VICENZA, Italy — Seven members of the 510th Personnel Services Battalion were feted in a welcome home ceremony Thursday at Caserma Ederle.

The soldiers were among 27 members of the battalion, headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, who returned recently from almost a year’s service in Iraq. Eighteen soldiers returned to Mannheim and two to Heidelberg last week. Detachment B was based in Balad, Iraq, for 360 days. Detachment A, with soldiers based in locations around Germany, returned in mid-December.

Col. Donald Drummer, the 22nd Area Support Group commander, welcomed back the Vicenza contingent in a ceremony at Club Veneto.

Longtime Garmisch entertainment director dies

A longtime entertainment director of a Garmisch, Germany, military nightclub died this month.

Terese Rudolph died due to complications from a heart attack. She was 92.

She took over the position at the Army’s swank Casa Carioca club in 1949 and worked with the Army until she left Europe in 1971.

Rudolph spent her final years in Los Angeles, but she spent much of her life abroad. At 17, she became a ballerina with the Chicago Civic Opera Company.

During World War II, she traveled with the United Service Organizations, and was in Paris when the city was formally liberated. She applied for the entertainment director position in Garmisch at the urging of her brother. The club had an ice rink and hosted ice shows; Rudolph wound up using her skills as a dancer to advise skaters, even though she didn’t skate herself.

Rudolph’s skaters would go on to star in shows such as the Ice Capades, Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice.

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