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Rich and Katy Lyons
Arlington National Cemetery
Donna Lyons

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. On this National Day of Remembrance, services are held around the globe honoring those patriots who have fought and died in preserving our nation’s freedoms and helping our Allies deter tyranny. One of our most sacred and hallowed grounds for these patriots is Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. It is the final resting place for over 330,000 of America’s finest men and women. It is also the home of the Tomb of the Unknowns, where the 3d United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provides a constant 24/7 vigil, guarding the tomb with a sentry of the highest caliber. It is considered a true honor to be able to pay your respects on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

On 30 May 2011, President Barack Obama took part in the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then provided a speech to the gathered crowd of 1,000 visitors. He stated that, “across our nation we'll pause to honor all those who've given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country. Theirs was the ultimate sacrifice, but it is one that every man and woman who wears America's uniform is prepared to make so that we can live free. The men and women of our Armed Forces are the best our nation has to offer, and they deserve nothing but the absolute best in return.”

A few hours after President Obama’s speech, Richard and Katy Lyons of Lake Tahoe, Nevada were honored to be the guests of the legendary Society of the 3d Infantry Division (Rock of the Marne) at Arlington, as they participated in two distinct military ceremonies paying respect to our war fallen of past and present.

Rich and Katy first served as the lone wreath bearers in a ceremony honoring the 3d Infantry Division located at their memorial inside Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony included a brief review of the divisions numerous campaign accomplishments. Captain Dave Adams read an excerpt from the book, “To Hell and Back”, recounting acts of heroism during WWII by Dog-Faced Soldiers of the 3d Infantry Division. Adams is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the 7th Cavalry Regiment and currently serves as the President of the Society of the 3d Infantry Division. During the ceremony Amazing Grace was played by famed Piper, Eric Rice-Johnston. A moment of silence was observed honoring the service and ultimate sacrifice made by Marne Soldiers. It was a truly moving tribute too many of those that have gone before us and those that serve today – it is a moment that reminds us that Freedom is NOT Free!

Following the 3d Infantry Division ceremony, Rich along with his daughter Donna, grand-daughter Brittany Domnick, Captain Adams, Colonel McClelland, James Robbins of the Washington Times and Colonel Henry Bodson, a WWII veteran (92 years young) who fought alongside Lieutenant Audie Murphy (the most decorated American veteran of World War II), humbly participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

“Memorial Day is a national day to remember. We remember and honor not only our war dead but also all who were in the military service. Katy and I were honored to take part in the ceremony and place the wreath in honor of the 3rd Infantry Division, the "Rock of the Marne". It was also an honor to participate with the Old Guard-- they are the custodians of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Their military history is legendary! It truly is a day that we will always also remember.” Lyons said.

Rich and Katy Lyons have family lineage throughout the military. Rich proudly served with the 354th Engineer Construction Battalion during the Korean War and Katy’s brother was a Marine. Katy’s grandfather, Harry Heffner, trained horses for Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders during the Spanish American War, and her father -- even though a civilian was a civil engineer --rebuilt airstrips during WWII on Wake Island.

We have no greater duty to honor all those who sacrificed so that we can enjoy the blessings of freedom.

James Arness, Actor and WWII 3ID Vet, Dies
Not only was James Arness an actor famous for his portrayal of Marshall Matt Dillon, he was also a true patriot who served in the 3rd ID, 2-7 Inf. in WWII in Anzio earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Marne Soldiers never leave a fallen comrade, and we wish to express our sincere sympathy and are grateful for his service in the Marne Division.

A tribute to Frank L. Kane, Combat Medic, 3rd Infantry Division veteran of WW2  He made 5 amphibious landings from Sicily to Anzio Beachhead in 1944. He was treasurer of the John Cole OP# 2 for nine years.  Frank celebrated his 89th birthday this month. He is legally blind but does have some sight in his right eye. Otherwise He is the same very pleasant , happy gentleman

