Winston Bowling 65th Signal Battalion Newsletters

 

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Title: Winston Bowling 65th Signal Battalion Newsletters

Dates: 1994–2008

Creator: Winston Bowling

Summary/Abstract: Newsletters for veterans of the 65th Signal Battalion produced by Winston Bowling with contributions from many veterans.

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Language(s): English

Repository:
Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation:
(Box Number, Folder Number), Winston Bowling 65th Signal Battalion Newsletters, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: The Albert Gore Research Center received this collection from Winston Bowling on September 10, 2013.

Processed By: Sarah Calise, 2015

Arrangement: Winston Bowling’s newsletters are arranged in one series in one box. The newsletters are arranged chronologically. An inventory is included below.

Biographical Note:
Winston Williams Bowling was born on July 1, 1924 in Berea, Kentucky. He graduated from Berea High School and enlisted in the army at the age of eighteen. He served in Europe during World War II with the Headquarters Company 3261 of the 65th Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army. The 65th was activated on April 1, 1943 at Fort Lewis, Washington, and campaigned in Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe during World War II. Mr. Bowling earned two bronze stars for his service. After the war, he received his bachelor’s degree from Berea College and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. In 1962, he purchased Hoover Paint Store in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He managed the store alongside his wife, until entrusting responsibility to his son. Winston Bowling passed away on October 13, 2013.

Mr. Bowling was very active in the veteran community following his service, attending many reunions for his unit. In 1994, he started producing a newsletter for the 65th Signal Battalion with emphasis on Headquarters Company 3261, although it grew to include veterans from the entire battalion. He compiled the newsletter with help from his wife and from fellow veterans who sent letters with personal memories from their service. In the August 2008 issue, Mr. Bowling explained that medical problems were forcing him to cease operations of the newsletter, but he hoped that the men and families of the 65th would continue to keep in touch regularly with him and each other.

Scope and Content: Each newsletter features news of veterans of the 65th Signal Battalion and the Headquarters Company 3261, including post-service jobs, family, and cases of illness or death. Most newsletters contain photographs of the men during their time of service. There are also photographs, as well as itinerary and other details, from the annual reunions. Beginning with the November 1998 issue, the newsletters begin to include war stories sent in from 65th Signal veterans from their time in basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington and from their many campaigns in Europe. The final issue features the mailing address list for the newsletter.

Persons: Bowling, Winston

Subjects (General):
Veterans, World War II
65th Signal Battalion
Headquarters Company 3261
Fort Lewis, Washington
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Central Europe, World War II

Material Types: Paper publication (Newsletters)

Collection Inventory:


Box

Year

Month

Description of Contents

1

1994

November

Brief history of the battalion and companies; Cincinnati reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1995

January

65th Signal football team roster; 3261 Signal Service Co. brief history; Cincinnati reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1995

May

Follow up on men from last "Telegossip" published in 1946; 65th Signal Battalion football team with photograph from 1945; updates on veterans

1

1995

September

Newspaper article about Grady Goldman; Nashville reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1995

December

Updates on veterans; Nashville reunion details

1

1996

April

Updates on veterans; Nashville reunion details

1

1996

September

Copy of letter from Vice President Al Gore; copy of letter from Governor of Tennessee, Don Sundquist; Nashville reunion summary; updates on veterans

1

1996

December

Les Fenter story on Oregon maneuvers; Louisville, Kentucky details; letter from Paul Vise to his kids about Christmas in near Karlsruhe, Germany in WWII; updates on veterans

1

1997

May

Leopoldville ship attack; List of towns with dates that 65th served in 1944–1945; Louisville reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1997

August

Veterans with their service dogs; Louisville reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1997

November

Copy of letter from the Governor of Kentucky, Paul E. Patton; Teletype Boys from Camp Bowie; summary and pictures from Louisville reunion; updates on veterans

1

1998

March
(5 copies)

65th Signal football team (1945) meet at Football Hall of Fame, Ohio; pictures of football team with roster; Memphis reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1998

July

Lew Frank tells story about Ed D. Hess in Germany near Brannenburg after VE day and meeting German soldiers; Memphis reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1998

November

Story behind inspiration for Saving Private Ryan movie; mysteriously sunk German submarine; letter from Spencer Coffey to 65th Signal; letter from Nick Grippi about Robert St. John; Indianapolis reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1999

March

Story from Nick Grippi about Pearl Harbor and deciding to join the armed forces, going through physicals; letter about the late Robert St. John; letter from Lew Frank about Colmar, who was in B Co's radio platoon; updates on veterans

1

1999

July

Story by Nick Grippi on the importance of veteran reunions; story by Everett Wick about difficulty enlisting; letter from Staff Sergeant Leroy Bernard Lewis with stories from 1943-1947 in U.S. and France, ; Indianapolis reunion details; updates on veterans

