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The  Official Electronic Newsletter of the Veterans and Descendants of the
U.S. 17th Airborne Division, WWII 
The missions of the "Scions of the 17th Airborne" are to honor the service of all veterans of the 17th, and to educate others about the history and sacrifices made by the troopers who served in this division during WW II.

We strive to accomplish these missions by holding regional gatherings where troopers and their families can gather, and by sharing their recollections.  We communicate with our membership using this "Thunder From Heaven" newsletter, through our website and on our Facebook page. In addition we collect documents related to the history of the 17th and make them available to our membership.
Issue # 12 - September 2013
Please send us your 17th related news items, stories,  questions etc., so that we can share them with the entire group. You may direct your mail to the Scions at:
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.
Ed Siergiej Jr. & Adam Coolong - Editors
 
Visit our Facebook page at:

17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter
 
-   Trooper Stories - Soldiers and Brothers Under the Canopy
     an excerpt from the book by Dr. Ben Scherer

-   Scions Gather to Honor the Men of the 17th at Arlington
     Nov. 8 to the 11th


-   Wikipedia Article

-   70th Anniversary Trip to the ETO
     by Peter Schleck


-   Walk of Honor 
    by Isaac Epps


-   Scions Memorial Fund

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   Chaplain's Corner
    by Isaac Epps, Scion Chaplain


-  Scions 2013 Gathering Schedule

-  17th Airborne Online Store

Thunder Mail Call by Bill Tom

- Letters From Home and Abroad

-  Sick Call

-  TAPS

 Trooper Stories
 
Each month "Thunder From Heaven" features a story about a 17th trooper in his own words, or as told to a family member or friend. We encourage those who would like to submit an article to send them in to us at:   

Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com

                     
Soldiers and Brothers Under the Canopy
by Dr. Ben Scherer

 
This book, published by Dr. Ben Scherer, is a collection of stories from veterans of the 513th Parachute Infantry Reg, Co A. Dr. Scherers wife has given us permission to share the material from his book with our membership. We have converted the printed book to a digital format, with the help of Scion Adam Coolong and will be sharing some of the stories with you in the "Trooper Stories" segment of our newsletter. We know that these firsthand accounts from the men of the 17th will be of great interest.

Ed Siergiej Jr, Editor

 
Brothers and Soldiers 
KEN EYRES 
 
I was born and raised mostly in Wisconsin although we (mother, father, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters) moved around a lot while I was a child. Out to the west coast and back a couple times and other places. My home town I consider to be Baraboo, Wisconsin although we lived in Madison at different times. I was inducted in the army at Baraboo on Feb. 27,1943 along with several other young men. We were sent to Camp Grant, Illinois, then on to other places. I was sent to Fort Jackson, S.C. and the 106th Div. and the 589th Field Artillery HQ and Service Battery, transferred to  the Air Force (cadets) Dec. 1943 - Mar. 1944. When the program was canceled I was  sent back to Fort Jackson and the 87th Div., 912th Field Artillery Service Battery. 
 
I volunteered for the Airborne in July, 1944 and was sent to Ft. Benning, GA to start jump school about Aug 12th but didn't start until the 27th. My group was at the Harmony Church Area. We took six weeks of "A" stage along with basic Infantry.  It was tough. I also got married August 26th. We moved to Lawson Field for the B-C-D stages. I was the last man out of the plane (No. 24) twice on Wednesday as it rained Tuesday and we couldn't jump.  We had made our first jump on Monday. I felt I wouldn't have any trouble ever jumping from then on. We finished our training in November, went on furlough then back for our 6th jump. In December we left for overseas in January on the ship Acquatania and landed in England. Then across the Channel to Le Havre, France on my birthday, Feb. 6th (my 22nd). Then we moved up to the front to join the 17th but they were being relieved from the Battle of the  Bulge. We moved back and joined them at Chalons, France. I was assigned to "A"  Company, 513th, 1st Platoon. Jerry Davis was my squad leader. After a practice jump we were re-outfitted and made ready for the Varsity Operation. 
 
I must admit that I and all my fellow troopers were scared. But this was it, the climax to what all our endeavors and rigorous training was focused on. Scared or not I doubt anyone would have dropped out even if given the chance. 
 
The Varsity jump 3-24-45 after all these years (and not having any notes) my memory fails me as to the exact date, times, places and names of who was present  when events took place, so I'll just try to recall events as I remember them. 
 