The adventure of the Memorial Days by Children of France continues…

 In fact, next May 23rd, 2011, at 01.30 P.M., nearly 100 school boys and girls of 4th and 5th grades living in these small villages of :
 - Destord, - Gugnécourt,
- Frémifontaine, - Girecourt sur Durbion,
- Pierrepont sur l’Arentèle, - Méménil,  
- Nonzeville,
(District of Brouvelieures and District of Arentèle, Durbion, Padozel, Vosges Mountains)
- Saulx de Vesoul (District of Saulx de Vesoul, East of France)
will visit the Epinal American Cemetery…
100 graves will be honored, especially those of :
- the 3rd, 36th, 45th, 63rd, 70th, 100th, 103rd  Infantry Divisions, of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team…
They were in the 7th US Army in 1944, 
- the 4 recipients of the Medal Of Honor : Gus Kefurt and Victor Kandle (3rd Inf. Div.), Ellis Weicht (36th Inf. Div.), John Kelly (79th Inf. Div.),  
-  the US Air Force, especially those of the 441st and 555th Bomber Squadrons, of the 315th, 405th and 513th Fighter Squadrons,  
- Captain Alexander M. Patch (79th Inf. Div., son of General Patch who commanded the 7th US Army in 1944), 
- General  Edmund W. Searby (80th Inf. Div.), 
- two brothers, Lt John Duffy (70th Inf. Div.) and Pvt Edward Duffy (45th Inf. Div.), 
- the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, 
- the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 90th Infantry Divisions, for the evocation of D Day in Normandy, 
- and of course those of the 4 women laying in this Cemetery… They also served…
These children will lay roses on these graves and at the bottom of the wall of the Missing in Action.
They’ll take part in the Ceremony of Lowering of the Glory Flag at 4.30 P.M. 
During this ceremony, several letters from Presidents of Associations of  WWII American Veterans, American Veterans and members of families of several soldiers laying in Epinal American Cemetery will be read to the children…
The trip by bus of the children and the roses are offered by :
- the Township Community of the District of Brouvelieures
- the Township Community of the District of l'Arentèle, Durbion, Padozel,
- the General Council of Vosges (Vosges Mountains),
-  “Le Souvenir Francais” (French Remembrance Society) of the District of Saulx de Vesoul and of the District of Lure (East of France).  

Flowers will be offered too by citizens of Vesoul, Saulx de Vesoul…
Several French Flag Holders, representatives of several French Patriotic Associations and historians will take part in this Ceremony with the French Children…
Next May 23th will be a special day for the children of Vosges Mountains and East of France…
They’ll discover some soldiers who delivered our Country, our Cities, their towns and villages in 1944…
We’ll show to them the pictures of these Liberators, explain to them who were these soldiers, and what they did for our freedom… And that we have to remember that they died for us, for our Country…
We’ll have a thought to all of these brave soldiers, but also to their families, to their comrades in arms…
We don’t want to forget !
God bless America and France…
Eric Vandroux, in charge of the organization of the Memorial Day by Children of France
Jean-Marie Siret, in charge of the organisation for the District of Brouvelieures, Vosges Mountains

LTG Rick Lynch to Retire in November
Former Commanding General Rick Lynch of the 3rd Infantry Division will be retiring in November of 2011. We in the Society wish him well.

Outpost 60 June 11th Meeting
Outpost 60 held its regular meeting Saturday June 11th in Columbus, Ga. We met at Mrs Cindy's Restaurant and everyone enjoyed a very good hot country style cooking. The meeting was called to order by Bob Bailey with the pledge to the American flag in unison. Opening prayer was given by Mary Anne Bailey. Bailey welcomed all members and guests to the meeting. He asked for all guests to stand and let everyone know who they were.
This was followed by the OP finance report and all correspondence. Bob Poydasheff, the Society National JA gave a brief report on the monument movement. He also report to the members present of the article in the Watch on the Rhine concerning the movement of the monument. It was mentioned that if every active duty soldier and all retirees could give anywhere from $1.00 up to $5.00 each, we would have the funds to move the monument. It is possible that we could get enough funds to add another wing to honor the soldiers of the Iraq and Afghan tours. A new member Cpl Tavarse Anderson joined the Outpost Saturday also. Bob Poydasheff, Bob Bailey and Capt Harry Irving have been working hard trying to get this project completed.
The door prize was a book written by a member of the Society, Frank T. De Angelo. The book called (Greetings from the President) was won by CSM Angel Ortiz of the 1/15th CAV. No further business, the meeting was adjourned to enjoy a very good and hot country style meal. There was a lot of good socializing and we got to meet a lot of new people.
Bob Bailey, Secy/Treasurer

O.F. "Buzz" Garrett  Receives the Legion of Honor

O. F. "Buzz" Garrett (Outpost 22 Member) received the LEGION OF HONOR at a Ceremony on May 8th in Beverly Hills, CA at the French Consulates Residence for service in World War II. Buzz served with "I" Co. 30th Infantry Regiment , 3rd Division from the landing at Anzio to Salzburg .



