Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 12, Ed. 1, August 2010 Page: 4 of 20
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program. Jack Benny and the other troupe members put on an
outstanding show for the
members of the 12th. They did not short-change us in any
way, and the applause that they received was deafening! I am
not aware of how many of you remember this event, but I
know that it is indelibly etched in the back of my mind even
though it happened all of 65 years ago. Despite the fact that
our segment of the war was over at the time, the U.S.O. show
headed by Jack Benny was a real morale boost.
I got to thinking the other day of an old gag told to me by
the late Ted Blostein. It happened that thieves had broken into
a police precinct station and stole all of the urinals and toilets.
When a reporter asked the detectives if they had any leads,
their answer was that they had nothing to go on! Ok, I'll stop
now while I am ahead.
A recent note from Frederick J. Sheehan [C] asks if
anyone knows the whereabouts of John Sorenson, Company
"C" - 56th A.I.B. John hailed from California. If anyone can
help with this inquiry, please contact Fred. He resides at 36
Beach Road, Weymouth, MA 02191.
Research by our association vice president Ken Klinedinst
has disclosed that Sgt. Maj. Clyde R. Zediker [B] passed
away on Nov. 25, 2005, at the age of 81 in Newport News,
VA. Clyde served in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. His
burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.
An email from his son Brian advised that William L. Young
[C] passed away in 2002 from a stroke. William was wounded
on Jan. 16, 1945, at Steinwald in the area of Herrlisheim.
He had an interesting life. After the war he returned to West
Virginia, studied at Bethany College, Ohio State University,
and Columbia University, and became Chairman of the History
Department at Bethany, a small liberal arts college eight miles
from Wellsburg, WV, where he grew up. He dabbled in local
politics and served on the West Virginia Library Commission
for many years.
One of his pet projects and proudest accomplishments was
the creation of the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg.
After obtaining funding and getting the project off the ground,
he served on the board for 39 years. At the time of his death,
he had moved to a retirement community in Jacksonville, FL.
Brian would like to hear from any "C" Company members
who may have known his dad. Brian Young's address is RO.
Box 2879, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.
Inquiry: When was the last time you heard the expression
'M-l Thumb?'Think hard.
My son-in-law, Gene, recently purchased for me a Leki
Alpine walking stick to assist me with my balance while
standing and walking. I immediately named the item Erica
Kane after the character on the soap opera, "All My Children, "
portrayed by Susan Lucci for so many, many years. The
stick not only helps with my balance, but it has become a
conversation piece as well.
Thinking aloud: It struck me the other day that a great and
fitting name for a female "Lost and Found" manager would be
Helen Hunt! Need I say more?
Bob Brooks [HQ] sent me the following well written,
interesting narrative: "After the war, we were stationed in
Bopfingen, a town in Germany. It looked like a village from
the Middle Ages, except for one building that had been a
storehouse and laboratory for a Dr. Wolfgang Finkelnburg, a
German scientist. He had been taken to America. We had to
keep guard on the building to protect the instruments stored
there. While on guard one day some little German children
came by, and we gave them some candy. Word got around,
and before long we had lineups of children. They were well
behaved - no pushing or shoving. That happened every day
while we were there.
"I was recalled into the army in 1950, and assigned to the
Engineer Research and Development Laboratories at Fort
Belvoir, VA. I learned that Dr. Finkelnburg was working
there, and also teaching at a university. People said that he
was very precise, and also very helpful to students. There is a
considerable amount of information about him on the internet.
He made many contributions to science.
"One of my friends took a trip to Germany in about 1990,
and sent me some pictures of Bopfingen. It is clean and neat
and up to date. Remains of an old castle above the town are
still there. While we were there, almost every evening a young
fellow went up to the castle and played his accordion."
Query: How many of you big band aficionados remember
the Freddie Slack orchestra with his featured female vocalist
Ella Mae Morse and their fabulous rendition of "Cow Cow
This combination also had a big hit with the song "Milkman
Keep Those Bottles Quiet. " Quart sized glass milk bottles with
the cream on the top? Those were the days!
A. Newton Dilley [HQ] recently wrote the following:
"I was an ASTPer in the I and R platoon of Headquarters
Company. I joined the Division in Abilene in February or
March of '44 and left the front in Germany on April 6, 1945,
for OCS in Fountainbleu, France. That was the day after
Captain Gagliardi was killed. I never re-joined the Division
and didn't leave Europe until August 1, 1946.
"Details are sketchy, but I do recall a learning experience I
had with the power of homemade alcoholic spirits. I believe
we were still in France and it was sometime in January a week
or so after Herrlisheim when we were in reserve, but we were
not billeted in houses. One of the guys found a stash of what
I believe was calvados in a basement. This was a persuasive
reason for a party of sorts, which lasted considerably longer
than it should have. I also drank more of the calvados than I
"It was another cold January night and as the party wound
down in the early morning hours, everyone hunkered down in
their blankets and vehicles and went to sleep, trying to keep
warm by keeping the motors running with the heaters going
full blast. A couple of my buddies were sound asleep in my
jeep so I somehow convinced myself that the thing to do was
to crawl up on the hood of a half track which was nice and
warm with the motor running.
"That was the last I remember until I came to some hours
later because of the pain on the back of my leg. It turned out
that the pain was from a burn from a pressure point where
my leg had been pressed against that hot half track hood for
too long. I was so comatose from the calvados that I was
completely unaware of the pain until my leg was well done. It
left a scar the size of a tennis ball, and that scar is still faintly
visible today. The price paid was probably worth the lesson
Going way back: Does the name "Mystic Knights of the
Sea" mean anything to you? It was an organization to which
"Amos and Andy" of old radio renown belonged. "The Fresh
Air Taxi Cab Company of America" was a business that they
jointly owned. The "Amos and Andy" radio program was
exceedingly popular in its day.
Dr. Don Hale [HQ] also recently wrote "Dear Ed, Glad
to hear you are helping Otis. He has been doing a great job
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Twelfth Armored Division Association (U.S.). Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 12, Ed. 1, August 2010, newspaper, August 2010; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410150/m1/4/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.