The  Official Electronic Newsletter of the Veterans and Descendants of the
U.S. 17th Airborne Division, WWII 
The mission of the "Scions of the 17th Airborne" is 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 WWII.

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. Additionally, we collect documents related to the history of the 17th and make them available to our membership.
Issue # 98.1 February - April 2022 
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:
Carolyn Tuttle, 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
- Message from our Outgoing and Incoming Presidents

- Annual Meeting in Lancaster, PA: April 8 - 11, 2022

- Scions to participate at Reading, PA WWII weekend

- Saving our History - by David Shortt

- 17th Veterans Needing Your Calls 

- Membership Renewal Information - by Secretary Ed Siergiej

- Welcome New Members

- Donations to Memorial & General Funds

Thunder Mail Call in memory of Editor Trooper Bill Tom
- Letters From Home and Abroad

- New book about the 17th Airborne Division

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


- 17th Airborne Online Store

Message from outgoing President Jeff Schumacher
and incoming President Skip Greeby

Greetings, fellow Scions!
The last few months and weeks seem to have been filled with beehive-like activity. In late October/early November, we were finally able to launch our "2020" ETO Trip, followed closely by Veterans Day observances, the holidays and a focused effort to see a monument to the 17th Airborne Division erected in Wesel, Germany and dedicated in March, and most recently our successful Reunion and Annual Meeting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in early April.  I don’t mind telling you that in hindsight, it has been a blur.  At times, one has to simply pause, drink it in and savor the experience of the moment.
None of these things, as well as many other activities and endeavors, would have been possible without the strong support of countless helping hands here and abroad. So many friends and so much support…it is humbling. Experiencing these events in person continues to bring home the story of the men of the 17th Airborne, and those they liberated, in a way that is almost beyond description. Similar to our fathers, uncles, grandfathers telling us "you had to be there to understand," such is the case with these trips and gatherings. To reflect on the events of 77 years ago, to listen to a veteran tell a story or two, to meet other families of 17th veterans and learn about their heroes…these are among the many ways we keep them with us and their legacy alive and well. And – brace yourself – it is up to us to continue this mission. You, me, all of us. Each and every story from a veteran, family member, or friend of the 17th Airborne matters. Also, not every story is a war story.  The lives of these men are filled with families, careers, experiences and testaments to their special character that we relish to learn and share. 
Our mission continues, and our organization evolves. To that end, this is my message of gratitude to all of you that demonstrate your passion for and support of the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division, and to welcome the latest change in leadership of our organization. At our annual meeting in Lancaster, we welcomed Skip Greeby as our new President, Jerry O’Brien as Vice President (and President-elect), and the re-election of Ed Siergiej as Secretary, and Dan Aas as Treasurer. With sincerest thanks for the support I have enjoyed as your President the last two years, please join me in congratulating these Scions as your current officers. They will need and appreciate your support as we all march on to honor the lives and legacy of all 17th Airborne soldiers and veterans. 
Please accept my challenge to pledge your support to the next level. It is a noble endeavor, and as the old proverb goes, “many hands make work light.”  Our organization needs and our soldiers and veterans deserve nothing less than our best as we continue our work!
With that, I’ll say “Thank You” for your continued support and your passion for the 17th Airborne Division…truly representative of the Greatest Generation. `They pass the baton to us and the generations that follow to wisely use what they have taught us.
Take it away, Skip!          
With the peaceful transfer of the Presidency from Jeff to me at our annual reunion in Lancaster April 8-11, 2022, it will be my honor and with much enthusiasm to build upon the organizational structure that Jeff built during his 2020-2022 presidency. Specially, our focus going forward will be to increase our membership, necessary for new ideas and the continuance of the 17th’s legacy. Volunteerism is at the heart of any organization, and yours is especially required for membership and on any of our existing and to-be formed committees: Membership, Memorial, Finance, History & Archives, Marketing, and Meetings & Events. Please raise your hand to join one of these committees — we need you!
As already mentioned, our meeting this year in Lancaster was a great success. With well over 40 Scions and friends attending, to include two veterans (Ray Brown and Richard Weaver), meeting events included TV coverage, a memorial service organized by Ed Siergiej, a 17th Airborne history presentation by David Shortt, an ETO trip briefing slideshow by Jeff Schumacher and video by Michael Siergiej, and an open-mic session with Ray Brown. All of this was coupled with Scions comradery, shared stories, and the renewal of old and making of new friends. If you missed the meeting this year, do plan to attend next year.
Joan and I send our very best to you and yours for continued good health this year, and for the continuing success and growth of the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division.
Skip Greeby
President, Scions of the 17th Airborne Division
Scions Annual Meeting in Lancaster, PA

