About Us

The 36th Armored Infantry Regiment published a newsletter while on Occupation Duty in Germany, post V-E Day in 1945, titled The Spearhead Doughboy. Frank Smolik, an original member of Company A when it was reconstituted in 1940, started a letter writing campaign in the early 1980s to bring together all the men who served in Company A during the war. This effort grew into the company’s first reunion held in Lakeview, Arkansas in 1984.

After working with the U.S. Post Office and a local printer in his neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago, Smolik found that a ten page Newsletter, printed on 20lb paper stock, would weigh just under one ounce and thus could be mailed with a single first-class stamp. Thus, in 1989, Frank prepared and mailed the first Newsletter under that format. He prepared the 10 pages on his old manual typewriter, cut and pasted photographs, news articles, and symbols, etc. All of this was tied together with Frank’s well-known artistry. He addressed each of the 300+ newsletters by hand, a laborious task, while sitting at his kitchen table.

Because of illness, Frank Smolik found himself unable to continue to be the editor of the newsletter and turned that title over to Bob Pacios, who started publishing it since the November-December 1999 issue. Frank Smolik, was the most important person in driving the effort to help find and bring together the Company A WWII veterans. Bob Pacios did an excellent job at publishing the newsletter for the next decade until handing the reins to Dan Langhans, the son of a Company A veteran, who had expertly kept the newsletter going to the present day.

This website continues the legacy of the Spearhead Doughboy newsletter for future generations.

Current Editors

Gabriel Suarez

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Dan Langhans

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