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[General Abrams sub- mitted his article well before Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.] G reetings to all Dog Face Soldiers – past and present, Families, and Friends of the Marne Division; It is with heavy heart and bittersweet emotion that I send this final letter as Marne 6. Words cannot express the pride and overwhelming sat- isfaction manifested in the accomplish- ments and achievements of these Dog Face Soldiers. The blood, sweat and tears shed in Afghanistan over this last year were not in vain. The sacrifices in trea- sure and human capital have provided the Afghan people an unprecedented oppor- tunity, and most importantly, denied Al Qaeda and the Taliban a safe haven for future terrorist operations. These Soldiers put it all on the line with every mission, every job and each task. They refused to quit when things became difficult and never complained of austere conditions at remote locations under withering heat. I am proud of each and every one of them and their performance in the face of adversity amidst one of the most complex operating environments. I am humbled to serve among them and will never forget the sacrifices paid by all. We are pleased to announce the incoming Marne Division Commander, MG John M. “Mike” Murray. I could not extend higher praise about a man that I have known and served with for quite some time. He is truly deserving of this opportunity and will undoubtedly contin- Vol. 95 No. 1 “Nous Resterons La” August 2013 The Official Publication of the Society of the Third Infantry Division, United States Army Since 1919 n n n The Oldest Continuous Army Division Association The Watch Rhine on the Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams, CG 3ID (Mech) Honorary President Marne 6 Sends Adopt a Grave Program by Lynn Ball T he “Adopt a Grave” program was started by Jocelyne Papelard less than one year ago. The photos speak for them- selves. The program is already quite suc- cessful, and Jocelyne is marketing it very well. She organized the first annual picnic for those who have adopted graves and many of the adoptive “parents” and “grandparents” attended. As Sgt. Toby Knight stated in his article, through the program, “French locals can adopt an American Soldier buried in the Epinal Cemetery and place flowers on the grave during national holidays. Many French adopt more than one grave. They know that the families of the service members can’t come from the U.S. to lay flowers so they do it for them. They take pictures of the flowers on the graves and then send 2013 Scholarship Recipients Announced Please turn to MARNE 6 on page 7 O ur judges have completed their 2013 search for our scholarship grant recipients, and we have awarded nine grants. The judges were Jeff Danby, Earl E. Killen, Thomas R. Maines, and Marco Montoya. Again this year, applications were excellent, and our judges faced the problem of selecting the “best of the best.” All nine 2013 recipients of grants have been notified and their grants have been paid to their university student accounts. All unsuccessful applicants have also been notified and suggestions have been com- piled for their future use when applying for grants from our Foundation or from any other entity. Those receiving scholarship grants in 2013 follow in alphabetical order. In addi- tion to the profiles, we have included a bit about their sponsors and the name of the grant they received. All of the recipients have excellent honors in sports and com- munity service and all are members of the National Honor Society. We might add that several of our donors of full scholar- ship grants requested that they remain annonymous. Please turn to SCHOLARSHIPS on page 4 Adoptive “parents” and “grandparents” assemble for the “Adopt a Grave” picnic and to learn about their special American Soldiers. Jocelyne shows “par- ent” what is in her package describing her adopted “son.” Please turn to GRAVE on page 7

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[General Abrams sub-mitted his article wellbefore Memorial Dayand the Fourth of July.]

Greetings to all Dog

Face Soldiers – past

and present, Families,

and Friends of the Marne


It is with heavy

heart and bittersweet emotion that I send

this final letter as Marne 6. Words cannot

express the pride and overwhelming sat-

isfaction manifested in the accomplish-

ments and achievements of these Dog

Face Soldiers. The blood, sweat and tears

shed in Afghanistan over this last year

were not in vain. The sacrifices in trea-

sure and human capital have provided the

Afghan people an unprecedented oppor-

tunity, and most importantly, denied Al

Qaeda and the Taliban a safe haven for

future terrorist operations. These Soldiers

put it all on the line with every mission,

every job and each task. They refused to

quit when things became difficult and

never complained of austere conditions at

remote locations under withering heat. I

am proud of each and every one of them

and their performance in the face of

adversity amidst one of the most complex

operating environments. I am humbled to

serve among them and will never forget

the sacrifices paid by all.

We are pleased to announce the

incoming Marne Division Commander,

MG John M. “Mike” Murray. I could not

extend higher praise about a man that I

have known and served with for quite

some time. He is truly deserving of this

opportunity and will undoubtedly contin-

Vol. 95 No. 1 “Nous Resterons La” August 2013

The Official Publication of the Society of the Third Infantry Division, United States Army

Since 1919 n n n The Oldest Continuous Army Division Association

The Watc h Rh ineon t he

Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams,

CG 3ID (Mech)

Honorary President

Marne 6 Sends

Adopt a Grave Program

by Lynn Ball

The “Adopt a Grave” program was

started by Jocelyne Papelard less than

one year ago. The photos speak for them-

selves. The program is already quite suc-

cessful, and Jocelyne is marketing it very

well. She organized the first annual picnic

for those who have adopted graves and

many of the adoptive “parents” and

“grandparents” attended. As Sgt. Toby

Knight stated in his article, through the

program, “French locals can adopt an

American Soldier buried in the Epinal

Cemetery and place flowers on the grave

during national holidays. Many French

adopt more than one grave. They know

that the families of the service members

can’t come from the U.S. to lay flowers so

they do it for them. They take pictures of

the flowers on the graves and then send

2013 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Please turn to MARNE 6 on page 7

Our judges have completed their

2013 search for our scholarship

grant recipients, and we have

awarded nine grants. The judges were Jeff

Danby, Earl E. Killen, Thomas R. Maines,

and Marco Montoya. Again this year,

applications were excellent, and our

judges faced the problem of selecting the

“best of the best.”

All nine 2013 recipients of grants have

been notified and their grants have been

paid to their university student accounts.

All unsuccessful applicants have also been

notified and suggestions have been com-

piled for their future use when applying

for grants from our Foundation or from

any other entity.

Those receiving scholarship grants in

2013 follow in alphabetical order. In addi-

tion to the profiles, we have included a bit

about their sponsors and the name of the

grant they received. All of the recipients

have excellent honors in sports and com-

munity service and all are members of the

National Honor Society. We might add

that several of our donors of full scholar-

ship grants requested that they remain


Please turn to SCHOLARSHIPS on page 4

Adoptive “parents” and “grandparents” assemble for the “Adopt aGrave” picnic and to learn about their special American Soldiers.

Jocelyne shows “par-ent” what is in herpackage describing heradopted “son.”

Please turn to GRAVE on page 7

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The Watch on the RhineThe Watch on the Rhine is the official publication of The Society of the Third Infantry Division, U.S. Army. The Watch on the Rhine is published

bi-monthly for members of the Society by Finisterre Publishing Incorporated, 3 Black Skimmer Ct., Beaufort, SC 29907 ([email protected]). A

subscription may be obtained at a cost of $20 by applying to the National Headquarters, The Society of the Third Infantry Division-U.S. Army, 10

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Watch. Liability for printing errors is limited to the reprinting of the corrected copy in the next available publication.Contributions, sugges-

tions, and corrections are welcome and should be sent to Lynn Ball, Editor, 2010 Worcester Ln. Garland TX 75040

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Committees 2012-2013

Society of the 3rd Infantry Division Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Chairman Lynn Ball2010 Worcester Ln.Garland, TX 75040(972) [email protected]

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Paramus, NJ 07652-3708(201) [email protected]


(Open)Eastern Region VP


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[email protected] ER Committeeman


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Honorary President MajGen Robert B. “Abe” AbramsCG 3ID (Mech)

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President’s Message

The Society of The Third Infantry

Division’s 94th Annual Reunion, to be

held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown

Center Hotel, located in the Yorktown

Shopping Center, Lombard, Illinois, from

September 12-15, 2013, is only six weeks

away. Look through the itinerary listed in this

Issue of The Watch on The Rhine and you

will see what a great Reunion has been

planned for all of us. The Reunion

Committee, chaired by John Shirley, has put

together a program that is second to none,

with the hope and expectation that we will

come and be a part of it. We can make this a

Reunion that will go down in the annals of

Society lore as one of the greatest, if not the

greatest, reunion ever. Of course, whether

that happens or not, depends on us. There is

no doubt that the speakers will be inspiring,

the food will be delicious, the tours will be

interesting, and we will all enjoy them. But,

most importantly, each reunion provides an

opportunity to visit, socialize, and reminisce

with old friends, perhaps see an old combat

buddy one more time, and to make new

acquaintances. So, get your hotel reserva-

tions and registration in just as soon as possi-

ble and be sure to sign up for those interest-

ing tours before they are all booked up. SEE


The Society is still seeking someone to

serve as the National Secretary/Treasurer.

The position requires an individual who has

a business or finance employment back-

ground. If interested or wish to recommend

another, please contact Eastern Region VP &

Secretary Pro Tem John Fisher or myself.

Henry Burke, Chair of the Membership

Committee, has recently received a new sup-

ply of Society Membership Application

Forms which he is just itching to send out.

Every member should have at least one new

member application form with them at all

times and be ready to offer it at a moment’s

notice. Personal contact, with potentially

new or, for that matter, former members

seems to work best. As each of us grows

older, so does the Society collectively. The

Society continuously needs to be reinvigorat-

ed with new members to maintain a sense of

equilibrium. Please help to insure the contin-

uation of this great organization into perpetu-

ity. If each of us does our part, the Society

will be able to carry out its mission into the


August, of each year, is a very special

month to me and this year is no exception,

maybe even a little bit more special than

usual. This August, 2013, is the 60th anniver-

sary of Operation “Big Switch”, which was

carried out mostly during the month of

August, 1953. It hardly seems that it could be

that long ago, but it is. Operation “Big

Switch” was the term used to describe the

exchange of prisoners of war on both sides,

the United Nations Forces and the

Chinese/North Korean Communists.

While the Cease-Fire, stopping the fight-

ing of the Korean War which had gone on for

over three years, went into effect at 2200 hrs.,

July 27, 1953, it was several weeks before

we prisoners were told that the War was over

and that we would be transported for repatri-

ation shortly. Several weeks went by but one

morning without notice, army trucks pulled

into our Camp and we were told to load up.

After several days on the road, our group

arrived at Panmunjom. New clothing was

issued and for the first time we were fed

American style food. The reason for all of

this became evident to us when we were vis-

ited by the Swiss Red Cross at one of our

meals. While superficially our appearance

was improved, our lack of nourishment was


Eventually, one morning my name was

read and I was told, with other prisoners, to

get into a brand new army truck for travel to

the exchange point. The exchange point was

a juncture in a road with a tent in the middle

between two separate lanes of travel. When

our truck arrived, as an American Colonel

read off our names, we got out, went into the

tent, were handed a pack of Lucky Strike cig-

arettes and an information sheet, went out the

other side of the tent and into the back of a

waiting American ambulance. What a differ-

ence in transportation! I don’t know how far

we travelled nor do I remember how long it

took. But, I know we crossed Freedom

Bridge on our way to Freedom Village and

upon arrival were met by the most beautiful

red headed WAC 2nd Lt. I had ever seen in

my life. She looked just like Rita Hayworth.

The date was August 24, 1953. I was 17

years old and as far as I know, the youngest

American prisoner returned.

We were directed into a large tent and sat

along one of the sides on a bench. A

Brigadier General greeted each of us individ-

ually and I remember at the time how old he

looked. He must have been all of 45 years

old. An opportunity was then offered to visit

with a Chaplain, which I accepted, and forgot

to remove my hat when we knelt at the altar

for prayer. A newspaper reporter from the

Buffalo, New York Evening News wished to

speak to me and I consented. An Army

Colonel stood right next to us and when the

reporter asked me how old I was and I told

him, the Colonel said, “you cannot print

that.” Being young and with a whiff of free-

dom now in my nostrils, I chimed in, “that’s

alright Sir, I joined the Army the day I was

seventeen.” The Colonel then consented to

my age being reported. Out of the mouth of

babes. A physical examination later, I was in

a helicopter, my first ride in one, traveling to

Inchon for another physical, a shower, and

some real American food. The next day,

August 25, 1953, I boarded the U.S.N.S.John Pope for a ten day cruise to San

Francisco. All of us prisoners were treated

like royalty during that trip. More physical

examinations, written evaluations, and each

of us visited a psychiatrist. The doctor asked

two questions; are you glad to be free and are

you glad to be going home? Simple, but to

the point. We received lots of vitamin pills

The Society continuously needs to be reinvigorated with newmembers to maintain a sense of equilibrium. Please help toinsure the continuation of this great organization into perpe-tuity. If each of us does our part, the Society will be able tocarry out its mission into the future.

David MillsSociety President

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Remi Farnan received the Society of the3rd Infantry Division ScholarshipFoundation Grant. Her sponsor was herpaternal grandfather, Bernard Farnan, whoserved with the 3rd ReconnaissanceCompany in Korea (1952-53). Remi is acontinuing student at the State University ofNew York, Suny Oneonta. She is pursuing adegree in business economics with a minor

in event planning. Because she earned 31 Advance Placement cred-its while in high school, she entered college as a sophomore. To gain“hands on experience” in her field of interest, Remi is participating ina summer intern program. Remi has served as secretary of HallGovernment in her residence hall and is currently serving as VicePresident of the Class of 2016. Her essay discussed the 3rd InfantryDivision and her grandfather’s pride in serving during the KoreanWar. She also discusses the involvement of the 3rd in other wars:WWI, WWII, and the Cold War, when the “Division was the core USArmy presence in the Allied zone of West Germany, with the rest ofthe NATO alliance troops.” Remi discusses the achievements of the3rd in the invasion of Iraq. She returns to her grandfather who saidserving in the Army “helped him to become who he is today.” InKorea, he developed leadership qualities and perseverance. Shecloses by praising and recognizing the many sacrifices of ourSoldiers.

Kaylee Mc-Graw-Wright received theFoundation’s Award Honoring ShermanPratt. Her sponsor was her maternal great-grandfather, Dale McGraw, who served withthe 3rd Infantry Division, 9th Field Artillery,in Korea (1952-1954). Kaylee is attendingEastern Washington University where she isstudying nursing, with a minor in languages,and hopes to earn a “Forensic Nursing

Certificate” to enable her to care for victims of violence. She hasserved in leadership roles in school organizations promoting shop-ping at Goodwill, and “Don’t Drive in Texticated” campaigns. In highschool, Kaylee worked to establish the “Creating a NursingProgram,” through Washington State University. These programsattracted a great deal of interest from the media and spoke well of herschool. In high school, Kaylee served with the cheerleading squad;now, she travels to her high school on weekends to assist the pre-sent squad. Currently, she is striving for the position of “CommunityAdvisor” with the Department of Housing and Residential Life andthe Division of Student Affairs. She was recently accepted as “PeerEducator” with the Health and Wellness Team at her college. Kaylee’sessay is entitled “Patriotism.” She opens with mention of the terror-ist attacks on the World Trade Center and on the Boston Marathon.She believes these events have confused some people regardingexpressions of patriotism. Flag waving and singing patriotic songs

are not the only ways to show patriotism. Those citizens who gaveblood in the wake of these disasters showed patriotism, as did thecountless volunteers who rushed to help. She includes a quote from“The Digital Collegian”: “I believe an act of patriotism must accom-plish something or [must be] by someone making a personal sacri-fice.” Donating money and joining the Army are better expressions ofpatriotism than waving a flag. She supports her statements with quo-tations from John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King. She hopeswe will all continue to wave flags and sing patriotic songs, whileengaging in other forms of patriotism.

