Anne Valliere, we met at the Parachute jump at the Washington reunion -
thank you so much for all your work. I just wanted to tell you that my Uncle
Carroll Eckert passed away on Sunday, August 12th at 11:20PM in
York, Pennsylvania and
will be buried tomorrow, August 20th with graveside rites performed by the York
County Veterans Honor Guard at 11AM at the
Mount Rose Cemetery, 1502 Mt. Rose Avenue,
York, Pennsylvania. Etzweiler Funeral Home,
1111 East Market
Street, York is in
charge of the arrangements. www.etzweiler.com
tell you enough what the Reunion meant to him.
I believe, and his son, Scott believes that he stayed alive long enough to go to
the Reunion. You could see the happiness in his
eyes when he attended the Reunion, even though
he had been in the hospital many times over the last few months. He got to
talk to the other veterans and reminisce the war stories with
so excited that I found that he was mentioned in the book "Paratroopers'
Odyssey" on the top of page 80, not by name, but by actions, like so, "One man
who had been given up for dead crawled back after dark". Uncle Carroll crawled
back after making out he was dead, so the Germans wouldn't finish him off. He
crawled back after dark like they said - about 3 miles with wounds to his leg
and shoulder. I believe he told me that he was given 8 pints of
told me that he was shot and as he was falling to the ground, behind
him he saw Lieutenant Ridler get shot in the head. Uncle Carroll said that
he should have been gone then, so he was lucky to be alive today. He told me
that he never saw so much fire power.
want to thank you personally and everyone that he talked to on that day at the
Reunion - you all made him feel so good and he was so happy that everyone
remembered what the guys had done in World War II.
Camo painted helmet of the 517th Para Regimental Combat Team. It belonged
to Marvin Moles who jumped into Southern France on August 15, 1944. Camo paint
has been painted over the net
interest is the fact that this is a regular M-1 helmet with a rigger modified
chinstrap (two buckles and a chinbrace). Most helmets worn by the paratroopers
of the 517th in Southern France were altered like this due to a lack of M1C jump
Submitted by Jean Loup
Mickey Moses sent over these great pictures that I
thought I would share.
In addition, I have posted these to my photo
gallery with other 517/ 596 reunion photos for further sharing. They can
all be found here;
In addition, I have found pictures of the ship
Cristobal that I read that the 596 (and the 460) were transported to Europe in*.
They are here;
Hello Ben, some of us have been saluting without authority but now it is
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla..) today praised the
passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to
allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law
(US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in
uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether
they can or should salute the flag.
"The salute is a form of honor
and respect, representing pride in one's
military service," Senator Inhofe
said. "Veterans and service members
continue representing the military
services even when not in uniform.
"Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves
confusion as to whether veterans and
service members out of uniform can or
should salute the flag. My legislation
will clarify this regulation,
allowing veterans and servicemen alike to
salute the flag, whether they are
in uniform or not.
"I look forward to seeing those who have served
saluting proudly at baseball
games, parades, and formal events. I believe
this is an appropriate way to
honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in
the United States who have
served in the military and remain as role models
to others citizens. Those
who are currently serving or have served in the
military have earned this
right, and their recognition will be an
inspiration to others."
This Bill was passed July 25, 2007. Let
your veteran friends know about the
Passage of this
"On May 17th the troopers climbed the gangplanks for their great
adventure. The 517th boarded the former Grace liner Santa Rosa, while the 460th
and 596th loaded onto the Panama Canal ship Cristobal. "
From the map in the "Chronicle of the 517"
(Page 6) "Arrive 31 May, Bay of Naples , SS Cristobal, 460/596"