Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004 Page: 15 of 20
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restoration alone will have cost Mr. Littlefield $1.5 million!
Although it would be impossible to list every vehicle we saw that
day, here are just a few. A French-designed tank that was the first
produced by the Americans in WWI, several types of the M4, in-
cluding the 75mm, 76mm and 105mm versions, M5 and M3 light
tanks, Ml8 and M36 tank destroyers, M26 (90mm) Pershing, per-
sonnel and quad .50 half-tracks, M20 armored car, M26 "Dragon
Wagon" tank transporter and Jeeps. Unfortunately, the M7 and M32
armored recovery vehicle were in an area that we were unable to
visit on this particular day. On the German side, there was a Mark
IV panzer, a Hetzer tank destroyer, two half-tracks, an assault tank,
an amphibious Schimmwagen, a 20mm flak gun, the dreaded 88
and something I'm sure all of you vets will remember, the
"Screaming Mimmie" rocket launcher.
Mr. Littlefield has items dating back to WWI, including, of all
things, one of the propellers from the ship, RMS Lisitania, to the
present, including an Iraqi SCUD missile and its mobile launcher!
For a complete list of the vehicles in his collection, visit
Our tour guide was Mr. Michael Green, who is a successful
journalist and author of military related books. His tour was very
informative and he allowed us all the time we needed to view the
vehicles and ask questions. My personal highlight was when he
asked me if I wanted to go inside the M4A3, which I quickly
jumped at. I have a new found respect for those of you that had to
live in and, more importantly, fight from inside those cramped
quarters. Our group included Mario Rinaldi [C/66J and his son
Dennis, Marvin Bertelson [C/493], Philip Galu [A/4941 and a
friend who served in Italy, Jim Francis [A/23] and John Sampson
Until next month, all the best and keep those letters coming.
495TH ARMORED FIELD ARTILLERY
Lee A. Colbath, 108 Leroy Ave., Darien, CT 06820-3409
Phone (203) 655-2439 Fax (203) 655-2439 E-mail: LColbathl
The reunion date is fast approaching and many will be asking,
"What's, with the unit dinner? Are we having one? When and
where? What's to eat? etc, etc."
Last year I agreed to handle the dinner for the three battalions,
which proved to be a sizeable headache both from the stand point
of making the arrangements but also on being responsible for head
count and food choice. Thanks to much assistance from Bettie
Schultz  we were able to pull it off without to many problems.
This year, due to my wife's physical condition, I am not sure if I
will be able to attend but I will be responsible for our battalion only
as regards number of attendees and menu. I hope to be able to
coordinate with the other battalions so that we will all be together
The menu will most likely be chicken or beef as in the past so I
am asking each and everyone who is planning on attending to let me
know as soon as possible. Price will be in the $20 range. If you
want to send a check for that amount it would be fine. If the dinner
is more or less we can settle any difference at the reunion.
495th Unit Dinner Registration
Menu choice: _
Got a cryptic note from Harlan Helgeson [A] who writes that
his cardiologist has notified him that he is due for his annual stress
test and nuclear scan. Harlan says he is dreading it as he is now over
80 years old and suspects that his doctor is rushing things in order
to purchase a new yacht or plane. Harlan, I would advise looking
around for a new doctor!!
Finally heard again from Adele Benek (Larry [HQ]) after a two
month lapse; not one but two letters plus a get well card. Thanks,
Adele, for thinking of me and thanks for the newsy letters. She and
Larry have a great family, children and grandchildren who are
growing up in the best of "Hellcat Traditions." They were attending
grandson, Joshua Quigley's wedding in Minnesota which is the
reason for not writing. Joshua is a life member of the Association.
Their granddaughter, Erica, is a superstar basketball player at St.
Cloud State University.
Adele says they have tickets for the WWII Memorial Service and
have made reservations for the reunion in Abilene. She also reports
that she talked with Vi Foster [A/493] who is rarin' to go to Abi-
lene as well.
I've been promising another "Episode in the Life of a Bugler" by
Ken Poucher so here it is. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did....
"As I mentioned in the first episode in the Life of a Bugler, Major
Adam Payne was fond of old army type Drum and Bugle Corps
and insisted the 495th have their very own. So at reveille the Drum
and Bugle Corp paraded up and down the battalion street
entertaining Major Payne and the 495th.
"There was a field exercise as I remember called the "Hellcat
Combat Camp" which was a simulated Maginot (actually Siegfried)
line somewhere on the reservation that was the center of the
exercise. We were billeted in pyramidal tents in rows with the 495th
in a row adjacent to the 119th Engineers. We were out bright and
early on the first morning blowing our brains out on order of Major
Payne. The Engineers were not too pleased at our effort as
evidenced by the yells and invectives coming from their tents. Some
of which I had never heard before. I went to the Major and stated
that the Engineers were not too happy with the D & B Corps. He
replied, "We don't need to be concerned about the Engineers," so
the next morning we marched at reveille with the same results as
before except with the added threat that they would turn the fire
hose on us. I reported to the Major what the Engineers were
planning to do but he was unperturbed.
"That evening we noticed that the Engineers had parked a water
truck at the end of the company street. I immediately told the Major
about the truck and suggested that we should dispense with the D
& B Corp in the morning. The Major thought about it for a minute
and then said, "Let's cancel the D & B Corp for the morning."
"Major, that's a great idea," I replied.
The Drum and Bugle Corp was happy, the engineers were happy,
and peace and quiet reigned at the Hellcat camp.
Thanks for the great story, Ken.
There must be some more great stories out there so let's all give
it some thought. Until next month, God Bless
714TH TANK BATTALION
Alice Tankesley, 2410 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
Phone (804) 231-7210 (home) E-mail: email@example.com
Hello again, everyone, hope you are all doing well, and making
plans for the reunion in Abilene in September. Remember, you can
always cancel and request a refund if you are unable to attend.
Hotel reservations can be canceled without penalty, I believe up
until 6 p.m. of the day of your arrival.
I was talking to John Critzas [A] about plans, and mentioned
that I thought I might fly to Dallas, and rent a car and drive to
Abilene, as I have never been to Texas, and would like to see a bit
of it. John chuckled a bit, and advised that about all I would see
would be the interstate, so I decided to take the connecting flight on
to Abilene. John and his wife Ruby recently had breakfast with Bill
Funke [17/A] and his wife Lola, and Harold Kirshner [17/MD].
John's granddaughter was christened a few weeks ago, and was a
perfect little lady through the whole Greek Orthodox ceremony,
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