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Web Site Maintenance - April 5th, 2016

On Tuesday evening, April 5th, 2016, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. MDT, our web site will be undergoing maintenance that may result in the inability to access our web site, or send us email.
2016 Educational Forum and Veterans Reunion


September 16 - September 18, 2016  Warwick, RI

For information on hotel reservations and other details, consult the link below:

2016 Reunion Information

2015 Reunion Update

During the reunion Dennis Lennon brought several videos to our
attention that may be of interest to our members. Details can be
found in our Resources section.

Photos from the Nashville reunion can be viewed in our galleries.

Thanks to Kathy and Randy D'Alleva, Tim Higgins,
Vince Kranz,and Jim Oaks for sharing their photos.

If you have reunion photos you'd like to share, please contact me.

71st Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of the Bulge

Invites You to Join Your Friends for the
December 14, 15 and 16, 2015 Metropolitan Washington, DC

A document containing additional details and a
reservation form is available for download.
New Book About The Battle of the Bulge

Yale University Press and Dr. Peter Schrijvers are proud to announce the publication, on November 4, of THOSE WHO HOLD BASTOGNE, the first complete history of the month-long battle for Bastogne in 1944-45 based on American, German, and Belgian sources.

Peter Schrijvers studied United States military and diplomatic history at Ohio State University in Columbus, and is currently a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Schrijvers is the author of five previous books on World War II. A native of Belgium, thoroughly acquainted with the terrain and people of the Ardennes, he has spent several decades researching the American, German, and Belgian dimensions of the battle for Bastogne for this authoritative and harrowing work on the biggest Battle of the Bulge.

In this dramatic account of the 1944–45 winter of war in Bastogne, Dr. Schrijvers offers the first full story of the German assault on the strategically located town. From the December stampede of American and Panzer divisions racing to reach Bastogne first, through the bloody eight-day siege from land and air, and through three more weeks of unrelenting fighting even after the siege was broken, events at Bastogne hastened the long-awaited end of WWII. Schrijvers draws on diaries, memoirs, and other fresh sources to illuminate the experiences not only of Bastogne’s 3,000 citizens and their American defenders, but also of German soldiers and commanders desperate for victory. The costs of war are here made real, uncovered in the stories of those who perished and those who emerged from battle to find the world forever changed.

The book can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.com, as well as other online retailers.

Join or Renew Your Membership Online

You may now join or renew your membership to the association online. Credit cards are accepted.
Archives of the Golden Acorn News: 1942 - 2008

Thanks to the hard work of Tom Hewlett (son of Thomas Hewlett, I-347), issues of the Golden Acorn News spanning the years from 1942 through 2008 are now available for download.
Monument Dedication at Fort Benning

On October 3, 2013, a monument to the 87th Infantry Division was dedicated at the National Infantry Museum's Memorial Walk of Honor at Fort Benning, GA. A video and numerous photos are available for viewing:

Fort Benning Television Video
Photos taken by an official Fort Benning photographer
Photos in our gallery

Vince Kranz's 87th albums

If you have photos that you'd like to share, please contact me.

87th Videos

Numerous 87th-related videos, many from past reunions, are now available online. A link can can be found on the small navigation menu at the top of each page on our web site.

Many thanks to Tim Higgins for making these available.

Medal of Honor gifted to National Infantry Museum

This nice article on the U.S. Army's web site describes the presentation of Staff Sergeant Curtis F. Shoup's Medal of Honor to the National Infantry Museum, which occurred during our August reunion.

 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

The 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association is now a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Federal tax law provides tax benefits to nonprofit organizations. As of September 15, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service determined that the 87thIDLA is exempt from Federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the organization is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code and as such, is classified as a public charity. This tax-exempt status represents a significant milestone in the development and future activities of the Legacy Association.

A copy of the IRS approval letter is available online.

 Special Edition Prints of Signal Corps Photos

Three well-known U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of the 87th are now available as "special edition" prints in our photo galleries. These images make wonderful gifts, and are available not only as high-quality prints, but can also be ordered on other merchandise, such as a desk organizer or keepsake box.

In the coming months, we'll be preparing additional Signal Corps photos for printing as well.

 Video Oral History with William Travis, M-345

Some time ago Chris Wulf, founder of HistoryDocumented.com, informed me of an interview he had conducted with Bill Travis of M-345.

