104th Vets together again
I was contacted last week by a guy I went through the war with and haven't seen in the 61 years since. His son, who works in Washington, found my name in the course of some of his research and recognized the104th Inf. as being his Dad's outfit. He checked with his father, who said he knew me, and mailed him the info. It included the fact I was President of the VBOB Chapter in Eustis, FL. so he addressed a letter to that location.
I haven't missed a VBOB meeting in five years, until our Aug meeting, due to having two teeth extracted the day before. Our treasurer phoned me after the meeting and told me I had a letter there (at the VFW Post) from a "Ralph Rogers." My old army buddy is the only one I know with that name. I told him to read it to me. It began: "You have got to be the Harry Kirby I served with." I immediately phoned Ralph and we wasted no time arranging a meeting.
I phoned another of our guys who lives in the area, Al Teller, and invited him to a reunion lunch today at my house in Ocala,FL. We all played in the 104th Infantry Regimental Band, 26th Infantry ("Yankee") Division. I know the TOO doesn't provide for a Regimental Band . . . but we had one (CP Security in combat)! Al Teller was the band director, I played a trumpet and Rogers was our bass drummer.
Needless to say it was a great time, and I think our wives enjoyed it as much as we did. So over chicken crepes and wine, we shared photos and rehashed old times for about three hours. There will be more get togethers now that we have made contact.
From left to right: Ralph and Nancy Rogers, Addie and Al Teller, Jean and Harry Kirby on the far right.