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The  Official Electronic Newsletter of the Veterans and Descendants of the
U.S. 17th Airborne Division, WWII 
Issue # 15 - December 2013
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:
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.
Ed Siergiej Jr. & Adam Coolong - Editors
 
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.
Visit our Facebook page at:

17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter
 
-  A Christmas Carol
   by John Kormann

-  Trooper Stories

-  Scions 2013 Gathering Schedule
    
-  Operation Varsity Reunions in 2014
   by Michele Smith & Nancy Lauria

-  Scions to Invade Europe in 2015
    by Jeff Schumacher

-  Calling all Scions
   by Michele Smith

-  Welcome New Scion Members


-   Scions Memorial Fund

-  Treasurer's Report
    by Ed Siergiej Jr.


-   Chaplain's Corner
    by Isaac Epps, Scion Chaplain

-  Adopt a Veteran Project
   by Michele Smith


- Translation of the book "Die Luftlanding" now available

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


-  17th Airborne Online Store
 
Thunder Mail Call by Bill Tom

- Letters From Home and Abroad

-  Sick Call

-  TAPS
 Trooper Stories
 
Each month "Thunder From Heaven" features a story about a 17th trooper in his own words, or as told to a family member or friend. We encourage those who would like to submit an article to send them in to us at:   

Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com

                     
The following story is taken from the original hard copy newsletter of the 17th Airborne Division Association, published in November 1997
The following story is taken from the original hard copy newsletter of the 17th Airborne Division Association, published in March 2000.

I was there at the Battle of the Bulge
by Paul Reed (513 H)

 
The following story is taken from the original hard copy newsletter of the 17th Airborne Division Association, published in March 1999.
The following story was sent in by Scion Patricia Bowers, with the following note:

"
I
was going through some of my Father’s papers last night, and found this article he has submitted to the newspaper letter to the editor.  I have no idea what year.  I would guess 30 years ago or so. I had no idea how he felt about Christmas.  I knew he never really got into it but never connected the dots."

The original scan was a bit fuzzy, so we have retyped it to improve readability.

 
From the Patriot-News
For Battle of the Bulge veterans, Christmas has a different effect.
  My wife and I walked through the malls and heard the Christmas music and saw many busy shoppers and excited faces.
  For thousands of veterans like me, the Christmas season brings back heartbreaking memories of the past. Fifty seven years ago at Crhristma time, we were about to enter he "Jaws of Hell" that would scar our lives forever. We don't think of the snow forts we built as children or the fun we had playing in the snow.
For m and thousands of veterans of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, we had to exist in the snow-covered fields, living like animals in Belgium and Luxembourg. It was one of the worst winters in European history. The casualties were double the casualties of the Civil War, counting both sides. To see my friends in pain and dying, to see frozen bodies of dead GI's Piled up to be taken to God knows where is hard to forget. They will never see another snowfall, or sleep in a warm bed. For many of those who survived, they get little comfort or understanding.
 When I see a big beautiful spurce tree, in my mind I look for snipers. You can never forget the whine of bullets or the screaming  or the sounds of shells exploding, or the night you tried to fall to sleep in a foxhole  in the bitter cold, while losing control of your bowels. This is the price you pay for being one of the lucky ones.
  Our minds are not what they used to be, and we say and do things that sometimes are not understood this time of the year.
 Many of our service people this Christmas are in harms way and have a heavy heart. Those who are lucky enough to come home will have memories they will have to live with for he rest of their lives.
Tucker Miller
Harrisburg
Scion 2013 - 2014
Gathering Schedule

 
It seems like a good idea to post information on our annual gatherings in this newsletter each month, so we can reserve the time in our schedules. We will keep this schedule updated each month.
 If you are planing a 17th Airborne related event, let us know, and we will post it here. 


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March 23rd - 27th, 2014 - Lancaster, PA

Bill Smith's annual "Operation Varsity" gathering in Lancaster, PA. This event grows in popularity each year. A great time to relax and spend time with our veterans. Often some of our friends from Europe attend as well. (See below for details)

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April 24th through April 27, 2014 - Wheeling, WV

Nancy Lauria has hosted an "Operation Varsity" gathering for a number of years. In 2014, the location has changed to Wheeling, WV. (See below for details) As we get more information, we will post it here.
Plan now to attend the Lancaster, PA, "Operation Varsity" Gathering of the Scions

by Michele Smith

 

