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The President's Message

I trust everyone has had an enjoyable summer. Looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at our regular scheduled meetings during the coming year.
I would be remiss if I were not to mention how saddened we are due to the untimely passing of our long time former President Clarence Anspake. His lasting contributions to our association will be long remembered.
We are currently in the process of planning the format for our Annual Col. Martin Dinner. If any member has some thoughts on how we can improve this event please reach out to any of our officers. We are always open to constructive suggestions and new ideas.

Best to All, Fraternally Julie

Chairman's Message

Our connection to the past is a constant reminder of our country's greatness. The “Doughboys” of WW I and servicemen and women in WW II defeated the fascist Nazi and Nippon forces that were aiming to impose their ideology on the world. Today, freedom loving people from Flanders to the Philippines enjoy their freedom
thanks to the American service men and women “who gave their lives for the liberty of a stranger” (a phrase first used to describe the men of the 71st who died in the Spanish American War). However, we are now facing a radical Muslim ideology that is aiming to eliminate all other religions in the world. Their barbaric actions make the horrors of WW II seem pale in comparison. Stay strong in your beliefs and convictions, support our service members who will again be called upon to restore liberty.

After our exceptional Memorial Service organized by Francis Smith and Tony Sirvant with a splendid 71st Vets turnout and the participation of our sister Regiment, along with the members of the 88th Brigade NYG and the Fife & Drums of the VCA. I can truly say that, collectively, our organizations are regaining the prominence they once held in the eyes of the public. We remind the public and the press that the Volunteer Regiments of the State and City served and laid down their lives for Liberty in the past and that today’s Guardsmen and Women are continuing to serve our nation around the world. State Senator Andrea Srewart-Cousins,& Legislator MaryJane Shimsky addressed the attendees. Michelle Cleary sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic. We concluded the ceremony by marching down to the Confederate Memorial Monument and grave site and placed a wreath. This is the largest Confederate Memorial north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Francis Smith, Clarence Anspake, our Pres. Emeritis & Historian and I were on a half hour radio program on the 8th (WVOX am 1460) discussing the Saturday event and the Gettysburg battle. Go to this link for a photo narrative of the Memorial Service; http://link.brightcove.com

Please call our Secretary James Kasprzak, 718-353-9167, or email: jimkaz0525@msn.com  with your Seasonal address. OR YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR MAIL-THE POST OFFICE WILL NOT FORWARD IT.

Secretary's Report

We now have 280 members with applications coming in all the time. Our Web Site is attracting former members as well as descendants of members who wish to join. Our Generational Member applications average three for each Regimental applicant.

Don’t assume that the Post Office will forward our mailings to your snowbird address, they won’t forward our not for profit mailings. They do return them to me and we have to pay double postage, plus you will miss out on the mailing.

Treasurer's Report
We are keeping our Trust Account in a fairly healthy state thanks to the stewardship of George Hoenstein and Julie Stein, However, the income earned is not good with interest rates so low and no indication that conditions will improve. We are thankful that members and guests, at our events, donate to the Booster Fund. It makes a big difference..
Thanks!
The goal of your Trustees is to insure that the Trust is maintained for the present and passed down to the Generational members, who will be running the association in the future.
Calling All Generational members

One of our Generational Members(GM) inquired if there was something he could do that wouldn’t require attending morning weekday meetings. I mentioned that our Treasurer Ivy Newbeck was a good example. She works and can’t attend meetings, but that doesn’t impact her job as treasurer. At our Trustee meeting we discussed the situation and agreed to share some of the responsibility of running the association with the GM’s. Here are some ideas; we have three essential member listings, one is  the master list (name, address, tel no, email, spouse name) another is a jointly maintained mailing list that we keep updated at our printer. Lastly is the email listing. Maria Sirvent has volunteered to use the list to send out timely news emails to all members, approx 200 emails sent in groups of 20 or less. We will also help set up event teams to do the setups at our outside events. 

