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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 # 89 - March 2021
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
 
- Scions Annual Gathering  -  Save the Date

- June 4, 5 & 6 - Welcome to Newly Found Trooper Sam Joseph


Scions Trip to Europe Update - Jeff Schumacher 

- 17th Veterans Needing Your Calls - by Ed Siergiej, Jr.


- Membership Renewal Information - by Secretary Ed Siergiej, Jr.

- Membership Renewal Incentive Winners


- 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

- 17th Airborne Online Store

- Become a Member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne
 Scions Annual Gathering 
June 3, 4, 5 &6 in Reading, PA

 
As many of you are aware, we had to cancel our usual March 2021 annual gathering in Lancaster, PA due to Covid-19. 

The Board of Directors has decided that a good alternative for this year would be to hold our annual gathering in conjunction with the "World War II Weekend" event in Reading, PA.
This primarily outdoor event has held for a number of years and features WWII Aircraft and equipment, re-enactors and much more.

We will be hosting a 17th Airborne Division table at the event, and a number of our 17th Airborne veterans will be attending.

Our annual Memorial Service, which honors all those 17th troopers who were killed during WWII as well as those 17th troopers whom we have lost in the past year will be held at the hotel on Saturday.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton, Reading, PA. Details on booking your room are below. We anticipate that the hotel will sell out due to the popularity of the WWII weekend, so sign up now !!

The planned schedule is shown below.
Stand Up and Hook Up
for the
WWII Weekend and Reunion of the 17th Airborne and Scions

 
 
When:   June 3rd – 6th, 2021
Where:  Reading, PA at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (30th Anniversary)
 

http://www.maam.org/wwii/ww2_sched.htm

Why:  76th Anniversary of Operation Varsity!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have our annual reunion + experience the 30th Anniversary of the WWII Weekend. Check it out on the link above. Buy your tickets in advance: Per day or for 3 days. Food available at the venue, along with all day activities. Just a short drive from the hotel; come and go as you please. We hope to have our annual meeting, memorial service and share good times!
 
Lodging:  Hampton Inn Reading/Wyomissing, 1800 Papermill Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610
The special rate is $149 per night. Guests can make reservations by calling (610) 374-8100 and referencing “Scions of the 17th Airborne,” or by visiting the hotels website at:
www.readingwyomissing.hamptoninn.com and under Special Rates enter SCI as the Group Code.
 
Please be sure to reserve by May 4th as these rooms will sell out. Breakfast is included with your stay, but at this time is a “to go” option. Breakfast could return full buffet by June.
Lunch and Dinner will be on your own at the WWII Weekend event, or you can meet with friends at restaurants nearby.
 
Please call Patty Bowers at 717-343-3519 or email at
scion17th@gmail.com with questions and to furnish the information requested below. This will aid in our activity and meeting planning.
 
Names of Attendees:              _______________                                                                                                                     
 
Date of Arrival/Departure:                                       

*  Dependent upon COVID-19 restrictions at the time. The event is currently a go, but as with all events, may be subject to change. Room cancellations made according to hotel policy will not be charged.
17th Airborne Scions Meeting Schedule

Reading, PA

June 3-6, 2021
 
Thursday, June 3rd:
      3:00 PM:  Hotel Check-In
      4:00 PM:  Reunion registration in Hospitality Room; meet and greet before and after dinner
      6:00 PM:  Optional Group Dinner, or dine on your own
Friday, June 4th:
      6:00 AM - 10:00 AM:  Breakfast served in hotel lobby
      8:30 AM - 10:00 PM:  WWII Weekend
      9:00 AM - 10:00 PM:  Hospitality Room open (hours may vary)
      6:00 PM:  Catered buffet dinner in Hospitality Room
      7:00 PM:  Welcome - Jeff Schumacher (President)
      7:30 PM:  17th Airborne Division history presentation - David Shortt (Historian)
Saturday, June 5th:
      6:00 AM - 10:00 AM:  Breakfast served in hotel lobby
      8:30 AM - 10:00 PM:  WWII Weekend
      9:00 AM - 1:00 PM:  Hospitality Room open
      9:30 AM - 10:30 AM:  Scion's Annual Meeting
      10:30 AM - 11:00 AM:  Airborne jump qualify new Scion members - David Shortt
      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM:  17th Airborne Memorial Service
      5:00 PM - 10:00 PM:  Hospitality Room open
      Dinner on your own
Sunday, June 6th:
      6:00 AM - 10:00 AM:  Breakfast served in hotel lobby
      8:30 AM - 5:00 PM:  WWII Weekend
      11:00 AM:  NLT Hotel Check-out
 
Thanks for attending our 2021 reunion; travel home safely!
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                             
Reunion Meeting Admin
 
1.  IMPORTANT: Our room block at the Hampton Inn Reading/Wyomissing is limited and expires on May 5th. The rate is $149 per night. You can make reservations by calling (610-374-8100) and referencing "Scions of the 17th Airborne," or by booking on their website
(www.readingwyomissing.hamptoninn.com) and under Special Rates and Codes > Group Code > input SCI. Don't delay -- book your room now!