Hello 17th Airborne Troopers, Trooperettes, Scions, Family and Friends! It's time to start planning to attend our 2014 Reunion in March. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE WONDERFUL CAMARADERIE OF THE 17TH AIRBORNE FAMILY. DON'T MISS OUT.Let's make this our largest "Operation Friendly Invasion" ever. Trooper Mike Rock, 680th Battery B already has his room reserved.Let's emulate his spirit and take over the entire hotel! SCIONS, YOU KNOW OUR MISSION IS TO HONOR AND PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THE 17TH AIRBORNE AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO SO THAN GET INVOLVED AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME!
 Anyone who has ever attended will tell you the experience of mingling with "our 17th heroes" is priceless. The staff of the Fulton Steamboat Inn of Lancaster Pennsylvania treat us like gold and always look forward to our return. That being said, it is an extremely popular hotel in a year round resort and it fills up quickly, so we want to make sure you do not miss out on reserving a room.
A MAJOR CREDIT CARD WILL HOLD YOUR ROOM - YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED - AND IF FOR SOME REASON YOU WOULD HAVE TO CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE, THEY WILL NOT PENALIZE YOU AS LONG AS YOU NOTIFY THEM AHEAD OF TIME. PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL AT1-717-299-9999 TODAY TO BOOK YOUR ROOM. MAKE SURE YOU INDICATE YOU ARE WITH THE 17TH AIRBORNE GROUP WHEN YOU CALL SO THAT YOU ARE GIVEN THE PACKAGE DEAL.
Reunion Date and rates: Sunday March 22,2014 to Thursday March 27, 2014.
Single Rate : $105.42, Double Rate $146.52, Triple Rate $187.62, Quad Rate $228.72
These prices INCLUDE your room, Breakfast and Dinner in Huckleberry's restaurant located on the main floor of the Inn, all taxes and gratuities, our private Hospitality Room, and as the Steamboat Staff like to say "The Run of the Place"!
All guest rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffeemaker, a 32" flat screen TV, iron/ironing board,AM/FM clock radio, hairdryer, direct dial phone with voicemail, high speed wireless internet and guest computer station is also available.There is an indoor pool and fitness center and a 24 hour convenience store on premise (Arlene runs the gift store and always gives the 17th a nice discount).In addition to the picturesque Amish farmlands, the Steamboat Inn is ideally located across from outlets galore.The Hotel is also just up the road from the American Music Theatre and the Sight and Sound Theatre.You can visit their website at Fulton SteamboatInn.com for a virtual tour, photos, directions etc.The Fulton Steamboat Inn is located at the corner of Rtes 30 and 896 Lancaster Pa. THE ADDRESS TO USE FOR MAP QUEST AND GPS IS 1 HARTMAN BRIDGE ROAD LANCASTER PA 17602. Also, please notify me, Michele Smith, that you plan to attend or if you have any questions, by calling me at (610) 630-8807 or by email micheleasmith@verizon.net
Dress code is casual, but we hold a beautiful Memorial Service at a nearby Church so you will want to keep that in mind when packing. ONCE AGAIN, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT 100% SURE YOU CAN ATTEND, PLEASE CALL AND AT LEAST RESERVE A ROOM.ALSO, IF YOU CAN ONLY ATTEND FOR A DAY OR TWO YOU CAN STILL GET THE PACKAGE RATE. WE HOPE THOUGH TO SEE YOU THERE FOR THE ENTIRE TIME AS WE CAN GUARANTEE THIS WILL BE A SPECIAL MEMORY YOU WILL ALWAYS TREASURE! Why not extend your vacation and visit historic Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Washington DC.  In any event, we hope to see you!!!
From Scion Nancy Lauria:

        22nd Annual Reunion

Wheeling, WV
 
           When: April 24 – April 27, 2014
           
            WHERE: Hampton Inn
                             795 National Rd.
                             WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA 26003
            Phone:  1-304-233-0440
   
 
        Rate:  $138.88 Includes all taxes (queen beds)
                     free hot & cold breakfast in lobby.
                             
When reserving your room, let them know you are with The 17th Airborne to get the rate of $138.88. Please reserve your room early. RESERVATION MUST BE MADE BY APRIL 17TH, 2014.
 
Hospitality room opens everyday at 9:00 A.M. and closes when the last person leaves.  We will provide ice, pop, liquor, paper products, snacks, coffee and tea.  We ask beer drinkers to bring their own beer. 
 There will be a complimentary Friday night dinner in the hotel.  Saturday night we will also eat dinner in the hotel.  Bob Hitchman, the owner of the hotel has offered to cook dinner for us on Friday and Saturday.  Saturdays  menu will be chicken tenders ( 2 dipping sauces) pork chops and accompanying sides.   The cost  will be $20.00 - $25.00 per person.
 
Please let us know if you are attending The Varsity Reunion.  If you are unable to attend, we would appreciate a note from you to read to your friends.
Airborne All The Way
     ( Jim) & Nancy Lauria                                                    Betty Rea
      1888 Micaela Ct.                                                            1117 Main St.
      Lakeview, N.Y. 14085                                                    Follansbee, WV. 26037
     716- 627 -5077                                                                  304-527-0567
E-Mail: MLauria319@roadrunner.com                                                                                                         
Scions to Invade Europe in 2015!
 
Hello and Seasons Greetings, fellow Scions and especially to our Veterans.
In the recent September issue of Thunder From Heaven, we read about a prospective 70th Anniversary European Tour.  That is, a Scions-sponsored tour of 17th Airborne sites in Europe, tentatively scheduled for March of 2015.   
‘Thank You’ to our Scions Board of Directors and Peter Schleck for getting this initiative off the ground (airborne!).   My name is Jeff Schumacher, son of John J. Schumacher (D Company, 194th GIR, 17th Airborne), and I am pleased to pick up the mantle and serve as coordinator for the prospective Scions of the 17th Airborne Trip to the ETO (how about “Scions Trip 2015” for short?). 
This is the second “Call for Interest” for the Scions Trip 2015.  Like the initial call, we are primarily soliciting for those of you who are interested in traveling to The Belgian Ardennes (the Bulge) and to Wesel (Varsity), and various points in between in the European Theater of Operations, to walk in the steps of the 17th Airborne.  Yes, for safety reasons, the plan is to  keep it to ‘walking in their steps’, rather than jumping or gliding – which we believe to be the prudent course of action.  Again, there is no commitment needed this point, but even at this early juncture we’d like to get that ‘show of hands’ in order to start getting a feel for just how many travelers there might be, and what that might entail as far as accommodations and other resources.
Here’s all that is requested at this point:
  1. Email me at the  address shown below.
  2. Tell me just a little about yourself – son/daughter, etc. of veteran (please so indicate), and the unit that your veteran was in. 
  3. How many people would prospectively travel in your party (and their approximate ages)?
  4. Include some basic contact information – email and telephone numbers welcome.  None of this  information will be distributed.
  5. If you are reading a printed copy of this Thunder From Heaven or prefer not to use email, that’s OK  – just call or write to me.   My contact information is provided below.
Some of you I have had the pleasure of meeting – others not (yet) – but I do want to share with you that I was privileged and proud to accompany my dad to the Bulge and Wesel areas in March of 2012.  It was a wonderful experience – one we will never forget – and we encourage you to make the trip.  If you can join us in 2015 – it will make for a memorable, wonderful experience. 
Thanks – more updates in the months to come.
Jeff Schumacher
1331 SW Wintergreen Lane
Blue Springs, MO  64015
Home phone:  (816) 224-3779
Scions Trip 2015 email:   ScionsTrip2015@gmail.com


