|82nd Fighting ISIS!
Attached is a
picture of the Croix De Guerre and its certificate. We are
creating a new BN museum to place them in along with the other
I currently have
those and a number of wine bottles. If I am missing
something that you
sent please let me know. Our old museum area was too small to
hold all of it so we had to place some into storage.
Currently the 82d
is deployed with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team to Kuwait as a
reactionary force. Iraq has asked the United States to allow them
to deal with ISIS and they have done a good job with our support.
We do have people in the fight against ISIS but I cannot talk about
their locations or what they are presently doing.
It's sad to hear
there are so few Soldiers left but I am forever grateful for all of
your sacrifices. I plan to have the whole museum display
completed by mid-April. I will make sure to send you photos of
the completed work.
82d EN BN, 2 ABCT,
1 ID Rear Detachment
from the Theatre of Operations - Europe 1944
Courtesy of Randy Huber.
Randy has forwared a bunch of great battlefield maps and items - Many
of them are annotated with handwritten descriptions. Among maps is
Magdeburg, Germany area where the 82nd recieved the Presidential
Unit Award April 12-13, 1945. Notice all the field notes of bridges
built, and bivouac areas.
Click Here to
view the collection.
||Rest in Peace
Hosea William Langeway, age 95, passed away peacefully on June 13,
2015, in Middlebury, CT.
Hosea was born on Oct. 3, 1919, graduated from Vergennes High School
and served with the 82nd Combat Engineers during the European Campaign.
After the war, he attended Vermont Technical College, the School of
Agriculture at UVM, University of Massachusetts and
the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, earning multiple degrees
in agriculture and horticulture.
He operated the family farm until 1964, then served in the US
Postal Service where he retired in 1983.
Our sincere condolences to his family -
Rest in peace soldier..... We prevailed.......
to Randy Huber who is faithfully keeping up on member news!
in Peace Soldier
82nd Combat Engineers
The Huval family from Lafayette, LA, announced the passing of our
friend and fellow 82nd veteran, Earnest 'Sweet' Huval. on
2015. Click the link below for the obit and a great picture of his
memorbilia from the European campaign.
Peace to you, good friend, and our prayers and condolences to his
Huval Pdf (adobe reader
from Randy Huber
Just was reviewing the remaining
living roster of the 82nd ECB and was saddened to discover 4 of
your colleagues have recently passed.
-1- Ernest L Huval (Co B) Died March
-2- Walter L Moody (Co C) Died March 23,
-3- Fred M. Harned (Co A) Died April
-4- Wesley O Rumer (Co B, H&S Co) Died
April 17, 2015
Also you may have known "Collie"
Castiglione from reunions, wife of Biagio (Ben) Castiglione (H&S
Co). She passed Feb 2, 2015 after 67 years of marriage.
This recount establishes that there are
only 33 original 82nd ECB members remaining.
Best Regards to you and Joann,
(editor's note: Thanks to Randy for
keeping up on the membership news and contributing to the efforts to
help the battalion stay informed.)
Battle for St. Lo
July 18, 1944
15,000-man 29th Infantry Division, along with the 650-man 82nd Combat
Engineer Batttalion defeated the Germans at the battle of St. Lo, in
Normandy. The battle had raged for 10-days. The division commander,
General Gerhardt, was killed during this battle, along with 13 members
of the 82nd Engineers.
I was reminded of
this date by a column in my daily newspaper which lists important past
events "on this date" in the past.
I phoned a former
82nd Engineer today, and he well remembered that battle. Including the
German airplane which flew over us most nights just before dark, taking
photos of our troop locations. We called him, "bedcheck
Ed "Doc" Molloy
|Major Molloy attends 82nd Recommission
Ceremony at Fort Riley........
||Major Ed "Doc" Molloy attended the
reactivation of the 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion, in Fort Riley,
Kansas. Doc spoke before the battalion on the parade ground, prior to
the parade in review.
Doc was there by invitation from Major Robert Phillipson who expressed
interest in keeping the legacy of all 82nd units active and to make
sure the new members understand the history and sacrafice of the
European and Southeast Asian campaigns.
Maj Phillipson was excited to learn that we were looking for a good
home for the 82nd memoribilia, including the collection of medals the
82nd recieved for the European campaign.......Doc presented the
memorbilia to the new 82nd in a ceremony on Oct 16.......
Seventy years ago, at age 18, Doc joined the ranks of the
first 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion Camp Swift, Texas.
Photos of individuals - Click on the name to view the photo
|If a picture is
worth 10,000 words, we have a story to tell about the size
of several dictionaries! We are always
looking for new photos to add to our album!
