517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team
517th Soldier's Stories
(See also "Friendlies" Page for More Web Sites)
(See also "Meet the Troopers" for personal histories)
|Soldier||Unit||Biography||Other Stories in the News|
|Alvin Adelman||F Co.||"Councilman was Army Pathfinder in WWII", obituary listing from the Toldeo (Ohio) Blade|
|Lt. John A. "Boom Boom" Alicki||HQ Co.; 3rd Battalion Demo Platoon||Biography of Boom Boom Alicki||
John A. "Boom Boom" Alicki
on the WWII Memorial Registry
Jack E. Anderson
Jack E. Anderson
-- from the Legion of Valor Museum (Fresno, CA) web site
Sgt. Wilford C. Anderson
|C Co.||Sgt. Wilford C. Anderson, recipient of Distinguished Service Cross -- from the Legion of Valor web site|
|Ralph Antrim||R Hq.||Ralph Antrim|
|Ben Barrett||H Co.||
|Just wanted to stick my Dad's picture in here somewhere -- BB|
|Dave Barry||Service Co.||
Battle of the Bulge veterans remember epic WWII battle
from Centre Daily Times, State College, PA
|Sgt. Ralph G. Bickford||A Co.||Memorial site for Sgt. Ralph G. Bickford on the Band of Brother (Netherlands) website.|
|PFC Melvin E. Biddle||B Co.||
|E.W. "Bill" Bolin||C Co.||
The Liberation of Bergeval by Bill Bolin, Co C, 517th PRCT
The Battle of the Bulge in the Salm River valley
Col. William J. Boyle
|HQ/1||Col. William J. Boyle, recipient of Distinguished Service Cross -- from the Legion of Valor web site|
|E Co.||Autobiography of Eugene L. Brissey||Albuquerque,
New Mexico resident - WWII Regimental Combat - Gene
Brissey - to Speak at Ramada Express (October 26, 2000)
[Well, it turns out the the
Lost a Dog Tag?" story previously included here was
is just a bit too shortened and embellished by the author.
Fortunately, we have received the whole story, just as
interesting, from Gene Brissey himself. -- B.B.]
Capt. Joe Broudy
Please go to webshots.com and view the album
to see pictures of my dad Joe Broudy, A company.
- Bruce Broudy
|Joe David Brown||460th PFAB||
Lt. Joe David Brown,
HQ Co. 460 PFAB
Joe David Brown was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1915. In his twenties he worked as a reporter at newspapers across the country. When World War II came, he left his job at the New York Daily News and signed up with the paratroopers, where he became a forward observer with the 460th PFAB, and was eventually awarded a battlefield commission, the Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre with palm. In 1950 he resumed his career by joining Time-Life, where he became a foreign correspondent. His many books include "Paper Moon", "Kings Go Forth", and "Stars in My Crown", all made into major motion pictures. He died in 1976.
"Kings Go Forth", originally called "Combat Mission", is the story of an American GI (Lieutenant) stationed in Nice during 1944, shortly after the invasion of Southern France. Hmm.
|Pfc. Michael Bulino||596th PCEC||Story about
Pfc. Michael Bulino of the 596th
From the Schuylkill Republic Herald web site
Latinos and Latinas in Word War II: Fighting the good
From the U.S. Latinos and Latinas & WWII Oral History Project by the University of Texas
A Tribute to William McNeil Capp
by Carol Wellington
|Cpl. Albert J. Caraciolo||C Co.||
Albert J. Caraciolo page
from the Chester (PA)
County Hall of Heroes
see the monument in Logbierme, Belgium
|Sgt. Romeo John Castonguay||I Co.||
Sgt. Romeo John Castonguay
from the Ranger Hall of Fame
Master Sergeant Romeo John Castonguay
|PFC Henry A. Ciner||R HQ Co.||From MacLean Lunko, Johnstown, PA: "My Great Uncle was in the Military Police 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team during WWII. He was killed in combat during Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France. He died 35 years before I was born, and somehow, I look identical to him. Be sure to visit the Pfc. Henry Ciner Memorial Page."|
|Sgt. Randolph Coleman||F Co.||Biography of Randolph Coleman|
|Mervin J. Connors||HQ/1||Merv Connors was a star of the baseball minor leagues. From 1934 to 1953, he played eighteen seasons and over 2100 games in the minor leagues.|
|Houston Couch||Dr. Houston Couch Receives the 2003 USGA Green Section Award|
|Tom Cross||HQ/2 F Co.||
Designer of the Parachute Rigger badge from the Quartermaster Foundation Web site
Biography posted on the US Army Quartermaster Center web site.
|Frank Dallas||I Co.||
Airborne Soldier gets Silver Star
From the ArmyLINK News site
|Jesse Darden||460 - HQ Co||Autobiography of Jess Darden|
|PFC Fred Davalos||
Parachutist Kept Fighting After Losing Eye in Battle
from "The Golden Age for Mexican Americans", a latino archive from the University of Texas
|Pvt. Jessie K. Davis||B. Co.||Former paratrooper visits French villagers who rescued him during war; Sunday, June 18, 2000; Las Vegas Review-Journal|
|Leo P. Dean||RHq||
WWII Paratrooper makes 109th Jump during the 2008 West Coast Reunion of
Some news clippings about Leo Dean "falling through the clouds again".
