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Our condolences go out to our Vets, widows and family members who have lost loved ones.

Chet Nycum, 2 September 2013, ("G" Co.)

Carlton Prindeville, 31 July 2013, (HQ & HQ A Btry.)

Bill Bossert, 5 June 2013 (HQ 1st Co. A & B)

Richard Leslie, 29 March 2013 (Btry D)

Dominico Sciamanna 13 February 2013 (A Co.)

Howard Hood 2 February, 2013 (Co. "H")

Virgil Henry Short, 27 January 2013 (Co. "F" Mortar Pltn)

Bob Weber, 22 December, 2012,(Service Co.&"F" Co.)

Clifford J. Bedore Jr., 30 November, 2012 (Service Co.)

Harry Clearwater, 24 November, 2012 (Co. "D")

James Wilcox, 19 November, 2012 (Btry "A" 462d PFABn & RHQ)

Joseph King Naftel, 24 July, 2012 (HQ Co., 3d Bn)

Steve P. Bicanich, 23 June, 2012 (HQ Co., 3d Bn)

Howard Jamison, 3 June, 2012

Garland M. Gallaspy, 18 May, 2012 (161st Eng.)

George Montoya, 22 April 2012 (Co. "F")

Wendell P. Cadarette, 13 November, 2011 (Co. "B")

Robert "Bob" Snyder, 20 September 2011

Lloyd Herrera, 15 May, 2010 (Btry "B" 462d PFABn)

Raymond Bill Doty,  16 January 2011, (HQ Co 3rd Bn.)
Louis
Culbertson,  1 December 2010, (HQ Co 2nd Bn.)
Matthew Dallas
, 30 November 2010, (HQ Co 1st Bn.)
John Hein
, 6 November, 2010, (HQ Co, 1st Bn.)
John Tarka, 3 November 2010, (HQ Co 1st Bn.)
J.D. Murray, 12 August 2010, (RHQ & HQ Co.)
Edward F. Ackerly, 7 September 2010, ("D" Co.)
Rev. James Quinn,
8 August 2010, (Btry "C", 462d PFABn.)
Maynard Eaker, 4 August, 2010, (Co. D.)
Logan W. Hovis Jr., MD, 8 July 2010, (RHQ Co.)
Edward Thomas
, 6 May 2010, (Cos. "B" & "C")
Luther E. Leighton, 10 March 2010, )"H" Co.)
George Winkinhofer
, 18 January 2010, (Btry "B", 462d PFABn.)
Frederick Martin
, 14 January 2010,(RHQ Co.)
Emil Pieper, ( Co "H" - details unavailable)

Everett Blaha, (details unavailable)
Eric Hofland, "A" Co.,
(details unavailable)
Jack Crowley,
(details unavailable)
Robert Glass,
(details unavailable)
John Bartlett, Co D. (details unavailable)
David Bruening
, (Co "I" - details unavailable)
Rudolph Ballenger,
2 December, 2009 (Co. "I")
Joseph McDermott, 16 September 2009, (HQ Co., 2d Bn.)
Donald Burke, 2009, (HQ Btry, 462d PFABn.)
Raymond Braun, (details unavailable),
Joseph Cubbage, (details unavailable)
Eugene A. Bert, 30 April 2009, (Btry "A" 462d PFABn)
James R. Frank, 16 December  2009, 161st PEng.
John Shearn, 25 September 2009, "D" Co.
Everett Blaha, 27 September 2009, "A" Co.
Earl Gibson, Btry "D" 462d PFABn.
Harold Sheehan, 12 September 2009, 161st PEng.
Walter Six, 20 August 2009, "I" Co.
Koshi Ando,  9 June, 2009

Eugene A. Bert,  30 April,2009 ( 462d PFABn.)
Warren Eaker, 13 April 2009
Calvin H. Freistedt,  17 March 2009, Medical Detachment
Bill McDonald,  13 March 2009, "F" Co.
Francis X O'Neill Jr. ,  6 February 2009, 2d Bn
Henry Krajewski, 2 Jan 2009, (Btry "C" 462d PFABn)
William Henry Jacobs,  30 November 2008, 1st Bn "HHq" Co.
Elwood Lyle Miller,  23 November 2008, "H" Co.
Margaret Nycum,  23 November 2008, wife of Chet Nycum,"G" Co.
Earl Shelton,  14 October 2008, "G" Co.
Paul Turley,  8 August 2008, Mortar Platoon, "F" Co.
Robert J. Thomas,  15 May 2008, Combat Photographer
John D. Reynolds,  20 February 2008, "D" Co.
William Macomb, February 2008
Leon Layton Lowrie, February 2008
Hugh J. Breslin, Jr.,   13 February 2008, "D" Co.
Al McGrew,  28 January 2008, ex POW & Honorary Member
John L. Bryant,  18 January 2008
Henry W. "Hoot" Gibson, January 2, 2008
Robert Hess, December 30, 2007, "D" Co.
Maurice "Sleepy" Linton,  8 December 2007, "G" Co.
Carl Polo, October 18, 2007
Ted Alex, September 19 2007
Robert J. "Red" Salmen, Sr., August 6 2007
Edwyn Paul Koenig, July 12 2007
Bruno Stascia, May 15 2007
Norman Haynes, March 2007, "HQ" Btry 462d PFABn,
Lou Aiken,  27 February 2007, "B Co."
Warren W. Elfrank, February 27 2007, 161st PEng.
Jack Pittinger,  23 February 2007
Adam Seder, February 5 2007
Moses Winfield Eller Jr., February 19 2007, (Btry "A", 462d PFABn.)
John Mara, December 2006,  "F" Co.
Robert E. Unterzuber, November 12, 2006
Frank Foster, 3 November 2006,  "G" Co.
Ben Guthrie, 16 September 2006,  "H" Co.
Max Spangle, September 2006,  "I" Co.
John A. Hanson, 30 August 2006, Silver Star, HQ Co, 3d Bn
John Randall Roberts, August 27, 2006 ("F" Co.)
Thelma Millican, July 2006, Wife of Fitzhugh, "E" Co.
Charlie Rambo, 8 June 2006, (Regimental  HQ)
Elizabeth Abbott, June 2006, Wife of Don, (A", "D" & "E" Co.)
Galen Kittleson, May 2006 ("E" Co, Alamo Scout.)
R. E. Broadwell , May 2006, HQ Co., 3d Bn
Dorothy Morris, April 2006, Widow of Joseph, HQ Co., 1st Bn. 
Alfred D Allen, 24 April 2006, (HQ Co, 3d Bn)
Mullaney, John, 26 March 2006, (Son of James, CO of "H" Co)
Guy Crull, 6 March 2006 ("The Tank Pilot")
Francis Boreen, February 2006 ("F" Co.)
Bob Flynn, 1 February 2006 (161st Eng.)
Emmett Lee Wester, 13 January 2006 ("G" Co.)
Pryce Russell, December 2005 (HQ Co. 2d Bn)
Woodrow Gledhill, November 2005 ("B" Co.)
Dale E. Gerzmehle, 13 October 2005 ("E" Co.)
Donald Lyons, HQ Co 2d Bn, October 10, 2005
Peter Kormer, October 2005 (RHQ Co.)
Dixie Carr, October 2005, Widow of Don, "G "Co.
John Lindgren, September 2005 ("D" Co.)
Bruce 'Tennessee' Samples, 6 Sept 2005 (3d Plat. "F "Co. 2d Bn)
Don Abbott. 2 September 2005 (Co's "A", "D" & "E")
Jack Herzig 21 August 2005 ("B" Co.)
Joseph Gray, August 2005, (Btry "B", 462nd PFABn.)
John Harris, August 2005 (HQ Co., 3d Bn)
Davis, Pam, Aug '05, wife of Duane (Btry "D" 462nd PFABn)
L. B. Wynn, July 2005 ("RHQ")
Maj. Henry E. Zimon 16 July 2005 (Co's"G", "HHQ" & "H".)
Duquesne, Evelyn, June 2005 - wife of Cecil (161st Eng.)
List, Helen, May 2005 - Wife of Bob ("D" Co.)
Thomas F. Joyce,  3 March 2005
George B. Clay,  26 Feb 2005 (HQ Co. 3d Bn)
"Bitsy" Grant,  18 September 2004
Jesse Castillo,  March 2004

Eugene Bowers,  14 February 2004
Arthur Cartier, (Co "H")
Cader Harrell,
(Hq. 3rd Bn.)
Ross Little
, (HQ Btry 462 PFA)
Jule Holland
, (Co. "G")
Richard Marckle, (Co. "B" & Serv Co.)
 
Anthony Minnotte (Co. "I") 
 
Guy Shannafelter, (161st Prcht. Engr. Co. )
Nicholas Spinnelli,
(Co "F")
Laffey Staton, (Co "F")
Lt. Thomas Marshall,  16 September 2003
Barto J Mariscalco,  23 February 2003
Lois Mullaney,  13 November 2002
Bill Cheek  11 October 2002
Archie C. Davidson 16 September 2002
Don Ziler  September 2002
Bob McGetchin, 25 June 2002 (Honorary 503d)
Caffery J. Dugas, 17 April 2002
Donald Wilson, 20 March 2002
Charlie Christian, 16 February 2002
Albert L. Tait, 10 January 2002
A. J. Tony Knizel, 30 November 2001
John F. Fox, 27 July 2001

Joe Conway, 9 March 2000
Andy Amaty, Sept 2000
Emery B. Graham, 29 June 2000
Arnie Williams, 8 June 2000
Dr. Charles H. Bradford, 17 May 2000

Johnnie H. "Red Horse" Phillips - 2 May, 2000

Ray Mitchell, 24 December 1999
Walter Press, 14 December 1999
Roger Cushman, 4 March 1999
Charles McLemore, 29 November 1996
David H. Reid, 22 September 1994

Richard E. Gruver, 11 June 1994

Gerard Weber , 18 March, 1994 (2d Bn)
George Lohin 29 February, 1994

Arthur O. Smithback, 15 September 1992
John J. Tolson, 2 December 1991
Charles J. Hartis, July 3 1991 ("I" Co.)

