745th Tank Battalion Ass'n.

A.G. "Bud Spencer, Sec.-Tres. Marseilles, IL

Vol 44       NEWSLETTER NO. 114       November, 1999

(Final Issue)



The Banquet was drawing to a close, the meals had been eaten, the speeches over as we stood and held the hand of the one next to us and together sang--
Should Auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should Auld acquanintance be forgot
And Days of Auld Lang Syne
For Auld Lang Syne , my dear,
For Auld Land Syne,
We'll drink a cup of kindness yet
For Auld Land Syne

This was followed by a most appropriate benediction given by Scott Sullivan (His retired Methodist Minister Grandfather had to leave early). This was followed by the singing of:
God be with you till we meet again,
By His counsel guide uphold you,
With his sheep securely fold you,
God be with you till we meet again.
Hardly a dry eye was present in the room.

As Garland Yeatts wrote afterwards, " ... I would say this reunion was the happiest and the saddest of them all, spiced with loving care and support for each other. A boost to Euphoria and back again." He also added, "Do not worry about the tears you left on my suit, but check those that are on your own. Signed with a memory in my heart that will last forever. I will not say good bye--I will say auf wiedershehen which means we will meet again. God bless you all." He also noted, ".. . I would say it was a family reunion because every person there was a sister or a brother with Capt. Scott Sullivan who travelled 6,000 miles to be with us." My thanks to Garland for providing these moving words. I believe they are reflective of all of us.

The Banquet started with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 3 wine toasts: The first, TO THE 745TH TANK BATTALION, as it was a great outfit and well deserving of the recognition; the second, TO THE MEN OF THE 745TH, as it was the men (officers and enlisted men), who made it what it was!, And the third, TO THE 88 AND OTHERS, to include both those who gave their lives and the others who made great sacrifice.

A very fitting Invocation was given by Scott Sullivan's grandfather, Rev. Joel Storie, a retired Methodist minister. Scott's grand-mother, his father, sister and her husban, all from the Nashville area were present to see and hear Scott.

As our President, Bob Haase passed away suddenly on August 6th, and as VP Art Krusinski couldn't make it, 2nd VP Angelo Dellutri offered words of welcome, and conducted the brief business meeting. Eddie Ireland was responsible for having plaques made, which he presented to the Directors, past and current, who were there.

In a surprise move, Eddie, on behalf of all the Directors except the Sec/Treas, presented the SeclTreas with a beautiful "Thank You" card, which included a check for $1,000!!! For once in my life I was mutel My thanks to all of you, I'm truly grateful!

Bud introduced some special guests which included Scott's family and two nephews of 745th KIA's: Ron Simione, whose uncle was B Co's Sgt Charles Donoghue, our first KIA. The other was Denny Clifford, nephew of Francis Clifford of Medics and Hq Co.
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