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 # 29 - March 2015
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

-  Col. John Kormann receives Legion of Honor Medal 

-  Scions 2015 Gathering Schedule

-   Scions Memorial Fund
     by Ed Siergiej Jr.

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   Information on Membership and Dues

-   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


-  17th Airborne Online Store

-   Become a Member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne
 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:

Col. John Kormann recieves 
"Legion of Honor" Medal
From French Government
Col. John Kormann (517 SG), founder of the Scions organization,  was presented with the "Legion of Honor" medal on at a special ceremony at his home. The arrangements for the presentation were made by Capt.Monica Stoy, U.S. Army (retired). Pictured above are:
Front row - LTC Tim Stoy, US Army Retired, Col. John Kormann, and Mrs. Kormann
Back row - Capt Monica Stoy,
US Army Retired,  Andrea Kormann Lowe, and the French Military Attache from the French Embassy.
Editors Note: Col. Kormann has been having some very serious health issues, and his family has gathered to give him and his wife Elsa their support in addition to the assistance o Hospice. Although phone calls and emails are difficult, cards and letters are very welcome, and are already flooding in from their many friends. Col. Kormann has expressed his thankfulness for the prayers and thoughts of everyone, and also how proud he is that the Scions organization that he founded is steadily growing and honoring the men of the 17th. Anyone wishing to send a card can send it to:
John Kormann
7216 Rollingwood Drive
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
 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, granddaughter 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:
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.

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


Scions of the 17th Airborne Receives
Tax Exempt Status

By Ed Siergiej Jr., Secretary / Treasurer
The Scions of the 17th Airborne has received 501c3 tax exempt status, as a public charity,  from the IRS.

Bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts to the Scions are now deductible under Section 170 of the IRS code. 

The Latest on the Miley Postage Stamp

by Ed Siergiej Jr.
Col. John Kormann has been working to get a postage stamp issued to honor General Miley as the father of the U.S. Paratrooper for some time. We encourage our membership to write to the Postmaster General in support for this stamp.
Scion 2015 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.


Lancaster Reunion 2015

Hello 17th Airborne Troopers, Trooperettes, Scions, Family and Friends!

As you know, we have rearranged our schedule this year to accommodate all those lucky enough to be attending the European trip in March. This year, our Reunion is scheduled for 
May 3-8 which is a beautiful time of the year to visit Lancaster Pa. We hope to have a huge turnout to celebrate the 70th anniversary.

Come be a part of this happy, fun filled, low cost celebration in the heart of the beautiful Amish countryside. Trooper Mike Rock has already made his reservation! He is the first to do so each year, talk about AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY SPIRIT! The proposed plan is to arrive on Sunday May 3 and depart Friday May 8 (we hope you can join us for all days, but even if only for a few days that's okay too, same package deal applies).


To reserve a room, please call (717) 299-9999. Make sure you tell them that you are with the 17th Airborne.

Rates are $133.05 for Single, $166.25 for Double, $210.55 Triple and $221.65 for Quad and prices are ALL INCLUSIVE of applicable taxes and service charges. Prices also include breakfast each day and dinner each night in the Huckleberry restaurant located on the main floor of the Inn. As those of us know who attend each year, the food portions are huge and delicious.

All guest rooms include refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffeemaker, a 32 inch flat screen TV, iron/ironing board, AM/FM clock radio, hairdryer, direct dial phone with voicemail, high speed wireless Internet and guest computer station. There is an indoor pool and fitness center, a 24 hour convenience store on premise and a great Hospitality room is provided for our use. In addition to the picturesque Amish Farmlands, the hotel is ideally located across from wonderful outlets galore - a virtual shoppers paradise! The Amish are known for their quality furniture making and you should see the beautiful pieces Scion Nan Lauria has found in the past! Trooper Mick Stinchcomb's daughters Marcy and Patty can also help you uncover treasures.

The hotel is also just 2 minutes from the Sight and Sound Theatre and American Music Theatre. Our objective for the reunion is to get everyone together to reminisce and have a good time but there is also lots to see and do to make this a great family vacation.

Visit their website at for a virtual tour, photos, directions and more. Other helpful information:

Fulton Steamboat Inn Rtes. 30 & 896. Lancaster Pa. phone (717) 299-9999, Fax (717)299-9992. Address for GPS : 1 Hartman Bridge Road Lancaster, Pa. 17602.

