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Items for Taps should follow the format below. Be certain to give age, 99th unit, and residence (including state). Newspaper clippings often don't include 99th unit and name of state. Send (don't call) information to Checkerboard, PO Box 99, Marion KS


     DWIGHT BLACK, 86, D/394, died Jan. 23, 2002, at Los Angeles CA. He enlisted in Feb. 1941 and was sent to Fort Ord CA. He married Dorothy and she followed him to Camp Van Dorn where he was part of the 99th Cadre. He was mess sergeant of B/394. He was at Camp Maxey and went to Europe as a mortar gunner in D/394. Following discharge he became a roofing contractor in the Los Angeles area. In 1976 he and Dorothy moved to Escondido and in 1996 moved back to Los Angeles. They attended many annual reunions and were active in the association. Survivors include his wife, son, daughter, two granddaughters, and a great-grandson. His family wishes to thank many members for their kindness and strength shown at the time of Dwight's death.


     ALEX LINDNER, 87, Hq/324 Eng., died Feb. 17, 2002, at his home in Milwaukee WI. He was a member of the original cadre sent from Fort Ord to Camp Van Dorn. He became a Tech Sgt., then was advanced to the grade of Warrant Officer Junior Grade and eventually Chief Warrant Officer. After the war he was office manager and cashier of the Milwaukee Department of Motor Vehicles. He attended nearly all 99th reunions and was active in the association. Survivors include his wife, Pauline, two daughters, three grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister. All live in the Milwaukee area.


     IRVING MURPHY, 76, F/395, died Nov. 7, 2001, at Edinboro PA, following a long illness. An attorney, he was managing partner of a law firm. He had been president of the bar association. He graduated from Exeter Academy in 1943. During World War II he served as a staff sergeant before receiving a battlefield commission. After the war he graduated from Yale University as salutatorian of his class and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1952 second in his class and was a member of Order of Coif. He was a lay leader and Eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife, Eve, two daughters, and five grandchildren.


     STANLEY HANCOCK, A/394, died Jan. 27, 2002, at Scottsdale AZ. He was a staff sergeant and received the Silver Star and Bronze Star medals. After the war he played baseball for four minor leagues, was a radio announcer, taught English at Auburn University, before moving to Tennessee to work in public relations. Survivors include his wife, Marion, brother, son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


     RALPH LEVY, 86, Sv/393 died Jan. 8, 2002, at Wilmington PA. He was the founder and owner of Joy Trimming, a notions and craft shop. He grew up in Philadelphia and was an active committee member of the four reunions held there. Survivors include his wife, Regina, daughter, three grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother. He was a founder of Green Hill Lodge B'nai Brith and a member of Main Line Reform Congregation. El Hill and Mike and Stella Strollo represented the 99th at the funeral service.


     EVERETT HONEYCUTT, 77, Big Sandy TX, died Jan. 19, 2002. He held bachelor's and master's degrees and taught high school and coached football. He retired in 1967 and began a second career in the insurance business. Survivors include his wife, three children, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


     EDWARD STEINBAUER, 82, I/394, died Jan. 23, 2002. He resided at Burnsville MN. He was an all-around athlete, decorated veteran, successful entrepreneur, and devoted family man. He was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. He pitched over 1,800 games during his seven-decade career. He also was a member of the Minnesota 1940 National Champion High School football team at Owatonna. He is survived by his three children.


     PAUL HERONIME, 87, A/924, died Oct. 12, 2001. He is survived by one son, a sister, and two grandchildren.


     PLEAS SMITH, I/395, Waynesboro PA, died Dec. 25, 2001. He had been in poor health for some time and was in a nursing home. Survivors include two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His daughter, Barbara Shank, commented that her father's generation accomplished "mind boggling" accomplishments. "How sad," she said, "that they will not replaced by anything anywhere close to them." She said her father "always was my hero."


     JOHN SOKOWASKI, G/394, died Dec. 20, 2001, at Oxford MA. He joined the 99th in January 1945, as a BAR man on Elsenborn Ridge. "Soko" was a member of the second platoon until he was wounded April 25 in the Bavarian town of Dietfurt.


     JACK HELBLING, 80, M/395, Churchill PA, died Jan. 23, 2002. He served as a sergeant and received the Purple Heart for wounds in action. After the war he worked for Westinghouse. Until the end, he was proud to have served in the 99th.


     JOSEPH TURKOVICH, H/393, New Philadelphia OH, died Jan. 21, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Mary, daughter, son, and grandchildren. He had attended many 99th annual conventions. He was a non-commissioned officer in the heavy mortar section.


     EDWARD GOLEMBIEWSKI, H/393, has died. Mail is returned marked "deceased." No details are known. He was in a machine gun platoon of the heavy weapons company.


