FROM THE AUGUST 2013 NEWSLETTER
daughter of Juanita Bartlett called to let us know of Juanita’s
passing only five weeks after John’s passing.
Sandy said her folks
really loved being part of the 503rd.
daughter in law of Ruth Breuning called to inform us of Ruth’s
stated that the Bruenings enjoyed attending reunions when they
were able to travel and that she thought the last reunion they
attended was in Denver,
CO in 1973.
sent a note with her dues payment expressing her thanks for
receiving the newsletter.
She said Dave used to enjoy getting the newsletter and
reading about the 503rd.
wrote that he turned 90 on July 10th.
He depends on his sons to get around.
He says “after much of doing nothing still bored getting
no where fast!” and that getting old is no good.
John and his wife had great times going to all the
and Ed Kubicek
have been busy making their reunion plans and doing lots of
traveling! They went
to Atlanta for the American
Theatre Organ Society convention in July.
This month, they and Ken and Emmy Lyle will take a 2 week
cruise to Alaska and a land tour of
the Canadian Rockies.
They have their reservations for the reunion in September
and then they and the Lyles will go back to Branson for a week.
Congratulations to Sandi and Ed who just celebrated their
15th wedding anniversary!
sent a note with Bill Bossert’s obituary.
She said Bill and her husband, Jack, had been good
friends. Aiko enjoys
getting the newsletter as it keeps her up to date on what’s
wrote that she has a box of Jim’s letters that he wrote to her
from the South Pacific!
How wonderful that she has held on to them!
daughter of Lee Nalbandian, sent a note to inform us of her
mother’s passing following a short battle with lung cancer.
renewed her Associate Membership so she can keep up the
happenings of the
son-in-law of Richard Leslie wrote to inform us of Richard’s
passing. Richard is
survived by 8 children and numerous grand and great
said that Richard began reviewing his war experiences and that
he cherished his relationship with his war buddies almost as
dearly as he cherished his family.
Richard’s memoire was created by Roger and they sent
copies to raffle off at the Reunion banquet.
(Info on how to purchase a copy will be included in next
FROM THE FEBRUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER
wrote to inform us of Harry’s passing.
He had recently moved to California to be with his
family. Kathy said
Harry loved the 503rd and shared many memoires with them.
She thanks the vets for their service and friendship.
wishes everyone a very happy New Year and thanks everyone who
remembers her husband,
MD, as he
really loved the 503rd!
had a very busy 2012.
Between their garden, volunteering, Phyllis showing her
gourds at shows, family reunions, 503rd activities, Silver
Sneakers and everything else they are involved in, they stay
busy, busy, busy!!!
We won’t even mention they fact that they are looking into
reunion sites for 2013!
wrote that he has difficulty traveling
and received a
cardiac pacemaker implant last February.
He did not find out about the 503rd until 2004 and wishes
he had known about it when he was younger.
Glenn said he served in many Parachute/Airborne units and
that the 503rd is the best he served in and wishes everyone
health and happiness in 2013!
widow of Alex
Dombrowski sent a note saying how much she and her
daughter-in-law, Fran enjoyed the reunion.
Fran, her husband Thomas and Eveline all hope to made the
wrote a note saying she and
Ed headed to
the Florida Keys early this year and spent Christmas there.
Sandi said she’s never been away from home on Christmas
before, so they had their family Christmas at Thanksgiving.
She planned to put a tree up and said there are lots of
boat parades to watch.
Ed’s sister was going to spend Christmas with them.
sent a copy of an article to include in the newsletter and was
headed out to deer hunt in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
wrote that she and Ed
had a great time at the reunion and hope to make the 2013
sent a note saying how much he and his family enjoyed the
reunion. He and Peg
recently downsized and moved to and apartment.
Doc says they still have the farm and go out there almost
every day. Wishing
them well in their new place of residence…
wrote how that she had a nice time at the reunion and really
enjoyed the Honor Flight trip to the WWII Memorial in
Washington, DC. She
said it was a day she cherishes, relives in her memories and it
holds a special place in her heart.
Lorraine Blackmon, widow
C. Blackmon had open heart surgery last April and has since lost
her eye sight to macular degeneration.
She was not able to attend the reunion and said she would
miss seeing everyone.
widow of Tom Smith
sends her best wishes to all of her 503rd friends.
She is homebound and is on oxygen.
Frances misses the fun she and Tom had with the 503rd
widow of Calvin
Freistedt enjoys receiving the mailings and enjoyed
attending the mini reunions in Phoenix.
Dave “Frenchie” Hazarian
had a rough summer and had to get a pacemaker.
He was then able to travel to Canada for Johanna’s
grandson’s wedding mid-August and attend the reunion in
Kenny and Emmy
Sandie and Ed
Kubicek spent a week together in Williamsburg, VA
following the reunion.
They had a nice time, although Frenchie had some health
problems while there.
Hope he is feeling better now!
Mary Lou Molloy,
daughter of Mary
O’Boyle emailed to inform us of Mary’s passing.
She said her mother and father loved going to the
John Teffenhart, wrote to tell us that the Teffenhart
family was travelling to Corregidor in August.
She said the Teffenhart clan really appreciates the hard
work and dedication of the officers and volunteers that keep the
Rock Regiment alive.
