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The 82nd AIRBORNE
Division Association

South Florida Chapter
Tony Altobell, Secretary / Treasurer
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476

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2005 Officers and Directors INSTALLATION DINNER

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

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 Buffington at 1-954-435-9174

Reservations must be received No Later Than October 25th, 2005
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 @ 18:00;
Dinner is served around 19:00;
Installation Ceremonies, not-too-boring speeches and bad-to-worse jokes begin about 20:30.
Guest speaker to be announced... Watch this space...

See you Saturday, November 5th at:
The Bavarian Village Restaurant
1401 North Federal Highway
Hollywood, Florida 33020-2896
Phone 1-954-922-7321

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Make check payable to: 82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
Mail check to: Robert Buffington, 2765 Garden Drive, Cooper City Fl 33026-3605

Entree Desired How Many @ Cost Each Total Cost

Chicken Cordon Bleu ________ X $ 24.00 = $_____.__

Prime Rib Of Beef ________ X $ 27.00 = $_____.__

Fresh Fish Of The Day ________ X $ 27.00 = $_____.__

Weiner or Jaeger Schnitzel ________ X $ 27.00 = $_____.__

Dinners will be served with a fruit cup, salad, stuffed baked potato,
green bean almondine and an apple strudel, coffee & tea included.

Name ________________________________

Address ___________________________

City _____________________________

State ___ Zip ________________

Phone ___________________

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82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter
Chapter Officers Elected At September 2005 Markham Park Picnic
to be Installed At November 2005 Installation Dinner

Officers for 2005-2006

South Florida Chairman
Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive Apt 303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
1-954-730-0773
( Lydia )

Vice-Chairman

French Shannon
1331 SW 114th Way
Davie FL 33325-4548
1-954-472-3721
( Marie )

Secretary / Treasurer

Tony Altobell
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale
FL 33335-2476
1-954-583-8081

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )

Sergeant-At-Arms

Roger Cupo
Apt 303
1830 Dixieana Street
Hollywood FL 33020-3154
1-954-925-9917
Directors for 2005-2006

Director / Chaplain

Myles Gill
1000 Tallwood Avenue Apt 101
Hollywood FL 33021-7967
1-954-322-4452
( Carolyn )

Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
1-305-453-9991
( Phyllis )

Director
Ed Meyers
7531 NW 1st Court
Pembroke Pines
FL 33024-7003
1-954-967-8182

Director

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )

Director

Jim Bono
722 NE 14th Ave Apt
Fort Lauderdale
Fl 33304-2804
1-954-967-8182

Director

Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280

Fort Lauderdale FL 33339
-1280.......1-954-565-8123
( Bettye )

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff



CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER FOR OUR SOLDIERS

The American Legion Women's Auxiliary has a benefit planned for our soldiers abroad from within our community. This event is being called "Christmas In November For Our Soldiers". The purpose of this event is to collect items that will fit into a shoebox to send to the soldiers as a Christmas present.

This event is to take place on November 20, 2005, from 12:-5:PM at 9081 SW 51st Street, Cooper City FL

The collection of items has already begun, and we will have the boxes shipped to the soldiers on or before 11/29/2005.

The 82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter Honor Guard will participate at the event and all troopers who wish to participate with the Guard, or just attend the function as representatives of our Chapter are encouraged to be there on the 20th to show our support of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary in this worthwhile efforts to boost the morale of our troops abroad.

Those of you who spent time overseas or in a war zone know the type of items the troops need, so bring your contributions along with you to the event. Green is good, too, and fits nicely into a shoebox!

For members wishing to participate, contact Ron Stirlacci 954-730-0773; or Gus Vass 954-610-5371

CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER FOR OUR SOLDIERS
American Legion Post 321 Women's Auxiliary

9081 SW 51st Street, Cooper City, FL 33328
phone for further information: 954-434-0965



Don't forget Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, at the:

American Legion Post 92
211 North 21st Avenue
Hollywood FL 33020-4506
Phone: 954-923-2760


Remaining 2005 Regular MEETINGS:
October 18th; and November 15th

REMEMBER - ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE !

AIRBORNE! All The Way!




Fall Picnic, SUNDAY, September 18th, 2005 -
MARKHAM PARK in Weston / Sunrise ( Broward County ) FL

SPREAD THE WORD !!!
... The SEPTEMBER PICNIC location has been changed ...


