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 # 13 - October 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:
Ed Siergiej Jr. & Adam Coolong - Editors
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In This Newsletter
-   Trooper Stories - Leo "Marty" Schlocker , (513/D) Tells His
    Submitted by Scion Kerry McLaughlin

-   Walking in Their Fathers Footsteps
     Submitted by Scion John Caskey Jr.
-   Scions Gather to Honor the Men of the 17th at Arlington
     Nov. 8 to the 11th

-   Wikipedia Article

-   Scions Memorial Fund

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   Chaplain's Corner
    by Isaac Epps, Scion Chaplain

-  Scions 2013 Gathering Schedule

-  17th Airborne Online Store

Thunder Mail Call by Bill Tom

- Letters From Home and Abroad

-  Sick Call


 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:

Leo M. "Marty" Schlocker Tells His Story

Submitted by Kerry McLaughlin, Gold Star Son of Howard M. McLaughlin, 513/D

As a POW for the last months of the war in Europe, Leo “Marty” Schlocker was not able to participate in the other signature 17th Airborne battle of WWII.  He saw plenty of action at the Battle of Dead Man’s Ridge until capture by the Germans on January 7, 1945, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the US Army.  He cannot share experiences of the epic Operation Varsity at reunions and there are not many who can relate to his experiences as a German POW.  But his is an important story and point of view in the telling of the history of the 17th Airborne.  This is his story:
In July 1943 I joined the US Army at an army facility near Salt Lake City.  I had tried to enlist in the US Navy and the Merchant Marine but they said I was colorblind.  I completed basic at a ‘tent city’ near Phenix City, Alabama and entered jump school at Fort Benning.  I signed up for the paratroopers for the extra $50/month and completed basic training at Fort Benning on January 8, 1944.  We were assigned to Camp Mackall, North Carolina in January 1944 attached to the 13th Airborne, the 513th Parachute Regiment.  We trained at Camp Mackall, NC until the 513th was selected and reassigned to the 17th Airborne on March 10th and we transferred to Camp Forrest, Tennessee in March, 1944 where we jumped and trained endlessly - a lot of jumps there!  We completed unit training in June 1944. 
We remained at Camp Forrest until we staged at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts.  Soon, we boarded the USS Wakefield and departed the Boston Port of Embarkation during the third week of August 1944.  We crossed the North Atlantic as a ‘lone wolf’ unescorted except for air coverage a few miles out of port.  The Wakefield was an exceptionally fast ship that was thought to be able to outrun any U-boat predator.  The lack of any convoy protection suggested it was not a high priority target for German ships.  Seven days later, we arrived at Southhampton, England and went directly to Barton Stacy tent city as I recall.  When time permitted, many of us visited the sights in London and sampled the British beer.  On my first visit to London, I went off by myself to savor the vaunted cultural amenities for which London was famous.  To this day, I still enjoy listening to the classic composers of Europe and elsewhere.  Of course, we socialized with the residents of the countryside who we learned were quite friendly and supportive of our training efforts.  We sampled the famous fish and chips and visited the local pubs.  Beginning in September 1944, we made several jumps including a demonstration of proficiency for Major General Ridgeway and other ranking officers. 
In mid-September, we boarded C-47s in anticipation of being deployed in the planned Operation Market Garden, a combined American and British airborne assault to gain a foothold over the Rhine; we stayed on the planes for 3 days, leaving only at night.  After the third day we were disembarked and sent back to Barton Stacy. 
Bad weather grounded us for a couple of days, but on December 24th, we were flown to Reims, France.  We were not carrying parachutes then and many of us thought it felt odd or funny, exiting the C-47 by stepping down from the plane; such a strange way to leave an airplane rather than jumping out of it!  Reims, France was the site of the 101st Airborne HQ where we had Christmas dinner with some of their personnel while others were surrounded at Bastogne.  We were loaded onto trucks to spend 4-5 days in eastern France where we searched for German paratroopers who were thought to be in the vicinity.  We didn’t find any, which we found encouraging, though some may have been anxious to engage the enemy after having trained for so long.  While we were there, Gen Patton was reportedly seen visiting the area.  That could have been a sign that we were soon to be on the move.  It was not long before we were trucked to Monte outside Bastogne where we disembarked and immediately came under fire by 88s.  
Attached to General George Patton’s Third Army, we were ordered to take Flamierge.  On January 6th we entered the town successfully but were soon overrun on the 7th of January, one of the most dangerous days in the history of the division.  As paratroop units, we were by definition lightly armed and that winter, the coldest and snowiest in decades, we lacked coats and boots for such weather.  Our uniforms stood out in contrast to the German troops who were well-equipped with winter gear, including white outfits to blend with the snowy landscape.  Only our ranked officers had white coats.  For us, it was “bayonets against Tiger tanks.”  The Führer Begleit Brigade, Hitler’s personal bodyguard unit, attached to the Fifth Panzer Army was our personal headache. 
I was assigned to a Lt. McClain so I was digging a double foxhole for us as “Screaming Mimis" (also called "Moaning Minnies" or Nebelwerfers) rained all around us; the loud, shrill howling noise was frightening.  During lulls in the action, we had a lot of time to talk in the foxhole.  One evening we cooked c-rations with “nitro starch” which was not considered to be explosive; it was usually used as a filler in hand grenades, but it burned too much and too fast so it was like a search light exposing us to the Germans. 
