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    Why have 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 founded 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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    This last March, I have had the great pleasure to present in the famous French magazine "Militaria Magazine" another article. This one is dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of operation Varsity. This eleven pages article is write in French with a lot of unpublished illustrations and original and identified memorabilia.

    I hope it will be an interesting source of information for military history enthusiasts, 17th Airborne's friends or relatives ! 

    For all additional info : Militaria Magazine


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    Tribute to Blaine K TRATE (ASN 33828467)

    HQ1/513th PIR

    (January 26, 1925 - November 30, 2011)

     

     

    Son of Ralph W and Helen Dora TRATE, Blaine Kenneth TRATE was born on January 26, 1925 in Packerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania and raised in Lehighton before moving to the Reading area. He was graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in 1943.

    Mr TRATE was enlisted in the Army on July 02, 1943 at Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received ASN 33828467 and volunteered for the Airborne Corps. He went so to the Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was assigned to the HQ1/513th PIR still attached to the 13th Airborne Division. His regiment participated to the Tennessee maneuvers in early 1944 before being transferred to the 17th Airborne Division in March 10.

    From that moment, the WWII military career of Blaine TRATE stayed closely related to the 17th Airborne Division.

    He fought in the Bulge.

    On March 24, 1945, he took off from Airport B-54 in Achiet, France aboard C-46 numbered 44-77581 from the 47th Troop Carrier Squadron, 313th Troop Carrier Group, IXth Troop Carrier Command and jumped over the Rhine during operation Varsity (see also Tribute to Charles W DILL HQ1/513th PIR for more info).

    Mr TRATE was discharged on December 28, 1945 at Indiantown Gap Mil. Res., PA.

    After the World War II, he joined the Army Reserve and was reactivated during Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Polk, LA where he taught new GI's how to use 81mm mortar.

    Mr TRATE passed away on November 30, 2011 at the age of 86 years-old.

     

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    Cie Service / 194th GIR troopers

     

     

    Picture realized at Camp MacKall, North Carolina, circa 1943. It shows six unidentified troopers from the Sv/194th GIR before a training walk. Any help to identified these gentlemen will be appreciate !

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  • Tribute to First Lieutnant John B BLANTON Jr (ASN O-1313709)

    HQ&HQ/193rd GIR

    (October 28, 1918 - January 16, 1945)

     

     

    Son of John Beverley BLANTON & Lucille BAKER-BLANTON, John Beverley BLANTON Jr was born on October 28, 1918 in Richmond City, Virginia. He  was enrolled on  June 17, 1942 and entered service at Richmond, Virginia. He received ASN 33125908 before joining an Officer's Candidate School where he was graduated 1st Lieutenant with ASN O-1313709. He was sent to Camp MacKall, North Carolina where is was assigned to HQ&HQ/193rd GIR.

    1st Lt BLANTON was severely wounded in action in Belgium, on January 1945 and died on January 16, at the age of 26 years-old. His body returned stateside and he is now permanently buried at Oakwood Cemetery of Richmond, Richmond County, Virginia.

     

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  • Captain Clifford C CARTEE

    Chaplain 194th GIR

    (October 04, 1913 - August 09, 1995)

     

     

    I am fortunate to have collected this past 25 years thousands pics of the 17th Airborne Division. Some are originals, unpublished ones, other are copies from vets, vet families, related or founded on the web. I'll try to share them in the future, each time I'll have a little time to do that.

    This one came from my friend Marthy C. It was realized in Germany, in March or April 1945, soon after Varsity as we can guess (the man on the right still wears a First Aid package on his helmet) by Private Howard OYLER who served with the Sv/194th GIR.

    The Chaplain on this pic is Captain Clifford C CARTEE, one of the Chaplains of the 194th GIR. 

    Clifford C CARTEE was born on October 04, 1913 at Etowah, McMinn County, Tennessee. After his Chaplain classes, he volunteers for the Airborne Corps and was assigned to the 17th Airborne Division in late July 1944. He joined his new unit at Camp Forrest, Tennessee and was assigned to the 194th GIR.

