Hellcat News, (Seward, Neb.), Vol. 44, No. 8, Ed. 1, April 1991 Page: 4 of 30
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brightened the day, and many days. Here is a buddy who
has found an inner peace from a strong faith that allows
him to enjoy the present and look forward to the future.
He says his future will include meeting all of us in Omaha.
Gorgeous George Hatt wants you all to have the following
message. "Dear 17th Comrades, Your $261.00 contribution for the
Camp Barkeley Memorial arrived from Bill Funke today. The
Memorial Committee joins me in expressing our appreication for
this very special donation. Many of you 17th Hellcats have
already contributed individually. We believe as many contribu-
tions have come in from the 17th as from any other unit, although
EVERY unit is contributing substantially.
I don't think we are going to have a money problem in
view of the generous support such as you all have shown
using the residual funds from the Fort Knox Memorial. I
guarantee the money will be used in a manner where the
name of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion will be
The committee has worked hard and we are only awaiting
the official state approvals. We will let the contract as soon as
the state tells us we should. Then we will only need time to build
and install the monument and arrange a good dedication
ceremony. In view of these things the committee decided early
this week to plan for the dedication to be in 1992."
Thanks for the letter, George, and for the work you
and your committee are doing.
I must close with a statement about a little article in the
February H.C.N. It was entitled "What's A Hero?" It was sent
directly to the H.C.N, without my knowledge. The fact that it was
written by another Funke was a complete surprise. And, because
it was very personal, a large lump formed in my throat. The
importance of the message is this: Sometimes we feel down and
unimportant and we forget that everyone is a hero to someone.
That fact brings (or should bring) a feeling of responsibility. If
we could convince people of that, especially younger folks, maybe
we would see a turn around in the way we treat each other.
Aren't you glad that you are a member of an organization that
recognizes your importance?
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Phone: (213) 276-8997
Last month the hope was expressed that war in the Gulf
would be over by the time this column was printed. Everyone's
hope were answered when President Bush announced the cease-
Maybe if all the nations involved follow the guidelines
that were laid down when they formed the Coalition, they
can all get together and start a New World Order in the
Middle East and solve the problems that have plagued
that area for so long.
It's an even money bet that at least every other Hellcat was
glued to the set the day that Gen. Schwarzkopf delivered his by
now historic "press" briefing, and discussed the Coalition tactics.
And how they were executed to confound, bewilder, astonish and
beat the h out of the greatly overrated so-called invincible
army that Saddam Hussein buried in the desert.
Historians may well note that the tactics used were
right out of the War College's Manual for Armored Forces
Tactics, originally written by Gen. (then Colonel) George
Patton back in the Thirties. Patton was an unabashed
admirer of the tactics employed by what he called the
"finest horse cavalry" in the world, the Sioux Indians.
It's a good thing no one on the Iraqi General Staff studied
American military history!
As a former member both of the press and the field of
corporate public relations, this columnist feels qualified
to comment on the quality of the "press" coverage during
the Gulf War.
The drama of the voice coverage from Baghdad was over-
powering. Hollywood would reject a script containing such an
item, calling it "unbelievable".
So were the questions asked by this generation of
alleged reporters. It was obvious that 1) most of the TV
reporters lacked any sort of journalism education, 2) didn't
really listen to whomever was conducting the briefing
(you could tell that by their idiot questions), 3) seemed
intent only on proving that the Armed Forces were lying
to them at every turn and 4) had darn little knowledge of
the military or what happened in a war. They just didn't
know, and had not done their "homework" about the
history of the American Military. Seemed as if no one had
read any further back in American Military history than
Calm, cool, collected, unflappable - an apt description of the
military who presided over the briefings. Incredibly well trained,
knowledgable and most important, believable.
When a reporter rather sneeringly asked a stupid
question about "how bad could it have been for the foot
soldier" - every ex-GI must have chortled when Gen.
Schwarzkopf leaned over and asked "Have you ever walk-
ed through a mine field?"
And the continual questions about the Iraqi army and what
they would do, when they would do it and how. Even given
excellent intelligence, how did they expect the Coalition forces to
know that much about the thinking in the Iraqi army?
After being told frankly that no information would be
forthcoming that might give "aid and comfort" to the
enemy, reporters kept asking the same questions over and
over again, determined to get an answer, even when told
that such information was unavailable.
Fortunately for the American public, there were still enough
intelligent reporters to pose questions that helped make a good
No American with a TV set will ever forget the first
sight of Iraqi prisoners of war stumbling across the desert
(Sorry, still cannot accept the new Pentagon acronym,
EPOW - enemy pws? There's another kind?)
Watching a Coalition thank fire and hit an Iraqi tank sent
chills down the spine of every ex-tanker. Even the sight of a
burned-out tank brought back bitter memories.
The impact of the President's speech announcing the
end hit as hard as the raising of the American flag over
the Embassy in Kuwait, while enthusiastic Kuwaitis
cheered from under their own American flags.
By the way, anybody heard from our patriotic flag-burners
It's over and no one can call the United States a "paper
tiger" or a "wimp country" anymore.
Above all, who'd ever thought that a whole war could be
brought into the living room?
A note from Paul Lozden (D) carries the report that
he's been doing soi^e yard work (In February-Easterners,
eat your heart out!) and even the Christmas "freeze" didn't
hurt much. He thanks Gordon Lamb for the pictures taken
in Charlotte and notes that he's received Christmas cards
from quite a few fellow Hellcats.
Luther Ray (C) reports that he's finished with all treatments,
although he knows it'll be quite a while before he is back to
Contact has been made with the Holiday Inn in Omaha
for a Battalion Hospitality Suite and hopefully, our present
Battalion Fund will make the "bite" a little easier this
In order to satisfy as many as possible, coffee and tea will be
added to the menu of refreshments to be ordered from the hotel.
As there is no corkage charge, we'll be able to supply "other"
refreshments as needed.
As Gil Heine has contracted all who have NOT paid
their dues, it seems unnecessary to run the traditional list
of names. Of course, when new is scarce (like this month)
it makes for a shorter column. This translates as a favor
the 23rd is doing for Editor Bob Head in an effort to save
space. (Well, it's one way of looking at it!)
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