The United States Postal Service deserves a standing ovation for something that's going to happen in March: Bill Mauldin is getting his own postage stamp. The stamp should be going on sale on March 31st. It's an honor that most generals and admirals never receive. Mauldin, and his work, meant so much to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, and to those who had waited for them to come home. He was a kid cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin's drawings of his muddy, exhausted, whisker-stubbled infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines. Mauldin was an enlisted man just like the soldiers he drew for; his gripes were their gripes, his laughs were their laughs, his heartaches were their heartaches. He was one of them. They loved him. He never held back. Sometimes, when his cartoons cut too close for comfort, his superior officers tried to tone him down. In one memorable incident, he enraged Gen. George S. Patton, and Patton informed Mauldin he wanted the pointed cartoons -- celebrating the fighting men, lampooning the high-ranking officers -- to stop. Now! Mauldin's drawings of his exhausted infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth... The news passed from soldier to soldier. How was Sgt. Bill Mauldin going to stand up to Gen. Patton? It seemed impossible. Not quite. Mauldin, it turned out, had an ardent fan: Five-star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe. Ike put out the word: Mauldin draws what Mauldin wants. Mauldin won. Patton lost.


While in the 45th Infantry Division, Mauldin volunteered to work for the unit's newspaper, drawing cartoons about regular soldiers or "dogfaces". Eventually he created two cartoon infantrymen, Willie (who was modeled after his comrade and friend Irving Richtel) and Joe, who became synonymous with the average American GI. His cartoon work continued as he fought in the July 1943 invasion of Sicily and the Italian campaign. Mauldin began working for Stars and Stripes, the American soldiers' newspaper; by March 1944, he was given his own jeep, in which he roved the front, collecting material and producing six cartoons a week. His cartoons were viewed by soldiers all over Europe during World War II, and also published in the United States. In 1945 at the age of 23 he won a Pulitzer Prize “for distinguished service as a cartoonist” and the Allied high command awarded him its Legion of Merit. His illustrated memoir, Up Front, was a bestseller. That same year, his “dogface” Willie appeared on the cover of Time. He won a second Pulitzer Prize, and he should have won a third, for what may be the single greatest editorial cartoon in the history of the craft: his deadline rendering, on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial slumped in grief, its head cradled in its hands. But he never acted as if he was better than the people he met. He was still Mauldin the enlisted man. Mauldin died at age 81 in the early days of 2003 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The end of his life had been rugged. He had been scalded in a bathtub, which led to terrible injuries and infections; Alzheimer's disease was inflicting its cruelties. Unable to care for himself after the scalding, he became a resident of a California nursing home, his health and spirits in rapid decline. He was not forgotten, though.


During the late summer of 2002, as Mauldin lay in that California nursing home, some of the old World War II infantry guys caught wind of it. They didn't want Mauldin to go out that way. They thought he should know that he was still their hero. Gordon Dillow, a columnist for the Orange County Register, put out the call in Southern California for people in the area to send their best wishes to Mauldin. Soon more than 10,000 letters and cards had arrived at Mauldin's bedside. Even better than that, the old soldiers began to show up just to sit with Mauldin, to let him know that they were there for him, as he, long ago, had been there for them. So many volunteered to visit Bill that there was a waiting list. Here is how Todd DePastino, in the first paragraph of his biography of Mauldin, described it: "Almost every day in the summer and fall of 2002 they came to Park Superior nursing home in Newport Beach, California, to honor Army Sergeant, Technician Third Grade, Bill Mauldin. They came bearing relics of their youth: medals, insignia, photographs, and carefully folded newspaper clippings. Some wore old garrison caps. Others arrived resplendent in uniforms over a half century old. Almost all of them wept as they filed down the corridor like pilgrims fulfilling some long-neglected obligation." One of the veterans explained to me why it was so important: "You would have to be part of a combat infantry unit to appreciate what moments of relief Bill gave us. You had to be reading a soaking wet Stars and Stripes in a water-filled foxhole and then see one of his cartoons."

