Vol. 3, No. 6 & 7, Jan., 1947
Published Monthly at 522 Walnut Street
, Mamaroneck, N. Y. by and for the Veterans of the 106th Infantry Division, by the 106th Infantry Division Association, a District of Columbia Non-Profit Corporation.
Officers of the Association
Elected 16 September 1945 Camp Lucky Strike, St Valerie-en-Caux, France
David S. Price, President 331 Med. Bn.
James Connell, Vice-President G-2 DHQ
H. B. Livesey, Jr., Sec.-Treas. CWS DHQ
Duward B. Frampton, Jr. 422 Reg
John L. Hall 423 Reg
Victor Ladyka Divarty
William Perlman 424 Reg
H. B. Livesey, Jr. Editor
Please address all communications to the Association, Box 321 Mamaroneck.
So help us, we've tried, we've tried. But every month the Cub has fallen further back in timing. The pressure here has the staff going quietly mad. It's good stuff, everybody writing in, the annual reunion for New York City, the Division History, etc., but we're falling behind in our knitting. This combined with the frantic conditions prevailing in the printing industry (everyone and his brother seem to be founding new magazines) has resulted in the CUB being just two months behind time no we're combining the January and February issues and hoping that in the future we can have it in your hands by the first of each month. This issue is twice the usual size of the CUB so in quantity at least you aren't out anything. If we can just get out from under the load here at Assn CP we'll try to improve the quality too. Lord knows there's room for it.
Relaxing for a minute, it sure is satisfying the way the CUB has been received. Hundreds of letters from all over the world, many of them not even in the Assn have spoken highly of it. And not damning with faint praise either. Only one was critical and that only, mildly so. But don't let us get smug about it: it's your magazine not ours. If anything is not to your liking just give us a good crawling and we will meekly correct things (reserving the usual GI right however of mumbling under our breaths the usual thoughts on the ancestry of the guy doing the crawling.)
Judging by the replies to the questionnaires at the New York meeting, Indianapolis is almost universal choice for the annual reunion, and the time, summer, so the reunion can be taken in by everyone on his vacation including the GI students, who can't very well skip classes any other time. If you have different ideas, make them known at once to Assn CP as we are starting negotiations now. There'll be one disappointment, Camp Atterbury is folding up as an army post and before summer will have been turned over to the Indiana state guard. We may have a chance however to use it or at least inspect it, and enlarge on our sufferings there in the kitchens and infiltration course to the little woman or girlfriend.
One surprising thing on the questionnaire was the large number of those replying who wanted a convention of a week or more duration. We'd figure here on one to three days. Is this wish universal? Seems apparently as though those no replying wanted to spend the usual two weeks' vacation driving there, staying there and then home. Might not be a bad idea at that. A bunch of the boys taking over a section at Brown County' State Park for a week, or a cottage at Lake Wausaukee, or side trips to the, Indiana dunes on Lake Michigan, might not be no bad. Or maybe even spending all the time in Indianapolis, although personally doesn't sound too hot, or rather too damned hot. At any rate drop a line to on here and give as your ideas. Arranging an affair like this takes a lot of time.
Following is a breakdown of membership in the Association as it stands to date:
Cubs Renew Old Friendships at First Reunion on
Second Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
Monday evening, 16 December 1946, the Veterans of the 106th in the New York metropolitan area met in the Iceland Restaurant at Broadway and Fifty Second Street to renew old acquaintances and refight the Battle of the Bulge. With a good representation of their better halves, 201 CUB's showed up, comfortably filling over half of the large room.
As they entered, Secretary Livesey and Mrs. O'Donnell were presiding at the desk piled high with copies of the CUB, the Stars and Stripes booklets, copies of the Camp Atterbury picture history for sale and boxes of Division lapel buttons. Behind the desk were letters and bulletins from GI's who wanted to be present and couldn't, and situation maps as of just two years ago, which attracted heated discussions all during the evening.
Entering the room, a huge four foot drawing of the Golden Lion looked down benignly on all, and signs at regular intervals marked the rallying points of all the units of the Division.
At seven thirty, the bugle called attention and in marched the famous color guard of the First Army and as luck would have it one of them was wearing the Golden Lion on his right shoulder. The national anthem was followed with a prayer by Captain (Chaplain) Lundy for those we left behind on the fields of Belgium.
President Dave Price, who made a special trip from Albany, welcomed the Vets and introduced the Guests of Honor.
