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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 # 30 - April 2015
Please send us your 17th related news items, stories, questions etc., so that we can share them with the entire group. You may direct your mail to the Scions at:
Adam Coolong & Ed Siergiej Jr.- Editors
 
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17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter

-  17th Veterans and Scions Return to Europe

-  Scions 2015 Gathering Schedule

-   Scions Memorial Fund
     by Ed Siergiej Jr.

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   Information on Membership and Dues

-   Chaplain's Corner
     by Isaac Epps, Scion Chaplain

-   Proposed Scions Bylaw Change
     by Ed Siergiej Jr - Secretary / Treasurer


 
Thunder Mail Call by Bill Tom

- Letters From Home and Abroad

-  Sick Call

-  TAPS


-  17th Airborne Online Store


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

Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.com

                     
17th Airborne Veterans and Scions
Return to Europe 

by Jeff Schumacher


Editors Note: This article is the first article about the Scions recent rip to Europe. Over the next several months we will feature additional articles submitted by those who were fortunate to make this trip. If you would like to send us something to share about the trip, send us an email to: Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who's hard work made this trip possible, especially trip coordinator Jeff Schumacher, his family, and all our many friends in Europe. 
Thursday, March 19th - Arrival!
 
After months of planning and waiting, and a long trip on the plane, it was time to start the trip in earnest.  Some travelers started a day or two early to acclimate (very wise), and the majority arrived at Brussels the morning of the 19th.  At the Arrivals hall, one could not miss Frederic Dehon and Peter Lahman - in 17th uniform and with the flag on display.  A short shuttle bus ride to the Crowne Plaza, where the breakfast buffet was set up for us, and a room so we could all meet, greet, eat and...get ready to make our way to Bastogne.  The coach arrived - with our driver Daniel at the wheel.  (Daniel demonstrated not only his driving skills over the next few days, but that he is good at puzzles.  How he got all that luggage to fit I’ll never know.   As we travelers started to get restless and ready to go - the last few arrivals made it to the hotel, so we loaded up - took a head count - and rolled out of Brussels - our objective: Bastogne.
 
The trip from Brussels to Bastogne was uneventful, providing a chance to relax for a while - and take in the countryside and watch the kilometers roll by.  After an earlier-than-planned arrival at our home away from home for the next few days - the Hotel Melba - we gathered in the conference room for more introductions, and a briefing from Laurent Olivier and Gregory DeCock (101st Airborne Division Belgian Friendly) on what where we would go, and what we would see over the forthcoming few days.  It was also our first real opportunity to recognize, welcome and thank the veterans of the 17th Airborne Division in attendance:  Austin Steen, Dan Chipego, John Schumacher and Lynn Aas.  Laurent and Greg introduced addtional members of their association that were present - all welcoming and friendly faces that the group would all get to know over the forthcoming 10 days.  Also given special recognition was our friend and mentor, Colonel John Kormann.  After the briefing session, we took a little time to relax, finish unpacking our bags, and get ready for dinner.

Dinner at the Melba was very tasty, after which most of us crashed hard for some much needed sleep to recharge batteries for a big day on Friday.
 
Friday, March 20th - How Do YOU Pronounce “Renuamont?”
 After breakfast, we climbed aboard the Scions Express (OK - I just made that up as the name for he coach...), and made our way through the still foggy countryside - with a solar eclipse occasionally peeking through the cloud cover - to begin a series of stops, photo ops and explanations of ‘what happened right here’.  Right from the start of the tour - one could see in the eyes of fellow travelers the increasing awareness and recognition...this is it.  Not on the internet, or not even a picture in a book - right here on this spot...in these woods...on these paths - they walked.  Places like Morhet, Magerotte, Lavaselle, Rechrival, Laval, Pinsamont, Milliomont, Hubermont, Renuamont, and Houmont, all among the places where we walked in their footsteps...and at every step along the way, our guides provided details of what was happening on what day, which units were where...and what happened to them as they made their way.  Lunch at the community center in Houmont - a chance to stretch, grab a bite, get some photos and see the stain-glass window (with the familiar design) in the church.
 
Afternoon included more battlefield tours in the areas all around Homount, Flamierge, Mande-Saint-Etienne, Flamisoul, all with time for questions, answers and vocabulary lessons.  Are you aware that there are 7 ways to pronounce the word “area”?  It’s true.  A special photo op in Flamierge with the sun in the west - before calling it a day, for tours anyway.
 
Back to the hotel for a rest, change of clothes, and back to Homount a dinner with our hosts and guides - complete with “surprises” and many goodies. 
 
 Saturday, March 21st - Flamierge, and Peace Be With You
I will have to rely on some others to provide eye-witness accounts of the day for portions of Saturday, as other duties called.  The ceremony at Flamierge...placement of flowers, recognition of the 17th Airborne Division veterans present.  And the Peace  Woods, where flowers and flags accented the newly added markers with the names of those veterans who fought - and returned - to the Bulge.  Aas...Chipego...Steen...and Kormann. 
 
Mid-afternoon, ceremonies were held in Houmont for unveiling of new monuments and placards near the church, placement of flowers by Veterans and Scions, public recognition by officials, local community, the commune and including Embassy representatives.  The weather was brisk - some sun, some wind - a little precip - but nobody complained, most likely thinking “this would’ve been considered a nice day in ’45”.  It was - in fact - a beautiful day.    And on that day - finally, after all the planning and hard work - the official dedication of 194th G.I.R. Square.  A (very) Welcome Reception was held with libations and some shelter from the brisk breezes. 
 