In all probability Mauldin would have approved of his stamp. On it two guys, “Willie and Joe" are keeping him company. To the side, drawing them and smiling that shy, quietly observant smile, is Mauldin himself. With his buddies, right where he belongs. [Source: Various Mar 2010 ++]


Please meet:
Walter "Buck" Meeks Fort Stewart Museum director
brings Marne Division history to life
Posted: February 1, 2010
By Pamela E. Walck

Walter "Buck" Meeks III
is director of the Fort Stewart Museum.

Walter "Buck" Meeks III stands next to an Iraqi kettle on display in the Fort Stewart Museum that honors Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, a 3rd ID soldier who died during the battle for Baghdad in March 2003. Meeks went to Iraq a few months later to archive and collect items from the battle. Smith went on to posthumously recieve the Congressional Medal of Honor a year later and became the 51st Marne soldier to garner such an honor.

Walter "Buck" Meeks III, director of the Fort Stewart Museum, discusses items from one of the largest collections presented to the facility by a former 3rd Infantry Division soldier who fought in World War II.

An item, donated by a 3rd Infantry Division soldier from World War II, explains how the ring of a German soldier got in his possession. It is one of thousands of items that help tell the story of the 3rd ID's military history.

Fort Stewart Museum
Bldg T904, 2022 Frank Cochran Drive
Fort Stewart, GA 31314
Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 .m, Tuesday - Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays

Contact the Fort Stewart Museum Curator to schedule a personal or tour group visit!

For information on the 3rd Infantry Division contact:
Walter W. Meeks, III
Curator, Fort Stewart Museum

FORT STEWART - At first glance, the tattered kettle appears old and well used. But when Walter "Buck" Meeks III looks at the same artifact on prominent display in what he calls the "front parlor" of the Fort Stewart Museum, he sees a fierce battle. He can almost hear the extreme violence that took place April 4, 2003. He points to the spray of holes, forged by bullets and shrapnel. Meeks closes his eyes and sees the dusty patch of ground, just a stone's throw from Baghdad International Airport.

That's where Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith bravely defended the 3rd Infantry Division's position as it marched its tanks and Bradleys into Iraq's capitol. Smith took out an estimated 50 enemy combatants with a .50-caliber machine gun to protect 100 of his men before being mortally wounded. "I had the great honor of traveling to Iraq to collect items for our archives," Meeks said, his eyes tearing up at the memory.

He recalled how he spent five weeks in May and June of 2003 talking to eyewitnesses downrange, documenting the battle space and ultimately preserving the memory of Smith, who would go on to become America's first Congressional Medal of Honor recipient of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A year later, Smith posthumously became the Division's 51st soldier to be presented the country's highest military honor - no other Army division has that many honorees.

"Nobody knew we had a Medal of Honor nominee at the time," said Meeks, director of the Fort Stewart Museum. "The whole experience was enlightening to me. I got to see soldiers at their very best, doing what they are trained to do. And let me assure you, there is no force like it. It was just an awesome experience."

'Everything in my world was old'
Meeks has served at the Fort Stewart Museum for the past 22 years, but his love of history goes back to his youth. "I had an unusual childhood," he said. "My parents didn't take me to Disney World, but by the time I was 10, I had seen every historic site on the Eastern Coast. "My parents instilled a deep love of history in me at an early age. They didn't bet on a mouse, but on American heritage that would be enriching for me and my brother." He saw the field in Gettysburg, Pa., where a great-great-uncle died fighting in the Civil War. He climbed all over the battleship U.S.S. Alabama. And the Richmond Hill native took his first job at nearby Fort McAllister.

"Everything in my world was old," he said. "I've never even had a paved driveway." He still lives on the family homestead, a former rice plantation. But it is the love of preserving and retelling the story of military heritage that drives Meeks.

Scott Daubert, curator of collections at the installation museum, said it was Meeks' passion that drew him to leave his position at West Point for Fort Stewart in 2008. "You couldn't ask for a better boss," Daubert said. "He has a passion you don't always find."

Telling the soldier's story
The museum is one of the first places soldiers transferred to Fort Stewart are required to visit. With thousands of objects and images archived, Daubert said they only display about 3 percent at any given time. "The process of collecting is different than exhibition," Meeks said. "We try to be aware of objects available to us, but we don't take everything that's offered."

The current exhibit, installed in 2004, includes a walk-through timeline of world events, explaining the 3rd ID's role beginning in 1917 as well as telling the story through the voices and words of soldiers who have made up the Division. Meeks oozes information as he makes his way through the space loaded with everything from images of Marne soldiers in scratchy wool field uniforms of World War I and World War II to the giant T-72 tank that consumes the rear of the building dedicated to the Cold War.

