Par TFH le 23 Avril 2011 à 17:48
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.
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.
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.
Par TFH le 24 Mars 2019 à 14:00
March 24, 1945 - March 24, 2019 :
The 74th Anniversary of Operation Varsity
There is just 74 years ago that started the largest and last Airborne operation of the World War II on the European theatre of operation.
In the early morning of this beautiful Sunday, the 6th British Airborne Division and the 17th US Airborne Division joined their efforts to secured the east bank of the Rhine river while the Allied ground forces crossed the natural west border of Germany to penetrate deeply in the Third Reich and destroyed the Nazi army 45 days later.
Around 2700 British and American paratroopers were killed, wounded or missing in action during this first day of invasion. Their sacrifice for the final liberation of Europe must be eternally remembered.
Bretigny, France in the early hours of Sunday March 24, 1945. These men located on A-48 Airfield are located front of Waco CG-4 glider number 37 transported by C-47 planes of the 77th Troop Carrier Squadron, 435th Troop Carrier Group of the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing are probably members of the 194th GIR Regimental HQ Company (Signal Corps).
Par TFH le 24 Mars 2019 à 19:09
Tribute to Private First Class Wayne C DIVELEY (ASN 35093055)
(December 01, 1923 - March 24, 1945)
Wayne C DIVELEY was born on December 01, 1923 at Pipestone, Minnesota. He was the son of J.C. DIVELY and Mrs Bamberger (?). He entered service at Indianapolis, Indiana in February 15, 1943 and received ASN 35093055. He was probably rapidly volunteer for the new Airborne Corps and was send to Fort Benning, Georgia where he joined the 513th PIR.
He was killed in action on March 24, 1945 in Germany, during the first hours of operation Varsity. His body returned stateside in April 1949 and he is now permanently buried at Indian Creek Cemetery, Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana.
Article published in the "Logansport Pharos Tribune", April 8, 1949, page 15 :
"PFC. WAYNE DIVELEY'S BODY TO ARRIVE IN MONTICELLO FRIDAY.
MONTICELLO, Ind. - The body of Pfc. Wayne C. Dively, who was killed in action in Germany during World War II, will arrive in Monticello on the Friday morning train from Chicao for reburial. It will be taken to the Miller funeral home where friends may call after noon on Friday.
Final rites for the soldier will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Headlee Church of God with the Rev. Alvin Hall officiating. The body will be removed to the church one hour before services to lie in state. Graveside rites at the Indian Creek cemetery are to be conducted by the Monticello post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Pfc. Dively and his sister, Mrs. Fred Miller, at one time lived their aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Walter near Buffalo. He was killed on March 24, 1945. He would have been 25 years old now.
Surviving with Mrs. Miller of Monticello is another sister, Mrs. J.L. Fairchild, Danville, Illinois; two brothers, Francis, Decatur, Illinois; and Paul, Saginaw, Michigan; his father, J.C. Dively, Decatur, Illinois; and Mr. and Mrs. Walter."
Par TFH le 24 Mars 2019 à 21:25
Tribute to Private First Class Ben F BOURNE Jr (ASN 38351985)
(October 13, 1925 - March 24, 1945)
Ben F BOURNE Jr was born on October 13, 1925 in Oklahoma. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin BOURNE Sr and Mrs Lola Lance BLACKBURN. He entered service on July 01,February 15, 1943 and received ASN 38351985. He was probably rapidly volunteer for the new Airborne Corps and was finally assigned to Battery C/466th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion.
He was killed in action on March 24, 1945 in Germany, during the first hours of operation Varsity. His body returned stateside in May 1949 and he is now permanently buried at Highland Cemetery, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma.
Par TFH le 25 Mars 2019 à 17:42
Tribute to Private First Class Richard R MOWREY (ASN 33621815)
(September 13, 1924 - March 24, 1945)
Richard R MOWREY was born on September 13, 1924 at Nanty-Glo, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of William H and Ida S MOWREY. He entered service on March 30, 1943 at Allentown, PA and received ASN 33621815. He was then sent at Camp MacKall, NC and assigned to C/194th GIR.
He was killed in action on March 24, 1945 in Germany.
His body returned stateside and he is now permanently buried at the New Jerusalem Cemetery, Leithsville, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Par TFH le 25 Mars 2019 à 21:19
Tribute to Private First Class Arnold F BAILEY (ASN 11115769)
(September 29, 1922 - March 25, 1945)
Arnold F BAILEY was born on September 29, 1922 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was the son of William G and Helen M BAILEY. He was volunteer to serve in the US Army and was enlisted on November 04, 1942 at Boston, MA. He received ASN 11115769. He was finally volunteer to serve in the new Airborne Corps and was probably sent to Fort Benning, Georgia where he was assigned to A/513th PIR.
He fought in the battle of the Bulge and was part of operation Varsity where he died fo wounds on March 25, 1945 in Germany.
His body returned stateside and he is now permanently buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Middlesex County, MA.
Par TFH le 26 Mars 2019 à 21:31
Tribute to Staff Sergent Earl S PATTON (ASN 39239911)
(January 31, 1912 - March 26, 1945)
Earl S PATTON was born on January 31, 1912 at Porterville, California. He was the son of Robert S and Josie PATTON. He was enlisted on May 16, 1942 at Los Angeles, CA and received ASN 39239911. He was volunteer to serve in the new Airborne Corps and was finally assigned to I/507th PIR.
He fought Normandy, during the battle of the Bulge and was part of operation Varsity where he died fo wounds on March 26, 1945 in Germany.
Earl S PATTON is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden- Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.
Par TFH le 6 Avril 2019 à 09:24
Tribute to Private First Class John MADONI Jr (ASN 33669830)
(December 17, 1924 - April 06, 1945)
John MADONI Jr was born on December 17, 1924 at Nanty-Glo, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Sr and Agnes MADONI. He entered service on March 31, 1943 at Greensburg, PA and received ASN 33669830. He was sent at Camp MacKall, NC and assigned to D/193rd GIR. John MADONI was wounded in action during the battle of the bulge. When the 193rd GIR was disbanded in March 1945, Pfc MADONI was assigned to D/194th GIR.
He was killed in action on April 06, 1945 at Kallenhardt, Germany. His body returned stateside and he is now permanently buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia.
Par TFH le 10 Octobre 2019 à 20:04
Then and now in London ...
I am currently in London for my work and I have take few moments to make a "Then and now" pic on the footprints of Merlin Buck. Merlin L Buck was member of HQ1 Company / 193rd GIR. While he was stationed in Chiseldon, he received a permission for visiting London. He makes several pics from this journey. This is one of them realized at Piccadilly Circus, probably in fall of 1944 and the same place today ! Note the fountain is no longer exactly at the same place. In 1944, it was still protected against the german air raids.
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