    During the Bulge, Chaplain CARTEE chose to assist the Medics in the line companies as they gathered the wounded and brought them back to the battalion collecting points. After the VE Day, during summer 1945, he was assigned to the 508th PIR / 82nd Airborne Division.

    During his service with the 17th Airborne Division, Chaplain CARTEE was awarded from the Silver Star Medal (Headquarters, 17th Airborne Division, General Orders No. 7 (1945)).

    After the WWII, Clifford C CARTEE participated to the Korean War and obtain the rank of Colonel.

    Colonel CARTEE passed away on August 09, 1995 at the age of 85 years-old.

     

     


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  • Tribute to Private First Class Robert S DURHAM Jr (ASN 34732066)

    466th PFAB

    (February 28, 1925 - March 24, 1945)

     

     

    Son of Robert Stovall and Loren DURHAM, Robert S DURHAM Jr was born on February 28, 1925 at Memphis, Tennessee. Robert was enrolled on April 29, 1943 and entered service at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He received ASN 34732066. He volunteered for the Airborne Corps and after having successfully followed the Jump School, he was sent to Camp MacKall, North Carolina and assigned to the 466 PFAB.

    Troy was killed in action on March 24, 1945 in Germany, during operation Varsity. He is now permanently buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial of Margraten, Netherlands.

     

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  • April 1945, Bottrop, Germany ...

    on the way to Marxloh

     

     

    This three troopers are members of the 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion. From left to right we recognized trooper SCARLIN (no more info), unknown glider man and Lawrence E FOREMAN. They take a break at Bottrop, Germany, probably on the way to Marxloh, in the vicinity of Duisburg for assisting in the clearing of the Ruhr pocket around April 10, 1945.

     


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  • Tribute to Private First Class Lewis E PALMQUIST (ASN 37661574)

    B/680th GFAB

    (April 20, 1924 - March 24, 1945)

     

     

    Lewis E PALMQUIST was born on April 20, 1924 in Marion County, Iowa. He  was enrolled on  February 16, 1943 and entered service at Camp Dodge Herrold, Iowa. He received ASN 37661574 and was sent to Camp MacKall, North Carolina where is was assigned to B/680th GFAB.

    After the Battle of the Bulge, Lewis E PALMQUIST participated to operation Varsity. On March 24, 1945, his glider arrived on the Landing Zone N around 12h00. Barely after landing, the men were pinned down by enemy small arm fires and Lewis was obliged to dig a fox-hole. It is at this moment he was hit at the head and died immediately. He has 20 years-old.

     

     

    Lewis E PALMQUIST was interred at the American Military Cemetery of Margraten, Netherlands. His body returned stateside in late 1948 and he is now permanently buried at Pleasantville Cemetery, Pleasantville, Marion County, Iowa.

     

     

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  • Tribute to Corporal Clayton C DOANE (ASN 37344185)

    D/155th AAAB

    (April 06, 1924 - January 08, 1945)

     

     

    Clayton C DOANE was born on April 06, 1924 at Woodston, Rooks County, Kansas. Robert was enrolled on April 03, 1943 and entered service at Denver, Colorado. He received ASN 37344185 and was sent to Camp MacKall, North Carolina, assigned to the D/155th Abn AABn.

    Clayton was killed in action on January 08, 1945 during the battle of Dead Man's Ridge. This day, at 08h00 AM, Battery D attached to the 513th PIR suffered a violent counter-attack with 18 or more tanks and infantry. Two or three German tanks were knocked out but the paratroopers were obliged to withdraw to a position 3 km south of Mande-Saint-Etienne.

    The body of Clayton C DOANE returned stateside on late 1948 and is now permanently buried at Chalk Mound Cemetery, Laton, Rooks County, Kansas.

     

     

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