Hellcat News (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Vol. 66, No. 8, Ed. 1, April 2013 Page: 1 of 32
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Dear Hellcat Family,
I want to start this month’s message by
wishing all of you a very happy Easter and
Passover. I hope those special days are spent
with loved ones. This April has particular
importance for me as Michelle and I will
be getting married at the end of this month.
For you “veteran” grooms out there, you know that as I am
writing this column in February, my wedding planning and
preparation consists of ample amounts of nodding of the head
in agreement with my bride-to-be and plenty of, “Yes, dear, I
think that color looks great!”
In this month’s issue of the Hellcat News you will find
information on this year’s national reunion. Mary Anne
Delker and the rest of the reunion team have been working
very hard to organize a first-rate event and the best way that
we can show our appreciation and thanks for their efforts is
by our attendance. With roughly four months until the start of
the reunion, now is the time to make your reservations for St.
Speaking of reunions, in a recent issue of the American
Legion magazine, there was a listing for a Battle of the Colmar
Pocket reunion that will be held in Arlington, VA, on Dec. 5-
8, 2013. This event is sponsored by the Outpost Europe of
the Society of the Third Infantry Division and the Embassy
of France and honors the veterans of the 6th Army Group, 1st
French Army, US XXI Corps, 3rd, 28th, 36th, 75th Infantry
Divisions and the 12th Armored Division. Apparently, this is
not the first of these reunions and I am wondering if any of the
12th veterans are aware of this or if any of you have attended
in the past? I am in the process of gathering more information
from the event organizers and will share my findings in next
The association is still in need of a candidate for treasurer.
Seven-year veteran Ed Pierce continues to do an outstanding
job in that role, but his term of service is rapidly nearing an
end. Folks, this organization functions and survives in large
part because of its amazing members and the time and energy
they contribute. That is as true today as it was in 1946. To
modify a well-known phrase, “We Need You!”
494TH ARMORED FIELD
5836 Lake Crowley PL, San Jose, CA 95123
Hello to the veterans and families of the 494th. Spring is
here and I hope those of you that experienced more than your
share of cold, winter weather are thawing out and enjoying
warmer conditions. As I mentioned in last month’s column, I
have been getting more involved with the organization “Spirit
of ‘45”. This month they are conducting another presentation
in their series, Conversations with History, which includes
veterans and others from the World War II era who share their
experiences. April’s topic includes the Holocaust, and the
493rd’s own Marvin Bertelson [C/493] is scheduled to be
one of the speakers. I will provide more information on that
event in a future column.
For anyone who has ever studied the actions of the U.S.
Army in the European Theater of Operations, or even watched
a documentary on the subject, it becomes quickly apparent
that one of the central figures is General George S. Patton,
Jr. Whether that is deserved or not is often a topic of debate.
However, there is no denying that Patton and his Third Army
had an incredible public relations machine that capitalized on
his warrior persona and victories to capture the attention of the
media and the American public. Of course, there were other
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