the 106th Infantry Division and his own.
First-Time Reunion Attendees
By Susan Weiss and photo by Janet Wood
There were quite a few first timers to this year's 68th annual reunion and Association member Janet Wood took a great group picture of three of them and their guests in front of the wreath.
Pictured left to right: Ron and Sharon Chiverella, representing her father, Wassil Pogar, 422/C, Elaine and her husband Leon Goldberg, 422/D, and John Mast, 81st Eng/B and his daughter Sharon Schreffler.
Also, first-time attendees pictured above are Vincent Charron, Chaplain, and Janet Mayrsohn, daughter of the new association president.
Our Family's Wonderful Time at the 2014 Reunion
Submitted by Elaine Goldberg
We came to the 2014 annual reunion of the106th Infantry Division to find someone Leon served with, especially Lt. Houghton, who had barked an order at him that surely saved his life: "Get the hell out of here!" Instead, we found men he didn't know he'd served alongside... who'd had similar experiences, who understood… and families!
There were children who'd come from as far away as Malaysia, adults who'd been coming since before they were teenagers, retirees who
came as a memorial to 106ers who were no longer here. One family brought a dozen people!
Some vets had been meeting since 1947. We only heard about it in 2012. We arrived as one of three or four "first timers" and left with a hoard of new friends. Leon had not recognized anyone but he surely will next year.
Photos from the 68th Annual Renion, Norfolk, Virginia
Above: The honor guard from Norfolk, presenting colors at the memorial service.
Below: Standing left to right are Veteran members Anthony Rand (589/FA Bn) and Richard Idstein (424/C) view memorabilia that was on display in the hospitality suite at the hotel.
Above: Presenting the wreath at the memorial service are John Schaffner (589/A) and John Gatens (589/A).
Below: Chaplain Vincent Charron, John Gatens (589/A), John Schaffner (589/A), and Murray Stein (423/I).
Above: The paddle-boat ferry that took passengers across the Elizabeth River to Portsmouth, VA, located at the back of the hotel.
Below: Lillian Schaffner, Mary Vandermast and Jean Himberg visit during the cocktail hour of the Banquet.
Banquet speaker, Brig. Gen. William Hix and his wife speak with Murray Stein (423/I)
and in-coming president Barney Mayrsohn (423/CN).
Treasurer Mike Sheaner, center, visits the table of Roland Schleusener
(Company C) and his wife Betty Schleusener at the banquet.
Randall Wood, out-going president and Murray Stein (423/I).
Mike Sheaner receives Order of the Golden Lion from his father Herb Sheaner (422/G), as John Schaffner (589/A) looks on.
Order of the Golden Lion current and past recipients in attendance.
For additional pictures from the reunion, please visit the website at:
Stories of the Men of the 106th Infantry Division
In the Vol. 69. No. 2 issue of The CUB, then Association President Herb Sheaner (422/G), initiated a very successful effort to increase the attendance, especially of 106 veterans, at the 67th annual reunion in New Orleans (2013). Along with this effort came this new section in The CUB and the stories continue below.
Rudy Hirsch (part 2)
589th Field Artillery, Bronx, NY
On page 39 in Vol. 69, No. 3 of The CUB, Golden Lion Rudy Hirsh talked about his ‘Story' of serving the 106th Infantry Division. Mr. Hirsh wanted
to share a few more recollections here. The 589th Field Artillery participated in combat at the Lorient-Pocket in French Brittany. We helped the French Resistance with shooting our 105mm
into the German Navy's submarine pens area, which later surrendered. I was very busy during this time, being that I was wonderful Colonel Parker's interpreter of German and French. We were stationed at Camp De Quetquidan (maneuver ground of France's ‘West Point').
You can read Mr. Hirsh's 127-page
memoir, "My Life: The Diary of Rudy Hirsch," online at this link:
http://www.indianamilitary.org/106ID/ Diaries/None-POW/Rudy%20Hirsch/ Hirsch-Rudy.pdf
Juan G. Rodriquez
422nd, Lexington, KY
I was born in Espanola, New Mexico and graduated from New
Mexico State University in 1943. During my junior year I took civilian pilot training courses and obtained a pilot's license. This served to place me in the U.S. Army's A.S.T.P. program at Fort Benning, GA, while awaiting transfer to the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Before it took, I was ordered to Camp Atterbury and assigned to the 106th Infantry Division. I served as a sergeant in the 422nd Regiment, with the 106th Infantry Division in Belgium when the German offensive began on December 16, 1944. I was slightly wounded and captured on December 23 [my birthday]; held prisoner until April 16, 1945
when we were liberated by U.S. forces. After the war I continued my studies in entomology at Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in 1949.
Glynn G. Raby, Jr.
423/1st BN, Memphis, TN
I was with the 423rd/HQ Co./ 1st Bn from March 1943 to April 1944. I served in the European Theater of Operations as a replacement in May 1944. Soon after D-Day I was in Normandy and joined Company H of the 9th Infantry Regiment, of the 2nd Infantry Division and served the rest of the war with them. The 422nd Regiment is the unit that replaced us (9th Regiment) in the line before the Battle of the Bulge.
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424/CN, West Palm Beach, FL
I joined the 106th Infantry Division at Ft. Jackson when it was organized.
When we were sent overseas, we sailed on the Acquitainia. It took us 10 days to arrive in Scotland and two days of travel to Banbury, England. I lost 20 pounds on the voyage and I thought I was going to die. Later we crossed the Channel and remained on LCIs, popping around like corks for hours. We raced across France in the back of 2.5 ton trucks.
When we arrived at the front the 2nd
Division came down in single file and we went up the hill in single file. We were in Steinbruck, Belgium. There was a battalion ammo dump set up nearby and I handled the crates of ammo. A few days later, when the Germans attacked,
I remember looking out at a vast opening in the forest. The Germans had it flooded with spotlights, they were playing music and talking to us, making all kinds of noise. All Hell Broke Loose. I went
over to Europe with the Headquarters
Company, 1st Bn, 424th Regiment. I spent time with 424/A.
