Willing & Able

 

Summer-Fall 2010

                                                                                                        
 

Col. Arthur Paul Lombardi USA (Ret) (1923-2010)

 

Colonel Arthur P. Lombardi, USA (Ret.) passed on September 1, 2010 at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN. He was 86 years old. Col. Lombardi was born December 8, 1923 in Canton Ohio, the son of Pasquale and Maria Lombardi. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John, Hermando, and sister Mary Beidenbach. He is survived by his wife Dolores Long Lombardi, daughters Barbara White (Ray) of Reno, Nevada, Teena-Marie Ray (Wilbur) of Edmonton, Alberta, sons Timothy Lombardi (Donna) of Tustin, California and James Patrick Lombardi (Corrine) of Sisters, Oregon and sister Violet of Canton, Ohio. He has six grandchildren and three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Career military man, Col. Lombardi entered the 
Army in February, 1943, rose to the rank of first Sergeant on New Guinea and received a battlefield commission on Luzon P.I. in 1945. During a military career that spanned 35 years, he served in three wars; WW II, Korea and Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Army's Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Soldiers Medal, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Distinguished Service Order, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with palm and others. He was a master parachutist and made two combat jumps.
Colonel Lombardi is a graduate of the University of Omaha, the Army's Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College.
Key assignments included the command of three Airborne Field Artillery batteries, an Airborne Field Artillery Batallion, a position with General Westmoreland's staff in Vietnam, Deputy Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division, Chief of Logistics, Post Commander of NATO in Naples, Italy and Deputy Post Commander here in Fort Campbell Kentucky. Following his retirement in 1978 he was appointed by the Department of the Army as the first honorary Colonel of the 320th Field Artillery Battalion.
Colonel Lombardi was a lifetime member of the American Legion, the 
V.F.W., the 11th Airborne Division Association, The 320th Field Artillery Association, the 101st Airborne Division Association, the Military order of the Purple Heart and the 187th Airborne Division Association.
After retiring from the Army, Colonel Lombardi became the Military Relations Officer for the Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union, a position he held for 22 years. He was appointed as a member of the Credit Union in 2005 and was elected to a three year term in 2007.
Colonel Lombardi was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic parish for the past 30 years. Visitation will be on Monday, September 6th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and a vigil service will follow. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 7th at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place following church services at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West in Hopkinsville. Funeral Services will be arranged by Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home. A Celebration of life will be held at Clarksville Country Club at 2 p.m. On-line condolences may be sent to 
art.lombardi@charter.net"Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception St. Mary's School , Fort Campbell Army EmRelief Fund, or the Wings of Liberty Museum.

 

 

News From Our Association Officers

Greetings to the 320th family,

As a 320th FA alumni of both the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions I look forward to attending the 1-320 FA Reunion of the 1970's officers in Ft Bragg/ Fayetteville, 25-27 May 2010. 

While there, I hope to be able to "recruit" more 82d alumni to be part of our Association.  Just like the recent addition of our Berlin Brigade Redleg’s at our 2009 Reunion, I hope we can increase the new faces at our Reunion next year in Clarksville.

WILLING AND ABLE!!
Frank Rauch
Chairman, 320th FA Association

 

(Editor’s note.) I found out today 12 Mar 2010 that the 2011 “Week of the Eagles” will be held the 04 through 11 August. We voted at the 2009 Reunion to move the 2011 reunion date to coincide with the week of the Eagles Celebration. Please save that week for our 2011 Reunion. I will now contact the River View Inn to lock in that weekend.

 rodg

 

I have had the honor of finding and making a close and personal friendship with almost all the men and women listed on the Association Data Base. If I haven’t met and visited with them personally, we have carried on a long friendship by telephone, the Newsletter, and in many cases in the later years, by Email.

 

The September reunion was not covered very well in the Winter Newsletter as I could not bring myself to the reality that time is passing on and somewhere in the future I to will have to make that final Jump. The reason for all this melancholy is that we have lost many of our great Troopers in the past few years.

In 2009 alone we lost Col (ret) Billy J Leathers HHB/2/320/101, 1965/66 on 02 April, 2009.

My close friend and Associate, 320th FA Association Life Time Member and Past Chairman of the 508 ARCT Chapter, Col (ret) Jack K Damron 12 April 2009.

Melvin A Eitel “C” Btry 1951-53 passed on 17April, 2009.

Life Member Ron Victor SVC Btry 55/56 passed away 16 June 2009 of Diabetes Complications.

Lifetime Member and Past Association Officer Sgt William “Bill” Ashcraft HQ Btry 55/56 passed away 08 July 2009.

On 12 July Col (ret) Harold “Hap” Madden passed away. “Hap: was a Life Member of the Association.

Lifetime Member Tony Trent passed away 18 August 2009. Tony served in both SPT Company 508 ARCT and “B” Btry 320th 1955/56.

 Patrick “Pat” Guaydacan “C” Btry 1952/1956 Passed away in CA 04 September 2009.

On 11 September Lifetime Association Member and our Past Association Chairman of many years Joseph “Monty” Montoya passed away just days before the Reunion.

As we finished our Association Business Meeting on Saturday morning Dr Claude Brown “SVC” Btry 55/56 received a phone call that his father had passed away and of course he had to leave right away. On 04 January 2010 Renate Maria Brannon passed away. Renate was the widow of Lifetime Member Bill Brannon, Arms Sgt HQ Btry 320 55/56.

 

At the Saturday Evening Banquet it became evident to me and I’m sure to many others that we have lost all but two of our HQ Btry 55/56 Officers and that only three of the NCO’s are still with us. Two of these NCO’s, Radio Sgt Walter Ducharme and Commo Wire Team leader Sgt Raymond Calvez were at the Reunion. The third, Sgt Edward Klimek another Wire Team leader and Korean War Veteran of the 187th Abn, is in Gerber, CA.

