Winter 2014 National Newsletter (PDF File) National Association News
Chapters News: Commander's Own (Rosemount MN) Council Bluffs IA Des Moines IA
National Membership and Renewal Registrations: via US Mail (PDF) via ONLINE (PayPal)
Locating Veteran Records Affiliated website: Military History Network
With this 'issue' of the website we are 'updating' our appearance. We start by reviving the masthead from our original 'Red Bulletin', published during the 1944-45 North Apennines campaign, somewhere between Florence and Bologna.
Other changes, including a review, correction, and updating of all our links to information elsewhere are taking place this winter and spring. We will also provide a greater distinction between the two Red Bull eras: then, 1917-1991, and naw, 1991-2014 and beyond. We'll also be developing a better archive facility for all unit histories and publications and interface for our current battalions, brigades, and states.
503 Combat days !
The current issue of our newsletter features two reports of your Red Bull's combat history: 500+ days in WW II North Africa and Italy, and 3 days in Do Ab, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Both stories will remain as permanent features in the history portals of our website.
Other Highlights ...
Mark your Calendars: our next Red Bull Reunion will be held October 4-5, 2014, again at the Stoney Creek Inn and Camp Dodge, both in Johnston IA.
The closure of our Tri-State Chapter, which was approved in principal at the 2012 reunion, was completed at this reunion. Their final treasury was adequate to allow all Tri-State members to be rolled into the National Association as Life Members. Yes, LIFE Members!
2013 Reunion Report
Colonel Steve Osborn, current G-3 of the Iowa National Guard was selected as the 2013-2014 President of our 34th Infantry Division Association at our October 10-11 reunion at the Snoney Creek Inn an Camp Dodge in Johnston IA
During the eleven years of the "War on Terror", we have had over 20,000 soldiers serve in the 34th Infantry Division in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as deployments for Noble Eagle support for homeland support in the U.S. Our 2014 Reunion will be a special "Welcome Home" for ALL these soldiers and their families.
Continued Honors - and Responsibilities - for our Ben Corell
Colonel Ben Corell proudly commanded our Red Bull 2nd Brigade Combat Team while it was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011. He followed that by serving as your 34th Infantry Division Association President for our 2012-2013 year.
But last year the National Guard decided we could not simply keep him as our honored Ironman; Corell was given a new responsibility as Deputy Commanding General (Support) of the 34th Infantry Division in Rosemount MN. And in July 2013 he was given the rank commensurate with that responsibility. We are proud to tell all Red Bulls that Brigadier General Benjamin J. Corell was 'flagged' in a promotion ceremony by his commanders and family in a ceremony at Division Headquarters.
Your History: Bologna, 21 April 1945
The city of Bologna was liberated on the morning of 21 Apr 1945 by the 9th Bn, 3rd Bde, 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division, 2 Polish Corps coming northwest on the Via Emilia, closely followed by the 34th Infantry Division coming north on Route 65. The 34th Infantry Division elements and their commanders were:
The Jeep on the left appears to be that used by MG Wladyslaw Anders, General Officer Commanding, 2 Polish Corps.
The Jeep on the right belongs to 15th Army Group. The officer wearing a garrison cap looks like COL Alfred Bowman, then assuming duties as Regional Commissioner (Military Governor) for the Emilia-Romagna region with headquarters in Bologna. In that Jeep, standing, is a Red Bull officer.
The National Guard is still waiting.
'Clicking' on the image above will bring up a larger image on a separate webpage.
Deployments During Winter Holidays
In recent years we have seen elements of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" repeatedly deployed "in harm's way" in the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia. During the Christmas/Hanukkah/Muslim New Year seasons our troops have been "in the trenches" too often since 2003. These 'holiday' deployments have been to the Sinai Desert, to Bosnia-Herzegovina, twice to Afghanistan, twice to Iraq, and currently to Kuwait. An eighth deployment - to Kosovo - was in the summertime.
Some of you will remember Danny Quinn as our musician at the 2005 and 2009 reunions in Carlisle. Danny has recently recorded a World War I song, "Christmas in the Trenches" and has permitted us to use it now on our website. As you listen to the song, please keep in mind our 1st Brigade Combat Team is even now proudly serving in Kuwait.
If you wish to post or leave a message for Danny on his Facebook site, please mention you're a Red Bull.
"34th Division Regimental Lineages and Honors" (PDF file),
from US Army Center of Military History, 1953, extracted for us by Russ Bierl
1st Brigade Combat Team (Minnesota National Guard)
There were NO losses by the 1st Brigade Combat Team during its mission in Kuwait which officially ended 24 April 2012.14 Nov 2011, 1-194th Combined Arms Battalion:
Convoy Escort Security: Safeguarding the Iraq Drawdown.
