Zig Boroughs is now officially the 508 Man of the Year. Don Lassen of Static Line honored Zig at the 30th Annual Reunion of the 508 PIR Association’s reunion held in October 2004 at Gainesville, Florida. As many readers are well-aware, Zig has devoted a great portion of his time and energy over many years to preserving the history of the 508.
On November 9, 2004, in the Arlington National Cemetery, George Stoeckert HQ1 and Russell Mayer HQ2, accompanied by Richard C. Becker, 82nd Airborne Division Association President, the division color guard, and bugler, placed a wreath at the 508th PIR monument and at the grave of 1st Sgt. Leonard Funk’s grave.
Michael Vilhauer, nephew of Lou Spera (who was killed in a loading accident at Fulbeck Field in England, September 2, ’44), is searching for as much information as he can find about his uncle and the circumstances of his death.
Chet Graham HQ2 informs me his company and members of “H” Company are planning a mini-reunion March 11-13 (Friday through Sunday), 2005, in Tucson, Arizona. Details will be made available as they are received.
Readers of the 508 PIR Newsletter interested in purchasing 508 patches and crests, there is information available in the final newsletter that recently arrived in your mailboxes (or will soon be arriving) about additional supplies of 508-related memorabilia.
An unofficial, unadvertised mini reunion was held on Saturday, December 11, at the home of Ellen Peters. Ellen, a long-time friend of the late Worster Morgan (HQHQ) and his widow, Lynn, invited Lynn, Francis Williamson (D Company) and his family, Deborah Abraham (daughter of the late Robert Abraham, HQHQ) and her husband, Rob Gawel, to a Christmas gathering at her home.
Francis described some of his experiences in Normandy, including being with the group of 508ers when Gen. Falley was killed on the morning of D-Day and the challenges he faced being held a POW for eight months after being captured on June 11, ’44.
Though this was a small gathering of 508ers, the spirit of the regiment was palpable, and a “devilish” time was had by all.
Lucille Shanley, widow of the late Tom J.B. Shanley (HQHQ) reports it is now possible for veterans of WWII to have their names (and photographs, if so desired) added to the World War II Registry of Remembrances, which will be accessible on site at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Those interested in registering WWII veterans can register by mail by writing to:
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