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 # 25 - October 2014
Please send us your 17th related news items, stories, questions etc., so that we can share them with the entire group. You may direct your mail to the Scions at:
Adam Coolong & Ed Siergiej Jr.- Editors
Visit our Facebook page at:

17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter
-   Veteran Trio Recalls Events of WWII
    Contributed by Ed Siergiej Jr.

-   Latest on the Proposed Miley Postage Stamp

-   Scions 2014 Gathering Schedule

-   Plan now for the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National

    Scions to Invade Europe in 2015
    by Jeff Schumacher

-   Scions Memorial Fund
     by Ed Siergiej Jr.

-   Welcome New Scion Members

-   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


-  17th Airborne Online Store

-   Become a Member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne
Book Now to Attend our Gathering at Arlington, VA for Veterans Day Ceremonies
If you have not booked the hotel yet for our gathering at Arlington, this is the time to make sure you get our low room rate! See the details further down in this newsletter. 
 Do You Know of a Veteran Who Does Not Use Email?
Each month this newsletter, "Thunder From Heaven" goes out to almost 500 members of the 17th Airborne family.  We know that some of our veterans no longer use, or have never used email.  Scion Kerri Whitaker, grand daughter 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:
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
After about 16 months, 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 deductible under Section 170 of the IRS code. 
We have received a very generous donation to the Memorial Fund from
Col. John Kormann.  Thank you Colonel!
 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:

Vet Trio Recalls Events of WWII

Contributed by Ed Siergiej Jr

The following article is taken from "Elder Update" a publication of the Florida Dep't of Elder Affairs, and features 17th Veteran Edward J. Siergiej (194/C) and two of his good friends. All reside at Advent Christian Village, in Dowling Park, Florida. 
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. A recent setback in the project prompted the letter below. We encourage our membership to write to the Postmaster General in support for this stamp.
Scion 2014-15 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.

Arlington VA Gathering

November 2014

Each year, the Scions gather in Arlington, VA. for ceremonies at the memorial to the 17th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremonies are scheduled for Monday, November 10th. Our ceremony is a part of a wonderful program organized by the Ruben Tucker chapter of the 82nd Airborne Div. Assoc. After these ceremonies are over, the Scions travel over to the National World War II Memorial, and lay another wreath at the "Airborne Relief" at the Memorial. 

 For those who are interested, this year, we will again return to the U.S. National Archives in College Park, MD to scan documents related to the 17th. If you are interested in participating in this visit, contact us at:,  to sign up. Due to the location of the Archives and DC traffic, those attending will probably stay at a hotel closer to the Archives for November 7th and 8th. 

Schedule - 

Friday November 7th
                Archives at College Park
Saturday, November 8th
                Archives at College Park
Sunday, November 9th
                Check in at Mariott Courtyard Alexandria Pentagon South -
                Leave for reception – 4:45
                Reception at the home of Col. & Mrs. John Kormann’s  - 5:30
Monday, November 10th
                8:30 – Leave Hotel by carpool – 4 Cars have passes for procession
                9:00 -   Arrive at Arlington for ceremony at 17th Memorial
                12:00 – Travel to Nat. WWII Memorial for Wreath Laying
                12:30 – Tour around the Capitol Area or return to hotel
                6:00 – Dinner at Hotel
                7:30 – Business Meeting at Hotel
Tuesday, November 11th
                Check out

Accommodations - 
This year, we have selected the "Marriott Courtyard Arlington Pentagon South" as our base of operations. Although the block of rooms reserved at a special rate has been filled, rooms may be still available. Contact the Marriott Hotel at 703-751-4510.

If you are not staying at the hotel but plan to join us for the day, please send us an email to let us know to expect you. Contact us at"".

Also, if you plan to help us do research at the National Archives, please email us about that as well.  



Scions to Invade Europe in 2015!
March 18 - 29, 2015 
September 2014 Update:

Scions Trip 2015

Greetings fellow Scions! With this message, we begin the official announcement and countdown to the Operation Varsity 70th Anniversary remembrance, and invite you to travel to where it all happened in the winter and spring of 1945.

The Trip in General: Scions European Theater of Operations (ETO) 2015 is planned for March 18th through March 29th, 2015. The itinerary will have us gathering upon arrival at Brussels International Airport on Thursday morning, March 19th, 2015 (that means departing the US on Wednesday the 18th).

From there, we will travel to Bastogne and the Belgian Ardennes for welcome, meet & greet, battlefield tours, Belgian hospitality, and where we will see where history was made in the winter of ‘44/45. Morhet, Houmont, Flamièrge, Dead Man's Ridge, Mande-Saint-Etienne, Compogne, Houffalize, Renuamont, Millamont, Hubermont and the surrounding area. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of the Ardennes- and realize that you are in the very footsteps of our fathers, uncles, grandfathers and the many others of the 17th who were the Battle of the Bulge, and on Dead Man’s Ridge (like above!).