Camp Atterbury Remembrance Ceremonies
Submitted by Jim West
Jim West and Golden Lion James
W. Gardner (422/HQ) (pictured right) attended the annual Camp Atterbury Remembrance Ceremonies. Mr. West said, "Turn out this morning was pretty depressing. Just a handful of people
in attendance. The museum is still closed for repairs after a pipe burst in the attic at the beginning of last winter.
I seriously doubt the ceremony will be repeated much longer. Both the Army ceremony and the Italian POW
ceremonies, formerly a two day affair is down to one day."
Mr. West added, "Mr. Gardner represented the POWs in the ceremony and
I am not sure who did the 106th honors, but I don't think he was 106th. Mr.
Gardner was held at Stalag II-A and
VI-G and was liberated by the Russians 04/29/1945."
by Fredrick SmallwoodThis is the story of my experiences as a young boy from a small town in south Georgia with the 106th Infantry Division during World War II. I was initially in the A&P Platoon of 1 Bn. Hq. Co. of the 423rd Regiment. I was one of the few who made my way through the German lines back to the Allied lines at St. Vith.
Books are $15 plus $4 for shipping. You can contact me at email@example.com or P.O. Box 1923, Bainbridge, GA 39818.
Veterans and Family of the 106th Infantry Division TATTOO* Requests
With space in The CUB at a premium, yet Reunited Buddies and Their Families an important commodity, the editor of The CUB of the Golden Lion created the following list [In Their Own Words, most often] of inquiries submitted to him in hopes of helping people get in touch with the 106th I.D. Association Family. The following are requests for information. Feel free to contact them if you believe you can be of assistance. The CUB staff has received permission from all listed below to print their inquiry and their contact email (phone and address when available).
In addition, Non-Veteran member Connie Pratt Baesman, daughter of Lt. Gerald Pratt (Field Artillery), has been one of three people helping to manage the 106th's online "message board" (set up by Jim West) for people to write an inquiry, looking for comrades, or for people who might have known a relative who is now gone. Sadly, some inquiries sit unanswered when the answers may be out there with a reader of The CUB who doesn't use a computer. The list has gotten quite long and Connie has asked that whenever there is room in The CUB we add a few of the requests. You
can find messages like these below, along with other searches on the 106th Message
Board at the following Web address: http://106thdivision.proboards.com/index.cgi
*The original meaning of military tattoo was a military drum performance, but subsequently it came to mean army displays, or a form of gathering more generally. For our Association, letting members know that someone would like to speak with them is "why we do this! So keep sending in your stories, as an old friend may find you!" -- Susan Weiss (Publisher of The CUB) and William McWhorter (Editor of The CUB)
424th Regiment 19th Reinforcement Depot
I recently met a veteran that was a member of the 106th I.D.'s 424th Regiment, 19th Reinforcement Depot which was located in Etampes, France during WW II.
I am looking for any photos or documents that may be available for this unit. Any help is greatly appreciated. Please contact Brent Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kachadour Avedisian, a member of the 28th Infantry Division and a prisoner of war held in Barracks 24 at Stalag IX-B, recently wrote the staff of The CUB of the Golden Lion and had the following question to share: "My barracks at Stalag IX-B was full of 106th Division men. I'd enjoy hearing from any of the guys held with me." You can reach out to Mr. Avedisian at 84 Armington Street, Cranston, Rhode Island 02905-4035.
Willard "Willy" H. Keeber (424/G)
From Beatrice Keeber, "My late husband, PFC. Willard H. Keeber (then known as "Will" or "Willy") served in the 106th's Company G, 424th Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge. The next two companies were captured that first night
of the German "Punch," but Will's unit of Company G was scattered when tanks
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threatened to run them over. Will and 8 to 10 others met up later behind enemy lines. For the next approximately three weeks, they dodged falling trees, Allied artillery fire, German tanks and snipers. Somehow, they survived all that and the vicious cold weather in which so many froze to death. Without losing a single one of their group, they eventually met up with an American tank unit and were transported back to
the tank base from which they were sent to an Army hospital for treatment of trench foot, then returned to active service. After the war, Will was discharged at Camp Dix in November, 1945. He was so eager to arrive home in time for his mom's Thanksgiving dinner that he left the Army with nothing but his discharge papers, not waiting for his ribbons and service badges. Years later, our sons convinced him
to write to his Congressman for them. He was astonished to find a Bronze Star among them. For a couple of weeks, he occasionally, with a small smile, patted the top of that box on the table beside his chair, but then, he put it in his drawer along with the other badges and ribbons and I doubt he looked at any of them again.
Our sons managed to learn a bit more sketchy information from him, but we never learned anything regarding the reason for the awarding of that Bronze Star. Can any readers of The CUB offer suggestions as to how to learn more? Or might any of the readers of The CUB be surviving members of that cold, ragged, hungry bunch with Will for those weeks? I would so like to hear from them! My husband, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 82, was 19 at the time of that wartime experience, so any possible survivors of that group must be a great age by now.
Nevertheless, the Golden Lions are a hardy bunch so I hope I might hear from some of them (with that group or not) regarding my questions. I may be reached at email@example.com, or by mail at 131 River Drive, Milford, MI."
My name is Alex Gossett from High Point NC. My uncle Zenes (Pam) Fairrington served in the 422/K from August 1942 until October 1945. I am interested in what the 422nd INF did during that time. I would like to eventually follow the movement of the 422nd from their entry in France to the Rhineland and central Europe. If you can point me in a direction of research, stories, or anything would greatly be appreciated. Thanks. Alex Gossett Phone 336-848-2712 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Green Productions
Dog Green Productions is developing an interactive timeline of the buildup of American forces in Great Britain during World War II for the American Battle
Monuments Commission. The interactive timeline will eventually be installed at the Cambridge American Cemetery and also online. We are in need of photographs of the 106th Infantry Division, primarily in Great Britain but are also accepting photos from across the war. If you have any photos that you are wanting to share please email Sarah Cahlan, Associate Producer/Researcher at email@example.com
or call the office at 646-290-6931.