Arthur C. Schumacher, June 5, 1984 ("F" Co, Mortar Pltn.)

 



Chester 'Chet' NYCUM
2 September, 2013

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Pvt. Chester Nycum of Severn, MD.



Roy Dixon - Commander
Sons of the American Legion
Howard L. Turner Squadron 276
Severn, MD




Virgil Henry SHORT
27 January, 2013

Virgil served in the Mortar Platoon, "F" Co., 503d PRCT.



Bob WEBER
22 December 2012

It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that we let you know Bob Weber passed away yesterday afternoon, December 22, 2012. All of us in his family would greatly appreciate your help in conveying his love and this message to his 503 friends.

I am certain that they all would be interested in knowing that he was honored on Veterans Day here in Riverside. Like many communities, Riverside held a ceremony honoring all veterans. Bob was in uniform and personally recognized along with several other veterans from the Riverside community. In the address to him, the efforts and heroics of the 503 were described for a very large crowd at the Riverside National Cemetery. His daughter, Shirl, put the pieces together to have him included. His pride in the 503 was beyond description.

Please also let his friends know that the legacy of the 503 will continue through his family. Bob has, for decades, told us every possible story, told us about each individual, and described every event many times. In addition, please let them know how much each reunion meant to him and how good the reunions were for him.

The Bob Weber Family



 

Clifford Joseph BEDORE
24 July 1919 - 30 November 2012

Dr. Clifford Joseph Bedore, Jr., age 93 of Greenville, died Friday, November 30, 2012 at Spectrum Health United Memorial United Campus. He was born July 24, 1919 in Highbridge, WI, the son of Clifford Joseph Bedore, Sr. and Charlotte Evelyn (Heideman) Bedore. On June 14, 1941, he married Ruth Myra Paddock. Dr. Bedore proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific with the 503rd Parachute Regimental team and in Japan with the 11th Airborne Division; he was discharged as Captain in 1946. He graduated from Gogebic Junior College in 1939 with an Associate of Arts degree and Northern State Teachers College in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1951 and Doctor of Education degree from Michigan State University in 1968. He served in a variety of educational capacities throughout his long career. He taught chemistry, physics, biology and general science and coached tennis, skiing, basketball, and football. He served on the staff of the Bay Cliff Health Camp. He was appointed Superintendent of Soo Township Schools in 1960. He was the founding Business Manager of Montcalm Community College from 1965 to 1970, when he began serving as interim President. The interim title was removed shortly thereafter, and Dr. Bedore served as President of MCC from 1971 to 1978, where he assisted in the accreditation of the college. He also volunteered in a variety of capacities, including as Chairman of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging for many years. He enjoyed athletics, and enjoyed deer hunting, playing golf, bowling, rock collecting and photography. He spent many summers at the family cottage in Traverse City, fishing and watching the loons nest. More than anything, Cliff was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed, especially by his loving wife of 71 years, Ruth of Greenville; children, Dana Bedore Phillips of Pittsburgh, PA, Clifford (Bonnie) Bedore, III of College Park, MD, Marian (Dan) Bedore Lilly of Greenville, Howard (Julie) Bedore of Traverse City, and Melanie Bedore of Greenville; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; three adopted great-grandchildren; and sister, Priscilla Bedore Gass of Ironwood, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donagene Bedore. Dr. Bedore was a longtime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville, where a memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, December 9, 2012. The Rev. Fr. John R. Kirkman will serve as officiant. Military honors will be rendered under the auspices of the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065, Sheridan. Memorial contributions may be given to the Montcalm Community College Scholarship Fund or to a charity of ones choice.

 

 


 

Steve Peter BICANICH
June 23, 2012

A private service will take place on Friday, June 29, 2012 in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, MN, with Rev. Fr. Jim DeBroycker officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm.

Steve Peter Bicanich, age 89, of Chisholm, died on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012 at Fairview University Medical Center- Mesabi in Hibbing. His devoted wife of 64 years, Josephine, was at his side when he passed. Steve was a lifelong resident of Chisholm, MN. He graduated in 1941 from Chisholm High School where he excelled as an athlete winning acclaim as one of the best swimmers in the state. He turned down two college scholarship offers in order to volunteer for and become a proud member of the Army’s 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The 503rd was deployed to the Pacific during World War II and his Unit saw action at Markham Valley – New Guinea, Noemfoor Island, Leyte, Mindoro and Luzon. Steve also participated in the initial parachute assault on “The Rock”, Corregidor, a heavily fortified Philippine island where thousands of Japanese soldiers would make their last stand. The “Battle for Corregidor” was one of the deadliest battles of the war, and the 503rd received a Presidential Citation for “extraordinary heroism” during that battle fought on February 16 – 28, 1945. 

Steve returned to Chisholm after the war, and worked as a maintenance mechanic and foreman for U.S. Steel until he retired after 30 years of service. He subsequently worked at the Chisholm Housing Authority, Hibbing Taconite and Heritage Manor. Steve, a devoted and loving husband, was known by family and friends to be a hard working, just man.
Steve Bicanich is survived by his wife – Josephine; sons – David (Sharon), Tom, Peter (Cindy); daughter – Constance O’Hara; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents – Peter and Mande; sister – Kate; brother – George; and son-in-law – Michael O’Hara.

Burial:Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Plot: SECTION 19 SITE 920
 

Information by Todd Mayer


 

George MONTOYA
February 24, 1924  - April 22, 2012

George Montoya was born on February 24, 1924 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. George passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the age of 88. George proudly and honorably served in the United States Army, in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and as a Paratrooper with the 503rd. George worked as a window glazier. George is survived by his sons, Raymond and Michael Montoya; by his daughter, Melanie Torres; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. The burial service will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. with United States Army Honors. 

Burial:Santa Fe National CemeterySanta Fe, New Mexico, USA

Information courtesy of T Mayer




 

Robert "Bob" SNYDER
1924  - September 20, 2011

Mr. Robert "Bob" Snyder, 87, of 6157 US Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock, died Tuesday morning, September 20, 2011, at Blowing Rock Hospital.

Robert "Bob" Snyder was born in 1924 in Carrick, Pennsylvania, to Lela and T.R. Snyder.

Bob attended school in Ferguson, NC, Philadelphia, PA, and Bethesda, MD, where he was an active Boy Scout and Sea Scout. In 1943, he left Woodrow Wilson High School to enlist in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After certification at Walter Reed Army Hospital as a Surgical Technician, he was assigned to the 29th Independent Medical Platoon, with whom he saw service in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. He then volunteered for duty as a Parachute Infantryman and graduated from the U.S. Army Parachute School at Fort Benning, GA, in November 1944, whereupon he was assigned to the 503rd Airborne Regimental Combat Team as a rifleman. He saw combat service in New Guinea and the Philippines, to include the airborne assault to recapture Corregidor Island in February, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for combat actions on Negros Island. After the surrender of Japan, he was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division, with whom he performed occupation duty near Sendai, Japan until the end of 1945.

He attended American University in Washington, DC after the war and worked first as a radio announcer in Florence, SC, before joining the Gorham Silver Company as a representative for the Southeast. He eventually became a plant manager for the Blue Ridge Shoe company in Boone, NC, Mountain City, TN, and Tifton, GA. He then joined Electronic Data Control of Winston-Salem, NC, where he became Vice President responsible for the roofing nail division.

In Blowing Rock, NC, he led the efforts to fund and construct the American Legion Hall and was a Deacon at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church.

He was an active member of the Republican party since 1946, serving as the Florence County Chairman of "South Carolinians for Eisenhower" and was a delegate to the first State Republican Convention to be held in South Carolina since the Civil War. He was later Republican Precinct Chairman for Blowing Rock, NC, and Clemmons, NC, and worked on various political campaigns of Republican Congressional, Senatorial, and Gubernatorial candidates. He was also a member of the NC GOP 5th District Executive Committee. His favorite sayings were, "Fly your flag," and "Vote GOP."

After retirement, he returned to Blowing Rock, NC, with his wife, Shirley. He was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors.

Above all, he was proud to be a citizen of the United States of America.

Mr. Snyder is survived by his wife, Shirley A. Snyder, of the home; two sons, Karson Snyder and wife, Yumiko, of Geneva, Switzerland, and Matthew Snyder of Blowing Rock; one grandson, Kai Snyder of Geneva, Switzerland; and one sister-in-law, Audrey Snyder of Ogunquit, Maine. He is also survived by two nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Col. T.R. Snyder Sr. and Lela "Andy" Snyder; one brother, Col. T.R. Snyder Jr.; and one nephew, T.R. Snyder III.

