Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 61, No. 9, Ed. 1, May 2008 Page: 3 of 24
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The month of May is here, the month of
VE-Day, Armed Forces Day, Mother's Day,
and Memorial Day. The days are warmer with
more sunlight and winter is just a memory.
The drab trees of winter have burst out with
blossoms and a thick covering of leaves, and
the spring flowers are at their best.
If you haven't made your plans for the
62nd Reunion of the 12th Armored Division
Association in Abilene, now is the time to get going. Make your
hotel reservations and your Reunion registration now. Time is
getting short. Remember, if you cannot attend for some reason,
the registration cost w ill be refunded, and you can cancel the hotel
If you have never visited the museum, you are missing a good
thing. This is a great opportunity to attend the reunion and visit
the museum. If you have been there before, there have been
improvements and who knows when we will get another chance
to go to Abilene.
Of the May holidays, VE-Day is least remembered, except by
the veterans who were in Europe on May 8, 1945.1 was fortunate
to be on a troop transport for wounded and POWs in Southampton,
England, on that day and sailed for home early the next day.
May 11 is Mother's Day, when we honor our wives, mothers
and grandmothers. It is the most celebrated holiday of the mid-
Armed Forces Day on May 17 does not get the attention it
deserves. Most military posts/facilities have a ceremony to re-
member the day, but to most civilians, it is just another day. Be
sure to fly your flag.
Memorial Day, historically designated as May 30, is celebrated
on Monday, May 26 due to the infinite wisdom of our law makers.
This national holiday, formerly called Decoration Day, is mostly
noted for the custom of remembering the military men and women
who gave their lives in the defense of the freedom of our country.
The activities on Memorial Day are a combination of ceremonies
which include patriotic speeches, parades, displays and dedication
My chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, the Fox River
Valley Chapter (IL), is annually invited to more parades than we
are able to attend. The parade routes are lined with people, three
The Council reminds all "that no activity shall be authorized which
would conflict with the annual reunion date."
62ND NATIONAL REUNION
Wednesday-Sunday, August 13-17, 2008
MCM Elegante Suites
4250 Ridgemont Dr., Abilene, TX 79606
and Courtyard by Marriott
4350 Ridgemont Dr., Abilene, TX 79606
John Critzas, chair
4041 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
NORTH CENTRAL CHAPTER MEETING
Tuesday-Friday, June 10-13, 2008
Dorothy Shoemaker, chair
3155 Vicksburg Lane #401
Best Western Keliey Inn
100 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
320-253-0606 Fax: 320-202-0505
Please register by May 10, 2008
Plymouth, MN 55447
or four deep, for a mile or two or three, with cheering crowds.
As we go by in our decorated float, many people salute, wave, or
say thank you. It is very heartwarming to see such a display of
patriotism. The crowds come out whether the day is cold and wet
or hot and sunny.
GOD BLESS AMERICA—
DIV. ARTY & DIV. HQS. UNITS
W. W. Hardin, P.O. Box 846,1513 Forest Ave., Fulton, MO 65251
You certainly do not need me to tell you that we are in the middle
of a hot political race for the democratic presidential nomination,
which could well be decided by the time you read this. No, I'm not
going there! The pundints and TV news commentators are locked
on the phrase "well to begin with" so I will copy them and give
you the story behind the "missing column" last month.
1 toyed with the old story to blame it on the computer, but I
know you guys so I won't lay that one on you. The truth is that I
had the column all ready by the end of the month; however I failed
to type in the address of the Hellcat News which resulted in no
column reaching the editor. I have been assured that both columns
will be in the May Hellcat News. Well, as the optimists say, better
late than never!
My good friend, Joe HoIIerbach [DIV/HQJ, just informed me
that his beloved wife, Reba A. HoIIerbach, has passed away on
Brewer, Gorman Killingsworth. Emmett B.
Bruneau, Heather C.
Bruneau, John Pierre
Buser, Charles G.
Christina. Frank P.
Clarke, Philip D.
Clauser. Albert R.
ClufF, Loren A.
Cook, Orville E.
Cunningham. Grover F.
Dain. Albert D.
Denny, Lawrence J.
Knapp. Lloyd Richard
Krushauskas, George A.
Lafond, James J.
Law. Darrell G.
Leo Grande, Charles
Likens, Ellery A. Jr.
Linster, Allen L.
Loden. Albert J.
Matteson, George C.
McGrail, John P.
Depauw, Francis (Frank) Monesmith, David E.
Roche. Gerald C.
Roth, Donald J.
Schlecker, Dr. Bernard
Sheridan. Frank J.
Shipman. W'illiam H.
Stinger, Keith G.
Tomey, Charles R.
Viner, Richard H.
Wachewicz, Frank E.
Eaton, Edwin W. Montgomery, Joe S. Wagner, Thomas
Evenson, Charles E. Moore, Lloyd C. White. Samuel I.
Fisher, Gilbert W. Morfeld, Elmer J. Wilson, James G.
Fleming. David Mosser, Clifford Zitske, Leon
We have not received your $15 membership fee and your
subscription expired on Jan. 1, 2008. If you are a widow, please
understand that just because your husband was a life member,
you are only entitled to a 1 year subscription at no charge
following the date of death of your spouse. Life memberships are
not transferable. In case we are in error listing your name, please
write to us with your explanation. Should you like to continue to
receive the Newspaper, please send vour $15 check to:
12th ARMORED ASSOCIATION
1289 North 2nd Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
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