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551st Parachute Infantry Association

551st Parachute Infantry Association

The 551st Parachute Infantry Association, originally activated back in 1984, is now re-activated. To become a member email us at info@551pib.us. GOYA!

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Prayers said for all of our brothers and sisters in Europe facing this natural disaster. Please be safe and check in with us. GOYA STRONG ... See More from 551See Less from 551

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Thank you. From Belgium 😢😢. GOYA…

Yes! Praying for your safety and a quick recovery from all the flooding. GOYA!

2 months ago

Eddy Lamberty

For more than 25 years, I carry out research regularly not only on the historical facts related to the units which fought in my native region but especially I try to know the course of the heroes who wrote the history of our free world.
And finding a photo, a portrait, a newspaper extract is always a touching and special thing, especially when it comes to a young man who lost his life in the service of our FREEDOM.

So, I think that I can honor for the first time with a picture, the very first GOYA bird who lost his life while serving in the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.

Private First Class Sybol Leon FRAZIER was born on October 3, 1918 at Paintsville, Kentucky.
He was residing in Scioto County, OH when he enlisted on July 15, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky.
In the Morning Report of Company A dated September 9, 1943.
PFC Sybol L. FRAZIER is mentioned as follow: " Sk in hosp Amador, CZ to deceased UND Aug 28".

His final burial place is at Corozal US Cemetery and Memorial - Panama City, Panamá, Panama - Plot: Site 5287 (Panama Canal Zone) Plot: C Row: 11 Grave: 36

GOYA !!!!
Photo credit of the headstone: soilsister (findagrave.com)
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For more than 25 years, I carry out research regularly not only on the historical facts related to the units which fought in my native region but especially I try to know the course of the heroes who wrote the history of our free world.
And finding a photo, a portrait, a newspaper extract is always a touching and special thing, especially when it comes to a young man who lost his life in the service of our FREEDOM.

So, I think that I can honor for the first time with a picture, the very first GOYA bird who lost his life while serving in the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.

Private First Class Sybol Leon FRAZIER was born on October 3, 1918 at Paintsville, Kentucky.
He was residing in Scioto County, OH when he enlisted on July 15, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky.
In the Morning Report of Company A dated September 9, 1943.
PFC Sybol L. FRAZIER is mentioned as follow:  Sk in hosp Amador, CZ to deceased UND Aug 28.

His final burial place is at Corozal US Cemetery and Memorial - Panama City, Panamá, Panama - Plot: Site 5287 (Panama Canal Zone) Plot: C Row: 11 Grave: 36

GOYA !!!!
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You are the best !!!The best historian of the 551st parachute inf.bn!Proud to be your friend!

Le meilleur des meilleurs... GOYA !!!

Well done Eddy!!

You are a very special patriot who only thinks of others especially the 551 veterans and their families. Thank you for remembering and honoring our GOYAS 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

2 months ago

Alice Stankus McGee

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GOYA...SALUTE!!

The first time I met COL Dillard it was at the GOYA monument at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). What else would he be busying himself with but sharing the story of the 551st PIB to a group during Veterans Day remembrances in 2015 at ANC. It was a little more than a year after learning my grandfather started with the 551st PIB, Leslie Meade. I knew it was COL Dillard before I was insight of him, as I had heard him speak in videos shared on the internet. There was no one else I could have been more excited to meet that day. In fact, in that excitement, I jostled around in my camera bag to change lenses for a better picture of him and unknowingly, a piece of my grandfather's parachute dropped out. I had brought it along to let Eddy Lamberty see it, who was there with Carole Orban from Belgium. I didn't notice that the piece of chute had dropped out until we were at the Battle of the Bulge monument, as COL Dillard was setting out some flowers. Thankfully, I was able to go back and find it. Last week was the second time I visited Colonel Dillard at Arlington, as he now rests there as well, along with his remarkable wife. Speaking of Colonel Dillard's wife, Virginia, I felt this post would be appropriate on this day, Memorial Day 2021. Mrs. Dillard was instrumental in creating one of the first and most complete lists of GOYAs that made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield, it goes without saying that the wives are GOYAs through and through too. That list is included as Appendix A in The Left Corner Of My Heart. Her list was instrumental in locating members of the 551st PIB interred at Arlington National Cemetery, like Archibald McPheeters. Last week I visited all of the GOYAs buried there...to include, of course, the Colonel and Mrs. Dillard. I also visited two other gentleman that had influence on the story of the 551st, although they didn't directly serve in the 551st...General Zais and LTG Yarborough. In the pics those KIA will be shared first in honor of Memorial Day, followed by the remainder of the GOYA heroes resting there...along with their wives, and finally General Zais and LTG Yarborough. The following text is from Appendix A of The Left Corner Of My Heart:

