Division Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Formerly 42nd Rainbow Division
Veterans Association - RDVA)
Infantry Division Task Force Liberty
ID trains to take over Tikrit area By Spec. Ismail Turay Jr. -
Fort Drum Blizzard Online, December 16, 2004
Infantry Division News - December 2004
on December 3, 2004 by Public Affairs Office, Headquarters, 42nd Infantry
Division, 665 6th Street M, Fort Drum, NY 13602 CONTACT: Maj. Richard
Goldenberg (315) 774-0207 Fortysecond.firstname.lastname@example.org
Forces Press Service Article on Deployment Adjustments Pertaining to
42nd Infantry Division - October 2004
Rios - August 8, 2005
N. Kalladeen - August 8, 2005
Ali - March 2, 2005
Wai P. Lwin - March 2, 2005
Francis C. Obaji - January 17, 2005
L. Kamolvathin - January 16, 2005
G. Vonronn - January 6, 2005
Henry E. Irizarry - December 3, 2004
Christian Engeldrum - November 29, 2004
F. Urbina - November 29, 2004
Remembrance of those who served in the "Fighting 69th"
Spc. Anthony N. Kalladeen, 26, of Purchase, N.Y. and Army
Pfc. Hernando Rios, 29, of Queens, N.Y, both assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, New
York City, N.Y.; both died in Baghdad on Aug. 8, 2005 from their injuries
sustained when their vehicle came under fire and was struck by improvised
explosive devices on Aug. 7.
Army Spc. Wai
P. Lwin, 27, of Queens, N.Y., assigned to the 1st Battalion, 69th
Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, Manhattan, New York;
killed March 2 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his
military vehicle in Baghdad.
Spc. Azhar Ali, 27 of Flushing, N.Y. assigned to the 1st Battalion,
69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, Manhattan, New
York; killed March 2 when an improvised explosive device detonated near
his military vehicle in Baghdad.
Francis C. Obaji, 21, of Queens Village, N.Y., died January 17,
2005 in the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, after he
was involved in a motor vehicle accident Jan. 16 in Baghdad, Iraq. Obaji
was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry
Regiment, New York, N.Y.
Alain L. Kamolvathin, 21, of Blairstown, N.J., died January 16,
2005 in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Kamolvathin was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion,
69th Infantry Regiment, New York, N.Y.
Kenneth G. Vonronn, 20, of Bloomingburg, N.Y., died January 6, 2005
in Baghdad, Iraq, with six of his fellow Soldiers when an improvised
explosive device struck their Bradley fighting vehicle. Vonronn was
assigned to the Army National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division,
New York, N.Y. More at www.recordonline.com/archive/2005/01/08/soldier0.htm.
Sgt. Henry E. Irizarry, 38, of Bronx, New York, died December 3,
2004 in Taji, Iraq, when his unit was on patrol and an improvised explosive
device detonated near his HMMWV. Irizarry was assigned to the 1st Battalion,
69th Infantry Regiment, New York, N.Y.
The Department of Defense announced the death of two soldiers supporting
Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died November 29, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq,
when their military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Both
were assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry
Regiment, New York, N.Y. Killed were: Sgt.
Christian P. Engeldrum, 39, of Bronx, N.Y. and Pfc. Wilfredo F. Urbina,
29, of Baldwin, N.Y. (Source:
A Letter From Baghdad...
I wanted to remind you to perhaps update your records, as there
are at least two companies of 42 Division soldiers that have been
here in Baghdad for over a year now, and are planning to come
home by the end of January...Even the official 42 Division website
fails to mention a single word of the sacrifices our soldiers
have made; including several who have made the "Ultimate Sacrifice"!
- G.L. (December 2004)
And a Reply...
All WWII Rainbow Veterans and families as well as Families of
WWI Rainbow support our soldiers and wish them well. We grieve
for those who are killed, and pray for those who are wounded.
It is everyone's fervent desire for this tragic situation to end.
My husband who survived in an Infantry Regiment, 1st Scout, throughout
WWII with the Rainbow Division is deeply affected by the news
of our soldiers.
Yours in the spirit of the Rainbow Division.
Barbara C. Eberhart, wife of Dee R. Eberhart, 242nd Inf. Reg.
Co. I (December 2004)
War I & II Links of Interest
State Holocaust Education Resource Center
States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
of the Holocaust
Guide to the Holocaust
War - Finding and Telling Your Father's World War II Story
Badger's War Buddies from World War II
to the Americans Who Fought On All Fronts 1941-1945
(Beautifully expressed sentiment)
Friends . com - Reuniting Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
Infantry Division History by Grunts.net with request for personal stories
by Rainbow Division veterans
Division Veterans Association Special Collection Archives at the University
of Nebraska - Lincoln
Descriptions of Second Battle of the Marne
in the Belleau Woods, west of Chateau Thierry and along the Ourcq River
Battle of the Bulge - The Northern Shoulder
Battle of the Bulge - Operation Nordwind
History Interview with Bruce C. Clarke, Combat commander in the 7th
and 4th Armored Divisions, 1943-45 (participating in the Battle of the
Bulge), Harry S. Truman Library
Gruber: The War Years, by
Janet Allen for The Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee, Oklahoma
Kilmer, New Jersey During the Second World War
by an Infantry Platoon Leader in Patton's Army
War II Battlefield Relics - Virtual Gallery
Poets of the Great War by Harry Rusche, Emory University
Verse - The Great War Society
Proclamation of Gold Star Mother's Day
29 April 1945: The Rainbow Liberation Memoirs, edited by Sam
Dann. Copyright 1998 Texas
Tech University Press.
Revue du Cercle d'Histoire et d'Archeologie de l'Alsace du Nord,
by Lise Pommois (site in French)
Final Crisis: Combat in Northern Alsace, January 1945, by Richard
Engler. Aegis Consulting Group, Inc., Pennsylvania.
Rainbow Division in the Great War: 1917-1919, by James J. Cooke
(Praeger Publishers, Westport, Connecticut, available through Greenwood
Storm – War in Northern Alsace, November 1944 to March 1945 by
Lise Pommois (Turner Publishing Company).
of the Rainbow, a Brookside Associates Videotape Production, 1999,
produced by David J. Dann and Michael S. Manas. Until December 2002,
sales are restricted to distributing order forms at Rainbow Division
reunions and other forums, or referrals from other web sites, such as
the Rainbow Division
Return of Paul Jarrett, award
winning documentary film about a World War I Rainbow Division soldier's
trip back to the battlefields of the Marne and Argonne Forest with his
grandsons seventy years after the war. Written, directed and produced
by Clark Jarrett (Jarrett
Entertainment Group, 1998).
about the Dough Boys reviewed by The Great War Society
Links to 42nd Rainbow Division Historical Photographs and Documents
Munich Rainbow Reunion and 50th Anniversary Tour of Europe
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