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The 82nd Airborne
Division Association

South Florida Chapter

The South Florida Trooper
Online Newsletter of The South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association
Volume Four, Issue 04 - September / October 2001

"America's Guard Of Honor"
Chartered By The US Congress
All The Way

Picnic & ELECTION Meeting - SATURDAY, September 8th, 2001

TOPEEKEEGEE YUGNEE PARK ( TY Park ) Take I-95 to Hollywood Florida - Exit At Sheridan Street or Stirling Road - Go West about a mile to Park Road - Turn North from Sheridan or South from Stirling another mile or so to the main park entrance - Follow the signs to the Airborne! Pavilion (#14).

The September 8th picnic begins Saturday at about 11:00 AM for the early-birds, about noon for the rest of us.

THIS IS OUR ANNUAL ELECTIONS MEETING where 82nd Airborne Division Association South Florida Chapter Officers and Directors for the coming year are nominated and elections are held. Please note that troopers are needed to stand for 2001/2002 office in the Chapter and the best way to get your name into consideration, or the name of a fellow member you feel would be a valuable officer for the Chapter, is to be at the picnic and participate in the nomination and election process.

Bring your wife ( and/or girlfriend ) but not both, thank you. Kids and grandkids of all ages are welcome at what is a really enjoyable family affair. The covered Airborne pavilion is on the banks of a peaceful lake with fish, turtles, ducks and iguanas wandering about. Before lunch there're coffee and donuts for the aforementioned early-birds. Most everyone is busy chowing down by noon and the eating and socializing take up the better part of the day. There's a short business meeting which takes place generally around 1:30 or so and never seems to interfere too much with the consumption of the complementary burgers, hotdogs and cold drinks which abound. If you plan on eating more than your share, bring a covered dish of your choice so the rest of us won't starve. The Chapter supplies coffee and sodas - if you want beer or wine just bring your own. All members and their families are welcome to attend. Airborne troopers who are not yet members but who want to come to the picnic and check out the South Florida 82nd Airborne Chapter are welcome to do so, and may sign up on the spot to become members themselves. Membership in The South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association may just be the best $12.50 you'll spend this year.

The meeting breaks up somewhere after 3PM depending on how many war-stories remain untold as of mid-afternoon. It's amazing how small the airborne community really is and how many troopers show up at the meetings and picnics who were in the same units and at the same posts - and who have experiences and friends in common from their active duty days.

Don't forget Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, October 16th, 2001, at the:

VFW Post 1966
350 SW 25th Street
Fort Lauderdale FL 33315-2616
Phone 954-765-0791

Have You Paid Your 2002 Association Dues Yet?

If your membership card doesn't say 2002,
you haven't paid for this year.
Please send your check for $12.50 payable to:

82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
c/o Joseph J Pappacoda, Secretary
Colee Station, Post Office Box 2454
Fort Lauderdale FL 33303-2454

If you'd like to make it out for a little extra,
anything over the annual $12.50
will go directly to our
South Florida Chapter's BOOSTER FUND
... Thanks for your continued help and support!

What July Fourth Means to Me By Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan wrote the following piece for Independence Day in 1981:

For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July. I remember it as a day almost as long anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures. No later than the third of July - sometimes earlier - Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We'd count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July. I'm afraid we didn't give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I'm sure we're better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant "cracker" - giant meaning it was about 4 inches long. But enough of nostalgia. Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.

There is a legend about the day of our nation's birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words "treason, the gallows, the headsman's axe," and the issue remained in doubt. The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, "They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever." He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.

Well, that is the legend. But we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor. What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough. John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart. Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston and Middleton. Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt. But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world.

In recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history. Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government. Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

Sick Call Report

from Joe Guilbert, our Chapter Chaplain, has Norm Gray hospitalized with cancer and Stu Franke with a heart attack. We wish a quick recovery to them both.

We Get Mail From:

We Get Mail From: "Albert Owens" <> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 19:52:01 +0100
To: <> Subject: Parachute Regiment Association Northern Ireland:

Read your web page ( Brilliant ) I'm secretary Northern Ireland Branch and I bid you and your Chapter Hello from your Brothers across the Atlantic. Airborne All The Way, Stay Safe, Be Good. Albert Owens, Secretary (PRA) NI

We Send Mail To:

We Send Mail To: Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 16:44 From: irv weinsoff <>
To: Dear Dean O'Shea,

My name is below and my issue is Dr. Ellis. I am a lawyer who served as an army paratrooper in the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in the Korean Conflict. If you have an honor system or society as such there will be big trouble ahead for such a notable school if this fraud of a teacher is allowed to retain his position on the faculty. No educational institution can long retain its honor when it fails to enforce the same requirement from the faculty as is demanded from the students. Irving Weinsoff, Esq