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

 
CALLING ALL SCIONS!
WE NEED YOUR TO HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

by Scion VP Michele Smith
 
Everyone has a talent they can share and as we grow as an organization, the Scions of the 17th Airborne will benefit from your time and talent.This should be fun and personally rewarding and should not interfere with your normal employment and everyday duties. I came across an old letter my Dad, Bill Smith 466th, wrote in the TMC when he was Chairman of one of his 17th Reunions entitled "Future Reunions" and realized much of his advice then, still applies to us today, so I will paraphrase his remarks with some of my own as it relates to the Scions.
The Future belongs to those who prepare for it! Preparation should start now in order to perpetuate our organization. As we continue to grow, it's more important than ever to have a team effort to accomplish our objectives. First, consider attending the mini Reunions held in Lancaster and Ohio and also the Veteran's Day ceremonies at Arlington. Anyone who has ever attended has always enjoyed the camaraderie of interacting with our Veterans and fellow Scions. Patricia Bowers, who attended Lancaster for the first time last March and again in Arlington told me she feels like she has a second family in the Scions. I guarantee you will feel that way too! Consider also organizing your own mini reunion. It is relatively easy to do and we are here to help you get started. To successfully run your reunion it's important to have a team effort if you are chairing the reunion with a committee of 3-5 scions working closely with you. We can possibly help you locate Troopers in your area who would like to attend if they are able. We have had Troopers and Scions attend from all over the country as well as our European friends. Other Troopers have expressed interest in attending, but because of the distance or physical restriction that prevents them from driving or traveling alone, have not been able to attend.
Wouldn't it be nice if a reunion was held near them and they could buddy up with someone so they could attend. If you think you would like to host a future reunion email me at micheleasmith@verizon.net with a number I can reach you and I will be happy to give you ideas on how our reunions are organized and run.
Many of you have expressed an interest in getting involved and helping. When we had our business meeting in Arlington we discussed some areas where we need volunteers to chair and join a committee, and they are as follows: 
 
Membership Chair and committee:
Currently we have 150 Members, 56 Honorary Members, 23 Distinguished Honorary Members and 2 Associate Members. Our numbers grow monthly thanks to Facebook and the great job Ed Siergiej Jr has done with  the help of fellow Scion Adam Coolong on our evolving website with the help of Scion Danny Carter. We have many more names who can be contacted, who may still not be aware of our organization and need to be brought into the fold. Membership committee also follows up on annual dues.

 
Archives Coordinator.
Each year a team has gone to the National Archives prior to attending the Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington. To this point close to 1000 pages of documents have been scanned. Our goal is to organize this information in such a way that we can provide information to Scions researching their 17th veteran, as well as selecting which of these files will be included on our website. When we have a research request, this would also be directed to the Archives Coordinator. Ideally, the coordinator would also plan future trips to the Archives and prevent duplication of effort.
Scion Adam Coolong has volunteered to help coordinate this project. Adam has already been of great help with the publication of this newsletter and has great technical computer skills. Thanks Adam, for stepping up!!!

 
Arlington Coordinator:
Our annual gathering for the ceremonies at Arlington is attracting more Scions each year. This position would involve coordinating with the 82nd Airborne group who plans the event,  selecting a hotel, hopefully with a package rate plan for the weekend, and making everyone aware of the events, time etc.
 
Scion Directory.
This is a project that Scion Isaac Epps has been pushing for, for quite some time. A Scion directory will be extremely beneficial for a number of reasons, including finding local volunteers to represent Scions at funerals
 , to promote the "Adopt a Veteran Program", for visits to hospitals, nursing homes or hospice facilities, for coordination of mini reunions, and contacting other Scions whose Dads, Uncles, Brothers were in the same unit. Participation in the directory is strictly voluntary by permission only.

 
Bookkeeper: to assist the Secretary /Treasurer
As the organization grows we feel it seems prudent to make sure that the finances remain in good control. It is anticipated that in 2014, the Scion will get approval from the Federal Government on our application for Non-Profit status. This will require an annual filing. With these issues in mind, we are seeking a Scion with Accounting, or Bookkeeping experience to act as another set of eyes on the finances, and to assist with any filings required.
Scion Jeff Schumacher has volunteered to help support us in this regard. Thanks, Jeff for your help!!

 
Elections
Elections will be held at the Lancaster gathering in March 2014 for President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. We will also have a discussion on increasing the number on our Board of Directors and perhaps including a Parliamentarian. The one stipulation for running for office is that you will attend at least one of the Scion reunions in Lancaster, Ohio, or Arlington and be willing to actively participate in the organization throuought the year. If you would like to run, please submit a short description of yourself and your qualifications and which office you would like to run for or be a part of.
Please email your interest in volunteering for any of the above to Ed Siergiej at: Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com Please make sure that you indicate which committee you would like to Chair or join or Office and a number you can be reached.
Finally, these were areas we discussed where help is needed now. We always welcome other suggestions or ideas from you to make our organization bigger and better.
Welcome New Scion Members

The Scions of the 17th Airborne are proud to welcome the following new members, who have joined our organization this month. As our membership grows, we can take on additional projects to honor our veterans and educate about the history of the 17th Airborne.
 
Associate Member
Ozzie Gorbitz, Col. USAFR, Ret.
Roswell, NM


 
Thanks for joining us to honor the men of the 17th Airborne! 
 