Lauren Munoz received the “Legacy Awardin Honor of Major General Maurice W.Kendall.” Her sponsor was her father, JerryRaul Munoz, who served with the 7thInfantry Regiment in Aschaffenburg,Germany (1988-1991). Lauren is attendingGeorgia State University where she hopesto earn a degree in graphic design. She hasreceived many awards for her graphic arts.

She has volunteered as a staff member with the Harris CountyCommunity Theater, with Breast Cancer Awareness, at Rising StarsDay Care, and at Harris County Little League where she helpedyoung girls learn softball skills. She also participated in SeafoodMarket Thanksgiving Charity and held fashion shows for local mid-dle school girls. Her essay, “Arguably the Most Decorated Division inthe Army,” discusses the history of the 3rd Infantry Division, the“Rock of the Marne.” She covers the Battle of Chateau-Thierry, MGDickman’s famous Order (“Nous resterons la”) when the Divisionheld off the German “Peace Storm,” during which the 3rd becameknown as the “Marne Division.” She provides brief overviews ofWWII, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf Conflict, andOperation Iraqi Freedom.” She closes with associated facts related tothe Division—“the Dog Face Soldier,” the creation of “Rocky,” AudieMurphy’s honors, Audie’s career after the war and his death in 1971.Her essay ends with Murphy’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Jennifer Nussio received the “LegacyAward in Honor and Memory of ThomasW. Mason.” Jennifer’s sponsor was herfather, Ricky J. Nussio, who served in the3rd Infantry Division from June 2001through May 2004, in Bosnia and Iraq. In2003, Nussio was a member of the SpartanBrigade that assaulted into Baghdad wherehe earned a Bronze Star with Valor for his

actions. Jennifer is a continuing student at Christendom Collegewhere she hopes to earn a degree in literature. She wants to write“decent literature for young people.” She feels that literature, today,is inappropriate for young minds. She is well on her way to achiev-ing her goal as she has had articles published in the newspaper, TheTurret. In conjunction with her goals, she has a novel nearly ready for

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publication. Jennifer has a second passion, music. She frequentlyperforms at various college functions and community events as avolunteer or a free-lance cellist. She tutors in English, French, andmusic, and she is involved in intramural bowling and swing dancing.She received first honors in academics, and she sings in the collegechoir. Jennifer’s essay, “Operation Husky,” appears in this issue ofthe Watch on the Rhine as a feature article.

Alexandra Ridel received the “Award inHonor and Memory of SFC Wayne S.Conley, Director, Society of the 3rdInfantry Division Scholarship Foundation,Inc.” Her sponsor was her maternal grand-father, Richard M. Wittig, who served withthe 10th Combat Engineer Battalion duringall ten campaigns of WWII. Alexandra isattending Wittenberg University, where she

is completing undergraduate course work in preparation for lawschool. Alexandra loves animals and was a founding member of“Cause for Paws.” In fact, she is so trustworthy that her Englishteacher gave her a key to her house so she could care for the petsduring the teacher’s absence. Her interest in science and ecology ledher to join Green Society and Outdoors Club. She won the ExcellentDelegation Award in Model United Nations and was treasurer for thenew “Cause for Paws.” Alexandra is heavily involved in sports: var-sity tennis and softball; she participates in several campus clubs, aswell as “Mock Trial’ and has received an Oral Debate Award. Heressay, “America is Exceptional,” credits Ronald Reagan with theterm, “American exceptionalism,” derived from Reagan’s commentsabout Boston Founder John Winthrop’s famous speech, “We will bea city upon a hill.” Reagan’s term means that America is a nationsuperior to others and that she must act as a role model for othernations. Alexandra lists our rights and the reasons why we are“exceptional.” She considers herself to be an American exceptional-ist. She mentions the Constitution and the Declaration ofIndependence and quotes a bit from them. She reminds us that weare the only country that grants equality, and she discusses our equalopportunities. She ends with Reagan’s view of America’s potential.“It is our constitution [sic] that gives equal rights, and our democra-cy that makes America exceptional.”

Natalie Rosen received the “James andJoan Strawn Award in Honor of the 10thCombat Engineer Battalion.” Her sponsorwas her paternal grandfather, Morris S.Rosen, who served with the 39th FieldArtillery during WWII (1943-1944). Natalieis attending Point Loma Nazarene Universitywhere she hopes to earn a degree in dietet-ics, paired with the 12-month internship

necessary to become a registered dietician. She wants to work in aclinical nutrition practice offering therapeutic diet advice. A subse-quent goal is to publish in the field of culinary writing. Throughouthigh school, she was selected for the Rotary Top 100 scholars who

maintained above a 4.0 GPA, and she has received the Student of theYear award, presented to only one student in each class annually.She has assembled care packages for Operation Gratitude, an orga-nization that helps veterans and active members of the military. Heressay, “American Pride is not Passé,” opens with a scene involvingher grandfather being wounded (the first time) while laying telephonewire in rural Anzio. She believes her grandfather is an example ofsomeone who lived the American dream to create a better life for hischildren and grandchildren. She then moves to the American dreamtoday: our youth must remember the contributions of their ancestorsand maintain a sense of national pride for what our country is. Shementions the media’s voice of doom which sounds like America isdestined for destruction. These voices, she believes, discount thepositive attributes of the nation—the freedoms we have, the princi-ples on which our Constitution is based, as well as our rugged indi-vidualism, our work ethic of the past, and the ambitious and extraor-dinary experiences of ordinary Americans like CIA Agent TonyMendez and her grandfather. These make her proud to be anAmerican. She emphasizes the fact that the gloom and doom pro-moted by our politicians and the media is damaging to America. Sheends her essay with comments about the bravery of our soldiers,including her grandfather who participated in freeing prisoners fromDachau. Because he is Jewish, he was especially touched by theexperience, and it led him to appreciate the freedom of religion weenjoy as Americans. She says “her generation needs to defend theAmerican dream by developing a strong sense of national pridethrough appreciation of our historic principles.”

Jared Luiz Stalder received the “Award inHonor of 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers,past and present.” His sponsor was hismaternal grandfather, Dennis Luiz, whoserved with the 15th Infantry Regiment dur-ing the Cold War (1970-74). Jared is attend-ing George Fox University where he is study-ing ways to build engineering devices to givepeople independence who are suffering from

illnesses such as muscular dystrophy. Jared recognized the need forsuch equipment while watching the problems his grandmotherencountered while fighting muscular dystrophy. Jared played alto sax-ophone in his school band (lead chair) and was first chair in concertand jazz bands. He also plays drums, base, and sax on Saturdays andSundays at this church. Through the National Honor Society, he men-tored other students to achieve desired levels. He participated in KeyClub, blood drives, and food bank campaigns, as well as in BoyScouts, where he earned Eagle Scout and Bronze Palm awards. Healso served in Scout Troop leadership positions for over 16 months.His sports are wrestling, cross-country, football, and track and field.His excellence in wrestling won him recognition as “Athlete ofChoice.” Jared’s essay, “Patriotism” focuses on the history of the BoyScouts. He believes the Boy Scouts of America meet the expectationsof loyalty to our Nation’s spirit. The Boy Scouts served as crowd con-trol during the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson; during WWI they

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served as message runners and coast watchers, and they looked forthose who did not report for duty—all in keeping with the Scoutmotto: “I will do my duty to God and my country.” Jared then dis-cusses the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout and his pridein being selected as a member of “The Order of the Arrow.” Suchscouts must prove their character, dedication, and integrity. In detail,Jared describes his 5-month project required to become an EagleScout—developing/building a half-mile trail around a park throughthorny shrubbery. He believes these experiences have proven his viewof patriotism: honor to country, service to citizens, and betterment ofcommunities.

Rachel Syler received the Award in Honorand Memory of SFC Ralph E. ‘Rick’Richenbacher. Her sponsor was her father,James Darryl Syler, who served with the 3rdInfantry Division from 1988-92 (Giebelstadt,Germany, and Desert Shield/Desert Storm)and from 1995-96 (Fort Benning, Georgia).Rachel is attending the University ofArkansas where she hopes to achieve a

degree in business management. She would like to work in the fieldof marketing. She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Sorority and is amember of Leadership Walton, an organization which offers oppor-tunities to members of the business college. She volunteers at acommunity center’s “Kid’s Night,” and she spent her spring break atHeifer Ranch volunteering and learning about poverty and hunger.Her essay, “American Patriotism: United We Stand,” views everyonein America as a patriot in his own way—soldiers, police officers,teachers. She asks, “What will we do to be the best we can be?” Wecan all do something, even open a door for another or provide a help-ing hand. She discusses the importance of the American Flag as asymbol of our patriotism and reminds us of the signers of theDeclaration of Independence—of their patriotism, dedication, andhope for our country. She credits the signers for the freedoms weenjoy today. Rachel describes several occasions when Americanscame together through patriotism, bringing much needed aid to thevictims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centerand also of Hurricane Katrina. Americans joined together to helpthose in need. She provides a wide range of examples of patriotismfrom school children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to a Soldierlaying down his life to protect others. She views our troops as thebravest and purest symbols of patriotism and ends her essay withsome lines from “I’m Proud to Be an American.”

Hope Tiezzi received the ScholarshipFoundation’s Memorial Award. TheMemorial Award recognizes those whowere honored with memorial donations tothe Foundation during the previous fiscalyear. Here are the names of those honored,following by the donors’ names: Wayne S.Conley (J. Doherty), Jesse Tucker (L. and B.Kinard), James Alcorn (M. Elgnus, B.

Alcorn, H. and J. Nicoll, and Flour Corp: Piping Design/Engineering),Bob Bailey (B. Poydascheff), Marlis Brown (J. Jollimore), Neil G.Everingham (J. Everingham), Robert Steele, (T. Steele), RaymondAnderson (J. Ball), and Eric Vandooux (L. Ball). Not only did thesedonors honor their loved ones and friends but also they provided thisscholarship grant.

Hope’s sponsor was her paternal grandfather, Angelo J. Tiezzi, whoserved with the 15th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. Hopeis attending Duquesne University where she has been admitted to theathletic training education program. She hopes to become an athlet-ic trainer for a professional sports team. Her long term goals are tofurther her education in medical school with an interest in orthope-dic surgery. Hope participated in several special interest organiza-tions such as Key Club, Italian Club, and Random Acts of Kindness.She served as a captain on Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse teams andon the executive board of “Peer Ministry.” Her essay, “Proud To Bean American,” talks about problems America has faced: 9/11,Newton shootings, Boston bombings, Muslim extremists, and more.Regardless of what happens, Hope says, “I am an American and livein the United States of America, where I can live free.” All citizens arefree and have protected rights, are treated equally, and can expresstheir thoughts freely without fear of prosecution. Hope believes ifthese facts were true all over the world, there would be less crimeand terror. She sees change: the first Black President (sparkedchanges in other parts of the world), a new Pope of the CatholicChurch (more global prospective), talk of allowing British royal fam-ily members to marry outside the Anglican religion. While Americamay not be responsible for all of the changes, the focus of her essayremains: “I am proud to be an American, God Bless the USA.”

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Army Birthday Celebration in Afghanistan.

ue to raise the bar higher than ever before.

Mike will be accompanied by a first class

deputy in BG John H. Hort, whom you all

have come to know well during his recent

stint as the Deputy Commanding General

(Rear). Finally, the new Chief of Staff,

COL J.T. Thompson, will replace COL Lee

Quintas, rounding out a world class team to

take control of the reigns.

As we edge closer to 96 years of service,

we are exceptionally proud of this

Division’s historic accomplishments and

you are a part of this heritage. All over the

world, the Third Infantry Division has

proudly and valiantly been at the forefront

of this Nation’s mission to defeat tyranny

and nurture freedom. Our hallowed place in

history is a direct reflection of the sacrifices

Marne Soldiers, both past and present, have

made in faraway places like Chateau-

Thierry on the Marne River, Sicily, Anzio,

Colmar Pocket, Hungnam Korea,

Nuremburg, Baghdad and now, Southern

Afghanistan. I would ask that you pause

during this year’s Fourth of July and sum-

mer festivities to reflect upon all the incred-

ible things accomplished in service to this


In reflection of the Marne Division’s

recent accomplishments and this year’s cel-

ebration of the 238th Army Birthday, we

are reminded that we continue to earn the

American people’s trust each and every

day. Our nation is able to sleep peacefully,

knowing that this Army is the most decisive

land force in the world. No matter the task,

no matter the environment, no matter the

difficulty…you will not find a more

responsive, innovative, flexible, agile and

lethal element capable of providing versa-

tility and depth to an already impressive

Joint Force. America’s Army is a globally

recognized symbol of our national resolve

and commitment. And just as it was in

1775, our Army remains an all-volunteer

force. It is the best manned, best equipped,

best trained, best led, and most decisive

land force in the world; prepared to protect,

defend and if required, to fight for freedom

and the ideals that our country was founded


I would like to personally thank all of

the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and

Veterans of our Armed Forces for answer-

ing the call, and thank you for the tremen-

dous sacrifice and service you provide for

our great nation. This year for

Independence Day, celebrate freedom and

liberty and everything that makes our coun-

try so great. Celebrate what makes us

uniquely American, and remember that

what we have,”It is worth fighting for.”

Remember those continuing to serve in

harm’s way and their Families working to

keep it all together at home.

In closing, Connie and I wish everyone

a happy Independence Day and wonderful


ROCK OF THE MARNE! Robert “Abe” Abrams,

Major General, U.S. Army

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them to the families so that they know

their loved ones weren’t alone on Veterans

Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day or

their birthday. This simple act can warm

the coldest of hearts and strengthen the

weakest of bonds between people. It

shows that those who reaped the benefits

of those who died fighting for freedom

never forgot nor ungratefully accepted the

precious gift they gave.”