We hopped out of the foxhole and returned later, surprised but thankful the enemy had not taken advantage of our exposure in the light.  Later, I approached a burnt-out tank nearby and picked up a German Walther P-38 nine millimeter pistol which I kept until just before capture. 
One of our men, Frank Remshak, took a direct hit on the morning of that fateful day, January 7th.   I scurried forward out of the foxhole amid small arms fire.  Bullets were flying all over but we couldn’t see the enemy troops or the tanks.  Pure pandemonium!  I was wounded when an 88 shell exploded near me as shrapnel entered my boot and struck me in the right instep of my foot.  I did not get it out until I was a prisoner in the German back area. 
As we patrolled along highway N-4 at what became known as Dead Man’s Ridge we looked down into the valley spotting the awesome sight of several enemy tanks and soldiers in white uniforms and boots.  Not long after, Lieutenant McClain took a direct hit from a German 88.  Absolute chaos!
Fierce fighting at Dead Man’s Ridge called for a tactical withdrawal.  The Second Battalion (513th) was north of the N4 highway.  The first casualty of our group was Second Lieutenant Robinson.  He had not yet seen combat and was sporting a brand new uniform and new boots.  Almost immediately, he was “mortally wounded.”  Someone commandeered his boots, highly prized, as most of the men were not equipped with appropriate footgear. 
The 2nd BN CO, Lt. Col. A.C. Miller was a little guy; we called him “Boots and Helmet.”  He and HQ officers wearing white coats prepared to leave and told us to go to the basement of an old home at Monte and man the switchboard.  I had never worked one before and did not know how to work it, but anyway, it did not work.  We figured they forgot to tell us we were in retreat, but I later heard we were actually assigned to be a holding action to cover the regimental withdrawal. 
Soon, Sgt. Rupsch and a buddy, Bob Emmick, yelled down in the basement “Let’s get out of here!”  There were about 20 or 30 wounded troopers in the front basement of the farmhouse.  A Tiger tank crashed through the barn section of the house when three of us were in the back basement of the farm house.  We could see the barrel of the tank as it pushed forward.  Shortly, a German soldier came to the top of the steps and ordered us “Raus mit du!”  We realized we had no choice but to comply and I was selected to appear at the bottom of the steps.  I made eye contact with him, which may have been the reason he didn’t throw the stick grenade he was brandishing.  I threw away the P-38 and the three of us came out; he took our grenades and weapons and marched us to the highway in front of the building and we prisoners were ordered to get on the tanks and a disabled jeep there.  
My friend, Howard McLaughlin, lay “mortally wounded” along the N4 highway calling out for help.  I remarked, “I think they shot him.”  There was nothing I could do to help him since I was cuffed and placed at the wheel of a jeep with Bob “Red” Emmick in the back seat and another trooper beside me.  We were towed by a Tiger tank to an area behind the lines.  About three miles or so.  We were interrogated generally in the square of a compound by a German soldier fluent in English who had lived in England.  I noticed that young kids, 16-17 years old, were driving the tanks.  Of course, we were not much older. 
We were taken to a front line unit to dig trenches for gun emplacements but at the time, we thought we were digging our own graves.  They fed us with their infantry units, prunes and rice.  We went on a forced march to a German military hospital where we stayed for about two weeks.  Marched about a day to get there.  We were interrogated by the Gestapo in detail.  All they got was name rank serial number.  They thought I was German and tried to exploit that.  We were very hungry and when my buddy Emmick donated a pint of blood, he got a meal of cheese, wurst and eggs, a feast for him which he shared with me.  I worked at the operating room with five others for about a week every day.  We held the German patients down as they operated without anesthesia.  They only had ether.  Many did not survive, and since it was freezing we stacked German bodies outside piled high. 
Soon after capture, I saw buzzbombs (V-1s) taking off and also several Horsas and Waco (US) gliders on the ground.  Not sure where this was. 
I don’t recall where I went from there; it was to a major camp for prisoners, a transit camp or induction center called a dulag, where 101st AB POWs ran the camp as the welcoming committee.  They assigned us to a building. 
At some point, we had been put in “Forty and Eight” boxcars with about 100 to a car, standing up for seven days, no food, the only water was from canteens; the odor was overwhelming with no wash or toilet facility, and four small windows, two on a side for ventilation.  We slept standing up.
American planes, I believe P-47s, blew up the train engine and strafed our boxcars, killing some of our men.  The Germans opened the doors and in the snow, we laid out blankets spelling P-O-W and the pilot seeing this, waved at us.  To this day, I have a very vivid picture of his face!  We were at a major railhead.  I remember we crossed the Rhine on a destroyed bridge, climbing girders to get to Bonn on the east bank. 
We were in a camp in Bonn and were hit by British bombers that missed the target.  A beam fell on Bob Emmick but we had to leave him there and went to the bomb shelters.  It was foggy, and as I went out to take a leak, I could hear the Halifaxes.  They dropped incendiary bombs at low altitude to light up the sky as others followed with 500 pound. bombs.  Every building was destroyed including the kitchen.  Then we were housed in Bonn for a couple days eating rutabaga and dealing with bedbugs.  So we slept on straw. 
From there we went to Lindberg Stalag 11B or 11A a big facility.  We were there a week or two until an outbreak of spinal meningitis and pneumonia.  Bob and I volunteered to go to Stalag 9B, not knowing what awaited us.  They gave us a Red Cross parcel which we shared.  It was a seven-day march to get there.  (roughly 200 miles as the crow flies per a Red Cross map)  We were assigned to Barrack #33 where we stayed all the time.  We slept together on the floor to keep warm as there was no heat at all.  We switched lying on our side every night to minimize the pain in our hips.  Russians, Americans and British were in separate buildings. 

