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robert bowles

Cecille Wax of Hdq Co is very sick. He’s been in and out of the VA Hospital since November 12th.He continues to be a blessing to everyone-even though he’s critically ill. He has four life threatening problems.-Severe anemia,-The underlying fact that he’s losing blood somewhere and not able to replace it fast enough (& is too weak for surgery).-An acute infection in his colon, and
-An infected fissure. The doctors believe there is nothing more that can be done to heal him.The doctors say he could live for hours, days, or weeks—not months. He is still strong emotionally. He sleeps a lot, but when he’s awake he’s still able to say things that make people chuckle.He knows the situation and has helped make all the decisions. He has fought valiantly.

Saturday, 01 January 2011 20:59
Wally & Beverly Wilken

We received a note from Ruth Anderson telling us that Horace had passed away on September 7th. Horace was in "A Co".
We visited the Anderson home when we were in Colorado on one of our motorhome trips. Our condolences to Ruth and his family.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:25
Bill Saunders

I want to thank Robert Bowles for the time he spends on maintaining this website. Best wishes to you, Robert, in continuing to heal from your injuries last summer.

My father is LaFayette F. Saunders who served in Company C and Headquarters Company as a member of the 818TH. I tried in the past to post photos to the website without success. I will forward these to Robert in the near future which hopefully can be added to the 818TH records.

I recently scrolled though the old message board and ran across a note from Jane Hendrick Halencak whose father is Hank Hendrick. I tried to send her an email with a photo of her father and my father taken in bivouac in Stowell Park, England in 1944 prior to the 818th deployment to Utah Beach and beyond. I believe he was CO of B Company at the time. Her email address from 2005 is outdated, and it did not reach her.

I would appreciate anyone who has her email address to communicate that to me so that I can send the photo on to her.

Dad never spoke about what he experienced during WWII. I am very grateful to everyone who has posted information to the website. It has given me a wonderful insight into Dad’s life that I would not have otherwise known. Thanks.

Bill Saunders
Jan 2, 2011
Lewisville, Texas

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 20:57
Alton J. Hendrick - Plano, TX


Jane's email address is mjh@srcaccess.net. Capt. James Ross Hendrick was a company commander in the 818th.

I would also appreciate a copy of the photo.


Jack Hendrick



Friday, 20 September 2013 17:16
Jane Halencak - Crowell, Texas

I am looking at the 818th website and and seeing your response to my inquiry about Ross Hendrick.  Are you still out there?  My email is mjh@srcaccess.net. I hope you receive this and can send me that picture.  Many thanks for trying and my apologies for not seeing your post for so, so long.

Saturday, 07 June 2014 19:24
robert bowles

Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion-It is with much sadness that I must report the loss of one of our 818th Veterans. Our very dear friend, Oscar Gingrich (Recon Company) passed away quietly in his sleep Monday 29 November. Many of you may recall how much Oscar loved to dance. My granddaughter's first words when she heard the sad news were, "He is dancing in heaven now." Oscar was part of the bedrock of the 818th Reunions. He and his family had hosted several 818th Reunions. Additionally, Oscar served as the permanent 818th Secretary for thirty years (1975-2005). I first met Oscar at the first Reunion I attended in 2001. He had not missed a single Reunion since. I cherish the little time I got to spend with this exceptional man as does everyone who knew him. Our condolences to Theresa, Jim, Ashley, Sydnie, Allen, and all of the many others who got to share parts of his life. He will be very much missed.

Love-Robert and Sharon and Shayla

Monday, 20 September 2010 20:55
robert bowles

Dear Veterans, Families, and Friends of the 818th TDBN-Our dear friend, Raymond Schildt of Headquarters Company, recently returned from the hospital. He had a small hole in his right lung and the lung was partially collapsed. His lung has been drained and Raymond is now back home and doing well. Good to hear. Raymond, take care of youreslf. We are looking forward to seeing you in Houston in 2011. Love-Robert Bowles

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:53
Wally Wilken

We've just heard that Oscar Gingrich had a heart attack and was in the hospital. He had several blocked arteries, which were "fixed" via angioplasty and medication. He is expected to be home soon.

Friday, 20 August 2010 20:52
Ronnie Boring

Family and friends of the 818th:

Our good friend Robert Bowles has been in an accident at home involving a brush fire. He was burned on his arms and face. He is receiving care at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville, TN. He is in the Trauma Department's Surgical/Critical Care unit. He is now stable and is on his way to recovering from his injuries. We hope he gets well soon.