 

This summer as I put off doing the Newsletter I went through the Data Base of names that we have had no contact with for many years. I went through 75 names and ran them in the Social Security Death index and found 15 more of our Troopers that have passed on. Most of these were 50’s Troops and a few WWII Vet’s

 

From Rodger Jacobson.   It is now Time to Semi Retire!

Leone and I have worked long and hard to bring the 320th Field Artillery Association to where it is today. We started out in 1985 knowing where Ray Soule and Robert “Bob” Mott were. Leone and I and Ray’s wife Sheri were visiting in late 1985 and brought up our 1955 Thanksgiving Day Dinner Menu. This Menu was ordered printed up by 1st Sgt Charlie Mahan. What foresight Charlie had as he included 127 names and “Hometowns” of our HQ Btry Troops. Using this list we started looking for our Friends. By 1987 we had located about 70 and about 50 attended our first Reunion. As of this time all but three on that list have been accounted for.

I plan on writing a history of our Association from start to finish so anyone with notes, memories, records that they would share please do. This being said, I want much of the Association Business lifted off my shoulders. I have turned 75, I have been having some minor health problems but more than anything else my short term memory is getting terrible. I would love to be able to continue searching for the Troops but would like for someone else to keep the Data Base.

I have written my last Newsletter. You all deserve better than you are getting. The Association Officers will have to get a new Newsletter Editor to do this from now on. I will be glad to continue to contribute to the newsletter as I have in the past but just can no longer be responsible to put it all together.

I have turned in my resignation as driver for the local Hazel Green, WI Rescue Squad as my night vision at Accident Scenes with all the Flashings Lights and Strobes is getting bad. This is something I did not want to do but is necessary. Friends I'm just getting older, some parts don't work as well as they did and it takes a lot more time to do things than it used to.

V/R, Rodger Jacobson

September 2009 Reunion at the Riverview Inn, Downtown Clarksville, TN

(Editors note) As mentioned earlier I did not cover the September 2009 Reunion activities in our last Newsletter so will do a brief summary here.

Registration started Thursday Morning and continued throughout the day. Many new faces and names showed up and many hugs and a few tears were seen as old friends got together again. Thursday evening the Riverview Inn served a Welcome Reception and more visiting took place. Many small groups went out to eat and to visit privately.

Friday many of our attendees went to Ft Campbell for a visit to the Museum and a tour of the Area. They were served lunch at one of the Unit Dining Facilities on Post but I have failed to get that information.

On Saturday we had our regular noon picnic at the WK/T 101st club. It was great but is probably the last one we will be able to have there. The Club is for sale due to the limited amount of Volunteers doing all the work. (That sounds familiar)

Saturday Evenings Banquet was started with the presentation of the colors by the 4/320th Color Guard led by LTC Andrew T Rendon. The meal was served and much discussion took place

As the Banquet was concluding a scurry of activity was noted as a small package was being looked for. I was helping look for it as well as a number of others when it was located and then I was called forth to the Podium for a presentation.

Unknown to me Dr Claude Brown (SVC Btry 55/56) had made arrangements for the “Warriors Medal Of Valor” to be presented to me. Dr Brown had to leave earlier in the day due to his father passing away in Peoria, IL and Johnny Miller had been asked to do the presentation. The award reads “From The Hearts Of The First Nation People Of The United States Of America” and is signed by Marshall Tall Eagle.

Dr Brown is also responsible for each of the Ladies in attendance at the Banquet receiving a Beautiful “Red Rose.” Dr Brown, I do thank you for the award and I’m sure the ladies all Thank You for the roses.

After the Banquet the Attendees were asked for comments. My hearing is bad and a tall gentleman spoke that I did not recognize. After the reunion Leone and I were discussing who he was as I could not hear his name and I had not met him. Leone told me it was Jan Yuha's HQ Btry 51/54.

I had spent years tracking Jan down and with all the information I had I never did get to him. Jan found the 82nd Abn Association and then the 508 Chapter and then he found us. Jan, you have my sincere apologies as I would have loved to have visited with you face to face.

In March 2009 we decided to move the Reunion to a larger hotel to accommodate the large number of attendees expected. We had located many more V/Nam troops and two other 320th groups. As it turned out the numbers were way down (Due mostly to the economy). It was still a great Reunion in my estimation and we now have another choice of accommodations.

The Riverview Inn had a great Continental Breakfast and the meeting rooms and Hospitality room were all right off of the lobby. The well stocked Hotel Bar was also adjacent to the Hospitality room. Although the Hotel did not have an “In House” Restaurant it was not a great inconvenience (until it rained) as we had several good restaurants near by. The restaurant that was a hit with our newest 320th FA friends from the Berlin Brigade was a small German Restaurant/Bar located two short blocks away.

 This new group is “The Berlin Red-Legs” who served in Berlin Germany as “C” Btry 94th FA from 1964 to 1986. At that time it was re-flagged as “E” Btry 320th FA. which served until the mid-90’s. The 320th Colors were then cased July 06 1994. It was voted on by the Membership at the Reunion to accept all the C/94th FA as regular 320th FA members.

 Many of this group transferred to the 320th FA/101st at Ft Campbell and are now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 320th FA at this time is made up of 4 Battalions supporting the four Brigades of the 101st.

 

 News from the Fifties

 

On 15 January, after many years of off and on searching, I found Trooper Herbert H Rhodes “SVC” Btry 320th 53/55. We had two names for him, Harold and Herbert which made the search more difficult. I talked to Herbert and he has gone through a divorce, was in an Assisted Care Home and then had a heart attack and was not doing well at all. Herbert is in the Arma Care Center in Arma, KS at this time. He says he can still walk some but does also use a wheel chair.

