Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 12, Ed. 1, August 2010 Page: 1 of 20
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^ J by William J. McCarthy, Jr.
Hope to see many of you at the reunion
in Indianapolis. Barbara Campbell and
her team are working hard to put together
a good program for us. A little last minute
negotiation on Barbara's part got us a better
price with the new banquet staff at the hotel.
The Friday night unit dinner's price has
been lowered to $21. If you already sent in
more money we will refund the difference
to you by check. Also Barbara got them to add grilled chicken
and lasagna to the Friday night meal as well. Instead of family
style, they will have buffets in each hospitality room. A buffet
in each room will hopefully avoid the long lines we had in
The Friday night unit dinners will be an Italian buffet
consisting of: Caesar salad, marinated vegetables, penne
pasta, spaghetti pasta, marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, grilled
chicken, meatballs, lasagna, garlic bread sticks, chef's
selection of desserts, freshly brewed coffees and iced teas, all
On Saturday night we also offer a children's meal for the
younger family members at a much reduced price so you can
bring along the younger family members. Children menu
consists of: chicken tenders, French fries, apple sauce, carrots,
cookie, and milk for $9.95.
We will also have a box lunch for those visiting the War
Memorial monuments and museum on Friday after the
Memorial Service. Express box lunch for Friday, 8/6/10, con-
sists of a choice of the following on a croissant: ham, turkey,
chicken salad, or tuna salad; fruit cup nr banana, cookie or
brownie for $10.
One of our primary goals is to continue to make the 12th
AD reunions enjoyable for veterans and their families. We
also try to negotiate a good price for our members; we have
some bargaining power since we buy a large block of rooms
and usually a hefty meal budget as well. Every year it's an
education trying to get our team to negotiate with the hotels.
And it's not easy. Every year they try to throw a new legal
clause as us. The Internet allows us to check to see their
typical specials to see how low they will bargain on the price
as a guide line for our negotiations.
Another goal is to have the reunions in "easy to get to"
locations. Abilene for example now has six or more jet flights
a day from Dallas to Abilene. And the transfers at the DFW
airport are very easy with the electric carts and the monorail
trains. A few veterans have asked if we can have reunions
more often in Abilene. A large number of veterans and their
families travel to reunions by car. So they prefer a site that
is outside the cities where there is less traffic, the rooms are
more reasonably priced, and there is generally free parking.
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56TH ARMORED INFANTRY
A. Edward Pierce
14 Valley View Rd, Yardville, NJ 08620-2633
There is an old ballad titled "Miss Otis Regrets. " Not only
does Miss Otis Regret, but our man, Otis Shull, regrets very
much that he had to give up the Unit Representative's job
for health reasons. His participation in putting together our
column is always welcomed. Everyone knows that Otis has
no peer when it comes to representing our group.
Congratulations are in order for Rita Peischl Douglas who
was recently made an honorary member of the 56th Armored
Infantry Battalion. A framed certificate was awarded to Rita
marking the occasion.
She has been a tremendous help at the reunions by hosting
our hospitality room and in so, so many other ways. Take a
bow, Rita, you've earned the accolade.
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Stephen Duso's recent email advised that his father, Harold
F. Duso [HQ], passed away on Dec. 28, 1990. At the time of
Harold's death, he was survived by his wife, Erika, a daughter
and three sons.
On Memorial Day I read in our local newspaper this
quotation attributed to General George S. Patton; "It is foolish
and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should
thank God that such men had lived." I must confess I like
this one better; "Thanks to all our soldiers past and present.
You make the U.S.A. proud! Thanks for keeping us free and
Appreciation: To those of you who responded to my
correspondence, a great big 'thank you.' It is your input that
keeps this column interesting and worthwhile. To the others, it
is not too late for you to respond. In fact, you are encouraged
to do so.
Arvel I. Spears [A] sent me a very nice letter. In it he
advised that he trained at Camp Robinson in Arkansas before
joining the 12th and he was discharged at Camp Chaffee.
He related that while on the race to the Rhine under General
George Patton's Third Army, the half-track in which he was
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