Our C-46 plane took off and we were off on a Sunday ride. The weather was  beautiful and I was sitting where I could see out the door. Everything was smooth,  until we crossed the Rhine River. That's when all hell broke loose with the AA flak.  We had stood and hooked up by then. The trooper in front of me, (Donald H. Erb or Herb) said, "Oh, I'm hit!" Shrapnel came through the plane and his right arm. I asked him if he was going to jump.  He said he wouldn't be of any use on the ground with one arm so he would take a chance on the plane making it back although it had been hit. (They made it back and he later came back to "A" Co.).  I unhooked his static line and told him to get out of the way as it was time to jump.  I jumped from the left  side door fully loaded with all regular equipment, plus a pack of rifle grenades  strapped to one leg. I was so loaded that I just fell out the door, which I think caused me to spin and my chute lines were wrapped together but not tangled when it opened.  I had to pull on my risers to spin around and unwind so I could get my head up.  By then I was coming in for a landing, which was in an open field. I thought, "Boy, every Kraut In Germany had me zeroed in." I couldn't get out of the chute harness at first, as whoever helped me buckle up fastened my canteen cover over the harness. Finally I got loose and headed for the nearest woods and some other troopers. We formed a squad and proceeded to move on through the woods which was an orchard. While there, gliders were coming in and one bounced off the roof of a building on my right and crashed on the other side. Boy! No glider for me. We then moved on and encountered stiff opposition in small arms fire, mortars and artillery. This was my  initiation to German accuracy with their 88s.  There was a German tank over behind a barn about 300 to 500 yards away.  Just then a British glider came in and a small two-man tank came roaring out of it. The German tank came out from behind the barn and hit the moving British tank and set it on fire. The men did get out. Then we got to see our new 37mm Recoilless for the first time. The next time the Kraut tank came out from behind the barn the trooper that had it fired the 37mm and nailed it! That sure was a real tank destroyer, beats the old bazooka by far for accuracy. 
 
We then had to move on to where a battle was going on to take a set of farm buildings. We had to get in a ditch or canal for protection. It had a foot or two of water in it (ruined my jump boots).  The Krauts had killed several men that landed in the  fields surrounding the buildings, four or five from " A" Co.  As we were near the house it was decided to charge it and try to get the Krauts out. One of the officers got us lined up and said follow me. He jumped up, stepped around a tree and got hit in one of his ears and jumped back in the ditch.  Everybody held back then. The Lieutenant felt his ear and said, "hell, I always wanted to be deaf." He wanted to go on but was hit too badly. Another Lt. took over then (I think it was McFarlane) and led us up to the  house. He and 3-4 men got us to the house. I had run and headed for a tree for cover,  but there was already a trooper there. I thought boy was he fast. How did he beat me here? I flopped down behind him and after a couple of minutes I noticed he didn't  move so I felt him and he was stiff and was dead. I decided I better move as maybe  the Kraut that got him could get me there too. So I got up and ran and dove over a low fence to a foxhole I saw. As I dove a burp gun went off but I made it. Then I looked to the house to see if I could help the Lt. and his men. He yelled. "let's get out of here!" as the Krauts had thrown grenades out windows of the house, so he and the men with him ran back to the ditch. As I didn't want to stay there by myself I decided to take a chance and get back too. Although I was scared the Krauts were waiting for me to move. But I drew no fire this time. Then when I got back I found the pocket on my right side was shot full of holes. Close! As I had a grenade launcher and grenades I set up and fired into the house and we and other troopers surrounding it finally took it and some prisoners. A woman in the basement was having a baby at the time. We found out then that our CO, Capt Anderson, broke his ankle or leg  and couldn't go any more. Lt. McFarlane then took over as CO. We moved on, then headed towards Münster, engaging in battles and taking a lot of prisoners as we went along. 
 
 
Scions to Honor the Men of the 17th at Annual Arlington Ceremonies  
November 8 - 11, 2013
 
The Scions of the 17th Airborne will again gather in Arlington, VA on November 10th 2013 for ceremonies at the memorial to the 17th Airborne at Arlington National Cemetery. This impressive ceremony, which has been planned by the Reubin Tucker Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association each year, includes an opening address at the cemetery, followed by a procession to a number of Airborne Memorials, including that to the 17th Airborne Division. As in past years, an honor guard presents the colors at our memorial, followed by "Taps". A wreath from the Scions will then be placed. Col. John Kormann will address those gathered.
Following the ceremony at Arlington, we will convoy to the National WWII memorial, where another wreath will be placed at the Airborne Panel.
On the evening of the 10th we are invited to a reception at the home of Col. & Mrs. John Kormann, at their home in Chevy Chase, MD.