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)  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

 
 
Scions of the 17th Airborne Division
62A Forty Acre Mountain Road, Danbury, CT 06811    Tel: 203-241-3740

Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com
http://scionsofthe17thairborne.org
 
Treasurer’s Report – As of 12/30/13
 
General Operating Account
Income
            Dues                                                                                                    $ 2,075
            Sales                                                                                                    $ 3,412
            Donations                                                                                            $ 15.00
            Total Income                                                                                      $5,502
Expenses
            Operational Expense – Postage, Office Supplies, Chaplain              $2,517 (1)     
            (1) includes 501c3 Application Fee of $400
            Merchandise Expense – Hats, Shirts, Mugs, CD’s                              $2,041.54
            Total Expenses                                                                                   $4,558.54
 
Current Balance in General Account                                                          $3,754.57
 Note: Fees for setting up the 501c3 Not for Profit may cost $500. This should fall into the 2014 budget year. We anticipate a final decision from the Fed Gov’t, or a request for more information by 2/2014
 
(1)
Memorial Fund Account
 
Income - 2013
            Memorial Fund Contributions                                                              $940
 
Expense
                                                                                                                        $6.90
 
Comments:
Although we are in good control at this point, in my opinion, as the number of members in the organization increases we should make some changes to insure that we remain in good control.
The Executive Committee agreed to try and identify a Scion who can provide a second set of eyes to our financial transactions, as well as assist with the yearly filings pertaining to the 501c3 non profit application. In response to our request for some assistance, Scion Jeff Schumacher has volunteered to provide assistance in this regard. We appreciate Jeff’s help in this regard.
We anticipate an answer from the Federal Government with regard to the 501c3 application, in the February – March time frame with our final approval, or a request for additional information.
 
Submitted 12/30/13
 
Edward R. Siergiej / Treasurer

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Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

 
  I am sure we all can agree that the "Season of Giving" should be year-round and all the time; but this time of year always heightens that awareness. I want to share here a story about the 17th Airborne Trooper and his willingness to share, which was told to me by my father, Lt. Ralph Epps (194AT).
   A decision was made in February, 1945, to move the Division off the front line fighting during the Battle for the Our River; and move it to a camp in the vicinity of Chalons sur Marne, France, for re-supply, R & R, and training in preparation for Operation Varsity.
   At one point during that period, my father drew duty as Mess Officer for the 194th.
   He described a situation where the troops were brought into an area under a very large tent; where long tables had been constructed for them to have their meals. His orders were to position himself in the area where the Troopers would come to scrape off their plates into the garbage can. He was to note on a form what particular items on the menu were not being eaten; so as to alert the mess cooks that an adjustment to the menu or in the food preparation may be in order.
   Early on, he noticed that many young children from the villages in that area would show up at his position with little buckets. He began to allow the Troopers to scrape their plates into these buckets for those children.
   In the beginning, it was thought that they were gathering this food for their animals or pets. With a little investigation, my father realized that they were collecting this food for their families; because their homes, villages, and families were so destroyed because of the war and the bombing and the loss of their men that they had nothing.
   He got word around to the troops. At that point, one particular table decided to give up all their peas; another would give up their potatoes; another would give up their bread; and so on until these children were able to go back to their families with filled buckets--many times with multiple
buckets; when they realized how giving and generous these men were--- these "Devils in Baggy Pants", as the Germans described the American Airborne Trooper.
   My father began to write on his form; "All the food was eaten today."
Adopt a Veteran Project
by Michele Smith, VP of the Scions of the 17th Airborne

Hello Scions, 17th Veterans, Families and Friends!
We had a great gathering in Arlington this year and wish all of you could have joined us. During our business meeting we discussed various areas where we need volunteers from our Scions. One is our "Adopt a Veteran(s) Program". Not all of our Scions have had the grand opportunity as we have had, of attending one of our mini reunions in Lancaster or Ohio or Arlington where we get to spend quality time with our Veterans.Of course, we are hoping to change that in the years to come! In the meantime,here's how we would like to see this program go forward. If you would like to participate Scions, please notify us with some basic information about yourself, where you live and who you are a Scion of, and a phone number we can reach you with best times to call. Make sure you indicate you are volunteering for the "Adopt a Veteran Program" as we have other committees we will be asking volunteers for. We will then attempt to pair you up with a Veteran. We would like for you to keep in touch with that Veteran with a weekly phone call. You can interview them about their wartime experience, keep up to date with their health or family news, send birthday, holiday cards etc. and then every couple of months or so write up a small report about your time spent together to be submitted to the newsletter.Some of us are doing this already, but we know others of you would like to get involved and here's one way of doing it. Please notify me,
micheleasmith@verizon.net or isaac.epps@gmail.com if you would like to participate in this program.We also welcome your suggestions!
English Translation of "Die Luftlanding" Book AvaiIable
 
 
The translation of “Die Luftlandung” is completed and the books are ready to ship.
 
Those who have signed up for the book at the reunion in Lancaster will receive a personal email or a letter in which the book can be ordered.
 
Other interested persons can email, write, or call Jos the address below.
 
The book will be personally autographed and comes with a WWII patch of the Regiment or Battalion related to the one your family member served in during Operation Varsity.
 
Cheapest way is to transfer the money by bank to:
 
Bank name                                                                                       ABN-AMRO
International Bank Account Number     ( IBAN )                NL84ABNA0534860346
Bank Identification Code                        ( BIC )                             ABNANL2A
Amount             €  77 or $ 102.50  *
On behalf of             J.J. Bex
*Standard shipping ( non tracable )
 
Name of my Bank:         ABN-AMRO
Address of the bank:   Langekerkstraat                                                                                                      45 6851 BM Huissen

POTENTIAL BUYERS SEEM TO BE HAVING AN ISSUE WITH WIRING MONEY TO PAY FOR THE TRANSLATION.
I HAVE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS WITH BUYERS SENDING CASH IN AN ENVELOPE ALONG WITH A  PIECE OF CARDBOARD 
OR ANY STIFF GREETING CARD TO AVOID DETECTION THAT THERE IS CASH INSIDE.
ANOTHER PLUS BY MAKING PAYMENT THIS WAY IS THAT YOU AVOID THE FEES THAT BANKS CHARGE FOR WIRING MONEY.

 
 From every book sold Jos Bex will donate $5.00 to the Scions.
 
Jos Bex
Lemoen 9
6852 DS Huissen
The Netherlands
Telephone: 0011-312-6325-4361
Cell:            0011-3165-163-4487
Jos Bex email is:  jomaresto@planet.nl
 
Editors Note: We thank Jos for his generosity in contributing a portion of the book price to the Scions. Jos has spent many months working on this project and we look forward to seeing the finished product. The translation of this book from the original German into English was very challenging.


