Dear Fellow Members 44th Engineer Battalion
Thank you for being a member of the Broken Heart Association.
We must continue to pray and take every precautionary steps to keep ourselves and family safe. Only our higher power knows when this situation with the COVID-19 will end. As long as we keep the spirit and faith we will be all right.
As summer has come upon us and this pandemic is still attacking more than we had expected, these unfortunate times has made the association board of directors and officers take steps to make the members as safe as possible.
The annual reunion has been postponed until 2021 in order to assure we are not putting members in harm’s way. We must continue to pray for our brothers and sisters at the VA hospitals and one another. This COVID-19 has hit the Veterans community very hard and we all need to pray for them.
Thankfully we haven’t received a report of anyone lost from the association. However, in the past month I have lost two veterans friends as a result of this endemic. As I write this letter I ask you to keep in your prayers my Pastor, a veteran that traveled to Florida to visit his mother and now he is very ill and tested positive for COVID-19.
We must continue to stay safe and wear the mask when it is necessary to go out. This COVID-19 is real and can’t be seen and there is no medication for it, so we have to be wise and protect ourselves and family by wearing the mask, washing hands and staying safe distance. It is attacking both young and old my pastor is a lot younger than most if not all of us and it has got him.
Please continue to pray that we may be able to have the reunion in September 2021. Stay safe and may God Bless us all and the United States of America.
Blessed is he that considerate the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. (Psalm 41:1-2)
Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Hicks
44th Engineer Battalion Association
It is with sadness to announce the loss of one of our own fellow 44th Engineer Battalion Association’s soldier and Non-commissioned Officer Sergeant First Class Dillon “Tootsie” Diegel.
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.
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