Vol. 3, No. 3, Oct., 1946
DEPARTMENT OF UTTER CONFUSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS HOLDS MEETING
RECONSTITUTION CEREMONY - RENNES, FRANCE 14 APRIL 1945
The Agony Grapevine
What Are They Doing Now
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Story of the 106th To Appear in The Saturday Evening Post
DAVID S. PRICE President
JAMES CONNELL Vice-President
H. B. LIVESEY, JR. Editor
DEPARTMENT OF UTTER CONFUSION
You have us running around in circles here at IN. Hundreds of letters are pouring in every day. Hundreds of checks, hundreds of inquiries, thousands of change of address cards. We have just about reached the wild eyed stage of mumbling to ourselves. It's a mighty healthy sign that there is so much interest in the Association and no many places in which you will find it of genuine help. To be brutally frank about it however, we are so bogged down at the moment that we are a good month behind in our correspondence and please ask that you be gentle and tolerant with us. If a reasonable time elapses and you haven't heard from us when you should have, send us a post card jogging our elbow. It's like the piano player in the Malemute saloon, "don't shoot boys, the poor b- is doing the best he can!"
ASSOCIATION SALARIESIt should be emphasized that no member of the Association or the Board of Directors receives any compensation whatsoever with the exception of the Secretary-Treasurer who serves full time on a contingency compensation basis.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS HOLDS MEETING
ON FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF
ASSOCIATION FOUNDINGJust one year lacking one day after the organization meeting at Camp Lucky Strike, the Board of Directors met at the office of the Association to consider the progress made to date and lay plans for the future.
The Secretary gave a verbal report summarizing the activities to date. During December and January nearly five tons of miscellaneous material was received by him and sorted and catalogued as carefully as possible.
The first meeting of the Board, February 4th, decided to make a drive for a strong aggressive Association and made an arrangement with the Secretary for full time work on a contingency basis of compensation.
From February until July almost the only activity was compiling a roster of the Veterans of the Division. Fifteen public stenographers and clerks were employed, over a quarter of a million cards typed, catalogued, indexed and corrected resulting in a roster of 40.000 names which the Secretary was informed by the Ground Forces and Colonel Greene of the Infantry Journal was the largest roster in the possession of any Division Association, Infantry, Armored or Marine. A full scale membership drive was instituted to all 40,000 names on the roster. The first peace-time issue of the CUB sent to members, several trips to Washington made to establish contacts for Veterans' information, all possible cooperation extended to Colonel Dupuy who is writing the Division History including a trip to his home in Vermont and cooperation extended to a "Saturday Evening Post" feature story writer. The Secretary said that it would appear that his work was about completed, that the original estimate of membership had been too optimistic and would not permit a full time Veteran as the head of the organization. He stated that his assistant, Mrs. O'Donnell, a former WAC with three years experience in an adjutant's office was performing the work very capably under his supervision and it was his opinion that she could carry on very nicely with Secretary Livesey giving evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
He said it was still too early to establish a paid membership roster and budget but that he felt there should be a permanent income in the vicinity of six or seven thousand dollars which would permit a very nice tight organization with the principal expenditure for the CUB in its present form, secretarial work and a convention.
The Directors accepted the report of the Secretary with thanks.
One additional mailing to the entire roster urging membership was also asked to take place in connection with the announcement of the sale of the History.
It was unanimously decided to obtain at the earliest possible moment rented office space to relieve the pressure at Secretary Livesey's home, with the suggestion that space be obtained locally.
Next item on the docket was the question of the time and place of the convention or reunion. Secretary said he tried to find out how the various reunions of which there have been many have been organized. At one reunion 5,000 were expected and 115 showed up. At another reunion two or three hundred were expected and 3,000 showed up. It was finally decided that an experimental get-together dinner would be held in New York City with a mailing to the 2,500 Veterans of the Division in that city and announcement to the members in the CUB, in late November or early December and from the attendance and expressions of opinion at such meeting to determine when and where the Division reunion should be held.
The Secretary brought up the subject of a federalized Combat Infantry Division Association. He pointed out that many division associations were too weak and too low in funds to do the job they should but that with the active support of the War Department and through united effort a large active federated association of Combat Divisions should be highly successful. He said that he had had a long discussion with the Secretary of the 75th Division which is very well organized and very sound financially and whose Board of Directors had not only approved of this idea but ordered cooperation to such other divisions as desired. It was agreed that the Secretary should make a thorough investigation along this line with the other eight Combat Division Associations with offices in New York City area.
On the docket was the matter of membership participation and the establishment of committees required by the Constitution. The Board felt that it was in the same position as when the question was raised at its first meeting. That is, there was not as yet a sufficient number of members to offer a selection of known abilities for committee memberships and that the establishment of committees should be deferred until the next meeting.
Secretary recommended the immediate creation of an auxiliary for Gold Star next of kin. The other directors seemed dubious about the creation of such an auxiliary as open to a possible misinterpretation as greedy method of obtaining more revenue. Secretary showed them a dozen letters from fathers, wives and mothers of KIA's yearning for such an organization. No action was taken however at this meeting but the Secretary was instructed to permit them to subscribe to the CUB where they desired to do so.
The question of whether or not we should have a national Chaplain, Sgt.-at-Arms and such other officers not heretofore provided by the Constitution should await a vote at the first convention.
HERBERT B. LIVESEY, Jr.
RECONSTITUTION CEREMONY - RENNES, FRANCE 14 APRIL 1945
The official re-birth of the 106th Infantry Division was typified by an impressive ceremony on the Rennes airport on the afternoon of 14 April 1945, participated in by approximately 20,000 men.
The troops, all dismounted, were formed on three sides of a hollow square.
On the west, or to the left of the reviewing officer, facing east, were the newly arrived officers and men of the 422d and 423d Infantry, the 589th and 590th Field Artillery Battalions, and the 106th Reconnaissance Troop. All large units were formed in battalion masses.
Directly opposite, on the east side of the square, facing west, were the officers and men of the same units who had survived the Ardennes. Suitable guards and bearers among these carried the colors, standards and guidons of all regiments, battalions, companies, batteries and the troop. The originals had been lost in combat, but surprisingly good facsimiles had been manufactured locally.
On the north side of the square, facing south toward the reviewing officer, were the remaining units of the Division which had escaped the Ardennes as such, 424th Infantry, 591st and 592d Field Artillery Battalions, 81st Engineers, 331st Medical Battalion and Special Troops,--and the attached 3d and 159th Infantry and 401st and 627th Field Artillery Battalions. All units were formed in battalion masses.
After the command had been presented by the Commanding Officer of Troops, Brig. Gen. Herbert T. Perrin, Assistant to the Division Commander, the Division Commander addressed the formation as follows:
"Today we are taking the first step to rebuild the 106th Infantry Division. It will be a task which will require the best efforts of every officer and man here. I am counting on you to do your usual good job.
"Our Division emerged from the shock of the Ardennes last January to snap back vigorously, take the offensive, and assist in breaking the Siegfried Line in March.
"Like a boxer knocked groggy but not out in the first round, you came back in the second, took the fight to your opponent in the third, and are now awaiting the gong for the knockout. Further victories lie ahead. We will be in at the kill.
"Our new division will be formed from various sources. On my right are the survivors of the 106th Reconnaissance Troop, 422d and 423d Infantry and 589th and 590th Field Artillery Battalions, the units which fought to the death near St. Vith last December and held the line until additional American forces could be formed behind them.
"On my left are the officers and men of the new units of the same numbers who will carry on the heroic traditions of Belgium and Germany established by their predecessors. Some of these men have come from other units of the Division, some from our attached units. Already the blood of the old Division flows in the veins of the new.
"In front of me are the remaining units of the Division, and certain attached units, which we are happy to welcome into our official division family. These are the 3d and 159th Infantry and the 401st and 627th Field Artillery Battalions. The 3d Infantry is one of the oldest regiments in the Army and has a combat record starting with the War of 1812. The 159th Infantry, formerly a part of the 40th Division, has seen service in Alaska. We will be proud to have them wear our shoulder patch.
"Today we will transfer the colors, standards and guidons from the survivors of St. Vith to the new units which carry on the fight. It is fitting that we do this, because these bits of silk and wool are symbols of the pride and esprit of the Regiments, battalions and troop which they represent. Old soldiers know well the sentiment which attaches to the colors and standards especially. In farmer wars they were carried into battle by the strongest and bravest men available. Many men gave their lives that the colors should not fall or be captured. Today we no longer carry the colors into battle, but they deserve our utmost respect and admiration. They represent the heroic achievements of the past, and the hopes for a victorious future.
