We invite all veterans who were members of the 65th Infantry Division. Join our Veteran's membership whether you can attend reunions or not. We want to stay in touch with you!
"Membership in the 65th Division Association shall be extended to any person who has served with the 65th Infantry Division and any attached troops during World War II, or during any later reactivation of the 65th Division as an active, reserve, or National Guard unit."
Please send us a picture of yourself in service, share memories of your time in the 65th and your life since!
FAMILIES...you are the future of our 65th Infantry Division!
Join our association and share the stories of the men of the 65th. We're researching the history, sharing stories and pictures and sharing the legacy of what these men we're so proud of did in WWII.
Our association consists of nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers, grandkids and children of our 65th Veterans. We have Gold Star families who are members. We've all joined to keep this legacy alive, make new friends and share in our combined heritage.
Legacy membership qualifications:
Either you are a blood relative of a vet -child, grandchild (or great grandchild), niece/nephew (or great niece/nephew), etc.
you are legally related to a vet- spouse, adopted child or grandchild/great-grandchild, son or daughter in-law, etc.
If you fit into one of these categories, or think you may, see our membership forms.
Open this file, complete the fillable form, save to your computer and email to the contact listed on the form. Once our treasure receives the form, you'll receive an electronic invoice.
Produced annually, you'll find updates on your fellow veterans, shared stories, reunion highlights and more! Legacy members will enjoy family stories and organization history.
Make sure you don't miss an edition!
We ask for donations toward the publication. You can elect to receive the Halbert electronically, but we ask for regular donations to keep the Halbert mailed to veterans and to defray costs involved.
Suggested donation is $25 annually to help cover the costs of printing and shipping. We're a volunteer organization and printing costs are higher than your regular magazines. We hope to offer an electronic version in the future.
What will you read about in the Halbert?
Here's what was in our 2022 edition:
*2022 Reunion details
*2021 Reunion of Remembrance recap and highlights (this was a full color glossy edition)
-Letters of Recognition from various dignitaries and organizations, Keynote speech
-Highlights of the Membership meeting
-Mississippi Armed Forces Museum Tours and reveal of Division Colors (flag) that was verified by our veterans for the museum as the authentic flag used by Major General Reinhart during the war.
-Memorials, tributes and WWII Era Equipment at Camp Shelby
-Reenactment of the 65th Infantry Division Inactivation Ceremony, history presentation and Legion d'honneur ceremony for Norvin "Mac" McClure and Arthur "Art" Newell
-PFC Frederick C Murphy, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
-TAPS and Tributes
Book reports -
'Undefeated: From Basketball to Battle: West Point's Perfect Season 1944' - Submitted by Jessica Hanson-Gamroth, granddaughter of Maynard Hanson (565sig)
'Patton's War: An American General's Combat Leadership, Volume 1' - Submitted by Charlie Gemeinhardt, son of 1SGT Otto Gemeinhardt (260HQ)
"Battlefield Awards" , submitted by Barbara Dubois Russell, daughter of Irvin J. Dvorak (MED 261B)
"History of Camp Shelby", "Archaeology Dig- Then & Now"
"A Great Granddaughter's View of the Reunion" - Submitted by Alexandra (Ally) Durham, great granddaughter of Charles H. Sullivan (HQ869FA)
"Great Grandson Learns Family History" -submitted by Alex Gemeinhardt, great grandson of 1SGT Otto Gemeinhardt (260HQ) and Loyette Walley Gemeinhardt (Camp Shelby PX Manager)
"Legion of Honor Recipient, 97, Recalls Days in Europe" & "Struther's Veteran gets France's Highest Honor" - article reprints
"HONOR, PRESERVE, TREASURE" - 65th Infantry Division Memorial Ceremony, Camp Shelby Joint Training Center Chapel, 13 November 2021
"Introducing the Association's Newest Honorary Members" - Submitted by Charlie Gemeinhardt, son of Otto Gemeinhardt (260HQ)
"With Time to Reflect...A Thank You to Many!" -Submitted by Charlie Gemeinhardt, Reunion Coordinator and son of Otto Gemeinhardt (260HQ)
From your historian, Steve Schell, grandson-in-law of A Felder Phillips (261HQ2)...
"The Assault on Saarlautern and the Siegfried Line"
"We Need Your Help! Small Steps Can Make a Big Picture Goal Happen" (joint article with Christine Phillips)
"Easy Phone App to Capture Memories" submitted by Christine Phillips, granddaughter of Felder Phillips Jr (261HQ) and Social Media Co-Chair/ Website
"The Westwall- Siegfried Line", "2005 60th Anniversary Tour of the 65th Infantry Division Association and Guests" & "The Town of Saarlautern: Does it Still Exist?"- Submitted by Jim Hanson, son of Maynard Hanson (565sig)
Reprinted article from 'The Halbert Magazine' Volume 31, No 1, Spring 1992 Pages 82-91
"Operations of the 2nd Battalion, 259th Infantry Regiment, 65th Infantry Division, with Attached & Supporting Units, in the area of Uberherrn, Saarlautern and Fraulautern, German; From 7 March to 19 March 1945
by: Emory S. Hunt Jr (then Lt Col and Battalion Commander) and Neill H. Alford Jr (then Major and Battalion Executive Officer)
"Men Killed in Action or Died of Wounds: Timeframe of the Siegfried Line"
"An Assignment Lives On...History is Told" & "Location of the three Houses on Alleestrasse in Uberherrn, Germany" Submitted by Sibyl Sharp Ream, daughter of William B Sharp (259F)
"General Order No 24" Submitted by Courtney Walker, granddaughter of Carl F Walker (259A)
"General Order No 73" Submitted by Sibyl Sharp Ream, daughter of William B Sharp (259F)
"Life As We Know It" Submitted by Patricia Caponi, widow of Damiano Caponi (261F)
"Our National Military Cemeteries" Submitted by Bill Phillips, son of Felder Phillips (261HQ2)
Want to contribute to the content of the Halbert?
Your veteran's stories, photos and memorabilia are items we want to share with the association. No story or sharing is too small or too long!
Maybe you want to share your family history research tips? Many of us are in the same "boat" of researching the history of our 65th veterans. If you have some hints or tips we'd love to learn from them. Maybe your experience will help others.
Complete the membership form and send your stories!
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