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posted Feb 17, 2015, 9:52 AM by Jerry Votaw   [ updated Feb 13, 2016, 10:33 AM ]


posted Jun 14, 2011, 9:21 AM by James Romlein   [ updated Feb 17, 2015, 10:00 AM by Jerry Votaw ]

Search for S/Sgt Kiel of White Falls, WI

posted May 16, 2011, 6:45 AM by James Romlein

Perhaps you can help me regarding a WWII soldier that I believe may have been with the 101st airborne.

 I have an original document distributed on the eve of D-Day (June 1944) to the men of the troop transport and airborne assault forces. It is a speech written by General Eisenhower.

 My Dad was a navigator with the 438th TCG, 90th TCS based in Greenham Common (UK)

and I believe the paratroopers they dropped in France on D-Day were from the 101st.

There is a hand written note on the document that says "read by S/Sgt Kiel of White Falls, Wisc."   I am wondering if you have a records for a S/Sgt Keil who served in the 101st from Wisconsin?

I tried looking for a White Falls, WI and had no luck.  I did find a community called "White Hall" - so perhaps that was what was intended.

Thank you for any help with this matter.  I suppose there is a chance that S/SGT Kiel is still alive although he'd be in his late 80's.



Richard T. Walsh, Jr.

Middle Haddam, CT


I have responded to Richard - Please start a search for info on S/Sgt Kiel.   I will start with Mark Kiel that lives in Watertown and also the University of Wisconsin in White Water.

Richard Walsh can be reached at:


posted Sep 30, 2010, 8:54 AM by James Romlein   [ updated Jan 6, 2014, 1:21 PM by Jerry Votaw ]

posted Sep 29, 2010, 12:44 PM by James Romlein   [ updated Jan 6, 2014, 1:24 PM by Jerry Votaw ]

Gordon King donates $50 to the Chapter

posted Aug 30, 2010, 11:34 AM by James Romlein

Let me apologize for loosing Gordon's letter during my office move - but here it is at long last. 

Dated: 18 Dec 09!!!

Fellow Hooker, (Gordon and I climbed poles with hooks and belt)

Please extend a pleasant Christmas wish to our friends in the ABES as the opportunity offers. 

Gordon continues - Typically I end up making 10 - 20 phone calls.  But for you and Family a Merry Christmas

He signs off: 206-ER

Gordon   enclosed a $50 check for the Chapter.

Gordon lives at 108 E. Riverside Ave, Merrill WI 54452-3346

Association Correspondence

posted Aug 30, 2010, 9:57 AM by James Romlein   [ updated Aug 30, 2010, 10:47 AM ]

Mr. Thomas K. Sewell, President of the 101st Airborne Division Association advised me by letter dated Aug 3, 2010:

"It has been brought to my attention and that of the Association Executive Secretary/Treasurer that members of the Old Abe Chapter, 101st Airborne Division Association have been sending emails to chapter members that are political in nature. "

The letter goes on to explain that this practice is not permitted by Association Articles and request that immediate steps be taken to correct the situation.

I have responded to President Sewell with a letter dated Aug 29, 2010 advising, in summary:  that Chapter members have many affiliations and other interests and that when they act in support of these other interests, and do not provide any linkages to the Chapter, they are acting as private citizens and not chapter members.   This letter further states that I do not believe that any chapter member has represented the chapter in these political activates.

It is important that we follow these rules.  The IRS is very strict with enforcement of the provision for tax exempt organization.  It is important for President Sewell to act and document a reported violation and it is our responsibiity to do the same.  Please take time to read both President Sewell's letter and the response that details the extent that I go through to ensure that I am complaint with IRS regulations.  

Letters are found in the Chapter Operations Record in the folder titled: Political Activities - Follow this Link

Robert Herriot

posted Aug 2, 2010, 10:26 AM by James Romlein   [ updated Aug 2, 2010, 11:01 AM ]

Robert Herriot joins the Chapter

A native of Friendship Wisconsin and member of the 101st Airborne Division and the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, Robert jumped in to Normandy on D-day.  

He also has a very interesting story about the time with the 327 GIR - when he was one of 13 glider riders on a glider that was part of the Eindhoven assault.  On the landing decent, the pilot and copilot were killed by AA fire when they were about 100 feet above the ground - Herriot, sitting just behind the pilot, pushed him out of the seat, jumped in and took the controls.  Although he had no pilot training, he managed to "drive" the glider through a barbed wire fence and end up in a ditch.  All 13 aboard were uninjured.

Romlein interviewed him at this home in Friendship and is putting the story on paper for an article in the Screaming Eagle Magazine.

Robert will be telling his story as the lead off speaker at the Friday "Forum from the Floor" during the 2nd WWII Glider Symposium in Madion 9-11 Sep 2010. 

Here is Robert's Membership Data:

Robert Harriot   
Life MemberOld Abe Chapter
608.399.4427 - Home
181 W. 6th St.
Friendship, WI 53094

December 7, 1919 - Birthday
4/44 - 11/45 - Date(s) with 101st
327 Glider Infantry Regiment - Unit(s) with 101st
101st Association Number
L56 - Chapter Membership Number
7/31/2010 - Chapter Membership Date

Please call Robert and  welcome him into the Chapter - he does not have a computer.

Fund Raising Contribution

posted May 30, 2010, 7:10 AM by James Romlein   [ updated May 30, 2010, 7:49 AM ]

Joel Sys has donated the following items to the Chapter to support our fund 
raising activities.

This item is a Snap-0n 5 piece Collector Wrench set with a fair market value of $400.00

This item is a Snap-on tools 75th Anniversary Tool Set with a fair market value of $325.00

Thanks Joel 

posted Mar 29, 2010, 10:47 AM by James Romlein   [ updated Jan 6, 2014, 1:25 PM by Jerry Votaw ]

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