• Tribute to Pvt Homer S LONG Jr - F/193rd & 194th GIR

    (February 03, 1925 - April 06, 1945)

     

      

    Son of  Homer Smith LONG Sr and Bessie Leona MOTTER-LONG, Homer S LONG Jr was born on February 03, 1925 in Kane, Pennsylvania. He lived at Bradford, Pennsylvania and was employed by the Pepsi Cola Co, Olean, New-York when he was enlisted on April 07 and inducted on April 14, 1943 at Buffalo, New York. He received ASN 32930595.

    Private LONG was immediately sent to Camp McKall, North Carolina for basic training and assigned to Company F/193rd GIR of the new 17th Airborne Division.

    Homer LONG was killed in action on April 06, 1945 in the area of Hamm, Germany while his regiment was involved in the Rhur pocket battle, attached to the 95th Infantry Division.

     

    Article published in the OLEAN TIMES HERALD of Friday May 04, 1945

     

    He was buried at Margraten US Military Cemetery, Holland before being repatriated on December 03, 1948 and permanently buried at McKean Memorial Park Cemetery, Lafayette, Pennsylvania.

     

    Article published in the ERA, Bradford, PA of Thursday December 02, 1948

     

     

    Homer S LONG Jr was awarded Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifleman, Glider qualification Badge, Paratrooper qualification badge, Combat Infantry Badge, European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars (for Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns) and one Arrowhead (for operation Varsity) and Purple Heart Medal (posthumously).

     

     

    This "GI's Tribute" has  been realized with the help of Sally LONG SENNETT (niece) and will be archived in the GI's Tribute - 194th GIR.


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  • Unknown 17th AB trooper

     

     

    Who know Joe ? 

    This unknown 17th AB soldier was probably member of an artillery battalion as the pipe, the Airborne badge on his overseas cap and the oval under his wings are dark and seem to be red. The chino shirt indicates the pic has been realized in UAS, circa 1943 or 1944. As he wears an Airborne badge on his overseas cap and Wings on his chest I guess so this gentleman was member of the 460th or 466th PFAB.

    Of interest, note the "opposite claw" shoulder sleeve insignia.

    TFH


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  • Tribute to Chester E REBER - Battery HQ & Sv / 680th GFAB

    (January 07, 1914 - November 28, 1966)

     

      

    I have recently acquired this interesting Paratrooper qualification badge ("Wings") engraved by its initial owner. This gentleman has made engrave a date "4/29/44, a serial number "39377485" and his name "Chester E Reber". With these info, I have identified this man as a member of the 680th GFAB.

    Son of Harry F REBER and Ella COOK, Chester E REBER was born on January 07, 1914 at Chehalis in Lewis County, Washington. He grows up and lived there when he was enlisted on March 24, 1941 at Tacoma, Washington. He received ASN 39377485.

    He married Lucille GRIEGER on October 12, 1941 at Seattle, King County, Washington and has had a son.

    Sergent REBER joined the 680th Glider Field Artillery Battalion at unknown date and was assigned to Battery HQ & Service. The date on the brevet is probably the date of obtaining his paratrooper qualification. Unfortunately, this man is not listed on the 1947 Don Pay roster and I haven't found other info on him. 

    He passed away on November 28, 1966 at the age of 52 years-old. He is buried at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington. 

     

     

    This "GI's Tribute" will be archived in the GI's Tribute - 680th GFAB.


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  • Hosingen (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg), January 29, 1945 : the 193rd GIR fights for the last time

     

    I have made many many research on the 193rd GIR and I'm finishing a book (in french) dedicated to this 17th Airborne's unit. I am currently doing the layout of the Rhineland campaign chapter. On January 28, 1945, the 193rd GIR were located in the little village of Hosingen (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg) facing the German border and the Siegfried Line (also called Westwall) delimited by the Our river. To better understand the battle, I have made a one day trip in the area and I think it is interesting to share this with you.

    Enjoy,

    TFH

     

    The operation: on January 29, 1945, the 193rd GIR has received the mission to seize the highest ground facing the Our valley to better observed the German border and movements of enemy troops. The offensive starts around 02:00 PM with A Company on left and E Company on right. Under heavy fire, A Company failed to reach its objective while E Company reaches its goal at the cost of numerous losses. The two companies are ordered to withdraw at 05:30 PM. This action will be the last one for the 193rd GIR.

