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Tri-State Chapter 34th Infantry Division Association

PO Box 1166, Pocasset MA 02559 Newsletter · November 2005

http://www.34infdiv.org/tristate/

Patrick Skelly Secretary-Treasurer (508)524-3948 [email protected] Philip Daurio President Ray Rudolph Operations Advisor (412)486-6536 [email protected]

As always, we will open with Ray Rudolph's familiar newsletter greeting, so, Dear Red Bulls, the Ladies, and Friends:

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Tri-State Chapter's Officers and Trustees

· President: Philip Daurio F/135, Garden City NY · 1st Vice-President: Richard Tennant A/168, West Friendship MD · 2nd Vice-President: William Bennett B/133, Weirton WV · Sergeant-at-Arms: Martin Winkle G/133, Monaca PA · Chaplain: Leighton McKeithen C/133, Fayetteville NC · Secretary-Treasurer: Patrick Skelly Pocasset MA · 3-Year Trustees: John Minotti 1Bn/135, West Lake OH William Berry Med/135, Greensboro GA Joe Kolakowski Wheeling WV · 2-Year Trustees: Gilbert White F/135, Cottonwood AZ John Taylor L/168, Newtown Square PA Raymond Rudolph HQ/135, Pittsburgh PA · 1-Year Trustees: Irwin Gibson G/135, Coshocton OH Donald Lange HQ/135, Cincinnati OH L.M. (Mac) McKinnon F/135, Mt Clemens MI

Recent Death Reports:

We're only aware of two Chapter members for whom we've had the final roll call since the Carlisle Reunion, yet that's two too many. Would that it might continue at this pace. Ivan Delp of Metairie LA and G Co. 133rd Infantry, was Chapter President 1995-1996 and National President 2002-2003. He passed away on August 10th. Then, just a few weeks later Jeanne Delp got out safely when Hurricane Katrina hit their home. I'm happy to report she's back home now. Frank Burke of Sarasota FL and L Co. 168th Infantry passed away on October 1st. The news was passed to us by Hazel and George Zakel, and is much appreciated. "May they have no more hills to climb, nor cold, nor rain, nor mud, nor enemy fire, and may they now rest in Peace."

New Members

New members of the Chapter since our last newsletter are: · Dan & Marilyn Andrews Amsterdam NY Dan's father, William, who was with Cannon Co., 133rd Infantry, passed away early this year. Dan and Marilyn were at the Carlisle reunion. · Riccardo & Marta Barni Prato Italy Riccardo developed the Torricella (Hill 810) Memorial and was named an Honorary Member at Carlisle. He was not able to attend the reunion. · Joseph E & Ruth Hochadel Sarasota FL Joe served as a Medic with the 3rd Bn., 133rd Infantry, and joined the Chapter early this summer. · Maj. Amy McCain, USAF Arlington VA Amy represented our current Armed Forces at the Torricella Memorial dedication, and was introduced as an Honorary Member at our Carlisle Banquet. · Charles F Sweeney Springfield OR Charlie, from Service Co., 133rd Infantry, joined the Chapter at the Carlisle reunion.

Reverse Drawing News

The 2005 Reverse Drawing Grand Prize winner was Harold Dode. Congratulations! And to get the 2006 Reverse Drawing off to a good start, we have: September Winner - George Catalano, $25. October Winner - Richard Lohrens, $25. See the last page for the 2006 Reverse Drawing entry form appears; it provides an important part of our Operating Funds for the Chapter. Please give us your support.

Lost Members

Evelyn Melton, last known to be in Washington DC.