Our Annual Meeting, held in Lancaster, PA from April 8 to 11 was a great success. The gathering was attended by Troopers Richard Weaver (Division HQ) and Ray Brown(193/A and 194/B) and over 40 members of our organization.

Highlights included
 a brief on our recently completed trip to the ETO with veterans Herrera and Weaver, attending veterans open mic session, our annual general membership meeting, a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the 17th Airborne, and jump qualification for our new members.

Megan Magensky, a reporter for CBS 21 interviewed our veterans as well as her grandfather, Trooper Paul Baker. Her report is posted on our Facebook page. Many thanks, Megan for honoring our Troopers with your wonderful reporting.

At our business meeting we elected Scion Jerry O'Brien as our new Vice President. Skip Greeby, our former VP will assume the office of President. Former President Jeff Schumacher will now lead our Advisory Committee. Treasurer Dan Aas and Secretary Ed Siergiej were re elected to their positions.

On Sunday, we held our annual Memorial Service to honor the men of the 17th who were lost in battle, as well as those troopers whom we have lost in the past year. Associate Members Neil, Amanda and Jack Baughman attended and were of great help. Neil brought his great display of WWII Airborne Equipment. Neil and Jack led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Amanda brought more than a few tears to our eyes as she played TAPS and "Amazing Grace" at the Memorial Service.
Scions and 17th Airborne veterans gathered for our annual Memorial Service. We honored all those who served in the 17th, and especially those we have lost in the past year. 
Trooper Ray Brown tells it like it was.
Our conference room was packed for presentations about the October - November 2021 and March 2022 trips to Europe as well as a great presentation by David Shortt about Operation Varsity.
Scion and Gold Star son, Jerry O'Brien gave the memorial address at our memorial service.
Amanda Baughman playing TAPS at the Memorial Service.
Troopers Ray Brown and Richard Weaver at our Memorial Service.
Neil Baughman and son Jack led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance at our Memorial Service.
Incoming President Skip Greeby presents outgoing President Jeff Schumacher with a certificate of appreciation for all his efforts in the past several years.
Attendees at the reunion spend time visiting and studying the many documents and artifacts. 
Trooper Ray Brown poses with some of our younger members and a special guest!
Reading, PA WWII Weekend
June 3,4,5, 2022

As you know, the Scions attended this event last year as part of our annual 
Reunion. It is a once in lifetime event. WWII Warbirds, re-enactors, live WWII Veteran speakers, and more! This year it will not be hosted by the Scions, rather a come as you are/come when you can event. We will include the website for the event where you can pre-order tickets, or buy them at the door. It also lists the local hotels, should you need one. We will have a vendor table representing the 17th Airborne Division to pass out literature, educate the public and hopefully recruit some new members. If you are interested in helping out at the table, or attending this event, check out or contact me, Patty Bowers  at 
Saving our History #37
Hello, Troopers and SCIONS! This month we will be highlighting LOIS YOUNG and his service as a Parachute Field Artilleryman.

Young was born in 1916 in the Western United States. He entered the US Army in 1943 and after volunteering for and completing parachute training at Ft. Benning, GA, was assigned to the 464th Parachute Field Artillery (PFA) Battalion at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

While the 17th had sailed to England in late summer 1944, Young and his comrades continued to train on their 75mm pack howitzers and .50 cal. heavy machine guns assigned to the 464th PFA. In late December, 1944, in response to the "Battle of the Bulge", the German attack in the Belgian Ardennes, the 17th was alerted and flown to France, for attachment to the Third US Army and eventual combat.