After the weekend in the Bastogne and surrounding area, we will travel to Wesel, Germany. It was in this area where on March 24th, 1945, there was indeed Thunder From Heaven as Operation Varsity and the Rhine crossing went into full swing. We will be there on that day plus 70 years to see and remember as well. We’ll tour the Drop and Landing Zones in the Wesel and Hamminkeln area, travel the route of the 17th Airborne in the days immediately after Varsity including a visit to Munster.

We will visit the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, as well as the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial (Hamm Cemetery) iLuxembourg City, where - between these two cemeteries - over 400 troopers from the 17th are buried.

We will visit monuments and markers - some old and some quite new - but all testaments to those who remember our vets.

Be prepared to experience 10 days of unforgettable events, walk on hallowed ground where many of our beloved 17th vets fought, and where some lay at rest. You will witness the remembrance and ceremony of a grateful people, who - even after 70 years - will thank our vets, shake their hands, honor them and remember the service and sacrifice which secured their liberty.


Upon arrival in Brussels, the group will travel from Brussels to Bastogne, through and around the Belgian Ardennes, to Margraten, Wesel, Hamminkeln, Munster, back to Belgium, Luxembourg City, and return to Brussels aboard a motor coach capable of comfortably accommodating our group with all luggage. Local battlefield touring in Wesel/Hamminkeln will by via smaller vehicle (due to roadway limitations). Transport via coach is included in the cost.


Hotel accomodations during the trip - in Belgium and Germany - are included in the cost. Lodging will be at hotels known and recommended by our local ‘boots on the ground’ hosts and coordinators, and selected for convenience and comfort during our travels. Base costs reflect double occupancy - 2 travelers/room. The upcharge for single occupancy - 1 traveler/room is also provided.


Breakfast will be included at the hotels, and most evening meals are included. Most lunches are also included, with lunch on the road several days as we travel from place to place.

Places and Events Schedule

There will be plenty to see and do every day, as well as some time to rest, relax and enjoy the local hospitality. You will have the chance to tour the battlefields, see museums & monuments, as well as the Ardenne forest and the Peace Woods. You’ll encounter city sights and countryside charm, experience times of reflection and for celebration. You’ll reconnect with old friends and make new ones as we tour the Landing and Drop Zones, cemeteries and memorials. You can expect moments of emotion along the way - tears and joy - as you witness gratitude, respect, remembrance and honor, and you will definitely enjoy some surprises along the way. This promises to be an experience you will never forget!

The Cost:

Cost per traveler based on double occupancy lodging is $1,800 (USD), excluding air fare. The upcharge for single occupancy lodging is $300 (USD). Note that all pricing/quotations were received were in Euros. The cost in USD is at the current exchange rate. (Some fluctuation can be expected, but significant changes are not anticipated.)

Deposits and Payments:

The schedule for deposits and payments is as follows:
• A $600 per traveler deposit is needed no later than November 1st (2014). This will serve to get a firm grasp on ‘how many’ travelers we will have.
• Your second installment of $600 per traveler will be due no later than December 15th, 2014. This will be your commitment: “I’m in!”.
• The final installment for the remainder for all travelers will be due no later than February 1, 2015 (6 weeks prior to departure).

We will need a minimum of 30 travelers to make the trip viable at the costs identified. (In the unlikely event there are not sufficient travelers to make the trip viable - deposits will be returned.)

• Full payment: Payment-in-full at any point along the way (before February 1) is welcome. However, because we have solicited discounted costs from service providers, an additional early payment discount is not offered.

What’s not included?

a) Air Travel is not included. As suggested by several parties of fellow travelers, it will be most convenient for travelers to make their own air travel reservations to/from Brussels. Plan your arrival at Brussels International Airport (BRU) for the morning of March 19th, and your return trip home on Sunday, March 29th. (Optionally, you can of course plan to arrive earlier and/or stay later - but the Scions ETO 2015 trip itinerary and accommodations will start on March 19th at Brussels International Airport, and wind up with our Saturday night stay in Brussels (near the airport) on the 28th to make for convenient departures the next day (Sunday the 29th). (Any travel, lodging or other accommodations outside that time frame is at your option to plan on your own.)

b)  Travel Insurance - please make arrangements for Travel or Trip Cancellation Insurance with your airline or travel agent.

c)  Bar tabs and alcoholic beverages. Beverages are generally included with all planned meals, but wine/beer/cocktails will be at our expense.

d) Museum entrance fees. We will visit several museums to which entrance fee is charged. Some of these visits will be during times when some travelers may opt for ‘down time’ to relax, shop, or venture on their own, so it was thought best to handle these on a ‘pay as we go’ basis.

