Hellcat News, (Skokie, Ill.), Vol. 22, No. 2, Ed. 1, October 1967 Page: 2 of 8
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THE HELLCAT NEWS
WEST COAST to 56th - CONGRATULATIONS! MISS HELLCAT
A bit of a biased statement there
but we really are proud of you
We have another reason to be
proud — the enthusiastic response
to the questionaire for a West
Coast reunion. We had 66 answ-
ers and 55 of them sent personal
notes that ranged from names
and address to a full page. Folks
your response has been very re-
The choices of San Francisco
and Los Angeles were so darned
close we had a difficult decision to
make. We are now making in-
quires of several places that would
put us on the beautiful Pacific
somewhere between San Fran-
cisco and Los Angeles around the
middle of June, 1968.
We will have much more about
this in a later issue but we want
EVERYONE in the ASSN. to be
thinking about it. Everyone in the
entire Assn. is more than cordially
invited to attend our FIRST West
Coast Chapt. reunion.
Now, lets catch up on the let-
ters from the men —
James E Fallin (A-23) found
out about our search for 12th
A. D. men when he returned to
Sacramento last May. His sister,
Mrs. Virginia Martar, had kept
the clipping of our letter to the
Sacramento Bee for him. He wrote
the following letter then, afraid
"it wouldn't get there in time"
he called us long distance. He
talked with my wife, Pat, for
awhile then called again when I
got home. Here is a real enthus-
iast from the 23rd.
"I saw your ad in the Sacra-
mento Bee awhile back seeking
Army friends of the 12th. A.D.
1 was so glad to see your ad in
the Bee as 1 too have been look-
ing for Army friends of the 12th
A.D.A. 1 was a member of the
Hellcats Assn. for a few years. I
think you have a very good idea,
and 1 will do all I can to help. I
was in the 495th. Co. B, also ser-
vice Co. of the 495 th. That was
when we were in Camp Campbell,
Ky. and Abilene, Texas. When we
went overseas 1 went to A-23. I
was a tank driver until the end
of the war. I had a very good
friend who lived some place in
Calif, but I'm not sure just where.
Maybe you know him. His name is
John Nelson and he was also in
Sorry Jim, we don't know your
friend but perhaps some of the
other members can help you out.
R. J. Annis (B-119) now an
Attorney in Juneau, Alaska wrote
— "1 saw your letter in the
Anchorage Daily Times of March
23 concerning the formation of
a West Coast Chapt. of the 12th.
A.D.A. I would be interested in
hearing from you on the Assn.
I am a member of the natl. assn.
1 was with Co. B of the 119th
Armd. Eng. Batt. from March of
1944 until sometime in June of
1945 when I transferred to milit-
ary government in Germany."
Robert J. Schwartz (C-495) —
"I spotted your letter in the L.A.
Times today and I'm interested. 1
was with Charlie Battery 495th.
John Skeen (B-714) — "Saw
in the Sacramento Bee where you
were interested in getting hold of
old buddies. John Skeen was in
B-714, 12th A.D. 1942 to 1945.
If this will help let us know."
A second letter from Julius E.
Bernstien (Div. Hq.) says —
"Thanks for your reply of 13
March. I'm already a member of
the 12th. A.D.A. and have been
since 1947. In fact I just received
the March 1967 issue of the
HELLCAT NEWS. Looking for-
ward to receiving more informat-
ion relative to a Calif, reunion.'
Then we heard from Brad
Dressier (C-23) saying he had
joined our ranks. "I would like
to thank you very much for re-
plying to my letter concerning
the 12th. A.D.A. and also for the
info, concerning the HELLCAT
NEWS. I am sending a check off
to Mr. Hendricks today and per-
haps I will catch up with some
of my old buddies. Insofar as my
personal life is concerned, I doubt
if anybody would be interested in
what has gone on in the last few
years. Suffice it to say that at
present I am Mgr. of Public Relat-
ions for Pan American World
Airways for Southern Calif., Ariz.,
New Mexico and have had this
position since Jan. 1, 1964. I
head a Bureau of five people
and maintain two offices, one in
downtown Los Angeles and an-
other one at Los Angeles Inter-
national Airport. Prior to that
date, I occupied the same position
in a two-man Bureau in Chicago
for 14 years. I covered the mid-
West down to the Gulf of Mexico
and including 14 states. Before
that, I worked for Public Relations
firm. Before that, I worked for a
newspaper. Before that I wore the
Triangular Patch. You picked a
fine time to telle me about Dorris,
Calif. I want through there on my
way up to Seattle, two years ago.
