On The 60th Anniversary of the Victory
in the Great Patriotic War,
May 9, 2005
Vladimir and Mrs. Putin and The Russian government were host in Moscow to U.S.
President George and Barbara Bush along with
eight American military men, May 7-9, 2005, so the United States would be
represented at the Victory Anniversary Celebration of the Great Patriotic War.
taking part were more than 50 heads of states and many WWII Russian and other
The U. S military men taking part and their assignments on VE - Day, May 9, 1945 were:
Igor N. Belousovitch, Falls Church, VA; 69th Infantry Division.
Bernard J. Cohn, Pikesville, MD; 84th Infantry Division
Ralph A. George, Silver Spring MD; 9th Infantry Division
Daniel E. Grow, Santa Rosa, CA; U. S. S. Tuscaloosa
Joseph Lipsius Norcross, GA; 69th Infantry Division
Delbert Philpott, Sunnyvale, CA; 69th Infantry Division
Jesse S. Raybourn, Newark DE; 341st Bomb Squadron
Bernard H. Zaffern, Southfield, MI; 69th Infantry Division
Following is a picture of the Russian's Hotel Souz where the Americans stayed; the schedule of events; and some of the programs during the
The cover of the program for the military parade
The English Introduction for the Military Parade Program
The English Introduction of President Putin's speech at the Military Parade
Cover of the Invitation to the Official Reception Hosted by President Putin
English Invitation and Example of Nameplate to Official Reception at Kremlin Palace
President Bush at Kremlin Palace Official Reception with American Veterans Joe Lipsius ( left) and Dan Grow (right).
Official Invitation Issued to the American and Several Soviet Veterans to Meet President and Mrs. Laura Bush at the U.S. Embassy
President George W. Bush shakes hand with 69th Infantry Webmaster, Joe Lipsius,Headquarters 272nd Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division, at the U S Embassy,Moscow, May 9, 2005, during Russia's great celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Victory Europe Day, May 7 - 9, 2005.
Eight American veterans were guests of the Russian government during this greatevent, including three others from the 69th Infantry Division:
Zaffern, Co L 272nd Inf Rgt, President of The 69th Infantry Division
Igor N. Belousovitch, Co E 273rd Inf Rgt
Delbert Philpott Co A 273rd Inf Rgt
These four 69ers had a trip they will never forget as guests of the Russian government during its great celebration of four years fighting against Nazi Germany, 1941-1945.