17th Airborne Online Store
 
Sales of the items below help to support the missions of the "Scions of the 17th Airborne", to honor the veterans of the 17th, and to keep the history of the Division alive.

Send your check to:

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

Scion Coffee Mugs
 
Your beverage is guaranteed to taste better
in this Scions mug than in a canteen cup!


$16 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.
 
Scions Tee Shirts

We had a sample Tee shirt made up to display at the 2012 Lancaster Reunion, and got a great response from those who attended. As a result, we can offer this 100% Cotten Tee Shirt with the Scion logo, and the motto "Thunder From Heaven" on the front and the back. Available in sizes S, M, L, & XL for $22 each, size XL for $25 each.

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

Operation Varsity Reports
 
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
 
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. 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!


Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
Scion Hats and Patches
Show your pride to be a Scion of the 17th Airborne Division
 
The sample hats that we had made up for the Lancaster, PA Operation Varsity gathering sold out very quickly, so we had some more made up. Available in Blue, Black, or Red, these hats have our Scion patch sewn on.
A $25.00 donation is requested for each hat.

We also have additional Scion patches identical to those included in the packages sent to new members.he Patches are 3.5"H x 3"W and are available for $3.00 each.
Includes S&H in the U.S.

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne", 62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

Proceeds from the sale of these items help to support the mission of the Scions, to honor our veterans, and to tell the story of the 17th Airborne Division
17th Airborne Decals

Scion Gary Stift had these great decals made up, and donated a quantity to us for sale to our members. Thanks Gary!!

Decals are available for $8.00 each, includes S&H in the USA.

Please indicate if you want the Talon Decal, or the Scion logo Decal, and the quantity requested.


Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
Talon Newspapers on CD
 
  During WWII, the 17th published a number of magazines, or newspapers under the title of "Talon". The two most well known are "Talon in Ardennes" and "Talon Crosses the Rhine". In addition we have located 14 additional issues. We have scanned these issues, and combined them on one CD, so that they can be made available to our membership. Thanks to those who have donated  these materials.
Thanks to our membership, we have the funds to put this package together!


The CD is available for $10 each. Includes S&H in the USA

Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353

17th Airborne Division, Volume 1

 
  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

Below are a few sample pages from this book

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

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

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

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

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


To join our growing organization, contact the Scions at:  Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com.
 
We also have a great Facebook page, where there are lots of great posts by friends of the 17th in the U.S. and in Europe. Check us out on Facebook at: 
17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants).

The Scions also has a website up and running, although it is still under construction. We will have information on the history of the 17th, documents that are related to the 17th, a place to post copies of our newsletters, and other valuable information.

The website is located at: Scionsofthe17thairborne.org

Many thanks go out to Scion Danny Carter, who is assisting us in setting up the website!

Please consider passing this on to your children and grandchildren, if they are not already members. As our membership grows, we can take on new projects of value.

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

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

Secretary/Treasurer
Ed Siergiej Jr., son of Edward J. Siergiej (194th)

Executive Committee:

Cindy Heigl - daughter of Tony Heigl (193rd)
Melanie Sembrat - daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Robert Smith - brother of Levert L. Smith (194th)
Isaac Epps - son of Ralph Epps (194th)
Dear Friends-  Greetings to you all from England, and particularly those of you who were stationed at the Greenham Common US Airbase near Newbury ,Berkshire, UK.  From here many of you left for the D-Day operations on June 6th 1944. Many failed to return.
 
This small note is to let you know that on December 12th, in 8 days time, the Newbury Branch of the Royal British Legion will gather at the Greenham Common US memorial to salute and remember your brave brothers who gave their lives,the ultimate sacrifice,in order that England,and Europe ,be freed from the  Nazi  fist. 
 
This parade and salute has taken place for many years, and God willing,will continue for many years to come.
 
I was a boy of 9 when I lay on my back in a farm field looking up and  watching that  never-ending circle of C 47 `s and Waco and Horsa gliders depart these shores for France.  Unforgettable.  Be assured, my American friends,we shall not forget the sacrifice these men made. 
 
 But in all troubled times, the sun does rise so please accept my good wishes for a Happy Christmas and,dare I say it, a peaceful New Year.
 
  My warm regards.  Allan Mercado.  ( Ex- RAF Air Gunner ) .    7 Lower Raymonds, newbury Berks. UK  RG14 7BG>
 Dear  Friends,
 
We wish all of you a Very Merry  Christmas,
 
and  a Happy  and  Healthy New Year
 
Pierre Ackermans,
Sen.member:  Margraten Memorial Group 17th Airborne Holland.
Hello everyone,
 
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014!
We all hope to see you again soon!
 
Take care, many greetings to you all
 
Pavel & Cenda
Dear friends and Veterans of the 17th Airborne Division,
 
Last month of March 2013, Veteran Melvin Lagoon and his children were our honorable guest. They were among us thanks to the fund raising of the Dead Man's Ridge Walk.
Frédéric Pauwels, a Belgian photographer-journalist followed Melvin during 3 days and realized a reportage about his trip. Fred is currently working on a big documentary dedicated to the people who endured the Battle of the Bulge (US, Germans, Belgian civilians), which will be released within one year at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the BOTB.
Fred marvelously captured the emotions of the moments we shared.
Here is the result of his work.
 
 
Lets hope the 6th edition of the DMRW (2014) will be as good as the one of 2013, without snow and cold.
 
All the best to you all.
 
Best season's greetings.
 
Airborne All the Way.
 
Gregory DC.
Secretary 101ADBF - DMRW.

Editors Note: The Scions are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the "Dead Mans Ridge Walk" organization, that has sponsored 17th veterans and their families for the last few years. Every who has attended has had a very memorable trip, and made many new friends. 

 
Hello all,
 
Please find in attachment the advertisement (2 documents) of the 6th edition of the Dead Man's Ridge Walk, organized by our association "101st Airborne Division Belgian Friendly", in remembrance of the 17th Airborne Division which fought close to Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
 
Kind regards.
 
