JUNE 13, 1924 - FEBRUARI 16, 2015


This site started as and will always be the home of my close friend

from Greenville, NC, U.S.A.

The website is also dedicated to all the heroes of the 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion.


Their Memory shall live forever.

If you were a member of the Battalion, or, if you are related to a member, then please contact us !

You can do that with the feedback form (at left), an entry in the guestbook, or by mail in the Miscellaneous topic here beneath.

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How this site started in 2003...
Major changes in 2005...

I started to build this site to educate our youth and also others (including myself!) and to honor and thank the men who liberated our European countries in WW2.


We can best honor them by teaching our children that living in freedom did not come automatically, but was restored by the efforts and sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of patriots and soldiers during World War II.


Expressions of gratitude are never-ending and heartfelt.

In 2005 the site remained Bill's homepage, only we extended it to be also the Official Home for all 463 PFA veterans and their families. This in accordance with Bill himself and other veterans of the 463rd Parachute Field Artillery.


The building of the website has never stopped, it is still 'quietly' under construction.

463rd and 101st related
HQ, HQ & SV Battery

Major Stuart Seaton

Capt William Richard Laidlaw

A Battery

1st Sgt Joseph F. Stolmeier

Cpl Kenneth L. Busenbark

Tec 5 Earl D. Chew

Pvt Richard A. 'Dick' Carroll

B Battery

1Lt Joseph 'Joe' Lyons

Tec 4 Frank T. Pfeil + In Memoriam

Pvt William 'Bill' Tingen

Pvt Douglas 'Doug' Bailey

D Battery

Capt. Victor J. Tofany

PFC Kenneth Hesler

PFC William J. Whittaker

PFC Peter Chuba



Main information

101AB and attached units Memorial

Veterans visiting the city

463rd PFA

The Official 463rd PFA History

Roll of Honor

Doug's Unofficial Story

Activation of the Battalion

The Italian Campaign

Operation Dragoon, Southern France

Maritime Alps, Southern France

Battered Bastards of Bastogne

The Alsace Campaign

Mourmelon & Presidential Unit Citation

The Campaign in Germany

War's End and Beyond

Troops returning to the USA

   Article in the WWII Magazine

Article in the Trading Post Magazine

463PFA Miscellaneous


The 101st Airborne Booklet

Helmet Insignia and Military Map Symbols

Division Charts and 'TO & E'

The 75mm Pack Howitzer gun


Frequently asked questions

Conversions and General Info



Write a message in the guestbook please !

Read the guestbook messages



News (on Facebook!)

The webmaster's USA visit in 2008

One is looking for ...

Interesting web links

About the author

Send a mail to Bill Tingen

Contact the webmaster

Bookmark this website

Use our Feedback Form... !



Make a donation with Paypal


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I would also like to address a special THANK YOU, to Tess Stinson, Kathy (Gallipau) Trefz, Ken Hesler and all who I might have forgotten for all kinds of help they are giving me on this subject ! Of course also a very special THANK YOU to Bill Tingen himself, and the members of the 463rd PFA, to do me the honor allowing me to build their homepage.