"The 80 names which follow were taken from the records of the American Battle Monuments Commission, the Pulaski Building, No. 20 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC 20314. They were compiled by a task group led by Mrs. Douglas Dillard:

NAME RANK/PERMANENT INTERMENT

Anderson, Donald // Pfc A // Pennsylvania
Anderson, Robert E // Sgt A // Henri Chapelle Cemetery
(HCC), Eupen, Belgium
Baldwin, Donald H. // Cpl Med // Indiana
Banks, Ray // Cpl C // Fort Smith National
Cemetery, AK
Banks, Wilbur M.A. // S/Sgt A // HCC
Beauchaine, Arthur E. // Sgt Det // New Hampshire
Bejma, Frank J. // Pvt Hq // HCC
Billman, Lewis R. // T/5 B // Rhone Cemetery
Booth, Donald A. // 1Lt Hq // California
Brooks, Jake E. // Pvt C // Jefferson City, MO
Brookshire, Andrew H. // Pfc C // North Carolina
Callaway, Paul // Sgt A // Marietta, GA
Campbell, Buford R. // Cpl Hq // HCC
Chappell, John F. // Pfc C // Rhone Cemetery,
Cheatham, Robert R. // Cpl B // Ardennes Cemetery, Belgium
Cleary, James T. // Pfc Hq // Massachusettes
Coley, Theodore R. // Pvt B // Georgia
Collins, John I. // Cpl A // Alabama
Couch, Kimber // Pvt C // West Somerset, KY
Dahl, Charles E. // 1Lt A // North Dakota
Davis, Lorenzo J. // Pvt Hq // HCC
Deming, James W. // T/5 B // Rhone Cemetery
Dennis, William E. // Pvt B // Indiana
Edgerly, Joseph A. // Pfc B // Rhone Cemetery
Ellis, Perry I. // Sgt Hq // Sicily-Rome Cemetery
Farren, Joseph A. // 1Lt Hq // Ardennes Cemetery
Fields, Warren B. // Pvt -- // Rhone Cemetery
Fletcher, Andrew H. // Pvt C // Grafton, WV
Flynn, Leo L. // Pvt A // Rhone Cemetery
Frazier, Sybol L. // Pfc A // Panama Canal Zone
Friend, Ernest V. // Pvt A // Montana
Funk, Jack D. // Pvt B // Copper Hill, VA
Gates, William H. // Pvt Hq // Rhone Cemetery
Gibson, Ladd M. // Pfc A // Lorraine Cemetery
Gould, Frank E. // Pfc B // Netherlands Cemetery
Heneghan, Martin A. // Pvt A // Illinois
Hill, Robert H. // Cpl A // HCC
Hughes, Felix J. // Pvt B // New York
Intinarelli, Carlo // Cpl B // Massachusettes
Jensen, George // W. Pfc -- // Rhone Cemetery
Joerg, Wood G. // LtCol // Eufala, Alabama
Kacinski, Stephen // S/Sgt A // New York
Kuliffay, Harold R. // Pvt B // Ardennes Cemetery
Lawson, William C. // Pfc Hq // Kansas
Lucas, Thomas B. // Pvt C // HCC
Luening, George H. // 1Lt A // Crow Agency, MT
Martin, Harry S. // Sgt C // Fort Myer, VA
McAtee, John F. // Cpl A // HCC
McPheeters, Archibald // Capt B // Arlington
Moore, Rogers W. // Pfc A // HCC
Mowery, Robert R. // Pvt A // HCC
Murphy, Gerald L. // Pvt C // Cambridge Cemetery
Myers, Doris S. // Pfc A // Vicksburg, MS
Nottingham, Glen E. // Pvt A // California
O’Doherty, Robert B. // Pfc -- // HCC
Opitz, John // T/5 Det // Minnesota
Parks, Leon W. // Pvt B // Rhone Cemetery
Peabody, Rushton D. //1Lt // Rhone Cemetery
Piedescalzo, S.J. // Pfc A // Connecticut
Ploof, Maurice P. // Pvt Hq // HCC
Ponder, John L. // Pvt B // Arkansas
Reynolds, William E. // Pvt C // Brittany Cemetery, FR
Rolland, Jack F. // T/5 A // HCC
Rover, Roy A. // Pvt B // Wisconsin
Rowe, Joe G. // Pvt C // Baltimore, MD
Ryan, Francis A. // Pfc Med // Massachusettes
Ryan, John B. // 2Lt B // Fort Meyer, Virginia
Sepulveda, Ramon M. // Pvt B // Rhone Cemetery
Sindler, Harold C. // S/Sgt A // HCC
Sizemore, Gerna W. // Pvt A // Fort Meyer, VA
Smith, David W. // Sgt B // Alabama
Spera, Louie N. // Pvt B // California
Stankus, Lawrence C. // Sgt A // Sicily-Rome Cemetery
Stopa, August // Pfc C // South Minneapolis, MN
Tenute, Louis J. // Pvt B // Rhone Cemetery
Ward, Trynca // Pfc Bn Hq // Netherlands Cemetery
Watson, Robert H. // Pvt C // Elmira, NY
Wilson, Cloy L. // Pfc A // Alabama
Wright, Thomas W. // Pvt C // Newport News, VA
Wright, William J. // Pvt -- // Pennsylvania
Yellowrobe, Alvin J. // Pfc A // Montana

