Hellcat News, (Springfield, Ill.), Vol. 32, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 1978 Page: 2 of 20

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Page 2 HELLCAT NEWS July 1978
the Hotel. Bob and Betty Head,
Hq/714, were already there. In a
very short time Lee and Marie
Ghormley, Hq/66, arrived from
Yakoma. Hunter lives in Port-
land. We gathered in our room
and the West Coast Chapter was
off to a running start. Later in
the evening the Julson's returned
from dinner with their friends
and Tilly joined in for the gab
session that lasted until the wee
Saturday morning it was still
raining, and, before we had the
Hospitality Room ready, more
Hellcats and Hellkittens were
coming in. While the Registration
was going on I made doubly sure
to get the names, addresses and
Units down right so that they
could be included with this.
We were pleased to find that
everyone that had signed up a -
head of time were there. Also
John and Elsie, C/43, from Eu-
gen, Ore walked in. Then Wink
and Betty Bottemiller, C/82, came
for the dinner and the show but
returned home afterward. Satur-
day evening the Dinner-Theatre
was a real success. I heard noth-
ing but praise from the group.
The dinner was tops, a choice
between prime rib or fresh Col-
umbia River salmon, and it was
certainly a crowd pleaser. The
show that followed, a series of
skits and songs, had us laughing
until we cried. A very talented
group. We thoroughly enjoyed
the entire evening. We all went
back to the Hospitality Room for
more talk and a night cap.
Sunday morning we all had
breakfast together, ham and eggs
with blue berry muffins. The
right timing too, 9:00 AM. Our
business meeting followed and we
came up with BOISE, IDAHO for
next years get together. Norm
and Pat Thompson, B/56, will be
HOST and HOSTESS next year.
They are the ones THAT ORGAN-
Coast Chapter Meeting way back
when, in San Francisco. We are
sure of another A-l reunion next
By the time Julson and Hunter
were through giving out door
prizes, we had to hurry the Hell-
cats and Hellkittens to catch the
Published monthly by the Hellcat News,
the official organ of the 12th Armored
Division Association, Inc. 1017 West
Washington Street, Springfield, Illinois
62702. Second Class Postage paid at
Springfield, Illinois. Membership dues
are $5.00 per year, of which $4.00 is
for subscription to the Hellcat News.
Presidental Report
The month of May has been a
very busy month. Just returned
from Minneapolis the first part
of May, and finished up all the
odds and ends for the Convention,
such as the hospitality rooms, it
was decided that they will be on
the entire mezanine, so we should
have plenty of room, also met
with the catering service and
completed the details for the ban-
quet. All's looking well.
We were home about one week
and then flew to Boise, Idaho and
visited with our son and new
daughter-in-law. Spent one week
there and then flew to Portland,
Oregon to attend the West Coast
Chapter on Memorial Day week-
end. Jim Logan Hdq. 17th was
the host and he did a great job,
with the help of Cliff Hunter,
who, as Jim said, did the leg
work, and the Reunion turned
out a smashing success. We did
enjoy meeting a lot of nice people
Greyline Bus for the tour of the
Parks and Flower Gardens at
12:45. The weather had improved
by Sunday morning, brief periods
of sunshine, and it was okay for
pictures. Still too many clouds to
allow a view of Mt. Hood or St.
Helen which was a little disap-
Some had to start their travel
homeward Sunday afternoon but
we still had sixteen for dinner
that Sunday evening and we were
having a grand time at 11:00 PM.
Since I had had that heart at-
tack the 14th of April I wasn't
able to do much toward the re-
union. Fortunately, Cliff Hunter,
who had been helping me all al-
ong, took over and did all of the
leg work, arranged many things,
made a dozen door prizes, sol-
icited many Portland business
firms and received cases of beer,
cases of mixes, and many other
items that we gave as door
prizes. We sure owe him a debt
of gratitude as everyone told us
it was a very successful Chapter
Meeting, and, that's ample re-
ward for all of the headaches.
This is probably far too much
for a piece for the paper so re-
hash it if you have to. I've tried
to cover it all. We were very
pleased that President Julson and
wife Bunny came to our Chapter
Reunion as everyone so enjoyed
getting acquainted with them,
they're real "down home country
folks" and we loved them.
(There you are Jim, and it was-
n't half bad was it? GOOD JOB,
good Luck. ED) Those in atten-
dance are listed elsewhere.
and we got the Red Carpet treat-
All Units of the 12th was re-
presented but two. Saturday was
registration, banquet and Dinner
Theatre on Saturday evening. It
was a very nice evening. On Sun-
day morning, we had breakfast
as a group, followed by a busi-
ness meeting and it was decided
that Norm Thompson would host
the next reunion in '79, at Boise,
Idaho, on Memorial weekend.
We wish to thank each and
every one for the great time, and
especially to Jim and Marie Log-
an for a very fine weekend, to
Cliff Hunter for his efforts to
make the Reunion a success and
also a special thanks for picking
us up at the airport upon arrival
in Portland, and for again pick-
ing us up in the early hours to
take us back to the plane, I'm
sure a few hours sack time would
have been appreciated by Cliff
about the time he had to take us
to the airport.
Contacted severai members of
the Reunion, who are planning to
attend the Minneapolis meet, on
July 27th.
It has been raining here in
Minot all morning, and it is need-
ed very much, as it is so dry.
I am not working yet, after my
injury in December, really not
doing much of anything. Have
rented my farm out this year,
and I don't think I will be doing
much auctioneering this year, as
I have permanent damage to the
cervical disc in my neck.
Will close for this time, so till
next month, take care and think
Minneapolis! One word, DON'T
for the Friday night dance. It
isn't required, but it would be
nice if everyone would don some-
thing in the western vane, such
as hats, blue jeans or western
boots, if you think you can walk
in them. They are part of our at-
tire here, so there won't be any
problem for us!
Once again, IT'S GREAT TO
Tilford N. Julson, Pres.
Veteran Billboard • Veteran Billboard
Q — I was disabled in WWII
and the VA gave me $1600 to-
ward the purchase of an auto-
mobile in 1949. Now that this al-
lowance has been increased to
$3300, am I entitled to the diff-
erence on another car?
A — No. But the VA may assist
in providing or maintaining adap-
tive equipment on your present or
future cars. Adaptive equipment
will not be provided a claimant
for more than one conveyance at
a time and for not more than
three conveyances in a two-year
ROBERT P. SHERFICK, A/134, died May 20, 1978
after a lingering illness, age 61. Ted and Flo Putman
attended the Visitation Services and John and Bonita
McNaull, A/134, were in attendance at the Funeral Ser-
vices. (check 134th column)
VINCENT LaMANNA, A/44, died Nov. 7, 1977
of an Heart attack. Wife and Son are in Bereavement.
(No other particulars)
JOHN PADO, Hq/494, pssed away suddenly,
just before Memorial Day. (word from Unit Rep., Ken
Bradstreet, as per phone call from a Pado Daughter.
No other particulars. Ed.)
LT. COL LEROY D. PHILLIPS, Hq/92, died May
29, 1978 of an apparent heart attack at his home in
Wilmington, Del., age 60. In Bereavement are his Wife
Victoria and Son Lee David. (Info supplied to Unit Rep
Jim Brown by Frank Czeiner, C/493)
LOUIS D. O'NEILL, Hq/43 died June 6, 1978
after an illness of 10 weeks. He owned and operated a
restaurant in Springfield, Ohio for several years. In
Bereavement is Wife Mary and 5 sons. (Reported by
Joe Hayes B/17)

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