Herbert, like many others was transferred to the 11th Abn and sent to Germany as we were told we needed over two years left on our Enlistment to go to Japan. They must have done away with that Policy as I was a two year RA and my remaining time was never mentioned. I well remember several other HQ Btry personnel that went home early when their ETS came up before we returned. Walter Ducharme and Travis Duffy come to mind at this time

 

Herbert got out of the Army in 1956 and immediately went to work at a General Motors Auto Plant in Kansas City. He was caught in a large layoff and then used his GI Bill to go back to School and studied Electronics. After Graduation he was able to obtain a job with Boeing and spent 21 years with them. During part of this time at Boeing he was involved in the Saturn Rocket Project and had the opportunity to meet Space Engineer Warner Von Braun.

Herb next worked for Learjet in Wichita, KS in the Avionics Department. During this time members of his Department were on hand when CEO “Bill” Lear handed over the keys of a new Lear Jet to Red Skelton.

Herbert’s address is Herbert Rhodes % Arma Care Center, 603 E Melvin St. Arma, KS. 66712-4100, phone 620-347-4103. (Editors note) I talked again to Herbert 05 September 2010 and he is still wheeling around his nursing home in Arma.

 

18 Feb 2010 Ronald “Ron” Povick “A” Btry 320th 51/54. I received Ron’s updated dues recently and today I received a phone call from him. Ron has been in the Hospital with Pneumonia since October and we almost lost him. He got out of the Hospital and was in a nursing home and got Pneumonia again and then back to the hospital.  He is finally getting a little better and looking forward to going home again. (Note: I just now tried to call Ron to see how he is doing and his phone has been disconnected.

 

From John Zugschwert

Rodger, 

It has been an unusual winter out here in Virginia.  Having originally been from Minnesota where I delivered newspapers twice a day for 9 years while growing up I know what snow is like. On 19 December we had 19 inches of snow and it really stacked up. Just about got it cleaned up by the end of January when we got hit with 17 inches and two days later got 28 inches.  It took a lot of digging to get out of that one. My Kubota 9000 darn near got worn out. In between we got a few more inches and have a record of 71 inches so far and the season is not over yet. After the last snow we had a lot of wind and some of the roads had drifts up to 16 feet for many miles. We do not have the snow removal equipment that you all up in Wisconsin have and it has taken a while.  I still have piles up to 6 feet high. 

 

Most snow ever recorded in this area and why during my lifetime?  I plowed out for the horses and cattle.  Still have enough hay to last till 1 April and hope you all keep the rest of the snow up north for the rest of the year.  There was another big storm about a week ago that missed us but did a job from Philadelphia and up the coast.  We should have a green spring and to recover from the damage to the trees and shrubs will take a while and my gravel roads as well. With the good old Airborne Spirit we got thru it all.  Best, Zugschwert.   

 

Note from an unnamed 50’s Trooper,

 

In 1963 upon my return from Germany I wound up in a leg sp 8 inch howitzer unit. What a sweet weapon. If you have a good observer- 2 rounds and fire for effect. I tried out for the post rifle team and made it. Back in those days, we had a competition between all the units on post once a year. Now you know Ft.Benning, GA is the home of the infantry. There were squad tactics, laying the Btry, different races, push-ups etc.

 

The last competition was marksmanship. I was the rep for Divarty. When we got to the 600 yard line Division Artillery and the Infantry were tied for 1st place. When we left the 300 the wind was a factor so I gave my sight 2 clicks to the right. The shooter next to me was Jessie Perez. When we got into position he said he was having a hard time reading the wind so I knew he was going to listen to how many clicks I was going to move my sights.

 

The wind was left to right. And I gave it 6 clicks and fired a round. I got it in the black at 6 o’clock. I gave it 2 clicks elevation. The results were dead center. Jessie fired his first round in the 3 ring at 3 o’clock. I shot a perfect score and Jessie was 2 points down. The artillery had won the infantry trophy. My unit gave me an engraved lighter and a three-day pass.

Author wishes to remain anonymous.

 

 

Taps: As I was putting the N/L to print I received a note from Faye Kraft that Leonard passed away Saturday afternoon 18 September, 2010 with Faye at his side holding his hand. Complete Obituary in next news letter.

320/508 ARCT History

THE PAWNEE GENERAL

Teddy Hollis Sanford was born in a one room cabin at the family farm North of Skedee in Pawnee County, Oklahoma on December 31, 1907. He was the fourth son of John Thomas Sanford (1856-1919) and Cora Endicott Sanford (1878-1965). At the age of 15, Teddy joined the local company of the National Guard as a private. By the time he was 21, he was the company first sergeant and applied for a commission which he received as a second lieutenant in 1931.

In the same year that he was commissioned, 1931, he married Cora Juanita Kelley (1908- ). At the time, both were struggling to get through Oklahoma A@M University (now Oklahoma State University) at the depths of the Great Depression. Cora was the daughter of Walter E. Kelley (1886-1955) and Katherine Humphrey Kelley (1885-1980). They often had to stay out of school for a semester to work and it was not until 1936 that Teddy received his bachelors degree in business administration - he was by this time 28 years old.

Meanwhile, he had remained in the National Guard, but was still a second lieutenant. Under the rules of the time, you could only be promoted into a vacancy in your unit. This meant that Teddy stayed a second lieutenant for over nine years. However, these years were not wasted. He learned the arts and skills of leadership which would become so important in the years to come.

In September of 1940, now a first lieutenant, and commanding the local Company B, 179th Infantry Regiment, he, along with the unit, were mobilized and he stayed with the unit through the Louisiana maneuvers in 1941. In 1942, however, Teddy transferred from the 45th Division to the 82nd Division. On August 15, 1942, this became the first US airborne division. His wife, Cora, came down to visit Teddy at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana on the day of the activation, and she gave birth to their first son early the next morning. Teddy H. Sanford, Jr. became the first child born into an airborne division in World War II.

After almost a year of training, the 82nd Airborne Division landed at Casablanca in North Africa in the Summer of 1943, and the division began planning for the invasion of Sicily. The division participated in the fight for Sicily, and then went on to fight in Italy. Teddy rose in rank during this period to Major and on several occasions served as battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 325 Glider Infantry Regiment due to the loss of the commander.