Last year, about 25,000 visitors went through the museum, which is free and open to the public but requires civilian visitors to obtain a pass before getting on post. At its peak after the first Gulf War, Meeks said as many as 84,000 people passed through the museum, originally located outside the installation's main gates and in recent years moved to its current location on Frank Cochran Drive. "This is not a war museum. Although, yes, we do have guns and tanks," Meeks said. "This is a soldier's museum. Here, you will see the tools, shelter and clothes that soldiers have used over the years."

He likes to tell the young men and women in uniform who pass through the space that they have joined a team, a legacy of soldiers who trod the road before them. "I feel like I've not done my job if a soldier comes through here and is not changed by it," Meeks said. "... This is real. What we have here is better than anything Hollywood every came up with."

If you go
The Fort Stewart Museum is located in Building T904, 2022 Frank Cochran Drive, Fort Stewart.
For more information, call 1-912-767-7885
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Tuesdays-Saturdays (Closed Sundays, Mondays and federal holidays)

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A Kid from Pittsburgh by Marion Rosen
With Morris Rosen

I first conceived the idea for a biography about my husband’s early years from age 13 to20 while touring Europe in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. For this journey, World War II veterans from the U.S. Army’s Third Division traveled over the same paths they’d covered 50 years earlier in 1944 while struggling to take back territory seized by Hitler.
By witnessing the incredible obstacles our troops had to overcome first-hand, I instinctively understood that these men had gone through much more than the history books have reported. My husband, Morris Rosen, usually chose to talk about only a few incidents that were, at times, hilariously funny, but I wanted to delve deeper. I talked to the veterans and chronicled their stories. I especially wanted to know more about the almost-unbelievable events that still caused my husband and the rest of the men to grow teary-eyed so many years later.
As I learned the unadulterated story of the war from a private’s perspective, I also came to understand the heartbreak of a mere boy who’d run away from a wretched home life to go off to war at 17.
War is never an easy topic to grasp, but A KID FROM PITTSBURGH is sensitive yet out-spoken. Rowdy, yet gentle. Brutal circumstances are made comprehensible. War is interpreted by a kid who grew up without even realizing it.


“Marion Rosen’s biography on husband, WWII hero Morris Rosen in her A KID FROM PITTSBURGH is a story that no Hollywood screenwriter could create. This is a must read for everyone.”
Roger Corman, Award winning filmmaker

“While Audie Murphy is perhaps the most renowned WWII hero it would be hard not to include Morris Rosen as someone high up on this list. Corporal Rosen was an amazing young man who performed miracles during WWII in putting his life on the line in the most dangerous situations imaginable.”
Edward Janke, Retired U.S. Army Colonel

"THE KID FROM PITTSBURGH is a book I just couldn’t put down. Marion Rosen’s biography on her husband is a slam dunk."
Bob Cousy, Hall of Fame basketball legend


Korean War
National Museum

July 29, 2009 -

Construction crews in Springfield are due to break ground on the country's first Korean War museum next June, on the 60th anniversary of the day the three-year battle started. The 50,000-square-foot Korean War National Museum will be at Fifth and Madison streets, near the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
"There are lots of monuments. Monuments are wonderful, but this is the only museum dedicated exclusively to the Korean War," said museum executive director Larry Sassorossi.
A temporary smaller facility containing Korean War exhibits opened last month in a former Osco store on Springfield's Old State Capitol Plaza. Called the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, the facility moved to Springfield from its previous home in Rantoul.
While the actual museum will be bigger and have more "bells and whistles," Sassorossi said, it's important in the meantime to have a tribute up and running because "we're losing 1,100 Korean War veterans every day."

Admission is free, but a $3 donation is requested. Info: (888) 295-7212; 

Please contact me with any further questions. My office # is (888) 295-7212. It will be a great honor for us to have your group visit the museum.
Dave Wright
Korean War National Museum








All Connecticut veterans with qualifying wartime military service are eligible to receive the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. Since last fall, the Connecticut State Department of Veteran's Affairs has hosted invitation-only ceremonies during which veterans of all wars receive the Medal. It is the first of its kind that the state has minted since the end of World War I. The 270,000 veterans who will receive it are Connecticut natives or current residents who served in a war and received honorable discharges. All living war veterans from World War II to the current war in Iraq are entitled to the medal. The medal can also be mailed to the veteran's home.

