54TH Troop Carrier Wing
2nd CCG, 8th CCS membersheld their reunion in Indianapolis in October.Thirty-seven members, wives and friends had such a good time they made plans for the next two years.In2002 they will meet at the Lawrence Welk Resort in Branson, MO with Chuck Tobin and wife Betty in charge.Write them at 5010 N Isabell Ave, Peoria, IL 61614;e-mail email@example.com or phone 309/691-5605.In 2003 the reunion will be at Pensacola, FL.Bert Stumpe and wife will host the affair.Their address is 6322 Summer Lake Lane, Pensacola, FL 32504; phone 850/476-1710;e-mail Astumpe384@aol.comHarold Henneke is the squadron scribe. His address is 359 W Edgewood Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46217-3736; e-mail address--HALTI@aol.com; phone 317/786-5865.
Haven’t had a report on the820th MAES’s reunion in Elmira, NY.It was to be on that fateful day, September 11, and they were tentatively calling it their Grand Finale.They have held 14 since their first in 1977 which was also in Elmira.Before the next Newsletter, we hope to hear some good news from John Cantando, the Elmira host, or Sal Mistretta, editor of their Newsletter, “The Duck.”
The 317th TCG had orginally planned a union in Washington, DC, September 26-30.Unfortunately, because of that 9/11 catastrophe and upon advise from a friend in the Defense Intelligence Agency, they cancelled it and hope to re-schedule sometime in the spring.For info contact Ellen McCoy-Comstock; 20Washington & Lee Blvd, Stafford, VA22554-6434;e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 540/720-2808
The 333rd SC had its October reunion as planned in Chicago. Although they had only 12 in attendance, all enjoyed recounting their “old war stories” and catching up on current doings of their members.Unfortunately, Rick Rickter, one of their regulars was killed in a country road accident awhile before the reunion.They were feeling a little discouraged about planning for next year, but when Jack Harrier suggested they have ONE LAST BLOW-OUT, all agreed.They will meet in the Chicago area sometime in October, 2003.WernerPalmblad is their scribe. Contact him at 4752 N New England Ave, Harwood Heights, Il 60656.
The 374th TCG, 33rd TCS will be holding its 19th reunion June 20-22, 2002 at the Holiday Inn, Aurora, CO.Earl Kohler is the host.Bob Monson, who is their scribe, can be reached at 1310 Daveric Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, phone 626/351-9314; e-mail email@example.com .
The 375th TCG was sad to get their last newsletter, “CONTACT,” from Gene Diemand.He published it for 20 years and also headed up five group reunions. All squadron members owe him a big “Thank You.” He is still keepingthe 375th web page at: http://www.ecentral.com/members/diemand /375thHome.html--His postal address is 625 S Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187 and you can reach him by e-mail at eadiemand.@aol.com
Despite the 9/11 disaster, 48 of the 53 who had registered were able to get to the 375th TCG, 55th TCS reunion September 21-24 at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson.Charles Lemons reports that the hotel was great for all their needs—hospitality room, banquet, farewell breakfast, etc. They are making tentative plans to meet at Charleston, SC in Oct, 2002.Watch for details in the June Newsletter.They welcome anyone from the 54th Wing to join them.For more information, contact Charles at 6340 Cuesta Pl NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120; phone 505/898-5472; e-mail LemonsCF@aol.com
The 375th TCG, 56th TCS originally planned a Mississippi River Cruise, but learned the boat was sold out and also very expensive.Therefore, they returned to Branson on Nov 2-5, a good time to see the fall colors and the beginning of the “Old Christmas Time” celebration. They stayed at the Lodge of the Ozarks, which Joyce Chrisman, the reunion planner, likes because “its in the middle of everything,”They plan to go back to Bransonin Oct, 2002.. The 56th welcomes all members of the 375th TCG to join them at all of their reunions. Joyce has been going to Branson for over 25 years so is a good source of info about the place.Her address is 2510 N E 78th Terr, Kansas City, MO 64118, her phone is 816/468-5250 and her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The 375th TCG, 58th TCS met at the Hope Hotel near Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Oct 5-7.There were 24 members and spouses present.According to Bill Woznek, they wore out the batteries on their hearing aids while visiting with each other.They had a short ceremony at the 375th plaque in Memorial Park at the Museum.Despite their diminishing numbers, they hope to meet again.