At the picnic, Jocelyne distributed to

the adoptive “parents” or “grandparents”

photos of the Soldiers whose graves they

adopted. Included in each package was

personal information about the fallen

Soldier and the circumstances of his

death. Just preparing the information

required a great deal of research, much

collecting of photos and other informa-

tion, printing, and assembly in the pack-

ages to be distributed to specific adoptive

“parents” or “grandparents,” and Jocelyne

knows who adopted whom. As you can

see in the photographs, Jocelyne’s

demeanor in passing out the packages

suggests no self-aggrandizement. These

documents required a great deal of prepa-

ration; yet, she simply “hands them out.”

As indicated in the article by Sgt. Knight

published elsewhere in this issue,

Jocelyne Papelard deserves much praise

for what she does to keep alive the love of

our Soldiers in the hearts of her country-


[Jocelyne sent the pictures shown herewith a simple note: “First annual picnicfor adoptive parents and grandparents.The “Adopt a Grave” program is goingwell.]

GRAVE from page 1

These teenagers are adoptive “parents” prepar-ing to honor Soldiers with floral tributes.

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From the EditorLynn Ball

Color Guard needed: A result of the

recent governmental money-decisions is a

crackdown on military expense. Now, the

Active Division is no longer permitted to

participate in any function such as ours, if

the function is occurring more than 100

miles from Fort Stewart. This reality has

had a heavy impact on our Society reunion

in the Chicago area this September. Our

military contacts inform us that the 3rd

Infantry Division cannot provide a Color

Guard or bring the 3rd I.D. Display to the

reunion. Further, the 3rd I.D. cannot send

the “Soldier of the Year” or the “NCO of

the Year” to the reunion to accept our con-

gratulations and to receive their awards,

and no Active Duty Soldiers can attend. In

short, the Army cannot pay any expense

connected to our reunion. While John

Shirley, Chair of the Reunion Committee,

has made a special arrangement to pay

General Hort’s expenses to appear at the

Saturday Annual Banquet to deliver his

keynote address, at this writing, we still

have no Color Guard. Therefore, we are

asking folks within our membership to

provide a Color Guard. Several inquiries

have been sent to various organizations

and individuals with no positive response

thus far so we need your help. Do we have

a Color Guard that can attend the Reunion

in the Chicago area? If so, please contact

John Shirley (see page 2 for contact infor-

mation) to inform him of your willingness

to serve in this capacity.

Unpaid Dues: Another important

Society issue at present is the need for

those who have not yet paid fiscal 2013-

2014 dues to do so now. While all outposts

need the $4.00 they receive from each

member’s annual dues payment of $20.00

to support outpost operating expense, the

more critical fact is that outposts that fall

below ten members lose their charters, are

disbanded, and their current members are

assigned to a nearby outpost or given the

option of becoming a “member at large.”

Aside from the financial factors is the fact

that we need each member in our Society

and Outpost family. Every member is

important to us for personal reasons. Even

members who cannot attend meetings can

keep in touch with outpost officers and

friends through phone calls, letters, and e-

mail. If you need contact information for

any member of the Society, ask your out-

post officers to get it for you. Their con-

tact information is listed on page 31 of this

issue of the Watch on the Rhine. Also, you

can ask the Watch editor for this informa-


Another reason to keep your member-

ship active is the fact that this issue of the

Watch is the last one that will be sent to

members whose dues are not current.

Many of our members praise the Watchand look forward to receiving it. We try to

present a wide range of information and as

many member-submissions as possible in

each issue. The Watch editor looks for-

ward to receiving your comments, stories,

and notices. These help to build cama-

raderie—our chief goal. Please send me

your comments and stories. Be a member

who is helping to build our Society.

Memorabilia for Sale? In a recent

conversation with a Society member, he

suggested that some members might have

memorabilia they would like to sell. The

Watch on the Rhine offers space to anyone

wishing to advertise items for sale. The

cost of advertising is $19.00 per column-

inch and a column is 3 ½ inches wide so

you can fit quite a few words into a one-

inch ad. The minimum cost of advertising

in the Watch is $19.00. A four-inch display

ad would cost $76.00. Simply send your

copy and payment to Lynn Ball at 2010

Worcester Lane, Garland TX 75040.

Please include your phone number so

Lynn can contact you if she has questions.

Officers Must Be Members:

Recently, a situation arose when two gen-

tlemen accepted officers’ posts in an out-

post. When we tried to gather their contact

information for inclusion in the “Outpost

Register” on page 31 of the Watch on theRhine, we discovered that neither gentle-

man is a member of the Society. All offi-

cers in outposts must be members of the

Society. It is our hope that these gentle-

men will join the Society and serve as offi-

cers in their outpost. The outpost where

this happened is one that has the National

Society collect its dues. While this is con-

venient for the outpost, it also leaves the

outpost in ignorance concerning its own

membership. Without special inquiries,

there is no way for outpost officers to

know whether or not individuals attending

their meetings are actually members of the

Society. While we welcome all guests, we

may have guests attending who actually

consider themselves to be “members”—as

happened in this case. Again, we welcome

guests, but we also need members. Please

ensure that folks who are serving your

outpost, as members would serve, are

actually registered as members with the

Society. I’m not sure simply asking if they

are members is sufficient. If they consider

themselves to be members, but are not

actually registered with the Society, their

answer will likely be “Yes, I am a mem-

ber.” A better question might be “Are you

receiving the Watch on the Rhine, at your

residence?” All members receive the

Watch on the Rhine. When two members

live at the same address, only one Watch ismailed to the residence—except in June

when ALL members receive the Watchbecause there is usually a voting ballot in

the June issue.

2013 Scholarship Recipients: This

issue of the Watch displays the photos and

profiles of the Society of the 3rd Infantry

Division Scholarship Foundation’s 2013

scholarship grant recipients. Be sure to

read about this highly intelligent and capa-

ble group of our 3rd Infantry Division off-

spring. We are very proud of our children.

Each year, we are amazed by their contin-

uing excellence. We have smart kids. This

should not surprise us, because our 3rd

Infantry Division Veterans and Active

Now, the Active Division is no longer permitted to participate in any function such asours, if the function is occurring more than 100 miles from Fort Stewart. This realityhas had a heavy impact on our Society reunion in the Chicago area this September.

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Duty Soldiers are the proven best. We

have published one recipient’s essay as a

feature article in this issue. It is entitled

“Operation HUSKY” by Jennifer Nussio,

the daughter of Ricky and Mary Elizabeth

Nussio. Jennifer’s essay is an example of

the kind of work our offspring produce.

We hope you enjoy reading it.

Decals Are Reusable: We run an ad

concerning Society decals and bumper

stickers in each edition of the Watch.

Some members may not realize that the

inside window decals can be removed and

reused. One member said he lost his decal

when he traded in his automobile for a

newer model. He did not know that the

vinyl sticker can be peeled off the inside

window of the car and applied to the win-

dow of another car.

Lethal Weapons: The most lethal

weapons of war are our Infantrymen.

Watch Requirements Schedule

Issue Topic Reporting ResponsibilityAll Issues Taps and New Members Roster ManagerFebruary-August Upcoming Reunion Information Reunion CommitteeFebruary Scholarship Foundation; Call for Applications Foundation Chairman

Call for C&BL Proposed Changes–2014 C&BL ChairmanCall for Nominations for National Officers Nominations Chairman

April Call for Society Awards Nominations Awards ChairmanCall for Nominations for National Officers Nominations Chairman

June Ballot for C&BL Changes–2014 C&BL ChairmanElection Ballot Nominations Chairman

August Actions of Ex-Com since last reunion; Society Budget for Coming Year; Secretary/TreasurerScholarship Recipients Report Foundation Chairman

October Auditor’s Report for Fiscal Year; Society Financial Report Auditor and S/TDecember Call for Nominations for National Officers Nominations Chairman

Member-approved Changes to C&BL, 2014 C&BL ChairMinutes of General Membership Meeting at Reunion Secretary/TreasurerMinutes of Ex-Com Meetings at Reunion Secretary/Treasurer

The 15th Infantry Regimental Association will once again host itsannual Regimental Dinner on September 13, 2013, in conjunctionwith the Society of the Third Infantry Division at the Westin LombardHotel in Lombard (Chicago), Illinois. The dinner is open to anyonewishing to attend. We will have an interesting program followingthe meal. This is an excellent opportunity to visit your old friendsand buddies and to make new acquaintances.

Dinner will consist of a plentiful Italian Buffet extravaganza.

Cost: $42.00 per person (includes tax/gratuity)

Cocktails: 6:00pm - 6:45 p.m. (Cash Bar)

Dinner & Program: 6:45pm - 8:45 p.m.

Please fill out the reservation form below

Name __________________________________________

Guest: __________________________________________

Guest: __________________________________________

Guest: __________________________________________

Phone number: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________________

Mail your reservation(s) and check to: Bart Viruso, 116 HarriettRoad, North Babylon, NY 11703 Phone: (631) 587-0587; cell(631) 338-1400, Email: [email protected]

Reservations and payment must be made by August 28, 2013


Secretary’s Report2012-2013 Executive Committee Actionsby John Fisher, Acting Secretary

1) The major consideration of the Executive Committee was to discuss and approve the

Society Budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. A copy of the budget is published elsewhere in this

issue of the Watch on the Rhine.

2) President Mills appointed Leonard Collins as Society Quartermaster following the res-

ignation of Society Quartermaster Pat Williamson.

3) President Mills appointed Joe Ball as Nominations Committee Chairman following the

death of Bob Bailey who previously held the position. Joe Ball’s appointment was confirmed

by the Executive Committee.

4) President Mills appointed Kathleen Daddato to complete the term of Eastern Region

Committeeman previously held by Bob Bailey. Kathleen Daddato’s appointment was

approved by the Executive Committee.

5) Currently, the Society has no replacement for Ray Anderson who served as

Secretary/Treasurer for many years. To complete these duties, President David Mills is act-

ing as Treasurer and Eastern Region Vice President John Fisher is acting as Secretary.

All actions of the Executive Committee are subject to approval by those in attendance at

the 2013 Membership Business Meeting to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the

national reunion in Lombard, Illinois.

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Scholarship Foundation NewsLynn Ball

As indicated in the “Scholarship Recipients” article in this

issue, our 2013 recipients were all excellent. Again this year,

we received more applications for grants than we could award. It

was difficult for our judges to identify the best of the best. I was

personally pleased to see that our judges’ choices were almost

identical which meant that there was not a situation that required

my tie-breaking vote.

We would be remiss if we did not let you know that, at this writ-

ing, the Scholarship Foundation has received four notes of appre-

ciation from our 2013 recipients of scholarship grants awarded by

the Foundation. Those who sent messages of thanks to the

Foundation included Remi Farnan, Jennifer L. Nussio, Natalie

Rosen, and Jared L. Stadler. We even received a letter of thanks

from the University of Arkansas which read in part, “Thank you

for your support of education at the University of Arkansas.”

While we are on the subject of expressions of thanks, the

Directors and staff of the Scholarship Foundation (Lynn Ball, Joe

Ball, Jeff Danby, Earl Killen, Tom Maines, Marco Montoya, and

Justin Valle—all volunteers) wish to thank our donors whose con-

tributions over the past year made our 2013 scholarship grant

awards possible.

Following is a list of those who have provided donations since

the June Watch on the Rhine was published. Thank you all, very


Levels of GivingPlatinum Star, $50,000–$99,999; Gold Star, $10,000–$49,999;

Silver Star, $5,000–$9,999; Platinum, $1,000–$4,999; Gold; $500–$999; Silver, $100–$499; Bronze, $1–$99.

Gold Donors

• Thomas R. Maines

Silver Donors

• Henry R. Bodden

Bronze Donors

• James and Peggy Buchwald• Dan and Cleo Callahan• James P. Campbell• Morris and Maxine Chambers• John and Doris Davis• Lawrence R. De Benedictis• Robert K. Faucett• Abraham and Frances Friedman

• Warren and Mary Giampietro • Frank and Mary Hull• Alfred P. Kopec• Jerry Kraft• Matthew A. Lukow• Richard and Barbara McKiddy• Jerry and Marilyn Manley• Jean Michaux• Jeffery Morris• David J. Navarre• Jim and Lucille Noe• Jim and Linda Reeves• Carmel and Judy Solano• Luvern R. Solien• Joseph and Marilyn Sullivan• James and Rhonda Syler


Society Budget: Fiscal 2013-2014Suggested Suggested

2013-2014 Budget 2012-2013 Budget

ReceiptsAnnual Dues $30,000.00 $23,000.00Advertising $1,000.00 $1,000.00New Life Dues $3,500.00 $3,500.00Raffle Tickets $17,000.00 $15,000.00Interest $1,500.00 $1,500.00Roster Income $515.00 $300.00General Fund $1,200.00 $2,200.00Decals $100.00 $100.00Memorial Fund $1,500.00 $1,500.00Scholarship Foundation $1,000.00 $1,000.00Ft. Benning Monument Fund $0.00 $500.00Marne Trail $1,000.00 $1,000.00

Total $58,315.00 $50,600.00

DisbursementsWatch Printing and Postage $24,500.00 $24,500.00Headquarters Expense $3,000.00 $3,000.00Raffle $4,600.00 $4,600.00Annual Dues Cards $1,300.00 $1,300.00Membership Cards $1,400.00 $1,400.00Roster $0.00 $0.00Editor Expense $325.00 $400.00Membership and Ads $2,000.00 $2,000.00Public Relations $150.00 $150.00Awards $1,200.00 $1,200.00Historian $300.00 $300.00Memorials $600.00 $600.00Nominations and Elections $75.00 $75.00Website $500.00 $550.00Dues and Donations to Outposts $7,000.00 $5,300.00Roster Management $500.00 $600.00Expense Allowance $3,500.00 $2,500.00Scholarship Foundation $1,000.00 $1,000.00Marne Trail $1,000.00 $1,000.00Ft. Benning Monument $0.00 $0.00Keep in Touch Cards $400.00 $400.00Surety Bond $0.00 $0.00President’s Discretionary Fund $1,000.00 $0.00Reunion Emergency Expense $500.00 $0.00

Total $54,850.00 $50,875.00

Net $3,465.00 -$275.00

Looking for...

Richard S. Wren Sr. recently wrote to the Watch inquiring

about documentaries explaining how Medal of Honor recipients

are chosen. His question was, “Is there a TV program or a movie

on the subject?” If so, Richard would like enough information to

access the documentary. We request the help of our avid

researchers in the hope that someone can answer Richard’s ques-

tion. Please also inform the Watch as similar questions have

arisen in the past. Richard’s contact information is 234 Park

Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702.

So that his brethren shall know...Please report the death of any member of the Society of the ThirdInfantry Division to Richard W. Heller, Database Manager(address, p.2) for listing in the “Last Call.”

