D-Day Ohio Staff

D-Day Conneaut began in 1999 when a small group of reenactors set out to "relive the day" of the Normandy invasion the beach at Conneaut Park. Initially, this was not a public event, though park visitors had the opportunity to watch the reenactment from the bluff overlooking the beach. Today D-Day Ohio's all volunteer staff works year around to make D-Day Conneaut the largest and most historically accurate D-Day Living History Reenactment in the country. Thank you to all our reenactors and volonteers that work so hard to make this event possible. All staff members are encouraged to review the staff and volunteer code of conduct regulations prior to participation at the event.

2020 Staffing is currently being assigned. If you have any questions, please contact one of our Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Volunteer Coordination and Veteran Support

Event Support

U.S. Event Staff

Commonwealth Event Staff

German Event Staff

French Resistance Event Staff

Civilian - Home Front Event Staff


Our Board of Directors

Betsy BashoreBoard Member
Chief Executive Officer

Betsy Bashore

A 25 year plus veteran of living history, Betsy has actively participated in event management for over 60 various living history events and is a frequent speaker at early 19th century living history conferences. Betsy has assisted with D-Day Conneaut since 2006. Captivated by the heroism of combat photographers in WWII and the impact of photography and motion picture art on the war effort, she recreates a WWII era photo lab at several events. Also interested in women's contributions in warfare, she frequently portrays a US army nurse.

Lori McLaughlinBoard Member
Chief Operating Officer

Lori McLaughlin

Owner/Operator of Biscotti's Restaurant, Conneaut, OH. As a supporter of the event since its inception, Lori has seen it evolve into the premier reenactment it is today. In 2009, she responded to a request for more local support and has since been managing an energetic group of local supporters involved in fundraising, marketing, procurement of goods, living history displays, and other various volunteer tasks needed by the organization. Having lived in Conneaut her entire life, she is a self-proclaimed cheerleader for the city and is involved with many community organizations serving on several local boards. Her community service was recently rewarded by being voted the Chamber of Commerce 2010 Citizen of the Year.

Jennifer PalagyiBoard Member
Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Palagyi

Jennifer Palagyi is the franchisee owner of H & R Block in Conneaut for the past 16 years and has been doing taxes for 22 years.  She has joined D-Day and will help support the financial management of the organization. We have three additional volunteers who will assist in general or specifically with finance items (Chris Heim -- direct donations, David Owens - grants, and Anne O'Dae - TBD) along with Patti Rowbotham who has been helping with the records management.

Deborah BatesBoard Member
Allied Representative

Deborah Bates

Deb comes from a long line of history enthusiasts and when she attended D-Day Conneaut as a young girl in the early 2000’s, she knew she’d found her niche. The event became a yearly staple activity for her and her family until finally in 2012 the desire to become a part of it drove her to purchase her first original Army Nurse Corp uniform and volunteer in an effort to help the event grow in any way she could. Since then she has helped in almost every aspect of its massive undertaking, and even though she attends many other WWII events throughout the year, her first love has always remained D-Day Conneaut. Her impressions now include Army Nurse Corp (ANC), United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (USMCWR), Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) , French Resistance combatant, civilian and USO entertainer.

RobtBoard Member
Axis Representative

Rob Trumble

Rob is a 30+ year veteran of living history, both in a volunteer capacity and professionally. Rob has participated in Conneaut D-Day landings since 2002 and has served as a member of the event staff for 5. An avid researcher, Rob finds studying the narratives of WWII soldiers an enriching experience that provides a glimpse of the trials of the common GI. The written and personal perspectives of WWII veterans have helped him frame reenacted vignettes to better share their legacy with their families and communities. Rob is assisting in the restoration of PA 36-9, a Higgins boat located at Old Fort, OH.