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Reunion Report

The Tri-State reunion in Carlisle PA was a real challenge, an exciting time for me. It was my first time with this responsibility, taking over as SecretaryTreasurer from Ray Rudolph (and, of course, Marion). I'd been a frequent visitor to Carlisle and its Military History Institute years, but still had a lot to learn. The aid and counsel of Ray and Marion, Kermit and Jean Laidig on local arrangements, Gail Newchurch (in her third year of support from the Reunion Brat organizers), Martin Winkle, and my Genevieve Kazdin, also made it much easier. Always ready to pitch in were the entire Comfort Suites staff, from Heather Kattouf, General Manager, down to Jackson on the Catering staff. Our support from the US Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC), part of which we know at the Military History Institute, was far beyond my hopes and expectations. Led by Director Col. Robert Dalessando, the entire staff under Dr Richard Sommers brought out for fifty of us more books and magazine articles than I'd seen in a number of visits; Richard Baker prepared and narrated a history of our Division for our luncheon at the Institute, then brought it to our Saturday banquet. The wonder of this visit came in realizing how serious our Army is in learning from and preserving our own Red Bull history. AHEC staff and visiting historians joined us at the Comfort Suites on Saturday with presentations and conversations about our combat in North Africa and Italy as perceived and directed by commanders far above us, met with a number of us to collect oral histories, and were our special guests at the Saturday evening banquet. Our 'missing man table' featured not the usual fine china and silver, but a WW II messkit and canteen, loaned by Roger Durham, AHEC Museum Director, to complement the usual linen tablecloth, wine glass, and candle. Danny Quinn, our musician for the evening someone I'm proud to call my friend - opened the banquet by playing and singing Homer Ankrum's "Attack! Attack! Attack!". He also assisted Leighton McKeithen at the Sunday morning Memorial Service, providing the music for that, and offering the very appropriate "The Vacant Chair", a song of our Civil War. ... but what about 2006, Buffalo? Plans are moving ahead for the 2006 Reunion in Buffalo NY, July 13-16. Serious contractual concerns with the Adam Mark Hotel made us decide to shift our site to the Holiday Inn Buffalo/Downtown. We'll pass you registration information - Hotel and Program - in the next Newsletter. Linda Irvine at Reunion Brat and I both want to thank Rosemary Mayer for the valuable research she did on our behalf for local arrangements, tours, and entertainment.

Attendance at the Carlisle Reunion, July 28th - 31st, 2005

Dan and Marilyn Andrews (Cannon/133rdInf) Bill Baker 185thFldArtyBn William and Eleanor Bennett B/133rdInf William and Frances Berry Med/135thInf Lawrence and Eloise Board 3rd/133rdInf Bernard Brosky and Joseph Kolakowski D/168thInf George and Lorraine Catalano A/133rdInf Paul Crouthamel 34thReconTrp with Kelsey Ewing and Vivian Marchak Philip Daurio F/135thInf Frank Day K/135thInf Giuliano and Lina Fregonese M/133rdInf Irwin and Jo Gibson G/135thInf William Glaesser L/133rdInf Walter and Norma Havran E/135thInf with Ted and Helen Havran Edward Hess, Sr B,G/135thInf with Eddi Hess, Jr and Richard Hess Kermit and Jean Laidig H/135thInf LtCol. Richard Lohrens B/133rdInf Rosemary Mayer (Hq/135thInf) Maj. Amy McCain USAF Leighton and Edna McKeithen C/133rdInf with Madge McKeithen Leighton "Mac" McKinnon F/135thInf with Flora, Tullio, and Maria Tassi, and Mike, Diana, and Ashely Manetz John and Ann Minotti 1st/135thInf Walter Nowotarski M/133rdInf Paul and Colleen Parlock 34thReconTrp Stephen and Pearl Petronchak I/135thInf T Jack Pikkarainen K/168thInf John Ray -not knownDonald Rogers I/133rdInf Ralph Rose E/168thInf Raymond and Marion Rudolph Hq/135thInf Robert and Ruth Scheifley M/135thInf Jack Schoelkopf E/168thInf John and Esther Sigmans I/168thInf with Richard and Vivian Nichols Pat Skelly and Genevieve Kazdin (1st,HQ/133rdInf) David and Mary Smith A/168thInf Carl "Dutch" Snyder Hq/133rdInf Matthew Taraborrelli and Ann Mogul L/133rdInf John and Alma Taylor L/168thInf Dick and Bettie Tennant A/168thInf Michael Valosin F/135thInf Gilbert and Carolyn White F/135thInf Col. Richard Wilkinson C/133rdInf Martin Winkle G/133rdInf Walter and Rose Zabrowski Hq/135thInf

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Veterans Remembered at our Carlisle Memorial Service:

· William Andrews, died 12 Jan 2005 Cannon/133Inf Amsterdam NY · Ace Andrill, no location or date, M/168Inf · Leon Arey, died 4 Dec 2004, HQ,H,K/135Inf Keene NH · Robert C Armitage, died 22 Aug 2004, B/185FA Lake in the Hills IL · Albert H Banks, died 4 Dec 2004, D/168Inf Aledo IL · Washington C Carter, no date, Hq 3rdBn/135Inf Montgomery AL · Ralph Christie, died 2001, D/135Inf Aston PA · Robert DeSantis, no date, A/133Inf Allons TN · Ray Fiorella, no location or date, M/133Inf · Ivy N "Nick" Fox, died 30 Dec 2004, G/168Inf Dallas TX · William Franklin, no location or date, M/168Inf · Raymond Frullo, died May 2003, M/133Inf Dennisport MA · Irwin Hall, no location or date, HQ/168Inf · Lawrence Hartzell, died May 2003, I,H/133Inf Loves Park IL · James Horton, died 2002, Hq/168Inf Covington VA · Fred Iovanella, died 4 Feb 2005, E/135Inf New Castle PA · Lee Jones, died 5 Jul 2004, C/133Inf Covington GA · John Kearns, died 2 Feb 2004, Hq 1stBn/135Inf Sterling Heights MI · Shirley W Latta, died 20 Nov 2004, A/135Inf Pulaski TN · Robert "Bob" Rion, died 7 Nov 2004, G/168Inf Myrtle Beach SC · Donald J Roufs, died 15 Jan 2005, Cannon/168Inf Winsted MN · Ed Ruple, died 13 July 2005, A,M/133Inf Newport News VA · Harold Shafer, died 18 Jan 2005, H/168Inf Ronceverte WV, · John Teahan, died 17 Aug 2001, L/135Inf Roseville MI · Cletus Willkom, died Aug 2004, K,L/133Inf Cadott WI

Tri-State Chapter Business

In our business meeting at Carlisle we made three key changes in our standing rules: · Widows of our members who wish to remain with the Chapter will become Honorary Members for as long as they desire, and will be charged no dues. They gave enough over the many years for their husbands. · Our dues have been raised from $5./annum to $10. effective with this 2005-2006 membership year. · To ease the bookkeeping process for the Chapter, we are changing our Fiscal and Membership Year to the calendar year, January - December. In order to make the changeover, we're now in an 18-month year: 1 July 2005 through 31 December 2006. These changes make for a financial crunch. We can certainly survive for several years, but our reserve is falling below the point of prudence. Request: If you are able to make a donation to support our Chapter operations, it would be most welcome; $25. is suggested.

Tri-State Chapter Publications

The mailed newsletter won't be printed in color. The estimate for outside color printing is about $160. per side. While the cost to print color in our office is much less, the time is about two hours per side, too long because it's a job here that needs to be watched. This newsletter will be placed on the Association website: http://www.34infdiv.org/tristate/0511.pdf Chapter members with online access will get e-mail telling them when and where it is available.

Missing Past Presidents

We've lost track of some of our earlier Chapter Past Presidents, and suspect they may have passed away. If you can confirm or refute this, please send an e-mail to us at [email protected] 1976-77 Armel Schaff 1980-81 Robert Pierce 1981-82 Robert Fields

More Book Notes

Soft-cover ('trade press') editions of both 'An Army At Dawn' by Rick Atkinson and 'Monte Cassino' by Matthew Parker have now been published. Links for Amazon ordering are found at http://www.milhist.net/reference/books.html

Book Notes

Col. Richard F. "Dick" Wilkinson has published "The Breakthrough Battalion: Battles of Company C of the 133rd Infantry Battalion".

Ahead of the Holiday Season

We wish you all peaceful holidays with friends.