Joseph Pace, Jr,
sent a note to let us know he would not be able to attend the
reunion. He said he
knew all troopers, families and guests would have a wonderful
widow of Wendell
Cadarette wrote to inform us of his passing.
She said Wendell loved the outfit and his many buddies in
daughter of Doug
Harnish let us know that her dad and mother, Janis, were
interred at Arlington National Cemetery on May 3, 2012.
She said her dad was given full military honors and he
and her mom are resting in peace together.
daughter of Bill
Calhoun let us know that Bill took a fall and broke his
hip in November. He
required surgery and is in a nursing home at the present time.
His incision has been extremely slow in healing.
Please keep Bill and his family in you thoughts and
son-in-law of Bob Weber wrote to inform us of Bob’s passing.
The family would like Bob’s 503rd friends to know of his
love for them and that the legacy of the 503rd will continue
through them. Bob
shared every possible story, talked about each individual and
describe every event many times.
The reunions meant a great deal to Bob and he enjoyed
each and every one he attended.
was recently honored at a Veteran’s Day ceremony in Riverside,
CA. Bob was in
uniform and was recognized in an address that described the
efforts and heroics of the 503rd.
Bob’s daughter Shirl was instrumental in having him
sent a note with her dues check saying she would really like to
make the next reunion.
In the past 4 years, she has had two knee replacements
and and then fell and broker her distal femur just above the
She said it took her a while to recover but is walking well
without any limp or pain.
Hope to see you in September, Kathleen!
had planned to attend the reunion in September, 2012.
She fell right before the reunion and was unable to
attend. Hope she
has recovered nicely…
103 years young!
called to give information on the Deep South Chapter Reunion.
They had been to see
and she had back surgery and got an infection in the incision.
They treated it with powerful antibiotics, Margee was
sent to a rehab unit and is now back at home!
We know she is happy to be back in her home…
FROM THE JULY 2012 NEWSLETTER
widow of Wilbur Eggert, wishes she was able to attend the
reunion. As she is
not up to traveling, she has made a lovely donation to the
reunion fund. Helene
and I have talked on the phone and have a nice surprise for our
vets and widows attending the reunion.
She recalls the time she was able to attend the reunions
and the wonderful memories she has.
Thank you so much, Helene—you will be with us in spirit!
Co D called saying he had just learned about the Association.
We had a nice conversation and I sent him the most recent
son-in-law of Angelo
Bordonaro made contact with us about the reunion plans.
Angelo, too, only recently heard about the Association.
brother of John Wasnick,
called to tell us that he has a VHS copy of the Memory Walk that
John helped design.
Bill talked of his childhood and his relationship with his
indicated that he would try to send me a copy of the VHS to show
at the reunion.
Frank Schuhman is looking for information about his brother,
Edward P. Schuhman, who was a corporal in the 503rd.
Edward was wounded in his leg in New Guinea, either Nazdab or Noemfor
and was evacuated. If
anyone remembers Edward,
you know the whereabouts of Myrtle Phillips, Dorothy Delconte or
Robert Ziegler, please let me know!
Arriving in Richmond by Train???
The Staples Mill Road
station is the station you are looking for.
Unfortunately, the station is not in the 2 mile radius of
the hotel shuttle.
You can get a taxi from the Staples Mill Road
station for $35.00-$40.00.
If you are planning on traveling by train, please let me
know the dates and times of your arrival and departure and
hopefully I can put you in touch with other attendees that are
arriving and departing around the same time so that you can
share taxi expenses.
FROM THE FEBRUARY 2011 NEWSLETTER
son of Guy Lary wrote that Guy and Norma were able to
spend the summer at the lake in Minnesota, despite macular
degeneration. He said they had a storm sewer back up in the
basement in August and a lot of things were ruined.
William Zinkhan III,
son of William Zinkhan II says he enjoys reading
the newsletters, since his father passed away. He stopped
and got gas in Ashland, VA! Next time give me a call!
widow of Jack Tipton is glad to hear the reunion will
be held in Denver. She is willing to help the Lopez family
with the reunion. Thanks, Nancy! I’ll let them know!
says he is getting older and slower but he still walks a lot
and that helps. He is 87 and looking for 97.
widow of Andy Ando wishes she could go back to the
days when she was able to travel and to have Andy with her.
She is on oxygen, so it is not so easy to get around.
Florence says old age is catching up, she’s getting so slow,
but she’s still able to walk.
widow of Joseph McDermott wrote that she and her
grown children appreciate the newsletter and the information
on fellow soldiers and their families.
says he is still kicking around but not making too much
and MD Baines really do miss the “reunions” and think
about the good times.
Glenn Womack Jr,
says his health situation prevents him from doing things he
would like, but feels lucky compared to many others. He is
sorry he missed the reunion as he really wanted to go to
Dallas as he had lived in Ft. Worth several years. Travel is
difficult but he hopes to make the 2011 reunion. He sends a
big hello to all 503rd members, and best wishes
for good health and happiness in the New Year.
wishes he could have made the reunion in Dallas, but has a
few health problems and hasn’t been to one since the Hot
Springs, Arkansas reunion.
Ralph “Doc” Llewellyn
called to let us know that Joe Shanahan has been in
the hospital and that Terry Boggs is not doing well.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.