Hellcat News, (Sheridan, Wyo.), Vol. 54, No. 10, Ed. 1, June 2001 Page: 1 of 24
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I would like to tell you of a very good experience that happened
A friend of mine asked me to talk to her grandson, because his
class had to interview a veteran and write about World War II. I was
the only vet she knew. I met with her grandson and gave him the
video of my experiences, and the 12th Prisoner of War book.
They showed the video at the 6th grade class. 6th graders are
about 12 years old. I got 18 letters from these 12-year-olds, each
asking me to come to their class and tell them more.
Today I went to the school, not really comfortable as to what to
say to these young children. I didn't want to frighten them.
I was very pleased, and surprised, by what happened. I was very
surprised how attentive, and how much interest there was in what
I said. They asked questions for 45 minutes.
I was surprised how disgusted they were with their grandfathers
because they wouldn't tell them about their World War II experi-
ences. (Note - If you are one of these veterans, think about this.)
I got brave and wanted to see their reaction to the question: Can
what happened in Germany, happen in the U.S.A.? I did a brief on
how Hitler gained power as a dictator. I went through our Consti-
tution, the separation of power, which makes it more difficult in the
U.S.A. to gain dictator power. I went through the need to keep our
Constitution, to prevent a German occurrence in the U.S.A. Since
most of the children were of German descent, I told them that I was
of German descent, and veiy ashamed of my ancestors, and they
should be also.
I wasn't too sure of their reaction, and whether or not I was way
over their heads. Their grasp of what I said amazed me.
It was a very rewarding experience for me.
I thank the following for accepting responsibilities for our
reunion and dedication meetings.
2001 Reunion and Dedication Committee: Hotel-Hospitality
Rooms, Bob Payne; Unit Dinners, Bob Payne and Unit Reps;
Invocations-Memorial Services, Bill Funke; Registration, Maurice
Glover; Main Speaker, Andy Woods; Ladies Luncheon, Mrs. John
Critzas; Publicity, John Critzas; Booths-Parade, Dr. Williams;
Museum Guides-Gift Shop, Dr. Williams; Gift-printing program
and memorial program, Bob Hoeweler; Transportation-Airlines to
and from Abilene, Bob Payne; Civic Center Arrangements, Gil
Heine; Parade-Veterans Affair-Jimmy DeFoor, George Hatt and
Marvin Drum; Dedication Programs-Parade and Banquet, Bob
Hoeweler and all other committee members.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Steve Czecha for supplying POW
material for our museum.
Steve spent hours, weeks, in the National Archives in College
Park, MD, finding and copying official information on POW
camps. He has 220 pages of legal-size material, and 43 pictures
His data will more than fill the space allocated for POW history.
Good work, Steve.
Also, Dale Washburn is compiling information for the ASTP
section. We need everybody's help.
- Bob Hoeweler, President
494TH ARMORED FIELD ARTILLERY
Ken Bradstreet, 1018 Prairie Street, Emporia, KS 66801
Phone (316) 342-8373
Hello to all!
Sad news first. Evelyn Glontz [SV] reports that David answered
the final roll call on April 6, 2001. David A. Glontz was First
Soldier of Service Battery and received a 2nd Lieutenant's com-
mission during overseas service.
He was buried with Military Honors at Stewart Run Cemetery
near Titusville, PA. David was 90 years old. Survivors are his wife
Evelyn, one son, Dr. Gary Glontz, two daughters, Wynne and
Dawn, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a sister,
Edna. A brother and three sisters preceded him in death. We will all
miss Dave and offer our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Evelyn and
Shirley McGeary [B] has a new address: 1205 N. Arrowhead
Dr., Payson, AZ 85541.
Kate Cassady [B] called and said she is gathering B Battery
folks to attend the National Reunion in Abilene.
We hope to see you all there to dedicate the 12th Armored Divi-
sion Memorial Museum. A dedicated group of Hellcats and Hell-
kittens have gathered volunteers from all walks of life to do a lot of
the work. The best way to thank them is to do it in person. John
Critzas, George Hatt, Maurice Glover, Bob Hoeweler, Marvin
Drum have given many hours to making the museum dream come
alive. Let's get the plans to attend in action. Ruth and I, God
willing, will be there and hope that all of the 494th will meet us in
Until next month, may God bless you all.
This is the home of the 12th Armored Division Memorial
Museum, now being prepared for the dedication on Oct 6,
2001, during the annual National Reunion in Abilene, TX. lt
wilt house the individual Brick Pavers that members have
paid for, as well as exhibits representing each unit of the
division. It is located at 1289 North 2nd St, Abilene.
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