GENERAL JONES AND STANLEY FRANK GUESTS OF HONOR
General and Mrs. Jones and Stanley Frank, author of the 106th article in the Saturday Evening Post were the guests of honor at the President's table together with Colonel and Mrs. Stout, and Secretary and Mrs. Livesey.
The rest of the evening was given over to getting acquainted all over again, following an hour's sparkling show on ice, "Winter Wonderland".
THE PRESIDENT'S TABLE
Left a Right: Mrs. H. B. Livesey, Mrs. Alan Jones. Colonel Stout. General Jones, Sec'y. Livesey, Mrs. Stout, Pres. Dave Prim
HIGHLIGHTS AND SIDELIGHTS
Lt. Col. Joe Mathews, Exec Officer of the 422 was present having come all the way from Carlisle Barracks before leaving for a tour of duty in Japan.
Col. Mathews and General Jones
No session of this kind would be complete without Lt. Mac McNulty of Special Services rendering "Rifle Belts and Bayonets" so he did. The Emcee announced that it was the "family" version but recognizable anyway.
The war most be over, Col. Stout was actually caught starting two juicy rumors.
Capt. Souers of the 81st Eng (C) Bn came all the way from Ohio. Sure seemed good to see his friendly grin again.
Questionnaires left at each table asked when and where the annual reunion should be held. Hasn't been tabulated yet but looked almost unanimous for August in Indianapolis. So did the question as to whether there should be a New York City Post.
Wes Hermance and his pretty wife were present from faraway Jersey and announced a little Hermance should report for duty late spring.
Whittemore & Co., who make the lapel button sent some samples of what they call "frat pins". Division insignia with chain guards with branch of service attached.
Captain Willment, Secretary of the 75th Inf Div Ass'n was an interested pest.
General Jones is going to need a new arm at the Annual reunion. He was kept busy signing autographs and pictures.
Sorry But These 106ers Got Away Without Giving Their Names
Telegrams and letters were received as follows:
TERRIBLY SORRY I CAN'T BE WITH YOU.
PLEASE GIVE CHRISTMAS GREETINGS
AND WARMEST REGARDS TO THOSE PRESENT.
BRIG. GEN. HERBERT T. PERRIN
KENYON COLLEGE, GAMBIER, OHIO
JUST LEAVING ON TRIP STOP IMPOSSIBLE
MAKE DINNER. HOLIDAY GREETINGS.
BEST WISHES TO GEN. JONES AND ALL. PRESENT
COL. LEO T. McMAHON
Sam Leibowitz, 645 E. 5th Street, Brooklyn 18, N. Y.: "Had a most enjoyable time Monday evening. It sure was a treat to see some of the old gang."
William P. Dohoney, 1429 Berryhill Street, Harrisburg, Pa.: "According to the calendar, the Division is having a meeting tonight in N. Y. Due to my student duties at the U. of P. Dental School (Phila.) it was impossible for me to arrange to be there. I'm wishing the best of luck however and hope to be able to make the next reunion."
Secretary Lou O'Donnell at the Information Desk
Herbert R. Warner, 117 Van Wagenen Avenue, Jersey City 6, N. J.: "Received your invitation to the reunion but am sorry to say it came too late. If I had received it sooner I would have been able to make arrangements to attend. I would like to suggest that next year you-get the invites out a little earlier. Hope everyone who did get to attend had a wonderful time."
Howard B. Siegrist, 439 College Street, Burlington, Vermont: "Sorry, but I can't make it this time since exams come up the same time as the Reunion. However, I hope to be able to make the next one. If possible, next time have the Reunion at some date that will allow men that are at college to make it. Thanks."
Cadet Bill Schlosser, USMA, West Point, N. Y.: "I certainly regret that I'll be unable to attend the reunion. You probably know Cadets rarely spend weekends away from the Academy but I'll pour congratulations and best of luck into this letter to you and the rest of the boys. I know you'll all have a swell time. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too!"
Edward L. Cruisius, P. O. Box 1510, Montgomery, Ala.: "I'd give anything to be able to attend! But impossible at this time of year—so instead give the price of two tickets to the Fund. P. S. Hope someone shoots the same amount of bull that I would!"
Charles A. Matson, Deertrail, Colo.: "I can't make the Reunion but want a ticket."
Robert J. Clark, Kirkland C-22, Harvard University, Cambridge 38, Mass.: Second Squad, Weapons Platoon
Co A 423 Inf, 106 Div Conv.
