29th Division Association
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Post 48- Social Meeting- Dec 10th - The Jerome L. Day Post 48 will host a Social Meeting on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at the American Legion, Westminster. Buffet style dinner at 6:00pm and a brief meeting at 7:00pm. Members, families and guests are welcome to attend. A guest speaker is planned. A head count would be appreciated. Come and enjoy the camaraderie, some old and some new.
Stonewall Brigade BBQ and Museum Open House Nov 14th - The Stonewall Brigade Museum will be having an open house and free BBQ lunch at their museum at 566 Lee Highway, Verona, VA (Exit 227 off of I81). There will be free award-winning BBQ for lunch and self-guided tours through the museum.
Passing of Austin Cox - Crisfield’s Last D-day Veteran - Austin Howeth Cox, Sr., Crisfield’s last surviving D-Day veteran, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at his home. He was 95.
Born in Crisfield on December 15, 1919, he was the eighth child of the late Wesley Robert “Capt. Wes” Cox and Margaret Julia “Maggie” Howeth Cox.
At age 15, his mother enrolled him in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) until joining the National Guard Company L 115th Infantry 29th Infantry Division. He also worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad until war was declared and he was deployed to Europe. He fought in four campaigns including Normandy, where he was in the second wave on Normandy Beach, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.
Upon returning to the US, he learned his trade and founded Cox Plumbing and Heating in 1947 at which he was president until 1988 when his son, Austin, received the reins.
His memberships included St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marion where he served on the Vestry, oldest living member of Crisfield Elks Lodge #1044, Past Commander and oldest living member of American Legion Post #16, Crisfield Fire Department, Master Plumbers Association, Crisfield Heritage Foundation where he was a volunteer and established “Cox’s Shanty”, Great Hope Golf Course, Crisfield Country Club, former Striped Bass Club, instrumental in forming the former girls softball “Lassie League”, and also served formerly as a Crisfield City Councilman.
Always open to adventure, he enjoyed boating, fishing, skiing, scuba diving, traveling, and golfing. He was proud of his Crisfield heritage and military experience and was always willing to share with others; he never knew a stranger. However, without a doubt, his greatest joy in life was being with his family.
He is survived by his bride of 72 years, Jean Headley Cox, whom he married in London, England in 1943; children, Christine Tyler and husband Lex, Sandra Johnson and husband Phil, Julia Cox, Austin Cox, Jr. and wife Neda, and Elizabeth Powers and husband Harry; son-in-law, Paul Emely; grandchildren, Toby Tyler and wife Elizabeth, Katy Tyler, Wesley Tyler and wife Michele, Nathan Tawes and wife Teresa, Jennifer Griffith, Stephanie Johnson. Christy Emely, Erik Emely and wife Jamie, Stephen Emely and wife Kim, Heather Insley and husband Sam, Chelsea Eskridge and husband Nick, Hunter Cox, Christopher Owens, Elice Cuff, and Rebecca Faunce; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Deborah Emely; granddaughter, Megan Johnson; two brothers; and six sisters.
A celebration of his life officiated by Father Mike Lokey will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1 PM at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield where a visitation will be two hours prior. Urn interment with full military honors will follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to be sent to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733; or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, c/o Martin Atkins, 26417 Silver Lane, Crisfield, MD 21817.
To send condolences, please visit www.bradshawandsonsfuneralhome.com
116th Infantry Deployment - The 3rd Battalion of the 116th Infantry, based in Winchester, Va, will be deploying today to Qatar. The first phase will be at Fort Bliss for 30 to 45 days for training, weapons qual, etc. That will be followed by the movement to Qatar. The Task Force will be known as Task Force Normandy.
The battalion had previously deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
We wish all of our soldiers god speed and a safe deployment.
Larkspur Post 110 Memorial Service on September 19th - Post 110 will be holding its annual Memorial Service and Family BBQ on Saturday, September 19th at 11am at the Pikesville NCO Club. There is no charge for Post 110 members and their families.
Charlie Black Final Salute - With a heavy heart we announce the passing of long-time 110th Field Artilleryman Charlie Black. Charlie was a long-time member of A Battery, 110th FA, and Larkspur Post 110 of the 29th Division Association. A Final Salute will be held on Monday, August 17th at 7pm at the Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster, MD 21157.
158th Cav Squadron Inactivation - 07 Nov 1400 hrs - November 7th will be a very sad day for Annapolis and the 29th Division. The 158th Cavalry Squadron will be inactivated at 1400 hours at the Annapolis Armory. All former members of the Squadron and all 29ers are encouraged to attend.
