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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to an Arab proverb, "While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when once it is spoken, it is master of you." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name. . . . In 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time, near Trier. . . . In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. . . . In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win an election, claiming victory in the New York Democratic Senate primary. . . .

PROUD WARRIORS of the 87th Infantry Division are in town for the World War II division's 56th annual reunion. Headquarters for the event, scheduled to begin today and continue through Sunday, is Adam's Mark Hotel. There are several Western New Yorkers, including attorney Lucian C. Parlato of Williamsville, who served in the 87th, known as the Golden Acorn Division.

The 87th fought in Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army in Europe. It was activated Dec. 15, 1942, and trained at Camp McCain in Mississippi and then Fort Jackson in South Carolina. After a trip aboard the Queen Elizabeth, the division entered combat Dec. 13, 1944, in France's Alsace-Lorraine. In its 134 ensuing days of combat, including heavy action in the Battle of the Bulge, the division saw 1,109 of its soldiers killed and 4,110 wounded, with 306 missing and 30 captured.

The 87th was caught up in the Third Army's historic counterattack in the Battle of the Bulge, in which more than a million men -- 500,000 Germans, 600,000 Americans (more than fought at Gettysburg) and 55,000 British -- fought. The Germans had 100,000 men killed, wounded or captured. There were 81,000 American casualties, including 19,000 killed and 23,554 captured.

Members of the 87th returned to the United States in July 1945. They expected to be called upon to play a role in the defeat of the Japanese as they reassembled at Fort Benning, Ga. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan ended the battle plans, and the 87th became inactive Sept. 21.

Although they lost many friends and comrades in Europe, another enemy has been creeping up on the veterans of the 87th and dwindling their numbers. It's called old age. . . .

A REUNION for members of the South Park High School Class of 1955 will be held held Sept. 25 at Monsignor Nash Council, Knights of Columbus, 261 South Legion Drive. For dinner reservations or information, call Larry Klemp at 824-5357. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Ben Montesano, Elizabeth Harris, Oneal Fields, Janet Meiselman, Justine Welch, Sue Panek, Gene Drebot, John Mickler, Julie Schichtel, Keith Halt, Patricia Leydecker, Ray Pilarski, Christine Zanghi, Ruth Cayford, Ray Wrazen, Andrew Greco, Debbie Connors, Andre Gartler, Marty Martinelli, Sue Bifaro.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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