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I was on the burial committee; we buried Russians in a cemetery for Russians only.  They were treated the worst of all POWs.  Spinal meningitis took many Russians so the Germans closed their mess hall to avoid further spread of the disease.  They came back a week later. 
We all had lice so they took us to a place to steam our clothes but that only hatched the eggs making it worse.  Many died of dysentery.  It was boring with nothing to do, but maybe walk out to the barbed wire fences monitored by guard towers and patrolled by fierce-looking Dobermans.  We hungered for news of how the war was going, though we knew the Germans were in a closing Allied/Russian vise.  We just weren’t sure how many of us would survive. 
Before I got there they took all the Jews they could identify, about 80 among 350 of us to work in the tunnels at Bergen Belsen near Buchenwald.  My then and current friend, Tony Acevedo, went there.  He said they could smell the bodies burning from Buchenwald.  I attended Catholic services and even took communion to hide my identity.  I threw away my dog tags in Belgium after I was captured because they were stamped ‘H’ signifying Hebrew.  We knew Jews were singled out for “special treatment.”
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We could hear the sounds of war and observe the behavior of our captors.  They knew the war would eventually end and hoped the Americans would liberate the camp instead of the feared and hated Russians.  We had heard rumors they were coming.  We could see our aircraft passing high overhead en route to elsewhere.  One day, Tony observed a dogfight.  Finally, on April 2nd, a task force of 44th Infantry and 106th Cavalry Group tanks smashed down the gates after the Germans had fled leaving us to the Dobermans.  During Passover the Jewish soldiers gathered to give thanks for their liberation.  Howard Levitt wrote a book in which he may have mentioned the story of the prayer.  Six thousand happy POWs, 3,364 of us Americans, rushed the gate; in unbridled joy at liberation. 

We went by truck to a nearby airfield to be sprayed with DDT, issued new clothes, then flew by C-47 to Le Havre at Camp Lucky Strike, the reception center for all POWs.  “Red” Emmick had severe frost bite and was flown to England.  We spent two weeks at Lucky Strike.  The Red Cross mess hall offered steak, chicken, and even white bread tasted like cake.  I ate as much as I could and more than I should and collapsed near the mess hall thus missing a chance to go to Paris. 
We crossed the Atlantic toward the good old USA in a Kaiser Liberty ship in a seven-day stormy trip.  Never got sea sick.  A staff sergeant asked my rank and I was assigned to supply candy to the guys.  We passed the beautiful lady, the Statue of Liberty on May 13th, Mothers’ Day.  There was no welcoming committee in New York City.  We were immediately transported to Ft. Benning where they called me into the captain’s office.  He wanted me to get ready to do a parachute jump demonstration in Florida for new troops.  I weighed 120 or 130 pounds.  I politely said “No! No!”, so they made me an MP with a motorcycle. 
Met some “Triple Nickel” black paratroopers of the 555th PIR there.  They did not see combat, but they were assigned as fire jumpers in Oregon to combat forest fires ignited by Japanese balloons carrying incendiary bombs, a threat that never materialized.  They remained to fight fires along the West Coast.  FDR had died by then but I met some 17th AB troopers who were to be reassigned to the Pacific.  I was treated for frostbite at the Pasadena US Army Hospital where I married Rosemary (my “Mimi”); we were married 64 years.  Later, she joined me at Ft. Bragg.  I occasionally drove a jeep for Gen. Anthony McAuliffe (“Nuts!”), a very pleasant man.  I then went to Camp Beall in Northern California where I was discharged on December 25, 1945. 
While on the Los Angeles Police Department, I joined the Reserves where I retired as Command Sgt. Major after 25 years.  I was in the Army Security Agency (ASA) as an instructor at listening posts all over the world.  I was assigned to Heidelberg working out of the Pentagon, traveling to Turkey every three months.  I visited all the ASA bases, Berlin, Thailand, Vietnam, Okinawa, Japan and several other countries.  My last duty station was the Ft. Huachuca, Arizona Army intelligence center teaching prisoner interrogation. 

After 23 years on LAPD and 30 years with the LA Airport Authority I retired, and now volunteer 5-7 days a week at the Loma Linda VA Hospital, having compiled over 11,000 hours of service to date, a very rewarding job. 
Note:  Marty was instrumental in getting the National POW/MIA Memorial established at the Riverside, California VA Cemetery.  He is fondly known at Loma Linda as the “JMT” or “Jewish Mother Teresa.”  He and my father, Howard M. McLaughlin were the best of friends.  I consider it an honor to be good friends with Marty as well.  He specifically wanted to make a point to honor his own father, who came from Riga, Latvia to America when he was very young, joined the Army and served in the artillery in the Spanish-American war. 