Cancellation? Unforeseen things can happen. In the event you must cancel, we will make every effort to refund as much of your funds as possible, but cannot guarantee full refund. Please bear in mind that when securing commitments abroad - especially for lodging and transportation - we will have to provide deposits as well, and commit to certain levels of service. It is for this reason that 100% refund may not be possible. To lessen your risk, when making your airline reservtions please give serious consideration to buying Travel Insurance - (sometimes called trip cancellation insurance).

There are many exciting details yet to come for the trip. And, as with any trip of this nature, there will be questions, and preparations for each of us to make (passports, confirm insurance coverages, pre-travel checklist, etc.). We will work through these as we prepare for a fantastic and memorable trip to the European Theatre of Operations.

What To Do Next:

  1. Confirm your intent to make the journey! Send me an email ( confirming the names and approximate ages of all travelers. Include any other contact information you care to include (which will not be distributed).

  2. Note: All funds received will be accounted for specifically for the trip. All sources of funding and expenditures will be reviewed by Scions Treasurer to ensure all is above board. Contact Jeff Schumacher at the email above for deposit and payment options.

  3. If you have an odd number of travelers or are a single traveler, please indicate whether you would consider room sharing. This is not a commitment to share - only a preliminary indication of who might be willing to do so. (We’ll pursue additional details once we get a tally on single travelers.)

  4. Start planning your trip! No need to pack your bag yet, but start your planning early while there is plenty of time.

  5. Watch your email for updates and additional information as we continue to gather steam.

  6. Stay in touch!

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

Chaplains Corner
by Isaac Epps

The following poem was written by the Honorable Armand Arabian, Supreme Court, San Francisco; and reprinted from the Airborne Quarterly by permission from Editor Col. Bill Weber
What separates them from the rest, the men of silver wings
Warriors from the sky above in whom devotion springs
What spirit so unites them in brotherhood they say
Their answer rings out loudly, "Airborne All The Way!"
These are the men of danger, in open door they stand
Static line above them, ripcord in their hand
As earthbound they are coming, a silent prayer they say
"Lord be with us forever, Airborne All The Way!"
If the bayonet could speak, what would it say but "Follow Me"
and "Kill or be Killed" is the motto of the hallowed infantry
But if the paratroopers wings could orate on this day
The words would sound off clearly, "Airborne All The Way!"
One day they'll make their final jump, Saint Mike will tap them out
The Good Lord will be waiting, He knows what they're about
And answering in cadence, He'll hear the Troopers say
"We're glad to be aboard, Sir, Airborne All The Way!"
Until that manifest is drawn, salute them when they're near
They love their nation dearly, their hearts and minds are clear
They'll hit the silk so proudly, and till that final day
They'll stand and chant together
As Scions, our mission is to honor all Veterans--especially WWII Veterans--and specifically our heroes of the 17th Airborne. This Veterans Day is coming up soon on Nov. 11th. Go out and find them and shake their hands. They are usually startled, but you can see in their eyes that they appreciate that small gesture of thanks. 
God Bless and protect our Veterans.
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

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

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:, or by mail at:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811

The changes will be discussed and voted on at our next meeting in Arlington, VA in November.

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. 

From John Ogden, son of John Ogden, 194th

I was at my uncle's in VA this weekend, and he was a boy during WW II. My Dad (Jack Ogden) was in the 17th AB, and he sent these pictures to my Uncle Bill McElfresh. He also sent him ad overseas cap with a paratrooper emblem, a set of miniature wings and a 17th AB ring, all of which he gave to me.  The two pictures attached were also in his collection.
 The one is at Camp Mackall in 1943 of Merle Ivey, George Birth and Jack Ogden. The other one is labeled sometime in April '45 somewhere in Germany Lt. Moohet (?) and yours truly  John Ogden
From Sharon Beckwith

At birth we board a train and meet our parents.  We believe they will always travel by our side.  However, at some station, our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by, other people will board the train, and they will be significant - siblings, friends, the love of your life, children, and many others.  Some will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we won't realize they vacated their seats.
The train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, good-byes, and farewells.  A successful ride requires having a good relationship with all passengers.  We must give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is, we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.  So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.  It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.  Reap success and give lots of love.  More importantly, thank God for the journey.
Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.
From Gregory De Cock,

Dear participants to the "Dead Man's Ridge Walk",
We have the honor to announce that the 7th edition of the DMRW will take place on Sunday March 22, 2015 at the village of Houmont, Belgium.
At the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, several families of veterans, and some veterans of the 17th Airborne will be attending the event.
Two remembrance ceremonies will have place along the trail.
A memorial dedicated to the 17th Airborne will be unveiled on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 4.00PM, at the main square of Houmont taht will officialy be named "Square of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment".
We are waiting for you at the occasion of this very special event.
Kind regards.

Sick Call

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


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
Thankfully, we have received no obituaries this month.
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 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:
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)
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