Next Ohio Chapter Breakfast March 17, 2018, Warren, OH


Our breakfast was held on February 17th at 9:00 am at the Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Street NW, Warren (Champion), Ohio. There were 11 persons in attendance.  They were Skip Cole, Phil DeCapito, Chuck Dinges, Gerald Soslowicz, Leigh Ann Zigler, Ken David, Harry Hodge, Harry and Becky Cracraft, Skip (2) Funk and Bill Taneri.  Thank you for coming!!  Our next breakfast is March 17th.  Mark your calendars and come out to enjoy a breakfast with other veterans (and their spouses/significant others).  Looking forward to seeing a great turnout.

Chops was released from Washington Square and is now at home.  He is doing much better.  Hoping he will be able to come out to breakfast soon.  

George Williams is still in nursing facility.  If you wish to send a card the address is:  Continuing Healthcare of Niles, Room 113B, 2565 Niles Vienna Road, Niles, OH  44446

Your National 4th ID dues are now due.  Please be sure to make your payment.  If you need an address as to where to send them, contact Skip Cole @ 330-719-7347. 

Ohio Chapter annual reunion is on May 19th.  Please mark your calendars for this annual event.  Let's have a great turnout this year.  More information will be available in the next newsletter.  

Also keep in mind the 4th ID National Reunion coming up in July/August in Wisconsin.  More information will be in the Ivy Leaves.  

Prime Rib Dinner at the Air Base Club is March 2.  Please contact Chuck Dinges for reservation (330-360-3562 or

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead (spring forward) on March 10/11.  Spring is getting closer and closer.

Until next time:



Happy January everyone!   Hope everyone is staying warm and dry.  It won't be long until spring.  Just a few more months.

The breakfast was held on Saturday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road, Warren (Champion), OH.  This month we had only 16 people in attendance.  Even though it was cool, it was a beautiful day to be out.  Those in attendance were:  Skip Cole, Ron Currey,  Chuck Dingas, Rick Boggs, Teddy Barritt, Phil DeCapito, Gerald Soslowicz, Mike Datish, Diane and Bob Hafely, Paul Schneider, Harry and Becky Cracraft, Bill Taneri, Skip Funk and Linda Rodriguez.  Everyone seemed to be in very good spirits and spent a lot of time conversing with each other, even after breakfast was finished.  We invite all who would like to come out to do so in February.  It will be on the 17th of February at 9:00 am.   Please come and join us.

There wasn't much to report this month, so this will be a very short memo.  

"Prime Rib" Dinner at the Air Force Club on the Air Base in Vienna, OH will be February 9th.  Please contact Chuck Dingas for reservations @ 330-360-3562 or

Hockey game on Feb. 17 at the Youngstown Covelli Center; 7:05 p.m.  It is Veteran Appreciation night.  See Skip Cole @ 330-719-7347 for tickets.  He is also going to drop the puck!    

Continue to remember Lorraine and Ray Dunkel in your prayers in the loss of their daughter in December.  Also, Richard Arthurs' brother-in-law passed away (Charles Ripple) on January 1st.  

George Williams is doing good.  Lynn has been having hearing problems to do a cold. 

I saw on Facebook that Chops is not doing so well again since the holidays.  His wife, Pat, had to admit him to the hospital.  He is at St. Joe's, Room 324; phone # 330-841-4693.  Please remember him and his wife and son in your prayers as well.  

Nancy and Richard Arthur went to Florida this month to celebrate her fathers' 90th birthday.  Wishing them safe travels and a wonderful time.  




Happy New Year to everyone.  Hoping everyone survived the incoming of the New Year.  Wishing all of you a very blessed and prosperous year ahead.

The December breakfast was held December 16, 2017 at The Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road, Warren (Champion) Ohio at 9 a.m.  There were 19 people in attendance.  The following were there:  Skip Cole, Jim Leatherberry and his granddaughter Amy, Bill Taneri, Leigh Ann Zigler, Ken David, Phil DeCapito, Mike Datish, Bob and Diane Hafely and Diane's friend Lee Pohuski, Paul and Kay Schneider, Harry and Becky Cracraft, Harry Hodge, Ron Curry, Skip (2) Funk, and Lynn Williams.  (FYI - Elmer Glenn and Linda Rodriguez were not in attendance as they were attending Elmer's great grandson/Linda's grandson’s wedding in Folly Beach, SC).



The women had their annual Christmas ornament exchange.  A picture of a C-130 plane was presented to Sara, the owner of the restaurant, as a Christmas gift from the group.  A Picture is attached to this message.  There was an article printed in the local Warren newspaper of the presentation to her.  The picture will be mounted on the wall near the group picture of this breakfast group.  She was very surprised and grateful for this gift.

Please keep in your prayers Lorraine and Ray Dunkel of New York.  Their daughter MaryAnn passed away on December 23.  Their daughter and family live in Arizona and Ray and Lorraine are there.  Our deepest and sincere sympathies and prayers going out to that family. 

