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 # 91 - June - August 2021
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
- Presidents Message - Jeff Schumacher 

- Veterans Day Gathering at Arlington National Cemetery

- National Airborne Day was August 16th

- Welcome to Newly Found Troopers

- 17th Veterans Needing Your Calls 

- Membership Renewal Information - by Secretary Ed Siergiej

- Saving our History - by David Shortt

- Some Photos from our Archives

- Donations to Memorial & General Funds

- Welcome New Members

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

- 17th Airborne Online Store

- Become a Member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne
Another Season is Upon Us
From Scion President Jeff Schumacher

Hello Veterans and fellow Scions,

As summer starts to wind down and Labor Day upon us, there is a lot going on around the world, here in the US, and certainly there in your cities, towns and in your homes.  

I must apologize for the delay in getting the newsletter out this month…it’s on me.  At times it is difficult to find content that’s relevant or of possible interest to you all, and worthy to do more than ‘take up space’ in the newsletter.  Now is one of those times.  I struggle to make sense of some of what is currently happening in our world.  Not because I don’t grasp it, but because it seems senseless.  

When that mental log-jam gets frustrating, I try to think of what our 17th Airborne veterans and their families endured…how many paid the ultimate sacrifice, how we still today and will always honor their service, how we miss those who have left us and treasure those still here with us.  That can help to put some things in perspective.  It also reminds me that we owe a debt of gratitude (and much more) to all of our veterans and soldiers – past and present – and their families.

With that in mind, I’m going to ask you to read the names of these 13 service members, the most recent casualties of the war in Afghanistan.  They – like many before them – have given their lives for this country…for us.  

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Roseville, California

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee 

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Missouri

  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

Say their names.  Share them with your friends at coffee or your family at dinner.  Say a prayer for their families that are struggling with their loss and how to make sense of it all and carry on. 

Lastly – and this can be difficult – pray for our leaders and that they may find a better path.  They need the help…we all do. 

Thanks for reading.  Have a safe Labor Day. 



Veterans Day Gathering
at Arlington National Cemetery
November 9th and 10th, 2021

As  has been our custom since the founding of the Scions organization 10 years ago, we will again gather at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the men of the 17th Airborne Division. The highlights of the event will include the placement of a wreath at the memorial to the 17th Airborne Division and also visiting the graves of the 47 troopers who we know to be buried at Arlington.

We will issue a special newsletter in late September with details about the schedule as well as hotel arrangements.

If you are interested in attending this event we ask you to please contact us at, so that we may plan the logistics.
National Airborne Day
Welcome to Newly Found Troopers

Bob White (507/HQ)

Dale Chapman (193/F)
A "Must Have" for Proper Scion Attire
We have produced these face masks to have on hand for our October trip to Europe, but are also offering them to our membership. Masks are $10 each, or free with any donation of $50 or more to the Memorial Fund or the Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund.

We accept checks to:

Scions of the 17th Airborne Division
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811-3353
or Paypal to
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 seventy 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 seventy-three 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!

Lynn Aas
2905 Elk Drive, Unit 320
Minot, ND  58701

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

Peter Piergiovanni
Canfield Place 
2300 Canfield Road 
Youngstown, Ohio 44505

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.