Some rest, and back for another big splash at the Homount community center.  Saturday night, a public dinner - easily 300 in attendance (or more?) - with fantastic music of the appropriate era and correct for the occasion.  This was a time to enjoy the camaraderie of friends - new and old - and to of course remember, honor and recognize, to raise a glass and toast our beloved vets.  And...there was birthday cake - a BIG one.
 
 Sunday, March 22nd - Walk the Walk
A ceremonial start to the day in Houmount, and to get started the event of the day - the Dead Man’s Ridge Walk.  Again, the weather was brisk - but I heard not one complaint.  Nothing like what our guys fought through...and I think more than a few instances of ‘cold hands...warm heart. There are various reports of exactly how long the ‘long’ route really was...12 miles? 14 miles?  But in the end, everybody finished and made it home. Thanks for the participation, and in doing so, for helping to raise funds to bring 17th vets Back to the Bulge.
 
 Monday - On the Road Again
Monday morning was ‘load out’ time.  Luggage - on the street and into the bus - and shove off for Maastricht by noon, and lunch at the Hotel VanDerValk with members of the Margraten Memorial Group before visitation at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Many hands make light work - and so it was as the dedicated group of travelers placed flowers on the graves of troopers at the Margraten cemetery.  Hope others can fill in some additional details, as we were trying to spring John J from his weekend ‘retreat’, St. Therese Hospital.   From the cemetery, the Scions Express continued on, crossing the Rhine into Germany, through Wesel and to the Haus Duden Hotel.  We made our way from Bastogne - meeting the group at the hotel in time to have dinner and catch up on the happenings of the day.  Most turned in early for some rest in anticipation of what was to come on the morrow...March 24th...Operation Varsity 70 plus.
 

 

Another Recollection of Europe
by Judy Cornelius
Daughter of Austin Steen (513/G&H) 


When the Scions invaded Europe, the Texans invaded the Scions! With a total of eight family members embarking on this incredible journey, we had NO clue what was in store for us. If we could sum up the trip in three words, we would say, “what an honor!” We were told that some people would embrace us and appreciate us and others would not care much for us. Little did we know that when we encountered the appreciative individuals, they would be brought to tears when thanking us for what Austin Steen (our Daddy and Granddaddy) did for their families. We felt like seven groupies following an 89 year old rock star. People would line up to get a signature and/or picture made with him and although he isn’t a man of many words, he loved every minute of it! All eight of us were overwhelmed at the gratitude, respect and raw emotions shown 70 years later.

Throughout his life, he has been surrounded by children so the visit to Institut Saint-Joseph in Bastogne was definitely a highlight of the trip. Watching the children’s faces as they learned how much the veterans made during their time of service, how young they were when they enlisted or were drafted and what they endured was truly eye opening! It was humbling to watch as these children knew their history but learned additional details, they appreciated each veteran and exhibited so much appreciation as they shook hands and gave small tokens of their thankfulness to them.

As the grandkids embarked on the Dead Man’s Ridge Walk, we knew we would be walking the path our Granddaddy did 70 years prior but we never knew the effect it would have on us. We walked just over 9 miles that day, a fraction of what he walked in 1945. Not to mention, we weren’t experiencing the worst winter in Belgium history. We were overcome by the opportunity to see foxholes, homes still standing, battlefields, bullet holes and much more that our Granddaddy lived during battle.

We have all heard stories growing up but being back on the actual soil he fought on caused memories to surface. We sat many nights in our hotel room listening to him tell stories. We have vowed to keep the memories of the 17th Airborne Division alive with his thirteen great-grandchildren. Many of us are looking forward to a return trip in the future.

Numerous individuals called him a hero and his response was always, “I’m not a hero, I was just doing my job!” He always has been and still is a hero in our eyes!

GO TEAM GRANDDADDY!



Top Photo:  Kristi Beauchamp, Tabitha Madry, Amanda Calvio, All 3 are granddaughters, Vicki Cole, Daughter, Austin Steen, Judy Cornelius, Daughter, Sandy Wallace and Dusty Cornelius, granddaughter and grandson.
 
Bottom Photo: facing top row are Tabitha, Vicki, Austin, Judy, Dusty, Bottom row, Kristi, Amanda and Sandy

 

Reflections on Scions ETO 2015 Trip

John Klodnicki

son of Walter Klodnicki 155th AA BN

 

Thanks to the help of many willing hands, it’s safe to say that this trip exceeded all of our expectations. As I look back on what was for me, a trip of a lifetime and an entry on my  “bucket list”, my memories fall primarily into three areas; precious time with our Veterans; a focus beyond just sight-seeing and grounded in service; and the gratitude, hospitality, and respect afforded our party by our gracious hosts on the ground.  

 

I’m so grateful to have spent time with heroes like John Schumacher, Lynn Aas, Dan Chipego, and Austin Steen on the very ground where they fought. Reading about history is one thing - but listening to and learning from those who made it is both an honor and a priceless opportunity. This was the highlight for me.

 

We weren’t just a band of tourists and sightseers.  A big part of this trip involved paying respects, especially appropriate 70 years + a few months after the Bulge, and 70 years to the day after Varsity, to 17th troopers who didn’t make it home. Our participation in observances in Flamierge, Houmont, Peace Woods in Bastogne, the placement of wreaths at 17th markers, and the honoring of graves of the 17th at the U.S. cemeteries in Margraten and Luxembourg, the Dead Man’s Ridge Walk - were moving experiences none of us will soon forget. We’re Scions - that’s how we roll. Hopefully we made our fathers and grandfathers who are no longer with us just a little bit proud.

 

Finally, I was really blown away by the outpouring of hospitality shown by our hosts on the ground and expert guides. New friends from the 101ABDF, leaders like Laurent Olivier, Gregory De Cock as well as ETO guide Jos Bex, and many others - shared not only their expertise, but their hearts as well. We could not have felt more welcomed or loved.