"So when, in a few moments, the veterans of the Schnee Eifel, who have figuratively carried these colors through the hell of combat, transfer them to the newest units, I charge you with receiving them with the pride and reverence which they deserve. Your color guards are armed with weapons captured from the Germans. This too is symbolic of the fact that these colors will accompany us into Germany. They will be present when the last enemy soldier is killed or captured."
At a signal from General Perrin, designated color and guidon bearers and guards advanced in one rank from the units on the west side of the square. On a north and south line midway between the western and eastern sides they met the veteran members of their units, who had advanced simultaneously, carrying the colors, standards and guidons.
After the command had been presented the band played the National Anthem.
The colors, standards and guidons were then transferred to the bearers and guards of the reconstituted units, who returned with them to their normal locations with the battalion and troop masses.
The veteran officers and men, moving by the flank, simultaneously marched to join their respective organizations within the reconstituted units, thus amalgamating the old with the new.
The entire command, 29 massed battalions and one troop, then passed in review before the Division Commander.
The Agony Grapevine
PVT HARRY J. WARNER, CO B 424 INF killed in action 20 January 1945. His mother, Mrs. Anna Warner, 224 So. Stricker Street. Baltimore 23, Md. requests information as to what happened to her son. She will appreciate hearing from men who knew him.
PVT WALLACE GODWIN, 589th FA BN killed in action. His mother, Mrs. J. M. Godwin, R.F.D. #3, Madison, Fla. is anxious to have any information about him.
PFC LAWRENCE L. OSBORN, HQ CO 1st BN 422 INF. His mother writes that he was reported MIA December 16th, later reported a PW February 11, 1945 and January 7, 1946, reported KIA. She says, "I cannot understand how he could have been killed in action while being a prisoner." Any information concerning this man please forward to Association Hq.
CHARLES J. PETERSDORF, MED DET 423 INF killed 30 June in an airplane crash. His mother is trying to contact a Veteran of the Division who was a buddy of Charles--Dave Bardock. We have no record of him in Association files. Anyone knowing his address please contact Association Hq.
PVT GERALD I. COHEN, CO B 423 INF killed in action 20 December 1944 at Malmedy, Belgium. His father writes: "We have, been trying to get in touch with a boy by the name of Issacs who lived in Pa. He was also a member of Co B 423 Inf. If you are able to get in touch with him we will deem it a great favor if we can get his address." We do not have it in our records and will appreciate it if anyone who knows the whereabouts of this Veteran will contact Association Hq.
DAVID GARRETT, CO C 422 INF killed in action in France July 3, 1944, Last address: Co A, 38th Inf, APO 2, c/o Postmaster, New York. His mother writes: "If anyone should know in what way he was killed please let me hear." Her address is: Mrs. Dana S. Garrett, Rt #4. Dahlonega. Georgia.
ODIS B. FOMBY, CO D 424 INF killed in action December 30, 1944. Mrs. Odis Fomby, Bernice, La. writes: "Would like to hear from anybody who knew anything about him as I never heard after he left England."
CHARLES T. GARDNER, CO I 424 INF, 20453499 killed in action January 17, 1945. Mrs. Charlie T. Gardner, Henderson, N. C. writes: "Will cherish the memory of your brave 106th Division for all the days to come."
LEO B. FAIRCHILD, CO B 424 INF seriously wounded 19 December 1944 at St. Vith and died 12 February 1945 in a German PW camp. His father, Mr. I. W. Fairchild, P.O. Box 355, Whitesboro, Texas writes: "If it isn't asking too much of you I would like to hear from any of Leo's buddies as I am seeking information in regard to Leo. We haven't so far been able to locate his grave so his mother and I would appreciate any information we can get."
ROBERT A. MALM, CO G 424 INF killed in action January 13, 1945 at La Glieze or Malmedy. His father, Mr. Albin E. Malm, 1427 Conn Ave., Elkhart, Ind. is very anxious to hear from anyone who can "throw more light on the finish."
1ST LT HARRY B. STOKES, CO F 424 INF killed in action. His sister, Miss Leah Stokes, Batesville, Arkansas writes: "Capt. Alford V. Bradley said Harry was awarded the Bronze Star but we have never received it. The telegram from the government said Harry was killed 25 December 1944 but Capt. Bradley wrote to me he was killed December 26th. I shall appreciate any information you may give me and shall appreciate a copy of the History of the Division."
PFC CHARLES F. K. MILES, CO C 424 INF, 33849869 reported missing in action 17 December 1944, later reported killed in action 17 December 1944. His mother in very anxious to have information about her son. Anyone who knew this Veteran contact Association Hq.
LT SAMUEL W. CAMPBELL, JR., 424 INF died 27 December 1944 from wounds received in battle. His mother writes that the above information was received by telegram from the War Department reported by the German Government through the International Red Cross. To date, she has received no further information other than the confirmation telegram from the War Department. Anyone having additional information about this Veteran contact Association Hq.
CPL NORMAN F. GRAHAM. 3d BN, Hq CO, 424 INF left 106th as Infantry Replacement. Assigned Co A, 133d Id, 34th Div on 7 December 1943; rifleman and bazooka man with Co A at Cassino and Anzio; transferred to Co B, 133d Inf. in June 1944; served in Co B as 536 radioman and wpns plt wireman ; returned to states with 34th in October 1945. He is very anxious to learn how his old buddies in 3d Bn, Hq Co., 424 Inf made out and also about many of the boys who left the 106th as Infantry Replacements at the same time he did. Most of those men according to Mr. Graham "were assigned to 3d, 36th, 45th or 34th Divisions."
SGT SHERWOOD J. HORN. 422 INF died a prisoner of war in Germany 9 March 1945. His mother, Mrs. Esther M. Horn. Orwigsburg, Pa. writes: "If there is anyone in the 106th Division that knows what happened to my son after he was a prisoner of war of Germany I would appreciate it very much if they would write and tell me. It is an awful thing not knowing how he died and where. There surely must be someone who knows what has happened."
PFC JOHN J. SULLIVAN. 423 INF killed in action at Angers, France 10 August 1944. His mother, Mrs. Alice E. Sullivan, 25 Puritan Drive, Massasoit Terrace. Norwood, R. I. writes: "A few days ago I received some mail from you containing a 106th Division Booklet of the Golden Lions. How grateful and how happy you made me, you'll never know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You see, Sir, my dear wonderful son trained here in the United States with the 106th. He was one of the real 106th soldiers; he was in it when it was first formed in March 1943. How proud he was of the company and its officers could never be put on paper and sound good enough by me. He was especially very fond of his Lieutenant Peter A. Dughi. Maybe by now, you are wondering why I'm writing this instead of my son. You see, Sir, my only son and child Pfc John J. Sullivan, ASN 31291034 was killed in action at Angers, France on August 10, 1944. He was 20 years old. By the date, you can see that. John was in the thick of the fight before the 106th started. John and about half of the 106th were put in as replacements at Indiana when the 106th had been sent there. In May he was on the high seas for Europe. He was finally placed in the 5th Division, Co E, 10th Infantry. While in France just before going into battle, he met some of the other 106th boys who had been placed in other Divisions and he still hoped to meet the rest of the 106th but he didn't know they were still in the states. My son was very proud of the 106th and so was I. You see I even have his picture with the 106th Lion on his shoulder. Now, Sir, what I want to ask of you, is could I, just his mother, please subscribe to the magazine you will be putting out? I would like to get it and would maybe be able to read of someone John spoke of in his letters to me and in that way know how to write to them and read of the 106th that I too am proud of because my dear son was really still with them in spirit."
Arthur L. Usher lost his life while on a fishing party in April 1946 in South Carolina.
ROBERT E. HILLE. AT CO 423 INF died 21 March 1946. His father, William E. Hille writes: "After an extensive period of hospitalization following his return from Stalag IXB where he was .a prisoner of war, he died of disabilities incurred in the service."
T/SGT RALPH H. WAHLMAN, 422 INF lost his life in a plane crash 31 October 1945. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Wahlman write: "While stationed in recruiting office at San Bernardino, Calif. the captain and Ralph were on a recruiting trip to Needles, Calif. when their plane crashed and both were killed."
