The MuzzleBlast

May 2005


Dear Members of the 419th, This is a reminder that our reunion will be Thursday June 9th with check-out on Sunday June 12th. This meeting will be held at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, Washington, DC. The address of the hotel is 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166. Telephone 703-471-9500. The 419th members will be charged $79.00 per night.

Plans are being made by our hosts Gerald St. Amand and daughter and son-in-law Doria and Vincent Grimes. We are lucky to have these knowledgeable hosts who have planned a tour of the World War II Memorial.

A letter from Ethel Mohn in early March stated that Charlie Mohn passed away on January 31, 2005. Our sympathy goes to Ethel and all the Mohn family. Ethel stated that she hopes to get to the reunion with her children. Ethel also sent a beautiful Easter card to the 419th.

Also in March a note came from J. C. and Eleanor Orange. They both had birthdays in February and "are 84 and 85 years young". J. C. still plays golf and plays cards with friends. They state "if any of you are traveling our way we would be glad for you to visit". Those of us who went to the reunion in 1999 hosted by J. C. and Eleanor know how beautiful Colorado Springs is. They included a donation to M. B.

Scott Jackson's Muzzleblast was returned; the address was 141 Pleasant Hill Drive, Harrodsburg KY 40330. If anyone has a new address, please advise.

I am grateful for the calls we receive; sometimes I am not at home. Thank you Bonnie Porter and Ken Manning for keeping in touch.

Also the e-mails are wonderful and I usually print them but have been remiss at this lately. I do hear from Joanna Gebhardt, Rose Lemberg, Wanda Cluck, Virginia and Bill Rapp, and many others. I will try to remember to print them now. As most of you noted, Jack's name is not on the return address. After having pneumonia in January, he had several mini-strokes in March and on March 22, 2005 he died peacefully at Floyd Medical Center. He was buried in the Memorial Section of downtown Rome's Myrtle Hill Cemetery. This is the site of the burial place of Charles Graves, the known soldier of World War I who was buried in Arlington but his parents asked that he be moved to his home place, and also of Ellen Axon Wilson, first wife of President Woodrow Wilson. Members of Jack's American Legion were pallbearers and honor guard.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Washington; my oldest son Jack Jr. and wife Nancy will be with me as well as my daughter Helen Sheppard, husband Brent and my two youngest granddaughters Martha 12 and Anna 7. We are grateful to our hosts for planning our reunion.

A quote from O. Henry: For memory has painted this perfect day with colors that never fade, and we find at the end of a perfect day the soul of a friend we've made.

Your Editor,
Juanita Waldrep

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

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