Wayne HeimBoard Member
PR, Marketing, Event Photography & Webmaster

Wayne Heim

Wayne Heim joined D-Day Conneaut in 2009 and currently serves on the Board of Governors and involved with may different aspects of the event. Wayne is a certified medical illustrator and photographer with many years of experience in the advertising and marketing field.  Wayne currently maintains the D-Day Ohio website, is our Primary PR contact, and is involved in coordination the production of the promotional materials for D-Day Conneaut and is one of the artists that produce the many art pieces. Wayne also manages and serves as one of our Event Photographers and can be found in the Media Tent or wandering the grounds with camera(s) in hand. Please contact Wayne with any media, photography or PR questions.

Lee AdamsBoard Member

Lee Adams

Bio to follow.

Eric MontgomeryBoard Member
WWII Veteran Liaison

Eric Montgomery

Reenacting since 2003, Eric's focus at D-Day Conneaut lies in remembering his great uncle, Amin Isbir, killed on June 6, 1944 while serving with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. Amin's story, as well as additional family members, can be found on Montgomery's web site at www.soldiersandsailors.us. Eric was the keynote speaker at thee National D-Day Memorial in Bedford Virginia on June 6th, 2012. He also designs our D-Day Conneaut Challenge Coins, promotional videos and is involved with a number of other fund raising activities. During the event you can reach Eric at the Naval Beach Battalion Bunker or in the Veterans Hospitality Tent.

Kevin MeierBoard Member
Museum Coordinator

Kevin Meier

A 50 plus year resident of the Conneaut area, I began volunteering with D-Day Ohio in 2016 continuing a 40 year history of community involvement assisting local non profits fulfill their mission. My work experience includes 17 years as Manager of the Conneaut Operation of SGS SA (the world’s largest independent testing and inspection company), Realtor, Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries for Messiah Lutheran Church, and long time small business owner. My interest in WWII history began at a young age upon learning my Dad flew combat missions, including the bombing of Berlin, as a waist gunner on B-24s with the 8th Air Force. Seven of my Uncles also served during WWII: Uncle George landed on Utah Beach on D-Day with the first wave of the 4th Infantry Division, was severely wounded during a mortar attack on D-Day+18, and subsequently lost his leg; Uncle Jerry flew 50 combat missions as a B-17 tail gunner; Uncle Carlton flew combat missions as a Marine pilot in the Pacific Theater; Uncle Bob was in the Air Corps weather service stationed in Iceland, Uncle Phillip saw combat in both the European and Pacific Theaters, Uncle Millard served in Europe with the Quartermaster Corps, and Uncle Don saw combat in the Pacific Theater and served in the Army of Occupation of Japan. The saying “most people never meet their Heroes, I was raised by mine” keeps me focused on assisting D-Day Ohio to do all we can to ensure subsequent generations remember the service and sacrifices of America’s “Greatest Generation.”

Jim SnyderBoard Member
Vendor Coordinator

Jim Snyder

40+ years of experience developing a unique set of management, sales, production and marketing skills in all phases of the horticultural industry and at the highest level. The development and implementation of operational and management capabilities are unequalled and well positions me for any challenge at any level.

Patti RowbothamBoard Member

Patti Rowbotham

Patti is a Conneaut native who lived in Trumbull County for 30 years and returned to town in 2008.  She began work with the committee in 2010, working at registration and information booth, taking minutes for meetings, distributing literature and doing record keeping tasks.  She enjoys history and research and has researched and written some of the material displayed on the historical boards in the park She has served as a Coordinator of Gifted Education, church day camp director, substitute teacher, and graduate assistant at Youngstown State and Kent State Universities. Her mother worked at Indiantown Gap, PA, as a civilian employee and it is there that she met Patti's father before he left for the South Pacific.