Our third and last picnic of the year is scheduled for
Sunday, 18 SEP 2005 - the picnic will now be held in the CONFERENCE ROOM next to the RIFLE RANGE at Markham Park. It is an air-conditioned building which will probably be better overall than a covered shelter as we normally get plenty of rain during the September picnics.

Picnic starts at 11:00AM ... Before lunch there're coffee and donuts for the early-birds. Most everyone is busy chowing down by noon or so and the eating and socializing take up the better part of the day with 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. We supply coffee and sodas - if you want beer or wine just bring your own. Groceries contributed by individuals are welcomed, as always, as they definitely supplement the meeting's food budget.

WHO? All paratroopers past and present - members or not. Bring your families and friends, especially that co-worker who also served in the airborne. Wives, kids and grandkids of all ages are welcome at what is a really enjoyable family affair. Anyone you know who was airborne and is not a member should be invited to attend. The Chapter is a great place for airborne types to socialize with their own and to renew old friendships or develop new ones with other like-minded troopers.

All members and their families are welcome to attend. 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. A new membership in The South Florida Chapter of The 82nd Airborne Division Association may just be the best $15.00 you'll spend this year.

A business meeting for the election of officers will be held beginning at 1400 hours, for which nominees must be present to be elected. Those who have not already put their names forward for office are encouraged to do so at the meeting as we always need the services of those willing to contribute their time to the Chapter's ongoing operations and effectiveness. The Chapter's 50th anniversary is upcoming in 2008, and our longevity is due solely to the dedication of a lot of volunteers (just like yourself) who have given of their time and effort to ensure its success.

From the East and I-95: Take I-595 west to exit 1A (136th Avenue). Stay on SR84 and continue west going under the overpass to the Weston Road exit - about 4.3 miles west of exit 1A. Turn right (your military North) into Markham Park.

From the South: Take I-75 to Arvida Parkway, go west to the first traffic light, then turn right (your military North) stay on Weston Road. It will run directly into Markham Park at the intersection with SR84.

Markham Park - 16001 West State Road 84 Sunrise, FL 33326 - Phone (954) 389-2000
665 ACRES OF VARIETY: Woods and Nature Trails; Observatory Tower; Model Airplane Field; Fishing; Target Range; Picnic Shelters; Canoe, Boat, and Bike Rentals with Watercraft Area; Boat Ramps to L35A Canal and New River Canal; Model Airplane Field; Dog Park; Playgrounds; Tennis Courts; Swimming Pool; Racquetball Courts; Restrooms and Showers; Boat Ramp; Concession Stand; Volleyball Courts; 95 Campsites with RV hookups; Hours Daily 8AM-Sunset.


AIRBORNE! All The Way!



IRON MIKE RETIRES
 
Bragg mascot now a museum piece
 
By Kevin Maurer, Staff writer
The Fayetteville (NC) Observer Online © 2005

Iron Mike has spent more than two decades gazing down Randolph Street on Fort Bragg.

With one foot propped on a pile of rocks and his finger on the trigger of a Thompson submachine gun resting on his right hip, the statue of a World War II-era paratrooper has become the unofficial mascot of Fort Bragg.

On Tuesday, that symbol was retired for a new and improved version.

The original Iron Mike statue, which sat at the traffic circle between the Fort Bragg Officers' Club and the post headquarters, is being replaced by a bronze version built by Todd Construction Co., Fort Bragg officials said.

The new statue will be delivered some time in early August. The statue, which costs slightly more than $248,000, was paid for with money Fort Bragg won through the Army Communities of Excellence Program. The program seeks to improve the infrastructure and facilities of Army posts around the world.

The original statue will be refurbished at Simmons Army Airfield and sent to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville.

"He has been busted for a long time," said Tom McCollum, a Fort Bragg spokesman.

Despite its name, the statue isn't made of iron or metal. The designer used strips of polyester dipped in epoxy over a wire frame to shape the statue. For the past couple of years, soldiers have used duct tape and paint to make repairs. Over time, water has seeped through the cracks.

"He is falling apart inside," said Tim Shea, the deputy transportation officer at Fort Bragg.

The statue was proposed in the late 1950s as a tribute to airborne soldiers. Lt. Gen. Robert F. Sink, the commanding general of Fort Bragg at the time, commissioned Leah Hiebert to sculpt the "Airborne Trooper."

Hiebert, the wife of the deputy post chaplain, began making the statue in June 1960. She modeled it after Sgt. Maj. James L. Runyon, who dressed in a World War II uniform and combat equipment. The statue was completed in August 1961 and dedicated during a ceremony Sept. 23, 1961. The project cost $4,340.