New Maryland Region Meeting Schedule - At the Region meeting on 8 June 2015 a motion was passed to reduce the number of region meetings to 6 meetings a year. These meetings will occur on the odd numbered months, i.e. January, March, May, July, September, and November. There will be region meetings in August, September and November 2015. After the September meeting the new schedule will take effect and there will be no meetings in October or December. Any concerns or questions about this, please contact Adjutant William Mund.
New MD Region Officers - the following officers were elected by the Maryland Region for the period of 2015/2016:
Commander - Frank Rauschenberg - Post 48
Senior Vice Commander - Houston Matney - Post 72
Junior Vice Commander - Bob Jones - Post 88
Finance Officer - Ed Tolzman - Post 110
Chaplain - Ed Koehler - Post 72
Judge Advocate - Bob Bryant - Post 72
Historian - Joe Balkoski - Post 110
Welfare Officer - Gil Crosby - Post 72
Sergeant at Arms - Franklin Shiloh - Post 72
Adjutant - Will Mund - Post 94
Chin Strap Editor - Chip Boblitz - Post 110
Passing of Carl “Chubby” Proffitt - Post 64 has the sad news of the passing of another 29th legend, Chubby Proffitt. Chubby was a February 6th call up veteran of Company K of the 116th Infantry, the same unit as the Medal of Honor Winner, Frank Peregory. Chubby was a very distinguished soldier that landed on D-Day at Dog White with Company K. He was one of the last surviving Distinguished Service Cross winners in the 29th (the 2nd highest medal for heroism) and also earned the Silver Star, The Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluser, and Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (3rd award). Chubby will be missed. Here is a link to his obituary:
Passing of Walter Hedlund - Post 93 in New England has the sad news that Walter Hedlund has passed. Walter was a long-time member of Post 93 and a great soldier and hero in World War II. He was a membe of Company I of the 115th Inf, and won the Silver Star, Bronze Start with Oak Leaf Cluser, 3 Purple Hearts, and a battlefield commission during the Brest Campaign. He was also a member of the 29th Rangers during the training in England. Here is a link to his obituary:
Post 110 Global War on Terror Night (GWOT)- July 18th 6pm Pikesville NCO Club - Larkspur Post 110 will be hosting its GWOT event with 2 Post 110 speakers about their deployments to Afghanistan, CSM Thompson and CSM (ret) Freund. There is also a special ceremony honoring the 29th Division Association members (of all posts) that fought in the Vietnam War on the 50th Anniversary of the ground war. There will be pizza and beer and no charge for any Association members.
Limestone Post 72 - June Meeting Cancelled - The regularly scheduled June meeting on June 15th has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on July 13th.
Post 64 Upcoming Events for 2015 -
May 23 D-Day Memorial - Stars and Stripes Forever Patriotic Concert
May 25 D-Day Memorial - Remembering Their Sacrifice 11:00am
May 31 Wreath Laying Tomb of the Unknown - Arlington Virginia
June 6 D-Day Memorial 11:00am - 71st Anniversary
June 6 Bernard Marie’s V.E VJ Dinner 6:00pm - Sheraton Roanoke Va.
June 18 NEC Meeting 10:00am - Nation Guard Armory Winchester Va.
June 20 D-Day Memorial 10am-5pm - WWII in Miniature Display
July 18 D-Day Memorial 10am-5pm - Family Day
Oct. 15-18 97th 29th Division Association Annual Reunion - Fredericksburg Va.
Post 72 Picnic - 27 June 2015 - Limestone Post # 72 will hold a family picnic on 27 June 2015 at the large pavilion in Fort Howard. for further information contact PC Thomas Insley (717) 744-5466. There will be no regular post meeting on June 15th.
Meeting with the Maryland Adjutant General - On Thursday, May 7th, leaders of the 29th Division Association (NC John Vaccarino, NSVC Ginsburg, NJVC Wisch and National Adjutant/Editor of the 29er Mund) met with the new TAG of the State of Maryland, Major General Linda Singh. She is a very impressive leader and the details of the meeting will follow in both the Chin Strap and the 29er.
116th Foundation D-Day Press Release
The 71st Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2015, Observance of the 29th Infantry Division of the Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia National Guard and the Virginia communities represented in the Normandy Invasion, WWII
116th Infantry Museum Observance and Free Exhibit Tours
Verona, Virginia, June 6, 2015, is the 71st anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, commonly known as D-Day; this epic and decisive moment in World War II helped defeat Nazi rule in Europe and was the most massive military operation in world history.
The only National Guard division of the United States Army selected to participate in the initial assault on the coast of France was the 29th Infantry Division of the Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia National Guard; this division was assigned as its objective that beach sector designated Omaha, which because of the fierce resistance encountered there soon became known as "Bloody Omaha".
