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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 # 22 - July 2014
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:
Adam Coolong & Ed Siergiej Jr.- Editors
 
Visit our Facebook page at:

17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter
 
-   Scions Gather for Airborne Fairwell  to Bill Smith

-   New Scions Website To Be Launched Soon

-   Scions 2013 Gathering Schedule

-   Plan now for the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National
    Cemetery

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    Scions to Invade Europe in 2015
    by Jeff Schumacher


-   Scions Memorial Fund
     by Ed Siergiej Jr.

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   Chaplain's Corner
     by Isaac Epps, Scion Chaplain

-   Proposed Scions Bylaw Change
     by Ed Siergiej Jr - Secretary / Treasurer


 
Thunder Mail Call by Bill Tom

- Letters From Home and Abroad

-  Sick Call

-  TAPS


-  17th Airborne Online Store


-   Become a Member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne
 Do You Know of a Veteran Who Does Not Use Email?
 
Each month this newsletter, "Thunder From Heaven" goes out to almost 500 members of the 17th Airborne family.  We know that some of our veterans no longer use, or have never used email.  Scion Kerri Whitaker, grand daughter of Richard L. Wise (194/C), has volunteered to send hard copies of the newsletter to our veterans each month, and has been doing so for a number of months now. 
 If you know of a veteran who would like a copy of the newsletter, please let us know, and we will add them to the list.
Just send an email to: Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.
Help the Scions to Provide This Newsletter to Our Veterans Who Do Not Use Email
 
Our list of veterans who are getting this newsletter in a hard copy format is growing as our organization grows. Up to this point the cost of printing copies of the newsletter and mailing it has been donated by one of our Scions. However as the list grows the organization will need to offset these costs. Please consider making a donation to support this effort.
 Donations can be sent to us at the address below. Please note that the gift is earmarked to support the newsletter effort.

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

 

 
 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

                     
Scions Gather for Airborne Farewell
to Bill Smith


by Ed Siergiej Jr.
 
One of the important initiatives that our Scions organization has undertaken since our founding in 2011 has been the effort to provide a presence at funerals for our 17th Airborne veterans.

When we are notified of the passing by the veterans family, our Chaplain, Isaac Epps leads the effort to find a member of the organization to attend the funeral service. The new 17th Airborne Flag which we had made this year is shipped to the volunteer whenever possible. 

The funeral this week of Bill Smith (466th PFAB), father of Scion VP Michele Smith was attended by quite a number of the 17th Airborne family. Michele prepared an impressive display of photos and videos of her fathers life, many from 17th Airborne reunions. In addition to 17th veteran Joe Quade, and his wife Sue, Scions from near and far arrived to pay their respects to Bill, who hosted the annual Operation Varsity gathering in Lancaster, PA, more recently hosted by Michele, and at which the Scions organization was founded in 2011. At graveside, after the military Honor Guard had completed the honors, the "Airborne Hymn" was sung by those in attendance.

The Scion Memorial Fund has been set up to support this important effort, as well as to provide wreaths for our Veterans Day ceremonies. Donations in memory of an individual or group have been used to create our new flag, and to ship it around the country for these sad events.  
New Scions Website To Be Launched Soon


 
 
Scions volunteers have been hard at work on creating a brand-new website, and we are excited to announce that our new internet home is almost ready to be launched!

This new website will showcase an array of features, including individual component unit history and picture pages, information on upcoming gatherings, links to all things 17th on the internet, documents from our growing archival collection and more! 

We hope this new website will increase our online visability and will enable more people to find and join the Scions!

Stay tuned for our launch date announcement and a link to the new site!

 
Scion 2013 - 2014 Gathering Schedule
 
In this section of the newsletter we will post information on both annual and regional gatherings, 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 below.

 
Arlington VA Gathering

November 2014

Each year, the Scions gather in Arlington, VA. for ceremonies at the memorial to the 17th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremonies are held on Veterans Day week, usually on November 10th. Our ceremony is a part of a wonderful program organized by the Ruben Tucker chapter of the 82nd Airborne Div. Assoc. After these ceremonies are over, the Scions travel over to the National World War II Memorial, and lay another wreath at the "Airborne Relief" at the Memorial. 

