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Issue Number 61                                     AUGUST 2016
All information in this Newsletter is developed by Fred Clinton, Webmaster, 63rd Infantry Division  and does not necessarily reflect the
views of other individuals and is in no way an Official Publication of the 63rd Infantry Division or 63rd Infantry Division Association.
Well I finally received word from the Staff of the
63rd Infantry Division Association advising me
that as of the end of this month our Association
will be a thing of the pass.  Just remember that
"Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away".  
So I guess that is what we did, "fade away".  I
was told by Mary Fran Collier, Association
Treasurer that after all outstanding checks are
cashed we will have exactly $6.33 left in the
account.  Sounds like someone could at least
have a "Happy Meal" with that amount.
With reqard to Mary Fran Collier and Judith
Schaeffer I want to give them a big thanks for
their untiring efforts in keeping the Association
afloat for as long as they did.  THANK BOTH
OF YOU!!!!!


63D INFANTRY DIVISION AND 254TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT CHALLENGE COINS.

I still have a few challenge coins for the 63d
Infantry Division and the 254th Infantry
Regiment.  You can view an image of those
coins at the following address:  
www.63rdinfdiv.com/memorabiliapage3.html

THINGS LEFT TO DO TO REALLY CLOSE
OUT ALL ACTIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
RELATING TO THE 63D INFANTRY DIVISION
ASSOCIATION:

Mary Fran advises me that we still have to
provide some input to the National Army
Museum and the Freedom Foundation to tell
them what to place on some memorial bricks
that will be installed at each of those locations.  
This is based on the donations that we
provided them.
The bricks can be either 8"x8" or 4" X 8".  If
anyone is interested in suggesting inscriptions
on the bricks, please contact me at
joyclint@comcast.net before the end of August
2016 for additional details.

AT THE RISK OF BORING YOU I AM AGAIN
STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF
REQUESTING AWARDS OF THE BRONZE
STAR MEDAL AND THE FRENCH LEGION OF
HONOR.

It is not too late to submit your request for the
award of a Bronze Star Medal based on your
earning the Combat Infantryman or Combat
Medical Badge. The request does not have to
be made by the serviceman, it can be applied
for by the next of kin.  Go to the following
address for details:
 
www.63rdinfdiv.com/bulletinboardpage2.html

If you meet the qualifications for award of the
French Legion of Honor you can still submit an
application to request the award.  This award
must be requested by the service member. Go
to the following address for details:
www.63rdinfdiv.com/LegionofHonorpage1.html
SON OF 254TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
VETERAN IS OFFERING TO PROVIDE A COPY
OF HIS FATHER'S MEMOIRS TO ANYONE
INTERESTED

Dave Ritner has journal available from his fathers
(John W. Ritner) war time experiences in the 63rd
Division.  Dave requested the following
information be included in the Newsletter.

"My father wrote a journal of his experiences as
1st Scout in the 1st Squad of 1st Platoon,
“I” Company, 254th Regiment, 63rd Division.   I
scanned many of his photos and added photos
from the places and events he saw. I have  
created a .pdf of that journal and will share with
anyone who would like to see it.  About 75 pages
long. My father passed away April 3, 2006.  

You can contact me (Dave Ritner)  at
daveritner@gmail.com and I can e-mail you a
copy of the journal."

THANK YOU LETTERS FROM THE CAMP VAN
DORN WWII MUSEUM AND THE CAMP
BLANDING, FLORIDA MUSEUM

In my last newsletter I covered the distribution of
funds from the 63rd Infantry Division Association
Treasury.  As you may recall the Association
donated $5000 to the Camp Blanding Museum
and $5000 (included purchase of a Bronze
Memorial Plaque) to the Camp Van Dorn WWII
Museum.  Acknowledgement and thank you
letters from the directors of those museums now
appear on
Miscellaneous Photos Page 138.



I AM STILL RECEIVING PHOTOS AND OTHER
IMAGES RELATING TO THE 63D INFANTRY
DIVISION- GO TO THE FOLLOWING PAGES TO
SEE SOME OF THE LATEST ENTRIES:

Pictorial History Pages:
 
74- Heidelberg photos- 253d Inf and 254th Inf
 75- 253d Inf, 254th Inf, 861st FA
 76- 255th Inf
 77- 263d Engr and 254th Inf
Occupation Photo pages:
 
72- 253d Inf, Hq 63d
 73- 254th Inf
 74- 254th Inf
 75- 254th Inf
Miscellaneous Photo Pages:
 
136- Military graphics
 137- 253d Inf and 254th Inf
 138- 254th Inf, Hq 63d, 253d Inf, Cp Van Dorn
Museum and Camp Blanding Museum.
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