Recently the Museum was able to locate and save an incredible historical archive of materials related to one of our 17th Trooper's; GEORGE KOSTKA, a Czech-American from Omaha, Nebraska. These highly sentimental and historical items were for sale to the highest bidder on a famous Internet sales site; a sad commentary to these small but personal pieces of a Soldier's history, exploited by the seller for monetary value, which could have led to their dispersal across the globe, and his personal story lost to time... GEORGE was a member of E Company, 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR), 17th Airborne Division, during the heavy fighting in Belgium, near "Dead Man's Ridge" in January, 1945.  In March, 1945  the 193rd GIR was deactivated due to heavy losses in the Ardennes and GEORGE was reassigned to H Company, 194th GIR for Operation "Varsity".  After the war ended in Europe, the transfer of most of the Division personnel to the 82nd Airborne was effected. GEORGE was once again assigned to another H Company, this time to the 325th GIR for occupation duty in Berlin. GEORGE's experience mirrors what many of the Troopers of the 17th went through, with their end of war assignments to other Airborne formations. Luckily, as most (not all) Troopers of the 17th had the same number of discharge points, many times entire Companies or Batteries were reassigned as a whole to the gaining units, thus buddies could continue serving together until discharge at least. GEORGE returned to Omaha after the War, married OLGA and played Polka Music for years, being a part of the regionally famous "KOSTKA Brothers Polka Band".  GEORGE passed away in 2006, but he will not be forgotten as we will continue to honor his service the nation and the 17th Airborne Division.

Among GEORGE's effects now conserved for educational and memorialization purposes, are his "Ike" Jacket and cap, as worn during the Berlin Occupation and the trip home for discharge, multiple personal letters, photographs (including the Reichstag and Chancellory in Berlin) insignia, combat histories and miscellaneous items, all property of this Trooper from the great state of Nebraska...

CWO, US Army Retired

Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation
123 S. Main St.
Germantown, OH 45327
Some Photos From The Archives of the 17th Airborne Division Association
Troopers from the 139th Airborne Engineer Bn post by a captured flag. Date unknown. (L to R) Joe Taninies, Charles McCall, Frank Vozobule and un named Sgt. Photo from Charles W. McCall
194 HQ Co, July 1945. (L to R) Lou Jenkins, Buddy Meyers,Dick Seifert, Jim Haynie. Photo by Dick Seifert
Troopers from 513 D Ride on British Tanks on the way to Munster 
Photo from Bobby Wheeler
Officers of 513 H Day before Rhine Jump
(L to R) Marshal Wolper,Charles Martin, Joe Pahle, Bob Hammerquist, Bob Mayer
Photo from Joe Pahle
France 1946 - P 38 Pilot Valentine, Actor Mickey Rooney, Clayton Fogwell
Photo from John Grady
La Roche Belgium July 1945
Photo from Raphael d'Amico
Parachute Instructor - Ft. Benning 1942
Photo from Bob Mayer

Welcome New Members

Jim DeVivo
Grandson of Delfino DeVivo (193/D & 194/B) 

Peter M. Brooks
Son of Peter G. Brooks (194 HQ)

James B Morton
Son of Frederick S. Morton (194/B)

Nathaniel Riehl
Grandson of Dale Chapman (193/F)

Jill Harry
Daughter of James Starner (194/E)
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:

None this month
Donations to Scions General Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

Trooper Louis Zoghby 
Donations to Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.
None this month

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!
Scion Patty Bowers sent this photo of Trooper Ralph Roller, on his 97th Birthday.
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
Michael Cook sent us this photo of family friend Trooper Ned Reid (507th PIR) with Marlene Dietrich.
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. 
Linda Cotman
Daughter of Frank Cotman 680/A

Age 68, beloved daughter of the late Frank and Isabel; dear sister of Kathleen (deceased) and Richard (Sharon); aunt of Emily. Linda died April 3, 2021. Mass of C Contributions to The Muscular Dystrophy Association would be appreciated.hristian Burial Thursday Apr. 8, at 10 Am at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 19951 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid, Ohio
Justine Good
Wife of Ed Good 513/HQ


Justine Good passed from this life early on the morning of August 12. She is survived by her devoted husband of 67 years, Edward, her sister Suzanne Richard, and her five children: Thomas (Marcia Giltner), Amanda(aka Amy) (David Finkel), David, Gretchen (Daniel Nash), and Christopher (Ann Daugherty). She will be missed and fondly remembered as “Grandma Good” by Jordan, Katie (Alejandro Morales), and Lydia Good, Ann and Justin Finkel, Leo and Tiffany Nash, Jacob and Jeremiah Good, and great-grandsons Nico and Emilio Morales. She will be dearly missed also by 11 nieces and nephews and many loving friends. Justine was predeceased by her sister Louise Bigley (John, d. 2019) of Pasadena, California and her brother, Jimmy Richard, who died in infancy.

