Editor: Please forgive the abbreviated Taps information – we did not have complete access to the latest Paraglide like we normally do. We will try to get more complete information for future Tow Lines.
Christoff, Eugene S. - passed away March 20, 2014. Eugene was a member of the Leonard Funk Chapter of the 82nd AB Association. He served with the HHB/320 GFA from January 1942 till January 1943.
Corrigan, Carl S. – passed away March 21, 2014. Eugene was a member of the Matthew B. Ridgeway Chapter of the 82nd AB Association. He served with the A Co/325 GIR from June 1944 till January 1946.Overling, John F. – passed away February 12, 2014. John was the second-oldest 82nd Airborne veteran at age 102 when he passed. He was a member of the Chicago Chapter of the 82nd AB Association and served with the 325 GIR from October 1942 until August 1945. John served in four European theaters – Sicily, Naples, Normandy and the Rhineland earning four battle stars on his glider wings along with a bronze arrowhead, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and two Purple Hearts.
Thue, Harold D.– passed away March 26, 2014. Harold was born August 4, 1923 in Walcott, ND to Donard A. and Inez (Mattson) Thue. He graduated from Walcott High School in 1941 and worked on the family farm. Harold married Lillian Knutson on June 14, 1944 and enlisted in the US Army on June 23, 1944 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division 325 Glider Infantry. Harold was discharged on April 22, 1946 and returned home.
Harold started his career with Cass County Electric as a power lineman from 1946 to 1953. They then moved to Columbia, MO. and worked for the Missouri Telephone Co.
They then moved to Platte, SD and worked briefly for Charles Mix Electric before moving to Mitchell where he worked for Inter-County Electric from 1956 until his retirement in 1984.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, was very active in the American Legion and the 40 et 8. Harold enjoyed traveling and they spent many winters in Florida and Texas continuing his past time working on his antique cars.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife Lillian of 70 years, 2 children, 3 grand-daughters and 6 great-grandchildren.
Judson, David William – passed away November 16, 2014 just one day after his 93rd birthday. David was born in Akron, Ohio on November 15, 1921. He lived there through his early adult years. David attended the University of Akron where he was a college wrestler and member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. There he met his college sweetheart, Kathryn Jobe. David enlisted in the Army in 1942 and married Kathryn on March 2, 1943, just days before the Army sent him to Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. They were separated by war for three years, but their marriage lasted 71 years, until his death.
David served with the 82nd Airborne, 325th Glider Infantry in the European Theater of Operations. He fought in North Africa and was part of the Spearhead Assault Campaigns in Sicily, the first Allied unit to touch Europe, then on to liberate Salerno, continuing to Naples. Later the 82nd Airborne was in Normandy on D-Day and continued fighting to liberate France. Next David and the 82nd invaded Holland, fought at Nijmegen and ultimately helped liberate the country. He later served briefly in the 787th Military Police Battalion in Paris, where he learned to speak French.
David received a Good Conduct Medal, Gliderman's Wings, Expert M-1 Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star, European Theater of Operations with four stars, assault arrows and numerous other citations. On November 11, 2002, David and other veterans were awarded the Jubilee of Liberty Medal by a grateful French government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
After the war, David received a B. S. degree in Economics and attended Akron Law School. He was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason at W. Edwin Palmer Masonic Lodge in 1947.
Kathryn and David moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1955 where he worked as an independent casualty adjuster before returning to Goodyear Aerospace as a Contract Administrator and Manager. He retired in 1981 with 25 years’ service at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Ohio and Goodyear Aerospace in Arizona.
Golf became David's pastime, playing several times a week, and hitting a Hole in One at the age of 86. Integrity and duty were the cornerstones of David's life, but he is best remembered for his humor and quick wit. He never missed a chance "to give someone the needle", and delighted in planning his jokes and attacks on the unsuspecting, including a hospice worker just a day before his death. David is survived by his wife, Kathryn, 5 children, 2 sisters, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was buried at National Memorial Cemetery, with full military honors, on November 21, 2014. David William Judson was deeply loved and greatly admired.