The 464th PFA shipped overseas and arrived in France in January 1945, and after initial assignment to the 13th Airborne Division was attached on 1 March, 1945 to the 17th Airborne Division, where it was further assigned to the 507th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat Team for Operation "Varsity." By all accounts, LTC Branigan of the 464th and Col Raff, 507th Commander, worked well together to ensure that artillery support would be provided to the Parachute Infantrymen of the 507th.

On 24 March 1945, the 507th CT was the first unit of the 17th Airborne Division to land on German soil, near Fluren (northwest of Wesel). While some elements of the 507th overshot DZ "W" by over a mile, landing near the Dierfordt Castle (an objective), most landed on the DZ, including elements of the 17th Airborne Division Headquarters with Major General Bud Miley, followed by the 464th PFA.

Young and the Artillery Troopers immediately went into action, acting as Infantry when necessary and fighting for and neutralizing German strong points and defenses, all while attempting to locate, gather and assemble their pack howitzers, which had been broken down into multiple components for parachuting them into combat. (Incidentally, this was the first parachute drop of pack howitzers during the war, so the 464th and 466th PFA's made Airborne History).

The 464th air dropped 12 pack howitzers and by the end of the day, had most in firing order by nightfall; there are multiple reports of the pack howitzers dueling with German artillery pieces, and defeating them. After "VE" Day, the 464th PFA participated in Allied Military Government duties until sailing to the US in August 1945, for deactivation. Young was slightly wounded in action during the invasion but stayed with the 17th until being transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division for Berlin Occupation Duty. After WWII Young lived in Arizona, until his death in 1982.

Young's dress uniform on display at the Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation, shows some insignia specific to the members of the 464th PFA. Many units displayed background ovals behind their Parachute and Glider Badges, which immediately identified the wearer as belonging to that specific formation (some units did not wear them). The 464th PFA oval was a red field surrounded by a yellow trim. The Overseas hat parachute roundel, used by the 464th PFA, used the same colors of red and yellow, but also displayed a white embroidered parachute. Lastly as pictured in one of the photographs of Young's "Ike" Jacket collars, the 464th PFA displayed their Distinctive Unit Insignia, which consisted of a red, yellow and blue shield with a diving eagle clutching a firing cannon.

Young's 17th Airborne Division sleeve insignia displays a variant with the claws, hood and bottom of the Airborne Tab embroidered off-red. Purportedly, some members of the 17th Airborne Division had their patches modified in this way to represent a "blooding." Lastly, Young's "Ike" Jacket sleeves also display an unusual German embroidered Sergeant's chevrons. 

WWII paratroopers were not only enduring comrades who were dependable in combat, but also were cocky and confident in garrison. They prided themselves on their training, performance and unit history. To show off their special training and status, they wore eye catching accouterments on their uniforms, as evidenced here by Young.

CWO, US Army Retired
Please Help Us to Keep Tabs on Our Veterans
Time is taking its toll on our 17th Airborne veterans. Each month, we send a hard copy of this newsletter to over fifty 17th veterans, but every month we get some back notifying us that the address is no longer current. Sometimes they have relocated to be closer to family, or to a nursing facility. We do our best to track them down, but it can be challenging and time-consuming.

We are asking for your help. If you are aware of one of our veterans who has moved, please let us know by emailing us at

If you become aware that one of our veterans has passed away, we would ask you to notify us immediately at Our Veterans Outreach Team will work to arrange to ship our replica  of the Division Flag to the Memorial Service, and also to arrange for one of our members to attend if at all possible. The sooner that we know of a veterans passing the better. Thank you for your help in honoring our honored Troopers.
Please take some time to reach out to these
17th Airborne Veterans

By Ed Siergiej Jr, Secretary
Our Veterans outreach team has been sending cards to the forty six 17th Airborne veterans for whom we have contact information, as well as to some of the widows of our troopers. The current health crisis has had a tough impact on many of our veterans, who in some cases are not allowed to leave their homes, or even rooms. As tough as it is for all of us, it is much harder for our veterans. The following veterans have specifically reached out to ask us to share their contact information.
A call from you would make a great difference in their lives right now.