Gregory DE COCK
Secretary 101ADBF - DMRW.
The U.S. Army and other services will soon begin fielding the first new type of parachute in decades, the service said.

The product is known as the Military Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System, or RA-1. In coming months, it will start to replace the two-decades-old MC-4 design as the service’s primary tactical parachute.

The new rig is made by Airborne Systems, part of Solon, Ohio-based HDT Global, and commercially marketed as the Intruder. Consisting of a main parachute, reserve parachute, harness and container, it’s designed to give troops more maneuverability.

“This parachute allows you to land everybody within a 25 to 30 meter circle, instead of having all your guys spread out wherever the wind carried them along the drop zone,” Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Ford said in a recent Army video.

Ford is the air detachment platoon sergeant at Fort Hood, Texas, for Company C, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, III Corps.

His soldiers recently tested the parachute in static-line jumps from UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Previous evaluations involved paratroopers jumping from such aircraft as the C-127 and C-23.

The parachute is also designed to give troops more carrying capacity. The RA-1 can carry upwards of 450 pounds — 100 pounds more than its predecessor — and safely deploy from 3,500 feet to 25,000 feet, according to a recent article on the website of the base’s newspaper, the Fort Hood Sentinel.

The Army has previously said it plans to begin fielding the product in April 2014. It wasn’t immediately clear how much the new system costs and how many units the service plans to buy.

 
 
From Patricia Overman:

I am blatantly, and with no humility what so ever, telling you about an article I wrote.  The article is titled, “An American College Goes to War” and has been published in the Military Heritage: WWII Quarterly winter 2014 issue.  I know this has nothing to do with the 17th so I can’t even claim I am passing on airborne history.  I hope if you have the opportunity to read it you will find it interesting.   


I will be toasting this New Year to continued great research with the 17th Airborne; which reminds me--  I am now the web administrator for the National WWII Glider Pilots Association.  If you have not visited that site in the last 6 months then you will find it very much changed.  One of the photos I recently added to the site is in Rhine Crossing.  It is a photo of 17th Airborne men in front of glider 119 in serial A9. http://www.ww2gp.org/RhineCrossing.php  it’s the second Photo on the right side.  I have a popup of more information under “Extra”  I have this photo in a much larger resolution if you would like a copy.  If you know who the men are I would very much like that information. 


Happy New Year!


Patricia 

 
Editors Note: Patricia has been doing some great research on the role of the Glider Pilots. Her  father, Lee Whitmire was a glider pilot on "Operation Varsity" and then fought as infantry with the 17th. Patricia's willingness to share her research and expertise has been of great help to the Scions of the 17th Airborne

TAPS


IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN SOLDIER
by Isaac Epps

 
   The ones who went
   Were truly sent

   To do a Noble Deed;
   When evil showed
   They took the load
   In Justice, they believed.
   They heard the call
   And gave their All
   And some did not not come back.
   They knew the 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?

Tyrrel E. DeVolin

193 / D

 
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association
 
TYRREL E. DeVOLIN, born July 19, 1921, at Radium Springs, New Mexico. Spent youth at Smith Bros. Ranch between Marfa and FT. Davis, Texas. Graduated from FT. Davis High School in 1938, attended John Tarleton Junior College and graduated from Texas A & M College with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1943. During World War II, he was a Parachute Infantry Combat Unit Commander, active in three major campaigns and one combat airborne landing behind enemy lines. After World War II, he was selected to be an officer on General Dwight D. Eisenhower honor guard. He was discharged in October, 1946 as a Captain. He married his childhood sweetheart, Carol J. Stewart, on January 25, 1947. They spent several years ranching in West Texas and Mississippi before moving to El Paso in 1961. He owned several businesses before becoming the Federal Veterinary Inspector in charge of meat establishments in the El Paso area, including Peyton Packing Co. He retired in 1983. Preceeded death by his beloved wife, on November 10, 1994, son Glenn on November 22, 1997 and daughter Doris O'Keefe. He survived by his son in law Danny Steffens, five grandchildren, Rhett, Amy and Charlotte DeVolin, Ryan O'Keefe and Shelby Shelbystar Steffens. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Thursday, December 19, 2013at Martin Funeral Home Central. Graveside will be held 1:30 pm Friday, December 20, 2013 at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery with military honors.
Peter James Blakney Sr

(513 F)

