Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 12, Ed. 1, August 2010 Page: 7 of 20
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IS THIS PRIDE OR WHAT? Flag honos veteran Robert Cooper.
Bob Cooper [HQ/17] and grandson Kirby raising a special flag
that flew over the nation's Captol.
how good they are at what they do, but he didn't believe it. So
he learned in a hurry. Good seat partners on a flight, as many
of you know can make a difference in a trip, and Wes said he
had very good partners.
All good things must come to end and so it is with this
little gem, but you are not getting out without the usual
Drive carefully. Its not only a car that can be recalled by its
23RD TANK BATTALION
Brad Dressier, 118 N. Main St., Springfield, TN 37172
Co-Rep: Geoff Lackey
1205 Hunters Pointe Lane, Spring Hill, TN 37174
Historian: James Francis, 1756 Shuey Ave. #119 Walnut Crk, CA 94596
925-988-0709 jimfrancisl email@example.com
By the time you get this HCN in your paws, the reunion
should be coming up very soon, underway, or already taken
place. Guess it depends on whether you receive this by email
or snail mail.
Up until the time this column was written, your URs
haven't heard from anyone who's attending the reunion. So
the expectation is that your co-rep and his wife will be eating
alone. And it doesn't appear that we'll need a table at the
banquet; but maybe a phone booth instead.
And also don't expect to see a full report in next month's
column. That's because September's column will be written in
July. So the column written in August (covering the reunion)
won't appear until the October issue. Clear as mud? Yeah, me
If you were at last year's reunion, you might remember
Beth Mahan-Doody [L]. She was the young lady who only
last year found out about the 12AD after going through some
of her grandfather's possessions. She discovered that a reunion
was taking place in Branson and drove there on the spur of the
moment. Attempted to contact her about this year's reunion,
but haven't received a response. Hope we haven't run her off
already. Only after one year, too; that might be a record.
Did receive an email from Patti Steely [L], who has since
let her membership dues expire (will harass her for that). She
does want to attend the upcoming reunion with her mother,
Mozel Stowe, but isn't 100% certain yet. She did say that
her mother wants to attend only if there are others attending
that she knows. Hope they make it, as that would put our
attendance up to four.
Also spoke with Jerry Lutes [A], who might try to make it
(this would be his first reunion). His uncertainty resides around
the fact that he's very involved in Civil War re-enactments and
has a living history demonstration that weekend. So maybe he
can wear his Union blue wool uniform to the reunion. Sure,
some will wonder if he got confused about which reunion he
was to attend. Hope he makes it, as that would put us up to
Your co-rep (or YH, the younger half) hasn't written
about music and/or history lately, but did recently watch a
documentary on Stax Records.
Stax was founded by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle
Axton. They combined the first two letters of their names,
STewart and AXton to name Stax Records.
Based in Memphis, Stax was a very prolific R&B and
Southern Soul record label in operation from the late 50s until
the mid 70s. During that time, this label was a driving force in
creating southern soul and the "Memphis" sound. Many hits
were recorded or produced there, such as "Sittin 'on the Dock
of the Bay" and "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding;
"Green Onions " by Booker T and the MG's; and "Soul Man "
by Sam and Dave.
So what does all this have to do with the 12th AD or the
23rd? Jim Stewart, one of the founders, looks remarkably like
our very own Brad Dressier. So much so that while watching
this documentary, YH wondered how and when Brad got into
the record business.
Speaking of Brad, not sure if he'll be able to make the
reunion. If so, that'll make six! If not, we may be stuck at
Lastly, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR URs!!! It is impossible
to write a column about our members with no information
from our members. Addresses, phone numbers, and emails
for your URs are located at the top. Submit anything; let us
know how you're doing, how your family is doing, what
the weather's been like, anything. So now you have been
forewarned! Expect to see a flood of correspondence very
soon. Thanks in advance... ~k
43RD TANK BATTALION
Mark Ault, 4803 Brookhaven Dr., Kokomo, IN 46901
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Jean Ann Heffner - 5th, Albert
Edgington - 7th, Patricia Baker - 9th, Liz (Johnson) Woodson
- 9th, Claudette Ippolito - 15th, Andy Andrews - 16th, Gordon
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