Additionally, we would like to find volunteers to stay in contact with our remaining veterans on a regular basis. In some cases they have moved, or are having health issues, and we are not notified in time to be of some comfort. If you are willing to be a part of this effort, please contact us at and we will pass on a few of their names to you. Remember how much we owe them!

Leo (Marty) Schlocker 513 Co D
118 47th Street
Newport Beach, CA. 92663-2506

Paul A Wilson  193rd / 194th
Norman Veterans Center
1776 E Robinson Street Room D207
Norman, OK 73071

Sidney Levit
3675 N Country Club Drive Apt 2602
Aventora, FL 33180
Membership Renewal
 By Ed Siergiej

Our membership year runs from March 1 to February 29th of each year. Renewal notices were mailed out in February, and many of you have already renewed your membership. 

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to send in your renewal, so that we can continue to fulfill our missions. 

This newsletter, and all the activities of our Scions organization are supported by your membership. We mail hard copies of this newsletter to all of our 17th veterans, at no cost to them. 

If you are unsure of your dues status, please email us at

Yearly Membership is $35 per person or $50 for a family.

Our mailing address is: 
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811-3353

If you use Paypal, you can pay your dues that way. Please use the Paypal Calculator to add the Paypal fee:

If you would like to make an additional contribution to support our General Fund, Memorial Fund, or the Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund, it would be most appreciated. All donations will be acknowledged for tax purposes.

We thank you for your support of our missions; to honor the men of the 17th, and to keep its history alive.
Welcome New Members

Olivia Griffith
Granddaughter of Edwin Jefferson (513/H)

Daniel Elsea
Son of Carey G. Elsea (550th Airborne Bn & 194th GIR)

Sean Knittle
Grandson of Jerome Knittle (517 SG)

Michael Kordalski
Grandson of Frank Kordalski (194th GIR)

Roger Harris
Son of Oliver Harris (513/HQ)

Sheryl Guerreo
Granddaughter of Robert Kurisko (513/HQ1)

Matthew Linfante
Grandson of Robert Kurisko (513/HQ1)

Elizabeth Kelley
Daughter of John Eibert (513/F)

Scions Memorial Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

The "Scions of the 17th Airborne Memorial Fund" is an 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.
  • Shipping our Division Flag to funerals for 17th veterans.
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

Generous Donations to our Memorial Fund have been made by:

Terry Gebler

Jill Harry

Alan Hartley

Linda Miller
In Memory of Warren Scott (681st)

Karen Pfeifer
In Memory of Robert M. Burns (513/F)

Diane Rock

Maryann Hourican
In Memory of Charles Worrilow (513/H)

Maryann Hourican
In Memory of Stanley J. Studinarz (513/F)

Matthew and Theresa Kormann

Jack D Cook Jr

Tim Cox

Peter DeVries

Carol Larson
In Memory of Junior O. Larson (193/194 GIR)

Sandy Remes

Andrea Q White

Donations to Wesel Memorial Trip Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

Michael Silver

Rhonda Rivers - Stone

Margaret Sullivan

Eliana Munafo 

Vishal Agrawal

Judith Apple & Gabriel Gigliotti
In Memory of Oliver Apple 194/B
Mr & Mrs James Annear
In memory of John J. Schumcaher

Tom Booth

Judy Foster Holland
In Memory of James Foster 194/C

Gregg Ogden

Edward Hludzenski

William Bachman

Alan Lee
In Memory of Joshua Shortt

Patricia Bowers 
In Memory of Joshua Shortt

(Reflects Donations as of March 31, 2022)
Donations to Scions General Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

John McKenna

Maryann Hourican

Diane Balderson 

John & Lillian Leary

Thunder Mail Call

For many years, Trooper Bill Tom (194/C) was a major contributor to the original hard copy newsletter of the 17th Airborne Division Association, "Thunder From Heaven." After the dissolution of the Association in 2007, Bill began an email version of the newsletter, and continued that publication, "Thunder Mail Call" until the formation of the Scions Organization in 2011. With Bill's help, we integrated his newsletter into this publication. We were saddened to hear of Bills passing on September 10, 2019. We dedicate this portion of our newsletter to Bill.


