The MuzzleBlast

Fall 2004

Dear Members of the 419th,

Dear Members of the 419th,

It is now time to give accolades to Ken Manning and daughter Letitia who hosted a wonderful reunion in Norman, Oklahoma in June. Thank you for your planning and all the great things the Waldreps had to miss. Attending the reunion were:

  • Harold and Lola Carmichael
  • Wanda Cluck
  • Joanna Gebhardt
  • Frank and Virginia Gruden
  • Francis and Helen Roush
  • Micky McCabe (Col. McCabe's son)
  • Cindy (Roush) and Wayne Stephens and daughter Christy
  • Lydia (Roush) and Jerald Keifer and children: Kurt and Brenda Keifer Kelly (Keifer) and Rodney McCormick, sons Preston and Brandon Karla (Keifer) and Tom Culver, sons Blake and Bryce and daughter Frankie
  • Host Ken Manning, daughter Letitia Manning and friend Gary Moss
  • Grandson Phil Daignault, wife Susan and sons Dalton and Devon
  • Grandson Michael Daignault, wife Diana and children Samantha, Logan and Tanner
  • Granddaughter Dawn (Daignault) and Mark Klausmeyer and son Hayden

Donations at the reunion added $20.00 to our fund.

MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING - JUNE 19, 2004 The meeting was called to order by host, Ken Manning who led the group in prayer and then the Pledge of Allegiance.

No financial report was given but the group got an idea of what they had from the last one.

A motion was made and seconded that the next reunion be held in the Washington D.C. area and hosted by Gerald St. Amand and his daughter Doria Grimes. The exact location and date is to be decided later.

A motion was made to keep Juanita Waldrep as MuzzleBlast editor. The meeting was adjourned.

Wanda Cluck, Secretary

ProTem Phyllis Christian wrote us in June that her father, Jesse P. Ratliff, Jr died November 11, 2003. To Phyllis and her entire family we send our condolences.

J.C. and Eleanor Orange wrote that they had hoped to attend the reunion in Norman but their son and his wife who are missionaries in Africa would be home for three weeks.

Ethel Mohn sent greetings from Pennsylvania. Charlie's health has not been too good as he has osteoporosis and stenosis of the spine. We hope the drugs will help him. A donation was included for the MB.

A note with a donation to the MB, was sent by Betty and Bob Willoughby. Bob fractured his shoulder in a fall and has been unable to walk without a cane. Betty is on oxygen 24 hours a day due to emphysema but " despite it all, Bob and I are still enjoying the fruits of life - and having fun! " she states. Now that's' a wonderful attitude!

On July 4th I had an Email from Robert C. McCabe, Jr. (Micky) , Col. McCabe's son, who had attended the Norman reunion. A few days later he sent a check to the MB for him to receive the MB. His address is P. O. Box 1007 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 and his telephone is 850-622-9761. His Email address is We do hope that Ivan the Terrible didn't visit your abode, Micky.

A letter from Jim and Patti Boston wrote that they had hoped to attend the reunion since it was so close but Jim had prior commitments with school reunions. One class gave him a commendative plaque and another funded a scholarship in his name. He stated these "kids" were 57-58 years old. Jim also states he has a small pecan grove (100 trees) and Patti works at the church three days a week So, as a group, I would say most of us are busy. A donation to the MB was enclosed.

Telephone calls have come in quite often and I try to write all of them down on the nearest scrap of paper. Well, I found "my scrap" after publishing the last MB. Gene Wells called on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2003 to wish us a Merry Christmas! He also stated he had a stroke in January 1999 but was getting along fairly well. Thanks, 2 Gene, for your call and I finally found my scrap of paper.

Juanita and Charles Ray called and reported that their oldest daughter had passed away on March 30 due to cancer of the lung which had metastasized to the brain. Our sympathy goes to the Ray family.

Calls from Bonnie Porter are frequent and I enjoy hearing from her. She has been having a lot of physical problems but seems to cope very well. We all remember the two reunions she hosted for her father, the late Harold Laity.

Lee Ann Gardner called telling of the death of her father, John Gardner on August 17 due to injuries from an automobile accident. The funeral was August 21 in Thomson, Georgia. Our sympathy goes out to his wife and all the family.

Ken Manning calls often and we enjoy hearing from him. He stated that he is no longer able to write easily and possibly will send no Christmas greetings. Ken hopes that all the 419th has happy holidays. One good idea from Ken is to ask each of you for your new phone numbers; area codes have changed so much and residences change also.It is difficult to keep up with the changes but I will try to get a new MuzzleBlast directory for the next reunion.

Emails are a fast, fun way to keep in touch. I had an Email from Joyce Gronefeld Huff requesting an address. She stated that her mother, Norma, had passed away nine years ago and her dad, Larry, two years ago. She sent greetings to all the 419th.

A sentence from an Email of Micky McCabe speaking of his father Col. McCabe "I know one thing for sure, leading the 419th was definitely the highlight of his life!"

Joanna Gebhardt sends copies of interesting Emails she receives about the 419th. Also we get a few personal ones. Thanks, Joanna.

Rose Lemberg Emailed that she had received a surprise telephone call and talked with Micky McCabe twenty minutes or so. The next day Micky called and talked with Larry about his experiences with his dad, the Colonel.

Gerald St.Amand has called to give tentative plans for next year's reunion. The date will be June 9th, 10th and 11th, 2005 at the Marriott Suites near the Dulles airport. The rates for the rooms will be $59.00 plus tax. More information will be sent along with the motel brochure in the next newsletter. Plans are being made for the group to visit the World War II Memorial. This should be an incentive for everyone to attend.

It is always good to hear from each of you; if you did not send the news, then no newsletter. Thanks for all you do. 3 Rome, Georgia did not receive the flooding or downed trees from Ivan but we did receive 4.7 inches of rain, which we needed. We were told to tie down garbage cans, patio furniture; I managed to rope the garbage cans! What neighbor wants my garbage?

We are still kicking and hope the rest of the year is as good as the first 3/4ths. A quote from a favorite book of sayings - "We don't quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing." Have Happy Holidays.

Your Editors,

Jack and Juanita Waldrep

201 Greenview Road, S.W. Rome, Georgia 30165-4307
Tel. 1-706-291-1393

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