 
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association
 
Peter James Blakney Sr., 83 years old, died 25 April 2008, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Peter was born 17 November 1924 to Francis and John Harold Blakney in Evanston, Ill. and moved to Verona, New Jersey in 1934. As a member of America's Greatest Generation he was a Sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F. He saw service in the European Theater during World War II from December 1944 to January 1945, fighting courageously against Axis forces in the Battle of the Bulge under General George S. Patton. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat and the Bronze Star for valor in action against the enemy. Peter married Mary Pew Burton on 10 February 1950 in Verona, New Jersey and remained devoted to her throughout 58 years of marriage. As an active member of the community Peter served in numerous Director positions for the Eagle Rock Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, the Montclair Counseling Center and as Special Gifts Chairman of the North Essex United Way Campaign. As a professional, Peter was an account executive for the brokerage firm owned by his Father-in-Law, Benjamin T. Burton, providing investment counseling to institutional and individual accounts. He was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. At the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Peter Blakney chaired the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, worked for the Guild Speakers Bureau, Heard Museum Curatorial and the Heard Museum Shop. Peter thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He was an avid fly-fisherman and skeet shooter. He had a brief road rally career in Germany after the war. Peter was an accomplished model-maker, a competitive bridge player and held a private pilot's license for many years. He was also a devoted opera fan. He loved to cook and transferred this talent for cooking to his three sons. Survivors include his sons: Peter James Blakney Jr., wife Kathy, daughter Robin, son Andrew. John Christian Blakney. Thomas Glenn Blakney, daughter Daisy and son Erik. Greyhounds: (Devil's) Pawn, Over (Your Head), (Aquavit) George. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 PM. The service will take place in the Chapel of Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5342. It will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Manning, Associate Pastor with Organist Dr. Guy Whatley. The family requests that anyone considering a donation please make it in Peter James Blakney Sr.'s name to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004.
Peter James Blakney Sr., 83 years old, died 25 April 2008, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Peter was born 17 November 1924 to Francis and John Harold Blakney in Evanston, Ill. and moved to Verona, New Jersey in 1934. As a member of America's Greatest Generation he was a Sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F. He saw service in the European Theater during World War II from December 1944 to January 1945, fighting courageously against Axis forces in the Battle of the Bulge under General George S. Patton. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat and the Bronze Star for valor in action against the enemy. Peter married Mary Pew Burton on 10 February 1950 in Verona, New Jersey and remained devoted to her throughout 58 years of marriage. As an active member of the community Peter served in numerous Director positions for the Eagle Rock Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, the Montclair Counseling Center and as Special Gifts Chairman of the North Essex United Way Campaign. As a professional, Peter was an account executive for the brokerage firm owned by his Father-in-Law, Benjamin T. Burton, providing investment counseling to institutional and individual accounts. He was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. At the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Peter Blakney chaired the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, worked for the Guild Speakers Bureau, Heard Museum Curatorial and the Heard Museum Shop. Peter thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He was an avid fly-fisherman and skeet shooter. He had a brief road rally career in Germany after the war. Peter was an accomplished model-maker, a competitive bridge player and held a private pilot's license for many years. He was also a devoted opera fan. He loved to cook and transferred this talent for cooking to his three sons. Survivors include his sons: Peter James Blakney Jr., wife Kathy, daughter Robin, son Andrew. John Christian Blakney. Thomas Glenn Blakney, daughter Daisy and son Erik. Greyhounds: (Devil's) Pawn, Over (Your Head), (Aquavit) George. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 PM. The service will take place in the Chapel of Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5342. It will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Manning, Associate Pastor with Organist Dr. Guy Whatley. The family requests that anyone considering a donation please make it in Peter James Blakney Sr.'s name to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004. Arrangement by A.L Moore Grimshaw Mortuary. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=Peter-Blakney&pid=115243257#sthash.cQWhlWXo.dpuf
Peter James Blakney Sr., 83 years old, died 25 April 2008, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Peter was born 17 November 1924 to Francis and John Harold Blakney in Evanston, Ill. and moved to Verona, New Jersey in 1934. As a member of America's Greatest Generation he was a Sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F. He saw service in the European Theater during World War II from December 1944 to January 1945, fighting courageously against Axis forces in the Battle of the Bulge under General George S. Patton. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat and the Bronze Star for valor in action against the enemy. Peter married Mary Pew Burton on 10 February 1950 in Verona, New Jersey and remained devoted to her throughout 58 years of marriage. As an active member of the community Peter served in numerous Director positions for the Eagle Rock Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, the Montclair Counseling Center and as Special Gifts Chairman of the North Essex United Way Campaign. As a professional, Peter was an account executive for the brokerage firm owned by his Father-in-Law, Benjamin T. Burton, providing investment counseling to institutional and individual accounts. He was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. At the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Peter Blakney chaired the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, worked for the Guild Speakers Bureau, Heard Museum Curatorial and the Heard Museum Shop. Peter thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He was an avid fly-fisherman and skeet shooter. He had a brief road rally career in Germany after the war. Peter was an accomplished model-maker, a competitive bridge player and held a private pilot's license for many years. He was also a devoted opera fan. He loved to cook and transferred this talent for cooking to his three sons. Survivors include his sons: Peter James Blakney Jr., wife Kathy, daughter Robin, son Andrew. John Christian Blakney. Thomas Glenn Blakney, daughter Daisy and son Erik. Greyhounds: (Devil's) Pawn, Over (Your Head), (Aquavit) George. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 PM. The service will take place in the Chapel of Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5342. It will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Manning, Associate Pastor with Organist Dr. Guy Whatley. The family requests that anyone considering a donation please make it in Peter James Blakney Sr.'s name to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004. Arrangement by A.L Moore Grimshaw Mortuary. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=Peter-Blakney&pid=115243257#sthash.cQWhlWXo.dpuf
Peter James Blakney Sr., 83 years old, died 25 April 2008, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Peter was born 17 November 1924 to Francis and John Harold Blakney in Evanston, Ill. and moved to Verona, New Jersey in 1934. As a member of America's Greatest Generation he was a Sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F. He saw service in the European Theater during World War II from December 1944 to January 1945, fighting courageously against Axis forces in the Battle of the Bulge under General George S. Patton. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat and the Bronze Star for valor in action against the enemy. Peter married Mary Pew Burton on 10 February 1950 in Verona, New Jersey and remained devoted to her throughout 58 years of marriage. As an active member of the community Peter served in numerous Director positions for the Eagle Rock Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, the Montclair Counseling Center and as Special Gifts Chairman of the North Essex United Way Campaign. As a professional, Peter was an account executive for the brokerage firm owned by his Father-in-Law, Benjamin T. Burton, providing investment counseling to institutional and individual accounts. He was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. At the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Peter Blakney chaired the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, worked for the Guild Speakers Bureau, Heard Museum Curatorial and the Heard Museum Shop. Peter thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He was an avid fly-fisherman and skeet shooter. He had a brief road rally career in Germany after the war. Peter was an accomplished model-maker, a competitive bridge player and held a private pilot's license for many years. He was also a devoted opera fan. He loved to cook and transferred this talent for cooking to his three sons. Survivors include his sons: Peter James Blakney Jr., wife Kathy, daughter Robin, son Andrew. John Christian Blakney. Thomas Glenn Blakney, daughter Daisy and son Erik. Greyhounds: (Devil's) Pawn, Over (Your Head), (Aquavit) George. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 PM. The service will take place in the Chapel of Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5342. It will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Manning, Associate Pastor with Organist Dr. Guy Whatley. The family requests that anyone considering a donation please make it in Peter James Blakney Sr.'s name to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004. Arrangement by A.L Moore Grimshaw Mortuary. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=Peter-Blakney&pid=115243257#sthash.cQWhlWXo.dpuf
Peter James Blakney Sr., 83 years old, died 25 April 2008, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Peter was born 17 November 1924 to Francis and John Harold Blakney in Evanston, Ill. and moved to Verona, New Jersey in 1934. As a member of America's Greatest Generation he was a Sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F. He saw service in the European Theater during World War II from December 1944 to January 1945, fighting courageously against Axis forces in the Battle of the Bulge under General George S. Patton. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat and the Bronze Star for valor in action against the enemy. Peter married Mary Pew Burton on 10 February 1950 in Verona, New Jersey and remained devoted to her throughout 58 years of marriage. As an active member of the community Peter served in numerous Director positions for the Eagle Rock Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, the Montclair Counseling Center and as Special Gifts Chairman of the North Essex United Way Campaign. As a professional, Peter was an account executive for the brokerage firm owned by his Father-in-Law, Benjamin T. Burton, providing investment counseling to institutional and individual accounts. He was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. At the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Peter Blakney chaired the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, worked for the Guild Speakers Bureau, Heard Museum Curatorial and the Heard Museum Shop. Peter thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He was an avid fly-fisherman and skeet shooter. He had a brief road rally career in Germany after the war. Peter was an accomplished model-maker, a competitive bridge player and held a private pilot's license for many years. He was also a devoted opera fan. He loved to cook and transferred this talent for cooking to his three sons. Survivors include his sons: Peter James Blakney Jr., wife Kathy, daughter Robin, son Andrew. John Christian Blakney. Thomas Glenn Blakney, daughter Daisy and son Erik. Greyhounds: (Devil's) Pawn, Over (Your Head), (Aquavit) George. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 PM. The service will take place in the Chapel of Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5342. It will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Manning, Associate Pastor with Organist Dr. Guy Whatley. The family requests that anyone considering a donation please make it in Peter James Blakney Sr.'s name to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004. Arrangement by A.L Moore Grimshaw Mortuary. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=Peter-Blakney&pid=115243257#sthash.cQWhlWXo.dpuf
Robert E. Cartwright

