Death of YDVA Sr Vice Commander and Editor of Yankee Doings, Peter E. Bogdan

It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the death of our Sr Vice Commander and Editor of Yankee Doings, Peter E. Bogdan, on August 25 2013.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wake:Wednesday Aug 28 4-8 PM  Brisbee Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus MA
                                                    YD Ritual at 7:00PM, YDVA Members attend in  Uniform
Funeral:  Thursday Aug 29 0930 at funeral Home. 
                                       1000 Mass at St Margaret's Church, 431 Lincoln Ave, Saugus
Burial at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody MA
Don McCuish
National Secretary, YDVA 

YDVA website

The Yankee Division Veterans Association just opened their official website at

On Tuesday, 8 August 2006, the 26th (Yankee) Brigade Combat Team will be activated for Federal service.

The ceremony is to take place in Minuteman National Park, in Concord, in the vicinity of the Old North Bridge. The plans call for the troops to be bussed to the lower parking lot on Great Meadows Road, arriving at 1000 hours, march over the Bridge, and assemble for the ceremony in the vicinity of the Visitors Center, on Liberty Street.

The ceremony is scheduled for 1100 hours. The YDVA will participate, in uniform (blue tie), and possibly march over the bridge with the troops. Those who have trouble walking should plan on meeting the participants at the visitor center, rather than the lower parking lot.

These men are the newest members of the YD family. Be there, show your support for the troops and their families!

Directions to Concord site: Take route 2 (west) off of route 95 (128). This is Cambridge Turnpike. Go straight, make no turns, go as far as you can. At end, the Colonial Inn is in front of you. Go right (Monument Street). The lower parking lot is up on the right. If you are going to the visitor's center, continue past the lower parking lot, go over the bridge, take you first left (Liberty St.). The visitor's center will be on your left.


Don McCuish - National Secretary, YDVA

Nazi Concentration Camp Liberators to be honored at Holocaust Liberator event


On June 15th, in Boston, World War II veterans of eleven U.S. Army Holocaust Liberator divisions will be honored in a unique event. Never before have such a large group of the men who broke into the Nazi Concentration camps been so feted. Never before have so many been reunited with survivors of Buchenwald, Dachau, Mauthausen, Nordhausen and other notorious Nazi death camps.

The event is the annual benefit tribute dinner of the Holocaust Center Boston North, an educational foundation that works to teach about and document all genocides, including the Nazi Holocaust.

Though half of the World War II combat divisions that liberated the camps have since been inactivated, serving soldiers of seven of those units will join their elders at the event.

All of the vets and soldiers have been 'adopted' by patriotic corporations, individuals and veterans posts. These benefactors pay for their adopted soldiers' and vets' dinners, host them at the dinner table, and co-present their awards.

Greeting speaker for the event will be Mrs. Joanne Holbrook-Patton, past president of the Army Emergency Relief Fund, and daughter-in-law and widow, respectively, of two Patton generals. Her father, World War II Brigadier General Willard Holbrook, led the 11th Armored and 26th Infantry Division combat teams that liberated Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps in May 1945.

The 26th Infantry Brigade and the YDVA will attend this event. Prospective benefactors and attendees should contact me at or 978-531-1771.

Albert Mangone ( Message forwarded by Peter E. Bogdan, YDVA )

U.S. Army reorganization brings back YD patch

The U.S. Army has announced the conversion of all active and Guard combat brigades, including those organic to divisions, to modular brigade combat teams. The 'new' brigade combat teams will be attachable to any active or Guard combat division. Consequently, the 26th Yankee Infantry Brigade, Massachusetts Army National Guard, will sever its relationship with the 29th (Blue & Grey) Infantry Division, discard the 'Ying Yang' 29th ID patch, and don that of the 26th Yankee Infantry Division - Yes, the same YD patch all of you once wore!

Eventually, about 3,000 Army National Guard soldiers in Massachusetts and New Mexico will don the YD patch. That total will include a brigade headquarters company, two infantry battalions, cavalry squadron, field artillery battalion, support battalion, and a special troops battalion inclusive of intelligence, signal and engineer companies.

YDVA members will pin the YD patch on soldiers of the Brigade headquarters and headquarters company and the infantry battalion commanders at a noon, 10 December ceremony at building #623, Devens (Formerly Fort Devens) Massachusetts.

All YDVAers and Auxiliary members are invited to attend. Approximately 55 uniformed YDVAers will form ranks alongside the active soldiers and, on command, pin the YD patch on the active soldiers' left shoulders. The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, other YDVAers and Auxiliary members, and former Yankee Division commanding generals and command sergeants major will observe the ceremony.