Volunteer Coordination and Veteran Support

Jeff KingVolunteer Coordinator

Jeff King

Jeff King began serving as a volunteer for D-Day Conneaut in 2010 as a member of Civil Air Patrol. Over the years he has served in various roles coordinating the volunteers for the event, specifically with the youth groups. His team serves to support the re-enactment and the re-enactors for this event honoring those who have served. The website to register your group is http://ddayvolunteers.com. Contact information: jeffk@ddayohio.us

Brittany GnizakVolunteer Coordinator

Brittany Gnizak

Brittany has spent her life embracing history. Her love of the WWII era was sparked by her research of her grandfather's service in the United States Navy as he served as a Chief Petty Officer on the USS Yorktown. She began reenacting with the help of a 4-H Shooting Sports Project titled Living History. The project was designed to help children "become a person" from a time period of their choice, then research the character to develop a personal story, assemble a costume and develop their skill. In 2004, she chose to recreate a WWII War Correspondent impression. Over the last few years she has expanded her impressions into portraying a WAVE and a member of the Nursing Corps.

Volunteer CoordinatorVolunteer Coordinator

Jen Bergeron

 Bio to follow shortly.

Volunteer CoordinatorVolunteer Coordinator

Janice Stevenson

Janice Stevenson is new to the D Day staff. She lives in Massillon, Ohio and is passionate about education of American History. She is also an American Civil War Historian/Reenactor. Janice believes that we owe our Nation’s brave men and women more than we can ever repay them. That is why she does her best to remember their sacrifices by teaching others about there sacrifices, their triumphs, and their struggles. She is married to William, an US Army Veteran, and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Christine HeimVeteran Registration & Donor Recognition Coordinator

Christine Heim

Chris has been involved in some fashion in D-Day Conneaut since 2013 and most recently as secretary to the Board of Governors meetings. Chris's primary responsibility is to assist veterans and their families in registering and participating in our Veteran's Hospitality services. Besides her time spent each year at the event, Chris also serves as our Donor Recognition Coordinator and board secretary.

Event Support

Jack SaboCommunications and Safety Coordinator

Jack Sabo

Jack joined D-DAY Ohio for the 2013 event. He has lived most of his life in Northeast Ohio and parts of his family were life-long Conneaut residents. He is no stranger to Radio Communications and Public Safety. He started out as an Amateur Radio operator at the age of 10. His hobby turned into his career right out of High School as a Technician for a Motorola Service shop working in the Public Safety Field. He has spent the last 20 years in the communications industry. He is currently a Field Engineer for Ericsson Services. Jack is also the Radio Officer for the Conneaut Amateur Radio Club. He also volunteers his time as a Scout Leader in the area and as Youth Football Coach. In 2017 Jack has taken on the role of Public Safety and Security Coordinator along with Communications. For the D-DAY Ohio event, if you have questions about Communications or are with Public Safety or Local Government, Jack will be the person to contact.

Krysta FaircloughAllied Camp Liaison

Krysta Fairclough

Krysta joined D-Day Conneaut to assist with the clerical duties of the organization. Her impression of Rosie the Riveter is a hallmark symbol of the effect the war had upon the home front.

U.S. Event Staff

Scot BuffingtonAllied Commander - Living History Coordinator

Scot Buffington

Scot Buffington joined the Allied Staff at Conneaut 2019. He’s been involved in living history for over 35 years, in nearly every era of American military history. He hails from the 29th Division Living History Group. He describes his core philosophy as ‘to do one’s very best in his or her personal presentation. Read and teach. Walk the walk to the limits of one’s ability. Battles will always be the least authentic thing we do. The rest is real.’ He describes his involvement in living history as ‘the immersion in each time period is, in a way, veneration of the veterans themselves. When through personal experience one may relate to those gone before, it becomes authentic translation- from the oral histories, to the history books, to yourself, and then to the public.’

Besides living history, Scot worked on numerous films- from extra to combat choreographer, props and art department, costuming and technical advisory.
Scot is an instructor of history, frequently facilitating staff rides for active service personnel throughout the East Coast. Military logistics, problems of command and control, and staff resources management are focus area of his study.