Sherwood G. Keyser – K Co, 325, passed away Oct. 8, 2014. Sherwood, better known by many as "Woody", was born on April 18, 1916, to Gilbert and Lillian "Hope" Keyser in a rural area of Elmwood, in Peoria County, IL. Woody hardly had an opportunity to know his parents, as Woody was 3 1/2 years old when his mother died and 13 years old when he lost his father, both to tuberculosis. Woody was approximately 7 years old when his father remarried his step mother, Grace Worthington Templeton. Grace had a son, George Templeton, who was two years younger than Woody. Woody's father and step-mother were blessed with a daughter, Betty Jane and a son, John Worthington. Later in life Woody joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) doing many types of work for the U.S. Forestry Service in the states of Washington and Oregon.
After spending two years in the C.C.C., Woody returned to Chicago, where he was employed by the Downtown Auto Parking Co. Woody was a World War II Veteran assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment as a Weapons Platoon sergeant in Fort Bragg, N.C. In the fall of 1943 the Division was sent to Europe and in June of 1944, Woody's unit landed in Normandy, France, in gliders and was committed to active warfare on many occasions.
Two months after returning home to Chicago from the war Woody was accepted into the Chicago Police Department, spending 33 years in the 38th Town Hall District. In 1947, Woody married Mary Jane "Midge" Robins, of Amboy, IL, a telephone operator, with Illinois Bell. After eight years of marriage Woody and Mary Jane were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Pamela Ann and Sandra Ann. Woody, a loyal Chicago Cubs fan, recently celebrated his 98th birthday. He is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Sande, Lyle D. - Lyle Duane Sande was born July 21, 1923 on a farm northwest of Sherman in Minnehaha County, South Dakota and lived there until his family moved to the town of Sherman where his father was school custodian. He attended country schools there and moved with his family back to South Dakota in 1938. Lyle attended Garretson High School and farmed with his father until enlisting in the Army in November 1943.
He served with the 82nd Airborne Division throughout WWII as a Paratrooper and Gliderman with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment. Lyle jumped into Normandy on D-Day. He was wounded at Mook, Holland during operation Market Garden. After surgery and rehab at the 188th General Hospital in England, he returned to his company and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Lyle served on the Honor Guard in Berlin for three months after the war was over and in January 1946, returned home on the Queen Mary to Camp Shanks, New York.
He was with the 82nd Airborne in the Victory Parade down Fifth Avenue before returning to South Dakota January 17, 1946. There Lyle met Joyce Olson and they were married in Sherman, SD, on October 4th, 1947. Their union was blessed with five children. The Sande family lived in Sioux Falls, Luverne, Pipestone, and Willmar throughout the years. Lyle took the GI Bill On-the-Job Training in the Red Owl Stores in Sioux Falls in 1947 and worked in the grocery business for 45 years before retiring in 1992.
While in Willmar, the Sandes were active 40 year members of Calvary Lutheran Church. Lyle and Joyce moved back to Sioux Falls in 2010.After getting together with Lyle's WWII buddies in 1981, Lyle and Joyce travelled extensively to reunions in the USA. In 1984, they took a battle field tour of Europe on the 40th Anniversary of Liberation. Other travels included trips to New York, Florida, Branson, San Francisco, and a cruise to Alaska.
A highlight was visiting the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC soon after its dedication. Lyle was a past commander of the American Legion Post #167 in Willmar, past chair and life-time member of the 325th GIR Association of the 82nd Airborne Division, and a 15 year member of the Post#167 Honor Guard.
Lyle was a life-time member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Disabled American Veterans.
Lyle is lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Joyce, sister Twila, 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters as well as many extended family members and friends.
If you hear of any other fellow 325 vets or spouses who have passed, please pass whatever information you have along so we can keep our membership updated. Thank you!
Remember Drew Paulson, grandson of Leo Davis who joined the 82nd?
I received the latest issue of the Tow Line. Thank you very much, it was great. As promised, I've acquired and scanned (see attached) some of the pictures of my Grandfather, PFC Leo Davis (3rd Platoon, Easy Company, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne).
PFC Leo Davis
In the picture with the instruments he has his dog tags showing on his chest. In the picture with the wine bottle, he is the shorter of the two gentlemen. Enjoy and feel free to share in future issues! I'd love to hear directly via this email from any member who may have more information to share with me about him. Thank you again. Airborne!