Associated with our visit to the Capitol Area, we will also have several other activities for those who are interested.

On November 8th and 9th, those interested will again spend some time in the National Archives in College Park, MD to dig out more records relating to the 17th. If you would like to participate in this activity, please let us know by sending an email to "Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com"

Those who have attended these events in the past will agree that the ceremonies at Arlington are very memorable. If you are in the Metro DC area and can come to honor the men of the 17th at the Arlington ceremonies, we encourage you to do so.

For those who plan to stay overnight, we have selected a local hotel.


Inn of Rosslyn
    1601 Arlington Blvd.    Arlington, Va.  22209
    (703) 524-3400
    $101.69/night--- good reviews
     Continental breakfast available
     24 hour cancellation policy     
Very near the gate to Arlington National Cemetery


If you are able, we hope that you will plan to attend
Wikipedia Article About the Scions of the 17th Airborne

Col. John Kormann is always looking for ways to promote the 17th Airborne Division's place in history, and to publicize the Scions organization that he envisioned and chartered. Col. Kormann is currently writing an article about the Scions for Wikipedia. His draft is being circulated among the Executive Committee of the Scions for review. When it is completed, we will share it with you all.
70th Anniversary European Tour
by Scion Peter Schleck
 
Calling all Scions and surviving veterans.  If you are interested in participating in a Scions-sponsored tour of 17th Airborne sites in Europe, tentatively set for March 2015, we need some information from you.  We ask that you contact Peter Schleck, at peterschleck@hotmail.com, by December 15, 2013, if you are interested in joining our contemplated tour, and further, indicate how many in your own families and circle of friends may be interested in going.  With this information, we will be better able to gauge the size and scale of our logistical needs, and how those needs may be met, and from what source.  With our estimated ranks in hand, we can also get a sense from various commercial sources as to the potential costs per traveler.

For now, we just need a show of hands by December 15th.  You are not binding yourself to going--we will have much more information for you soon, prior to asking you to commit your time and money to this adventure.

We hope you and yours will consider making this trip with us.  At a minimum, the trip will include tours of key sites in the Ardennes, as well as those related to Operation Varsity.

There will be regular updates on our planning progress, in future issues of this newsletter.
Walk of Honor
by Isaac Epps
 
There is an opportunity to place a new 17th Airborne Memorial at the Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum. Many things have changed since the Army initially planned to move our existing Memorial to the new site. This is no longer being contemplated by the Army, but the opportunity to build another memorial off post at the New National Infantry Museum is a possibility.
The Scions are gathering information to determine the cost of such a project. Anyone interested in assisting us with this process, is asked to contact us at "Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com". 

Scions Memorial Fund
by Scion Secretary / Treasurer Ed Siergiej Jr.

The "Scions of the 17th Airborne Memorial Fund"  has been set up as a seperate account with the specific purpose of supporting activities that honor the memory of our veterans who have passed on. Some examples of how these funds will be used are as follows:


 
Providing wreaths for our annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Providing wreaths for the four Medal of Honor recipients on Memorial Day.

Funding for the cards sent to the families of veterans who have passed on
.

Contributions in memory of a 17th Veteran, or any group of 17th Veterans
(Such as : Co F, 513th)  may be made to this fund by so designating.

Contributions can be made to:

Scions of the 17th Airborne Memorial Fund
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811

This month, we have received a generous donation to the Memorial Fund  from Trooper Mel Lagoon, in memory of veterans of the 194th Glider Infantry, Co. E. Thanks Mel
Welcome New Scion Members

The Scions of the 17th Airborne are proud to welcome the following new members, who have joined our organization this month. As our membership grows, we can take on additional projects to honor our veterans and educate about the history of the 17th Airborne.
 

John Kelly Richter
Landenberg, PA
Son of John R. Richter, 194/AT


Stephen Fraser
Oklahoma City, OK
Son of Wilford D. Fraser (513th)

Peggy Martinez
Sacramento, CA
Daughter of Lyle J. Buscher, 680th Battery A

Joe Conway
Frostburg, MD
Associate Member


Patricia Overman
Daughter of Lee Whitmire, Glider Pilot, Operation Varstity
Associate Member


 
Thanks for joining us to honor the men of the 17th Airborne! 
 

Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

 
Hello all you Scions and anyone else interested---I am the Chaplain of the Scions of the 17th Airborne, and I want to reach out about something that is very basic to our mission. I want to encourage any of you who has a 17th Veteran in your family or in your heart (and if you feel comfortable sharing) to let us know about health issues that they are facing so that we may reach out to let them know we are caring and praying for them.

