The 24th Infantry Division Association

Founded August 1945 on a Philippine Island beach


A message from the Association President, Don Maggio

Greetings Taro Leafers:

We wish you a healthy and Happy New Year. 2017 appears to be shaping up to be one of change. I am certain instability in the world will continue to test our Nation’s resolve and continue to put those on active duty in harm’s way.

I look forward to serving you again after a 2-year hiatus. Hopefully our Association will continue to grow while we integrate into our Association the brothers and sisters who participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. We would like to let them know their bond would not be diminished if they join us. They celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their combat last February with fellowship and remembering their fallen heroes. I plan on visiting them in February to answer any questions they may have about our Association and purpose.

The Medal of Honor Memorial Plaque is being shipped from California to New York and will be mounted to its marble base. At this time Gene Spicer and his son will deliver it to Ft. Stewart, GA to be placed next to the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Memorial. We owe a tremendous amount of praise to Sal Schillaci, Dan Rickert, Tom Appler, Gene Spicer, and Darrell Williams for all of their work in bringing this project to fruition.

Please send your stories to our Taro Leaf Editor, JW Sternickle. We all have interesting stories from our service that others would like to hear.
We hope many of you will join us in Savanah, GA next October. I am certain Mike Frederick and his team will provide us with a meaningful and exciting time.

Don Maggio, President