Marty Schlocker with his son, Rip, and daughter-in-law, Linda
Walking in Their Father’s Footsteps
June 13, 2013 - By John Caskey
As a post-Memorial Day update, The Topanga Messenger received the following account from John R. Caskey, Jr., of his and his sister Janet’s visit to the Belgian battlefield where their father, Second Lieutenant John R. Caskey, died. He was a former Topanga Boy Scout who enlisted in the U.S. Army in the 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division.
 He was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Topanga Cub Scout Pack 24 found his name on a Boy Scout memorial at Camp Josepho, did some research and brought his heirs to Topanga to honor Caskey, Sr., on Memorial Day, 2011, with a float in the Topanga Days Parade and at the Flag Raising ceremony. (See, “Keeping the Memory in Memorial Day,” Topanga Messenger, Vol 35, No 9, May 5, 2011.)
 Caskey, Jr., who never met his father—he was born Oct. 3, 1944; his father was killed Jan. 7, 1945—determined to walk the battlefield where he died and visit his grave. With his sister, Janet, and a niece, Katherine, they flew to Belgium and the city of Bastogne, where they were met by members of the 101st Airborne Division Belgian Friendly Association that, for the last five years, has hosted veterans and their families who wish to walk the ground along “Dead Man’s Ridge,” where their loved ones died.
John Caskey describes that emotional journey.
 The trip went far beyond any expectations that Janet or I could have imagined! The folks in Belgium were hospitable, incredibly kind and filled with warmth. The trooper who was being honored in this year’s walk was Melvin Lagoon, a kind and gentle soul. Three of his four children were there and they were VIPs and rightfully so! Melvin walked the battlefield where his regiment, the 194th, fought. He spoke at a local school where all troopers speak when they are honored at the walk. It was wonderful to see him and his family treated with such respect and warmth.
 As for the Caskeys, including my niece, Kathy, we were treated with the same warmth and kindness as Melvin and his family.

 We arrived at Bastogne around 6 p.m. and met at the Le Carré pub in the center of Bastogne where Melvin was being officially welcomed. We sat alone until Melvin arrived and received the warmth of his many guests. I then recognized Laurent Oliver, the young man who was organizing the event, along with Gregory DeCock, the Association secretary. Once introductions were made we were presented to the entire gathering and received the same warm welcome as Melvin. After that, it was a pleasant evening spent just talking to everyone.
 Before we left on the trip, Frederic Dehon contacted me from Belgium and offered to be our host/guide and transportation for the entire trip. Enough cannot be said about Frederic. He is a policeman, a young man whom, we, the Caskeys, have made a member of our family. He was so sincere and made us feel that we truly were VIPs.
 Up at dawn, when Frederic took us to Flamierge where the memorial to the 17th Airborne Division rests. At 10 a.m., Melvin and we laid a wreath at the memorial. Speeches by Laurent and the Mayor of Bertgone followed while an Honor Guard and re-enactors, dressed in uniforms of the 17th Airborne, stood at rigid attention and in line.
 We then went to a local town hall for more speeches and mingled with our hosts. A huge surprise for me was when Janet stood up and thanked everyone for their warmth and kindness. The entire event was so­ heartwarming for her.
 Frederic provided our transportation and Laurent and his people took us to the battlefield where the 193rd fought and far too many died. We walked through tree lines where foxholes can still be seen. During the battlefield tour, I cannot say we found closure. And I cannot, in truth, say what it did, but we both knew we were closer to our father than we had ever been. And that was enough.
 We then broke for lunch. At 4:30 p.m. there was a touching ceremony for Melvin at the Peace Wood where they unveiled a plaque with his name by a tree. They do this for the veterans who visit. It was a delight to see Melvin so surprised. His entire family was thrilled to see their father being so honored.
 That evening we enjoyed a meal graciously hosted by all the re-enactors and supporting cast. It tickled us Caskeys to see these young Belgians asking for Melvin's autograph. Janet met a young Belgian who was part of the Honor Guard, while taking a smoke break out in the freezing cold and is now Facebook buddies with him.
 When we left, we were given 17th Airborne T-shirts, a bottle of some Czech booze (I have no idea what it is or contains).
 The most memorable gift—and I hate to select just one—was from a young Dutchman, who had hand-carved a wooden Dutch shoe, painted it, and had written the 17th Airborne Division on it. I was going to fight Janet for it, but she being the big, older sister, I quietly stepped aside.
 Best of all, our hosts had a 17th Airborne Division/194th Glider Infantry banner made, had everyone sign it and presented it to Melvin, who, once again, was nicely surprised and deeply touched.
 At 8 a.m. there was another ceremony in the town of Champs where wreaths were laid and speeches were given and, again, it was done with warmth and sincerity.
 Then the Walk began. There were all ages, among them a group of U.S. Army personnel, a smart looking retired Belgian officer, and a couple of families taking their youngsters in prams.
 My faithful Frederic walked with me. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, I was the only one of the Caskeys foolish enough to go walking in near freezing conditions. I've read so much over the decades about The Battle of the Bulge it brought a strange sense of wonder to be walking in these fields where so many young men fought and died and where husbands, sons and brothers were to be laid to rest.
 As a side note, Frederic walked ahead of me and started talking to a couple of young men in civilian clothing. The next thing I knew he introduced me as a VIP of the Walk. They were from Stars and Stripes, the American servicemen's newspaper. They wanted to do an on-camera interview then and there, so there I stood, in the middle of a famous battlefield, doing an interview in the bloody cold. At least I’ll have something to pass on to future generations. We then said our sad farewell to Frederic who had a wife and young daughter to go home to. It was so kind of him to volunteer three days of his time to initially act as our host, guide and driver. In the end he became like one of our own. The hardest part was driving over to Hamm, Lux, to visit our father’s grave. After six decades, the children of Second Lt. John R. Caskey were finally going to be with their Father.
 There were three or four inches of snow on the ground where the site is on a gentle slope. His grave is on the top left. It was easy to get to him. There was little said. I like to think he knew we were there with him after all this time. We took our pictures, said our quiet thoughts to him, turned and left.
 After all your [Topanga’s] kind efforts, I thought you would appreciate our travels and thoughts. The Belgian folks were kind, generous of their time, and as sincere as our good friends in the Topanga community. We'll be with you folks, as always, in spirit this upcoming Memorial Day. Say a heartfelt hello to those who remember us!

