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 # 35 - October 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.
Photo from our first gathering in 2011

Scions Veterans Day Ceremonies
Arlington National Cemetery
November 9th & 10th, 2015

Make your reservations now !
Our annual Veterans Day gathering at Arlington National Cemetery will be held on Monday November 9th and Tuesday November 10th. This very special ceremony is sponsored by the Reuben Tucker Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association each year and features a procession to each of the Airborne Memorials in the Cemetery. At the Memorial to the 17th we will lay a wreath in memory of the fallen troopers of the 17th. Later in the day, we will gather at the National WWII Memorial, and place a wreath at the Airborne panel. 
Our accommodations last year Marriott Courtyard Pentagon South were so well received that we have made arrangements to have our "Headquarters" at this hotel again. The hotel is only 7 miles from Arlington Cemetery. All the room that we have reserved have been filled, and we know that other who live in the DC area will be attending as well.

Monday - November 9th, 2015

- 11:00 - Gather at the Marriott Courtyard Lobby for drive to Mount Vernon 
- 11:30 - Carpool to Mount Vernon for a visit to the home of George
   Washington. Adult Tickets are $17 per person

- 3:00 - Check in to Marriott Courtyard Pentagon South begins 
- 4:00 - Hospitality room will be open to greet new arrivals, socialize and
 make plans for dinner. 

- 17th Airborne T-shirts, Hats, and other items will be available for sale in the
  Hospitality room, for those who are interested.

Tuesday - November 10th, 2015

  - Gather at Hotel Lobby for drive to Arlington National Cemetery - 8:00
  - Leave for Arlington by carpool - 8:30 AM
  - Arrive at Arlington by 8:45 AM
  - Ceremony at Arlington 9:15 to 11:45

Note: Those who are not staying at the Marriott and are driving directly to Arlington Cemetery on November 10th should meet our group at the entrance to the cemetery at 8:45 AM. We will have our cars with the 17th Flags lined up on the right side of the cemetery entrance. 

 - Following the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery we plan to travel to the National WWII Memorial as we have done in the past, where we will place a wreath at the Airborne Panel. As parking in this area is very limited, we are looking into the possibility of bus transportation. We will keep those who register for the gathering posted on the details, so please let us know that you are coming by registering by email with the following information

Name _________________________
Number of members in your party _________________
Arrival date __________________
Departure date _______________
Tour of Mount Vernon? Yes_____  No _____
Registered at Marriott Hotel? Yes______ No______
Driving directly to Arlington Cemetery?  Yes_____ No _____

Send your registration to us at: 
In This Newsletter
-  Trooper Stories -  A Funny Coincidence
   by Scion Adam Coolong

-   Scions Directory Project Update

-   Scions Committees
     by Michele Smith

-   Scions 2015 Gathering Schedules

       - Arlington, VA Veterans Day Ceremonies - November 2015  
       -  Lancaster, PA -  2016

-   Scions Memorial Fund
     by Ed Siergiej Jr.

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   Information on Membership and Dues

-   Chaplain's Corner
-   Minutes of Annual Meeting
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:

A Funny Coincidence
by Adam Coolong

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am always interested in meeting other people from the 17th family, and I'm constantly searching for them.  If I see someone with a World War II Veteran hat on, for example, I approach them and ask about their service. I like to talk to them and ask if they've heard of the 17th Airborne Division. Sometimes you just never know where a connection to the 17th will show itself.  Case in point, I have a short story I'd like to share with you all. 

Recently I made a new acquaintence with a guy around my own age, who moved to town and joined my social circle through an Irish sport called hurling, which we both play (that's a whole different story!).  

He's from the Jefferson City, Missouri area, and is an Army veteran himself.  We got to talking about the Army and about World War II, and he told me that his great uncle had been in the Airborne in Europe, and had been in the Battle of the Bulge.  The 82nd, he thought.  