Mrs. Thelma E. Tucker, 3644 Keswick Road, Baltimore 11, Md., widow of T/5 Jack Warren Tucker, Hq Btry 590 FA Bn writes as follows: "This week I received your letter and I would like to congratulate you and wish you all success with the Association. My husband, I'm sure, would have been proud to join had he returned. He was one of the many who couldn't come back. He was T/5 Jack Warren Tucker and was computer in Hq Btry, 590 FA Bn. He was sent to Ft. Jackson immediately after induction and joined the 106th when it was activated. He was proud of his outfit and during the division's training; our son and I lived near Camp Atterbury. I met many of the men in the 590th and some of them were extremely
kind to me at the time when I had no information of my husband at all. By that. I mean when no many of the men were missing. I learned that my husband was killed while a prisoner of war. December 24, 1944. I was extremely happy to receive the booklet giving the history of the 106th overseas. We at home couldn't keep up with it. much as we wanted to and the booklet was most welcome. An organization such as the 106th is a fine idea and your aims are highly commendable.
I know what such an organization can do for its members, my father being a member of the 29th Division Association. Again, I wish you every success. Perhaps, if it wouldn't be too much trouble you could get some information for me. My husband's family and I would like very much to know where my husband is buried. The War Department has given us no information as to his whereabouts. I know they were supposed to move all our men out of Germany and place them its American cemeteries. We would get no much corn. fort to know that he were at rest beside other American men. Any information you could obtain for us would be appreciated so very much. I'm proud that my husband was one of the 106th's soldiers and as soon as our son is old enough I shall tell him the story of the division's part in the war. If you wish, I could send my husband's picture and will be more than willing to cooperate in any way I can."
CHARLY DI DOMINIC, HQ CO 2d BN 424 INF, reported killed in action 25 July 1944. His sister, Mrs. Rose Melaragni, 18438 Appoline, Detroit 21, Mich. will deeply appreciate any information whatsoever regarding her brother's death.
Mr. & Mrs. B. F. Mitchell, Geuda Springs, Kansas write as follows: "Your literature and leaflets came this morning addressed to our late son Berton F. Mitchell, Jr. who was with the 589th FA Bn. He was killed on December 17, 1944 and that is about all we know. Would appreciate any information anyone could give as and Oh how I wish he was here to join your Association. He was our only boy and such a mere infant. I am also enclosing one name which you may already have. Best of luck to you boys of the 106th Division."
CLEALON C. JONES, S/SGT, CO H 423 INF. reported missing in action 21 December 1944 and officially declared dead 22 December 1945. His widow, Mrs. Ruby I. Jones, Route 02, Tupelo. Miss. writes: "Capt. Deland and Lt. Edwards have both told me he was wounded but that they did not know what became of hint. Others say that he was sent on an advanced scouting party and was never seen again. They also say he is due some battle stars and decorations but I have not yet received them so I do not know. If you can find out anything I will be glad to know."
Mr. David Kessler, 19 South Kelm Street, Pottstown, Pa. writes: "Will you kindly publish this request for information in your next issue of the "CUB." It concerns my son, Pfc Robert E. Kessler, Co I. 422 Regt. He was a prisoner at Stalag IXB Bad Orb, Germany and wrote as two letters from there. The War Department has notified as that he died of malnutrition. He was not amongst those liberated and sons still in German hands when he died. He was of Jewish faith, 19 years of age, about 5' 7". We thought that thru the medium of your magazine some ex-prisoner could give us some information concerning our son. His mother and I are very grateful for the issue of the "CUB" you have sent us. If we can in any way help you in the years to come please be free to call on us. We wish you every success in making your organization an outstanding one."
Mrs. Freida M. Hess. widow of Milton J. Hess, L Co, 424, KIA 16 December 1944 writes: "I think the 106th Infantry Division Association is a very good thing. Undoubtedly, the boys who survived will want to be a part of it. It is my opinion that the whole world owes a debt of gratitude to the 106th, especially for its sacrifices in the Battle of the Bulge. But for those of us whose lives went out with our dear ones, the present world crisis would seem to indicate that their sacrifices--and ours--have been in vain."
S/SGT PAUL WANAMAKER, HQ CO 3d BN
422 INF. His widow Mrs. H. Evelyn Wanamaker, 443 Seminole Street, Oradell, N. J. reports that he died its Germany 17 April 1945 two days after his liberation, and is buried in Margraten Cemetery, Holland.
PVT GEORGE W. POWERS, CO C 423 INF from March 1943 to September 1943. Transferred to 36th Division and reported missing in action 18 January 1944 at the Rapido River battle. Any shred of information about him will be gratefully received by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Powers, 2312 Pearl Street, Detroit 9, Michigan.
JAMES H. JONES 36583084 formerly A Co. 423 at Fort Jackson, later transferred to some other Division and killed in action 6 October 1944 in France. His mother, Mrs. H. Jones, 2850 Keewandin Drive, Port Huron, Michigan is anxious to hear from his former buddies.
DAVID T. WOODSON, JR.. formerly D Co 424 killed in action 18 December 1944. Anyone who knew him or how he was killed is requested to write his parents, Mr. & Mrs. David H. Woodson, 5863 Hazel, Inkster, Michigan.
Colonel Cavender: "I am writing Mrs. Anchorstar giving her Chaplain Hurley's address as he was the R. C. Chaplain left with the men at Bad Orb. I suggest you include the address of Chaplain Hurley, Chaplain Neal of the 422 and Capt. Joshua P. Sutherland of Haysi, Virginia as being the ones most likely to have information about people who were impounded at Stalag IXB. Also, for members of the 423 who are entitled to Combat Infantry Badge and have not received them to write the Adjutant General, Washington, D. C. citing General Order 51, Hq 106th Infantry Division, 31 July 1945."
What Are They Doing Now
S/Sgt William G. Albers, Co 1424 Id, Purple Heart, tells as he's a Postman in his home town of Brainerd, Minn. His address there is 119 Second Avenue.
Cpl Hollis B. Haughey, Co E 423 Inf, Purple Heart, who was a prisoner at IVB says he's "glad to hear of the 106th Inf Div Assn and equally glad to join." He's now in college--doesn't say where. 7811 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, N. Y. is his home address.
S/Sgt Stewart H. Stern, Co K 424 Inf, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, is hard at work as a writer at his home at 430 East 86th Street in New York City. He tells as he will be moving to California shortly so we're looking forward to a visit from him at Association CP before he leaves.
Cpl Rodman H. Fischer, Co B and Co G 423 Inf, Combat Infantryman's Badge, was at IVB and IVG. He sends a five dollar contribution to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mr. Fischer, whose home is at 723 East 27th Street, Brooklyn 10, N. Y. is now a student.
Pfc John J. Reynolds, Jr., Co H 424, Purple Heart, writes: "I was No. 1 man in squad in machine gun section. I lasted two weeks. As a result of an 88mm shell, landing about two yards away I was wounded at 1730 hours, February 17, 1945. My wounds were fractured skull and amputation right hand." John tells us he is working as a marine oiler and his home is at 886 Madison Street, Brooklyn 21, New York.
T/Sgt William J. Fegan, Co M 423 Id tells us he's now with the U. S. Engineering Office in his home town of Detroit, Michigan. His home address is 12026 Stoepel, Detroit, Mich.
T/Sgt Charles W. Freed, Co 1 423 Id, Combat Infantryman's Badge, who was at IVB, 'HA and IIIB is now working for the Continental Can Co. at McKees Rocks, Pa. His home is at 1396 Hodgkiss Street, Pittsburgh 12, Pa.
Pfc Joseph R. Hanken, Jr., 806 Ord, (L.M.) says he was injured in a jeep accident coming from the 422 Regt ammo dump on November 24, 1944. His home is at 187-12 Dunkirk Street, St. Albans 12, N. Y.
T/5 Robert P. Harper, 81st Eng (C) Bn, is now the owner of a blueprint and photocopy business in Pittsburgh. 171 Ingram Avenue, Pittsburgh 5, Pa. is his home address.
S/Sgt Charles S. Lasky, rifleman, lot platoon, Co C 424 Id, is following through on his Army job as mail clerk. He tells us he's working in the Post Office at Jamaica, N. Y. He was fortunate enough to spend two months at the University of Berne in Switzerland under the Army's Training Within Civilian Agencies program. His home is at 150-50 Coolidge Avenue, Jamaica 2, N. Y.
Photo: BRIGADIER GENERAL LEO T. McMAHON 0-10626
Commanding General, 106th Division Artillery.
Born: Rome, N. Y., July 31, 1893.
Education: Andover Academy, Andover, Mass., Union College, N. Y.