We also welcome your ideas on this matter. We recognize that in time as our GM’s transition to retirement they will be running this association, so now is the time to get your feet wet.

Medal of Honor Awarded to Sgt Charles A. MacGillivary

CharlesMacGillivaryThe background story of the events unfolding on 16 December 1944 when the Germans launched a massive surprise attack over an 80 mile front. The attack spearheaded by elete Panzer tank units aimed to split the American and British forces. They succeded in driving a triangular bulge 60 miles wide and inflicting 81,000 casualties during the six week drive. One company of the 71st had three commanders in one day. MacGillivary had the responsibility of his company when his commander was killed. They were freezing cold with no resupply “ as the head of my company, I had a duty to do something” he recalled. He set out on a one man mission to wipe out the German machine gun positions. Firing two sub-machine guns, his own that ran out of ammo and a second he picked up on the battlefield, hurling grenades he silenced three positions. A wounded German in the last emplacement hit MacGillivary with a machine gun burst on his left side, but he fired back killing the soldier. Then as he told it “I looked down and my arm wasn’t there” “I stuck the stump in the snow and kept scooping snow around it till my hand froze. I figured I was dying. When the rescued me my arm had a cake if bloody ice frozen around it sealing the wound. If it had been summer I’d be dead”. President Harry S. Truman presented the Medal of Honor to MacGillivary on 23 Aug 1945. He served a President of the Medal of Honor Society from 1973 to 1975.

Just one of many stories of heroic action of the 71st during the 144 consecutive days of combat.

Member's News

We have 280 members and associate members. Many of the new applicants find us through our WebSite, www.71stVets.org.  We strive to keep it up to date with photos etc.

Col Henry Patchen Martin, our association founder and benefactor has a legacy that lives on. Reverand M. Sniffin of the St. Luke & St. Mathew Church, 520 Clinton Ave. Bklyn. Was attracted to our Web-Site and called us. In 1888 Col. Martin funded the school, rectory and expansion of the church. He invited us to get together with them and view what Col. Martin accomplished. Also, a neighborhood association where Col. Martin’s mansion, called Rusurban, was located has inquired about him.

If you have email capability and are not getting emails from us, Please email us at louis.milgram@gmail.com  you will be added to our E mail list. Also, visit our Web-Site. The info and photos change often and it’s a good fill in between mailings. http://www.71stVets.org

Annual Memorial Service

On Saturday 21 May we held our Memorial Service at our regimental cemetery at Mt. Hope. Guest speakers were State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky. Unfortunately the DM&NA did not authorize the members of the 88th Brigade to Participate this year. However Militia and Guard Volunteers provided the Honor Guard and Rifle squad. Thomas Riche was our bugler, a member of the FDNY was our Piper and Michel Cleary sang again this year. Each year we honor the service members who served in a specific War. This year we honored the WWII servicemembers, inparticular our own members of the 1st Battalion of the 71st who were sent from Ft. Lewis Washington to the Aleutian Islands (Alaska)To counter the Japanese invasion. After the enemy were destroyed there was some Administrative error and the battalion was attached to another unit for administration. In the meantime the rest of the regiment was moved from Ft.Lewis to go to Europe. The 1st Bn remained in the cold desolate islands for 34 months before they were brought back to the mainland. One of our Vets, Frank Kunak, who now lives upstate was there. It was not a pleasant experience.

Jamaica Armory News

At our recent work day our crew (J.Whalen, G.Hohenstein, J.Kasprzak and I) concentrated on the Dietz collection. Disassembling, cleaning and oiling about 60% of the weapons. We were pleased to find they were in splendid condition. Some of the guns John Dietz collected during his tenure as 71st Armorer are unique, with machined mechanisms seldom seen. John died in 1929 after a remarkable career in competitive shooting, including winning five Olympic Gold Medals.