In late 1943 and early 1944, the 82nd moved to Ireland and then England as it prepared to participate in the invasion of Europe. On June 6, 1944, the 325th landed by glider in the hedgerows of Normandy, taking heavy casualties during the landing. Soon, Teddy found himself in command of the 1st Battalion once again. He led the unit in the crossing of the Merderet River where they joined in close fighting with units of the German Army. After 31 straight days of combat, the unit was withdrawn. Of over 800 officers and men, the 1st Battalion was down to 5 officers and 216 enlisted men. Teddy was now a Lieutenant Colonel and in command of the Battalion.

The 82nd, after refitting and training in England, once again flew into combat during the Battle for the Bridges. The 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry landed by glider, and was responsible for holding the bridges until a land force link up by British XXX Corps. Once again, the airborne troops held their positions although the overall results of the operation were mixed with the near extinction of British 1st Airborne Division at Arnham.

After the battle, the 325th returned to France, and Teddy became the regimental executive officer. However, when the Germans counterattacked in the Ardennes in December of 1944, the whole division was called upon to stop the Germans. Teddy Sanford was in command of the division rear guard that provided the time for the rest of the division to take up strong positions from which the Germans could not dislodge them for the remainder of the battle known to history as the "Battle of the Bulge".

After the "Bulge" the decision in Europe was not in doubt. The 82nd pushed across the Rhine River into Germany and liberated several concentration camps prior to VE Day. When the war was over, Lieutenant Colonel Teddy Sanford was selected to bring the first contingents of the division home. This honor was afforded him because he had spent more days in combat than any other member of this famous division in World War II.

When the war ended, Teddy Sanford made the decision to integrate into the Reular Army. With a Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart, the Army was happy to keep him. His second son, Thomas Kelley Sanford was born in January 1947, and he went to the Command and General Staff College in 1947-1948. He then had several assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, now back at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was promoted to Colonel in 1950 and became the regimental commander of the 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment.

In 1953, Teddy was ordered to Korea to become the G4 of 8th US Army, however, when his plane landed in Japan, Major General A. D. Meade met him and pinned on him the star of a brigadier general. He then stayed in Japan and became the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. After this assignment, he became the Commanding General of the Central Command in Tokyo where, effectively, he was the mayor of this giant city. He then moved to Sendai, Japan where he became the Chief of Staff of the IX Corps, and later became the Commanding General of the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in Beppu, Japan.

After a three year tour as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics at the US Army Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, VA, he received a promotion to Major General and in 1959 became the Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He went from this assignment to Hawaii where he became the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics for US Army Pacific and helped plan the support for the Vietnam War. In 1964, he was transferred to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas where he became the Commanding General of XIX US Army Corps. From this assignment, he retired in 1967 after serving in the Army for 44 years. His awards included the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Glider Badge, Airborne Badge, the Orange Lanyard and Bronze Lion from the Netherlands; both the French and the Belgium Fouraguerre; the Croix de Guerre from France; the Taguk from the Republic of Korea; and the Order of the Rising Sun which was presented to him by the Emperor of Japan. When he returned to Oklahoma, he also received the Oklahoma Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the state has to offer.

After his service, he returned to his ranch North of Pawnee, Oklahoma where he raised cattle for many years. He built the family home less than 100 yards from the little cabin where he was born. During these years, he remained active and served on many state boards. He was elected to the Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University. After a long and active life, he died on December 29, 1992, just two days before his 85th birthday. He is buried in the Highland Cemetery at Pawnee. Copyright 2002 by Robert Gale Fender

News from the 320/101 Sixties

 

Tommy Fry; “A” Btry 2nd 320th 67/68 signed in on the 320th Association Website on Monday 15 February, 2010. These are Tommies comments about 03/16/1968
I came onboard with A Btry not long after Sad Hill. I didn’t know SFC. Anderson, but I had a friend by the name of Wally in the FDC, that pretty well kept me informed about SFC Anderson, and a fellow soldier by the name of Pruit.

On March 16th, 1968 our Battery came under sniper fire. We were in the process of firing for one of the infantry units in the field, when the sniper fire started. Consequently, an air strike was called from what I can remember, to quell the sniper, and from what I have been told, that 3-750# bombs hit our Battery and the infantry company that was on the hill with us. I was inside the FDC, when the second bomb hit my sleeping bunker which was just behind the FDC. The force of the blast knocked the roof in on top of me, fracturing my hip, doing some back and head injuries. I’ve been trying to obtain an after action report, to see if any of the guys I knew made it home ok, and to give thanks to the men that dug me out, and saved my life. I am eternally grateful to them. I would appreciate it very much if you could help. 
E-mail: 
tommy.fry@mygait.com

 

Note from Major (ret) David Flood:

Hello Tommy,
I have thought of you many times over the years wondering how well you recovered from your wounds. We served in A 321st FA 82nd Abn together before Nam. I remember you coming into A 2/320th after our battle at "Sad Hill". I also remember the fatal day of 16 Mar 68 when so many men were killed and wounded. All of us were digging frantically trying to get you guys out. I had superficial wounds to my head and body from the bombing. We dug like dogs in the dirt trying to save our brothers. I and many others were digging out Paul in the XO's Post as the other men were digging out you guys in FDC. God Bless you Tommy and "Welcome Home"!

David Flood

 

Note from Jack Johnston 21 July 2010

 

  Hi Rodger;

 On June 5th 2010 I attended a luncheon at the VFW in Azusa, Ca. honoring the Normandy invasion vets of the 101st airborne division. This luncheon was hosted by the Southern California Eagles Chapter (101adascec). There were 6 101st. D-Day vets who jumped at Normandy on D-Day that attended in addition to about 10 Vietnam era vets. 320th vets Jim McMullen, Norbert Carrillo, Ray Chavez, and Myself, probably 50 people total including family. The food and entertainment were great.

