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 # 84 - August 2020
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
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17th Airborne Division Scions (Descendants)

Post your 17th related photos, stories and questions.
In This Newsletter
-  Message from President Jeff Schumacher 

-  17th Veterans Needing Your Calls- Ed

-  Honoring Trooper Joe Quade

Scions trip to Europe Update - Jeff Schumacher

-  Scions Annual Gathering at Arlington 

-  Saving our History - by David Shortt

-  Donations to Memorial & General Funds

-  Welcome New Members

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

-  Sick Call


-  17th Airborne Online Store

-  Become a Member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne
 President's Message
by Jeff Schumacher


Greetings, fellow Scions and honored Veterans!

This is the time of year when things begin to change quickly: the fall colors, cooler temps, and shorter days. Each has its pros and cons. Those beautiful leaves will soon fall (and will need raking, blowing, bagging), leaving the wind in the trees sounding very different, the cooler temps means the air conditioning can go off, windows can be open for a while, and shorter days…well that’s a tougher one. Less time to sunburn? 

Autumn is the favorite of many, and leads us through Halloween, Veterans Day and the traditional holiday season to follow. Fall and harvest time has always been a time of year that I love, but – like most – it goes too quickly. We are busy, busy…very busy, and in a blink…months have gone by. When we have a few moments to reflect, we often lament at how quickly the time files. It’s not likely to slow down any time soon.

You may be thinking, “Yes – thanks Jeff – we all know that, so what’s your point?” It’s just this: Make time to enjoy the season’s beauty and those around you. I’ve noticed that a cell phone picture never seems to capture the moment as vividly as it is presented to us live in person. But, a cell phone call to a friend, relative – a Veteran – can truly bring joy. Veterans Day is coming up quickly, but don’t wait that long. Make a call; lend an ear to learn from their vast library of life experiences. Tell them “Thanks.”
When I start to feel crabby about the day I’m having and the overall challenges we’ve seen throughout 2020, I try to remember that our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles had many challenges to overcome – for years. I’m guessing, but don’t think it too far-fetched to say mostly what they wanted was to make it through together and make the world a better place…for us.

Our remaining and beloved 17th Airborne trooper veterans are in the autumn of their lives, and still have much to teach us. Share a most precious commodity – time – with them. The seasons will inevitably change for us all.
In closing, we will keep marching, doing our best, stopping to smell the flowers and marvel at the bounty of nature, and especially to appreciate those who have gone before us, and those still with us and still giving. This Thunder from Heaven is dedicated to our friend Joe Qua; another who gave much to us and for us all.  Thank you, Joe.

Thanks for reading, and I will sign off as Joe often did,


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 seventy 17th veterans, but every month we get returns, indicating 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.

In addition, 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

Peter Piergiovanni
Canfield Place 
2300 Canfield Road 
Youngstown, Ohio 44505

Charles Davis
585 Shelbourne Land, Apt 103
Centerville, OH 45458
Honoring Trooper Joe Quade 
by Ed Siergiej, Jr.
Every organization, and especially volunteer organizations, have a few individuals who are truly indispensable if they are to be successful. The 17th Airborne Division Association, which existed from 1948 until 2007 was fortunate to have such an individual, in the person of Joe Quade.

Joe was a founder of the original Association in 1948, and attended almost every reunion that was held. We think he only missed one! As the editor of the original hard copy newsletter, "Thunder From Heaven," which was published quarterly for many years, Joe was one of those who spent countless hours ensuring that the history and sacrifices of the 17th were not forgotten.

Joe was the primary organizer of many trips to revisit the areas where the 17th served in Europe as well as side trips to places like Russia, China, Japan, and Australia. He was the reunion Chairman in 1962, and the President of the Association in 1962 - '63.

After the dissolution of the Association in 2007, Joe continued to attend annual gatherings of the troopers in Lancaster, PA. First time attendees were given the opportunity to qualify for their "Jump Wings," by learning how to "Stand up and hook up, check your equipment, stand in the door, and go, go, go!" The drop was a short one, from the top of a chair to the floor, but it began a tradition that we still continue at our gatherings today! 

When the Scions organization was formed at the Lancaster gathering in 2011, Joe gave us immediate help, with good advice and council as well as donating his archives of 50 years of information that was used in the newsletters. In addition, he donated copies of every issue of "Thunder From Heaven" that was printed. This email newsletter is the direct descendant of the original hard copy newsletter, and Joe was happy that we have continued the name for the newsletter: "Thunder From Heaven" !!

