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49th Annual Reunion

Continental Inn

Lexington, Kentucky

August 7th thru 11th, 2002


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association chairman Francis Hayes.

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As usual, the Continental Inn was a terrific host.  Here we see the pool area all decorated in Red, White and Blue.



This year’s reunion was hosted by William “Bill” Hawkins and his wife Earlene from Atoka, TN. →
with help from Claude Shaw and his wife Jane from Winchester, KY

Bill, Earlene, Claude and Jane did a terrific job. 
We all thank you.

Of course our association chairman Francis Hayes was there.

Tena Phillips was there too collecting our dues and keeping things running smoothly.

There were new faces too, like Mary Ann Wesoly.  Her father Barney Wesoly served in Company ‘A’.  Mary Ann brought color copies of the “612th Tank Destroyer Battalion History” describing their movements across Europe.

Then there were Janie Jump and her sister Clara McCown.  Their father was Aaron Carey of Company ‘B’.  Janie, who never won anything, won big at the flower fund raffle.
As usual, Saturday was banquet night.

Deb Reddy from the Continental Inn was the perfect hostess.  She made sure everything was just perfect.
The Continental Inn provided this gorgeous cake celebrating our 49th reunion.

Our banquet room was decorated beautifully in red, white and blue. 
Susie Pidsosny made the stunning centerpieces. 

There was plenty of delicious food served buffet style. 
And there was plenty of pleasant talk and fellowship too. 

Jewel Raulins was our
Master Of Ceremonies.

There were plenty of nice prizes for the flower fund raffle. 

Dick Leininger’s grandsons Tanner and Steffan handed out prizes as Tena Phillips drew tickets. 

Don Smart was our speaker.  He told us all about his recent trip to Europe where he visited many of the cities the 612th had been in during the war. 
Amelia & Clara Harding from Olmsted Falls, OH. 
Their brother, Capt. Charles Harding, was killed in action.


Maxine Hartwick from South Bend, IN. 
Her husband, Casey Hartwick, 
served with  Company  ‘A’.

Geneva Smith from Chattanooga, TN.  Geneva’s husband, Raymond Smith,
served with HQ.

Mrs. Dean Ousley from Kokomo, IN. 

 Dick & Sherry Leininger from Elkhart, IN
along with their grandsons Tanner & Steffan.

 George & Verona Karaphillis from
Tarpon Springs, FL. 
George served as a medic in Company ‘A’.

 Talmadge & Ruth Riley of Benton, KY. 
Talmadge served in Company ‘B’.

Janice Riley

Bill & Elnora Leininger from Mishawaka, IN. 
Bill served in Company ‘C’.

Ed Winslow from Bartlett, TN & his daughter Sandy. 
Ed served with HQ.

There were lots of sweets for desert. 

Dorothy Tomlinson from Memphis, TN 

 Earl & Glyn Sain from Memphis, TN. 
Earl served as a medic in Company ‘B’.

Frank Boatright from Whitesburg, GA. 
Along with Mr. Boatright is his son-in-law Ed Bradbury and grandsons
Chad & Chuck Harper.

E. Fayne Haynes “The Candy Man” from Murfreesboro, TN along with his daughters
Janice Bellamy & Anita Stanley.

Mrs. Edna Showalter from Muncie, IN.  Edna’s husband Richard “Dick” Showalter served in Company ‘A’. 

Thomas Coone from Burns, TN.  Tommy’s father was William Coone serving with RECON. 

Rick & Susie Pidsosny from Canton, MI. 
Susie’s dad, Willard Webb, 
served in Company ‘A’.

As always, a reserved place for our dear friend who could not attend. 

Our host and hostess Bill & Earlene Hawkins of Atoka, TN
along with their daughter Jeannie. 
Bill served in Company ‘B’.


Iris Morris from Attica, IN along with her brother Don Childs.  Iris’ husband, Charles Morris, served with Company ‘B’.  Iris made our beautiful
612th commemorative quilt.

Fayne Haynes brought this beautiful pillow. 

Jewel & Ouida Raulins from Meridian. MS.
Jewel served with Companies ‘A’ & ‘B’.
Iona Nix from Cleveland, GA along with her daughter Judy Odum.  Iona’s husband
, Charles Nix, served in Company ‘B’. 

Devers Bryant of Newnan, GA. 
Devers served with Company ‘B’.

Glenda Millar from Houston, TX. 

 Donn Fisher from Carrolton, TX. 
Don served with RECON.
We caught him napping in the hospitality room.