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!
Happy Birthday to Trooper Paul Baker (194th GIR) May 18th!

If you want to see your troopers name in the newsletter for a birthday, anniversary or special event send and email to (Patty Bowers)
Photos Needed for Troopers at
Cambridge American Cemetery

The Cambridge American Cemetery in the UK is the resting place for a number of 17th Airborne Troopers who died while the division was in the final stages of training. Three of the troopers listed below were killed in the crash of a Horsa Glider at Greenham Common airfield on December 12, 1944.

There is an effort to obtain photographs of the following Troopers so that every grave will have a photograph associated with it. This project is similar to the "Faces of Margraten" project at Margraten Cemetery in the Netherlands. If anyone has a photo of the following troopers, please forward it to us at and we will get the photo to those who are coordinating the project.

Thanks for your help in honoring these brave Troopers:

Bejcek, Norman C. Pfc 35058415 12 December 1944 194th
Emory, James L. Pvt 33631942 12 December 1944 194th
Houghtaling, Alwin L. Pfc 33436118 25 October 1944 193rd
Kurka, John Jr. Cpl 33107985 3 October 1944 466th
Mullins, Robert L. Pfc 35657252 12 December 1944 194th

Peggy Ingram, widow of James Ingram (194/D)  sent us these photos of her husband, taken in Switzerland, after the end of the war. Her letter is below:

I recently came across these photos of my late husband, Dr. James Ingram which I know were taken during R&R in Switzerland in 1945. Jim is the man in the top left photo and also the man on the left in the top right photo. I have no idea who the other man is, but perhaps one of the remaining living veterans or his progeny will recognize him. 

Jim was in the 194th Glider Infantry, and after the war worked for a while at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, which was instrumental in his deciding to become a veterinarian. After being in private practice for 5 years in Saratoga, he was asked to come on the faculty at Colorado State University where he had a distinguished career, first as a large animal surgeon and then developing the veterinary neurology department at CSU, and finally a professor emeritus. He died at age 94 in May, 2019. His time spent in the 17th Airborne Division played a tremendous part of the man he was.

                                   New Book                   

               17th Airborne Division at War
                   Photographs from the National Archives
                                 by Edward R. Siergiej

This new book is the result of research at the US National Archives. It includes over 160 photographs from a collection of the US Army Signal Corp taken in Belgium and Germany.

photograph has the original caption by the Signal Corp photographer. Context to the photographs is provided with excerpts from the Division Diary.

$25 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A. Mail your check to:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811
Pay with PayPal to
Diary of a WWII Gliderman 263 pages indexed with numerous pictures.  Jack and Betty Ogden letters (1940-1945) from 17th AB 194th HQ,  Camp Mackall, Camp Forrest, Battle of the Bulge, Operation Varsity, plus letters from family and friends in other theaters of operation.  Limited copies $40.00, checks only, John Ogden, 102 Adams Avenue, Woodsfield, OH 4379
For orders outside of the USA, contact John for postage.

Editors note: This book gives a great insight into what was going through the mind of one trooper in the 17th during training, combat, and after the end of the fighting in the ETO. Information from the division historical record gives context to the bigger picture that was unknown to the men in the front lines. A great book for anyone who wants to know more about what it was like to be "Airborne" in 1944 - 45. Thanks to Scion John Ogden for making this limited edition book available.  (Ed Siergiej Jr.)

Robbie Rijnmond is interested in locating a photo of Trooper Eugene Ferry (194/K) who was KIA March 27, 1945. Anyone with information can send it to us at
Great Article From a New Member
Scion Burke Morton, son of Trooper Frederick Morton (194/B) provided a link to an article about his father which was published in VFW magazine in 1948. Click  on the link below to read this great story.



by Isaac Epps (RIP)

   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?
17th Airborne Memorial
Fort Benning, Georgia
Standing Guard

Submitted by Dominic Biello
If you become aware of the passing of one of our 17th Airborne veterans, please notify us immediately. We will make every effort to locate a member of the organization to attend the funeral and support the family in any way possible. Often, by the time an obituary is posted, little time remains to make these arrangements. Send an email to
Our Veteran Outreach Team will also contact the family. 
Kenneth W Anderson