We Get Mail From:

From: '>"Don O'Shea" <> Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 23:48
To: weinsoff <> Subject: your mail - Dear Counselor Weinsoff,

On behalf of the College, thank you for your recent email. We agree that it is both unacceptable and disrespectful, especially to those who have served or who have lost friends or family members to war, for anyone to fabricate stories about military service in Vietnam. We are deeply sorry for the pain this has caused.Please know that Mount Holyoke College is taking this matter seriously. I am attaching for your information the letter written by President Joanne V. Creighton on June 20, 2001 to the editor of the Boston Globe. Sincerely, Donal O'Shea Dean of Faculty

Editor: The Boston Globe, Recent developments concerning Joseph Ellis have been very difficult for the Mount Holyoke community, where he has a distinguished background as a scholar, teacher, colleague, and mentor. To my knowledge, during Professor Ellis's twenty-nine years at Mount Holyoke, no one has previously brought to the College's attention any allegations about misrepresentation of his military record, and I presumed his innocence when I first heard of this matter. However, Professor Ellis has since admitted, both publicly and to me privately, that he did misrepresent his military service. While I was dismayed to learn about this issue through the press, I do not question the right of the press to pursue the truth. Misleading students in the classroom is a serious academic matter, and claiming service in Vietnam falsely is disrespectful, especially to all those who have served. Now, in view of the College's commitment to the highest standards of academic integrity, it is the duty of the College to investigate the facts that have been brought to light and to move ahead judiciously and justly. Sincerely yours, Joanne V. Creighton, President, Mount Holyoke College


August 17, 2001

Dear Members of the Mount Holyoke Community:

I write to inform you of the College's disposition of the disclosure, first published in the Boston Globe on June 18, that Professor Joseph J. Ellis had falsely claimed military service in Vietnam, a charge he subsequently confirmed in a phone call to me and in a statement published on June 19 in the Globe. On June 27, the College's Faculty Advisory Committee on Appointments, Reappointments, and Promotions assumed responsibility for an inquiry into the matter.

In an intensive series of meetings, including a session with Professor Ellis, the Advisory Committee reviewed and considered, among other documents and information, his syllabus and file of lecture and discussion notes for his Vietnam course, which he voluntarily shared with the Committee; student evaluations from his entire career at the College; and solicited and unsolicited letters and email messages from his students and colleagues as well as from other members of the Mount Holyoke community and the public. The Advisory Committee has submitted its confidential report and recommendations to me. I thank the Committee for the care, intellectual rigor, and thoughtfulness with which it conducted its inquiry, and I now share with you, the Mount Holyoke community, the final resolution of this painful and difficult matter.

First, as President of the College, I strongly rebuke Professor Ellis for his lie about his military experience in his course entitled "The Vietnam War and American Culture" as well as with colleagues and others. Perpetuated over many years, his lie about himself clearly violates the ethics of our profession and the integrity we expect of all members of our community. Even though his fabrication appears to have been an aside in an otherwise responsible, intellectually challenging course that immersed students in a crucial chapter of U.S. history, it was a particularly egregious failing in a teacher of history. Misleading students is wrong and nothing can excuse it. Professor Ellis illegitimately appropriated an authority that was not his and abused his students' trust. His misrepresentation damaged collegial relations within the College and hurt the Mount Holyoke community and others outside it.

Second, Professor Ellis will be suspended for one year without pay. In addition, he has agreed to step down from his endowed chair until such time as the Trustees may wish to reinstate it. The year away should give him and the College time for reflection and repair. This sanction is consistent with our honor code for students and its emphasis on education, reflection, and ultimately restoration to an honorable place in our community. Professor Ellis has accepted the College's censure and sanctions. He has apologized to me personally and has expanded his earlier public apology. His statement will be posted, along with this letter, on the Mount Holyoke Web site.

This is a very difficult matter for Professor Ellis and for all of us who know and admire him as teacher, colleague, and friend. He made a terrible mistake. We cannot condone it. Moreover, we deplore the disrespect Professor Ellis's lie has shown to Vietnam veterans, and, on behalf of all of us at the College, I apologize for any pain his misrepresentation has caused them and their families.

While the College must censure Professor Ellis for his serious failing and the damage it has done, yet, we also must acknowledge his twenty-nine years of truly distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service to the College. One cannot review his record without being impressed with the power and effectiveness of his teaching, the substance and grace of his writing, and the way his administrative contributions have, in countless ways, been woven into the fabric of the College. The Advisory Committee and I believe that Mount Holyoke College can unequivocally condemn Professor Ellis's lie and impose significant sanctions at the same time that it can accept his apology and make room for his return and future service to the College.

