Hellcat News, (Kingman, Ariz.), Vol. 48, No. 8, Ed. 1, April 1995 Page: 2 of 32
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Page 2 HELLCAT NEWS April 1995
PUBLISHED BY THE
12th ARMORED DIVISION ASSOCIATION
Official Publication of the
12th Armored Division Association
1080 Huffman Way, Kingman, AZ 86401
Writers submitting articles for this publication are solely
responsible for their contents, not this Assoc. nor its Editor.
PRESIDENT Maurice L. Glover (Hq/494)
4325 Mill Run Rd., Dallas, TX 75244
(214) 239-5890 FAX (214) 490-0301
1st VICE-PRESIDENT Marvel Rowland (B/56)
471 Bernhard Rd., Columbus, OH 43213 (614) 231-5749
2nd VICE-PRESIDENT Thomas E. Tutt (152nd)
26304 Jane Ave., Hayward, CA 94544 (510) 537-6395
TREASURER Norbert Bruemmer (D/43)
1913 Jerome Dr., Godfrey, IL 62035 (618) 466-3949
PAST PRESIDENT James E. Stone (D/43)
502 Willow St., Mapleton, IA 51034 (712) 882-2205
DIRECTORS AT LARGE
Gene Curry (A/119) 511 Lake St., LaGrande, OR 97850
Ted Blostein (Hq/23) 231 Kirkwood Dr., Chapel Hill, NC
27514-5138 (919) 933-5682
Robert Grebl (B-66) 4527 "A" St., Omaha, NE 68106
UNIT DIRECTORS ON COUNCIL
Dale Miller (Hq/493), 5214 Dumfries, Houston, TX 77096
Bob Mead (B/66), 4701 N. Cleveland, Kansas City, MO
64117-1200 (816) 454-7099
Mark Ault (Sv/43), 4803 Brookhaven Dr., Kokomo, IN
46901-3607 (317) 459-5245
CAVALRY - ENGINEERS - MEDICS:
Roger Bisson (B/82), 242 Olympic Ct., Leicester, NC 28748
ASSIGNED UNITS - ORDNANCE, SIGNAL, DIV GROUPS:
Don Hering (Hq/134), HCR Box 186A, Spotted Fawn #25,
Keshena, Wl 54135 (715) 799-3240
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Bob Head (Hq/714)
1080 Huffman Way, Kingman, AZ 86401 (520) 757-8234
FAX (520) 692-9304
EDITOR Brad Dressier (C/23)
9330 Clifton Way-Apt 101, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-5903 FAX (310) 276-8997
HISTORIAN Mrs. Marian Miller (Hq-493)
5214 Dumfries Dr., Houston, TX 77096 (713) 723-6706
MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN Bob Payne (B/92)
1014 Circle Dr., Eldersburg, MD 21784 (410) 549-2748
SERVICE OFFICER Walter Thompson (A/134)
2601 Kenzie Terr. #120, Saint Anthony, MN 55418
CHAPLAIN Bill Funke(A/17)
1312 Alford St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524 (303) 482-0255
1995 REUNION CHAIRMAN Don Hering (Hq/134)
1996 REUNION CHAIRMAN Bob Head (Hq/714)
QUARTERMASTER Earl Norris (A/714)
4323 Meadowview Dr., Canton, OH 44718 (216) 494-2445
ROVING AMBASSADOR Kenneth Bradstreet (A/494)
1018 Prairie St., Emporia, KS 66801 (316) 342-8373
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SOUND OFF. . .
The Mayor hit the target.
Mayor Louis Becker of Herrlisheim spoke at the 50th
Anniversary of the Liberation of his city. He spoke from the
heart. This city, which lives in the hearts and minds of most of
the 12th, proved themselves most gracious hosts.
The havoc brought to Herrlisheim 50 years ago has left its
mark, both on the town, its inhabitants and its once-revered
buildings. What happened then is history.
That was then, this is now.
Recovery and a strong will to preserve their heritage and a
desire to commemorate the invasion and destruction of their
lives by an enemy and their subsequent liberation signalizes
the devotion and appreciation of the people of Herrlisheim.
The Mayor acknowledged the debt to the "painful past" and
called on all to "think of the future with courage."
He asked for a "future without conflicts" and with tolerance
For the sake of his and our children, and grandchildren, let
us hope his plea is heard.
We are approaching "reunion time" again. No matter how
many chapter meetings we attend there seems to be something
special about the National.
Perhaps because it's the one time a year when EVERYONE
can get together. There is something stirring about seeing
almost 900 members of the 12th Armored Division stand to
attention when they post colors.
OK, so some of us don't stand that straight any more. Our
heart is in the right place, if not our vertebrae.
It is unfortunate each and every member of the Association
cannot be present at the National.
On second thought, where would we find a hotel big enough?
All along we've been proudly boasting of our 2900 member-
ship. The new membership drive has netted over 175 new
If this keeps up we might have to rent a baseball field. Why
not? They're sure not being used these days.
Sing a Song...
Music. Memories. They're all one.
These days we tend to think more about the past and remem-
ber bits and pieces. Like where you were when you heard a
certain song, or what you were doing, etc. The worst are the
World War II songs. They evoke all kinds of memories. Some
good, some bad.
"Over There"—it was a hit in War I, and came around again
in 1942. It was a great marching song and it will plways be
associated with slogging around Camp Barkeley. Those
"forced" marches before breakfast, with full field packs (full
of empty #10 cans from the kitchen) and the horrendous
appetites that hit the mess hall afterwards.
"I'll Be Seeing You"—unabashedly sentimental, it drove
most GIs crazy. The girl back home became a reality when the
music started. Back then men didn't cry. But there were times
when we sure felt like it.
"Don't Fence Me In"—it was April, 1945, and one of the
tankers picked up Armed Forces radio to learn this was the hit
song that week. No one had ever heard it and we started trying
to imagine what kind of a tune it might be, muttering the
words (there were no singers present) and banging on the side
of the tank in an attempt to find the rhythm. Didn't work
worth a darn.
"The White Cliffs of Dover"—we quickly discovered the
English thought this song was great. None of us had ever seen
the cliffs when we first landed. But its haunting tune and the
burning urge to see the war over with was a universal theme.
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