Plans are solidifying for a weekend (January 30-February 3, 2020) in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2020. The Maison Dupuy is a boutique hotel in the residential area of the historic French Quarter. Negotiated rates are $139.00/night plus $22 in state, local and occupancy taxes.
The rate is negotiated for each of the nights January 30 (Thursday) through Monday February 3, 2020.
Events include a tour of the National WWII Museum, a banquet on Saturday February 1, 2020.
Optional tours may include a trip to the Houma Mansion and Plantation, Dinner cruise on the Mississippi River, or a canoe tour trip on the Shell Bank bayou.
For more information you can contact Phebe Davol @ firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone 512-917-0423.
Here is the link to make your reservation for the hotel. You can also call 1-800-535-9177 and ask for “10th Mountain Division Reunion Group”. Personally, the hotel prefers the online link, but it is up to you.
The Armadillo Chapter had a fantastic reunion in Bricktown, OKC, OK the weekend of September 27-29th. 24 adults and 4 children attended including two WWII veterans – Merrill Clark 85C and Hulin Robert 86C. We began the weekend Friday night at Toby Keiths I Love This Bar and Grill for dinner followed by meet and greet at the Hyatt Place Bricktown. On Saturday we toured the Alfred P Murrah bombing site and museum in the morning followed by lunch at the Bricktown Brewery. In the afternoon Michael Gonzales, the curator of the 45th Infantry museum, gave us a most educating tour of this great WWII museum. We had our banquet following the tour at the museum catered by Carinos along with our annual auction. After a business meeting Sunday morning we all departed for our homes. Our next reunion set for New Orleans the last week in January 2020. All are welcome to attend and room space is limited so reserve early! Contact Phebe Davol for more details!
Metro New York
Our second luncheon of 2019 has been scheduled for SATURDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2019 at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. And you are all cordially invited. The place is PICCOLO SOGNO, a small Italian restaurant located at 195-14 47th Avenue in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. Please feel free to call for directions in the unlikely event you are stuck in the 20th century like me, without a G.P.S. device or even a map (at least I have several of those). The price remains as before, $39 per person, and we hope to have a small raffle again of several souvenir prizes. As usual, also feel free to bring a photo or two of your 10th Mtn. loved one(s) that we can display. We hope to have several surprise guests including at least two WWII 10th Mountain Division Veterans. Besides your photos and/or stories of past, present and even future events, please also remember to bring your appetite! PLEASE LET Rus Salemi KNOW IF YOU WILL ATTEND OR NOT BY MONDAY OCTOBER 14th. Rus SALEMI: (Tels. 718-932-5351 or 347-744-0121) or this e-mail address: (email@example.com)
Summary of Metro New York 2019 Activities to Date
Our April luncheon at Prato Trattoria in Carmel Hamlet, N.Y. was a big success and we enjoyed the company of 22 guests including WWII veterans John J. Heller (86-I), Ralph H. Tallmadge (604th F.A. HQ) and their families.
A big highlight also was the 10th Mountain Association’s Annual Reunion at Ft. Drum in June. Our Descendants Board of Directors meeting was held there too at the close of the long weekend on Sunday, 23 June that began with a relaxing reception in Watertown on 20 June followed by a bus tour of the Fort that included the honoring of the 10th’s Fallen (additionally, Gold Star families had gathered earlier in the week), tours by soldiers of their barracks, equipment and historical displays, a winery tour at Thousand Islands, Sackets Harbor (War of 1812 sites), an air show, battle reenactments, statuary and architecture that were all enlightening and most enjoyable events and scenery.
2019 has been a sobering year as well. After losing “original” 10th Mountaineer William J. Duncan (86-A) of Danbury, CT in March, we were further saddened by the sudden death of Anthony J. “Tony” Sileo (85-I) of Bristol, CT only days after the conclusion of the Ft. Drum Reunion. Tony had hoped to make the trip despite some unremarkable ailments not unusual for someone of his advanced years, but he chose to stay home. A postcard to him from me was found in his mailbox just feet from where he had fallen prior to his passing at a nearby hospital. Tony had had a remarkable “run”, leaving us at 96 and my brief friendship with him was rich in quality if not time. Descendant Roger Miller (Dad: Eugene Miller of 87-G) was a particularly special friend of Tony and they hit it off when first meeting at the May 2017 oratorio in Hartford written and composed by the daughters of the late Dr. John K. Meneely, Jr. (87-MED) in his memory. On 7 December 2018, the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tony was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame near the State Capitol. I was proud and honored to attend the event as I was, when early this past spring, Tony was also honored with the U.S. Army’s Infantry Association’s Order of St. Maurice at his hometown library in Bristol.
Later in the summer I had the opportunity to visit Descendant and disabled Vietnam Marine veteran Michael Ricci (Cousin: Prospero “Mike” Cucci of 86-I, KIA) at the Jersey Shore where he directs the non-profit summer program “Operation Beachhead.” Disabled veterans who join (and more recently, now open to anyone who is disabled) are aided and conducted by able-bodied volunteers into the ocean to go surfing, buggy-boarding, kayaking, or to relax in floating chairs. The events are joyous ones judging by my single day in attendance. John Heller, by the way, was a close friend of Michael’s cousin Prospero and was in fact, alongside him when the latter made the Supreme Sacrifice at the Battle of Monte della Torraccia, 23 February 1945 and where John was severely wounded the same day. It’s our fond hope to get John and Michael to finally meet in person.