 

As a result of this experience, I look forward to staying connected with new Scion friends as well as those who honor the 17th. I’m planning a return trip to ETO for the 75th anniversary - if not before.

 

Airborne All the Way!

Following are some photos from the 2015 Scions trip to Europe.  Many are attributed to Scion Kerry Whitaker, and Chuck and Ryb Katz.  Kerri sent photos back to us each day so that we could post them on our Facebook page, as the trip progressed. Chuck has sent links to video that he took. Enjoy !!












More Photos of the trip 
courtesy of Jos Bex

 

Wreaths for each component unit


Jerry O'Brien speech in the hospitality room


Jos Bex with Johann Nitrowski, author of Die Luftlandung, and wife

Trip Videos Courtesy of Chuck Katz

 
The following is a collection of links to various videos of the Scions' recent trip to Europe, courtesy of Scion and trip participant Chuck Katz.  Click each link to view the video on YouTube.  Thank you for this great record, Chuck! 

 
This is a video of our first day meeting up with the Scions group in Brussels.  We had a briefing from the Belgian Friendly group that accompanied us throughout the trip. The video ends at dinner during our first night in Bastogne.
https://youtu.be/7BoTLGTeOPs
 
Below is a link to a video from our first day in the "field" outside of Bastogne, Belgium.  This one of two videos I made on
March 20, 2015.  

 
The Belgian Friendly group did an outstanding job taking us out to the very location of where the heart of the Battle of Bulge was fought.  Not only did we walk in the same area that the battle occurred and wandered through some of the thick forest of the Ardennes, the Belgian group provided incredibly detailed information about the positions of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment.  Although these were glider and parachute airborne soldiers, they were brought to the Battle of Bulge in trucks for the sole purpose of of infantry units to push the Germans army back into Germany.
 
When you view this video, keep in mind 1945 was one of the worst winters on record in Belgium and the area was covered with two feet of snow.
https://youtu.be/HObbhMK_bxs
 
The video link was taken on March 21, 2015 in Flamierge, Belgium, the village that was the main objective of the 17th Airborne after they arrived in Belgium. The Americans pushed the Germans back over Dead Man's Ridge and liberated this village.  Strategically, the 17th Airborne secured the high ground and the main highway for a supply line.
 
The video shows the ceremony at a monument in Flamierge directed by the mayor of the village.  Afterward, the villagers insisted we come to the public hall in the village to drink champagne with them. :)  The final portion of the video is at Peace Woods where each surviving veteran who visits this area has a tree planted in their name with a plaque at the base.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0R8ZFsTx54
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Do You Know of a Veteran Who Does Not Use Email?
 
Each month this newsletter, "Thunder From Heaven" goes out to over 600 members of the 17th Airborne family.  We know that some of our veterans no longer use, or have never used email.  Scion Kerri Whitaker, granddaughter of Richard L. Wise (194/C), has volunteered to send hard copies of the newsletter to our veterans each month, and has been doing so for a number of months now. 

 If you know of a veteran who would like a copy of the newsletter, please let us know, and we will add them to the list.
Just send an email to: Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.
Help the Scions to Provide This Newsletter to Our Veterans Who Do Not Use Email
 
Our list of veterans who are getting this newsletter in a hard copy format is growing as our organization grows. Up to this point the cost of printing copies of the newsletter and mailing it has been donated by one of our Scions. However as the list grows the organization will need to offset these costs. Please consider making a donation to support this effort.

 Donations can be sent to us at the address below. Please note that the gift is earmarked to support the newsletter.

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


By Ed Siergiej Jr., Secretary / Treasurer
 
The Scions of the 17th Airborne has received 501c3 tax exempt status, as a public charity,  from the IRS.

Bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts to the Scions are now deductible under Section 170 of the IRS code. 
The Latest on the Miley Postage Stamp

by Ed Siergiej Jr.
 
Col. John Kormann has been working to get a postage stamp issued to honor General Miley as the father of the U.S. Paratrooper for some time. We encourage our membership to write to the Postmaster General in support for this stamp.
Scion 2015 Gathering Schedule
 
In this section of the newsletter we will post information on both annual and regional gatherings, so we can reserve the time in our schedules. We will keep this schedule updated each month.

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

 

Lancaster Reunion 2015

MAY 5 - 8, 2015
Hi All, It won't be long now until we meet again at the Steamboat Inn in Lancaster. If you haven't already done so, PLEASE, call and make your reservations (717-299-9999) and be sure to mention you are with the 17th Airborne group. Here is our schedule for the week: Breakfast and dinners are included in your package rate in the Inn's Huckleberry Restaurant located on the first floor by the main entrance. ALSO, PLEASE REFER TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS AGENDA FOR AN IMPORTANT REPLY REQUEST.   
    
SUNDAY: Check-in is at 3:00. This year, Matthew Carroll with the 9th Division Historical Preservation Society, will have a display of WWII memorabilia in the Hospitality Room for all to enjoy. Visit their website at www.9thdivision.com for a preview. Meet in the Hospitality Room for Welcome Reception followed by dinner at 6:00 
 
MONDAY: Welcome and Reunion kickoff in the Hospitality Room at 10 am. Opening Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, recognizing Veterans, Gold Star Wives and new Scion attendees. Isaac Epps has been in contact with the local news station and we anticipate they may arrive that afternoon. We also look forward to hearing about the Scion European trip so be sure to bring your pictures and stories to relate for those who were lucky enough to attend. That evening after dinner we'll have our sing-a-long with Glenn Hough and socializing in the Hospitality Room.
 