      Norbert ask if I would try and locate his old friend Billy Bowlin from Texas that he served with in 1959-60 A Co. 327 infantry,  and again 1963-66 with A/2/320th  Artillery at Ft. Campbell and Vietnam. I searched Texas public information and was able to contact Billy's (widower) brother in law in Mansfield TX. R.R. Jensen. Mr. Jensen is retired US Navy and did not know Billy very well but did say Billy died Sept. 9 1987 in Mansfield, TX. and is intered at Rendon Cemetery in Rendon TX. and had full military honors at his burial. Mr. Jensen said Billy was married to a Doris Ann in the 1960's and has 2 daughters that live in Texas but said they probably could not provide much information about their dad. He said Billy's cousin Bobby Bowlin in Kennedale, TX. is some what of a family historian. I have Bobby Bowlin's contact information if some one wants to contact him. I have not contacted Bobby.

      According to ancestry.com Billy was awarded the bronze star twice in 1972 in Vietnam.

      Please forward this e-mail to our members and post Billy's name and information to our rosters.

      The attached pictures are from the d-day luncheon, #1 L to R are Bill Inez, Norbert, Ray, Me, Jim Mc. Paul Martinez I/506 1944-45, Jim Daliosio, and Henry Paredes. #2 Paul Martinez left and not sure of the other D-Day vets names.

      Any one interested in the Southern California Eagles Chapter can contact me. It is a fun organization and put on some great events.

      This Friday 23 July Dennis Bubnar and I are attending a luau at the VFW in Pico Rivera, Ca. put on By Paul Martinez and his family. Ray Chavez will be there, Ray and Dennis went to basic training at Ft. Ord, Ca. then jump school and ended up at the 320th in 1963 at Ft. Campbell. They have not seen each other since 1964 at Ft. Campbell

      I hope this e-mail makes it with the attached pictures.

      Billy L. Bowlin career soldier Dob. 25 Oct.1935 Tarrant City, TX. Dcsd. 9 Sept 1987 Mansfield, TX, A/2/320th 1963-66, Rendon cemetery, Rendon, TX. awarded bronze star twice in 1972 in Vietnam.

 

      Thank you, Jack D. Johnston, 21 July 2010.

(Editors note) Jack Johnston has volunteered to take over the Association Secretary Office that has been left vacant. Jack, we thank you for stepping forward when we need you most.

 

Now if we can get someone from each unit to step forward and be a spokesperson or representative for their group and help put information together for the Newsletter we will be one step closer to a working plan. We do need a Newsletter Editor as I said earlier. You deserve better than you are getting and I can no longer get the job done

 

From Dan Pienta

Jack Johnston was searching the Internet again and got info on Cpl Dan Pienta B/2/320/101/66/67. I called and left a message and Dan left this message on the Association Website Guestbook. “I was contacted by Rodger Jacobson on 7/30/2010. This is acknowledging that phone message. I was in country (VN), Sept 66-67 with 1st Brigade,101st,320th.”
Thank you, Dan Pienta.

 

News from 320th - 82nd 60/70/80

 

From Col (Ret) Eric Hammersen

I left Ft Bragg in the summer of 1975, so this is after my time.  Do remember that the DivArty ran the artillery portion of the ROTC Summer Camp at Ft Bragg in the summer of 1974 -- because that is how I met my wife.  The DivArty Commander was COL Max Thurman (later famous for overseeing the invasion of Panama).  He wanted to practice for ROTC Summer Camp by having a DivArty "ladies day" and ordered every officer to "bring a lady" so we could practice moving folks around from station to station, doing the gunnery, etc.  I was just back from Korea, just booted out of the BOQ (to make way for the ROTC Professors of Military Science), and said "I don't know anyone."  To which he replied, "Perhaps I didn't make myself clear -- we are having a DivArty ladies day & every officer will bring a lady."  So I went up to a young lady in my apartment complex & said, "you don't know me, but would you be interested in jumping out of a 34-foot tower, firing a howitzer & a machinegun?"  She said yes, that was our first date, we got married three months later -- and we are still married 35 years later.

 

From MAJ (ret) Bill Sorrells

Rodger I have waited as long as possible about notification on the Reunion.  It really bothers me that I will not be able to attend this year.  I was hoping that I could work things out so that I could attend and enjoy the festivities that will happen.

 

I was the Bn Commo Officer from around 1970 to 1975.  What a wonderful and interesting experience for the crossed flags to mix with the crossed cannons. Over all it was a wonderful learning experience and a high degree of satisfaction in working with all of the Artillery Officers; I also assumed command of the 1/320 Bn when I was the XO and LTC Paterio took a weeks leave--I still have the orders to prove it.

 

 When I first arrived I coordinated an inspection of the Batteries Communication Sections, I don't think the previous Commo Officer did this, to find that the Commo Section was used for all types of important duties other than communications such as, parachute guards, parachute recovery, erecting tents, on and on and on.  I found myself doing numerous Jump Master Duties and I didn't draw jump pay.  I didn't really mind since I had many years experience in doing this and I enjoyed jumping.

      

I have said this many times and was serious when I said it--artillery officers were, and probably still are, some of the best trained officers in the army.

 

A couple of questions--does anyone have any information on Stacy Reeves? He was one of the S-3 officers during my time with 1st Bn 320th. (Ed Note Maj Reeves is in West Linn, OR) I talked to LTC Pataro a few months back. He had surgery on his hip. Don't know how that worked out. (Ed Note,) I just got off the phone with LTC Pataro. He reports that he is doing well. He can walk, but just not fast. He said he does use a cane occasionally and the change in the weather causes most of his problems.

 

I also remember the jump in Ft. McClellan and the party with the WAC Training Bn. I'm sure glad the conex containers, trash bins, and taxi's could not talk. My lips are zipped forever.