For 18 years, Iron Mike sat at the southern entrance to the post on Bragg Boulevard. But the statue was a constant target of vandals who painted its helmet orange and wrapped it in a diaper during the Vietnam War. In 1979, Iron Mike was moved to the traffic circle for protection.

No one knows exactly how the statue got its name. Some believe it came from several heroic World War II soldiers named Mike who continued fighting even after they were wounded. Others believe the name is not really attached to any individual.

Staff photo by Andrew Craft

‘Iron Mike,’ the likeness of a World War II paratrooper that has stood on Fort Bragg for 44 years, rolls down Knox Road on Tuesday. A new statue will replace it in August.
Staff photo by Andrew Craft

The Iron Mike statue is lowered
by a crane onto a flatbed truck
Tuesday on Fort Bragg. It will be refurbished at Simmons Army Airfield.

Early on Tuesday, workers placed steel wires under the base and lifted the statue and its concrete pedestal onto a flatbed trailer pulled by a tractor-trailer.

Around 9 a.m., the truck slowly pulled away from the traffic circle. A handful of spectators stood and watched. Col. Al Aycock, Fort Bragg's garrison commander, and several former paratroopers stood at attention and saluted as Iron Mike passed.

Shea, the deputy transportation officer at Fort Bragg, helped plan the route that the statue took from the traffic circle to the airfield.

Because Iron Mike stands more than 27 feet high, Shea had to figure out a way to move the statue without knocking down power lines. Workers from the power and cable company were on hand in case of an accident.

Claude Bright, a retired warrant officer, stood on the grass and watched the workers take Iron Mike away.

"It's history. I am watching the decades as they change," Bright said.

He served with the 82nd and the 18th Airborne Corps and retired in 2002. Bright remembers in his more than 20 years of service re-enlisting scores of soldiers in front of the statue. It was a sacred place for paratroopers, Bright said.

"Standing in front of Iron Mike, it had more of an importance," he said. "It shows what we went through."

By the Numbers
16'4" - Height from the right heel to the helmet top
3,235# - Weight in pounds
12' - Height in feet of the concrete pyramid base
104" - Waistline in inches
$4,340 - Cost in dollars in 1960

Staff writer Kevin Maurer can be reached at maurerk@fayettevillenc.com or 910-486-3587.

SoFL 82nd Honor Guard
4th of July 2005
Key Largo, Florida
On Duty: Roger LaBonte, Gus Vass, Ron Stirlacci, Tony Altobell, Bob Buffington, Frank Rivera and Myles Gill



82nd Airborne Division
South Florida Chapter
Honor Guard Detail at
Sandy Nininger Memorial

RiverWalk, Fort Lauderdale
4th of July Weekend 2005
Combined Coast Guard &
82nd Airborne Colors


Ron Stirlacci salutes the colors


as do Roger Labonte and Gus Vass

Posted on Mon, Jul. 04, 2005

FORT LAUDERDALE - Coast Guard honors Iraq war victim

BY HANNAH SAMPSON hsampson@herald.com

Under a blazing sun, a 41-foot Coast Guard utility boat idled in the New River. A bugler played taps as two color guards marched.

And Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joseph Ruggiero knelt to place a brick with his friend's name engraved in it at a memorial honoring Broward's war dead.

Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal, who lived in Dania Beach, died on April 24, 2004, the victim of a suicide attack in the northern Arabian Gulf in Iraq, becoming the first member of the U.S. Coast Guard killed in action since the Vietnam War.

Ruggiero was with Bruckenthal when they were attacked. Ruggiero's right arm was injured, shrapnel struck his face, and his eardrums burst.

''I was very fortunate,'' Ruggiero said after the ceremony Sunday.

Bruckenthal was a member of the Tactical Law Enforcement Team South at Opa-locka Airport; he was on his second tour in Iraq when he was killed.

Shortly before he died, Bruckenthal learned that his wife was pregnant. Ruggiero said Patricia Bruckenthal gave birth to a baby girl last year and now lives in Seattle. He and others remembered their friend's eagerness to help others.

''He was not only a great person to work with, he was a great friend,'' Ruggiero said.

Richard Winer, who organized the event at the statue of World War II hero Lt. Alexander ''Sandy'' Nininger, said that Sunday's ceremony would unfortunately not be the last.

Two more Broward men -- Army Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach -- were among 16 killed when their helicopter was shot down Tuesday in the mountains of Afghanistan.