On a personal note: shortly after we were founded in 2011, I had the opportunity to go to England to attend the dedication of a memorial to men who died in a glider crash while the 17th was in training. I wanted to extend my trip to visit some of the areas where the 17th had fought, and to connect with some of many friends that the troopers had made during the numerous trips that they had made in post war years. My dilemma was, how to figure out the logistics of such a trip to multiple countries in a very short period of time. I decided to give Joe a call for some advice. Best call I ever made. Within a few days, Joe had reached out to his network of friends in Europe, and my family and I had personal guides who escorted us where we wanted to go, and made our trip incredibly memorable. It is indeed an honor to dedicate this issue of "Thunder From Heaven" to its original creator, Joe Quade.

The article below is from the final issue of "Thunder From Heaven" published in 2007:
Below are some memories of Joe Quade that have been sent to us. If you have a favorite memory, please send it to us and we will include them in the next issue.
From Past President Rose Friday:

"How do you even start to honor such a legend of a man, as Joe Quade? To most of us, he was a candidate for the Poster Person of The Greatest Generation. He dedicated his life to his country, family, church, and community. But, to me, he was like one of my favorite uncles.

     Joe's decades of dedication to 17th AB organization will continue to benefit all of us, far into the future. His personal help and attention to my own personal journey will forever be appreciated. I have known Joe for over 30 years. To watch him in action at the enormous 17th AB reunions, with over 1200 attendees, was awe-inspiring. Of the 54 reunions, from 1954 until 2008, Joe only missed one. When I was searching for information and answers, during my own quest, Joe was always quick with a response. It seems that he would respond to any inquiry within a day or two, no matter how busy he was.

     Michele, Skip and Joan, and I were fortunate enough to travel to Europe on the 17th AB Trip, in July, 2001, hosted by Joe Quade and Hal Ryder. The amount of detailed planning and coordination that they put into that trip, made it The Trip of A Lifetime. 

Never an hour was wasted. We networked and met up with other AB Friends, and participated in numerous ceremonies, luncheons, visited sites and museums, and listened to speeches. The path that we traveled traced the 17th's path from England to Germany. We could never experience this on our own, and we owe endless thanks to Hal and Joe.

     Michele and I were also fortunate enough to work alongside Joe, and Ed Siergiej, Sr., in the final five or so 17th AB reunions, as we became the "In-Person Registration Room Team." So, we got an up-close glimpse into how Joe and Ed, Sr. worked. What a team they were. I also managed to visit them a few times in Florida, to witness first-hand their amazing system. They lived in side-by-side town houses, and they would start each morning by meeting outside, and exchanging documents and correspondence over their fences.  

They worked nearly full-time, year-round, on all of the workings of the 17th. Even at our reunions in Lancaster these past ten years, Joe and Suzie were welcomed and honored guests. Joe still knew how to mesmerize a crowd, and his skills and sense of humor were always put to good use. We have fun memories of playing Joe's "Horse Racing" game, or learning how to jump out of a C-47. Joe continued to counsel and to assist our Scions organization, as we struggled to find our own way, and to stand on our own two feet, in our on-going attempt to carry on their mission. We can only hope that we can continue to grow to become an organization that Ed, Joe, and our founding Veterans would be proud of. 

"Airborne All The Way!!"
Rose Friday
Joe and Sue Quade. Lancaster Reunion, 2015.
Lancaster reunion, 2015, with Isaac Epps.
Joe qualifying another group of faux Paratroopers. "Stand up, hook up,
stand in the door, go, go, go!!"
Joe's famous "Horse Race Game." Lancaster reunion 2015, with Jonathan Owens.
From Scion Skip Greeby:
Joe with troopsers Ben Nostine, Jean Klick, Ed Jefferson
and Mike Rock (seated).
(Left to right) Ed Jefferson, Joe Quade, Charles Davis, Ben Nostine, and Mike Rock.
Lancaster, 2015.
From Scion Michele Smith:

"God Bless Joe, a wonderful man, a 17th Airborne hero, a loving friend! We were all so lucky to have him in our life! Thank you Joe for everything!"
Attention 17th Airborne Scions and Veterans!!

 2020 Remembrance Trip to the ETO

by Jeff Schumacher

Hello, all! I hope this message finds you well.

