WWII VETERANS and ARMY GENERALS BACK AT CARSON FOR 104TH TIMBERWOLF INFANTRY DIVISION REUNION
LABOR DAY WEEKEND (2012): From August 29th to September 3rd, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2886 South Circle Drive) and around the Colorado Springs, Fort Carson area, several generations of family, friends, and supporters of the 104th Infantry Division (the “Timberwolves”) will return to “Camp Carson” to honor the WWII veterans, renew friendships, share history and honor their fallen comrades. The National Timberwolf Pups Association (http://www.timberwolf104inf.org/), whose mission, “to ensure that future generations have an organization that is dedicated to keeping this important history alive and to honor it’s fallen” will be sponsoring the Reunion.
Over two hundred attendees are expected, including Ret. Major General T. K. Moffett, Brigadier General Daniel York and Brigadier General Kurt A. Hardin, three of several featured speakers at the event, as well as 104th veterans (now 86+ years old) and international guests from the Netherlands and Belgium. Weekend activities include a memorial service and banquet at the hotel, and early arrivals will enjoy multiple tours and attractions around Colorado Springs which was chosen due to its proximity to Fort Carson, f.k.a. Camp Carson, the last training camp the Timberwolves were stationed at before embarking on their European tour of duty.
The 104 Infantry Division was activated in 1942 at Camp Adair in Oregon as an infantry unit with a focus on nighttime combat operations. Deployed during World War II, the division landed in France and fought through Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, which included several fierce German counterattacks as it advanced through the European Theater in late 1944, meeting the Russians at the Elbe River on April 26, 1945. A highly decorated division, the Timberwolves served 195 consecutive days “in combat” on the front line, the longest of any infantry division in the European Theater. They received 1 Distinguished Service Medal (by their fearless general, Terry DeLeMesa Allen), 2 Medals of Honor, 6 Legion of Merits, 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 24 Distinguished Service Crosses, 24 Soldier Medals, 54 Air Medals, 786 Silver Stars, 3623 Bronze Stars, and 7011 Purple Hearts. They also discovered and liberated a concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany, called Mittelbau-Dora (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mittelbau-Dora), which housed political prisoners who were used to build V1 and V2 bombs, the forerunners to today’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.