     ROBERT ELGIN WARD died Aug. 20, 2001, Monroe LA. He had had a long battle with diabetes, had emphysema, and had undergone bypass surgery. He came to the 99th from ASTP at Camp Maxey. He was wounded and captured near Krinkelt in December 1944, and was placed in Stalag 11B at Fallingbostel, Germany. He was liberated in April 1945 by Scottish troops. Later he was invited back to visit the town by the mayor. He was awarded the Purple with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, and other medals. He attended many conventions and enjoyed 99th Battlefield Tours to Belgium and Europe. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, son, two grandsons, and a sister. He earned a doctorate and was a college professor.


     ALBERT ELICK, 3/393 Medics, of Logan OH, died Jan. 26, 2002. He was captured Dec. 17, 1944, and held as a POW until April 9, 1945. He spent 20 years in the Army active reserves and retired as a first sergeant. He retired after more than 25 years with Smead Manufacturing Co. He also served as Logan clerk of the council and clerk of the planning commission for 31 years. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, son, daughter, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


     HOWARD LEWIS, 77, E/394, died Dec. 18, 2001, at San Jose CA, of congestive heart failure. He had attended many 99th annual meetings and enjoyed his association with friends. He also was chairman of the Western Mini held in Salt Lake City. He was an avid mountaineer and a published author. Survivors include his wife, Pat, a son, daughter, grandson, and two great-grandsons.


     JACOB GRAVLEY, 88, K/393, died Feb. 10, 2002, at San Antonio TX. He served as commanding officer of K/393 until December of 1944, when he was reassigned as CO of Hq/393. He was badly wounded when a shelled building fell on him. After many weeks of hospitalization in traction he was sent home as a major and retired due to disability. He then entered the insurance business. His first wife, Lettie, died in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Vera, several children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was active in the 99th Association and enjoyed attending reunions until his legs caused him to no longer attend. Among those attending the military rites at Fort Sam Houston were B.O. and Marilyn Wilkins, also of K/393.


     GEORGE MORRIS, 99th Recon Troop, died in January 2002. He was captured during the Bulge, having gone overseas and into action with the 99th.


     RUSSELL SANTY, 99th/Recon Troop, died in January 2002. He joined the 99th at Camp Van Dorn and went overseas into combat with the division.


     NOVAL CASTEEL, 99th/Recon Troop, died in January 2002. He joined the 99th at Camp Van Dorn and went overseas into combat with the division.


     ROBERT KRUEGER, 76, I/395, died Jan. 2, 2002, from lung cancer. He was a BAR man, receiving a Silver Star for valor and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He retired as a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls campus. He earned a doctorate. Survivors include his wife, Gretchen, one son, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.


     SAM LIVINGSTON, I/395, died Feb. 11, 2001. He was one of the original cadre at Camp Van Dorn who stayed with the company until VE Day.


     DON GANGWAY, I/395, died Oct. 6, 2001. A cook, he was with the company from Van Dorn until VE Day. Survivors include his wife, Brigette, three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


     JAMES BLACKWELL, 82, C/393, died from congestive heart failure Dec. 14, 2001, at a hospital in Charlottesville VA. He was captured Dec. 18, 1944 in Belgium and rescued by some of his own buddies on April 27, 1945. He resided at Crozet VA and is survived by his wife, Betty, five children, 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


     FRED WALLACE, 76, E/394, died April 9, 1997, at Castro Valley CA. T/Sgt. Wallace was in charge of the third platoon. He was seriously wounded in battle when he called artillery fire on his own position. He received the Silver Star for gallantry, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. medals.


     JOHN NEELY, 81, A/370, died Sept. 2, 2001 Military rites were held at Catawba SC. He retired after 43 years with Rock Hill Printing Co. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; three sons, two daughters, a brother, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


     WILLIS STEWART, 80, died Jan. 25, 2002, at a nursing home in Sligo PA. He was wounded at the Remagen Bridgehead and was awarded the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster. He was a former trucker and salesman. Survivors include two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two stepchildren; six step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.


     JAMES SCHIERBERL, 79, A/372, died Nov. 24, 2001, at Clarion PA. He received the Purple Heart. He established a food service company and also worked for the state lottery. He retired as a golf course superintendent. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, two sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


     ALVIN CONINE, 77, M/394, died Aug. 14, 2000, at his residence in Sherman TX. He was a retired administrative officer with the Internal Revenue Service. Survivors include two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


     WALLACE DILLARD, 78, 394th Anti-Tank Company medic, died July 19, 2001, in Columbia TN following a lengthy illness. He taught junior high school in Columbia for 50 consecutive years, coaching more than 30,000 men in championship basketball and football teams. He was a member of the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Blanche, and one son.


     ROY STENBORG, 85, I/393, died in February 2002, at Scandia MN. Survivors include his wife, Eve, two daughters, a son, a grandson, and a sister.


     WELDON MORROW, gunner for C/924, died Jan. 31, 2002, following a battle with bone cancer. After the war he returned to north Texas and received his degree in engineering. He worked for IBM Corp. for more than 42 years. He was a concessionaire at the Texas State Fair for more than 14 years. An avid golfer, he was a volunteer for the Byron Nelson Golf Classic scoring committee for more than 30 years. Survivors include his wife Judy, a son, two daughters, and three grandchildren.