The 433rd Assn met in Seattle, WA, September 4-9 and luckily most got home before the 9/11 tragedy. Chairman, (or Chairlady ?) Carmen Kight reports the Wyndham Airport Hotel was “great beyond our expectations.”Wednesday they toured the Boeing Plant and Museum of Flight.The next day they ferried to Tillicum Indian Village.There they enjoyed salmon cooked the Indian way over an open fire, saw a wonderful production about the tribe and had their dinner. According to the Newsletter the children and grandchildren of the members were the greatest asset at the reunion.They were surprised to see how much energy the “Old Timers” had on the dance floor.New Orleans has been chosen for their next reunion. No date yet, but one to miss football games and the Mardi Gras.
Harold Schultz recommends “Kilroy Was Here” by Charles Osgood.He said it gave him many laughs and recalled many memories. He also has a copy of the Aug 6, 1945 issue of Life Magazine with seven pages of military patches and metals. He says you can get it from E-bay on the Internet.
A fool and his money are soon partying!
Bill Woznek found a web page that should interest all of you.It is just TROOPCARRIER.htm.
Change is inevitable-except from vending machines.
One can find all kinds of interesting info on the Internet.There was a story about William R Crooks, who at age 108, is the oldest living military pilot.Before he was drafted at the beginning of WWI, he joined the Army Signal Corps as a mechanic. When he heard they needed pilots, he applied and went to ground school at Austin, TX.He earned his wings in October, 1918 and flew bombers. However, the war ended before he got overseas.His prescription for his long life is “When something gets broken, get it repaired. Don’t wait.” In October he was honored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.(Thanks to the person who sent this—I apologize for losing my record of the sender)Internet address: http://www.af.mil/news
I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing
Gary Auxier, whose request for information about his father was in the last Newsletter, has reported how to use the National Archives and Records Administration. He has been able to find all about his father’s years of service in the 2nd CCG, 8th CCS. It took a long time, but the info he got was worth the wait.They receive about 5,000 requests daily so one can understand the delay in answering. If you want information, you can send a letter to the“National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Ave, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100.It is best to get their official form to use, however.Fax a request to 314/538-4175 or get information from the following web page:
Any inquiry must include the veteran’s complete name, and as much of the following as you know: service number or social security number, branch ofservice and dates of service, date and place of birth, place of discharge.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”Winston Churchill
As this issue of the Newsletter was being prepared, Othel C Wilkins sent the following request:“Can you give me a name and address of anyone who was assigned to the flight line of the 317th TCG, 46thTCS during the period between Feb. 1945 and Nov. 1945? The reason being that I am having a problem with the VA in verifying a need for hearing aids. I was crew chief between the above mentioned periods. Also would you know who was the Engr. Officer during that period?.”If anyone can help him, write to32702 Westwood Lp, Leesburg, FL 34748-8118 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Advice: If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country
Bill Krebs sent an interesting letter from Hawaii. He spent most of his 18 months overseas in Finschafen flying C-46’s and then C-47’s.However, like many of you, he had to come home on a ship.After the war he kept on flying, making over 31 years he spent up in the air.He flew for California Eastern Airways and Western Airlines.His last flight was from San Francisco to Honolulu in a Douglas DC-10 with most of his family along.He would like to hear from anyone who was in the 374th TCG, 22nd TCS. His address is 65525 E Canyon Dr, Tuscon, AZ 85739-3028.
Wedding Anniversaries: (Let us know about the 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th ?)
Carlyle & Elaine Olcott held their 55th June 15.
An e-mail from Harold Henneke told us that Nov 16 was Joyce & Mel Behnke’s 55th .
On October 22nd Curt Krogh and his wife Agnes celebrated their 60th .
Some members of our “health problems” club:
In September Stan Zakheim, 54th TCW, Hq, had two stents implanted to solve his heart problems.
Tim Daly, 433 TCG, 70th TCS, had open heart surgeryin November, and is doing well..
Al Miziura, 54th TCW, Hq, has had multiple kidney and heart problems all this year.After dialysis for several months, a stent was inserted into the one working kidney and now he is much improved.He goes twice weekly for cardiac rehab.
Glenn and Darlene (your editor) thank all who have written. Keep your interesting memories coming to 8944 Krueger St, Culver City, CA 90232-2437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We send our warm greetings for all your HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS!
our wish for you for the year 2002:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Gentle hugs when spirits sag,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Faith so that you can believe,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
And love to complete your life.