A very domineering schedule of classes and labs keeps me up here in Boston this weekend, instead of down in New York having a whale of a good evening. I will be in New York the Saturday evening before Christmas for the next six years, to if the matter comes up, cast my vote accordingly. Since most of us are either working now or will soon tie ourselves down to a job, I think the idea of adhering to the 16th of December should be abandoned in favor of the nearest weekend.
I should very much appreciate a circular letter written up at the convention concerning the present activities, heroism, etc. of all the Co. A men who were in before Dec. 19. Does anyone have Lt. William Burgesses address? Who knows if First Sgt. Causland was successful in his getaway attempt?
As for myself: Stalag IVB, Bad Orb, until April 2. Flown to Billings, General Hospital, Indianapolis (same as ever) via Rouen, Paris, and New York. Hit the states the last day of April and was discharged from the hospital July 23, 1945, unserviceable for combat. Started in with the spring term this year here at Harvard on a pre-medical course. I am now finishing my sophomore year. Since getting out I have seen Jack Arbour of Worcester, Mass., John 'Fellows of Canton, Ohio, and Norm Henne of Pittsburgh, from our Co.; Donald Candy of LaGrange, Ill., and Ray Campbell of Akron, Ohio, from the Medical Detachment. Henne is working in a steel mill and the rest are back in college. I also went to LaGrange, Ill. to visit the family of Ralph Leavitt. They would be very glad to hear from the gang both as a group and individually. Write E. T. Leavitt, 522 N. Spring Ave., LaGrange, Ill. Were there any other men from A Co. that didn't make it back–
The time has come for the men of Stalag IVB to agitate for the Congressional Medal of Honor for 1st Lt. Joshua P. Sutherland of Haysi, Va. I'm sure that all the men of IVB will agree that his service as medical officer at the prison was much more heroic and much further beyond the call of duty than any battlefield hero. Let's show him our appreciation and America what a real hero is. Our Division has proclaimed itself as a veteran's organization which believes we should strive in peace to win the victory we fought in battle the right to fight for. Should not one of our Medal of Honor men he a soldier who fought to save lives at the risk of his own health and safety? Make speeches. Sign petition. Get stories in the papers. A Co. must start the ball rolling.
As Finnegan would say
(signed) Bobo Clark
P.S. My vote for a national convention is Indianapolis in August or September. We took the heat once, we can take it again, and maybe get our feet warm for the same price.
The following list of those attending the Reunion is incomplete because more than 25 tickets were sold at the door and in the mad rush no record was kept of the names:
Alan W. Jones—Major General (Retired) former Division Commander, 3532 Quebec SL N.W., Washington 16, D.C.
Peter J. McNulty—former LL Special Services, 308 W. 58th SL, New York, N. Y.
Division Headquarters Company
William E. Prall, 58 Taylor Road, Franklin, N. J.
Ernest E. Schneider, 21 Fountain Place, New Rochelle, N. Y.
I & E
W. J. Donovan, c/o Lydia O'Leary Inc. 551 Fifth Ave., New York, N. Y.
Chemical Warfare Service
Herbert B. Livesey, Jr.—Lt. Col. (Res.) CWS, Sec'y-Tress of 106th Inf Div Ass's, 522 Walnut Street Mamaroneck, N. Y.
Wesley S. Hermance, 80 Tappan Avenue, Belleville 9, N. J.
Donald F. Pfaff, 35 Beverly Road, Great Neck, N. Y.
Colonel Robert P. Stout, 248 Monterey Avenue, Pelham 65, N. Y.
422 Infantry Regiment
Joseph DeChiara, 197 Navy Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Richard Gallichio, 627 Wales Avenue, Bronx 55, N. Y.
Lt. Col. Joseph C. Matthews, Executive Officer 422, Western Blvd Rt. 4 Raleigh, N. C.
Anthony J. Marino 210 E. 39th St. Brooklyn 3, N. Y.
Hq Co 1st Bn
Bernard Brivic, 2198 Cruger Avenue, Bronx 60, N. Y.
Hq Co 3d Bn
Bert Ruthauser, 85 E. Mosholu Parkway, Bronx 67, N. Y.
Raymond F. Maguire, 218 W. 67th St., New York 23, N. Y.
Ertiest Gerhardt, 69 Potter Ave., New Rochelle, N. Y.
Waldo B. Pierce, 530 East St., New Britain, Conn.
George P. LoCascio, 651 W. 190th St.,, New York 34, N. Y.
Albert J. Macaluso, 43 Henry St., New York 2, N. Y.
