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    Why did I create this website ?

    It is certainly an important question because I was born in 1969 and so I never personnally knew the Second World War era. This troubled period had marked my grandparents and since my youngest childhood I’ve heard stories about the nazi occupation and liberation of Belgium in 1944. It has always been with the same emotion that they told me about their surprise when they saw the GI’s for the first time. These young and smiling men represented the end of four years of deprivation. The kindness and generosity of the US soldiers have greatly affected my compatriots. Gradually I developed interest for their stories and I began to read a lot of books about World War II. I took advantage of every occasion to learn more about the American units. After that I collected souvenirs from that period and I very well remember my great excitment when I found my first US helmet. I was only 12 year old ! However in 1996 I made a discovery wich changed a lot of things for me …

    That summer I found an American identification tag in woods near the little village of Hemroulle (Bastogne). It read: WARREN E LILLY. A friend of mine rapidly identified the man as a member of the 17thAirborne Division, 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment, Company E. Unfortunately he had passed away in 1989. At that time I didn’t very well know that unit and I started researches with a crazy idea: finding Warren Lilly’s buddies! I sent a lot of mails for finally rediscover veterans of that unit. Their kindness and their precious help were extremely valuable to me and month after month I collected a lot of information concerning Company E and 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment. Rapidly I developed a real passion for the 17th Airborne Division. I decided initially to write a book dedicated to the 193rd GIR but my job is really time consuming and more than ten years later I have not yet found the time to publish it. It will be more simple and probably more interactive to share my researches by the "internet way". I am proud to present you with this work. It contains the results of my researches since 1996. Through it I hope to keep the memory and honor the sacrifice of all these young men. 

                                  

    Hereby I want to express my gratefulness to the veterans and their families who have helped me : Bill Taylor, Donald Canfield, Tony Heigl, Glenn Widdows, Jean Klick, Irvin Shore, Harold Osborn, Edward Shartle, Allen Myers, Bartley Hagerman, Charles Thomas, Robert McGlasson, Eugene Hermann, Phillip J Rice, Joe Quade, Jim Wittenmyer, Russell Dierolf, Edward Siergiej, William Tom, Curtis Gadd, John Kormann, Phyllis Vandeviver, Dorie Zitch, Ruth Torch, Phil Smith, Anne Telesca-Robinson, Lisa Robinson-Stuart, John Senick, Earl Cavanah & his family, Michael Meyers, Tony Glavan, David Bailey, Adam Coolong, Jere Lee McClendon, Patrick Gudaitis, Bruce & Patricia Overman, Melvin Lagoon & his family, Chris Caschera, Margaret Eadington, Richard P Pohanish, Vincent Ortega, Jayne Linfante, Mark Dill, Jeanne Sandison, Charles and Bob Foulon.

      

    Richard (TFH)    

    Honorary Member 17th AB Assn

      

    PS : some poeples try to contact me by my Guestbook or the Comment section of my photos or articles. In doing so, I can't obtain the email address and can't so answer. So please, use the Contact section. Thanks.

      

      

    Pourquoi ai-je créé ce blog ?

      

    Il s'agit d'une question intéressante car je suis né en 1969 ai je n'ai donc jamais connu la deuxième guerre mondiale. Cette époque terrible avait toutefois durablement marqué mes grands-parents et depuis ma plus tendre enfance, j'ai été bercée par leurs récits de l'occupation allemande et de la libération de la Belgique en septembre 1944. C'était toujours avec la même émotion qu'il décrivait la surprise qui avait été la leur lorsqu'il ont vu les premiers GI's. Ces jeunes et souriants soldats représentaient en effet la fin de quatre dures années de privation. Leur gentillesse et leur générosité a grandement marqué l'esprit de mes aînés. Peu à peu j'ai développé une véritable passion pour ses récits et j'ai alors développé mes connaissances historiques de cette période en lisant moult livres consacrés au sujet. J'ai tout naturellement complété cette "éducation" par la recherche et l'accumulation de souvenirs militaires relatives à cette période et je me rappelle encore très nettement l'excitation qui a été mienne lorsque j'ai découvert mon premier casque américain. J'avais alors douze ans ! En 1996, je fît toutefois une découverte qui donna encore une autre dimension à cette recherche d'histoire ...