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Duty of Memoryby Toby Knight

At first the title may sound odd, but in

French it has poignant meaning: “Devoir de

Mẻmoire” is not just a saying to many thou-

sands of French citizens dedicated to pre-

serving the memory of the sacrifices

American Soldiers made in the world wars. It

is also a little known cause that diligently

works to recognize and remember their hero-

ic deeds. For most Americans, D-Day means

the beginning of the invasion of Europe and

the loss of many American lives. To the

French it means freedom.

When the United States entered WWII,

the French Army was in ruins; its people had

been subjugated by the Germans, and the

remaining hope they had of regaining their

liberty lay in the hands of the only country

able to repel the Germans. The United States

landed on the French beaches for many rea-

sons, one of which was the repayment of a

gift given during her own Revolution. Being

the first country to recognize U.S. indepen-

dence from Britain, France also sent help.

June 6, 1944, was a repayment of sorts for

that help 168 years earlier. For the dedicated

French that work to remember that repay-

ment, they hold that gratitude near to their

hearts. Jocelyne Papelard is just one French

person among thousands who holds a strong

sense of duty to keep alive the memory of the

sacrifices of American Soldiers in liberating

France and Europe from the tyranny of

German oppression in WWI and WWII.

Her work is not easy and she receives no

pay. She is driven by a deep sense of grati-

tude, duty, and love. She spends many hours

speaking with Veterans that visit France

gleaning bits of information that can lead her

down a path to discover deeds of American

Soldiers that liberated French towns. She

knows the units well. The might of the 3rd

Infantry Division is something that she

knows very well. She knows the units down

to the company and sometimes the platoon

level. She knows the names of the men who

died around her house.

She got help researching records from the

internet, from libraries, and from another

member of her cause, Eric Vandroux. Eric

was the consummate intellectual who was

driven by the same sense of duty. He spent

his own time and money researching the his-

torical records at his disposal to find out who

did what and where. He spent hours in the

American cemeteries in France learning the

names of Soldiers who died around his town

and working with Jocelyne to bring their sto-

ries to life in displays that bore pictures of

young faces in uniform that died. He would

then take these displays to schools and teach

the next generation about those sacrifices and

instill in them the sense of “Duty of

Memory.” Sadly, Eric passed away this past

April. He was working on his next project to

recognize Americans Soldiers.

Jocelyne didn’t stop when Eric died. She

decided that a more permanent

recognition of American sacri-

fices needs to be done. Several

years ago she began work on

establishing permanent monu-

ments honoring Soldiers who

died fighting in specific towns.

It was a way not only to keep

their memory alive, but also to give the

townspeople a way to recognize American

sacrifices and teach future generations about


The work demanded of her was daunting.

She had to convince town councils to donate

lands, establish funds for the upkeep of the

memorials, find a quarry to donate the gran-

ite, an engraver to do the work, and a com-

pany to install each monument. All this

would have sufficed, but Jocelyne went fur-

ther. She used her influence to plan dedica-

tion ceremonies. She contacted the U.S. State

Department for official support; she worked

with contacts in the military and lined up

musical support and even worked out French

military support.

In 2011, she persevered to recognize a

Soldier who died fighting in the town of

Raddon. Sgt. Harold O. Messerschmidt was

in charge of a squad of men and was tasked

with defending a hillside position near the

town. It was September 1944, and the 3rd

I.D. was fighting its way through the far east-

ern sector of France and preparing for the

invasion of Germany and the end of the war.

While establishing a 40-yard-long skirmish

line on the hill, his squad soon began to come

under attack by the German infantry bent on

dislodging the Americans from the higher

ground. Under an intense barrage of enemy

machine gun and rifle fire, SGT

Messerschmidt continued to move along the

skirmish line directing his squad’s fire and

focusing his men. The Germans mounted an

overwhelming and fanatical assault that

expended all of his ammunition and that of

his men. During the assault, Messerschmidt

Society and Outpost #35Members Jocelyne Papelardand Sgt. Toby Knight honoringour fallen Soldiers with flowersat Epinal American Cemetery.Jocelyne and Toby have adopt-ed several graves of ourSoldiers.

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and all the food we could eat, and then


Our ship arrived at San Francisco at

night so we anchored out in the Bay until

morning and docked in our slip just after

dawn. All of the troops stood on the port

side of the ship at one time while the

National Anthem was played and it listed

noticeably. Each of us walked down the

gangplank and was greeted by an Army

Major General who very kindly said to me

“welcome home son.” I will always remem-

ber his words and how kindly his voice

sounded. I was back on American soil at



thank God for the brave and gallant men and

women of our armed forces who every day

of their lives serve to protect us and our

Country, especially those of the Third

Infantry Division of the United States Army.

Rock of the Marne.

In Your Service, Dave.

PRESIDENT from page 3

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The Society of the 3rd Infantry

Division Members are sending in

reservations and that is wonderful.

The August Watch arrives just a few days

before the August 12-cutoff-date to secure

hotel rooms at the reunion rate of $104

plus tax. Parking is complimentary. Please

make your hotel reservation as soon as

possible and before August 12 to receive

the discounted rate. This is a very nice

hotel in an interesting shopping and com-

mercial area on the outskirts of downtown


The two tours we have scheduled are

highly regarded and should be of great

interest. I just talked to Dr. Bae Suk Lee

about the entertainment for the President’s

Reception on Thursday. He said we made

a good choice for the reunion location as

there is a large and active Korean commu-

nity in that area. They are very pleased to

provide us traditional dress and dances as

well as Korean instruments and musicians

playing some of the music for the dancers

and provide our entertainment. Dr. Lee is

in touch with the Korean Counsel, and

they will provide us a high ranking mem-

ber of the staff. We have been informed a

new Consul General has just arrived. Dr.

Lee hopes the new Consul General will be

able to be with us as we commemorate the

60th anniversary of the signing of the

armistice that ended the fighting in Korea.

I hope many 3rd Infantry Division Korea

veterans and guests will attend this special

reunion. We would like to recognize and

honor Outpost Harry members and all

Korea War veterans during the dinner and

reunion. Of special interest will be a short

talk by Dr. Megan Albertz, granddaughter

of Bae Suk and Miyong Lee, expressing

the gratitude all Koreans feel for our help

during the War.

Marianne Stuart will chair the Spouse

Brunch on Saturday, and has a nice pro-

gram planned. On Saturday we will have

our membership meeting and a second

Executive Committee meeting which will

finish by 11:00 AM in time for all to enjoy

a very interesting tour to the historic

Cantigny Park. Chaplain Jerome Daddato

and his fine Memorial Breakfast

Committee will end our 94th annual meet-

ing on Sunday morning with the always

impressive and touching Memorial


We hope Congresswomen Tammy

Duckworth will be able to join us at the

Saturday Banquet. Her talk will pertain to

women in the military. She is a combat

veteran who was badly wounded when the

helicopter she was in was shot down in

Iraq. She lost both legs and suffered

severe damage to her right arm. She repre-

sents a congressional district near where

our convention will be held.

Brigadier General John Hort, who was

with us in Savannah, informed me the new

fiscal policy adopted because of the cut

back in military funds prevents the Active

Division from supporting the society

annual reunion as they have done for

many decades. They cannot send the

Color Guard, the Soldier and NCO of the

Year, or ranking members of the division

to the reunion. The same policy prevents

support for all events more than 100 miles

from Ft. Stewart.

We have made special arrangements to

have BG Hort attend the reunion on

Saturday; he will deliver the keynote talk

at the banquet.

The reunion is a great place to see old

friends and make new ones. Family mem-

bers and friends are welcome. We are one

of the few Army Divisions that still hold

annual reunions. We hope you can attend

the 94th reunion which promises to be a

special event and follows 93 fine reunions

since 1919.

—Reunion Committee: John Shirley,Chair; Ron Greenwood, Dr. Bae Suk Lee,

Matt McKenna, Nile Stuart

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Tootsie RollsRecently, I viewed a film clip about the Marines at Chosin Reservoir in November/

December, 1950. The Marines had a code for everything. It seems they were in desperateneed of 60mm mortars. The code for 60mm mortars was “Tootsie Rolls.” They radioedrequesting an urgent shipment, coded “Tootsie Rolls.” Apparently, the person receiving therequest was unfamiliar with the code. The next day, several crates for Tootsie Rolls weredropped in their zone. While they still had no 60mm mortars, they put the Tootsie Rolls togood use and some believe those candies saved some lives. The temperatures were fluc-tuating between 20 and 50 degrees below zero with the mean temperature at 35 degreesbelow zero. They put the frozen Tootsie Rolls inside their clothing. After about 20 minutes,the candies were soft enough to chew. They supplied food (sugar) which warmed the freez-ing Marines a little. According to one eyewitness to the Chosin disaster, the Marines did notshare their Tootsie Rolls with our Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division.

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Operation HUSKY

Standing on the white sanded shores of

Mondello beach in Sicily this past

September gave me an even closer con-

nection with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Having grown up singing the “Dogface

Soldier” song and being proud to say my father is

a Dog-face Soldier, whether or not I completely

understood what that meant back then, I have

always felt a special association with the Division.

Now, years later, I have learned that the “Dogface

Soldier” was the iconic morale song of the

Division’s Italy invasions, and recalling the history

that goes along with that song makes the moments

when I stood on that same Sicilian

soil all the more meaningful.

It was the summer of 1943, the

hottest period of Sicilian climate,

when Operation HUSKY was

born. The operation was to accom-

plish securing the Mediterranean

supply lines, ease German pressure

on Russia, and conversely to inten-

sify pressure on Italy. Who could

do the swiftest and surest? The 3rd

Infantry Division! The Division

had already won its fame and respect a few months earlier in

Fedala, North Africa, as key in Operation TORCH. It was the

3rd Infantry Division who was chosen to take on the perilous

amphibious invasion of Operation HUSKY, a type of maneuver

they would be famous for accomplishing a few months later in

Anzio. But first, Sicily. The 3rd Infantry Division, the JOSS

FORCE—reinforced by Command A of the 2nd Armored

Division—landed on Licata on the morning of July 10, 1943.

Their mission was to capture the port and airfield in Licata. Lt.

Gen. George S. Patton Jr., the American Seventh Army com-

mander, made it clear the initial mission objective needed to be

accomplished in three days’ time. By nightfall of that first day,

the mission was accomplished and the 3rd Infantry Division

had already secured 15 miles of a stretch of beach 8 miles in


The next set of orders in the operation was to take the little

towns of Naro and Canicatti at 0600 the following morning.

The men moved out at 0330. The steamy warm air, black as

night ocean waters, enveloped the men as they moved in unfa-

miliar territory. Rocky, uneven roads severely complicated the

route. Around them were hidden snipers in the rocks, machine

guns blasting trying to pick off the men before the town was

reached. Above them, enemy planes sent down bombs, but with

little success. Nothing could stop the Dogface Soldiers. That

morning the exits to the small Sicilian town of Naro were

seized by the swift-moving men. The infantry began patrolling

the streets within a few hours. The mission of Naro was com-

plete. Shortly after, Maj. Gen. Lucian Truscott, the command-

ing general of the 3rd Infantry Division, sent reconnaissance

units to Canicatti. The route to Canicatti was a

narrow mountain pass infested with Italian

machine guns attempting to deny their passage.

German aircraft above had the same idea. By

nightfall, the enemy gave way, and the Americans

pushed through the pass, arriving just outside

town and capturing the south high ground to get

into position for the next morning’s attack. On

July 12, 1943, with a covering artillery barrage,

the town was taken by 1500. The 3rd Infantry

Division mounted tanks and took to the north high

ground of the town to achieve the rest of their

objective. Intense machine gun and antitank fire

continued the rest of the day.

Swiftly, expertly, the man reor-

ganized at nightfall and

launched their attack on the

northwest ground at 1600 the

follow day. Through the night

they fought and by mid-morn-

ing of the next day, Canicatti

was theirs.

The next step of execution in

Operation HUSKY was, after

the holding of western Sicily, to

take Palermo. The 3rd Infantry Division put into action their

“Truscott Trot.” The Division had been trained to march for

thirty miles a day, beginning with five miles in the first hour,

four miles each in hours two and three, and 3½ miles each for

the rest of the 30 mile march. Most other infantry units marched

at 2½ miles per hour for a sustained period. In a mere three

days, they crossed ninety miles of rocky, dry, dusty, and uneven

Sicilian terrain on foot. They reached Palermo on July 22 in the

early afternoon, and Gen. Truscott received permission to begin

patrolling. By 1400 there were indeed American patrols in the

city. At 1900 the city surrendered, and at 2030 Palermo was

occupied by American Soldiers. Victory may have been accom-

plished there, but it certainly did not end there. The 3rd Infantry

Division would race on to capture Massina and complete

Operation HUSKY.

Just as the 3rd Infantry Division’s mission in WWII did not

end with Sicily, its valor and success did not either. Today, it is

the same Division, different years and different operations, but

the same spirit of strength, the same “Dogface Soldiers.” Those

men who could travel over the roughest of terrain and outma-

neuver machine guns and overhead bombings to capture two

towns and a city in ten days are the same Soldiers who today

sing the “Dogface Soldier” song and are proud to be one. The

only difference is their names. This past year, standing in the

sun-baked city of Palermo, beige-colored and rocky, I felt a

new pride in the 3rd Infantry Division. It was on that very hal-

lowed ground where I stood that they confirmed to the world

that they are indeed the Rock of the Marne, the undaunted

fighters, the eternal “Dogface Soldiers.”

By Jennifer Nussio

The 3rd Infantry Division put into actiontheir “Truscott Trot.” The Division hadbeen trained to march for thirty miles aday, beginning with five miles in the firsthour, four miles each in hours two andthree, and 3½ miles each for the rest ofthe 30 mile march.

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Joe and Lynn Ball were honored to par-

ticipate in the 14th annual celebration

remembering Audie Murphy

(Farmersville’s “hometown hero”) and

honoring all Veterans, which was held in

Farmersville, Texas, on June 22. It was

also wonderful to spend time with Society

Members Monte and Carollyn Guidry

who were on hand for the festivities. The

event started with a breakfast for all

Veterans and their friends and families at

the First United Methodist Church, served

amid a backdrop of WWII memorabilia.

All Veterans in attendance were given

caps and badges bearing their names and

service units. At 10:00 AM, the annual

parade was kicked off with a flyover fea-

turing three WWI and WWII planes from

the Ghost Squadron Commemorative Air

Force (Dallas/Fort Worth Wing): a PT-17

Stearman (biplane), a Vultee BT-15

Valiant, and a T-6 Trainer. In previous

years, flyovers were conducted by F-14s

out of one of the Texas Air Force Bases

and were limited to one pass at a relative-

ly high altitude. These older aircraft com-

pleted several passes and flew much lower

so it was a beautiful and moving specta-


At the start of the Audie Murphy Day

Parade, The Boy Scouts of Troupe 310

passed out American flags to every parade

spectator, and the Tri-County Veterans

Honor Guard posted colors. Mayor Pro

Tem Jim Foy emceed

the parade so specta-

tors knew the back-

ground of each entry.