Christian SmithExecutive Officer (XO), First Army, United States Army

Christian Smith

Christian Smith joined the Allied Staff at Conneaut in 2019. He has been involved in living history for 40 years and WWII living history since 2000. He started WWII reenacting with the1sr DIV, 16th Infantry “K” company and first participated in D-Day Conneaut in 2002. He conducted the preservation of the M4a3 at the Rittman, Ohio legion post and has spent decades performing educational presentations for local schools and civic organizations. Christian is passionate about research and his favorite topic areas are the Bocage and armor in the ETO. He describes the importance of learning the details, mindset and intricacies of the actions and experiences of the WWII solider as essential to honestly and honorably representing the solider whose experiences reenactors represent to the public. And then there’s armor... the guts and perseverance of tankers in WWII ... their impressive level of teamwork and training, are a constant fascination and inspiration.

Lynn KesslerS1

Lynn Kessler

Lynn Kessler has been reenacting for nearly 20 years under various impressions: 29th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne, 1st Infantry Division, 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division, 43rd Infantry Division, 1st Marines, 23rd Marines, 2nd and 7th Bns/The Black Watch, King's Own Scottish Borderers, and a number of Civil War units, both Blue and Gray. He has studied U.S. military history, operations and tactics all his life, and has taught several reenacting units in the basics and better details of tactics, D&C, military courtesy, comportment, and leadership. Currently he wears several hats in the 29th Infantry Division, chief among them that of training, and also acts as Co-Editor for ReenactorPro.org.

Mark FinsterS2

Mark Finster

Mark Finster has been involved in living history since 1982. He got his start in Thomas’ Mudsills and joined WWII reenacting in 1992 with the 1st DIV. Mark is an avid militaria collector and enjoys the simplicity of the mid 20th century and sharing the history of the past with visitors. He has a deep appreciation for the culture of the 1930s and 40s and the impact of that era on all aspects of life during that time period. In the vein of military history he appreciates the camaraderie and camp life, and those moments when you feel like you’ve been transported back to the past.

Years ago, when Mark was at a civil war event, he overheard a history professor telling his children ‘look around, this is how it was for the soldiers’. He seeks to bring that same experience ... the ‘this is how it was’.... to the visitors at D-Day Conneaut.

Diana SluhanADC (Aide-de-Camp) - First Army Command

Diana Sluhan

Diana Sluhan is a native of northwest Ohio. In 1984 she began volunteering as a costumed interpreter at Fort Meigs, a reconstructed War of 1812 fortification on the banks of the Maumee River in Perrysburg, OH. She was an active volunteer at the site through her college graduation from DePauw University with a BA in Biology and History. Diana moved to Washington, DC, where she has worked for the Department of the Interior and volunteered at Ft McHenry. After returning home to Ohio, she joined the Army National Guard and she commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer. She deployed as the Intel Officer (S-2) of a Cavalry Squadron in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. In 2010, she took command of a Forward Support Company, and deployed them in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. She has served as a Brigade Intel officer and as an Officer Candidate School instructor.

Shawn WelchArmor Coordinator

Shawn Welch

Shawn has been studying and collecting WWII items since about 1978. He was introduced to "uniformed living history" as an education tool in the mid-1990s as an Officer Candidate School company commander at Fort Benning. In 1998 he became a founding member and current board member of the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA), specializing in historic preservation, restoration and interpretation at former US Army harbor defense installations. Shawn has over 30 years of military, and two decades of uniformed historic interpretation experience. During D-Day, he will be coordinating tracked combat vehicles and towed artillery that support the event.

Rabbi RobAllied Armor Coordinator

Rob Thomas

Bio to follow.