The 30 names below are those of our officers and men who were killed in action but whose deaths are not readily found in official records. Where practicable, the source of the information will be given in the right-hand column. These are not all of our combat dead. No roster is available of the replacements who beefed up our Battalion in the Bulge, so only one or two of their names are listed here, although a good number of them were probably killed in that action. To summarize: all of the listings found in this Annex total 111 [they include some of our men who were killed after being transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division]. It is highly likely that our killed-in-action in the Bulge alone should run to at least 160. Thus, some 40-plus of our men who probably died in action will not be identified in our story. For us, they will be the “Unknown Soldiers.”

Black, Sydney R. // Pfc A // KIA Bulge // Lou Water’s ltr
Brown, Willie F. // Pvt B // KIA Belgium // Jack Carr ltr
Butenhoff, Marvin M. // T/Sgt Det // KIA Belgium // Not confirmed
Callahan, Bernard F. // Sgt Hq // KIA Bulge // 3-4 Jan 1945
Carroll, James J. // Pvt A // KIA Buge // Phil Hand ltr. Trsfr to 505th. Froze to death
Chalfant, Everett F. // Pvt Det Ser // KIA. Ltr from Frank Kozak. not confirmed
Chavez, Juan R. // Pfc A // Missing in action in
Bulge; presumed dead
Christensen, Harold // Cpl C // KIA Bulge // Dave Munoz ltr
Clark, John L. // Pvt A // KIA Bulge // Trsfr to 504th
Ellis, Jennings B. // Sgt B // KIA Belgium // Jack Carr ltr
Harris, Joseph // Pvt Det // KIA France 1944 // See notation on back of Carr photo of Co. A
Hord, Oliver A. // 1Lt C // KIA France 1944 // Jack Carr ltr
Hornacky, Nicholas // Pvt Det // KIA South France // Not confirmed
Hundley, Kenneth G. // Cpl A // KIA // Transfer to 508th
Kurtsinger, unk -- - Replacement. See Dave Munoz trscrpt
Kurta, Elmer J. // Pfc A // KIA operating MG // 3 Jan 1945
Kurtz, Lester E. // 2Lt B // KIA at Noirefontaine
Looney, Jack // Pvt A // KIA Bulge
McBee, William // Pfc A // KIA Dec 44 by MG fire
Morrison, Wendell // T/5 Det // KIA on Pathfinder drop // Bill Lumsden ltr
O’Dell, John B // Cpl A // KIA Bulge // Lou Waters questnnr
Parsons, Cleo // Pfc B // KIA Bulge // Arnel Robinson ltr
Patterson, Lester L. // Pvt Det Hq // KIA S France // Not confrmd
Pearson, Benjamin C. // Cpl Det // KIA Belgium, 1945
Shoup, John W. // Sgt A // KIA S France // Joe Cicchinelli ltr
Simpson, Jack C. // Cpl A // KIA Belgium // Jack Carr ltr
Ward, James P. // T/4 Hq // KIA on VE-Day
Williams, Wilburn M. // Pvt B // Medic // KIA S France, 1 Oct
1944. Not confirmed"

Locations of GOYAs buried at ANC with Section (S) and Grave # (G):

McPheeters S12 G3132
Martin S12 G997
Ryan S12 G2571-4b
Sizemore S12 G1885-4c
McCraw S33 G8729
Cicchinelli S54 G5934
Smith S64 G322
Reid S66 G2940-A
Durkee S31 G1154
Dillard S331 G1154
Casanova S71 G961
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A simple thank you never seems enough. God help us to never forget the sacrifices made by all those who gave it all to keep this nation free.

Thank you, each and every one

2 months ago

551st Parachute Infantry Association

On behalf of the 551st Parachute Infantry Association, our Historian Chris Lewis travelled to Eufaula, Alabama to place flowers on the grave of the beloved Commander of the 551st in WWII, LTC Wood Joerg, returning to Fort Benning to visit the grave of COL(R) Richard Hallock, a Platoon Leader in C Co 551st & also placing flowers at the “Furlough” Monument on Sacrifice Field at Fort Benning….

To all the GOYAs of the 551st during WWII, and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice….rest easy Paratroopers……see you on the DZ…..
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GOYA!!