 
2.  All Scion meeting events (to include the Memorial Service) and fellowship ("Scionship") will be held in the 17th Airborne Hospitality Room. Hours may vary each day, but generally the room will be open for your enjoyment and fun meeting with the veterans and other Scion members.
 
3.   Memorial Service: A must attend event, to be held in the Hospitality Room on Saturday, June 5th, from 12:00-1:00 PM. 
 
4.  Breakfast will be served in the hotel lobby. Breakfast will be bagged per COVID protocol and consist of a bagel, hard-boiled egg, yogurt, and coffee/juice. Meal can be eaten either in hotel lobby or in the Hospitality Room.
 
5.  On Friday night, a Mission BBQ catered buffet dinner will be served in the Hospitality Room; lunch and dinner all other days will be on your own.
 
6.  Feel free to bring your favorite sodas, water, and/or "adult beverages," as well as snacks to share, as there is no hotel bar. Please sign up for a volunteer position and/or to bring something to share using this link: ttsu.me/ncvmrc.
 
7.  WWII Weekend events:
 
      a.  Buy your tickets in advance, either per day or for 3 days, on their website:                                             http://www.maam.org/wwii/ww2_sched.htm.
 
      b.  Gates open each day at 8:30 AM sharp (rain or shine), and show ends at
           10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, 5:00 PM on Sunday.
 
      c. We can work out ride schedules and car-pooling. If you have a handicapped
          placard or license plate, there is handicap parking. Otherwise, park in the main
          lot and take the parking lot shuttle bus -- it will drop you off at the main
         entrance.
 
      d. The 17th Airborne will have a Scions table in the airport hangar.
           From 8:30 - 4:30 each day, our veterans as well as all others attending will be            available for us to meet and hear their stories. We'll need your help in manning
          our table, so sign up using the link ttsu.me/ncvmrc for a 2-hour shift.
 
      e.  All throughout the days of the event, you can browse the vendors/flea
           markets, food trucks, encampments, re-enactments -- living history galore!
           Insure that you get an official program for all of the dates, times, and
           locations of all events.
     
                                                                                                                                                Edit:  4/17/21
Welcome to a Newly Found Trooper
Sam Joseph (193rd and 194th GIR)
From Sam Joseph Jr,
He said that was in Germany and the farm woman came out and offered to cook them a meal, which she did. She ate a bite of everything in front of them to show it was OK.

He was in the 193rd and he said they suffered horrendous losses and they disbanded the 193rd and assigned him to the 194th, but he says they called him into the office and said that he had way more "points" than he needed and they were sending him home.  They assigned him to another outfit that was going back to the states, but then they were going to the South Pacific.  He was to leave them and be discharged in the states, and that was before VE Day.  He was wounded as the result of a jeep he was riding in hitting a mine.  He said after that they tried to keep him out of combat, but that was almost impossible.  He tells of being on a bridge the Germans wanted back and a concrete support he was hiding behind was taking a lot of fire and concrete chunks got into his BAR and jammed it. He disassembled it and cleaned it and got back to it. 
He had some experiences!  He tells of hearing the German bullets ripping through the fabric of the Glider while they were descending and of the glider in front of them going between two trees and ripping the wings off at about 40 feet.  He said thanks to them his glider missed it.

By Jeff Himler

Sam Joseph is celebrating his 100th birthday today at Weatherwood Manor in Hempfield.

Seventy-six years ago, he was among Allied troops pushing into Germany’s Rhineland, battling to bring World War II to an end on Europe’s Western Front.

The intervening decades melted away this past week as the Jeannette native shared still-vivid memories of his wartime exploits in a FaceTime interview with the Tribune-Review.

Because Joseph was colorblind, he was prevented from serving in the Air Force. But he was inducted into the Army on Jan. 25, 1944, serving as a rifleman with the 17th Airborne Division.

“They didn’t want me in the Air Force, but I got next to it in the Airborne,” said Joseph, who proudly displays a divisional banner in his room at Weatherwood.

The division took part in the Battle of the Bulge early in 1945, probing Germany’s defensive Siegfried Line after withstanding the enemy’s counterattacks in France and Belgium.

Joseph was lucky to escape with just an injury, including permanent hearing damage, when the jeep he was riding in encountered a land mine Jan. 25, 1945.