This year’s Grand

Marshal was Sgt.

John Politz who just

returned from service

in Afghanistan. Of

course, the best part

of the parade was

seeing all of the

Veterans riding in

open cars and trail-

ers. It was wonderful

waving to them and

seeing their pleasure

as the onlookers rec-

ognized them for

their service to our

country. Next was a

steady stream of beautifully restored

antique cars and antique farm equipment.

The Farmersville area is home to an

Antique Tractor Club that does beautiful

work in restoring ancient tractors and

other ancient farm equipment, and their

work was certainly appreciated at the

parade. Also displayed were many antique

fire trucks, as well as the area’s latest

modern ones. The police, too, participated

with the display of several of their vehi-

cles, and there were volunteers on hand

throughout the day to chauffer us from

place-to-place in their fleet of jeeps. Also

on hand to accommodate

our veterans were small

busses of the newly

acquired public transporta-

tion system, TAPS, which

is currently serving four

counties in North Texas.

In short, Farmersville

and surrounding communi-

ties came together to make

this 14th annual event

most memorable. My per-

sonal parade favorites

were the antique cars and

farm tractors, but the beau-

tiful horses proudly partici-

pating ran a close second. It was a won-

derful nearly mile-long parade, which

wound its way through Farmersville’s

Main Street Square (where Audie was

honored in 1945) and surrounding

streets—so reminiscent of what Audie

would have liked.

Next, was the program in the huge, his-

toric “Onion Shed.” It is a pavilion that

probably accommodates at least 800 peo-

ple (and it was full, with people standing

in all of the entrances); it is one of several

onion sheds that were used in Audie’s time

for their original purpose—to store onions

awaiting shipment. Many events took

place during the program that started with

Mayor Jim Helmberger’s proclamation

naming June 22, 2013 as “Audie Murphy

Day in Farmersville, Texas.” Next was the

individual recognition of every Veteran in

attendance by name and unit of service—

starting with all Army Veterans. Each

Veteran stood to be recognized and

thanked for his/her service. Next was the

presentation of two patriotic motif quilts,

one of which was given to Grand Marshal

Sgt. John Politz. The second quilt was

given to the oldest Veteran in attendance.

The beautiful quilts were made and donat-

ed by a local quilting club and were much

Farmersville, Texas

Audie Murphy Celebrationby Joe and Lynn Ball

World War I Stearman (biplane) as it flew over Farmersville onAudie Murphy Day.

Photo taken from near the back of the Onion Shed as Veterans andguests begin to arrive for the program following the parade.

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appreciated by the recipients.

Keynote Speaker Cooke County Judge

John O. Roach talked about both his and

his father’s careers in the Air Force, year-

by-year. Some highlights of his speech

included his recognition of his parents’

role in delivering him into manhood, his

wife’s dismay over his duty stations only

in the State of Texas (when she had

expected to see the world), and his grati-

tude to the military for providing him with

leadership training that has served him


The events closed with a 21-gun volley

executed by the local Honor Guard.

Throughout the day, from 7:30 AM until

late afternoon, the boys of Scout Troop

310 were everywhere helping the elderly,

passing out water, opening doors, and

serving all of us as any need arose.

Following the program at the Onion Shed,

Veterans were invited to a delicious and

more than ample luncheon at the First

Methodist Church. This was provided by

the local 4H Club. We were amazed to see

all of the children and teens working

throughout the day preparing and serving

the luncheon. There were more than 15

luncheon selections, iced tea, and a wide

assortment of

deserts. Members of

the 4H Club and the

scouts of Troop 310

even came to our

tables to see if we

wanted more food or drinks. Then, of

course, they were on hand to “clean up.”

The behavior exhibited by the 4H Club

members and scouts speaks well of our

future leaders.

It was a wonderful and well-planned

event in the town that celebrated Audie’s

heroics and safe return from the War and

continues to celebrate him and all our

Veterans year-after-year. Our final event

was signing the annual framed portrait of

Audie Murphy. Each year, a different

photo of Audie is centered in a large,

white, matte board, and a Sharpie is pro-

vided for those who wish to sign the por-

trait. All of the previously signed photos

were displayed in the huge hall. There

were also military and historical displays

located in the hall and at other locations in


While there are a few items for sale

each year, it is not a “commercial” event.

Since food is provided for everyone, not

even restaurants profit from the celebra-

tion. The money to fund this wonderful

event comes from local and not-so-local

businesses and many personal donations.

All work is done by volunteers, and they

strove to make everything perfect. We are

already looking forward to next year’s

15th annual event.

We hope our article will prompt other

communities across America to stage sim-

ilar events. Our Veterans and Active Duty

Soldiers deserve all of the recognition we

can give them, and such events also build


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Audie Murphy signa-ture photos. One isdisplayed for each ofthe 14 yearsFarmersville has hon-ored Audie Murphyannually.

L-R: VeteransRobert McAllister(Air Force) andRon Smith (Army)anticipatingbreakfast

Monte and Carollyn Guidry, after signing Audie Murphy’s 2013 photo display. Joe and Lynn Ball at “Audie Murphy Day.”

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John S. ColeTampa, FL2

Our Mascot, Sanibel, has graduated from Puppy Training

Classes and has moved up to Advanced Training. We have a new

Mascot, Charlotte, who is learning to be a Service Dog.

Plan to attend the National Reunion in the Chicago area in

September and let Kathy Daddato know of any ideas that you

may have for an Outpost Reunion in Florida in the fall.

Please send news and pictures of any local gatherings that you

may have attended. We like to hear what goes on among the

members of Outpost 2 in our large area of Florida, and beyond,

and we welcome visitors to Fort Myers. Rock of the Marne!

—Submitted by Robert Gibson, Secretary

Fort George WrightSpokane, WA 4

News From The Outposts

Our next meeting at Bakers of Milford will be at noon on

October 12, 2013. We hope to see everyone there.

—Submitted by: Amy McKenna, Secretary/Treasure

Outpost #13 met at Bakers of Milford on May 18, 2013.

Twenty-three members and guests were in attendance. We voted

to install a monument at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in

Augusta, Michigan. The monument will look very similar to the

monument that we installed at the Great Lakes NationalCemetery in Holly, Michigan. We want to thank Richard

Stevens for all his work in getting this plan into action! He has

been a tremendous help, and we couldn’t have done it without

him. Here is a picture of the monument in the Great LakesNational Cemetery.

We are trying to raise money to pay for the monument at Fort

Custer. If you would like to contribute, please have a check

made out to “Society of the Third infantry Division Outpost

#13,” and mail it to Amy McKenna, 303 Hanover Lane,

Brighton, MI 48114. It would be greatly appreciated.

Outpost #15 President Richard Mc Kiddy urges those outpost

members who have not yet paid their fiscal 2013-2014 dues to do

so now. Since outpost #15 has a relatively small number of mem-

bers, it cannot afford to lose any member. Certainly, each of our

members is precious to us. Even those who cannot attend meet-

ings can join in the camaraderie by keeping in touch via letters,

phone calls, and e-mail. If you have not yet paid dues, please help

us by doing so now. Please contact our outpost officers: contact

information for each of us is on page 31 of every issue of the

Watch on the Rhine.

Outpost 15 will hold its next meeting in November following

the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. The outpost will join in the

parade for the third time in 2013. The exact time, date, and loca-

tion will be announced when available. Our newly elected out-

Not long after the April 10th meeting of Outpost #4, Maxine,

wife of Outpost Past President Lyle Kerns passed away. She had

been battling cancer for several years; she was also a proud sup-

porter of the Outpost.

I received, by return mail, a meeting notice for April 10, 2013,

sent to Past President Ralph Reid, who passed away sometime

between mailing the meeting notices for the October 12, 2012

and April 10, 2013. I have inquired for the DOD from his living

facility with no response as of this date. Maxine and Ralph will

be sorely missed.

Outpost #4 will meet September 18, 2013, at the Washington

State Veterans Home, 222 E. 5th, Spokane, Washington.

—Submitted by Dale L. McGraw, Secretary

ArizonaPhoenix, AZ15

Outpost #13 members gather for May meeting.

Charles D. KingMichigan13

Monumentinstalled at GreatLakes NationalCemetery in Holly,Michigan

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Outpost 17 held a Memorial Service at the 3rd Infantry

Division Monument in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery on Saturday

29 June 2013. Bob Meeker was elected treasurer. Other new offi-

cers are pending.

—Submitted by Wimpy Kenner

L-R: BobMeganck, AlReich, DanKellett, BobVanark.

entire state by Ohio’s Highway Patrol. As we proceeded westward,

through Indiana and Illinois, we were welcomed by their respective

State Police right up to the border of Wisconsin. A 550 mile excur-

sion with no traffic! Now, that’s the way all Veterans should be able

to travel. It was a ride in style and truly a very special gesture,


But all the “warm and fuzzies” didn’t stop there. As we rolled

across Beloit’s city limits, near midnight, we were welcomed by

scores of motorcycles, dozens of fire trucks, and police squads with

their lights flashing, along with throngs of people lining the route

through the city—each cheering, waving, and even a few individ-

uals saluting from their apartment windows and balconies. As our

motorcade reached the final leg of our journey, we turned down a

street lined with 1200 American flags and amazing fireworks dis-

plays surrounded us. This tribute was beyond comprehension, and

as we arrived at the parking lot of the Eclipse Center, we were

again greeted by hundreds of well wishers who personally shook a

Veteran’s hand, gave a high-five or provided a welcoming hug.

Emotions got the better of most and a dry eye could not be found

in our group. It was an “over-the-top” welcome home celebration

honoring our Veterans, and it was simply spectacular!

The program’s founder, Mark Finnegan, closed the

evening by urging people to tell others about this one-of-a-kind

program in the hope that other parts of the country will start simi-

lar programs that could benefit so many deserving Veterans.

—Submitted by Bob Meganck

post officers are President Richard McKiddy and returning Vice

President Michael Grimes and Secretary-Treasurer Curtis


—Submitted by Richard Mc Kiddy, President, and Curtis Gentry, Secretary-Treasurer

Russell DunhamSt Louis, MO17

Outpost #18 members Dan Kellett, Bob Meganck, Bill Vanark,

and Al Reich were selected to participate in the 4th Annual 2013

VetsRoll Honor trip. The VetsRoll organization’s primary mission

is to provide safe ground transportation and an enjoyable experi-

ence for U.S. military Veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and

“Rosie-the-Riveters,” to visit the war memorials and related sites,

in and around Washington D.C. However, their deeper purpose is

to provide a long overdue gift of thanks and memories that will

fill each veteran’s heart for the incredible sacrifices they made in

the name of Freedom so many years ago.

Dan, Bob, and Bill, all combat Veterans of the Korean War

serving with the 3rd Infantry Division, were involved with a much

larger entourage—some 200 Veterans and “Rosies”—along with

120 volunteers, medical staff, and bus leaders went to

Washington. They rode in 10 luxurious Badger coaches from

Beloit, Wisconsin, to our nation’s capital. Traveling by bus pro-

vided the flexibility of socializing, moving around, playing cards,

watching a nostalgic video, and just seeing the cherished beauty

of this great nation.

Although we were all aware of our destination, no one could

have expected what would occur during our four-day bus tour.

The camaraderie, the stories of past and present, the incredible

restaurants and hotels were all an experience of a lifetime. The

emotional interactions with citizens sharing their “thank you for

your service” or a hardy handshake were too frequent to count.

Also precious, were those special moments when student groups,

while in Washington, offered their thanks and best wishes to our

Veterans. Whether or not these youthful gestures of goodwill were

a product of teacher prodding, a lesson was being learned. Yes,

patriotism is alive and well in the United States of America.

This year’s VetsRoll mission included the following: Wright-

Patterson Air Force Museum with dinner at the base’s Officers’

Club; Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of theUnknowns; Iwo Jima Marine Memorial; WWII, Korea, Vietnam,

and Lincoln Memorials; plus, many surprise events along the way,

and a Welcome Home celebration.

Of special note: during our trip home, as we crossed into Ohio

from Pennsylvania, we were given a full police escort through the

Giovinazzo-YorkMilwaukee, WI18

As you are all aware of the approach of the National Reunion

in Lombard, Illinois, it is fitting at this time to advise those of you

who cannot attend for one reason or another that Outpost #22 will

have a mini-reunion at the Flabob Airport in Riverside,

California, in conjunction with the Veterans’ Day celebration

scheduled for two days prior to Veterans Day on Saturday,

November 9, 2013. As previously reported in the Outpost #22

newsletter, because of the numerous attractions and side shows,

this is a wonderful opportunity for you “Third Divisioners” to

invite your children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends to have

a great time at the oldest airport in Riverside. I guarantee you’ll

want to attend this fantastic event, year-after-year. Outpost #22

will hold a meeting to start off the festivities, and as Peggy and I

will attend the National Reunion in Lombard, I should be able to

Albert MiceliSouthern California 22

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The Outpost #88 meeting was held at the Academy Hotel in

Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 16, 2013. Eight members and

six guests attended. Members present included Lyle and Fran Adams,

Joe and Joan Annello, Bill Buntrock, Gene Coogan, Lou Schindler,

Lloyd and Ferna Hendrix, Harold Nelson, Phyllis Schneibel and

daughter, Cheryl, and John and Donna Shoemaker, The meeting was

“Called to Order” by President Annello at 11:18 AM; Bill Buntrock

led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lou Schindler provided the outpost

financial report.

Motions: Lyle Adams moved to accept the financial report, and

the motion was seconded by Lou Schindler. The motion was

approved unanimously. Lyle Adams also moved to accept donations

from members and guests to offset the cost of outpost expenses. Lou

Schindler again seconded the motion and it was approved by accla-


Last Call since our last Annual Meeting: MSGT Ben S. Bevil of

Aurora, Colorado (10th F.A. WW II) and 1st Lt. William Leipold of

Louisville, Colorado (15INF WW II). Please ask your next of kin,

now, to contact one of the Outpost 88 officers to inform them when

there is a member death.

New Members since our last Annual Meeting: CW2 Dietrich D.

Edwards, Peyton, Colorado, and MAJ Jonathan P. Ewing, Colorado

Springs, Colorado. Our current membership in Outpost 88: 33

Annual Members and 13 Life Members.


bring you up to date on what happened there.