Murray A. Miller, 457 Schenectady Ave., Brooklyn. N. Y.
423 Infantry Regiment
Rev. Robert A. Lundy, 235 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood. N. J.
Richard P. Gallagher, 12 Rosemont Road, North Weymouth, Mass.
Nicholas S. Amico, 1440 Greene Ave., Brooklyn 27, N. Y.
Joseph P. Pirrone, 666 E. 181st St., Bronx 57, N. Y.
Regt. Hq Co
Gordon B. Zicker, Woodcliff Lake, N. J.
William J. Devine, 175 Pinehurst Ave., New York 33, N. Y.
Edward Lasher 15 Willett St., New York, N. Y.,
Hq Co 2nd Bn
Matthew J. Giuffre, 75 St. Mark's Pl., New York 3. N. Y.
Louis Denenberg 737 2d Ave., New York 16, N. Y.
Hq Co 3d Bn
Joseph Middelberg, 6901 21st Ave., Brooklyn 4, N. Y.
Jerome L. Frankel, 158 Dahill Road, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Edward J. Vecchione, Jr., 108 65th St., West New York, N. J.
Donald R. Martinson, 86 Union St., East Lynn. Mass.
Edmond D. Kelly 12 Fairway Ave. Belleville, N. J.
Aaron Friedman, 192 Lexington Ave. New York, N. Y.
John F. Duffy., 36.19 167th St., Flushing, N.Y.
424 Infantry Regiment
Samuel Leibowitz, 645 E. 5th St., Brooklyn 18, N. Y.
M. F. Cunningham, 1525 E. 52nd St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Sol Levine, 214 Legion St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
G. Walter LaBorie, 140 Cabrini Blvd., New York 33, N. Y.
Loren E. Souers, Jr., 1612 27th Street N.W., Canton. Ohio
Joseph S. Negyesi, 51 Southfield Ave., Stamford, Conn.
George W. Schwille, Room 1200 44 Wall Street, New York, N. Y.
James O'Keefe, 2715 Grand Concourse, Bronx, N. Y.
W. Bradford Hawes, 47-17 59th Pl., Woodside, L. I., N. Y.
John J. Taylor, Cedar Brook B.D. #2, Princeton, N. J.
Paul Kovalevich, 945 Amsterdam Ave., New York 25, N. Y.
Sol Kravitz, 350 Madison St., New York 2. N. Y.
Hq Co 2d Bn
Wm. H. Flynn, 44 First St., E. Norwalk, Conn.
Paul A. Cuozzo, 952 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 5. N. Y.
Henry Carrizzo, 63 Garfield Pl. Brooklyn, 15, N. Y.
Clarence J. Ruth, 1728 W. Allegheny. Ave., Philadelphia 32, Pa.
Irwin C. Smoler, 910 Grand Concourse, New York, N. Y.
Clinton H. Wilber, 214 Bergen Place, Red Bank, N. J.
Charles S. Lasky, 150-50 Coolidge Ave., Jamaica 2, N. Y.
Jay C. Hirsch, 423 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn 24, N. Y.
John J. Gribbin, Jr., 667 E. 163rd St., Bronx, N. Y.
Alfred T. Mauro, 198 Elizabeth St., New York 12, N. Y.
Albert C. Erickson, Box 4 Cut Spring Road, Stratford, Conn.
Ed. Marcinkoski, Prospect St. R-1, Hempstead, N. Y.
LeRoy A. Desmond, Jr., 137 Fair St., Wallingford. Conn.
James T. Stuart, 119 Gem Ave., Bridgeport, Conn.
Robert A. Gilmartin, 3320 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn 3. N. Y.
Herbert Rosenfeld, 1559 Ocean Pkway, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Richard DeHeer, 196 Central Ave., Bogota, N. J.
Max Handelman, 635 E. 49th St. Brooklyn, N. Y.
Harry F. Martin. Jr., 10 Craig Place, No. Plainfield. N. J.
George Levine, 748 Miller Ave., Brooklyn. N. Y.
Bob Tatje, 63 Stockholm St. Brooklyn. N. Y.
Joseph S. Horod, 260 E. 10th St., New York 3, N. Y.
589th FA In
H. Carter Heller, 1940 N. Broad St., Philadelphia 21, Pa.
J. Di Giorgio, 183 Passaic St., Garfield, N. J.
Richard H. Ehmer, 318 E. 6th St., New York 3, N. Y.
Louis Aronowitz, 881 Fox Street, Bronx 59, N. Y.