Others we contacted and visited this year, as perhaps mentioned in the e-mail prior to the April luncheon, are Phil Selleroli of northwest NJ who served with the Cold War era 10th Division (shorn of its “Mountain” designation) (1956-7) and Adam Carbery also of northwest NJ and of the modern 10th Mtn (LI) who served in the Balkans ca.1999. We are very saddened to report that Adam’s wife Devon passed away in July after a very long battle with cancer. She leaves behind two young children.
One last sorrowful item to report and it is the passing of Werner Wolfgang “Chuck” Weiss of 85-L, on 9 September, inst. Rus had the pleasure of conversing with Mr. Weiss several times in the past two years, but a meeting was apparently never meant to be, as long-lasting infirmities kept him indisposed often. He did relate some interesting stories however, one in particular about him and his friend and company mate, the late Earl Norem, famed artist and cover artist for many a 10th Mountain Association magazine and roster. “Chuck’s” life was rich and varied and his love of skiing was legendary. Please see my post on the 10th Mountain Division Descendants and Friends Facebook group page (with obituary and comments about Mr. Weiss’ life). I was honored to be asked to speak at his funeral services at his synagogue in Manhattan on 11 September, a doubly solemn day, of course, especially for New Yorkers who knew him.
In conclusion, there are three more items to relate, one bittersweet but celebratory in spirit and finally, two truly of unalloyed good news. The passing of Charles Minot “Mint” Dole this past July (see original e-mail of 7 August 2019, below) has been followed by a gathering at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. CT just this past Sat., the 21st. “Mint” was a passionate member of a singing group called The Dissipated Eight at his alma mater, Middlebury College in Vermont. They are an all-male “a cappella” group co-founded by Mr. Dole in 1952. Members of several graduating classes totaling over 60 vocalists, including the Class of 2023, performed for a sentimental audience of family and friends in a memorial tribute to “Mint”, the son of the 10th Mountain Division’s visionary founder, Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole. It was a fitting and moving event that saw many laughing and crying in fond remembrance. The first “pure” good news is the image attached to the earlier e-mail below sent to recently retired “Blizzard” editor, Ms. F. Hallanan. This e-mail’s news was mistakenly NOT printed in the latest “Blizzard” so here’s an opportunity to catch up. Sydney Williams’ book “Dear Mary” was happily published earlier this year after several years of work and the labor of love included book signings (still ongoing) and one earlier this month by Sydney in his hometown in eastern CT that I was able to attend. The second piece of good news is the prospect of another author of 10th Mountain history possibly favoring us with his presence at our 26 October get-together. The publication of his book is still pending, I believe and….wait….the surprise is a double one and I’ll say no more. PLEASE JOIN US to find out, enjoy good food and drink and share some great company!
Here is contact information for the Metro New York Chapter Director, RUS SALEMI: (Tels. 718-932-5351 or 347-744-0121) or this e-mail address: (firstname.lastname@example.org) and PICCOLO SOGNO: (Tel.718-224-1717).
New England Chapter
November 3, 2019: New England Chapter is having a Fall Luncheon at Markis Restaurant, Concord, NH, 12 PM Social time, 1 PM lunch. New England Board meeting 10-12 AM. Contact Mac Jackson by phone 802-583-2833 or e-mail email@example.com
March 13-15, 2020: Hannes Schnieder Meister Cup Weekend, Cranmore Resort, North Conway, NH (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 14, 2020: 10th Mountain Cup, Cranmore Resort, North Conway, NH (Contact: email@example.com)
Delaware River Valley
We will be having our Veterans’ Day event on Sunday 11/10/19 (luncheon at Overbrook Country Club in Villanova PA. If anyone will be in the Delaware Valley area, they can email Barbara Catterall at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington DC Chapter News
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2, 2019,
for our 10th Mountain Division WDC Chapter
Veterans Day Luncheon.
Our speaker will be Bob Patrick. In case his name seems familiar, he and his wife Val went on the 2017 10th Mountain Italy trip and Bob was also our private guide through the Library of Congress a few years ago. Bob’s topic is “Veterans History Project – Preserving our Veterans’ Stories”.
Bob Patrick is the former director of the Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. VHP is a national initiative mandated by Congress to collect, preserve and make accessible the first-person accounts of America’s wartime veterans. Retiring from the US Army in 1999, Bob spent more than five years in a leadership role with the National World War II Memorial Project of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The Veterans Day Luncheon will be at Hellas Restaurant, 8498 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, MD 21108. Please arrive at 11:00 A.M. It is a lovely family owned restaurant located 1 or 2 miles from the Hudyma house. It is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking on both sides of the restaurant. The menu will be a choice of Home Style Lasagna, Gyro Platter, Chicken Souvlaki or Shrimp Salad. They are very happy to work with special diets. Beverages, salad and a dessert are included. The cost will be $30.00 per person. Please bring cash or a check made out to Kim Hudyma. We only have the room for three hours, so try to arrive promptly at 11:00 A.M.! Our speaker should start at around 11:30 A.M.
Please RSVP by Saturday, October 26th. Either email Kim or call 410-859-8490 (home) or 443-306-0750 (cell). Please feel free to ask for more details.
Rocky Mountain Chapter and 10th Mountain Division Resource Center
- Denver Public Library, Sunday 10/20/19 – Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division (1944–1945) – author Sydney Williams III will read from and discuss the book he wrote based on the correspondence between his mother and father.
- Denver, Colorado: Tattered Cover Bookstore LoDo 1628 16th St. Mall: Monday 11/11/19 – The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors, a history book talk & signing with Maurice Isserman
10th Mountain Division Ski-In Daze February 26, 2020 through March 5, 2020
Save the Date!! Details to follow soon.