I earnestly hope that Professor Ellis and the Mount Holyoke community will find educational and restorative benefit in this painful experience.

Sincerely, Joanne V. Creighton - Copyright © 2001 Mount Holyoke College.

Certificate of Service

The French Consulate would like to award a Certificate of Service to any veteran who served in France during WWII. The award ceremonies would be similiar to the one that was held for the WWI veterans when they were handed Certificates of Service. The French Consulate would like to have the ceremonies during the month of September.

Anyone interested in this, please respond ASAP with notification of the person's name, unit, time, and area of service. Please fax the information to 954-561-3655 or mail it to American Legion Post 222, Attn: Charles Wright, 4250 NE 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale FL 33334-3153. Call 954-561-3655 for specifics.

Reported by Brian “Taz” Gehling

Looking for someone from 82nd from 1970s

We Get Mail From: Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 01:20:19 EDT
To: Subject: Looking for someone from 82nd from 1970s

I am looking for a gentlemen who was in the 82nd during the Viet Nam War. Name was Daniel Manion and he was from New York. It was a bad time during that period as is any war but I never got to close the book on him and have always wondered if he made it back ok. If you have heard of him or know someone who does, please let me know. Or maybe you know how I can find him. It is one of those things you know you have to do before final roll call.

Thanks Reba

Officers and Directors INSTALLATION DINNER

Saturday, November 17th, 2001

Start planning now to attend our Annual Installation Dinner. Preparations are under way, and we need donations for door prizes. Please contact the Banquet Chairman:

Robert Niskanen at 1-305-852-4272

Reservations must be received No Later Than November 10th, 2001. This is our only social event where a jacket and tie are suggested.

We will have our installation of officers and presentation of an award for Trooper of The Year. There will be drawings for Door Prizes and a Basket Of Cheer. There'll be gifts for everyone and a great time will be had by all, as usual.

Come for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres @ 6:00;
Dinner is served around 7:00;
Installation Ceremonies, not-too-boring speeches and bad-to-worse jokes begin about 8:30.

See you November 17th at:
The Bavarian Village Restaurant
1401 North Federal Highway
Hollywood, Florida 33020-2896
Phone 1-954-922-7321

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Mail Check To:
82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter, c/o Robert V Niskanen,
Banquet Chairman, Post Office Box 1034, Tavernier FL 33070-1034

Entree Desired How Many @ Cost Each Total Cost

Chicken Cordon Bleu ________ X $ 20.50 = $_____.__

Prime Rib Of Beef ________ X $ 23.00 = $_____.__

Fresh Salmon ________ X $ 20.50 = $_____.__

Weiner or Jaeger Schnitzel ________ X $ 23.00 = $_____.__

Dinner will be served with a fruit cup, a salad and an apple strudel for dessert.

Name ________________________________

Address ___________________________

City _____________________________

State ___ Zip ________________

Phone ___________________

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Honor Guard of The 82nd Airborne Division
Association Inc, South Florida Chapter

If you’d like to serve on the Honor Guard and
show the colors at various functions, contact

Ron Stirlacci at 1-954-730-0773
or Gus Vass at 1-954-989-2831

We can always use an extra trooper or two (or more)
to fill out our roster and make it to the various parades
or memorial activities when other members may not be
able to attend, to keep the ranks closed and our colors flying.

Upcoming Airborne Activities - For Your Information

Here are some activities of regional and national interest which you may be interested in attending.
More info ...

Third Memorial Hwy. Anniversary

Windsor, CT
September 14-15, 2001
Paul Poirier 1-868-688-9396

40th Annual All Ohio Days

Dayton, OH
October 4-6, 2001
Jerry Swigart 1-513-898-2084

15th Annual All Florida Days

Kissimmee, FL
October 25-27, 2001
Eric Hammond 1-407-239-1723

Veterans Day Activities

Washington, DC
November 8-11, 2001
Frank Varelli 1-301-899-7431

56th Annual National Convention

Norfolk, VA
August 20-23, 2002
Laurence Bragg 1-757-622-6411

16th Annual All Florida Days

Fort Lauderdale, FL
September (dates uncertain) 2002
Irv Weinsoff 1-305-573-1666

Got An AIRBORNE Activity You'd Like Everyone To Know About ?

We plan to use the South Florida Chapter WebSite to keep in closer contact and allow for more frequent updates of information regarding Chapter activities and functions.

Contact our WebMaster / Newsletter Editor (Bob Wirt) and be sure to send your article or announcement by SnailMail to PO Box 11280, Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280; or FAX to 1-954-565-5922; or e-mail (preferred)

The online WebSite as well as our Snail-Mail Newsletter are only as useful as you make them. If you have a Chapter activity you'd like to announce, please e-mail the particulars in advance so we can get the word out to everyone:

click here to Contact Our WebMaster and send your article or announcement

If you know of other Chapters' operations or functions which are open to our troopers and would like to pass the word along, send that information as well. Please include dates, addresses and phone numbers plus the contact individuals so we can ensure the word we pass along is complete and correct. We'll do our best to get your announcement onto the WebSite and into the Newsletter so you'll get the most member involvement and best turnout possible.