     GROVER CISSELL, 84, E/395, died Jan. 6, 2002, at his home in Louisville KY. He was retired from Philip Morris USA. Survivors include a son, three daughters, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


     JOHN M. COLLINS, S/394, died Oct. 20, 2000. He was the regimental personnel officer for the 394th Infantry from early 1943 until the regiment was deactivated at Camp Patrick Henry VA, in the fall of 1945. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, and 11 children.


     MARLO F. SMITH, 81, died May 13, 2000, at Gahanna OH. He retired as a first lieutenant in August 1946. He retired from the Federal Civil Service with more than 35 years of service. Survivors include his wife Kathryn, son, daughter, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


     George L. Mahnke, 79, Q/370, of Westlake OH, died Nov. 22, 2001. He served with Headquarters Battery, 370th Field Artillery Battalion. He was a retired NASA employee who enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He is survived by his wife, Louise, and many nieces and nephews.


     Irving Murphy, F/395, of Edinboro PA, died Nov. 7, 2001. He and his son-in-law were on the spring battlefield tour to Belgium and Germany. His dog tags are in the museum at Elsenborn.


     John Botzchea, T/393, of Butler PA, died Nov. 22, 2001. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease. He was with the 99th from Camp Van Dorn until the end of the war. He is survived by his wife, Sophia.


     Jesse "Chet" Mellott, 79, of Carlisle PA, died July 14, 2001. He was with K/394 from Camp Van Dorn to Elsenborn Ridge when he was sent to a hospital in England with frozen feet. He was a life-long farmer, former employee of Petermans Power Equipment, and a school bus driver. Survivors include a daughter, brother, sister, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


     Thomas "Newt" Sumpter, 80, of Port Deposit MD, died Nov. 11, 2001, in Rising Sun MD. He served in the Signal Company of the 99th from 1943 to 1946. In 1977 he retired as a machinist and welder at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He was a winter resident of Bradenton FL, and enjoyed monthly luncheons with other 99'ers. He was a member of the Joseph Davis Post 47 American Legion and the Elks Lodge, both in Harvre de Grace MD, and VFW Post 7687 in Chesapeake MD. Survivors include a daughter, three stepdaughters, two stepsons, a brother, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


     Charles T. Sayers, 79, S/395, of LaGrange GA, died Sept. 23, 2001. He retired as captain of the City of LaGrange Fire Department after 28 years of service. He was a member of the Methodist church, a life member of the VFW, and a member of Elm City #544 Free and Accepted Masons for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter; two sons; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.


     Francis J. Cunningham, 79, F/394, died July 25, 2001, at his hime in York PA. He entered the service Dec. 1, 1942, was stationed at Camp Van Dorn MS and Camp Maxey TX, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. He was a platoon sergeant and tech sergeant. Survivors include his wife, Alda Grace; two sons; a daughter; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.


     Joseph L. Yesse, 80, C/394, of Fremont WI, died Oct. 21, 2001. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; two sons; and one daughter. Among those attending funeral services were two C/394 friends, Gerald Trescher and Elbert Ikerd.


     Donald W. Gangway, 80, I/395, died Oct. 6, 2001. He was a cook and joined I Company at Camp Van Dorn and was still with the company on VE-Day. He is survived by his wife, Brigitte; three children; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


     Edward J. Gustav, 81, B/393, of Elmhurst IL, died Oct. 21, 2001. He was a longtime member of the association and for many years, prior to his last illness, assisted the chairman in the Memorial Service at annual conventions. His college education was interrupted when he entered the Army. After his discharge, he resumed his college studies at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering. Gustav was a sales executive for Vapor International for 35 years, specializing in boilers that produced heat and lighting for passenger rail cars. Survivors include his wife, Lois, and two daughters. Attending funeral services on behalf of the 99th were past president Harry Crossey and Rudy Liska, along with Lois Franklin, widow of the late Bill Franklin, a former secretary of the association.


     George H. Redmond, 79, R/394, died Dec. 4, 2001, in Greensboro NC. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner at Nuremberg, Germany. He was an avid gardener and loved to share his vegetables with friends and local charities. He is survived by his wife, Florrie, a son, daughter, and grandson.


     CHARLES D. "CD" MILL, 88, C & B/372, died Jan. 29, 2002, of lymphoma, at St. Louis MO. . He was 88 years old. Mill was the first 372nd enlisted man to be given a battlefield commission and was then assigned as assistant exec to then 1st Lt. Charles Biggio, and served in that capacity until the end of the war. He is survived by his wife, Edwine, and two children.


     JOHN J. SULLIVAN, 80, S/372, died Oct. 19, 2001, at Norwich CT. He was proud of his service with the 99th during the war, and he frequently attended the annual reunions. He is survived by his wife, Marion, and eight children.

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