17th Veteran Oliver Harris sent this photo of 17th troopers preparing for the Rhine jump on the morning of March 24th, 1945. The troopers are identified as, L to R: James L. Harmon, Stephen Bergen, Kenneth K. Hedges, James Goolsbee, Ray M. Abadie, Leo F. Jarzomb, Oliver W Harris, Jr

Oliver also sent the photos below taken after the jump, and one taken at a happier time at one of the 17th Airborne Reunions. Oliver sent the following information regarding the wartime photos.

"Jarzomb had a camera. He frequently gave me the camera so he could be in the picture. I think he had only one roll of film during combat so the pictures are few. He got them developed in Germany after the German surrender. He may have also gotten more film then."
Scions to Honor the Men of the 17th at Annual Arlington Ceremonies  
November 8 - 11, 2013
In a few short days, the Scions of the 17th Airborne will again gather at Arlington National Cemetery for ceremonies at the memorial to the 17th Airborne. This impressive ceremony, which has been planned by the Reubin Tucker Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association each year, includes an opening address at the cemetery, followed by a procession to a number of Airborne Memorials, including that to the 17th Airborne Division. As in past years, an honor guard presents the colors at our memorial, followed by "Taps". A wreath from the Scions will then be placed. 17th veteran, Col. John Kormann will address those gathered.
Following the ceremony at Arlington, we will convoy to the National WWII memorial, where another wreath will be placed at the Airborne Panel.
On the evening of the 10th we are invited to a reception at the home of Col. & Mrs. John Kormann, at their home in Chevy Chase, MD.

Associated with our visit to the Capitol Area, we will also have several other activities for those who are interested.

On November 8th and 9th, those interested will again spend some time in the National Archives in College Park, MD to dig out more records relating to the 17th. If you would like to participate in this activity, please let us know by sending an email to ""

Those who have attended these events in the past will agree that the ceremonies at Arlington are very memorable. If you are in the Metro DC area and can come to honor the men of the 17th at the Arlington ceremonies, we encourage you to do so.

For those who plan to stay overnight, we have selected a local hotel.

Inn of Rosslyn
    1601 Arlington Blvd.    Arlington, Va.  22209
    (703) 524-3400
    $101.69/night--- good reviews
     Continental breakfast available
     24 hour cancellation policy     
Very near the gate to Arlington National Cemetery

If you are able, we hope that you will plan to attend
No registration is necessary, but please send us an email to  if you are planning to attend, to help us prepare for the events.

The Schedule for our gathering is as follows:

Friday, November 8, 2013
-    Advance team arrives at National Archives – ETA 12:30 PM
-    This group will request the necessary documents needed for the larger group
      that arrives on Saturday

Saturday, November 9, 2013
-     The address for those staying at the hotel is:
       Inn of Rosslyn, 1601 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22209, Tel (703) 524-3400

-      8:30 AM - Archives volunteers staying at the hotel gather in the lobby for
       departure to the archives. The Archives opens at 9:00 AM. For those who may
       be driving directly to the Archives,
        the address is:

U.S. National Archives, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740
Note: This facility is in College Park, MD, not in Washington DC, on the mall
The Archives building is about 40 min from the hotel

-       4:00 PM – Leave the National Archives to return to the hotel

-       5:30 PM – Arrive at Arlington Temple Methodist Church for a Scion planning

-       5:30 – 7:30 PM – Scion Planning Meeting, followed by informal dinner

-       9:00 PM – Return to the hotel

Anyone with questions about the National Archives visit can contact Ed Siergiej at (203) 241-3740

Sunday, November 10, 2013
-       9:30 AM – Group assembles at hotel lobby to carpool to the Arlington
        National Cemetery for the ceremonies. The Scions will remain with the 82nd
        Airborne Group that coordinates this program,
        including the wreath laying at the memorial to the 17th Airborne.

-       Following the ceremonies at Arlington, the Scions will drive to the National
        WWII Memorial to lay a wreath at the Airborne Panel.

-       When the wreath laying at the WWII Memorial is over, we will travel to the
        Hampton Inn & Suites, at:
5821 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22303 to
        gather with the Ruben Tucker Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Div. Assoc. They
        have a wonderful hospitality area, PX, and an open bar. We will then return to
        our hotel

-       5:00 PM – Leave the Inn of Rosslyn to attend a reception at the home of
        Col.& Mrs. John Kormann,
        7216 Rollingwood Drive, Chevy Chase, MD, (301) 656-8863. The reception is
        scheduled from 6 to 8 PM.