Funeral services for Mr. Snyder will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011, at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Military graveside rites and burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

The family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hampton Funeral Service.

 

Steve


 

Lloyd L. HERRERA
June 6, 1922 to 15 May, 2010

Lloyd L. Herrera, 87, of Denver. Born June 6, 1922 in Trinidad, Colorado, and former owner of Lloyds Lawnmower Sales and Service, died peacefullly at home on May 15, 2010. Survived by his wife Mabel; his children; Valerie (Dave) Sanchez, Frank L. (Virginia) Herrera, and Stephanie (Gary) Federico. Survived by siblings; Ray, Tony and Marie Herrera and Rosie (Pete) Ramos. Grandfather of Desiree Sanchez, Lloyd L. Herrera, Brandyn, Brianna and Gabrielle Federico. Preceded in death by his beloved grandson David Sanchez, Jr. Lloyd honorably served in the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team in World War II. His primary campaign was on the Island of Corregidor in the South Pacific. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, 2:00 PM., at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Daniel MacRaild


 

Edward F. ACKERLY
February 10, 1921 - September 7, 2010

EDWARD F. ACKERLY, 89, of Walton, NY, formerly of Roscoe and Mission TX, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2010. His family had been by his side for several days.

Mr. Ackerly was born and raised in Roscoe. After graduating from Roscoe High School, he worked at the Alcoa Aluminum plant in Bridgeport, CT, helping switch the plant from washing machines to armaments for WWII. He volunteered for the Air Force, but then enlisted in trhe Army Paratroopers, serving in the 503rd Airborne in the South Pacific.

He jumped at Nadzab, in New Guinea.

He jumped on Corregidor in the Manila Harbor for which the 503rd became famous. He was recipient of the Purple Heart (Jump Injury, fractured forearm - Ed.)

After the war, he returned to Roscoe and eloped with the former Elizabeth (Bette) Keeler, on Halloween 1945.

Ed would be the first to admit he had a good life. He loved public affairs, helping people, telling stories, classic movies, walking, and learning about the places he visited. He and Bette travelled extensively, crisscrossing America, visiting all 48 contiguous States and all of the National Parks. He was predeceased by his wife Bette, on November 2009.    

A funeralservice will be held on Saturday, September 18, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Roscoe, Rte 206 & Church St., Roscoe. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.

Guestbook at http://www.courtneyfh.com

Marie Claire Megargle


 

Koshi ANDO
9 June 2009

ANDO, KOSHI (88), veteran of WWII, 503rd Parachute RCT, peacefully passed away on June 9, 2009 in Santa Monica. He is survived by his wife, Florence Toshi Ando; son, Curt Ando; daughter, Nici (Jeff) Parker; sister, Machi Ando; sisters-in-law, Helen Okamoto of Garden Grove, CA and Frances (Ed) White of Ridgefield, WA; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 11:00AM at Venice-Santa Monica Free Methodist Church, 4781 Centinela Ave., LA, CA

Guestbook at http://www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com/obituaries/person/120~Koshi~Ando/

rogere442

 “He was a good paratrooper, he sure was.”

Bob Gillis
503d PRCT


 

Eugene A. BERT
30 April 2009

SFC Eugene A. Bert, age 87, of 2335 Iron Springs Road Fairfield, died early on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at his home.

Born March 25, 1922, in French Camp, California, he was the son of the late Arthur Ernest Bert, Sr. and Annie (nee Gross) Bert.

He married his wife, Nancy (nee Leaman) Bert on February 6, 1958, in Carlisle, PA.    He was a WWII and a Korean Conflict Veteran and was still serving in the US Army during the Vietnamese Conflict. During WWII he served in New Guinea, Southern Philippines, and Luzon. He was one of the first paratroopers in WWII, training with the 501st and serving with the 503rd. He served with the 462nd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team as a radioman, forward scout, and sensor. On February 16, 1945, he was one of the Paratroopers who made the combat jump into Japanese held Territory at Corregidor. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and Distinguished Unit Badge. He continued his service in the Army attending the 516 Signal School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and he received the Occupational Medal of Japan and good conduct with his promotion to Corporal. His last 8 years in the US Army he worked  for The White House Army Communications Agency, retiring at the rank of SFC. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Silver Clasp, W/2 Loops, White House Service Badge and Certificate, Marksman Carbine and the Good Conduct Medal 7th Award, Combat Jump-Corregidor, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Upon retirement from the US Army he continued his service, working for 20 years for FEMA and retiring in 1986. He was recognized by the director of FEMA for 40 years and 3 months service to his country. In 1991 he was recognized by the Secretary of Defense for his service to his country during the period of the Cold War from September 2, 1945 to December 1991.

In addition to his wife Nancy (nee Leaman) Bert, he is survived by two daughters, Katherine Louise Thomas of Newville and Lucille Elizabeth Bert of Chambersburg and two sons, Wade Arthur Bert of Bluffton, Ohio, and Benjamin Yemane Bert of Westmont, Illinois. He is also survived by one brother, Robert Grohs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and various nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Moyies, Carl Layman, Arthur Ernest Bert, Jr., and two sisters, Lenore Childs, and Ruby Shippey.

 Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 4, 2009, at 10 AM at the Lochstampfor Funeral Home, Inc., Waynesboro - Pastor Kenneth Kilgore officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends on Sunday May 3, 2009, from 7 to 9 PM at the funeral home.

The family requests that there be no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, Box 34, Blue Ridge Summit,  PA 17214

Nancy L. Bert
 


 

Calvin H. FREISTEDT
16 March 2009

Calvin H. FREISTEDT, Col. USAF Ret., 85, proudly served his country for more than 37 years, in World War II as a paratrooper medic in the Army and later in Medical Material and Administration in the Air Force. He passed away in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday, 17 March, 2009. His last assignment was as Chief of the USAF Medical Logistics Office. He leaves his wife of 60 years, former Yvonne Merilee Krueger, and their six children, Kay, Jim, Paul, Mark, Gail and Joan. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Bruce. Cal was a member for nearly 30 years of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, where he served in many roles, wherever the Lord showed him a need. Memorial Services at the church, 710 S. Kolb Rd., 85710, on Friday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m., with full military honors. Remembrances to FOL Annual School Fund, 85710.

Joseph Boltz
Eagle River, Alaska


 

Bill McDONALD
16 March 2009

Tim McDonald phoned me and broke the sad news: his father, Bill had died. I have been waiting for the funeral arrangements. Now I know that his funeral will be Thursday in Odessa, TX.

I can’t say enough good about Bill. He came in at Oro Bay as a private and was assigned to my platoon. He became 1st squad 1st scout. After we lost McCarter, he became the platoon 1st scout. I never had one instance where I had to chew him out. I felt he was the perfect soldier. Late in the war, when we were on Negros, he became platoon sergeant of my company’s 1st plt..

I got the title to one of my articles  in BEA from Bill. I’ll never forget that morning on Negros when he was 1st scout in front of the company, a Nambu LMG opened up. He went down. In a short time we heard a grenade go off and then several bursts of a TSMG. Bill had not been hit. He fell into the weeds beside the trail as if he had been hit and then crawled up to where he could throw a frag grenade into the bunker’s rear. After we had seen hell on Corregidor, he and I were talking, and I remarked that I would never have any trouble remembering the actions there. He replied, “Lieutenant, I won’t either. If you ever jumped into a den of rattle snakes, you’ll never forget one bit of it.” When I wrote of our attack down Grubbs Ravine, I called it, “My Day with the Rattle snakes.” I also still have vivid memory of that morning and McDonald’s remarks.

I have truly lost a brother. Burl Martin and I are going to Odessa for the funeral. Several years ago my wife, Joe, and went to Odessa to attend his wife’s funeral. Bill and I, also, went to a number of our SW  Chapter reunions. He would come here and spend the night, and we would go on to Shreveport, or Hot Springs, or where ever it was. Bill was a soldier’s soldier.

Bill Calhoun
Commanche, TX.
 


 

Francis X. O'NEILL Jr.
6 February 2009

Retired FBI agent Francis X. O'Neill Jr., who was one of the last surviving investigators who observed President John F. Kennedy's autopsy in 1963, has died.

Mr. O'Neill, who lived in Brewster, died of a stroke Tuesday in Cape Cod Hospital, according to his family. He was 85.

For decades, Mr. O'Neill battled conspiracy theorists about the JFK assassination. He later became a Connecticut state legislator and recently finished his autobiography, entitled "A Fox Among Wolves."

"The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable that Oswald alone shot and killed President Kennedy," Mr. O'Neill wrote, according to galleys of his book, which is scheduled for publication this year.

Mr. O'Neill and senior agent James W. Sibert were sent by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to meet the president's body at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and to begin the bureau's investigation.

"Frank was a hard-working fellow; he would tackle anything," said Sibert, who is 90 and lives in Fort Myers, Fla.

After the assassination in Dallas and the arrival of the body in Maryland, the agents joined the motorcade to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where they kept track of who entered the autopsy room.

Mr. O'Neill confiscated and exposed the film of a Navy service member who began taking pictures at the autopsy but did not have security clearance, according to author Gerald Posner, who interviewed Mr. O'Neill for his book "Case Closed."

Conspiracy theorists often point to the lost film to bolster their theories, Posner noted.

Mr. O'Neill appeared before several investigative panels over the years. He adamantly rejected theories claiming the president's body had been switched.