Our next breakfast will be held on January 20th at Wayside at 9 a.m.  Please make every effort to come and spend time with other veterans.  We welcome the women too.  We ususally have a table of our own and share our own stories.  Come an join us!!

The moving Vietnam Wall will be in Warren, Ohio this coming August.  Specific dates will be forth coming.  Would be nice to have a great turnout to view the wall. 

Not anything else to report at this time.  I do apologize for the lateness of this report. 



Hello everyone! Breakfast was held on November 18th at 9:00 am at the Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Street NW, Warren, Ohio.  There were 11 people in attendance.  They were:  Skip Cole, Chuck Dinges, Ken David, Leigh Ann Zigler, Mike Datish, Harry and Becky Cracraft, Bill Taneri, Paul Schneider, Phil DeCapito, and Lynn Williams.  I understand that a good time was had by all.  Elmer and I were unable to attend and we missed seeing everyone.  The next breakfast will be held on December 16th @ 9:00 am.  The ladies will have a $5.00 Christmas Ornament exchange.  Please invite your wife or significant other to join you in December.  

November 11th was Veterans Day.  There was a wonderful service in Warren, Ohio.  The music was great.  The speakers were very good. There was a very good turnout, even though, it was cold.  There was a nice parade that followed the service.  Unfortunately our chapter group did not have a active part in the parade as we usually do.  I understand that the jeep owned by Bill Taneri broke down and was not able to be in the parade, plus there were so few of the 4th in attendance, so Skip did not put his truck and trailer in the parade.  There was a good luncheon at the new Veterans Service Building in downtown Warren.  

Rick (Chops) Ginkinger has been admitted to the Washington Square Assisted Living Facility in Warren, Ohio.  Not sure when this was done or if this will be a permanent situation.  I am sure he would appreciate a visit or a nice card.  

George Williams is doing much better since the change in his medications.  He is no longer on the breathing machine and his cancer numbers have come down.  He has received a new wheelchair and is able to get up most days and wheel around the building.  What a blessing!

Ken David just became a grandfather.  Congratulations Ken!!!

Dates to Remember:

Saturday, December 1st - Prime Rib dinner at the Air Base.   Be sure to contact Chuck Dinges @ 330-360-3562 or for reservations.

Monday, December 3rd - Outing at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.  Must leave by 9 am from Skip Cole’s home.  Call Skip if you need a ride 330-719-7347.  

Saturday, December 16th - Breakfast at Wayside Restaurant.

That's it for this month, so until next month,

Happy Thanksgiving to all 

Welcome Home


Hello everyone.  We held breakfast at Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road, Warren (Champion), OH on October 21st at 9:00 am.  15 people were in attendance.  They were:  Skip Cole, Phil DeCapito (Navy Veteran); Chuck Dinges; Becky and Harry Cracraft; Leigh Ann Zigler; Ken David; Harry Hodge; Jim Leatherberry; Guy Franchino; Paul Schneider' Skip Funk; Elmer Glenn and myself, Linda Rodriguez.  It was another good day and a nice time to socialize and fellowship with veterans and guests.  It was so nice to see Guy Franchino there this Saturday.  I do believe this was his very first breakfast with the group.  Thank you so much for coming Guy. This was Phil DeCapito's first visit also.  Phil was in under water demo (before they called them the Seals) and blew a dam in North Korea to save many marines who were trapped and killing 130 thousand enemies.  We certainly thank you Phil for your service and sacrifice to our country in time of need.  Our next breakfast will be November 18, again at 9 a.m. at the Wayside Restaurant.  We will be taking a collection that Saturday for the Christmas gift we give to Sara for allowing us to meet there every month.  Please be prepared to give back a little for all that she does. 

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Leigh Ann this Saturday and she informed me of the great success of the 2017 Trumbull County Homeless Veteran Stand Down Day.  It was held Tuesday October 17 in Warren, Oh.  There were at least 50 veterans serviced with boxes of different kind of items. This picture shows the loaded truck and some of the people involved.  Thank you to all who participated.

A Certificate of Appreciation to the Ohio Chapter for the care and maintenance of the 4th Divisions Battle Monuments in France was recievecd from Bert Nicholson.  Congratulations 4TH ID.


Friday November 3,   4:30-7:30   Prime Rib Dinner at the Air Force Club.   Please contact Chuck Dinges for reservation.  (330) 360-3562.  I understand there is other dinners available other than the Prime Rib.  Check with Chuck for other options.

Saturday, November 11, 2017  This is your day Veterans!  Veterans Day 2017.  There will be a service in Warren, Ohio at the First Presbyterian Church, Mahoning Ave, Warren, Oh., Service begins at 11; music starts at 10:30; parade will follow after the service at approx. 12:15.  Please do your best to join the Veterans of all branches of service for this wonderful day.  If you are unable to attend in Warren, Ohio, then please attend at a local service near you.  All Veterans deserve to be recognized especially on this day.