A video of this interview is available on the HistoryDocumented web site. It's over an hour long, and well worth your time!

 Girl Scouts Replace 87th Veteran's Stolen Medals

Gene Broughton's (SV-335FA) medals were recently stolen when his home was burglarized. A local Girl Scout troop worked to replace his medals shortly before his death. An article with photos and links to videos is available on our web site.
 Association News Archives
Archives of past association news is available.
New Articles
 Personal Accounts

WWII Memoirs - Part 6 - Going Home
By Richard Manchester, K-345
2nd Lt. Stanford Lee Arnold, E-345, Killed in Action on 8 Feb 1945
By Robert D. Epperson
WWII Memoirs - Part 5 - Crossing the Rhine
By Richard Manchester, K-345
Bloody Sunday - Dec 17, 1944 - A Day in Hell
By Jim Hennessey, E-345
WWII Memoirs - Part 4 - Koblenz
By Richard Manchester, K-345
Bill Jasper's WWII Memoirs
By Arthur William (Bill) Jasper, B-312ENG
WWII Memoirs - Part 3 - The Siegfried Line
By Richard Manchester, K-345
WWII Memoirs - Part 2 The Bulge
By Richard Manchester, K-345
WWII Memoirs - Part 1 - The First Day of Combat
By Richard Manchester, K-345
A Tale of Buchenwald — The Stench Still Lingers
By Max Whitaker, Company C, 735th Tank Bn

The Mass Surrender of German Troops to the
347th Infantry Regiment on May 6, 1945

By Tom Stafford, L-347

Mitch Kaidy's Combat Log
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Mac and the General
By Tim O'Brien, M-346
"Oh Danny Boy", Italian Style
By John E. McAuliffe, M-347
The Critical Assault on Goldbrick Hill
By Ed Jans, H-346 and Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Northern France
By John T. Moran, K-347
ETO Memories
By Melvin Brenner, K-345
A Daylight Reconnaissance Patrol
By George M. Batchelor, F-346
We Are the Fortunate Ones
By Glenn Maddy, L-347
Call Me Burt
By Dick Werner, E-347
AWOL in Paris
By Cecil G. Davis, Jr. - AT-347, I-347
May This Keep You Safe From Harm
By George E. Ferris, HQ1-347
Celebrating VE-Day with the Russians
By Robert M. Frank, 87-SIG

Jim Hennessey's Scrapbook From WWII
By Jim Hennessey, E-345


Speech at the Rochefort Reception
By John E. McAuliffe, M-347

87th Infantry Division Lost 1,310 Killed, 4,000 Wounded in WWII
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345

Lester Atwell: Author of World's First
Non-Fiction Novel About Infantry at War
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345

Call Him Lucky
By Wayne Luedke, 549-AAA

Book Review: Battle of the Bulge
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345

Book Review: Soldiers to Citizens
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345

Book Review: F Company, 347th Infantry Regiment 1942-45
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345

Book Review: Magic
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Though Commended By Friend and Foe,
87th Division Remains Below the Radar

By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
The Ardennes Foot Soldier
By John E. McAuliffe, M-347
Mail From Home Was the Infantryman's Oxygen
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
The General That History Forgot; and One Popular Lore Created
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Tilly - The Sweetheart of the Liberators of Luxembourg
By John E. McAuliffe, M-347
Book Review: The Little Known Front, By Eric Urbain
Review By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Anniversary Hoopla Mustn't Blot Out Bitter Reality
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
The Boys of the Golden Acorn
By John E. McAuliffe, M-347
“The Eagle” Drops Its Gold During Short Battle Pause;
What Was That All About?

By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
The Daily Morning Report: Taking The Pulse of WWII
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Battle of the Bulge Was Longer, Bloodier Than Army Admits
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
Task Force Muir Escapade: It Could Have Been Hollywood
By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345
The Ardennes Battle
By John E. McAuliffe, M-347
The 87th and Los Alamos
By Cecil G. Davis, Jr. - AT-347, I-347

Americans Used Weapons of Past In Defeating
Germans and Winning World War II

By Mitchell Kaidy, D-345

Solemn Remembrance: Vet Returns to Pay
Respects to Former Lieutenant

An interview with James P. Hennessey, E-345
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