Hellcat News, (Detroit, Mich.), Vol. 12, No. 2, Ed. 1, October 1957 Page: 4 of 5
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12th ARMORED DIVISION ASSOCIATION
Lawrence E. Mintz, Executive Secretary
4310 W. BUENA VISTA AVE. DETROIT 38, MICHIGAN
U. S. POSTAGE
Permit No- 401
LA SALLE, ILL.
FORM 3547 REQ.
Howard McClain, 19 Invester
St., Arcanum, Ohio, would like
some information, or the where-
abouts, of Pierre Regnault of
Bill Johnson Sends Report on
Men of the 714th Tank Battalion
The association depends a great
deal on the interest and cooperat-
ion of the unit representatives to
keep it growing. One of the most
active unit representative has
been Bill Johnson of the 714th
Bill was elected at the Pitts-
burgh reunion in 1956 and re-
elected this year. After the
Pittsburgh reunion he contacted
every member of his unit by
card, and sent a card to most
new members welcoming them
into the association. He also con-
tacted members of his unit who
had not renewed their member-
ship and placed news releases
pertaining to the 12th Armored
in his local papers.
After the reunion he send us
the following letter:
I'm real proud of the showing
of the 714th at the Cleveland
"It was good to see Dick
Derderia at a reunion again; we
have missed him. He tells us that
Bob Hunt, who is now married
couldn't make it. The Hunts are
expecting. We hope to see Dick
and Bob next year.
"The Harry Kettlers, I'm sure
had a good time and speaking
for the rest of us, we were all
happy they could make it. Harry
and Kirwood Jackson were two
of the original cadre that formed
the 12th AD. I wonder how many
of these men still belong to the
"Ira Schobel made an appear-
ance with his very cute wife;
he can't understand why any
man has to be asked twice to
join up. We agree.
"Joe Hasenstant dropped in,
he hasn't changed, a little more
mature but after four or five
children who wouldn't be? We
hope he got home alright.
"After two conventions Adam
and Betty Beckadic seem to be
well established as convention-
goers. We hope, and I'm sure,
we will see them at many more.
"Charlie Quicci brought his
wife Bibby this time. From now
on Charlie will never come to a
"Sorry that Jim McGinnis
couldn't make it. Last minute
difficulty at his work."
"Big surprise and pleasure to
have Vince Canfield drop in
with Andy Cassidy. They both
live in Cleveland. Vince is a
maintenance man with the Higbee
Co., and Cassiday works as a
"Grady Rowell and wife, also
DetHart, made up our delegation
from North Carolina. Grady has
promised to do some recruiting
this year. I hope to hear from
him very soon.
"Hurshel Dellart took many
pictures at the convention; we
hope to see some soon in the
"Bill Jenzen (43), down from
Tonowanda, N. Y., without his
wife Anne, but with a new mem-
ber for the ^ 714th.Thank you
Bill and welcome Jack (sorry,
but Bill didn't give us Jack's
last name.) We hope to see Anne
next year. Jack promised to
check, on a former member from
"Dave and Elvelyn Arburn added
another convention -to their re-
cord; hoping New York will be
interesting enough to break their
habit of napping in the afternoon.
"Anyone having addresses of
the following men of the 714th
mostly B Co, please let me
know: Joseph T. Collin, Bill
Koenig, Audrey Coel, Densil Ren-
isk, Clifton Roots, Carl Travis,
Clifford Watts, Peter Krigolo,
Rodolf Rodriguez, Robert Ray-
mond, George Simoncini, John
Spinosa, Richard Thomas and
How's that for a new reporter.
If you know the whereabouts of
any of the men mentioned in
the above paragraph drop Bill
Johnson a card at 832 S. Valley
Blvd., North Canton, Ohio.
Francis G. Brooks (495), 3834
22nd St., Wyandotte. Michigan.
Kenneth Hulse (A714), 335 N.
Industrial, Kankakee, Illinois.
Chaplain (Maj.) Allen G. Dil-
lcn, Hq, 35th FA Group, APO 111,
New York, N. Y.
Ted Fichuk (A-43), 8066 Loch-
dale, Dearborn Township, Mich.,
has just completed a year as
District Commander of the VFW.
Ted, who was chairman of the
Detroit Reunion several years ago
hopes that we'll stage another
reunion in the Motor City in the
John J. Bell (Band) bought a
home at 21 Columbia Way, Mont-
rose, Colorado, according to word
received from "Pop" Butler.
Fred Engebretson (C-56), Apple-
ton, Minnesota, writes that Donald
Schlelman (D-56) works for the
Plymouth dealer in Appleton.
Last year he saw Orval Dietz,
who lives in New Ulm, Minn.;
and this year Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
visited him. Fred has two daugh-
ters and works for a creamery in
Dr. Joseph J. Regan (Div Arty
& CCR), 1010 15th Ave. N., St.
Petersburg, Florida, is a practicing
MSgt Francis R. Joyce is in
Germany with the Hq CO, 2nd
Bn, 11th Armd Cav Regt (APO
225, New York). He reenlisted in
1950 for a tour of duty in Ger-
many. His wife and two sons
accompanied him. A daughter was
added to the family before he
returned to the States in 1954 to
become a tank instructor at Fort
Knox. He left for Germany again
in March of this year.
James Fitzgerald (B-134), 512
Shoemaker Ave., Jenkintown, Pa.;
Harry Malcolm (134 and G-4), 771
Old Eagle School Rd., Wayne, Pa.;
and Charles Walls (134) are all
employed by the International
Harvester Co. in Philadelphia.
Edgar Bealer, Box 211, Shelby,
Ohio, would like the address of
Tallmadge Fletcher, formerly of
Leonard DesRoches (572), 350
Hersom St., New Bedford, Mass.,
would like to locate some 12th
Armored patches, preferably with
the word "Hellcats" beneath them.
If you have any, will you please
write him. He is with an AAA
unit of the National Guard and
would like to wear one on his
Nat F. Klausman (A-56), 1025
Dawn View Ln N. W., Atlanta 5,
Ga., a new member in the assoc-
iation, writes to tell us that as
a result of placing the decal on
his car he became acquainted
with Mont Reece (17th), Hayes-
ville, North Carolina. Mont is
not a member of the association.
How about one of you 17th boys
signing him up.
Peter Rw Blozis (152), 1124
Hiawatha Dr., Elgin, Illinois,
writes that while in Chicago,
buying a bowing ball he ran into
Arnold Lockley, who was doing
the same thing. Arnold left the
12th at Barkeley to go to OCS.
A couple months ago Pete had
a visit from Jack Downey (152),
who lives in Corry, Penna.
Merle D. Wood (B-17), Box 1044,
Fort Bragg, Calif., is participating
in the National Science Found-
ation Program this summjer at
the University of California. Merle
writes that he enjoys the HCN,
but would like to see more news
from the 17th. So if you write
us, fellows, it will be in here.
Joe F. Palmieri (C-66), 1404
Herberich Ave., Akron 1, Ohio,
who attended his first reunion
this year at Cleveland, is with
the New Products Development
of B. F. Goodrich Co. Joe was
with the first platoon of C-66
from the activation of the divis-
ion until 14 Apr 1945. He is
married and has a son and
George A. Sherle (B-17), RD
1 - Box 37, South Fork, Penna.,
would like to hear from some
of his old buddies. He's married
has a ten year old son, and
works in a steel mill.
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