Justine was born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania to Louis and Justine Richard, the second of three daughters. She became an accomplished classical pianist in high school and performed solo and as an accompanist for family, school and friends. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, she worked as an executive secretary at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company. On September 11, 1954, Justine married World War II veteran and attorney Edward Good at Assumption Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Justine’s lifelong project and labor of love was the nurture of her growing family. She was a devoted and resourceful teacher, nurse, chauffeur, domestic executive, quartermaster, chef, defender, social secretary, remedial tutor, minister of justice and pro bono advocate (in other words, “mother”) to five children.

In 1968 the couple moved their family to Farmington Hills, Michigan, where they lived for the last 53 years. When the younger children were well on their way to high school graduation Justine resumed her professional career, advancing from entry-level to management positions at Structures Publishing Company and later at Vlasic Foods before retiring in 1992.

The Roman Catholic Church remained central to Justine's daily life and spirituality. She and Edward raised their children in the Church and remained active members of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Farmington as long as health permitted. They were also devoted Eucharistic Ministers to the sick at Providence Park Hospital (Southfield and Novi) in their retirement years.

Justine bore the cross of Alzheimer’s disease as she lived every day of her life - with grace, beauty, humor, and abiding love. The family is especially grateful to the staff at Sunrise Senior Living-Farmington Hills for the care and companionship they provided her since 2017.

Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home (23720 Farmington Rd., Farmington, Michigan) will host a visitation and celebration of Justine's life on Thursday, September 9, 2021, starting at 2 p.m. and concluding with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m.

Following a 9:30 a.m. visitation at the church, a funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23615 Power Rd. in Farmington at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alternatives for Girls at, or 903 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208.

Arthur Keenan

Mr. Arthur Carroll “AC” Kenan of Wallace departed his earthly life in the early morning of April 25, 2021 while at home.  Born on August 7, 1925 in Duplin County, he is the son of the late Arthur McKinley and Ethel Ann Cottle Kenan.  He is also preceded in death by his wife—Mary Elizabeth Wilson Kenan; children—Sandy Rivenbark, infant William Arthur Kenan, and infant David Alfred Kenan; siblings—Loleta Powell, Marvin Kenan, Ann Thomas, Peggy Teachey, Libby Beasley, and Bill Kenan; and a very special friend and companion—Helen Sholar.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters—Carolyn K. Haswell and husband Michael of Pikeville and Judy Williams of Wallace; son—Kevin Kenan of Swansboro; grandchildren—Eric Forbes and wife Paula of Wallace, Carrie Forbes of Wallace; Corrie Walston and husband Turner of Durham, Kirsten Thomas and husband Allen of Pikeville, Lindsey Kenan Suggs and husband Chad of Greer (SC), and Andrew M. Kenan of Raleigh; great grandchildren—Austin, Evann, Ava, Lane, Ruth, and Josh; special friends—Debbie and Tom Waltz and special canine friend Foxy.

Mr. Kenan served several years in the United States Army beginning at eighteen as a medic and transferring to paratrooper.  During World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and on D Day, at the age of eighteen, his company parachuted behind enemy lines.  He served his country and fellow soldiers well and received two purple hearts for his valor.  After discharge he came home and worked as a farmer and rural mail carrier.  He was also in sales of FHA crop insurance for the federal government.  In younger years, he was an avid fisherman, deer hunter, and bird hunter.  A great deal of time was spent in his shop working on practical pursuits.  His varied interests led him to golf where he was the eldest member of the Southeastern Seniors Golf Association.  Golfing was a passion for him and the friends he made were the best he ever had.  His greatest love on earth was the love he held for his family.  His community loved him dearly and he will be a tremendous loss for all who know him.

