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2016 Commemoration Ceremony for MAJ Arthur Nicholson and Adjutant Chef Philippe Mariotti

SFC (ret) Thomas Favia, USMLM 1989-1991, has announced that a ceremony honoring MAJ Arthur Nicholson and Adjutant Chef Philippe Mariotti will be held 10:00 AM, Sunday, 20 March 2016, at the site of the monument to MAJ Nicholson outside Ludwigslust, Germany. This will be the third year in a row that members of the allied…

Film of 2005 Ceremony at Nicholson Monument, Ludwigslust Germany

Below is a film made by COL (USAF ret) Ed Gallagher, USMLM 83-85, of the ceremony dedicating the memorial for LTC Arthur Nicholson at Ludwigslust in March 2005.

Nicholson Ceremony at Ludwigslust Draws Many

On a clear but cold Sunday, March 22nd 2015, outside the German town of Ludwigslust, 50 some people gathered to remember the lives and sacrifices of LTC Arthur Nicholson and Adjutant Chef Philippe Mariotti.  On the 30th anniversary of the shooting death of then MAJ Arthur Nicholson, former members of the USMLM, FMLM, and BRIXMIS…

Colonel Paul G. Skowronek Passes

Colonel Paul G. Skowronek (US Army ret) passed away on 20 February 2015 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 99.  Colonel Skowronek was Chief of USMLM from 1964 to 1966 and for the last few years was one of the oldest living graduates from West Point (class of 1941).  According to the West…

Invitation for USMLM Veterans to Visit Potsdam on Margins of Nicholson Ceremony

In conjunction with the 22 March ceremony in Ludwigslust honoring Maj “Nick” Nicholson (and ADC Philippe Mariotti), one of the current residents of a dwelling on Am Lehnitzsee in Neufahrland (the short road to the Potsdam House) has invited the USMLM attendees to visit him. The visit would occur in the afternoon of 21 March…

Lance Corporal Montague

By Col. Lawrence G. Kelley USMC (Ret.), NavRep 1983-86   On an overcast morning in the spring of 1984, I received an unexpected call from the Naval Advisor to the Stadtkommandant: Could I come over to his office to discuss a somewhat unusual matter? The call piqued my curiosity, since even as the Senior Marine…

Nicholson Commemorations Scheduled for Ludwigslust and Arlington

Two commemorative events will be held this March to mark the death and service of then Maj Arthur Nicholson  (USMLM 1982-1985).  A ceremony at Nick’s Arlington Cemetery grave site (section 7-A) will be held at 1100, Tuesday, March 24th.  A separate ceremony will take place near the German town of Ludwigslust on March 22nd.  …

LTC Nicholson Shooting in Ludwigslust, March 1985 Background

NB: The USMLM Association made a slightly modified version of the following paper available to press representatives who attended the 24 March 2005 ceremony in Ludwigslust.  [Document provided by COL (ret) Lawrence Kelley, USMLM Navrep 1983-1986]     Excerpt from Annex F to the 1985 USMLM Annual History   THE CONTEXT               In the…

LTC Nicholson Event in Ludwigslust, March 2014

LTC Nicholson Event in Ludwigslust, March 2014  SFC (ret) Thomas Favia, USMLM 1989-1991, reports from Kirkel Germany where he lives, that preparations are under way for a planned 2014 ceremony in honor of LTC Arthur Nicolson at the memorial near Ludwigslust.  Here is what is planned so far:   Wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial…

U. S. ARMY TRAIN 349

U. S. ARMY TRAIN 349 Commander John Fahey, Naval Member, May 1960 to June 1962 Every evening a U. S. Army train left West Berlin to cross 110 miles in the Soviet zone for West Germany.  Reaching the West Berlin – Soviet zone border the locomotive was unhooked and replaced by an East German locomotive along…

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