As you are all keenly aware, the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve and present challenges, not the least of which is travel abroad. The plan to travel later this fall was put into place to assure that if we were able to make the trip, we’d have accommodations. At present, there remains significant uncertainty regarding our ability to travel to and about Europe. Those conditions and restrictions probably will change several times before our planned travel dates, and will undoubtedly have an impact on the makeup and quality of the trip experiences. We really do not know today what things will look like then, but we all need to be able to plan. 

For this and many associated reasons - including maintaining a primary focus on the safety of our veterans and travelers - the 2020 Trip will be postponed until March of 2021.   

The tentative trip itinerary dates will be March 15 (Monday) through March 27 (Saturday). This means arriving in Brussels no later than Monday morning on the 15th, and most of us will probably depart for home in the U.S. on Sunday the 28th.

Naturally, we will need to rearrange accommodations with our hosts and service providers, but those are the dates around which we will plan. Certainly we expect to be able to travel in March of ‘21, but will continue to monitor the evolving situation and advise of noteworthy developments.

I’m confident we will still enjoy strong traveler support and participation, and should gain back some of the travelers who opted out of the fall trip plan. We want you all to experience this together - the remembrance and honoring of the troopers of the 17th Airborne Division. It is important, and an unforgettable set of events, people and experiences not to be missed!

I’d like to hear back from you regarding your intentions to travel in March of 2021. Please email the Scions at with your responses:

  Will you travel in March 2021?
  Who will be in your traveling party?

We’ll go from there to plan. I expect the detailed itinerary to be nearly identical to that which was developed for 2020.

Thank you all for your patience and continued support as we honor our 17th Airborne troopers!

Scions Gathering at Arlington
by Ed Siergiej Jr.
As with most planned gatherings this year, the Coronavirus will likely impact our gathering at Arlington National Cemetery this year. At this time, the cemetery is closed to all but family members of those who lie there. We are staying in touch with the sponsors of the event, our friends of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, who organize this impressive event each year.

For those who have family members at Arlington and who may plan a visit, we would be happy to provide the grave locations of the known 17th troopers and the memorial to the 17th, should you be interested in visiting some of our deceased troopers graves. Please email us at 
Saving our History
by David Shortt

Greetings Troopers, Scions, and all.

Albert C. Dean was born in 1910 and entered the US Army from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Having a four-year degree, and being about twelve years older than the average 17th Trooper, he was assigned to the 224th Airborne Medical Company, 17th Airborne Division at Camp Mackall. The 224th was a very large independent unit, containing over 200 medical doctors and specialists, equipped to treat seriously wounded troopers, sent to the divisional aid station by the regimental and battalion medical detachments. Dean was a trained as a medical technician, as the 224th was equipped with all manner of medical equipment and vehicles, including: 1/4 ton trucks and trailers, 3/4 ton and 2 1/2 ton trucks, and even land echelon ambulances. 

On 24 March, 1945 during "Operation Varsity," the 224th landed in forty nine Waco Gliders on LZ "N" in Serials A-20 and A-21. Charles Davis, 517th Signal Company, landed in the preceding glider serial and recalled the 224th landing under German fire and setting up the divisional aid station in the southwest corner of the LZ, then providing medical care and support to the 17th's wounded. Dean is gone now, but the memory of his service lives on in a small display in the Museum. Let us not forget Dean and the 224th Medical Company, who fought armed with not weapons but Red Cross armbands...

1. 1945 news article on 224th...
2. "V" mail template drawing rendered by ALBERT
3. "Anti-Fraternization" Card issued to US Soldiers in Germany

CWO, US Army Retired
Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation
Germantown, Ohio
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:

Trooper Thad Blanchard (507/A)

Trooper Louis Zoghby (194/F)

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

None This Month
Donations to Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.
None This Month
Welcome New Members

Eric M. Strand
Son of Dale E. Strand (193/HQ1)

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!


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?
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. 
Charles Foulon

Charles "Fred" Foulon, 96, passed away September 14, 2020, with his family by his side. Fred was born April 13, 1924 on the family farm in Paul, Idaho, to Lila G. “Grace” Pollack and Edward P, moving at the age of eight to the Klamath Basin. He attended Roosevelt, Mills and Riverside elementary schools and later Klamath Union High School where he was manager of the KUHS State Champion football team and on the track team.