 

Sorry to hear about Johnny Miller, we flew together before retiring.  I left HHB around 1975 and managed the Ft. Bragg flying club, finished C&GS in 76 and retired in Oct, 1977.

 

After retirement I finished a master degree in business and opened a consulting business in Russellville, Arkansas.  Started having health problems and closed business in 97.  Had three heart attacks, three cancers and several other health problems. Spend time fishing and working on the same 64 Corvette that I had at Bragg (3rd restoration and last). Even though I have had several medical problems I can out-work most healthy people.

 

God bless and have a very happy reunion--hope to see all of you next reunion.

 

Your brother in arms

 Bill Sorrells

Airborne all the way

 

CSM (ret) Bronislaw Binas, While doing some work on the Data Base recently I ran across the name of a CSM (ret) and we did not have correct spelling on first or last name either one. I sent an email out to our 320/82 group asking for help and these are some of the replies.

 

From Capt. Paul Jacobs

I remember him. Pretty sure it was Bronislaw Binas. (First name could have been spelled Branislav) He was the Bn Sgt Major toward the end of my tour (72-76).

Paul Jacobs

 

This from LTC (ret) Burt VanderClute

Here ya go. Those who were permitted to call him by his first name called him "Bruce."

Hope this helps.

Bronislaw Binas Deceased in 2004

Wife Margot

288 Channing Dr
Fayetteville, NC
 28303

910-867-2824

No Email

 

From Truman T Legg

I received same address and phone as above from Truman T Legg (Truman, We still need your personal address info. Our only contact is your Email address)

 

From LTC (ret) Leonard “Flip” Filipkowski

Rodger, His name was Branislaw BINAS,  CSM (Ret),. He used to live just off post out the Reilly Road gate, on the right hand side.  He was a Cpl in the Polish Army in WW II.  Ex-Special Forces in Vietnam.  Hope this helps.  Flip

 

From CW-2 (ret) Ray Goff: I also served with CSM Binas. He was a 1SG at that time. Sorry to hear of his passing. He was a very dedicated soldier. In fact I believe I have some photos from back then.

 

From LTC (ret) John Bryant

... and I recall he told me once he had been involved in “special ops” north of the Yalu in the Korean War.
John Bryant

 

From Kenneth Still: hi rod...I'm Ken Still, and I served with HSB 1/320/82nd from 1976-79...I'm sorry to hear that CSM Binas passed. I well remember then Cpt. Flip...he was the Bn Signal Officer, then Battery CO...my best regards to everyone I served with. Ken Still

 

“Editors note”. I called and visited with Margot Binas. She say’s she is doing well and sees Burt VanderClute each year at a meeting they both attend. Margot also said she would attend a reunion if it was close by. (Anyone interested in another Fort Bragg Reunion????)

We also had a bounced email address for Lt Robert Wilson and I asked for help from the 320/82nd group. I then received this reply.

 

From Capt Leon Hensley:

Bob Wilson was my XO during this time and a good officer.  His current address is as follows:

1803 Arbor View Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77497

e-mail: bdwilson3030@gmail.com

 

Leon & Carol Hensley

2320 Lenticular Dr.

Sparks, Nevada 89441

775-424-2490

I might also add that Bob Wilson was XO for CPT. J Coats upon my discharge from active duty in '71.

Leon

 

From LTC (ret) James L “Cowboy” Cobb

I will never forget my first Division review and CSM Bruce Binas giving his lecture to us all on how to properly wear the Beret. It was one of the most entertaining lectures I have ever experienced. Of course my favorite was the f----- French Pastry Chef. He was a hoot! 
v/r cowboy

James L. Cobb Jr.    
(Editors Note: Cowboy, I know nothing about a French Pastry Chef so you need to fill me in.

Note to our Fifties Camp Wood, Japan Group. “Do you see any of “Lt Tex Emmons in “Cowboy Cobb”?????


From Robert Wilson

Rodger,

 Sorry for the oversight on changing my email and telephone number. Correct email is the one Leon Hensley gave you - bdwilson3030@gmail.com.  Dianne and I terminated our home phone land line, so 281-343-7487 is no longer alive.  Instead use my cell number 281-413-6393.  It is on 24/7. My regrets for not being able to attend the shindig last May, but too many other things going on. Dianne and I plan to be there next time.

Robert and Dianne Wilson

1803 Arbor View Drive

Sugar Land, TX 77479

Do you have Richard (Dick) Measner's contact info?  I would like to get it from you if possible.

 Best Regards,

 Bob Wilson

(Editors note) Measner’s info sent.

 

To all,

I would like to say what a blessing it was to see so many of you that were such a great part of my life. It brought back so many wonderful things, many of which had been hidden away for a long time. Some probably should have stayed hidden, but we all have some things in our past.

Thank you to those who put all of this together. It was very special.

I pray all return/ed home safely.

Dan Leach

 

News from the Berlin Redlegs

 

Does anyone have any contact with SSG David
Bracket, Michael Rose, Buny (can't spell his full last
name has too many letters.) Or Barry Butler? I would like to get into contact with anyone from 5th Bn Fist.
 Thanks, Dwaine Esch!


(From Rodg) Dwaine, Have you figured out a name for "Buny" or have you found him??
 I'll work on Mike Rose again unless you guys have found him. Please let me know. We have about 200 C/94 and E/320 Berlin Redleg E/Mail addresses. rodg

 

From Dwaine Esch
Sorry about the lateness of my reply, I overlooked your email.  I will try to spell Buny’s last name, I believe the last name is a Thai name.  I know that he had arrived in Berlin from Ft. Bragg, NC. I can't remember his first name. You may try David Brackett and see if he remembers his first name or how to spell his last name.  I see that the people I listed most were found.  I am in contact with David Brackett, and Barry Butler. Can you send me an updated contact list I have received so many I don't know which one is the most up to date
V/R
Dwaine L. Esch

(Editor Note) Dwaine did his best to spell Buny’s name and when I copied and pasted it to the Search engine I must have inadvertently “CUT and PASTED” as I no longer have the name.  Sorry, rj

 

News of the Present Day Troops

 

September 20, 2010 

Vic “Big Al” Alvarez sent a message to the members of the BERLIN REDLEGS.