In an interview with Posner, he lamented a minor mistake in his FBI report, in which he wrongly used the word "surgery" and fueled speculation that somehow Kennedy's body had been altered between Dallas and Maryland. "We weren't doctors," he told Posner.

He retired from the FBI in 1978, after serving as assistant special agent in charge of the Connecticut office for four years.

He worked as chief of investigations for the Recording Industry Association of America's antipiracy division before going into state politics in 1980.

He lost his first bid for the Connecticut House of Representatives and was elected in 1982 in the 98th District. He held office until 1990 and was a staunch opponent of the state's income tax, which narrowly passed the House after he left office.

Born in Elmhurst in Queens, N.Y., he was the oldest of six. He fought in World War II as a paratrooper with the 503d Regimental Combat Team in the South Pacific and made jumps on Corregidor, an island in the Philippines.

After the war, he returned to New York and received a bachelor's degree in economics from Fordham University. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and later joined the New York City Police Department. He became an FBI agent in 1955.

He and his wife Elizabeth were married for 57 years.

"Dad was the strongest advocate you would ever want on your side," said one of his sons, Frank III of Madison, Conn.

He said his father visited the Philippines to see the graves of his Word War II buddies.

In addition to his son and wife, Mr. O'Neill leaves six other sons, Brian of Medford, Andrew of Killingworth, Conn., Colin of Nanuet, N.Y., Owen of Guilford, Conn., Damian of Okinawa, Japan, and Regis of Middletown, Conn.; a daughter, Sheila Baker of Southington, Conn.; two brothers, Joseph of Vero Beach, Fla., and Vincent of Glen Rock, N.J.; a sister, Rita Black of Indian Land, S.C.; and 18 grand- children.

A funeral Mass will be said Monday in St. George Church in Guilford, Conn. Burial will be in Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne.

J.M. Lawrence
Boston Globe
 


William Henry JACOBS
30 November 2008

SFC William Henry Jacobs, USA Retired (Jake) went home to be with our Lord and Savior November 30, 2008. The son of Chester Green Jacobs and Millie Susan Barker Jacobs, he was born in Gretna, Virginia on June 19, 1925. Jake was preceded in death by his first and second wives, E. Lucille Moon and Barbara F. Dugger; by brothers Kyle, Roy, David, and Robert (Eddie); and three sisters Hester, Rebecca, and Selina. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen; his sons Philip and Cecil and daughter-in-law Alena, stepdaughter Sharon K. Hix and her husband James W. (Jim); grand daughters Olivia and Kate; and by two sisters Ella L. and Jane.

Jake was retired from the US Army, having served in the Pacific Theater during WWII with the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team. While with the 503rd, he engaged in retaking the fortress of Corregidor in Manila Bay, Philippines from Japan. For this action, he and his comrades were awarded the Bronze Star. He also participated in combat operations on Negros, Philippines. Jake was part of the 11th Airborne occupation force in Japan and also posted to Germany following WWII, posted to Korea following the armistice, and posted to several forts in the States during active duty.

After retiring from the US Army in March of 1965, Jake worked at Babcock & Wilcox NNFD in Lynchburg, Virginia from which he also retired in 1991.

He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and AARP, an ex-member of the AF & AM Lodge #301 and Order of the Eastern Star #10, a founding member of Freedom Word Church, and a member of Spout Spring Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends and relatives throughout the week at our residence at 1839 Pumping Station Road, Appomattox, Virginia. [Alena and I will arrive in Appomattox early Friday morning.] Visitation will also be 9-11AM Saturday, 6 December at the residence, followed by viewing of the deceased from 11:30AM until 1PM at Spout Spring Baptist Church. Funeral services will begin at 1PM 6 Dec 2008 with full military honors and interment at the church cemetery immediately following. Spout Spring Baptist Church is located at 5065 Salem Road, Spout Spring, Virginia
.

Cecil Jacobs
 


 

Elwood L. Miller
29 November 2008

 

Mr. Mullaney,

 

I'm sorry to let you know that my father, Elwood Lyle Miller, died Saturday morning 29 November.  Thank you for all you've done for our country, and thank you for helping to train Dad in ways that he never dreamed he would have had to be prepared for.

Stephen Miller
Little Falls, MN

 

ELWOOD LYLE MILLER, age 87, of Fowlerville, MI., died Nov. 29, 2008. He was born August 30, 1921 in Yorba Linda, California to Don & Grace (Winchel) Miller. He married June Luttermoser on July 18, 1947. She preceded him in death in 2004. Survived by children: Jack, of Fowlerville, Stephen (Jenna) of Browerville, MN., Pam (Steve) Munsell, of Fowlerville, James, of Howell, Grace, of Grand Rapids, 8 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Grandchild, sister: Eileene, of Clarksburg, CA. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Horace & Jack. Lyle served in the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment in the South Pacific in World War II. Saw combat on Noemfoor Island and was wounded in the retaking of Corregidor.  He recuperated at Dibble Hospital in Menlo Park, California, where he met June. He retired from General Motors at the Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan. He lived in Mesa, AZ for the last 19 years. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel.


Margaret Nycum
23 November 2008

 

Margaret B. Nycum, 88, of Severn, died of natural causes Nov. 23 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Mrs. Nycum was born Dec. 30, 1919 in Severn. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid bowler. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Chester Nycum; one daughter, Linda; two granddaughters, Michelle and Stephanie; and one grandson, Danny. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Singleton Funeral and Cremation Services chapel, 1 2nd Avenue, S.W., in Glen Burnie. Interment will be in Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Gail D. McLemore


Paul W. Turley
8 August 2008

 

Paul Turley passed away in hospice care on August 8, 2008. Paul had been a member of the Sun City West Softball Club since 1994.  He was a member of a Sidewinders National Championship team. I once asked Paul  how he would like to be remembered.  First, in typical Paul fashion, he said no one would remember him , or should.  Then he managed a smile and a twinkle and said "I wasn't a bad ball player!" Paul is also a Hall of Fame member and was a past recipient of a special award for all the additional work he did for the league.  As a graphics artist, his logo designs, etc. will be around for a long time. Information about a celebration of Paul's life will be posted when available.

http://angelsintheoutfield.com/in_memoriam.htm

Damn.............
I will treasure the time I spent with him on Corregidor. He was a special guy.
He told of his battles and even took us to one of his fox holes on a hill above 
Battery Hearn. He knew where he was because the air vent on top of the hill was his marker. He cried up there so we left him alone for a while.  He asked me if I could find him a piece of shrapnel to take home. Found him one right there, by his hill.
Great e-mailer, lots of good jokes to pass on.
Will miss him.

Tom Aring


Paul was a graphic artist and designer.  View a collection of his pencil drawings, done during his time with the 503d, and on Corregidor.


 

 


 

Robert J. Thomas
15 May 2008

Robert J. Thomas, 87, of Whitehall, passed away in his home on May 15, surrounded by family. He was the loving husband of Gloria E. (Nicholas) Thomas. Born in Walnutport, he was the son of the late John and Clara (Levan) Thomas. Robert served honorably in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a paratrooper. Stationed in the Pacific, he was with the 503rd Airborne Division when they made the jump on Corregidor. He was a member of the 503rd Parachute RCT Association, World War II. Robert was a layout operator for Western Electric for 30 years before retiring in 1981. He was the retired owner and operator of Lehigh Striping Company, Allentown, which he began in 1958. Robert was a life member of V.F.W. Post 7215, Walnutport, and a life member of the Pioneers. Robert loved sports and fishing. He loved his fishing trips to Canada with his son Richard, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors: Wife; children, Richard C., James R. and his wife, Jacqueline M., Cathy H. and her husband, Richard H. Jeanes, all of Allentown; grandchildren, Brad T. and his wife, Kathryn Jeanes, Keri A. and her husband, Dr. Steven Kachmar, Zachary R. Thomas, Tiffany L. Thomas, all of Allentown; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Emma Jeanes; brother, Norwood of Walnutport; sister, Marion Dingee in California. He was predeceased by brothers, Ralph and Gordon, and by a sister, Anna Parry. Services: In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home Inc., Allentown. Until 16 June, there is an online guestbook at

 http://www.legacy.com/MCall/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=109852251

 


 

Lloyd Bradford
Step-Son
 

 

John D. Reynolds
20 February 2008

John passed away on Wednesday, almost instantly and unexpectedly, at home.  I will sure miss this guy.

Chet Nycum
"G" Co.

OBITUARY

John Duane Reynolds, of Joppatowne, known as “Sam” to many of his friends and family, died Feb. 20. He was 84. A lifelong Harford County resident, Mr. Reynolds was born in Havre de Grace. He was a son of Maple P. and Grace D. Reynolds.

He graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1940 as senior class president. While employed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, he entered the Army in January 1943. In June 1944, he volunteered for the paratroops and was posted to the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team on the Philippine Island of Mindoro. Most of the regiment was still on the island of Corregidor. He saw combat as a rifleman in an infantry company on the Philippine Island of Negros from April 1945 until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945. Promoted to sergeant, he later served in the army of the occupation of Japan. His military decorations include a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Parachutist Badge. He was a member of Joseph L. Davis American Legion Post 47, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

John's greater contribution to the 503d PRCT was to become his authorship, over a period of approximately a decade, of A regular column in The Static Line, THE THREE WINDS OF DEATH. The column kept 503d PRCT Members connected throughout the years prior to the internet. John was a supporter and contributor to this website.