Fred volunteered his senior year to serve as a paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Army division, where he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge near Bastogne, Belgium on Jan 4th 1945. He was awarded an Army  Purple Heart and Bronze Star and a medal of appreciation from the city of Bastogne, Belgium.

Fred completed his high school degree while hospitalized for his war injuries and earned an architecture degree from the University of Oregon. Fred accepted a teaching position at the Oregon Institute of Technology in the civil engineering technology department where he taught surveying and served as an administrator for 35 years, including as Director of OIT Portland Center, retiring with the rank of Professor Emeritus and a “pioneer” of college.

Fred met his wife, Jo Ann C. Foulon (born O’Neill) at a Klamath Falls Armory dance. They were married 71 years. In addition to teaching, Fred drew plans for many homes and buildings in the Klamath Falls area, and designed, built and managed rental property. He designed and built the family’s first home on Painter Street and, at age 76, his last, on Merganser Street at the Running Y.

Fred loved spending time with family, particularly at the family cabin at Lake of the Woods where he loved a game of ping pong and touring the lake in his yellow boat, recognizable from a long ways off and still known by fellow cabin owners as “Fred’s.” Fred also loved spending time with friends, including his poker group of 50 years. Fred’s kindness to others is exemplified by his membership in the Red Cross “100 gallon club,” earned by always responding to an urgent plea for his Type 0 negative blood type, and his practice of keeping rents artificially low at his apartments to benefit longtime renters.

Fred will be remembered by his children and grandchildren for “Fred’s fudge” at Christmas, made from his mother’s recipe, and his devotion to spending time with them, in recent years frequently sending cards to each across the miles, always making a “happy face” in the “P” for their name for him: “Papa Fred.” 

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, brothers James, Porter and Richard Foulon and sister Doris Allen. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; sister Donna Fitzpatrick Maloney; sister-in-law Dorothy Foulon; daughter Michele Soule and son-in-law Ben Soule of McMinnville, Oregon; son Robert and daughter-in-law Theresa of Bellevue, Washington;  grandchildren Liza Womac, Patrick and Matthew Foulon and Megan and Steven Soule; and two great-granddaughters, Leanna and Kara Womac.

Interment ceremonies will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery.  Remembrances can be made to the OIT Presidential Fred Foulon scholarship fund. A celebration of life service will be held in the summer of 2021 at the Lake of the Woods Lodge.
Wilfred C Larson
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Wilfred Carl "Jack" Larson, 95, died on September 11, 2020 of complications from pneumonia. He was born in Ferndale, Washington on June 25, 1925 to Wilfred Woodward Larson and Nellie Inez Larson (Holtz), both immigrants from Sweden in the 1920s. He was the oldest of five sons.

Jack had to drop out of school in the 9th grade to help provide for his brothers. However, he was a life-long learner. With his intelligence and perseverance he learned to teach himself what he needed to know to better his life. He valued education. College was always an expectation, not an option for his children.

He worked a number of jobs to help the family meet ends during the Depression. He quickly earned a reputation for being able to do work well beyond his years but did find time to ride race horses at the local fairs. He also became a skilled hunter and an expert marksman.

At seventeen years of age, Jack enlisted in the army. During World War II, Jack served as a paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division. He saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge and in Operation Varsity, the jump on the Rhine that remains the largest airborne operation in military history. He received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered and was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry. He was slated to be assigned to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan but instead served briefly on occupation duty in Berlin before he returned to the states and was discharged.

Unable to find work when he returned home, Jack hitchhiked to Winthrop, Washington where he found work as a smokejumper at the nearby base. It was here that he met his life partner, Helen Lucille Morgan, who was a local girl and a teller at the bank where he cashed his paychecks. After marrying and having three children, he worked at the local fish hatchery and also taught auto mechanics at the local high school. They then were able to buy a small piece of land to raise livestock and crops. Jack built the house, barn and other outbuildings that made the "ranch" home for the family. During this time, he also worked at the local sawmill and worked on the Rocky Reach Dam for extra income.

In 1961 the family moved to Bremerton, Washington where Jack took a job as a welder at the Naval Shipyard. Welding as a skill was self-taught and developed to a high degree. He was skilled in other trades such as plumbing, masonry, electrical, mechanical, and carpentry, again by putting his mind and his hand to developing those skills on his own. He built two more houses in the Bremerton area, by himself, working nights and weekends. After several years in the shipyard, he became self-employed as a land developer, maintaining and often rebuilding his equipment. The adversity that Jack faced through much of his life made him physically tough and exceptionally self-reliant.