''We're going to have to put in two more bricks for them,'' Winer said.

© 2005 The Miami Herald Broward Edition



82nd Chapter Honor Guard Detail at Sandy Nininger Memorial,
RiverWalk, Fort Lauderdale FL - Memorial Day - May 30th 2005


Irv Weinsoff; Gus Vass, Roger Labonte, Tony Altobell
Irv Weinsoff; Gus Vass, Roger Labonte, Tony Altobell

The Miami Herald © 2005
Posted on Tue, May. 31, 2005
MARSHA HALPER/HERALD STAFF

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES
Broward's best and bravest honored

Residents remember those who died in wars and call for more benefits for veterans

BY HANNAH SAMPSON AND NATALIE P. McNEAL
hsampson@herald.com


Guadalupe Ordóñez just stared at the brick that bore her son's name, stared and wiped away tears.

Cpl. Terry Holmes, USMC, Iraq.

Hardly enough words to contain so much grief.

The 22-year-old Marine from South Broward died last July in a collision in Iraq.

His brick and three others honoring Broward residents who died in Iraq and Afghanistan were placed at the memorial to World War II hero Lt. Alexander ''Sandy'' Nininger during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

The three other bricks were for Army Sgt. Curtis Mancini, Marine Pfc. Oscar A. Martínez and Army Sgt. Julio E. Negron.

The four bricks will soon be moved to a permanent spot at the base of Nininger's statue.

Another name, Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal, will be added.

The memorial contains more than 300 bricks with the names of Broward residents who have died at war, said Richard Winer, who organized Monday's event in Fort Lauderdale.

''When we dedicated this statue . . . we did not have the remotest idea that we would have to add more bricks,'' said Winer, who served in the Navy and the Marines.

Several family members of Marine Cpl. Terry Holmes Ordóñez came to the ceremony after attending another event in North Miami. They took pictures of his brick and carried a framed photo of the man who was so many things: son, grandson, cousin, brother.

''We're thankful that everyone remembers him, but it gets harder because we relive it over and over,'' said his cousin, Gisselle Ordóñez. ``I just hope this war ends soon before this list gets longer and longer.''

The short ceremony was attended by fewer than 50 people, some of whom just happened to be out on Riverwalk when they noticed the honor guard for the 82nd Airborne Division Association South Florida Chapter.

Irv Weinsoff; Gus Vass, Roger Labonte, Tony Altobell
Gus Vass, Irv Weinsoff; Roger Labonte, Tony Altobell

Stephanie Witt, a teacher at Bayview Elementary in Fort Lauderdale, said she never realized that she and Nininger shared an alma mater, Fort Lauderdale High.

Nininger, who went on to graduate from West Point, died while fighting in the Philippines in 1942. He became the first American soldier in World War II to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

''It's kind of neat to know we have such a hero from our hometown,'' Witt said.

Jean Schroder-Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale said she wanted to attend a ceremony Monday instead of taking advantage of holiday sales or parties.

''Memorial Day weekend is not the Fourth of July,'' she said. ``It's different. It's commemorative. I've never gone shopping on Memorial Day.''

The City of Plantation and The Plantation/Sunrise Chapter 138 Disabled American Veterans sponsored a Memorial Day Service Monday at Plantation Veterans Park. Bataan Death March survivor Frank Laiacona cries after leading the flag raising ceremony. Laiacona, 86, lives in Plantation and is a life member of the DAV chapter.
In Plantation, about 300 people gathered at Veterans Park to attend a service where speeches focused on the need for American nationalism and for the government to adequately care for its veterans once they return home.

The nearly two-hour event, complete with color guards, politicians and a fighter-jet flyover, was sponsored by the city of Plantation and the Plantation-Sunrise Chapter 138 of Disabled American Veterans.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, told the audience about how she met with a West Point graduate recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

The young man, who had lost his leg in Iraq, told her his main regret was leaving his peers behind to fight without him.

''There are veterans and soldiers serving across the globe so that our lives can be comfortable,'' Wasserman Schultz said.

She called for the end of the Disabled Veterans Tax, a law that says anyone who retires after a full career of military service and draws retirement pay will have that pay reduced, dollar for dollar, for any payment received from the Veterans' Administration for a permanent service-connected disability.

Marvin Simon, commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post 730, asked the audience to tell their elected officials to support more funding for the Veterans' Administration.

