The 820th MAES is planning a reunion Oct 16-19, 2003, in San
Diego, CA at Beach Cottages Motel. Rooms are $75 per night.
Cal Maloney, your host, needs $90 from each by Sept 1 to hold the
rooms. The motel is near the "Blue Pacific" and close to Sea World,
the San Diego Zoo and various other attractions. Cal is also planning
a Trolley tour, and visits to an Indian Casino and an outlet center.
The Saturday evening "Aloha" dinner will be at the rowing club where his
wife Nancy rows. If you need more information, write Cal at 3942
Horton Rd, Bonita, CA 91902-2334.
Too late for the last Newsletter, we received word of the 820th's
Lake City successful reunion last September. They took the "Heber
Creeper" railroad up Provo Canyon; visited Park City, on old mining town
and ski center; saw the Kennecott Copper Mines, the largest in the world;
rode up the mountain in the Snowbird Ski Lift; spent time at the Mormon
Tabernacle hearing their great choir; and finally, went across the state
line to Wendover, NV. Wendover was a former wartime air base and
later a test area. Now it is a Vegas style entertainment area. (Doesn't
Salt Lakc City sound like a great place to have a reunion?)
Thoughts on Old Age
from a Middle-ager:
I have always dreaded old
age. I can't imagine anything worse than being old. How awful it must be
to have nothing to do all day long but stare at the walls or watch TV.
So last week, when Mayor Mel suggested we all celebrate Senior Citizen
Week by cheering up a senior citizen, I decided to do just that. I would
call on my new neighbor, an elderly retired gentleman, recently widowed,
and who, I presumed, had moved in with his married daughter because he
was too old to take care of himself. I baked a batch of brownies, and,
without bothering to call (some old people cannot hear the phone), I went
off to brighten this old guy's day. When I rang the doorbell this "old
guy" came to the door dressed in tennis shorts and a polo shirt, looking
about as ancient and decrepit as Donny Osmond.
"I'm sorry I can't invite
you in," he said when I introduced myself, "but I'm due at the Racquet
Club at two. I'm playing in the semifinals today."
"That's OK," I said.
"I baked you some brownies."
"Great!" he interrupted, snatching the box. "Just what I need for bridge
club! Thanks so much!"
I continued "... and just thought we'd visit a while. But that's okay!
I'll just call on Granny Grady."
"Don't bother," he said.
"Gran's not home. I know. I just called to remind her of our date
to go dancing tonight. She may be at the beauty shop. She said
that she had an appointment for a tint job."
So I went home and called
my Mother's cousin (age 83); she was in the hospital--working in the gift
shop. I called my aunt (age 74); she was on vacation in China. I called
my husband's uncle (age 79). I forgot; he was on his honeymoon.
I still dread old age,
now more than ever. I just don't think I'm up to it.
your e-mail and letters, comes news about some of you who are like
those the author of the above article tried to contact. You keep
active, either at your long-time jobs; doing volunteer work at your places
of worship, Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on Wheels; tutoring;
taking exercise classes; eating out with friends; reading, manning voting
booths; and keeping busy in various service and hobby clubs. Let
me know of other activities to add to this list.
should have been added to the above list! Congratulations to Harold
Henneke, 2ndCCG, 8th CCS, and Rose
Martlage, who were married March 29, '03, in Southport Christian Church,
Indianapolis. He had brought her to their reunion at Branson.
It seems his friends invited her to come again even without him. He
decided it was time to see that that didn't happen.
to Sal Mistretta and his wife Rose who celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary in November last year. They had a great party
and dinner for 88 friends and relatives. Sal is the scribe for the
MAES Newsletter, "The Flying Duck"
some more of you share your celebrations? Let's see who has lasted
the most years and also who has the longest marriage. Anyone 100
yet and any 60 years of marriage?
Woznek, 375th TCG, sent a glowing report about the "Salute
to Troop Carrier" celebration last April at Dover, DE. He just
regretted that he couldn't find any of you or anyone else from the 5th
Air Force among the 125 veterans and their families that were there.
Dover is the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum. The group had lunch
in Hangar 1301 where a C-47 "Gooney Bird" loomed from a semicircle of historic
aircraft. Among other things in the museum was the front end of one
of the original gliders used during the war. Each veteran received
a medal "Honoring Troop Carrier" and there was opportunity to be interviewed.
The interviews are to be sent to the Library of Congress for its WWII history
section. During the report on paratrooper drops only Corregidor
was named for the Pacific Theatre. Bill objected and was told that
not an "official" drop. He told them MacArthur &
were probably turning over in their graves to hear that. Several
told him they were happy the war ended so they didn't have to go to the
Pacific. They didn't look forward to our living conditions.
recommended books by our avid readers:
Curt Krogh, 2nd CCG, 7th CCS: These two about
two very different generals: "MacArthur" by our 5th Air Force
Leader, Gen. George Kenney, and "Eisenhower, Soldier and President" by
Stephen Ambrose; "Ghost Soldiers" by Hampton Sides about Japanese POW camps;
and "John Adams", "The Path between Two Seas" (Panama Canal). and "Truman"
all by David McCullough
"Tommy" Thompson, 374th TCG, 6th TCS: "The
Enola Gay" by Paul Tibbets,"The Education of Lieutenant Kerrey" by Gregory
L Vistica; and "The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes (about Australia)
may forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how
you made them feel.
Troop Carrier Group Website:
, son of a member of the 315th
TCS, found our 54th
TCW website and shared theirs. It is great!