Mini-Reunions are an Important Part of the 106th!
Our veterans will always remember December 16, 1944, when they were thrust into the chaos of war. The years may have thinned the ranks, but those that remain still have the pride of knowing they played an instrumental part in slowing -- and ultimately defeating -- the German war machine.
As it becomes more difficult to travel, it is of critical importance that
mini-reunions be held wherever our vets can join in. Any city, town -- or even in someone's home -- would be a fine place to gather to honor, cherish and remember all of our veterans.
This is a monumental year as it marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. If there is no gathering planned in your area, please reach out and invite someone! If you need the names of members that live in your town or state, please contact membership@106thInfDivAssn.org.
As you make plans, please share them and we will publicize your event on our website and Facebook pages to help get the word out. Send emails to: Host106th@106thInfDivAssn.org about your event.
After the event, please remember to share pictures and the names of the attendees with The CUB editor for their inclusion and recognition in the next issue.
No mini-reunion reports were reported for this issue of The CUB.
by Herb Sheaner (422/G)
Prisoner's Odyssey is a story of survival, hunger and reflection from a teenaged prisoner of war inside Germany near the end of WWII.
From capture at the Battle of The Bulge to
the final escape from his German guards, Herb Sheaner allows us a glimpse into the despair and agony of being a prisoner in a foreign land.
During World War II, Herb Sheaner served as a private first class in Company G, 422nd Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division.
After receiving ASTP training at University of Alabama, he joined the 106th at Camp Atterbury in Indiana where he earned Expert Rifleman honors and was designated Co. G Sniper and Regimental Scout. Fifty years later he recalls his experiences.
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BISHOP, GRAYSON A. 424/L
--Date of Death: July 20, 2014
Golden Lion Grayson Bishop received a Battlefield Commission to 2nd Lieutenant during the Battle of the Bulge. He was the President of Bishop Equipment Company, a fourth generation family business, the employees of which he cared for as family for over 50 years. He was the loving and faithful husband of Laura Bishop for 65 years; caring and generous father of six, beloved
grandfather of nine. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave, Falls Church, Virginia with interment at
Saint James Cemetery.
Submitted by Jim West, reported by John Schaffner
BRATTON, HAROLD KENNETH
--Date of Death: November 25, 2013
"My Dad so looked forward to receiving his Cub magazine. He was born in Bellmont, Illinois on August 26, 1923. He served in the US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Farrol Bratton, one daughter, two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren."
Reported by his daughter, Donna Hogan
CALL, GEORGE 424/B
--Date of Death: March 16, 2014
Golden Lion George Call, also known as Calathopulos has passed away.
Reported by his daughter, Gwen Melisi
DONALDSON, ROBERT W.
--Date of Death: July 25, 2012
"Bob never attended a reunion because he was run over in Indiana by the communications jeep on bivouac two weeks before the unit went to England in 1944, I think it was. The driver went to sleep in the jeep, against regulations, and Bob spent the rest
of the war stateside on limited duty. Therefore, he didn't feel he had shared the nitty gritty with the guys who fought and, even when the reunion was in Baltimore and local, he didn't feel like he belonged. And now the generation
is rapidly being depleted by the ravages of years."
Reported by his wife Anne Donaldson
ELMS, DOUGLAS COLBY 424/AT
--Date of Death: September 20, 2014
Golden Lion Doug Elms was born on November 1, 1920 on a farm near Milaca, Minnesota. He moved to Seattle and attended school in 1928 to 1933.
Reported by his daughter, Liz Erb
FARRAR, JOSEPH A.
Unit Not Reported
--Date of Death: July 28, 2014
A veteran of World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was captured by the German Army in December, 1944. After liberation by the Allies in 1945, Joe returned home and attended Siena College. He soon met Sally Alberto, the love of his life, and they began a half century of marriage. Joe's successful career in broadcast radio took him from Albany to Boston and finally to Rochester in 1962 where he became general manager of WHAM. He retired in 1981.
His friends were invited to
a Memorial Mass at BLESSED
SACRAMENT CHURCH (534 Oxford
St., Rochester, NY). Interment was held at White Haven Memorial Park where full Military Honors were accorded.
Submitted by Jim West
FORSYTHE, JAMES D. 424/I
--Date of Death: October 7, 2014
Born in Manila, March 28, 1923, Golden Lion Jim Forsythe was the son of Floyd Lee and Allie Mae McCain Forsythe. He attended several country schools in the area, graduating from Leachville High School in 1942.
Following high school, like so many young men of the era, he didn't wait for the draft call, he volunteered to serve
in the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 97th Infantry Division, he would report to Camp Atterbury, Indiana for training, then on to San Luis Obispo, CA, for amphibious training. When his training was completed, Forsythe was transferred to the 106th Division and was soon on his way to the European Theatre. At
Lomerswieller, Belgium he was assigned as a runner in Company A, 1st Bn, 424th Regiment. In the early evening of Dec. 16, 1944, his unit was scattered sparsely in a holding action and armed with only 40 rounds of ammunition per soldier when Germans attacked. Most of his squad was killed in the first few minutes of the battle. Five survivors, including Forsythe, hid in a root cellar. They were soon discovered and captured by the German SS Troops. The prisoners were eventually taken to a train station and loaded in boxcars. Most of the prisoners came down with severe dysentery and many did not survive the trip to Stalag
12-A at Limburg, Germany. In less than a year, he went from a healthy 178 pounds to a 105-pound man in very poor health. He was among the liberated prisoners taken to Reims, France and after many weeks in the hospital he eventually made his way home to Leachville. His many commendations and medals include three Bronze Stars, European African Middle East Campaign with Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharp Shooter Medal, Sniper Medal, Missing Prisoner of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
Following his discharge, Mr.
