LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Good day GOYA Family!
Hello from the 551st Parachute Infantry Association.
If you’re a new member of our group, welcome! A little background: After losing my father in 2017, I was inspired to reactivate the association that was originally established in November 1984. I found that some of the living veterans feared that after they passed away, the organization would end, but the family and friends of GOYA are working hard to keep the 551st alive! We are now a non-profit 501(c)3 association that includes veterans of the 551st as well as family and friends.
Recent & Upcoming Events
Events keep us engaged and excited to learn about and celebrate the 551st history.
- A number of us gathered in Belgium in January to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The third Goya Remembrance walk was an emotional and memorable occasion, during which we traveled to the memorial at Dairomontto commemorate the bayonet attack of January 04, 1945, as well as to the Monument to the 551st PIB in the village of Rochelinval. The 551st was well represented by me, my sister Michelle Dillard Howl, Ginni Field, Rodney Roycrosft, and Kristal Lucas. We owe great thanks to Eddy Lambery, Claude Orban, and the entire C-47 Club Ardennes Salm River Chapter who honored our fathers, uncles, brothers and friends for their service.
- If you missed our event this past January, join us next time. We will mark the 75th anniversary of the 551st participation in the Battle of the Bulge in January 2020. Stay tuned for details!
- And we’re so excited to celebrate the upcoming 75th Anniversary of Operation Dragoon in Southern France in August 2019 to the commemorate this milestone anniversary. Please follow us on Facebook where we’ll be posting pictures of the trip!
Support the 551st!
We need support – for memorials that need repair, website domain expense, and more. Please consider making a tax-deductible dues payment.
Enjoy our history
I hope you enjoy the website, the newsletter, and our Facebook page (don’t forget to Like our page!). We are committed to sharing the history and updates on the brave men of the 551st. Let’s keep this history of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion alive!
Cheryl Dillard Staurulakis – President
Daughter of Col Douglas C. Dillard, A Company