I didn't really know why, but for some reason I pressed him for further details, as I felt a "hunch".  A light literally went on in my brain and I was compelled to ask more questions.  I asked him for his great uncle's name, and he told me.  I went home and looked up him up, and sure enough, there he was on the 17th divisional roster.  He was in the 193rd and 194th!  Somehow I just KNEW he'd be there (and 
believe me, this wasn't a common name; it's definitely him). 

It was a real joy, telling my new buddy that he and I had a connection in that we both have 17th vets in our families!  I told him that WE are family, and that the 17th Scions stick together.

I write this for two purposes: the first is that I think it's a fun story, to have had this connection to the Golden Talons come from seemingly out of the blue; you never really do know who out there is connected to us, just waiting to be found.  

The second is that this particular 17th veteran self-published a book, and I had a chance to read it.  I don't want to give away the details just yet, as the vet is still alive and I intend to ask for his permission to do a book review.  Hopefully in the next issue I can do a write-up of this wonderful history of a man's service in the 17th, so we can give him some due praise for his efforts not only during the war, but for sharing his story as well!

Keep alert, fellow Scions!  You never know where these 17th family members are located!

Scions Launch Directory Project
by Ed Siergiej Jr.

Many Scions members have asked for some way to identify what members we have in each state.  To that end, we will be creating a directory of our membership list. This will be of great help in organizing regional gatherings of the Scions, and connecting us to one another. The directory will be sorted by state as well as by unit of the 17th, which will help those seeking contacts in a particular Regiment or Company. As our membership expands, this will be an important tool. Our concern for your privacy is paramount, and we will never disclose your contact information without your approval first. 

One challenge we face is that our membership increases each week, if not each day, and any printed list would be out of date before it is issued. The most practical solution is to locate the list in a password-protected section of our website, www.17thscions.orgaccessible only to members.

At this time we have had 99 responses. If you have not yet responded, we encourage you to do so.
If you would like to have your name and address included in the Directory, please send us an email with the following information to:

Address ___________________________________________
Email address ______________________________________
17th Veteran you represent  ___________________________
Phone # ____________________________________________

Occupation or Talent ____________________________

If you do not want to include your phone or email, please indicate. 

If you DO NOT want to be included in the directory please let us know and we will not pester you about it further.

If you would like to help us with this project, please let us know as well. As our membership expands, we can use lots of help to make projects like this happen in a timely manner.

Scions Committees
By Michele Smith (Vice President)

As the Scion organization has grown we have recognized the need to continue to make organizational changes to support our growth. We have developed the structure below to define the different areas where our members can become involved. Ideally we would like to have a Chairperson and at least 2 members to assist.  If you are interested in being a committee chairperson or member please advise by sending us an email to :

Scions Donna "Cooper" Meise and Fred Nothstine, have already volunteered to lead our marketing team and are hard at work with ideas. Cooper has designed a new T-shirt to be advertised in the Newsletter and on our website. 

The Veterans Outreach Committee includes two primary responsibilities. Chaplain duties, and Veteran Support.

Chaplains - Our Chaplan, Isaac Epps, reaches out to our veterans and the families of our veterans in times of need. When a veteran passes the Chaplain consults our geographic list of members and attempts to locate a member who can attend the funeral. Isaac would like to a few additional Scions to help out when he is unavailable. Currently, Sec/Tres Ed Siergiej and President Rose Friday act as backup for Isaac. 
Scion Dusty Cornelius has expressed an interest in assisting Isaac with chaplain duties, but we would like to identify at least one more person as well.

Veteran Support - Currently our Chaplain Isaac Epps and Michele Smith work send out sympathy cards and get well cards to veterans and wives. The cards were developed by Michele based on input from Trooper Norvel "Luke" Lucas and Col. John Kormann. 
Update: The following Scions have recently volunteered to attend funerals and support our veterans and their families. 

Barbara Tuttle - Virginia
Robert Smith - Virginia
Charlie Jones - Ohio
Terri Gebler - Ohio
Cindy Gang - Florida
Dusty Cornelius - Texas
Sherrie Binkley - Tennessee

The role of this committee is to assist the Treasurer in managing and monitoring the organizations finances. Typically chaired by the Treasurer, it provides an opportunity for discussion and consideration of financial matters with regular reporting to the Board of Directors. 

