Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004 Page: 10 of 20
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92ND CAVALRY RECON (Mecz)
A. B. "Charlie" Comingore, 2203 Harper Street Newberry, SC 29108
Phone (803) 276-1065 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate Rep: Robert P. Payne, 1014 Circle Dr., Eldersburg, MD 21784
Phone (410) 549-2748 E-mail: Rppayne12tharmored@yahoo.com
Here it is the 25th of May and I am just starting this July issue.
I am feeling better every day I believe. If this keeps up I will be
back on the golf course one day soon. I haven't played since last
September. I never was any good at the game but I like to try.
FROM THE MAIL BAG: Joe Barnack [D] writes that he is fine
and hopes to see everyone in Abilene.
Carold and Doris Bland [F] write that they are looking forward
to the trip to Washington, DC, and the WWII Memorial. They say
their daughter-in-law, who was at death's door, is now recovering
Carold went turkey hunting in April and bagged a 25 Vi lb. Tom
turkey. That is the second largest he ever got; the largest was 26
lbs. They visited Carold's brother in Harrison, AR, and spent one
whole day at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. They also visited
another brother and wife in Clinton, MO, before returning home.
Don (Dugan) and Louise Doolittle [C]. Dugan writes that the
picture of the statue of the CCC guy brought back memories to him.
He was a member of the triple C's for two years from '38 to '40. He
says two years was as long as you could stay in the C's and he spent
most of his time in Oregon and Idaho. He was in a fire fighting
outfit and spent about eight months in tent camps and the rest in
barracks. Don says he was a private the first six months and was
paid $30 a month. Later he was company clerk and received $36 a
month. But as a sergeant, when he was PX Steward, he got $45 a
month. They had an allotment taken out of that, but cigarettes were
10 cents a pack and Bull Durham was five cents including papers.
Don turned 84 in April. He and Louise celebrated their 61st
wedding anniversary. Congratulations folks.
SITE OF MAIN ENTRANCE TO CAMP BARKELEY. ONE OF THE
NATION'S LARGEST MILITARY CAMPS OF WORLD WAR^L
AT PEAK 60.000 MEN WERE IN TRAINING HERE. NAMED FOR
PVT. DAVID E. BARKELEY OF THE 89TH DIVISION WHO DIED
ON A SECRET SCOUTING EXPEDITION BEHIND GERMAN LINES
DURING THE MEUSE - ARGONNE eATTLE OF WORLD WAR I
AMONG FAMOUS UNITS TRAINED HERE WERE THE 45THI AND
90TH INFANTRY DIVISIONS AND THE 11TH AND 12TH ARMORED.
A MEDICAL REPLACEMENT TRAINING CENTER.THE LARGEST
IN THE COUNTRY. WAS ALSO ESTABLISHED HERE, WITH .15
BATTALIONS. IN MAY.1942.THE MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE
CORPS OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL WAS ACTIVATED AND
GRADUATED ABOUT 12.500 CANDIDATES.
CAMP BARKELEY EVENTUALLY GREW TO BE A COMPLETE
CITY UNIT TWICE THE SIZE OF ABILENE OF THE 194 0"$.
IT HAD A 2 300-BED HOSPITAL. 2 COID STORAGE PLANTS,
A BAKERY." 4 THEATERS.2 SERVICE CLUBS FOR ENLISTED
MEN. 15 CHAPELS. AND 33 POST EXCHANGE BUILDINGS.
THE MILITARY PERSONNEL WERE HOUSED IN HUTMENTS,
EXCEPT FOR SOME 4.000 IN BARRACKS. PART OF THE POST
WAS ALSO A GERMAN PRiSONER-OF-WAR CAMP. ONCE SOME
OF THE PRISONERS ESCAPED.TO THE ALARM OF ABILENE
CITIZENS. AND OTHERS ATTEMPTED TO TUNNEL UNDER THE
FENCES. CAMP BARKELEY WAS DECLARED SURPLUS IN 1945.
Frank Rumph [A] writes that he was scheduled for hernia repair
on 20 May. He called the doctor's office in the morning to find out
where to report. The nurse said she called his wife and told her that
his operation had been moved to Friday 21 May at 10 a.m. When
Frank assured her he didn't have a wife, the nurse said, "My gosh,
I wonder who I talked to."
Frank did go at the right time and the doctor said it was bigger
than they had thought and kept Frank overnight. It worked out ok
because his son was visiting from New York and took him there
and picked him up. Frank says he is doing alright now but he must
refrain from coughing.
Frank says all winter long he was planning to go see Norm
Wangen and Norm Brouse Mid when he finally called them they
were back up North. He says Norm Wangen was a radio operator
in an armored car. Frank says he wonders what happened to all the
armored cars. He has seem every other type of vehicle but no
armored cars. He says maybe none of them survived the war. He is
planning on going to Abilene in September. We look forward to
seeing you there, Frank.
Tom and Nola McKnight [HQ] e-mailed that they will be
watching the simulcast of the WW II Memorial dedication and
looking for any 12th Armored Troopers. Tom, we will not be there.
We will be going there on June 19 and 20 with a group of 12th
troopers and wives. Tom says Memphis has a Minor League Ball
Park and the local Chamber of Commerce thinks it is the best in the
Nation. That ball park is where they will be watching the opening
ceremonies of the memorial. They will be wearing their 12th AD
hats with pride that day.
Judy Jansky, daughter of Herb Short [A], sent an e-mail that
she and her husband were planning on being in Abilene in
September. She wanted to know if we had any agenda as yet. I have
been calling the hotel and they have promised they were sending me
by e-mail copies of the menu for our Friday night dinner, however
I haven't received any yet.
Ken and Judy Knorr [A] write that they enjoyed the Eastern
Chapter meeting, but they were disappointed because there were
only 63 people there. They could hardly believe it, and the room
looked empty when they sat down to eat. They had 14 that canceled
out at the end. He says they sat down with our president Jim Feezel
and his wife, Alice. Ken says his wife, Judy, won the door prize of
two free nights in the drawing and Ken got the last ticket to be
drawn and won the Country Cupboard gift basket, which was very
nice. He says everyone had a good time but they are all played out
from talking so much.
Ken's son is a member of the American Legion at Dillsburg, PA,
and now Ken has been invited to their post for a Memorial Day
tribute to all vets. They will be showing the services for the WWII
Memorial in DC on a big screen tv.
ABILENE REUNION: By the time you receive this we will be
getting short on time for the reunion. We will have a Friday night,
Squadron dinner buffet. The latest price I have been given is $22.25
each. It will be a full buffet and will include the chefs sweet table.
It looks like we will have to pay for our hospitality room. So, it is
time to send in your reservation for Friday night, $22.25 each, and
if you can help with the hospitality room it will be appreciated.
That about wraps it up for this month. It is great to be a Hellcat
or Hellkitten. Remember God loves you and so do we.
Historical Marker at what was once an entrance to Camp
Barkeiey outside of Abilene, TX. Photo by Ed Domanoski [F/92]
119TH ARMORED ENGINEER BATTALION
Jule Tervay, 5214 Dumfries Dr., Houston, TX 77096
Phone/Fax (713) 723-6706 Cell 724-4957 E-mail: email@example.com
Greetings Hellcats and Hellkittens. Jules has asked your very old
ex-Rep to fill in for him and Marion while they are on another
vacation. I have been what they call out of the loop for a long time,
so bear with me.
Bob Head used to tell me that I fractured the king's English but
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Twelfth Armored Division Association (U.S.). Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004, newspaper, July 2004; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410537/m1/10/?q=12th%20Armored%20Memorial%20Museum: accessed August 9, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.