In order to receive the medal, the veteran must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Submit documentary proof of qualifying military wartime service (90 days wartime service, unless the war or operation lasted less than 90 days); (i.e. DD Form 214 or other documentation if DD Form 214 is unavailable)

2. Submit proof of an honorable discharge from military service (or discharge due to injuries received in the line of duty) for the qualifying wartime service.

3. Submit proof that you currently are a resident of the State of Connecticut or that you were a resident at the time of your qualifying wartime service. (e.g., photocopy of State of Connecticut driver's license).

4. Submit a completed and signed application form (CTMD VM-1) available online at
http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=1992&q=313194 or

Click Here for PDF printable Application

Awards will not be made posthumously.
Send applications & supporting documentation to:
Department of Veterans' Affairs,
ATTN: Wartime Medal and Registry,
287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
or Fax: (860) 721-5919.                                                        [Source: Military.com 1 Oct article ++]

Thanks to Martin Markley for this information.



You can retire your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags without cost to you.  Send your flags to the Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638-8866 and we will dispose of your flags in a proper and dignified manner with full honors and dignity pursuant to the United States Flag Code Section 8K.  We have been doing this for he past seven years.  Our flag retirement ceremonies are held on Flag Day, June 14th each year and are conducted by an all volunteer U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard led by GySgt. Dan Kelley USMC (Ret.).  
Charles Taliaferro


New Museum Seeks Purple Heart Recipients

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is currently under construction in New York's Hudson River Valley at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. Its mission is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of the service and across the generations in an attempt to ensure that all recipients are represented. Their stories will be preserved and shared through exhibits, live and videotaped interviews with the veterans themselves, and the Roll of Honor, an interactive computer program preserving the stories of each individual.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor the first in the nation to recognize the more than 800,000 Americans wounded or killed in action while serving in the United States Military.

For more information or to have your story preserved as a Purple Heart recipient, contact:
Michael J. Clark,
Project Coordinator, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
P.O. Box 207 (374 Temple Hill Road)
Vails Gate, NY 12584-0207
telephone 845-561-1765, or e-mail


Authentic Football Jerseys
The Battlefield Collection "Authentic Football Jersey" features 100% polyester double thick shoulders, professional quality 100% polyester tricot mesh body, spandex side inserts, custom unit patch below the collar, Battlefield Collection jock tag and "STAY ARMY" tag applied to lower left front of jersey, unit number(s) and nameplate sewn on with high quality tackle-twill appliqué fabric, unit logo embroidered on sleeves, custom-dyed fabric decorated in unit colors
Mention 3ID Society when ordering

We are excited to introduce the all new www.battlefieldcollection.com with a brand new design! Now featuring Official Licensed Products of the United States Army and full shopping cart capabilities with secure online checkout.

For the first time ever you can now purchase individual Authentic Football Jerseys, Gridiron Caps and Fairway Caps. Check out the newest designs in Authentic Military Sportswear and please feel free to share your thoughts on our new website.
It is an honor to serve the soldiers of the United States Army.

Webmaster Rich Heller models football jersey at the 3ID Society Reunion at Ft. Benning, GA



Read the story of Joe Englert
 3rd Infantry Division, Co. E., 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment


First Flight: Veterans Airlift Command

Wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have many challenges ahead, but finding transportation shouldn't be one of them. That's the view of a new nonprofit group, Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which is recruiting volunteer pilots and aircraft owners to lend air support to recovering soldiers and their families. The group recently flew its first mission, bringing an injured Marine from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., to his home in Florida. Walt Fricke, founder and CEO of VAC, called on father and son Billy and Christopher Ball to pilot the first mission. They flew their Cirrus from Jacksonville, Fla., to pick up Cpl. Christopher Brink. The trip home to Florida, which would have required 13 hours and three layovers on commercial flights, took only three hours in the Cirrus. "This is a great way for us to give back and a really cool experience overall," said Christopher Ball. "You just can't imagine the appreciation of the young men and women we are helping."

Suggested by Alta Milling OP 3 altav007@aol.com


The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) is providing the Military Reunion Listings as a FREE service to the veteran community. I search the internet looking for reunions and then send requests for the information to the listed POC. I sent 2,108 reunion organizations e-mails requesting information on their 2006 reunions, and unfortunately 25 % failed to respond. We have 1,398 listings on the calendar year 2006 listing. With the next listing update, we will have over 600 reunion listings for calendar years 2007, 2008, and 2009. (The Society's 88th Annual Reunion in Colorado Springs will be listed in TREA's next update on March 5th).

