Hellcat News, (Fullerton, Calif.), Vol. 57, No. 11, Ed. 1, July 2004 Page: 5 of 20
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The Luzader flag that hung in the window during World War II
indicated two in the armed service. Blue stars were for GIs in
the service, and gold stars indicated that a serviceman was
been written about this mix up that I will not expound on it. Phil
was in hopes the Div/Arty gang could have another mini reunion.
We will work on it.
Trudie and Len Owen [DIV/ARTY] called volunteering to
bring goodies for the hospitality room in Abilene. They have been a
big help at previous reunions and did a great job in Pensacola. I told
them we would have to play it by ear as at this time many details in
Abilene are not resolved.
Pete Higbie [DIV/ARTY] called that they plan to be in Indy and
would drop in Friday morning, May 28, for breakfast. We are
delighted! Any of you coming through Indy should give us a call
and stop by if we are home.
There are a number of things that need to be resolved. Please
send me or bring me your thoughts on the following:
1. Selection of a new Unit Rep.
2. Should the association continue to have National Reunions
after #60 in 2005?
3. What needs to be done with the treasury of the association if
the association dissolves?
4. As second and third generation members, can or will you
publish the Hellcat News and have reunions?
5. Should future meetings be only on a regional basis because of
These are just a few issues that need to be resolved. In my
opinion, I believe we should disband the association. I do not want
to impose my theories on you, but it is getting more and more
difficult for me to act as your Unit Rep. Except for the Div/Arty
gang I get very little input. CCA gets in touch once in awhile. The
rest of the companies either don't read the paper or don't care about
it. I am of the opinion we need changes. Please let me know your
The above may not sound like it, but it is really great to be a
Hellcat. I will give any help needed to the new Unit Rep. Hope to
see you in Abilene.
17TH ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION
William "Bill" Funke, 1312 Afford Street Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Phone (970) 482-0255
Happy Fourth of July to all you kids at heart as you remember
4ths past and the good times you had. Of course, that was before all
the restrictions, laws and gigantic and expensive community
displays. But we also had speeches in the park, picnics, and maybe
a parade or two, a band concert, and maybe a fair.
Now it is a time for an extra day off (why do retirees need an
extra day off?) and a time to crowd into a mall. Certainly some of
your communities are different as (I am proud to say) is Fort Col-
lins, CO. It is a big deal. Hope you were able to have a fine time
and partake of the OOHs and AHHs during some firework displays.
This has been quite a month for the Funke family. Seldom do
you hear much about this group (matter of policy) but this month is
different. Some trips are exciting and pleasing but this one of
almost four weeks was a hellcat. Now "whoa back" just a second
and don't get perturbed thinking the trip was less than great. Let me
rephrase a statement. It was a HELLCAT trip. Now do you get the
idea? No? Guess an explanation is in order. So read on.
After a trip to Valparaiso to attend a grandson's graduation we
went south to Rochester, (no, no, no, not Minnesota or New York)
Indiana, the home of Glenn Cleland [HQ]. He is doing fine, looks
great (I didn't say pretty) and his great spirit shows through his
conversations. He called his daughter Linda to come meet us. This
lovely lady lives 60 miles away. If you want to feel important, have
someone drive 120 miles just to meet you. Probably have had
people drive 120 miles out of the way to avoid a meeting, but this
was exciting. He lifted our spirits. HHO. After a couple hours of
"most important" conversation and a great lunch together we parted
hoping we will meet again in Abilene.
Next destination was Irvington, IL, home of George Webb [B].
When asked why he chose to live in this very small town after
working for Magnavox for so many years, he replied, "he, and [his
late wife] Annabel wanted to be someplace almost like a farm, but
without the chores." Or something to that effect. Once again a fine
buffet lunch was provided by "good ole" George. This is an
interesting man who has done a lot of interesting things, reads a lot
and likes to discuss many items. George looks fine and still moves
around the area a lot. Incidentally, if any of you Illinois type
Hellcats are looking for a companion rider to Abilene, contact
George. He might be your man.
You may recall that George's daughter flies with American
Airlines and was one of the people who flew troops to Iraq when
the government leased (guess that is the word) domestic airliners for
transportation. He said while on those trips she was in full military
garb and therefore must have been under military control.
One of George's pastime activities is playing the violin. Don't
think he said anything about being a hoe-down fiddler. George still
talks with school children and has received recognition for this
activity, and has served as commander for an Illinois chapter of Ex-
POWs. Here again was a Hellcat buddy lifting our spirits. HHO.
On to St. Louis, not to relax, but to visit more elite folks. This
time it was Sam and Sylvia Tessler [C] who met us at the "Five
Star" Bob Evans restaurant. Do you get the feeling that all we
Hellcats do is eat? These are neat people who enjoy attending the
reunions, but this year they will be missing because of the Jewish
holidays. This happened several years ago and since then the
council has tried to stay off those days, but when these holidays fall
at different times, and hotels are available only certain times, it is
difficult to manage. So sorry this problem arose!!! You will all be
missed. Sam says he watches a lot of television after retiring from
business in an appliance operation.
Don't abandon us yet neighbors. There is more, and the more
started with a breakfast with Hal Kirchner [MD] and John and
Ruby Critzas [A/714]. Hal has recently moved to a different home.
In spite of not moving very fast as the result of a stroke, his
infectious and warm grin is still part of his persona and it was good
for us. HHO.
John and Ruby Critzas are always a delight to be around and the
time with them was great fun. By now you have received the letter
from him about the museum. As he explained, he would like
consideration of the proposal and probably we will hear much more
about it at the reunion. HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVA-
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