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

- 17th Veteran Ralph Roller Gets a Special Visit

- 17th Veterans Needing Your Calls

-  Membership Renewal - Ed Siergiej Jr.

Scions trip to Europe Update - Jeff Schumacher

-  Scions Annual Gathering at Arlington 

-  Saving our History - by David Shortt

-  Glider Guiders on Glider Riders - Patricia Overman

-  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 17th Airborne veterans! 

This is the first message from yours truly as your (newly elected) president, wherein I endeavor to convey the vision, activities, and progress in achieving the continuing mission of the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division.  

First, I’d like to thank all those who have worked tirelessly with deep commitment to keep the wheels turning since the formation of the Scions. Volunteers every one; your efforts are fueled by your passion for the 17th Airborne Division troopers and veterans. It is a special and worthy calling to preserve the legacy of these men - our fathers, uncles, grandfathers and loved ones - such that their Service will be honored and never forgotten. A very special thanks to the members of the Board of Directors, Past Presidents and Committee leaders. Thanks for paving the way.

We Evolve as Our Mission Continues:  We are certainly at or quickly approaching a crossroads for our association. As each day passes, there remain fewer World War II veterans with whom we can enjoy a personal connection, share experiences and to learn from them. Indeed, to learn not only about their service, but to engage with them about their life experiences, their families and to let them know they are valued and loved - powerful medicine for one’s soul. This is a generation with much to teach us (and by the looks of current events, we need to listen up). Let us remember the teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and to give to these veterans as we strive to keep their legacy not only alive, but flourishing. If not now, then when, and if not us, then who?

Membership Involvement: Yes, the lifeblood of this and any organization is its members. We’re all here because we share something - a connection to the 17th Airborne.  I’m making a direct appeal to each and every person reading this to share in advancing the cause of our association. It is said that many hands make light work. As we work to streamline our structure to be focused on mission priorities, we will need your hands. Please give some thought about the impact of the troopers and service of the 17th Airborne Division on your life and that of your family, and how that lasting impact continues today. Please lend a hand and provide your support. If nothing else, call a 17th veteran today and share something very precious with them - their time and yours together.  TICK-TOCK!

IT’S UP TO US:  Please give some thought to this reality as we re-double our collective effort to celebrate the Service and Spirit of the 17th Airborne Division. The time is NOW and it is indeed up to US. 

Thank you for reading. Now it’s time to engage.



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

If you become aware that one of our veterans has passed away, we would ask you to notify us immediately. 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.
17th Veteran Ralph Roller Gets a Special Visit

History is not a subject in school many kids enjoy, and to that I say, they don’t understand the importance of learning and growing from the past. “The past is the past,” they say, “what does it have anything to do with the present?” Well, it truly does have everything to do with the present. We can see that in numerous ways that the past still impacts society today, such as the Civil Rights Movements or the mass hysteria over a national emergency. There is no better time than the present to make history for the future. That is why I love history, and history is what brought me here today, writing a newsletter about the story of how I met a World War II Veteran that brought history to my small town and changed my life. 