The window replacement contractor is back but will not be doing our windows adjacent to the railroad tracks. When that job does start we will need several volunteers to secure and protect our regimental displays and books. 9/17/16 update. Windows will probably be glass blocked in since access to the railroad tracks is not feasible.

The 71st WW II Memorial Paque (11 x 9 foot) has been permanently installed on a drill floor wall in the Jamaica Armory. The plaque lists the names of all members of the 71st who died during the war. The large cast image was a preliminary design by the sculptor Malvinia Hoffman, the larger final was done in marble and adorns the left side outer wall of the marble memorial building at the American Cemetery at Epinal in Dinoze, Fr. Prominent in the design is a line of Infantry soldiers in attack mode . Reportedly, the artist used several members of E Company as models, namely Sgt’s Gordon Forrest and J. Hayward. Having served with both I can see a resemblance, but I may be wrong. Never the less it is a tribute to the regiment to have a memorial design that originated in the 71st 34th Street Armory gracing the memorial at Epinal. LTC Peter Mehling is the new commander of the 258th Field Artillery Battalion. When the 71st moved its Hq’s into the Jamaica Armory he was then the Executive Officer.

The NY State Military Museum is transforming the spaces in the armory to displays of the former NYNG Artillery Units that served in the NYNG. These displays will provide a visual history of those units as well as the display of artifacts. If you are a former artilleryman, or know of one that has some mementos that you would like to donate and have displayed contact me. Louis.milgram@gmail.com.
Your association is continuing to add artifacts to our displays. Recent additions; The “Clock Plaque” from Bob McKenna 601 McDonald St. Mt. Dora, FL, 32757. Doc Bang Bengson sent in a collection of German propaganda leaflets he liberated from a kraut he met in a town they were clearing of snipers. Dr. Myron H. Bengson, 4400 Ornate Ct, Las Vegas, NV 89129-5986.
The association has acquired a fine, large upright safe from the Veteran Corps of Artillery that will be used to store valuable items. Your trusty Trustees inventoried and inspected the Dietz Collection. Still in pristine condition and well secured in the armory

Historical Archive Work

Our former archivist, Elizabeth Hall is now living up state, so we will be acquiring a replacement. Our extensive Regimental Displays are set
up according to the campaigns/wars that the regiment engaged in; Mexican Border, Spanish American War, War of the Rebellion( Civil War), WW I & WW II. We are constantly receiving new items from members and from non members who find us through our Web Site www.71stVets.org
Col. Peter E. Murray, HqHq Co 71st 1962, in Largo Fl donated a rare 71/17 Home Station News BSSulletin published in May 1946 by Col Donald P. Sherman. Dr Myron Bengson (Bang) sent in a collection of German propaganda leaflets he liberated from
a dispatched German. Henry Yoli sent in a wall tapestry of 71st patches sewn onto an army blanket.
Any one who has picture frames, any size, please donate..or send a donation earmarked for the Regimental Displays.

Elizabeth Hall was entering our artifacts and important documentation into a software program provided by C. Burns of the NYS Military Museum. When completed all of our historical data will be recorded and cross indexed. The next project is to finish framing and hanging pictures on our walls. You may remember while in the Freeport Armory we entered four of our regimental flags into the State preservation program. They had a double sided embodied replica of the last regt. flag made for us. We have embarked on the same type effort with photographs. The museum will make a full sized framed photo replica for us and preserve the original. We have also been the recipient of uniforms from the 13th and 7th Regt’s. We provided two double glass door display cases to the 258th, Jamaica Armory for display of Artillery uniforms.