Service prior to December 7, 1941: Commissioned Second Lieutenant Cavalry United States Army February 25, 1918. Served with the 18th Cavalry (76th Provisional Field Artillery) in France. Participated in the Marne Defense and the Meuse-Argonne battles and was in the Army of Occupation. From January 1920 to December 1920, he was the American representative on a sub-commission of the Inter-Allied Waterway Commission stationed in Duisburg, Germany. Served with 3d FA Brigade, Camp Lewis, Wash., August 1921 to June 1923. Instructor with National Guard units at Hutchinson, Kansas and Hiawatha, Kansas, September 1927 to August 1932. Commanding Officer of CCC camp in Pennsylvania, July 1933 to January 1934. Pennsylvania National Guard instructor, Harrisburg, Pa., February 1934 to August 1934 and from July 1936 to December 1940. G-2, 28th Infantry Division, January 1941 to December 1941.
Service Schools: The Field Artillery School, January 1921 to July 1921. Advanced Officers Course of Field Artillery School, August 1932 to June 1933. Command and General Staff School, September 1934 to June 1936.
Services subsequent to December 7, 1941: G-2, II Corps, Wilmington, Del. and Jacksonville, Fla., January 1942 to March 1942. Reconnaissance trip to West Africa, April 1942 to June 1942. G-2, XI Corps, Chicago, Ill., July 1942 to January 1943. Deputy Maneuver Director, Second Army, February 1943 to December 1943. Commanding General, 65th Division Artillery, July 1943 to December 1943. Commanding General, 106th Division Artillery, December 1943 to de-activation. Campaigns: Ardennes, Rhineland, Northern France, Central Europe.
Home Address: 108 North 23d Street, Camp Hill, Pa.
Next of Kin: Lt. Leo T. McMahon, Jr. (son).
Photo: BRIGADIER GENERAL HERBERT T. PERRIN 0-7061
Assistant to Division Commander, 106th Infantry Division.
Born: Wisconsin, September 5, 1893.
Education: Ph.B. Kenyon College, 1916. A.M. Princeton University, 1917.
Service prior to December 7, 1941: Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, October 26, 1917. Promoted to First Lieutenant, October 26, 1917. Captain, July 1, 1920. Major, May 1, 1937. Lieutenant Colonel, October 26, 1940. Detailed in the Adjutant General's Department 1934.38. Service Schools: The Infantry School, Company Officers Course, 1923, Command and General Staff School, 1933.
Services subsequent to December 7, 1941: Appointed Colonel, AUS, February 1, 1942. Brigadier General, AUS, March 18, 1943. Campaigns: Ardennes, Rhineland, Northern France, Central Europe.
Permanent Address: Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.
Next of Kin: Mrs. Herbert T. (Anne W.) Perrin (wife).
Decorations: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Cross, Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre avec Palms.
Division Commander: 22 December 1944 to 7 February 1945.
Capt. Charles R. Lewis, 806 Ord Co, has returned to his law practice in Brooklyn. He sends us an interesting clipping from a New York paper about a case he recently handled. Capt. Lewis' home address is 2323 62d Street, Brooklyn 4, N. Y.
T/4 Jerome P. Gambale, A Btry 589th FA Bn, of 1629 82d Street, Brooklyn 14, N. Y. is now a machinist.
Sgt Ephraim Goldberg, Co C 423 Inf. Combat Infantryman's Badge, who was at IVB tells us he's an accountant. 1632 Carroll Street, Brooklyn 13, N. Y. is his home address.
Pvt Daniel W. Zimmerman, Co A 421 Inf, was at XIA, XIIA, IIIA and Commando Camp. Atten Grabo. He's now an electrician's helper and his home is at 109 Sagamore Street, Pittsburgh 4, Pa.
Cpl Howard T. Levine, Cannon Co 424 Inf, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman's Badge is a student at Queens College in Flushing, N. Y. His home is in Laurelton, N. Y. at 131-55 226th Street.
Cpl William J. Lawson, Co H 423 Inf, was at IXB. Mr. Lawson has been a member of the Association for almost four months but we at the CP didn't know it until he wrote the other day and we knew who owned the three bucks that has been unclaimed for lo these many months. Sorry, Bill, that this mix-up occurred. 15 McDougall Avenue, Hornell. N. Y. is Bill's home address and he tells us he's a research chemist.
Former Sgt DeGiovanni, Judge Advocate Section and former Lt. Col. Paul Killman, Division QM, have each received Regular Army commissions as 1st Lts.
T/4 William K. Dienstbach, Co E 423 and Cannon Co 424, was awarded the Bronze Star. Chestnut Street, Emerson, N. J. is his home address and he tells us he is now a baker at Ho-Ho-Kus, N. J.
Pfc August J. Ertz, Co F 423, doesn't tell us what he's doing. His home is in Ipswich, S. D.
1st Lt. Irwin N. Goldfinger, Co I and Co K 424, sends us a fine list of names of former members of the Division but doesn't tell us much about himself. His home address is 1110 Anderson Avenue. New York 52, N. Y.
Pfc Albert C. Hoheb, Co F 423 Id, is now a pre-med student at St. Lawrence University, Canton, N. Y. He writes, "Entered parachute school. Graduated 6 Oct '44. Served in F and I Co's 188 Para-Gli. Regt of 11th Airborne on Luzon and in Japan." Albert was with the 106th from March '44 to 30 July '44. His home address is 5 Lincoln Avenue, Rutherford, N. J.
T/4 Thomas E. McHugh, Jr., Service Co 424, Combat Infantryman's Badge, tells us he's working as a cashier with the John Hancock Insurance Co. in Washington, D.C. His home is at Upper Darby, Pa., 429 Millbank Road.
Cpl Emanuel Newman, Co A 422, who was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and a prisoner at IVB, tells us he's now taking a course in Television. He's living at 806 Crown Street in Brooklyn, N. Y.
Pfc Rex W. Schad, Co H 423, doesn't say what he's doing now. His home address is 303 W. Main, Middleville. Michigan.
Lt. Col. Meyer S. Belzer, Division Surgeon, has returned to his civilian practice in Minneapolis, Minn. Col. Belzer was awarded the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. His home address in Minneapolis is 2915 40th Avenue South.
Cpl Don E. Cooley, 1st Bn Hq Co 423, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman's Badge was a prisoner at IVB and IVD. He's now a student at Purdue University and his home address is 817 N. Salisbury, West Lafayette, Ind.
Sgt Robert E. Zurcher, Co E 424, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Purple Heart, is living at 7622 Waverly Street. Pittsburgh 21, Pa. He tells us he now is a truck driver.
T/5 Robert J. Zucker, 589th FA Bn, has joined his father in business in New York City. His address there is 1604 Second Avenue, New York 28, N. Y.
T/Sgt Ellis Schein, Hq Co 3d Bn 423, left the Division in October 1943 and went to the Pacific. Since his return to 911 Washington Street, Reading, Pa., he tells us he's been a rag broker.
T/5 Henry N. Sandel, Co A 424 Inf, who was at XIIA, IIIA and XIA is now an assistant Yard Master with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Kearny, N. J. His home address is 2167 East 35th Street, Brooklyn 10, N. Y.
Pfc Mike Ondulich, Co E 422 Id, tells us he's working as a spot welder. His home is at 617 Sagwa Street, East Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sgt Charles E. Kortlang, MP Platoon, tells us he's an assistant Traffic Manager with McKenzie Service, Inc. in New York City. He's living in Brooklyn at 152 Menahan Street and says he'll send us the name or names of his child or children soon. We'll be looking forward to hearing Fiona you, Charlie!
T/Sgt Jenkins P. Beets, Jr., Co C 424, is now the manager of a tourist court at Bean Station, Tenn.
T/5 Seymour Harry Zorn, 106th Signal Company, Bronze Star and Purple Heart tells us he's now an Adjustment Manager for Saks 34th Street. His home address is 158-18 Riverside Drive West, New York 32, N. Y.
S/Sgt Herbert R. Warner, Co B 423, was at IXA and IXB. He's now managing a service station in Jersey City. 117 Van Wagenen Avenue, Jersey City 6, N. J. is his home address.
17/3 Rolf Mayer, IPW 82 G-2 Section, Division Hq, is now a student. His home address is 56 Bennett Avenue, New York 33, N. Y.
S/Sgt Harvey M. Matusow, 422 Inf, whose home is at 1491 Macombs Road, Bronx 52, N. Y. tells us he's now a student.
Pfc Oliver A. Kelly, Co A 424 Inf, is working as a drill press operator. 189 Boyd Avenue, Jersey City 4, N. J. is his home address.