In my junior year at Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, PA, I applied to be in the National History Honor Society to further my involvement in our local, state and national history. This then led me to take part in one of my favorite days during the school year - Visit With Veterans. For those who are not aware of what this day is, my school invites about 15-25 veterans to come gather in the library to talk to students and faculty about their experiences and lives as warrior’s. This generally happens the day before Thanksgiving break, so the majority of the students are free to come at the teachers discretion. All five branches are represented as well as local and state policemen. As this day grew closer, the preparation for it began as I volunteered to be a greeter (one of the people who met the Veterans at the door and walked them to the library). This is how I met the hero I have come to know, Ralph Roller. 
Ralph came in through the doors with his aid, Patricia (Patty) Bowers, and she had said she left something out in the car. Ralph then sat down on the bench just inside the school and I sat down beside him trying to spark conversation. I could tell he was a little nervous being in a new place around someone he had never met. I would later come to learn that he did not want to come to Lower Dauphin at all for a fear of speaking about his remarkable past, but I believe that we are both glad that he did. When his aid came back in, I got them situated at their table and went back to greeting other Veterans at the door. After they all arrived I went back to the library to speak to all the Veterans. Each and every one of them had a story to tell and I was amazed at all of them, but I somehow kept circulating back to Ralph’s table. Looking back I now understand why I was so captivated by him - he wasn’t focused on telling his story, he was more focused on learning mine.
After talking to him and with one of my friends who had joined our conversation, it was time to go and start sending the Veterans off. Ralph and I talked for a little bit afterwards and he wanted to give me a hug which I happily accepted. Patty gave me the card for the Foundation and contact information to get a hold of them. I made him pinky swear that he will come back next year for our Visit With Veterans again and he had agreed. I left Ralph and the library, card in hand, not knowing how much that little piece of paper was going to help me in the future. When I got on the bus to go home, the friend who joined me at Ralph’s table handed me something he had given her to give to me. He had given me one of his 17th Airborne dog tags and ever since that day it has been hanging with all of my medals from athletic events. After that day, I never thought I would ever potentially see him again so I placed the card in a basket and it stayed in there for months. 
When the Coronavirus became a huge factor of my daily life, I began to realize how much it is affecting everything in the world. I realized that it was affecting the older generation the most and I remembered Ralph, hoping he was okay. I searched for the card Patty had given me and emailed the Organization asking about him. At the time I reached out the virus had already stripped away the rest of my junior year as well as both of my sports seasons, so I was trying to find something positive and good to come out of all the loss the world and I were facing. When the response came I was incredibly happy to be able to connect with Ralph via phone. After numerous phone calls, we had arranged a time to go and visit him at the apartment community he is currently living at. My Mom and I drove to his location and were very excited to see him and speak to him in person as I haven't since November. Unfortunately, due to social distancing guidelines we were forced to speak to him outside in 90 degree heat, concealed by a plexiglass wall and while wearing masks. To say it was hard to hear and insanely hot would be an understatement, but it was certainly worth it to see him and talk to him as much as we could. Ralph and I have made plans to meet again under better circumstances and I am so very excited to see him again hopefully soon. He will turn 96 in August and I want to cherish any moment I can get with the hero I met seven months ago.
Ralph is not only living history from one of the most prolific wars, but he is also one of the kindest and gentlest souls I have met. Ralph gave me hope in a time where I was beginning to lose it. He provided me positivity in a world that was full of negativity and fear. Everyone reading this article right now is a part of history. We are all living through this pandemic and facing different issues everyday. But if you look around, you will see that everything going on right now has happened before, and guess what? We survived.

Mikayla S

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

Membership Renewal Information

by Ed Siergiej Jr., Secretary

Membership Renewal Letters have gone out to our members, and many of you have responded.

We thank everyone who has responded. Membership is the primary source of funding to operate our Scions organization.

This newsletter is a benefit of membership. We hate to take anyone off the list, but when a member has not responded in several years we will begin to remove them from the distribution list in fairness to those who have been so supportive of our missions.

Remember, we also produce a hard copy of the newsletter and mail it to our veterans each month at no expense to them. This effort is one of the projects supported by your membership.

Membership dues are $35/year for an individual, or $50/year for a family, including children under 18.

You may renew your membership by check to:
Scions of the 17th Airborne
62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811-3353

or by PayPal to

Thank you for your support, so that we can continue to honor the men of the 17th and to keep its history alive.

Ed Siergiej Jr.
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 reply to this message 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 and Scions. HAROLD W. TRAVIS entered the US Army in 1943 from Queens, New York. After volunteering for and completing Artillery Training, Parachute School and the Parachute Demolition Course (Explosives training) he was assigned to A Battery of the 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, which comprised Firing Batteries of 75mm Pack Howitizers, a .50 Caliber Machine Gun Battery and a Headquarters and Service Battery.  