If I ever drive up again, rest as-
sured you will hear from me.
Brad, you are welcome any
Miss Judy Kahler, I 5 year old
daughter of Otis D. Kahler (C-
56). Judy is a sophomore at the
Keytesville, Mo. High School, an
active member in the band, glee
club and mixed chorus. The men
in C Company report Judy must
have inherited her talent from her
time. We would like to see any
of the folks from the 12th. any-
Salvador Jaramillo (Hq-17)
wrote a second time to tell us —
"I do think that it would be nice
to have a 12th. A.D. A. chapt.
here on the West Coast. I know
that I have read in the Army
Times when they were having
their reunion in Chicago. I tried
to make it in 58-59 but couldn't.
I heard from some of the gang
of Hq. Co. 1 7th. AIB, and they
were surprised to know that I, of
all people was still in the Army.
I wrote to the 12th. A.D.A. last
week requesting that I become a
member so I could keep in touch
with the gang. Also, I finally re-
tired after Vietnam. Civilian life
is dead compared to Army life as
I had a very interesting Army
career. I have been a jiujitsu
and judo follower since I was 1 5.
Studied in Korea, 46 thru 49,
Okinawa, 51 thru 54, the Kodo-
hau in Tokyo for a refresher
course. Had my judo teams here
in this country, held exhibitions
and in 61-62 studied Karate Tong
So Doo. Now that I'm 50, was in-
jured in a car accident in L.A.
right after I retried, I had to quit
on advice of my doctor. I got a
good job working for the United
Calif. Bank as a bank guard. I
have some real nice photos of
Camp Campbell and some of the
Tenn. maneuvers and Camp Bark-
Salvador, I'm certain Harold
would like some of those photos
for the HELLCAT NEWS, if you
Bill Johnson Off
Past President Bill Johnson
wrote to thank the Association
members for their many "get
well" cards, letters and concern
during his recent illness. Bill is
well on the road to recovery and
looks forward to seeing everybody
in Philadelphia in 1968.
wish. Be sure to bring them with
you to our first West Coast re-
Another letter came from Rob-
ert J. Schwartz (C-495) saying —
"About the time I was getting
ready to answer your letter, I
received a copy of the Hellact
News from Hal Hendricks so I
was.- busy comparing names in 495
Bn. history and trying to remem-
ber faces. I'm sending a check to
join the Assn. to Hendricks. I
note that there is a unit rep and
I'll send him essentially the same
background data I'm sending you.
I still have an Assn. membership
card for 1950-51 and I can't
recall why I have been under the
assumption that the Assn. dis-
solved. Perhaps a series of moves
on my part resulted in non-for-
warding of mail. At any rate, I'm
pleased to discover the Assn. ex-
ists and I want to be a part of
it and the West Coast Chapt. I
graduated from UCLA in 1951
and shortly after went to work
for the county of Los Angeles and
have been a civil services worker
ever since. I have been with A r
Pollution Control Dist. in various
capacities and am now with the
County Dept. of Adoptions as
Business Mgr. I expect to change
to the Dept. of Health soon to do
administrative work. I am married
and have a daughter, Marti, age
10 and a son, Philip, age 6. My
wife's name is Faye and she is
one of those rarities, a native Los
Angeleno. My travels are very
rare and vacations usually spent
in the vicinity of L.A. I had to
look up Dorris and note that you
are in some pretty nice and in-
teresting country. Maybe I'll break
away one of these years."
How about next June, Bob??
Also had nice notes from Jack
Begley (B-56) and John Simpson
(S-l 1 7-A IB). Words of encour-
agement like these are really app-
reciated. By the way, we plan to
see you in Philly next year if at
all possible. Why don't you see
about attending our first W. C.
There are some of the reasons
we feel so great about this W. C.
Chapt. It's off the ground and on
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