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More memories are forthcoming from C/66 buddy Charlie Fitts.
An e-mail from our Prisoner of War buddy back in May, Subject:
Fitts wrote, "I've always helped around our homes with the
chores - that's the way I was raised. Since losing Jane, my 'chore
time' seems to have greatly increased, especially the 'kitchen time.'
"Cleaning up the messes I make doesn't really bother me but one
thing from our POW life surfaces after ever meal. Usually there are
a few bites of one thing or another left over and neither my animals
- Labrador dog and Persian cat - need them and it's not enough to
save for another meal, so I'm faced with jamming them down my
throat with my finger or throwing them away.
"When something is thrown away, it's done reluctantly as I still
remember those days when we were actually starving and would eat
most anything that was edible. I really do still feel guilt when the
disposal grinds it up and washes it away. Most folks in this country
never experience 'sure nufF hunger as we did. I'm mighty glad none
in my family have. To skip or miss a meal is one thing, but never
getting enough to satisfy your hunger over a period of weeks is
something else. Do you still feel guilty when you leave something
on your plate?" How many XPOWs remember this feeling?
A phone call to the Bob and Leona Kampling [C] back in May
informs us that our buddy Bob is slowly progressing. He is
improved enough that they have made their reservations for the
Abilene reunion. That's the kind of news that this column likes to
report. Everyone will look forward to having all the Kampling
family with us in September.
A couple of phone calls from B company buddy Bob Grebl. Bob
said that he was busy getting all his garden planted, especially the
tomatoes, and then would be making plans to attend the North
Central Chapter Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. Bob and Rosie have
been attending that meeting for several years and always enjoy it so
Again sad news must be reported. An e-mail note from Michelle
Jungerberg informs of the death of her father Arvin Jungerberg
[A] back on May 1. The 66th sends our sincere condolences to
Arvin's wife, Doris, and the Jungerberg family.
More bad news has been received from Paula J. Everett-
Arvedson informing the 66th that her father Paul [CaseyJ Everett
[B] had passed away back on July 13, 2003, of complications
following a massive heart attack. Then his wife, Marty, of more
than 60 years, passed away just one week later on July 20. Paula
said that her father had attended several reunions and she remem-
bered that he had enjoyed them very much. She sent along e-mail
pictures of Paul and Mary taken during WW2 and also pictures just
a few months before they died. The 66th sends belated condolences
to Paula and the Everett family.
Ken Kleindinst reports that he noticed on the 12th Armored
Division Bulletin Board a request from Alan Sitek for information
GREAT CRUSADE TOWARD WHICH WE HAVE STRIVEN THESE
MANY MONTHS.THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON YOU...
I HAVE FUI4 CONFIDENCE IN YOUR COURAGE,
DEVOTION TO DUTY AND SKILL IN BATTLE,
, -v- :* t-" ^
Weston (Muscles) Emery [C/66] with his son and grandson at
the WWII Memorial two weeks before the unveiling.
on his father Walter Sitek, who was a rifleman in our own C
Company. Ken forwarded the request on to this Unit Rep and we
have contacted Alan regarding his father. Sitek was in our rifle
squad in Camp Barkeley and after we arrived in Europe. Our
memories of Walter will be passed along to his son.
At this time the 66th KIA paver program continues to progress.
A recent e-mail from Ken Kleindinst to Lynn Walker [C] verifying
that Lynn is still matching any pavers purchased for A Company.
It appears that A Company is nearing completion at this point.
Carl Zutz [AJ has volunteered to purchase ten more pavers for
the 66th. Carl had called John Critzas [A/714] regarding the status
of the 66th paver program. At the date of his call he was informed
that there were 21 pavers remaining for the 66th. Carl said, "Let's
just get the 66th finished," and volunteered to purchase 10 of those
KIA pavers that are remaining. The 66th owes a special Thank You
to Fitts, Walker, Zutz and many others for their continued efforts
in getting the 66th KIA Paver Program finished before the reunion.
It sure looks like the project will be completed before we all get to
Abilene in September.
The reunion chairman John Critzas has informed all Unit Reps
that after this month's News there will remain only the July and
August issue before reunion time.
Everyone is urged to get their reservations in now. Fill out the
ABILENE REUNION REGISTRATION FORM and get it mailed
in. There will not be a hotel registration form but there will be a
choice of hotels with toll free numbers and prices clearly stated.
Everyone will make their own hotel reservations.
All 66th members are urged to get their plans made to be at the
reunion in Abilene in September. If you haven't seen your Twelfth
Armored Division Museum this will be your chance. You will be
glad you did because "IT'S GREAT TO BE A HELLCAT!"
82ND ARMORED MEDICAL BATTALION
Max S. Eagelfeld, 16 Jason Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Phone (914) 834-0460 E-mail: Hondalover@aol.com
NO COLUMN THIS MONTH.
The halftrack remembered. This is C/66 moving into action in
Germany in 1944. Does anyone remember these soldiers?
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