VERY SAD news REDLEGS!   We lost one of OUR brothers today.  Randy Summerhill passed away this morning.  He has been fighting pneumonia.  I will write Randy’s son & family a nice letter.  Randy is, and ALWAYS will be a Berlin Redleg Brother.  He and his family are in our prayers.

 

 

Col (Ret) Leonard Kraft B Btry 320 55/56 passed away yesterday 18 Sept 2010.

Hi - this is a great picture of Leonard taken at my grand niece’s wedding in June 2010 - Portland, Oregon. That is water in that glass, BTW - hadn't had a drink for months!

Today, Leonard is in lots of pain, and we are just trying to make him as comfortable as possible on this journey.  I am losing the love of my life and my very best friend.

I hope all of you can open this great picture.   Faye 

Our thoughts and Prayers are with Faye and their Families. Faye made good on her promise to keep Leonard at home.

Rodg

 

The Following Photo and Article is courtesy of the Galena Gazette, Local Newspaper in Galena, IL. Galena is about 10 miles from Hazel Green, WI where I live and Scales Mound, IL is about 15 miles away. This Article is dated Tuesday, October 17, 2006. There is a new Article out on Marty Holland just last week in which Marty was promoted to Col at a ceremony at the Pentagon. That Article will be in our next Newsletter. 

Lt. Col. Martin Holland, a 1982 graduate of Scales Mound High School, talked to students at the school on Friday, Oct. 13. Holland most recently served as Battalion Commander in Iraq. Jay Dickerson photo

Homecoming!

by Jay Dickerson

As our nation prepares to celebrate the anniversary of its independence this coming Saturday, many of you are looking forward to family and community celebrations, fireworks or a relaxing day on the golf course or on the river.

While all of these activities are fun, relaxing and bring an interesting mix of generations together, there are stories about the people and institutions of this great nation which are worthy of some thought and consideration.

We’d like to do this by telling a story of an uncle and a nephew who share a common heritage, passion of service and how an eagle insignia is passed from one generation to the next. Their story is one of hard work, sacrifice, love and travel and shows the grit, courage and compassion of the American people.

As the nephew begins a military career, the uncle shares these bits of advice:

An officer’s word is his bond. Your reputation is only as good as your word.

Be a good soldier.

Take care of soldiers–always.

Set the example with your actions, not just your words.

Lead from the front–soldiers watch their leaders.

Always do your best, regardless of the duties you are assigned. Not every job will be the one you want, but do your best and it will all work out.

There is something universal about this advice. Replace teacher for officer and student for soldier; the advice holds true. Replace manager for officer and staff member for soldier; the advice holds true.

The advice comes from a life of experiences for the uncle. Born in 1927, he grew up on a farm near Scales Mound.

The nephew notes, “Those of us who grow up on farms or in small towns learn the value of hard work very early and it becomes part of us. We learn not to expect rewards for merely doing your job and we learn the value of teamwork and what it means to be a member of a team.

“Whether it was baling hay, milking cows or playing baseball or basketball, it was all about teamwork and everyone doing their share to the best of their abilities so that larger goals could be accomplished. Even if you weren’t the biggest or strongest, you had a role to play and the rest of the team counted on you.”

There was a life beyond the farm for the uncle. He joined the Army in 1952. He served two tours in Vietnam and was stationed in Germany and Italy.

As the nephew grew up, he looked up to his heroes. “My parents, sister and brothers set a tremendous example for me and taught me a lot about life, especially my parents. Their dedication, determination, hard work, love and support truly make them heroes for the way they lived their lives and the influence they had on others.”

The nephew had other heroes. Two other uncles served the nation in the Air Force, one as a career electronics repair technician. A cousin lost his life in Vietnam. Their photos hang prominently in the family home.

“We were taught that they were also role models for dedication to duty, service to others and sacrifice for a cause greater than self,” Marty stated.

When the uncles made an occasional visit to the old homestead, the nephew peppered them with numerous questions.

“I developed an interest in history” the nephew noted, “especially military history. During their visits I would ask all kinds of questions and I’m sure I wore them out with my inquiries.”

In 1978, the uncle went on another adventure. He was assigned to the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, as the military attache. This assignment took a huge twist on Nov. 4, 1979, when militants overran the embassy and took the uncle and 51 others hostage for 444 days.

The uncle, Col. Leland Holland, endured this ordeal with his head held high and pride in tact.

Things, though were a bit crazy on the Holland family farm. A continuous stream of national media ventured there to give the Holland family perspective.

For brother, Ed, juggling the lives of his children, hosting an exchange student, operating a farm operation, handling the journalists, maintaining a marriage, keeping a watchful eye on his mother and finding ways to keep emotions in check, proved to be challenging.

“I was going crazy,” he said with a chuckle.

For Marty, the nephew, the kidnapping didn’t diminish his interest in the military.

He noted, “When Uncle Leland was one of the 52 American hostages, I would come home from school everyday to find several news crews and TV reporters at our farm. At that point, I was old enough to appreciate the gravity of the situation and the role my uncle played.”

It was as if the world opened up in front of young Marty and came right into his home.

The nation celebrated when the militants released the hostages in January 1981. The celebration was particularly keen in Scales Mound, especially when Col. Leland Holland made a triumphant return home.

Marty used the occasion to begin a discussion about earning an appointment to West Point or an ROTC scholarship.

“As you can imagine,” Marty said, “my uncle was very busy at this point with interviews, speaking engagements and public appearances, but he took the time to talk with me and to encourage my interest in the Army. Nonetheless, he was very supportive and continued to answer my questions as well as encourage me to pursue my interest in the Army.”