Sick Call Notifications

If anyone knows of South Florida Chapter members who are ill or have died (these conditions are not necessarily connected, but certainly do occur in that order) please send the notifications to us via e-mail in care of both:

Chapter Chaplain - Joe Guilbert

Chapter WebMaster - Bob Wirt

For an illness, we'll need to know contact information about where cards may be sent or phone calls made, and what condition has knocked the Trooper low. In the case of a death, please provide some specific details or a link to the local newspaper's obituary so we can access it for the other Troopers who may not have known.

Thanks - AIRBORNE ! - Bob Wirt, Newsletter Editor / WebMaster

OnLine Roster : Some troopers who are online have their e-mail addresses published in The South Florida Trooper News Letter so that other Airborne Troopers can more easily maintain contact with them, and they are:

Jim Battaglia

Robert Buffington

Herb Bunch

Jimmy Campillo

Chris Collins

John Desormeau

Patrick Devine

Captain Laura M Foglesong

Jean-Marie Funke

Brian Gehling

Norman J. Gray

Joe Guilbert

Jimmy Harrison

Al Hernandez

Angel R Jerez

Joe Lanzillo

Larry Marks

Ted W Mauzey

Laren Melton

Edward Meyers

Don Moffett

Robert V. Niskanen

Joseph J Pappacoda ( Secretary )

Peter Portilla

Frank Rivera

French Shannon Jr

Leonard Sikora

Thomas Skrzyniecki

Ron Stirlacci

Jack Sullivan

Terry Watts

Phil Webb

Irv Weinsoff

Bob Wirt

If any others are interested in joining our e-mail group please let us know by sending your current e-mail address, preferably on-line, to:

Also, we plan to offer members personal page links from our domain for some nominal annual fee, which funds would go into our Booster Club to help cover online site costs. To see what a sample personal page might look like, click on the name Bob Wirt but keep in mind that your Webmaster just got carried away with his, not knowing when to stop posting stuff.

82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter

Officers for 2000-2001

South Florida Chairman

Don Moffett
( Phyllis )


Bob Wirt
( Bettye )


Joseph J Pappacoda
( Sheri )

Judge Advocate

Ronald J.Stirlacci
( Lydia )


Ed Meyers
(954) 967-8182
( Lucille )

VA Hospital Representative
Irv Weinsoff
( Sylvia )

Directors for 2000-2001

Brian Gehling
1-954-731-2214 ( Herline )

Irv Weinsoff
1-305-573-1666 ( Sylvia )

Jim DeMatteo
1-954-432-8364 ( Janet )

French Shannon
1-954-472-3721 ( Marie )

Steve Mueller
1-954-970-9832 ( Pamela )

Jimmy Campillo
1-954-963-1454 ( Lucy )

Chapter Historian :

Beverlee Niskanen
Past National President

50th Anniversary Commemoration Parachute Jump
with The Phantom Airborne Brigade
and The Rakkasans - Russ Brambi, Secretary
Reported by: Ron Stirlacci
Click Here to see the Text and Photos about this Parachute Drop

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Membership Application The South Florida Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association
Telephone Number
( ________ ) _________-__________________
Check One
___ Renewal; ___ New Member; ___ Re-Instatement
Enclosed is $12.50, my membership dues for the year 2000, subscription to PARAGLIDE & Newsletter included.




_______________ 9-digit Zip


Airborne Unit(s)
Include all
Airborne Unit(s)
continue here:
Dates of Airborne Service
Month & Year for each
Dates of Airborne Service
continue here:

Present Occupation
Single ___ Married ___
Spouse's Name __________________ # Children____

Chapter Preference
New Members MUST include a copy of official proof of
either glider or airborne military qualification & service.
Mail Check payable to:
82nd Abn Div So FL Chapter
Joseph J Pappacoda, Secretary
Collee Station, Post Office Box 2454
Fort Lauderdale FL 33303-2454
Phone: 1-954-415-3053

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If any of you lucky TROOPERS have enough spare time on your hands to spend it surfing the WEB click below to check in on our Fayetteville NC HQs

Click here for the May / June 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the March / April 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the January / February 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the November / December 2000 Newsletter Page

Click here for the October 2000 Newsletter Page

Contact Your WebMaster
Bob Wirt, Post Office Box 11280, Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
Phone 1-954-565-8123 or FAX 1-954-565-5922