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*** 9 May 2016 ***
Information requested on Harry J. BEALMEAR, 502/C (1942-1943)
Eagles of WWII Foundation received an unprecedented request for information
on Harry J. BEALMEAR's time served with the 101st Airborne Division in WWII.
Harry passed away in 2010. What we know from his son is that Harry BEALMEAR originated from Ohio; he joined the 101st Airborne Division in 1942; was assigned to 502 PIR, C company;
went through jump school at Ft Benning and injured his leg after a jump. He then was transferred to Midland, TX to train as a bombardier on a B-17 and served in Italy.
did not have any information on BEALMEAR as a Screaming Eagle in WWII. From
the information the family provided, we conclude that the leg injury came at
an unfortunate time
when the 101st was preparing to move to Europe. Most unfortunate for Harry BEALMEAR, as he would, for the rest of his life, be proud to have been a Screaming Eagle.
his commendable service as a bombardier on a B-17 requires our respect, Harry's
love was the 101st throughout the rest of his life. We thought it appropriate
to try and
piece together a little more of Harry's time with the 101st on the off chance that someone out there remembers Harry BEALMEAR's name, or someone who served with him. There may
even be a chance that someone has a roster that carries Harry's name.
of information are welcome at email@example.com
Note: photos courtesy and copyright of Bealmear's family.
*** 19 February 2016 ***
We realize it has been too long since we updated our website. In fact, we've
missed sharing our time spent in Bastogne, Belgium in December; wishing you
a wonderful Christmas
and an even better start to the New Year. The reason for our absence is quite simple: our web editor needed the time to move back from France to The Netherlands after a three year
Our first news in 2016 is devastating: on 6 February 2016, we lost our close friend and member of our board of governors, CSM (R) Joseph M. BOSSI.
news of Joe having suffered a severe stroke shortly before his 77th birthday
on 3 February left us heartbroken and speechless.
How was this possible? Joe had once again visited us in December in order to attend the annual memorial walk and celebrations in Bastogne. Once again we had enjoyed his company,
his passion, his friendship and his Jack. How could we have known that our jovial goodbye at Amsterdam airport shortly before Christmas was to be a final farewell?
2015 Bastogne (photo Barry Pulles)
will be impossible to replace Joe. He was too unique. On the other hand, we
know that giving up our endeavours to reach our goals is no option. We will
continue our work
just like Joe would have wanted us to. His spirit will be with us, the shared memories forever in our hearts.
Below we are sharing some of the examples that made Joe Bossi such a special man.
Tribute to Joe in 'his' Legion (photo copied from Facebook)
Sergeant Major (R) Joseph M Bossi
February 3, 1939 - February 6, 2016
Command Sergeant Major (R) Joseph M. Bossi age 77 of Clarksville, passed away on Saturday February 6, 2016 at Grace Healthcare of Clarksville. He was born February 3, 1939 in McKeesport, PA.
Joe was a patriot who served his country in the US Army. He entered the Army in 1956. While in the Army he served four tours in Germany, three combat tours in Vietnam and one tour each in
Thailand and Italy. His stateside assignments include duty with the 101st Airborne Division; B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry and the 506th Airborn Infantry.
CSM Bossi has served in numerous noncommissioned officer leadership positions. He retired with 33 years of service. During his time in the military he attended numerous Army schools including the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the Sergeants Major Academy, Basic Airborn School, Jumpmaster School, Demolitions and Mine Warfare School, Combat Intelligence School, Special Warfare School and Air Assault School. He has earned numerous awards and decorations including the Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab and the Bronze Star.
He has also served as the president of the Special Forces Association and the President of the 101st Association and was instrumental in the formation of both of those organizations. He was also a member of the American Legion in Oak Grove, KY. Joe is survived by his wife Karin E. Klein Bossi of Clarksville; a daughter Kathi M. Stokes and husband Ricky L. of Clarksville; two sons Joseph R. Bossi and wife Jackie B. of Falls Church, VA; and Richard M. Bossi of Nashville. He is also survived by his sister Verina O. Coward of Quincy, MI; 3 grandchildren, Charlotte M. Bossi, Charles K. Stokes, and Amber Stokes; 8 great grandchildren; his niece Rhoda Boys of Richmond, VA and his nephews Robert C. Coward and John C. Coward of Quincy, MI; as well as his 2 great nephews and a great niece. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson Darrell R. Willis. A memorial service with military honors will be conducted on Friday February 12, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, West at Hopkinsville, KY. - See more at: http://www.gatewayfh.com/obituary/command-sergeant-major-r-joseph-m-bossi/#sthash.68WvKM8y.dpuf
IN MEMORIAM CSM (R) Joseph M. Bossi - by Petra Pulles, chairperson Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation
At 35 years of age, Joe was elected President of the 101st Airborne Division
Association in August 1974. He was the first Vietnam veteran to have served
as President of this organization.