 As details on this gathering are finalized, we will communicate them here.
Scions to Invade Europe in 2015!
 
March 18 - 29, 2015 

Greetings fellow Scions and honored Veterans.  Early interest in a 2015 trip to the WWII European Theater of Operations (ETO) has been encouraging - and excitement is building, even this far in advance!

We’ve already received interest from about 20 Scions and family members representing the 193rd, 194th, 513th and 680th, which is helping to establish the “canvas” on which the trip can be painted, including The Bulge: the Belgian Ardennes, Bastogne, Flamierge, Dead Man’s Ridge and the surrounding area, and of course Operation Varsity, including the Drop and Landing Zones around Wesel, and various points in between in the European Theater of Operations.  Are you interested in making the trek, seeing where the 17th served, on foot and from the skies, and walking in their footsteps?  Give it some serious thought - there will only be One 70th Anniversary for BOTB and Operation Varsity - and we plan to be there!  

Based on the response thus far, it already promises to be a great trip with much to see, learn and do.  We’ve also been contacted by representatives of the National WWII Glider Pilots Association, and it sounds as though there will be representation from this group in the ETO to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Varsity.  There also promises to be a variety of “70th” events - dedications, remembrances and ceremonies - already in the making across the region, the schedules for which will coincide with Operation Varsity time frame.  

As the interest builds and the trip starts to take shape, the number of things to plan and coordinate becomes more evident.  Early ‘Thanks’ to the folks that have offered to help - including Joe Quade (who could probably do this in his sleep).  These folks’ offers are welcome, and your assistance will be appreciated as well.  

So, fellow Scions - give it some consideration!  In addition to experiencing the chance to travel together as a group - representing the 17th - to see where our vets served, you would also experience the hospitality of the residents of a region freed from the grips of oppression, and the sentiment that is still evident as they remember and honor returning veterans (and their families).

Let me know if you are interested and include "the usual” information (names, contact info), your 17th vet connection (i.e. son/daughter, etc. of a veteran?), please indicate the unit(s) in which “your vet” served, qne tell us who/how many people could prospectively travel in your party, and their approximate ages.  Along with some basic contact information, mailing address and telephone numbers are welcome.  No commitments needed yet, but we do need to start getting a ‘ballpark’ idea of how many travelers we could have in order to engage travel planners and start identifying accommodations that can meet our needs (Volkswagen Bus or Tour Bus...).

Here’s how to get in touch regarding interest in the trip:

Drop an email to  ScionsTrip2015@gmail.com  

OR, call or write to:

Jeff Schumacher
1331 SW Wintergreen Lane
Blue Springs, MO  64015
Home phone:  (816) 224-3779

See you in Lancaster...
Airborne...All the Way!


Editors Note:
The Executive Committee wishes to thank Jeff for taking the lead on this exciting project. Those who know Jeff, have great confidance that the trip will be well planned, well communicated, and well done!
 
Jeff sent this update on the trip status:

 
Greetings fellow Scions and honored Veterans.  Interest in a 2015 trip to the WWII European Theater of Operations (ETO) continues to build as we head into summer, and - finally - warm weather.  

We’ve heard from nearly 50 Scions and family members representing the 193rd, 194th, 513th and 680th, interested in visiting The Bulge: the Belgian Ardennes, Bastogne, Flamierge, Dead Man’s Ridge and the surrounding area, and of course Operation Varsity, including the Drop and Landing Zones around Wesel, and various points in between in the European Theater of Operations.  Are you interested in making the trek, seeing where the 17th served, on foot and from the skies, and walking in their footsteps?  Give it some serious thought - there will only be One 70th Anniversary for BOTB and Operation Varsity - and we plan to be there!  

Interest was bolstered at the Lancaster reunion with folks representing the National WWII Glider Pilots Association and friends thereof - and we look forward to representation from this group in the ETO to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Varsity.  

Dates:  The Trip schedule is slated for March 18-29, 2015.  That will coincide with events planned in the Bulge as well as the 70th Anniversary of Varsity, with a trip to the Wesel and surrounding area.  We continue to have interested and dedicated folks volunteer their assistance to make the trip special.  We have trip planning taking place in June and expect to provide an update of expectations in the July TFH.

