MEMBERS  


84th Infantry Division, 334th Infantry Regiment


"Cinnamon"

2 year old Australian Cattle Dog

Name:  Cinnamon aka "Minne the Moocher"
City and State:  Columbia MO
Rank: Private
Unit Impression:  Camp Dog
Military Vehicle Owned:  N/A
Year Joined Railsplitters:  Late 2004
Year started Reenacting:  2005
Short History of your reenacting:  I am new to reenacting but my owner is the CO of this unit and is educating me as a "Wardog".  It's a dogs life but I am "Living the Dream".
Why you chose the "Railsplitters":  A lot of attention at events.  Plus free snacks
Civilian Profession:  Domestic Canine Professional. 

 


Keenan Akin

Name:  Keenan Akin
City and State:  Marthasville  MO
Rank: Private
Unit Impression:  Radio Operator/Commo
Military Vehicle Owned:  N/A
Year Joined Railsplitters:  Late 2004
Year started Reenacting:  2005
Short History of your reenacting:  I am new to reenacting but have always been interested in WW2 history.
Why you chose the "Railsplitters":  Their helpful attitude toward newcomers as well as proximity to my home town.
Civilian Profession:  Aerospace Engineer at Boeing

 


  Image from Oshkosh 2004


Gregory Alexander

Name:  Gregory Alexander
City and State:  Reeds Spring Missouri
Rank:  Depending on impression and event
Unit Impression:  Driver, Medic, Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned:  1942 WC-54 Ambulance
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2003
Year started Reenacting:  2001
Short History of your reenacting:  I started years ago as a collector of mostly WW2 USAAF gear and uniforms.  I became interested in Living History and started attending air shows and making talks at school functions and Veterans programs in Branson Missouri.  I still do many air shows in the summers and have recently purchased a 1942 WC-54 Ambulance which is under restoration.
Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  I chose the Railsplitters after attending a USO dance that was sponsored by one of the members.  I met the rest of the group and was impressed with their attitudes.  I have yet to participate in a battle and tend to lean more toward displays and Living History demonstrations.
Civilian Profession:  Teacher, Industrial Maintenance, Gibson technical Center.


Susan Alexander

Name:  Susan Alexander
City and State:  Reeds Spring Missouri
Rank:  Depends on impression and event
Unit Impression:  WAC / Nurse
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2003
Year started Reenacting:   2001
Short History of your reenacting:  I have attended air shows and do impressions of a WASP and a WAVE.  My impression with the Railsplitters is as a WAC Nurse due to my husband owning a WW2 Ambulance
Why you chose the "Railsplitters" I chose the Railsplitters because of the attitude of the leaders and members of the group.  All have a common thread which is the love and admiration for the Veterans of WW2.
Civilian Profession:  Teacher, Art, Reeds Spring Middle School.



Greg Bates

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City and State:  Booneville Missouri
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Paul Baum

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City and State:  Mexico Missouri
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Michael S. Bonak 

Name: Michael S. Bonak
City and State: Morton, Illinois
Rank: Varies depending on impressions / events
Unit Impression: Motorpool / Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned: 1944 Ford GPW "jeep" & Bantam T3 trailer
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2003
Year started Reenacting:   2000
Short History of your reenacting: Has been mainly living history & educational displays, very little actual "combat" re-enacting. Have portrayed various ranks & impressions, including medic, doctor, motorpool, signal corps & infantry.
Why you chose the "Railsplitters" I enjoyed the group
Civilian Profession:  Service Manager for Chrysler-Dodge dealership



Tony Brower

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City and State:  Mexico Missouri
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Ray Brown

Name: Ray Brown
City and State: Columbia, MO
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Unit impression: Rifleman, .30 cal Gunner, Driver
Military Vehicle Owned: 1942 Willys MB
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
Year started Reenacting: 2004
Short History of your reenacting: New to reenacting
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Ray Brown Jr.

Name: Ray Brown
City and State: Columbia, MO
Rank: Private
Unit impression: Rifleman, .30 cal Gunner
Military Vehicle Owned: 1942 Willys MB
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
Year started Reenacting: 2004
Short History of your reenacting: New to reenacting but I have been collecting WW2 stuff since I was about Ten.
Why you chose the "Railsplitters": Read a book about a Railsplitter and found out that a unit is right in my hometown!
Civilian Profession: Student at RBHS



David Chuber

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City and State:  Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri
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John Cullifer

Name: John Cullifer
City and State: Paris, Mo.
Rank:  Sgt.
Unit Impression:  Platoon Sgt. of a heavy weapons company

Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2002
Year started Reenacting: 1995
Short History of your reenacting:  The Captain and I formed the unit.
Why you chose the "Railsplitters" Because it is an infantry unit. It was basic and it relates to the common "GI" who fought.
Civilian Profession:  Law enforcement/ Security
 