He attended night classes at Harford Community College and graduated in 1968. He went on and graduated in 1973 at the age of 50 from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree and high honors. He retired from Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he was employed as an electronics technician in instrumentation. As a member of Toastmasters International, he was a Silver Able Toastmaster, a former member of Bel Air Toastmasters, a past president of Susquehanna Toastmasters and a past Area 24 governor. He was also a long-time member, past president and past secretary of the Edgewood Lions Club. He was a past zone chairman, past region chairman and past district secretary in the Lions organization. He was also a Melvin Jones Fellow.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Reynolds, of Joppatowne; a son, Lloyd Bradford, of Baldwin; and two grandchildren, Bryan Bradford, of Canton, and Amber Bradford, of Bel Air.

Services will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at McComas Funeral Home in Abingdon. Funeral services will be Feb 25 at 10 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Upper Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 7901 Bradshaw Road, Upper Falls, Md. 21156.

 

Lloyd Bradford
Step-Son
 


 

Hugh J. Breslin, Jr.
13 February 2008

On February 3, 2008; Major Hugh J. Breslin, JR., Retired U.S. Army; of Bowie, MD. Major Breslin served with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment Combat Team during WWII, participating in the Philippines Islands campaigns, with the Headquarters 8th U.S. Army as G2. Duty Officerprior to the outbreak of hostilities in Korea in 1950. He retired from the Army effective July 31, 1962. Beloved husband of Dorothy M. Breslin; devoted father of Barbara Gass, Kerry Brimmer (Kirk), Father Paul, Hugh III (Alice), Chris (Nancy) and Tim Breslin; dear brothr of Maryalesia Watson. Also loved by 14 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on February 19 at St. Pius Roman Catholic Church, Annapolis Road, Bowie MD. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 1:00pm.

 


Al McGrew
28 January 2008

After a long battle with ill-health brought about during his years as a POW of the Japanese, Corregidor's ultimate survivor died at 0315 hrs, 28 January at his San Diego home. (If the revisionists claim that people are still dying from the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, then I claim that Al McGrew died from being a Prisoner of War.) He is survived by his wife Marjean, and children Steve & Vicky. Al was active in all matters Corregidor, and had been designated an Honorary Member of the 503d PRCT by virtue of his long and close association with the members of the Association. Funeral/memorial services are not set yet but will probably be next Tues Feb 12, at the earliest.  He will be cremated and ashes put at Ft. Rosecrans, the National Cemetery in San Diego.  It's an old Coast Artillery site and is one of the most beautiful National Cemeteries--overlooks the Pacific, which is so appropriate for Al.  Some ashes will go to their mountain property, which he loved.

Al was the earliest supporter of the Corregidor Website, and I say unashamedly, it would not have been here without him. America has lost one of its national living treasures.  

 

Paul F. Whitman,
Selma Harrison Calmes
Art Napolitano

His  story is soon to be published in a 240 page hard cover major release publication through this website.

 

OBITUARY

Al was born Alfred Curtis McGrew and attended school in Columbus, Ohio.  Upon completion of High School he worked in the 3Cs.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Hayes, was sent to fort McDowell and in January 1941 sailed to the Philippine Islands aboard the Republic.  He took Basic Training at 92nd Garage on Corregidor and was assigned to Battery D, 60th CA (AAA).  He was transferred to Btry H, 60th, CA at Middleside and was taken prisoner on May 6, 1942 at the surrender of Corregidor.  Prison Camps included: 92nd Garage, Bilibid, Camp O'Donnell (Capas), Nichol’s Field, Cabanatuan 3 and 1 in the Philippines and Omori, Nishan Flour Mill, Kawasaki and Suwa in Japan. He was transported to Japan on the “hell ship” Noto Maru in August 1944 to Moji, Japan.  Al was liberated in Yokohama September 6, 1945.  He later became an Honorary Member and friend of the U.S. Army 503rd Parachute Regiment Combat Team (RCT)who liberated Corregidor from the Japanese in 1945, and the 4th Marine Regiment who had defended it. Al returned to Columbus and in 1948 met and married Marjean Herres of Bellefontaine, Ohio (the love of his life for 59 years).  They moved to Riverside then to San Diego to be nearer the ocean and raise their two children, Vicki and Steve.  Al was forced to retire from Control Data Corp. after 27 years when the manufacturing division left San Diego.  Al traveled back to Corregidor, Philippines many times after his retirement and collected photos, documents and data on those who served on Corregidor. On his many trips back, he sat in the ruins thinking of the great times and the bad times as well the many young friends who were lost.  As a long-time amateur historian, he assisted many family and friends in their search for information on their loved ones serving and/or captured in Corregidor. Al’s approach to life was to use humor as a base for survival and survive he did several times in his life. For fun, Al enjoyed scuba diving, golfing, table tennis and traveling with his wife around the U.S. in their R.V.  After a short, final battle with cancer, Al died at home on January 27, 2008 surrounded by his loving children and his wife.

            Memorial Services will be held at 12 noon, February 19, 2008 at St. Columba’s Church, 3327 Glencolm, San Diego, CA 92123 to be followed by a reception in the church hall and finally by Military Services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, at 3:00 PM.

 

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
February 19, 2008
 

OBITUARY - AL CGREW, 85 - WWII PRISONER TORTURED BY JAPANESE
Al McGrew, 85; WWII prisoner tortured by Japanese
It took more than 30 years for Al McGrew to return to the rocky island of Corregidor, where the Japanese captured him, tortured him and forced him to work for three years during World War II. When Mr. McGrew did return, he finally came to terms with his brutal captivity. Mr. McGrew made more than 10 trips to the Philippines beginning in 1981. He became an informal historian of the battle of Corregidor, giving tours and eventually writing a memoir. “He was probably one of the toughest little guys I've ever known in my whole life,” said friend and fellow prisoner of war Martin Christie, 86, of the San Fernando Valley. Mr. McGrew died Jan. 27 of cancer. He was 85.
 
Mr. McGrew shrank from 130 pounds to 80 pounds before escaping.* His humor kept him grounded, family and friends say. “My dad never talked about the war when I was growing up,” said Vicki Maheu. “He didn't join the POW group until 15 years ago.” Growing up poor in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. McGrew and his best friend, Spencer Bever, joined the Army as a way to see the world. He thought of drilling for oil in Arabia or South America, he said in a 1991 interview. “With no basic training we were shipped to Corregidor,” he said in that story. “They needed manpower, even untrained men.” After being beaten, strung up over a fire and enslaved, Mr. McGrew escaped the camp in the summer of 1945.*

“We always felt like we were lucky,” said Christie, who served in the Marines. “So many good men that we felt were better than we were died.” In 1948, Mr. McGrew met and married Marjean Herres in Ohio. They had two children and eventually moved to San Diego. He retired from Control Data Corp. after 27 years when the manufacturing division left San Diego. In addition to golf, tennis and traveling to Corregidor, Mr. McGrew talked about his experience as a POW to history classes at University of California San Diego, high schools and other organizations. “He enjoyed being a tour guide there and an amateur historian and being contacted by people all over the world looking for information on Corregidor,” Maheu said.

A memoir of his experiences was published recently in San Francisco, Maheu said.

In addition to his daughter, who lives in San Diego, Mr. McGrew is survived by his wife, Marjean, of Serra Mesa, and his son, Steve McGrew, of San Diego.

Family members will leave some of Mr. McGrew's ashes at Rosecrans and the rest will be spread in Corregidor.


                                                                                          Tanya Sierra (Union Tribune of San Diego)

(*Al didn't escape from the Japanese camp.  Along with other prisoners, they would leave it at night, "Hogan's Heroes" style, through a gap in a fence. They would then steal food from nearby market gardens, and then return before morning roll call.

 

 


John L. Bryant
18 January 2008

My dad, John L Bryant Jr was a member of the 503rd RCT when it served during WWII. He passed away on 1/18/2008. The funeral will be in McDonough, Ga sometime the week of 1/21/08. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough,

J. W. Bryant


 

Henry W. "Hoot" Gibson
2 January 2008

(August 17, 1918 - January 2, 2008)
Tahoma National Cemetery

U.S. Veteran Henry William "Bill" Gibson, Colonel, United States Army, Retired, went to join his beloved wife, Patricia, on January 2, 2008. Bill, a member of "The Greatest Generation", was born in Tacloban, Philippine Islands in 1918 to Vernon Dorre Gibson and Aurora Galza de Gibson. In 1936, the family moved back to the United States, and Bill graduated from Vernon, NY, high school in 1938. He joined the US Army and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1942. He took 'jump' training, and returned to the Philippines as a member of the 503rd Airborne Unit which retook the island fortress of Corregidor from the Japanese in February, 1945. After the liberation, Bill was able to enter the city of Manila and locate his older sister, Rosita, and her children, who had stayed behind in 1936.

Subsequent assignments included Germany, Korea, Venezuela, and the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as the Provost Marshall for I Corps under General William Westmorland during the 1968 "Tet" Offensive. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, The World War II Victory Medal, The Army of Occupation Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Master Parachute Badge, and the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Bill retired in 1970, and he and Pat returned to Washington, locating in Cape George Colony near Port Townsend. Both of them were active in Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and Bill worked with the local volunteer fire department to bring fire control to the more remote areas of Jefferson County. They were also avid 'rock hounds' and spent many happy hours traveling the USA with their Airstream travel trailer. Bill was 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, recently active in Council 809, Tacoma.