SUNY Oswego Students Aid National History Project: Leo Dean interviewed
|Cpl. Albert P. Deshayes||G Co.||Cpl. Albert P. Deshayes, recipient of Distinguished Service Cross -- from the Legion of Valor web site|
George W. Dunaway
|Official biography from the Department of the
George Dunaway was a Platoon Sergeant with the 517th in January 1945.
Bio of George W. Dunaway, President of Chapter 51 of the Special Forces Association, Las Vegas NV.
"Former highest ranking soldier reflects on career" from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 15, 2002
|Cpl. Richard J. Eaton||A Co.||
Brigadier General Richard J. Eaton bio
from the Ranger Hall of Fame
|Malcolm Evans||A Co.||
Malcolm "Red" Evans
the University at Albany SUNY Veteran's Project
Also see his notes from the war-front in the alumni collection: Letter of March 14, 1945
|David E. Grange, Jr.||HQ/2||
PFC with the 517th, went on to become Commanding
General, Sixth U.S. Army
Biography from Wikipedia
|John Grant||460th PFAB||
Fate takes daughter on father's WWII European journey
Richmond County Daily Journal, May 1, 2004
|Hal Jeffcoat||F Co.||
Wartime, October 2007: Hal Jeffcoat
Hal Jeffcoat played 12 seasons in the major leagues, split roughly 50/50 between playing outfield and being a pitcher.
Lee Johnson of New
Smyrna Beach GA
Memorial Day 2004 at the dedication of the National WWII Memorial
Pvt. Edward J. Henry, Jr.
|F Co.||Pvt. Edward J. Henry, Jr. page from the Camden County War dead memorial site|
Lt. Howard E. Hensleigh
|HQ Co - 3rd Bn||Autobiography of Howard E. Hensleigh|
Hopes Letter Helps Him Find Friends"
from the San Angelo (TX) Times, January 8, 1996
|Lou Holzworth||R HQ Demo||"One
Heartbeat Away From Death"
Lou Holzworth (RHq Demo) recounts his Korean War experiences for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
|Mo Kunkel||HQ/1||An interview with Mo
From the Northwest Arkansas Morning News, Memorial Day 2001
William John "Bill" Lewis
|F Co.||Biography of Bill Lewis||Here is a copy of the obituary write-up for Bill Lewis, who recently passed away.|
Gordon Joseph Lippman
|HQ/1||Biography From South Dakotans who Gave Their Life in Service During the Vietnam War|
|2nd Lt. Eugene C. Markle||596th PEC||Tribute web site for
Gene Markle, set up by Gene's son, Steve Markle.
|Merle McMorrow||460 - C Battery||Autobiography of Merle McMorrow|
|Phil McSpadden||460th PFAB||Article about Phil
McSpadden, 460th PFAB
Daily Sun Newspaper of the Villages - The Villages, FL, November 2003
|Sgt. John G. "Buck" Miller||C Co.|
|2nd Lt. John H. Miller||I Co.||A
Tribute to Col. John H. Miller
(from the Congressional Record, US Senate - May 13, 1992)
Ed Big Ed Moehrke
|E Co.||Small quote from "Veterans
view new army" in the
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times, May 23, 1998
Also, some recollections from "As
You Were", a
compilation of accounts by members of the Badger State Chapter of the
82nd Airborne Division Association of their activities during World War
II. These documents were recently scanned in from letters on the the
history of the 82nd Airborne:
|Marvin D. Moles||D Co.||Biography of Marvin D. Moles||...and the Helmet story.|
|Robert L. Morris||E Co.||Bill Morris has set up a web page dedicated to his father, Bob Morris, who fought with the 517th PRCT, E Company from Camp Toccoa to Italy to Southern France to Germany. The site includes some pictures and stories.|
|James E. Mortensen||460 PFAB||Autobiography of James E Mortensen||
James E. Mortensen
from Jim's web site, http://www.n2hos.com/
Nichols - Honored for his Service
from Alleghany News, Sparta, NC Sept. 4 2003
knew he was in trouble when his chute didn't open"
Greg Oehm joined the 517th in January 1945
from the Florida Sun-Herald March 04, 2003
Oscar the Dummy
|From the US Army Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA, the story of Oscar the Dummy, who participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France.|
John M. Pastalenic
|H Co.||Autobiography of John M. Pastalenic|
PFC Nolan Powell
|C Co.||PFC Nolan Powell, recipient of Distinguished Service Cross -- from the Legion of Valor web site|
|C Co.||Some memories of Harlan Roberts
are included in "World
War II Veterans"
From Veterans of Marshall County, written by the students of Mr. Gary Rider, John Marshall High School, Glen Dale, West Virginia
Virgilio G. Roel
|Biography of Virgilio Roel, from "The Golden Age for Mexican Americans", a latino archive from the University of Texas|
Howard W. Ruppel
|F Co.||Part 1, Part 2 (pdf format)||Howard W. Ruppel's stories of
WWII, written in 1989, from the McMillan Memorial
Library, 490 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
The records are part of "As You Were", a compilation of accounts by members of the Badger State Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association of their activities during World War II. These documents were recently scanned in from letters on the the history of the 82nd Airborne.
Fayetteville Observer, December 29, 2008:
From the Junction City, KS Daily Union:
"Army's biggest booster rehabilitated its reputation" from the Fayetteville (NC) Observer, Oct 2, 2003
At Fort Bragg from the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times, June 18, 1998
9th Cavalry & 10th Cavalry Regiments Honorary Committee Member from the 9th-10th Calvary Regiment web site
From dropzone.org: The Strategic Capture of Hunnage (Task Force Seitz)
|H Co.||From the newsletter "WWII Musings", April
1995, here is text of the story of PFC Edward
Snyder's experience as a POW after being captured Dec. 27, 1944.
Taken from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Full copy of the WWII Musings newletter here.
|Dick Spencer III||HQ/3||biography of Dick Spencer||Dick Spencer is the
creator of the Battling Buzzards logo
From the University of Iowa website "A Bird in the Hand"
|Peter A. Sturgeon||3rd Battalion Demo Platoon||Peter A. Sturgeon was the founder of the American branch of Mensa and the older brother of noted American science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon.|
|Cpl. James Guy Turner||From:
The Fighting Men of Texas, Navarro County:
Cpl. James Guy Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Turner, Corsicana, born Apr. 20, 1925. Volunteered May 19, 1944. Assigned to Army, Airborne, team, 517th Combat (Parachute Inf. known as "Battling Buzzards") which fought with great valor during Ardennes Campaign. Served overseas Jan., 1945 to Aug., 1945, in E.A.M.E. Theater. Received ATO; E.A.M.E. with 3 Bronze Stars (France, Belgium and Germany); Airborne Combat Inf. Badge; Expert Rifleman's Badge; Presidential Citation; Purple Heart; Croix de Guierre. Was discharged Nov., 1945.
|Nacho Vasquez||HQ/3||Not Ready To Die - Autobiography of Nacho Vasquez||Nila Gott has edited this autobiography of
Ignacio (Nacho) Ramirez Vasquez.
Not Ready To Die is the life of a man spent trying to survive in the harsh New Mexico badlands during the 1930s. World War II took him into the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, where he made the famous Dragoon jump. The book contains stories of his survival.
|PFC Carl E. Votti||B Co.||
Carl Votti page
from: the Military Order of the Purple Heart
Texas Capital Chapter 1919 Austin, Texas
|LTC Louis A. Walsh, Jr.||HQ Co.||
Wassail" Prop Blast Bowl of The 517th Parachute Infantry
From the US Army Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA
Fred Richard Wampler
|Biography from the "Ultimate Family Tree" web pages|
|William T. Webb||HQ Co, 3rd Bn.||Autobiography of William T. Webb|
|Wayne R. Webb||HQ/2||Wayne R.Webb bio|
|Capt. Robert P. Woodhull||460th PFAB||
Robert P. Woodhull, 460th PFAB
from: Allied WWII Casualties in The Netherlands Remembered, a Tribute site from Stevin Oudshoorn, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
|Melvin Zais||Lt. Colonel Melvin Zais was second in command to Col. Rupert Graves. He went on to become Commanding General of the Third US Army.|
|PFC Corbin V. Zickefoose||HQ -HQ -1st Bat.||The Story of Corbin Zickefoose's Letters from France|
* Note: Some of these references are from large documents with little indexing. Therefore, if you want to find a specific reference within the text, such as references to the 517th, you will need to do a "Find" to search for a text string. To do a Find: After the page is loaded, go to the top menu bar of your browser and use the "Edit" command, then "Find", and do a search for the text, e.g. "517" (without the quotes).