Forsythe relocated to California and made a successful life. He received a degree in mechanical engineering and spearheaded challenging tasks including starting a company known as Applied Pyrotection, which was a fire protection and safety engineering firm. He had over 8,000 documented designs and installations, including projects on atomic energy, sawmills, lumber camps, power stations and other industrial giants located within Silicon Valley. Not
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only a scholar, Jim was an accomplished ballroom dancer, gourmet cook, played classical mandolin and had won many awards for hydroponics gardening.
Submitted by Thomas L. Delcre
HAAS, MILTON G. 422/3BN/HQ
--Date of Death: October 4, 2014
Golden Lion Milton G. Haas from Millstadt, IL passed away. He served with the 106th Infantry Division at Fort Jackson and Camp Atterbury. He was an overseas replacement and came ashore in Normandy on D+4. He spent the remainder of the war as part of Company I of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Division and served a total of 28 years
in various U.S. Army reserve units. He is survived by his son Bruce Haas and four other children.
Submitted by Carl Wouters
HARTMAN, RICHARD A. 590/HQ
--Date of Death: February 28, 2014
Golden Lion Richard Hartman from Baltimore, MD, passed away two months short of his 92nd birthday. Dick was the Battalion survey sergeant of the 590th Field Artillery and was a prisoner of
war at Stalag IV-B. He was the beloved husband of the late Claire Cullinan Hartman, cherished father of Richard A. Hartman, Jr., Claire T. Hartman, Elise Hartman Ford, Suzanne W. Hartman and Mary Louise Hartman; dear father-in-law of Rosemary Hartman, James Ford and Cliff Sloan; devoted brother of Willard Hartman and brother-in-law of Elizabeth Cullinan and Margaret Cullinan; also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Submitted by Carl Wouters
JOHNSON, JOHN C, JR. 423/H
--Date of Death: March 2, 2012
"Belatedly, I write that John C. Johnson, Jr. died on March 2, 2012 after a long and fruitful life. He and I were married for 60 plus years. He was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and was later awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and
the Purple Heart. He was fiercely proud of have served his country and remained in contact with his army buddies throughout his life. After getting his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Oklahoma, he served as Professor of Biology for over 30 years at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Dr. Johnson was honored to have given the address on behalf of veterans at
the dedication in 2004 of the Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial Amphitheater."
Reported by his wife, Dorothy
JURASKOVICH, MICHAEL 820th
‘Panther' Tank Destroyer Battalion
--Date of Death: August 3, 2014
A resident of Heritage House of Greensburg, formerly of Columbus, Indiana, Golden Lion Michael Juraskovich passed away this summer. He was born March 14,
1921, and raised in Tamaqua, PA. Mike was the son of Abraham and Mary Recnock Juraskovich. He married Donna Mae Martin October 27, 1945. She preceded him in death in 1999.
A U.S. Army World War II veteran, he served as a tank mechanic with the 820th ‘Panther' Tank Destroyer
Battalion, attached to the 14th Cavalry Group, part of the 106th Infantry Division at the beginning of the
Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in 1945. His funeral was held at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home in Columbus, IN, with internment at Bethel Baptist Cemetery. He is survived by children, Deborah (Gary) Wilkerson, Martin (Dawn) Juraskovich and Bethann (Doug) Giles; 10 grand- children; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Jim West
KERR, ALLEN W. 81st Eng.
--Date of Death: 2012
Reported by his daughter, Lucy Kerr Lee
MARTIN, WILLIAM 424/C
--Date of Death: September 26, 2014
Golden Lion William "Bill" Martin was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud to be a member of the 106th Infantry Division Association and so looked forward to the National and Mini Reunions.
His family has asked that donations be sent to the Association in his memory in lieu of flowers. Thanks to his local VFW, he received full Military Honors at his funeral.
Reported by his daughter, Kris Rice
106th Signal/32nd Armored Regt.
--Date of Death: June 19, 1998
Golden Lion Joe Middleberg passed away at the age of 74 in New Brunswick, NJ. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923, Joe entered active service in March 1943 and served first
in the 106th Signal and later in the 32nd Armored Regiment. He saw service at Fort Jackson and Camp Atterbury. He received a bronze star. He was fellow Golden Lion Murray Stein's friend from Brooklyn, N.Y. After his discharge in January 1946, Joe spent 50 years in the office furniture business as a salesman and business owner in New York City. His wife of 47 years, Adele Middleberg passed in 2009. He is survived by three children and three grandchildren.
Submitted by Murray Stein (423/I),
via Sharron Long
NAJARIAN, JOHN 423/I
--Date of Death: June 17, 2014
Submitted by his wife Mrs. Yoko Najarian,via Murray Stein (423/I)
NICOL, JAMES S. 424/HQ 2BN
--Date of Death: September 28, 2009
"I must say even though he didn't talk much about his experiences in the Bulge at age 19, he and several buddies stayed in touch through the written word and Internet. You all were truly the Greatest Generation. Blessings
to you all."
Reported by his wife, Carol Nicol
PARKS, FRED DALEY 423/K
--Date of Death: August 26, 2014
Golden Lion Fred Daley Parks of Eustis passed away. Born in Jackson, MI, he moved to Eustis from Ann Arbor, MI in 1981. He was a self-employed tool and die maker. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Battle of the Bulge and was taken prisoner. After
the war he served as a president of VBOB. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Viva Marie Parks and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on August 29 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell with military honors. Online condolences may be made at www. beyersfuneralhome.com.
