Dear Members of the 419th,
Greetings from Georgia! It has been a while but I hope
this is the long awaited news of our battalion.
The 2008 419th Armored Field Artillery Reunion with
Joanna Gebhardt-Murphy and husband Michael hosting will be held in
Concord, Massachusetts, Thursday August 28th to Sunday August 31st,
Concord's Colonial Inn is the site at 48 Monument
Square, Concord, MA 01742. Toll free reservations may be phoned in
at 800-370-9200 or direct 978-369-9200. Room rates are $139.00 for
rooms in the Prescott Wing plus 9.7% MA sales tax. Mention 419th Armored
Field Artillery Battalion when you call.
THE DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS JULY 25, 2008.
Dinner will be Saturday night at 6 P.M. Send check
or money order for $37.00 (includes tax and gratuity for dinner) to
Joanna Gebhardt-Murphy, 290 E Street # 2, South Boston, MA 02127.
Be sure to make plans to attend this 2008 reunion
in the town famous for the beginning of the American Revolution. The
sights and history around Concord will be priceless.
I have had E-mails from Rose Lemberg, Joanna Gebhardt-Murphy
and Letitia Manning. Thanks for keeping up with me by fast mail.
A note from Virginia B. Corkran told me of the death of her
husband Sewell on December 25, 2007. She sent a copy of his memorial
service with statements of many military and local accomplishments.
We send sincere sympathy to the Corkran family.
An E-mail from Micky McCabe reported the death of
his mother who died in February at age 92. Our sympathy goes to
Micky and all the family.
The November 2007 Muzzleblast copies returned to me
were: Mrs. Frances J. Buckley, Mrs. Ted R. Cox, Elmer Emmerson,
Daniel Nissle, Mrs. Florence Rumsey, Mrs. Gene Stewart. Rev. A.Q.
Stracener and William J. White. If anyone knows of the whereabouts
or deaths of any of these members, please advise me.
It sure was nice to be able to enjoy Christmas cards
you sent in December. Helen and Francis Roush say "Still hanging in
there!" Isn't it great to be able to say this?
Geneva DeBoer sent a lovely card and also a note
thanking me for the MB. She stated that Forrest Broome went
to assisted living in California to be near his daughter and his address
is 380 South Anaheim Hills Road #329. Anaheim, CA 92807. Thank you,
Geneva, for this info.
Juanita and Charles Ray stated they would have
liked to go to the reunion. Charles has Parkinson's and Juanita
has a bad back but stated "God has been good to us". A donation to
MB was included. Virginia and Frank Gruden sent a card regretting
missing the reunion. A donation to MB was included.
They had hoped to be able to visit me in June but in
a later call their plans had changed. Edith Grubb sent a card
wishing a beautiful holiday season and thanks for the MB. Eleanor
and James Orange sent a note of thanks for the MB and told that
Eleanor had fallen and broken her knee and had a knee replacement.
A donation to MB was included. Ethel Mohn wished
everyone a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. She
thanked me for the November MB. I hope you have a wonderful summer
and let me hear from you.