Frank Laiacona, a survivor of the Bataan Death March during World War II, where Japanese troops forced prisoners to walk for days from the Bataan peninsula to an inland prisoner-of-war camp, gave a touching speech about his experience. Laiacona, a POW for three years, weighed only 61 pounds when he was freed from the camp. ''I lost so much weight, I didn't know who I was,'' he said.

AIRBORNE! All The Way!



Don't forget
Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, at the:

American Legion Post 92
211 North 21st Avenue
Hollywood FL 33020-4506
Phone: 954-923-2760


Remaining 2005 Regular MEETINGS:
October 18th; and November 15th

Remaining 2005 PICNIC:
September 18th ( Annual elections Meeting)
November Meeting is the Installation Banquet.

REMEMBER - ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE !

AIRBORNE! All The Way!



82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter
Chapter Officers Elected At September 2004 TY Park Picnic
and Installed At November 2004 Installation Dinner

Officers for 2004-2005

South Florida Chairman

Robert Buffington
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026
1-954-435-9174
( Helga )

Vice-Chairman

Myles Gill
1000 Tallwood Ave #101
Hollywood FL 33021
1-954-322-4452
( Carolyn )

Secretary / Treasurer

Tony Altobell
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335
1-954-583-8081
( ............. )

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3945
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )

Sergeant-At-Arms

Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Dr #303
Oakland Park FL 33309
1-954-730-0773
( Lydia )
Directors for 2004-2005

2004-2005 Director

Ed Meyers
7531 NW 1st Court
Pembroke Pines FL 33024
1-954-967-8182
( ............. )

2004-2005 Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037
1-305-453-9991
( Phyllis )

2004-2005 Director
Joe Lanzillo
211 North 52nd Avenue
Hollywood FL 33021
1-954-981-9127
( Vera )

2004-2005 Director

French Shannon
1331 SW 114th Way
Davie FL 33325
1-954-472-3721
( Marie )

2004-2005 Director

Roger Labonte
55070 SW 28th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312
1-954-963-6002
( Juli )

2004-2005 Director

Terry Watts
501 NW 78th Terrace
Plantation FL 33324
1-954-476-6755
( Jan )

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff



Have You Paid Your 2006 Association Dues Yet?
If your membership card doesn't say 2006,
you haven't paid for this year.
Please send your check for $15.00 payable to:

82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
c/o Tony Altobell, Sec / Treas
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476

If you'd like to make it out for a little extra,
anything over the annual $15.00
will go directly to our
South Florida Chapter's BOOSTER FUND
... Thanks for your continued help and support!




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 1-954-610-5371


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.









"All American All the Way:
The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II"

by
Phil Nordyke

For the first time, All American All The Way tells the definitive human story of what was arguably the most elite American fighting division of World War II, the immortal 82nd Airborne Division. Combining oral and written accounts drawn from almost 1,000 veterans, the history of the division in World War II is told from the perspectives of the troopers in the foxholes. These accounts most often have never before been recorded: they are the experiences and reflections of the junior officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men - those who did the fighting.


The South Florida Chapter has lost a loyal and hard-working officer of long-standing:

ROBERT "BOB" NISKANEN, passed away December 25, 2003 at age 65. He was born in Maynard, MA, and resided in Islamorada, Florida. Bob is survived by his wife, Beverlee, daughters, Debbie Midkiff and Linda Williams, sons, Bruce and Michael Niskanen, sisters, Mary and Vera, brother, Donald, seven grandsons and one granddaughter. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Div. Assoc., Special Forces, Triple Nickel, American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Moose. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested contributions be made to 82nd Abn. Div. Assoc., Education Fund, P.O. Box 65089, Fayetteville, NC 28306-5089. Published in The Miami Herald on 12/31/2003. To visit Bob's Guest Book Online, click on the link below:
http://www.legacy.com/Herald/Guestbook.asp?Page=Guestbook&PersonID=1748012.

Bob was the spark-plug of our South Florida Chapter, never failing to pitch-in when work needed doing; never one to shirk his duties or responsibilities; always the guy who volunteered to do the heavy-lifting and get the work of the Chapter done. He took the spirit of his days in service at several Special Forces Groups (7th SFG, 10th SFG and 8th SFG) to heart. De Oppresso Liber meant liberation of the oppressed to those of us who served on various A-Teams and Bob never failed to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.
Bob Wirt