On the history of your Outpost #22, I have mailed some doc-

uments to the formidable editor of the equally formidable Watchon the Rhine magazine, Lynn Ball, which hopefully will appear

sometime in an issue depending on space. I believe all of you

and others will find them of interest. The main topic was the re-

activation of Outpost #22 led by Al and Helen Miceli back in

1982, and the bulletin which indicated it to be a fundraising

event. Check the Travelodge room prices in those days.

On an incidental note, the Veterans’ Expo put on by the

Salvation Army in Indio at the riverside fairgrounds might be of

interest to one and all. As I receive more information on it, I will

keep you informed. For those who will not be at the National

Reunion with Peggy and me, try to fit in one of those supple-

mental get-togethers; we need you. All the best—

—Submitted by Andy Scullion, President

Outpost #35 held its summer meeting on June 29, 2013, hosted

by Marco Montoya, at Sushi Japon, Austin, Texas. Thanks, Marco;

you did a great job. Our members appreciated your efforts. The the

food was great and the atmosphere was pleasant. Those in atten-

dance included Joe and Lynn Ball; Milt, Barbara, and Sean Carr;

Paul Grabert; Kimberly Harbison and son, Grey; David and Harriet

Houston; Jerry Kraft, Marco Montoya; John Ray and son-in-law,

Clifford Rosenbalm, Clifford’s daughter, Lisa Rosenbalm, and her

friend, Mark Kowalski. We had several messages from members

who could not attend. Kayla Cain attended a wedding; the Reeves

attended a business meeting related to Jim’s prior occupation; the

Hilderbrands were in Colorado for an annual event, Justin Valle just

returned from a lengthy trip out of state and is preparing for a new

job, and so on. We probably should have questioned members more

closely regarding the meeting date. We have taken that topic under

advisement and will do better next summer.

At 11:00 AM the meeting began with a social hour, followed by

lunch. Joe Ball called the meeting to order at 12:55 PM; Milt Carr

delivered the Invocation, and Marco Montoya led the Pledge of

Allegiance to the Flag; everyone sang “Dogface Soldier.” (We did a

tolerable job considering we neglected to bring the sheet music for

everyone to reference.) Lisa Rosenbalm drew John Ray’s name for

the door prize, a copy of Faces of War, and Joe Ball led introductions

of all attendees. In response to Joe’s request, Milt Carr moved to

accept the minutes of the March 16th meeting, held in Huntsville,

Texas. Marco Montoya seconded the motion, and it was approved by

acclamation. Lynn Ball then delivered the current Secretary-

Treasurer’s report, followed by New Business (discussion of the fall

meeting) and Joe’s reports and discussion.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report covered the following topics:

members who have not yet paid dues for fiscal 2014; termination of

Watch delivery and other mailings; new members; Joe’s greeting

card program for our outpost members (birthday and anniversary

cards are sent to members and spouses, if Joe has been given your

special dates); upcoming Society reunions; request for stories for the

Watch; upcoming Watch articles; status of 2013 Scholarship

Audie L. Murphy35

Foundation fundraising raffle (drawing is on September 5, 2013);

report on the Scholarship Foundation’s 2013 scholarship grant recip-

ients, the treasurer’s report, and discussion of the fall luncheon meet-

ing to be held in Fredericksburg, Texas, on October 26th, at

Mamacita’s Restaurant on East Main Street.

Joe’s Reports and Discussion: Joe’s reports covered the follow-

ing topics: “The 125th AAA Battalion: WW2,” “Hungnam:

December 1950,” “Reduction in Armed Services,” “Veteran

Disability Claims,” “Truscott Trot,” “New 3rd Infantry Division

Commanding General.” More information about these topics is

available upon request.

Milt Carr moved to adjourn the meeting at 2:15 PM and John Ray

seconded the motion. Milt Carr delivered the Convocation.

—Submitted by Lynn Ball, Secretary/Treasurer

L-R: Harold Nelson, Gene Coogan, Lou Schindler, Joe Annello.

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Members of Outpost 88 are requested to update their email

address at [email protected].

The meeting was closed by President Annello at 11:28AM.

—Submitted by Bill Buntrock, Secretary

Front L-R: Gene Coogan, Joan Annello, Phyllis Schneibel, Fran Adams,Donna Shoemaker. Back L-R: Bill Buntrock, Lou Schindler, Lloyd Hendrix,Ferna Hendrix, Harold Nelson, Lyle Adams, John Shoemaker, Joe Annello.

Outpost #5845 commemorated the 68th anniversary of the libera-

tion of the Obersalzberg with a flag raising ceremony at the site of the

commemorative plaque dedicated in 2008. Two WWII veterans of

the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, Robert Dutil and John

Keller, were present on 6 May 2013 to raise the U.S. flag on the loca-

tion of the former Nazi compound. Other Society members partici-

pating were Tina Keller, John Keller’s daughter; and Joe Todisco,

Korean War veteran of the 15th Infantry. Once again Dr. Bernhard

Oswald, General Director; Mr. Michael Caspar, the Director of the

Intercontinental Berchtesgaden Resort; and the entire staff of the

hotel made the veterans’ stay and the commemoration a memorable


Outpost President Monika Stoy served as host and delivered com-

ments. Consul General William Moeller from the United States

Consulate in Munich was the U.S. guest speaker. County

Councilman Rudolph Schaup, Dr. Oswald, and Lieutenant Colonel

Markus Hartong, Chief of Staff of the 23rd Mountain Infantry

Brigade, delivered comments on behalf of our German hosts.

Outstanding musical accompaniment was provided by the Brass

Quintet of the Germany Army’s Mountain Infantry Band from

Garmisch-Patenkirchen under SSG Matthias Herda.

The delegation arrived in Berchtesgaden the evening of 1 May.

The police chief, Chief Commissar Wilhelm Bertlein of Bad

Reichenhall, 20 km north of Berchtesgaden, hosted the group on 2

May, showing us the police station and providing a very informative

tour of the town (well-known for its salt production).

On 4 May the 3rd Infantry Division delegation visited neighbor-

ing Salzburg, Austria, where it was hosted by the Salzburg Military

History Society in the Austrian Army’s Schwarzenberg Kaserne

which houses the Society’s extensive collection of artifacts.The high-

light of the collection is an exhibition on the Battle of Leipzig, and

COL Dr. Kurt Mitterer gave an excellent presentation on this signif-

icant Napoleonic battle in October 1813. The veterans also received


L-R: Monika Stoy, Sybile Rohrmueller, Hans Rohrmueller, CG Moeller, JohnKeller, Brigitte Meyerdierks, Bob Dutil, Edmund Wilhelm, AlisonWhittingham, Tim Stoy, Tina Keller, Joe Todisco.

a tour of the armored vehicle collection housed on the kaserne. Later

that afternoon Salzburg Mayor Heinz Schaden hosted a warm recep-

tion for the group in the Mirabell Palace.

On 5 May the group received a comprehensive tour of

Berchtesgaden. Throughout our visit, Fred Mueller-Romminger was

a constant companion and served as official photographer. For his

continuing support the past six years he received a certificate of appre-


On 7 May the group traveled to Ostheim, France, outside of

Colmar, and participated in that town’s V-E Day ceremony that

evening. Mayor Roger Fritsch was a gracious host. On 8 May the del-

egation participated in the V-E Day ceremonies in Colmar, at the

American monument on Hill 351 above Sigolsheim (in which the

American Consul General from Strasbourg, Evan G. Reade, partici-

pated), at the French cemetery on Hill 351, and in the late afternoon

in Guemar. Our veterans were well-received in Guemar; Mayor

Umberto Stamile and 1st Deputy Eric Beysang organized a special

ceremony in their honor.

On 9 May the group visited Hoch Koenigsbourg castle above St.

Hippolyte and the beautiful town of Selestat. On10 May we visited

Auggen, Germany, near the Black Forest. Auggen is the partner city

of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which dedicated a plaque honoring our 3rd

Infantry Division on 26 April. Mayor Deutschmann received us in the

town hall, escorted us to a wine tasting and tour of the town’s very

large wine cooperative, and hosted a delicious lunch. On 11 May we

spent several hours touring the excellent Battle of the Colmar Pocket

museum in Turckheim, which has recently added an English language

electronic guide to improve the experience for non-French speaking

visitors. Fernand Burgert was our host there, and at the wine tasting at

Turckheim’s cooperative that followed. That afternoon,

Ammerschwihr Mayor Jean-Marie Fritsch and his wonderful wife

Francoise hosted the group for coffee and cake at their home. It was a

wonderful conclusion to a superb trip! Our outpost contact for France,

Ms. Muriel Burger, was a constant companion and invaluable help

coordinating the group’s various events around Colmar.

—Submitted by Monika Stoy

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Letters to the Editor

n Carl Topie wrote: Received the Watch on the Rhine [in lateMay]. Great, as always.

n Jocelyne Papelard wrote to David Colinan saying,“Yesterday, May 8th, at Epinal American Cemetery, I honored

your father with a bouquet of roses on his grave.

n John Shirley wrote: Thank you for another fine Watch andthe articles about the reunion. This issue of the Watch is very

important to reunion attendance. We will do our best for the next

issue, and if it can be sent as early as possible some of our mem-

bers will receive it in time to make reservations before the

August 12 deadline for the reunion price for rooms.

It was good to see the bios of Society officers. I was especial-

ly pleased to see the new WR committeeman is a well-educated,

young man anxious to serve.

n Amy McKenna wrote “Thank you for all your efforts forthe 3ID and the Watch! It is truly appreciated.”

n Bruce Monkman wrote: Lynn; Got my copy of the Watchon May 29. Fantastic. Keep up the good work. Regarding the

article written by Frank Pistone relative to Anzio, a portion

reminded me of a similar situation of getting untrained, innocent,

and green officers. We had one in my unit just out of college, a

2nd Lt., who knew nothing about leading troops. We learned

later that just because he went through college he was made an

officer. On Anzio we had a box made with a hole on the top that

we used as our latrine—an outhouse with no house. In order not

to call attention to the nightly air recons the Nazis made practi-

cally every night, we did not install the canvas latrine screen nor-

mally used for privacy. The less we drew attention to the fact that

American troops were there the better. The 2nd Lieutenant

thought it was terrible to have to use the facility in broad daylight

so he ordered the screen installed. Several of us tried to talk him

out of it, but he wouldn’t listen. He sternly ordered it be put up.

Since we had air raids every night, that night one came over our

area and dropped a big load of personnel bombs on the facility.

Needless to say, the canvas was in shreds. When the officer saw

that, he ordered it taken down.

n Bernadine Ginter wrote: Dear Lynn, I read with muchsadness, in the latest “Watch,” about the passing of my long time

friend, Eric Vandroux. I had known Eric for several years, and he

was like a son to me. We corresponded many times over the

years. In fact, he had recently sent me a DVD from the

“Memorial Day by Children of France,” filmed at Epinal

Cemetery. My husband, Andrew, became a member of the “Rhin

et Danube,” and we enjoyed joining the French Veterans at their

reunions and spending time with Eric.

[We will include more of your mailing in the October Watch.Thanks, Bernadine.]n Carolyn and Monte Guidry said the June Watch was won-


n Joe Mc Roberts wrote: Thanks for printing the “LookingFor” piece in the June Watch. Andria White, my late sister’s

daughter, told me she mentioned to you that I often wondered

what happened to the three officers I had spent time with on

Kelly Hill, and lo and behold you invited me to write a few

words on the subject. No one has contacted me so far, and I don’t

really expect any responses after all these years. Andria and her

sisters have a lot of empathy for me and those of us who spent

time in Korea. They spent a good bit of knee-scar time as chil-

dren praying I would survive after a front page story told how

Kelly Hill had been overrun. They did not know I had left Kelly

Hill a few days previously. They loved (maybe the words

“hooked on” better describe their feelings for) my late

Salvadoran wife, Eunice, whom I met in San Francisco on my

way to Korea. Anyway, thanks.

I recently had an accident (broke my shoulder) so I am incon-

venienced big time, at present.

n Bob Poydasheff called with nice compliments about theJune Watch. He was particularly interested in the book review,

“There’s a War on Moron,” which was comprised of an excerpt

from Dan Wolfe’s book, Seabury Place. Bob wanted more con-

tact information on Dan so he could get in touch with him. We

sent Bob an e-mail containing the information requested.

Recently, Bob received the honor of “Outstanding Alumnus”

from the War College. Certainly, congratulations are in order.

n Dave Mills also spoke kindly of the June Watch.

n Galen Stark wrote: I enjoyed reading about the WWII sta-tistics [in the Watch]. I had uncles that served during WWII. One

was in the Army and two were Marines. All of them were in

frontline combat, and they all came home. My dad worked for

Glen L. Martin Company during the War. They built the B-26

and also the B-29 at Omaha, Nebraska. Thank you. Galen Stark.

n Frank Klappert wrote about fulfilling the request of anelderly member of our Society, Alfonso Curiale. Frank wrote: I

have known Al for many years. As a matter of fact, it was

through reading the Watch that Al used to leave at our American

Legion Hall that I joined the Society. In 2004, my wife and I

toured the areas of battle at Anzio, in Italy, and more. During that

visit on a bus tour, I asked the guide if we were going anywhere

near the “Creek of the Dead Woman.” He said, “We will be there

in a few minutes.” I asked if we could stop because a friend (Al)

had asked me to get some dirt from the creek; because that is

where he got shot by a sniper during WWII. He wanted the dirt

to put in his coffin when he dies. The bus stopped; I jumped out

and went over to the creek that had an extremely steep bank. If I

had lost my footing and fell into the creek, a helicopter would

have had to haul me out. I scooped up some dirt and put it into a

small jar I had brought. The creek was part of the Mussolini irri-

gation system. How it got its name, I’ll never know. When I gave

the dirt to Al, we were alone in the Legion bar. He was the bar-

tender at the time. He looked at it, and for the second time in my

life, I saw a grown many cry. He thanked me so much that I

welled up in tears also.

n Kathy Daddato wrote: Dear Lynn, I have an update onSanibel: she returned to Canine College on June 8th, and has

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passed all of her physical x-rays and is

now in formal training and learning how

to guide a blind person. My previous dog

Darley was matched with a blind person

but her desire to greet everyone she meets

was detrimental for her guide work, but

she made a perfect candidate for a

Southeastern Guide Dog Ambassador. She

is a beautiful example of what a guide can

be. My new puppy’s name is Charlotte,

she is half-Golden and half-Lab—com-

pletely different than the other three; all

soft and cuddly, I can’t believe that is my

4th puppy already. She should be with me

in Chicago and will want to see all of you.

