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January 2010 (Volume 1)

     OCTOBER 2010 REUNION UPDATE – Coordinator host Jason Wolcott reports that he has been working with the Oklahoma City Visitors and Convention Bureau who are excited about the reunion and the fact that their city has been chosen to host the 508ers. The Visitor's Bureau is proving to be very helpful in arranging outings and other activities. Jason has bids out to several local hotels and promises to keep us apprised of his progress
     GET WELL WISHES - WALTER BARRETT is recovering from hip replacement surgery and doing well. Cards can be sent to Walter at 2841 Wesleyan Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27106-5847.
     DARRELL GLASS is recovering from back surgery. Cards can be sent to 1609 Mimosa Place; Fullerton, CA 92835.
OUTSTANDING CITIZEN – NORBERT STUDELSKA was named “Outstanding Citizen 2009” by the Grafton, Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. Festivities included a vocal performance by American Idol Finalist Danny Gokey.
     TAPS – Jason M. Johnston, 24, of Albion, N.Y.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.; died December 26 2009 in Arghandab, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Interment was in Mount Albion, NY with full military honors.
     Two other B Company Paratroopers were wounded in the attack and one of them was evacuated to Walter Reed Hospital while the other Paratrooper is recovering in a field hospital.
     Company I recently paid farewell to two of its veterans. FRANK J. SOSNOWSKI, 84, of Port Richey, FL, died November 15, 2009 following a massive heart attack. Tragically, His wife GRACE died just three weeks later. Both were laid to rest in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL.
FREDERICK GLADSTONE died on December 30, 2009 in Brunswick, GA. Funeral services were held on January 5, 2010 with interment in St. Andrews Cemetery in Darien, GA. Fred was 88 years of age.
     LOUIS MANION, 84, (Hq 2nd) passed away on November 4, 2009 in Louisville, KY. He is survived by wife of 63 years, MARTHA JEAN MANION. Condolences can be sent to her at 4716 Beech Dr., Louisville, KY 40216-3324.
     GOT BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING? Family and Friends Honorary Member, Emile Lacroix will be conducting his 28th annual “In the Footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division” march on February 20, 2010. This year’s route covers more than 20 miles and will emulate that of the 504th PIR and begins at the La Gleize Museum which features a Tiger tank on display.
     Emile, a Belgian citizen, has spent his entire adult life honoring the 82nd Airborne Division in the Ardennes. He is responsible for putting up nearly all the 82nd monuments there. If you have the stamina and want to experience some of the same terrain that the 508th fought in, this one is for you!
     SEARCHING - GARY NELSON, brother of LAWRENCE V. NELSON, Co F, sent a note describing how LAWRENCE had dropped into Normandy and Holland, then trucked into the Bulge where he was killed Jan 30, l945 somewhere near Menendorf. If anyone recalls where F Company was that day, or other pertinent details, please contact GARY NELSON, Box l46, Stanley, ND 58784 or call him at 701-629-1133.
     ANOTHER ADOPTION – The hearts of Europeans continue to embrace our war dead. Recently, Belgian-born Nathalie Hayes received the news that her request for adoption of a grave in Henri Chapelle had been processed. She has been named as caretaker of the grave of PVT CLABORN A. STEELE. PVT STEELE, a member of Company A, was killed in action on 8 January 1945.
     NATHALIE’S brother, DOMINIQUE POTIER, an ex-paratrooper in the Belgian Army, is especially pleased with this assignment as he is a great Friend of the 508th and a constant source of 508th research updates.
     NATIONAL CHAIRMAN HONORED – Although not a parachutist himself (“We Air force people are taught to stay ‘inside’ the aircraft”, he says), Dick O’Donnell has been made the first honorary member of the 508th Airborne Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. Dick is grateful for the efforts of Chapter Chairman Ken Hamill for his efforts to get this honor accorded by his Association and the 82nd Association as well.


Dick O’Donnell
760 Conestee Drive

Melbourne, FL 32904
PH: (321) 759-6174
e-mail: Jumpmaster@508PIR.org

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