Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
P.O. Box 6503
St. Louis, MO 63125
Gateway Chapter Newsletter November-December, 2011 Vol. 19, Issue 6
From the President’s Desk by Kent Stephens
This year 2011 is drawing to a close and want to let you all
In This Issue know that it has been another successful year for our St.
A Toast 2 Louis "GATEWAY" Chapter. Want to THANK all of our
Upcoming Events 4 "GATEWAY" members who have had some part in adding
Christmas Party 5
to the success of our Chapter.
September Events 5
Over this past year we have been active in the various parades and other military
functions in the St. Louis area as we have in past years.
Our Ladies Auxiliary, under the leadership of President, Gaynell Bronenkamp
and Sec'y Part Mohrmann have taken over and is providing a great luncheon for
Regular Features those who attend the monthly meeting. Want to THANK Don and Marge Green for
Book Order Form 8 the super chili. The Elks Lodge is no longer able to provide the lunch as in the
DVD Order Form 9 past. The price is reasonable and can't be beat.
Chaplain’s Information 2 The highlight has been the fact that after many years our Chapter has been able
to locate folks from the Belgium Luxembourg area. MARC VANACHT who lived
Ladies’ Auxiliary 2
Letters to the Editor 8 in Belgium and Danielle Kronsbein who grew up in Luxembourg during WW 2 are
Meeting Map/Directions 7 now living in the St. Louis area.
Meeting Minutes 3 At the October 11th, meeting former US Ambassador to Luxembourg, ANN
Membership Application 9 WAGNER attended the meeting and met DANIELLE. It was a great meeting and
New Members 2 I'm sure all enjoyed meeting Ambassador WAGNER, DANIELLE and MARC.
Photo Section 6,7 MARC VANACHT who speaks French was able to translate a letter that
President’s Desk 1
Quartermaster’s Corner 9
MILLIE KNIZE has had for all these years. This letter was given to MILLIE’s
The Back Page 10 husband EDWARD while he was in the Bel-Lux area during the war. Turns out
that this letter was a prayer written by a young school girl. MILLIE was so grateful
to MARC for translating this letter for her.
Upcoming Events This next month our Chapter will be taking part in the Veterans Day parades in
Nov 8 Monthly Meeting St. Louis and over in Collinsville. Check else where in this newsletter for the dates
Dec 16 Gala Christmas Party and times of the parades.
Jan 10 Monthly Meeting The Affton Elks Lodge will be serving their annual Appreciation Day luncheon
Feb 14 Monthly Meeting to our "GATEWAY" Chapter members at the November 8th meeting. A special
March 13 Monthly Meeting
April 10 Monthly Meeting
THANKS to the Elks Lodge for their generosity and thoughtfulness in doing this
May 8 Monthly Meeting for the past several years.
June 12 Monthly Meeting Also, November 8th will be the election for the offices of Vice-President.
July 10 Monthly Meeting Secretary, and Sgt at Arms. Anyone interested in running for any of these offices
August 14 Monthly Meeting make your intentions known.
Sept 11 Monthly Meeting Friday, December 16th will be our annual VBOB Memorial Ceremony and
Oct 9 Monthly Meeting
Christmas party to be held at the Royale Orleans Banquet Hall, 2801 Telegraph
Nov 13 Monthly Meeting
Dec 16 Gala Christmas Party
The VBOB Memorial Ceremony will start at 10am followed by the Christmas
luncheon. Reservations for this event are listed elsewhere in the newsletter.
Visit our website at: As the year 2011 draws to a close let me extend to each of you BEST WISHES
for A BLESSED THANKSGIVING, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A
www.gatewayvbob.org HAPPY, HEALTHLY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA KENT
Photo Credits: Pat Mohrmann
Contact Us: Announcements by Your Editor
Once again the Elks will be serving a delicious lunch of roast beef with all the trimmings
Kent Stephens at the November monthly meeting as a token of their appreciation to our members for
(618) 344-1616 Veterans Day.
