Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004 Page: 11 of 20
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The sign that adorned the bridge over the Danube in Dillingen.
Wayne B. Johnson [A/119] sent in the photo.
that's the way I am so keep at it.
We have some good news thanks to a few of you Hellcats, seven
to be exact, that we have 25 payers at our museum in Abilene. Jules
paid for 15 of the pavers so if you planned to send in a donation, I
think it would be a good idea to send your check to Jules. We had
a total of 25 KIAs to honor.
We have two 2nd generation members living in Abilene; they are
Sterling and Hudson Beard. Sterling is working on becoming an
Eagle Scout and he is using our history as his topic. Sterling is
working with John Ferguson, the museum curator, to fmish his
Hudson Beard is the young man that helped carry the 119th flag
in the parade when the museum was first opened to the public.
Their mother, Jane, was the Scoutmaster.
This is the time to make your reservation for our reunion in
September. Bernie and I made our plane reservation today. If you
make your reservation for your airline tickets be careful because I
ordered my ticket to get out of Dallas early in the morning but I
forgot that I had to get from Abilene first so we will have to catch
a 5:45 flight in the morning.
John Kerr sent in a check for $300 for three names to go into
the paver area in the 119th area. This is in the area for the living or
deceased members, not for the KIAs.
Sam and Mary are now planning for their granddaughter's
Joseph Schmitzer is now the big 85. His wife passed away in
1998. Joe was in Co. A and I remember him well, he was quiet but
he had that look in his eye that said, don't give me a bad time.
Ralph Brown of HQ Co. has passed away. This news came from
John Critzas wants all to know that you can still order a paver
for yourself or a departed buddy.
Joe P. Parkison and Wayne B. Johnson check in with your ex-
Rep once and awhile and they are doing just fine.
The hotels noted in the HCN for our reunion are filling up fast so
you had better get on the ball and order yours. I have not heard
from Jules about any 119th hospitality room so we will get
something set up by then.
We have been very lucky to have had good leadership over the
years. The Unit Reps and officers keep us going year after year.
When you attend a reunion you will be surprised to find that most
of the members and their wives are in good shape. There are a few
like John Critzas that must have a hidden fountain of youth.
This will be the last reunion of the Rhin et Danube Association
in France; it will be held in the City of Colmar on their 60th
anniversary of their liberation. My granddaughter and I am planning
on being there. We will also visit Herrlisheim. The people there are
always happy to us greet us and show us their town once again. I
would like to contact anyone that may be planning making the trip.
My e-mail address is email@example.com.
Remember when? The times we marched down to the parade
grounds in just our GI underwear for our exercise and the road
guards had to run up to the next intersection to stop traffic. The cars
held the girls that were coming to work at the Post Exchange.
When at the end of a very hot day we would go into the day room
where there was a Coke machine that served Coke that was half ice.
That one pass we had in New York City where it rained so hard
it filled our shoes with water.
When we went up the gang plant loaded with our rifle, pack sack,
gas mask as well as our duffle bag and a Red Cross lady put a
candy bar in our pocket and when we got down to our sleeping area,
where it was very hot, we could feel that bar melt in our pocket.
When we pulled into Luneville and got out of our halftrack one
of the squads got out of their's and dropped like flies because they
had a leak in their exhaust pipe, they were ok.
The time we tried to take the City Bitche. Recon told us that there
was only one 88mm at the church in town. When we got about one
mile from town our tanks were lined up in a line and the Germans
set about five of them on fire at once. My tank was named Helen
the 2nd, the tank next to ours was hit and one man got out with his
face bleeding and asked if we had an extra weapon because he
wanted to help get the people that hit his tank and killed his
The time Capt. Cottor had us fall out and had a young lady and
her mother walk through our ranks and try and find the GI that was
about to make the mother a grandmother.
134TH ARMORED ORDNANCE RATTALION
Donald J. Hering, 1029 Guthrie Road #2, Waukesha, Wl 53186
Phone (262) 547-0610
Hi to everyone out there! We hope you are all doing well, at least
as good as can be expected at our ages. Marge and I have our usual
problems but doing OK.
Haven't heard from many of our 134th members about the
reunion as yet but did talk with Leoda Aten, widow of Woody of
HQ and C, and she plans to be there. Her friend, Eloise, won't be
with her because she won't fly. Hope that's not the case with many
She also said Earle Hoyt [HQ], who is a good friend of her and
Woody's from their camp days, will be there. He is in good health
and a very active person. Leoda attended the Northeastern Chapter
meeting with Eloise and how fortunate for them that it is only 45
miles from their home. In June she goes out to Iowa for a family
reunion and to spend time with her family. She anxiously looks
forward to our Abilene Reunion in September.
Talked to John Critzas, our reunion chairman, and he says
reservations are coming in very slowly and he stresses that your
money will be refunded if for some reason you need to cancel out.
The business meetings, ladies luncheon, other luncheons and
Saturday night banquet will be held at the Ambassador Hotel. Unit
dinners can be held at all hotels but we will compare menus and
prices and let you know about that as soon as possible.
Had a surprise call from Marge Lasee  who has a terrible
cold since returning from the North Central Chapter meeting. Said
she and Wendy had a good time as always but there were only 37
there. Our groups seem to be getting smaller as these golden years
creep up on us. The second generation hosted that reunion with
assistance and will also host next year's in Grand Rapids, SD. Good
to see the younger people helping out in this way.
Had a phone conversation with Lee Mizen. Jim [A] and they
would like to go to Abilene but have to see how Jim does with
three-days-a-week therapy on his leg so that he can walk better. I
know they never miss the Nationals but have to wait and see on this
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