-       8:00 PM – Return to the Inn of Rosslyn

Monday, November 11, 2013
-        Return to our homes

Wikipedia Article About the Scions of the 17th Airborne

Col. John Kormann is always looking for ways to promote the 17th Airborne Division's place in history, and to publicize the Scions organization that he envisioned and chartered. Col. Kormann is currently writing an article about the Scions for Wikipedia. His draft is being circulated among the Executive Committee of the Scions for review. When it is completed, we will share it with you all.

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

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.

Jane E. Greenwald, Dublin, OH
Daughter of Harold Greenwald, 680 / HQ

Robert E. Kowalski, Dublin, OH

Son of Harold Greenwald, 680 / HQ

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

Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

  In recent editions of this newsletter, I have been reaching out for volunteers to visit 17th Veterans. This came from a request from Scion President Rose Friday and in response to VP Michele Smith's "Adopt a Veteran" idea.
   I am happy to share that four have come forward. They are Navy Veteran Samantha La Porte from Illinois, granddaughter of George E. Kessinger (194); Patricia Bowers from Pennsylvania, daughter of Thomas Miller (193HQ2); Janan Skinner from Arizona, daughter of Thomas Archibald Skinner (513)KIA; and Navy Veteran Lyndsay Fitzgerald from Florida, who has no ties with the 17th, but who just wanted to help out.
   Heart felt thanks go out to these ladies for stepping up to do this important and honorable deed.
   I give special thanks also to Ed Siergiej, Sr. for his invaluable help.
   It is quite a process to make this work. First, the volunteers give their "comfort zone" in terms of how far they are able to travel. Then I go to the 1994 Association Directory and by referring to an Atlas, find names in cities that fall into that zone. I send the names to Ed, and he goes to his membership files and sends me back good addresses and phone numbers. Then I forward them to the volunteers.
   The work is well worth the effort, because it gives us another opportunity to tell these heroes how much they are appreciated.
   Thanks again to the volunteers, and thanks in advance to anyone else who feels led to participate.
   I will add that if any of the Scions have Veterans who live away from family and who might appreciate a visit, please let us know.
The article above, by 17th Veteran Bart Hagerman, was published in the original "Thunder From Heaven" newsletter, by Joe Quade.
English Translation of "Die Luftlanding' Book Completed

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

 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:

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.
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. 


Scions Annual Gathering in Washington, DC

The Hotel that we have selected as the home base for our group this year is:

 Inn of Rosslyn
    1601 Arlington Blvd.
    Arlington, Va.  22209
    (703) 524-3400
    $101.69/night--- good reviews
     Continental breakfast available
     24 hour cancellation policy
     Very near the gate to Arlington National Cemetery

From this hotel we will carpool to the ceremonies at Arlington and to the Kormann's reception that evening 
Friday, November 8 - National Archives - College Park, MD

Last year, the Scions made our initial trip to the National Archives, and were able to scan many interesting documents from the files related to the 17th Airborne. This year we plan to repeat the effort, and gather additional information. We are also looking to build a team that will organize the material that we collect, so that we can provide it to our members. If you are interested in participating in this project, please send us an email to "" 
Sat., November 9 - National Archives, College Park, MD 

The records that were pulled from storage on Friday will continue to be available for our inspection on Saturday. 
In addition, those who are not interested in this project can take the time to do some site seeing in D.C.

Sunday, November 10th - Arlington, VA

Arlington National Cemetery - Ceremonies at the memorial to the 17th at Arlington National Cemetery, and also at the National World War II Memorial. The Arlington event is planned and scheduled by the Rubin Tucker Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, and also includes stops at other Airborne memorials in the cemetery. The ceremony will start at 10:30 at the Woman's Memorial. Following this ceremony we convoy to the National WWII Memorial to place a wreath at the Airborne panel of the memorial. 

Reception at the home of Col. & Mrs. John Kormann at their home in Chevy Chase from 5 to 7 PM

Monday, November 11th - Return Home

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.

April 24th through April 27, 2014 - St. Clairsville, OH

Nancy Lauria has hosted an "Operation Varsity" gathering in St. Clairsville, OH each year. As we get more information, we will post it here.
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
These beautiful, high quality challenge coins were developed by Scion Jeff Schumacher and his wife Melinda as a tribute to the 17th Airborne. The coins have 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:
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:

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.

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)

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)
From Scion Tom FitzGerald

"The newsletter is great!  I'll be renewing, and will be signing up my brothers and sisters as well!
From 17th Veteran John Schumacher:

John J. Returns to the air in Vintage Airplanes

John J. Schumacher was the guest of WW II Glider Pilots Son, Tom Hohanshelt of Boone, attending the 43rd annual reunion of the National WW II Glider Pilots Ass’n. on Thursday and Friday, 12th and 13th  of Sept.
There were attendees from 28 States and 4 foreign countries, and included
A German Glider Pilot who flew German Gliders in WW II.  The attendee
traveling the farthest was from Honolulu.
The Pilots association were gracious hosts and provided great  food
and entertainment including a planned flight in a WW II C 47 courtesy of
the owner Scott Glover.  The thrill of a lifetime and a dream coming true
was the presence of another plane, a P 51 Mustang, voted the greatest
Propeller driven  Fighter  aircraft of WW II.  Rides were offered to those
Veterans who were deemed  appropriate candidates.  I asked the secretary
of the group who was monitoring potential fliers if I qualified and he looked me and said “ Do you want to fly”?  I said sure, and he said O.K. you are  number 3.  This had been my dream for 68 years since I watched them fly  the  skies of Belgium and Germany.  The flight was the veritable Dream Come True.
The rest of the weekend was spent with Jeff and Melinda in Blue  Springs and we all went back  to the reunion  for the Saturday Banquet  and final session.  Many new friends were made and  great memories brought  home
Including lots of photographs.