Travis arrived with the Battalion in the European Theater of Operations in February, 1945 for attachment to the 507th PIR, 17th Airborne Division. On 24 March, 1945, the 464th PFAB was the first artillery unit to airdrop its Howitzers for Operation "Varsity." The 464th PFAB landed on DZ "W" near Fluren Germany, along with Division Headquarters and the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 507th PIR. Travis and his comrades fought as Infantry until retrieving and assembling their Howitzers, which had been dropped in "parapacks" from the C-47 Aircraft wings and bellies. At days end, the 17th Airborne Division took and held their objectives and the 464th PFAB provided much needed indirect fire support.

The Museum recently placed on display some of Travis's personal effects, to honor and remember his service to the nation:

1. Photo of 464th Troopers posting with captured flag.
2. Parachute Jump Boots
3. Camp Mackall Christmas Menu
4. Parachute School and Parachute Demolition Certificates

CWO US Army Retired
Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation
Germantown, Ohio

Glider Guiders on Glider Riders
by Patricia Overman
The story of the battle of Burp Gun Corner has been printed, and authors have written about it from as early as the Stars and Strips in April 1945. This was an important piece of history for the glider pilot community. The commanding officer of the 435th Provisional Glider Pilot Infantry Company, part of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment combat team, was Major (then Capt.) Charles Gordan. The following story is not about the battle but about an incident that occurred on the ship, the E. B Alexander while heading home after the war in the fall for 1945. Here is a except from Major Gordan’s book, Soaring Life’s Currents: the Memoir of Charles O. Gordon, Sr.

The ship was packed with all different types of American troops. The ranking officer aboard was a West Point graduate, a colonel.* He was somewhat disgruntled being an officer, overlooked for promotion or bypassed for assignments. But since he was the ranking officer, he was in command.  

Shortly into the trip he called a meeting of all the unit commanders, of which I was one. There were 15 to 20 of us. The colonel said he wanted to make special note that we had some Airborne troops aboard. He made some degrading remarks about them, and said they couldn’t be trusted and that we should be very, very careful. I sat there listening to this, getting madder by the minute. The Airborne Troops had a reputation for being a bit wild. They had to be wild and carefree to do the kind of work they did; dropping into enemy territory, never knowing what to expect and being expected to just take control, whether backup made it or not. The colonel’s remarks just ticked me off.  

    “Permission to speak, Colonel?” I requested.

Looking somewhat puzzled, the colonel said, “Certainly, Major.”
    “Colonel, I would like to point out that your estimation of the Airborne Troops is quite wrong and misdirected. The Airborne Troops have been dutifully and quite admirably serving our country, just as every other soldier on board. If I may also remind you, sir, that if you do not retract and apologize for what you just said, I will be surprised if you make it home. Perhaps it would even be wise if you do not step out on deck, without a retraction.”

    The colonel was shocked.  The star he threw at me was unreadable, but he ignored my remarks, concluded the meeting and dismissed us.  

    Hardly 10 minutes later, the captain of the ship, a very nice gentleman, sent word for me to report to his officer immediately.  

    “Major Gordon, because of your statements during the unit commanders meeting, the colonel is bringing charges against you. Major, there WILL be a court martial.

    “However, I do believe if you apologize and retract all your statements to the colonel, he would be willing to forget the incident and drop all charges.”

    “Thank you, Captain, for your concerns,” I said. “But, no. No, I don’t believe I could do that. Actually, I rather look forward to that court martial, sir.”

    “Major Gordon? Are you certain? Are you aware of the ramification of a court martial for threatening a superior officer and insubordination?”

    “Yes, sir. But, no, sir. I stand by my statements.”

    “As you wish, Major.  May I advise you not to cross paths with the colonel for the next few days. Give him some time to cool off, then let me talk to him again. Dismissed.”

    A couple of days went by, business as usual. Nothing else was said about the incident, and the colonel and I steered clear of each other. Finally, the ship’s captain called for me again.