Brian KegelUS Airborne Commander

Brian Kegel

Brian's been attending the D-Day Ohio event since 2001. He is a longtime living history enthusiast beginning in 1975 with the Bicentennial celebration. Inspired by his Uncle Bud, who served in the 501st PIR from Normandy through the end of the war, Brian focused his efforts and participation towards WWII reenacting in 2008. An amateur historian and heavy reader of history, he enjoys the opportunity to meet and talk with Veterans.

Steve CooperProvisional Ranger Btn. Landing Team Commanding Officer

Steve Cooper

Steve has been involved in WW2 reenacting since 1999. He has been participating at D-Day Conneaut since 2001. His primary impression is the Commanding Officer of Dog Company 5th Ranger infantry Battalion. He is also involved in reenacting WW1 and The War of 1812.

James Pereira1st ID Landing Team Commanding Officer

James Pereira

LT. Colonel Jim Pereira once again leads the prestigious 1st Division for the second straight year. He has now served the Big Red One's command staff for the last 5, DDay Ohio events. A long time reenactor, Jim is the commander of the famous 26th Infantry Division, Yankee Division. The 125 member organization, is the largest allied unit in New England. Jim is 30+ year high school teacher. Jim and his wife, Chrisy reside in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Michael Thomas4th Division Landing Team Commander

Michael Thomas

A longtime history enthusiast and Northeast Ohio native, Michael had been attending D-Day Conneaut years before he was old enough to jump off a landing craft in 2009. As the commander of the 4th Engineer Combat Battalion (reenacted), Michael is proud to represent the 4th Infantry Division at the event each year. In addition to attending various WWII reenactments throughout the year, he enjoys spending time at the National Archives, bringing to light the 4th Division's wartime achievements.

Gregory StapletonCaptain 29th DIV, 115th Regiment (US Command Staff)
29th ID Landing Team Commanding Officer
(Even number Years)

Gregory Stapleton

Point of Contact for all 29th attending.

John Still80th DIV

John Still

Point of Contact for all 80th attending.

Tom ShifferReplacement Battalion VII Corps Landing Team Commander

Tom Shiffer

Tom Schiffer re-joins the D-Day Ohio team again this year as the Replacement Battalion Commander. Tom is a four year Active Duty Army Veteran, and has been re-enacting WWII for almost 20 years. Tom has been doing living history since age 4 or 5 with his parents in the Kentucky Corps of Long-Riflemen. These days Tom's usual impression is that of an Infantry Line Company on the Italian Front. This is to honor his great uncle, John F. Schiffer, who in 1942 was drafted at age 39, and made the landing at Salerno, Italy with the 36th Infantry Division. Tom also has a more direct connection to Northern European Theatre as his wife’s uncle, Stanley Isaacs, was a paratrooper with the 17th Airborne Division. For D-Day Ohio Tom puts on a First Army Patch, assuming command of the Replacement Battalion. He has designated it the 191st Ordnance Battalion in honor of the thousands of non-divisional support troops who worked long hours under less than ideal conditions keeping the fighting men fed, equipped and supplied with ammunition. In addition to his duties as a commander, Tom also serves as the Mess Officer, coordinating the efforts of the cooks in the allied mess. When not reenacting, Tom works as a machinist, and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

David SajbenArmy Air Corp

Dave Sajben

Dave is a veteran social studies teacher living in Charlotte North Carolina. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dave serves as the educational officer for the board of directors for the All Americans based in Charlotte. He is passionate about history education and outreach. His research and impression interests vary, but he often finds himself focusing on the Mediterranean Theater of Operation. He feels that the heroes of WWII aviation are not just those who climbed in the cockpit, but labored tirelessly on the ground at home and abroad to bring our air power to the enemy. You can find him in the Army Air Corp camp happily giving a briefing or going over a duty roster.