Dave Schroeder Chaplain’s Information by Gene Ganz
(314) 961-7470 Sick List: Jim Johnson, Charles Walters, Phil McKnight, Carol Johnson, Glenn
sbcglobal.net Hillgartner, Wally Gaterman, Speed Barton (#12), Billy Stiegemeier, and Dick Cotter
Secretary Requiem in Pace:
Clyde Erb #687 Roy Ahlvers (AAA AW BN 559TH BN BTRY B)
email@example.com If you hear of anyone who is ill or has passed on to their final reward, please
Treasurer contact Chaplain Gene Ganz at (636) 227-1930.
Sergeant-at-Arms New Members by Marvin Korte
Don Green No new members
Gene Ganz Ladies’ Auxiliary by Gaynell Bronenkamp
(636) 227-1930 FALL - my favorite time of the year. We started the fall season with a Halloween
firstname.lastname@example.org luncheon for the “Lunch Bunch”. This was followed by visiting with some very
Assistant Chaplain special and delightful guests. We will not be serving lunch before the November
Don Green meeting as the Elks will be providing their annual November luncheon. December will
email@example.com be our annual Christmas Party. Our “Lunch Bunch” will resume in January, weather
Ladies’ Auxiliary President permitting. If you have any suggestions, please, pass them on to Pat or Gaynell.
Gaynell Bronenkamp A short meeting was held to discuss our annual Christmas donations which will be
(314) 892-1578 given in November. We are looking forward to the November luncheon and meeting,
firstname.lastname@example.org and also the annual Memorial Service and Christmas Party in December.
My special "THANKS" to Pat Mohrmann and all the ladies who make my job so
(847) 502-0408 rewarding. Also special "THANKS" to Don Korte for all the computer help and great
email@example.com newsletters' and to Don Green (chili man) and his wife Marge.
Web Developer May you all have a very Blessed Thanksgiving, and a very Merry Christmas and a
Gail Keller promising New Year 2012 to you and yours. If you have lost a loved one, our prayers
**************************************** are with you. If there is illness, we wish you better days.
(618) 635-3176 God bless Gaynell
Stan & Vyrlene Gibson A Toast
firstname.lastname@example.org In Tribute to all who served in the Battle of the Bulge, let us drink a toast again this
Helen & Paul Keilholz year (the 14th year) on New Year’s Day. The choice of beverage is yours.
email@example.com The times are: 12 noon Pacific, 1 pm, Mountain; 2 pm Central; 3 pm Eastern. It is our
Millie Knize special way to be together again, even if only in our thoughts. We shared so much so
(314) 892-5881 many years ago, we should remember those who were with us and be grateful for each
firstname.lastname@example.org and every one.
Pat Mohrmann Let us all join in a toast to Days Gone By, and to the future.
To All, a Happy and Healthy New Year to You and Yours Kent
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Monthly Meeting Minutes
Monthly Meeting Minutes for August 9, 2011 by Clyde Erb
President Kent Stephens opened the meeting at 1pm. No Old Business.
Chaplain Gene Ganz gave the opening prayer followed by New Business: Jack Grothe announced that on Sept 16,
the playing and signing of the National Anthem and 17 & 18, Chester Illinois will be honored to host the
recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. historic Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 325 along the Chester
Sgt.-at-Arms Don green reported 54 members and 21 Riverfront. It served during WW2 to support various
ladies present. No visitors today. amphibious landing operations by transporting significant
Secretary Clyde Erb read the minutes of the July 14th quantities of battle ready vehicles, tanks, supplies and
meeting which were approved as read. Correspondence troops directly onto shore.
received included a letter of thanks from the USO for our President Stephens thanked the ladies for the lunch they
monthly donation of $25 and a plea for support for “Feed prepared and served again today, and also the Elks for
My People” via the Manna Messenger which is a providing free coffee and soda at a nominal price. Kent has
publication of Feed My People. 2 remaining maps of the BOB for $39.95 each.
Treasurer Marvin Korte gave a detailed report of the Kent reminded everyone of the VBOB picnic at
receipts and expenditures the past month. Marvin Jefferson Barracks Park on Sept 13. See Dee Korte 10
announced that 2 new Associate Members just signed up days prior for reservations. Also, on Sept. 10 and 11 there
for membership. Four Associate Members were dropped will be the hayrides at JB and we need for members to
from the rolls for being delinquent paying dues. meet the visitors at the monument between 9:00 and 2:00.
