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APRIL 2006

   Family and Friends of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment WWII) Association: Plans for the first reunion of the newly incorporated association have been announced by hostess and host JOYCE and JOHNNY JOHNSON (HQ1): Where? Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama. When? August 8-11,2007. How Much? Registration $85 per person, room $85 plus $11.20 for taxes per night for 1 or 2 persons. Make room reservations by calling the hotel at (205) 324-5000.  Mention the 508 PIR Reunion to get the special room rate.  Send registration to JOYCE JOHNSON, 5505 Brewer Lane, Pinson, AL 35126.  (More information in Association newsletter).
artime Memories of Nottingham, England: GRAHAM LAWSON, friend of the 508th in Nottingham, sent us a copy of an article from the Nottingham Evening Post, in which KATH PRICE tells of her wartime experiences as teenage waitress in Milton Cafe near Nottingham's Victoria Station.  Here are two quotes from KATH PRICES's article: "The same soldiers came back the next evening and with all their soldier mates filled the cafe to capacity.  All the other waitresses and I made frends with them all, JOHNNIES, HANKS, JOES and BUDDIES.  They showered us with Lucky Strikes and Chesterfield cigarettes, chewing gum, chocolates, oranges, and tins of fruit.  Everything here was on rations, but not for the Yanks, they were short of nothing." "They came, they saw, they conquered us, then all so quickly, it was time for them to go."
If KATH PRICE'S articles stirs the memories of any Red Devils, who were over there and overpaid and over-whatever (no doubt, over-the-hill by now) would like to tell of your Nottingham memories, GRAHAM LAWSON will pass it on to the Evening Post.  GRAHAM'S e-mail is <GRAHAM508@SKY.COM>
TAPS: NEAL W. BEAVER of G Co, HQ 3rd and H Co died January 20,2007 at age 83 in Grand Marais, Michigan.  NEAL began his military career after high school with the Michigan National Guard.  He rose through most of the enlisted positions and achieved his highest rank of 1 st Lieutenant and Commanding Officer of H Company in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  He was recalled to duty during the Korean War.  NEAL was seriously injured in a failed parachute accident and was discharged in 1953.
After WWII NEAL graduated from Toledo University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Education and taught high school mathematics for sixteen years.  He remained a mentor to many of his former students.  He served as School Superintendent of the Burt Township and other offices of the Burt Township.
EAL BEAVER is survived by his wife RUTH, four children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  At the request of NEAL, there were no funeral services in his honor.  Memorials in Memory of NEAL may be directed to the Burt Township School Athletic Fund, P.O. Box 338, Grand Marais, Ml 49839.
NEAL's friends may like to send condolences to his wife RUTH, whose address is P. 0. Box 207, Grand Marais, Ml 48839.
TAPS: ERNEST P. BECK, G Co of Pine Grove, PA, died December 14, 2006 at the VA Medical Center of Lebanon, PA where he had been ill for about five years.  ERNIE came to the 508th in Nottingham, shortly before D-Day.  He jumped in Normandy and served throughout our time in Europe.  His name is on the 1945 Roster in Frankfurt, Germany as a sergeant.  Sgt ERNEST BECK was proud to have served his country as a paratrooper in the 508th.  He never had a chance to go to any reunions but he was Airborne All the Way.
Condolences may be sent to ERNIE'S widow MRS. WINIFRED BECK, Water Bridge of Pine Grove, 24 Hicks Hollow Rd, Pine Grove, i PA 17963.  This information came by phone from HARRY FESSLER ! of Pine Grove, PA.
HARRY is very proud of his home town of Pine Grove, population of , less than 2,000, which produced 5 paratroopers who made the D-Day 1 jump into Normandy: HARRY's brother JOHN FESSLER, 507/82.  I RUSSELL BROWN, 505/82, ROY (JOSH) ZERBE 506/101, RALPH I ZERBE 502/101 and our own ERNEST BECK.
TAPS: JAMES O. PEEK, B Co, died February 9, 2007.  JAMES was one of the original cadre members sent to Camp Blanding to help turn raw recruits into a well trained fighting regiment.   JAMES was on one of those Red Ball Express trucks that transported us from Camp Sissonne, France to Werbomont, Belgium.  As they neared Werbomont in the middle of the night on a curvy mountain road, one of the trucks turned over and rolled on top of the troopers who were packed tightly in the open bed truck.  PEEK was among the injured.  He spent many months in several hospitals recovering from his injuries.
Condolences may be sent to JAMES' widow: Mrs. BETTY PEEK, 102WFinleyAve,Apt 302, Ottumwa, IA 525014657 (Reported by JIM  SMITH.)
March in the footsteps of the 82, with emphasis on the 508th, Feb 17: EMILE LACROIX reported that there were over 1,000 marchers.  GRAHAM LAWSON e-mailed that he had just gotten back from the march.  GRAHAM has another change of e-mail address.  It is GRAHAM508@SKY.COM.
Send news for column to
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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