 
For those of you that are interested but have not yet made contact - please drop me a line or call.  (email is best - see the address below).

So, fellow Scions - consider the experience of traveling to the ETO together as a group - representing the 17th - to see where our vets served and experience the hospitality of the region. 

Let me know if you are interested and include basic contact information (names, where you live, how to contact you - email or otherwise), your 17th vet connection (i.e. son/daughter, etc. of a veteran?), please indicate the unit(s) in which “your vet” served, and tell us who/how many people could prospectively travel in your party, and their approximate ages.  Along with some basic contact information, mailing address and telephone numbers are welcome.   Put the dates into your 2015 calendar - no commitments needed today, but by mid-summer we will have more details on which you can base your decision.  

Here’s how to get in touch regarding interest in the trip:

Drop an email to  ScionsTrip2015@gmail.com  

OR, call or write to:

Jeff Schumacher
1331 SW Wintergreen Lane
Blue Springs, MO  64015
Home phone:  (816) 224-3779
 
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, for example)  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


 
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.
 
Edward M Whitmarsh
Grandson of Edward D. Whitmarsh (194/G)
Arlington, NE

Clint T. Whitmarsh

Grandson of Edward D. Whitmarsh (194/G)
Omaha, NE

Jamieson Mundy

Grandson of Thomas McKinley (194/I)
Los Angeles, CA

Dusty Cornelius
Grandson of Austin Y. Steen, Jr. (513/G)
Crosbyton, TX


Rose Mary Bailey 
Daughter of Harold W Folkerth (513/C)
Rochester, IN

 

 
Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

 
The following is reprinted from the Summer 2014 edition of Airborne Quarterly with permission from Col. Bill Weber; who edits that fine publication.
                                                                                                         
COINS LEFT ON TOMBSTONES
(Ed. Forenote: I didn't know this..Did you? Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? There is actually a reason behind it.)
   While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
   These coins have distinct meanings when left on tombstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
   A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect.
   Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited. A nickle indicates that you and the deceased trained at some post, camp or station together; while a dime means you served with him in some capacity.
   By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the soldier when he was killed.
   According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
   In the U.S. this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
   So, some Vietnam and other era veterans would leave coins as a "down payment' to but their comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
   The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced back to as far as the Roman Empire.
 
 
  
Proposed Change to Scion Bylaws
by Ed Siergiej Jr
Secretary / Treasurer 

 
The Scion organization has grown considerably since our founding in 2011. As we have grown, we have been able to spread out the work of operating the organization, which also helps us to better serve the needs of the organization. Some of the changes made in the last year are:

Scion Paul Madden, son of Hal Madden (680th A Battery) has offered to take on the role of Historian

Scion Adam Coolong, grandson of Charles E. Booth (680th HQ) has agreed to take the point on the Newsletter and also the Coordinator of the material mined from the National Archives

Scion Chuck Katz, son of John Katz (194th GIR) has offered to serve as a legal adviser to the organization. 

With these important roles established, it has been suggested that we make two changes to the Bylaws.

1. Increase the number of members on the Executive Committee from 8 to 15 Scions.
   
The existing 8 seats on the Executive Committee are filled by:

President - Currently - Rose Friday
Vice President - Currently - Michele Smith
Seceratary / Treasurer - Currently - Ed Siergiej Jr.
Chaplain - Currently - Isaac Epps
Melanie Sembrat
Cindy Heigl
Robert Smith

The proposed change is to "Add 7 seats on the Executive Committee to make a total of 15, providing seats for:

Newsletter Editor - Currently - Adam Coolong
Historian - Currently - Paul Madden
Legal Adviser - Currently - Chuck Katz
Membership Committee Chair
Recording Secretary
(3) At Large positions


2. "Change the name of the "Executive Committee" to "Board of Directors"

As required by our existing Bylaws, we are communicating these proposed changes in our newsletter from April to November 2014. 
We are accepting comment on the proposed changes. Those who would like to comment on these changes can contact us by email at: Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com, or by mail at:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811

The changes will be discussed and voted on at our next meeting in Arlington, VA in November.