Educational Program Chairman Gene Ganz reported 461 Don Green again announced the Affton Day Parade will
total presentations to date, the last being the Jim Green be Saturday Sept 17 at 10am. Members should meet no
team presentation to the “Catawiesa Friends” on July 14. later than 9:00 at St. George Church for a shuttle to take us
Quartermaster Rusty Pendleton announced that he will to the high school. Don also added that the Rock Hill
be absent the next 2 meetings. He invited everyone to Parade is October 1st and they want the half-truck and
come and look at them items on his table. He still has 1 car members to be in their parade. The parade downtown will
flag remaining-these are made in the USA. Rusty thanked be Saturday Nov 5. Don reported the Missouri State
Pat Mohrmann for finding the flags. legislature will start closing veterans homes as money was
Stu Piper, Chairman of the GI Statue Project reported being diverted from the Veterans Home Fund.
the flags are flying in good shape. He said he needs a Billy Stiegemeier stated that he has the “Everyday
contractor to seal the patios before winter. He asked if Heroes” CDs available at $9.95.
someone would volunteer to donate the sealing of the Pat Mohrmann announced the ladies will meet today.
patios. She reported a ceremony will be held on Sept. 16 to
Chaplain Gene Ganz reported one death, #420 Ralph dedicate a building at Jefferson Barracks to MIAs.
Fiehler on July 9th. On the sick list are #186 James Taps was played for #420 Ralph Fiehler.
Johnson, #664 Leroy Berkel, #318 Charles Waters, #471
Phil McKnight, and #4 Dick Cotter.
From the October 11, 2011 meeting
Gaynell Bronenkamp (L) and Pat Mohrmann (R) Kent presents Danielle Kronsbien with a copy of
aka “The Lunch Bunch” “Victory Through Valor”
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Upcoming Events by Your Editor
The annual St. Louis Veterans information, contact Don Green at school any time during the day on
Day Parade will be held Saturday, (314) 961-6556. Veterans Day, Nov 11. They will be
Nov 5. Members wishing to The annual Collinsville Veterans honored in the classrooms and have
participate should meet at the Day Parade will be held on Friday, an opportunity to relate their
Commuter Parking lot at Reavis Nov 11. We will meet at Woodland experiences to the students. There
Barracks and I-55. We will be Park at 10 am and the parade will will be coffee and sweet rolls from
leaving at 9:30 am. If you want to step off at 10:30. We will end up at 7-7:30 and veterans will be assigned
meet downtown, we will check in at the Collinsville American Legion to a teacher and a classroom from
Olive and Jefferson, which is with a ceremony and lunch 7:30-2:30. Lunch is provided. Come
different from last year. The parade afterwards. For more information for all or part of the day. For further
starts at noon. We have permits for call Kent at (618) 344-1616. information, contact Don Green at
up to 8 cars and need 2 flag bearers Webster Groves High School is (314) 961-6556.
and 2 banner bearers. For further inviting all veterans to visit the
Hayrides, Picnic, and Parade Mark September Events by Your Editor
The annual Gateway Chapter Stout’s half-track. This year the prepared by Associate Member
picnic was held on Sept 13 at the Gateway Chapter was honored to Kevin Turner and his father. Thanks
Lee Shelter in JB Park, with perfect serve as one of the Grand Marshalls to the Turners for their hand-painted
weather and a delicious buffet for the parade. Thanks again to Rod handiwork (see photo below).
catered by Nick Lehmann. for providing a memorable ride for A number of members served as
The annual Affton Day Parade on our members. The halftrack is one “Living History” during the annual
Sept 17 was well attended by of the highlights of the parade for Living History Hayrides, which
Gateway Chapter members, a those in attendance. New this year were held on Sept 10 & 11 at
number of whom rode in Rod was the replacement banners Jefferson Barracks Park.