When illness required them to seek less isolated living conditions, Bill and Pat moved to the Tacoma area, first to Narrows Glen, and subsequently to Patriot's Landing, Dupont. Bill was an active member of both communities, serving on the Resident's Council and, at Patriot's Landing, winning both the Pool Tourney and the Cribbage Tourney. He was a welcome member of any group, full of funny stories and a sharp wit.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Aurora Gibson Toth, and several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.


 

Information courtesy Daniel MacRaild

 


Maurice "Sleepy" Linton
8 December  2007

"Sleepy" passed away Saturday, 8 December, 2007.  His formal announcement reads as follows:-

LINTON, MAURICE SIMPSON 88 of Altamore Springs, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2007. Maurice was born in Jacksonville, FL to William L. ad Maude (Flynn) Linton. He moved to Central Florida with his family from Jacksonville in 1924. Mr. Linton graduated from Orlando High School, attended Rollins College and retired from the U.S. Army. He was a World War Veteran, past president and member of the 503rd Wartime Parachute Infantry, 101st and 82nd Airborne Division; president of the Florida Chapter of the 101st, lifetime member of the VFW, Orlando Athletic Old Timers Club, Florida National Guard, Company K 124th Infantry and recipient of the Bronze Star. He attended Grace United Methodist Church. Mr. Linton is survived by his loving wife Margee (Bowden) Linton of Altamonte Springs; daughter Nansue (Ron) Cowan of Lake Mary; son, Maurice S. (Diane) Linton II of Altamonte Springs; daughter, Mary Catherine (Mike) Gorman of Apopka; son Michael Larue Linton of Altamonte Springs; son Leonard (Lorraine) Okrie, Jr. of Maryland; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2007 in the Dobbs Funeral Home Chapel. Services under the professional direction of Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Rd., Orlando 407-578-7720

Margee Linton


Moses Winfield Eller Jr.
19 February 2007

Moses Winfield Eller Jr., 84, of Beckley, left this old body behind and went peacefully into eternity at 7:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.

Born July 24, 1922, at Big Stick, he was the youngest child of the late Moses W. and Nannie Bell Eller.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 1971 by his wife of 30 years, Martha Saunders; three brothers; five sisters; a daughter-in-law; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Those left to cherish and carry on his memory include his daughter, Brenda Eller, who was also his baseball buddy and caregiver for the past eight years; three other daughters, Ann Eller of Damascus, Md., Kay Bartlett and husband, Jack, of Bedford, Ind., and Sue Testerman and husband, Ron, of True; three sons, Dale and wife, Linda, of Christiansburg, Va., Kenneth and wife, Rosemary, of Bethel Park, Pa., and Paul and wife, Linda, of Columbia, S.C.; 20 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Moses was a World War II veteran serving as a paratrooper in the Philippines. He was a disabled coal miner, last working for Slab Fork Coal Co., a 65-year member of UMWA Local 6108, a life member of the DAV, a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 1606 of Beckley. Moses was also a diehard Braves fan.

Many years ago, Moses had taken care to donate his body to science care in the hopes that even after death he could be of help to someone. His children are honoring his wishes.

In lieu of flowers, per Moses’ request, please make all memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.

Memorial service will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Community Center on Piper Street in White Pines Mobile Home Park on Stanaford Road in Beckley. Moses was a resident of the park for the last 28 years.


David L. Eller(US Army, Ret'd),

 

John Mara
December  2006

I received a call from John Reynolds giving the sad news of  John E. Mara's passing.  'Jack' was a very able officer, and my assistant platoon leader at one time. I thought a lot of him. Mara was one of the two who wrote substantiating affidavits for Lloyd McCarter's CMOH, opening himself to the extreme disapproval of Col. Jones.

On Negros as we moved up to pass through D Co., John came over to me to show me his legs. A mortar shell had impacted near him and both calves were covered with bloody spots from fragment penetration. I looked at him and asked him "What about your neck?"  He said "What's wrong with my neck?" I was looking at an entry hole and an exit hole on each side in the posterior part of his neck. It had to pass very near the spinal cord. His legs were stinging so that he did not realize the bullet hole in his neck. Another great one.

John Mara, John Lindgren, and I had some wonderful visits at a few reunions -- John Mara did not come to many so we really enjoyed his presence. Like my visits with Roscoe Corder, when he came it was a real treat. Of the 2nd Bn officers who left Noemfoor Island on the USS Custer,  only know of four who are still alive: Ed Flash, Tom McNerney, Roscoe Corder, and myself. Of course, some who have not participated in the Association may still live.

I am reminded of a Confederate War veterans reunion at Shreveport, La. about 1936 when I was a 14 year old Boy Scout. A group of Scouts  helped attend to the old men. There were very few, perhaps a dozen, in their 90's, and all feeble. Even so, the senior veteran demanded that he ride a horse leading the parade. The doctors present said "No", but gave in when they feared he was going to have a stroke. Then it became the WWI vets who seemed so old to us during WWII. Now we are the ancients. So be it. The only regret I have is the treatment of our military today. Some of the dirty bastards guilty are veterans themselves.

William T. Calhoun (Col, US Army, Ret'd),

 

Frank Foster
3 November 2006

MESA, AZ --  Frank Foster died in Mesa, Arizona, November 3, 2006 following a brief illness.  He was born in Williston, ND,  on March 20, 1926 and grew up on the Foster ranch southeast of town. His parents were Seymour and Emma Foster.

 Following graduation from Williston High School  in 1944 he enlisted in the Army, completing paratroop training at Fort Benning in December that year.  In March 1945 he deployed to the Philippines and saw extensive combat with G Company, 503d PRCT in the Negros Island campaign.  After occupation duty in Japan he returned to North Dakota in 1946 and studied civil engineering at the State School of Science, Wahpeton, and North Dakota State University, Fargo.  He met his wife Marvyl in 1947 while both were students in Wahpeton.

 In 1952 he began working for L. W. Burdick Engineering in Williston as a design engineer, land surveyor, and draftsman, buying into the firm in 1964.   He was a principal in Webster, Foster, and Weston Engineering until selling his interest in 1974.

 Frank developed FM Parkway Mobile Home Park in Williston beginning in 1970, and managed it until 1996.

Frank was active in the Civil Air Patrol, Sixth Infantry reenactment group, and Elks, where he served as Exalted Ruler.  He enjoyed aviation, traveling, photography, computers, recreational vehicles, and hunting and fishing,

 He and Marvyl lived seasonally in Mesa AZ beginning in 1979 and resided there full time in recent years. 

He is survived by Marvyl, a brother, Robert, a sister, Ruth, both of Williston, and children, Steven (Trudy), O’ Fallon Il, Linda Viall (Ken), Mesa AZ, Duane (Myrna), Scottsdale, AZ, and Susan Markowitz, Birmingham, AL, and eight grandchildren.

 His entire family was present during his final days.  He is remembered as a devoted husband and father. 

 

 

Steven Foster (Col, USAF, Ret'd),

 

Bennett M. Guthrie
16 September 2006

TAHLEQUAH, OK --  Memorial services for Bennett Marion Guthrie Sr, age 83, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, October 06, 2006 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, with Reverend Virgil Holcomb officiating.  Interment will follow under the direction of Hart Funeral Home.

Bennett M. Guthrie, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on September 16, 2006.  As his son, Bennett Guthrie Jr. of Tahlequah, put it, “…he made his final jump as an old paratrooper, but did not pull his reserve parachute.  He met with the Supreme Jumpmaster and reported in for further assignments.”

Born January 4, 1923 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, he was the son of Robert and Myrtle Guthrie.  Growing up in Tahlequah, he attended Bagley and Sequoyah Grade Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1940. 

After graduation, at the height of the depression, he joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard.  He was called to active duty on September 16, 1940, exactly 66 years before he made his last jump to his final destination.

Bennett served in the famed 503rd Parachute Infantry, making both beach and airborne assaults in the South Pacific.  The 503rd is best known for their airborne invasion on the Corregidor Island fortress in Manila Harbor.  The capture of Corregidor subsequently sealed the fate of the Japanese in the Philippines.  Because of this, General Douglas MacArthur was able to return to the islands, fulfilling his 1942 vow, “I shall return”.  Bennett received numerous awards and decorations for his actions, including , a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

After the war, he returned to Tahlequah where he joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  He often spoke fondly of his three years with the patrol.

He attended Northeastern State College and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  Bennett taught a few years at Ft. Gibson High School, then attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Entomology.  He worked for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs as one of the first Public Health Educators in the Indian Health Service in Oklahoma at W. W. Hastings Hospital In Tahlequah.  He later accepted a position at Sequoyah High School, teaching Science and Biology until his retirement in 1980.

For many years, Bennett was active in the VFW Post 3707, American Legion Post 135, (where he was a charter member), and Masonic Lodge (Cherokee #10).  He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and a 32° Mason.  He established an Explorer Scout Post at Sequoyah High School where he enjoyed many memorable hours working with the young men and was rewarded by receiving the coveted Silver Beaver Award.

Mr. Guthrie wrote the historical account of his 503rd Regimental Combat Team’s saga during WWII in the South Pacific called Three Winds of Death.  He reprinted a second edition to include the Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients through Vietnam.

Bennett was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Fred, Kenneth, and Kelly; and his wife of 51 years, Virginia.  

