2005 Biannual Reunion
August 15-19, 2005
If your move is going to disconnect you for a few days, you certainly ended with an explanation point. Bill Breuer said it like it was in glowing terms. Jan and I heard and appreciated the address at the time, but are grateful to Joe D. Miller for getting a copy and making it a part of our historical collection. If those who label themselves war heroes today deserve it, every man in our Combat Team deserves the Medal of Honor.
We trust your move is going smoothly and send our highest regards to your entire family who we know are participating.
Just wanted to drop a few lines to you to thank you for your wonderful mail call and for the 517th site. I haven't located anyone of Dad's old friends but he has opened up a little on his past. Still, nothing of the terrible times but he has brought out his pictures and we have gone through them and gotten commentary on where this one was from and that one. I also was surprised and pleased to see the Dec 1944 booklet and the 517th "history" that was approved for mail release in among his remembrances. In addition a mini parachute, complete with the straps and suspension retaining lines (about the size for a 2 year old child) was brought out! Even Mom was surprised at that, and this is after 58 years of marriage. Most of all, being able to share time with Dad and show him how proud I am of him and how grateful the nation is for all the sacrifices of our families. My brother served in Vietnam and my son in law is still in and has been in Korea, Bosnia, Iraq and elsewhere and they are all the same, quiet about themselves but proud of their country. The 517th site opened up many lines between all of them and myself, a priceless gift. I would also encourage everyone to check out the WWII memorial site and be sure they have their loved ones registered, a small way to thank and remember them for the future. Just showing the commemorative "plaque" they do for the soldier brought a smile to my Dad and for my Mom, one more thing to "put on the wall". Susan Scherer Clark (TSgt Roger B Scherer)
Entry of Sep 18, 2004 at 21:08 [EST]
How I found the 517th page: A friend told me
Comments: I am the daughter of a Navy mine-sweeper veteran of WWII. His name was Dale Anderson. HE WAS AN ELECTRICIAN ABOARD A WOODEN mine-sweeper. Much like the paratroopers his outfit went before the battleships clearing the harbors of deadly mines. I was born after the war, but am steadfast in my support of all veterans who put their lives on the line to protect my freedom. My hats off to ALL veterans. God bless all of you. Your valor creates my world. THANK YOU. Kathleen (Anderson) Norcutt Indianapolis, IN.
You are very welcome. I have always wanted to give kudos to veterans, but I've never been able to figure out how. I get very passionate when I think of all that changes when one serviceman volunteers to protect my freedom. ^The act of one person multiplies exponentially. Now if everyone would just realize the effect of their actions on the rest of the world.