Scion Melanie Sembrat has volunteered to be a member of this committee

The primary role of this committee is to coordinate arrangements for the placement of wreaths at the graves of our 4 Medal of honor recipients (3 in the US and 1 in the Netherlands) each year on Memorial Day. We have individuals who have stepped up each year to do this job, but the committee would confirm that they take on this task again. In addition the committee may recommend and coordinate the laying of wreaths at other locations, such as the 17th Memorial in Arlington. Scions Jerry and Pat O'Brien have volunteered to serve on this committee. Jerry and Pat have taken on the role of placing the wreath at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Isadore Jachman and are working to contact the remaining family about our interest in honoring him. 

The role of this committee is to nominate candidates for office within the organization and examine the skills and characteristics that are needed in Board candidates representing the best interests of the membership. Available candidates either nominated or written in are then voted into office at our annual meeting. 

This committee is in charge of all activities designed to increase membership in our organization. As my Dad Bill Smith always encouraged, "Get the youth involved, they are our future leaders and will carry on the torch of our mission".
 One project that we would like to take on is the publishing of an article about the Scions in Military related magazines, such as WWII magazine and the American Legion Magazine.

Help us to honor our 17th Airborne veterans and keep the history of the 17th alive by pitching in to make the Scions organization better.
Marketing Committee Design New Scions T-Shirt
Our Marketing Committee, Donna "Cooper" Meise and Fred Nothstine have come up with a design for a new Scions T-Shirt that we think everyone will like. Details are in the "Online Store" section of the newsletter, below and also in the Store section of our website. 
 Do You Know of a Veteran Who Does Not Use Email?
Each month this newsletter, "Thunder From Heaven" goes out to over 600 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. 

 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. 

All donations are acknowledged with a letter that can be used for tax purposes.
The Latest on the Miley Postage Stamp

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

Editors Note: Scion Diane Clark, daughter of Mel Lagoon sent us a copy of the letter that she and her family sent in support of this effort. 
Megan J. Brennan
Postmaster General and CEO
475 L'Enfant Plaza, 
Washington DC 20260
Subject:  General Miley Postage Stamp

Madam Postmaster General,

In memory of General Miley we would like to petition you to honor him and his significant work during World War II.  General Miley is known as the father of the U.S. Paratrooper.  He was instrumental in  the formation of the Airborne, as we know it today, especially the 17th Airborne Division which he led during the trying times of the Battle of the Bulge and the airborne assault of Operation Varsity.

Thank you for your consideration to create a special stamp for General Miley that would memorialize his contributions and  honor all of the 17th Airborne Division veterans that sacrificed during WWII.

Sincerely yours,

Megan J. Brennan

Scion 2015/16 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.

Our next gathering will be on Veterans Day Week at Arlington National Cemetery. Details will be posted here in the next issue.

 If you are planing a 17th Airborne related event, let us know, and we will post it below.

2016 Lancaster, PA Operation Varsity Gathering
May 6 - May 11, 2016

By Michele Smith


Mark your calendars, the 2016 Lancaster Reunion has been scheduled for check-in Friday May 6 to Wednesday May 11 checkout. You asked us and we listened.

Many Scions who are still working requested that the Reunion fall over a weekend so they are able to attend. The Fulton Steamboat Inn has graciously set aside a block of rooms. Trooper Mike Rock already has his room reserved, in true Airborne spirit!

I would love to see us fill up the entire hotel!  More complete details will follow in future newsletters. Here are the daily rates which include breakfast, dinner, all taxes and gratuities.
                                                   SINGLE:  $146.15
                                                   DOUBLE: $181.35
                                                   TRIPLE :  $ 216.55
                                                    QUAD:    $ 251.75
There will be a Registration Fee of $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple to help cover the cost of our Hospitality Room and entertainment. May is a beautiful time of the season in this part of the country. Lots to see and do to make this a memorable family vacation in addition to attending the reunion.

