Publication: Checkerboard Sunday, November 01, 1970

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   Checker Board (Newspaper) - November 1, 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                                Division Association Welcomes 99th ARCOM By an overwhelming popular vote of the membership the 99th Infantry Di vision Association accepted the 99th ARCOM as eligible to join the tion and bring new blood into our The 99th ARCOM boasts an assigned st ngth of men from western eastern West and western portions of The familiar Checkerboard patch is worn on the dress green of the new just as in II days on the The headquarters the 99th is located at 250 Lebanon The patch is a replica of William Pitts coatof arms and the colors represent the several slates from which the division drew its arly troops for the coal fields of White for the plains of ancj Hjuc lhc Ridge Mountains of Also worn as a permanent part of the uniform is the Belgian Fourrageres of won by the whole division with attached units during Von Rundstedts massive counter offensive in the winter of This division has been cited twice in the Orders of the Day of the Belgian It was heartwarming to many a vet eran who stood in the main ballroom of the Chatham Center and applauded the fine speech of General to know that Hie young men of the 99th ARCOM are carrying on the same fine tradition which was born in battle back in Dark Decem ber when the 99th held the line at Klsenborn drove across the Cologne and slipped across the Rhine at Remagen to become the first division east of he Rhine Here is an ARCOM unit that can be proud of its and optimistic about its The 99th in whatever mission they are may be as sured of support from the veterans of the both in spirit and OFMHE EBMUBLCES ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE a a HH He Came Back for More Vernon McGarity 99th Division Medal of Honor Winner tr About Our Generals General Black came to us from his home in with his Black who was also posted to the 99th after graduation from West The men of the Association were glad to see such a fine turnout of General Officers to help celebrate our 21st and we are looking for ward to future reunions with more and more General and Staff Officers who can boast a former lie to the 99th Di leneral Willnough was as was Continued on Iage 4 Vernon a Tech Sergeant of 393rd is a man who proved that coming back for more is no fool hardy This Tennessean fought in the tradition of the 99th and his notable achievement in the Battle of the Bulge is an importantpartof the Divisions welldeserved reputation as onje of Americas bravest in World War Unlike many another when severely might have sat back Pinned on his Purple and relaxed with gratitude that the war was over for McGarity went to an aid had his painful wounds from an artillery barrage and charged back to his He knew the meaning of the Hold at all and was deter mined that his men were not to be left with out his leadership and cost what it might in terms of his own On 16 December near with the enemy surrounding and infiltrating his squads McGarity could have KiviMi he ran alone to a forward position where one of his men lay rescued and returned to keep his squad holding firm all repulsing the Germans constant efforts to infiltrate Next having braved more Ger man tank and infantry fire to seize a good forward he immobilized the lead tank in the German force assaulting his knocking it out with a single round from a rocket Stopping briefly to rescue still another of his he then aided his men in disposing of the three tanks which had been backing up the first could he take a breather Not on your life his squads ammunition was running McGarity s memory served him well m times of The plucky Sergeant remembering that there was an old am munition hole about a hundred yards ran alone under heavy enemy fire to bring back a fresh supply of ammo for ms While his back was turned to get the Germans had accomplished a clever feat that of placing a machine Kun behind the squads Again Continued on Page 6   
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