Virginia's historic "Stonewall Brigade," the 116th Infantry Regiment, was chosen to be in the first wave at Omaha and, after a bloody battle on the beach, finally succeeded in taking the high ground above it, and thus secured a beachhead in France; when "the Longest Day" ended, the courageous regiment of over 3,100 soldiers had suffered 1,107 casualties. On June 6, 2014 The 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation unveiled the “Ever Forward” Monument, above OMAHA Beach, in Vierville, France to honor the 116th Regimental Combat Team’s sacrifice by the first wave. (Video Clip and Photographs available).
Joining the 116th Infantry Regiment in the assault was Virginia's 111th Field Artillery Battalion and other smaller units from the Virginia National Guard, all elements of the 29th Infantry Division. The Virginia communities represented in the D-Day Invasion were:
116th Infantry Regiment (Stonewall Brigade)
Headquarters and Headquarters Company-Roanoke, VA
Anti-Tank Platoon-Roanoke, VA
Medical Department Detachment-Staunton & Wytheville, VA
Service Company-Roanoke, VA
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion-Roanoke, VA
Company A-Bedford, VA
Company B-Lynchburg, VA
Company C-Harrisonburg, VA
Company D-Roanoke, VA
Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion-Altavista, VA
Company E-Chase City, VA
Company F-South Boston, VA
Company G-Farmville, VA
Company H-Martinsville, VA
Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion-Winchester, VA
Company I-Winchester, VA
Company K-Charlottesville, VA
Company L-Staunton, VA
Company M-Emporia, VA
29th Infantry Division Band (Virginia portion)-Roanoke, VA
29th Signal Company-Norfolk, VA
29th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop-Berryville, VA
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 29th Infantry Division Artillery-Richmond, VA
111th Field Artillery Battalion (First Virginia Artillery)
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery-Norfolk, VA
Service Battery-Newport News, VA
Battery A-Richmond, VA
Battery B-Norfolk, VA
Battery C-Portsmouth, VA
227th Field Artillery Battalion (formerly 2nd Battalion, 111th Field Artillery)
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery-Richmond, VA
Service Battery,-post mobilization organization, -no Virginia community
Battery A-Hampton, VA
Battery B-Richmond, VA
Battery C-Fredericksburg, VA
Many brave individuals participated in the Normandy Invasion and all who worked so hard and fought so valiantly are honored as heroes; including, General George C. Marshall, United States Army Chief of Staff, helped plan the Allied invasion of France; he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute as First Captain of the Corps of Cadets in 1901; and a former commander of the 29th Infantry Division, Lieutenant General Leonard Gerow was promoted to command the V Corps (Fifth Corps), made up of the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions, which were the first troops to land on Omaha Beach. He was a native of Petersburg, VA and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1911; and on June 8, 1944, Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregoy of Charlottesville's Company K, from the 116th Infantry Regiment, single-handedly killed or captured over 25 enemy soldiers, earning the Medal of Honor, only to be killed in action six days later; and, Major Thomas D. Howie of Staunton's Company L, a graduate of The Citadel's Class of 1929, a teacher and coach at Staunton Military Academy, best known as "the Major of St. Lo," was killed in action on July 17, 1944, while in command of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, during its final drive to capture the strategic city of Saint-Loˆ; and, Lieutenant Colonel Thornton L. Mullins of Richmond, commander of the 111th Field Artillery Battalion , after his unit lost all of its guns save one, in the English Channel when its landing craft were either swamped or destroyed by enemy fire, was killed in action while leading a band of survivors and destroying several enemy positions; he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the United States Army's second highest award for valor.
Today, the 116th Infantry Regiment and other Virginia National Guard units of soldiers and airmen maintain a proud tradition with troops deployed in harm's way in the Global War on Terrorism, such as the mobilization to Iraq of the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry on January 6, 2010, and deployments of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry to Iraq and Afghanistan, and soldiers of the 116th joined soldiers from across the Virginia National Guard in several Embedded Training Teams serving in Afghanistan mentoring Afghan security forces; and, since the start of the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, men and women of the Virginia National Guard have served in one or both conflicts, many on multiple tours, and a total of 13 members have died on active duty protecting our liberties, and it is fitting we honor and remember their service and sacrifices.
The Commonwealth of Virginia and its citizens are indebted to and thankful for the D-Day soldiers, their successors in the ranks of the Virginia National Guard today, and their families for their valiant service and enormous sacrifice. Please join in commending the 29th Infantry Division of the Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia National Guard and the Virginia communities represented in the Normandy Invasion, on the 71st anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944, honoring the brave soldiers who served then and now.