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Kenneth W. Anderson, Sr., 97, formerly of Hellertown, died Sunday, December 26, 2021 at his home. He is the husband of the late Eleanor V. (Mullen) Anderson who died January 5, 2006. Kenneth was born in Bethlehem on September 26, 1924 to the late Erving, Sr. and Edith (Stiles) Anderson. He served our country faithfully in the US Army during World War II. Ken was a layout operator for Electric Western Electric for 34 years until retiring in 1984. He was a lifelong member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, Center Valley, Edward H. Ackerman Post 397, VFW Post 3904, and the Dewey Fire Company, all in Hellertown.

SURVIVORS: Children: Tory V. Weaver of Bethlehem, Nadine L. (Matthew S.) Baumann of Chula Vista, CA, Kenneth W., Jr. (Deborah) of Richmond,VA; grandchildren: Jennifer, Jonathan, Kaelyn, Gregory, Shawn; great grandchildren: Amanda, Christopher. Predeceased by brothers: Robert C. Anderson, October 7, 2014, Erving, Jr. in 1938.

SERVICE: Family and friends are invited to call 10-11 a.m. Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. 326 Main Street – Hellertown followed by the service at 11 a.m. The interment will conclude services at Highland Memorial Park, Allentown. Make positive choices following CDC guidelines. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at:

CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of one's choosing.

Jack Ancker


Interment Service
The internment at Arlington National Cemetery is scheduled for 13 July 2022 at 11am.  It will be a full military ceremony which will include a caisson, riderless horse, military bearers, a small band, bugler, and firing team.
This will be a graveside ceremony only as memorials were previously held in Las Cruces.  There will be a military chaplain to conduct the internment service.   Both Jack and Casey will be interned at the same time.  The service itself will take around 30 minutes.

George Hanselman

194 AT

George William "Pickle" Hanselman, age 101, of Ottawa, departed this life and entered his Heavenly Home Saturday, March 12, 2022 with his loving family by his side.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, March 19th at Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home with Pastor Sherry Stevenson and Rev. John Paul Robbins officiating. Entombment with military honors by the American Legion Post 33 Veterans Group Honor Guard will be in the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum at Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tyler and Travis Ailor, Ryan and Chad Holloway, Kyle Hiller, Michael Gregory and Dalton Downey. Honorary pallbearers will be Alex Day, Mitchell Hanselman, Justin Downey, Mark, Christopher and Craig Weihman and Robert Lenac.
George was born November 8, 1920 in Eldorado, Illinois, a son of George Washington and Mary Ellen (Shomate) Hanselman. He married Dora Elizabeth Tyler May 16, 1938 in Morganfield, Kentucky. She preceded him in death August 3, 2003. He later married Margaret "Marge" (Lenac) Weihman December 28, 2006 at the Ottawa First Church of the Nazarene. Surviving are his loving wife, Marge; his devoted son, George (Judy) Hanselman of Ottawa; step-children, Mark (Kellie) Weihman of Loveland, Colorado, Christopher (Michelle) Weihman of LasVegas, Nevada, Renee Winjum of Urbandale, Iowa and Craig (Kathy) Weihman of Fowlerville, Michigan. George leaves ten grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; seven great-step-grandchildren and sixteen great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughters, Donna Downey and Norma Day; a grand-daughter, Velinda Day; brothers, Floyd, Simon, Guy and Earl; and sisters, Mary, Lou, Rose and Cruella.
George was a member of Crossbridge Community Church in Ottawa. He proudly served his country in the 17th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army in World War II and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. George was a life member of the American Legion and VFW in Ottawa. Leisure time would find George camping, traveling or tinkering with a project. He was a "jack of all trades." Affectionately known as "Pop," he dearly loved each member of his family. George was known to be a kind and generous man who would help anyone in need. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Crossbridge Community Church, Samaritan's Purse or a 
charity of the donor's choice. To share a memory, please visit or Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home on Facebook.

Adolph L. Martinez
Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association


Adolph Larrue Martinez Jr. passed away peacefully at home on 2/7/2022. He was 98 years old.