Edward jividenAllied Medic Coordinator

Edward Jividen

I have a been involved in WW2 Reenacting since 2005, with Conneaut D-Day being my first event. I am a retired career firefighter, serving 29 years in Fire/EMS with the City of Painesville Fire Division. I am still serving in Fire/EMS as a Lieutenant / Training Officer with the Grand River and Fairport Harbor Fire Departments. I have family ties to WW2. My father in law served in the U.S. Army in Battle for Manilla during the liberation of The Philippines. My father's cousin landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day with the 29th Infantry Division. He was later killed in action in Germany in March of 1945. My Uncle Ed served in combat as a tank commander. in France and Germany with the 4th Armored Division. I am a member of the 83rd Infantry Division /329th I&R Reenactment Group.

Phillip Budzinski1st Army S-6

Phillip Budzinski

Philip Budzinski has been reenacting since 1999, and has been passionate about history and World War 2 since a child. He started out with K Company, 16th Infantry Regiment (HRS); he has also portrayed 4th Armored working with the World War 2 Vehicle Museum and Learning Center of Hubbard Ohio, and is one of the founding members of 1st Signal Company. For Conneaut, he is coordinating the Signal Communications in the Allied.

Dave DoezaiProvost Marshal Staff Sergeant

Dave Doezai

Retired from Ford after 30 years. Worked in Law Enforcement for over 30 years , still serving. 7 years as a SWAT officer. 25 years as a OPOTA certified firearm instructor and range officer. 35 years as a US 1st ID/ German 9th SS Re-enactor. Married 38 years in May, 2 adult boys, 3 grand children. I am a avid shooter and collector of firearms. Other passions Jeeps of all kinds; I own 3.

Terry SellAllied Provost Marshal

Terry Stell

Employed as a transit bus operator in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Although never having served in the military, Terry has been in the fire service for over 34 years, and a chief for 12, currently chaplain. His father was in the U.S. Navy in WWII, serving aboard the USS Arkansas (BB33) and the USS Schmidt (DE676). As a young boy listening to his father’s stories, his interest for WWII history was sparked. With Conneaut as his family’s yearly vacation retreat, he had attended D-Day for several years as a civilian before being encouraged to join as a living historian in 2014. He chose to do the MP impression because it closely resembles the chain of command in the fire service and relates to public service. Terry has been married for 19 years and has a 14 year-old daughter.

Hannah PatalonAllied Female Coordinator

Hannah Patalon

Bio to follow.

Emily StringhamWAVES Coordinator

Emily Stringham

Emily has been involved in living history for over 20 years, participating in events around New England, PA, NY, OH and Canada. Her love for reenacting and historical fashions began with the 18th century with an emphasis on New England women and British camp followers during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In recent years her research and living history impressions have focused on the WAVES and other home front contributions of women during WWII. She is also the blogger and seamstress behind Emily’s Vintage Visions.

Don PitcherAllied Vehicle Inspector

Don Pitchers

Don has been a WII reenactor since 2008 and is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant where he served in Explosive Ordinance Disposal. Don began his love of reenacting doing Civil War reenacting. It was when he met his wife that he was introduced to the WWII reenacting hobby. Don brings a vast knowledge of vehicles to the event and has been restoring vehicles since he was 14 years old. Don is also very knowledgeable on vehicle safety, state and local vehicle laws, insurance requirements and vehicle operation as well as he serves as a vehicle safety\authenticity inspector for several WWII events in the Midwest.

John UhlerAllied Chaplain Coordinator

John Uhler

John is a bi-vocational ordained minister and alarm technician who is also an endorsed chaplain in the area of living history and serves at numerous living history events in the Northeast. With a love for WWII history and ministry, chaplaincy is a natural way for him to bring the two passions together. John will be coordinating chaplains for various services throughout the event. Our chaplains are here to serve.