Please take a look at our web site, www.trea.org, scroll down the left side and click on Reunions/Buddies, and this will bring up the reunion page. As reunions are completed, they are transferred to the Completed Listing at the end of the month. There, they will remain as a reference point for someone looking for a unit contact. My intention is that each calendar year reunions will be individually listed.

John H. Moore, SMSgt, USAF Retired (1961–87)
Reunion Manager (volunteer)
The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
Home: 657 E. Adams Street, Marengo, IA 52301
Home: (319) 741-5734
Cell: (319) 936-2154
E-mail: TREAreunionsite@mac.com
Web: www.trea.org


The Army Historical Foundation in conjunction with the Nation Museum of the United States Army is seeking to create a registry of those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Army.  Basic registration is free and can be done online by going to http://www.armyhistory.org.
      If you or a loved one has or is serving I highly recommend that you contact the Registry so that what is here today will still be here tomorrow.
                                       Michael Wells


New York Conspicuous Service Cross

Any NEW YORK resident (living or deceased) who is a recipient of at least one of the 19 the medals listed below may apply for the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.

Air Force Cross; Air Medal; Airmen's Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Coast Guard Medal; Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Distinguished Service Cross; Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Medal of Honor; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Medal; Navy Cross; Purple Heart; Silver Star; Soldier's Medal

For general info: http://www.veterans.state.ny.us/csc.htm
For application form info:
The application form: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/dmna/awards/106a-ft.html
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Veterans of WWII are now dying at a rate of about 2,000 per day.

PLEASE,  take the time to read the article below and listen to

The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood.  Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach, Fla. , eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event. He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said bitterly.

At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II veteran.  But he rolled down his window and told the man, "Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you." Then the old soldier began to cry. "That really got to me," Bierstock says.

Cut to today.

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die.

"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "Every ethnic minority would be dead. And the soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day.

I thought we needed to thank them."

The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web  www.beforeyougo.us , the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren.

It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach. "I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about them."

Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web. They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and others in Washington.  Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.

Thanks to Ed Smith and Bill Strong for contributing  this article

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Ft Stewart Museum Update

We have received the M113 that is a great part of the SFC Paul Smith story and it is our latest large artifact for the museum here at Ft. Stewart. It will take some work to display it properly and is now in the hands of our competent Ft. Stewart vehicle restoration personnel who are taking care of it with the honor and dignity that such an historic piece deserves. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to share this with you.

Walter W. Meeks III
Ft. Stewart Museum Curator
(3rd Infantry Division)
2022 Frank Cochran Drive, Building T-904
Ft. Stewart, GA 31314
(912) 767-7885

This photo of Birgit Smith and Walter (Buck) Meeks is in front of the exhibit dedicated to SFC Smith.

LTC Tim Thomas and Birgit Smith and Kim Webster

They are holding the Medal of Honor that Birgit brought in for us to see in keeping with her open policy of sharing Paul's story and keeping his heroic spirit alive. We were pleasantly surprised she brought the medal with her on a visit to the museum.


Walter (Buck) Meeks (museum curator) is on top the vehicle describing the elements of the April 4 2003 story to all of us who welcomed Birgit Smith to Ft. Stewart to view the vehicle. Now that she has seen it we feel confident that it is appropriate for the American public to view the artifact and it will find a home soon in the museum so that all can see it and conceive of one man's valor that it represents.

This photo of Nathan is the proud truck driver who delivered the vehicle to us unknowing exactly what he was carrying and only told it was important. Big tough truck driver notwithstanding he almost cried when he learned he had hauled this for the 3rd Infantry Division and to help us to tell the story of SFC Paul Smith.

Capt. Levine who is a chaplain here at Ft. Stewart translates into German for Birgit Smith's visiting family.

3d Division Museum

Currently the Museum has gone through a complete overhaul and is now welcoming visitors to the  3d Division Museum. There have been several locations in the past that the Division has been based and it is the Museum Curators intent as well as the 3d Division Commanders intent to make the Museum a 3rd ID Show piece.