He is survived by his wife, Lois, of the home; his son, Bennett Jr. of Tahlequah; his daughter, Patricia, of Tulsa; three grand daughters, Becky Prag, Krystle Guthrie, and Jaime Rountree; three great-grand children, Connor, Cassidy, and Evan; six step children, 19 step-grandchildren, 14 or 15 step-great-grandchildren (but who’s counting), and a very large family at the Perritte Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, TX.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

 

 

Sincerely yours,

Troy L. Buchleiter

Office Manager, Hart Funeral Home

In Memory of a Great Paratrooper
Bennett M. Guthrie

Writing the above heading was not easy for me because Ben was so much more than a great paratrooper. The description seems very inadequate.

I first met Ben Guthrie April 1942 at Fort Bragg North Carolina.

The powers that be decided to organize paratroop units into larger groups. At that time most were battalion size but Washington had visions of forming regiments or even divisions.

At that fateful time the 503rd Parachute Regiment came into existence and I shook hands with a young man named Ben Guthrie from Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This regiment was the first paratrooper regiment in the United States Army.

Ben was tall – stood very straight – had a quick smile – a firm grip – and a sense of humor. The thought came to my mind that this guy would be good to have around whenever there was trouble. Little did I know how true that would turn out to be.

From that day in 1942 until 1945 we were together nearly 24/7 in “H” Company of the 503.

After three and a half years the original “H” (120 strong at Fort Bragg) was down to seventeen survivors. The others were dead, wounded, sick, or didn’t live up to the 503 standards.

Ben and I were among the seventeen.

Twenty four / seven for three years. Did Ben tire of looking at me?  – Did I tire of looking at Ben?  I’m certain there were instances when both questions could be answered in the affirmative.

There were a few things though I never tired of.  When I asked Ben for advice or his thought on how something should be done I always got his true summation – not something he thought I wanted to hear.  I might add that that was invaluable when doing the type work we were performing…

After making four beach landings and three combat parachute jumps the conflict ended and we returned to our homes.

I thought – well that’s over and done with – we will all get on with life – making a living – raising families, etc.  They were nice guys I had been with but that’s over.

Don’t ask me why – but it wasn’t over.

Not many months had passed when Ben and I started writing short notes, Christmas cards – etc. then  letters.

Don’t ask why – I don’t know.

We corresponded for sixty years – I received his last letter this past August.

Neither of us had forgotten our times together in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The good times and the times that tried our souls.

I remember them all and, no doubt, will always remember them.

I remember that tall, straight as an arrow young soldier at Fort Bragg who became a life long friend.

I’ll always remember Ben Guthrie..

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

When a friend becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure.

Jim Mullaney
CO "H" Company

Bennett M. Guthrie authored "Three Winds of Death" which he dedicated to "that gallant breed of man, the paratrooper, both past and present, but most humbly, respectfully, and reverently to our buddies who fell in mortal combat with the common enemy."  Of it he wrote,  "that it relates our origins, our dreams, our prayers, and our victories. It relates our fears and frustrations. The 503d Paratroopers have witnessed their Armageddon. . .they have walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death."

Ben's post-war years were spent teaching science classes in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

 

Charlie Rambo
8 June 2006

Captain Charlie Rambo was Regimental HQ Co. Communications Officer .

Services for Charlie will be  held in the post chapel at 11 am, August 15, Ft. Meyer,  Virginia. 
Internment to follow at Arlington Cemetery.

Charles Robert Rambo, 87, a decorated World War II veteran who spent 25 years as an international communications specialist with the State Department, died June 8 at his home in Arlington. He had mesothelioma cancer.

A retired Army colonel, Mr. Rambo joined the State Department in 1965. He oversaw operations in Latin America and the Middle East and headed up State's first counterterrorism operation. During his tenure, Mr. Rambo also promoted government-sponsored sports programs as a conduit for communications between the United States and other countries.

He attended the Sapporo and Munich Olympic Games in the 1970s and the 1980 Lake Placid Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Before retiring from the State Department in 1979, he was director of communications for the Western Hemisphere. He continued to work as a consultant until 1991.

Mr. Rambo was born June 26, 1918, in Phoenixville, Pa. He was a direct descendant of Peter Gunnar Rambo, who came to Philadelphia from Sweden in 1640 and was an interpreter between Peter Stuyvesant and the Indians in Philadelphia and New York.

He attended Drexel University as an electrical engineering student before entering the Army in 1941 and volunteering for the first parachute unit. After completing jump school, he was shipped overseas as communications chief and later regimental platoon leader to the 503rd Parachute Battalion, which became the 503rd Parachute Regiment, the first parachute regiment in the Army.

Throughout World War II, he served in active combat with the 503rd in the Pacific theater under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, including during the New Guinea and Philippines campaigns and the liberation of Corregidor Island. During combat, he participated in the lowest altitude jump, 150 feet, made in the Pacific theater.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Master Parachutist badge. He also was honored by Portugal's government for his work related to sports programs. He retired from the Army in 1965.

Mr. Rambo was active in many organizations. He was a former member and on the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee and was a past president of the United States People to People Sports Committee, the 503rd Parachute RCT Association and the Returned & Services League of Australia.

He also belonged to the American Rocket Society, the Hawaii State Society, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association and the White House Communications Association.

An accomplished self-taught classical Hawaiian steel guitarist, Mr. Rambo performed professionally until three years ago.

He began playing the instrument at 13 after meeting guitarist Les Paul at a concert in Philadelphia. After the concert, Paul took the teenager to a music store, where he first played. There, Mr. Rambo bought a steel guitar with earnings from his newspaper route.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Rambo of Arlington; two children, Barbara Rambo of San Francisco and Bruce Rambo of Turkey; a sister; and two grandsons.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company

Alfred D. Allen
24 April 2006

Alfred D. Allen 85, went home to be with the Lord on Monday April 24, 2006 while surrounded by his loving and faithful family.  He was born in Chicopee April 11, 1921 and was a 1938 graduate of Chicopee High School.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Wilma (Paschall) Allen.  He also leaves his three daughters, Debra Donnelly of Springfield; Brenda Long of Ludlow; Wilma Turgeon of Indian Orchard.  Alfred will be missed by; his three loving sons in law, Ben, Mark and Barry; a sister, Margie Curtright of Arizona; his five grandchildren; David and Daniel Kelley; Jonathan and Joel Belanger; Rachel Turgeon and five great grandchildren all of whom who will see him again in heaven.  He was a Christ like example to everyone who met him.  He was a WWII Veteran with the Headquarters Co. 3rd Battalion 503rd Inf. Regiment Parachute.  He recently received the Bronze Star in 2004.  He worked as a firefighter at Westover Air Force Base for ten years and went on to become an elementary school teacher in East Longmeadow for over 30 years retiring in 1990.  He served on the Chicopee School Committee for a total of 18 years and on the Board of Alderman for four years.  He was instrumental in bringing organized soccer to Chicopee in 1961 and brought teams from all over the world to compete at Szot Park and the former Brooks Field.   There are no calling hours and the funeral will be private.  The family invites family and friends to attend a public memorial service on Tuesday May 2nd at the First Central Baptist Church 50 Broadway Chicopee Ma 01020 at 6:30 pm.  Memorial donations in Alfred's name may be made to the First Central Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

Debra Donnelly
dakotaj7zz@zzaol.com

John Mullaney
26 March 2006

My son, John, died at 3AM this morning..
He served in "B" Company - 502nd Parachute Regimental Combat Team in Vietnam
101st Airborne in 1965 and 66
 

Jim Mullaney
"H" Co
junglejamesxx@xxinsightbb.com


MULLANEY, JOHN DENNIS, 59, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2006, at his home, surrounded by friends and family. He served honorably in Vietnam with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during 1966-67. John spent over 20 years in management positions with the Hayes Automotive Group. John was a member of Wildwood Country Club.
Some of John's best memories were golfing and boating with his friends and family. Preceded in death by his mother, Lois Catherine Mullaney; and his namesake and uncle, Captain John D. Mullaney, who died as a prisoner of war during World War II. Survivors include his three children, James Patrick Mullaney (Renee), Kelly Ewing (James), and Kathy Marcum (Steve); his father, James M. Mullaney; six siblings, Connie Pearl (Jim), Marty Mullaney (Gloria), Kevin Mullaney, Mary Lea Quick (Kerry), Steve Mullaney (Laura), and Sally Sanders (Mark); eight grandchildren, Chasity, Lynsey, Lacy, Jimmy, Christopher, Coty, Alec and Megan; several nieces and nephews; and his pet dog, Bear.

Published in The Courier-Journal on 3/27/2006.

Guy "Tank Pilot" Crull
8 March 2006

The Tank Pilot passed away this morning at around 8:00,  Wednesday, 8 March.  I  can only say that he will be surely missed.  I prayed over the last week that the Lord would take him peacefully…. He was quite a man, my hero, my father.  I did have the opportunity to tell him that before he passed and how much I loved him and how proud I was of him.  I had a chance to look at the web site bearing my fathers name.   I only wish there was a way to have an honor guard befitting of my father… don’t get me wrong the American Legion does a fine job,  but I guess like any daughter I  feel he should have more.   I will see that he does have the honor guard there for him. 

Services at Davidson Anderson Chapel, Visitation 5-6 March 10.
Burial Chillicothe Cemetery .

