It is with regret and sadness that we must announce the passing of Homer Vaughn Wagnon, Jr., our website's founder and caretaker. A tribute to Vaughn will be posted in the near future. For now, here is a link to his obituary. Rest in peace, Vaughn. You will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.
Feel free to leave thoughts or memories of Vaughn on our Guest Book.
Homer Vaughn Wagnon, Jr.
12/27/1923 - 11/29/2017
"B" Co., 407th Inf., EIB, CIB, PHM, BSM w/cluster for valor, GCM, WWII VM and EOM for Germany
This is your website! Its purpose is to distribute your thoughts, ideas and memories to the 102nd Infantry Division Association’s members and friends through words, pictures and quotations that you find appropriate. Members, associate members, and relatives are encouraged to participate and join in this activity with enthusiasm, humor and honesty. Here, all honor the contributions of our “MEN” who won the victory in World War Two.
Veterans, relatives and friends of the Ozarks 102ID; during our last reunion in St. Louis the membership voted to end our activity as the “102nd Infantry Division Association” during our next reunion in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 24 – 30, 2008. All Ozark memorabilia was sent to the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. Moneys in our accounts will go to the 102nd Division Scholarship Fund. Informal meetings in any and all regional areas are possible and recommended.
Attention: The 102nd Division had a change in command on February 3, 2013. It is now an integral part of the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in “Ozark” country serving as part of the 80th Training Command. Along with the 102nd Division will be the 94th Division at Fort Lee, VA and the 100th Division at Fort Knox, KY, with these three divisions comprising the 80th Training Command.
Like the Phoenix, the “Ozark” division, with its famous shoulder patch, has risen proudly again from the ashes of World War Two!
The 102nd Inf. Div. Website of WWII is
looking for all former members of the Division,
a son, or daughter, wife, brother or sister,
any relative interested in contacting his Buddies.
For unit-specific inquiries, contact us HERE through one of the appropriate division unit coordinators.
Golden Arrow Military Research
We get quite a few requests from site visitors for information on a specific soldier who served in the 102nd Infantry Division. Every effort is made to at least acknowledge the request but as thousands of Ozarks served overseas during the war, it is an almost insurmountable task to find more than cursory information on so many of these individuals.
This excellent service, created and maintained by Geoff Gentilini, may be just what you are looking for. Mr. Gentilini is a military historian who does paid research on a variety of military subjects, including what he refers to as "tracing the steps" of a WWII veteran. Visit his website HERE .
Paul Rentz has started a Flickr site to share photos from the
Please pass along this information to anyone that has photos to share from the group.
The site is in honor of his father, Clifford Rentz, who passed away November 7, 2008.
102nd History Research
Anyone needing any research regarding the 102nd can contact
WILLIAM L. BEIGEL - PERSONALIZED WW2 HISTORICAL RESEARCH (310) 791-3949
Before You Go
Friends: Take the time to
look and listen to a haunting song and remembrance. Too quickly, people
forget. Maybe something like this will remind some of the misguided and misinformed of
today what transpired during WWll, enabling them to take the negative
stand they take - standing on the bodies of those who died to give
them that privilege.
Dr. Sam Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach have written a song: the mournful “Before You Go” does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die. “If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot,” says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. “Every ethnic minority would be dead. And the soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them.” The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren. Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web. They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and others in Washington. Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.
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