A graveside service to celebrate his life is set for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Rockfish Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Wallace with visitation at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Street chapel of Padgett Funeral & Cremation Services in Wallace.  Officiating the service will be the Reverend Phil Eakins and the Reverend Kevin Haynes.   

Charles Davis

517 Signal Company

Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

DAVIS, CHARLES H., On 22 July 2021, CHARLES HUGHES DAVIS ascended to the heavens, after living in our world for 96 years. Born on 17 November 1924, in Pittsburgh, PA to loving parents Vincent and Elva DAVIS. While growing up in Mt. Lebanon, PA, CHARLES, and his beloved and inseparable twin brother ALBERT, played every school and neighborhood sport their parents would allow. In 1943 at the height of WWII, CHARLES and ALBERT were both drafted into the US Army. Both brothers arrived at Camp Mackall, NC and were assigned to the 517th Airborne Signal Company, 17th Airborne Division. Together the twins served in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. Both participated in the “Battle of the Bulge” and later Operation “Varsity” the parachute and glider assault at Wesel, Germany in 1945. CHARLES and ALBERT served with the 82nd Signal Company, 82nd Airborne Division in the Occupation of Berlin, until discharge from the Army in 1946. Like millions of returning War Veterans, the DAVIS Twins seized life with a gusto and drive unmatched in modern times. CHARLES attended Thiel College in Butler, PA and after graduation, began a 40-year career with the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), serving primarily in Pittsburgh, PA, and Dayton OH. CHARLES met and married the love of his life Charlotte Suppinger, and after retirement, they settled in Centerville, OH. CHARLES lived a life of integrity, decency, and generosity, making friends with all people he encountered. He was proud of his hometown of Pittsburgh, of his beloved 17th Airborne Division and the 17th Airborne (SCIONS) organization. He was the Past President and weekly Volunteer at the Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation in Germantown, OH, and he loved his beagle dog MAX, the beauty of nature, animals, and beautiful relaxing music. CHARLES was an avid sports fan and loved the Cincinnati Reds and Penn State Football. CHARLES was a product of his family and his generation. Patriotic, hardworking, and decent to a fault. The world was a better place because of CHARLES having lived here. His life positively touched hundreds of lives of all ages. He was pre-deceased by his Parents, Wife Charlotte, Twin-Brother Albert, Sisters Virginia Mae and Vera, and good friend “Max.” CHARLES is survived by numerous Nieces and Nephews from around the nation, and many special friends from around the world, including his Friend and Caretaker of 18 years, David Shortt. Visitation will be held at 10:00, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00, Saturday 14 August, at Routsong Funeral Home, 81 N. Main St., Centerville, OH 45458. Graveside services will be held immediately after, at Centerville Cemetery, 68 Maple St., Centerville, OH, 45458. Memorial Contributions may be directed to Hospice of Butler/Warren Counties, 5490 Long Meadow Lane, Middletown, OH 45005.
Kenneth McAferty
Division HQ
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

We have been informed that Trooper Kenneth McAferty died on May 15, 2021 at age 101. No obituary is available at this time.
Richard Seifert
Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Richard Lewis Seifert

Louisville - 96, of Louisville, devoted servant of our Heavenly Father went to his reward on June 17, 2021.

He was a retired salesman for Duro-Test Corp., volunteer chaplain for the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange, past president of the Louisville Fish Hooks, fishers of men, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of Gideons International, the Kentucky Thoroughbreds Chorus, and the Christian Assembly Church.