    One of our most important efforts when we get a Taps Notice is to attempt to represent the 17th Family at the funeral. We are reaching out to find volunteers who will be willing to stand there with the family to honor these heroes. If you feel moved to take on this effort please contact Ed Siergiej at scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.  As the need arises we can contact you when there is a funeral near where you live.

Another important thing we can do is actually visit our Veterans. My father was a Chaplain; and there were times when I would drive him to visit shut-ins, hospital patients, and those in the nursing homes where he lived.
  To see the joy on the faces of those people; many who got no other visitors, was inspirational.

  Anyone who is interested in finding a 17th Airborne Veteran near you to visit; please contact me at "
isaac.epps@gmail.com", and I will see who is nearby and will help you coordinate that effort.

Thank you in advance for stepping up here.

 
 
English Translation of "Die Luftlanding' Book Completed

 
The translation of “Die Luftlandung” is completed and the books are ready to ship.

Those who have signed up for the book at the reunion in Lancaster will receive a personal email or a letter in which the book can be ordered.

Other interested persons can email, write, or call Jos the address below.

The book will be personally autographed and comes with a WWII patch of the Regiment or Battalion related to the one your family member served in during Operation Varsity.

Cheapest way is to transfer the money by bank to:
 
Bank name                                                                                       ABN-AMRO
International Bank Account Number     ( IBAN )                NL84ABNA0534860346
Bank Identification Code                        ( BIC )                             ABNANL2A
Amount             €  77 or $ 102.50  *
On behalf of             J.J. Bex 
*Standard shipping ( non tracable )


Name of my Bank:         ABN-AMRO
Address of the bank:   Langekerkstraat                                                                                                      45 6851 BM Huissen

 From every book sold Jos Bex will donate $5.00 to the Scions.
 
Jos Bex
Lemoen 9
6852 DS Huissen
The Netherlands
Telephone: 0011-312-6325-4361
Cell:            0011-3165-163-4487
Jos Bex email is:  jomaresto@planet.nl

Editors Note: We thank Jos for his generosity in contributing a portion of the book price to the Scions. Jos has spent many months working on this project and we look forward to seeing the finished product. The translation of this book from the original German into English was very challenging.
Scion 2013 - 2014 Gathering Schedule
 
It seems like a good idea to post information on our annual gatherings in this newsletter each month, so we can reserve the time in our schedules. We will keep this schedule updated each month.
 If you are planing a 17th Airborne related event, let us know, and we will post it here. 


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Scions Annual Gathering in Washington, DC

The Hotel that we have selected as the home base for our group this year is:

 Inn of Rosslyn
    1601 Arlington Blvd.
    Arlington, Va.  22209
    (703) 524-3400
    $101.69/night--- good reviews
     Continental breakfast available
     24 hour cancellation policy
     Very near the gate to Arlington National Cemetery

From this hotel we will carpool to the ceremonies at Arlington and to the Kormann's reception that evening 
 
Friday, November 8 - National Archives - College Park, MD

Last year, the Scions made our initial trip to the National Archives, and were able to scan many interesting documents from the files related to the 17th Airborne. This year we plan to repeat the effort, and gather additional information. We are also looking to build a team that will organize the material that we collect, so that we can provide it to our members. If you are interested in participating in this project, please send us an email to "Scinsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com" 
 
Sat., November 9 - National Archives, College Park, MD 

The records that were pulled from storage on Friday will continue to be available for our inspection on Saturday. 
In addition, those who are not interested in this project can take the time to do some site seeing in D.C.

 
Sunday, November 10th - Arlington, VA

Arlington National Cemetery - Ceremonies at the memorial to the 17th at Arlington National Cemetery, and also at the National World War II Memorial. The Arlington event is planned and scheduled by the Rubin Tucker Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, and also includes stops at other Airborne memorials in the cemetery. The ceremony will start at 10:30 at the Woman's Memorial. Following this ceremony we convoy to the National WWII Memorial to place a wreath at the Airborne panel of the memorial. 

Reception at the home of Col. & Mrs. John Kormann at their home in Chevy Chase from 5 to 7 PM

 
Monday, November 11th - Return Home

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March 23rd - 27th, 2014 - Lancaster, PA

Bill Smith's annual "Operation Varsity" gathering in Lancaster, PA. This event grows in popularity each year. A great time to relax and spend time with our veterans. Often some of our friends from Europe attend as well.