      

    Cet été là, je découvris en effet, lors d'une campagne de fouille non loin du petit village de Hemroulle (Bastogne), une plaque d'identité américaine sur laquelle on pouvait lire : WARREN E LILLY. Un bon ami identifia rapidement que ce soldat appartenait à la compagnie E du 193° régiment aérotransporté de la 17° division parachutiste américaine. Quelques recherches complémentaires m'apprirent qu'il était décédé en 1989. A cette époque, je ne connaissais que peu de chose sur cette unité et j'entrepris alors des recherches avec la folle idée de retrouver les camarades de Warren Lilly ! Après de nombreuses lettres envoyées aux USA, j'obtint enfin les premières réponses de vétérans. Leur gentillesse et leur aide me furent d'un précieux secours et mois après mois, j'accumula des informations diverses sur le 193° régiment aérotransporté. Rapidement, je développa une véritable passion pour la 17° division parachutiste américaine. J'ai d'abord envisagé de publier un livre avec l'ensemble de mes recherches mais finalement, mes occupations familiales et professionnelles ne m'ont toujours pas permis de finaliser ce projet dix ans plus tard. J'ai donc décidé d'utiliser la "toile" pour partager mes découvertes. Cette manière de faire sera je l'espère plus évolutive et plus interactive. Je suis fière de vous présenter ce travail. Il est le fruit de mes recherches depuis 1996. A travers elles, j'espère préserver un peu la mémoire et honorer le sacrifice de tout ces jeunes hommes. 

      

    Je tiens ici à exprimer mes remerciements les plus sincères aux vétérans et aux familles qui m'ont aidé dans mes recherches : Bill Taylor, Donald Canfield, Tony Heigl, Glenn Widdows, Jean Klick, Irvin Shore, Harold Osborn, Edward Shartle, Allen Myers, Bartley Hagerman, Charles Thomas, Robert McGlasson, Eugene Hermann, Phillip J Rice, Joe Quade, Jim Wittenmyer, Russell Dierolf, Edward Siergiej, William Tom, Curtis Gadd, John Kormann, Phyllis Vandeviver, Dorie Zitch, Ruth Torch, Phil Smith, Anne Telesca-Robinson, Lisa Robinson-Stuart, John Senick, Earl Cavanah et sa famille, Michael Meyers, Tony Glavan, David Bailey, Adam Coolong, Jere Lee McClendon, Patrick Gudaitis, Bruce & Patricia Overman, Melvin Lagoon et sa famille, Chris Caschera, Margaret Eadington, Richard P Pohanish, Vincent Ortega, Jayne Linfante, Mark Dill, Jeanne Sandison, Charles et Bob Foulon.

      

    Richard (TFH)    

    Membre honoraire 17th AB Assoc

    PS : certaines personnes tentent de me contacter par le Guestbook ou par la section Commentaire des photos ou des articles. En procédant de la sorte, je ne peux obtenir l'adresse email et ne peux donc répondre. Utiliser donc la section Contact de mon blog. Merci.


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  • Tribute to Pvt Daniel BALLOW Jr - HQ2/194th GIR

    (November 28, 1922 - January 05, 1945)

     

      

    Son of  Mr Daniel BALLOW and Mrs Anna MINDECK, Daniel BALLOW Jr was born on November 28, 1922 in Maple Heights, Ohio. Daniel was a laborer and lived in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941. He married this year with Mrs Anna BUSCH.

    He was enlisted on April 09, 1943 at Cleveland, Ohio and received ASN 35058579.

    Private BALLOW was probably immediately sent to Camp McKall, North Carolina for basic training and assigned to the HQ2 Company of the 194th GIR of the new 17th Airborne Division. 

