The  Official Electronic Newsletter of the Veterans and Descendants of the
U.S. 17th Airborne Division, WWII 
The mission of the "Scions of the 17th Airborne" is to honor the service of all veterans of the 17th, and to educate others about the history and sacrifices made by the troopers who served in this division during WWII.

We strive to accomplish these missions by holding regional gatherings where troopers and their families can gather, and by sharing their recollections.  We communicate with our membership using this "Thunder From Heaven" newsletter, through our website, and on our Facebook page. Additionally, we collect documents related to the history of the 17th and make them available to our membership.
Issue # 98 February 2022 -
Please send us your 17th related news items, stories, questions etc., so that we can share them with the entire group. You may direct your mail to the Scions at:
Carolyn Tuttle, Adam Coolong, Ed Siergiej Jr.- Editors
Visit our Facebook page at:

17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter
- Annual Meeting in Lancaster, PA - April 8 - 11, 2022

- 17th Veterans Needing Your Calls 

- Membership Renewal Information - by Secretary Ed Siergiej

- Welcome New Members

- Donations to Memorial & General Funds

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

- New book about the 17th Airborne Division

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


- 17th Airborne Online Store

Scions Annual Meeting in Lancaster, PA

We want you!
Calling all 17th Airborne Troopers, Trooperettes, Scions, and Friends. We want you to attend our Annual Reunion April 8-11, 2022 in Lancaster, PA.

Please call the Steamboat Inn to make your reservations (717-299-9999) before March 8, 2022. But don't wait that long; the hotel is a popular destination and fills quickly. A major credit card will hold your room. You will not be charged until check-out. Make sure that you mention that you are a member of the 17th Airborne group.

The nightly rates are as follows: Single: $193.35, Double: $236.75, Triple: $280.15, and Quad: $323.15; all plus 11% tax. Rates include family-style breakfast (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) and dinner (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). We look forward to seeing you!

As we get closer to the reunion date, details will follow in the newsletter about the reunion schedule. However, note that check-in will begin on Friday, April 8th, at 3:00 PM, with check-out the following Monday, April 11, (no later than) 11:00 AM. At this point in the planning process, do know that the schedule will include our Candlelight Memorial Service, a brief on our recently completed trip to the ETO with veterans Herrera and Weaver, attending veterans open mic session, our annual general membership meeting, a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the 17th Airborne, and jump qualification for our new members. For those who have not attended in the past, our Candlelight Memorial Service will honor those troopers who died during WWII by unit, as well as those troopers who we have lost during the past year.

While Lancaster has many attractions and beautiful countryside, our main focus will be to be together, share stories, make new friends, meet our attending troopers, relax, and...

Please Help Us to Keep Tabs on Our Veterans
Time is taking its toll on our 17th Airborne veterans. Each month, we send a hard copy of this newsletter to over fifty 17th veterans, but every month we get some back notifying us that the address is no longer current. Sometimes they have relocated to be closer to family, or to a nursing facility. We do our best to track them down, but it can be challenging and time-consuming.

We are asking for your help. If you are aware of one of our veterans who has moved, please let us know by emailing us at

If you become aware that one of our veterans has passed away, we would ask you to notify us immediately at Our Veterans Outreach Team will work to arrange to ship our replica  of the Division Flag to the Memorial Service, and also to arrange for one of our members to attend if at all possible. The sooner that we know of a veterans passing the better. Thank you for your help in honoring our honored Troopers.
Please take some time to reach out to these
17th Airborne Veterans

By Ed Siergiej Jr, Secretary
Our Veterans outreach team has been sending cards to the seventy-three 17th Airborne veterans for whom we have contact information, as well as to some of the widows of our troopers. The current health crisis has had a tough impact on many of our veterans, who in some cases are not allowed to leave their homes, or even rooms. As tough as it is for all of us, it is much harder for our veterans. The following veterans have specifically reached out to ask us to share their contact information.
A call from you would make a great difference in their lives right now.