He served in WWII as a member of the 17th Airborne, 513th PIR, Company C 1943-1945. A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, captured and escaped POW.

He had a storied 35 year career with Los Angeles Unified School District, serving on countless community boards and retired as Principal of Haddon Elementary School in Pacoima Ca.

A lifelong athlete, he played tennis until he was 91. 

He passed at home with daughters Diane and Jennifer holding his hands, son Rick stoking his brow and granddaughter Devon with her hand over his heart… A fairy tale ending to a life well lived.

The son of Adolph Larrue Sr and Delores Vargas Martinez and loving husband of Eva Blanche Martinez (married 66 years) who preceded him in death. 

He is survived by 3 of his 6 siblings and his own 6 children; Adolph III (A Bone Martinez), William (Bill Martinez), Michael (Mike Martinez), Gregory (Greg Martinez), Eva Diane (Diane Morrow), and Richard (Rick Martinez). Who along with their spouses produced;

29-grand, 25-great grand and 4-great great grandchildren (and counting).  Quite a legacy.

Until we meet again in Heaven Daddy… Your loving son Mike.

David Mitchell 

193/HQ2 & 194th

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

David Mitchell, 97, of Solon, died Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Celebration of Life gathering will be from 1 to

3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon, located at 100 South Cedar St., lower level, where there will be military rites conducted by the Solon American Legion at 3 p.m. Private family interment will be in Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

David was born July 25, 1924, in Boone, the son of James and Anne (Mercer) Mitchell. He graduated from Cedar Rapids Roosevelt High School and earned an economics degree from Coe College. David served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity as a member of the 17th Airborne Division. For his service he was awarded three bronze stars, initial assault arrowhead, the good conduct medal, and the one he was most proud of the combat infantryman badge. David was united in marriage to Madeline Hunter on Augu. 2, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, in Nashua. He worked as a branch manager with the Insurance Services Office of Iowa for over 32 years. David enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears and New York Yankees. He and Madeline spent their winters in Val Vista Village in Mesa, Ariz., for over 26 years.

David is survived by his children, Bill (Cheryle) Mitchell of Phoenix, Ariz., Lizzie (Dave) Riedesel of Wheatland, Jim (Suzanne) Mitchell and Robert (Michele) Mitchell, both of North Liberty; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a granddaughter, Jesse Flynn; and his sisters, Betty (Jim) Groff and Anne (Winston) Toms.

Memorials may be directed to Solon First Responders.

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Russell Osborne 
Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Russell B. Osborn, a born-again Christian, went on to be with the Lord peacefully at the age of 95, on February 19, 2022. Russell was born in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Alex F. Osborn and Helen Coatsworth Osborn. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Emma Johnson Osborn (nee Jackson); his children John Osborn, Kenneth Osborn, Elizabeth Fogarty (James), and Daniel Osborn (LeAnne); his grandchildren, Katie, Mary Beth, John, Therese, Grace, and Maia Osborn and William Fogarty; his stepchildren Joseph Johnson (Doris), Sylvester Johnson (Sharon), Vivian Jenkins, Selena Thomas, Donald Johnson, and Wanda Davis (Michael) and many step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen Osborn (nee Shea); and his second wife, Catherine Osborn (nee Mosely); as well as one granddaughter, Colleen Osborn. Russell was the brother of the late Katherine O. Chambers, Joan O. Bergantz, Marion C. Osborn, and Elinor O. Gartner. Russell was a graduate of Nichols High School and Hamilton College. He also earned a law degree and a Masters in Education from the University of Buffalo. Russ was drafted into the Army during World War II and served as a glider man during Operation Varsity in 1945, in Germany, as part of the 17th Airborne Division. During his career Russ practiced law and taught Math in Buffalo Public Schools before returning to his law practice until his retirement. He served as a Board Member of the Creative Education Foundation for many years. His family and his Christian faith were very important to Russ. He was an active member of the New Life Assembly of God Church where he served as an elder. He also served as an active member of the Gideons International ministry. He participated in many Bible study and prayer groups. Russ had an amazing memory and enjoyed recounting stories from years gone by. He will be dearly missed. Services will be held Friday, February 25, 2022 with a Wake at 11 AM, followed by the Funeral at 12 Noon, at Expressway Assembly of God Church, 260 Eggert Rd., Buffalo, NY 14215. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn. The service will be live streamed on Facebook live: Search New Life Assembly of God, 410 French Road, to stream. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Gideons International, 25 California Dr., Buffalo, NY 14221.
 Edward J. Pawlowski
194th GIR

