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Signal Company newspaper lives short life

I read with interest in the first issue, the article about the early history of the two 99th Division publications, the Checkerboard and the Maxey Times. You may be interested in a third “newspaper,” the Live Wire, that began publication in mid-May 1945, when the 99th Signal Company was stationed at Kitzingen am Main, Germany.

It lived a relatively short life – only eight issues were published. This was because when the war in Europe ended, the 99th was scheduled for deactivation and all low-point men were transferred out and high-point men were transferred in. By mid-July, the 99th Signal ceased to function as a unit. With the audience gone, the paper went out of existence.

I was the editor of the Live Wire. A copy of the last issue is enclosed for the archives. The remnants of the division (and I) were transferred to the 1st Division before the end of August. I remained with the 1st Division until I was discharged in March 1946.

Sid Leibovitz

3811 Juniper Road

Baltimore MD 21218

Last modified Nov. 9, 2009

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