Thanks for all that you do, Love, Kathy

n Robert Lynch wrote to thank us forour review of his book “A Letter Marked

Free” that appeared in the April Watch. As

he was typing his note to us, the postman

delivered the June Watch, which contained

our article on Eric Vandroux’s passing. “I

could not believe the news. In fact, I had

to read your article several times to make

certain I had not misunderstood the sad

news. The next shocks were reading the

“Bells of Vesoul” and my picture with Eric

last September, followed by “Eric

Vandroux Remembered.” The City of

Vesoul has lost a truly remarkable person.

Our love and prayers go out to them. Their

loss is our Third Infantry Division loss.”

n Don Bettine wrote: Lynn, Thanksfor another great (June) issue of the

“Watch”. I liked the articles from the past,

WWI, WWII, Korea and the current

actions (in the Marne 6 report).

I have some surrender leaflets from the

Korean War, both U. S. and Chinese. Do

you want them for the Watch? [Werequested that Don send the leaflets.]n Dave Martin wrote to say, “The

Watch is superior and thank you so much

for your time and hard work.”

n Dorothy McDaniel wrote: I thoughtyou might be interested in publishing the

latest update on the projected use of the

Sarasota National Cemetery. The

Patterson foundation of Sarasota has

donated the unprecedented amount of

eight million dollars to be used to cover

the entire cost of the expansion, the land,

the maintenance, and the needs of veterans

for the next 50 years.

[We will include the story in the

October Watch on the Rhine. Thanks,


nWilliam Harris wrote: Lynn: Here isa list of the sites I wanted to show Outpost

#33 members last spring, but we had to

cancel due to lack of interest. All of these

are located in or about Michigan City,

Indiana, on the shore of Lake Michigan.

1) The monument that stands 65 feet

tall. On the top is the statue of “Peace”

holding an olive branch.

2) The old band stand where the City’s

concert band plays weekly for 10 weeks in

the summer. A much earlier band was

drafted into the military during the

Spanish-American War.

3) A statue of the WW1 Doughboy

stands 22 feet high. My father was one of

these in France.

4) The local Coast Guard Station.

5) The circle of honor dedicated to all

the branches of Military. In the center, our

only local MOH recipient is memorial-


6) A small stone monument to the

Union Army of the Civil War.

7) A plaque honoring all Spanish-

American War Veterans.

8) A Statue and Plaque on Church

grounds in honor of Parisians lost in


9) The WW2 Monument

10) The Civil War Monument in the


11) The two areas dedicated to WW2

12) The Swan Lake Memorial Gardens

13) The Gardena Street Playgrounds

If anyone is interested in seeing these,

call or E-MAIL me. My EMAIL address

can found on page 31 of the Watch under

Outpost #33.

n Bob Lynch wrote to thank us forreturning the photo of him and Eric

Vandroux. He also included the letter he

received from the Mayor of Vesoul

informing him of Eric’s passing. In the let-

ter, the mayor, Alain Chretien, wrote,

“We’ll pay tribute to him [Eric] on 12 of

September for the [69th] anniversary of

the liberation of Vesoul. I know that you

will think of him at that time.”

n Jim S. Noe wrote a very nice note, inwhich he mentioned his boyhood and life-

long friend, Joe Annello; Both Jim and Joe

grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. Jim

also enclosed an excellent article pub-

lished in the Stoughton Journal about his

experiences during the Korean War. We

will run this story in the October Watch onthe Rhine. In the meantime, Jim, Thank


Salute to the NationReported by Bob Mathews

A stirring, colorful “Salute to the Nation” ceremony, punctuated by the firing

of one artillery round in honor of each of our nation’s 50 states, got under way at

8:30 p.m., July 4th, at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. A fireworks display followed

the “Salute to the Nation” ceremony. Such a display is an Independence Day tra-

dition that Americans hold as dear as picnics, ball games, parades, and cookouts

in celebrating their freedom.

The site of the ceremony, Cottrell Field, is bordered by Warriors’ Walk, which

honors Third Infantry Division warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice in

defending the freedom celebrated on July 4. Residents of communities neighbor-

ing Fort Stewart were invited to join 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers, Family

Members, and Army Civilians in the Salute to the Nation and in viewing the fire-


The flags of each of America’s states and her eight territories were displayed in

front of the Cottrell Field viewing stands and bleachers. Patriotic music was pro-

vided by members of the 3rd Infantry Division Band prior to and during the cere-

mony, and a brief history of the United States was followed by the naming of each

state as a howitzer round was fired.

Hunter Army Airfield celebrated the birth of our nation one day earlier, on July

3, with a fireworks display. Soldiers, Families and members of surrounding civil-

ian communities were welcomed to view the display at Family Day Field which

started at 9:00 p.m.

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Chaplain’s CornerJerry Daddato

Dear Veterans, Active Duty Soldiers, and Families,

A lot of Holidays have come and gone since my last

report. Kathy and I went to the Memorial Day Service at

Memorial Gardens in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. It was

attended by hundreds of Veterans plus many active duty sol-

diers. Memorial Gardens has a statue of the “flag-raising on

Iwo Jima.” It is very large and made of pure white marble. It

was a long service with many speakers that talked of the

great sacrifices made for our freedoms. All in all, it was a

great memorial service—dedicated to all who helped win our

conflicts and the men and women who never came home,

who sleep in silent honor around the world.

Then there was Mothers Day: we can-

not express enough thanks to our mothers

who raised us and taught us right from

wrong. The Chaplain’s Mother helped in

the war effort. Every day, she walked 10 city blocks to the

library to help make cloth bandages for our military. I lost her

two years ago and she is with the Lord now. I think of her


Then there was Father’s Day. Chaplain’s father worked for

A.O. Smith making vehicles for the war effort. He was a

strong man who showed up every day to do his part. May

God bless all of our mothers and fathers.

The 4th of July was great with all of the parades and fire-

works celebrating our precious freedoms. We hope you

enjoyed the day with family and friends.

Our Reunion in Chicago is coming up fast so make your

reservation as promptly as you can so our committee can get

everything finalized. They deserve a great big “thank you”

for all of their hard work.

After all of these celebrations, I wish to pause and ask our

Lord’s blessing for our military and their families. They have

given us the right to celebrate our freedoms. May our Lord

keep all of them safe and bring them home to us real soon.

God bless all. Until we meet in Chicago in September, I

remain your Chaplain, Jerry Daddato

Display the 3ID Patch Proudly & Support the Scholarship Fund

1. Inside Window Decal with Society Emblem: 3” round,self-adhering, easy to remove and reuse.

2. 3rd I.D. Patch Decal

3. 3rd I.D. Patch Bumper Sticker: Permanent adhesive.Available in 2 3/8” and 3”, with website displayed.

4. Society Bumper Sticker: 11 ¼” x 3”, with website dis-played.

Donations are accepted and a por tion will go to theScholarship Foundation. Donors’ names are listed in theWatch. Make checks payable to Society of the 3rd InfantryDivision and mail order to Joe Ball, 2010 Worcester Lane,Garland TX 75040. If you have questions, call 972-495-1704.


Total membership 2377New membership since 92nd Reunion 61Gift Memberships to be Awarded 17


Society Bumper StickerThe Society has developed and has available a new Societybumper sticker. The new bumper sticker shows the 3rd I.D. Patch,and the Society website address, and it is 3” x 11 1/4”. It is avail-able for a donation to the Society. Please see the Decals Ad else-where in this issue. To order a bumper sticker, send your order anddonation to Joe Ball, 2010 Worcester Lane, Garland TX 75040-3331. You can contact Joe at 972-495-1704. You can also orderSociety decals and patches.

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August 8-11, 2013: Operation Dragoon: The “Forgotten D-Day”:multi-service event being held at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel,Arlington, Virginia: reservations (800-325-3535). Open to the public.Contact Monika Stoy at [email protected] or 703-912-4218.

August 12, 2013: Last day to make hotel reservations for the 94thReunion in Lombard, Illinois.

September 12-15, 2013: The Society of the 3rd Infantry Divisionwill hold its 94th Annual Reunion at the Westin Lombard Hotel locat-ed 15 miles west of Chicago. Details are in this issue of the Watch.

September 18, 2013: Outpost #4 will meet at the Washington StateVeterans’ Home, 222 E. 5th Street, Spokane, Washington.

September 29, 2013: Outpost #18 will meet at the Five PillarsSupper Club, Random Lake, Wisconsin, which is located on CountyRoad K just east of Highway 57. We will start at 10:30 AM with ourbusiness meeting, then a luncheon. Spouses are always welcome,as are guests. There is no Packers game on this date. Hope to seeyou on September 29th. Stay healthy and pray for our troops.

September 30-October 3, 2013: Richard Gallmeyer announces the19th National Reunion of Korean War Veterans at Virginia Beach,Virginia. All Veterans of the Korean War are welcome. This reunionprovides an opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones.Please plan to attend. For more information and registration forms,contact Richard at [email protected] or 1-800-523-4715

October 8-11, 2013: Reunion: Veterans of the Korean War, Inc.:Oceanfront Surfside Hotel. For more information, contact FloydNewkirk, 757-340-9802, [email protected].

October 12, 2013: Outpost #13 will meet at 12:00 Noon at Bakersof Milford.

October 26, 2013: Outpost #35 will hold its fall meeting atMamacita’s Restaurant, 506 East Main Street, Fredericksburg,Texas, located across Main Street from Sunday House Motel andone block from Nimitz Museum. Contact Joe or Lynn at 972-495-1704 for more details and for reservations.

November: The next scheduled meeting of Outpost #15 is inNovember 2013. This meeting will follow the outpost’s continuedparticipation in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.

November 8-9, 2013: Outpost #22 will hold a mini-reunion at theFlabob Airport in Riverside, California, in conjunction with theirVeterans’ Day celebration scheduled for two days prior to Veterans’Day.

November 9, 2013: Outpost #54 will hold its Veterans’ Day meet-ing at the Brass Door Restaurant, Dublin, California.

November-December, 2013: Outpost #5 is planning its AnnualMeeting in November or December in New Jersey. Details will followwhen arrangements are firm. We are hoping to get a good turnout.

December 5-8, 2013: Battle of the Colmar Pocket 69th AnniversaryHistorical Seminar and Commemoration, Sheraton Pentagon CityHotel, sponsored by Outpost Europe, Society of the 3rd InfantryDivision. POC: C. Monika Stoy, 6531 Milva Lane, Springfield, VA22150. Phone: 703 912 4218, email [email protected].

May 24-June 1, 2014: Reunion: “Chosin Few”: Sheraton NashvilleDowntown Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. Details will follow whenavailable.

June 22, 2014: “Audie Murphy Day” in Farmersville, Texas. Detailswill be submitted by Farmersville Main Street, a Society of the 3rdInfantry Division member, and will appear in the August issue of theWatch on the Rhine. Historically, Farmersville has staged this eventon the Saturday closest to Audie Murphy’s birthday (June 20).

2015: The 7th Infantry Regiment. Association will have their 2015reunion in the New Orleans area and will visit our monument atChalmette, Louisiana. That is where the Regiment was nicknamedthe “Cottonbalers” following the battle of 1814. Quite a history!Details will follow when available.


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Warriors’ WalkStaff Sgt. Job M. Reigoux,

30, of Austin, Texas, diedJune 1st in Ghazni Province,Afghanistan, of wounds sus-tained when insurgentsattacked his unit with a rock-et propelled grenade. He was assigned to the3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1stBrigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.An infantryman, Staff Sgt. Reigoux joined the

Army in January 2002. This was his third deployment. He wasposthumously promoted to staff sergeant and awarded the BronzeStar and Purple Heart medals.


PFC Austin L. Barrett, of Easley, South Carolina,was assigned to 4th Brigade Special TroopsBattalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rdInfantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He diedApril 21, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries causedby an improvised explosive device on April 17 inWardak Province, Afghanistan.

Annual to Life 3990 MARVIN E. MORRIS OP 57


2-37AR PT/Feb93-Feb96 SSGT

Regular Annual8884 CHARLES D. COSTANZA OP 60

3/3ID OEF/May13- Present COLReferred by CSM (R) Greg Taylor

8879 DIETRICH D. EDWARDS OP 882-69/AR OIF/98-10 CW2Referred by Website

8886 JOHN R. PRATT OP 139FA, 81FA WW2/Oct39-Jul46 SGTReferred by Herbert Montague Jr.

8880 JERRY A. SMILEY OP 2230INF/ CW/54-55 CPLReferred by Website

Associate Annual8891 KIMBERLEY ANN HARBISON OP 35

Associate Referred by Lynn Ball

8889 DALE M. MARKER OP 35Associate Referred by Douglas D. Dodge

8882 PHYLLIS SCHNEIBEL OP 88ASSOCIATE Widow of Ludwig Schneibel

8885 ANDREA E. SCHUESSLER OP 18ASSOCIATE Referred by her father, Marvin Kostka

8888 ALISON WHITTINGHAM OP 5845ASSOCIATE - British Army 1993-2000 CPTReferred by Monika Stoy

8887 KATINA M. WOOD OP 13ASSOCIATE - 82nd Airborne 1992-1996 E4Referred by Harold Stanfield

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Book Reviews

Sgt. Flahertyby Dan Wolfe

[The following is an excerpt from Dan Wolfe’s book “ColdGround’s Been My Bed: a Korean War Memoir.”]

Who was behind that huge auburn mustache filtering the

grime and dust of the Korean landscape? He trimmed it neatly

and wore it proudly. Sgt. Flaherty, like many of the men of

Company L and our future company commander, was an air-

borne paratrooper converted to an infantryman.

Flaherty was the first

sergeant of the 3rd platoon.

Unless there was a company-

sized raid or the cooks were able

to Jeep us hot food, we hardly

ever met.

The loss of men due to rota-

tion and casualties left our com-

pany defenseless. We were sent

back into reserve for replace-

ments and training. Sgt. Flaherty

was transferred to the 2nd pla-

toon to become our first


To celebrate the end of our

last week in reserve, Sgt, Goff,

our mess sergeant, decided that

pancakes would be a fitting Sunday breakfast. He meant well,

but a bite into them was like biting into the tongue of a combat

boot. Sgt. Flaherty brought his mess kit to Sgt. Goff, removed a

pancake, dropped it on the floor, placed his boot over it, and then

removed his bayonet from its scabbard.

“Time to re-sole our boots!” shouted Flaherty who then began

to cut around the pancake that was below his boot. Andy Concha

and I were hysterical with laughter. We returned to our tent to

relay the news to the boys who hadn’t seen the event.

After three weeks of integrating the replacements, and daily

training, we were sent back to the MLR. Sgt Flaherty attended to

every detail when we went out on a patrol or a raid. He made sure

all of us knew where we were going and the alternate routes of


It was on August 8, 1952, that Company L was to raid Hill

121. We had a Centurion tank with a cannon and heavy machine

guns firing overhead. Artillery pounded the Hill. Just as I prac-

ticed the night before, I fired a flare as a signal to cease-fire—we

were going in to attack.

