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 email@example.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 --firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Bob and Lew deserve a big "Thanks" for their work. (They can probably use a little postage money, too.)
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)
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.
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.
|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.
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
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). .