We really look forward to seeing you!  Again, PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW.
If you have any questions or have any suggestions please email me at: or call me at 610-630-8807.

Michele Smith
Wheeling West Virginia
Operation Varsity Gathering

Nancy Lauria has forwarded the details for this years Operation Varsity Gathering in Wheeling, WV.

April 16 - 19, 2015
Hampton Inn, Wheeling, WV
Room rate: $133.88, includes all taxes
When making reservations, please let them know you are with the 17th Airborne
Scions to Invade Europe in 2015!
March 18 - 29, 2015 

December 2014 Update:

Scions Trip 2015 

 Jeff Schumacher, who is coordinating this trip reports that the trip is full and that a waiting list has been developed, in case anyone has to cancel.
Jeff recently returned from Belgium where he reviewed the details for the trip. This event is creating a lot of excitement for those planning to attend. We will be sure to post lots of photos from participants when they return!


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

Joan and Skip Greeby have made a generous donation
in memory of Bill Smith

!!  Welcome New Members  !!

Bill Lynch
Son of Dr. William F. Lynch 193 & 194 MD
Seymour, CT

Kevin Buscher

Son of Lyle J. Buscher (680th / A Battery)
Sacramento, CA 

Christopher Sodroski Jr
Great Grandson of Thomas J. Fiorino (681/B Battery)
Depford, NJ

Frederick J. Hoppe
Scion of George P. Peterson (464th PFAB)
Atlanta, GA


Information on Membership and Dues

 "Regular Membership" in the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division is open to any family member or descendant of any veteran of the 17th Airborne Division. 

 "Associate Membership" is available for those who are not related to a 17th veteran but have an interest in our missions., to honor the men of the 17th and to keep their history alive. 
 All veterans of the 17th Airborne Division are considered to be "
Distinguished Honorary Members" of the Scions.

 Regular and Associate Membership dues are $20/year. We strive to keep the dues low, to encourage membership, and renewals. We send an email reminder to each member on the anniversary of their initial membership. Funds generated from dues are our main source of revenue to operate the organization. If you have any question about your dues status, please send us an email to Likewise, any questions about membership, please contact us at the email address above as well.

 With your support, we can continue to fulfill and expand our missions to honor the men of the 17th and to keep their history alive.

Ed Siergiej Jr
Scions of the 17th Airborne, Inc.


Donations to the General Fund

This month we have received generous donations to our general fund by the following individuals 

Marty Cavanah
Robert Chandler
Andrea White
Bill & Linda Tom (194/C)
Marion Myers

Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

The following is taken from the beautiful effort that Michele Smith put forward for her Father, William E. "Bill" Smith (466) in a remembrance that she offered at the Celebration of his life when he was called home.
  It is a part of the program that she put forward for all in attendance to reflect on Bill's amazing life and legacy. Sometimes reflective --sometimes humorous and always Bill--she captured the spirit of a dear man that I am honored to have called a friend and my singing buddy---
  This is about dealing with the passing of a loved one----
  Separation from Those We Love
     Dietrich Bonhoeffer  (Lutheran, WWII Martyr)
  Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it would be wrong to try to find a substitute; we must simply hold out and see it through. That sounds very hard at first, but at the same time it is a great consolation, for the gap, as long as it remains unfulfilled, preserves the bonds between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap: He does not fill it, but on the contrary, He keeps it empty and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain.
  Also; the dearer and richer our memories, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. The beauties of the past are borne, not as a thorn in the flesh, but as a precious gift in themselves. We Must take care not to wallow in our memories or hand ourselves over to them, just as we do not gaze all the time at a valuable present, but only at special times, and apart from these keep it simply as a hidden treasure that is ours for certain. In this way the past gives us lasting joy and strength.
Grief is the price we pay for Love--there is no book on how to grieve for the loss of a loved one--it is personal and whatever time that make take is OK. I pray that God's Healing Hand be on anyone that is struggling now with the loss of a loved one.
  I will offer this in the name of my dear friend William E. "Bill" Smith
Born January 18, 1921--Entered Eternal Life July 25, 2014
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
Vacant position - 
Scion Jeff Schumacher was elected to fill this vacancy on the Board of Directors.