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A soldier down in the 100th Infantry Battalion

All of our veterans know well the vital role played by the 100th Infantry Battalion (Nisei) as proud Red Bulls from Salerno to Rome. And we remember their transfer at Tarquinia from the 133rd Infantry Regiment to the 442nd Infantry Regiment which became, for a while, the fourth Regiment of our Division. That Battalion is now in Iraq under command of the 29th Infantry Brigade. The 29th Separate Infantry Brigade (SIB) is the principal unit in the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG). Upon federal mobilization, that brigade is augmented by the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry of the U.S. Army Reserves, the only remaining Infantry unit in the Army Reserve force structure (with units from the island of Oahu, Guam, and American Samoa). BG Joseph Chavez, Commanding 29th Brigade, was given authority by GEN Peter Schoomaker, Chief of Staff, US Army, to allow the Battalion to wear the 'Torch of Liberty' 442nd Infantry shoulder sleeve insignia during this mobilization and deployment.. Here is a letter from the Command Sergeant Major of the Battalion to the 'Puka Puka Parade', monthly newsletter of the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Club. It is printed here for those who do not have access to our Association website, http://www. 34infdiv.org/ . From: Sergeant Major Harold P. Estabrooks, Command Sergeant Major, 100th Bn / 442nd Infantry To; The 100th Battalion Veterans, It is hard to believe that it is August, but it is. The heat is starting to break as the days grow shorter, it ranges from 105 to 110, but we do not see the 120 plus as often as we did in July. It dawned on us that we have not seem any clouds lately. We had them when we arrived, it rained a few times, but we cannot remember the last time we have seen one. Up north in the mainland we always watched for the robin, upon seeing the third you knew it was spring. We hope seeing clouds are the announcement of the fall. We had a tremendous dust storm 4 days ago, it lasted for 2 days, it enveloped the area in partial darkness and a fine layer of dust, and it is everywhere. The soil here is loam, no sand. It is so dry that any traffic makes a powder as fine as talcum. When it gets wet it is as slick as ice, making the roads extremely hazardous. We will take dry over wet. As you may already know the Battalion lost its first soldier on this deployment, no amount of training could have prepared us for the event. In the quiet we think about it, it has made our respect and gratitude for you grow, it is strange how growth occurs. We think how the loss of one Soldier has changed us; we can not imagine what changes it brought to you.

This letter is written for SSG Frank Tia'i; it is what it is, remembrances and emotions as the events unfolded. We have always understood our responsibilities as a leadership team and had prepared to do our duty in the event we lost a Soldier. It came on 17 July. The day started with me linking up with a platoon from Co C in the Battalion Motor Pool, and preparing for a route clearance mission. The last stop the patrol makes before leaving the base is at the tactical operations center for an update of the current situation. When we arrived we were informed that a Co C patrol was hit as they were heading back to the base, it was the patrol that we were replacing. Not much was known but it was clear that a Soldier was severely injured. We were ordered to the site to assist, but when we arrived the Soldiers had the situation under control, and we continued our mission. Throughout the mission you could sense the uneasiness. Our scheduled return was at 1700, but we were called in early, in our hearts we knew why. When we arrived we were met by the Battalion Commander, he informed us of Frank's passing. Our patrol was cut short in order for us to be present at the airfield for the departure of our Soldier on his last journey home. It is called the "Patriot Detail" it ensures that Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines line the route as the remains are carried to the entrance of the aircraft, where a small ceremony is held. The HHC First Sergeant had carried out his responsibilities to the letter. He had posted the Honor Guard and Battalion Colors and was assisting the C Company First Sergeant with the rehearsal of the pall bearers when we arrived. For Frank a large crowd had gathered, in total there had to be at least 300 people. The NCO in charge remarked that he had never seen so many Soldiers and Airmen at a Patriot Ceremony. We work closely with the Air Force and see each other as one team; they were there to support the Battalion. It is amazing to see the camaraderie that [exists] between the services for our fallen heroes. We formed and marched a slow, silent march to the aircraft where the Battalion Chaplain and the 29th Brigade Commander awaited. We formed into lines on each side of the rear ramp, 5 deep on each side in the hot sun to honor our Soldier. The Command of Present Arms was given as the bearers carried our Soldier onto the plane. We then entered the plane to hear from the Chaplain. His words, as always, were strong and comforting, he is one of our most powerful weapons in the fight. After a few brief moments the plane was ready to depart and the Soldiers slowly left the tarmac. It is not intended to march off the tarmac; soldiers leave in small groups, heading back to deal with grief as they deal with the fight in small groups, 3 or 4

