Dear Fellow Members 44th Engineer Battalion
Thank you for being a member of the Broken Heart Association.
Hope all is blessed,
We are now in the winter months and the Ground Hog prediction an additional six weeks of winter for a lots of us. But we the 44th Engineer Battalion soldiers and family knows what it means to endure the Cold winter months. However, we have another battle we have to endure and that is the COVID virus which it causing great damage to our families, friends and the country as a hold. Just want you to know that during these time’s we have to take care of ourselves, families and friends. We fought most wars with Bean’s and Bullets but now we have to fight this war with the tools that is available. Some of those tools are staying a safe distant, wear a mask, the virus shot and above all the Bible. The Bible was one of the first gifts the Army gave me. Want to leave you with a couple of passages.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. (Matt. 24:6)ESV
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:1-16)ESV.
We will continue to keep the 44th Engineer Battalion Association and the United States of America Lifted up in our Prayers.
Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Hicks
44th Engineer Battalion Association
It is with sadness to announce the loss of two of our own fellow 44th Engineer Battalion Association’s soldiers and Non-commissioned Officer, Sergeant First Class Dillon “Tootsie” Diegel and soldier Frederick M. Hathaway, Jr.
Sergeant First Class Dillon "Tootsie" Diegel of Lebanon Ohio transitioned on the 15th of October 2020 to be with the Lord. He had just celebrated his 89th birthday on the 14th of October. SFC Dillon served in Korea with the 44th Engineer Battalion (Broken Heart Battalion) during the Korean Conflict in 1951 as a Crain Operator. SFC Dillon completed his Basic and Advanced Individual Training in Ft Leonard Wood Missouri. SFC Dillon was a faithful member of the 44th Engineer Battalion Association and attended many of the Unit Reunions with his wife Beverly until they could no longer travel. His son stated, “Up until his last days he was always very, very proud of the work they had performed for their country. He also proudly wore his 44th Eng. Hat. Dad and my mother have continued to serve by donating their bodies to the University of Cincinnati medical school.” VFW post 6069 is supplying a flag for the family and they will probably hold a celebration in the spring. We would like to thank VFW post 6069 for honoring one of our fallen members.
Frederick M. Hathaway, Jr.
July 04, 1929 - June 24, 2020
Frederick M. Hathaway, Jr., a resident of Clinton Township, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the age of 90.
He was born July 4, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Frederick M. and Elizabeth May Myatt Hathaway, Sr.
On January 17, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan he was united in marriage to the former Nancy L. Wubbe. Together they shared 61 years of marriage.
Mr. Hathaway proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict with the 44th Engineers Battalion. After his return to civilian life, he was employed at General Motors as a tool and die maker for over 34 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed the comradery of his fellow veterans and traveled back to Korea to visit places he had been during his service years. Trips to Hawaii and other destinations made for many wonderful memories. He enjoyed bowling and target practice, and the beauty of the outdoors. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mount Clemens and had fellowship with their Coffee Klatch group.
Surviving him is his loving family including his wife Nancy, children, Daniel A. Hathaway, Scott M. (Mary Lynn) Hathaway and Julia (Philip) Clifton. He was the proud grandfather of Leah (Jared) Wende, Philip “Nathan” Clifton and Sean Hathaway.
Private burial with military honors took take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
Share memories with the family at www.vickfuneralhome.com
Words from the Chaplain.
As Chaplain I just want to share a few words from scripture and prayer for the family, friends and the 44th EBA.
Leaving our dead in the hands of our all-loving Father, we pray for his strength that we may endure, and his guidance that we may find the way. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, keep your hearts until the day of the glad reunion with loved ones who have gone on before. Amen
Rev. Dr. Johnny Hicks
44th Engineer Battalion Association