TUESDAY: This year, new Scion member Dave Shortt (nephew of Ken Shortt 139 H&S) will be attending along with 17th Trooper Charles Davis 517 SG and will be setting up a display of 17th artifacts from the VMMF Museum they run in Ohio. Really looking forward to welcoming them and hearing all about their museum. The rest of the day is open for those who would like to shop in the Outlets galore, tour the beautiful countryside or see a show.Hospitality Room always open to gather with friends. Tuesday night, Scion Directors to gather for a dinner meeting (gather at 5 and continue through dinner)
 
WEDNESDAY: Our beautiful Memorial Service will be held at 1:00. Please gather in the Lobby by 12:15 for pictures and carpooling to the Church. Following the Service and group pictures, Scions please remain for our Annual Meeting. That evening socializing in the Hospitality Room and Military Bingo. Bring your good luck charms.
 
Thursday: Trip to Carlisle Army Heritage and Education Center to arrive at 11am until 2pm.Our President, Rose Friday has arranged with Mike Perry Executive Director from there a nice schedule of  events, including an escorted tour of the museum, the WWII barracks, research library with special interest for the 17th made available.Golf carts will be provided for those who need them. Lunch will be available at a minimal cost. Admission to the Museum is free.There will be a slight charge for the bus which will be determined when I get a head count of those attending.Thursday night, horse racing (provided by Trooper Joe Quade) and socializing in the Hospitality Room.
 
FRIDAY: Comes too soon and time to say fare-thee-well until we meet again.
 
IMPORTANT: WE NEED A HEAD COUNT FOR THOSE WHO PLAN ON GOING ON THE CARLISLE TRIP ON THURSDAY. I AM LOOKING INTO PROCURING A BUS FOR US AND THEY ALSO NEED TO KNOW AT THE ARMY HERITAGE CENTER.PLEASE LET ME KNOW EITHER WAY IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND OR NOT ASAP. MY EMAIL ISMICHELEASMITH@VERIZON.NET OR TELEPHONE IS 610-630-8807 OR CELL 610-955-6277.
 
THANK YOU. AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!!
Michele Smith
 
Charles and Albert Davis, twin brothers who served with the 17th Airborne have been invited to attend our Lancaster gathering.Charles is associated with the Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation in Germantown, Ohio which has a collection of 17th Airborne items from a number of 17th Veterans.
 
Scions Memorial Fund
by Scion Secretary / Treasurer Ed Siergiej Jr.

The "Scions of the 17th Airborne Memorial Fund"  has been set up as a seperate account with the specific purpose of supporting activities that honor the memory of our veterans who have passed on. Some examples of how these funds will be used are as follows:
  • Providing wreaths for our annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Providing wreaths for the four Medal of Honor recipients on Memorial Day.
  • Funding for the cards sent to the families of veterans who have passed on.

Contributions in memory of a 17th Veteran, or any group of 17th Veterans
(Such as Co F, 513th, for example)  may be made to this fund by so designating.

Contributions can be made to:

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


John and Elsa Kormann have made a generous contribution
to the Memorial Fund this month

 
!!  Welcome New Members  !!

 
David D. Shortt
Nephew of Kenneth Shortt (139th/H&S)
Germantown, OH 45327 
 
Eric Grimshaw
Son of William R. Grimshaw Jr (681st) Deceased
Tulsa, OK
 
Aaron Albrecht
Great nephew of John Kormann (517th/SG)
Kindeer, IL


Laurie Roark 
Granddaughter of Ken Aiello (680th/HQ)

Liberty, MO

 
Raymond L. Wilson
Grandson of Cletus C. Alford (507th/H) 
Starkville, MS

 
Brian Wheeler
Son of Charles R. Wheeler (194th), Deceased
Herndon, VA 

Douglas Wadsworth
Great nephew of Gordon S. Dyer (513th/HQ3)
Carencro, LA

 
Diana Bracy
Daughter of Donald K Hess (194th) Deceased
Pittsford, NY 
 
Lee Bracy
Son-in-Law of Donald K Hess (194th) Deceased
Pittsford, NY 
  

Information on Membership and Dues

 "Regular Membership" in the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division is open to any family member or descendant of any veteran of the 17th Airborne Division. 

 "Associate Membership" is available for those who are not related to a 17th veteran but have an interest in our missions., to honor the men of the 17th and to keep their history alive. 
 All veterans of the 17th Airborne Division are considered to be "
Distinguished Honorary Members" of the Scions.

 Regular and Associate Membership dues are $20/year. We strive to keep the dues low, to encourage membership, and renewals. We send an email reminder to each member on the anniversary of their initial membership. Funds generated from dues are our main source of revenue to operate the organization. If you have any question about your dues status, please send us an email to
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com. Likewise, any questions about membership, please contact us at the email address above as well.

 With your support, we can continue to fulfill and expand our missions to honor the men of the 17th and to keep their history alive.

Ed Siergiej Jr
Sec/Tres
Scions of the 17th Airborne, Inc.

 

Donations to the General Fund

This month we have received generous donations to our general fund by the following individuals 


Carol Inman

Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

 
For A Soldier Died Today
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast;
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of the wars that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies they were heroes every one.
And tho' sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, for old Bill has passed away;
And the world should know his passing, for a soldier passed today.
He'll not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife;
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way.
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
And thousands note their passing, proclaim that they were great.
Newspapers tell their stories, from the time that they were young.
But the passing of a simple soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A person who breaks promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife
Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life?
It's so easy to forget them, for it was so long ago
That the "Old Bills" of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians with their compromises and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict--then we find the soldiers' part
Is to clean up the troubles that others often start.
If we cannot give him honor while he's here to hear the praise
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps a simple a simple notice in the paper that would say,
"Our Country is in mourning 'cause a soldier passed away."
 
