Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004 Page: 17 of 20
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building a fabulous museum, that it all dries up and goes for naught!
This doesn't have to happen! We are doing OK for the next
couple years and I've included our MUSEUM FINANCIAL
STATEMENT for your review. What I plan to do when I 'buy the
farm' is first and foremost provide for my wife and family and then
make a bequest to the museum. There are several ways that this can
be done but probably the easiest is to state how much you want to
give and have your attorney include it in your will. On the sheet
titled "GENERAL PURPOSE BEQUEST," you can sign that form
and mail it back to me in the envelope provided.
Another tool you can use is your IRA. You know the one the
government says, "OK you're over 70-1/2 and you must make an
annual withdrawal" ...which of course costs you about 1/3 of
whatever you take out in taxes. It is possible to donate your IRA to
the museum at your death and the full amount will go tax free to our
Allow me to change the subject for a minute. I am happy to say
that the museum is decidedly controlled by the Veterans of the 12th
Armored Division and on the same sheet as the bequest form is a
listing of who really "runs the show." The future of the museum is
in our hands.
World War II ended almost 60 years ago and the TV stations still
show the history of Hitler and his goose-stepping German army.
The movies Patton, Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, etc.,
have all been very popular. Our museum reflects what one Armored
Division of the United States Army did to bring World War II to a
conclusion. We are still the ONLY Armored Division with a
museum dedicated exclusively to the 12th Armored Division.
Referring to the 2003 MUSEUM FINANCIAL STATEMENT,
you can see that our building mortgage is almost totally paid up
(note payable to Lone Star Gas of $53,071.77) and our note to
ACU requires only one more payment in September 2004 and it too
is totally liquidated. (We paid $14,752.00 on March 1, 2004.) So
you see, with these two items gone, our total liabilities are ZERO.
What remains is our two-man staff (about $52,000 per year taxes
included) along with overhead items such as heat, light, rent, etc.,
approximately $30,000/year. So realistically it will cost about
$80,000 to $90,000 per year to maintain our facility.
Your response last year (2003) on our KIA Gold Starred
Memorial Paver program was phenomenal. We still have a few
more to go to completely honor the comrades we left behind and I
think we can complete the program before our 58th National
Reunion. We OWE the men that went over with us and didn't come
back this one last honor...a gold starred memorial paver in our
I'll leave you with this one final thought ...if you sincerely want
to prolong the rich legacy of the 12th Armored so that your family
and their children can learn what "Grandpa" really did during the
War, consider signing the enclosed "GENERAL PURPOSE BE-
QUEST" and fill in an amount you will be comfortable with for
preserving our legacy after your departure from this planet. I realize
for some of you it will not be possible to attend our 58th Reunion
in Abilene. For those of you that can, I shall look forward to once
again sharing some time together.
Yours in Comradeship,
John E. Critzas, Gunner
A Company 714th Tank Battalion
P.S. For many of us, death is a very difficult subject to deal with.
There is a great deal of satisfaction in perpetuating our ideals of
freedom. Our Memorial Museum tells this story as only COMBAT
VETERANS can tell it. Join with me in this venture and let's keep
our history alive...we can do it!
GENERAL PURPOSE UNRESTRICTED BEQUEST
I give to the 12th ARMORED DIVISION MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOUNDATION, INC., a Texas Corporation, for its general
purposes, the sum of $ .
SIGN AND RETURN THIS PART
cut along dotted line
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"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. "
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum Foundation, Inc.
Officers / Board of Directors
John E. Critzas, President/Director
A Co. 714th Tank Bn
St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Colleen Durrington, Vice President/Director
F. George Hatt, Jr., Secretary/Director
A Co. 17th AIB
Fort Worth, Texas
Robert F. Hoeweler, Treasurer/Director
C Co. 66th AIB
Raymond B. Ince, Director
Combat Command A
San Antonio, Texas
Karolyn (Wilmeth) Hendrix, Director
David Stubbeman, Director
Dr. Dwayne Van Rheenen, Director
This Director's position remains unfilled
John Ferguson, Museum Curator/Ex-Officio Director, Abilene, Texas
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