Edwin D. Humphrey, 40 Colonial Pkway, Dumont, N. J.
Thomas M. Kolas, 1506 University Ave., Bronx 52. N. Y.
Edward M. Brown, 618 Chester St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
590th FA Bn
Herbert J. Friedman, 19 William St., Mount Vernon, N. Y.
Michael Konival, 314-16 E. 9th St., New York 3, N. Y.
Robert Ettinger, 144 E. 40th St., Brooklyn 3, N. Y.
591st FA Bn
Martin M. Dolitsky 134 N. Main Street Port Chester, N. Y.
Robert Scherer, Oweno Road, Mahwah, N. J.
331st Med Bn
Irwin Neigus, M. D., 499 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn 26, N. Y.
Abraham Kaplan, 2357 E. 17th St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
David S. Price, President of 106th Inf. Div. Ass'n, 237 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 3, N. Y.
106th Sig Co
Irving Kessler, 69 Dewey St., Newark 8, N. J.
Seymour H. Zorn, 158-18 Riverside Dr. W., New York, N. Y.
M. P. Platoon
Charles E. Kortlang, 152 Menahan St., Brooklyn 21, N. Y.
Frank R. Boyd R.D. #1, Dover, N. J.
Louis S. LeTellier, Jr., 258 Ryerson St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
81st Eng (C) Bn
Claude R. Brewer, 36 Grant Street, Englewood, N. J.
Thomas J. Catanio, 161 Lafayette Ave., Dumont, N. J.
F CO 424 NOT K TOOK ENNAL
Editor "The Cub"
First I wish to add my congratulations to the many that you must have received concerning the founding of the 106th Association. It is a great and wonderful thing. If the Association lives up to the reputation that the Division had it will truly be great.
I noticed in your last issue that Lt. Col. Jerome G. Taylor mentions a correction concerning the town of Ennal where he says Co. F took the town also. I call this to your attention in connection with a story in the Saturday Evening Post where the writer says that Gen. Perrin had to lead two platoons from Co. K and in doing so he lost his pistol.
The point, that I as the Company Commander of Company K, wish to make, is first that my company was not given that objective to take. and second it would not have been necessary for Gen. Perrin or anyone else for that matter to lead the Spearhead Company. We were a team. At that time when Co. F was to take Ennal, Co. K was detailed to protect the left flank of the 2nd Bn 424th Inf. from counter-attack northeast of Collee. We were in contact with Co. E at all times until relieved.
The reason I bring this to your attention is that it hurts my pride to even think that a superior officer would have to come down to lead Co. K 424th Inf. the best outfit in the Division. (At least we thought so.) Can you please see to it that in future publications that this error is corrected? I think that if Gen. Perrin were contacted he would bear me out that he led Co. F into Ennui.
/s/ Richard J. Comer
Richard J. Comer
Ex-Commander Co. K 424th Inf.
Mr. Herbert B. Livesey, Jr.
It is with deep concern that I write to you in reference to a gross error made on behalf of my former company—Company F, 424th Infantry. Is two publications, the small 106th Division pamphlet, and the recent article in the Saturday Evening Post, Company K was credited with capturing the town of Ennal, Belgium.
This is indeed an error. I was with General Perrin and Colonel Reid while leading one of the platoons through the left part of town while Lt. Lawrence had the other platoon through the right side of town. I was standing next to Colonel Reid when the Colonel was wounded through both legs and personally dressed his wounds. I was with the General through this entire action. Two of my men were killed and several were wounded. I was wounded myself, and later while at the Division Clearing Station, I dictated and signed a Citation that helped to give the General the Distinguished Service Cross.
This was Monday. PM, 15th of January, 1945. Two days before, the first and third battalion was in reserve. I was Liaison Officer for second battalion on the 14th, (Sunday) and had lunch with you at the Division Officers Mess and spent several hours speaking with you in the Liaison Room. In fact, we slept next to each other on the second floor of a building where the plaster of the ceiling was falling down.
I left Sunday, PM and went up to Wanne. I sent a patrol into Ennal Monday morning with Lt. Benkman as Patrol Leader—during this patrol, Lt. Benkman was wounded, S/Sgt Lenahan was killed and two more men were killed. Later in the afternoon, Lt. Lawrence took another patrol into the town and he was wounded slightly. In the late afternoon, the entire company (two platoons) attacked the town. It was here that General Perrin came to us, reorganized the company into two groups. Lt. Lawrence, who came back from battalion aid took one group and I had the other.