Edward Pawlowski passed away at 9:00AM on February 18, 2022 at his adult family home, Cherished Acres, in Auburn, WA. He was 98 years old.

Ed was born in a home in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 15, 1923 to Polish immigrants, Alexander and Emilia Pawlowski. He was the 4th of 8 children. Through his early years he was a golf caddie, and a foundry worker.

In 1943, he was drafted and joined the 17th Airborne Division , 194th Regiment. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned 3 Bronze Stars as well as other distinguished honors. While his service ended in 1945, his love of country and freedom was something he carried with him for the rest of his life. He was a hero - the type who defined the Greatest Generation. Later in life he spent many years volunteering at the National Cemetery honoring fellow veterans.

After earning a degree in Metallurgical Engineering he worked most of career at Boeing - the job which brought him, and his wife (our Mom) Billie, to Seattle where they raised a family. He pursued his hobbies - gardening, golf, coaching baseball, tutoring ESL students and fishing. He will be long remembered for his huge rose garden of which he took meticulous care of and gave from it generously to anyone who drove by (unless there was a rose show the next weekend).

He was a man of deep faith - and was devoted as a parishioner and a volunteer at church for as long as he was able. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus

He is preceded in death by his wife, Billie, brothers Alex, Frank, & Chester, and sister Stella (Rutti). He leaves behind his daughters and their families: Amy (and Pat) Sullivan, grand-daughters Katie Sullivan, Maddie (and Ryan, Sullivan, & Alice) Snyder, and Molly Sullivan. Also Patty (and Bill) Swedberg, grand-daughter Emily (and Michael, Noah, Brady, Mason, and Wells Edward) Adams, Benny (& Emma) Swedberg. He also leaves behind his brother, Adam, and Sisters Irene (Cmolik) and Annette (Zagata) and their families.

Donations are appreciated and can be made to the Disable American Veterans.

William Ward
Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

William Ward passed away peacefully on April 18 2022 at age 96. An Army Veteran, Bill served in both the 17th and 82nd Airborne. Predeceased by his wife Ruth Ward. Bill is survived by his children Kathleen Kelly of AZ., Candis (Jim) Nelson of KY., Christina (Jim Williams) Kolankiewicz & Mark Ward; grandchildren Gina (Richard) Blake, William (Melissa) Ward, Alex (Saswati) Ward, Leah Ward & Thomas Kolankiewicz, great grandson Jason Ward, many nieces and nephews.

William's visitation will be held on Saturday April 23, 11AM to 1PM at the funeral home 1411 Vintage Lane, Rochester, NY 14626. Private Interment in Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Honor Flight Rochester Inc at PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692.
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Jeff Schumacher, Son of John Schumacher (194/D & HQ)
Vice President
Skip Greeby, Scion of William Smith ( 466HQ)
Ed Siergiej Jr., son of Edward J. Siergiej (194/C)

Dan Aas, Son of Lynn Aas (193/D)
Past Presidents
Adam Coolong, grandson of Charles E. Booth (680th/HQ)
 Melanie Sembrat, daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Rose Friday, daughter of Edward Friday (194th)

 Committee Chairs

Veteran Outreach / Family Liaison Coordinators - Patricia Bowers, Rose Friday and Sandy Remes 
Membership Committee - Patricia Bowers, Chair

Advisory Committee - Melanie Sembrat - daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Legal Council - Chuck Katz - son of John Katz (194th) 
Historian - Paul Madden - son of Harold Madden (680th/A)

Memorial Committee - Jerry and Pat O'Brien
Archive Coordinator - Adam Coolong
Thunder From Heaven Newsletter - Ed Siergiej and Carolyn Tuttle

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