Affton Days Parade, September 17, 2011
Top Right Photo by Pat Mohrmann
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Gala Christmas Party Slated for December 16 by Your Editor
The Gateway Chapter of the This year’s speaker will be
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Associate Member Ben Weber.
will have their Gala Christmas party You may make your reservations
on Friday, Dec 16, 2011, at Royale with Dee Korte at the picnic in
Orleans. The festivities will begin September, as well as at the October
shortly after the Memorial Service, and November monthly meetings.
which will again be held indoors this Contact Billy Stiegemeier (618) 635-
year at Royale Orleans and will start 3176 or Marvin Korte (314) 631-1470
at 10am. for more information.
Reservation Form Mail Check or Money Order Payable to “VBOB” to
Annual Christmas Party Marvin Korte 9536 Dulles Ct
December 16th, 2011 St. Louis, MO 63123 (314) 631-1470
At Royale Orleans
Payment must be received by 12/10/11
2801 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO
Number of Attendees________ X $20.00 = _______ (Amount Enclosed)
Living History Weekend at Jefferson Barracks, Sept 10, 11 2011
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Annual Gateway Chapter Picnic, September 13, 2011
Caterers Jim Blassingame (L), Sherry Lehmann (C), and Nick Lehmann (R) Girls day out…
Guys day out A nice day for a picnic
Lunch is served Let’s eat
Awwww Another lucky winner
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Visitors at the October Meeting
President Kent Stephens (L) with Danielle Kronsbien (C) (born in Luxembourg),
and Ann Wagner (R) (former Ambassador to Luxembourg)
Photo by Pat Mohrmann
Directions to the Meetings at the Affton Elks Lodge #2635, 6330 Heege Rd (314) 481-6104
All meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, start at 1 pm and last about an hour. Note that the Ladies
Auxiliary is now doing the Lunch Bunch, so there’s always a good lunch deal to be had, plus there’s still plenty of free coffee,
soda for $1, and ample parking near the front and rear entrances. Call the Elks Lodge if there’s bad weather on the meeting
Directions from I-255: Directions from Downtown St. Louis on SB I-55:
Take the I-55 N exit- Exit 1A- toward St Louis. Merge onto I-55 Take the Bayless Ave exit- Exit 201A. Turn Right onto Bayless
N via Exit 12A toward St. Louis. Take the Reavis Barracks Rd Ave. Bayless Ave becomes Weber Rd. Turn Left onto Gravois Rd
exit- Exit 199. Turn Left onto Reavis Barracks Rd. Reavis / MO-30. Turn Right onto Mackenzie Rd / MO-P. Turn Left onto
Barracks Rd becomes Mackenzie Rd. Turn Left onto Heege Rd. Heege Rd. Turn left into the parking lot at 6330 Heege Rd.
Turn left into the parking lot at 6330 Heege Rd.
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Ideas and Opinions
Editor’s Note: In this space you will find informational articles not directly related to Gateway Chapter business, but which may be
of interest to our readers, as well as Letters to the Editor. Letters to the Editor may be sent via e-mail to email@example.com.
Alternatively letters may be sent to VBOB, St. Louis Gateway Chapter, P.O. Box 6503, St. Louis, MO 63125, or given to the
editor at the monthly meeting. All letters must be signed and will be printed on a space-available basis. All points of view are
Letters to the Editor
No letters this time
Gateway Chapter Book Order Form
Name: Order Date:
Item Quantity Unit S&H Total
(Circle One) Price
“Victory through Valor”, 328 pages,
1 24.99 5.01 30.00
2 49.98 10.02 60.00
3 74.97 15.03 90.00
GI Statue Book of Honor 1 12.00 4.00 16.00
2 24.00 8.00 32.00
3 36.00 12.00 48.00
4 48.00 16.00 64.00
Make checks payable to “VBOB St. Louis Gateway Chapter” and mail to:
Treasurer, Veterans of The Battle of The Bulge Check No.
