May 15, 2013
Review of the Squadron's Concern:
One of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the United States was Hurricane 'Katrina' (Aug-Sept, 2005). Several former Bremerhavens felt her force.
Arlen Trapp's Personnel List initially had 109 names of former 'Bremerhaveners' residing in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. We narrowed the list down to 22 families in the direct path of the storm, and began an intensive search for survivors and damage to their homes.
We found 17 who were fortunate and only had minimal damage.
We are still unable to locate 5 others.
And... we found that 6 families needed some assistance.
Through the generous and caring
donations of over 50 former 'Bremerhaveners' we received almost $5,000.00
which was distributed to those in need.
HOW You can still HELP!
|We've set up a Special Squadron Account to collect donations for
As of May 15, 2013, we've received over $4,900.00. Please send donations to:
6913th/41st RSM; Arlen Trapp; 220 German Hill Rd.; Shohola, PA 18458
Make checks payable to Arlen, and include "KATRINA" on the Memo Line!
(NOTE: As soon as we make contact with any of our members in that area, we'll determine
the logistics of fund distribution, based on need and other factors. Thanks for helping!)
American Legion Members, victims of hurricanes, in AL, MS, LA and TX can
apply for an
emergency grant at: www.legion.org -- per Bill Nye (9/28/05) The VFW may have a similar offer.
First, The GOOD News!
Still Searching For:
The following list of 5 Squadron Members/Widows are still unaccounted for:
(NOTE: Initial checks were mailed on Saturday Oct. 8,
with a small reserve in case we find any of the 5 missing folks.)
1. CLEMONS, Thomas("A" 1957-59) -- ('Clem' says: "Thanks for thinking of us. The good news is my family is safe. The bad news is my home in SLIDELL, LA had 5 feet of water in it so everything is lost. Sad part to me is that I have lived in this house since 1961 (44 years). I hope that there is someway that I can repair it and continue to live there.")
2. HINE, Joe and Rosemarie(Maint. 1963-66) -- ("Joe, leaving Covington, LA and heading North to his daughter's house..." -- Both are unhurt, but have suffered lots of damage to their home. Trying to get ice and water, just got phone service back, tree through bedroom roof... unhurt, but mentally drained.-- Hirsch Hirschler) -- (9/22/05: ... We had a little damage, one broken bedroom window, a neighbor's pine tree on our roof causing a few holes, and two other trees blown over as well as the backyard fence, but luckily, no water damage... we got the trees removed and roof patched... Thanks to FEMA and Wal-Mart for ice, water and food... Lost all food in fridge and freezer, but we faired out well... Wal-Mart did us better than all of the other agencies, providing daily free water and ice. Thanks for your concern, and I'm sure you join me in prayers for our fellow human beings who were not so fortunate. -- Joe Hine.)
3. LYNCH, Shirley(widow of John M.) -- (Metairie, LA) -- (504) 450-7829. - "Shirley and her son Bruce are in Memphis, but are planning to go to San Antonio and stay with the Reynolds, as their house and apartment are both under water. - Gene Reynolds") UPDATE: (10/9/05) Phone call; "... just talked with Shirley Lynch. Her home is about totally ruined. Rebuilding but lost everything inside her home." - Per Arlen Trapp
4. SHIELDS, Gerald("B" 1953-56) -- (Kenner, LA) - ("I just arrived at my son Gerald's house in Berwyn Heights, Maryland today (Sunday). I spoke to my wife for the first time since last Sunday. She and my youngest son, Derek, are alive and well in LaPlace, Louisiana. The bridges are either destroyed or too dangerous, so we don't know when we'll get together again." -- Gerald Shields.)
5. PICKARD, Gerald(Admin. 1961-63) - (Ocean Springs, MS (228) 872-3402) (Tried to call 9/7 several times - circuits busy. -- Ron) ("The Pickard's home was ruined" - per Jamie Pisarich, Fayetteville, AR - 9/16/05)
6. PRICE, William M. Jr.("B" 1960-64) (Poplarville, MS) -- (601) 796-5717 ("...looks like our house is not gonna make it. An engineer from FEMA is coming out soon...to inspect it. Winds got up to 157 w/gusts to 195. A real mess. Can't believe we have to start over at our age." - Will Price (E-mail 9/27/05).
7. THOMPSON, Ewea(widow of J.C.) (She is unhurt, but suffered extensive damage to her home in Gulfport, MS. Lost part of the roof, lot of water came through a window and roof, causing a lot of damage. No structural damage -- electricity still out. -- Harold Bly.)
8. MELANCON, Philibert("B" 1958-60) -- (Saraland, AL) - ("Phil and his wife went to Georgia, when they came back they found a tree on their house, but everything else seemed OK." -- Jim Odom.)
9. BUMGARDNER, Daisy (widow of James K.) (Lacombe, LA) and her family are all OK - Some roof damage, and 2' of water in their house. (985) 882-3678
10. BURGER, Lorraine (widow) (Metairie, LA) and her family are all OK - 3 rooms had water damage in their house... some of her furniture had to be thrown out, but her place is liveable" -- Jim Odom (504) 456-0107
NEWBY, Joseph ("A"
1958-61) -- ("Joe and Anne evacuated to their
daughter's in Lake Charles, LA - They've
heard that their home and subdivision has little or no damage. No water - only
wind damage. Their home is on the west bank of the river, above sea level, and
not in the 'bowl' that's surrounded by levees.")
LORONA, Manuel ("B" 1963-66) (Biloxi, MS (228) 435-4855) -- (Manuel is doing great! His home is on a little higher ground, and he is well per phone call 9/7 -- Ron)
and Rebecca (Lucedale, MS) -- (Alive and well,
house and all fared OK. Lot of trees down. Part of the horse barn blew off. )
KOLB, W. Calvin ("E" 1961-64) -- ("Weaver just got his electric back, no storm damage -- Bob Hughey")
RODDAM, James (Alabaster, AL) -- ("We got a lot of rain and wind, but only lost a bunch of limbs")
E-mail from Barry McGee, Baton Rouge, says they now have power and have a couple of families from New Orleans staying with them until they can secure more permanent lodging.
E-mail from 'Hirsch' Hirschler spoke with Eddy Pennartz, Lake Charles, LA and he's safe and sound, a little damage, and lots of rain.
1997 Grand Forks, North Dakota FLOOD!
|Note from Dave Beach "C" (early 60s) - "We received a lot of help from around the country in various forms. I was on the City Council then and saw much of what went on. There are always well-meaning people who send goods: clothes, blankets, first aid supplies, bottled water etc. There was so much of this 'stuff' (when the Red River flooded Grand Forks) that it became another burden on the area to sort it out and distribute it. What really works is CASH, so the affected areas can purchase what they really need, in the quantities they need. Thank you for undertaking this good mission on behalf ot the squadron."|