Belgian visitor ends stay, by helping John J. raise new Flag at Vets Memorial.

On August 12 Gregory DeCock of Belgium showed up at the home of John J. Schumacher for a  week long surprise visit  known only to Johns’  Son Jeff and his wife Melinda, who picked Greg up at the Des Moines Airport  on their way to Coon Rapids for a planned visit.
Gregory was  the main planner,  guide,  interpreter , driver, chaperone and whatever else during the 2012 trip to visit Battle of the Bulge combat area  the 17th Airborne ,of which John J. was a  participant,  in January of 1945. Johns  Son Jeff accompanied  him on the trip and close bond developed  from the ten days spent together and Greg promised  a return visit  when I told him he would always have A place to stay if he visited  Iowa.  The week turned out to be a busy one which included visits to the Iowa State Fair, the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, the WW II Prison Camp museum in Algona , the Glen Miller Museum in Clarinda,  and a visit with Ken and Dana Schumacher in Ames which included a tour of the Iowa State University Campus.
Gregs  greatest surprise was   realizing  the enormity  of the  land mass,  covered with corn and soybeans,  and the distance we travel in our everyday lives.
Friday evening  I took Greg to the Veterans  Memorial   near the aquatic  center and we found the Flag rather tattered  and  both agreed  it needed replacement.  I asked Greg if he would like to help me raise a new one if I could find one, to which he readily agreed,  and with the help of Marty Paulsen  we were able  to acquire one from the Legion.  On Saturday evening we fulfilled our pledge with all of the dignity and respect we both felt toward Old Glory.  The Belgians  have the greatest respect for the American  Uniform and never miss a chance to show  and express it. We both agreed that this moment should be shared for posterity so we each took several photos of the occasion .
Sunday P.M. we returned to the Des Moines Airport where we bade a sad but fond farewell, 
savoring  many  wonderful memories.

17th Veteran John Schumacher and P-51 Mustang figher plane from WW II
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From 17th veteran Joe Quade

 Some  interesting   statistics  -   When the  17th  dissolved in  2008   we had  1397    troopers on our  roster.  These  were 17th  troopers only. Since  then in the past  five years we have  received notice that  235  have  died.   leaving us with   1157  on our  roster.   But of  course   some of these have  also died  so that  we have, perhaps, about 1000 living 17th  troopers on our  file. Interesting. When  will the last one  expire?     2033 ?   2034?   2035?    ?????   Joe Quade

Hi Joe,
 Thanks for those statistics. I will post in the newsletter. Yet another reason to expand our membership and get the word out about the Scions to their families as fast as we can.
From Scion Patricia Bowers

Hi Ed:
Let me know how I can help in visitations or attending funerals.  The coolest thing happened to me and I have to get the gentleman’s name to you.  I was at Lancaster General Hospital last month with my best friend as her father was in the ICU waiting for him to pass.  I traveled down the long hallway @11Pm to get a drink and the security guard was approaching me. He was elderly the closer he got I saw just how elderly and he had on an Airborne hat. He said he was 82nd and 17th.  He was 88 Years young and still working. He said he had known my father which blew me away.  But believe it or not he knew nothing of the Lancaster Reunions.  I will get his information to you.

Editors Note: Patricia followed up with information on the trooper in question, who's name is Raymond Wallace. At this point, we do not have a unit designation.

Photo above - Margraten Cemetery, NL

From Pierre Ackermans - Margraten Memorial Group

Dear Joe and Friends,
Also thanks for sending article about ABMC by Max Cleland and info about
I saw on their websites several video’s and remember the work of the film crew in 2005.
On the video Fields of Honor they used a picture of the Girl Scout Group 580 of Montville during their
Europe Tour and the special trip to Maastricht and Margraten which we were honoured to guid.
On their video : “Hallowed Grounds”  which was shown on may 2010 on PBS Networks,
they used a 3 minutes recording about the Margraten Cemetery while they filmed a whole day long.
It is an honour to commemorate the died soldiers and our thoughts are going to what they did for us
with all the sacrifices and even ending in death, to bring us the total liberation in Europe.
We  Have  Not  Forgotten   and   Will  Never  Forget.         Thanks  America.
Pierre Ackermans,
The Netherlands

Sick Call

Bill Tom
(194 / C)
Bill Tom (194) was recently in the hospital; and his wife Linda reports that he is back home and recovering on schedule. Words of encouragement can be sent to:
  154 Stanford Hts.
  San Francisco, Ca. 94127-2349
Tony Marincola
(194 / B)

Hello Ed,
I am Donna, Tony's daughter. He wanted me to send you a message letting you know that he is in the hospital with pneumonia. He is in good spirits and we are hoping he will come home in a few days. 
Dr. John Magill

There is not a one of us who has not been touched by Dr. John Magill's messages at the reunion Memorial Services; or by his personal stories at Lancaster; or just by his passion for the 17th Airborne and the sacrifices made in WWII.
  In a phone call today to clarify his e-mail address; his wife Anna shared that he is not doing well--he has fluid on the brain, and is in Hospice Legacy Care; which is stage one of that type care---not intense but with a watchful eye. His daughter is staying with them to assist.
  Inbound cards and prayers to:
  Dr. John Magill
  PO Box 382
  Millerstown, Pa.  17062


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?
Dr. John Magill
466 HQ

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Just prior to publishing this months edition of "Thunder From Heaven" we received notice of the passing of Dr. Magill, yesterday,  October 31st, 2013. We will post the obituary in next months issue. The following was posted to the Scion's Facebook page by Brick Sturner, Dr. Magill's son in law.