In September 1974, he represented the Association and the Active Division in The Netherlands during the 30th anniversary of Operation Market Garden.
(unknown publication, archives Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation)
1974 was also
the year that Joe was thrown into the Pulles family. The late Mr Frans Kortie,
then President of the Dutch Airborne Friends, had asked Pete Pulles (my father)
to take Joe
under his wing during his visit to the Market Garden area. It became the start of a wonderful friendship between two men with a passion for the 101st, and between two families, throughout the years.
(unknown publication, archives Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation)
1974 Eindhoven, The Netherlands (photo P.M. Pulles)
Visits to Germany,
where Joe was later stationed, followed. While in Germany, Joe would always
attend Memorial Day at the US cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands, often
by a side trip to Eindhoven, often accompanied by his wife Karen. The friendship strenghtened and the Bossi's always had a home in Eindhoven.
1982 or '83: Margraten cemetery, The Netherlands (photo Pulles collection)
Shared trips to
Normandy in June followed with shared memories of solemn commemmorations and
not so solemn dinners and evenings with 101 WWII veterans, French Airborne Friends
and Dutch Airborne Friends.
Then life happened, and the Bossi's and Pulles' lost touch. In 2003, Nell Pulles (Pete's widow) attended the Snowbird Reunion with a group of Dutch Airborne Friends. The renewed connection was the beginning of Joe's dedication to the Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation that had been started after Pete's death in 1997 in order to preserve Pete's life work of gathering details on all members of the 101st Airborne Division during WWII.
The 2014 publication of Pete Pullles' work (Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation, The Netherlands)
Soon, Joe became
a member of our Board of Governors and dubbed himself 'US Director of Operations'.
And Joe being Joe, he went full speed ahead, leaving the rest of us spinning at times. Joe inspired new ideas such as the Operation Torch trips and the Airborne Memorial Walk.
Joe, who also served as the Honorary CSM for the 327 Infantry Regiment, was our connection to the Division, to the Association, to the veterans and active duty personnel.
He made an impression everywhere he went.
We will always
remember our many visits to Bastogne, Belgium in December where he would first
set up HQ in the Le Nuts restaurant on McAuliffe square. The owner, nicknamed
"Billy" by Joe,
has completely redecorated his restaurant with WWII memorabilia, partly due to Joe's influence. You can even find a Wall of Fame near the bar which has a place of honor for Joe.
And each December, you'll find the Bastogne Bulldog flag there.
December 2008: CSM (R) Bossi and the active duty CSM marching in the Bastogne parade (photo Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation)
Joe did what he
did best in The Netherlands with equal passion.
He touched the lives of reenactment groups such as The Screaming Ducks and No Slack VLHG .
Both groups were accepted as Honorary Members of the 327 Infantry Regiment on Joe's proposals.
Joe made sure
that the city of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, liberated by the 506 Parachute
Infantry Regiment in WWII had a CURRAHEE flag to fly during their annual liberation
And Joe would not rest until the village of Best, The Netherlands, had found Joe Hooper's Medal of Honor which had been on display in the town hall but was misplaced after a move to a new location.
Shortly before Christmas 2015, we dropped Joe off the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, after his visit to his second home in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. We realised he was tired and felt poorly when he even didn't object to the wheelchair at the airport. But how could we know that our cheerful goodbye was to be a farewell forever? We are slowly recovering from the blow that Joe's passing dealt us. At the same time, we gather strength from the many memories. His passion, his mischievous streak, his energetic manner and his humor will always be with us. Forever in our hearts. Thank you, Joe.
(by Petra Pulles, Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation The Netherlands)
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