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April 24th through April 27, 2014 - St. Clairsville, OH

Nancy Lauria has hosted an "Operation Varsity" gathering in St. Clairsville, OH each year. As we get more information, we will post it here.
17th Airborne Online Store
 
Sales of the items below help to support the missions of the "Scions of the 17th Airborne", to honor the veterans of the 17th, and to keep the history of the Division alive.

Send your check to:

Scions of the 17th Airborne Division
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd
Danbury, CT 06811

Scion Coffee Mugs
 
Your beverage is guaranteed to taste better
in this Scions mug than in a canteen cup!


$16 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.
 
Scions Tee Shirts

We had a sample Tee shirt made up to display at the 2012 Lancaster Reunion, and got a great response from those who attended. As a result, we can offer this 100% Cotten Tee Shirt with the Scion logo, and the motto "Thunder From Heaven" on the front and the back. Available in sizes S, M, L, & XL for $22 each, size XL for $25 each.

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

Operation Varsity Reports Available
 
This 57 page document was produced by the 17th Airborne staff at the end of the war. Included are maps of Drop and Landing Zones, Status of each glider load after landing, pre- arranged artillery coordinates, and much more.
8.5" x 14". Great reading.

Available in hard copy for a donation of $22 each
or on a CD for $12 each. Includes S&H in the U.S. 

 
Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
17th Airborne Challenge Coins
 
These beautiful, high quality challenge coins were developed by Scion Jeff Schumacher and his wife Melinda as a tribute to the 17th Airborne. The coins have the 17th Airborne insignia on one side, and the Scions logo on the reverse side. Available for $15 each, two for $25. Any additional coins above the quantity of two would be $10 each. Includes S&H.

Consider donating additional funds so that we can send these to as many of our veterans as possible, or buy two and give one to your special 17th veteran!


Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
Scion Hats and Patches
Show your pride to be a Scion of the 17th Airborne Division
 
The sample hats that we had made up for the Lancaster, PA Operation Varsity gathering sold out very quickly, so we had some more made up. Available in Blue, Black, or Red, these hats have our Scion patch sewn on.
A $25.00 donation is requested for each hat.

We also have additional Scion patches identical to those included in the packages sent to new members.he Patches are 3.5"H x 3"W and are available for $3.00 each.
Includes S&H in the U.S.

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne", 62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

Proceeds from the sale of these items help to support the mission of the Scions, to honor our veterans, and to tell the story of the 17th Airborne Division
17th Airborne Decals

Scion Gary Stift had these great decals made up, and donated a quantity to us for sale to our members. Thanks Gary!!

Decals are available for $8.00 each, includes S&H in the USA.

Please indicate if you want the Talon Decal, or the Scion logo Decal, and the quantity requested.


Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
Talon Newspapers on CD
 
  During WWII, the 17th published a number of magazines, or newspapers under the title of "Talon". The two most well known are "Talon in Ardennes" and "Talon Crosses the Rhine". In addition we have located 14 additional issues. We have scanned these issues, and combined them on one CD, so that they can be made available to our membership. Thanks to those who have donated  these materials.
Thanks to our membership, we have the funds to put this package together!


The CD is available for $10 each. Includes S&H in the USA

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

17th Airborne Division, Volume 1

 
  This 118 page book, published by the 17th before deployment to Europe, has many photo of individual units, as well as photos of the training.
  Two sample pages are shown below. Perhaps you can find your father, or grandfathers photo !
  Thanks to our membership, we have the funds to put this package together!

The CD is available for $20 each. Includes S&H in the USA

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

Below are a few sample pages from this book

Become a Member of the
Scions of the 17th Airborne !

Regular membership in the "Scions of the 17th Airborne" is open to any descendant or family member of any trooper who served with the 17th during its existence.

Our mission is to insure that the sacrifice and history of the 17th Airborne Division is not forgotten.

Distinguished Honorary Members 
All veterans of the 17th are considered as "Distinguished Honorary Members" of the Scions.  We exist to honor you, our veterans.

Associate Membership is available to individuals who have an interest in the history of the 17th Airborne, but are not related to a veteran of the 17th. Associate Members do not have voting rights.


To join our growing organization, contact the Scions at:  Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com.
 
We also have a great Facebook page, where there are lots of great posts by friends of the 17th in the U.S. and in Europe. Check us out on Facebook at: 
17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants).

The Scions also has a website up and running, although it is still under construction. We will have information on the history of the 17th, documents that are related to the 17th, a place to post copies of our newsletters, and other valuable information.