Saturday/Sunday, November 4th &5th - Time to change your clocks back 1 hour.  Yes, it is Fall (backwards).  It might be a good time to change any batteries operating clocks, smoke alarms, and CO Detectors. 

Thursday, November 23- THANKSGIVING DAY!!! 

Continue to keep in your prayers George Williams, Chops, & Lynn Williams.  George has had to have his medications increased; Chops is doing better physically; Lynn Williams was suffering with a terrible cough and was unable to get out to breakfast.   Also keep in your prayers Lorraine and Ray Dunkle of New York for their physical needs.  If you are aware of anyone that needs to be mentioned, please contact Skip Cole or myself, Linda Rodriguez (412)596-3861.

Until Next Time - WELCOME HOME


Hello everyone.  Here is your monthly breakfast report.

Breakfast was held on September 16, 2017 at Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road, Warren, OH  44483 at 9 am.  17 people were in attendance. They were Skip Cole, Ron Currey, Chuck Dinges, Jim Leatherberry, Leigh Ann Zigler, Ken David, Harry and Becky Cracraft, Harry Hodge, Jennings Martin, Bill Taneri, John Van Orden, Elmer Glenn and Linda Rodriguez, Skip Funk, Paul Schneider, and Lynn Williams.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and was good to see all that came out.  John VanOrden surprised us with his visit.  He is from Proctor, WV.  It was so good to see him.  He has been unable to get to our reunions the last couple of years.  Thank you John for taking the time to come and visit. 

Our next breakfast will be Saturday, October 21st at 9 am.  Be sure to come out and have fellowship with all of us.

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, “PATROIT DAY’ was celebrated at The Lube in Austintown, OH.  Thirteen Veterans were honored that day.  Our Skip Cole was honored along with Leigh Ann Zigler (Citizen of the Year – Warren, OH).   Congratulations to both of them, and, of course, to the other veterans.  

(Pictured Skip Cole and Leigh Ann Zigler)

Prime Rib Dinner at the Air Base is October 13th (Friday).  The detailed information is attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Dinges @ 330-360-3562 or

I know this is only the end of September, but, mark your calendars for the upcoming Veterans Day celebration in November.  The 11th is on a Saturday, so I am assuming at this time the  parade will be held that day.  This is a very special day to honor all veterans.  Make plans to attend. 

Please keep in your prayers Ray and Lorraine Dunkel of New York.  They are dealing with some health issues and have found it very hard to travel to our reunions.  Also remember George Williams who is still living in a nursing home and having some difficult health issues.   I understand that Chops is doing very well.  So glad he is recovering from his illnesses. If you are aware of anyone that needs added to our list for prayer, please contact Skip Cole, or email me (Linda Rodriguez).  A card will be sent out to them. 

Until next time – WELCOME HOME


As stated in previous reports many attended the National Reunion held in Colorado Springs, CO the week of August 13-19.  Those from the Ohio Chapter were Skip Cole, Skip Funk, Diane and Bob Hafely, Paul and Kay Schneider, Richard and Nancy Arthur, Guy and Debbie Franchino, Roger and Sue Dearmeyer, Ron Fisher and Marianne Povich (from Washington, PA), Elmer Glenn, and Linda Rodriguez.  A wonderful time was had by all. 

All veterans who wished to march in the Pass and Review did so on Thursday at Fort Carson.  There were a lot of them including 4 WWII veterans.  Our own Elmer was one of the four and he stood upright during the march.  How exciting and honoring to see all the veterans participate.

Gerry Howard was also recognized for all of the monuments that have been erected over the years for the different regiments of the 4th ID.  Thank You Gerry!!!  There were over 500 in attendance at the Flames of Remembrance Banquet held on Saturday evening.  Richard Bolin was awarded the Ralph E Lingert Award this year.  There were 10 scholarships awarded to students attending college.  The keynote speaker was MG Ryan F Gonsalves, Commanding General of the 4th ID and Fort Carson.  He was an excellent speaker; encouraging our division to continue remaining "STEADFAST AND LOYAL". 

We also heard from Bob Babcock, who has stepped down as the president of the 4th ID this year, but, will remain involved. The newly elected president is Jerry Bumpus.  Our next National reunion will be held July 31 - August 4 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Keep in your prayers George Williams.  According to Lynn he now has congestive heart failure along with his cancer numbers going up.  Also remember Sid Krause, Jim Leatherberry, and any others that are in need of prayer. Keep our USA in your prayers as well, and at this time those that are in the path of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  

If you wish, you may contact me (Linda Rodriguez), or Skip Cole with any others wanting/needing prayer. 

Blessings & WELCOME HOME



Then Commanding General Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, meets with Elmer Glenn, a World War II veteran who landed at Utah Beach and fought in the battles of the Bulge and Huertgen Forest, Aug. 17, 2017, at Founders Field during Iron Horse Week activities. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Micah VanDyke)