    “Major, you are a very lucky young man. I don’t think you have to worry about that court martial after all.”

    “Oh really, sir?”

    He said, “After all, you were right.  I agreed with you up front.  The Colonel’s comments were completely out of line, and he recognizes that now. The colonel has decided to just forget the entire incident ever happened.”

    We arrived in New York with the usual hubbub and fanfare. Reporters immediately boarded the ship, eager to interview offices and troops about their tour and the voyage home. I went about my own scheduled business, not talking with any of the reporters.  

    But someone did. On our first day in New York, an article came out on the front page of the local newspaper, the "Harold Tribune." All the details regarding the events between the colonel and me, including threatening me with a court martial, were included in the article.

Major Charles O Gordon, Sr (1920 – 2004)
Commander 435th Provisional Glider Pilot Infantry Company
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:

Adam Coolong
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.
American Truck Historical Society Northeast Ohio Chapter
In Memory of Curt and Paulene Gadd

Welcome New Members

Bonnie Weaver
Niece of Wayne Leyda (194th)

Gregory Maynard
Scion of Clarke J Millage (194/HQ2)

James T Robinson & Matthew J Robinson
Scions of Jerome S Robinson (513/D)

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!
From Scion Tom Hagerman, son of Bart Hagerman, (193/D)

Attached is a scan of the photo of 1st Platoon, D Company (193rd GIR) and the roster. 4th Squad was the Weapons Squad and my dad was on the mortar team in that squad, the last guy in the last row. He said that Pfc Browning, who appears in 2nd Squad in this photo, became the squad leader of 4th Squad and they called him "Brownie." His team lost the mortar on January 7th and never got another one. He operated a machine gun thereafter.
From Tim Robinson, nephew of Jerome Robinson (513/D)

Jerome Robinson (R) taken in France, probably after the end of the war.


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. 
John Bergman
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

We have been notified by his son, Michael that Trooper John Bergman passed away in early June. When an obituary is available, we will share it in a future issue of TFH
James Starner
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association

Scion Melanie Sembrat attended the funeral services for Trooper Starner, with our Division Flag and Guideon
Dale Strand
Life Member of the 17th Airborne Division Association
Dale E. Strand, 96, of Jupiter, FL passed away peacefully at home June 18, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born April 15, 1924 in St. Peter, Minnesota. It was on his 19th birthday that he received his Army uniform and went to Europe to fight in World War II. Dale was in the Battle of the Bulge with the 17th Airborne Division and after the war he served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Berlin Airlift. He was proud to march in New York City for the Victory Day Parade representing his small home town. Master Sergeant Strand served for 20 years in the US Army and retired in 1964.

After serving his country, Mr. Strand settled in South Plainfield, NJ and went to work in newspaper distribution for The Courier-News of Plainfield for the next twenty years. He again retired, but continued staying active by driving limousines, and, after relocating to Jupiter, FL, Dale delivered auto parts for Bennett Auto Supply.

After WW II Sergeant Strand met and married Victoria M. Lillo of South Plainfield on June 23, 1956. He is survived by his wife of 64 years and their five children, Dale and his wife April of Memphis, TN, Chris and his wife Janet of Tequesta, FL, Eric and his wife Barbara of Roxbury, NJ, Paul and his wife Kim of Jupiter, Fl, and his daughter Debra of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Dale, Justin, Jessica, Michael, Randy, Matthew, Jennifer, and two great grandchildren: Annie and Evan. Dale was predeceased by his infant son, Clifford. His greatest joys were his children and grandchildren, his greatest sense of pride was his military service, and his greatest love was Victoria.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Forgotten Soldiers Outreach in West Palm Beach, FL ( so that they may continue the work that Dale supported.
17th Airborne Division "Online Store"
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New Additions to our "Online Store"
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Scions of the 17th Airborne
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Danbury, CT 06811

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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.


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

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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