Cpl Edmond D. Kelly, Co D 423 Inf, was at IXB, Bad Orb. He tells us he's now a law student and his home is at 12 Fairway Avenue, Belleville, N. J.
*Capt. Charles R. Gibson, 422 Inf, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Purple Heart was a prisoner at Oflag 64. He tells as his vocation is Education-Administration. Lawton, Michigan is his home.
Cpl August F. Fortsch, Med Det 590th FA Bn, was a prisoner at IXB. He's now a student and his home is at 81 Pine Street, Bogota, N. J.
Cpl Frank Biviano, who served in the Motor Pool wore the Purple Heart, was also at IXB. He's now associated with the Red Star Express Lin. in North Bergen, N. J. His home address is 310 9th St., Cliffside, N. J.
Pfc Henry M. Broth, Co I 422 Inf, Purple Heart, Combat Id Badge, put in some time at IVB. He's an accountant and is living with his wife and son at 3400 Oakfield Avenue, Baltimore 7, Md.
Pfc Milio C. Ceribella, Co A 422 Inf., Purple Heart, tells as he's a machinist. His home is at 1003 39th Street, Brooklyn 19, N. Y.
Major Warren H. Stutler, 423 Inf, Silver Star and Bronze Star, was a prisoner at IXB, XIIIB and VIIA. He writes from South America where he is stationed. His address is JBUSMC--Ground; APO 676, c/o Postmaster, Miami, Fla.
T/4 Roy E. Vorderstrasse, Co A 424 Inf, doesn't tell as what he's doing. His home address is Route *1, Florissant, Mo.
T/4 Judson B. Plotner, who was an Aid Man with Co C 423 Inf, was a prisoner at XIB. He's now a student at the Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy and his home is at 2804 Crosby Ave., Pittsburgh 16, Pa.
Pfc Edward J. Pacyna, 106th Q.M. Co, tells as he's a machinist. 100 Maple Ave., Hartford, Conn. is his home address.
Lt. Col. Jerome G. Taylor, 2d Bn 424 Inf Exec. Officer, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Cluster is now an attorney in Knoxville, Tenn. His home address there is 1909 Lake Avenue.
Pfc Robert A. Grosjean, Hq Co 3d Bn 422 Inf, tells us he's a contractor. Rt #2, Hursh Road, Fort Wayne 8, Ind. is his home address.
T/5 Robert G. Garretson, 106th Sig Co, Div Hq Co, 106th M.P. Platoon doesn't say what he's doing now. 6619 Fair Avenue, Baltimore 24, Md. is his home address.
Lt. Col. Milton Clatterer, former G-4, writes that he is in the Plans Branch of G-5, Military Government, Hq USFET, APO 757, c/o Postmaster New York, under former Chief of Staff Colonel William Baker who is Deputy G-5. He was able to get back to Europe not only with his pretty wife Louise, but also his car. They have been to Berlin and there saw Lt. Col. Sam Hoover, former CO of the 591st, Major Kuzell, former CO of
the Rcn Troop and assistant G-2 and former Sgt Barnes.
War Department General Orders 180 paragraph 8 August 1st announces that Colonel George L. Descheneaux has been retired, permanent disability, in grade effective 31 August 1946.
Lt. Col. Don Bodine, former Signal Officer, has been back in the States. R and R leave, and has returned to Japan. Home address: 8306 16th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Leonard H. Barnes, Marshall. Missouri writes: "I have received my copy of the "CUB" and enjoy it very much. Since my departure from Co B 424 Inf I have been engaged in taxi business with my brother. This business was left to us by our father who passed away while I was in the next town after we left Biebelsheim, Germany. At that time he was on duty with the Marines. We are enjoying a very good business and I would very much like to hear from some of the old buddies of my Company. Looking forward to the Division Reunion."
Lt. Howard W. Kritz FA writes from 14th Armored FA Bn, Camp Hood, Texas: "I noticed in a recent edition of the "Army Times" that an association of former members of the 106th Division has been formed. Having served with the 591st FA Bn from maneuvers till VE Day I would like very much to become an active member of that association. Please send information concerning activities, initiation fees, etc. to me at the above address. Although a long way from national headquarters I would like to take an active part. Best of good luck in the association venture."
Harold E. Hill, Leesport. Pa. writes that he was "replacement in 29th Inf Division, Co C, 116th Inf . . . made beachhead 6 June 1944 as mortar gunner. Met my CO, Capt. Charles S. Pyser and 1st/Sgt Rodger Rutland of B Co 424 Inf in a hospital in Brussels."
Lt. Col. Frank I. Agule writes: "Today I received the initial copy of the 'CUB' number 1 issue, and I wish to thank you for thinking of me. I believe without a doubt that you have published a fine division monthly. good content, fine format, well written and should be interesting indeed to all former members of the 106th. 1 enjoyed the `What They Are Doing Now' pages. Matter of this type is always good reading and interesting to former members. (Why you forgot the old AG, gets me.) (ED.: We didn't, you'll find him in the September issue!) We have a fine outfit here. Old regular outfit, you know; full of esprit; fine staff to work with. I am most happy here. Like my assignment, have quarters on the Post, and of course. I am happy to get back to this country where all the members of my family were born and raised and where I spent over twenty years; just like home. Spent a Sunday recently on Mount Rainier; practically in our back yard, you know. Enjoyed it, especially after those torrid months in Texas. Met three former officers from the 106th and several enlisted men; all in the 2d Division here. Glad to hear from you. Reading the 'CUB' was like getting letters from friends. So long for this time. and hoping for more and better issues of the 'CUB'."
Capt. E. C. Roberts, Jr. former Exec. Officer and CO of D Co 422 writes: "I received in the mail yesterday the literature concerning the 106th Div. Ass'n and was certainly happy to receive it. I have always been extremely proud to have been a member of the Div. even tho one of the many that were forced to accept capture thru no fault of my own. I am enclosing on the form which you sent out the names and addresses of the men KIA in Co D 422nd Inf. As far as I know our company (of which I was Exec. Officer and later CO during the first part of the Bulge) suffered the least casualties in killed of any company in the Regt. All of the names enclosed died after they were captured which I believe is a great tribute to the men of the company during what was their first action. We fired every round of what little ammunition we had and took a few Krauts with us. I'm enclosing a newspaper clipping which, after you filter out the junk put in by a local reporter, will tell you of the experiences of myself and three other officers of the 422. Lt. Bruce M. Fisher and Lt. John Mason Co D and Lt. Joseph Hoerth of Co K. We four were part of a handful who succeeded in effecting our escape in that fracas. It gave us personal satisfaction because even tho the Krauts got as they couldn't keep us. The best of luck to the organization and be sure and keep me on the mailing list for anything else that may come out." (Clipping- mentioned above is two
columns from the local paper telling of Capt. Robert's interview with Gen. Patton which lasted oyez, half hour. It is a good story which we hope to reprint later.)
Pfc Milton J. Ludwig tells on he was "wounded 13 January 1945, Warene, Belgium by a land mine and evacuated to rear. Received eye injury, powder burns, and lacerations of face. Spent three months in hospital overseas and then returned to limited service in France. Returned to U. S. 31 January 1946 and hospitalized for further treatment of face until discharged 30 August 1946."
Harry Martin, Jr. writes as follows: "I received my copy of the 'CUB' and my membership card to the 106th Division Association. The 'CUB' is even more interesting than it was at Camp Atterbury. Maybe it's because the 'CUB' is the only means we have of getting in touch with each other. Any news of the Division and its members is of special interest."
T/Sgt James E. Bass tells us he's now in the Regular Army and adds, "have been accredited for having led the third highest number of patrols led by any allied soldier in the E.T.O."
Ex-T/5 Elmer C. Sprehe sends the following letter with his contribution to the Memorial Fund: "I received your letter a short time ago and I certainly thought that your offering scholarships to the children of the men who died in your Division was and is an excellent idea. I was only fortunate to be in the 106th Division for nearly three weeks while it was at Camp Atterbury, Ind. From there I left the outfit and was .assigned to an engineer outfit down south. But your cause is such a good one that I shall offer a small contribution to further a good cause. Wishing you lots of luck in your Association and I hope you achieve your goal successfully."
William E. Witt writes: "Received the membership card and a copy of the first peace-time issue of the 'CUB.' Enjoyed reading the 'CUB' and think the idea of having the 106th Infantry Division Association is a grand thing both for the Division and for the fellows that were associated with the Division. We'll be looking forward to the next issue of the 'CUB'."
Benedict W. Messing says: "Received my first issue of the 'CUB'--it is swell."