Submitted by WWII Veteran James M. Zellner
 
God help us if we ever forget to raise up the names of those who served.
 
 
 
 
 
Proposed Change to Scion Bylaws
by Ed Siergiej Jr
Secretary / Treasurer 

 
The Scion organization has grown considerably since our founding in 2011. As we have grown, we have been able to spread out the work of operating the organization, which also helps us to better serve the needs of the organization. Some of the changes made in the last year are:

Scion Paul Madden, son of Hal Madden (680th A Battery) has offered to take on the role of Historian

Scion Adam Coolong, grandson of Charles E. Booth (680th HQ) has agreed to take the point on the Newsletter and also the Coordinator of the material mined from the National Archives

Scion Chuck Katz, son of John Katz (194th GIR) has offered to serve as a legal adviser to the organization. 

With these important roles established, it has been suggested that we make two changes to the Bylaws.

1. Increase the number of members on the Executive Committee from 8 to 15 Scions.
   
The existing 8 seats on the Executive Committee are filled by:

President - Currently - Rose Friday
Vice President - Currently - Michele Smith
Seceratary / Treasurer - Currently - Ed Siergiej Jr.
Chaplain - Currently - Isaac Epps
Melanie Sembrat
Cindy Heigl
Robert Smith
Vacant position - 
Scion Jeff Schumacher was elected to fill this vacancy on the Board of Directors.

The proposed change is to "Add 7 seats on the Executive Committee to make a total of 15, providing seats for:

Newsletter Editor - Currently - Adam Coolong
Historian - Currently - Paul Madden
Legal Adviser - Currently - Chuck Katz
Membership Committee Chair
Recording Secretary
(3) At Large positions"

This motion was tabled until our next meeting, in Lancaster, PA, in May 2015

2. "Change the name of the "Executive Committee" to "Board of Directors"

As required by our existing Bylaws, we are communicating these proposed changes in our newsletter from April to November 2014. 
We are accepting comment on the proposed changes. Those who would like to comment on these changes can contact us by email at: Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com, or by mail at:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811

This motion was approved 
at our meeting in Arlington, VA on November 10, 2014



Ed Siergiej Jr
Seceratary / Treasurer
April 30, 2014
Minutes of the Annual Meeting Held in Lancaster, PA

by Ed Siergiej Jr. & Melanie Sembrt



Attached are links to the Minutes of our Annual Meeting, as well as Secretary's and Treasurer's Reports. Many thanks to Scion Melanie Sembrat for acting as recording secretary.

Click here to read the Minutes from the meeting.

Click here to read the Secretary's Report from the meeting.

Click here to read the Treasurer's Report from the meeting. 

 

WANT ADS AND REQUESTS
FOR INFORMATION


Have a request to make for information, or for research help?  Send us an email and we will post it in a future edition of the Thunder From Heaven newsletter, in this section!
Scions Don Wise and Kerri Wise Whitaker, son  and granddaughter of Richard Wise, (194/C) , made a recent visit to Bill Wolford, (194/C) at his home in Louisville, KY. Pictured also are Bill's daughter, Kim Baer and an unknown individual.
Do you know "Trooper Joe"?

We were recently contacted by the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, Texas regarding these three photographs. They were part of a collection acquired by the museum. After identifying the trooper as 17th Airborne, they contacted us to see if we would like the photos. One of the photos has the inscription, " Lots of love, Joe", and another is inscribed "To the girl I left behind", Love, Joe". One photo was taken at the Andre Studio, in Lexington, VA. 

 If anyone can identify the trooper we will try to get the photos back to the family, should they so desire. 
.Hello Ed,
Would you be able to put the word out about this event to our Northwest members?  The NW Chapter of VBOB (Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge) holds an annual luncheon at the La Quinta inn in Tacoma WA, usually in the Spring.   They asked me to do a short talk on the Scions 2015 European Tour.  They also hold a monthly lunch at a local pizza place in Gig Harbor WA on the first Wednesday of the month.  If anyone has questions, they could call me or send a note.
 
Also on 16 May, Armed Forces Day at Ft. Lewis, I will be doing a display of Combat Engineer gear, with some reflection on the 139th.
 
I had to come home for work, but the Bastogne, Flamerige portion of the trip seemed to be going well.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and off they went to the Wesel section of the trip.
 
Thank you for your time in this.
 
Peter Lahmann
360 870 0706

 
From Luc Horck, Margraten Memorial Group

Do you by any chance know of family of this trooper? Yesterday at our Varsity-ceremony the daughter of an elderly lady (89 years old) asked me to help. The lady who has adopted the grave would like to send a photo of the grave and let the family know he is not forgotten. Because of her age she hopes she will be able to send the picture soon..

Anyone with information about Le Roy L Haynes family can contact Luc at: 
luc.horck@gmail.com

 
Dear all,
 
The 7th edition of the Dead Man's Ridge Walk is now over. We thank you all for your presence at Houmont on last March 22, 2015. We were pleased to see around 500 people walking together in the footsteps of the 17th Airborne Division.
 
The veterans and their 60 some relatives were very glad to see so many persons honoring their unit.
 
The village of Houmont is now inscribed as THE village dedicated to the 17th Airborne Division, thanks to the several monuments, markers and history panels. We are sorry about the missing of two of the five veterans. John Kormann had to give up the trip before departure because of illness, John Schumacher was hospitalized during the weekend of the walk. He joined the group again on Monday 03-23, he's doing fine.
 
All the benfits of the walk have been used to help finance veteran Lynn Aas' trip. Thank you again.

Next edition of the DMRW will have place on 03-20-2016, location to be determinate.

Best airborne regards.
 