After Helen retired, they enjoyed traveling around the Northwest ,camping in their RV, as well as spending many winter months in Southern Ca., Hawaii, and Mexico. They also traveled to Europe, visiting sites of battles he engaged in during WWII. Jack thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was always his happiest around them, watching them grow. He had a great sense of humor that was often on display at family events.

He is predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 68 years, Helen, and his four younger brothers (Gene, Larry, Wayne, and Dick). He is survived by his three children, Jack (Nan) of Lancaster, Virginia, Arlene Work (David) of Seabeck, Washington, and Wade (Carla) of Bremerton, Washington, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is missed by all.

The family thanks the management and staff at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, Washington for the loving and devoted care given to Jack during the last few years of his life. He was a truly exceptional person and will always be gratefully remembered. Services will be held at a later date.
Francis "Frank" Milko
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Francis P. "Frank" Milko, of Munhall, peacefully passed away on August 13, 2020 at the age of 95. He is welcomed home by his late wife, Josephine A. (Evans) Milko; parents, Michael and Anna (Kostelnik) Milko; and siblings, Joseph, Paul, Michael, Bernard, Raymond, Stephen, and Jerome Milko, and Anna Marie and Eleanor Lucas. He is survived by his children, Frank J. and Wayne D. Milko; grandchildren, Blair and Marissa Milko, and Elizabeth and Ashlyn Milko; and sister, Rose Sprinak.

Frank spent 30 years of his career as a Postal Worker after serving as a paratrooper in the Army during World War II where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity. Frank loved golfing, coaching baseball for the Homestead Lions, enjoyed his dogs, Roman and Tucker, and was a devoted patron of Falce's Restaurant.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, August 17, 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3501 Main Street, Munhall, PA 15120. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 10 AM, at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, St. Therese Church, Munhall. Everyone please meet at church. Frank will join his beloved Josephine at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Condolences may be left at
Joseph Quade

PM Company
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association
Gabriel "Al" Renzi

WATERTOWN, NY —  Gabriel “Al” Renzi, of Summit Village, formerly of 665 Burchard St., Watertown, died Sept. 2, 2020. He was 96 years old.
Gabriel graduated from Watertown High School in 1942 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
In 1943 he entered the U.S. Navy, and initially served with distinction in General Patton’s Third Army, during World War II seeing heavy combat in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.On Feb. 6, 1945, Gabriel captured five Nazi soldiers, without a weapon, in a harrowing account that was later illustrated by the Watertown Daily Times.Gabriel was promoted from private to staff sergeant and became a squad leader in the 17th Airborne Division. In that role he became a glider pilot, a very dangerous job but a job he was proud to accept for is Country. After a crash landing behind enemy lines,  he was captured and made a Prisoner of War by the German Army, until the end of World War II.

He was given the American Service Metal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and was Honorably discharged.After the War, Gabriel enrolled in Syracuse University, where he obtained a bachelor’s of arts degree in geography, and later his master’s of arts, in geography.He took a position, in Washington, DC with the Army Corp of Engineers as an Urban Planner and with the Department of Defense, as an Intelligence Research Specialist where he remained until 1965. He resigned and returned to Watertown to assist his family in their grocery store.Gabriel was predeceased by his parents, John and Assunta Renzi, and a sister, Anna E. Renzi. There will be no calling hours and the family will hold a private grave side ceremony.Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.Online condolences may be made to

Editors Note : Scions Ed Siergiej Jr, and his daughter Julia represented the 17th Airborne Division Family at the funeral for Trooper Gabriel Renzi.
Isadore Reiss
680th GFAB

We have been informed of the death of Trooper Isadore Reiss in December, 2019. When we obtain an obituary we will post it here.
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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.


To 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)

Michael Beard, Son of Daryl A. Beard (513/G)
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

Patricia Bowers, Michele Smith , Sandy Remes, and  Rose Friday - Veteran Outreach / Family Liaison Coordinators
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)

Membership Committee  - David Shortt & Tom Chipego
Memorial Committee - Jerry and Pat O'Brien
Archives Coordinator - Adam Coolong

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Danbury, CT 06811
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