Christopher C. Carawan, Jr. writes as follows: "I received my books, membership card and etc., yesterday and I am very happy to be a member of the good ole' 106 Association. I think it is a wonderful thing and I believe every 106th Vet appreciates the things you fellows are doing to make this Association a big success. I think there could be no place better than Indianapolis for a city to hold a convention."
Louis A. Gittleman sends a contribution to the Memorial Fund with this letter: "Here's a little something for the Memorial Fund to keep faith with those who died while with us, and for us. From a former veteran of the 106th while in the States."
Richard Adamson says: "Just received our swell edition of the August 'CUB' and is it ever swell. After starting it, I found that it took me back to the good ole' days. This is by far the best book ever put out and I'm proud that I have a share in it."
Stanley Bade says: "Just received my first copy of the 'CUB of the Golden Lion.' I cannot express in words my appreciation for it and this organization of which I for one am very proud to be a member. Yes, as one of our 'buddies' stated we were like a family of brothers and naturally back as a civilian you missed those many many contacts and have many reminiscences of our times together thru all kinds of conditions and it is a joy to know we have some connecting link of our good old 106th Division."
Colonel Charles C. Cavender, CO 423d Inf : "I want to take this opportunity of extending my sincere congratulations on the excellence of the first issue of the 'CUB.' Mrs. Cavender and I would appreciate your informing the writer of your editorial--The Association and What It Stands For--that it is one of the best written articles of its kind we have seen. The Association can do a splendid job in keeping alive the spirit of comradeship and devotion to duty which enabled the members of the 106th to take it on the chin without a whimper from a single individual. If the Officers and Board of Directors will adhere to the simple principles set forth in that editorial then we shall have the biggest and best Association of any of the units."
Stewart H. Stern, Co K 424: "Thanks for sending me the information about the Association. The printed matter is extremely presentable and whoever conceived it is deserving of high praise. The platform of the Association is praiseworthy.
It is far easier to believe in an organization that sets out modestly on a program of integrity than in one which speaks loudly and is unable to continue. I only hope the Golden Lions will be able to stand alone and gain the support and momentum necessary to carry out the magnificent and meaningful project of permitting the children of our past buddies to have their educations. May I suggest you contact Mr. Cedric Foster, the news analyst, who gave us such wonderful radio support while criticism was rife in the States. I think he ought to be an honorary member. His service was great."
Edward A. Riordan says: "I would like to take this means of expressing my appreciation for my first copy of the 'CUB' I enjoyed reading every page of it. I would also like to suggest Indianapolis, Ind. as a good place for a convention. The people of Indianapolis were very fond of the men of the 106th,"
Wayne S. Chandler says: "Just finished reading the first civilian issue of the 'CUB' and would like to congratulate all who were responsible for its being published. Don't you think that the Association should try to hold a National Convention as soon as possible? In this way everyone could meet and talk things over. If a convention were held no more suitable place could be chosen than Indianapolis--where most of the members of the 106th Division spent all the time they could. I feel sure the people of Indianapolis would welcome the former members of the Golden Lion Division if they came back for a national meeting."
Director Bill Perlman writes from Cuba: "I want to yell in a voice as loud as I can that I think the first issue of the 'CUB' is wonderful. The staff has done a stupendous job. I have reread it from cover to cover several times. Naturally I was looking for familiar names. I want to know what everyone is doing. I guess the gossipy theme is still the eye catcher."
Brig Gen. Herbert T. Perrin writes as follows: "The first number of the 'CUB' has just reached me. My hearty congratulations for a grand job. I know the magazine will grow and prosper, and keep alive our memories of our associations in the Division of which we are all no justly proud. "I have been in Mexico for the past month trying to wash out some of the more unpleasant recollections of a long siege in the hospital. Tom Riggs is assistant Military Attaché here and he has done. much toward making my visit a most enjoyable one. Early next month I am returning to the
United States and. Will be located at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; -so please correct your mailing list accordingly.
"I hope your plans for a meeting of the Association in December materialize. I can think of nothing that I would rather do than see once more the old, familiar-faces, and relive some of our experiences together. Much to my gratification I receive an ever increasing number of letters from former members of the Division and I know that most of them feel as I do.
"The best of luck to you and the other officers of the Association for your continued success in handling a job which is -far from enviable, and please give my warmest regards to any of the former members of the Division who may drop in to see you."
B. F. Hotchkins writes: "Enclosed is the address of another buddy: of ours. I sent him the literature I had concerning our organization and invited him to join. I'm proud of the 106th and the fine work you all are doing. May I wish you continued success and good luck."
Capt. Kern P. Pitts, formerly platoon leader in Co B, 423, now with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Occupation Army in Japan, writes: "Through a round-about way I got my hands on the initial edition of the stateside 'CUB' and found it very interesting. As a result, and for other reasons too numerous to mention, enclosed find a check for three dollars for a membership to the Association." Capt. Pitts' address is HQ 1st Cav Div G-1 Section APO 201, c/o PM, San Francisco, Calif.
Capt. (Chaplain) Robert A. Lundy, 422 and 423, writes: "I hasten to send in my $3.00 registration for membership in the 106th Inf Div Association. I believe it is a good thing. I will be able to attend the convention on the Atlantic coast, or in the east, whenever held. Enclosed is -a list of names of men with whom I have been in contact or with whom I have presently lost connection. With a little effort I believe I could regain contact with some. I shall be glad to help you out in securing the whereabouts of some of the men. Do not hesitate to call upon me--MUrray Hill 44100, Ext 112 (152 Madison Avenue, New York 16, N. Y.). I live over in Jersey. Best wishes to you."
T/5 Henry H. Von Wald, 106th Sig Co and 806th Ord Co; writes: "I appreciated very much to get the booklet about our Division and also the. other literature which was so interesting and colorfully designed.- I will be glad to get the 'CUB,' as I am anxious to find out how everyone else is getting along."
Lt. Col. Jerome G. Taylor, Exec Officer, 2d Bn, 424 Inf points out the following errors in the S&S booklet: "I notice in Manhay story that Capt. Salyers led Co H until wounded across open field. This was incorrect. Capt. Wiley Cassidy led Co F, followed by Co E. Lt. Stokes was killed leading the reserve platoon of F. Lt. Auerbach was leading M.G. platoon of Co H and I do not think Salyers was there at all. Co F moved off with Capt. Cassidy and I, after the armored troops failed to attack. The armored outfit didn't even move a tank in our support. Co F took Ennal also.
One of the things the Secretary never bargained for was the endless succession of pathetic, heart rending letters from wives and parents. Letter after letter mentions those who died in German camps of "malnutrition." It illustrates once again how those who stay at home suffer as they wait not knowing what has happened to their loved ones.
An unusual type of these letters is as follows: "I am taking the liberty of writing you, in my son's absence. I know, if he were home he would be only too glad to be a member of the 106th Div Ass'n and I too, would be very proud to have him a member. At present, he is in disciplinary training for going AWOL while overseas. He is stationed at * * Disciplinary Barracks. It's so unfortunate to know that he went through some tough fighting and through the "Battle of the Bulge" only to go AWOL while at rest camp. I am heart-broken over the whole affair, but pray very hard that he will come home to me soon as he is all I have. He and I live together. If, when he returns, he has an honorable discharge from service I know he would be happy to join your association, or if there is anything that I could do for him toward his membership, I would be very glad to do it. Please let me know." The Secretary doesn't know how to reply to this one. What do you suggest?
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Question: Did the 81st Eng. ever receive either the Presidential Citation or the Unit Citation?
Answer: The Distinguished Unit Citation was awarded the 81st Eng. by General Order 100 (apparently W.D.) published in November 1945.
Question: Not griping or anything like that, but in reading the 106th booklet I was shocked to see that neither the 591st FA or 592nd were mentioned. Don't tell me we were forgotten? I think it was just an oversight of someone.
Answer: The story of not only the 592d but the entire Division Artillery was put into the Stars & Stripes booklet copy by Division PRO but Stars & Stripes itself slashed the copy ruthlessly which is where the DIVARTY story got left out.
Question: My wife's expecting a baby and I'm really cramped for funds. I don't want to miss out on membership in the Association. Can you bill me later?
Answer: Of course! Association finances will be a tight squeeze but not so tight that we can't take care of a Veteran temporarily financially embarrassed.
Question: I was with the Division less than a year from the time of activation and then with the 30th. Am I eligible for membership?
Answer: Yes. Anyone who ever wore the Golden Lion shoulder patch and served honor ably is eligible for membership. '
Question: Who is the G.I. depicted on the cover of Stars & Stripes booklet, "THE 106TH"?