Marty indeed earned admission into West Point. At age 17, he joined the Army (his parents, Ed and Betty Holland had to sign the consent form) and entered West Point’s preparatory school at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., a very long distance from the Holland homestead.

The bond between the uncle and nephew grew stronger.

Marty noted, “My uncle was serving in the Pentagon at the time and he and my Aunt Mary always welcomed my friends and I for visits when we could get away from school. They never turned us down or told us that they were too busy for guests–even a bunch of pent-up college kids.”

Even though the uncle may have had pressing duties, he always gave them personal tours in and around Washington D.C., or spent time talking about the Army and what selfless service to the nation meant.

What goes around, comes around–when nieces and nephews and other family members come visiting today, Marty says he makes sure there’s plenty of time to serve as personal tour guide.

While Marty is currently working at the Pentagon, his career has taken him plenty of places. Since graduating from West Point as a second lieutenant, he served first with the 101st Airborne Division (air assault) where he served as a company fire support officer with C/1-502 IN.

Other assignments included battery fire direction officer and battery executive officer in A/1-320 FAR as well as battery executive officer for HHB 101st DIVARTY during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Following the officers’ advance course, served as a battalion fire support officer for 1-27 IN, battery commander in 3-7 FA and as the aviation brigade fire support officer all in the 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Marty then attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and served as an assistant professor of military history at West Point. After completing Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, Kan., he returned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he served as the assistant DIVARTY operations officer (A/S-3), battalion operations officer (S-3) for 1-320 FAR, and as the DIVARTY operations officer (S-3) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mary also served as an assignment officer at field artillery branch of human resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia, and as a forward team chief with the Rapid Equipping Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Marty then returned to the 101st Airborne Division for a third tour, serving as the battalion commander for 2-320th FAR from January 2005 to December 2006, including a year-long combat deployment to Iraq, and then assuming duties as the 101st Division’s fires coordinator.

Most recently, he graduated from the National War College at Ft. McNair, D.C. in June 2008 and is serving on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center as an assistant deputy director of operations (ADDO).

Just after returning from Operation Dessert Storm, Marty, his wife Anne (formerly of East Dubuque) and Aunt Mary visited Uncle Leland’s gravesite near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Aunt Mary gave Marty his uncle’s colonel’s insignia, an eagle. Then a first lieutenant, Marty thought this was a family heirloom he’d treasure forever.

Through these 22 years of service to the nation, Marty has treasured the people with whom he’s worked. He’s had the opportunity to work with people who hail from nearly every corner of the United States. He says the rich diversity of people who make up this nation are its greatest source of strength and unity.

“Country folks and city dwellers, rich or poor, a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, religious traditions, personal beliefs and preferences. . .yet we all come together voluntarily literally for the common defense of country. That is an amazing feat,” he said.

“This is an accomplishment that few other nations have achieved and some can hardly hope for. Wherever we come from, we are Americans first and foremost. Our country is not perfect and studying our shared history reveals plenty of errors and acts of omission and commission. But if you spend the time to look around the world and truly study other peoples and governments, there aren’t many with our track record of accomplishments and optimistic belief that the future well even be better.”

These 22 years of service have also taught him a lot about what patriotism means, what freedom means.

“Sometimes, I think we Americans take some of our basic ideals and freedoms for granted,” he noted. Having met and talked with people who have been “unfree” whether they be Kuwaitis, Iraqis or Afghans, we should never take freedom for granted and we should never miss an opportunity to thank our veterans for helping to secure that freedom.

“When I visit the monuments on our National Mall, especially the WW II, Korea and Vietnam memorials I always spot the veterans and thank them for their service. Whether for a few years or a lifetime, our veterans have truly sacrificed much so the rest of us can enjoy our freedoms.”

This is a special time for the nephew to reflect on his years in the Army and service to the nation. He recently earned the rank of colonel.

Surrounded by his parents, Ed and Betty; his aunt, Mary; his sister, Kathy; his wife, Anne, and their two children, Erin and Christopher, Marty celebrated his promotion. That family heirloom, that colonel’s insignia that graced the uncle’s military uniform was now part of Marty’s uniform.

It must have been an emotional moment for all–celebration of an achievement and a bittersweet memory of a great American hero. A few tears were shed that day.

To answer questions his parents had about Vint Hills Farm Station, Leland Holland’s last Army post, the nephew reached for “The Army Officer’s Guide,” a gift from the uncle. Dated, 26 July 1982, the uncle wrote, “Presented to my nephew Marty Holland–with great expectations for the future.”

The nephew hopes that he’s met some of his uncle’s expectations and that he’d be satisfied as to how the nephew performed his duties.

There is little doubt that the uncle, a man who did give selfless service to this country and endured 444 days of captivity, would be quite pleased with the nephew’s service to the nation. He’d be even more delighted knowing that his colonel’s insignia adorned the uniform of his nephew.

Both, though, used the life skills learned on a family farm in Scales Mound to selflessly serve this nation.

That’s something worth celebrating this Independence day.

P. Carter Newton, publisher

cnewton@galgazette.com

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Some of the family members joining Col. Marty Holland for his promotion ceremony at the Pentagon were (from left) Mary Holland (aunt), Cincinnati, Ohio; his sister: Sister Kathy Holland, Clinton, Iowa; his parents, Betty and Ed Holland, Scales Mound; son, Christopher Holland; Col. Marty Holland; daughter, Erin Holland; and wife, Anne Holland.

Col. Leland Holland, right, receives a gift during a school ceremony upon his return from being held hostage in Iran. Enjoying the moment is his mother, Clara. Schools throughout Illinois were cancelled on the day Leland returned triumphantly to his hometown of Scales Mound.

Rear Admiral Michael E. McLaughlin, (left) United States Navy, and Col. Marty Holland during the promotion ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.