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"

This motion was tabled until our next meeting, in Lancaster, PA, in May 2015

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:, or by mail at:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811

This motion was approved 
at our meeting in Arlington, VA on November 10, 2014

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. 



Have a request to make for information, or for research help?  Send us an email and we will post it in a future edition of the Thunder From Heaven newsletter, in this section!
Scion Donald Ernest, son of Thomas J. Fiorino (681/B Battery) recently surprised his grandson with a membership in the Scions, during a program at Christopher's school. Donald sent the following description and a photo of he and Christopher. We welcome Christopher to the "Scions of the 17th Airborne" !!!! 

Christopher Sodroski Jr. joined Men of Honor in school. Today his Pop Pop who served in the Navy was a guest speaker. Part of the talk was about my grandfather. He was a highly decorated war hero in the 17th airborne. There is no longer a 17th so out of fear of being forgotten they put together an organization called the Scions of the 17th Airborne which descendants can join to keep their loved ones legacy alive. Christopher was surprised to find out he is now part of this organization and my grandfather's legacy will live on through him. He was given a plaque, pin and the 17th airborne paratrooper t-shirt. Thunder from Heaven. This was such a special moment. I felt my grandfather's presence. — with DonandCarol Ernest and Christopher Sodroski Jr..
Men of the 513th PIR, Co E, 1st Platoon at Chibolten, England, 1944
Contributed by Robert Chandler, son of Delton Chadler, 513/E
Adolph E. Pace (681st) contributed by Mike Kuhn
From Gregory De Cock:

As every year, the board of the “Dead Man’s Ridge Walk” organizes a fund raising to support Veteran Lynn  Aas’ trip to Europe, March 2015. Lynn will be our honored guest at the occasion of the 7th edition of the DMRWalk on March 22, 2015.

Every contribution, even a small one, will be entirely used to finance Lynn’s trip to the place where he fought 70 years ago.
The board thanks you in advance for your support.
Feel free to share this fund raising to your email contacts and on the social networks.
Donations made from a country of the UE can be withdrawn on the walk’s account, this to avoid transaction fees. More information can be found here.

Sick Call

John Kormann has been in the hospital recently with serious health issues, and is now at home. Although mail and phone calls are difficult, John, and his wife Elsa welcome cards from his many friends in the 17th Airborne Family. 

John Kormann
7216 Rollingwood Drive
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Warren Lucas, son of Norvel (Luke) Lucas reports that both his father and mother are in the hospital at this time. Luke sustained a fall, and his wife has pneumonia. Cards may be sent to:

Norvel and Ruby Lucas
5710 S. 108th Street, #108
Omaha, NE 68137

Mike Rock (680B) has just returned home after a long time in the hospital, and is recovering steadily, with the able help of his family and especially his daughter Diane.

Mike could use our support now, and he appreciates hearing from the 17th Family.
 Mike Rock
70 Gasko Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330



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
Kenneth Aiello

Kenneth "Ken" James Aiello, 96, of Pleasant Valley, MO, passed away surrounded by loving family Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. concluding with Masonic ceremony Sunday, February 15, at Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, 119 E. Franklin, Liberty. Services will be Monday, February 16, at 10 a.m. with brief visitation at 9:30 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 N 291 HWY, Liberty. Ken was born August 25, 1918 to Antonio and Clara Belle (Burnett) Aiello in Kansas City, MO. He was a graduate of Northeast High School, and Northeast Junior College. He married Marie Elizabeth Hagerman on October 17, 1942. They were married for over 53 years until the time of his wife’s passing, January 26, 1996. Ken proudly served his country in the Army’s 17th Airborne Division, 680th Glider Field Artillery, during WWII. He served in combat in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity, which are attributed as catalysts for the Allied Forces win. He was honorably discharged Corporal status with three Bronze Stars. Ken worked in parts, advertising, accounting, and sales for Frigidaire from 1942 until his retirement from the company over 32 years later. He moved to Pleasant Valley in 1947 and was henceforth active in the local community, serving as Mayor for 6 years, judge, and president of the Board of Education. Ken was a longtime member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge #31 for over 50 years, serving as Worshipful Master, Past Master, and then as Treasurer for 39 years. As a member of the Pleasant Valley Senior Citizen’s group, he also held role of Treasurer. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where he had many friends. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, travelling to visit friends and attend military reunions, and most of all family—he loved to celebrate any holiday with a large family gathering. Kenneth was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marie; his parents; brothers Louis and Richard; sister Mary Smith, and husband Arthur "Smitty"; and sons-in-law Jack Hough and Robert Carter. Left to forever cherish his memory are his four daughters: Carol Hough of Garden City; Janet Wallace of Gladstone; Linda Carter of Liberty; Mary Pangburn, and husband Tim, of Liberty; sisters-in-law Rita Aiello of Kansas City, Glendena Perkins of Osceola, and Pauline Hagerman of Bella Vista, AR; grandchildren Laurie Roark, and husband Les, of Liberty; Jill DeVoe, and husband Mike, of New Market, IA; Mark Naylor, and wife Susan, of Minneola, FL; Nickie Chow, and husband William, of Bothell, WA; Kelly Pangburn of Liberty; Jacob Carter of Pleasant Valley; Daniel Carter, and wife Lacy, of Kansas City; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and loving friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center. An online memorial is being created at