     

     

    Operation of the 193rd GIR on January 29, 1945 (TFH map)

     

    Hosingen before the war & after the battle of the Bulge (from the Archives of Hosingen, available on the web):

     

    The Battlefield today: these pics have been realized on August 12, 2018.

    Hosingen today seen from the left part of the front occupied by the 193rd GIR on January 28 & 29, 1945 :

     

    Both companies leaved the village by the main road to Germany, exactly at this place :

     

    The Our valley today :

      

    The objectives of the January 29, 1945 (still seen from the left flank of the front) :

     

    This pic realized just on the right of the E Company's goal shows very well the very hilly landscape in this area and the incredible difficulties to lead patrols at this place, especially in winter with anti-personnel mines on the ground and enemy fire over your head !

     

    As a testimony of the battle, it is still possible to observe fox-holes. On the first pic, we seen very well a large german collective shelter with wooden roof remains.  On the second one, we can seen individual fox-holes :

     

    Or simply pieces of shrapnel lying on the ground 75 years after the battle ...

     

    Or a commemorative plate in honor of the 17th AB Division :

     

    And finally two other surprises on the way to home ...

    This german 88mm PAK 43/41 anti-tank gun visible on the village of Heinerscheid (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg) located 10,9 kms north of Hosingen :

     

    And this german 150mm Schwere FH18 visible on the village of Cherain (Belgium) located 10 kms north-east of Houffalize, in the area where the 17th AB has fought during the Bulge. Of interest are the numerous impact of shrapnels visible on this battlefield relic :

     

     


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  • Hosingen (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg), January 29, 1945 : the 193rd GIR fights for the last time

     

    I have made many many research on the 193rd GIR and I'm finishing a book (in french) dedicated to this 17th Airborne's unit. I am currently doing the layout of the Rhineland campaign chapter. On January 28, 1945, the 193rd GIR were located in the little village of Hosingen (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg) facing the German border and the Siegfried Line (also called Westwall) delimited by the Our river. To better understand the battle, I have made a one day trip in the area and I think it is interesting to share this with you.

    Enjoy,

    TFH

     

    The operation: on January 29, 1945, the 193rd GIR has received the mission to seize the highest ground facing the Our valley to better observed the German border and movements of enemy troops. The offensive starts around 02:00 PM with A Company on left and E Company on right. Under heavy fire, A Company failed to reach its objective while E Company reaches its goal at the cost of numerous losses. The two companies are ordered to withdraw at 05:30 PM. This action will be the last one for the 193rd GIR.

     

     

    Operation of the 193rd GIR on January 29, 1945 (TFH map)

     

    Hosingen before the war & after the battle of the Bulge (from the Archives of Hosingen, available on the web):

     

    The Battlefield today: these pics have been realized this last sunday (August 12, 2018).

    Hosingen today seen from the left part of the front occupied by the 193rd GIR on January 28 & 29, 1945 :

     

    Both companies leaved the village by the main road to Germany, exactly at this place :

     

    The Our valley today :

      

    The objectives of the January 29, 1945 (still seen from the left flank of the front) :

     

    This pic realized just on the right of the E Company's goal shows very well the very hilly landscape in this area and the incredible difficulties to lead patrols at this place, especially in winter with anti-personnel mines on the ground and enemy fire over your head !

     

    As a testimony of the battle, it is still possible to observe fox-holes. On the first pic, we seen very well a large german collective shelter with wooden roof remains.  On the second one, we can seen individual fox-holes :

     

    Or simply pieces of shrapnel lying on the ground 75 years after the battle ...

     

    Or a commemorative plate in honor of the 17th AB Division :

     

    And finally two other surprises on the way to home ...

    This german 88mm PAK 43/41 anti-tank gun visible on the village of Heinerscheid (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg) located 10,9 kms north of Hosingen :

     

    And this german 150mm Schwere FH18 visible on the village of Cherain (Belgium) located 10 kms north-east of Houffalize, in the area where the 17th AB has fought during the Bulge. Of interest are the numerous impact of shrapnels visible on this battlefield relic :

     

     


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