Hellcat News, (Maple Park, Ill.), Vol. 26, No. 9, Ed. 1, May 1973 Page: 2 of 6
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Box No. 423 — Jackson Road
Medford, N. J. 08055
Well folks the year is more than
half over, I've kept my wife busy
and out of trouble getting the
column ready and writing letters.
As the time grows nearer to our
reunion we are still low on dues.
Admitted, we have gained a few
new members but I think we have
some delinquent members too.
Vince Mancinelli, sent his dues
and is also a booster. Dues also
came in from Louis B. Kaducak
(C) Co. and Ernest Johnson.
Ernest and Opal Johnson, live in
Yakima Valley - Apple Capital of
the World. What some of us call
the Great North West. They have
been there since January 1, 1946.
Ambrose Gamache is close by. We
received their note just after they
returned home from seeing the
World Finals in Rodeo, held in
Okal. City, Okla. They went through
the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and had
a very nice trip. Ernest says he
enjoys the "Hellcat News" especi-
ally the new and views from the
82nd. Marjorie said they would
Nick Hardony (C-56), Cleveland,
Ohio will be in San Francisco.
have enjoyed the Will Rogers
Museum, not far from Tulsa, Okla.
Bill and Anita Gerdovich enjoy
reading the "Hellcat News", and
they feel that the 25th. Anniversary
Book is a very nice keepsake. They
have not given up hope of someday
attending a reunion as Bill would
enjoy seeing as many of his old
friends as he could. And Anita
would like to meet them. (P.S.
don't wait too long Bill, time is
not standing still. Why not start
with San Francisco and Hawaii?)
We heard from George and Irene
Winters some time back but it got
missDlaced. They had been to
Florida for a vacation, they had
lots of snow in Wisconsin when
they got back. We were happy to
hear from them. Fred Caravelli and
I have a "Do You Remember When"
session every time we meet almost.
Geo, is from B Co!
Lyle Ellis A. Co. is enjoying the
News very much. Thanks to the
Upper Brass, they are doing a
good job. He says he hopes to see
a reunion down South someday,
like maybe Memphis, Tenn. or
Little Rock, Arkansas, its just a
thought, but it could be fact — all
we need is a Chairman.
John G. Fuchs of Detroit, Mich,
read about our San Francisco Re-
union in the American Legion Mag-
azine, and wrote to Harold. Harold
forwarded it to me. John wanted
some information. I gave him all
the Info. I had. He writes that he
remembers the name but not quite
the face. He says he'd like to at-
tend the next reunion but raising
Bernard Bombasaro (92nd) Joliet,
III., will be San Francisco.
nine kids takes a lot of money.
John is 61 now and feels time is
moving fast. Things didn't go st
good for him until the last six
years. He lived in a small town
and wages weren't the best. He
was a cook and bartender most of
the time. Than one day he moved
to his present address, got a job
as costodian in a school, the pay
is good and things are better. His
retirement fund is building up.
John has been married twice and
still has three kids in school. He
says he has a wonderful wife now,
also 14 grandchildren. He signed
up and sent dues to Harold, and
if he can raise the dough he'll be
in Frisco with bells on. John also
asked if any of you fellows know
anything about Red Welsh (Red
drove a mess truck), Lt. Punski,
and Capt. Newman. I had to tell
him Newman had passed away but
of the other two I have no news
to give. How about it guys, do any
of you have news?
We got a letter from our Exec.
Vice Pres. he says every unit is
behind last year in dues. That
means a lot more writing for each
Unit Rep. I think my Sec. is slow-
ing down. She had missed a few
Township meetings recently. I
never knew where she was during
the years since 1945. What with
Girl Scouts,Cub Scouts (You should
have heard the girls tell about the
time Mom shinneyed up a tree
with our son, while I was working,
so he could earn a merit badge)
P.T.A., V.F.W. Aux., Democrat Club,
she is a County Committee Wo-
man, and in 1967 she even ran for
Township Committee. She always
says she keeps my life exciting. At
The Charles Kotuia's (B-82), Med-
ford, N.J., will be in San Francisco.
