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MARCH 2007

   Taps: VAN RICHARD WALKER, Sr of HQ 1st died May 28, 2006 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He served 23 years in the military. He retired with the rank of Master sergeant. In World War II, VAN served in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. During the Korean War he served in the Air Force. The WALKER family moved from Texas to Florida in recent years, where VAN was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Baptist Church. He was buried in the Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, Mississippi, with full military honors. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, ALLEN WALKER, three sons and five grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. ALLEN WALKER, 30 Holly Ave., # 104, Shalimar, FL 32579. Phone: 850862-9379. Reported by JOE BRESSLER.
Taps: STEVE SCHMELICK, AGE 90 died November 5,2006. STEVE was a Communication specialist in 508th Regimental Headquarters Company. His daughter Mrs. FRANK (DORIS) SNYDER reported that STEVE passed away in his sleep at his residence at Park Health Center, Clairsville, Ohio.
STEVE was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. After serving in World War II, STEVE worked as an electrician in Wheeling Pittsburg Steel Corporation.
Memorials may be sent to Valley Hospice, 132 Peters Run Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com. (FRANK and HELEN SAKOWSKI sent this sad news.)
GEORGE BRAND, Regimental HQ Co, in his Christmas letter, reported spending 16 days in the hospital from a heart attack and stroke. His wife GRACE spent 16 days in his hospital room in a sleeper chair. Also each of his four kids spent a week visiting GEORGE and GRACE. He credits his family being with him as the reason he was able to recover so quickly and get well.
JlM SMITH, reports that the 82nd Airborne Division Review has been cancelled for 2007 due to the fact that 3 brigades of the division will be deployed overseas: the 1st and 2nd Brigades are being deployed to Iraq, and the 4th Brigade is on its way to Afghanistan, the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment is with the 4th Brigade.
TOM PORCELLA was guest of honor and speaker at a Special Dinner at Ft Dix, NJ: TOM was invited by Colonel MACNEIL to speak to the troops about the Battle of Normandy, June 6,1944 and following. (Information from a copy of TOM's email to ELLEN PETERS, who reported this news.)
 March in the Footsteps of the 82 Airborne Division, February 17 2007: This event will be history before it is read from The Static Line 508th column. (If you want to advertise in this column, submit information several months in advance. I am writing this in January, to be submitted by February 1st, for the March edition.)
This year the March will follow the trails of the 508th Parachute Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge. The March is an annual February event sponsored by the Belgian Chapter of the 82nd Airborne C-47 Club, with EMILE LACROIX as the leader of the Club. This is the 25th year the March has been made. It is a monumental occasion. To get timely information about the annual March in the Footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division, contact EMILE LACROIX by e-mail emaile.lacroix@skynet.be.
DAVE PIKE has signed up for the March as a representative of the 508th, he has promised to send us an after-action-report. DAVE PIKE is a friend of the 508th tram Nottingham, England, now a resident of Ste Mere Eglise of Normandy, France. DAVE sent his new e-mail address in a Christmas letter pikecolonel@aol.com.uk.
HANS KOK, a school teacher in Nazareth, Belgium, has contacted me by phone and letter. His seventeen year old son FLORIS, while visiting in Normandy met American Veterans and asking them for stories of their Normandy experiences. He also invites Veterans to visit with his family in Nazareth if they come to Europe.
FLORIS KOK has accumulated WW II relics for a home museum named "The Red Parachute Museum", which features a big red parachute from Normandy. FLORIS has given presentations to many school groups. He tells the stories he has collected from the Veterans after showing the visitors through the museum. The KOK's address is: HANS KOK, Renbaanstraat 21, 981C Nazareth, Belgium, kokhans@hotmail.com is their e-mail address.
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ZIG BOROUGHS, Interim 508th STATIC LINE Columnist
P.O. Box 1131
Pickens. SC 29671
PH: (864) 878-9523
e-mail: ralph.boroughs@att.net

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