NavyAllied D-day Conneaut Naval Flotilla

Lee Adams

Phil NaudAllied D-day Conneaut Mess

Phil Naud

BaseballD-day Conneaut Baseball Coordinator

Baseball Coordinator for Reenactor Baseball Game

Commonwealth Event Staff

Lt. Colonel John HarrisChief of Staff, 21st Army Group, Senior Commonwealth Commander

Lt. Colonel John Harris

Lt. Colonel Harris has over 35 years of living history/re-enacting experience in various time periods and has supported D-Day Conneaut since 2003. For D-Day he portrays a staff officer, 21st Army group. The 21st Army Group was the command element for all British, Canadian, Polish and other British Crown dependent/supplied nations. John has commanded the Commonwealth Company since it's inception and has seen it grow from a few determined individuals to its present full sized company strength of over 100 rank and file.

Daniel CopelandCommonwealth Company Commander

Major Daniel Copeland, Queens Own Rifles of Canada

Major Dan Copeland has been involved in living history/re-enacting since 1983 in various time periods and has supported D-Day Conneaut since 2012. For D-Day he portrays a Canadian officer, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. The Queen's Own Rifles was part of the 8th Infantry Brigade of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. As the officer commanding the Commonwealth Company, Dan has elements of British, Canadian, Polish and all other British Crown dependent/supplied nations under his command.

Dan assumed command of the company when Lt. Col. John Harris, the long standing company commander moved up to his staff officers position. Dan is actively involved in the Museum of Applied Military History in periods from 1776 to WW2. The primary goal of the Museum of Applied Military History is the Preservation and Demonstration of Canadian Military History.

William MacMullenCommonwealth Beachmaster

CDR William M. MacMullen, Royal Navy Comando 4

CDR William M. MacMullen, Royal Navy Comando 4, has been a WW2 reenactor for 14 years, prior to 11 years in US Civil War Reenacting. He specializes in early war Philippines US Army and Bataan & Corregidor. He also reenacts with Commonwealth/British Forces as a Royal Navy Commander who is Commando Beachmaster, coordinating the landing craft and movement on the beach landing sites. He has served as Commonwealth Beachmaster for 6 years. He served as a C.O. of the heavy cruiser USS Salem (CA - 139), and was Executive Director of the United States Naval Sipbuilding Museum in Massachusetts. He is a member of the Veterans Commission in Hamden CT and served as a Commissioner for the United States World War One Centennial Commemoration in Hamden and New Haven Connecticut.

Matthew Noel7 (canadian) Platoon

Lieutenant Matthew Noel

Lieutenant Matthew Noel has been an active member of the living history community since 1992 (US Civil War, Rev War, WWII) and has specialized in representing the Canadian soldier c. 1939-45 since 1997. Matthew is the Deputy-Director of the Museum of Applied Military History and a founding member of the Canadian Army Overseas Living History Association. Between events he can usually be found reproducing period paperwork, labels and insignia or organizing the next event.

Stephen Keller1st Battalion, Hampshire Reg't 50th Division

Lieutenant Stephen Keller

Lieutenant Stephen Keller has been involved in WW2 re-enacting since 1989. For D-Day, Stephen will be portraying a Platoon commander (LT) of the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regt. 50th DIV. He is the returning British platoon commander from last year.

Graham HumphreyCommonwealth Sergeant Major

Graham Humphrey

Commonwealth Sergeant Major Graham Humphrey has over 8 years of Re-enacting experience in various time periods. For D-Day Conneaut he portrays The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada - Toronto Ontario, 8th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division.

Graham RobertsonCommonwealth Company Quarter Master

Graham Robertson

Commonwealth Company Quarter Master Graham Robertson has over 11 years of Re-enacting experience from various time periods. For D-Day he portrays The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada - Toronto Ontario, 8th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division. Graham is currently the Staff Sergeant of the First Special Service Force Living History Group, Ontario Section. "Das Dicke Ende Kommt Noch"

German Event Staff

Brian PacilliGerman Commander

Brian Pacilli

Brian is a 25+ year veteran reenactor who has served on multiple command staffs in different roles over many years. His love of history comes from a long line of military service of both his and his families.