WARREN C. HORTON, Div. Hq. Receive Postal
notice of his being deceased.
REV. PAUL CREAMER, Div.. Hq. Received a
etter from Rev. Cramer's daughter, Patsy, that he
had passed away on Jan. 3rd, 1973 of cancer. His
wife had passed away a few weeks earlier.
5394 Howe Road
Grand Blanc, Mich. 48439
WILLIAM CARMODY, B Co.:
"Family all fine. Two married
daughters and three still at home.
Wcrking hard in my IHC truck
dealership in Plainfield, N. J. En-
joy receiving the Hellcat News be-
cause it keeps us in touch."
JOHN KOMAREK, A Co., 5229
Richwood Dr., Edina, Minn. 55436,
is brand new to the Association.
He is General Manager of Anderson
Cadillac in Minneapolis.
EDWIN N. LONG, Hq. Co., 1152
Largo Dr., Orlando Fla. 32809, is
another new member. Also DEL-
BERT C. SALZER, Hq. Co., 3391
Tisen Road, Akron, Ohio 44312.
Thanks, Gerald Bright for the
names and "Booster" donation.
"Mousey" ARNOLD. A Co. wants
to know what you where doing
between Sept. 4th and Nov. 16th.
1943? (Editors Note: I was playing
Cribbage with Mousey.)
one reunion someone asked, what
happened to that quiet girl they
had met in Texas? Sometimes I
wonder too! I think that was only
the second time she was out of
Jersey. Well with Marjorie's help,
back to work!
Got a note from Harold, he says
the postal service is not doing so
good on his end now. Fred and I
will lend you Marjorie and Rita,
after Rita called and Marjorie
went, to the postal clearing house,
we both got our Feb. "Hellcat
Does anyone know what happen-
ed to Jesus Fernandez, Dallas,
Texas, Co. B. or Robert Wier (C)
Co. or Robert Townsend (A) Co.
or Robert Wiltse (C) Co. or Odis
Watkins (B) Co. Any information
you got will be more than wel-
The time has come to sign off.
So till next time, Warm Regards.
I sure "goodfed" with Joe Zag-
orac, Hq. Co. Thought when he
moved to Cedar Lake, Indian, that
he retired. He is still with IHC
and much too young to retire. How
come Joe Blasevic, Hq. Co. your
old buddy, can retire to Hot Spr-
ings? Joe wrote Russ Dethmer, had
a heart attack.
Wayne Hooper and Harry Lemke,
A Co. won door prizes at the Mid-
west Reunion. Putman, Mizen and
Hendricks, drank their prizes.
Gerry Bright watched.
Dale Bryhan wants Hendricks to
stop for him in Austin, Texas on
his way to San Francisco. Doesn't
he know that is way out of the
flipht pattern to Las Vegas.
WILLIS SIMONS, B Co., and wife,
Marjorie are all set for our 27th
Reunion in August. If they thought
the California Chapter doings in
1972 was something 'special' wait'll
Robert and Ann Gesin (Hq-17),
Miami, Florida, will be in San
they see a National Reunion.
WAYNE DOZIER, Hq. and C Co.
has moved to Austrialia, his ad-
dress: Upper Barron, Atherton,
North Queensland, Australia 4883.
His one son is running the farm
in Edison, Ga. and Wayne has
move to Australia to farm and
nnch. If you happen to be passing
by. stop in.
ALEX NOSEK, A Co. sends the
s?ng his best wishes and he is
"Sparky" and Phyllis Young, A
Co., are still taking about the
wonderful time they had in Dayton
et the 26th Reunion.
Expected to see Kenny Ray and
Ray Rule at the Midwest Party, not
to mention Howard and Janice
Bullwinkel. Howard Murphy, what
happened to you?
You guys that don't have your
1973 dues in, lets get with it!
You've received your final notice
and this will be your final issue.
If things are bad, drop Hendricks
a line. He'll see you receive a paid
membership from our 'Booster'
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Twelfth Armored Division Association (U.S.). Hellcat News, (Maple Park, Ill.), Vol. 26, No. 9, Ed. 1, May 1973, newspaper, May 1973; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410304/m1/2/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.