The website is located at: Scionsofthe17thairborne.org

Many thanks go out to Scion Danny Carter, who is assisting us in setting up the website!

Please consider passing this on to your children and grandchildren, if they are not already members. As our membership grows, we can take on new projects of value.

President
Rose Friday, daughter of Edward Friday (194th)

Vice President
Michele Smith, daughter of Bill Smith (466th)

Secretary/Treasurer
Ed Siergiej Jr., son of Edward J. Siergiej (194th)

Executive Committee:

Cindy Heigl - daughter of Tony Heigl (193rd)
Melanie Sembrat - daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Robert Smith - brother of Levert L. Smith (194th)
Isaac Epps - son of Ralph Epps (194th)
From Scion Robert Blethrow:

Mom & Dad's 61st anniversary Sept. 13. God Bless them both
From Scion Tom FitzGerald

"The newsletter is great!  I'll be renewing, and will be signing up my brothers and sisters as well!
"

Sick Call

Bill Tom
(194 / C)
Bill Tom (194) was recently in the hospital; and his wife Linda reports that he is back home and recovering on schedule. Words of encouragement can be sent to:
  154 Stanford Hts.
  San Francisco, Ca. 94127-2349
Mike Rock
(680B)

Mike Rock (680B) took a fall last week in Atlantic City and hit his head. He is home now, and doctors have given him the OK. I know he could use our support and encouragement.
Mike Rock
70 Gasko Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Dr. John Magill

There is not a one of us who has not been touched by Dr. John Magill's messages at the reunion Memorial Services; or by his personal stories at Lancaster; or just by his passion for the 17th Airborne and the sacrifices made in WWII.
  In a phone call today to clarify his e-mail address; his wife Anna shared that he is not doing well--he has fluid on the brain, and is in Hospice Legacy Care; which is stage one of that type care---not intense but with a watchful eye. His daughter is staying with them to assist.
 
  Inbound cards and prayers to:
  Dr. John Magill
  PO Box 382
  Millerstown, Pa.  17062

TAPS


IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN SOLDIER
by Isaac Epps

 
   The ones who went
   Were truly sent
   To do a Noble Deed;
   When evil showed
   They took the load
   In Justice, they believed.
   They heard the call
   And gave their All
   And some did not not come back.
   They knew the the chance

   But took the stance
   When Liberty was attacked.
   It Speaks of Duty, Faith; and Love;
   It speaks of a respect
   for Country; For Others,
   For the Right of Man;
   To forget would be neglect.
   On this Their Day

   We stop to pray
   Their Memory shall live;
   The sacrifice they made was Life.
   What more can someone Give?
John R. Richter
194 / AT

We have been informed by John's son, new Scion member John K. Richter, of his fathers passing in 2007. The obituary is below.

John R. Richter, age 81, died on Oct. 28, 2007. Born in West Mayfield, PA, the son of John and Magdalena Richter, Czech immigrants; graduated from Beaver Falls High School June, 1944; minor league pitching prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates; drafted into the U.S. Army August, 1944, and assigned to Company AT, 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division; wounded in action in Operation Varsity, March 24, 1945: received the Purple Heart; graduated from Geneva College 1952; President and CEO of Rockford Paper Mills, served on the Board of Directors of the First Security Trust and Savings Bank of Elmwood Park. He was predeceased by wife, Ann Richter in 1991. Surviving children include Kelly, Casey and Christopher Richter; grandchildren include Ava Marie and Christopher Robert (Christopher and Eva) and John Patrick and Frances Margaret (Kelly and Pat Zema). He is also survived by two brothers and their families, Jerry Richter of State College, PA and Frank Richter of Beaver Falls, PA. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview, IL at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2007. Interment of ashes will take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA, in a military funeral honors ceremony.

Published in Chicago Tribune on December 7, 2007
 
, James F.

Fairport: 9/18/13. Jim passed away peacefully at home after a rich and rewarding life, with his loving wife Dorie by his slde. The son of Milton and Minnie Starks, Jim was born in Rochester on 1/15/25, and graduated from Monroe High in 1942. He served in the 17th Airborne during WWII, receiving a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Jim graduated from Syracuse University and began a 31 year career at Bausch & Lomb. His retirement in 1981 was short-lived, when he became an early pioneer in the natural food industry, co-founding Lori's Natural Foods Center with his daughter Lori. Together, they created the largest independent natural foods store in New York State. Jim remained involved in the store to the end, including writing newsletter articles until early this year.