    Daniel BALLOW was severely wounded in action on January 04, 1945 during the first combat of his regiment, in the area of Rechimont, Belgium. He died on January 05.

    His body returned stateside on December 1948 and he is buried now in New Albany National Cemetery, 1943 Ekin Avenue, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.

    His two other brothers were also killed in action :

    - Private William BALLOW, 24 yrs-old died in November 1944 in France.

    - Private First Class Paul BALLOW, 20  yrs-old died in May 11, 1945 at Okinawa.

     

    This "GI's Tribute" will be later archived in the GI's Tribute - 194th GIR.


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  • Tribute to Pvt Boyd R DERREBERRY - G/513th PIR

    (October 10, 1921 - January 06, 1945)

     

      

    Son of  David Alexander DERREBERRY and Lenna Glesta NELSON, Boyd R DERREBERRY was born on October 10, 1921 Cherokee County, North Carolina. Daniel was a carpenter and lived in Knox County, Tennessee when he was enlisted on September 23, 1943 at Fort Oglethorp, Georgia. He received ASN 34885628.

    Private DERREBERRY joined the new Airborne Corps and was assigned to the G Company of the 513th PIR of the new 17th Airborne Division after having completed successfully the Airborne school.  

    Boyd DERREBERRY was killed in action on January 06, 1945 while his battalion was located in the vicinity of the Bois des Valets.

    He was temporarily buried in the US military cemetery of Ham, Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg. His body returned stateside on August 1949 and he is buried now in Knoxville National Cemetery, Knox County, Tennessee.

     

     

    This "GI's Tribute" will be later archived in the GI's Tribute - 513th PIR.


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  • Tribute to Private John Stephen BUCHSER (ASN 333677976) - Battery C 155th AA Bn / 17th AB (June 14, 1924 - January 07, 1945)

     

      

    John Stephen BUCHSERwas the son of Stephen G and Mary F BUCHSER. He was born on June 14, 1924. He was enlisted on April 10, 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and entered on service on April 17, 1943. He received ASN 33677976. He was probably immediately send at Camp MacKall and assigned to Battery C of the 155th AA Bn / 17th AB.

    John BUCHSER was killed in action on January 07, 1945 during the Battle of Dead Man's Ridge. He had 20 years-old.

     

     

    His body returned stateside in 1949 and he is now permanently buried at Calvary Cemetery at Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvani.

     

     

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    This Tribute will be added in the GI's Tribute - 155th AAAB

     


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  • Tribute to Private First Class William Russell BEATTY (ASN 33019615) – Cie I - 3rd Battalion - 507th PIR

    (February 03, 1911 - January 08, 1945)

     

     

     

      

    William Russell BEATTY was the son of  William Garfield BEATTY. He was born on February 03, 1911 at Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

    He was enlisted on May 13, 1942 at Altoona, Pennsylvania and received ASN 33019615. He was so volunteer for the new Airborne Corps and he was finally assigned to the Company I / 507th PIR.

    William BEATTY  was killed in action on January 08, 1945 during the battle of Cake Hill. He had 33 years-old.

    He is permanently buried in Benshoff Hill Cemetery, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

     

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    NARA File

     

    This Tribute will be later added to the GI's tribute - 507th PIR


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  • Tribute to Private First Class Donald Richard FLADUNG (ASN 37675441)

    Cie HQ & HQ - 193rd GIR

    (February 22, 1925 - January 09, 1945)

     

     

    Donald Richard FLADUNG was born at Wellman, Iowa on February 22, 1925. He was the son of John G FLADUNG and Clara GREINER. He entered service in Camp Dodge Herrold, Iowa in July 19, 1943 and received ASN 37675441. He was send to Camp MacKall, North Carolina and was assigned to HQ&HQ/193rd GIR.

    He was killed in action on January 09, 1945 in Belgium, during the battle of Dead Man's Ridge. His body returned stateside in 1949 and he his now permanently buried at Saint Marys Cemetery, Keota, Keokuk County, Iowa.

     

     

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