The Ultimate Hobby Experience
Date: June 25 - June 27, 2004
Location: Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
Lt. Col. James Megellas
Col. Anatoly Kozlov
Prince Alfred von Habsburg-Hohenberg
About Lt.Col. James "Maggie" Megellas:

In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as "Maggie" to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new "home" for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside Naples.

In October 1943, when most of the 82d departed Italy to prepare for the D-Day invasion of France, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, the Fifth Army commander, requested that the division's 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Maggie's outfit, stay behind for a daring new operation that would outflank the Nazis' stubborn defensive lines and open the road to Rome. On 22 January 1944, Megellas and the rest of the 504th landed across the beach at Anzio. Following initial success, Fifth Army's amphibious assault, Operation Shingle, bogged down in the face of heavy German counterattacks that threatened to drive the Allies into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Anzio turned into a fiasco, one of the bloodiest Allied operations of the war. Not until April were the remnants of the regiment withdrawn and shipped to England to recover, reorganize, refit, and train for their next mission.

In September, Megellas parachuted into Holland along with the rest of the 82d Airborne as part of another star-crossed mission, Field Marshal Montgomery's vainglorious Operation Market Garden. Months of hard combat in Holland were followed by the Battle of the Bulge, and the long hard road across Germany to Berlin.

Megellas was the most decorated officer of the 82d Airborne Division and saw more action during the war than most. Yet All the Way to Berlin is more than just Maggie's World War II memoir. Throughout his narrative, he skillfully interweaves stories of the other paratroopers of H Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The result is a remarkable account of men at war.

James Megellas was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After the war he returned to civilian life. He eventually served in the U.S. Army's effort to aid the Republic of Vietnam in establishing an efficient infrastructure as head of Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) in II Corps. He is now retired and lives with wife, Carole, near Dallas.

In September, Megellas parachuted into Holland along with the rest of the 82d Airborne as part of another star-crossed mission, Field Marshal Montgomery's vainglorious Operation Market Garden. Months of hard combat in Holland were followed by the Battle of the Bulge, and the long hard road across Germany to Berlin.

Megellas was the most decorated officer of the 82d Airborne Division and saw more action during the war than most. Yet All the Way to Berlin is more than just Maggie's World War II memoir. Throughout his narrative, he skillfully interweaves stories of the other paratroopers of H Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The result is a remarkable account of men at war.

James Megellas was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After the war he returned to civilian life. He eventually served in the U.S. Army's effort to aid the Republic of Vietnam in establishing an efficient infrastructure as head of Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) in II Corps. He is now retired and lives with wife, Carole, near Dallas.

 
To learn more about Lt. Col. Megellas's Congressional Medal of Honor being considered, please visit: http://www.house.gov/petri/press/medhonor.htm
About Col. Anatoly Kozlov

Anatoly Kozlov was born in 1922 in the village of Rostov region. In 1941 Anatoly started his military college at Grozny and finished it as a commander of a machinegun company in May 1942.

Anatoly was a Lt. when he was taken to Kharkov in May of 1942 where the Russian troops where almost totally destroyed by the Germans. With many troops encircled and imprisoned, Anatoly was lucky to have escape and found himself in Stalingrad where he was assigned to a tank regiment as a adjutant.

Anatoly witnessed and participated in most of the events of the battle including 23rd of August when Germans burned and destroyed most of the city within several hours. In July, 1942, he was in the tank brigade in the Don River (Kalach-on0the Don-Golubinskaya) bend where two Russian tank armies managed to stop Germans for about a month at the price of their lives. By miracle, Anatoly survived the battle and received his first Order for Courage.

Another significant page of the battle for Stalingrad was a campaign to stop Manstein's troops at Kotelnikovo (mishkova River, Aksai River) which were to release the Germans from the pocket. Anatoly received another Order of the Red Banner and received his GUARD title as a result of the battle.

In 1943 Anatoly participated in the battle of Kursk. In 1944 his coprs was in the reserve and delivered US lend-leased machinery and equipment which included trucks, aircraft, food and etc.

By the end of 1944, Anatoly joined 3rd Ukrainian Front and participated in releasing Budapest and Vienna.

For his exceptional merits in the Patriotic War (Russian's reference to WW II), Anatoly was given the honor to participate in the June 24, 1945 Victory Parade.

Anatoly retired as a Col. over 30 ago and is now the Chairman of the City Veteran's Department of Volgograd (Stalingrad).

 

For more on Col. Anatoly Kozlov's effort in giving the city he fought for back her original name, Stalingrad, please visit:

http://ca.geocities.com/stal...

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