Karl RosenkranzGerman Headquarters Executive Officer

Karl Rosenkranz

Rosey started reenacting at the age or 16 when he became a member of the Arizona Historical Association (AHA) in 1996. He as been attending D-Day for over 5 years now. Additionally, he is an elected officer to WWIIHA (1st Vice President) and is the Operations officer for FIG Battle Of the Bulge. As a member of the commemorative Air Force he was a qualified HE-111 Flight Engineer and B-17 loadmaster and a current member.

Richard MoranGerman Beach defense Commander

Richard Moran

Rich has been involved in WW2 reenacting for over 20 years with 13 years experience at as unit commander. During this time has has had a large presence at the Battle of the Bulge reenactment at Fort Indiantown Gap as a German Battalion Commander (7 years) and as a member of the Board of Trustees. As a life long Historian, Rich has encountered many Veterns of all sides of this conflict and has learned many first hand accounts from these men where he incorporates it into his unit's training and philosophy. When Rich isn't working within the hobby, he is a business owner and loves to travel, and is a big football fan.

Dan BeardenHeer Commander

Dan Bearden

Bio to follow.


Dave BurchWaffen SS Commander

Dave Burch

Dave has been participating in WWII reenacting for over 15 years and attends on average 8-10 events per year. He is the Commander of the 1st LSSAH reenactment unit and Chairman of the LAH Living History Association, Inc. When not actively reenacting or managing the LAH, he routinely travels to Germany, France and Switzerland on business related to Chemical Engineering in the food processing industry.

Thomas HaynesFallschirnjager Commander

Thomas Haynes

Bio to follow.


Drew MaynardGerman Feldgendarmerie Coordinator

Drew Maynard

Bio to follow


Tom Obrian Communications Officer

Tom O'Brian

Bio to follow


Josh Chase Medical and Safety Officer

Josh Chase

Bio to follow


Dan GreenGerman Armor Coordinator

Dan Green

Bio to follow


Chris SchwendemmanAxis Sports and Activities Director

Chris Schwendemman

Born in Belleville Illinois in 1972. Chris entered the United States Marine Corps in 1992, & was a Heavy Machinegunner, Squad Leader, and Weapons/Close Combat Instructor. After his honorable discharge in 1998, Chris began a new career as a disc jockey. He began reenacting in 2008, and has been to over 35 events all over the United States.

French Resistance Event Staff

Adrian JohnFrench Resistance Coordinator

Adrian John

Adrian is a retired Social Studies teacher who began reenacting in 1989. Portraying an 18th century courier du bois, aka a French fur trader, at events, he enhanced his reenacting realism by traveling in a birch bark canoe in summer and by dog sled in winter. After witnessing the 2002 D-Day Conneaut event, Adrian returned the following year to portray a Maquisard of the French Resistance. His French ancestors settled in Boston in 1630. Later generations fought in the American Revolution and the Civil War. More recently his uncle, Bob Basket, was killed in action in France during WWII. All members of the Resistance are encouraged to contact Adrian prior to the event so that espionage and sabotage activity can be coordinated through him.

Dan ValekFrench Resistance Assistant

Dan Valek

I have had a love of history since I was a kid and always listened to the personal experiences of WW2 vets that were in my family, from
stories on the Eastern Front to the D-Day landings. I started out reenacting in 2006 (Civil War) and was in a unit that did a lot if living history's at national parks , my childhood love of WW2 drew me to reenacting WW2. I am in the 100 Jagers reenacting German and love doing the French Resistance once a year, plus it's fun to get roughed up by your friends.

Civilian - Home Front Event Staff

Stephanie BatroniAllied Homefront Coordinator

Stephanie Pitchers

Stephanie is a 25+ year veteran of living history. She's participated in and organized events nationally and worldwide. Her interest are broad spectrum with a concentration on women's history, fashion history and social anthropology during the war. She's a well - rounded resource that truly loves helping others be a part of living history and educating others.

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