“They sent us out on an early morning patrol down this road into no-man’s land,” he recalled. “I asked if there was anyone that checked that road for mines. We didn’t go a quarter-mile until we hit a mine. We didn’t see it because there was snow over top of it.

“They couldn’t salvage any part of the jeep, but all four of us walked away. I was bleeding down the side of my neck. They said my eardrum was broken.”

Divine intervention is the only explanation Joseph can find for having survived the blast. “We think we had somebody that was in control,” he said.

In February, Joseph’s division took part in Operation Varsity, an airborne assault across the Rhine River. Joseph was among troops who landed in a field across the river, in gliders that were big enough to carry a jeep.

“The dive bombers would come in and bomb the gunners on the river,” he said. “We were supposed to protect them and the area where they wanted to put the crossing in.

“It was pretty hairy at times. The glider in front of us went between two trees, and it took both wings off about 50 feet off the ground. We never knew what happened to them. Our pilot went around those trees, and we landed safely, but it could have been us.”
 

Joseph carried a Browning Automatic Rifle and 140 rounds of ammunition but took German prisoners without having to shoot. “All I had to do was say, ‘Halt,’ and they’d stop,” he said.

One surrender caught him by surprise. “I was at a big schoolhouse and had my back turned,” he recalled. “A guy came up behind me and said, ‘Hey, comrade.’ He was an 18-year-old kid. He was scared to death, and he scared me to death because I didn’t know he was there. I asked him if he had any weapons, and he said he threw them away.”

It was fortunate for Joseph he was in top physical condition when he entered the service. “I was a gymnast in high school, doing backflips and somersaults, so my legs were in shape,” he noted.

Carrying his rifle and ammunition, he said, “I was probably about 50 pounds heavier than I really was.”

Like others in his unit, Joseph wasn’t prepared for the bitter winter cold on the Western Front, where he said temperatures sometimes dropped to 20 degrees below zero.

He grew a beard and discovered, “The heat from my body would melt the snow on my face and freeze into ice at night.
 

“We were there in our summer underwear, and we didn’t have winter shoes yet. Most guys got frozen feet.”

Noticing the steam rising from piles of manure in the fields, he said, “We would get buckets of it and we’d stand in it. The guys didn’t like the smell, but they got the heat from the manure.”

After his discharge from the Army on Nov. 6, 1945, Joseph sought out training and became a patternmaker at General Motors’ Fisher Body plant near Dravosburg, where he eventually retired.

In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking.

“I made grandfather clocks for each of my kids,” he said. “I went down to the woods, picked out a tree, cut it into lumber and had it aged for about six months. That’s what I would make my clocks out of.

“It took quite a while. I had six kids.”

His family since has grown to include 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Joseph is one of the rapidly disappearing veterans who came to their nation’s defense in World War II.
 

Citing statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The National WW II Museum notes fewer than 326,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in the war remained alive last year, including fewer than 19,000 in Pennsylvania. It’s projected their numbers will fall to fewer than 100,000 nationwide by 2024.

A member of the Irwin American Legion, Joseph recommends military service for younger generations.

“I feel just as good today as I did when I was in the service,” he said, but he added, “I probably can’t march double-time like I used to.”

ETO Trip Update

 2020 Remembrance Trip to the ETO
by Jeff Schumacher 

 
Greetings, fellow Scions and honored Veterans! 

For reasons clear to all and as announced here in November newsletter, we’ve rescheduled the ETO Trip for a targeted travel schedule in the Autumn of 2021.

We have once again coordinated with our European hosts and providers to identify a suitable set of prospective trip dates, and those dates are (drumroll, please):

Monday, October 25th, 2021 through Saturday, November 6th, 2021. 

Those are the “ground package” dates, meaning departures from the US must be arranged for arrival in Brussels no later than the morning of Monday, October 25th, and returns to the US scheduled for Sunday, November 7th (or thereafter).

The 2021 itinerary will be very much as arranged previously for the 2020 trip.  We feel very fortunate and excited to have 17th Airborne veterans still ready, willing and able to make the trip! 

OK everyone - keep doing all you can do to stay strong and remain optimistic that continued developments through mid-year will pave the way for another fantastic trip abroad to retrace the footsteps of the 17th Airborne Division. Know that we are committed to doing our very best to arrange for a safe and enjoyable travel experience for all.

Thank you for your continued interest and support in honoring our veterans.

Airborne!
A "Must Have" for Proper Scion Attire
 
We have produced these face masks to have on hand for our October trip to Europe, but are also offering them to our membership. Masks are $10 each, or free with any donation of $50 or more to the Memorial Fund or the Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund.