NORMAN JULIAN GRAY Lieutenant Colonel US Army Retired April 18, 1929 - February 15, 2003
The South Florida Chapter has lost a great friend and fellow trooper. Norman Julian Gray born April 18, 1929 passed away on February 15th 2003. You and I now have a pathfinder sitting next to God. Norm has the drop zone marked, the recognition signals set out, and is asking God to lower the wind speed so we will have a softer landing when our time comes. Marneen portrayed Norm, a few days before his death, as a pathfinder standing in the door waiting for his last jump. His ‘last’ flight lasted for several months and must have been one of the most frightening and bumpy flights ever. We can only hope and pray that when our time comes we too will be able to handle it with the strength of inner peace and spiritual blessings that Norm displayed his last few months. Bob Buffington

Click Here For Norm's Page



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

We continue 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 ( 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 ( much preferred ) BobWirt@82airborne.org

The online WebSite as well as our SnailMail 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:

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.

For those of you who have stopped me at meetings and picnics asking why the website doesn't change much, I can only say that it's because no one sends much to me to be published online, so nothing much gets posted. Sorry, but the website is here for your use and if you choose not to use it, it won't change much from day to day. It fact, it won't change at all.

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:

Serafin Agostini 
feenieairborne@aol.com

Tony Altobell,
South Florida Secretary / Treasurer
chimera86@aol.com

William Barry
balloonman1495@earthlink.net

Jim Battaglia
JimB505@aol.com

Tigner Blackman 
tigercsa@mailstation.com

Robert Buffington,
South Florida Chairman
rbuff@earthlink.net

Herb Bunch
HERBBUNCH@comcast.net

Gregg Calhoun
Fordhealey2@earthlink.net

Jimmy Campillo
JAMLU82@aol.com

James Capasso
inspcapaso@aol.com

Art Cockerham
Gloart@webtv.net

Chris Collins
madness_01@msn.com

Johnny Currington
currbail@bellsouth.net

Steven Daugherty
sdaugh8991@aol.com

Michael Davino
MDavino@aol.com

Barry Dearden
Balm33547@aol.com

Edward DeBarros
edb1125@bellsouth.net

Jim DeMatteo
jimdematteo@yahoo.com

John Desormeau
JDesorm@bellsouth.net

Patrick Devine
DevineHome@aol.com

Gerald Ellis
ell2580@aol.com

Joe Fischler
joefisch@fea.net

Captain Laura M Foglesong
Foglesongs@hotmail.com

Jean-Marie Funke
Traumatek@aol.com

Brian Gehling
bgehling@hotmail.com

Joseph Gethers
Joseph319@aol.com

Myles Gill
mylesgill@miamibeachfl.gov

Alfred Gilliam
MRG1654@msn.com

George Gutshall
Gusd217@aol.com

Joe Guilbert
JSGuilbert@aol.com

Herb "Sarge" Hankerson
sarge5sf@aol.com

Al Hernandez III
herel@bellsouth.net

Angel R Jerez
Angel@msn.com

Moses Johnson
moejohn2@aol.com

George Klien
gucklan@aol.com

Edmund Kolby
rgrinf@yahoo.com

Harold Kravitz
Halklaw@bellsouth.net

Roger Labonte
rlwdwkg@bellsouth.net

Joe Lanzillo
rangerjgl@bellsouth.net

Gilberto Marin Jr
gilmarinjr@hotmail.com

John Marlowe
kokomo7@juno.com

Jason Marker
jasonmarker@bellsouth.net

Hector Martinez
martinez1264@bellsouth.net

Ted W Mauzey
RNGR508@aol.com


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: BobWirt@82airborne.org

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.

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
Phone Number
1 ( ______ ) _________ - ____________________
Check One
___ Renewal; ___ New Member; ___ Re-Instatement
Enclosed is $15.00 _____
my annual membership dues for the year 2006
.....
subscription to PARAGLIDE & Newsletter included.
Enclosed is $16.00 _____
( includes an extra $1 for the Educational Fund )
Enclosed is $150 for Life Membership _____
( $100 _____ if applicant is over 50 years of age )

Name

Address

City

State
_______________ 9-digit Zip

Rank

ASN or SSN
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
ATTENTION OF:
Tony Altobell, Secretary / Treasurer
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476
Phone: 1-954-583-8081
or chimera86@aol.com

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For you lucky TROOPERS with enough spare time on your hands to spend it surfing the WEB click below to check in on your Fayetteville NC HQs

http://fayettevilleonline.com/airborne82dassn/



Past Newsletter Issues Archives

In the past this home page of our website has been used to post online a copy of the printed newsletter sent out bi-monthly to our membership. Below are the archive links to these 2000-2003 newsletters: