54TH Troop Carrier Wing


June, 1999

News from 54thTCW Troop Carrier Groups :

317th: Hq&41stTCS will be meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, Oct 14-17, 1999. Dick Korthals is the contact person and he invites anyone interested to write him at 2880 Inspiration Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80917-3303; phone 719/574-7774: or e-mail colocorky@email.msn.com. They will be at the Le Baron hotel ($75.00/night). Their memorial service will be in the Academy Protestant Chapel & they hope to view the cadet noontime formation. Question: Where are other squadrons of the 317th?

374th: 33rdTCS will meet at the Embassy Hotel, Grapevine, TX, (near Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport) April 7-9, 2000. Mo and Vera Berg are hostesses. Contact them at 202 Oak Lane, Euless, TX 76039 or e-mail - Moveraberg@aol.com.

No new plans for 21st-22ndTCS yet. Contact Joe Eken at 5 Paradise Pt, Shalimar, FL 32579 or send him an e-mail --jeken5par@aol.com

No knowledge of a planned 6thTCS reunion..

375th: Gene Diemand has now been hosting their reunions and publishing their newsletter for about 20 years. He has sent info about squadron reunions: 55th in Oct, '99, in Branson, MO (contact Sherman Klingbiel, 17665 SE, 114 Ct, Summerfield, FL 34491-7805); 56th Oct 27-30, '99 in San Antonio, TX (Contact Jim Tucker, 5100 John D Ryan Blvd, #643, San Antonio, TX 78245); 58th in Sept, '99 in Dearborn, MI (contact Jim Fiedler, 6763 Windward Hills, Brecksville, OH 44141). Gene is not sure about a reunion in 2000 for the 375th TCG.. Like some of the rest of us, he is getting tired. Also, as is true of many groups, the numbers keep shrinking.

433rd:: This group has formed the 433rd Troop Carrier Group Association to include all their squadrons who wish to cooperate. Sounds like a good idea! They have membership dues (lifetime fee of $30 or annual fee of $20) which they use for mailing costs and reducing reunion expenses. This year they are meeting at Williamsburg, VA, Oct 10-15 and plan to go to Langley AFB, Jamestown, Yorktown, and possibly Colonial Williamsburg. The hotel is Hotel Colonial America ($57.00/night + 10.5% tax). All 54th vets are invited to join them. The basic cost is $82.00. For info write, phone or e-mail Ted Casper, Chairman of the 433rdTCGA. His address is 4164 Inverrary Dr. 12-414, Lauder- hill, FL 33319; his phone is 954/484-7230; and his e-mail address is tedellie@aol.com

Be sure to read more about a project of the 433rd on Page 4 and you can use Ted Casper's addresses to get more info and/or to order the lithographes.

More new or changed e-mail addresses:

Robert Best(33rdTCS) rtbest@aol.com
Bob Borchert (33rdTCS) misterb@stratos.net
Arthur Ehrlich (54thHq) aehrlich@entelchile.net
Joe Eken (21stTCS) jeken5par@aol.com
Ed Flora (22ndTCS) eflure@reno.quik.com
Wm Keaster(317thTCS) wfk23@ix.netcom.com
Glenn McMurry(54thHq) mcmurrys@bigfoot.com
Art Merman(33rdTCS) arizonaart@aol.com
Bob Monson(33rdTCS) bobnanmon@aol.com
B J Plog(33rdTCS) bjplog@gte.net
Bill Samuels(33rdTCS) wjsa@earthlink.net
Edward Stein (33rdTCS) edwardgstein@worldnet.att.net
Harold Tershin(33rdTCS) haltorch@aol.com
Art Weitz(33rd) artie artie121314@aol.com


Good Advice: Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities. Anon

WWII Troop Carrier Unit Contacts -----------Bob Cloer, Recording Secretary of the 315thTCG, and Lew Johnson, 314thTCG, who both served in the European Theater, have been doing a great service by compiling lists of all the Troop Carrier Groups of WWII. If your group or squadron is not listed with up-to-date info, write Bob at 1417 Valley View Dr, Yuba City, CA 95993 or e-mail-rlcloer@syix.com.

Bob and Lew deserve a big "Thanks" for their work. (They can probably use a little postage money, too.)


In Memory

Eugene B Banner --------------July 21, 1998

Jack M Lewis --------------------Aug 4, 1998

Solomon L Gross ------------------June, 1998

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die"


Flag Day Trivia (answers on page 3)

1. Which President in 1949 made June 14 official National Flag Day ?
2. What happened on Aug 14, 1945?
3.Where was the flag that flew over Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941, found an Aug 14, 1945?
4. At what "un-earthly" place was a flag flying July 20, 1969?
Thanks to all who sent Holiday Wishes. Here are bits of info some added to their greetings:

Ervin Fox reports enjoying eight shows at a reunion at Branson. Wondering if it was with the 415th Signal Company. Contact him at 1655 W County Line Rd, Greenwood, In 46142-5014

Werner Palmblad wrote that the 333rd Signal Co will meet in Chicago Oct '99. Contact him at 4752 N New England Ave, Harwood Heights, Il 60656

Philip R Collins is still practicing law. He was a young lawyer when he became Statistical Control Officer and Wing Judge Advocate in the 54thTCW.

Roe McClure sent a note telling of the death of his wife in March, 1998, after 14 months of a valiant fight with cancer. They had been blessed with 55+ years together. Soon after her death he suffered with two aneurysms leaving sciatic damage to his legs. With therapy he is learning to walk again.

Carlyle Olcott's wife, Elaine, sent a note telling how proud her husband is of the 21st TCS t-shirt Joe Eken sent. Although Carlyle has to keep near his oxygen tank, he is still a help to her because she has mobility problems due to ulcers and peritonitis.

Richard Pool thanked us for the last newsletter and remarked that he thought some of the 2nd Combat Cargo Group might have come to our New York reunion as the group originated in Syracuse, NY. Does anyone know about any 2nd CCG reunions?

Oliver Marheine reported that health and timing have kept him from attending the last two reunions. However, he and his wife do enjoy gardening and they keep the family in fresh produce all summer.

L D Owen reported he and his wife in good health. Imagine buying a house with two acres so they can have a big yard and garden to care for, plus a wood work shop! I'm sure some of us envy their energy.

Whether or not you are in the best of health, this from the 315th's Newsletter probably expresses your sentiments. Substitute your age and go on up!


Today, dear Lord, I'm 80 and there's much I haven't done.
I hope, dear Lord, you'll let me live until I'm 81.
But then, if I haven't finished all I want to do,
Would you let me stay awhile…until I'm 82?
So many places I want to go, so very much to see--
Do you think that you could manage to make it 83?
The world is changing very fast, there is so much in store.
I'd like it very much to stay until I'm 84.
More planes will be up in the air, so I'd really like to stick….
And see what happens to the world when I'm 86
I know, dear Lord, it's much to ask (and it must be nice in Heaven)
But I would really like to stay until I'm 87!
I know by then I won't be fast and sometimes will be late;
But it would be so pleasant to be around at 88.
I will have seen many things, and had a wonderful time.
So I'm sure that I'll be willing to leave at 89 ---maybe

Author unknown

Arthur Ehrlich surprised us with a phone call from his home in Chile. He recently retired from his work in film distribution for Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox. He summarized his life this way: 78 years of living, 4 years of war, 50 years of marriage, and 60 years in the film business. Besides Chile, he has lived in Japan, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Panama. What an interesting life! No wonder he recently had to have two arteries cleared. Lucky for him they used the new process involving a tube, inserted into his upper thigh, containing a camera, a net to form a new artery wall and a revolving screw to dissolve the blockage.

e-mail fun: We get many interesting jokes, bits of wisdom(?), clever(?) sayings and true(?) stories from our e-mail friends. Of course, it's impossible to share them all, but here are a few gems:
The transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US Naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland a few years ago:

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the captain of a US Naval ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course..
Canadians: This is a lighthouse! Your call!

The closest anyone gets to perfection is on a job application form.

A pedestrian is a man whose son is home from college.

The best way to keep kids at home is to make home pleasant----and let the air out of their tires.

If at first you don't succeed, you are about average.

If at first you don't succeed, don't tell anyone you tried.

A clear conscience is usually a sign of a bad memory.

Everyone has a photographic memory, but some just don't have any film.

So much work and so few women to do it.

Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

You are getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there.

Laughing helps----it's like jogging on the inside.

There's lots to be thankful for; for instance, wrinkles don't hurt.

Youth formula = Smoke and Mirrors (that is, don't smoke and don't look in mirrors.)

STRESSED spelled backward is DESSERTS!


Found on e-mail: While searching the internet for 54th TCW info, a relative of John Cantando found us. John was in the 820th Air Evacuation Squadron of our 54thTCW and is interested in hearing from anyone else who knows about that group. His address is 1064 Admiral Pl, Elmira, NY 14901 and phone is 607/733-5781.

How are your "senior moments"? Did you read this Gem of the Day from Ann Landers?

Everyone wants to live a long time, but nobody wants to get old. The three signs of aging are loss of memory, and the other two are-------oops, sorry I can't remember.

A Word About 54th Troop Carrier Wing Reunions

At our reunion last year in Colorado Springs, Darlene announced that it would be our last, unless someone else is willing to take over for us. Because of Glenn's failing health, Darlene has been handling everything for several years now. Too, the number who cannot attend, either because of their or family health problems, keeps increasing.

In the meantime, we will try to keep everyone informed about reunions of other Groups and/or Squadrons. After all, we were all there in the sameplaces at the same time as a part of the 54th TroopCarrier Wing so we have much in common. In our contacts with leaders of several reunion groups, we have been told that our Hq members are welcome to join them anytime.

Darlene intends to keep the Newsletter going twice a year for an indefinite time. Keep sending us news about yourselves and your Group and Squadron Reunions so we can keep in touch with each other.

A continuing feature----Bits of Philosophy from Dan Brennan's Irish Notepad: The truth comes out when the spirits go in.

Answers for the Flag Day trivia: 1President Truman 2 Japan surrendered 3The White House 4The moon

Use your imagination when you look at the pictures of the C46 and C47 below. They are of color paintings by Barbara Schade, wife of a 433rdTCGA member. After a limited number of lithographs ( 350 of one & 353 of the other) were produced from them, all plates and negatives were destroyed. In the paintings, done in 1995 and 1997, the C46 is depicted passing low over the South China Sea as it leaves the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines, and the C47 is depicted flying in NE New Guinea, over the Markham Valley in the vicinity of Gusap and Dumpu.

Barbara Shade is a well-known Californian artist. Her painting "Walpi" was presented to China as a Reagan Administration gift prior to President Reagan's historic 1984 China trip. In 1997 she won the 1st Background Painting Emmy ever given an individual for her work on the Chinese fairy tale "The Magic Pearl." She is now working on the "Winnie the Pooh" Disney film to be released in 2000.

The 433rdTCGA is selling the color lithographs at $50 for one or $95 for both, and all net profits go to their treasury. They are 17 1/2 by 21 inches and each comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. They come in sturdy cylinders at a mailing cost of $3.50 for one or for both..

Ted Casper says "My own copies of these works adorn my den and bring back memories of my days in the Pacific. Indeed they are part of what I will leave to my children and family."

To attend the 433rd reunion or buy lithos, send checks to Ted Casper (see address on page1). .