Even if you can only come for a day or two please plan to attend. Come and meet your extended Scion family and most especially, our honored 17th Airborne Troopers!

If you haven't attended in the past you can view the website here.  
Their direct telephone number is 717-299-9999 ext.405 (Crystal Lombardo is the Group Coordinator there).

If you have any questions in the interim you can email me at: HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
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

Generous Donations this month have been made by the following:

Mrs. Betty Scherer in memory of her husband, Dr Ben. Scherer (513/A)
!!  Welcome New Members  !!

Lisa Schweitzer
Granddaughter of Harold Postel (466th)
Toms River, NJ

Dennis S. Conley
Son of Lester S. Conley (513th) 
Etters, PA

Do you have a 17th Decal on your car? 

Scion Michele Smith reports that "My Dad and I have 17th AB license plates and 2 times in the past year I ran into 17th Veteran's sons who had no idea the Scions existed"

See the  "Online Store" below to get your decals


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 


Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

Anyone who has ever witnessed the ceremony of folding the American flag that covered the casket at the funeral of a Veteran cannot help but be moved and impressed.
  The show of respect is powerful; and honors not only the deceased but also the flag and what it represents.
  The origins of the ceremony are unknown; however some sources attribute it to the Gold Star Mothers of America, while others to an Air Force chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy.
  Each fold has a significant meaning.
  Fold one represents the symbol of Life.
  Fold two represents the belief in eternal Life.
  Fold three represents Honor and remembrance of the Veteran departing the ranks.
  Fold four represents our weaker nature, as American citizens trusting in God.
  Fold five is a tribute to our country; for, in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but she is still our country, right or wrong."
  Fold six is for where our hearts lie, because it is from our hearts that we pledge allegiance to the flag.
  Fold seven is a tribute to our armed forces.
  Fold eight is a tribute to the one who entered into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, that we might see the Light of Day; and to Honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
  Fold nine is a tribute to womanhood.
  Fold ten is a tribute our fathers.
  Fold eleven represents the lower portion of the Seal of King David and King Solomon.
  Fold twelve represents an emblem of Eternity and glorifies God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
  When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God We Trust."
  On a personal note, when my father Ralph Epps (194AT) passed, the folded flag was presented to my mother. We took it home and placed it into the display case that he had provided years before.
  When she went to Glory it was passed on to me in 2008.
  Recently, I decided to start a ritual when I turned the flag over to my sister, Scion Barbara Tuttle. The plan is that that flag begin to circulate around the members of our family, so everyone could display it and respect it---and they will.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting Held in Lancaster, PA

by Ed Siergiej Jr. & Melanie Sembrat


Below are links to the documents produced at our Annual Meeting from Lancaster this past month.

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

Secretary's Report

Treasurer's Report

Many thanks to Scion Melanie Sembrat for acting as recording secretary.



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!
Edward J. Siergiej (194/C) was recently honored by the State of Connecticut as part of a program by the City of Danbury, CT, to honor its living  World War II veterans. 

From Mark Irvin,

I thought you might find this flag interesting. My father Benjamin F Irvin, 193 and 194 GIR, collected the signatures. I have included a list of name that I could make out. Hopefully some of your members have family members listed. (see list below) For whatever reason, my father fortunately, dated the flag and gave the location. Which is the day of the invasion of Germany, and the location. Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of the 17th Airborne family.

Irving Hennigs celebrated his 90th Birthday on 5/20/15 as reported by his son, Scion Steve Hennings. Happy Birthday, Irving!!
Louis Zoghby has been awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal.  Lou served in WWII with 17th Airborne Division, 194th Glider Infantry F Company.  Lou lives in Aurora, CO with his wife, Patricia.  They have married 63 years, have four children, six grandchildren and four Great grandchildren.
Trooper Joe Quade passed on the information that this great book on WWII Airborne Operations is now reprinted and available from Amazon. Here is a link to the book!
Ed. Note: Associate Scion Jos Bex is looking for information on the airfields used by the 17th for takeoffs during Operation Varsity.  His request for information is as follows:

Dear all,
Following up my German to English translation of “Die Luftlandung” I am currently preparing my next Op. Varsity book.