“There’s one more angel in heaven,
There’s one more star in the sky…”

Tonight we mark the passing of Dr John Magill.
Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
A decorated soldier and hero from WWII, but a man of fierce peace, love, faith, and devotion.

An educator, a dedicated and non-judgmental family-man, and possessor of one of the largest, strongest, and most caring hearts one could ever hope to encounter.

I've known a lot of great people in my life, but there are very few I respect as much as I do John Magill.

May his memory serve as a comfort to those who mourn, but I know – KNOW – he’d prefer you celebrate the time you had with him, and the time you have with those you love.

Good bye, John. You have yourself a blast up there!
Thank you for the gift of you. We were not worthy.

Contact information for Dr. Magill's family as follows:

Family of Dr. John Magill
  PO Box 382
  Millerstown, Pa.  17062
Leo F. Jarzomb
513 HQ

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Life Member Leo F. Jarzomb (513 HQ) died at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 2013 as reported by Oliver Harris (513 HQ). Obituary and guest book are unavailable. Messages of condolence may be sent to son, Leo F. Jarzomb,  6742  East Premium St.,   Long Beach, CA 90808  
Tel. 562-425-3132
17th veteran Oliver Harris Provided the Photo Above Showing James Goolsbee on right with Ray M. Abadie in front of the C-46 on the morning of March 24, 1945, before the drop into Germany.

James A Goolsbee
(513 / HQ)

17th Veteran Oliver Harris has reported the death of James A. Goolsbee, (513/HQ). Trooper Goolsbee died July 10th, 2009. He was a Consulting Engineer, James Goolsbee's wife Beverly, died March 13, 2013. The Goolsbee's are survived by daughter Robin Leigh Goolsbee (Kocurek), son-in-law Lawrence Rudolph (Larry) Kocurek, daughter-in-law Daphne K Tamblyn (Goolsbee)  three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was a faithful dues paying member of the 17th Airborne Division Association, and attended several of reunions, including the last one in Orlando, FL in 1996.  Beverly was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the 17th Airborne Division Association.
Francis Forsythe 
680 / B
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

January 7, 1925 - October 19, 2013

Forsythe, Frank "Tub", passed away, Saturday, October 19, 2013. 

Beloved husband of Margaret Forsythe (nee McCans). Loving father of Frank (Siska) Forsyth, Jr., Linda (the late Larry) Lawson, Roger Forsythe, Rick Forsythe and Jan Forsythe. Grandfather of 15, great-grandfather of 27. 

Frank was a decorated WWII veteran. This good man was highly respected and loved by all who knew him. He was as much a part of us as we are a part of him. He will be greatly missed by all. 

Services: Funeral service at the FAMILY CENTER at SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Thursday, 7 p.m. Visitation at the FAMILY CENTER at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, Thursday 3 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mid America Transplant Services Family House Project, 1110 Highlands Plaza Dr E #100, St Louis, MO 63110. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at 

Mario Cipriani
194 / F
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Life Member MARIO CIPRIANI (194 F) died Aug. 9, 2013.  Obituary & Guest Book may be found below:

Mario “Windy” Palmier Cipriani 90, of Follansbee, WV passed away August 9, 2013 at Golden Oaks Assisted Living, Follansbee, WV, surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 25, 1922 in Follansbee, WV to the late Pasquale and Liberata Cipriani. He was an Army Veteran in World War II where he was involved with the Battle of the Bulge, and worked as a brick layer for the Weirton Steel Corp. He was member of the St Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV, Garibaldi Lodge for 65 years and also the Follansbee Eagles.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Betty Sacripanti Cipriani, four brothers Rudolph, Cesidio “Jake”, Robert and Anthony “Tony” Cipriani, three sisters Diana Iacuone, Mary Harvey, and Virginia Soplinski. He is survived by his three sons Rudy Cipriani and his wife Janet, John Cipriani and his wife Shirley, and Ronald Cipriani and his wife Donna all of Follansbee, WV, six grandchildren Ryan Cipriani, Tracy Kasper and Paul, Amy Klug and David, Lorrie McMahon and Scott, Leah Mullins and Jon, and Marco Polo Cipriani, nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 3-7p.m. where a Catholic Vigil service being held at 6:30 p.m. at Reasner Funeral Home 1515 Charles Street, Wellsburg, WV. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV with Msgr. Paul Hudock as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV with full military graveside rites by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad. Online condolences can be made to

A special thank you to Christine Piccirillio and her staff at Golden Oaks Assisted Living, Follansbee, WV, and also Valley Hospice, Steubenville, OH

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Valley Hospice 380 Summit Ave Steubenville, OH 43952

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