12 Nov 2011, 134th Brigade Support Battalion:
Throw a Wrench at It !
10 Nov 2011, Iowa Public Television:
Iowa Soldiers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Remember Afghanistan. (29 min. TV feature)
2nd Brigade Combat Team (Iowa National Guard).
Over 200 reports of the 2nd BCT's 2010-2011 deployment are archived here on our website."May they have no more hills to climb,
nor cold, nor rain, nor mud, nor enemy fire,
and may they now rest in Peace."
We also want to share with you this 22 June 2011 New York Times story/tribute,
Official Facebook Resources
Facebook of the 34th Infantry Division Association.
Facebook of the 34th Infantry Division.
Facebook of the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division.
Facebook Notes for the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division.
Facebook of the 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division.
Facebook of the Minnesota National Guard.
Facebook of the Iowa National Guard.
Other Reports and Information Sources
The Red Bull Gift Shop at 34th Infantry Division HQ (Facebook)
"Lives During Wartime", New York Times, 10 Nov 2011: USAF CPT Peter N Shinn,
734th Agribusiness Development Team, writes about SGT Tessa Poppe.
Units under command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team:
Webmaster's Choice, the positive side,
"Outpost in the Apennines" by T/Sgt. Savo Radulovic
Courtesy of the Army Art Collection
Photo by SPC Kristina L. Gupton
Courtesy of Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs
The list of 'Home Stations' for all units of the division, just before it was activated in the Federal Service in 1941, is now online among our History Papers as a PDF file, five pages. The orignal document, here transcribed, was recently found in the Library and Archives of the State Historical Society of Iowa.
A new collection of the 1941-1945 histories of the 135th Infantry Regiment is now online and presented in our history section.
A report by COL Thomas Drake, commanding the 168th Infantry Regiment in Tunisia, was recently uncovered at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum. This was his official report of the actions leading up to the capture of much of the Regiment in February 1943. It is now available here as a PDF file, 6.5 MB, Tunisian Operations, 168th Infantry.
In accepting Col. Drake's report, Major General Charles Ryder wrote on 1 May 1945:
"Knowing the conditions, I can only marvel at the gallantry of the 168th Infantry and yourself in the face of overwhelming odds. You and you alone were fighting the entire German armored force of General Rommel and the delay you caused saved the Allied Forces in Southern Tunisia from disaster. Both of you wrote a page in American history for which you can be well proud. The blame for your defeat can only be layed on the shoulders of those who completely failed to come to your support as had been planned."
We know, from our own experiences in World War II, what it means to lose a fellow Red Bull. To their families, their friends, their comrades of this generation, we will maintain this small remembrance in their honor, in your honor.
President: COL Stephen Osborn. 1st Vice-President: LTC Stephen Boesen. 2nd Vice-President: LTC Tim Sulzner. 1 Year Trustees: MSG Daniel Ewer, LTC David Visser, BG Craig Bargfrede, SFC Ashlee Lolkus. 2 Year Trustees: BG(R) Mark Zirkelbach, COL(R) Ron 'Curly' Albrecht, Past President, MAJ Jason Burley, CSM Joel Arnold. 3 Year Trustees: CW5(R) Herman Poggensee, LTC Scott Keeley, BG Ben Corell, Past President, SSG Tanner Johnson. Secretary: COL(R) Russell Bierl. Treasurer: LTC(R) Michael Musel. Sergeant at Arms: LTC(R) Jim Berg. Senior Historian: Vet(R) Pat Skelly, Past President. Website Managers : Vet(R) Pat Skelly and MSG Daniel Ewer Facebook Managers : SFC Ashlee Lolkus and CW5(R) Herman Poggensee Chaplain: Chaplain (CPT) Skip Manus
The Commander's Own Chapter, with an office at the Headquarters of the 34th Infantry Division is in the process of formation. Meeting and business announcements and newsletters will be posted here as available.The chapters's postal address is:
This chapter, with about forty members, does not publish bulletins. Their members meet at monthly luncheons or dinners. They also host an annual Christmas Dinner.The chapter's postal address is:
The 100th Infantry Battalion (Nisei)(Separate), which was assigned in place of the 2nd Battalion, 133rd Infantry, from September 1943 through May 1944, and the 442nd Infantry Regiment (Nisei) which was attached to our Division from June 1944 through August 1944, have an especially honored place in our memories and history. We are pleased and likewise honored that many of their veterans have come to look upon the "Red Bull" as their 'home' division.
The 1st Ranger Battalion, though not a part of the 34th Inf Div, was activated in 1942 with 80% of its personnel coming from this Division.
Please be aware, that unit attachments were often for periods of days or weeks, but generally not for an entire campaign.
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Updated 2014 February 5.
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