Sgt. Flaherty, on my left, led us up the Hill. The concussion

from a grenade knocked both of us to the ground. I knew my

bunker buddy, Wayne, was to the left of Flaherty. I crawled over

to see if he was there. Wayne was gone, and Flaherty was being

evacuated on a litter by two KATUSAS (Koreans Attached to the

U. S. Army). I had the flare attachment on my M1, but I forgot

to bring ammo, so I quickly withdrew. Upon passing Flaherty, I

saw he was unconscious and his macerated jaw lay flat on his


Sgt. Flaherty was evacuated to Tokyo Army Hospital where

his damaged jaw was reset. After a few weeks, he returned to

Company L, but at this time I was rotated to Japan.

At one of our company reunions, I told Flaherty if he prede-

ceased me, I would deliver the eulogy, no matter where. Flaherty

passed away in September 2005. My wife and I flew to Bushnell

Military Cemetery in Florida to attend his funeral. After my eulo-

gy four men introduced themselves. They told me that as a team,

they and Flaherty were flown as civilians on a secret mission to

Laos. They were to fight the combined Laotian and Vietnamese

communists who were attempting to overthrow the government

that was friendly to the U. S. They lived in the jungles of Laos

making a tent out of their ponchos and sleeping on their back-

packs in case they had to bug out. They killed water buffalos,

monkeys and snakes for food. In spite of their tablets, the water

tasted like mud dissolved in iodine. After their mission was com-

pleted, they were to leave Laos by an antique aircraft. It crashed

upon takeoff, but no one was hurt. Johnny McCallum who told

me this story weighed 175 pounds when he left for Laos; he

weighed 135 pounds when he returned. Flaherty’s ashes lie in

Bushnell Cemetery among the thousands of American patriots

who defended their country above and beyond the call to duty.

[Daniel Wolfe’s contact information [email protected],,914-961-5709]

Sgt. Flaherty in Korea.

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Last CallAll of us in the Society of the Third Infantry Division, U.S. Army, extend our sincere sympathy to the families and friends of those listedbelow. May they rest in peace.

In Memoriam

Life MembersLOREN E. BEAN OP 57-CR7INF/SERVICE CO KOREA/53-54 CPL801 CADDO AVEAKRON OH 44305-1119DOD - April 28, 2013 Reported by Don WingerbergJEAN-MARIEDES CRAINS OP 5845ASSOCIATE WWII/FR SGTRUE DES BUISDAMPVALLEY-LES-COLOMBE, 70000 FRANCEDOD - May 16, 2011 Reported by Nelly CoefficTONY FREITAS OP 54-WR30INF/H WW2 PVT305 W BULLARD AVE APT 101FRESNO CA 93704-1754DOD - January 14, 2012 Reported on the InternetJOHN S. JOYCE OP 57-CR7INF/C WW2 T54934 RIDGEBURY BLVDLYNDHURST OH 44124-1129DOD - May 9, 2010 Reported on 2014 Dues CardRAYMOND M. LUMPKIN OP 54-WR9FA/HQ, 39FA/SPECIAL TROOPS WW2/Oct43-Mar46 TSGT551 E. MC KINLEY AVE APT ASUNNYVALE CA 94086-6483DOD - May 27, 2013 Reported by his daughter, Barb Shaughnessy, to Ruth De BordRALPH E. REID OP 4-WRDIV/QM 703ORD/ WW2/Sep43-Jun45 SSGT1431 N. ANNE AVEE. WENATCHEE WA 98802-4355DOD - 2012 Reported by Dale McGrawALBERT REIS OP 5845ASSOCIATE VELLIMINFROY, 70240 FRANCEDOD - Unknown , Reported on Returned Watch on the Rhine NewsletterKENNETH W. ROBINSON OP 17-CR7INF/A WW2 465 MARTIN AVENEW MARTINSVILLE WV 26155-1336DOD - January 8, 2013 Reported by his daughter, Ina Robinson, to Wimpy Kenner

Annual MembersPAUL I. BONHAM OP 33-CR9FA/B Btry KOREA/51-53 1LT5656 W SR 124-90MARKLE IN 46770-9133DOD - May 3, 2013 Reported by Richard R. Bonham

RAPHAEL A. LEVIN OP 3-ER15INF/MED WW2 CPT5301 CREEDMOOR RD APT 225RALEIGH NC 27612-3825DOD- April 11, 2012 Reported by his familyDONALD J. LEYNAUD OP 1-CR9FA/ B BTRY, 41FA/C KOREA/50-51 CPL3015 6TH STPERU IL 61354-2421DOD - May 12, 2013 Reported by his wife, PaulaBURKE A. SWAIN OP 5-ER15INF/L KOREA/Aug52-55 SSGTPO BOX 118NORTH CREEK NY 12853-0118DOD - May 6, 2013 Reported by his daughter, Susan Swain

Associate MembersMARK STOBIE OP 17-CRASSOCIATE 169 FLORALEAST. LOUIS MO 63127-1117DOD - June 16, 2013 Reported by Wimpy Kenner

Non-Member PassingThanis Kane, 91, of Port Richey, Florida, passed away on May 26,2013. She is survived by her husband, Frank Kane. Thanis attendedover 40 annual meetings and provided invaluable help when herhusband was the long-term treasurer of Outpost 2. Thanis is great-ly missed by family and community members as well as by hermany friends in the Society.

—Reported by her daughter, Thanis Kimberly Shawn Grugin Webster, 58, of Sunbury, Georgia, passedaway at her home on June 22, 2013. She is survived by her hus-band, LTG William G. Webster Jr., three children, and six grandchil-dren and her extended family. Kimberly is much missed by herfamily and her friends in her church and in her community, as wellas by hundreds of friends in her military family. Her husband, LTGWebster, is a former Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division. TheWebsters had retired after 40 years of military service to build theirhome in Sunbury. The funeral service for Kimberly was at FortStewart Main Chapel on June 29, 2013, and interment followed atArlington National Cemetery. For those who wish to send LTGWebster and his family messages of sympathy, his address is inyour Society Roster.

—Reported by Major Jason M. Sabat to Lynn Ball

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was wounded and began to fight using his

empty weapon bludgeoning the enemy in

close hand-to-hand combat. He saved the life

of one of his men when he saw the German

about to kill the wounded comrade by hitting

the Germany with his ammunition-less

weapon. When friendly forces were in sight

he was cut down by German fire. His actions

on that hill in Raddon exemplified his honor

and demonstrated the last full measure of

devotion to his men and his country.

Jocelyne worked tirelessly to memorial-

ize SGT Messerschmidt’s actions in liberat-

ing the town of Raddon. She felt that his

heroic deeds that day not only saved the lives

of his men, but also ensured the freedom of

the town. Raddon needed to enshrine his

deeds perpetually. She worked to establish a

memorial. If a price needed to be attached to

this project it would reach into the tens of

thousands of EUROS! Undaunted, she pro-

cured the necessary support from the town

mayor and city council, and she received

donated granite from the owner of a rock

quarry; the engraving was done free of

charge, and the stone was laid by volunteers.

She, again, didn’t stop there.

No memorial is dedicated without a prop-

er ceremony. Jocelyne went to work contact-

ing the U.S. Embassy for support. She

worked with contacts in U. S. Africa

Command in Stuttgart, Germany, for a color

guard and even requested the U. S. Army

Europe Band to march in the parade and per-

form ceremonial music for the dedication.

She lined up French Army support and con-

tacted local French veterans’ associations for

their representation. The Armed Forces

Network covered the whole event and broad-

casted it.

All this was done by a French person for

an American Soldier who died almost seven-

ty years ago and is buried in France. This

would never have been done in any other

places the U. S. Army has been. Vietnam,

Iraq or Afghanistan would never be places

where locals would want to erect monu-

ments recognizing American sacrifices in

their land—let alone do it for free!

The following year Jocelyne was at it

again. This time in the town of Val d’Ajol

where she organized the recognition of an

American Airman who crashed trying to

resupply American Forces cut off and fight-

ing in the thick woods of the Vosges

Mountains. LT. Booth was later laid to rest at

the American Cemetery at Epinal, France.

The town’s people knew that the American

flyer was trying to support the troops who

were fighting to liberate their town. They

also knew that his actions were the key that

helped bring liberty back into their lives.

They whole-heartedly signed on to help

Jocelyne recognize him eternally.

Just as she had done previously, she orga-

nized a grand event to dedicate the memori-

al for LT booth. It was placed at the bottom

of the hill where his aircraft crashed. On a

rainy July day, the AFRICOM color guard,

the 85th U. S. Army Band from Chicago, a

French Army honor detail, WWII American

Soldier re-enactors, U. S. State Department

representatives, the town mayor, and other

dignitaries gathered to memorialize this

American Airman. Undeterred by the rain,

they solemnly paid their respects and spoke

about their gratitude for having their freedom

returned to their homes and their lives.

In the small towns and villages of France,

the people speak of freedom and liberty as if

these were precious personal possessions

that are closely guarded and never taken for

granted. Jocelyne knows that many French

want to show their gratitude so she began

working with the American Battle

Monuments Commission to establish the

“Adopt-a-Grave” program whereby French

locals can adopt an American Soldier buried

in the Epinal Cemetery and place flowers on

the grave during national holidays. Many

French adopt more than one grave. They

know that the families of the service mem-

bers can’t come from the U.S. to lay flowers

and so they do it for them. They take pictures

of the flowers on the graves and then send

them to the families so that they know their

loved ones weren’t alone on Veterans Day,

Independence Day, Memorial Day or their


This simple act can warm the coldest of

hearts and strengthen the weakest of bonds

between people. It shows that those who

reaped the benefits of those who died fight-

ing for freedom never forgot nor ungrateful-

ly accepted the precious gift they gave.

For all of her steadfast efforts and for bol-

stering the ties between the French and

American people, she was recommended for

and was awarded the Department of the

Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award

by the U. S. Army Europe Commanding

General. Her work significantly improved

the ties that our two countries share and was

done on an individual level where it was

most effective. Her reaction to receiving the

award was one heard said by many heroes in

our time, “I was only doing what was right.”

She calls all of the servicemen that she

honors “My boys.” I am sure that all of them

would call her “Our dearest friend.”

On this Memorial Day and at the D-Day

events the week following, Jocelyne and

hundreds more laid flowers on the graves of

American service members forever interred

in France. They did this to show their

respect, gratitude, and appreciation for their

sacrifices. They were fulfilling their “Duty of


[Sgt. Toby Knight is a member of the ArmyBand stationed in Germany. He is due todeploy to the states soon; we hope he givesus his stateside address.]

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Specific objectives are:

n To foster and strengthen associations and friendships formed during ser-vice with the Third Infantry Division, U.S. Army.

nTo honor the Third Infantry Division War Dead.

nTo perpetuate the memory of other for mer comrades who shared a back-ground of honorable military service with the Third Infantry Division, U.S.Army.

n To encourage and achieve the mutual benefit and support resulting froma close and cooperative alliance between the Society and the Third InfantryDivision, U.S. Army.

n To support the Government of the United States and to give it, in peaceand in war, the same devotion and service expect ed of us as members of itsarmed forces.


I pledge to the Society of the Third Infantry Division, United StatesArmy, in the achievement of the goals for which it is formed, that same fullmeasure of loyalty and devotion which my comrades who have fallen gaveto the Division and to the cause for which they fought.

Through my loyalty and devotion to their memory, they shall not be for-gotten by the country, for which they died, or by the comrades at whose sidesthey fell.

To them, I pledge in peace and war the dedication of myself to that coun-try and that cause to which they consecrated themselves.

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All members in good standing receive the official bimonthly publication, TheWatch on the Rhine. Life Members shall receive the Watch in the Rhine withno further dues payments during their lifetime. The National MembershipRoster is printed every three years. All members receive a copy of the rosteron the three-year cycle. All new members receive a copy. The next NationalMembership Roster will be printed in 2015.

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Regular Membership: Veterans with honorable service in the ThirdInfantry Division. Also, those who were members of supporting orattached units of the Third Infantry Division.

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POC in France: Muriel Burger 57 Grand Rue, 68320 Riedwihr,FrancePhone: 011 33 389 [email protected]

Outpost RegisterSociety of the Third Infantry DivisionEastern Region (ER), Central Region (CR), Western Region (WR)

Members may transfer to a different outpost. Interested members should send transfer requests to the National Secretary or to their OP Secretaries or other OP officers.

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August 2013

WORLD WAR I [2 Medals of Honor]O AisneO St. MihielO Champagne-Marne O Meuse-ArgonneO Aisne-MarneO Champagne

WORLD WAR II [37 Medals of Honor]O Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead)O TunisiaO Sicily (with arrowhead)O Naples-FoggiaO Anzio (with arrowhead)O Rome-ArnoO Southern France (with arrowhead)O Ardennes-AlsaceO RhinelandO Central Europe

KOREAN WAR [11 Medals of Honor]O CCF InterventionO First UN CounteroffensiveO CCF Spring OffensiveO U.N. Summer-Fall OffensiveO Second Korean WinterO Korea, Summer-Fall 1952O Third Korean WinterO Korea, Summer 1953

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM [1 Medal of Honor]O Liberation of IraqO Transition of IraqO Iraqi GovernanceO National ResolutionO Iraqi SurgeO Iraqi Sovereignty

AFGANISTANO Operation Enduring Freedom


u Peacetime 1919-1941

u WWII 1941-1945

u Korea War 1950-1953

u Cold War 1945-1991

u Desert Storm 1990-1991

u Peacetime 1992-2000

u Bosnia 2000-2001

u Peacetime 2002-2003

u Middle East 2003-present

DEPARTMENTSMarne 6 Sends ..........................................................................1President’s Message ................................................................3From the Editor..........................................................................8Scholarship Foundation News ................................................10Looking For..............................................................................10News From The Outposts ........................................................18Letters to the Editor ................................................................22Chaplain’s Corner ....................................................................24Calendar of Upcoming Events ................................................25Roll Call ..................................................................................26Quartermaster ........................................................................26Warrior’s Walk ........................................................................26Book Review............................................................................27Last Call ..................................................................................283ID Membership Application ..................................................30Outpost Register......................................................................31

NEWS & NOTES2013 Scholarship Recipients Announced ..................................1Adopt a Grave Program ............................................................1Secretary’s Report ....................................................................9Society Budget: Fiscal 2013-2014 ..........................................10Duty of Memory ......................................................................1194th Annual Reunion: Schedule/Tours ....................................1294th Annual Reunion: Registration..........................................13Chicago Reunion: 2013 ..........................................................14Operation Husky ......................................................................15Audie Murphy Celebration ......................................................16Salute to the Nation ......................................................................23

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3rd Infantry Division – 94 Years of Service

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