Contact Walter W. Meeks

3ID Museum
Ft. Stewart, GA


Our Medal of Honor Wall in the Ft. Stewart Museum honoring the 51 3rd Infantry Division Medal of Honor recipients. When the wall was built it would hold exactly 51 framed photos and since we know it is a matter of time until another 3rd ID (Marne Soldier) is awarded the nation's highest honor, we need two things: 1) For that soldier and all others to come home safely and 2) for us to build a new museum with walls large enough to accommodate our exhibits based on their valor and sacrifices....

For information on the 3rd Infantry Division contact:
Walter W. Meeks, III
Curator, Fort Stewart Museum

Society of the Third Infantry Division,
My name is CPT Robin Johnson and I am a company commander, in 3ID, currently deployed to Iraq.
I am writing to you today and attaching my website www.womenofthemarne.com for my book,
“Women of the Marne”.
The website gives more details about the book, but bottom line is that I want to capture and celebrate the magnificent achievements made by the women of the 3ID during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Granted, there are more men in the division by far, but I feel that the stories of these incredible women need to be told as we see amazing progress of sisters in arms.

I am sending this to you because I read your objectives and I feel that this book easily meets your objectives, especially number two and three. This book will be dedicated to the honor the women who paid the final sacrifice and will perpetuate the memory of other former comrades who shared a background of honorable military service with the Third Infantry Division. This book is not a controversial book or anything of that nature, just a photo illustrated documentation of the contributions made by these mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and wives. I am collecting great stories of women who are Arabic linguists, going on patrols, apache pilots, and the like.

It would be of great help, if I had your support behind this book. I am committed to giving a very large percentage of the profits to the Third Infantry Division Museum and the Women’s Army Museum.
Please send photos and Stories to robin.angela.johnson@us.army.mil
Thank you for your time.




To the Leaders and Representatives of Veterans Organizations who are in support of a Cold War Service Medal:

Please contact your US Congress, US Senate, US House Armed Services Committee, US Senate Committee on Armed Services Representatives.

Language for the Authorization of a Cold War Victory Medal has been placed in US Congress Bill HR 1815 - otherwise known as the Fiscal Year 2006

National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2006 NDAA) - SEC. 565 & Sec. 1134.

Please request of Representatives to "Please keep the Cold War Victory Medal in the final HR 1815 FY 2006 NDAA SEC. 565 & Sec. 1134 bill reported

Back to both houses of Congress so President George W. Bush can sign off on this well-deserved and long-overdue award" - or something to that affect.

Thank you for your service, and for your time in this matter. Semper Fidelis, "Mongo" Advocates For Honor


Army Overseas Service Ribbon

My name is Robert A. Devito and I am a member of OP#5. I served with the 3ID from May 1972 to Nov. 1973 in a city called BAD Hissingen, Germany in the 2nd and 41st F.A. I was about 20-25 miles from what was called the one kilometer (1-K) zone, much like the DMZ Zone in Korea today.

As it stands, myself and thousands of soldiers who served in that theater of the world are not entitled to any medals, ribbons, decorations, etc. We served in what many of us refer to as a Dangerous Zone. If the Warsaw Pact Nations would have attacked, we would have been one of the first units hit. There is no Cold War medal or ribbon issued to Cold War veterans, only a Cold War Certificate that was given to them.

My point is that the Dept. of the Army has authorized the wearing of an Army Overseas Service Ribbon to military personnel who served in overseas capacity from August 1, 1981 to the present. Does anyone know who can be contacted so that this type of service ribbon can be made retroactive to include the soldiers who served in the same theater in the time frame that I did? I believe and I and others should be entitled to this type of award.

Any thoughts or suggestions on this matter would be appreciated.

Robert A. Devito
2035 Jacobs Lane
Southold, NY 11971
Phone 631-765-6320

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Cold Injuries/ Frostbite in Korea

This message is for any veteran who fought in the Korean War, especially in 1950-51, but not limited to those years.
During your time in Korea, many of you were exposed to extreme cold and didn't have winter clothing and winter boots. If you fall in this category and are having problems with your legs and feet/hands, etc with burning cramping pains, toenail deformities, cold clammy feet, cold sensitivity, peripheral neuropathy, etc., please take the time and go to your nearest VA clinic and or hospital and be checked out for cold injury or contact a service officer with American Legion, DAV, VFW, etc and tell them that you would like to be checked for this.
Contributed by Martin Markley



The Outpost Harry Survivors Association


Here's a website for Veterans, including thousands 
from the 3rd Infantry Division, 
who trained at the Wildflecken Training Area, 
in West Germany during the Cold War:     

(Courtesy of John Parmenter)



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