Rob Dalessandro

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Rebecca Dalessandro

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Matthew Dodd

Name:  Matthew Dodd
City and State:  Fulton, Missouri   
Rank:  Private
Unit Impression:  Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  Joined 84th in May 2004
Year started Reenacting:  Started in 2004
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Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  Railsplitters were the closest and recommended to me
Civilian Profession:  High School Student ( Senior)

  


Lee Ellis

Name: Lee Ellis       
City and State:  Taylorville, IL
Rank:  Private
Unit Impression:  
Rifleman/Sniper
Military Vehicle Owned: N/A
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
Year started Reenacting: 2004
Short History of your reenacting:  I learned about it in my ROTC class and Maj. Scherrer, showed me as well as helped me get into it.
Why you chose the "Railsplitters" I chose them because they are one of the most active units I have found as well as one that is close to where I live.
Civilian Profession:  I work on a farm and drive a truck for my uncle during the summer and I am a full time student at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

 



Allan Ensor

Name:  Allan Ensor
City and State:  Hallsville, Missouri
Rank: Sgt
Unit Impression:  Driver / Rifleman
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Year Joined Railsplitters: 2002
Year started Reenacting:  2002
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Civilian Profession:  Director of Special Education Missouri School for the Deaf



Timothy L Gooch

Name:  Timothy Gooch
City and State:  Mexico Missouri
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Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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James Grady

Name:  James Grady
City and State:  Quincy, Illinois
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Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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Elizabeth Grugin

Name:  Elizabeth Grugin
City and State:  Columbia, Missouri
Rank:  Captain
Unit Impression:  Public Affairs Officer  Railsplitters and  Commander 12th Army Group WAC (Womens Army Corp)
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters: Formed WAC Unit in 2004
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John Harpet

Name:  John Harpet
City and State:  Columbia Missouri
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Unit Impression:  Motorpool
Military Vehicle Owned:  None but he keeps em all running.
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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David Hensley

Name:  David Hensley
City and State:  Pratt, Kansas
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Unit Impression:  Driver
Military Vehicle Owned:  1945 Willys MB
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2002
Year started Reenacting:  2002
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Heath Hensley

Name:  Keith Hensley
City and State:  Pratt, Kansas
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Military Vehicle Owned:  1945 Willys MB
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2002
Year started Reenacting:  2002
Short History of your reenacting: Currently starting a British Paratroop Unit / Dual Membership
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William D. Hobbs

Name:  William D. Hobbs
City and State:  Columbia Missouri
Rank: General
Unit Impression:  Douglas Macarthur
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2003
Year started Reenacting:  2003
Short History of your reenacting: Excellent impression of General Macarthur
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Eric Hogan

Name:  Eric Hogan
City and State: 
Wyconda, Missouri
Rank: 
Private
Unit Impression: 
Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2003
Year started Reenacting:  2004
Short History of your reenacting:  I joined the Railsplitters after reading an article about them in the Rural Missouri magazine.  I have always been interested in WWII history, so I thought, "What better way to learn what happened during the war than to reenact it!"
Why you chose the "Railsplitters" I didn't know much about WWII reenacting, and it was the first group I came across.  So far, it's been great.  I don't know of any other group of people that are this wonderful. 
Civilian Profession:  Farm Agency Representative / agronomist with the Missouri Farmers Association in my hometown.



Richard Houf

Name:  Richard Houf
City and State:  Fulton Missouri
Rank: Private
Unit Impression:  Rifleman / Sniper / Divisional MP
Military Vehicle Owned:   NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2002
Year started Reenacting:  1997
Short History of your reenacting:  I started reenacting the civil war about 1997 with the
17th Mo. Vol. Inf .I also wanted to do other time periods , such as WWI,
WWII up to Vietnam I have a large collection from these time periods ,
both original and reproduction.

Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  Local WW2 unit in my area
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Jamie Huff

Name:  Jamie Huff
City and State: 
 Columbia Missouri
Rank: Private
Unit Impression:  Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2005
Year started Reenacting:  2005
Short History of your reenacting: New to reenacting
Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  I have always been interested in History.
Civilian Profession:  Carpet Layer,  Former USMC


Chris Larsen

Name:  Chris Larsen
City and State: 
 Leavenworth Kansas
Rank: SSGT
Unit Impression:  Trainer
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2005
Year started Reenacting:  2005
Short History of your reenacting: New to reenacting
Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  I have always been interested in History. I have written a book on tactics. I instruct reenactor groups in tactical methods.
Civilian Profession:  Instructional systems designer for Command and General Staff College



