506th PIR Officer Cups


Major Salve Matheson Cup
cup photo from MG(R) Salve H. Matheson [HQ, 2nd BN/REGT HQ (S-3), 506th PIR, 1942-1945]
MAJ Matheson photo from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945

900 (or 90%) silver cup of MAJ Salve H. Matheson

According to MG(R) Matheson, silver coins from a German SS payroll found at a
railroad siding by the Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany, area work camp liberated by
the 506th PIR in April 1945 were later used to make cups for 506th PIR Officers,
and the additional silver needed to make these cups was liberated from Hitler's private
dining room in the famed Eagle's Nest atop Kehlstein Mountain near Berchtesgaden,
Bavaria, Germany in May 1945.

However, according to Mark Bando, author of several books about the 101st
Airborne Division in WWII, "In May, 1945, when troops of the 506th occupied
Fischhorn Castle at Bruck, Austria (adjacent to the SS Horse Farm), a quantity of
silver chalices were liberated. These were marked on the base as having been man-
ufactured at Innsbruck, Austria, and the silver content was .900 fine. An Austrian
silversmith near Zell am Zee was commissioned to customize these drinking vessels
as follows: One style, having an overall hammered surface, was adopted by the 506th
and engraving was done for every officer in the regiment, with each officer's name and
rank, the words '506th Parachute Infantry Regt', and a set of facsimilie parachute jump
wings (slightly smaller than actual) were attached to the center front. Around the top of
the base were engraved the campaigns in which the officer had participated."




Cup with BOB Memorabilia
photo from MG(R) Salve H. Matheson

According to Mark Bando, the 506th PIR officers sent the chalices to a silver-
smith in Saalbach, Austria
, northwest of Zell Am See, where for 7 Reichs-
marks
per chalice, the silversmith added the under-sized jump wings and
engraved the name, rank and campaigns of each officer.

The officers also had a wooden case made to hold the cups and the Sink Grail.
The case had an inlaid wood Parachute Reserve on the front. As each officer
left the 506th, they took their cups with them.

NOTE the memorabilia from the World Premiere HBO Band of Brothers trip.
lLT Matheson had been the 2nd Battalion S1 before being promoted to Major
and becoming Regimental S3.





LT Thomas A. Rhodes Cup
cup photo from Robert D. Bossey, stepson of
LT Thomas A. Rhodes, Jr. [F/HQ (CO), 2nd BN, 506th PIR, 1943-1945]
LT Rhodes photo from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945
This is the cup for LT Thomas A. "Dusty" Rhodes, Jr.
The base of the cup reads Normandy Holland Bastogne Germany
Text on the cup reads:
Lieutenant T. A. Rhodes
101st Airborne
506th Parachute Infantry



CPT Harold E. Van Antwerp Cup
cup photo from Jerry Marie Van Antwerp
CPT Van Antwerp photo from William Derwood Cann, Jr. [G Co (CO), 3rd BN, 506th PIR]
Cups were also made for the 506th PIR officers who were KIA before May 1945,
and those cups were later sent to their respective familes. This is the cup for
CPT Harold E. Van Antwerp [G Co (CO), 3rd BN, 506th PIR, KIA D-Day].
The base of the cup reads Normandy
Text on the cup reads:
Captain H. E. Van Antwerp
101st Airborne
506th Parachute Infantry



CPT William Derwood Cann Cup
cup photo from William Derwood Cann, Jr. [G Co (CO), 3rd BN, 506th PIR]
CPT Cann photo from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945
This is the cup for CPT William Derwood Cann, Jr.
The base of the cup reads Normandy Holland Bastogne Germany
Text on the cup reads:
Captain W. D. Cann
101st Airborne
506th Parachute Infantry



CPT James L. Walker Cup
cup photo from Keith Canady, grandson of
CPT James L. Walker [H Co (CO), 3rd BN, 506th PIR, 1944-1945]
CPT Walker photo from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945
This is the cup for CPT James L. Walker
The base of the cup reads Normandy Holland Bastogne Germany
Text on the cup reads:
Captain J. L. Walker
101st Airborne
506th Parachute Infantry



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This page updated 04/06/13