Ed Siergiej Jr
Seceratary / Treasurer
April 30, 2014
Minutes of the Annual Meeting Held in Lancaster, PA

by Ed Siergiej Jr. & Melanie Sembrt



Attached are links to the Minutes of our Annual Meeting, as well as Secretary's and Treasurer's Reports. Many thanks to Scion Melanie Sembrat for acting as recording secretary.

Click here to read the Minutes from the meeting.

Click here to read the Secretary's Report from the meeting.

Click here to read the Treasurer's Report from the meeting. 

 
Scion Melanie Sembrat, daughter of Harry Sembrat (513 HQ) made arrangements to have our 17th Airborne Flag fly on this C-47 aircraft which flew to Europe to participate in the D-day ceremonies. This aircraft also flew on Operation Varsity. Melanie attended the takeoff of the aircraft on its journey and sent this photo taken after it returned to its home base in Geneseo, NY. Thanks Melanie, for making this possible.
Dear  Friends,
 
With our July greetings we will also remember the crashed MH 17 with 284 death.
Among them ca 200 with the Dutch nationality.
 
Sincerely,
Pierre Ackermans
MMG 17th ABN Holland

Sick Call

 
Mike Rock (680B) is home from the hospital and recovering from a bout with sepsis.

I'm sure it would really cheer him up to get some get well cards from all of us - sent to his home address is best as his daughter Diane visits daily.Thanks.
Mike's address is;
 
 Mike Rock
70 Gasko Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

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 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?
Standing Guard

Submitted by Dominic Biello

Bill Smith

466th PFAB

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association


William E. of Ardmore, Pa. On July 25, 2014. Beloved husband of 68 years to Ruth (nee McQuillin) Smith. Loving father of Michele A. Smith. Son of Robert DeBow Smith and Matilda (nee Klopfer) Smith. Brother of Thelma Smith, Jeanne Scott, Ethel Kolb, and the late George, Robert, Walter, and Samuel Smith, and Grace Scott. Bill volunteered for the Army in 1940. In 1943, he joined the paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, earned his jump wings and was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 466th Parachute Field Artillery. On Christmas Eve 1944 he left England to participate in the frigid Battle of the Bulge. He took part in the largest, most successful Airborne invasion of WWII, code name "Operation Varsity" where they jumped across the Rhine onto a waiting German Army.He luckily came through unscathed.After his service, Bill went onto a successful career with Prudential Insurance Company where he was often in the top 10% of agents across the country. He was Chairman of the Catholic Charities. He was a Rotarian for over 50 years and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a guest speaker at many schools trying to instill patriotism into the students that attended. He wrote many articles on Social Security Notch babies and the exploits of the heroic 17th Airborne division.He was a past President of that Association, chaired 3 Reunions for the association and also served on their Board of Directors.When the association finally disbanded due to age related concerns, he continued to host many mini reunions that are still being carried on today by their descendants, the Scions of the 17th Airborne. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Friday August 1 at 9:30 am in the Funeral Home of John Stretch 236 East Eagle Rd. Havertown, Pa. 19083 and to his Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 am in St. Denis Church 2401 St. Denis Lane Havertown, Pa. 19083. Int. St. Denis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers an offering in Mr. Smith's name to either the Catholic Charities Appeal Archdioceses of Philadelphia 100 N. 20th St. Suite 301 Phila., Pa. 19103 or to the above named church. (www.stretchfuneralhome.com

Editors Note: Bill's daughter Michele, V.P. of the Scions, asked us to mention that those in the 17th Airborne Division Family may make a donation to the Scions Memorial Fund in Bill's memory, if they so desire. Donations can be directed to the Scions at:

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

193/E

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Glenn E. Widdows Sr. of Wooster passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the age of 92. 
He was born in Cleveland, resided in Sheffield Lake and North Ridgeville before moving to Wooster 6 years ago.
Mr. Widdows was born in Cleveland, graduated from East High and attended Fenn College. He was married to Marguerite (nee Farinacci) for 56 years, who preceded him in death in 1999. He is survived by his children Carol Lee Sinclair (Daniel), Robert (Susan), Glenn Jr., grandfather of four and special “G.G.” [Great Grandfather] of nine.
Mr. Widdows was a paratrooper and gliderman with the 82nd, 101st, and the 17th Airborne Divisions during WWII. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Forest and was awarded the bronze star medal combat infantryman’s badge. He was a life member of VFW Post 9871 in North Ridgeville where he was a past member of the Honor Guard Unit.
Mr. Widdows was a Traffic Manager in the Cleveland area for over 40 years. He retired from Alcan Aluminum in 1985 and also held positions with Lubrizol, General Motors Tank Plant, Ford Motor and the New York Central Railroad.
He was a member of the Traffic Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Transportation Club, and a past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity. He was also associated with the American Society of Traffic and Transportation, the National Industrial Traffic League and a member of the Traffic Committee of the Aluminum Association, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Widdows enjoyed traveling, golf, bowling, fishing and playing with his great grandchildren.
Friends may call Thursday from 5-8 PM at the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Services will be held on Friday at 10 AM in the funeral home. Jack Uber will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by North Ridgeville VFW Post 9871.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donation to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, OH 44145 or VFW Post 9871, 6508 Lear Nagle Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039.
Norbert J. Burger
464 / A

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Norbert J. Burger, 90, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 24, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Pearl (Wiggs) Burger, also of Lawrenceville and his daughter, Esther Whatley of Fort Myers Beach, FL. Mr. Burger was born in Pittsburgh, PA and was a decorated Army veteran who proudly served our country in World War II. He loved playing his guitar and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with his musical talent. At his request, there will be no service. Donations to honor his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4800 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 (woundedwarriorproject.org). GER Arrangements entrusted to Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-972-3155 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=Norbert-Burger&pid=155755608#sthash.pOQV4xEA.dpuf

Lloyd E. Cooney
517 SG

Lloyd E. Cooney, 90, of Yarrow Point, WA passed away, Monday, November 25th, 19 days after the passing of his wife, Betty. 

Lloyd was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Vera Marie Williams and Cecil Everett Cooney. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Lloyd served as a Tec 5 specialist with the 517 Airborne Signal Co. of the 17th and 82nd Airborne Divisions in World War II. He received three major battle stars including the Battle of the Bulge. He earned his B.S. degree in Political Science and did post-graduate work in Banking and Finance at the University of Utah. He married Betty Louise Packard of Magna, Utah on March 4, 1946. 

Mr. Cooney had a distinguished history in broadcasting, editorializing and public service. He was VP/General Manager of KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, before coming to Seattle as President/General Manager of KIRO, Inc. (KIRO-TV, KIRO Newsradio, and KSEA-FM) from 1963 to 1982. He served on the CBS Television Affiliates and CBS Radio Affiliates Advisory Boards, as Chair of the CBS Affiliates Promotion Committee, and on the board of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters. 

Cooney left KIRO to run for the U.S. Senate seat of Warren Magnuson in 1982 and the seat of Henry Jackson in 1983. His positions on issues were plain, principled and conservative. Following the campaigns, he entered into consultancies with the Seattle Supersonics, the Seattle Mariners, Group W Cable, Ackerley Communications, Weatherly Private Capital, Bonneville International, Medina Broadcast Group, and Prime Sports NW.

Lloyd served in many community leadership roles, including Chairman of Seattle-King County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Public Relations Committee of United Way of King County, the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and as Mayor of the town of Yarrow Point. He also served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Downtown Seattle Development Association, American Heart Association, Broadmoor Golf & Country Club, Washington Athletic Club, and Rainier Club. Lloyd's efforts contributed to raising both awareness and many donations through the Variety Club telethons. He enjoyed serving Thanksgiving meals at the Union Gospel Mission and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas. 

He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of fifty, and served in various callings including Bishop of the Bellevue First Ward and Young Single Adults Ward. 

Lloyd is remembered as one who loved life. His adventures included rides covering 45,000 miles on his Harley -Davidson across Mexico, Australia, the Badlands and Canada. At 80 he sold his motorcycle, and enjoyed time at his home, as well as at his lake cabin with family, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed tending to his gardens and roses, and relished the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. So many of the family members he enjoyed, the people he worked with, the friends he rode with and those he mentored, all loved him, as he loved them. All will remember how he loved his wife, Betty, of 67 years. 

Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and brother, Cecil 'Pep' Cooney. He is survived by sister, Suzi Breedlove, and brother, Ronald 'Skip' Cooney; children, Shauna Brenner, Kevin Cooney and Kim Cooney; grandchildren Kevin Brenner, Kimberly Nykamp, Steven Brenner, Elisa Seely, Cecily Mortensen, Megan Curtis, Caitlin Mack, Kelly Smith, Mallory King, Riley Cooney and Sean Cooney; Michael Cooney, Rachel Hoerman, Callen Lewis, and Case Cooney; and twenty-two great-grandchildren. 

Viewing from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Thursday, December 5 at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place, Bellevue, WA 98007 (425-746-1400). 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, December 6th at the Bellevue Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14536 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98006. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=168289684#sthash.X58yjhee.dpuf

Franklin T. Milner
(464/HQ)


Franklin Thomas Milner the "KING" Passed away April 21, 2010 with his loving family by his side. Born February 23, 1924, to Harriet Viola Williams, and Benjamin Fayne Milner. He Graduated from South High and University of Utah before joining the U.S. Army 82 Airborne Div. as a paratrooper Feb. 11, 1943 to help defend his country's freedom. He parachuted into Normandy France on D-Day June 6, 1944, also served in Bastogne Belgium, and Wasel Germany. He received the Silver Star and a Purple Heart. He felt honored to march in the Ticker-Tape Victory Parade in New York City in 1946. He worked for 55+ years as an Ironworker 'Local 27' in Utah, Wyoming, Alaska and Greenland. His co-workers often referred to him as "The Bear" or "Samson", being short and stocky he was uncommonly strong. As kids we would sit in awe and watch him drive nails into 2 X 4's in one blow with the palm of his hand. Always the show off! Married; Laurel Leone Jones, January 1, 1959. He raised 10 children. Survived by his wife Laurel and children - Amber (Charles) Murdock, William Milner, Karen (KC) Williams, Robert Milner, Ronald (Vivian) Milner, Lorie (Kenneth) Mitchell, Micheal (Shelle) Milner, Sherry (Dennis) Brugman, and James (Genny) Milner. Brother; Ralph (Johnnie) Milner; 21 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by his mother and father, three brothers; William, Benny, and Raymond Milner; also, daughter, April Colleen. His slogan: "I am a Veteran; I started early and stayed late. It doesn't sit well with me to be a Hero but for a few I'd rather be a Hero. Once and for all you don't have to be a dead one." Services will be held Monday, April 26th at Garner Funeral Home, Salt Lake City, 10:00 a.m. visitation, 11:00 a.m. service. The "KING" will be laid to rest in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.garnerfuneral.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=franklin-milner&pid=142177784&#sthash.WCyRFw6m.pjUhAbDe.dpuf
William G. Trotter
193rd GIR

 
Trotter, William G., Sr. Thurs., Jan. 3, 2013. Beloved husband of Colleen Trotter (nee Oliver); dear father and father-in-law of William G. Trotter, Jr., Timothy (Karen) Trotter and Bradley Trotter; dear grandfather of Angela (Scott) Solomon, Amanda (Daniel) Kurdys, Abigail, Alexandra and Timothy Trotter; dear greatgrandfather of Jack Solomon; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. Services: at ORTMANN'S 9222 Lackland, Overland, Mon., Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the American Parkinson Disease Association appreciated. Visitation from 2-8 p.m. Sunday.
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Victor W. Koller

194/MD

The following obituary was provided to us by Victor's son, Dave Koller
Junior, O. Larson
193/AT

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association
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
 
Challenge coins have been created by military organizations for many years. 
This beautiful, high quality challenge coin was developed by Scion Jeff Schumacher and his wife Melinda as a tribute to the 17th Airborne. The coin has the 17th Airborne insignia on one side, and the Scions logo on the reverse side. 
These coins are another great way to foster, promote, and honor the story of the 17th. On both sides around the perimeter of the coin there is a "rope" boundary symbolizing shroud lines of a parachute and tow ropes of the gliders (on two sides because they did double tow in Varsity).The black color symbolizes "SURPRISE" and the gold is the golden opportunity to seize by surprise. Also some blue on the Airborne side of the coin representing the blue skies on 3/24/45.
 
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!
At the recent funeral of one of our veterans, the family actually included one of these coins with the veterans remains.


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

"Thunderbolt" Commemorative Book

 
  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

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

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