Submitted by Jim West
RAY, MARION 424/1BN/D
--Date of Death: August 3, 2014
Golden Lion Marion Ray was a Past President and Adjutant, as well as a long time member of the Board. He served 25 years in the United States Army. He survived being a Prisoner of War in World War II, served in Korea and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Residing in Crofton, MD, Mr. Ray was 90 years old when he passed away at Mandrin Hospice House. He was born April 4, 1924, in West Frankfort, son and third child to John Marion and Mary Ann (Buster) Ray. He married the former Marilyn Jean Sullivan on March 19, 1955 in College Park, Maryland.
She passed away August 4, 1996. Surviving are two daughters, Susan M. Freer of Hopewell, PA and Pamela Jean Owings of Crofton, Maryland; four grandchildren, Lindsey Borges,
Ray Foster, Amanda Dick and Katelynn Nesbit; and five great-grandchildren, Gregory and Charles Borges, Hailey and Juliana Nesbit and David Isaiah Dick.
His funeral service was held at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Rd. Bowie, MD 20715, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
Submitted by Murray Stein (423/I)
ROBBINS, CLIFTON H.
Unit Not Reported
--Date of Death: July 7, 2014
Golden Lion Clifton Robbins passed away peacefully at home surrounded
by family. Born on September 3, 1921 in the Appalachian Mountains, Lee County, VA, in Keokee, he was the oldest of nine children born to John Clint and Maggie Robbins. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18 during the Great Depression, one year before the draft started. Throughout his army career, Clifton was assigned many jobs; he was a Squad Leader, Provost Sergeant, Heavy Truck Driver and a Staff Car Driver. He was fortunate to meet President Theodore Roosevelt while stationed at Fort Monroe. His final assignment was in Heilbronn, Germany where he was a Sergeant with the 106th division and helped manage 125,000 prisoners who were mostly German and Polish. At the end of the war, while in Europe, he drove convoys of prisoners to the towns closest to their homes.
Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post 31, 4020 Victoria
Blvd., Hampton, VA, 23669.
Submitted by Jim West
SCHANERBERGER, ELLSWORTH HOWARD 331/MEDIC
--Date of Death: June 27, 2014
Golden Lion Ellsworth Schanerberger was the loving husband of Audrey Schanerberger for almost 67 years. He is also survived by his children: William Schanerberger, Cathy Schanerberger and Michael Schanerberger, 7 grandchildren: Justin, Evan, Ryan, Andrew, Ben, Lauren and Connor and 2 great-grandchildren: Brandon and Ashton. He was preceded in death by
his daughter Mary Schanerberger. Ellsworth enjoyed bowling and watching Lions football. He was a season ticket holder for the Lions for over 70 years. He was a committee officer for ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and was involved in fuel and lubricant standards and research. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Battle of the Bulge. He received many medals including: American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World
War II Victory Medal and 1 Service Bar. Ellsworth was a member of the Moslem Shriners for over 35 years and a Life Member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite N.M.J., USA. Ellsworth
was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Funeral service were held at Grace Lutheran Church of Redford Charter Township, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
the Michigan Humane Society or the
Vietnam Veterans of America.
Reported by Jack Roberts
SMITH, ROBERT W. 423/B
--Date of Death: unknown
Reported by Dianne Moore
SOLFELT, GEORGE 423/I
--Date of Death: July 13, 2014
Reported by his daughter, JoAnn Solfelt
SWETT, JOHN ALBERT 422/H 2BN
--Date of Death: September 10, 2014
Golden Lion John Swett was born October 17, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to
Wilhelmina and Floyd Swett. He passed away in Tucson,
Arizona on September 10, 2014 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ruth Swett and brothers, Robert Swett and Phillip Swett. John was a distinguished veteran of World War II having served in the 106th Infantry
Division during the Battle of the Bulge in which he was captured. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW in a German stalag. In 1949 John received a BS from Northwestern University and embarked on a successful career in the design and sales of electric motors. A community leader, John was active in the local Jaycees, was a Trustee on the Lombard Village Board, President of the Glenbard School Board and President
of the Midwest College of Engineering. After moving to Tucson in 1994 John was an active member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. His passions were his family, travel, antique cars and piloting single engine airplanes. He also had a life-long love of classical music and played the piano, French horn and trumpet. He is survived by his wife
of 67 years, Virginia Baker Swett; his four children, Margaret Swett Johnston (George), Charles Edward Swett,
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Carolyn Swett Mamach, Andrea Virginia Joscelyn and his sister, Ann Marie Swett Newman. He is also survived by five grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. John was a positive, loving spirit and will be missed by his family and many friends. The
Memorial Service was held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tucson, AZ. Donations in his memory can be made to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Reported by Carl Wouters
THOME, MICHAEL N. 422/1BN
--Date of Death: September 23, 2014
The son of a blacksmith, Golden Lion Michael Nicholas Thome was born in 1917 in Dobie, WS. He was the eldest of 10 children, including five who served in the armed forces in World War II. He and a brother and sister were in the Army, a sister was in the Marines and another sister was in the Navy. Inducted into the Army in 1942, commissioned as a second lieutenant, he trained in military intelligence and military government
and was assigned to the 106th Infantry Division in Europe. He became a prisoner of war in the Battle of the Bulge. He was taken prisoner and placed on stock cars. After he was freed, Mr.
Thome recovered at home and was assigned to the Eighth Army in Japan. He was promoted to captain and worked as a civilian Army employee in Japan from 1946 to 1950. He lived for many years in East Sacramento and enjoyed gardening, attending cultural events
and traveling. He was a former chief executive officer of the California state Teachers' Retirement System.
He previously served since 1955 as chief executive officer of the Minnesota state employees retirement system, where
he began his career as a purchasing agent. He belonged to many veterans groups, including Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Military Officers Association of America.
He attended 106th Infantry Division Association reunions and helped organize the group's gathering in Sacramento in 1990. "He was one of the most patriotic people you would ever meet," his daughter said.
