Left to Right:
David Ream (President), Courtney Walker (Corresponding Secretary), Barbara Dubois Russell (Vice President), Jackie Hanson (Association Administrator, Halbert Co-editor & Publisher), Joan Pratt (Recording Secretary), Debbie McNiff (Halbert Co-editor & Publisher), Scott Russell (Chaplain), Diane Repasky (Member at Large), Lisa Brill-Nadler (Membership Chair), Sibyl Ream (Treasurer), Steve Schell (Historian & Social Media Administrator-Facebook), Christine Phillips (Social Media Administrator- Website), Edmund G Lewis (Member at Large), Susan Theisen (Sergeant at Arms)
Not Pictured: Ben Diaz (Member at Large) and Charlie Gemeinhardt (Past President)
Why did you become a Legacy Member?
Membership in the 65th Infantry Division Association was a natural transition as we worked with a number of our veterans who had a strong desire to see the continuation of the Association and to help preserve and promote the history and legacy of the 65th Infantry Division. The Executive Board of veterans, at the time, approved the establishment of the Legacy Group, and children and family members were invited to join the Association. We did not hesitate. I, for one, find it both an honor and a privilege to help perpetuate a history of this very special group of men who, along with their families, sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. They truly are in so many ways, “the Greatest Generation.” Unlike many World War II army divisions which continue on today, the 65th Infantry Division was deactivated at the end of the war. As such, preserving their history and the contributions these men made for us and our Country needs our special attention to see that that history is not lost. All of our families and friends need to pull together in this effort to ensure that, “We shall never forget.” As we now move forward with an Association that has transitioned its leadership to its Legacy Members, I am honored to serve as the Association’s President. Our leadership team is committed to a mission "to preserve and promote the history and legacy of the 65th Infantry Division, while developing a culture of fellowship among the veterans, family, and friends of the 65th Infantry Division". I am committed to that mission, and hope you will join me in this effort and in becoming a life-time Legacy Member of our Association.
A little bit about David...
David is the son-in-law of 65th Infantry veteran William B. Sharp. David and his wife Sibyl learned about the 65th Infantry Division Association from the Association’s website in 2004 when Sibyl was doing research on her father’s military service during World War II. As a result of contacts make through the website, David and Sibyl attended their first reunion that fall in Houston, Texas. It was at that reunion that they learned of the Associations plans to do a 65th Infantry Division European Tour in 2005. David and Sibyl joined that Tour, tracing the route of the 65th Infantry, sharing first hand the experiences and recollection of the many veterans on the Tour, and making new friends with both veterans and family members. David and Sibyl have stayed active and involved with the Association ever since. David was part of the team that worked with our veterans in the initial establishment of our Legacy Group and has served as the Association’s Chaplin. Sibyl currently serves as the Association’s Treasurer.
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Need assistance researching your 65th Infantry Division veteran? Have physical items you'd like to donate?
Christine Phillips and Steve Schell
Also reach us through the 65th Infantry Division Facebook page!
Have digital items you'd like preserved on our website? Stories, digital preservation of memorabilia.
Debbie McNiff and Jackie Hanson
Send them your stories and other Halbert submissions.
Your contact for payments- Halbert donations, membership and registration for reunions. Also for contact information updates.
Your contact for reunion details and Association coordination.
Barbara Dubois Russell
Please share when a 65th Infantry Division Veteran or Legacy member passes.
Ed G. Lewis
Howard C. Anderson
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New York City, NY
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