1

1999

December

Excerpt from article about Tacoma and Fort Lewis; stories from John McCabe in Nazi SS warehouse; Branson, Missouri reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2000

July

Stories about Bill Oneby about Frank Gregorin saving his life in Germany ; Branson, Missouri reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2000

November
(5 copies)

Letter from Ralph Park resigning as treasurer of the 65th Signal Battalion; excerpts from news articles on German POWs; updates on veterans

1

2001

March

Copy of letter from Asa Hutchinson, Member of Congress, with copy of Congressional Record; story by Bill Oneby about Paul Kicza, a tank commander in Bastogne; story by Nick Grippi about reunions; Lexington, Kentucky reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2001

July

LST-325 ship restoration; George Lorah inducted to PA Sports Hall of Fame, coached football for 65th Signal; letter from Phalko Schilling to officers/men of 3261 in 1945; Lexington, Kentucky reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2001

December

Story by Bill Oneby about basic hygiene while in Germany; Fort Lewis band photo; story by Bill Cantwell about his army experience starting with basic training at Fort Lewis (continued over several issues); Lexington reunion summary; updates on veterans

1

2002

April

Story by Bill Oneby, memories of Schwabisch Gmund; "Life in Fort Lewis" continued by Bill Cantwell; story by Al Coleman about manufacturing for the war and then volunteering for the army; Branson reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2002

July

"Life on Maneuvers" story continued by Bill Cantwell; Branson reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2002

November

"Life on Maneuvers" continued by Bill Cantwell; Branson reunion photos; updates on veterans

1

2003

March

“Athletes of the 65th” story by Bill Oneby, including encountering Russians in eastern Germany; updates on veterans

1

2003

July

Story about Richard Shobe meeting actress Ann-Margaret in Vietnam and again back in the U.S.; story by Bill Oneby about General George Patton; story by Bill Cantwell about “ Life in Texas”; story by Art Muhlbacher on Siegfried Line in France; updates on veterans

1

2003

November

W.S. Peyton and baseball; A Co ladies at Mammoth Cave; Oscar Backlund story on Christmas in Germany; updates on veterans

1

2004

March

Bill Oneby story on actors who served; story by Bill Cantwell "Life Upon the High Seas" on British merchant marine ship; Owensboro, Kentucky reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2004

July

Updates on veterans

1

2004

November

Story by Bill Oneby "Pontoon Bridge" and army engineers; updates on veterans

1

2005

March

Stories from Tom Burns at Fort Lewis; Branson, Missouri reunion details; updates on veterans

1

2005

July

Story by Bill Oneby on basic training at Fort Lewis; story by Bill Cantwell on life in England; 65th Signal in Leipzig post-war and brain drain; updates on veterans

1

2005

November

Patton's address to his troops; story by Bill Oneby about 65th crossing the Rhine in 1945; updates on veterans

1

2006

April

Story from Norb Cieslak on his unit near Ribeauville and Colmar; story from Lew Frank about Rouen; news about Joe Swindel oral history for PBS; Congressional Record's tribute to Frank Gregorin and his obituary; updates on veterans

1

2006

July

A few lengthy biographies of deceased veterans

1

2006

December

65th signal itinerary during WWII; Commendation Letter from General Frank Milburn who commanded the XXI Corps in Europe; story on soldiers in Germany at winery; brief story by Bill Oneby on barbers in the service; Indianapolis reunion summary; updates on veterans

1

2007

April
(5 copies)

Story from Norb Cieslak on barbers; story by Ed Lehman about a war dog and a men's night club; story by Lew Frank on basic training; story near Danube and Regensburg, a church with paintings; letter from Merrill Gerst to his wife few days after the war ended in Europe, interacting with Germans; story by Bill Oneby on Leipzig after VE day and a circus;  updates on veterans

1

2007

July

Story from Norb Cieslak on Landing Ship Tank and his hunting license in Germany; a few stories from Lew Frank on finding young boys with a land mine, Bitche camp, finding an escaped Russian soldier, and a field of dead soldiers; story from Les Fenter about Sgt. Stamper at Fort Bliss and Pancho Villa; updates on veterans

1

2007

November

Milwaukee reunion summary; info on Army Signal Corps Museum, and two military museums in Oklahoma; story about escaped prisoners/possibly escaped from concentration camp; newspaper article on Capt. Ray Long and his ham radio; updates on veterans

1

2008

April

Story from Norb Cieslak about troop ship "Esperance Bay," and laying field wire in Germany; story from Elaine Croft about husband Gene setting up phone lines in Germany; story from Syl Stoehr,  on National Guard, laying wire, 78th Signal Heavy Construction Company which was all black unit with white officers in Pacific Theater;  updates on veterans

1

2008

August

Letter from Mr. Bowling explaining his ending the newsletter because of medical problems; addresses from newsletter mailing list; Tulsa reunion details; updates on veterans