Patty Donath
Chillicothe Ill 
[pdonathzz@zzmtco.com]

 Though Guy was not of the 503d PRCT, he became an integral part of its history when the Navy Intercept Tunnel at Monkey Point exploded on 26 March 1945, blowing his tank into the air for so long, it gained him the name "The Tank Pilot." He was the tank's only survivor, and thereafter battled a life of chronic pain and PTSD. He was 83.

He was particularly happy to meet with 503d PRCT troopers who remembered the incident, and who could thus understand "the way it was."

Guy has authored an article for the Rock Force Website.

 

Bob Flynn
1 February 2006

 

I just tried to call Bob Flynn.  A friend of his (John Maxwell) answered the phone. He told me that Bob had passed away Wednesday Feb. 1.  He told me that Bob had been sick for a long time, and never let on to anybody how bad he really was.

The services for the burial has not been set as yet but his wife says it will be simple with few guests. Bob will be cremated and the internment will be at the White March Cemetery, I assume is located in Lansdale PA.  

Please advise the 'troops.

Chet Nycum
 

 

Emmett Lee Wester
13 January 2006

  Dad was a member of 503rd from the start. He was in " G " company. He talked about his time overseas, mostly about the guys he served with, a little about the combat, but not as much .

Doyle Wester
DeQueen, Arkansas.

 

 


Dale E. Gerzmehle
13 October 2005

 

Just a note to inform you of another 503rd Corregidor veteran that has passed away. My father - Dale E Gerzmehle, who served with the 503rd, 2nd Battalion, "E "Company, 4th Platoon, passed quietly in his sleep at Edgewater Nursing Home - Port Edwards, Wisconsin, on October 13th, 2005 at the age of 80.

He had been suffering from cardiac and respiratory problems. 

When he was able, I would talk to him about the stories I read on your websites and show him many of the wonderful pictures.  Despite his condition, he remembered those times quite clearly. He was very proud of the 503rd PRCT, as I and my family are of him.

Any recollections from fellow comrades would be very welcome.

Dennis Gerzmehle
dennis.gerzmehlezz@zzallina.com

 

 


ttfnj

John  'Jungle Fox' Lindgren
date unknown, October 2005

 Fortunately for all of us, John saw the value of the website very early in its life, and he became a staunch supporter and prolific author for it.  He was a great researcher, and provided many of the Morning Reports upon which Bill Calhoun and I are now compiling  "Bless 'Em All."  His finest work was "Night at Wheeler Point" which described not the frenetic night of  "D" Company's backs to the cliff defense at Banzai Pt., but his revisit to the site almost half a lifetime later. It was one of my first editing tasks, and I came away with a deep respect for John's intellect and writing skills. 

Jungle Fox was less than light on his feet and his sobriquet was a satirical tribute to John's almost total lack of jungle stealth.

Nonetheless, John commanded respect just by being in a room (another of his nicknames was "Senator") and it was easy to imagine him in a purple edged toga.  He was an astute observer of life, and writing of  his time on Corregidor, he contributed the most illuminating truth of them all, the statement which the Website uses as its frontispiece
 

The closer you get to the
individual soldier doing the dirty work,
the closer you are to the truth in war. 

                               John Lindgren

John was an active e-mailer, made it a point to keep the circle amused,  and always had a kind way to sink the pompous. He always closed off with "ttfnj." 
 

Paul Whitman
 

Bruce 'Tennessee' Samples
6 September 2005

Unfortunately, I bear the sad news of another loss to the surviving members of the 503rd RCT.  On 6 September 2005, Bruce “Tennessee” Samples, of White Pine, Tennessee, passed away.  It was his birthday.  He was in 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon of F Company, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.  During the time my father knew him (mostly on Negros), Tennessee was the 1st Scout for the squad.  With a shock of blond hair, a wry smile, and an understated estimate of the situation, he was loved as a comrade and revered as a fighter.  My father describes his movements as “catlike” in battle.  He was a very fine man and I know he leaves a gap in Eastern Tennessee that will take forever to fill.

I appreciate it if you can post his name to your Taps column.  It joins the names of many other fine men.

Karson Snyder
Sana’a, Yemen

Bruce Samples was one of the finest we had. There are those who drug along but stayed with it. I have seen various statements about those who who fought in battles. Some estimate 15% in ordinary units and 20% in crack units. I don't know percents, but I do know some looked to their safety while others participated. I call these participants "warriors."  For example Lloyd G. McCarter had always been at the top of my warrior list. I saw him in action too many times to be unsure of this. With this in mind, I can say with all my heart that Bruce was a warrior.

In "Bless 'em All" I give the account of the wounding and death of Homer Patterson. I was at hand on Way Hill when the radio call came in from the 2nd platoon squad that they were pinned down on the trail to Rock Point at a point below Btry. Grubbs. They had a badly wounded member. Bailey told me to go get them. I grabbed one of my squads which had just came in from a patrol and Roy Jensurd, my platoon medic, and rushed down there. Patterson was lying on the ground, and the rest of his squad was firing into Grubbs Ravine in the vicinity of RC-6. My squad deployed along the trail and joined in the firing. My immediate attention was on Jensurd and Patterson. After a few minutes in which we were receiving no fire I turned my attention to my men,  the other 2nd plt. men and the draw. Immediately I saw men lying flat with their heads down but firing away. Others were looking down into the draw seeking a target. Those were our warriors.

I have often wondered about Bruce Samples and other warriors. Thank you for telling me of his death. If Bill Bailey were still alive he, too, would gave been appreciative. In later years we discussed our brave, and Bruce Samples was one of his favorites. However, we both realized that there were those who had never attracted attention, but suddenly amazed us by suddenly performing  a heroic act. 

Bill Calhoun  


Don Abbott
2 September 2005

 I want to let you know Don died in his sleep last night due to his Parkinson's. He is now in a more peaceful place. Libby was with him. She seems to be holding up well. Don will be buried next week at the National  Veteran's cemetery in Portland  (my father, Don's brother is buried there too) with full military honors. If you could get the word out to the 503rd  people I would appreciate it.
 

DON ABBOTT WAS A LT. IN "D" CO. (NADZAB & NOEMFOOR), THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER IN "E" CO. (CORREGIDOR) AND COMPANY COMMANDER OF "A" CO. (NEGROS)  -  AFTER HE RETIRED, HE  RENEWED HIS CONNECTIONS WITH CORREGIDOR, TRAVELLING THERE SEVERAL TIMES AND DOCUMENTING MANY OF ITS UNKNOWN STORIES.  IT WAS THROUGH HIS KNOWLEDGE , ENTHUSIASM AND SUPPORT THAT THIS WEBSITE AND THE HERITAGE BATTALION EXISTS.
 
- -

Paul Abbott
paulabbott9zz@zzhotmail.com]


Jack Herzig
21 August 2005

Jack passed away on August 21st.  He succumbed to colon cancer. 
 
Jack was a fine human being, a loving husband to me and to my family, who were his stepchildren and grandchildren.  I miss him.

Aiko Herzig
aikozigzz@zzyahoo.com]

 


Henry E. Zimon
16 July 2005

Henry joined the 503d at Fort Bragg and went overseas with the regiment in October 1942. He was in "G" company for some of the  time with us but was in Regimental headquarters, too. When I left "H" Company in October 1945,  Henry took over command of the company from me.

Jim Mullaney

I am writing to seek your advice on how to best get the word out about the death and upcoming funeral of my father, MAJ Henry E. Zimon, who served with the 503d in the South Pacific with many of you.  He died last Saturday here in the Washington DC area, and I am planning an appropriate funeral with honors at Arlington.  I have not begun much, because I want to be able to get the word out to as many of his living comrades as possible, so I thought I would begin with some of the 503d web sites.

 I served a full career, retiring in 1999 as a Colonel, and now my daughter is carrying on the tradition of service as a Captain in El Paso at Ft Bliss.

Thanks in advance very much for any advice or assistance you might be able to provide.  You may certainly forward my email to anyone who might be helpful in what we are trying to do.

 We are all honored and humbled at your heroic service!!

 God bless,

 Hank

Dr. Henry A. Zimon
Colonel
, US
Army (retired)
zimonhzz@zzaol.com

Dear Paul, Jim, and others affiliated with the magnificent 503d,

I wrote in July shortly after my father's passing on July 16.  At that time I promised that once the arrangements for Dad's internment at Arlington were final, I would write back so that you could distribute the information to anyone who might have an interest in attending and just so that all might be aware.  Several have responded since then, and I appreciate very much hearing from you.

Major Henry E. Zimon will be honored at Arlington National Cemetery on November 10, 2005 with a Memorial Service at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel at 11 AM followed immediately by his interment in the cemetery with full military honors.  The family plans to host a brief reception at the Fort Myer Community Club following the interment and invites all attendees come. 

More details on the reception will be announced at the Chapel. We extend a sincere invitation to all of Dad's fellow servicemen, friends, colleagues to join us on November 10.  If anyone needs assistance with transportation please contact me and I will do what I can to arrange assistance.  Please feel free to forward this email (or contact by other means) to other individuals or web sites that could be useful to pass the word on Dad's funeral.  Thanks again to all of you for your service in the past, and for keeping the history and traditions of the 503d and the airborne alive and well.

Most sincerely,

Dr. Henry A. Zimon
Colonel
, US
Army (retired)
zimonhzz@zzaol.com

                


 

 

 

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