Regiment's Moments in History

Mary Kelly called me yesterday to continue an earlier conversation concerning her husband, Bob’s father Valentine Kelly. Mary has the 71st Sweetheart ring belonging to Valentine. I asked her to try to get a photo of it for the Bulletin. Mary has the service records of Valentine who served in the Supply Company in the 54th Pioneer Infantry Division. He enlisted into he 71st on 21 Apr. 1917 and served until 19 May 1919. He was in the Supply Company when the regiment went to Spartanburg. While there Gen. O’Ryan stripped the rifle companies from the 71st and transferred them to the understrength 105th Infantry regt. Col. Bates was left with the Regimental Headquarters, including the Supply Co. They were augmented with draftees from mostly the Ohio area redesigned the 54th Pioneer Infantry Division and sent to France.
She is looking for info on Marc Craig, another relative, who joined the 71st, to fight in WWII, went off to Ft. Lewis Washington with the 71st. The 71st was sent there to defend the west coast from an expected invasion by the Japanese. The Japanese did capture the Aleutian Islands and the 1st Battalion was sent there and never rejoined the rest of the Regiment. Since the 42nd Division and the other NY regiments had already gone to France the 71st was restrengthened with draftees from the mid-west and went to France with the 44th Division under the command of Gen. Dean. Craig a Staff Sgt. apparently was transferred to the 114th Inf. Reg. and was killed by friendly fire.
These bits of history are well worth recording and retaining as part of the regiments past.

Other Events Our Association Participates In

Every year on October 17th we attend the annual FDNY Memorial Service on 23rd Street NYC.
We are guests of Squad 18, located on West 10th Street Manhattan. The memorial service is for the tragic loss of Fire Dept members at the “Drug Store Fire” on October 17th 1966. The connection with the 71st is; The whole Squad 18 was killed in that fire. The Lt. in charge was Joseph Priore, who was a WW II vet as was his brother Vinnie Priore a long time officer of the 71st Vets. Vinnie authored the book “Happy New Year Yankee Bastards” The book relates the 71st experiences at the Battle of the Bulge.
We also attend the annual Saint Barbaras Dinner held by the 258th Field Artillery Bn.
Who’s armory our Headquarters are located. Saint Barbara is the patron saint of
artillerymen.
Contact me at 631-220-1475 or louis.milgram@gmail.com  for information.

71st Mementos

The previous light blue polo shirts we were supplying were discontinued. We now have brand new microfiber, never wrinkle, shirts in three colors; Black, Royal Blue and lighter blue. The pictures will be on our web site soon as well as the final price. Around $25-$30. We have other items and they will be displayed on the web site. We have Regimental Neckties, 100% woven silk with 71st crest design in regimental blue, for $30.00.
Our caps are managed by Ron Reters who will take your order. 718-846-5777, 83-55 Austen Street, Kew Gardens, NY 11415.
Prices vary with our order size..

71st Artifacts and Mementos

Plastic pocket device to hold your Crests on you Blazer or shirt pocket $10.00, 71st Neckties, woven all silk are $30.00. The 71st Board has established a standard for uniforms for members. At a minimum a cap (we will order one for you aprox. $35/40. A white shirt with the 71st necktie under a blue Blazer (or jacket) with grey trousers. For summer wear; a short sleeve white shirt with 71st Crest on pocket (no jacket) (with tie if appropriate for the occasion). The PX sells white, short sleeve shirts with shoulder epilates for $17.00 (they go by neck size) if we buy them for you postage would be $5.00.

Members and their relatives come upon 71st items and mail them to us. They go on display or into the library. If you have any items that you would like to display then please contact us so that we can make arrangements. We need; mannequins, display cases, uniforms, old flags, photos and books for the library (we will pay for shipping) Call 631-757-5821. 

Regimental Displays and Artifacts

Volunteer crews have been working at the armory every Tuesday. Pictures are going up on walls, uniforms displayed, show cases prepared, a computer has been fired up for recording artifacts and historical documents. We have been contacted by people asking for information on family and association members who served in the 71st and we have researched and provided answers from our library. Our web site has been a magnet for applications for membership and donations of artifacts. New items keep arriving from former members and relatives; shooters medals dating to 1904, a member sent a beautiful army blanket covered with 71st Regimental Patches, resembling a tapestry. Uniforms from the past as well as dress uniforms of the 7th, and the Old Guard.Bill Trainor, E. Stroudsburg PA has sent in some original porcelain unit insignias that survived the fire in the 34th Street Armory. Mr. Pat Parks of 10355 New Quay Rd., Ocean City, MD 21842 donated shooting medals dating back to 1906 (remember John Dietz). The 7th Regt. Association donated a dress uniform as did the VCA.

