Joe Lipsius (center) donates a historic map of the linkup sites between the 69th Infantry and the Russian Army to Chad Daniels (right), Director of The Armed Forces Museum in Camp Shelby, Mississippi. James K. Richardson is at left.
Lipsius finally met Richardson in person at the museum on August 14, 2003. Joe was formerly S-2 (intelligence officer) for Regimental Headquarters, 272nd Infantry Regiment, and is the founder and Co-Webmaster of the 69th Infantry Division's Website. Jim was Communications Sergeant for Company B of the 272nd Infantry Regiment, and is retired as Co-Webmaster and Site Engineer of this website. This was the first meeting of the two who, along with Amy Rose, Editor and Website Treasurer, have developed the 69th's Website.
The meeting had two purposes: (1) for Joe to finally meet Jim face to face after countless hours of e-mail messages developing the Website; and (2) for Joe to present the Armed Forces Museum copies of the situation maps of the 272nd Infantry Regiment's move across Europe from the Belgium-German border on February 9, 1945 (when it first engaged the enemy) until May 9, 1945, VE Day. The 13 maps (scale 1:100,000), show Regimental and Battalion Command Posts by dates, plus some attached Unit locations. Also, two special maps cover the phase lines of fighting in the City of Leipzig and the first meeting of the American and Soviet Armies in WWII at the Elbe River on April 25, 1945.
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