“All the Way to Berlin” 
 with LTC “Maggie” Megellas
May, 2011


LTC Jim “Maggie” Megellas is the most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne Division. 
We crafted an itinerary to take Maggie and his men back to the battlefields in support of the filming for a documentary to air on PBS entitled “Maggie’s War.”
Tour Highlights:

Nancy LaRiviere’s commemorative skydive over Nijmegen near the spot her father jumped on September 17, 1944.

Bernard Cheney liberated Wobbelin Concentration Camp on his 21st Birthday in May, 1945.  On his 88th birthday, we arrived at Wobbelin, at the Memorial to those murdered at the camp, allowing Cheney to pay his respects.  He remarked “I think about those poor people every day. They were walking skeletons.”

Bill Hannigan shares the story of holding a dying young soldier in his arms after the Waals River crossing in 1944.  The young man, John  Rigapoulos, was the uncle of another traveler.  Both paid their respects at his grave in Margraten.

At the ABMC Cemetery in Margraten, Dutch school children on a field trip rush to talk with our WWII Veterans, and thank them for liberating their grandparents and their country.

Local Dutch media turn out to interview Maggie and his men, running feature stories in the next day’s newspapers.

Maggie retraces his steps in the Ardennes where he fearlessly climbed a German Panzer tank and tossed a grenade in.  His men remark that they don’t know how he survived.

We meet French WWII Veterans at the Wannsee Conference Center, site of the meeting where “The Final Solution” document was crafted by Hitler and his top command.

Maggie, Bill, Bernie pay their respects to fallen comrades at the Margraten Cemetery

Bernie, Bill, and Maggie pay their respects to the fallen, Margraten Cemetery

Nancy commemorates the September 17, 1944 jump of her dad.

Nancy commemorates the September 17, 1944 jump of her dad.

The Final Solution - outcome of the conference at the Wannsee Villa, near Berlin

The Final Solution – outcome of the conference at the Wannsee Villa, near Berlin

Filming "Maggie's War"

Filming Maggie for documentary “Maggie’s War”

WWII Vet Bernie Cheney reflects on concentration camp he liberated in May, 1945

WWII Vet Bernie Cheney reflects on concentration camp he liberated in May, 1945

Catherine honors her uncle

Catherine honors her uncle, John Rigopoulus, just 19 when he was killed.