Thank you

Thank you, Chris! We appreciate you so much as well as your precious family. GOyA! 🇺🇸

GOYA!!!

GOYA!

GOYA!!!!!!

My Father's troop!!!!!......My highest respect!!!!!❤❤❤❤❤

My Fathers troop!!!!.....much love&respect!!!!❤❤❤❤

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Memorial day is soon approaching, a day sat aside for those that made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. We must never forget their sacrifices and what it was they sacrificed for. Our freedom and our lives are their legacy...we honor them by making the best of it, and holding on to it! GOYA!

On Memorial Day let us remember the millions of reasons to honor the heroic sacrifices of all of our young heroes and the families they left behind in all of our Wars, to include, of course, WWII. Heroes who answered the call and gave all for the lives of so many good people simply holding on to hope, during a time in which it seemed all hope was lost...if not for the few. Below is a list of some of those heroes of WWII from the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion:

Donald Anderson
Robert Anderson
Ray Banks
Wilbur Banks
Arthur Beauchaine
Frank Bejma
Lewis Billman
Donald Booth
Jake Brooks
Andrew Brookshire
Paul Callaway
Buford Campbell
John Chappell
Robert Cheatham
James Cleary
Theodore Coley
John Collins
Kimber Couch
Charles Dahl
James Deming
William Dennis
Joseph Edgerly
Perry Ellis
Joseph Farren
Warren Fields *
Andrew Fletcher
Leo Flynn
Sybol Frazier
Ernest Friend
Jack Funk
William Gates
Ladd Gibson
Frank Gould
Martin Heneghan
Robert Hill
Felix Hughes
Carlo Intinarelli
George Jensen
Wood Joerg
Stephen Kicinski
Harold Kuliffay
William Lawson
Thomas Lucas
George Luening
Harry Martin
John McAtee
Archibald McPheeters
Rogers Moore
Robert Mowery
Gerald Murphy
Doris Myers
Glen Nottingham
Robert O'Doherty
John Opitz (504th)
Leon Parks
Rushton Peabody
S.J. Piedescalzo
Maurice Ploof
John Ponder
William Reynolds
`Jack Rolland
Roy Rover
Joe Rowe
Francis Ryan
John Ryan
Ramon Sepulveda
Harold Sindler
Gerna Sizemore
David Smith
Louie Spera
Lawrence Stankus
August Stopa
Louis Tenute
Trynca Ward
Robert Watson
Cloy Wilson
William Wright
Alvin Yellowrobe
Sidney Black
Willie Brown
Marvin Butenhoff
Bernard Callahan
James Carroll
Juan Chavez
Harold Christensen
John Clark
Dale Conley
Jennings Ellis
Warren Fields
Joseph Harris
Oliver Hord
Nicholas Hornacky
Kenneth Hundley
UNK Kurtsinger
Elmer Kurtz
Lester Kurtz
Jack Looney
William McBee
Wendell Morrison
John O'Dell
Cleo Parsons
Lester Patterson
Benjamin Pearson
John Shoup
Jack Simpson
Roland Shirey *
Mahlon Smith
James Ward
Wilburn Williams
Jacob Brooks

KIA with other units following their time with the 551st:

Donald Baldwin (505)
Donald Beazley (506)
Harlan Bryan (26th IR/1st ID)
Robert Cheatham (504)
Lorenzo Davis (504)
Ladd Gibson (35th ID/KIA in December)
Paul Gordon (96th ID/KIA in November)
Frank Gould (504)
Stephen Kicinski (505)
Harold Kuliffay (505)
Archibald McPheeters (505)
Theodore Coley (507)
David Demetri (506?)
Gerald Murphy (194th GIR)
John Opitz (504)
John Ponder (507)
William Reynolds (80th ID)
Jack Rolland (508)
Francis Ryan (508)
Mark Scott (550th GIB)
Louie Spera (508)
Hugh Van Winkle (508)
Trynca Ward (505)

**Feel free to add photo comments of other 551st PIB members KIA and not pictured here. There are several more at Henri-Chapelle not pictured in this post for example.
**Much thanks to Eddy Lamberty for the list of GOYAs that lost their lives while serving with follow on units.
**Photos at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery were taken on the day following the 551st PIB's First Remembrance Walk.
**Photos at Rhone American Cemetery were taken during the 75th Anniversary of the 551st's jump into Southern France.
**Photos at Arlington were taken last week.
**Photo of LTC Joerg's grave was taken during the Association's reunion at Fort Benning. The first official reunion/meeting after the Association was stood back up.
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GOYA...! 🇺🇸🇧🇪

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GOYA!

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Link to photos of men of the 551st PIB resting at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery... www.facebook.com/551GOYA/posts/722402365050321

RESPECT and HONOR!

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