Gregory DE COCK
Secretary DMRW.
  • From Bert Spelde
  • I am a retired captain of the Royal Dutch Air Force. For some years I adopted the grave of PFC Thomas Butler Dowda from Florida, burried in Margraten, the Netherlands. He served in the 513 Parachute Infantry Regiment, First Battalion. His service number was 34947361. He was KIA 24-03-1945 in Operation Varsity, about 19 years old. It would be an honor to me to come in contact with his relatives and/or friends.
  •  
  • Email bertspelde@hetnet.nl

Sick Call

John Kormann has been in the hospital recently with serious health issues, and is now at an assisted living facility. John, and his wife Elsa welcome cards from his many friends in the 17th Airborne Family. 

John Kormann
Brightwood Falls Grove
9200 Darestown Road
Rockville, MD 20850


Warren Lucas, son of Norvel (Luke) Lucas reports that his father will be moving to an assisted living facitily soon.
Cards may be sent to:


Norvel Lucas
5710 S. 108th Street, #108
Omaha, NE 68137


 
Mike Rock (680B) has just returned home after a long time in the hospital, and is recovering steadily, with the able help of his family and especially his daughter Diane.

Mike could use our support now, and he appreciates hearing from the 17th Family.
 
 
 Mike Rock
70 Gasko Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330


 

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 chance

   But took the stance
   When Liberty was attacked.
   It Speaks of Duty, Faith; and Love;
   It speaks of a respect
   for Country; For Others,
   For the Right of Man;
   To forget would be neglect.
   On this Their Day

   We stop to pray
   Their Memory shall live;
   The sacrifice they made was Life.
   What more can someone Give?
Standing Guard

Submitted by Dominic Biello

Clinard Stewart 
17th Parachute Maintenance Company

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Clinard Stewart, 91, of Elkhorn City, KY passed away Saturday March 21, 2015 at Pikeville Medical Center.  Clinard was born November 20, 1923 to the late Henderson and Vicey (Mullins) Stewart.  Besides his parents Clinard was preceded in death by his wife Alka Marie (Wright) Stewart as well as his siblings.

Clinard is survived by three sons; Bennett Stewart of Pikeville, KY, Clint Stewart of Breaks, VA, and Patrick Stewart of Lexington, KY, two daughters; Sheila Belcher of Pikeville, KY and Kim Wallace of Elkhorn City, KY, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.  Clinard was a proud WWII Veteran.  He leaves behind family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Visitation will be held Sunday March 22, 2015 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel.  Friends may call after 6:00 PM.  The funeral will be conducted Monday March 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM from the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow at Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana, KY.

Don Banta

513/HQ

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Don A. Banta, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge who was among the first American troops to enter Nazi Germany, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2015. The Chicago native was 89. Don was raised in Joliet by George and Grace (Donnelly) Banta. His college education was interrupted during his freshman year when he enlisted in the Army Reserve Specialized Training Program in the fall of 1943. After completing basic training he enlisted in the Parachute Infantry. He saw active duty in three major European campaigns. His unit, the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 17th Airborne Division, was attached to General George Patton's Third Army as part of the relief of the surrounded city of Bastogne and the ensuing counteroffensive during the Battle of the Bulge. In March of 1945 Don took part in Operation Varsity, the airborne invasion of Germany, during which he jumped from a C-46 transport into enemy fire. He would learn at a unit reunion decades later that the plane, in flames, went down after the jump sticks had cleared. During the Central European Campaign, he participated in the capture of the Hermann Goering Barracks and occupation of the Ruhr before returning to the U.S. at the end of 1945. He was awarded a Bronze star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service. He resumed his education at Northwestern University, graduating from its law school in 1950. After serving as house labor attorney for Montgomery Ward & Co., Don concentrated on a labor law practice and became a partner early on in a firm bearing his name for 40 years, finally known as Banta, Hennessy and Graefe, until his retirement in 2001. Don was well known nationally in the labor law community and respected by his peers, opposing counsel and judges alike. In 1999 he was elected by his peers as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an organization honoring the top labor lawyers in the country. Don was active on the American Bar Association Committee on Labor Arbitration and spoke often at annual meetings. He made a lasting contribution to the Bar Association community with his videotaped presentation on the history of American Labor Arbitration, which remains a sought after resource in the ABA library. Throughout his career, Don was a successful trial lawyer, labor negotiator and counselor to multinational corporations and small businesses alike, a combined set of skills rarely practiced by one lawyer. Don's clients, many of whom stayed with him through his 40 year career, uniformly valued his integrity, impeccable ethics and his practical approach to problem solving. Don's most lasting legacy to the legal community may have been his mentoring of the young attorneys in his firm over the years, many of whom went on to successful legal careers at major corporations and law firms. Don's retirement opened more doors for his intellectual curiosity, providing time to indulge interests in foreign languages and cultures, theology, physics and calculus, which he was teaching himself only weeks before his death. Don's zest for life was and continues to be a source of inspiration to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maxine Banta, née Edwards, children Stephanie Banta, Meredith Banta, John (Dianne) Banta and Hillary (Matthew) Ebach, and grandchildren Evan Polance, Spencer Ebach, Grace Ebach, Alexander Banta, Allison Banta and Haley Banta. Visitation to be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 starting at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Burial at Abraham Lincoln National Military Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, S.D., 57325-0300 (www.stjo.org) or to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), both of which Don held close to his heart. For further information call 312-421-0936 or sign the guestbook at www.michalikfuneralhome.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?pid=174547127#sthash.MeulVGc6.dpuf

Donald B. Canfield

193/E


Donald B. Canfield, 85, of Bethlehem died peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Born in Freemansburg he was a son of the late Clayton and Emily Canfield. In 1947 he married Helen Ida Kanuskey. He was a proud veteran of World War 2, serving with the 17th Airborne Division at the Battle of the Bulge. A graduate of Moravian College, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 40 years, where he was the manager of corporate information services at the time of his retirement. Donald was a member of Christ United Church of Christ where he served on the consistory and as head of the investment Committee. In 1987 he was elected moderator of the Pennsylvania Northwest Conference and also served as a delegate to the General Synod. He served as Red Cross chapter chairman on the Moravian College Alumni Board, and on the Freemansburg and Bethlehem Area school boards. His joys in life were family, friends, travel, tennis, and giving back to his community.

