Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 12, Ed. 1, August 2010 Page: 11 of 20
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L-R are Tom Wood, Bob Hoeweler, George Rich, Bridgette
Emery and Shae Megale at the Memorial.
POWs. This year, we have asked if there are some that would
like to speak for about five minutes each and they are welcome
"In our town we have started a welcome home from the
war for our men and women around the area. This war does
not look good and is enlarging. We plan on having this year
the last for awhile on POW/MIA, and going to things of
now, such as wounded warriors. We are getting ready to start
teaching some of the youth around how to perform the POW/
MIA table ceremony and the color guard.
"I met George O'Bryan and his wife at the Scott Air Force
Base POW/MIA ceremony in 2007.1 spoke to him about what
we were planning. He said he'd loved to go but the far away
ones could get expensive. That is when our group thought we
should do something about that. We take care of their hotel
expense, fifty dollar gas card, catered meals, etc. After all,
they are our special guests. Since we have started this we have
grown so close to the ex-POWs and their families. They keep
thanking us, but it is us that need to thank them.
"Please go on our website: www.womenveterans.zoom
share.com and click on photos. There you can see the
photos of the last two years. You can email us at women
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org."
While writing this month's column we are still in the month
of June and have received word from our buddy Charlie Fitts
[C] that he will be going into the hospital for hip surgery.
We are wishing our buddy well with a quick and complete
recovery in time to make the reunion in Indianapolis. Charlie
has made reservation for himself and five or six of his family.
We sure look forward to seeing them all there.
A pleasant call from buddy Bob Hoeweler [C] to just report
in and let everyone know that all is well with him and his
family. He was still working every day and keeping busy with
his ongoing ventures. Bob had not made his reservation yet
but would make them soon. Bob was one of the three Hanover
Brick Cleaners who made the trip to the World War 2 Museum
that Peggy Ann Vossler had arranged back in June. Peggy
Ann reported on their venture and said, "A wonderful crowd
gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, the
weekend of June 5. George Rich was joined by his sons Jim
and George, granddaughter Heather, and her fiance Tom.
Bob Hoeweler was joined by sons Bob and Alan, grandson
Brad, and great-grandson Mackenzie. Tom Wood's family
included his children, Tom and his wife Bonnie, Joe, Frank
and his wife Susie, and Peggy Anne and her husband, Bill.
We were most grateful to share the day with Brigitte Emery,
Christine, Eric, and their two sons Benjamin and Christian
We were also graced by a visit from Shae Megale and her
mother, Megan. We met this amazing young lady several
years ago while visiting the World War II memorial. She and
Tom have become great friends. Shae, a lifetime 12th ADA
member, was thrilled to meet more Hellcats!"
All the Hanover Brick Cleaners were represented with the
exception of Charlie Fitts [C] and George O'Bryan [C] who
regretfully could not make the trip at that time. We both surely
missed one great time.
Thanks to Peggy Ann for arranging such a good time for
the old EX-POW. Thats another reason why, "It's Great to Be
a Hellcat"! *
Diane E. Remington
108 Marshall St., Methuen, MA 01844
978-681-1481 (h) 978-852-5305(c) email@example.com
By the time you read this column I will have attended
the reunion in Indiana and hopefully have met some of the
members of the 82nd. I look forward to the reunion as I
will be with my Dad who turned 85 on July 9, and Barbara
Campbell has made some very interesting activities. My
Dad has been visiting with me since June 22 and it has been
very nice to have him here in New England. In preparation for
my father's visit I had new windows and new doors replaced
in my home, planted flowers and painted many things. I
wished I had been warned about the chaos that goes along
with window replacements. Every room in the house was a
disaster until I could put everything back in its place, stain the
new wood trim, and put the window treatments up. For weeks
I felt like I lived in a glass bowl so I hung newspapers and
towels over the windows until I was able to replace curtains
and shades. Now its all back to normal, and I can hopefully
enjoy the summer.
Sorry for no column in July but besides all the chaos with
the windows, my computer was down and my printer died. I
have since purchased a new printer and I am in the process of
learning how to scan and fax documents. If it all works I will
be able to scan pictures to add to my column. Let's hope my
gray matter can keep up with the technology.
I received a lovely letter from Merrill and Lorraine
McNamee. They are enjoying the Hellcat News and requested
Hank Strabuk's address; he is now living in New Jersey with
his son Bill and wife Georgeann. Address is 5415 Asbury
Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226. Hope you can make the
connection with Hank, Merrill.
Merrill and Lorraine recall many good memories when
Hank and Ruby lived only 12 miles from them in Florida and
they enjoyed many good times clubbing and partying together.
They even had dinner together on President Truman's Yacht.
Hank moved back north when Ruby passed away and the
McNamees lost touch. They recall that Ruby is buried at the
Forest Lawn Cemetery which is 25 miles from where they
Glad to hear that both of you are feeling better after a bout
of the flu. Merrill is on dialysis three times a week for three
hours each time so it limits him from traveling too far and
taxes Lorraine's ability to get things done at home. Both claim
to be in good health and still take care of their home, inside
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