This time the subject will be “The 17th Airborne  Op. Varsity Airfields”

I spent the last two  weeks in France researching and photographing all twelve 17th AB  Op. Varsity  airfields, and it was a success! Amazing how much is still there. From accessible and abandoned Op. Varsity airfields to modernised NATO airfields.  But they have all one thing in common; most of them are still there.
Physical evidence is one thing. Another important thing is the stories from those who were actually there.

Hereby I would like to ask you to write down your personal experiences of what was going on around the airfields prior to Op. Varsity.  Stories like how  the home front responded, your buddies, experiences, training and R&R in France etc.  Perhaps you still remember the way you all were housed on and around the bases, how it looked like, how it felt. You were there!!!

Your experiences do matter, not only to pass on the history and the legacy of the mighty 17th Airborne Division.  But history must be told in order to keep it alive to future generations.

Please inform everyone you know and those I can’t reach by email.
The more info I will receive, the better.
Perhaps your dad told you stories about the subject you might remember and you want to share.
Looking forward to hear from you all!!!

For those who rather give me a call:      Send me your phone number and I will call you, OR call me :
0031-263-254-361  or  0031-651-634-487.
E-mail me at:               or
Jos Bex

Scion Robert Blethrow, son of Harry Belthrow, (155/D ) sent these great photos from his fathers collection
Aboard my dad's glider in July '45. Corporal Harry Blethrow 17th Airborne Division, Battery D 155th AAA
Thompson, Smejkal, Brooks, Pudelski and Drury.  April 1944
Drury, Thompson, Pudelski and Clairge. April 1944
Camp Forrest, TN - Chow time!
Camp Forrest, TN - Chow time!
Fixing a flat. Note "17th" on bumper!
Drury, Phil Singhas(Sgt.) and Dickerson
Camp Forrest, April '44.
Doin' the dishes. ( I think.) Note the troop carrier with "17th. 155 AA!
Unknown Paratrooper
 Harry Belthrow, (155/D ) 
My father was Sgt Aubrey Witt, a paratrooper in the 17th,
513th, Company G.
I would be interested in exchanging emails with the families
of anyone in the 513th and especially Company "G".
I'm interested in the actions and movements of Company G
during European operations.
Thank You
Mitchell Witt
From Scion Barbara Tuttle:

Does anyone remember Sgt. LeRoy L. Haynes, who enlisted in Ohio and was killed in Operation Varsity?  If you have any information on his family, please email  His gravetender in Margraten would like to contact his family.

Sick Call

No items to report at this time. However please keep the families of those troopers that we have lost recently as well as Michele Smith who recently lost her mother, in your thoughts and prayers.


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
Harold Postel


Harold Postels obituary was provided to us by his Grand daughter, Scion Linda Schweitzer
John E. Coon

Unit Unknown

John Coons obituary below was provided by his nephew, Scott Barratt
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
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.
New Scions Tee Shirts
Our new Marketing Team designed these great new T - Shirts. The shirts are Made in the USA, Preshrunk 100% Cotton with the Scion logo on the front and the back.
Available in sizes    
S, M, L, & XL & 2XL 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 or Black, 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

English Translation of "Die Luftlanding" Book
Now Back in Stock

This book, a translation of "Die Luftlanding" by Jonan Nitrowski, was compiled by Jos 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.

 We have just received a new supply of books from the author and anticipate selling them quickly. Send us an email to reserve your copy today. $80 each, including S&H in the USA. 

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

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

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

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

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


To join our growing organization, contact the Scions at:

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)
Chuck Katz - son of John Katz (194th)
Adam Coolong - grandson of Charles Booth (680th/HQ)
Paul Madden - son of Harold Madden (680th/A)
Marty Cavanah - son of Earl Cavanah (193rd/194th)
Patty Bowers - daughter of Thomas Miller (193rd/HQ2)

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