Vincent Chiaverini

194/C


Vincent E. Chiaverini of Churchville, Pa. died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa. He was 90.

Born in Philadelphia, Vincent was a resident of Churchville for 57 years.

Vincent was a graduate of Olney High School, Class of 1942, and a veteran of World War II, serving with the 17th Airborne, Glider Division, 106th Airborne, and the 99th Airborne. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the Bridge at Remagen. Vincent was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and a Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle bar.

After his service, he enrolled in Drexel Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Engineering.

He was employed by F.J. Stokes, Co. of Philadelphia, a division of PennWalt, for over 42 years.

Vincent and his wife attended many 17th Airborne Reunions around the country and Europe.

He was a champion American Contract Bridge Member and an avid card player. He also was an avid golfer and a former member of several Philly Industrial Bowling Leagues, with his best game at 298.

Vincent was the son of the late Vincent J. Chiaverini and Ida C. Stroup, and father of the late Steven J. Chiaverini.

He was the devoted father of George and his wife, Susan, his daughter-in-law, Joan Wolf, and his son, Paul and his fiancee, Wendy Pearman. He was the proud grandfather of six, Christopher (Kathryn), Nicholas, Leah, Harrison, Daniel, and Samuel, and the great-grandfather of Lucas.

Relatives and friends are invited to Vincent's graveside service with military honors at 2:30 p.m. precisely on Friday, April 3 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Highland Road, Newtown.

Memorial contributions in Vincent's name may be made to the World War II National Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, nationalww2museum.org or the Guardians of the National Cemetery, P.O. Box 233, Newtown, PA 18940.Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home,

William C. Bergmann

(513/F)

William C. Bergmann, 89, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon.

He was born November 11, 1925, in Lincoln, Mo., a son of Carl. H. and Mary K. (Garuandt) Bergmann.

Bill married Marjorie Scruton, and to this union one son, William C. Bergmann, Jr. was born. He later married Shirley Bruns, November, 1963 and she preceded him in death April, 1996. In September, 1997, Bill married Patsy "Pat" Butler and she survives at their home in Springfield.

He graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Mo., and served his Country in World War II as an Army Paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division, receiving a Purple Heart for being wounded in action on March 24, 1946 in Germany.

After receiving his Honorable Discharge in April of 1946, Bill returned to Sedalia, where he was employed with the Sedalia Democrat Company; and worked there until retiring.

He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, currently belonging to the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Springfield. He also attended the Kingsway United Methodist Church in Springfield with his wife Pat. Bill was a man of true faith, both of the word and in action.

For many years Bill resided south of Stover on the Lake of the Ozarks, where he enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. While residing in the Stover area, he was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Galloway-Martens American Legion Post 343 and the Stover Rural Fire Department.

In addition to his wife of 17 years, he is survived by a brother, Harold (Ardy) Bergmann; son, William C. (Becky) Bergmann, Jr.; two grandchildren, Benjamin and Kathryn Bergmann; eight step-children, Dennis (Jacqueline) Bruns, Mike (Jill) Bruns, Genie (Tim) Rosenbury, Geoffrey (Buffy) Butler, Brock (Mary Lou) Butler, Ben (Anna)Butler, Daniel (Chris) Butler and Beth (Fred) Egge; sixteen step-grandchildren, Jamie, David, Andy, Ryan, Megan, Amanda, Sam, Nicole, Charlie, George, Patrick, Genevieve, Daniel, Jack, Drew, Rebecca, Everett, Laura; and seven step-great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives. He also leaves many, many friends since he never met a stranger. All of the above will miss him dearly.

Bill was preceded in death by his former wives Marjorie and Shirley, his parents and one sister, Rosina Knight.

Graveside services, with military honors, will be 1 p.m. Friday, December 19, in the mausoleum at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time.

A Memorial Service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2852 S. Dayton Ave, Springfield, MO on Saturday, December 20, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Springfield Council of Churches or the Stover Rural Fire Department. Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Stover, MO 65078. www.scrivner-morrow.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?n=William-C-Bergmann&pid=173461341#sthash.BC32S3J6.dpuf
Richard F. Dulek

194th GIR

Richard F. Dulek, age 88, of Sheridan, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Carson City Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline M. Dulek; two daughters; Carolyn Wieczorek of Belding and Sharon Dulek of Paris, Mich.; one son, Doug (Debra) Dulek of Greenville; one stepdaughter, Michelle (Randy) Miller of Houghton Lake; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Maysel Miller of Orleans, Mich., and Alice Dulek of Belding and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at the Simpson Family Funeral Home,. Pastor Kenneth Harger, from the Shiloh Community Church, will be officiating and Military Rites will be given by the VFW Post 5065 of Sheridan.

