Hellcat News (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Vol. 66, No. 9, Ed. 1, May 2013 Page: 3 of 40
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AN HONOR TRULY
By A. Edward Pierce
New York City has its Museum of Modern Art, Washington,
DC, has its Smithsonian, but Monett, MO, has its own
national treasure. Monett has Floyd C. Van Derhoef, a First
Lieutenant and Captain of A Company, 56th Armored Infantry
Battalion, where he served as Executive Officer and Company
Commander during World War II both in training exercises and
in combat situations in the European Theater of Operations.
Floyd was feted on March 28, at which time he was presented
with a framed certificate proclaiming him an Honorary Board
Member of the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum in
Abilene, TX. Floyd’s certificate fittingly reads in part, “for his
devotion and his many generous contributions to our Museum
and for his service to our country during the World War II
conflict.” Floyd, incidentally, retired from the military service
as a Lieutenant Colonel.
A photograph taken at the event by Sharon Van Derhoef
follows. The Patriarch, as I sometimes refer to him, looks as
though he could still command an infantry company without
too much outside assistance.
The Council reminds all “that no activity shall be authorized which
would conflict with the annual reunion date.”
67th ANNUAL NATIONAL REUNION
Wednesday-Sunday, July 31-August 4, 2013
Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel St. Louis
191 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO
Reservations: 888-627-7066 Mary Anne Delker, chr.
See pages 30-31 for registration information and form.
done and continues to do because Floyd C. Van Derhoef is a
doer and not a talker.
Floyd’s grandson, Dan Van Derhoef, made the presentation
on behalf of the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum of
While in the service, I addressed Floyd as “Sir,” “Lt. Van
Derhoef,” or “Captain Van Derhoef’; nothing, however, gives
me greater pleasure than having the opportunity to call him
“my friend,” and that he most certainly is.
I last had the honor and pleasure of saluting Floyd back
) . . 3
Standing: Tom Van
Derhoef [L/56]; Monett
High School Jr. ROTC
cadets; 1st Sgt. John
Marbut, instructor and
U.S. Army Viet Nam War
veteran, K. C. Caldwell
of the Monett Senior
Center and World War II
U.S.N. veteran; Mike Van
Derhoef [L/56] U.S.M.C.
Viet Nam War veteran;
and Aaron Oberman,
Monett High School
Kneeling: more Jr. ROTC
cadets and Dan Van
Derhoefagent with the
Missouri Department of
is the honoree, Floyd C.
On hand to honor Floy d on this special occasion and pictured
are standing: Tom Van Derhoef [L/56], Monett High School Jr.
ROTC cadets, 1st Sgt. John Marbut, instructor and U.S. Army
Viet Nam War veteran, K. C. Caldwell of the Monett Senior
Center and World War II U.S.N. veteran, Mike Van Derhoef
[L/56] U.S.M.C. Viet Nam War veteran, and Aaron Oberman,
Monett High School History instructor. Bottom row: kneeling
are more Jr. ROTC cadets and Dan Van Derhoef, agent
with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Seated is the
honoree, Floyd C. Van Derhoef, proudly displaying his well-
earned certificate. Present at the ceremony but not pictured
was Ken Gauthier, U.S.N. Ret., a Korean War veteran.
Few people know of all of the good things that Floyd has
in 2011 in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Arlington, VA, at
the annual reunion. Whether he is aware of it or not, I am
saluting him today on this singular occurrence. Welcome to
the Board, my friend. You have added a distinct touch of class
to an already august assemblage.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE (continued from page 1)
health issues and I know he would appreciate hearing from
all of you. His address is 152 Harbor South, Amityville, NY
11701. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otis, as they are
with any member of the Association who is experiencing one
of life’s difficulties, regardless of what that might be.
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