139th Airborne Engineer Battalion / Co. C

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

 

Robert Edward Cartwright, 90 of Warrensburg, Missouri passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at his residence.

Robert was born May 22, 1923 in Granada, Minnesota the son of Fred and Gertrude (Clow) Cartwright. He graduated from high school in Winnebago, Minnesota. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a paratrooper. Robert was married to Norma E. Topp on August 13, 1945 in Farmington, Minnesota. The couple made their home in various communities in several states, among them, California, Colorado and Minnesota. Robert retired from Associated Builders and Contractors out of Kansas City and he and Norma owned and operated many businesses throughout the years. At 76, they bought their final business “The Store” in Edwards, Missouri. Norma preceded him in death on May 19, 2008 in Warrensburg. Robert married Shirley J. (Evans) Montavy on February 14, 2009 in Kingsville, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three daughters: Nancy St. Cyre and husband, Walter “Buz” of Warrensburg, MO; Kristi Parker and husband, Johnny of Bull Head City, AZ and Kimberly Cartwright of Cottonwood, AZ; four sons: Richard Cartwright and wife, Joanne of Palm Springs, CA; Robert Cartwright and wife, Betty of Oroville, CA; Thomas Cartwright of Green Ridge, MO and James Cartwright of Mohave Valley, CA; two stepdaughters: Paula Mattison and husband, David of Kansas City, MO and Shelly Overstreet and husband, Les of Odessa, MO; stepson: Shonn Montavy of Lenexa, KS; twenty four grandchildren, thirty five great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, four step grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Norma, Robert was preceded in death by two sisters: Gladys Mercer and Betty Squire.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2013 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg with Brother Richard Litle of Columbus Christian Fellowship officiating. Following the services, Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #2513 and American Legion, Post #131.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Robert E. Cartwright Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net
Robert Cartwright, 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion.
Photo submitted by Tammy Paynter

Raymond H. Smith
513 / I


Raymond Houston Smith, 88, of Springfield, formerly of Wenona, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at St. John's Hospital.

He was born Dec. 16, 1924, in La Prairie Center, Ill. He married Dorothy Phelan on May 16, 1947, and she survives.

He is also survived by four children, Cinda Jones, Roberta Kettles, Laura Geving and Jeff Smith; six grandchildren, Mathew Jones, Stephanie Jones, Nathan Erjavsek, Nicholas Erjavsek, Grace Smith and Raymond Smith; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Smith and Dorothy Kelly; a brother, Robert Smith of Chillicothe; and two granddaughters, Heather and Heidi Krischel of Springfield.

Raymond served in World War II as a paratrooper and fought in the European Theater. He was awarded several medals. He was a lifelong member of American Legion Post 8 in Wenona and VFW Post 755 in Springfield, where he served on the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

Raymond was a longtime resident of Wenona and retired after 38 years with Commonwealth Edison.

Cremation rites were accorded. Services and inurnment will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at La Prairie United Presbyterian Church and Cemetery, with lunch to follow. La Prairie is located on Route 17, west of Sparland. Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences at www.vancilmurphy.com.

Raymonds son, Jeff also added that his father "served as a member 60mm mortar squad.
As with all those men that went through the Battle of the Buldge he never forgot that event.
He was a proud man and proud to serve his country.'

Howard Abeles
 
  Howard  Abeles  (USAF  - WWII), although not an official member of the 17th Airborne Division, was a substantial  contributor to the  success of the 17th Airborne Division Association,  Mr. Abeles  passed  away in November 2013.

Howard became a good friend of the Association in 1980 when his  company took over the  preparation of the Association's  newsletter, Thunder  from Heaven, working closely with Editor Joe  Quade.  He brought the publication up to  21st century standards both in first class format, pictorial  excellence,  and contest  winning quality.

In addition to his fine efforts with Thunder From Heaven, Howard was of  great  assistance to Secretary Ed Siergiej Sr. by mechanizing our membership rosters and by producing both alphabetic, geographic and unit rosters on an annual basis.

                                                                Joe  Quade
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