Answer: Pvt James Donnelly, 133 E. Allen Street, Philadelphia, Pa., K Co, 2d -Bn, 424 Inf, guarding equipment near Berk, Germany.
Lee and Jim Connell. G-2 GHQ, announce the arrival of Jim Connell III. 1421 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
WANTED: Name and address of the Commanding Officer of B Co 81st Eng (C) Bn for purposes of assisting in preparation of a claim for money deposited with Agent Finance Officer. Address Roscoe R. Altum, 206 South Seventh Street, Tonkawa, Okla.
Since the report given in the first issue of the "CUB". many contributions to the Memorial Fund have been received. Subscribers to date are as follows:
Rodman H. Fischer
Roy E. Vorderstrasse
Charles S. Lasky
Henry R. Von Wald
Col. Max J. Roadruck
Robert A. Gilmartin
Charles R. Gibson
Andrew H. Kirkpatrick
George A. Sciullo
Henry M. Broth
George S. Durst
Edward L. Shute
Martin M. Dolitsky
Herbert A. Rosenberg
Walter L Brenner
Harold G. Sanger
Harry F. Martin, Jr.
Wesley S. Hermance
Delbert V. Edgette
Elmer C. Sprehe
Ludwig S. Nolfo
Richard E. Griffin, Jr.
Edward J. Hoy
Kenneth M. Newton
Kenneth N. Scheutz
Ian J. Grant
Mrs. Bertha Lamb
Gordon B. Zicker
James P. McGregor
William P. Dohoney
Mrs. H. Hjerpe
Leon A. Schaddelee
George J. Vrana
Robert D. Nimble
Thomas W. Milne
Dean Martz ( 2d contribution)
Robert F. Lindsay
John J. McKinnon
John C. Heinrich
John S. Cameron
Edward L. Crusius
Louis A. Gittleman
Mrs. Hattie Wardle
Merle J. Allen
Maj. William Perlman
Jerome G. Taylor
Story of the 106th To Appear in The Saturday Evening PostStanley Frank, in a letter received 16 October, says: "Just thought you'd like to know that the piece on the 106th will appear in the November 9 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. I am anxious for your honest opinion on the article and I will be grateful if you pass on any comment you hear from any of the other men in the Division."
(There would seem to be a need for a special column in the "CUB" as a meeting place for those who have something to buy, sell, exchange or swap, sort of like the black market center in Berlin, only legal. Ads for souvenirs, pieces of equipment, trailers, jeeps, books, shoulder patches or anything else that the ingenuity of the American G.I. can devise no long as it is kept clean and legal, will be printed here free of charge.)
LAPEL BUTTONThe lapel button with the Division insigne and the cut out letters 106th Infantry Division has received a surprisingly good reaction. Members apparently want something more personal in identifying themselves as Veterans than the ruptured duck.
(Illustration 4 times actual size)
Beautifully enameled in Gold, Red and Blue
In order to show the detail, we have illustrated the button four times actual size. It is actually 5/8" by 5/8". The lion head is in gold deeply etched and the enameled colors are true. The button part can easily be removed and the emblem glued to such things as cigarette lighters and other metal utensils. Surprisingly, the ladies have taken a great fancy to them, having them made up to use on their charm bracelets. The price is $1.00 apiece and is post-paid and tax paid.
LUCKY STRIKE EDITION OF THE "CUB"The Association CP has 300 copies of the Lucky Strike souvenir edition of the "CUB." It summarizes the activity of the Division in the ETO. So long as they last they are free for the asking.
CAMP ATTERBURY PICTURE HISTORY
OF THE DIVISION AVAILABLEThe last twenty copies of the picture history of the Division published by the Albert Love Enterprises of Atlanta, Georgia have been purchased by the Association. Two have already been sold. When they are gone that is the end as they are not to be republished. Price, $2.50 per copy, postpaid.
WANTED--Set of Volume 1 of the "CUB" published in the States.
The Association has a complete set of ETO "CUB's" but the one for the States is incomplete. Those from No. 9 through No. 17 are missing. If you have one, send it to the Association.
STARS & STRIPES BOOKLETBy this time you have all seen the Stars & Stripes 32-page booklet on the Division in the Bulge. We have still a lot of these left. Any number that you want are available at ten cents apiece post-paid or three for a quarter. Members are ordering them by the dozen .to send to their friends. While there a lot on hand, they won't last forever. Better order some now!
Association office has available about one hundred copies each of a pamphlet on the "Story of America's 106th Infantry Division" excerpts from a broadcast by Cedric Foster and "The Heroic 106th" reprints from the Indianapolis Star. These are attractive pamphlets which belong among your souvenirs. They are free to members so long as they last. First come, first served.
WANTED: 21st Army Group (British) shoulder patch. Buy or swap. Livesey, Association CP.
Official Division History by Col. R. Ernest Dupuy
Scheduled for Publication Next Spring
Photo: RECONSTITUTION CEREMONIES - RENNES FRANCE 14 APRIL 1945
Index for: Vol. 3, No. 3, Oct., 1946
106th Div. Arty, 15
106th Inf. Div., 3, 5, 13, 16, 31
106th Infantry Division Association, 12, 23
106th Rcn. Trp., 4, 5
106th Sig. Co., 19, 20, 26
11th Abn., 17
14th Armd. FA BN, 21
159th Inf., 4, 5
18th Cav., 15
1st Cav. Div., 26
28th Inf. Div., 15
29th Inf. Div., 11
29th Inf. Div., Co. C, 116th Inf., 21
2nd Inf. Div., 21
331st Med. BN, 4
34th Div.s, 9
36th Div., 12
3rd BN, Hq Co, 424th Inf., 9
3rd BN, Hq Co., 424th Inf., 9
3rd Inf., 5
422nd Inf., 7, 12, 19
422nd Regt., 11
423rd Inf., 3, 5
424th Inf., 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27
424th Inf. Regt., 4
589th FA BN, 7, 11, 17, 18
590th FA BN, 4, 5, 10, 19
591st FA, 27
591st FA BN, 21
592nd FA BN, 4
627th FA BN, 4, 5
75th Inf. Div., 3
806th Ord. Co., 13, 17, 26
81st Engr., 4
Adamson, Richard, 23
Agony Grapevine, 7
Agule, Lt. Col. Frank I., 21
Albers, S/Sgt. William G., 13
Allen, Merle J., 30
Altum, Roscoe R., 28
Angers, France, 9
Ardennes, 4, 5, 15, 16
Atterbury Picture History, 31
Auerbach, Lt., 27
Bad Orb, 13, 19
Bad Orb, Germany, 11
Bade, Stanley, 23
Baker, Col. William, 20
Bardock, Dave, 7
Barnes, Leonard H., 21
Barnes, Sgt., 21
Bass, T/Sgt. James E., 23
Battle Of The Bulge, 12, 18, 27
Beets, T/Sgt. Jenkins P., Jr., 19
Belgium, 5, 23
