Hellcat News, (Seward, Neb.), Vol. 44, No. 8, Ed. 1, April 1991 Page: 3 of 30
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Feed 'em and they are harmless. Company A/17 at the
unit dinner in Charlotte. Pic. by Bob Gesin, Hq/17.
surely were amazed and pleased at the planning and effic-
iency of the operation.
How about a drum roll, a twenty-one gun salute and a bit of
red carpet for new recruit George Webb of B company. His
address was in the March issue so find it and use it. I have
written to him to ask for information about what he has been
doing. In his note he stated he retired in 1990. He figured he
needed to make new contacts. Good thinking George. You chose
the right way to do it. Now we are waiting to meet you in Omaha
Since last month we have done much better on the
dues situation. It was as I had suspected, oversight was
the main villian.
A letter from Harold Capretta and Catherine brought news
about a health problem. The Caprettas were in California and
had planned to stay there until mid-March but Harold had a
stroke. They were waiting for some stability in his condition so
they could go home to Ohio. He has made some improvement, but
will need some encouragement from his buddies.
As long as we are on sick call here is another soldier
who would like to know that his buddies are still out
there. Joe Gould, B, fell and broke his back. That was
back in July. He is some better now and is in physical
therapy three times a week. He can move around but he
isn't moving any furniture for Clara. Hang in there man.
The Steffys are doing pretty good (as Elmer says) "for old
folks." One of these days we are going to get Elmer to a reunion
and if not I am going to have to make a trip to see him if we go
How nice it was to get a note from John Cozzie. He is
the 17ths "Walt Whitman." He wrote a poem that fits
anytime, but especially now.
HEED MY WORD
God held up the world and said to man
I'm loaning you this but you must understand
It took me six days to create this wonder
Don't try to destroy it, that would be a blunder.
I am well pleased with this world I did create
When I put adam here, I created eve his mate.
I sent my only son to teach you faith
To explain sin and to set you straight.
I've given you everything to sustain your life
So stop the foolish wars, end all the strife.
Now heed my word, this I say to you
if my world goes then you go too
For this world belongs to me, that's a fact
Stop abusing my world, or I'll take it back.
Well put, John, and thanks for sharing your thoughts with
David Wells promised he would make every effort to
be "playing with a full deck of cards" by March so he
could attend the Western meeting. It has been slow but
with the "good Lord's and Virginia's help" he was making
it. He hasn't been able to drive and that really was tough
on this mover and shaker.
If spring is here can summer be far behind? You know what
summer brings. No!, not weeds and mosquitos. It is the time
Hellcats clip out the reunion registration blank and send it to the
reunion chairmen in Nebraska. Since we will be in Nebraska
during football season we will have to wear our red sox or shirts
or shorts. Because those folks are not neighborly to people who
forget the Big Red team. You don't want to miss out on all the
planned activities, so get off the fence all you mugwomps and get
on the reunion kick.
Special to Lewis McNeill. I know some guys in Florida
and Arizona who seem to disagree with you about the
Minnesota winter. Oh, well! It is good we don't all like the
same things. Lewis, Hq, is still selling real estate in
Minneapolis, and he says he is "too busy around reunion
time to attend." That should wave a red flag in front of
you Hq guys. Let's change his mind, quickly! Omaha is a
hop-skip-and a jump from Minnesota. Congrats to Lewis
and Versie who have been married for 48 years.
Time out for another commercial. One of the great Hellcat
parties will be on May 18 in Emporia, Kansas (see page 3
February H.C.N.). If you have never made one of them, now is
the time to get with it. Ken Bradstreet and friends always throw
a neat party. Last year he brought out part of an Armored
Division for our inspection. I understand that he is getting a
plane from the Topeka air base to drop a "smart bomb" on the
beer cooler when it is empty. Stand back Priestly the cooler is
about to blow.
Direct quote from Stan Folkman, C. "Still kicking at
75 years. Haven't made the obit column yet, but I could
use a good general overhaul. 1st echelon maintenance
isn't hacking it anymore." Now there is a real sense of
humor for you.
More good news good friends. Dex Dexheimer says that he is
a lot better now and is looking forward to seeing old comrades in
Omaha. We will be waiting Dex, and I'll see to it that Finley buys
Mont Reece, when you say you are a day late and a
dollar short you are describing most of the "yardbirds" in
the 17th. (Now watch the complaints come in).
Mont makes a point of letting you C men know he wants to
hear from you. He mentioned that the Bassets, Schultzs, and
Shibleys have pleasured him with their visits. He sends a special
invitation to you to come visit when you are in the Warne, N.C.
area. There is a lot of welcome at their home.
Do you want to see John Preitauer? Well, you can if
you come to Omaha. I was wondering about John and had
decided the thing to do was to get a tow rope and hook on
to him as we passed through Ogallala. It will be a pleasure
to meet John.
Paul Hopkins, A, was given a pass from the Charlotte reunion
so he could have some surgery, but we are really going to check
on him if he asks to be excused from Omaha. No fooling Paul we
all hope that things, including you, will be in good shape come
Reading all these notes about sickness makes my heart
sad. For example George Kucharis' surgery in September.
But the old heart goes Patater - Patater when we hear he
is in great shape and will be in the "good life" state at the
Omaha Holiday Inn.
I have to apologize for the lateness of this bit of sad news.
Our condolences go out to Joe Hyes, B, after the death of his wife
Eleanor last August 16. Life sometimes deals us a rough road
and we need to know that others are thinking about us. Our best
Ken Case, C, knows how to put his time to good use.
For the past ten years he has been a volunteer and brings
entertainment to nursing homes, handicapped persons,
and veterans. He says it is very rewarding and he gets to
meet a lot of wonderful people.
It's a fact, when we give of ourselves to others, we receive
more than we give. You know, if the truth were known, we would
be surprised at how many good people are doing good things. We
don't hear about them because that sort of news doesn't sell
A wonderful letter from Allen Day, B, that really
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