Cresap’s Rifles - Post 78 - Members Passing - Post 78 unfortunately lost two long-time members in March. Past Post Commander Ralph Bussard passed away on March 13, 2015. In addition, World War II veteran and former commander of Company A 1-115th Infantry Paul L. Crum, Jr. passed away on March 21, 2015. Both men will be greatly missed.
Cresap’s Rifles - Post 78 - New Motion - A motion was made and voted upon at the April meeting to make a $25.00 donation to the 29er each time a Post 78 member passes away in the future.
Cresap’s Rifles - Post 78 - New Officers - New officers for the 2015/2017 period were elected at the April meeting. Newly elected were: Installation will be on April 25, 2015 at the Spring Fling
Post Commander …………………………John Sexton
Vice Commander …………………………Roger Haynes
Finance Officer……………………………Gregory LaCoste
Welfare Officer…………………………….John Wilcox
Co-Chaplains……………………………..Ronald Pitts and Jack Masser
Ways & Means Chairman……………….Richard Stockman
Public Relations Officer………………….Charles Lockard
Sgt-at-Arms……………………………… James Hutts
Asst. Finance Officer (appointed)………J. Brian Becker
Chairman (Immediate Past Commander) David Houck
Cresap’s Rifles - Post 78 - Flag Placement - Members of Post 78 will again join for the tradition of placing flags on the graves of deceased 29ers in Frederick County on Saturday April 16, 2015. The group will meet at the chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 8:00 a.m. where maps and further directions will be disseminated.
Cresap’s Rifles - Post 78 - Memorial Day Parade April 24th - For the 7th straight year, a group of Post 78 members will participate in the Memorial Day Parade held in Woodsboro, MD on April 24, 2015. We will meet at the Woodsboro Park N' Ride off Route 94 at 12:30 P.M. A short Memorial Day Program is held at the American Legion Post 282 home in Woodsboro following the parade. A buffet luncheon is then furnished for all participants.
Post 58 - Initial Meeting - There will be the very first meeting of Post 58 on April 21st at 1830 hours at the Wells McComas VFW in Edgemere, MD. It is located at 6521 North Point Road, Sparrows Point, MD 21219.
MD Region Meeting - The April Maryland Region Meeting will be held at the Westminster Readiness Center (Not The 5th Regiment Armory) at 11am on the 13th of April. The address is 350 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157. It is directly across from the Westminster Walmart Store.
The Passing of Frank “Doc” Barranco - Doc Barranco passed away at the age of 84 at his home at Oakhurst. Doc was a great soldier, doctor and an even greater human being. There was a 29th Division Memorial Service on Wednesday, March 25th attended by over 40 29er’s. The funeral will be held on Friday, March 27th at 10am. Here is the obituary:
Larkspur Post 110- No April Meeting - There will be no regular meeting for Post 110 in April because of the Field Artillery Old Timers/Reunion on April 19th at the Pikesville NCO Club.
Larkspur Post 110 - Field Artillery Old Timer’s/110th Reunion - The annual Field Artillery Old Timer’s/Field Artillery Reunion will be held on Sunday, April 19th at the Pikesville NCO Club from 2pm to 6pm. Cost is $20 for a catered dinner and open bar. Please RSVP to David Ginsburg or Bob Moscati.
SFC Stan Zukowski - For those that served in the 175th or 115th in the 80’s and 90’s, SFC Stan Zukowski is now in hospice. He was the supply sergeant in B 1-115th/A 1-175th, 29th ID), Please be advised he is in hospice at Colonial Manor in York PA. Mike Morris of Post 72 spoke with the nursing staff there and they said visitors are most welcome, any time. The address and phone number for the facility is (717) 845-2661 · 970 Colonial Ave, York, PA 17403, Please get out and visit him, he was one hell of a supply sergeant!
The Passing of PNC Glenwood Hankins - Past National Commander Glenwood Hankins passed away Saturday at the age of 92 after a short illness. Glenwood was a legendary member of the 29th Division Association and a veteran of H Company, 116th Infantry and a D-Day survivor. He was a great soldier, a great person and a great 29er. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Link to the guest book at the memorial home:
Link to his obituary:
Dick Jordan Passed Today - Dick Jordan passed today at the age of 90. The entire Association, and in fact, anyone that ever served in the 29th or the Maryland National Guard will never forget Richard Jordan. People have asked to make donations to the 29er or the Chin Strap in his name. If you want to contribute to the 29er, please click on the Post 94 link from the main page. If you wish to contribute to the Chin Strap, please make a contribution through the membership page and mark it as for the Chin Strap.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dick and his family.