Reported by AJ Saladena
TRAUTMAN, FRANK S. 422/D
--Date of Death: June 16, 2014
Mr. Trautman was the 106th Association's
Camp Atterbury Representative for many years and a very active member. He was an Order of the
Golden Lion recipient in 2006. Murray Stein says, "He recruited more members than anyone in the organization, as far as I know." Mr. Trautman passed away in Zionsville, IN where he had lived
for the last years to be near his son, Michael Trautman. He was born on October 1, 1922 to Stone and Mary Engle Trautman in Belpre, OH. He attended Ohio University until called to active duty in WW II. He fought and was capture in the Battle of the Bulge and remained
a POW in Stalag IX B Bad Orb until
liberated by Allied Forces in the spring of 1945. Once discharged from the military, he returned to complete his education, graduating from Marietta College. Frank worked as a petroleum engineer early in his career before becoming a teacher. With an additional degree from Antioch College, he then taught math and science in both private and public schools systems until retirement. Frank was an active Mason and a proud member of the Sons of American Revolution, Sons of Union Veterans and the Order of Cincinnatus. He remained active in many community and civic projects in his hometown of Belpre throughout his life. The widower of the late Nancy Jean Keener Trautman, Mr. Trautman is survived by their
children, Susan Lee Trautman, Michael Stone Trautman and Jonathan Keener Trautman; and four grandchildren, Bryan, Erik, Neal and Ellen. Friends may leave a message of condolence
for the family by visiting www. arnmortuary.com.
Reported by his son, Michael, Submitted by Dr. John G. Robb (422/D)
and Murray Stein (423/I)
TYSER, LEONARD 423/I
--Date of Death: April 2, 2013
He was captured on December 19 during the Battle of the Bulge and was a POW. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and two Clusters.
Reported by his son, Dave Tyser
We are all feeling the effects of the current financial upheaval, including the
106th I.D. Association. The Annual Dues of $10 are no longer billed or collected. We are now accepting only donations for membership, memorials and LIFE PLUS.
The previously-allowed payment of $75 for Life Membership creates
a financial shortfall, as our expenses exceeds our income.
We are asking you to join the
LIFE PLUS+ Club
Those Members who contribute to the LIFE PLUS+ Club
will have their names (only, no amounts will be shown)
published in the next CUB.
You can donate as much or as little as you can and as often as you like.
By donating, you are helping perpetuate the 106th Infantry Division Association.
To those Members who we haven't heard from for a long time --
please take the time to join this exclusive club. Thank you!
Send your contribution, check made payable to 106th Infantry Div. Association, to:Mike Sheaner Treasurer, 106th Infantry Division PO Box 140535, Dallas TX 75214
Save the Date!!
Make plans now to join us for the
69th Annual Reunion
106th Infantry Division Association
Crown Plaza Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
September 16 to 20, 2015For additional information about the reunion and to register online visit: www.afr-reg.com/106inf2014
106th Inf. Div., 1, 2, 4, 9, 14, 19, 12, 21, 25, 27, 26, 36, 33, 34, 35, 36, 35, 38, 40, 45, 41, 46, 47, 48, 50
106th Inf. Div. Monument, 33
106th Infantry Division Association, 2, 3, 14, 12, 13, 21, 25, 41, 48, 50
106th Memorial, 33
14th Cav., 41
14th Cav. Gp., 41
168th Engr. Cbt. BN, 18, 19
19th Reinf. Depot, 35
28th Inf. Div., 36
2nd Inf. Div., 34
2nd Panzer Div., 14
2nd SS Panzer Div., 14
31st Div., 26
422/K, 6, 17, 37
422nd Inf. Regt., 18, 34, 40
422nd Regt., 40
423rd Regt., 36
424/A, 15, 35, 42
424/C, 10, 15, 16, 17, 41, 35, 41
424/I, 12, 16, 43
424/L, 6, 16, 41
424th Regt., 35, 44
589th FA, 33
589th FA BN, 33
590th FA BN, 13, 45
590th Svc. Btry., 13
592nd FA BN, 17
740th Armd. Tank BN, 27
84th Inf., 33
84th Inf. Div., 33
97th Inf. Div., 43
Adsit, James P., 15
Agen, France, 18
Ager, Mr. & Mrs. Ed, 18
Alberto, Sally, 43
American Cemetery, 38
AmVets Of Indiana, 26
Annual Reunions, 13
Arbeitskommando Slaughterhouse Five, 23