DREW A. PAULSON
HHT, 5-73 CAV, 3BCT, 82D AIRBORNE DIVISION
Leo Davis (L) and a buddy - does anyone recognize him?
Back in September George received this letter from Betsy Mathes:
I did read your article in "the Glider Tow Line and I enjoyed it immensely.
My son Peter and I visited a different cemetery when we went to Belgium at the time of the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. It was the Henri-Chapelle Eupen Cemetery (so named in my father's IDPF file) and it was located not far from the village of Undenbreth/Neuhof, Germany where my father was killed. He was buried there on February 2nd 1945 in Plot JJJ, Row 8, Grave 145 for over two years until his body was able to be returned to the United States aboard the United States liberty ship, the Joseph V. Connolly which docked at the New York Port of Embarkation on October 26th, 1947. There were 6,251 deceased soldiers on that ship (many of them from the 325th GIR). That day the ship was escorted by two Navy destroyers and a Coast Guard cutter. Guns located on the Battleship Missouri announced the ship's arrival and over 400,000 New Yorkers waited on the docks by the harbor which had been lovingly strewn with flowers.
As you probably know groups of French and Belgium citizens adopted graves of men who were not returned home to the Unites States after the war. Even today these groups still exist continuing to visit those graves and leave flowers in honor the men who lie buried there.
On that same trip to Normandy, I meet up with a wonderful group of re- enactors at the inn, "La Mare" where my son and I were staying near Angoville Sur Ay, Manch. The Living History Group as they call themselves (They have a website) met up again with me when I traveled to Scraptoft, England on June 1, 2013 to dedicate the Memorial there to the 325th Gilder Infantry Regiment. All the members of this group are Englishmen. They were, of course, too young to have experienced the war itself, but they are totally dedicated to their purpose of honoring American soldiers whom they presently portray at various historical events.
Just as Jesse suggested Wilma wrote to me with some phone numbers:
During a phone call this morning from Jesse he asked me to send you phone numbers of 325 folks that I have. Sadly, most are widows but here they are:
Cortese, George 626/358-7803
Ewing, Barbara 217/352-2568
Ko, Ruth 508/457-9108
Sande, Joyce 605/271-2516
Stahel, Madeline 941/750-6061
Steward, George 813/782-6811
Weese, Doreen 407/579-6729
More people use email rather than telephones it seems. Sorry about the long-hand.
It has been snowing here since 8am; probably have an inch by now – 10:30am. It is a heavy, wet snow – my cedar tree branches are touching the ground – nothing like Buffalo (New York) – yet! What a disaster area.
I enjoyed your letter written in October. I didn’t know you had an 18 year old daughter. Such fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve had teenagers; my children are 71 and 67. We have had grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit over the years – it’s not easy to keep up but Wayne and I loved having them.
I’m sorry about your stepmother, Rick. Cancer is a horrible thing – I’ve lost many friends due to it.
p.s. – thanks for all you do to keep the 325 together!
Editor’s Note: In addition to our 325 loses my family lost my stepmother after an 8 year battle with cancer this past September.
The following email and photos were sent to the Officers of the Association and your editor:
I'm Bob Leicht, a peacetime vet of the 82d (2-505th and 1-504th). I now volunteer at the Air Force's Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover, AFB, Delaware. (www.amcmuseum.org).
A classic 1/4 ton - the immortal Jeep!
Does anybody remember how to read the bumper codes??
We have just finished rebuilding a WWII 1/4 ton, which we spotted next to the Museum's Waco glider, and have marked it in honor of Clinton Riddle - and your Regiment - who I was fortunate enough to meet at his home in Tennessee several years ago. See the attached pix of the vehicle and its 82d trooper in the driver's seat.
Would ask you to pass the word that we'd love to see members of the 325th - of any age - at the museum.
Respectfully, Bob Leicht
US Army, Retired
Thanks for writing in Bob and for honoring the memory of the 325 and Clinton Riddle! You guys did a great job restoring the Jeep. Looks like I need to make a trip out to Delaware to see that CG-4A!
If you hear of any other fellow 325 vets or spouses who have passed, please share with us whatever information you have so we can allow our fellow members updated. Thank you!
Richard C. Erny
8030 Clayburn Court
Indianapolis, IN 46268