We accept checks to:

Scions of the 17th Airborne Division
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811-3353
or Paypal to Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com
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 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 Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com

If you become aware that one of our veterans has passed away, we would ask you to notify us immediately at Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com. 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 Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com and we will pass on a few of their names to you. Remember how much we owe them!

Lynn Aas
2905 Elk Drive, Unit 320
Minot, ND  58701


Leo (Marty) Schlocker 513 Co D
118 47th Street
Newport Beach, CA. 92663-2506
951-639-7248

Paul A Wilson  193rd / 194th
Norman Veterans Center
1776 E Robinson Street Room D207
Norman, OK 73071
405-414-7817

Sidney Levit
3675 N Country Club Drive Apt 2602
Aventora, FL 33180
973-214-4169 

Peter Piergiovanni
Canfield Place 
2300 Canfield Road 
Youngstown, Ohio 44505
330-295-2037

Charles Davis
585 Shelbourne Land, Apt 103
Centerville, OH 45458
937-312-1746

 
Membership Renewal
 By Ed Siergiej

 
Our membership year runs from March 1 to February 29th of each year. Dues 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 fulfil 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 Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com. 

Yearly Membership is $35 for a Regular Membership or $50 for a Family Membership

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.   
https://www.salecalc.com/paypal

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.
Membership Renewal Incentive Winners
 By Ed Siergiej

 
Those members who renewed their memberships by March 31st, as well as new members added to that date this year were entered into a drawing for a Scions Coffee Mug, or a Scions Travel Tumbler. The members who were randomly selected are as follows. We have contacted them regarding which item they prefer.

Diane Clark, Tom Hagerman, Nancy Horsley, Tony Parks, Karen Pfeifer, Richard Pohanish, Shirley Wolf, Larry Wolford, Jason Miller, James Blethrow.
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:

Ronda Rivers Stone
Sandy Remes
Patricia Giannone
Dennis Conley




Donations in Memory of Michele Smith

Patricia Bowers
Andrea & Joseph Attanasio
Skip & Joan Greeby
Jerry and Pat O'Brien
Arlene & Francis Novak
Ray and Karen Reinard
Patrice Pellecchia
Deborah and Dominic Falcone
John & Helen Lee Coleman
Reinard Insurance Agency
Donations to Scions General Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.

Melanie Sembrat

 
Donations to Dead Mans Ridge Walk Fund
by Scion Secretary Ed Siergiej Jr.
 
Patricia Giannone
Welcome New Members

Dawn Knauss
Daughter of Edward J. Unger (681/HQ)

Georgeanna Hagerman
Wife of Bart Hagerman (193/D)

Michael J. Slinger
Nephew of Joseph Bosack (139th AEB)

 

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.
From Jeff Deane:
My Great Uncle, CPL Harold E. Graham was with the 507th PIR and made the Op. Neptune and Op. Varsity drops. For Op. Varsity he was in the Service Company, 507th PIR, 17th ABD. He was KIA on 3/24/1945. Picture of him is below as is a group shot from March 1945 prior to Varsity. On the off chance anyone has a relative that knew Harold or was in the 507th's SVC company for Op. Varsity (or the 3BN HQ 507th for Op. Neptune) please let me know. Thanks much, especially for keeping the memory of all the units in the 17th ABD alive.


Editors Note: If anyone has information regarding the above inquiry, please contact us at Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.

 
We were recently contacted by John Roy, who lives in France, and who has adopted the graves of 15 American soldiers who are buried in the Epinal American Cemetery. Included in this number is Trooper Ralph K. Light, who served in the 224th Medical Company of the 17th Airborne Division.

Trooper Light is listed as "Died" on the division roster, and the date of death is March 14, 1945, just 10 days before Operation Varsity. The records that we have scanned from the 224th do not contain any details of his death, which seem to be non-battle related. 

The Scions of the 17th Airborne Division is very fortunate to have many friends in Europe who have adopted the graves of our Troopers in a number of Cemeteries. The Margraten Memorial Group is one of the organizations that has done outstanding work to insure that these fallen men have not been forgotten. 

We thank each and every one of those who perform this noble work.

If anyone has additional information as to the circumstances of Trooper Lights death, please contact us at Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com

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!
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
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com.
Our Veteran Outreach Team will also contact the family. 
17th Airborne Division "Online Store"
Click here to be directed to the store
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
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com
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 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
Jeff Schumacher, Son of John Schumacher (194/D & HQ)
Vice President
Skip Greeby, Scion of William Smith ( 466HQ)
Secretary
Ed Siergiej Jr., son of Edward J. Siergiej (194/C)
 

Treasurer
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

Michele Smith , Sandy Remes, and  Patricia Bowers - 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

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