He was also a United States Army World War II Veteran serving in both the 17th Airborne and the 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Katherine Seifert; a step-son, Ron Kurtz; along with a brother, Jim Seifert.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lola DeVore Seifert; four sons, Richard L. Seifert, Jr., Richard Kurtz (Linda), Alan Lee, and Keith Seifert (Sabine); four daughters, Diane Parsons (Fred), Leslie Bolding, Vedra Hufstedler, and Misty Hampton (Jeff); along with fifteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at the Christian Assembly Church with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make all contributions to the Christian Assembly Church.
Harold Yood
194th GIR

Plainfield - Harold S. Yood, a physician and lifelong resident of Plainfield, NJ, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of loved ones on June 12, 2021. He was born on February 23, 1920, the youngest son of Dr. Raphael and Netta Yood. He graduated from Plainfield High School at age 16 and enrolled at his beloved University of Virginia, earning a BA in 1940 and MD in 1943. At UVA, he met the "most beautiful strawberry blonde he had ever seen." The next day they had a date, married in 1941, and remained united until Helen's passing in 2009. They had four children; Pamela Yood of Arlington, VA; Patricia Yood Herskovitz (Robert) of Roanoke, VA, and Dr. Andrew Yood (Ruth) of New York City. His youngest daughter, Paula Yood Peterson, preceded him in death. Two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive him and affectionately referred to him as "Grump". He will also be missed by his faithful companion, Dawg.

Following his graduation, he interned at the Syracuse University Medical Center. In 1943, he went to serve his country as a Medical Officer (Captain) in the US Army. He saw action at the front in the Battle of the Bulge and crossed the Rhine in a combat glider. He received a Purple Heart, three battle stars, and one arrowhead. He was indeed a member of "The Greatest Generation."

After the War, Dr. Yood returned to Plainfield, where he practiced medicine for 44 years. He was cherished and admired by his patients. He was on the Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center staff and served as Chief of Medicine and President of the Medical Staff for six years. Following retirement from practice, Dr. Yood spent ten years as medical director of the CJIPA.

Dr. Yood served in numerous civic capacities: the Boards of Union County Medical Society, MSNJ, AMA, United Way of Plainfield-Fanwood and Union County. He was also President of Plainfield Jewish Community Center, VP Jewish Federation of Central NJ, Board of Directors NJ Jewish Home for the Aged, and President of the Plainfield Lions Club.

In his later years, he became a "political activist," keeping the Plainfield City Council "on its toes" both by attending and speaking at Council Meetings and through his widely read "OldDoc's Blog."

Dr. Yood was a big sports fan, following UVA in every sport, both men and women. He was incredibly proud of the 2019 national championship basketball team. He saw the Mets play in all three of their stadiums, and last year he was thrilled to be recognized by the New York Mets as "Veteran of the Game." He and Helen were bridge champions for many years. His final hurrah was winning the family "Oh Hell" card game on Memorial Day.

The family would like to thank his spectacular caregivers, Sonja Wittock and Vee Palmer. These ladies were truly gifts from God. In addition, the support of two dear friends, Doug Long and Howie Cohen, was invaluable for many years.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Sholom, 1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. followed by interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, 189 Gill Lane, Iselin, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Sholom or the 
charity of your choice.
17th Airborne Division "Online Store"
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Below are some of the items in our "Online Store"

All items include S&H in the USA. Mail your check to:

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

Or use Paypal by sending your funds to us at
This 280 page collection of stories from Troopers of Company A of the 513th PIR is reformatted for easier reading. Includes many photos, maps and diagrams from the troopers of Co A.

$35 Includes S&H in the USA. Mail your check to:

Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811
 Show your 17th Airborne pride with this new cap made only for the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division.
Made in the USA !!!

$25 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.
 These new 22 oz. stainless steel water bottles are made in the U.S.A, and feature the 17th Talon on one side, and the Scions logo on the other.

$17 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

Scion Coffee Mugs
These new 15 oz. mugs are made in the U.S.A., and feature the 17th Talon on one side, and the Scions logo on the other.

$20 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

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

Our mission is to ensure 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.
We do not ask for dues from our honored veterans, as we exist to honor you!

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.

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.

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Our 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.

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)

Michael Beard, Son of Daryl A. Beard (513/G)
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

Michele Smith , Sandy Remes, and  Patricia Bowers - Veteran Outreach / Family Liaison Coordinators
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)

Membership Committee  - David Shortt & Tom Chipego
Memorial Committee - Jerry and Pat O'Brien

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