Reunion Report for 2010
Host: Todd Husted (associate member)
at roll call:
Bill White -
Buol Hinman -
Lloyd Kenyon -
Jim Mattina - Derby,
Murray Lehrer -
Carl Bodek -
present: Over 100 old soldiers...and we miss
|We began converging on the
RIT INN and Conferance Center, in West Henrietta, N. Y, on Thursday
June 10th. We held our annual
meeting Friday Morning. The focus of the meeting quickly turnedto the
question of the day.... will this be
our last reunion? Result of the meeting was simply that, as we
have matured in years, we are not able to
organize and carry out the the annual meetings.
|After that evening our associate
members ( family and friends) met to discuss how they could assist in
keeping the 82nd Association
going. While little was divulged concerning these discussions, we
informed that we can expect to hear more about their plans at a later
|The hospitality room was excellent
and our banquet, superb!. Each
of our ten vets shared tables with 43 siblings and friends.
On Saturday, we had a comfortable bus trip to Arcade NewYork where we
boarded a 1940's vintage steam train, for a two hour nostalgic trip
back in time.
little was said, we all sensed the sadness at the thought that
we have reached the end of the road.....that our reunions may
We will always carry with us the memories and the comradeship we shared during the
war......and we cherish the
reunions that gave us the opportunity to renew those
old acquaintances and meet many new friends.
There is an air of sadness air
write these words!
associate members are able to extend our lease on comradery it will be
here in very bold letters!
New info! Dick Wells
a package of material from Ric Kropat,
a relative of Dick Wells who was killed in
Belgium on September 9, 1944. Included is a
dutch newspaper story which describes the
battle in which Dick was killed. he also
provided a photo of Cpl. Wells and the War
Dept.telegram received by his parents.
Division - Recent
communications with Wes Johnston, historian 7th Armored Division,
He is pulling together info. on casualties at Overloon for a contact in
Holland. Click here for
|Inquiry from Dan Wendt
- He wanted info on the 258th
Div.) ( we had 23 men with the 258th on the Rhine
from Colonerl Willem Boffin, Belgium Army, seeking information
on the liberation of his town - St. Trond, Belgium - September 9, 1944.
A Co. was there!
family and friends!
I received the
newsletter for the 82nd Combat Engineer Battalion which was addressed
to my grandfather, Regis Stegman. I regret to inform you that Regis
died due to complications from alzheimers in early Nov. 2007. I
received the newsletter because I now live at my grandfather's house. I
moved into his house about a year and a half before he died and spent
that time visiting him every few weeks in the assisted care facility he
was in. That time period was one of the best of my life because of
those visits. I got to spend about an hour with him alone, about 2
hours before he died. That was a real blessing to me. A military color
guard was present for his funeral and they did a gun salute. I have
enclosed a few pictures of that. Also I have enclosed 2 pictures of a
flag that was given to me when he died. The flag was removed from a
building in France by my grandfather, and his buddies signed their
names around the crooked cross.
Then the three, as
with one mouth, praised and glorified and blessed God in the furnace
saying: Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our Fathers: to be praised and
exalted above all forever. And blessed is thy glorious and holy name:
to be praised and exalted above all forever. Blessed art thou in the
temple of thine holy glory: to be praised and glorified above all
The Song of the
Three Young Men, Ch. 1, vs. 28-31
(Please see photo on toe info page - here)
I am the daughter of Frank Oriole and I just
recieved your latest newsletter. It is with great sorrow that I
inform you of the passing of my father. He died June 15, 2010
surrounded by all those that loved him. He was a wonderful
man and I was so very close to him. He lived in NJ near me
and I had a chance to spend almost every day with him. I had the
honor and priviledge to care for him in his final years. I have
his wonderful Purple Heart and will treasure that always.
I wanted to let someone from your battalion know
because I did not see his name listed as recently deceased in the
newsletter. I also want to thank the 82nd Combat Engineer
Battalion for the wonderful flowers that were for his wake.
George Pursiano, who is my godfather, came to pay his final respects.
I would love to continue to receive the
newsletter if possible as it will give me such great peace to see how
my father served his country. You are all heros in my eyes.
Thank you and God Bless.
Karen (Oriole) Brown
- Heard from Lou Egner who now resides
at: 3427 Arnel Dr.,Winter Park, Fl 32792-200334
Just a short note to
let you know I really enjoyed the last newsletter.
My wife Agnes passed
away last year 10-12-10 after a long illness.
I joined the 82nd on
the 31 March 1944 as a replacement and was left
behind when the 82nd went home. finally getting discharged on 21 Dec.
I retired from the
Navy Dept. on 31 May 1985. Moved to Fla. in 1966 and have been in
the nsame home since.
P.S. are you still
- We received some old and some information from Fred Harned,
(619 Sechler Rd, Somerset, Pa.15501
County Pennsylvania produced five of our 82nd men and shortly after all
were discharged and returned home the local newspaper paid tribute
with photos and the story of their service with the 82nd.
> More current,
February 16, 2011 to be exact, Fred, along with many other former
soldiers, received The French "LA Leigon d'Honneur" at the French
embassy in Washington.This honor was presented as a token of
appreciation by the French Government for the sacrifices made by
American soldiers in the liberation of France. In receiving this
award Fred was representing all of the men who fought with the
82nd Engineer Combat Battalion. Congratulations Fred and thank you!
All of the
information submitted by Fred is posted on the information
page. Click here to view