Arlington National Cemetery, 44
Avedisian, Kachadour, 36
Avedisian, Kachadour 'Kracker', 15
Avery, Mrs. Beverly, 18
Awalt, Louise, 15
Bad Orb, 48
Baesman, Connie Pratt, 35
Banbury, England, 35
Band Of Brothers, 31
Barone, Annemarie, 28, 36
Baseman, Connie Pratt, 15
Basso, August, 14
Bastogne, 33, 34
Battle Of The Bulge, 2, 19, 18, 29, 22, 27, 33, 34, 36, 39, 41, 43, 46, 41, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49
Belgium, 4, 2, 11, 21, 22, 27, 30, 31, 34
Belina, Jack, 19
Beseler, Donald, 15
Bishop, Grayson, 41
Bishop, Grayson A., 41
Black, Rev. Ewell C., Jr., 15
Bloch, Jacques W., 17
Bloch, Jean H., 17
Borges, Gregory & Charles, 44
Borges, Lindsey, 43
Bouma, Willis, 15
Bowen, John, 26
Bratton, Farrol, 41
Bratton, Harold Kenneth, 41
Briggs, Walt, 36
Brussels, Belgium, 27
Bryant, Madeleine, 28
Busier, William B., 15
Cahlan, Sarah, 38
Call, George, 42
Camp Atterbury, 13, 11, 25, 26, 34, 35, 40, 45, 42, 48
Camp Atterbury, Indiana, 43
Charron, Pfc. Nelson, 7
Charron, Vincent, 3, 7, 9, 37, 41
Chiverella, Sharon, 37
Christ, Christopher C., 15
Chuvarsky, Andrew G., 15
Co. G, 424th Inf. Regt., 36
Collins, Brig. Gen. John W., III, 15
Cook, Francis, 10
Coy, Jacquelyn, 3, 5, 7, 19, 41
Coy, Jacquelyn S., 11, 12
Cullinan, Elizabeth, 45
Cullinan, Margaret, 45
Dachau Concentration Camp, 35
Daly, Helen, 28, 35, 36
Daly, Tom, 28, 36
Deblire, Mayor Elie, 33
Delcre, Thomas L., 45
Dick, Amanda, 44
Dick, David Isaiah, 44
Donaldson, Anne, 42
Donaldson, Robert W., 42
Doxsee, Gifford, 24
Dresden, Germany, 24
Driggs, Betty, 36
Driggs, Walt, 28
Driggs, Walter & Betty, 27
Dumont, Robert, 19
Dunn, Wayne, 4, 17, 24
Dunn, Wayne G., 4, 7
Eanes, Paul, 13
Elms, Doug, 42
Elms, Douglas Colby, 42
Erb, Liz, 42
Etampes, France, 35
Fairrington, Zenas, 17
Fairrington, Zenes (Pam), 37
Faro, Robert J., 18
Farrar, Joseph A., 43
Fergusen, Richard, 19
Ford, Elise Hartman, 45
Ford, James, 45
Forsythe, Floyd Lee & Allie Mae Mccain, 43
Forsythe, James D., 43
Forsythe, Jim, 43
Fort Benjamin Harrison, 25
Fort Benning, GA, 34
Fort D' Aubin-Neufchateau, 27
Fort Jackson, 45, 42
Foster, Ray, 44
Freedman, Henry E., 15
Freer, Susan M., 43
Friesinger, Keith, 19
Ft. Jackson, 35
Gardner, Joe, 7
Garn, Jeff, 17
Gatens, John, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 36, 41
Gerard, Vincent, 27, 30
German Huertgen Cemetery, 31
Germany, 14, 16, 11, 39
Giles, Bethann (Doug), 41
Goldberg, Elaine, 38
Goldberg, Leon, 37
Gossett, Alex, 37
Gossett, Alex D., 17
Haas, Milton G., 45
Haddad, Mr. & Mrs. Jim, 18
Hanson, Linda, 17
Hanson, Shanon, 17
Hartman, Claire Cullinan, 45
Hartman, Claire T., 45
Hartman, Mary Louise, 45
Hartman, Richard, 45
Hartman, Richard A., 45
Hartman, Richard A., Jr., 45
Hartman, Rosemary, 45
Hartman, Suzanne W., 45
Hartman, Willard, 45
Hastings, Max, 14, 16
Heilbronn, Germany, 44
Henri Chapelle Cemetery, 28, 31
Herndon, Donald F., 6
Himberg, Carl, 17
Himberg, Jean, 31
Hinchy, Patrick, 35
Hirsch, Rudy, 33
Hix, Brig. Gen. William, 10, 31
Hoff, Tom, 6
Hoffmann, Briggs A., Jr., 15
Hogan, Donna, 41
Hogg, David R., 30
Hogg, Gen. David R., 31
Houghton, Lt., 38
Huber, David A., 15
Huertgen Forest, 31
Iannozzi, Mr. & Mrs. Pete, 18
Idstein, Richard, 41
Jewett, Dean F., 18, 19
Johnson, John C., Jr., 46
Johnston, Margaret Swett, 46
Joscelyn, Andrea Virginia, 47
Juraskovich, Abraham & Mary Recnock, 46
Juraskovich, Martin (Dawn), 41
Juraskovich, Michael, 46
Keeber, Beatrice, 36
Keeber, Beatrice F., 15
Keeber, Willard H., 36
Keeber, Willard 'Willy' H., 36
Kelly, C.J., 22
Kennedy, John F., 6, 9
Kerr, Allen W., 41
Korea, 25, 43
Kuizema, Harold J., 15
Kurek, Stanley, 15
Lamberty, Eddy, 30
Lammerding, Gen., 18
Lapotsky, Edward, 14
Lee, Lucy Kerr, 41
Lejeune, Bernadette, 36
Leonare, James C., 19
Lichtenfeld, Sy, 6, 10, 28
Limburg, Germany, 44
Lincoln, Abraham, 8, 9
Lineberry, Mr. & Mrs. Mark, 18
Liskiewicz, Michael W., 16
Lomerswieller, Belgium, 44
Long, Sharron, 42
Mamach, Carolyn Swett, 47
Marcum, George C., 19
Margraten Cemetery, 31
Martin, Donna Mae, 46
Martin, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas, 18
Martin, William, 10, 41
Martin, William 'Bill', 41
Martin, William T., 16, 17
Mason, James O., 16
Mast, John, 37
