Hellcat News, (Springfield, Ill.), Vol. 32, No. 9, Ed. 1, May 1978 Page: 1 of 20
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The memory of our past serves
notice that we have an anniverS'
ary for this Merry Month of May.
We all earned a Blessed Holiday
in this life span by being involved
with the following words of
praise. Remember the DAY for
us, V-E Day, then solemnly cele-
brate the Memorial Days of our
New York Herald Tribune - Paris
Edition March 22, 1945
The 'mystery' Division of Gen.
Patton's 3rd Army took the spot-
light today by reaching the Upper
Rhine, entering the important
chemical City of Ludwigshaven
and penetrating within 7 miles of
the ancient Cathedral City of
Speyer, the chief community of
the Bavarian Palatinate.
It was a good days work, and
once again Patton's Army was
favored by blue skies and maxi-
mum visibility, which facilitated
the slaughter of the enemy on the
road back from the Western
front. A few days ago it was
estimated that there were 80,000
German troops in the box bet-
ween the Rhine, the Moselle, and
the Saar, and now it seems that
few of these will reach the east
bank of the Rhine now that the
3rd Army has cut around to their
rear and their own high com-
mand is blowing every bridge on
the Rhine for fear the Americans
will seize it and make it another
But to get back to the 'mystery'
Division. Every Army has at
least one mystery Division. When
an important operation starts it
is assumed that the enemy knows
something about the opposing
strength. On that assumption we
announce certain Divisions as be-
ing on the line and withhold the
identity of others.
In the present cleansing of Ger-
man forces from their last strong-
hold west of the Rhine it was
announced that Gen. Patton was
employing at least 13 Divisions,
making it one of the largest
Armies since the battle of Bast-
ogne, when he had 17 divisions,
the largest American Army ever.
Believing that each division in
the line is entitled to credit for
the gains it makes, we announced
the identity of 12 divisions, with-
holding only one. All that we
were permitted to say was that
it was one of our four Armored
Divisions setting the pace for the
9 Infantry Divisions.
Obviously it wasn't the famous
4th Armored under Gen. Patton's
former Chief of Staff Gen. Hugh
Gaffey, which was the first tank
force to reach the Rhine and
Coblenz, Bingen, Mainz, and
Worms, inspired by such a spark-
plug as 30 year old Lt. Col.
Creighton William Abrams, of
Nor was the 'mystrey' outfit to
To the Families of these Hellecats may we offer
our Deepest and Most Profound Sympathy,
ROBERT GUSTAFSON Hq/56 died suddenly of an
apparent heart attack, during his sleep, March 31,
1978. After his retirement in 1974, from the ASCS,'
he became a Real Estate Agent. In Bereavement are
wife Janet, Son David, and Daughters Joyce Sims and
Lois Smith, (word from Hank Backs.)
CARL D. GOSNEY, Sv/494 died Christmas Day
1977 of a massive heart attack. He had retired from
the Lexington, Kentucky Fire Department, after 27
years, because of pulmonary fibrosis. In Bereavement
are his Wife, Son Carl, Daughter Linda, and three
Grandchildren, (word from Mrs. Gosney)
EDGAR PARKINS, Div/Hq, died October 25, 1973
of a heart attack, (word from Mrs. Jean Parkins after
a letter contact by Marvin Pulst, Div/Hq)
GEORGE W. BOGERT, Sv/23, died March 17,
1978. In Bereavement is wife, Dollie A. (Holmes). Al-
lentown, Penn. (word from unit rep Chris Mugavero)
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VOL. 32 MAY 1978 NO. 9
be confused with the 11th Arm-
ored Division which took Ander-
nach and Brohl, north of Coblenz
and now has gone south of the
Moselle to march on to fresh
victories under a new Comman-
der, Brig. Gen. Holmes Daeger,
who had preceded Abram in
command of the 4th's CCB.
Nor for that matter with the
10th Armored Division under Maj.
Gen. William Morris, Jr. which
gave the present operation a good
start by taking Trier and Saar-
burg and helping to outflank the
Siegfried Line from Merzig to
Saarbrucken, both of which have
To prevent confusion the Myst-
ery Division is not to be mixed
up with the 6th Armored Division
commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert
Grow which was transferred to
Gen. Patch's 7th Army for the
present operation and distinguish-
ed itself by breaking through the
Siegfried Line to link up with the
3rd Army near Kaiserslautern.
In other words, the 'mystery'
Division must remain a mystery
so far as the Germans are con-
cerned, BUT IT IS FAR FROM
BEING AN UNKNOWN QUANT-
ITY, judging from today's results.
APRIL 1, 1978
Units Paid Members Boosters
in • decrease
8 197 +2%
203 + 8%
152 + 49%
253 + 35%
From Our Past - -
TANKS RUN WILD AGAINST
3rd ARMY ENTERS
AIR FORCE BOMBS REICH,
RHINE IS REACHED
BRIDGEHEAD UNITS REACH
SIEG RIVER BELOW BONN
An Armored Division, running
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2,565 179 2,744 +10%
Be Proud of Birthday
When your Birthday rolls a-
round be proud to announce this
happy event by making a dona-
tion to our great Ass'n, to help
keep it strong. We have all heard
the expression that no one wants
to grow old but what a nice feel-
ing it is to know that you made
it for another year. I trust that
the Good Lord will see fit to bring
us all together, in person or by
mail, for a long long time so that
we may enjoy each others friend-
ship and good will. Keep the
faith, take care, and to those of
you whose 1978 Birthday is still
coming up, happy returns of the
day. Truthfully, IT IS GREAT TO
BE A HELLCAT.
At 69% going on 70 for 11-6-78
JOE AHLES C/494
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