Saying goodbye is never easy…

It is with saddened heart, that I relay the passing of my dear friend and owner of this site, Hugh Ames, who left many loved ones behind on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2009. I am posting his obituary, which was sent to me by his son Mark. Hugh, I shall miss our chats – no more phone calls from Hawaii.

With much love – your “webmistress”,

June 6, 2009

Hugh Stanley Ames, 84, of Kailua, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Havana, Cuba. He is survived by wife Beatrice, son Mark, daughters Zoe James and Maridee Bonadea, stepchildren Aileen Delgado and Charles Comer Jr., six grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren. Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday 23 of June at St. Anthony’s Church in Kailua. Burial followed at 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.


Marion’s note:

I made a promise to keep his site going, and I have, but please understand that it will remain in its static form. He’s the one who coined the phrase “webmistress”. I still get a big kick out of it. It was such an honor to work alongside you Hugh. Here’s to you dear buddy! You are greatly missed.

Webmistress – Marion J Chard
Proud daughter of Walter “Monday” Poniedzialek
H&S Co, 2883rd Bn, 540th Engineer Combat Group WWII
VI Corps Combat Engineers (this site will also be undergoing a huge renovation in 2024)
You can always contact me at

Dedicated to:
Hugh Ames CMSgt (E9) Retired USAF

Co E, 2nd Bn, 504th PIR WWII

For further information on the 504th, please contact the association. Thanks!

The Paratroopers St Michael Prayer

Lord God, hear my call, as through the sky I fall.
Satan you once were cast from here.
My static line have hooked to hold,
and then my chute to make unfold.

Suspension lines untangled be
and open my canopy.
From other jumpers float me clear,
As safely down I persevere.

On angel’s wings, I hit the ground.
My Father’s favor, I have found.
In thanks, St. Michael I do pray.
For God has helped me–ALL THE WAY.


(Thanks to Chaplain Lawrence Krause’s “Farewell to the 82d Airborne Division and the 82nd Airborne Division Association publication “PARAGLIDE”)

“For It’s Devil this and Devil That”

For it’s devil this and devil that,
If you’re wantin’ to be friends.
Just keep the coffee comin’ boys
And pass the M & M’s

Now devil six has often said
Do the thing and do it right.
The staff does everything it does
During the decent duty night.

For it’s devil this and devil that,
We ain’t lookin’ for no breaks.
But why is it that devil six
Can find all our mistakes?

He wrote up this here azimuth plan
To show us all the way.
We’re thankful, for it gives the staff
Something to do each day.

For it’s devil this and devil that,
We don’t mind the working late.
But I’d like to see my son before
He’s a college graduate.

When devil six says “regiment” —
He says it quite a lot —
He doesn’t mean brigade, you know,
A brigade is what it’s not.

For it’s devil this and devil that,
And when we go to war
We’ll not be goin’ with the First Brigade
But with the 504.

Thanks to…

I would like to thank Command Sergeant Major Dave Henderson, 504th PIR at Ft. Bragg and Edward T. Devlin Secretary, 504th Parachute Infantry Association Inc, for their support and words of encouragement. I I could not have undertaken a 504th personal web page without their help! It makes us all realize and understand that “Once a Devil, Always a Devil.”

The “Jump Sequence” audio clip is used with permission of the United States Military Academy Band.

Special thanks go to Bernie Weeks for his permission to reprint the history-filled “Combat Record of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.” Read Colonel Tucker’s preface letter to this book.


Hugh Ames CMSgt (E9) Retired USAF
Co E, 2nd Bn, 504th PIR