Additionally, we would like to find volunteers to stay in contact with our remaining veterans on a regular basis. In some cases they have moved, or are having health issues, and we are not notified in time to be of some comfort. If you are willing to be a part of this effort, please contact us at and we will pass on a few of their names to you. Remember how much we owe them!

Leo (Marty) Schlocker 513 Co D
118 47th Street
Newport Beach, CA. 92663-2506

Paul A Wilson  193rd / 194th
Norman Veterans Center
1776 E Robinson Street Room D207
Norman, OK 73071

Sidney Levit
3675 N Country Club Drive Apt 2602
Aventora, FL 33180

Membership Renewal
 By Ed Siergiej

Our membership year runs from March 1 to February 29th of each year. Renewal notices were mailed out in February, and many of you have already renewed your membership. 

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to send in your renewal, so that we can continue to fulfill our missions. 

This newsletter, and all the activities of our Scions organization are supported by your membership. We mail hard copies of this newsletter to all of our 17th veterans, at no cost to them. 

If you are unsure of your dues status, please email us at

Yearly Membership is $35 per person or $50 for a family.

Our mailing address is: 
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811-3353

If you use Paypal, you can pay your dues that way. Please use the Paypal Calculator to add the Paypal fee.

If you would like to make an additional contribution to support our General Fund, Memorial Fund, or the Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund, it would be most appreciated. All donations will be acknowledged for tax purposes.

We thank you for your support of our missions; to honor the men of the 17th, and to keep its history alive.
Welcome New Members

Scions Memorial Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

The "Scions of the 17th Airborne Memorial Fund" is an account with the specific purpose of supporting activities that honor the memory of our veterans who have passed on.

Some examples of how these funds will be used are as follows:
  • Providing wreaths for our annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Providing wreaths for the four Medal of Honor recipients on Memorial Day.
  • Funding for the cards sent to the families of veterans who have passed on.
  • Shipping our Division Flag to funerals for 17th veterans.
Contributions in memory of a 17th Veteran, or any group of 17th Veterans (Such as Co F, 513th, for example)
may be made to this fund by so designating.

Contributions can be made to:
Scions of the 17th Airborne Memorial Fund
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811

Generous Donations to our Memorial Fund have been made by:

Donations to Wesel Memorial Trip Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

Michael Silver

Rhonda Rivers - Stone

Margaret Sullivan

Eliana Munafo 

Vishal Agrawal

Judith Apple & Gabriel Gigliotti
In Memory of Oliver Apple 194/B

Reflects Donations as of 
Donations to Scions General Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.


Thunder Mail Call

For many years, Trooper Bill Tom (194/C) was a major contributor to the original hard copy newsletter of the 17th Airborne Division Association, "Thunder From Heaven." After the dissolution of the Association in 2007, Bill began an email version of the newsletter, and continued that publication, "Thunder Mail Call" until the formation of the Scions Organization in 2011. With Bill's help, we integrated his newsletter into this publication. We were saddened to hear of Bills passing on September 10, 2019. We dedicate this portion of our newsletter to Bill.


Have a request to make for information, or for research help?  Send us an email and we will post it in a future edition of the Thunder From Heaven newsletter, in this section!
Peggy Ingram, widow of James Ingram (194/D)  sent us these photos of her husband, taken in Switzerland, after the end of the war. Her letter is below.

I recently came across these photos of my late husband, Dr. James Ingram which I know were taken during R&R in Switzerland in 1945. Jim is the man in the top left photo and also the man on the left in the top right photo. I have no idea who the other man is, but perhaps one of the remaining living veterans or his progeny will recognize him. 

Jim was in the 194th Glider Infantry, and after the war worked for a while at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, which was instrumental in his deciding to become a veterinarian. After being in private practice for 5 years in Saratoga, he was asked to come on the faculty at Colorado State University where he had a distinguished career, first as a large animal surgeon and then developing the veterinary neurology department at CSU, and finally a professor emeritus. He died at age 94 in May, 2019. His time spent in the 17th Airborne Division played a tremendous part in the man he was.