NY State Military Museum

The Chief Curator, C. Burns, is working in getting our artifacts documented and researched. The data will then go into an accessible data file that will link to this web site. If you go to the Links tab you will see a link to the Military Museum at Saratoga Springs, NY.

In The Works

• LIBRARY DISPLAYS-We intend to hang groupings of the photos we have of the Companies of the Regiment on the library walls. Included will be copies of three Co. K(1934,1945 &1948) loaned to us by BG
M.Swezey, Commander 53d Troop Command.
• SHOOTING TEAM-George Hohenstein is arranging for the cleaning of weapons and Jim Whalen has discussed arranging a shooting schedule on L.I. Members interested contact George at 631-615-2576. George has been authorized to purchase a suitable gun safe.
• MEMORIAL TEAM-Members volunteered to establish regional representation at wakes and funerals in our immediate areas.
• SPANISH AMERICAN WAR MONUMENT- We have to get GRANT MONEY from any source for needed repairs. Also, we have not mounted the National Historic Monument Bronze Plaque on the granite steps out of concern for thefts occurring in cemeteries because of the price of scrap metal.
• MEMBER COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS- We would like to hear from you.
• WW II PHOTOS- We have a large collection of photos of each member of the Regiment taken at wars end in Germany or Austria. Unfortunately none have names annotated. Except for easy to ID members like Tom Gannon we are stumped as to how to ID them. Any ideas?
• RECRUITING-It has become apparent that there are a lot of ex 71st members around that don’t know the Vets Association is still active 71st Crest pins at gatherings someone will offer their former membership. That’s the time to get their name and address and pass on to us. Also, tell them of our web site.

Membership Prerequisites

REGULAR MEMBER; Must have served in the 71st Regiment New York National Guard. Also members of the 17th New York Guard who served during WW II in the regiments 34th Street armory. No Exceptions. GENERATIONAL MEMBERS; Sons, Daughters, Spouses, Grand Children of Regular Members. The reason I mention this is because from time to time New York Guard members, who happen to be in a NYG 71st company apply for membership. They have and will be turned down

 

Louis Milgram, Editor
louis.milgram@gmail.com

 In Memoriam 2015

REMEMBER OUR DEPARTED COMRADES AND FAMILIES IN YOUR PRAYERS

Minto, Joseph A.
Levy , Roger G.
Bourne, Donald
Walsh, Stephen
Heinrichs, Frederich W
Fromularo,Dominick J.
Frassetti Michael A.
Stonebridge, Raymond
LaBella, Anthony
MG Robert Rose
Murnane, Timothy
Ronacher, Andrew J.
Smith, John J.
Werneburg, Albert
Yamate, James
Schultz, Bertram
Haider, Howard
In Memory Of

Charles MacGillivary
Medal of Honor

MG Joseph Healey
Hall of Fame

MG Vincent Lanna
Honorary Member

Col. Joseph Werbenz
Sec./Treas. Emeritis

Col. Edward Buschkamper
 Benefactor

Col. Joseph Solmo
Col. Of Regt.

Sunshine Report

MG Rober Rose is now at home in VA. He will continue receiving Chemo for his AML condition. He is upbeat and feeling slightly better as time and treatment continue. Your Trustees sent a basket of fruit and wishes for his return to health. Drop him a note; 104 Leming Ave. Reedville, VA 22539.

Col. Bradley Burnside underwent cranial surgery recently. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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The Veteran Association of the 71st Regiment National Guard of the State of New York
Headquarters, Jamaica Armory 93-05 168th Street Jamaica, N.Y. 11433-1286
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