July 9 thru July 13
Sorry to share sad news but my good
friend, Calvin Johns of Godfrey,Il has passed away with cancer this
week. Cal was in D CO of the 517. His last reunion was
in St Louis this past year. Please include his wife
Nadine and the Johns family in your prayers.
With sad regard Allen Jeffcoat
good to hear from you Ben! Glad to hear you are back home. Don't try to do
too much too quickly. Btw, thank you for the great support for my Father's
birthday. We had a great time and he really enjoyed hearing from his
comrades in the 517th. It was a great evening replete with an Irish Band,
open Bar and good friends to share it with him. Best wishes,
Can you link En France Tours in Mail Call and on the
website? They're the ones doing the tour this summer -
That, you, dear Ben, are back "on
the job" and feeling well.
I wanted to be just like you....so, I went to the
hospital on Tuesday
and I had some stones removed from my bile duct.
you plan on going to P.S.? Joe and I will try to be there for
at least a
couple of days.
Take good care of yourself, we need you.
Praise the Lord, Ben! You
have been greatly missed.
I am hoping and praying to make the
national, as well as France reunions, this year.
RE: Mail Call #1736 dated 05Mar2009
Message from Daniel Steinberg as to his
grandfather Sgt Daniel F. Bellonio of "B" Bty 460th Prct FA Btn
Daniel, my name is Richard
H. Wheeler of "B" Bty 460th Prct FA Btn. I have three (3) pages I've written
about our Sgt Daniel F. Bellonio. Please contact me at:
Ben, in going through material Clark Archer had sent to me I
found this map of the Dragoon Drop Zones and the Legends that I believe Clark
added describing the various serials that jumped, where their departure fields
were located, and where they actually landed on D-Day. There is a wealth of
information contained in this map and I feel it may refresh some old memories
and certainly will aid children in understanding where their Father's landed and
a better perspective of the entire action. It certainly is a tribute to the
ability of Clark Archer in recording the 517th's history and preserving this
important historical record. By the way, when Howard mentions that the 3rd
Battalion landed a good ways from the intended DZ, he was right. In fact it
looks like a lot of them didn't even make this map! I digitized the map in a low
resolution PDF so I could send to you. I also have a very high resolution copy
of the map that takes over 300MB. At some point I will figure out how to convert
this to a JPG and will send it along.
Gilles I am copying you as I think
your re-enactment group will find this information very useful. I hope it
contributes to your understanding of the invasion and the role of the Airborne
element. I am pretty sure this material was prepared by Clark Archer, who was
the official historian of the 517th and a damned good