Belzer, Col., 18
Belzer, Lt. Col. Meyer S., 18
Berk, Germany, 27
Berlin, 20, 31
Biebelsheim, Germany, 21
Bivens, Raymond, 29
Biviano, Cpl. Frank, 19
Bodine, Col. Don, 21
Born, 15, 16
Bradley, Alford V., 8
Broth, Henry M., 29
Broth, Pfc. Henry M., 19
Brown, Douglas, 29
Brown, Lincoln, 29
Cameron, John S., 30
Camp Atterbury, 10, 23
Camp Atterbury, Ind., 23
Camp Lucky Strike, 1
Campbell, Lt Samuel W., Jr., 9
Carawan, Christopher C., Jr., 23
Cassidy, Capt., 27
Cassidy, Capt. Wiley, 27
Cavender, Col., 13
Cavender, Col. Charles C., 24
Cavender, Mrs., 24
Central Europe, 15, 16
Ceribella, Pfc. Milio C., 19
Chandler, Wayne S., 25
Clatterer, Col. Milton, 20
Co A, 133rd Id, 34th Div., 9
Co B, 133rd Inf., 9
Co. B, 424th Inf., 21
Co. D, 422nd Inf., 22
Cohen, Pvt. Gerald I., 7
Connell, James, 1
Connell, Jim, 28
Cook, Nicholas, 29
Cooley, Cpl. Don E., 18
Croix De Guerre, 16
Crusius, Edward L., 30
DeGiovanni, Sgt., 17
Deland, Capt., 11
Descheneaux, Col. George L., 21
Di Dominic, Charly, 11
Dienstbach, T/4 William K., 17
Div. Artillery, 15, 27
Division History, 1, 32
Dohoney, William P., 29
Dolitsky, Martin M., 29
Donnelly, Pvt. James, 27
Dughi, Peter A., 9
Dupuy, Col., 1
Dupuy, Col. R. Ernest, 32
Durst, George S., 29
Edgette, Delbert V., 29
Edwards, Lt., 11
Ertz, Pfc. August J., 17
Fairchild, Leo B., 7
Fairchild, Mr. I. W., 7
Fegan, T/Sgt. William J., 13
Fierman, Irving, 29
Fischer, Cpl. Rodman H., 13
Fischer, Rodman H., 29
Fisher, Lt. Bruce M., 22
Fomby, Mrs. Odis, 7
Fomby, Odis B., 7
Fort Jackson, 12
Fortsch, Cpl. August F., 19
Foster, Cedric, 31
Foster, Mr. Cedric, 25
Frank, Stanley, 30
Freed, T/Sgt. Charles W., 13
Ft. Jackson, 10
Gambale, T/4 Jerome P., 17
Gardner, Charles T., 7
Gardner, Mrs. Charlie T., 7
Garretson, T/5 Robert G., 20
Garrett, David, 7
Garrett, Mrs. Dana S., 7
Gen. Order 51, 13
Germany, 5, 9, 11, 12, 15
Gibson, Charles R., 19, 29
Gilmartin, Robert A., 29
Gittleman, Louis A., 23, 30
Godwin, Mrs. J. M., 7
Godwin, Pvt. Wallace, 7
Goldberg, Sgt. Ephraim, 17
Goldfinger, Lt. Irwin N., 17
Graham, Cpl Norman F., 9
Grant, Ian J., 29
Greene, Col., 1
Griffin, Richard E., Jr., 29
Grosjean, Pfc. Robert A., 20
Hanken, Pfc. Joseph R., Jr., 13
Harper, T/5 Robert P., 14
Haughey, Cpl. Hollis B., 13
Heinrich, John C., 29
Hermance, Wesley S., 29
Hess, Milton J., 12
Hess, Mrs. Freida M., 12
Hill, Harold E., 21
Hille, Robert E., 10
Hille, William E., 10
Hjerpe, Mrs. H., 29
Hoerth, Lt. Joseph, 22
Hoheb, Pfc. Albert C., 17
Hoover, Col. Sam, 20
Horn, Mrs. Esther M., 9
Horn, Sgt. Sherwood J., 9
Hotchkins, B. F., 25
Hoy, Edward J., 29
Hurley, Chaplain, 13
Indianapolis Star, 31
Inf, Co 423D, 24
Inf, Co 424, 17
Inf. School, 16
Jones, Clealon C., 11
Jones, James H., 12
Jones, Mrs. H., 12
Jones, Mrs. Ruby I., 11
Kelly, Cpl. Edmond D., 19
Kelly, Pfc. Oliver A., 19
Kessler, Mr. David, 11
Kessler, Pfc. Robert E., 11
Killman, Col. Paul, 17
Kirkpatrick, Andrew H., 29
Kortlang, Sgt. Charles E., 19
Kritz, Lt. Howard W., 21
Kuzell, Maj., 20
La Glieze, 7
Lamb, Mrs. Bertha, 29
Lasky, Charles S., 29
Lasky, S/Sgt. Charles S., 14
Lawson, Cpl. William J., 17
Lazzareschi, Hugo, 30
Levine, Cpl. Howard T., 17
Lewis, Capt., 17
Lewis, Capt. Charles R., 17
Lindsay, Robert F., 29
Livesey, H. B., Jr., 1
Livesey, Herbert B., Jr., 3
Livesey, Secretary, 2, 3
Lucky Strike, 31
Ludwig, Pfc. Milton J., 23
Lundy, Robert A., 26
Malm, Mr. Albin E., 7
Malm, Robert A., 7
Malmedy, Belgium, 7
Margraten Cemetery, 12
Martin, Harry , Jr., 23
Martin, Harry F., Jr., 29
Martz, Dean, 29
Mason, Lt. John, 22
Matusow, S/Sgt. Harvey M., 19
Mayer, Rolf, 19
McGregor, James P., 29
McHugh, T/4 Thomas E., Jr., 17
McKinnon, John J., 29
McMahon, Gen. Leo T., 15
McMahon, Lt. Leo T., Jr., 15
Melaragni, Mrs. Rose, 11
Messing, Benedict W., 23
Miles, Pfc. Charles F. K., 8
Milne, Thomas W., 29
Mitchell, Berton F., Jr., 11
Mitchell, Mr. & Mrs. B. F., 11
Neal, Chaplain, 13
Newman, Cpl. Emanuel, 18
Newton, Kenneth M., 29
Nimble, Robert D., 29
Nolfo, Ludwig S., 29
Northern France, 15, 16
O'Donnell, Mrs., 2
Oflag 64, 19
Ondulich, Pfc. Mike, 18
Osborn, Pfc. Lawrence L., 7
Pacyna, Pfc. Edward J., 20
Patton, Gen., 23
Perlman, Bill, 25
Perlman, Maj. William, 30
Perrin, Brig. Gen. Herbert T., 4, 16
Perrin, Gen., 5
Perrin, Gen. Herbert T., 25
Petersdorf, Charles J., 7
Pitts, Capt. Kern P., 26
Plotner, T/4 Judson B., 20
Powers, Mrs. H. H., 12
Powers, Pvt. George W., 12
Price, David S., 1
Pyser, Capt. Charles S., 21
Rapido River, 12
Reconstitution Ceremony, 3
Reinhardt, Richard, 30
Rennes Airport, 3
Reynolds, Pfc. John J., Jr., 13
Rhineland, 15, 16
Riggs, Tom, 25
Riordan, Edward A., 25
Roadruck, Col. Max J., 29
Roberts, Capt. E. C., Jr., 21
Rosenberg, Herbert A., 29
Rutland, Rodger, 21
Salyers, Capt., 27
Sandel, T/5 Henry N., 18
Sanger, Harold G., 29
Saturday Evening Post, 1, 30
Schad, Pfc. Rex W., 18
Schaddelee, Leon A., 29
Schein, T/Sgt. Ellis, 18
Schettino, George, 30
Scheutz, Kenneth N., 29
Schnee Eifel, 5
Sciullo, George A., 29
Shute, Edward L., 29
Siegfried Line, 5
Sprehe, Elmer C., 29
Sprehe, T/5 Elmer C., 23
St. Vith, 5, 7
Stalag III-A, 17, 18
Stalag III-B, 13
Stalag IV-B, 13, 17, 18, 19
Stalag IV-D, 18
Stalag IV-G, 13
Stalag IX-A, 19
Stalag IX-B, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19
Stalag VII-A, 19
Stalag XI-A, 17, 18
Stalag XI-B, 20
Stalag XII-A, 17, 18
Stern, S/Sgt. Stewart H., 13
Stern, Stewart H., 24
Stokes, Lt Harry B., 8
Stokes, Lt., 27
Stokes, Miss Leah, 8
Stutler, Maj. Warren H., 19
Sullivan, Mrs. Alice E., 9
Sullivan, Pfc. John J., 9
Sutherland, Capt. Joshua P., 13
Taylor, Jerome G., 30
Taylor, Lt. Col. Jerome G., 20, 27
The Heroic 106th, 31
Tucker, Mrs. Thelma E., 10
Tucker, T/5 Jack Warren, 10
Usher, Arthur L., 9
Von Wald, T/5 Henry H., 26
Vorderstrasse, Roy E., 29
Vorderstrasse, T/4 Roy E., 20
Vrana, George J., 29
Wahlman, Mrs. Edward, 10
Wahlman, T/Sgt. Ralph H., 10
Wald, Henry R. Von, 29
Wanamaker, Mrs. H. Evelyn, 12
Wanamaker, S/Sgt. Paul, 12
Wardle, Mrs. Hattie, 30
Warner, Mrs. Anna, 7
Warner, Pvt. Harry J., 7
Warner, S/Sgt. Herbert R., 19
Williams, Bernard, 29
Witt, William E., 23
Woodson, David T., Jr., 13
Woodson, Mr. & Mrs. David H., 13
Zicker, Gordon B., 29
Zimmerman, Pvt. Daniel W., 17
Zorn, T/5 Seymour Harry, 19
Zucker, T/5 Robert J., 18
Zurcher, Sgt. Robert E., 18