Friday, 25 June 2010 20:50
Walter R. Paul

My Dad was in "A" Company in the 818th. His name is William C. Paul. Dad passed away on Aug. 15, 1987. I saw his name on the roster in "A" Company and thought you might like to update his information. Thanks for having such an informative sight for another very important group of men.

Friday, 08 January 2010 20:48
robert bowles

Dear 818th Friends-An update on our dear friend Cecill Wax (Hdq Co). Cecille has been seriously ill and hospitalized. He has been battling a rare blood disorder. He is currently out of the hospital and in a health care center where he will be for a while. For anyone who wishes to send a note or card the address is: Cecille Wax c/o Garden View Care Center 1200 West Nishna Road Shenandoah, IA 51601. Out thoughts and prayers are with Cecille. Love-Robert Bowles

Tuesday, 29 December 2009 20:37
brian kindred


Monday, 27 July 2009 20:44
Danny P. Dulaney

I recently discovered my father was assigned to company B. His name was Kinsey F. Dulaney. Looking for anyone who new him 307-632-8167 Danny Dulaney

Thursday, 19 March 2009 20:41
Randy Horton

I would like to inform everyone of the passing of my grandfather Edwin Horton of Company B. He passed on January 12, 2008. I was curious if any of you guys remember him and does anyone have any photographs or stories to tell me of him? He told my brother and I many stories when we were kids but would like to hear more.
Bless you all and thank you for service to our country!

Friday, 20 February 2009 20:39
Debra Anderson

My father is Horace Anderson and he served in the 818th as a tank driver. He is 89 and his short term memory and his hearing is getting bad but he is still in pretty good shape.
My Mother, Ruth, sends Christmas cards to all the surviving 818th that my Dad served with, but this year she didn't hear from Danny Checcia and his wife.
Does anyone have any news of Danny or if his family see this message, please post on the message board or e-mail me directly at my e-mail address I p;osted
Our snail mail address is: 204 King Street, Delta, CO 81416
Danny and family my Dad would love to hear from you!!!

Friday, 19 December 2008 20:36
Irene Ritter

Greetings From Michigan! Wishing all my 818th friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We had our first snow today. Hope to see you in Waterloo, Ia. in 2009. - Love Irene Ritter and Family

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 20:33
Kathy Stel for Babe Stel

Hi Robert and 818th friends:

Just to update you. Babe Stel has been in the hospital this week having cancer surgery. He had the surgery on 7/21/08.
Hopefully he will be home in a few days.
Pat has been by his side, everyday.
Kathy (Babe and Pat Stel's daughter)

Tuesday, 08 July 2008 20:31
Brigette Sooter Taylor

Thank you for creating this website, it was a great help to my 8th grade son. He had to do a project about WW II and he wanted to include some information about his great grandfather Glenn Sooter who served with the 818 in Normandy. My son is very proud of his great grandfather as we all are and this site just made him even more proud as he read the accounts of the other veterans. It's just too bad that his great grandfather is no longer with us to tell him his own stories. Thank You

Monday, 17 December 2007 20:27
anna rosmus

Have any of you ever returned to Bavaria? To Tittling and Fürstenstein? Would you like to join a group of WWII veterans going there in the spring of 2008?

We'd love having you! Anna

Friday, 16 November 2007 20:25
Delores Gagnon

I was surprised to see what a nice site on the 818 TDB. One of my older brothers served with them at the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy, etc. I was the youngest of a large family and had 7 brothers in the service (5 during the war). His name was Clarence (Bud) Edwards from West Bend, Iowa. Sadly to say, he passed away from a car accident on 23 May 1948. I have a large framed pictures of my 7 military brothers, my husband (Korean War Vet)retired and my son, USAF Lt. Col. retired. This group of 9 hangs in my family room with much pride. I have a small handkerchief which says "sister", which bud sent to me from Ireland when the 818 was there. I also have a letter he wrote to me while in Czech.as he had just heard Pres. Roosevelt had died.
I'll inform my only surviving brother (out of 9) about your Web Site. Thank you kindly. Delores Gagnon

Wednesday, 22 August 2007 20:20
Andrew Meitner jr.

My father Andrew R. Meitner died on December 14 2007. He was a proud veteran of the 818th. He told me many stories of his time in service. The one I remember most is about bed check Charlie. This was a German recon plane looking for the allies during the battle of the bulge. When we were kids he would put us in bed and turn out the lights and say watch out for bed check Charlie. My father was 86 when he died.

Saturday, 13 January 2007 20:29
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