                                   New Book                   

               17th Airborne Division at War

                   Photographs from the National Archives

                                 by Edward R. Siergiej

This new book is the result of research at the US National Archives. It includes over 160 
photographs from a collection of the US Army Signal Corp taken in Belgium and Germany.

photograph has the original caption by the Signal Corp photographer. Context to the photographs is provided with excerpts from the Division Diary.

$25 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A. Mail your check to:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811
Pay with PayPal to ""
Diary of a WWII Gliderman 263 pages indexed with numerous pictures.  Jack and Betty Ogden letters (1940-1945) from 17th AB 194th HQ,  Camp Mackall, Camp Forrest, Battle of the Bulge, Operation Varsity, plus letters from family and friends in other theaters of operation.  Limited copies $40.00, checks only, John Ogden, 102 Adams Avenue, Woodsfield, OH 4379
For orders outside of the USA, contact John for postage.

Editors note: This book gives a great insight into what was going through the mind of one trooper in the 17th during training, combat, and after the end of the fighting in the ETO. Information from the division historical record gives context to the bigger picture that was unknown to the men in the front lines. A great book for anyone who wants to know more about what it was like to be "Airborne" in 1944 - 45. Thanks to Scion John Ogden for making this limited edition book available.  (Ed Siergiej Jr.)

Robbie Rijnmond is interested in locating a photo of Trooper Eugene Ferry (194/K) who was KIA March 27, 1945. Anyone with information can send it to us at
Great Article From a New Member
Scion Burke Morton, son of Trooper Frederick Morton (194/B) provided a link to an article about his father which was published in VFW magazine in 1948. Click  on the link below to read this great story.



by Isaac Epps (RIP)

   The ones who went
   Were truly sent
   To do a Noble Deed;
   When evil showed
   They took the load
   In Justice, they believed.
   They heard the call
   And gave their All
   And some did not not come back.
   They knew the chance

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

   We stop to pray
   Their Memory shall live;
   The sacrifice they made was Life.
   What more can someone Give?
17th Airborne Memorial
Fort Benning, Georgia
Standing Guard

Submitted by Dominic Biello
If you become aware of the passing of one of our 17th Airborne veterans, please notify us immediately. We will make every effort to locate a member of the organization to attend the funeral and support the family in any way possible. Often, by the time an obituary is posted, little time remains to make these arrangements. Send an email to
Our Veteran Outreach Team will also contact the family. 
Kenneth W Anderson

Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Kenneth W. Anderson, Sr., 97, formerly of Hellertown, died Sunday, December 26, 2021 at his home. He is the husband of the late Eleanor V. (Mullen) Anderson who died January 5, 2006. Kenneth was born in Bethlehem on September 26, 1924 to the late Erving, Sr. and Edith (Stiles) Anderson. He served our country faithfully in the US Army during World War II. Ken was a layout operator for Electric Western Electric for 34 years until retiring in 1984. He was a lifelong member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, Center Valley, Edward H. Ackerman Post 397, VFW Post 3904, and the Dewey Fire Company, all in Hellertown.

SURVIVORS: Children: Tory V. Weaver of Bethlehem, Nadine L. (Matthew S.) Baumann of Chula Vista, CA, Kenneth W., Jr. (Deborah) of Richmond,VA; grandchildren: Jennifer, Jonathan, Kaelyn, Gregory, Shawn; great grandchildren: Amanda, Christopher. Predeceased by brothers: Robert C. Anderson, October 7, 2014, Erving, Jr. in 1938.

SERVICE: Family and friends are invited to call 10-11 a.m. Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. 326 Main Street – Hellertown followed by the service at 11 a.m. The interment will conclude services at Highland Memorial Park, Allentown. Make positive choices following CDC guidelines. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at:

CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of one's choosing.