. The 315th
served in the European Theater doing what
did in the Pacific. A member, Bob Cloer,
with the help of
TCG works hard to
compile yearly lists of WWII Troop Carrier Units showing names, addresses,
phone numbers and e-mail addresses of contact persons. Our thanks
to them for all their time and effort.
are 80 silver goblets on display at the U S Air Force Academy in Colorado,
Springs, CO. Each bears the name of one of the 80 Doolittle Raiders
led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle, famous for the April 18, 1942 mission
to bomb Tokyo. Each year the goblets are escorted to the group's
reunion by two academically ranked junior cadets. Each year the "Raiders"
toast and turn over the goblets of those who have died since the last reunion.
After the 2002 reunion, 23 goblets remained upright. In the case
with the goblets is a bottle of 1896 cognac, symbolizing the year Doolittle
was born. His wish is that when only two raiders are left, they will
use it to drink a final toast together.
Wamsley, 374th TCG, 33rd TCS, called to tell
us his new address. He and his wife decided to leave Arizona and
return to their roots in Montana where they have family members.
His new address is 104 S Cooke St, Helena, MT 59601. Many of you
have read his great book, "American Flyboy." He says his hobby is
continuing to inform people about what all of you did in the South Pacific.
Helena is the home of the 163rd Infantry whom some of
you flew around ”down there". There is a hospital and museum in Helena
honoring the 163rd.
dedication ceremony on March 21, 2003, for the 433rd's
bench at WPAFB Museum was attended by 27 veterans and family members.
In front across the top were the words "433rd Troop Carrier
Group". In the middle were two airplanes drawn by Barbara Schade,
Bill's wife, and the 433rd's insignia. The bottom row read 1943 PACIFIC
THEATRE 1946. To paraphrase Carmen Kight-The honor guard presented
arms, Paul Seaman gave a history of the 433rd, one member
from each squadron removed the bench's cover, the bench was presented to
the museum and accepted, taps was played and then there was not a dry eye
in that proud group. Thanks to Glenn Mayer's
ceremony went like "clock work".
Krobath, 317thTCG, 40th TCS, reports that they
have raised the funds to have a Memorial Plaque installed
on the Memorial Wall at WPAFB Museum, Dayton, OH. Congratulations
, whose uncle's plane is pictured on the inside cover of Col.
Imparata's book, would like to find New Guinea combat photographers serving
in 1943 so he can get that picture and others. If you can help, contact
him at email@example.com
or 5955 Willow
Brook Ct, Newburgh, IN 47630.
Ayres would like historical info from 433rd TCG, 67th
TCS members about events in 1944 & 1945 in Luzon. He's writing
a bio for the family of a deceased veteran. Contact him at his e-mail ddress
your family members know that whether or not a veteran is buried in a military
cemetery, a family member is entitled to an honorary flag from the White
House and an honor guard at the funeral. The honor guard will properly
display the flag, fold it, and present it to the nearest relative.
When available, one member of the honor guard will play "Taps". If
the mortuary doesn't offer, the family should ask for a flag and honor
Schultz, 374thTCG, 22ndTCS, found this web-site
about the military flag ceremony.
composed a meaning for each of the thirteen folds and suggested that the
completed flag resembles a cocked hat, from Revolutionary Days. Some
also say 13 folds are for the thirteen colonies. However, according
to the above source that de-myths things that float around on the Internet,
there is no special meaning to the 13 folds other than the fact that it
takes 2 to fold lengthwise and 11 more to make the triangle when the flag
is of official measurements. Regardless of its meaning, the ceremony is
impressive and distinguishes the flag from just any other piece of cloth.
Dorothy Hearon ... July,
(wife of James Hearon,
54th TCW, Hq)
Walter Hurd, 374th
TCG, 21st ... April. 1995
Ann Hurd, wife of
Walter ... Dec 7, 2002
Robert Kraft, 54th
TCW, Hq ... June 13, 2002
Glenn McMurry, 54th
TCW, Hq ... Jan 15, 2003
After Ann Hurd died,
a daughter sent the obituary. It was only then we knew of Walter's
death. From Ann's obituary we learned that he and Ann had met on
a blind date, fell in love "at first sight" and were married in the chapel
at Randolph Field, Sept 26, '41. After the war, Walter was a Chief Pilot
with the Philippines Airlines and later an expert of Quality Control at
Lockheed, where he worked 30 years.
Robert Kraft's wife
sent a note telling about his love of fishing. Despite his long bout
with diabetes, he enjoyed fishing and canoeing whenever possible.
He was a charter member of "Fisherman Magazine" and designed their logo.
Veronica Mato sent
this from "Widowed Persons of North Virginia":
When we start to count flowers,
we cease to count weeds.
When we start to count blessings,
we cease to count needs.
When we start to count laughter,
we cease to count tears.
When we start to count happy moments,
we cease to count years.
From your editor: In
previous Newsletters, I have mentioned Glenn's problems of continuing
small strokes and vascular dementia, and explained that I was continuing
the Newsletter for him. It had been his idea in 1982 to organize a Headquarters
reunion, and he loved to write the Newsletter as long as he was able.
He was very fond of his South Pacific friends and thoroughly enjoyed the
four reunions we had. As with some of our other groups and squadrons,
there got to be too few left who physically could travel. He was
so pleased when our son started a 54th
TCW web page.
Glenn was an expert typist and enjoyed keeping diaries. He also typed
away on his autobiography as long as he was able. Our son, Greg,
decided it should be on the Internet. Now he has also put the slide show
from Glenn's Memorial Service there. (see below) Several
of Glenn's stories are in the "Moresby to Manila" and Col. Edward Imparato's
"374th Troop Carrier Group" books. (However, some of the
stories attributed to him in that last book are not his)
I have enjoyed getting
acquainted with some of you in person, and through the e-mail and "snail
mail." So long as I'm able, and you continue to let me know about your
group reunions, and your activities now and in the South Pacific,
keep the Newsletter alive in June and December.
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