Dustin Love

Name:  Dustin Love
City and State: 
 Lee's Summit, Missouri
Rank: Private
Unit Impression:  Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2005
Year started Reenacting:  2005
Short History of your reenacting: New to reenacting
Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  I have always been interested in History. So much so that I got a degree in History. I was looking for a fun way to learn and share more about History and WWII reeancting stuck out to me. I'm new to the unit but I am very excited about taking part.
Civilian Profession:  Teacher's Aid



Cody Meireis

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Todd Metzger

Name:  Todd S. Metzger
City and State:  St. Louis Missouri / Lake St. Louis
Rank:  PVT
Unit Impression:  Rifleman

Military Vehicle Owned:  N/A
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2005
Year started Reenacting:  2005
Short History of your reenacting:  Previously a gun/WW2 collector turned reenactor
Why you chose the "Railsplitters:"  Close to my hometown and the members were very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable when I contacted the unit prior to joining.
Civilian Profession:  Mechanical Engineer



Mike Orskog

Name:  Mike Orskog
City and State:  Kirksville, Missouri
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Year Joined Railsplitters:  2002
Year started Reenacting:  2002
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Laura Pratt

Name:  Laura L. Pratt
City and State:  Morton, Illinois
Rank: T-5
Unit Impression:  12th Army Group WAC Detachment / SHAEF
Military Vehicle Owned:  None / Shares Expense of Bonak's Jeep, "Chester"
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2003
Year started Reenacting:  2002
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Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  I liked the people and the events they put on.
Civilian Profession:  Comptroller,  (AKA Head Beancounter! )



Tim Scherrer / Company Commander

Name:  Tim Scherrer
City and State:  Columbia, Missouri
Rank:  Captain
Unit Impression:  Company Commander / Safety Officer
Military Vehicle Owned:  1941 Ford GPW "Script Jeep" /  1945 WC-51 "Weapons Carrier"
Year Joined Railsplitters: Formed Unit in 2000
Year started Reenacting:  1983
Short History of your reenacting: Formerly reenacted German until I formed the "Railsplitters"
Why you chose the "Railsplitters" As a Major in the Army Reserves I was commander of H Company, 84th Infantry Division, 334th Regiment.  I chose to reenact my unit in WW2.
Civilian Profession:  Assistant Professor, Military History, University of Missouri, Columbia


Scott Shepard

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City and State:  Holts Summit, Missouri
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Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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Ozy Sjahputer

Name:    Ozy Sjahputera   
City and State: Columbia, Missouri
Rank: Private
Unit Impression: 
Rifleman
Military Vehicle Owned:  none
Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
Year started Reenacting: 2004
Short History of your reenacting: none
Why you chose the "Railsplitters": local unit
Civilian Profession: Bioinformatics research engineer


Kevin Steincamp

Name:  Kevin Steincamp
City and State:  Quincy, Illinois
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Year Joined Railsplitters: 2004
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Yamil Sued

Name:  Yamil Sued
City and State:  Columbia, Missouri
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Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
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Martin Thompson

Name:  Martin Thompson
City and State:  Columbia Missouri
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Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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Civilian Profession:  Student at University of Missouri, Columbia



Chad Timmerman

Name:  Chad Timmerman
City and State:  Delton, Michigan.  (Near Kalamazoo)
Rank:  Private
Unit Impression:  Medic.
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  Joined 84th:  March, 2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
Short History of your reenacting:
Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  Why I chose 84th:  (This is the main reason I came to the 84th and reenacting..)  My Grandfather was a medic in WWII w/ the 84th ID, 334th Reg.  I want to honor him and the many vets we lose everyday..If I can even experience a very small part and learn what it was like for him in those days, and meet like minded people, I will be very pleased.  I've become obsessed w/ the 84th ID, and want to be part of it.
Civilian Profession:  Engineer/professional musician/stay at home daddy  :)

NOTE:  Chads Grandfather was a Medic with the 84th ID in WW2.

Click here to see items belonging to him   "Timmermans Relics"


Leslie Timmerman

Name:  Leslie Timmerman
City and State:  Delton, Michigan.  (Near Kalamazoo)
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Unit Impression:  Army Nurse
Military Vehicle Owned:  NA
Year Joined Railsplitters:  Joined 84th:  March, 2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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Why you chose the "Railsplitters"  Why I chose 84th:  (This is the main reason I came to the 84th and reenacting..)  My Husbands Grandfather was a medic in WWII w/ the 84th ID, 334th Reg. 
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Randall Watts

Name:  Randall Watts
City and State:  Scott Arkansas
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Unit Impression:  Dispatch / Recon
Military Vehicle Owned:  Motorcycle and Sidecar
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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Kristyn Watts

Name:  Kristyn Watts
City and State:  Scott Arkansas
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Military Vehicle Owned:  Motorcycle and Sidecar
Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
Year started Reenacting:  2004
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Spencer Wing

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Bill Wissman

Name:  Bill Wissman
City and State:  Quincy, Illinois
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Year Joined Railsplitters:  2004
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