Arthur Dahl


Adolph L. Martinez
Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

We have been advised of the passing of Trooper Adoph Martinez.
Details will be posted when they are available.
Russell Osborne 
Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Russell B. Osborn, a born again Christian, went on to be with the Lord peacefully at the age of 95, on February 19, 2022. Russell was born in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Alex F. Osborn and Helen Coatsworth Osborn. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Emma Johnson Osborn (nee Jackson); his children John Osborn, Kenneth Osborn, Elizabeth Fogarty (James), and Daniel Osborn (LeAnne); his grandchildren, Katie, Mary Beth, John, Therese, Grace, and Maia Osborn and William Fogarty; his stepchildren Joseph Johnson (Doris), Sylvester Johnson (Sharon), Vivian Jenkins, Selena Thomas, Donald Johnson, and Wanda Davis (Michael) and many step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen Osborn (nee Shea); and his second wife, Catherine Osborn (nee Mosely); as well as one granddaughter, Colleen Osborn. Russell was the brother of the late Katherine O. Chambers, Joan O. Bergantz, Marion C. Osborn, and Elinor O. Gartner. Russell was a graduate of Nichols High School and Hamilton College. He also earned a law degree and a Masters in Education from the University of Buffalo. Russ was drafted into the Army during World War II and served as a glider man during Operation Varsity in 1945, in Germany, as part of the 17th Airborne Division. During his career Russ practiced law and taught Math in Buffalo Public Schools before returning to his law practice until his retirement. He served as a Board Member of the Creative Education Foundation for many years. His family and his Christian faith were very important to Russ. He was an active member of the New Life Assembly of God Church where he served as an elder. He also served as an active member of the Gideons International ministry. He participated in many Bible study and prayer groups. Russ had an amazing memory and enjoyed recounting stories from years gone by. He will be dearly missed. Services will be held Friday, February 25, 2022 with a Wake at 11 AM, followed by the Funeral at 12 Noon, at Expressway Assembly of God Church, 260 Eggert Rd., Buffalo, NY 14215. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn. The service will be live streamed on Facebook live: Search New Life Assembly of God, 410 French Road, to stream. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Gideons International, 25 California Dr., Buffalo, NY 14221.
17th Airborne Division "Online Store"
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Below are some of the items in our "Online Store"

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

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

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Below are some of the items in our "Online Store"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$20 each, includes S&H in the U.S.A.

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

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

Distinguished Honorary Members 
All veterans of the 17th are considered as "Distinguished Honorary Members" of the Scions.  We exist to honor you, our veterans.
We do not ask for dues from our honored veterans, as we exist to honor you!

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

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

.Scionsofthe17thAirborne@gmail.comTo join our growing organization, contact the Scions at: 

Our website contains a wealth of information on the 17th Airborne and its history, and our Members Section (open exclusively to dues-paying Scions) contains hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the National Archives!  Check it out at!

We also have a great Facebook page, where there are lots of great posts by friends of the 17th in the U.S. and in Europe. Check us out on Facebook at: 
17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants).

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

Jeff Schumacher, Son of John Schumacher (194/D & HQ)
Vice President
Skip Greeby, Scion of William Smith ( 466HQ)
Ed Siergiej Jr., son of Edward J. Siergiej (194/C)

Dan Aas, Son of Lynn Aas (193/D)
Past Presidents
Adam Coolong, grandson of Charles E. Booth (680th/HQ)
 Melanie Sembrat, daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Rose Friday, daughter of Edward Friday (194th)

 Committee Chairs

Veteran Outreach / Family Liaison Coordinators - Patricia Bowers, Rose Friday and Sandy Remes 
Membership Committee - Patricia Bowers, Chair

Advisory Committee - Melanie Sembrat - daughter of Harry Sembrat (513th)
Legal Council - Chuck Katz - son of John Katz (194th) 
Historian - Paul Madden - son of Harold Madden (680th/A)

Memorial Committee - Jerry and Pat O'Brien
Archive Coordinator - Adam Coolong
Thunder From Heaven Newsletter - Ed Siergiej and Carolyn Tuttle

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