Friends and Family of the 508th PIR 2008 reunion is in its early
planning stages. CSM (Ret.) “ROCK” MERRITT will be hosting the affair.
Rock, a Fayetteville resident and honorary CSM for the present day 508th
has advised that the date will probably fall sometime around October
21st, the 66th anniversary of the regiment’s formation. The venue will
be Fort Bragg and by then the 508th will have returned from their
current deployment. The timing will allow for a great get-together of
veterans, olds and new. Pencil that date in on your calendars and stay
tuned for further news!
BARRY CARUSO is
seeking information on his father JAMES JOSEPH CARUSO (F Company). SSGT
CARUSO won the Bronze Star Medal but didn’t talk very much about his
exploits in the war. That chapter may be forever closed as he made his
Final Jump some time ago. If anyone can help Barry to learn more about
his father’s war-time service, please e-mail him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
LUUD GORISSEN of the
Netherlands writes: “I’ve adopted the grave of EDWARD TRYBULOWSKI, Staff
Sergeant, 508 PIR. He is buried in American Cemetery, Margraten. He
entered the service from Illinois. He died 23 Sept 1944. I have no
further information of this Paratrooper. Can anyone give me more
information? Please give this White Cross a human face to remember and
honor. Thanks to all these brave soldiers, God Bless. E-mail Ludd at
JOHN J. GERARD,
80, August 24, 2001 in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Gerard was awarded the
ROBERT V. BARBIAUX,
86, March 18, 2006 in New Kensington, Mr. Barbiaux was also awarded the
MABEL L. GOUDY 82,
of Williamstown, WV passed away Monday November 5, 2007 at Marietta
Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband
WILLIAM BRICE GOUDY (HQ 1st) who left us in November 2006.
attended Williamstown High School then Marietta High School, she was a
Civil Defense Volunteer in the 50's, was a member of the 1st Baptist
Church, the 508th Paratroopers Women’s Auxiliary and was a volunteer at
Marietta Memorial Hospital for 25 years.
She is survived by
daughters- LOIS GOUDY ANDREWS (BILL) of Phoenix, AZ, PATRICIA GOUDY
VARNER (JOHN) of Williamstown, WV, JO (JODY) GOUDY and SUSAN KAY SHEPARD
both of Marietta, OH, 8 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, three
sisters and a brother.
DENNIS RUDDY, nephew of
CAPTAIN GERARD RUDDY (HQ 1st, KIA, D-Day) and family members attended
the Army-Navy Football game on December 1st. Dennis is ex-Army himself
while his wife MARY is a Navy veteran. It must have made for some
interesting sideline commentary. It was amplified by the presence of
their daughter, CAPTAIN BRONWYN STALL (USA) and her husband ALEC.
Bronwyn is a jump-qualified West Pointer and a medical doctor. She is
currently posted in the Washington, DC area serving her internship
rotating between Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Medical
Center in Bethesda, MD and the National Institutes of Health.
after Navy trounced Army for the record-setting sixth straight time, we
figure Mary is lording it over Dennis and he is on another year of KP
and Barracks detail.
(daughter of LT. GEORGE GURWELL HQHQ), and husband JACK are members of a
National Trophy Infantry Team firing M1 Garands.
team, the “GCA Blind Hogs”, recently captured first place in a match
held in Camp Perry, OH.
Susan and Jack
became interested in the history and use of the M1 because of her
father’s service. If you attended the 30th Reunion in October 2004 in
Gainesville, FL will remember that Sue and Jack brought a few M1
specimens for examination and photo ops.
By the way, Susan’s
daughter, 1ST LT. KRISTEN DODDS, just completed a 12-month tour in Iraq
and hopes to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps by completing jump
ex-505th and now a teacher, says that his 140 students have adopted a
508th Platoon. You can too by going to http://www.adoptaplatoon.org.
That site also has a number of related links to programs such as MOMS
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