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supporting each other. I remember looking at the colors as they caught the wind, it reminded me that the Battalion endures, for the first time during this campaign I felt old. For the leadership team there would be little or no sleep for the next 3 days. The next ceremony, the memorial service, is conducted to allow all the soldiers to grieve and help them find closure. The leadership team was determined to honor Frank with a ceremony that only the 100th can provide. Being primarily Islanders we stick out on this base like a sore thumb and when you are the only Infantry Unit on a base this size you have those that love you and those that don't. We knew that some of the "don'ts" would be in attendance by protocol; we knew that they would understand the powerful pride of the Battalion after the ceremony. The ceremony was held in the base theater, it is large with a full stage and a balcony. The acoustics are perfect; you can hear a whisper from the back row. The preparation for it was a true team effort; the Command Sergeants Major from the 29th Brigade and the 29th Support Battalion set the flags and stage, leaving us free to rehearse. On the day of the ceremony we were presented with potted plants grown by the 29th Support Battalion Commander, they added to the beauty of the ceremony. On the center stage were the boots, rifle, helmet, the United State Flag and a picture of Frank. The podium was draped with a lava lava [an article of Samoan clothing] from Co C. The theater filled to capacity with an overflow crowd watching from the lobby on the day of the memorial. It began with the Battalion Soldiers singing songs taught to us by the Soldiers of B and C Companies during mobilization, the men's voices were strong but restrained, we knew why. After the announcement was given that we would begin in 5 minutes, the Battalion Bagpiper, Sgt. "Doc" Reed, played "Gary Owen", "Amazing Grace" and "Go for Broke". From my seat on the stage, I saw the hair on the back of our men stand up in unison, mine included, as our song filled the air. We began with the invocation, followed by [eulogies] from the Commander, Platoon Leader, PSG, and a close friend. Then the Battalion Chaplain spoke, more powerful than ever before. We sang a hymn in Samoan and had a slide show full of pictures of Frank.

Some things stay with you. the final [roll] call is as clear now as it was 3 weeks ago. It was conducted by the Co C First Sergeant, as he called for Frank the 3rd time the rifle team fired followed by Taps. The bugle players were also provided by the 29th Support Battalion, their playing mimicing a faint echo. After the Benediction we had everyone stand for the singing of "Remember Pearl Harbor" and "Go for Broke", this was what the men were holding their voices back for, their voices thundered, in our hearts we hoped that we were heard by Frank. This was the first time that the Soldiers have sung the Battalion Songs in Theater and it was overpowering to all that witnessed it. In front of me, I watched as a Senior Officer broke into tears and looked to the heavens. He had no knowledge of the 100th, he did not know Frank, he knew that the Nation had lost a Warrior, and he had felt the Spirit of the Battalion. After the song we formed a line to pay our respects and to thank those who came. We were there for an hour and a half, everyone stopped to shake hands and offer their sympathies and condolences. As the Soldiers saluted Frank for the last time, many placed a token on the stand where the boots and rifle rested. The items will be given to his family. To this day we get stopped around the base by Soldiers and Airmen who were there, they struggle as they try to find words to express their feelings, we think that they want to give a compliment, but they are not sure if it is appropriate; we help them by saying, "We understand." Throught the entire time, our Soldiers eagerly went to meet the enemy, with a redoubled commitment to the campaign. They are proud; they will never quit; they will never leave a fallen comrade; and they will never accept defeat. They represent the best of our Islands and Nation, and I thank God that they serve in the greatest Infantry Battalion in the Army. I close all my letters the same way. Each day I am here, it reinforces my belief that I am from the Greatest Nation on the face of the earth because of our people. May God bless you and the United States. "Remember Pearl Harbor" Harold P. Estabrooks, SGM; CSM, 100th BN - 442D Infantry

Soon our 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, head for Iraq. May the three battalions gather there and lift a glass to all of you, their predecessors in earlier campaigns.

Attack! Attack! Attack, no turning back! For when the Old Red Bull starts marching, their battle streamers waving high, then it's time to tell the enemy to retreat or stand and die!

- Homer R. Ankrum, © 1991

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