St. Louis Gateway Chapter
9536 Dulles Ct Books will be sent USPS First Class
St. Louis, MO 63123
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We welcome members and guests to visit our display going to be discontinued by the Army in the near
at the west side of the meeting room during our monthly future, so plan accordingly. We will continue to carry
get-togethers. We do not carry a large inventory, but we them for as long as we are able to get them. Note that
can order whatever you need for pickup at the next we are unable to mail items to customers.
meeting. Please be aware that the green shirts are
Rusty and Dot Pendleton
We usually have the following items at the meetings:
Service Caps VBOB License Plate Frames VBOB Monument Mousepads
VBOB Patches Division Patches Hat Pins VBOB Decals
VBOB Bolo Ties VBOB Note Pads VBOB Belt Buckles
Clip and Mail with Payment to:
Order Form Billy Stiegemeier
102 E. 4th St.
“Everyday Heroes of the Battle of the Bulge” Staunton, IL 62088-2116
Item Quantity Unit Price Total
“Everyday Heroes” DVD 9.95
Mail Check or Money Order Payable to “VBOB St. Louis Gateway Chapter” to the above address
Members: Please clip this application and give it to a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, or a relative, to join the St. Louis Chapter.
A relative can join the chapter as an Associate Member. The annual dues are $10.00; Lifetime Membership is $50.00. This entitles
the member to attend monthly meetings, the Annual Picnic in September, and a gala Christmas Party on December 16th. Also
included with your membership is this swell newsletter, published six times per year. Total Membership to Date: 828
VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE New Member-- ()
TREASURER, ST. LOUIS GATEWAY CHAPTER
9536 Dulles Ct. St. Louis, MO 63123 Renewal –
Annual Dues $10 Lifetime Membership $50 Member No.
New Member Information
Assigned Unit (s) between December 16th, 1944 and January 25th, 1945
Mail check or money order payable to “VBOB St. Louis Gateway Chapter” to the above address
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The Back Page
2012 VETERANS TOURS (please including the POW’s long march into highlights of Normandy, the Battle of
share with your family members) captivity. The tour includes St. Vith and the Bulge and the Marshall Plan.
PILSEN LIBERATION FESTIVAL the northern shoulder of the Bulge. 45th INFD - BULGE
TOUR April 29 (Arr Frankfurt) - May 9 VBOB BATTLE OF THE BULGE COUNTERPUNCH IN ALSACE Sept
(Dept Prague). Attend the annual Pilsen 'MEMORIAL DAY' TOUR May 24 dates tba (Arr Nice, Dept Paris) Follows
Liberation Festival. See the huge (Arr Brussels) - June 2 (Dept Paris). the route of the 45th ID's battle from the
Merkers salt mines where the Third Take part in Memorial Day in Europe, south of France to the battles in Alsace
Reich's treasures were hidden, followed by an in-depth Battle of the to block Hitler's Bulge counterpunch.
Nuremberg with its Nazi Rallies area Bulge tour. Visit the American Battle of 82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION TOUR
and War Crimes Trials Palace of the Bulge Cemeteries on Memorial Day. Oct 6 (Arr Paris) - 18 (Dept
Justice, Flossenbuerg concentration OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO D-DAY Amsterdam) .A special 82nd Airborne
camp and see the beautiful, historic NORMANDY June 2 (Arr Paris) - 8 WW2 heritage tour for 82nd AB Golden
Czech capital of Prague. OPTIONAL (Dept Paris). Celebrate the anniversary Brigade Vietnam veterans which covers
EXTENSION TO MUNICH May 9 of D-Day and tour Normandy in depth. 82nd AB's most famous WW2 combat
(Arr Prague) - May 12 (Dept Munich) HONORING GENERAL GEORGE operations, D-Day Normandy,
Visit Salzburg and Hitler's mountain C MARSHALL ON THE MARSHALL Operation Market Garden and the Battle
HQ around Berchtesgaden, PLAN'S 65th ANNIVERSARY Sept of the Bulge.
Obersalzberg and the Eagles Nest. Tour 15 (Arr Paris) - Sept 23 (Dept FOR MORE INFORMATION
Dachau Concentration Camp and Paris).This tour covers Marshall's contact Doris Davis, President of
Munich. achievements in Europe- from the VBOB Golden Gate Chapter. Email
106th INFD - BATTLE OF THE WW1 battlefields from Cantigny to the firstname.lastname@example.org Tel (650)
BULGE TOUR May 13 (Arr Brussels) - Meuse-Argonne to organizing the final 654 - 0101 (PST).
20 (Dept Frankfurt). Follow the path of defeat of Germany in WW2 and post-
the regiments of the 106th Division, war European peace and security with