USS ANTHONY NEWSLETTER
Issue #33 - May 24, 2001
We had a WONDERFUL reunlion!!! So wonderful, in fact, that there will be
another one May 21- 24 of next year, also in Branson. Bob and Claire Nelson
volunteered to host that one, too. He said that the Reunion Planning Center did an
excellent job of handling all of the particulars. which made his and Claire's
work so much easier. Our thanks go to Barb, Pam, Chris and Lucy who were so
gracious; and nothing was ever too much for them to do.
The Reunion Planning Center has a website, which you can check for information.
It is:- www..reunionpro.com
I received an e-mail :from Pam in which she told me that they were having a group
come in on May 3, one on May 20, and about one a week until August. In August,
Sept and Oct they have: at least one a week and several times there are up to
five groups at a time. I'm glad we were there in April. During our tour of Old
Branson, we visited the 5 & 10. There, hanging over one of the aisles, was a big
picture of the Anthony!!
Joe and Peggy Brogna had planned to attend the reunion but had to cancel at the
last minute due to her father's health problems. Perhaps they'll be able to
make it next year.
The following people attended:
Dave and Paula Audet
Bob Babylon and sister, Hazel
Lou and Phyllis Brown
Dave and Avril Daily
Bob and Wanda Kaufinan
Clarence and Shirley Landry
Harold and Alina Learned
Carmen and Sue Micciche
Bob and Claire Nelson
Jack and Betty Raymer
Cliff and Anne Seale
Harvey Woodward and daughter, Debbie
Bill and Marge Wenger
We had several new people this year. One. Pat Ball. had never known that we
were getting together. He found out about the reunion four days before it started and
made his reservations.
AI Jose and Carol were in Branson and visited with us a few times. At and
Harvey Woodward are the men from the B- 24 Liberator who were rescued by the
Pat Ball's address is:
P. 0. Box 2409
Waldport, OR 97394
Through Bob Ross' work we have discovered three additional men:
Eldon G. Elder
660 Barrymore Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
81 Denrose Drive
Buffalo, NJ 14228
Leo R. (Dick) Miller
15 Woodworth Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Daughter's e-mail:- Lelder2676@aol. com
I received a note from Opie Hill. He was 98 in January and doesn't travel at all any
more. Since he has Parkinson's, Velma does all of his writing for him.
Ken Carlson said that he was 80 last year. If anyone cares to contact him via e-mail,
his address is:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Beebe Akers wrote that he and Alice would not be attending the reunion. They
are keeping busy with the cows and com He talked to Melvin Patton, who is
recovering from a mini stroke. Bob and Helen Kraft couldn't attend as
he was hospitalized with a heart problem. He is home now. If the number of items
he sends me via e-mail is any indication of how he's feeling, he's doing just great.
George Andrys stays active widl his Iwo Jima Veterans of North Dakota. His
father came from the Austria Czech border, and George recently received a
surprise e-mail from a young relative in Croatia who is trying to put the family
Last October, I received a letter ftom Mack Williamson and forgot to include it
in subsequent newsletters. He and his wife have been married 58 years and are
both in good health.
Bob Elder was responsible for contacting Bob Ross and obtaining the reunion
information. He had hoped to attend with his dad, but his father is recuperating
from surgery and wasn't up to it.
Ray Lemke's daughter, Sandy McMilleon, wrote that he is in the final stages of
liver cancer and is in a nursing home.
If you e-mail her at: email@example.com,
she will pass any messages along to Ray.
Also, his home address is
1026 Washington St,
Anoka, MN 55303
if you want to send anything via regular mail.
As always, I have also received news that two of the men have died:
James McGonagle on Nov. 15, 2000 and
Richard Hazelwood on March 17,2001.
While at the reunion, someone mentioned that some children and grandchildren
attend their father's and grandfather's reunions. I know that it was a real
delight to have Bill Landry's children at the Baton Rouge reunion. Perhaps some
of you on the mailing list would consider that next year. We would be very happy
to have you. Think about it, please.
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