Jim loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening, and travel. He was active in many social outreach programs through his church, and concerned about conservation and the environment. He helped plan and carry out demonstrations for the very first Earth Day in April 1970. He was passionate about educating people about protecting their rights to clean food and water, and access to natural supplements.

Jim was predeceased by brothers Myron and Gerald; and sister-in-law Luella Starks. He is survived by his wife Dorie of nearly 61 years; son Jay; daughter-in-law Liz; son Larry; daughter Lori Sozio; son-in-law John Sozio; granddaughters Caitlin and Delaney Starks; sister-in-law Aurelia Starks; and many loving nieces and nephews. Jim was also blessed with numerous close friends, loyal employees, and devoted church members who supplied love and support over the years.

A celebration of life will be held 3:00PM Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY, where Jim and Dorie have been active members for 45 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Mountain Rise Church of Christ Social Ministries, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY 14450 or the Nature Conservancy in Jim's memory.


 

 
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on September 22, 2013
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Starks, James F.
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Fairport, NY, 9/18/13. Jim passed away peacefully at home after a rich and rewarding life, with his loving wife Dorie by his slde. The son of Milton and Minnie Starks, Jim was born in Rochester on 1/15/25, and graduated from Monroe High in 1942. He served in the 17th Airborne during WWII, receiving a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Jim graduated from Syracuse University and began a 31 year career at Bausch & Lomb. His retirement in 1981 was short-lived, when he became an early pioneer in the natural food industry, co-founding Lori's Natural Foods Center with his daughter Lori. Together, they created the largest independent natural foods store in New York State. Jim remained involved in the store to the end, including writing newsletter articles until early this year.

Jim loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening, and travel. He was active in many social outreach programs through his church, and concerned about conservation and the environment. He helped plan and carry out demonstrations for the very first Earth Day in April 1970. He was passionate about educating people about protecting their rights to clean food and water, and access to natural supplements.

Jim was predeceased by brothers Myron and Gerald; and sister-in-law Luella Starks. He is survived by his wife Dorie of nearly 61 years; son Jay; daughter-in-law Liz; son Larry; daughter Lori Sozio; son-in-law John Sozio; granddaughters Caitlin and Delaney Starks; sister-in-law Aurelia Starks; and many loving nieces and nephews. Jim was also blessed with numerous close friends, loyal employees, and devoted church members who supplied love and support over the years.

A celebration of life will be held 3:00PM Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY, where Jim and Dorie have been active members for 45 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Mountain Rise Church of Christ Social Ministries, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY 14450 or the Nature Conservancy in Jim's memory.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on September 22, 2013

, James F.

Fairport: 9/18/13. Jim passed away peacefully at home after a rich and rewarding life, with his loving wife Dorie by his slde. The son of Milton and Minnie Starks, Jim was born in Rochester on 1/15/25, and graduated from Monroe High in 1942. He served in the 17th Airborne during WWII, receiving a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Jim graduated from Syracuse University and began a 31 year career at Bausch & Lomb. His retirement in 1981 was short-lived, when he became an early pioneer in the natural food industry, co-founding Lori's Natural Foods Center with his daughter Lori. Together, they created the largest independent natural foods store in New York State. Jim remained involved in the store to the end, including writing newsletter articles until early this year.

Jim loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening, and travel. He was active in many social outreach programs through his church, and concerned about conservation and the environment. He helped plan and carry out demonstrations for the very first Earth Day in April 1970. He was passionate about educating people about protecting their rights to clean food and water, and access to natural supplements.

Jim was predeceased by brothers Myron and Gerald; and sister-in-law Luella Starks. He is survived by his wife Dorie of nearly 61 years; son Jay; daughter-in-law Liz; son Larry; daughter Lori Sozio; son-in-law John Sozio; granddaughters Caitlin and Delaney Starks; sister-in-law Aurelia Starks; and many loving nieces and nephews. Jim was also blessed with numerous close friends, loyal employees, and devoted church members who supplied love and support over the years.

A celebration of life will be held 3:00PM Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY, where Jim and Dorie have been active members for 45 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Mountain Rise Church of Christ Social Ministries, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY 14450 or the Nature Conservancy in Jim's memory.


 

 
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on September 22, 2013
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, James F.

