Newsletter Issue: Winter - Spring '05

About the '05 Reunion ...

Sept. 19 (Mon), 20, 21, 2005

Best Western

Chicago West

Elk Grove/O'Hare

1600 Oakton St.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Location: Just 5 min. from O'Hare Int. Airport conveniently located off I-90 and offers easy access to I-294 and Rt. 53/355.  Downtown Chicago is 15 miles.

Accommodations:  $72 + tax/room- 2p/2b.  Complimentary internet access, in-room coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, other amenities, complimentary continental breakfast, courtesy transportation to and from O'Hare airport . Complimentary Hospitality room during our stay. You can extend your stay at the same rate.

Hotel's Dining and Recreation:  Cafe Alyce's Italian Steak House specializes in American/Italian Cuisine.  Gladhound's Lounge . Tropical domed atrium with whirlpool, sauna, billiard table and video games.


412th-373rd Reunion Group's activities:

Sun. Sept 18th:  Early arrivals. The Hospitality room will be available in p.m.

Mon. Sept 19th:  Arrivals.  Hospitality room available.  Group Dinner at the Hotel.  Business, Fun and games after dinner.

Tues. 20th:  A narrated 6 hr. tour of Chicago with a Dutch treat lunch break during the tour.  Make your own arrangements for dinner - no group dinner.     

Wed 21st:  A free time day. Opportunity to visit, see more sights of Chicago, etc.  Group dinner at the Hotel followed by fun and games.

Thurs 22nd: Check out

'05 Reunion cont'd ... 

This year we aren't having one group dinner (Tues.) because many may like to "dine on the town", or wherever after the tour.  The Hotel's restaurant can accommodate  for dinner.   The Hospitality room will be available for fun and games throughout the day and evening. 

The group dinners costs for Mon. and Wed., night will be $20/person/ dinner.

The tour cost on Tues. will be $20/person. 

The dinners and tour will be payable to our treasurer Bill Geise.  Reservation forms  and other info will be included in the next Newsletter to be issued around June.  Tentatively, reservations must be made by Sept. 1, 2005. 

Hopefully the above information will assist  in your 2005 activities planning.    


 News and information...

We received sad information that Al Salvati died in July, 04.  His wife died 6 weeks later.  The information was received by Bill Geise from Salvati's nephew Major John Briggs, USAF retired.

We received the sad news that Fred Bealke is being treated for Alzheimer's.  Colonel Fred did great research and published a report about the 412th-373rd.  Fred was a non-com during the war but continued his service career after the war and earned the rank of Col.  Our website,, contains experts from his "A report of the 412th Fighter Squadron Operation during WWII dated 12 July 1988."

Moe Richardson had another surgery (back) in the University Hospitals Of Cleveland on Feb 14.  We wish him the best and speedy recovery.  His comment shortly after the surgery was "We'll see you at the reunion".

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