Mayrsohn, Barney, 21
Mayrsohn, Bernard, 3, 4, 6, 3, 12, 16
Mayrsohn, Janet, 37
McGuire, Gail Eanes, 13
McWhorter, William, 4, 12, 23, 35
McWhorter, William A., 23
Melisi, Gwen, 42
Michaels, Mr. & Mrs. R., 18
Middleberg, Adele, 42
Middleberg, Joe, 42
Middleberg, Joseph, 42
Mitchell, Doug, 18, 22, 27, 36
Mitchell, William C., 16
Monfort, Eddy, 34
Monter, Sol, 19
Moore, Dianne, 45
Mosley, Rev. Ron, 19
The Diary Of Rudy Hirsch, 33
'My War', 36
Najarian, John, 42
Najarian, Mrs. Yoko, 42
Nesbit, Hailey & Juliana, 44
Nesbit, Katelynn, 44
Newman, Ann Marie Swett, 47
Nicol, Carol, 42
Nicol, James S., 42
Normandy, 14, 21, 34, 45
Northern France, 16, 21
Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, 35
Order Of The Golden Lion, 4, 10, 27, 28, 32
O'Toole, Lt., 31
Owings, Pamela Jean, 43
Parker, Col., 33
Parker's Crossroads, 33, 34
Parks, Fred Daley, 43
Parks, Viva Marie, 43
Peace Woods, 34
Pearl Harbor, 23
Pinney, Gordon B., 19
Pogar, Wassil, 37
Pratt, Lt. Gerald, 35
Prell, Donald B., 16
Prisoner Of War, 25, 43
Purkey, Dr. Ernest, 19
Purple Heart, 44, 46, 49
Raby, Glynn, 16
Raby, Glynn G., Jr., 34
Raedt, Jurgen, 27
Ray, John Marion & Mary Ann (Buster), 43
Ray, Marion, 43
Reda, Thomas D., 18
Regier, Donald, 16, 18
Reims, France, 44
Reiss, James Anthony, 21
Reiss, Jim, 21
Remagen Bridge, 35
Reunions, 4, 39, 41
Rice, Kris, 7, 41
Rietveld, Hugo, 22
Rigatti, Mark J., 18
Rigatti, Richard L., 18
Robb, Dr. John G., 3, 49
Robbins, Clifton, 44
Robbins, Clifton H., 44
Robbins, John Clint & Maggie, 44
Roberts, Jack, 45
Roberts, John M., 6
Rodriquez, Juan G., 33
Rogister, Henri, 30
Rosenberg, Herbert A., 16
Ross, Archie, 35
Saladena, AJ, 48
Schaffner, John, 4, 6, 10, 27, 31, 41, 32, 41
Schaffner, John R., 15
Schaffner, Lillian, 31
Schaffner, Robert, 7
Schanerberger, Audrey, 45
Schanerberger, Cathy, 45
Schanerberger, Ellsworth, 45
Schanerberger, Ellsworth Howard, 45
Schanerberger, Mary, 45
Schanerberger, Michael, 45
Schanerberger, William, 45
Scheaner, Mike, 10
Schecter, Irvin M., 19
Schleusener, Betty, 31
Schleusener, Roland, 31
Schmetz, Mathilde & Marcel, 27
Schreffler, Sharon, 37
Schrom, Irving S., 16
Sharrow, Robert J., 17
Sharrow, Robert L., 17
Sheaner, Gloria, 39
Sheaner, Herb, 32, 33, 39, 40
Sheaner, Herbert 'Mike', 6
Sheaner, Mike, 3, 7, 12, 11, 12, 13, 28, 31, 32, 50
Simone, Daniel A., 16
Skiba, Mr. & Mrs. Jim, 18
Slaughterhouse Five, 23
Sloan, Cliff, 45
Slotkin, Ed, 16
Smallwood, Fredrick, 36
Smith, Connor W., 17
Smith, Robert W., 45
Snovel, Robert I., 16
Solfelt, George, 46
Solfelt, Joann, 46
Spencer, Brent, 36
St. Vith, 33, 36
Stahl, William 'Bill', 6
Stalag II-A, 36
Stalag IV-B, 45
Stalag IX, 36
Stalag IX-B, 36, 48
Stalag XI-B, 17
Stalag XII A, 29
Stalag XII-A, 35
Stamataky, John H., 16
Stein, Murray, 3, 11, 12, 16, 41, 31, 32, 42, 44, 48, 49
Steinbruck, Belgium, 35
Storella, Mark, 30
Sullivan, Marilyn Jean, 43
Suppan, Vincent V., 16
Swanson, Alvin P., 16
Swegles, Fred, 21
Swett, Charles Edward, 46
Swett, John, 46
Swett, John Albert, 46
Swett, Phillip, 46
Swett, Robert, 46
Swett, Ruth, 46
Swett, Virginia Baker, 46
Swett, Wilhelmina & Floyd, 46
Szpek, Ervin, Jr., 23
Szyczewski, Raymond S., 19
Tempinski, Kristine, 17
'The Battle For Snow Mountain', 29
'The Lion's Path', 21
Thome, Michael N., 47
Thome, Michael Nicholas, 47
Trautman, Frank S., 48
Trautman, Jonathan Keener, 49
Trautman, Michael, 48
Trautman, Michael Stone, 49
Trautman, Nancy Jean Keener, 49
Trautman, Stone & Mary Engle, 48
Trautman, Susan Lee, 49
Tyser, Dave, 49
Tyser, Leonard, 49
Vaade, Victor V., 17
Vandermast, Mary, 27, 28, 30, 36, 31
Vanness, Heather, 28
Vanvess, Heather, 35, 36
Wakeman Gen. Hosp., 25
Walker, Jeanne, 17
Walker, Jeanne M., 7
Walker, Robert F., 19
Weiss, Newton, 6
Weiss, Susan, 1, 4, 23, 37, 35
Welke, Brian, 3, 4, 7, 12
Welke, Brian J., 17
West Point, 33
West, Jim, 4, 24, 25, 35, 41, 43, 41, 43, 44
Westfall, Pat N., 19
White, Rishel, 17
Wilkerson, Deborah (Gary), 41
Wittenberg, Henry C., 17
Wood, Eric F., Jr., 34
Wood, Janet, 1, 7, 37
Wood, Randall, 3, 32
Wood, Randall M., 6
Wood, Randy, 11
Wood, Robert M., 12
Wood, Wilma, 10, 28
Wouters, Carl, 4, 18, 21, 24, 28, 30, 31, 45, 47
Wouters, Carl & Sofie, 27
Wright, Dennis, 19
Young, Donald, 29