ditors Note: Scion Marty Cavanah (Scion of Earl Cavanah, 193rd & 194th) represented the Scions of the 17th Airborne at Ken Aiello's funeral. Many thanks to Marty for honoring Ken, and for his support to Ken's family. Among other members of the 17th Airborne family that attended were Luke Lucas (513/B) and his son Warren. 
Col. Francis H. Dillon, Jr

Dillon, Jr. Francis H. Colonel, US Army (Ret.) On Friday, January 25, 2013, Colonel Francis H. Dillon Jr. of Great Falls, VA passed away peacefully from a short illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Martha, his sons, Hank, Tom, Pete, Tim, Dan, James, Doug, and their wives, twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grand children. Frank Dillon was a career Army officer, retiring as a Colonel after 31 years of active duty. Frank was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During WWII he served with 17th Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge, and Operation Varsity, the allied airborne assault across the Rhine River in March 1945. In retirement Frank was active in his community serving as a Scout Master for Troop 673 in Great Falls and as a member of the Parish Council for St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Frank was also an avid sailor on the Chesapeake Bay and an instructor for the local Power Squadron. A funeral mass will be held in his honor on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls. A visitation will be held prior to the mass from 10 a.m. at the church. A reception will follow the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256, or Email condolences may be made at Please sign the Guestbook at - See more at:
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
English Translation of "Die Luftlanding" Book

This book, a translation of "Die Luftlanding" by Jonan Nitrowski, was compiled byJos Bex. Mr Nitrowski gave permission for Jos to translate the book from the original German, into English, so that our veterans could read it. This book is a detailed account of Operation Varsity.
The initial order of books that Jos sent us has been sold out for some time, and with quite a few new Scion members added to our rolls recently we have made arrangements with Mr. Bex to ship us another 8 copies. 
 At this time, we are asking anyone who is interested in a copy of this book, to send us an email to "". We will sign people up for the book on a first come, first served basis. The cost will be $80 each, which includes shipping within the US. If we have a strong responce to this offering, we will develop a waiting list, and try to make arrangements for additional books to be shipped.
 When the books arrive, we will contact you so that you can send the payment to us. 
Those persons who are going on the trip to Europe in March, will be able to purchase the book at that time, should they desire. The cost will be a bit lower, as the book will not have to be shipped from Europe. 

17th Airborne Car Flags

These high quality car flags are double sided, 12" x 18", and feature a heavy duty window mount. A great way to show your pride in the 17th Airborne Division

$25 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

Scions of the 17th Airborne Pins

This pin was designed by our founding veteran, Col. John Kormann. The pin is 3/4" in Diameter, with the Scion Logo

$10 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

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

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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:

Our brand-new website contains a wealth of information on the 17th Airborne and its history, and our Members Section (open exclusively to dues-paying Scions) contains hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the National Archives!  Check it out at!
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).

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

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

Ed Siergiej Jr., son of Edward J. Siergiej (194th)
Board of Directors

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)
Jeff Schumacher - son of John Schumacher (194th)
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Danbury, CT 06811
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