Beats Air Force
FRANKFURT --- (AP) ---
[Guido] Mastroianni of Steubenville was among
members of the 508th Parachute Regiment's eleven
which defeated a United States Forces European
Theater football team, 22 to 14 yesterday at
birthday celebration for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Mastroianni scored a touchdown for the paratroopers while "Ike", 55
yesterday, looked on.
[Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster,
OH, Mon, Oct 15, 1945, Page7]
It happened at an airfield out side of Frankfurt, Germany, when the
war had been won, but while the now-President was
deeply immersed in the problems of the tenuous
General Eisenhower was returning to the
European Theatre after a long stay in The States and
was flying in that afternoon.
A big parade in his
honor was set up by the crack 508th Parachute
Infantry and other units. VIP's by the dozen were to
be on hand. Security was tight. General McNarney,
then commanding in Europe, and a half-hundred
less-starred generals were on hand.
arrived and walked down the steps from his C-54,
accompanied by his party. He took his place and
stood, straight and impressive while the 508th
riflemen marched by, their jump boots crashing on
the pierced plank steel of the runways. Near the end
of the long afternoon exuberant shutterbugs were
still firing away. No doubt many of those pictures
never went into the records, but into the private
collections of the camermen.
The tired Supreme
Commander turned and, addressing the writer by rank,
asked: "Do you have all the pictures you need?"
Assured that he had, General Eisenhower turned away,
but leaving with all those present the memory of a
great man who, even in an hour oL being greatly
honored, had time to remember and to be courteous to
others who had a job to do, however small, that
required his co-operation.
[The Daily News, Lebanon, PA, 29 Sep 1955, Thu, Page 6]
Joe Cipriano, of Hazelton, was elected captain of
his "B" Co. basketball team and they went on to win
the 1st Battalion championship of the 508th
Parachute Infantry Regiment. The teams are now
playing in the USFET League, composed of all outfits
serving as Army of Occupation in Frankfurt, Germany,
[The Plain Speaker, Hazleton, PA, 11 Dec 1945, Tue, Page 17]
Meet In France
After not having seen each other for three years, Merle and Duane
McDonald, sons of Mrs. Marjorie McDonald, 405
Russell st., !met recently in France. Duane's wife
lives at 414 Cantwell ct. Duane was a member of the
501st parachute infantry and the 101st airborne
division, while Merle was with the 508th parachute
infantry. Duane is in France awaiting his return to
the United States and expects to be home for the
holidays. Merle is stationed in Germany. In combat
from September, 1944, until V-E Day, Duane wears the
European ribbon with four battle stars, the bronze
star medal and the presidential citation. While on a
furlough, he visited the birthplace of his
grandfather in Edinburgh, Scotland.
[The Capital Times, Madison, WI, 18 Nov 1945, Sun, Page 6]