Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004 Page: 14 of 20
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Above are the 16 Hellcats from the 493rd at the North Central
Chapter meeting. See the 493rd column by Jess Rollin for iden-
all of us who remember comrades who have left us in body but will
always be with us in our hearts and minds. I act as the master of
ceremonies at one of our local cemeteries for our veterans organi-
zations where we pay our respects to those who have answered their
last roll call. I still choke up when they play taps.
Due to the fact I am a little late with this column, a picture of the
16 hellcats attended the North Central Chapter meeting held in
Grand Rapids, MN, is included.
They are, front row left to right: Andrew Flex [SV/I7], Steve
Tratnik [C/493], Art Hanson [A/17], Bob Grebl [B/66], Jim Buhr
[HQ/CCB], Carl Zutz [A/66], Ira Yates [C/714]; back row left to
right: Ward McGill [B/66], Orin Smith [HQ/CCA], Ray Pieterick
[HQ/92], Frank Kurtyka [SG/152], Neil Gregor [HQ/56], Herman
Knuppel [SG/152], Elmer Heinichen [SV/56], Bob Cooper
[HQ/17], Nick Glumac [HQ/CCB].
Vi Foster called to give us her zip code (15131) which is in-
correct in the division roster. Dorothy Panach called to tell us
Paul had bypass surgery and a valve replacement. He is getting
along good and we hope he will be in good shape before long and
attending the meetings of the division. Jane and I attended the
Eastern Chapter meeting the first weekend in May. There was only
68 at the meeting due to some late cancellations. The 493rd was in
fair numbers (12). They were Porter and Betty Hamrick, Don
Betz, Peter Betz, Denny Betz, Peter Betz Jr., Helena Betz Jr.,
Christine (Betz) and B. J. Lokitis, Sue Betz, and Jane and I.
Marvin Bertelson sent a note and I'll quote, "Lois and I attended
the 12th ADA Western in Sacramento and had a fine time. We had
a good attendance and plenty of food. A barbershop quartet
entertained the group and I even joined in on a couple of songs. I
have not had much success in forming a quartet for the reunion at
the National. Can you dig up some singers for me? I am interested
in the 'Landsberg KZ' by Herb Arenz. I don't believe I have seen
it. I am still busy speaking at schools with a survivor from Dachau.
We spoke to a group at Travis Air Force Base recently. The
Remembrance Day was organized by Chaplain Ryan. The Wing
Commander was a woman, which I find it strange."
Well, Marvin, I have received some other requests for the
Landsberg article. So I am going to try and include it in this
column. This is one of the WWII reminiscences compiled by Dale
This will conclude my column this month so I will close with the
usual salutation and universal truth, HELLCATS AND KITTENS
494TH ARMORED FIELD ARTILLERY
Ted N. Glogovac, 5847 Falon Way, San Jose, CA 95123
Phone (408) 226-3114 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Independence Day! I would like to start this month's
column off by thanking all of the veterans, widows and family
members who have shared their information, or that of a loved one,
regarding their time in the 494th. Whether you filled out the entire
questionnaire, identified comrades in the battery photos or simply
wrote to share a few pieces of information about a deceased loved
one, all of your responses are invaluable to the process of compiling
a history of the battalion. For those of you that also sent such things
as wartime documents, personal photos and copies of discharge
papers, those extra tidbits are tremendously useful and greatly
appreciated. If you haven't responded yet, it's not too late.
Regardless of how much information you can provide or even if
you can simply drop a line to let me know that writing is too
difficult and you would prefer a phone call instead, I would love to
hear from you.
Speaking of hearing from people, I received a very nice packet
from Mrs. Mary Craig, whose late husband, William L. Craig,
was a member of C Company, 119th Armored Engineer Battalion.
She had noticed the photo of the pontoon bridge in the 494th
column of the May 2004 issue of the Hellcat News and my
accompanying question asking where exactly the photo was taken
and which unit had built the bridge. The detailed letter, photos and
news clipping that Mrs. Craig so kindly provided more than verify
that the bridge was in fact over the Cumberland River and built as
part of the Tennessee maneuvers. Since the unmarked photo was
from my late father's collection, I appreciate the help in solving this
I also received an email message from Jeff Oswalt, whose late
father-in-law, Ray F. Plummer, was in A Battery. Jeff is looking
for information on Ray's wartime service and would like to hear
from anyone who either knew him personally or has general infor-
mation to share. Hopefully, someone out there can help. If so, Jeff
would like to hear from you. He can be reached by email at
email@example.com or contact me and I'll forward the information.
On a sadder note, Mrs. Kathleen Cassady sent a letter to inform
all of us that her husband, Leslie A. Cassady [B], passed away on
March 13, 2004. Leslie was a member of the 494th for its entire
existence as well as a long-time member of the 12th Armored
Division Association. He is survived by Kathleen, their five chil-
dren, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Kathleen notes
that Leslie enjoyed attending the reunions and was always happy for
the opportunity to see his army buddies. Our thoughts are with
Kathleen and her family.
This past May, several of us here in the Bay Area had a unique
opportunity to visit the private armor and military vehicle collection
belonging to a Mr. Jacques Littlefield. Starting as a young man, Mr.
Littlefield expressed a deep interest in tanks and other fighting
vehicles. This interest turned into a passion during his days at
Stanford University where he spent much of his time tinkering in
the engineering department lab and shop facilities. He purchased his
first tank over 30 years ago and now has amassed a collection that
numbers almost 200 tanks, armored cars, trucks and other vehicles.
This collection, which resides in four immaculate garages built on
the 500 acres where Mr. Littlefield lives, is perhaps the largest
owned by a private individual in the world.
The vehicles in the collection are gathered from all over the
world. Once in his hands, Mr. Littlefield's staff of mechanics and
restoration specialists uses the impressive onsite shop facilities to
bring the vehicles back to original operating condition, or as close
as is feasibly possible. In fact, while on our visit, we saw a German
Mark V "Panther" tank, which had spent years buried in the Polish
mud after a failed river crossing and subsequent attempt by the
retreating Germans to blow it up, being restored from top to
bottom. When it's finished in 2-3 years, it is expected that the
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