Fairport: 9/18/13. Jim passed away peacefully at home after a rich and rewarding life, with his loving wife Dorie by his slde. The son of Milton and Minnie Starks, Jim was born in Rochester on 1/15/25, and graduated from Monroe High in 1942. He served in the 17th Airborne during WWII, receiving a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Jim graduated from Syracuse University and began a 31 year career at Bausch & Lomb. His retirement in 1981 was short-lived, when he became an early pioneer in the natural food industry, co-founding Lori's Natural Foods Center with his daughter Lori. Together, they created the largest independent natural foods store in New York State. Jim remained involved in the store to the end, including writing newsletter articles until early this year.

Jim loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening, and travel. He was active in many social outreach programs through his church, and concerned about conservation and the environment. He helped plan and carry out demonstrations for the very first Earth Day in April 1970. He was passionate about educating people about protecting their rights to clean food and water, and access to natural supplements.

Jim was predeceased by brothers Myron and Gerald; and sister-in-law Luella Starks. He is survived by his wife Dorie of nearly 61 years; son Jay; daughter-in-law Liz; son Larry; daughter Lori Sozio; son-in-law John Sozio; granddaughters Caitlin and Delaney Starks; sister-in-law Aurelia Starks; and many loving nieces and nephews. Jim was also blessed with numerous close friends, loyal employees, and devoted church members who supplied love and support over the years.

A celebration of life will be held 3:00PM Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY, where Jim and Dorie have been active members for 45 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Mountain Rise Church of Christ Social Ministries, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, NY 14450 or the Nature Conservancy in Jim's memory.


 

 
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on September 22, 2013
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James E. Taylor

 
James Eugene Taylor, 92, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday at his home.
Survivors include daughter, Cindy Burger (Larry); grandchildren, Laurie Katherine Kramer (Nicholas), Jamie Suzanne DiTucci (Heath), John Frank Taylor (Andreya), James Taylor Kindred (Ali), Benjamin Stephen Burger (Jessica), Michael Justin Burger (Lynn), and John Laurence Burger; great-grandchildren, Katherine Nicole Burger, William Jeffrey Burger, Jesse James Arthur Kindred-Prall, Danny Kristoff Kramer, Abigail Deborah DiTucci, Gabriel Giovanni DiTucci and Molly Anne Taylor; sister, Betty Ann Taylor Hendrix; brother, Jess W. Taylor, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his three wives. He was married to Katherine Bulman Taylor for 51 years, until her passing in 1990. He was married for 2 years to fellow Huntsville High classmate Margaret Rhoades Weaver Taylor. And finally to Lucy Hughes Stewart-Taylor for nearly 16 years until her passing in April of this year. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Sue Taylor, and one sister, Wanda Taylor Brightwell.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. (www.laughlinservice.com)
Jimmie, as he was known to his many friends lived a rich, full life. He lived his life according to his motto: "give flowers to the living". Always a hard worker, his first job was delivering newspapers at age 6. His occupations included hotel management (manager of the Hotel Russell Erskine in the 50's), restaurant management (Sno Wite Drive Inn), and aerospace logistics.
He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1939, and was Captain of the 1938 football team under Coach Milton Frank. Following graduation, he continued work at the Russell Erskine Hotel, where he previously worked as an elevator operator.
Jimmie enlisted in the Army during WW II. He was a paratrooper and earned a purple heart during the Battle of the Bulge. He rose to the rank of Master Sargent, declining a battlefield commission so he could stay with his soldiers. In retirement, he actively supported veterans organizations, marched in uniform in parades, publicly spoke about his war experiences and actively participated in his beloved 17th Airborne Association.
Returning to Huntsville following the war, he became a community leader, serving as an officer on the boards of the Madison County Red Cross, the Chamber of Commerce, the Huntsville Industrial Expansion Committee, and the Huntsville Downtown Improvement Committee. He was also President of the Huntsville Rotary Club and the Alabama Hotel Association. He was the Huntsville Jaycees Man of the Year in 1953 and awarded the DAR Medal of Honor in 2007. His crowning achievement was chairing the Huntsville Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1955.
In retirement, he continued contributing to the community, supporting his wife's DAR activities, the Huntsville Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame, and chaired the HHS Class of 1939 70th reunion. He also organized the "Christmas Gang" which gathered friends, old and new, each year during the holidays to exchange tales, both tall and true.
Finally, he had a tremendous memory for details and supported many local historians with tales from his early childhood throughout his life. This community treasure, veteran, and devoted family man will be missed. The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice, First United Methodist and First Christian Churches.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Veteran's Memorial or Huntsville Hospital's "Clicking for a Cause". - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/huntsville/obituary.aspx?n=james-taylor&pid=166687047#fbLoggedOut
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