Interment will be at Balcom Cemetery, Ionia.
Gordon S. Dyer

513/HQ3

Mr. Gordon S. Dyer age 87 went peacefully to his heavenly home Friday, December 4, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 2:00pm in First Baptist Church of Iowa. Burial with military honors will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Iowa under the direction of Ardoin Funeral Home of Kinder. Visitation will be held in Ardoin Funeral Home Friday from 3pm-9pm and will continue Saturday in First Baptist Church of Iowa at 12:00 noon until time of service. Mr. Dyer was a Resident of Woodlawn. He served his country during WWII in the 17th Airborne Division. He also retired from Texas Gas after serving over 30 years of service. Survivors include his wife Maude Skeen of Iowa; two sons, Steve Dyer & wife Rosalie of Eunice, Craig Dyer & wife Elaine of Lake Charles; three daughters, Rebecca Chance & husband Glenn of Beaumont, Janice Amy & husband Donald of Eunice, Karen Deshotel & husband Russell of Friendswood, TX; one brother, James Dyer of ElCajon, CA; 9 grandchildren, Amy Lanier, Christopher Reed, Troy Dyer, Dwayne Amy, Jennifer Deshotel, Jillyn Amy, Zachary Deshotel, & Shanna Burke; 6 great grandchildren. Mr. Dyer is preceded in death by his wife Melba Dyer and his parents, Steve & Mary Dyer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Iowa Missions. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.ardoinfuneralhome.com
Ruby Lucas

Wife of Norvel ( Luke) Lucas (513/B)

Lucas, Ruby E. Mar 30, 1929 - Mar 15, 2015 Omaha, NE, formerly of DeSoto, MO. Preceded in death by parents, Noel and Anne Lewis; three brothers and two sisters. She will be dearly missed. Survived by her husband, Norvel (Luke); sons, Warren (Mary) Lucas, Omaha, NE and Scott Lucas, Steelville, MO; granddaughters, Cara (Justin) Richt, and Erin Lucas; significant other, Aaron McKenzie; great grandson, Ethan Lucas, all of Omaha, NE. MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11am at Fountain View Senior Living Community, 5710 S. 108th St., Omaha. Interment Hematite Methodist Cemetery, Hematite, MO at a later date. Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project or Salvation Army. ARBOR CREMATION SOCIETY 2819 S 125th Ave, Ste 367 Omaha NE 68144 402-393-0319
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
English Translation of "Die Luftlanding" Book

 
This book, a translation of "Die Luftlanding" by Jonan Nitrowski, was compiled by Jos Bex. Mr Nitrowski gave permission for Jos to translate the book from the original German, into English, so that our veterans could read it. This book is a detailed account of Operation Varsity.
The initial order of books that Jos sent us has been sold out for some time, and with quite a few new Scion members added to our rolls recently we have made arrangements with Mr. Bex to ship us another 8 copies. 
 At this time, we are asking anyone who is interested in a copy of this book, to send us an email to "
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com". We will sign people up for the book on a first come, first served basis. The cost will be $80 each, which includes shipping within the US. If we have a strong response to this offering, we will develop a waiting list, and try to make arrangements for additional books to be shipped.
 
17th Airborne Car Flags

These high quality car flags are double sided, 12" x 18", and feature a heavy duty window mount. A great way to show your pride in the 17th Airborne Division

$25 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

Scions of the 17th Airborne Pins

This pin was designed by our founding veteran, Col. John Kormann. The pin is 3/4" in Diameter, with the Scion Logo


$10 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

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


$16 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.
 
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 Available
 
This 57 page document was produced by the 17th Airborne staff at the end of the war. Included are maps of Drop and Landing Zones, Status of each glider load after landing, pre- arranged artillery coordinates, and much more.
8.5" x 14". Great reading.

Available in hard copy for a donation of $22 each
or on a CD for $12 each. Includes S&H in the U.S. 

 
Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
17th Airborne Challenge Coins
 
Challenge coins have been created by military organizations for many years. 
This beautiful, high quality challenge coin was developed by Scion Jeff Schumacher and his wife Melinda as a tribute to the 17th Airborne. The coin has the 17th Airborne insignia on one side, and the Scions logo on the reverse side. 
These coins are another great way to foster, promote, and honor the story of the 17th. On both sides around the perimeter of the coin there is a "rope" boundary symbolizing shroud lines of a parachute and tow ropes of the gliders (on two sides because they did double tow in Varsity).The black color symbolizes "SURPRISE" and the gold is the golden opportunity to seize by surprise. Also some blue on the Airborne side of the coin representing the blue skies on 3/24/45.
 
Available for $15 each, two for $25. Any additional coins above the quantity of two would be $10 each. Includes S&H.

Consider donating additional funds so that we can send these to as many of our veterans as possible, or buy two and give one to your special 17th veteran!
At the recent funeral of one of our veterans, the family actually included one of these coins with the veterans remains.


Checks may be made out to "Scions of the 17th Airborne",
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353
Scion Hats and Patches
Show your pride to be a Scion of the 17th Airborne Division
 
The sample hats that we had made up for the Lancaster, PA Operation Varsity gathering sold out very quickly, so we had some more made up. Available in Blue, 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

"Thunderbolt" Commemorative Book

 
  This 118 page book, published by the 17th before deployment to Europe, has many photo of individual units, as well as photos of the training.
  Two sample pages are shown below. Perhaps you can find your father, or grandfathers photo !
  Thanks to our membership, we have the funds to put this package together!

The CD is available for $20 each. Includes S&H in the USA

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

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.

Our brand-new website contains a wealth of information on the 17th Airborne and its history, and our Members Section (open exclusively to dues-paying Scions) contains hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the National Archives!  Check it out at www.17thscions.org!
 
We also have a great Facebook page, where there are lots of great posts by friends of the 17th in the U.S. and in Europe. Check us out on Facebook at: 
17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants).

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

Cindy Heigl - daughter of Tony Heigl (193rd)
Melanie Sembrat - daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Robert Smith - brother of Levert L. Smith (194th)
Isaac Epps - son of Ralph Epps (194th)
Jeff Schumacher - son of John Schumacher (194th)
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